Tsukiko Amano – Howling

May 31, 2007 at 6:24 PM | Posted in Tsukiko Amano | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. Howling
2. Bowling

This is Tsukiko Amano’s 4th Indies single and the limited CD+DVD edition was released on March 14, 2007 while the normal edition was released a month later on April 11th.

Compared to her 5 anniversary singles, Howling is quite laid back but has a more epic and classical feeling to it. The song opens with piano chords and a nice string arrangement. I also loved the gentle quality of Amano’s voice since she displays nice, controlled vocals that are really beautiful. When the chorus arrives, Amano elevates her voice and the strings and percussion become more prominent. The bridge is my favorite part of the song because of the electric guitar solo and the sudden change of speed in Amano’s vocals.

The B-side is pretty odd because of its offbeat combination of synth and rock. Bowling is also on the poppy side, an attribute that many Amano B-sides share. Her vocals during the verses are playful and fun but change to aggressive and gritty during the chorus. This is another thing that I love about Amano: she has the ability to drastically change her vocal style to match the music.

Overall Rating

4½ stars

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