Miwako Okuda – Utau Riyuu / Habataite Tori wa Kieru

August 23, 2006 at 5:44 PM | Posted in Miwako Okuda | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. Utau Riyuu (歌う理由)
2. Habataite Tori wa Kieru
    (はばたいて鳥は消える)

This is Miwako Okuda’s 4th single and it was released on March 3, 2004. The single reached #172 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 679 copies.

Utau Riyuu begins as a piano ballad with very quiet vocals. This is a very short song (it’s only 2 minutes and 50 seconds long) but the way the song completely changes is astounding. Around the 1:47 mark, a screeching guitar riff begins and the song suddenly becomes hard rock. Okuda’s vocals change drastically as well. She’s pretty much yelling now but she still maintains the rich quality of her normal singing voice. The song ends very abruptly with the sound of Okuda gasping. The lyrics change as well. They start happy but then become very angry: Like a scream, like a sob, I’ll sing. I can’t smile again so I’ll sing and sing and sing.

The next track, Habataite Tori wa Kieru, is a beautiful piano and string based ballad. Okuda’s voice just shines throughout the whole song, even during the low pitched verses.

Overall Rating

5 stars

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