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Otsuka Ai – CHU-LIP [14th Single]

Posted on: July 23, 2008

Otsuka Ai’s 14th single, entitled CHU-LIP, was released on 02.21.07. The title track was used as the theme song for the TBS dorama Kirakira Kenshuu I.

In order to capture the sounds of summer, Ai brings out the energy and cuteness for CHU-LIP. A pop instrumentation with rock sounds starts off the song and makes a nice entrance to the first verse. Her vocals are cute and really bring the happy poppy atmosphere to the forefront and in the listener’s face. The chorus is the standout part of the song, particularly when she sings “CHU-LIP” and really is fun and light-hearted. The pure instrumental section stands out and then re-introduces the chorus nicely. CHU-LIP is a fun and happy summer song that Ai really brings to life.

The B-side of this single is キミにカエル。. The song starts off with a very sweet and engaging instrumental that has a dreamy aspect to it. The first verse then begins and Ai smoothly sings her way through. The chorus stands out as Ai shows off her vocals nicely, hitting the higher notes strongly and sweetly. The pure instrumental section shows off that fairy-tale-like feeling perfectly which really resonates with the listener. This B-side is very enjoyable and one of Ai’s most memorable ones.

In order to promote the single, a PV for CHU-LIP. The video is very weird and features a couple different scenes: Ai watching an older man taking a bath, Ai and three others dancing in a bathroom and Ai on a bed with others. It’s a very strange video but a nice fit for the song by showing off that fun element so well.

Single Ranking: A

CHU-LIP is a great single with the fun and poppy summer title-track and the sweet and dreamy B-side, forming a combination of two enjoyable songs for the listener.

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