Ai Kawashima – Shiawase Desu ka / Suitcase

October 11, 2007 at 12:39 PM | Posted in Ai Kawashima | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting 
1. Shiawase Desu ka (幸せですか)
2. Suitcase (スーツケース)
3. RAINBOW ~Atarashii Watashi, Hajimaru~
    (RAINBOW ~新しいワタシ、始まる~)

This is Ai Kawashima’s 14th single and it was released on October 3, 2007. The single reached #12 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 11,145 copies.

Ai Kawashima is an exceptional ballad singer and she once again proves what she excels at with Shiawase Desu ka. It’s a simple piano and string ballad with very gentle vocals. The thing I like the most about Kawashima is the angelic and pure quality of her voice and she puts it to full use in this song.

The next track is Suitcase, which is a little more upbeat and lively than Shiawase Desu ka. It starts rather simple with just the piano but then adds a steady percussion beat and some strings. The song is rather pleasant, but I would have liked it more without the unnecessary synth segments.

Track 3 is by far the most upbeat track on the single. RAINBOW ~Atarashii Watashi, Hajimaru~ is a nice listen and Kawashima is pretty good at singing faster paced songs as well. Her vocal style changes quite considerably when the music is of a different tempo. In this song, it’s actually a little lower pitched.

Overall Rating

3½ stars

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