Shizuka na Yoru/weather

Artist: Kaori Mochida
Release Date: July 23, 2009
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Shizuka na Yoru
2. weather
Note: This is actually Kaori’s fourth single release. It’s just that her debut solo single was released in 1993 and her second 2004. (And I can’t seem to find them online.) So I’m not sure if I’ll be able to review her older solo music….

Shizuka na Yoru is the kind of song that soothes down your nerves but in a way that it’s hard to skip on to the next track. I love the calm instrumentation that consists of piano and strings and the composition turned out rather nicely near the end. This is probably the kind of song I would listen when I’m tired.

weather is a definite contrast with Shizuka na Yoru regarding the mood but the elements of the arrangement still remains the same. So far, this release is turning out to be my favorite over Ame no Watlz. I can see how the theme of this single is to allow the listener to feel laid back.

I’m pretty sure that everyone’s heard the original version of MOON RIVER. Apparently, Kaori’s English sounds pretty decent and the instruments fall into the acoustics category. Just listening to this song allows me to reminience the old times when I learned how to play this on the piano. Definitely a great addition to the single.

Personal Rating: 4/5


Ame no Waltz

Artist: Kaori Mochida
Release Date: January 28, 2009
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 3/5

1. Ame no Waltz
2. Drop
3. Kokoro
Ame no Waltz is definitely something different when Every Little Thing’s lead singer is the vocalist. As the title states, the song is a waltz which is a major contrast from her older music. The overall arrangement is good but it seems that her vocals took a step down from her since her last ELT release. (Well, ELT’s album before this solo single)

Drop sounds better with both a decent arrangement and vocals. (Which are more better off with this song) I would say that the laid back atmosphere of the arrangement and the acoustic sounds made the B-side much more interesting than Ame no Waltz.

Finally, Kokoro turns out to be one of the weaker tracks of the single. Sure its a ballad but it isn’t my shining idea of “heartwarming.” In fact, the arrangment sounds pretty simplisitc. At least it somehow becomes stronger near the end. (Kind of like Alan’s Megumi no Ame)

Personal Rating: 3/5