AKINO with bless4 – Kimi no Shinwa ~ Aquarion Dai Ni Sho

Kimi no Shinwa - Aquarion Dai 2 Sho

Tracklist:

  1. Kimi no Shinwa ~ Aquarion Dai Ni Shou
  2. Gekkou Symphonia
  3. Kimi no Shinwa ~ Aquarion Dai Ni Shou instrumental
  4. Gekkou Symphonia instrumental

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1. Kimi no Shinwa ~ Aquarion Dai Ni Shou

A church organ opens the song in an impressive way, before a flourish of strings leads into the introduction of AKINO and bless4’s harmonising vocals. AKINO is an amazing singer, and she fully utilises her range in this song, going from high and clear in the chorus to more delicate in the interlude. I’m loving the addition of bless4’s backing vocals, as AKINO’s old stuff didn’t really include them too much. This and a strong string presence throughout the song makes this song pretty epic, much better than any average anison. A fantastic song.

2. Gekkou Symphonia

The B-Side is a ballad, sung by AKINO and her brother AIKI. AIKI’s voice has more of a pop sound (think boy band) than AKINO and doesn’t have the same strength, but they certainly harmonise well! Gekkou Symphonia is piano based ballad, with some lovely flowing lines perfectly complementing the vocalists. It’s easy to feel the melancholy emotion coming from the singers throughout the song. If anything, this is better than the A-Side!

With Kimi no Shinwa ~ Aquarion Dai Ni Shou, AKINO returned to the music scene after 5 years, and with the compositional skills of the brilliant Yoko Kanno has produced another masterpiece. AKINO shows her vocal versatility going from the orchestral-pop-rock of Kimi no Shinwa to the softer and glorious ballad Gekkou Symphonia, and of course having your 3 siblings (bless4 itself is AKINO + two brothers+ a sister) providing some lovely backing vocals doesn’t hurt at all! Seriously AKINO is one of the best JPop acts going around, listen to this single right now!!!! Recommended.

Rating: 10/10

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