Artist: Kiroro
Release Date: July 6, 2005
Label: —-
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. Ikitekoso
2. Ikitekoso (TV size)
3. Ikitekoso (Instrumental)
Whenever I ask my friends if they had ever heard of Kiroro before, all of them reply with the same answer; no. So I guess that it won’t hurt to give a little background information about this amazing duo before starting the review. (Although I already wrote a review on one of their singles before.)

The duo first debuted in 1996 but they released their first major single in 1998. The dates that they’ve started their band might be an element for why some friends I know probably didn’t know them. (I heard about them through my mom.) The group consists of Chiharu Tamashiro as the vocalist and Ayano Kinjo on the keyboard/piano. They released about 10 albums and 18 singles. Their latest was release on March 4, 2009.

After watching the anime, Mushiking, I decided to review the opening theme; Ikitekoso. It starts with Ayano playing the melodious interlude at the beginning followed by Chikaru whose voice enters the song powerfully. At first, you might think that this is just and ordinary ballad but the voice sounded so powerful that it was a very memorable song. Besides the piano playing in the background, there are some hints of the violin and light drum beats that plays between the rifts. Somehow, it shares the same style as “Best Friend” because its a ballad that calm at the begining and strong in the end. Not to mention that both songs actually do repeat the chorus quite often. But I’m starting to say that I liked this song better.

Personal Rating: 4.5/5


Best Friend

Artist: Kiroro
Release Date: June 6, 2001
Label: JVC Victor
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. Best Friend
2. Again
3. Best Friend (Instrumental)
4. Again (Instrumental)
I haven’t been writing as often as I usually do so I’ll make an exception for today and reveiw during the week day. (These happen to be one of my few reasons to write a review during a school night.) Anyway, I hope that viewers are pretty much used to me reviewing some old Japanese albums. I’ve actually never thought of creating a J-pop review blog until I visited the ever popular “Beyond the Sea” J-pop review site. Sorry, I tend to write reviews on music that have been released in the year, 2000 but that doesn’t mean that I’m behind in the J-pop world!

Best Friend turns out to be a rather flowy and peaceful song. Whenever I feel stressed or depressed, this is the first song that comes in mind. Two of some the most melodious instruments are present at the beginning of the song and plays throughout. At some point of the song, drums are added to make the song a little bit uplifting than the introduction. Personally one of my favorite laid back songs.

Again also had a similar type of style as “Best Friend:” a bit solemn at the beginning and little beats are added as the songs progresses. The one thing that bothers me a little bit about “again” is that there’s a melody that doesn’t really fit well with the background music. Not that I’m saying that the song is messy and all, it’s just that I thought that it wouldn’t match with the tone of the duo’s voices. (At least not as messy as Ami Suzuki’s “Reincarnation” single! I hope to review that one soon.)

To explain the somewhat high rating, I usually listen more to Japanese ballads and electronica songs than pop because of the feel. (But that doesn’t mean that I don’t listen to any J-pop!) Anyway, I personally really loved “Best Friend” mroe than “Again,” but I guess that my review pretty much proved my point.

Personal Rating: 4.5/5