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Hajimete no Keiken

hajimete no keikenArtist: Erina Mano
Release Date: May 20, 2009
Label: Hachama
Personal Rating: 3/5

1. Hajimete no Keiken
2. Nakimushi・Yowamushi
3. Hajimete no Keiken (Instrumental)
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It took me a really long time to notice that Erina Mano actually had a few more releases this year! (So now, her category isn’t complete.) The only reason why I’m continuing to review such a minor artist is because I wanted to feature someone who has the potential to write great music in the future. (For now, she’s still finding her potential.)

Anyways, Hajimete no Keiken still has Mano playing the piano but with a new minor orchestra element in the background. Judging by the past releases, it’s a bit different so Mano is still looking for her strongest genre. I thought that this ballad was a little boring and her voice still doesn’t show much power over the instrumentals. There’s also a little repeition with words involved…

This is Mano’s first single with a B-side. (Finally!) Nakimushi・Yowamushi was also a little boring with all of the monotones and uninteresting verses. But at least there’s something quite obvious added in the background!

Even though that the single may have been better than her past ones, I thought that she should focus more on tone, emotion and arrangement in the future…

Personal Rating: 3/5

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LaLaLa-SoSoSo

lalalasososoyh01Artist: Erina Mano
Release Date: December 12, 2008
Label: Hachama
Genre: J-pop
Number of Songs: 2
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. LaLaLa-SoSoSo
2. LaLaLa-SoSoSo (Instrumental)
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After listening to her newly moderate dance style after her ballad, what type of music would she present to us now? Not to mention, all of her songs does include the sound of the piano but also with a twist: voices and beats. Totally a new style but not part of the mainstream of Japan’s music industry. (However, the style is quite unique!)

To no surprise, it has another piano introduction. LaLaLa-SoSoSo, is like an adorable nursery rhyme but the lyrics aren’t as cheesy as it sounds. (But still, the way she sings “LaLaLa” and “SoSoSo,” is so cute!) The song has some uplifting beats but it’s not as agressive likd a dance track. I pretty much thought that the song was enjoyable.

Although Erina Mano doesn’t have totally stand out singles, I still think that she has the potential. Although she may be an artist that could be a late bloomer, I’m still looking forward to reviewing her future releases.

Personal Rating: 4/5

Lucky Aura

untitled2Artist: Erina Mano
Release Date: October 5, 2008
Label: Hachama
Genre: Dance
Number of Songs: 2
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Lucky Aura
2. Lucky Aura (Instrumental)
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After her debut single, “Mano Piano,” “Lucky Aura” tends to contrast with it. The mood of the new single is more like a sudden change of style. (A style that I like!) She transitioned from her flowy ballad song to a mid-tempo dance track. This is indeed a great imporvement!

Once again, her one and only song in this single, Lucky Aura takes the stand. (How I wish that Erina would have more than just one song per single. She would earn more listeners that way.) The song starts with a little humming that soon transitions to the newly made dance beats. Since this is indeed a dance track, I will dismiss the comment about repetition since the dance style type of music is pretty much all about the repetition. I also liked how in the end there was the slow piano part that nicely concluded the song.

Personal Rating: 4/5

Mano Piano

untitled1Artist: Erina Mano
Release Date: June 29, 2008
Label: Hachama
Genre: Ballad
Number of Songs: 2
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. Mano Piano
2. Mano Piano (Instrumental)
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Since Erina Mono isn’t so well known around these parts, I would be more than happy to give out a little background information about this somehow “mystery” artist. Believe it or not, she’s about 18 years old who had been taking piano lessons since she was in Kindergarden. She worked in a group called “Hello! Project” but soon went solo after graduating from High School.

So we start with our first and only track, Mano Piano. The title of the song pretty much says it all. The song is solely compose with the sound of the piano and Mano’s voice. At first, I thought that the song was pretty cute but as the song progressed, the sound of her voice sounded rather monotonish. At least it wasn’t messy but instead, a nicely composed song.

When it comes to Japanese artists and their piano playing, I think that their career in the music industry would be pretty well known. (Like Angela Aki.) With Mano Erina, its different. Along with her piano playing she has a cute, adorable voice that artists such as KANA and Kotoko shares. Beforehand, I would say that this wasn’t clearly her best works but I’m still looking forward to reviewing her major singles in the future since she pretty much showed her potenital with this single.

Personal Rating: 3.5/5