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ayaka – Why / CLAP & LOVE [6th Single]

Posted on: August 25, 2008

ayaka’s 6th single, entitled Why / CLAP & LOVE, was released on 09.05.07. Why was used as the theme song for Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII while CLAP & LOVE was used as the opening theme for the comedic dorama Jigoku no Sata mo Yome Shidai.

Why is the single’s ballad. The first verse begins the song and ayaka’s vocals help explore a relaxing and somewhat mysterious atmosphere established by the instrumental. It’s the chorus that really shines as she hits her notes fantastically and she sings the title of the song with such beauty. During the pure instrumental section, the guitar shines and is a very nice section of the song. Following is the final chorus, in which ayaka really brings out the vocal power. There is a certain element of magic to this song that really catches the listener’s ear and ayaka’s vocals bring the song

CLAP & LOVE allows ayaka to try out the sounds of rock and she shines strongly here. The song opens up with a cool upbeat rock sound with an addictive beat. The first verse then begins and ayaka’s vocals display power and control as she holds her notes strongly. With powerful vocals and a catchy beat, the chorus really steps out, particularly when she sings the title of the song. Before the final chorus, ayaka does a little vocalizing and really belts out, allowing the listener to feel her power. Closing the song is a few more strong vocalizations with the music there to really end the song.

In order to promote the single, two PVs were made: one for each A-side. On the PV for Why, ayaka rides a train to arrive to her beautiful destination. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous and certainly is eye-catching. The video for CLAP & LOVE is simple as it features ayaka singing in front of speakers as well as various people appearing to clap (which is done repeatedly throughout the song). From the lighting to ayaka’s clthes, there is a darker atmosphere, which nicely fits the song and its rock sound.

Single Ranking: A +

Both Why and CLAP & LOVE are fantastic songs that compliment each other strongly. While Why is a ballad sung with emotion, CLAP & LOVE is a catchy upbeat song taking on the sounds of rock. CLAP & LOVE is one of the best songs in her discography, really catching the listener’s ear. This single is definitely one to listen to.

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