Nakigao Smile (unplugged)
Kaerimichi Diary (instrumental)
1. Kaerimichi Diary
I really liked the fairytale kind of feel I got from the opening of the A-side here for sure. Once hinaco comes in singing, it becomes a lot stronger of a mid-tempo ballad and her voice really sounds radiant in this song so it works for me. I think it might be a song I’d stick to listening for a while.
For the B-side, Ameagari instantly reminded me of “Nakigao Smile” for sure since it’s laidback and relaxing of a song but is somewhat edgy (different kind of edgy). It’s interesting of a song and hinaco’s deeper vocals fit perfectly well in this song. OH yeah, it sounds like American pop/rock music so it’s different to my ears but it’s so gooood.
3. Nakigao Smile (unplugged)
Rounding out the tracks is an unplugged version of her debut A-side. The only thing in arrangement alongside hinaco is just a piano playing the melody. It’s a nice extra song, but I think I would’ve rather had a planetarium version of “Kaerimichi Diary”.
hinaco really took her time releasing her 3rd single after “101 Nengo”. Kaerimichi Diary is quite good almost to the point where it is her best A-side released yet. As for Ameagari, it’s just as good too if not even better than the damn A-side. I think the only thing that brought down the single was the unplugged take of Nakigao Smile since it took out a lot of what I liked bout the original. Best single yet!!!