ayaka – First Message

May 31, 2008 at 7:14 pm 1 comment

Tracklist
1. Start to 0 (Love)
2. Real voice
3. Sha la la
4. Blue Days
5. I believe
6. Stay with me
7. melody
8. Kimi no Power to Otona no Furi
9. Eien no Monogatari
10. Toki wo Modoshite
11. 1 2 3 4
12. Story
13. Rairarai
14. Mikazuki
15. message

I’ve been listening to ayaka for some time now. Every time I listen to her music, I am just in awe of her sheer vocal powers! I think the thing most surprising about it is just how she looks. When I see her, I wouldn’t think of her having such a soulful and deep voice, but it’s true. Even if I watch video of her singing live, I still can’t believe that this powerful voice is coming out of such a petite person. And speaking of lives, she sounds exactly the same as her studio version (amazing….seriously).

Anyway, after listening and liking what I hear for so long, it’s only proper to start including her in my reviews, right? And what better to start with than her million-selling debut album, First Message?

Star to 0 (Love) is a fun pop track. I really enjoy the chorus and it’s pretty catchy. The arrangement is really nice, though, with a slight jazzy feel to it. Ayaka’s voice feels naturally very soulful and jazzy and the arrangement really complements it.

I’ve always really enjoyed Real voice. The intro is well done, that piano run is just great. I love the chorus, especially the line with “everyday” in it; it’s sweet and cute but has definite power to it. My favorite part of the song is the bridge with the amazing long notes.

Sha la la starts off very dramatically with some great piano lines. I really enjoy the contrast between the low notes in the verses and the high notes in chorus. It’s a little bit slower paced, which makes feel a little draggy at some points, but it’s still a good track.

Blue Days is a beautiful acoustic ballad. I’ve always really loved this song and the high notes she reaches in the chorus are just sooo great! I’m also amazed at how different her voice can sound, light and airy but also strong and powerful. The arrangement is really nice done, starting with acoustics but later adding some light percussion.

I believe has one of the best intros combined piano and strings for a gorgeous and tragic sounding combination. The entire arrangement is just so good; love the piano and the short interlude! Her vocals are really well done throughout the entire track and chorus is just beautiful.

Stay with me is another upbeat pop track. The chorus is very good with some great vocals and a fun, careful feeling. I also like the lower vocals in the verses.

Melody is another great upbeat track. The arrangement is super fun, especially the percussion and the electric guitar. I love the chorus, though, especially where she sings “melody.”

The piano run in the beginning of Kimi no Power to Otona no Furi is so good! Besides that, this is just another upbeat song. While it’s enjoyable and fun, I don’t really remember this track after listening to the entire album.

Eien no Monogatari is pretty short, but ayaka’s vocals are super pretty here. I also like the very bare instrumental accompaniment with just the light acoustic guitars.

Toki wo Modoshite has a great arrangement; the brass is a really nice touch. The chorus is really soulful and I enjoy the ayaka’s vocals a lot.

The next track is another upbeat one, 1 2 3 4. It’s a nice track and ayaka’s vocals are great (because let’s face, she sounds amazing all the time), but besides that there’s nothing too special about it.

Story is one of my favorites. It’s mid-tempo and a bit more relaxed than some of her other songs. The chorus is really nicely done, especially because of the rhythms and not to mention that the arrangement is so good!

Rairarai is a fun little piece with plenty of attitude. The chorus is pretty cute and I really like the “rairarai” lines. It’s also got an….interesting drum solo/interlude in the middle that’s actually kind of weird.

Next up is the gorgeous ballad, Mikazuki. Everything from the beautiful arrangement to ayaka’s heartfelt vocals makes this piece so amazing. I love the chorus; the contrast between the long notes and the shorter and faster passages is really nice.

The album ends with message, a short interlude that would have been better placed elsewhere. It’s still really nice, though, with ayaka singing a few lines a capella. Man, her voice is just so amazing!!

Buy this album: CD only

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  • 1. moonchild  |  June 2, 2008 at 8:58 am

    I heard Ayaka’s song Real Voice in the jdorama “Sapuri” and I really enjoyed it, but somehow i never really got around to finding more songs from her. Hmmm … I’ll see if I can find some more online …Ãœ

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