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Otsuka Ai – 恋愛写真 [13th Single]

Posted on: July 22, 2008

Otsuka Ai’s 13th single, entitled 恋愛写真, was released on 10.25.06. The title track was used as the theme song for the movie Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru, a song for a music.jp CM and a Toshiba W45T (au). The B-side was used as the LOOK A La Mode chocolate CM song.

恋愛写真 is a sweet love ballad of reflection. To start the song off with the first verse as Ai beautifully sings the lyrics and is supported by a piano-driven instrumental. The chorus is memorable as Ai sings one line repeatedly and her voice really captures the emotion behind that one line. When the second verse starts, the instrumentation has a little more energy and beat to it than the previous one. The pure instrumental section sounds fantastic and sticks out to the listener before the chorus is re-introduced. She holds the last note fantastically, being able to capture and emote the feelings of the whole song at one moment.

ハニカミジェーン is the B-side. The song starts off with nice drum interlude before the cool and relaxing instrumentation starts. The first verse begins and Ai’s vocals sound very nice, attracting the listener. The chorus stands out nicely as Ai sings with a certain cuteness to her voice that goes perfectly with the music. The light rock tints also work nicely with Ai’s voice to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for the listener. The pure instrumentation section gives off a feeling of mystery before the guitar comes out strongly, making a smooth transition for more of Ai’s vocals. She hits the higher notes strongly and that cuteness stands out even more than usual here.  The same drums nicely close the song. As a soft enjoyable song with some rock flares, this is a great B-side.

In order to promote the single, a PV for 恋愛写真 was made. This video has a very personal feel that compliments the song’s lyrics strongly. There are many close-up shots of Ai singing; there are scenes of Ai spending time with her boyfriend; and a sorrowful reflective scene of Ai standing outside at night-time in a white dress.

Single Ranking: A

Otsuka Ai’s 13th single is made up of the … and the cool and relaxing ハニカミジェーン. The B-side definitely is one of Ai more memorable ones and is a great part of this single.

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