RED LINE ~for TA~
You were… (Music Box mix -retake version-)
Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~ (Orchestra version)
You were… -Instrumental-
RED LINE ~for TA~ (Instrumental)
1. You were…
Really Ayu? You’re pulling off another “Days” three singles later? I really could not really get myself into this song because it doesn’t really stand out when compared to previous winter songs like “POWDER SNOW” or even “No way to say”. It is however somewhat better than “Days” because of its stronger hitting chorus and overall stronger winter feel. Her vocals are quite sweet and right (I was worried, especially with that “evolution” performance). It’s alright.
Damn, I think she’s trying to recreate “Days/GREEN”…BALLAD is obviously a ballad of course and the opening his a slight oriental feel to it and while that was nice, it was reminding me somewhat of “GREEN”. Likewise, the chorus is where the song shines the brightest and I have to say, the more flowing arrangement worked moreso here than with “You were…”.
3. RED LINE ~for TA~
While the song meaning is for Team Ayu, RED LINE is oddly enough the only mid-tempo track off the single. Her vocals seems like she’s gone back a few albums with that tone of hers, I like it, and the song doesn’t put me in bored mode. It might be a little like “Life”, but it’s done right and made the single better IMO.
4. You were… (Music Box mix -retake version-)
It’s strange to have a music box/orgel version of the main song on a single (unless you’re Kanon Wakeshima, then it’s perfectly excusable). The arrangement feels quite cute and since it is the only instrument/sound of the song it’s kind of appropriate for the song. Ayu is also present and she’s all by herself with no vocal help either so you’ll hear her more clearer. Her singing is alright, but she’s yelling a little bit and her vibrato is kind of shaky, but not a bad version of the song at all. OMG, there’s someone rewinding the music box bout midway through the song as well…
5. Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~ (Orchestra version)
I wonder why we got an orchestra version of Sunset and not of Sunrise…Anyways it’s nice to see orchestral versions because most of the time, Ayu can pull these off gracefully and once doesn’t disappoint on this single. Beautiful strings, even more beautiful playing from the harp. It’s a little worrysome that Ayu’s vocals here aren’t at their brightest no more, but the song is really pretty.
While I do think the single is a little bit like, oh deja vu with “Days/GREEN”, You were…/BALLAD is a pretty nice package of songs, but I really want her to move on from ballads and get back to epic stuff like “Rule/Sparkle” or even “evolution” but I guess this era is just going to be laidback. RED LINE did sort of filled that gap in, but once again a little bit of deja vu as well with the song. So much for that NEXT LEVEL huh?