Ken Hirai – Kimi no Suki na Toko

May 20, 2007 at 8:43 PM | Posted in Ken Hirai | 1 Comment
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Tracklisting
1. Kimi no Suki na Toko (君の好きなとこ)
2. Utsukushii Hito (美しい人)
3. Bye My Melody
    -HALFBY’s music for momo REMIX-
    (バイマイメロディー)
4. Kimi no Suki na Toko ~less vocal~

This is Ken Hirai’s 26th single and it was released on February 28, 2007. The single reached #5 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 102,765 copies. The title track was used as the theme song for the drama Enka no Joou.

Kimi no Suki na Toko is quite different from past singles because it follows a pure, upbeat pop style. Upon further inspection, I have noticed that his more recent A-sides have been less R&B, especially his last single Elegy (which was amazing). Anyway, back to THIS song. I thought it was nice but nothing extremely special. The string and piano arrangement is gorgeous though.

I did like the B-side on this single a lot more. Utsukushii Hito is a calm piano ballad with excellent vocals. Even though Hirai doesn’t have that many piano based songs, LIFE is… ~another story~ being his most notable, they are all nicely done.

The 3rd track is an obnoxious remix of Bye My Melody. There’s just way too much stuff going on and the background voices really annoyed me. The only thing that the remix truly adds to the original is a fast dance beat.

Overall Rating 

3½ stars

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  1. Utsukushii hito is such a great piece of Ken Hirai-san.
    Do you know where I can get the piao sheet or mp3?
    Thx.
    Btw, this blog is totally great!!


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