Aya Matsuura – KizunaJune 14, 2008 at 11:48 AM | Posted in Aya Matsuura | 1 Comment
1. Kizuna (きずな)
2. Hitori (single version) (ひとり)
3. Kizuna (Instrumental)
This is Aya Matsuura’s 20th single and it was released on May 21, 2008. The single reached #20 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 7,623 copies.
Kizuna is another pleasant offering from Aya Matsuura, musically and vocally. The song is a little more upbeat than her previous singles so it’s not exactly a ballad. This is more of a light pop track because of the frequent use light percussion, chimes, and the organ. While the verses remain pretty laid back, the chorus is stronger when Matsuura’s vocals begin to elevate and a backtrack appears.
Originally appearing on her concept album Naked Songs, there is a new version of Hitori. It’s another gentle pop song that teeters on the edge of becoming a ballad. It’s similar to Kizuna in these aspects, but it features more organic sounds like strings and drums. I also thought Matsuura’s vocals were better in this song as well, especially during the enchanting chorus.