Ai Otsuka – Kurage, Nagareboshi

September 26, 2008 at 2:59 PM | Posted in Ai Otsuka | 6 Comments
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Tracklisting
1. Kurage, Nagareboshi (クラゲ、流れ星)
2. H2O
3. Ame no Tsubu, Waltz ~LOVE MUSiC~
    (雨の粒、ワルツ ~LOVE MUSiC~)
4. Kurage, Nagareboshi (Instrumental)
5. H2O (Instrumental)

This is Ai Otsuka’s 18th single and it was released on September 10, 2008. The single reached #4 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 39,901 copies.

To celebrate her 5th anniversary in the music industry, Ai Otsuka released Kurage, Nagareboshi, a dramatic ballad to signal the end of the summer. It takes elements from her past ballads like Kingyo Hanabi and Planetarium and it’s a perfect example of her excellent songwriting skills. It’s a very heartfelt song that is supported by a vibrant and organic arrangement as well. The piano and acoustics flow very well as the music progresses and becomes stronger, especially for the gorgeous bridge sequence.

The first B-side, H2O, is on the rockish side but it maintains that cute Ai Otsuka charm. Featuring mostly electric guitar riffs and the clamoring of tambourines, this is a fun and carefree song. However, it doesn’t really begin to shine until the chorus appears after the really long opening verse.

The other B-side is more of a gentle ambient track. Ame no Tsubu, Waltz ~LOVE MUSiC~ has a beautiful and fluid sound because of the flowing strings and piano. I instantly recognized why LOVE MUSiC (the final track from the LOVE COOK album) is in the title because the chorus borrows lyrics from that song. The chorus is my favorite aspect of this song too. Not only is it very pretty, but it’s also catchy.

Overall Rating

4½ stars

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  1. great single from Ai & I must admit I think this’s more of a fitting comeback for her unlike Rocket Sneaker / One X Time which I find it quite boring for that matter

  2. I really feel like Ai pulls off ballads best, and Kurage, Nagare Boshi was a perfect example of this. Not that I didn’t like her other singles. And I actually really liked OneXTime from Rocket Sneaker/OneXTime….

  3. @ chocolateislove – I think what spoilt Rocket Sneaker / One X Time was the video for Rocket Sneaker , it was quite boring & it’s quite unfortunate she didn’t made a video for One X Time .

    The video for Kurage, Nagareboshi is just plain lovely

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  5. loved this single! <3

  6. ooooh i wanna listen to this…NOW~!


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