- ANGEL’S SONG
- Greatful days
- Because of You
- HANABI ~episode II~
- No way to say
- Memorial address (take 2 version) (bonus track)
1. ANGEL’S SONG
Opening the mini-album is our first of 3 new songs here with ANGEL’S SONG! Right from the start, I loved the grand intro that turns into an upbeat song that has a bit of that avex flair and catchiness. The dance beats mixed with the guitarwork is pretty neat and Ayu’s staccato-like singing is quick yet cool. Though I think what I remember the most is the PV with the werewolf/superhero angle and it just was such a bizarre juxtaposition with the song itself LOL. What a way to kick this mini-album off!
2. Greatful days
It seems that all the leading songs did make the cut here so the first is Greatful days which was the 2nd lead track off of “&” and like I’ve said on the review, the poppy upbeat nature of the song just feels really nice and works after “ANGEL’S SONG” too! It’s just a fun lively song and has it place here!
3. Because of You
The other main new song (the two that got PVs), I was curious to see this song because it was the other new song but boy was I not ready for this blowout of a song to come through my headphones back then. I’m not sure what it is, but Ayu somehow always get dark songs right and Because of You is the hardest hitting song off the mini-album with its rockin’ arrangement and badass performance from her as well. There’s just something about this dark atmosphere that gets me and this is the best of the mini-album hands down!!!
I guess this song could be the first song from “&” and I guess giving it another shot, I do think the PV helped it slightly. It’s like a toned down and slightly dark take of “ANGEL’S SONG”, but I don’t know, the song felt kind of generic to me with the arrangement, but the only thing that keeps it slightly above is Ayu’s vocals. Still, just kind of eh to me.
5. HANABI ~episode II~
HANABI comes next and likewise, I wasn’t too into the song when I first listened to it because it really doesn’t quite live it to the first one at all. Though after watching the PV, I think HANABI has a dark undertone to it that may help it out (though the original did too >.>). I think it works a little better hearing it again, but I’m still not entirely into the song.
6. No way to say
Interesting, but obvious to me that they’d switch this and “forgiveness” so the ballad could end the album, sorta. No way to say here still feels very in the middle for me since it’s not a bad song, but I feel like it has a hard time standing out compared to the other tracks as well. Like I said, maybe a less memorable “Greatful days” is the best I can come up with.
Of course they had to end it off with forgiveness which is the ballad A-side of the era! I thought it was wonderful that Ayu had this close the album out since it’s really beautiful and gorgeous of a ballad which I mean to be fair at this point, Ayu has a chockful of really good ballads! Plus it got that PV it did and it’s just worked all-around!
8. Memorial address (take 2 version)
Though the album comes with a bonus track which is the title song for the mini-album (odd). Though what’s interesting is that the melody comes from another song, the producer’s own band. Though I was surprised the song started with some studio recording and then Ayu and piano enter in. At first, I thought it was just going to be a piano ballad but it does grow into a rock track that has that same grit that “Because of You” had. Total surprise for te bonus track and I think I dug this too!
Wow, jumping back to Memorial address was a nice trip, it’s no wonder why a LOT of people tend to like this one because while it was only 8 songs long, each song did bring something different to the table and the 3 new tracks were amazing in their own right too! I kind of miss Ayu in these days and would love to see this effort return!