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…

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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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