Ai Otsuka: Kurage, Nagareboshi

1. Kurage, Nagareboshi

2. H2O

3. Ame no Tsubu, Waltz – Love Music –

Kurage, Nagareboshi is Ai Otsuka’s eighteenth single, released on September 10th, 2008. It reached #4 on Oricon, and has sold 39 901 copies so far. It was released as a celebration of Otsuka’s fifth anniversary in the music industry.

Kurage, Nagareboshi (Jellyfish, Shooting Star) is a soft ballad commemorating the end of summer. It opens with a piano piece and minimal strings in the background. I absolutely loved Ai Otsuka’s voice on this song, even though it’s never grown on me. The beginning gave me the wrong idea about the song, since the strings in the background were absolutely fantastic. Yet another great end-of-summer ballad!

H2O is more rock-oriented than the A-Side. It has a cowboy-ish feeling to it, and I didn’t really like Ai Otsuka’s voice on this song too much, but it was enjoyable, cute, and a good coupling song for this single. But that’s pretty much all this song has to it. AI: GET OUT OF ROCK, NOW. YOU AND YOUR VOICE AREN’T AT ALL SUITED TO IT!!!!!

Ame no Tsubu, Waltz – Love Music – (rain drop, waltz – love music -) is another ballad which follows the same model as Kurage, Nagareboshi (soft piano almost alone, and then comes the addition of other instruments). I think this is a remake, but I can’t confirm that since I haven’t heard her earlier albums yet. Ame no Tsubu was a beautiful ballad, which perhaps symbolizes the beginning of Autumn.

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