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Ai Otsuka – Sakuranbo
May 31, 2008, 1:04 am
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Ai Otsuka - Sakuranbo

1. Sakuranbo
2. Kaerimichi
3. Momo no Hanabira (studio live ver.)
4. Sakranbo (instrumental)
5. Kaerimichi (instrumental)

This is Ai’s second and most popular single to date, with sales past the half-a-million mark. This is the single that really set her up for a music career.

Sakuranbo starts of with little ai’s thoughtfully placed, nice teasing strings and then Ai’s powerful vocals! The strong rock-pop beats create a nice atmosphere. Ai’s vocals are at their best here; her vocals are cheery, along with the lyrics, which is something we’ve come to love from Ai.

Click, Click, Click is what opens Kaerimichi, then, Whistle, then Ai’s vocals, yay! This song is fun and Ai’s vocals are once again at there strongest. While the beat and melody is relatively straight forward, it is fun and very effective, another great song from Ai.

Momo no Hanabira (studio live ver.) is seen on Ai’s debut album “Love Punch”, except this time it’s without the synthesised beats making it feel genuine. This song really showcases off Ai’s precious vocals. The piano and guitar are perfect for this song. This song is also one of the few emotional songs from Ai.
It’s not hard to see why Sakuranbo is Ai Otsuka’s most popular single. It shows a diverse and wonderful range of Ai. From the synth beats, to the beautiful piano in Momo no Hanabira (studio live ver.), to the hot CD cover, this single is fantastic. I ai this single XD!

Rating4.5 Stars4½ stars

sakuranbo promo


Ai Otsuka – Pocket
May 17, 2008, 8:11 am
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Ai Otsuka - Pocket

1. Pocket
2. Ticket
4. Pocket (Instrumental)
5. Ticket (Instrumental)

This is Ai’s 17th single selling in excess of 61,350 copies, reaching 5th on the Oricon weekly charts.

This single starts off with a slow ballad called Pocket; Ai uses soft vocals which I enjoyed. There are some nice piano and guitar arrangements. However this song can get a bit on the boring side because it is so slow, and doesn’t really build up, a good song, but not one of Ai’s best.

Ticket is an upbeat song. Her vocals sound somewhat strained in this song, but it adds a strangely soft effect to it, maybe because it sounds like she’s whispering. About two thirds through the piece violins are added, and the coda has a nice soft piano solo. It’s a nice sweet song.

LIFE – LOVE CiRCLE… hmmm, interesting name, for an “interesting” song. This song is mainly in English with the exception of the phrase “Maru Ai,” i.e “Love Circle” in English; placed at random places throughout the song, particularly towards the end. The English is very heavily accented, making it a wee bit hard to understand, but a nice try, considering she doesn’t speak English. The electric guitar chords throughout the song add an aggressive feel to it, but nonetheless fantastic.

Not one of Ai’s best singles, with the B-Sides being the main attractions, although her voice is very strong, and unique, placing Ai up there with the other big name J-Pop artists.

3 Stars3 stars