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Kana Nishino – Thank you, Love June 27, 2011

Filed under: Kana Nishino — solarblade @ 4:54 am

Track Listing

  1. *Prologue* ~Sunrise~
  2. Esperanza
  3. Clap Clap!!
  4. Together
  5. Distance
  6. I’ll be there
  7. Flower
  8. Every Boy Every Girl
  9. Where are you?
  10. if
  11. Alright
  12. Kimitte
  13. Wishing
  14. *Epilogue* ~Thank you, Love~

1. *Prologue* ~Sunrise~

Like her other albums, Kana begins the album with an introduction and like it says, it feels like a song you can wake up to because it has a light beachy feel with acoustic guitars and light maracas.  I do like that Kana sings amongst the arrangement and she sounds beautiful to listen to.  I kind of enjoyed this intro more than previous ones tbh.

2. Esperanza

Makes sense that she’d put her last A-side in the era up after the intro simply because this tune has more of a tropical feel and stands out in her discography since it is her first dabble in such a style.  I still think it fits more with Yuna Ito, but it’s a fine start for her since it’s fun and kind of cute to listen to every once in a while. 

3. Clap Clap!!

I’m already sensing this album is going to be like her last album in the way that it’s summery, especially with this song at the forefront.  I’m surprised that it’s all beach-warming fun time with the song but it’s hard to keep a straight face when it’s all ~crap crap~ for the chorus.  I just can’t help but snicker at this.  Otherwise, it’s a pretty solid song and continues to show Kana’s lighter and fun side.

4. Together

I mean Kana doesn’t really go off and do cute songs THAT much, but with Together, you might as well get a lollipop and a soda for this one.  I’m kind of surprised that she pulled more of an acoustic track off after the previous two songs, but I think this is a more reserved and better style for her.  However, I can’t shake off the feeling that this is kind of too Disney for her lol.

5. Distance

Of the singles released, I must say I have a fond admiration for Distance.  After the previous two A-sides, I was ready for something that had energy and something to remember it by and I loved how this song moved throught the verses and chorus.  It was pretty magical and Kana’s vocal performance was pretty sharp and fun to listen to.  Favorite A-side for sure!

6. I’ll be there

I’m quite shocked that of the B-sides she’s had in the entire era, she chose a crappy one to put on the album.  Then again it does signal a change of moods since this is the first ballad on the album.  Instead of the synth-pop of the last track, I’ll be there carries a piano, some strings, and beats to fill it up.  On the single it was kind of crappy, but on here it feels a bit more natural and kind of sounds better lol.  It still was a poor choice, but at least it wasn’t an uber poopy song like “GIRLS GIRLS”.

7. Flower

Carrying it further down to a REAL ballad, Flower only really has piano and Kana (mixed with background singers).  I do like that she toned things down and while the R&B elements made me frown a bit, she sounds pretty singing along the song.  Of course by going by the lyrics, it seems to be a summer ballad and that also works for me as well.  Pretty song and stands out better than the other ballads of the era.

8. Every Boy Every Girl

After the two slow songs, we needed to get ourselves back into something quite awesome and I LOVE EVERY BOY EVERY GIRL!!!!  There’s just something about a mix of electro-rock and Kana’s attitude that always make sense and sound pretty tight.  It’s not straightforward like “WRONG” was, but it’s kind of like “ONLY ONE” off the “Esperanza” single but done better and sounds so much more memorable.

9. Where are you?

Then again, Where are you? reminds me of a more synth-based “WRONG” but I don’t mind this because Kana sounds pretty good and the song moves at a good pace.  After a while I do kind of feel bored for some reason, but I think it’s because I prefer “Distance” as the synthy pop song more.

10. if

Of the A-sides, I also found myself enjoying If since it’s not like her other R&B songs she has out there and it sounds pretty soothing and quite strong for Kana’s vocals.  I still don’t understand the NARUTO tie-in very well, but I guess it’s fitting???  It’s different for Kana and I liked this song because of that.

11. Alright

Hey!  Let’s give “if” a heavier beat and throw it right after it as well!  Seriously, if the beats and extra synths would disappear, it would slightly sound like the previous song but on the flipside of the coin it’s also kind of like “Distance”.  I like the positive message Kana is singing about, but the arrangement kind of just doesn’t feel new and kind of stale after the previous songs. 

12. Kimitte

As my least favorite of the A-sides Kimitte felt like something that should’ve been on “to LOVE” or something.  It has the usual R&B + strings and piano arrangement that a lot of Kana’s previous singles have had.  The good thing is that there isn’t a whole lot of ballads on this album so it kind of stands out a bit.  I still don’t really think it’s amazing, but better than the last song XD

13. Wishing

Another ballad after “Kimitte”?  It’s also kind of like it too?  Yeah, not a big fan of the similarities between the two tracks really.  I do think Kana does a better job at giving a strong vocal performance and the chorus is pretty epic as well.  I must say that I like this song quite a bit more than the last track and this wasn’t even an A-side.

14. *Epilogue* ~Thank you, Love~

Finally we get the outroduction and it’s a pretty sappy outro with Kana (or someone else, I don’t know) but she is saying thank you for different things with a kind of fairytale-like atmosphere.  I don’t get the need for addition of dance beats in the later half of the song.  Altogether it’s a nice outro and a pleasant track like the introduction.

Tracks Recommended

  • Every Boy Every Girl
  • Distance
  • Flower
  • if
  • Clap Clap!!

Song of Avoidance

  • Alright

Kana’s 3rd album definitely felt a bit like her last album, “to LOVE” in the way that it was also pushed out as a Summer album.  That being said she did put more focus to the synths in her songs and while I like that and all…she kind of got bland (especially in the later songs).  I’m not sure if this album ranks higher than her last, but I’ll say there weren’t any songs that came off like “Aitakute Aitakute” and “WRONG”.