misono – Hot Time / A.______~answer~

February 24, 2007 at 12:39 PM | Posted in misono | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. Hot Time (ホットタイム)
2. A.  ~answer~
3. Hot Time -Instrumental-
4. A.  ~answer~ -Instrumental-

This is misono’s 5th single and it was released on February 7, 2007. The single reached #22 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 8,445 copies.

Hot Time is misono’s first solo song to be a ballad and it’s pretty good. The string arrangement is gorgeous and it mixes really well with the light electric guitar riffs throughout the entire song. The biggest thing that you’ll notice about this song are the vocals. All I could say about the chorus the first time I heard it was “HOLY CRAP, her voice is screechy”. After a couple of listens, I really didn’t mind her vocals and this song is now one of my favorites from her. To be honest, the screechy moments in the song are quite sparse and far apart from each other so it’s not that bad.

The other side is the oddly titled A.  ~answer~. It’s not as slow as Hot Time but it follows the same style in terms of the string arrangement. misono’s vocals are more controlled as well during the chorus and the song itself is more upbeat. I was disappointed that this song was included on her debut album never+land and Hot Time was left out. It is my favorite of the two after all.

Overall Rating

4 stars

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