Angela Aki: Tegami – Haikei Jyuugo no Kimi e –

Tegami - Haikei Jyuugo no Kimi e -,  Angela Aki

1. Tegami – Haikei Jyuugo no Kimi e

2. Final Destination

3. Still Fighting It

4. Tegami – Haikei Jyuugo no Kimi e (Strings Version)

Tegami – Haikei Jyuugo no Kimi e – (Letter – to You When You Were Fifteen) is Angela Aki’s eighth single, and it was released on September 10th, 2008.

Well, it certainly has been a while! One entire year without anything from Angela Aki. Many will have been waiting for this; and Tegami – Haikei Jyuugo no Kimi e – was worth the wait. I like everything about the song. The song makes use of strictly the piano, but all the better. I’ve always liked Angela Aki’s voice, but her voice on this song is just perfect. Of course, since there are only two things—vocals and piano—in this song, her vocals better be. The first half of the song remains calm, except for those moments when her voice heightens, which I listen to now with absolute relish, but after that it becomes more outgoing, with the eventual addition of clapping, a more powerful piano and a chorus of people singing “keep on believing”.

Final Destination is more pop-oriented than the A-Side, and reminds me a lot of Otome Gokoro from TODAY. The piano is powerful, but the jazzy tune and the drums are even more prominent in this song. It’s not all that great and it lacks that catchiness, but a decent B-Side.

Still Fighting It is a cover of the song by Ben Folds, in Japanese with a bit of English. I haven’t listened to the original, but I have heard Ben Folds Five perform Burt Bacharach’s “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head”, and I liked it. The Japanese seems to miraculously fit to the music, but I think this song is probably more suited to English lyrics. It’s a very laid back song, and it doesn’t have much of a chorus, and it would’ve been a lot better had she added more than just the piano, but it’s OK.

Tegami – Haikei Jyuugo no Kimi e – (Strings Version) adds strings to the original, but I think they should’ve re-recorded the song with the strings instead of just adding strings onto the original, because the strings don’t really fit. First of all, they’re only there for short segments: not good. They should’ve put the strings over the entire the song, and made them more powerful. Personally, this version of Tegami – Haikei Jyuugo no Kimi e – is disappointing.

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1 Response to “Angela Aki: Tegami – Haikei Jyuugo no Kimi e –”


  1. 1 renaye October 5, 2008 at 6:11 am

    i like angela’s voice but somehow i feel her voice doesn’t really suit some of her piano songs! but somehow i got addicted to tegami – haike jyuugo no kimi e.


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