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SINGLE REVIEW: ayaka- Te wo Tsunagou/Ai wo Utaou

ayaka- Te wo Tsunagou

After a string of wondrous singles, ayaka is back again with a double A-side. It’s apparent that there’s (instead of an album) a single release coming by the name of Okaeri, which seems odd considering that she already has four A-Sides for her coming album… Well, whatever I guess. At least we have new material. Here’s ayaka’s latest release ‘Te wo Tsunagou/Ai wo Utaou‘.

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I personally have loved Te wo Tsunagou since the moment I first heard it. It begins with gentle and unoppresive acoustic guitar which creates a very solemn yet hopeful atmosphere. The acoustics are soon joined by violin, but remain rather calm for most of the song. As we reach the last third, a gradually appearing percussion track and more powerful instrumentation comes into play, which I enjoyed because it gave the song a lot of progression and evolution. I can’t understand what it is about this song that people don’t like. The composition is very attractive in the way that builds on it’s self constantly, rather than the verses and chorus’ all being the same. Needless to say, ayaka’s vocals are absolutely flawless (and I bet she only tried singing this once…), as expected. She manages to put both feeling and power into her vocals and it comes off gorgeously. I don’t think there are any factors working against this song. The way it all flows just makes you want to listen to it over and over, and the relaxing qualities manage to feel like so without being dreadfully boring. Yet another wonderful addition to ayaka’s discography. Her album is going to be incredible at this rate.

Vocal Performance Grade: A+ — Musical Performance Grade: A — Composition Grade: A

Overall Grade: A

Up next is a song of similar name; Ai wo Utaou.  This song is basically taking the upbeat parts of the previous and turning them into a full length song. It is probably just as if not stronger than Te wo Tsunagou. The quick guitar chords and percussion blend perfectly together, and a fantastic very ‘ayaka’ atmosphere is created. Vocally she manages to be perfect again (surprise, surprise…). The song has great composition, and every note is not only executed perfectly, but written perfectly. Whoever made this had a great vision. Ayaka’s way of singing this song is a bit tweaked, but in a good way. She adds extra breath to the end of her notes to make them more whispery and apparent. It makes the song stand apart from the previous. All in all, this song is probably a bit more interesting than the other A-Side. The addition of electric guitar and other various instruments created a nice happy atmosphere and a great song. Ayaka seems unbeatable at this point. Wonderful climax, wonderful flow, wonderful everything. I’m impressed especially by how much I like it considering I usually have a predilection to her ballads. This song has proven that ayaka can put out and wonderful upbeat song as well.

Vocal Performance Grade: A+ — Musical Performance Grade: A+ — Composition Grade: A

Overall Grade: A+

SINGLE GRADE: A

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DIGITAL SINGLE REVIEW: ayaka’s ‘For Today’

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ayaka’s previous single ‘CLAP & LOVE/Why’ was one of my favorite of it’s time, and I’m really hoping she doesn’t disappoint in this song. I don’t really know why it wasn’t given a physical release, but I suppose it doesn’t really matter. I like almost all of ayaka’s songs, so I can’t really picture myself having any problems with her latest release ‘For Today’

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The first, and only song on this release is the upbeat and very likeable For Today. For Today features catchy vocals and a really nice upbeat atmosphere. ayaka’s vocals are particularly well controlled in this song, and the way she sings is really fun and enjoyable. The song features percussion and a smaller amount of guitar played mid-tempo, and it’s fairly upbeat, though it sticks true to ayaka’s style. The vocals are well done; ayaka gives a peppy and powerful performance that just makes you want to keep listening. I like that the song has some musical evolution as it progresses, and her vocals slowly become more complex to match. This song is particularly well composed, and everything blends quite well together. The song ends in a fantastic way, and I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. It’s a shame it doesn’t have a physical release because it’s really a good song.

Vocal Grade: A — Musical Grade: A — Consistency Grade: A

OVERALL GRADE: A

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SINGLE REVIEW: ayaka- CLAP & LOVE/Why

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I’ve always really like ayaka’s voice, which is much more like a country singers than a normal pop artist. Even if you don’t like country, give ayaka a shot, because her style is really constantly surprising me. She’s really pretty too, and I find myself very keen to her, though her previous singles, were somewhat uninteresting after a few listens. I’ve heard good thigns about this single, and I’m really hoping they’re true. I wish all of the artists I review the best possible success they can acheive and it is no different for ayaka. I hope this single goes over well across the pacific, and I hope she gets lots of live performances! Here’s ayaka’s ‘CLAP & LOVE/why’.

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The first words out of my mouth when CLAP & LOVE started were ‘ooh, funky~’. I always love it when ayaka jumps out withanother style that I wasn’t expecting. This song does sound slightly like her old work, but the feel that the whole song gives is entirely new. The other thing I’m really glad of is that when she says ‘clap and love’, I can completely understand it. There was no ‘Crap ando rove’ in there. I can’t always expect it to be perfect, but I think ayaka did a really good job with her english pronunciation. The funky guitar in the beginning of the song is really cool, and I like the beat and continious guitar in the background. ayaka’s vocals are also really cool, and she makes the first of these double A sides very fun and entertaning. I will definitely listen to this song more than I did any of her previous singles. For me, it’s one of her better works.

Vocal Grade: A — Musical Grade; A+

Overally Grade: A

Why is the polar opposite of CLAP & LOVE, but in a very good way. It is emotionally driven, much like Jewelry Day, but I like her voice a lot more. I’m really liking this single from ayaka so far. Her vocals in this song are really melanchoic and controlled. I like the way she sings the word ‘why’ because she makes it sound very painful, which would be bad if it didn’t fit the song so well. The quiet electric guitar in the background of this song is just beautiful and adds to the feeling of the song. I like this song better than CLAP & LOVE because of how much I like ayaka’s voice in this. Her voice isn’t always my favorite, and there have been times when it grated on me the wrong way, however, this song makes me reall appreciate the power of ayaka’s voice, and how much she can really do with it. Really great job on both these songs, and I’m really proud of ayaka’s performance. Makes me all giddy!

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A

Overall Grade: A+

SINGLE GRADE: A+

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[Single] ayaka’s ‘Jewelry Day’

SINGLE REVIEW: ayaka- Jewelry Day

ayaka is a more country-esque Japanese singer. She has a great voice, and I’ve liked her since day one. Her first album was called ‘First Message’, which I found to be incredibly worthy of creation. Her voice is powerful, and has a certain quivering quality that she can use at any time to invoke melancholy in her voice. ayaka is a truly beautiful singer, and I’m glad I found her. So, here’s ayaka’s new single ‘Jewelry Day.

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I want to start by saying that Jewelry Day is possibly ayaka’s most vocally powerful and touching song to date. It is driven by an overhwhelming sadness, and really shows off the amazing vocas that ayaka has. The song is really powerful, and ayaka’s vocals are, as said before, absolutely fantastic. I’ve listened to this song so many times, and I never get bored of it. ayaka puts impressive feeling into her voice, and I’m really proud of her. The music is simple, as with most ballad songs, but manages to be powerful none-the-less. I’m glad that ayaka put out a fantastic A-side, and I’m just raving about how much I like this single. Sometimes I find that others don’t care for it, and it has been called boring, but I feel the opposite. Great job ayaka.
Vocal Grade: A — Musical Grade: A-

Overall Grade: A

I’m Alone almost sounds more mature to me. ayaka’s voice is very controlled, but still flavored. I like the song, and I’m quite sure that most will. It starts out sounding a bit disappointing, but it quickly makes up for it. ayaka’s look on the cover suggested a bit older sound, and I suppose she attained that with this song. She goes low on a few notes, and I’m glad she manages to sound good. I do have a problem with a reoccuring note that really sounds flat and off. In general, I like the song. I’m glad ayaka put this out. It’s powerful B-side, and definitely worthy of ayaka. It’s not really all that interesting compared to Jewelry Day, but it is a good song.

Vocal Grade: B+ — Music Grade: A-

Overall Grade: A-

SINGLE GRADE: A

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