Tsukiko Amano – Hisui

August 19, 2006 at 9:41 AM | Posted in Tsukiko Amano | Leave a comment

1. Hisui (翡翠)
2. Camellia ~Ai no Version~
3. Hone ~Ai no Version~ (骨~愛のバージョン~)

This is Tsukiko Amano’s 10th single and it was released on February 16, 2005. The single reached #73 on the Oricon Weekly Charts.

The best thing about this single is that it’s VERY different from what Amano normally releases. She is best known for her rock songs like Bodaiju, Ningyou, and Chou so faithful fans will be surprised by the the content on this single because each song was composed and performed with a live orchestra, something Amano has never done before. Also, each song is a ballad.

makes full use of the strings section of an orchestra. Amano’s voice is simply beautiful and her vocal range is astounding. Her voice becomes more powerful towards the end of the song as the strings elevate to a thrilling conclusion. This is the best song on the single.

The second track is an orchestra version of Camellia, one of my favorite from her first album Sharon Stones. Amano’s vocals are drastically toned down compared to the original version. The string arrangement is brilliant but I still like the original version more.

The final track is an orchestra version of Hone, track 4 off her 3rd album Tenryuu. I absolutely loved the original version so I had high expectations. The string arrangement is nice and more upbeat compared to the two previous tracks (even though the lyrics are weird), but there was still someting missing. The song didn’t sound complete without the piano arrangement of the original version. However, Amano’s vocals and the strings make up for it. 

Overall Rating

4½ stars


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