Kalafina – storia

November 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM | Posted in Kalafina | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
Kalafina – storia

1. storia
2. lirica
3. storia (Instrumental)

storia is the fifth single by Japanese group Kalafina, released on March 4, 2009. The title track was used as the theme song for the TV program Rekishi Hi wa Historia. It was their first single which does not have an anime tie-in.

My hunger for more epicness is definitely satisfied with the amazing storia, another try at folk music and everything that goes with it, in double time as well. It’s too bad HIKARU opened the song in a pretty nasal way, her vocals in this track aren’t that good, but at least the music is already enchanting from the very start with lots of strings, percussion and even a flute somewhere during the song. WAKANA and KEIKO saved the song (vocally), ofcourse, in the chorus.

lirica is one haunting track, seriously. It’s a bit more heavy on the rock elements with an electric guitar in the background, which makes the song darker than storia, but it has some lighter plucked strings too. The song seemed a bit too boring for me at first, but then they gradually built up the song both musically and vocally, included some harmonized parts with just some bells, a sudden electric guitar solo.. Yep, enough variation in this song, it definitely caught my attention, too bad it only happened halfway into the song.

At this time, MAYA had officially left the group, only to leave WAKANA, HIKARU and KEIKO to run the vocals in Kalafina. For their first single as a trio, they did an amazing job on the A-side storia. HIKARU was too nasal during her parts, but luckily she didn’t manage to ruin it for me. Kalafina should tackle a folkish song more often since it’s that sound that made me love them so much, so they definitely deserve extra points for the A-side. The B-side was slightly less good, but only half of the song. The other half was amazingly epic with its varied instrumentation so it wasn’t all that bad!

OVERALL RATING

4 stars

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