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Otsuka Ai – Happy Days [4th Single]

Posted on: July 17, 2008

Otsuka Ai’s 4th single, entitled Happy Days, was released on 07.07.04. The title track was used as background music in the Morinaga ICE BOX CM as well as being the theme song to Koukousei Quiz 2004 on Nihon TV.

Happy Days is a fun and happy song. The song starts off with a cool and fun instrumental prompted by rock flares. The first verse starts and there is a more poppy feeling as Ai sings happily with the rock sound and strangely the two make a combination. The repetition of “happy days” during the chorus really stands out to the listener as Ai cutely sings her way through a cool and slick instrumental. The pure instrumental sequence sounds great as the song’s light-heartedness is spotlighted. A cool and fun instrumental closes the song perfectly. Happy Days defintely has the happy energy Ai is known for and the song definitely catches the listener’s ear well.

The B-side of the single, 星くず, the sweet ballad. Opening the song is a sweet piano interlude and then the first verse begins. Ai’s vocals sound great here and really capture the atmosphere of the song. The chorus features Ai holding her notes powerfully and with such strength, it stands out to the listener. The second verse features a slightly different sound that captures the listener as Ai smoothly singer her way through. The song closes with an absolutely beautiful instrumentation. The lyrics of the song are wonderful ad through the instrumentation and Ai’s fantastic vocals, the song is really brought to life. The song is an excellent compliment to the upbeat and fun A-side.

In order to promote the single, a PV for Happy Days was made. The video begins with Ai crazily driving a car and as the car comes to a screeching halt, Ai tumbles out of the car and sings into a megaphone. The rest of the video is pretty simple as Ai sings into the megaphone while her band accompanies her. Ai looks really pretty here and the scenery is beautiful as well, making the PV definitely enjoyable.

Single Ranking: A

Otsuka Ai’s 4th single is a great combination of a upbeat number and a sweet ballad. The A-side is a fun and happy song, driven by rock tints, which only add to the song’s coolness. Ai’s fun and cute vocals really capture the song’s energy. On the B-side, Ai sweetly delivers vocals that bring home the song’s sorrowful atmosphere. It’s definitely a great combination of songs to show off Ai’s versatility.


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