Natsumi Abe – Iki wo Kasanemashou

May 1, 2008 at 5:19 PM | Posted in Natsumi Abe | 1 Comment
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Tracklisting
1. Iki wo Kasanemashou (息を重ねましょう)
2. Shousetsu no Naka no Futari 
    (小説の中の二人)
3. Iki wo Kasanemashou (Instrumental)

This is Natsumi Abe’s 10th single and it was released on October 24, 2007. The single reached #13 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 11,531 copies.

Iki wo Kasanemashou was the first song that I ever heard by Natsumi Abe and I instantly liked it on the first listen. It’s a really enchanting track with a relaxing island sound. The gentle electric guitars create soft, simple chords reminiscent of island reggae and they are what set this song apart Abe’s other works. The percussion during the verses had a nice beat to it as well. This song was really refreshing to me and it perfectly suited for Abe’s softer vocals too. 

The B-side, Shousetsu no Naka no Futari, is quite good too. It’s a calm piano ballad with pretty vocals and the like. The arrangement is kind of typical, but I thought it still sounded nice at certain parts. The bridge is a good example since it has that slow, but ambient buildup into the final chorus.

Overall Rating

4½ stars

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