- After Dark -prologue-
- AM02:00 (haruka nakamura La Nuit remix)
- After Dark
- Amazing Grace -Live in church ver.-
- Anata ni Deawa Nakareba ~Kasetsu Toka~ -Live in church ver.-
- Kyo Kara Omoide -Live in church ver.-
- Hoshikuzu Venus -Live in church ver.-
- Sabishikute Nemurenai Yoru wa -Live in church ver.-
- RE: I AM -Live in church ver.-
- Rokutousei no Yoru -Live at anywhere ver.-
1. After Dark -prologue-
So this mini-album begins with an introduction which has a pretty piano introduction and a spoken monologue from Aimer. It’s quite light and pretty to listen to. Albeit rather short still.
The introduction slides quite smoothly into our first main track, Polaris. I first noticed that this was actually 6 minutes long which quite worried me. Aimer’s vocals are quite soft and pretty to hear against the arrangement especially when she builds herself up for the chorus. Yeah, it’s a bit long, but it’s a soothing track to really get the mini moving.
The next track is quite as hard to listen to because it’s also 6 minutes long which at this point might not have been a good idea to place them back to back. This one doesn’t have the same energetic feel to it, but it’s calm and the small things are really pretty to hear. Sometimes she kind of slurs lyrics which kind of bothered me but it’s a nice track I suppose.
4. AM02:00 (haruka nakamura La Nuit remix)
So we get a remix of a song that was originally from her debut album, “Sleepless Nights”. Makes sense this song continues to be light and minimal in arrangement. Actually this song slowly grows in sound, but still retains that lightness. Strings and acoustic guitar/bass adds more life to it and Aimer’s vocals does sound echoed and filtered in some areas. It’s a nice pleasant song overall but I still prefer the original.
5. After Rain
Then comes the title track (and probably what was to be the final track) and it’s oddly enough the most alive song on the mini. I’m meaning that After Rain has an upbeat mid-tempo feel and there’s some nice ideas. Aimer’s vocals are also pushing some new boundaries by being more alive (sometimes it’s reminding me of YUI). It’s definitely the best of the mini-album which doesn’t say too much because Aimer rarely goes out and does these type of songs.
6. Amazing Grace -Live in church ver.-
So the remainder of the mini-album consists of live versions of past songs of hers minus two exceptions. This is a new cover of that GODDAMN song that I just despise with any artist covering it. Aimer’s version is just the main verse that’s oh-so well known. It’s stretched to a little over 2 minutes…yeah…she stretched the hell out of it. Not even that good either…
7. Anata ni Deawa Nakereba ~Kasetsu Toka~ -Live in church ver.-
8. Kyo Kara Omoide -Live in church ver.-
9. Hoshikuzu Venus -Live in church ver.-
10. Sabishikute Nemurenai Yoru wa -Live in church ver.-
11. RE:I AM -Live in church ver.-
There really is no reason for me to even talk about these 5 songs seperately so I decided to group them up together. So I guess talking about this, Aimer held a closed performance (at a church maybe?) and she performed “Amazing Grace” and these 5 other songs which most are leading songs. Now why I’m pairing these 5 together is simply because their ALL PIANO ONLY songs that were performed live. I’m not interested in just only piano but she does have a lot of talent to back it up. She sounds ultimately stable throughout so I could form an opinion of the songs singularly.
12. Rokutousei no Yoru -Live at anywhere ver.-
From what I read this is actually an early performance from Aimer, which makes sense as it was her debut A-side. Otherwise it sounds just like if she had performed this in the closed performance. It’s really nothing special.
As this is a mini-album there is no favs/dislikes. The main course for After Dark (which is the first 5 songs) is pretty decent. Polaris and words are a bit too long for me but they’re pretty good tracks. The title track though was the best thing and I wish she had more of these kind of songs and not so many ballads. The remix is nice too. To kind of apologize to her fans, they did decide to include all those live performances which to me killed me and I zoned out because piano-only ballads just don’t work with me and I was easily bored. Plus Amazing Grace….can we bury that song?