Ai ni Iku yo
Samba de Mar -NAKATSUKATAKESHI remix- (Limited edition only)
1. Ai ni Iku yo
I’m not sure why we’re still on this rather rollercoaster of main songs. I mean bad, good, bad, good and at least Ai ni Iku yo is for me in the middle because it’s catchy as all hell, but I don’t think SAWA is really meant to be a “cute” type of a singer. I like that it is a bit slower than previous songs and the chorus is omg good, but cute is definitely not her style at all.
Hey! A latin track coming from SAWA? Ok she’s delved in the past in this genre that’s for sure like “Sing It Back” or even “green”. I actually really enjoyed this tropical tune and makes me wanna move with it since it flows nicely and the random English lines she pulls are done quite nicely as well. I was definitely surprised by this and this is also a style I’d like to see more from SAWA.
I love how the opening is just cracking open a can of cider and pouring it in a glass as the sound rushes to open. Once again, we’re back to cute SAWA, but the song has changed a bit here and I love the rather joyous arrangement and the added strings were a nice touch. It’s funny that the song comes off more like a disco song than electropop.
Finally, a new RAM RIDER song, even though this song existed for quite a while (about the time “TIME&SPACE” was released). Once again though I think SuperLooper is the stand out on the mini-album even though it feels a little more lazy than “Stars” which is definitely not a good thing in this case. I do like how RAM RIDER did make the song a bit more cute for SAWA without going overboard, but “Stars” is still the best.
5. Samba de Mar -NAKATSUKATAKESHI remix-
Most people wouldn’t know this but Samba de Mar was a song SAWA covered last year for Takeshi Nakatsuka and on here it was remixed for the mini-album. Just like the title implies it is a samba and a pretty exciting style to because there’s a lot of deep drums and a lot of colorful brass as well. Being a remix worked out as well because there’s synths available and put in the right spots. Very good remix!
It does suck that Ai ni Iku yo turned out to be meh when compared to “Swimming Dancing” for sure because of the less interesting arrangements found here and my sort of mehness at her being cute in her songs. The two latin tracks and SuperLooper were what made the single listenable, but the other two tracks are just a little ehhhh.