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Minami Kizuki – Dareka no Tame ni/Wasurenagusa May 1, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Dareka no Tame ni
  2. Wasurenagusa
  3. Hikari

1. Dareka no Tame ni

The first A-side of the single is a ballad and kind of calm with its guitar sounds, but the drums are very loud and they oddly stand out from the song.  When she hits the chorus it’s pretty sweet with the addition of some strings added to the background.  Minami sounds heavenly in ther verses, but the chorus it seems she’s a little bit weak and add in those funky vocal stylings and it comes out a bit strange.  It’s an alright track, better than the first single though.

2. Wasurenagusa

Luckily the other A-side is way better.  The beginning sounds so pretty with it’s piano/violin mix.  It actually sounded like an Enya song, then again a lot of stuff sounds like it.  I actually got used to the vocal thing pretty quickly and Minami still sounds great and superb.  Sometimes I think the song is pretty much a better version of “Piano” but better and a lot more easier to swallow.

3. Hikari

This track just spilled new style for Minami.  It’s got a space-like sound to it and the drums sound muffled while the piano enters the fray before the chorus.  Minami sounds the best in the verses again because she doesn’t stress out her vocals and it’s pretty soft-spoken with the piano and light synth.  The chorus was a bit like “Dareka no Tame ni”, but this is the best track on the single.

 

 

Minami’s 2nd single blew her debut out.  She didn’t seem to rely on her funky vocal style as much as “Ai Tsumugi” and the songs sound pretty fresh and beautiful to listen to.  Hikari was the best because she did step out to get some synths, Wasurenagusa was really good as well focusing on getting the whole guitar/strings ballad thing down.  Dareka no Tame ni” was ok at best…just nothing too spectacular.

 

Minami Kizuki – Ai Tsumugi April 17, 2009

Filed under: Minami Kizuki — solarblade @ 2:01 pm
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Track Listing

  1. Ai Tsumugi
  2. Piano
  3. Ai Tsumugi instrumental

1. Ai Tsumugi

A beautiful piano melody begins the track off on a pretty sweet start.  After that entrance Minami and an acoustic guitar enter in just as smoothly.  The song has a pretty soothing sound, but there’s just something wrong with Minami’s vocals.  Like she’s clipping the note really fast like she’s trying to be a J-tek, but she isn’t it’s strange indeed, but it makes the song stand out more.  Beautiful ballad though.

2. Piano

Piano obviously starts off with that instrument.  The song is a bit more mid-tempo than anything and reminds me of something Rie fu would pull off.  Minami doesn’t do the vocal clipping as much as she did in “Ai Tsumugi”, but it sounds right here and Minami’s vocals also have gotten better with the B-side.  Good B-side…a little unmemorable, but good enough.

 

 

Minami’s debut single showed off Minami in a good way.  Both Ai Tsumugi and Piano showed off some pretty good vocals.  By the way, her trick with her singing is definitly interesting and I’m pretty sure the company wanted to see how it’d work in a song and for the most part it worked, but sometimes she does too much.  Hopefully she’ll change it be the next single.