ayaka – beautiful / Chiisana Ashiato

February 20, 2013 at 7:36 PM | Posted in ayaka | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
ayaka – beautiful / Chiisana Ashiato

1. beautiful
2. Chiisana Ashiato
3. Hajimari no Toki English ver.
4. beautiful (inst)
5. Chiisana Ashiato (inst)

beautiful / Chiisana Ashiato is the thirteenth single by ayaka and the first release on her own record label A stAtion. The single was released on February 20, 2013. beautiful was used as the theme song for the drama Share House no Koibito and Chiisana Ashiato was used as Shiseido’s Maquillage commercial song.

Just as I though, beautiful is another ayaka ballad and it starts off in a very special way since it gives me gospel feelings with the piano melody and soft background choir. At first it stays very calm with just the piano, but as soon as the chorus comes along it develops into more of a power ballad with percussion, guitars and very powerful vocals by ayaka. If there’s one singer who never disappoints, it’s ayaka. This is the perfect track for her to return with, displaying her talent very well and at the same time showing her great musical style.

Chiisana Ashiato surprised me with the army march introduction, which then makes way for a bouncy piano and flute arrangement although the beat is still somewhere in the background. I really like this arrangement, I’ve never heard the combination of all these elements before and it’s actually very beautiful. When the violin comes in, the song takes on a slight Irish/Celtic style which I love. Still the song stays true to ayaka’s own style and this song made me smile.

Wow, Hajimari no Toki English ver., an English version for one of ayaka’s best songs ever. Her English is not flawless or anything, but at least you can easily understand her (better than Kuu for example). A major plus of this song is that you can finally understand the beautiful lyrical content (if you don’t speak Japanese that is). Great idea to bring back this song in this way, it definitely completes the single.

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