Ken Hirai – Elegy

March 4, 2007 at 8:41 PM | Posted in Ken Hirai | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. Elegy (哀歌 (エレジー))
2. Kiss
3. POP STAR ~winter lover version~
4. Elegy ~less vocal~

This is Ken Hirai’s 25th single and it was released on January 17, 2007. The single reached #5 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 118,749 copies. The title track was used as the theme song for the movie Ai no Ryuukeichi.

After a string of pop singles, Ken Hirai gets down and serious with Elegy, one of the best songs I have ever heard from him. The haunting melody is incredible and Hirai really showcases his vocal range. The beginning of the song opens quietly with piano and strings and gradually builds up to the chorus, where there is an explosion of percussion. I love the climactic ending because some great electric guitar riffs come in and the song abrubtly ends with a single, but really effective piano chord. 

I love his B-sides and Kiss was no exception. The mix of gentle electric guitar and light R&B beats are fantastic and his vocals are very well done too. Even though I thought it wasn’t as good as hug from the By My Melody single, that’s not really saying much.

POP STAR is another personal favorite of mine because it was very upbeat and catchy and there is new version of it on this single. The winter lover version is significantly slower and features no synth at all. It actually adds some R&B beats so I thought it was great in the fact that it was extremely different from the original and it only kept the main melody.

Overall Rating

5 stars

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