crossroad (Orchestra version)
SEVEN DAYS WAR (Orchestra version)
SEVEN DAYS WAR (TK Acoustic Piano version)
Virgin Road -Instrumental-
Sweet Season -Instrumental-
Last angel -Instrumental-
1. Virgin Road
Since all three songs are basically A-sides, I’m going to start with Virgin Road which was the first to leak out. Also if it isn’t obvious enough, the A-side that was produced here is ballad-central as well like the other singles in the era. For being one though I actually had a better time remembering this song because of the songs melody and super sweet chorus. However, it’s a bit bare for a ballad, sounding almost emptier when compared to “MOON” and even “crossroad”. Give and take that it’s a sweeter, yet melancholic tune for Ayu…like “CAROLS” or something…hahaha. (and insert various other ballads).
2. Sweet Season
I was happy that Sweet Season is a little more upbeat for me, but once again the song really just flies over my head because it’s like “Life” from “Mirrorcle World” and I barely even remembered that song because it was so underwhelming to its A-side. I’ll admit there’s something about the song that kind of sounds like her debut album, but otherwise I’m just not feeling this song much.
3. Last angel
Because Ayu and Masami Mitsuoka needs more comparisons LOL, Ayu decides to throw us on a loop with Last angel. For one thing, I was expecting another ballad, but it’s kind of a mixture of a ballad and a techno tune. I’m not sure how to otherwise to describe it though. It’s really abnormal for Ayu to release a song sounding like two ideas meshed, but it’s different and I like that she tried something in this era that hasn’t been done before (BY HER ALREADY)… actually as I’m listening to it again, it actually comes off a bit messy since the song keeps switching itself like I have to piece the parts for a more coherent tune…it’s like a puzzle TBH. Iono what to think bout this tune now.
4. crossroad (Orchestra version)
Just because we hadn’t had enough orchestra versions of songs, we get even more with the main songs of her last single getting the treatment. crossroad’s version actually kind of comes off as disappointing when compared to how her last songs “MOON” and “blossom” were treated in their respective versions. I do like that this actually is an straight-up orchestrated version, but this just screams to be an instrumental TBQH.
5. SEVEN DAYS WAR (Orchestra version)
I know SEVEN DAYS WAR probably could’ve been OK without an orchestra version, but I kind of connected more with this version that “crossroad’s” because she lyrically did better with it and the arrangement fits the cause as well. There’d be a lot more I could say, but I’m kind of getting tired of orchestrated versions of her songs in the era and I wanted more actual remixes. Still it’s not a bad version.
6. SEVEN DAYS WAR (TK Acoustic Piano version)
No, I mean actual dance remixes AYU!!!!! Sorry, went off the wall there. Since SEVEN DAYS WAR is a cover of TM NETWORK, and since the main guy kind of sucks singing by himself, it was good enough to let Ayu have a piano version of said song. It’s just harder to listen to the song with less going on in each version…really people? I’m sorry but I just enjoy the original and the orchestrated version more.
Wow, 50th single what a number that is! For being such a big single for Ayu I wasn’t expecting it to be so damn boring otherwise. I mean Virgin Road is a nice ballad, but c’mon she’s done better and even though this era has been ballad central for Ayu…it just makes me worried how the album will turn out. Sweet Season = Life 2…I mean it’s the same kind of nonchalant pop/rock that makes things seem forgettable. Last angel is probably the best the single had to offer for me because of it’s odd arrangement…but it still feels like it needed to be made me coherant and clean up the wacky transitions as well. Orchestra versions of her last single were alright, if not starting to bore me to death and the piano version of SEVEN DAYS WAR is just too boring for me. Ehhh…this era is starting to really bring me down….