Salyu – iris ~Shiawase no Hako~

December 8, 2007 at 11:33 AM | Posted in Salyu | Leave a comment

1. iris ~Shiawase no Hako~ (iris ~しあわせの箱~)
2. WHEREABOUTS ~for Anthony~
3. River

This is Salyu’s 10th single and it was released on November 28, 2007. The single reached #26 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 5,707 copies.

iris ~Shiawase no Hako~ is quite the change from Salyu’s previous single LIBERTY. This song is a gentle piano ballad that incorporates some different instruments like the accordion. I did find the accordion intro to be a little odd, but it sounds quite nice and it gives the music an old fashioned, almost “European” atmosphere. After the first chorus, the song adds some drums, light electric guitar riffs, and pretty strings. Salyu’s voice is pretty laid back, but she puts a little more power into it during the chorus. This is one of the best ballads she has done in recent memory.

I thought the first B-side, WHEREABOUTS ~for Anthony~, had an ominous opening and it sets up the depressing tone of the song. It uses minimal instruments and focuses more on Salyu’s vocals. The music does pick up when the chorus arrives after a short buildup of acoustic guitar and strings. This is an okay track, but the abrupt ending could’ve used more work.

The next track is a cover of Joni Mitchell’s River, a song from 1971. Salyu chose a good song to cover because the pace of the music suits her voice very well. Her English is not bad, but she seems to slur words together. The music is quite faithful from the original as it stays with its Christmas theme with its inclusion of jingle bells near the end.

Overall Rating 

3½ stars


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