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Otsuka Ai – 甘えんぼ [3rd Single]

Posted on: July 17, 2008

Otsuka Ai’s 3rd single, entitled 甘えんぼ, was released on 03.03.04.

甘えんぼ, a sweet midtempo song, is the A-side. A sweet and romantic instrumentation begins the song, taking the listener into the world of the song. Ai’s vocals carry the sweetness that the lyrics show and they go with the music perfectly. The chorus stands out as the instrumentation becomes more varied, with soft rock tints appearing to support Ai’s strong vocals. The instrumentation then builds up for the grand affair of the chorus and to match this change, Ai shows off even more vocal strength and range, hitting the higher notes beautifully. The ending vocalzing sounds absolutely wonderful and are a nice way of showing off Ai’s vocal talents. The A-side is a sweet ballad that shows off Ai’s powerful vocals over a touching instrumental.

雨色パラソル, the B-side, is an enjoyable uptempo song. Beginning the song is the sound of rain and then the instrumentation comes in, making the listener take notice. The jazzy elements of the song really stand out before the first verse starts. Ai’s vocals are very pretty and compliment the music very well. The chorus brings out a poppy energy, which Ai sounds very comfortable on. Overall the song is definitely another great B-side from Ai that catches the listener’s ear.

Single Ranking: A

Otsuka Ai’s 3rd single consists of two strong songs. The A-side is a sweet and romantic midtempo song that Ai brings to life with strong vocals and a cool instrumental. As a more jazzy and upbeat number, 雨色パラソル serves as a great B-side. Both songs compliment the other, making another enjoyable single from Ai.

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