Ai Kawashima – Door Crawl

December 24, 2007 at 12:43 PM | Posted in Ai Kawashima | Leave a comment

1. Door Crawl (ドアクロール)
2. Iro no Nai Mono (色のないもの)
3. Tomoshibi (灯)

This is Ai Kawashima’s 15th single and it was released on December 12, 2007. The single reached #20 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 10,251 copies. The title track was used as the theme song for the Square Enix video game Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon.

Door Crawl is a pleasant and laid back listen, but I liked the fact that there are additional band instruments. Without them, it would just be another plain Ai Kawashima ballad. The electric guitar chords and drums give the music life and make everything sound less bland. Kawashima’s vocals sounded a little rushed at times, mainly during the chorus, but she keeps them controlled at least.

The first B-side is a little upbeat like the previous track, but it uses minimal instruments. Iro no Nai Mono makes use of drums and acoustic guitar for the calm verses, but adds oddly placed synth and strings for the chorus. Overall, this track is nothing special and the melody sounds rather ordinary.

The next B-side also uses synth, but I thought it was a bad choice for it to open the song, which is a ballad. Tomoshibi starts off quietly but eventually accumulates to a sweeping chorus with pretty vocals and strings. There is also synth during the bridge, which completely ruins it because it sounds so out of place next to the more ”natural” instruments.

Overall Rating

3 stars


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