Kaori Natori – This time

December 3, 2007 at 8:27 PM | Posted in Kaori Natori | Leave a comment

1. This time -Original Version-
2. Lovespace -FreeTEMPO Mix-
3. This time -X’mas Version-
4. This time -Instrumental-

This is Kaori Natori’s 7th single and it was released on December 6, 2006. The single failed to make an appearance on the Oricon Weekly Charts.

This time is an upbeat winter themed track that includes some dance elements (reminiscent of her past works). The calm atmosphere that opens the song is broken with a nice beat and some jazzy brass later on. Natori’s vocals are pleasant as usual and she gives a good performance. Like I said before, she excels in the adult contemporary genre. However, I didn’t find this track as memorable as her earlier songs because the music seems lazy and lacks any interesting hooks (except for the beginning of course).

The next track is a really nice remix of Lovespace, her 5th single. It quickly opens with vocals and rhythmic piano, but fast dance beats and synthetic strings emerge after the first chorus. The music is an improvement over the original, which I didn’t really care for until now.

I thought the X’mas Version of This time would be different but nooooooo. Everything is exactly the same except for ONE little detail. In the original version’s chorus, Natori sings This time for you in English, but in this version, she sings Christmas for you…and that’s it. Now that’s what I call lazy. XD

Overall Rating

3 stars


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