Taiyou no Uta
Stay with me
Taiyou no Uta <acoustic version>
Stay with me <acoustic version>
wish <original instrumental>
Taiyou no Uta <instrumental>
Stay with me <instrumental>
1. Taiyou no Uta
Wow Taiyou no Uta is not that bad of a song really. It’s kind of the usual YUI-like music but I ended up liking the acoustic sound mixed with strings and add the fact that ERIKA’s vocals are quite nice as well. It’s nice, calm, and somewhat refreshing. I’m definitely enjoying this song from ERIKA.
2. Stay with me
Being a little more upbeat, Stay with me is kind of in the same boad as Taiyou no Uta but take out the strings and make it more Western and we have this song. I kind of enjoyed this a little more than the A-side minus the Engrish of the title being said, but I felt this was a bit more heartfelt and more interesting overall.
3. Taiyou no Uta <acoustic version>
So take out the strings of the original and we basically get an acoustic version of Taiyou no Uta. While I don’t think we really needed such a version, it’s kind of nice and showcases more of ERIKA’s vocals, I’m pretty sure she resung this as well which is a nice treat and I think I might enjoy the acoustic cut quite a bit more than the original version. That’s how good it is.
4. Stay with me <acoustic version>
Just like the last track, we get an acoustic cut of Stay with me and to be honest, I’m not liking this as much as the original which is the opposite to what I said about “Taiyou no Uta”. It’s a nice effort nonetheless giving the same surprises in the other acoustic tune, but I think I like the fuller sound of the original more.
5. wish <original instrumental>
Oddly enough, the last track before getting into the instrumentals is an instrumental in itself. I’m pretty sure it’s ERIKA playing the guitar which is a definitely a nice touch. It seems like I’ve heard the melody to this song before…could it be an even more stripped-down version of “Taiyou no Uta”? Not sure, but this song is really nice and just puts me in a calm mood everytime I listen to it.
While this is actually Erika Sawajiri’s debut single but under a character name for some dorama, Taiyou no Uta is really nice and I can see why it was on the top of Oricon for so long. Not too many problems with this single, but to think that the singer has the dubious honor of being Ms. Bitch-a-lot is very uncoming of her.