Natsumi Kon – Watashi wa Souzou Suru

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Tracklist:

  1. Watashi wa Souzou Suru
  2. Kokoro
  3. Watashi wa Souzou Suru (Off Vocal)
  4. Kokoro (Off Vocal)

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1. Watashi wa Souzou Suru

Starting with a repeated chant of the title, distorted guitars make a short appearance with the addition of unsettling strings. Despite a gentle start to the verse, the song becomes an edgy affair with a strong guitar instrumentation. The chorus increases the tempo, and while the guitars are fierce, the strings and vocals keep the track grounded. The strings in the bridge sound incredibly dramatic, and when chants come in we get an epic song. Natsumi Kon reminds me of a deeper version of Chiaki Ishikawa, and she has great control over both soft and powerful vocals. A great track!

2. Kokoro

The B-side is an acoustic ballad, with a simple arrangement of acoustic guitar, a few strings, slide guitar and a little drums.  What I like about it which differs from usual B-side ballads is that it has a country flavour with the slide guitar and violin. Natsumi’s vocals also give the song a boost as she delivers perfectly throughout the song. It’s good that they didn’t decide to go with the usual generic ballad and mixed it up for this song because it turned out really well.

I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of this OP until very recently because it’s a gem. I haven’t heard of the artist before, but from this single I can see that Natsumi Kon is an excellent singer. As I said earlier, she reminds me of Chiaki Ishikawa, which is no small praise. Both tracks were good as well – the first was a grand ani-rock track, while the second was a charming country ballad. I’m definitely looking forward to her future releases, give her a listen!

Rating: 9/10

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3 Responses to Natsumi Kon – Watashi wa Souzou Suru

  1. Nat says:

    I just gave this a try (thanks to your review ;D). Wow, she really does sound like Chiaki Ishikawa. And singing a song penned by Chiaki at that…This is a pretty good single.

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