Hajimari wa Owari ja Nai
Tsuyoku Naritai ~from live tour 2011 “guitarissimo”~
After the slight disappointment in “441”, I was hoping she’d hop back up with something nice for an A-side and she scored points with FRiDAY-MA-MAGiC since it’s upbeat, lively, and has such a positive atmosphere along with miwa who’s just having a ball with this song. Her vocals have seemed to also have more control as well giving a nice and strong performance. I actually think this could have the potential to become a favorite of mine when it comes to miwa songs…GREAT JOB!
2. Hajimari wa Owari ja Nai
The B-side of the single Hajimari wa Owari ja Nai is also upbeat but not as electrifying as the A-side. It’s kind of like “Haru ni Nattara” but a little more breezy in its arrangement since it’s still western sounding. Here, I seriously get major YUI vibes with this one but I like that since it’s positive and just moves at a good pace. Fitting as a B-side but it’s one of the better ones I’ve heard.
3. Tsuyoku Naritai ~from live tour 2011 “guitarissimo”~
If you can recall, Tsuyoku Naritai was the final track off her debut album “guitarissimo”. I think it was nice to include a live version of one of miwa’s slower songs since we get to hear both her playing and singing along with herself. I could never remember how this song went in its studio version so hearing this gives it a new light that makes it somewhat easier to remember. Good take on an album song.
I’m gonna say that FRiDAY-MA-MAGiC is miwa’s best single yet. Both the A-side and B-side had such great and positive vibes to them that it was hard not to smile at either of them. Even the live version of Tsuyoku Naritai was pretty to listen to. I’d say there was nothing wrong with this single at all *RECOMMENDED*