Nanika ga Sora wo Tondekeru
Boku wo Sagashite
Kataomoi no Theme
Kimi ni Arigatou
love your life
1. Hello Allo
I guess it’s fitting that Aki would begin the album with something mid-tempo and pretty cute (kind of like ALL of her other songs). There’s something about this song that kind of is adorable and pretty catchy and I’m not sure why because Aki’s vocals are still kind of meh. Sweet song and a pleasant start to the album.
2. SHUN PU
The first of the old songs played on the album is the 4th and final A-side of the era. I do like the fact that it’s a bit more serious than a bunch of her other songs for sure and the fact that it’s one of the ballads makes it easier to swallow, but there’s something that’s kind of too basic going on. It’s ok I guess…but there’s other songs I like.
I’m not sure why but I ended up like this song quite a bit as well because it’s more of a calm song mixed in with a light pop/rock setting. I was also surprised with the amount of English used as well which wasn’t too bad whenever Aki was singing it. It’s not a broad change in settings, but it’s pretty good though.
4. Nanika ga Sora wo Tondekeru
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that Aki added all but two B-sides to the album huh? Starting with the one off her debut single, Nanika ga Sora wo Tondekeru is slightly more cuter than “Hello Allo”, but it’s also a bit slower than said song as well. I like the deeper piano chords used here and it does sound more fit for an anime for some reason. It’s not bad as I first remembered it and her vocals are easy to take in unlike other songs.
I was expecting more of a march style with this song but I was wrong XD. I like the kind of odd arrangement this track has and hearing some deep synths mixed with piano and acoustic guitar sounds quite intriguing. Aki also sounds a little different as well taking a more airy sound in her vocals. Marching drums to come in later in the song which is a good move for sure. It’s a strange little tune and the arrangement sounds like a Sara Barellies tune…but it’s a good one.
6. Magical Circle
B-side from “Dill” makes another appearance and it fits quite well after “march”, but I still don’t like this song very much. It’s a bit borderline of too cutesy because of the arrangement and the fact that Aki is singing in seiyuu mode is just a bit disheartening. I will say, prolly my least favorite of the B-sides.
We go from my least fav to my favorite of the B-sides and Patissiere was something I wasn’t expecting from Aki to tackle and she did it quite well. The music is light and fluffy like something you’d hear in shopping malls. I mean it’s classy and it has a flute solo in it…you can’t go wrong with that. It just might be my favorite song off the album!!!!
8. Boku wo Sagashite
I always seem to forget that Boku wo Sagashite was an A-side more or less her second one at that too. I was surprised that this was a little more of slight not to slow R&B songs because of the whole beat and such. She once again utilizes a more airy vocal style and it kind of bothers me this time around but she tried singing her heart out here and that’s good. Oddly enough it’s one of the better A-sides to have been released.
Back to new tracks, Kaleidoscope feels like a lot lighter version of “Alright” but that’s OK because this sounds as good too. I thought the guitar riffs were a bit weird playing like that under Aki’s slower vocals but I guess it worked for the song. The thing that bothered me was that Aki didn’t really sound like she was having very much fun.
10. Kataomoi no Theme
Aki doesn’t have many exciting songs on her album and it seems this one really would have to be that one. I like the beat of the song and while I kind of roll my eyes at Aki using her cute tone for this song it’s not that bad. Add in the brass, it’s just interesting all over. I’m not sure what to really think of it XD
As the era’s 3rd A-side, Dill sounds really pretty to listen to still. It’s like a cute ballad but it grows away from that which is pretty awesome to hear. It’s an interesting song because there’s some arrangement hiccups on things (especially that chorus and pre-chorus) because the notes and rhythm feels weird, but I think that’s why I liked it because it wasn’t normal for Aki to go outside of the box for a song like this.
12. Kimi ni Arigatou
Wow the last new song of the album is a 6 minute ballad x.x I guess it was gonna happen sooner or later from Aki. She doesn’t really have the vocals to pull something like this, but she tried and while I thought it was too long of a song…it was alright for a piano-only ballad if you catch my drift.
13. love your life
Closing the album is Aki’s debut A-side and title track oddly enough. It’s a little strange that it comes after “Kimi ni Arigatou” since this song is more along the lines of her cute and bouncy songs. I don’t think much has changed on my views since reviewing it…but it feels weird that this song ends the album x.x
Song of Avoidance
I didn’t really have high hopes for Aki’s debut album, but with love your life, love my life she kind of made it a slightly good album. Not the stuff I’d be listening to over and over again, but if you like happy, fluffy songs this would be a nice album for that. Otherwise, it’s alright, Aki still is the weakest singer out of the sphere girls though, just saying.