Angela Aki – Kagayaku Hito

April 27, 2010 at 9:27 PM | Posted in Angela Aki | 3 Comments
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Kagayaku Hito (輝く人) is Angela Aki’s 10th single and it was released on April 14, 2010. The single reached #6 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 10,082 copies.

OMG a guitar! MIND = BLOWN.

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The cover pretty much explains what you need to know about Kagayaku Hito. The song is unique coming from Angela Aki solely because of its acoustic guitar arrangement, totally devoid of her trademark piano sound. Unless you’ve heard her English album These Words, you’re in for something new. The guitar plays a prominent role in the song and features simple strumming. This isn’t YUI we’re talking about! XD I get the feeling that Aki is still fairly new to the guitar but I hope we get more songs like this.

Aki goes back to the piano on the B-sides. The Chase is an upbeat and bouncy song that includes thumping drums. It’s an uplifting track that’s along the same lines as Emily, the awesome B-side from her last single Ai no Kisetsu. The 3rd track is a cover of the super popular song Ken Lee…I mean Without You. I loved what she did with the song, once again mixing the original English lyrics with new Japanese lyrics.

Wrapping things up is a “gasshou” or choir version of Tegami ~Haikei Juugo no Kimi e~. The music is the same as the original but there are now added choir vocals, adlibbing and singing some of the lines alongside Aki.

Pros: Kudos to Angela for trying new things! Kagayaku Hito is a really nice song.
Cons: I don’t really have any. I hope she continues to experiment though.

BASICALLY…how about an accordion for the next single? Just kidding. XD

Overall Rating

4½ stars

Tracklisting

1. Kagayaku Hito (輝く人)
2. The Chase
3. Without You
4. Tegami ~Haikei Juugo no Kimi e~ (Gasshou Version) 
    (手紙 ~拝啓 十五の君へ~ (合唱バージョン))

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  1. I really liked this single as well. “Kagayaku Hito” and “The Chase” are awesome!

  2. this is one of my favorite songs of 2010 thus far :) Lovin’ it.

  3. Love it!!…i adored Angela Aki sooooo much =DDD…i think she’s beautiful, she’s extremely talented..kagayaku Hito is such an emotional song, beautiful…i cried…i never to a song before, but Angela Aki made me..always a big fan


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