Ai Kawashima – Kakera / Flag

September 6, 2008 at 7:43 PM | Posted in Ai Kawashima | Leave a comment

1. Kakera (カケラ)
2. Flag
3. Taiyou Densha (太陽電車)

This is Ai Kawashima’s 16th single and it was released on August 20, 2008. The single reached #22 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 7,039 copies.

Ai Kawashima always manages to make good, relaxing pop music so Kakera was no exception. At least the song is more interesting than her last two singles because it features a stronger and more involved arrangement. The music is on the bright side and it includes pleasant piano chords with elegant strings. Kawashima’s vocals are great as usual and she does put some emphasis into her voice near the end.

The other A-side is the more upbeat and charming Flag. Even though the music is similar to Kakera with its use of instruments, I liked this song more thanks to its happy and overall lighthearted nature. It features a catchier melody and fuller vocals from Kawashima too.

There is also a coupling track and it’s pretty good too. Taiyou Densha quickly starts off with an enticing percussion section and I was already getting hooked. The chorus is the best part of the song and I liked the male vocals in the background. They actually provide a nice harmony during the chorus but especially near the end with the delightful “la la” segment that closes the song. I also have to mention the electric guitars since they were a great touch as well.

Overall Rating

4 stars


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