Kalafina – Alleluia

November 12, 2013 at 12:33 PM | Posted in Kalafina | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
Kalafina – Alleluia

1. Alleluia
2. dolce
3. seventh heaven ~2012 Christmas LIVE ver.~
4. snow falling ~2012 Christmas LIVE ver.~
5. fairytale ~2012 Christmas LIVE ver.~
6. Kimi ga Hikari ni Kaete Iku ~2012 Christmas LIVE ver.~

Alleluia is the thirteenth single by Japanese group Kalafina, released on October 2, 2013. The title track was used as the theme song of the anime, Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin. The single reached #10 on the Oricon Charts and charted for 4 weeks.

Alleluia is not what I thought it would be, because it’s even better than that. I always thought Kalafina can handle both kickass songs and ballads, so what can be better than a combination of those two kinds of songs? KEIKO leads the song with her amazing deep vocals, building the tension before the light yet powerful chorus kicks in with WAKANA’s crystal clear vocals. Then the song really takes flight, and I can really imagine this song becoming one of my all-time favorite Kalafina songs.

Where Alleluia took the stage as the kickass A-side, dolce emphasizes the ethereal side. It’s both haunting and beautiful with the group singing in harmony to the sound of strings. If you like Kalafina’s laid back chanting songs, this is the stuff. If not, then just skip it.

This single was released in a regular version and an anime version, and both have two Christmas Live versions. The regular edition comes with seventh heaven ~2012 Christmas LIVE ver.~ and snow falling ~2012 Christmas LIVE ver.~. The girls are amazing live singers, and hearing them bring back an older song like ‘seventh heaven’ this way is superbe. ‘snow falling’ is a rather new song from ‘After Eden’ and I remember it as one of their most laid back ballads ever. Still, it’s a good song to perform live to really emphasize how these girls nail live performances.

The anime edition then has fairytale ~2012 Christmas LIVE ver.~ and Kimi ga Hikari ni Kaete Iku ~2012 Christmas LIVE ver.~, both from their first album ‘seventh heaven’. ‘fairytale’ is another ballad (damn this single is filled with ballads), and although it had to grow on me at first I adore it now, it’s too pretty to ignore. It’s pure magic, taken to the next level performed live. ‘Kimi ga Hikari ni Kaete Iku’ is a song that doesn’t stand out until the chorus comes along, but it’s another perfect live performance. Next time, please incorporate ‘love come down’ or something like that!

OVERALL RATING
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4½ stars

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