Salyu – name

May 21, 2007 at 10:38 PM | Posted in Salyu | Leave a comment

1. name
2. Soukyokusen (双曲線)
3. Something (Live)

This is Salyu’s 7th single and it was released on September 6, 2006. The single reached #15 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 16,657 copies.

name is definitely obscure alternative rock at its best. The verses include a heavy bass beat and acoustic guitar with impressive vocals from Salyu. The chorus is amazing when the light electric guitar riffs kick in and she lets out some power in her voice. I love the ‘huskiness’ of her voice and I believe that it is the most unique aspect about her.

The B-side, Soukyokusen, is interesing in the fact that it has a very light-hearted upbeat jazzy sound to it. This song relies mostly on the acoustic guitar and light percussion during the verses but when the chorus appears, a strange but lovely string instrument that sounds like a fiddle is added.

The 3rd track is Something, a song originally performed by The Beatles and it is performed live by Salyu. Her English was difficult to understand but I just thought it was great to finally hear her sing in English. The music is pretty simple and stays faithful to the original arrangement.

Overall Rating

4½ stars


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