ayaka – Jewelry day

July 20, 2007 at 2:30 PM | Posted in ayaka | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. Jewelry day
2. I’m alone
3. Start to 0 (Love) <Acoustic Ver.>
4. Jewelry day <Instrumental>

This is ayaka’s 6th single and it was released on July 4, 2007. The single reached #2 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 73,290 copies. The title track was used as the theme song for the movie Last Love.

Despite the criticism that Jewelry day has received by others, I think it’s a beautiful song. Sure, the guitar and string arrangements are very simple, but the song itself definitely focuses more on the sad lyrics and ayaka’s vocals, which are FANTASTIC. Along with Mikazuki, this is one of her most emotional driven songs to date. The thing I loved the most about the song was its ending. The acoustic guitar is completely replaced by a full blown string ensemble and it sent shivers down my spine the first time I heard it.

The B-side is the more upbeat I’m alone. Even though it is more upbeat, it still has the melancholy atmosphere that Jewelry day had. This is an extremely well done B-side and definitely one of her best (along with the awesome Yume no Kakera from her debut single I believe).

The next track is an acoustic version of Start to 0 (Love), the first track from her debut album First Message. I personally loved the original and the acoustic version doesn’t disappoint. There are a few small problems here and there, but it’s pretty much just a slower paced, simplified take on the original.

Overall Rating

5 stars

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