Aimer – Anata ni Deawanakereba ~Kasetsu Touka~ / Hoshikuzu Venus

October 3, 2018 at 3:35 PM | Posted in Aimer | Leave a comment

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Aimer – Anata ni Deawanakereba ~Kasetsu Touka~ / Hoshikuzu Venus

1. Anata ni Deawanakereba ~Kasetsu Touka~
2. Hoshikuzu Venus
3. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Neil Sedaka cover)

Anata ni Deawanakereba ~Kasetsu Touka~ / Hoshikuzu Venus is the fourth single by Japanese singer Aimer, released on August 15, 2012.  Anata ni Deawanakereba ~Kasetsu Touka~ was used as the ending theme song for the anime Natsuyuki Rendezvous, Hoshikuzu Venus was used as the theme song for the drama Koi Nante Zeitaku ga Watashi ni Ochite Kuru no Darouka? The single reached #26 on the Oricon charts.

Despite being another ballad, Anata ni Deawanakereba ~Kasetsu Touka~ has sooo much more power to it that I instantly pick this as my favorite Aimer A-side so far! The arrangement has extended to more than just piano and strings with guitars and percussion joining in. The PV is also very moving, it adds to the overall experience of the song so definitely recommended to watch. This song alone is worth 5 stars.

Hoshikuzu Venus is a good track on its own but when placed after the previous song, it becomes this slow unoriginal meh song. That having been said, I like the verses a lot and Aimer’s vocals are very pleasant and light. There’s a little electric guitar solo wedged somewhere in the bridge, very nice but I just wish it was more prominent.

I’m surprised by how much I actually like Breaking Up Is Hard To Do! The vibe of the original 1962 song can still be heard very well and Aimer shows she CAN nail a more bouncy pop/rock song instead of just ballads. Short, but sweet.

OVERALL RATING
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4 stars

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Aimer – Yuki no Furu Machi / Fuyu no Diamond

October 3, 2018 at 3:17 PM | Posted in Aimer | Leave a comment

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Aimer – Yuki no Furu Machi / Fuyu no Diamond

1. Yuki no Furu Machi
2. Fuyu no Diamond
3. ORION (Mika Nakashima cover)

Yuki no Furu Machi / Fuyu no Diamond is the third single by Japanese singer Aimer, released on February 22, 2012. Yuki no Furu Machi was used as the ending theme song for the series Ghost Whisperer. Fuyu no Diamond was used as the ending theme song for the TV program Rock to the Future. The single reached #72 on the Oricon charts.

The synths in the instrumental parts of Yuki no Furu Machi instantly capture my attention, it’s a nice touch to the arrangement. Basically this song fits right among RE:pray and Rokutosei no Yoru, which isn’t automatically a bad thing but I’m waiting for Aimer to be more original. The chorus is a bit boring if you ask me, but the rest of the song is quite good and I’m sure it will grow on me more.

Fuyu no Diamond is like Yuki no Furu Machi part two but then slower. It starts off monotonous, but this time I like the sound of the choruses so much better. It really helps to look up the lyrics, it’s so sad but it plucks on your heartstrings in a way that makes it more beautiful. It’s a long track, but while listening on it I already like it more and more.

ORION is a cover of the original by Japanese singer Mika Nakashima. Originally, it’s a pop ballad with a bit of pop/rock to it, but Aimer made it even slower and turned it in the jazz direction. Although I like Aimer’s vocals better than Mika’s, the original arrangement had more that I liked. This is just too much of a lullaby.

Aimer, just give me something other than a ballad already!

OVERALL RATING
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3 stars

Aimer – Re:pray / Sabishikute Nemurenai Yoru wa

September 9, 2018 at 3:23 PM | Posted in Aimer | Leave a comment

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Aimer – Re:pray / Sabishikute Nemurenai Yoru wa

1. Re:pray
2. Sabishikute Nemurenai Yoru wa
3. Poker Face (Lady Gaga cover)

Re:pray / Sabishikute Nemurenai Yoru wa is the second single by Japanese singer Aimer, released on December 14, 2011. Re:pray was used as the ending theme song for the anime BLEACH. Sabishikute Nemurenai Yoru wa was used as the ending theme song for the TV programs Mu JackPS and Kimama ni LB. The single reached #41 on the Oricon weekly charts.

Re:pray is a lovely ballad with a bit more going on this time, like fingersnaps, strings and percussion instead of just piano. The further it progresses, the more I like it (despite its very sad PV) and the more I like Aimer’s vocals, which were a gamble in the beginning of the song but get better eventually. As with all of her songs up until now, she gives this a very memorable spin.

So I think Aimer is a real ballad performer because guess what, Sabishikute Nemurenai Yoru wa is another one. At first it’s just Aimer and the piano, but strings and percussion join in after about 1:30 minutes. At first I thought Re:pray was the more memorable song of the single, but Sabishikute develops into an equally memorable track eventually. This girl really has a talent for performing beautiful ballads.

I was so surprised to see Aimer has covered Poker Face! Her ‘Engrish’ is more apparent here, but oh well more Japanese deal with that issue so I’ll just let that be. It’s a fun cover, maybe a little bit empty but still interesting because she turned it into a sort of cool jazz song. It’s entertaining, maybe a little humorous, but bonus points for originality.

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3½ stars

Aimer – Rokutosei no Yoru / Kanashimi wa Aurora ni / TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

September 9, 2018 at 1:33 PM | Posted in Aimer | Leave a comment

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Aimer – Rokutosei no Yoru / Kanashimi wa Aurora ni / TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

1. Rokutosei no Yoru
2. Kanashimi wa Aurora ni
3. TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

Rokutosei no Yoru / Kanashimi wa Aurora ni / TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR is the debut single by Japanese singer Aimer, released on September 7, 2011. Rokutousei no Yoru was used as the ending theme song for the anime NO.6. Kanashimi wa Aurora ni was used as the ending theme song for the TV program Pika Pika☆Choice!. The single reached #28 on the Oricon weekly charts.

I discovered this singer by chance so I decided to review her music starting with this debut single. Rokutosei no Yoru is a piano ballad and I was immediately surprised by Aimer’s gritty and deep vocals, kind of similar to ayaka but a bit lighter. It’s a beautiful song and I love the melodies, the chorus is perfect and I think I’ll find myself listening to this more often.

Aimer seems to have a little less control over her vocals in Kanashimi wa Aurora ni, but it doesn’t bother me that much. Another ballad but there’s a bit more going on with the strings, bells and soft percussion. Despite that, and despite this also being a good track, I enjoyed the first one a bit more.

TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR is exactly what you think it is, but then set to a slow synth/percussion arrangement. Aimer’s English pronunciation is satisfying and she gave the song an interesting twist, but there’s a lot of repetition which gets kind of boring and borderline annoying after a while. Still, not half bad.

OVERALL RATING
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3½ stars

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