Angela Aki – Sakurairo

March 17, 2007 at 8:29 PM | Posted in Angela Aki | 1 Comment

1. Sakurairo (サクラ色)
2. On&On
3. Power of MUSIC
4. HOME -piano version-

This is Angela Aki’s 5th single and it was released on March 7, 2007. The single reached #8 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 105,796 copies.

Here it is, Angela Aki’s first single since the release of her debut album Home. Sakurairo begins with nostalgic piano chords and a very pretty string arrangement. The thing I like most about this song is that she does a little dedication to HOME (her debut single) during the bridge by using some of the lyrics as well as the main melody. It’s very short but its transition into the final chorus is amazing. I was very happy with this song and she definitely has raised the bar for her future singles, it’s THAT good.

I honestly thought that this was her all around best single because of the awesome B-sides and the first one is On&On, an upbeat pop song with a catchy chorus. The mix of piano, bass, and percussion is great and this is probably one of her most upbeat songs to date. Aki’s vocals are simply amazing and her free-styling at the end of the song is to die for.

The next track is a new version of MUSIC titled Power of MUSIC, a song that originally appeared on her debut album Home. I thought the original was great and this new version is better on so many levels. There are many changes in the song including the addition of a light dance beat, new lyrics (the chorus remains intact though), and an even more cheerful atmosphere than that of the original.

The bonus track on the single is a piano version of HOME, her debut single. I have to say that Aki’s vocals are even better than that of the studio version and it’s a little slower paced. This is still my favorite Angela Aki song and it’s wonderful to hear a new version of it.

Overall Rating

5 stars


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  1. Great Job. ^0^

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