Angela Aki – BLUE

02/09/2013 at 9:26 PM | Posted in Angela Aki | Leave a comment
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Angela Aki - BLUE

~Album~

Angela Aki – BLUE

1. Aiueo

2. Kokuhaku

3. Foolish Love

4. Koi no Kakehiki

5. Cry

6. In My Blood

7. You and I

8. Monster

9. Kokoro no Tenkiyohou

10. factory

11. Yoake Mae no Inori

12. BLUE

13. One Family ~Uchuu no Nagisa~

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Well, I guess marriage and pregnancy do some wonderful things for a classy gal like Angela Aki. BLUE is one of her best albums to date and it’s just really refreshing and I think Angela knew it would be because that’s the kind of album she clearly wanted to make. You can just tell, from the cover, to the tracks themselves, it just exudes a new and fresh attitude. It’s an album I’ve really enjoyed listening to over and over.

And yes I really am going to try to just jump right back in to reviewing everything like I used to, but give me time. Continue Reading Angela Aki – BLUE…

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Angela Aki – Kokuhaku

09/27/2012 at 6:19 PM | Posted in Angela Aki | Leave a comment
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~Single~

Angela Aki – Kokuhaku

1. Kokuhaku

2. Kokuhaku -Ishino Takkyu Remix-

3. Uchuu -80KIDZ Remix-

4. Kokuhaku -Anime Version-

Angela revitalizes her tried and true sound while still sounding refreshing with Kokuhaku. It’s an uplifting song that has excellent flow and is a perfect fit for summer. I was instantly drawn in with the infectious melody and catchy lyrics, especially the chorus. The structure of the song itself has the chorus delayed a bit which I kind of liked because it made it that much better when it does finally hit. Once again I’m so attracted to Angela’s voice and the way she says the words and the emotion she pours into them. That last “Say you love me too” in the bridge? Perfection.

Score – 9.5

Those remixes are admittedly pretty terrible, and the Anime Version of Kokuhaku is just an abridged version of the song so not much to mention there.

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Angela Aki – WHITE

10/01/2011 at 5:12 AM | Posted in Angela Aki | 1 Comment
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~Album~

Angela Aki – WHITE

1. Hajimari no Ballad

2. Tsugaru Kaikyou Fuyu Keshiki

3. I Have A Dream

4. Julio

5. My Grandfather’s Clock

6. Moral no Soushiki -revival-

7. Furusato~HOME

8. Mokugekisha

9. Honesty

10. One Family

Now, WHITE was supposed to be a mini album, and I think by that tracklisting, you can kinda tell. I mean, there isn’t too much wrong with it but anyway, yeah, just thought I should say that. Continue Reading Angela Aki – WHITE…

Angela Aki – Hajimari no Ballad / I Have a Dream

06/13/2011 at 2:55 PM | Posted in Angela Aki | Leave a comment
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~Single~

Angela Aki – Hajimari no Ballad / I Have a Dream

1. Hajimari no Ballad

2. I Have a Dream

3. CREEP

Hey look, it’s one of the first singles I’m reviewing somewhat on time. AMAZING!

Quite possibly, Angela Aki can do no wrong. “Hajimari no Ballad” does sound somewhat like the usual fair from Angela but at the same time, by the end of the song it feels like a breath of fresh air. I suppose that’s just what Angela is able to do with a song. It’s epic and uplifting and there’s piano and percussion and strings and it’s all very fantastic. Anything groundbreaking for Angela? Not really, but it’s a nice listen regardless, like I said, Angela is flawless.

Score – 8.5

When I saw “I Have a Dream” all I thought of was Susan Boyle. But this has nothing to do with Susan Boyle so… Anyway! It’s starts off quite calm, just Angela and her piano and eventually some strings come into play. When the chorus comes along, it sounds like there is a male backing singer which is something rare for Angela but I didn’t have a problem with it. The song was just alright, but then the bridge comes in, Angela starts repeating “I Have a Dream” as electric guitar slowly builds over everything and percussion comes in. Angela starts repeating this one line over and over again, building up her vocals each time as the music builds around her, and then it suddenly stops, back to just Angela and piano and she repeats the line one more time. It’s an amazing ending and makes me LOVE this song.

Score – 9

What would a new Angela single be without a cover? Yup, this “CREEP” is a Japanese cover of the original Creep by Radiohead. It starts off with breaths from Angela and then piano and vocals start while the breaths continue. This version, of course, is very understated and not that similar to the original at all. The echo, and emptiness really give the song an interesting atmosphere especially in the bridge where Angela really shows off some vocal ability followed by contrasting, very quiet, almost whispering vocals, and then Angela singing in English. A very interesting listen

Score – 8

Final Note

As much as I liked Ai no Kisetsu, I find this single to be a much stronger start to a new era and it gets me really excited.

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Angela Aki – LIFE

09/11/2010 at 11:53 PM | Posted in Angela Aki | 3 Comments
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~Album~

Angela Aki – LIFE

1. Ai no Kisetsu

2. Kagayaku Hito

3. Every Woman’s Song

4. Sign

5. Remember Me

6. Unbreakable

7. What Are The Roses For?

8. Ai to Bansoukou

9. Mad Scientist

10. The Truth Is Like A Lie

11. Bop Bop Bop (Colors of Your Soul)

12. Haha Naru Daichi

13. LIFE

Here’s an album I’ve been waiting for for quite a while. Unfortunately, it was released the day after Birth by Sleep was released here in the US, in other words, I forgot about it and was/is too busy with Kingdom Hearts to review it. But I’ve managed to steal some time away now and will finally begin my review. Continue Reading Angela Aki – LIFE…

Angela Aki – Kagayaku Hito

04/17/2010 at 10:41 PM | Posted in Angela Aki | Leave a comment
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~Single~

Angela Aki – Kagayaku Hito

1. Kagayaku Hito

2. The Chase

3. Without You

4. Tegami ~Haikei Juugo no Kimi e~ Choir Version

I’m so excited Angela is back with some new music. God I really just can’t wait for a new album. Right off the bat you can tell that the title track is going to be an acoustic guitar song which is a bit different than her very usual piano. I’m glad to see she’s switching it up.

“Kagayaku Hito” starts off with, well, what else but Angela playing acoustic guitar? She plays it really soft and backs it with some pretty powerful vocals, especially during the chorus. In all honesty the song isn’t really that exciting, however, towards the middle of the song she changes things up in the bridge by breaking it down and playing a faster more exciting tune while hitting some nice high notes. While nice, it is pretty plain and I would’ve liked something a bit more exciting from Angela playing such an instrument.

Score – 7.5

For “The Chase” Angela of course returns to piano here, backed by some light percussion. I’m reminded of some earlier Angela Aki songs but this one still maintains a slightly unique sound. This song just sounds really fun and I really enjoyed the chorus.

Score – 8

“Without You” is a cover of a song originally by the British rock band Badfinger. Angela has translated a good portion of the song to her liking as she has done with past covers. She keeps the chorus in English as well as finishing off the song in English. The song is quite short and sweet and quite frankly, Angela kills it. In the good way of course 😉

Score – 8

The “Choir Version” of Tegami ~Haikei Juugo no Kimi e~ is quite simply Angela singing the song with piano backed by a choir. Nothing terribly interesting going on here but it does sound very nice.

Score – 8

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Angela Aki – Ai no Kisetsu

09/17/2009 at 1:57 PM | Posted in Angela Aki | Leave a comment
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Angela Aki - Seasons of Love - Ai no Kisetsu~Single~

Angela Aki – Ai no Kisetsu

1. Ai no Kisetsu

2. Emily

3. It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday

After ANSWER was released I expected quite a gap between it and a new release but I’m glad that I was wrong.

“Ai no Kisetsu” is a really sweet song featuring wonderful piano (obviously) and I really liked the faint acoustic guitar. I thought the way Angela just jumps into the chorus was a bit different and I wasn’t expecting it however I was pleasently suprised. I liked the building up feeling the bridge gives and how it just fades and I loved the key change in the final chorus of the song and though it was a great ending.

Score – 9

Emily is a great upbeat song that made me think of Otome Gokoro and Kiseki. I liked the emphasis on the piano and it reminded me of other earlier Angela Aki works. The higher notes Angela reaches in the chorus are great and I liked how Angela ends each chorus with the English line “Emily, I beleive in you.” I thought the bridge section was really great, it has a small chorus singing, there was just something about it that caught my ears and I really liked it.

Score – 9.5

“It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” is a half Japanese half English cover of a song originally by Motown. I haven’t heard the original so I can’t compare the two songs but Angela’s vocals are great as usual and the lone piano is nice. The song was good, but just good. It didn’t really stick with me after I listened to it.

Score – 8

Final Note

Welcome back Angela ^_^

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