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ayaka’s 3rd single, entitled Real Voice, was released on 07.19.06. The title track was used as the ending theme for the Japanese dorama suppli.

Real Voice is an insanely catchy upbeat number. The song begins with ayaka singing a line and there seems to be a slight distortion on her voice but there is such a catchiness in it that the listener is immediately drawn in. Following is a section of pure instrumentation which starts off a bit mellow but then grows into being more diverse and catchy with the first verse following. Her vocals during the first verse go perfectly with the music and the light rock sounds work really well here. On the chorus, it returns to that catchiness presented in the first line and it allows her to show off a little more vocally here. The third verse has a way of building up as each syllable is accentuated by ayaka’s voice, which keeps the attention focused strongly. Real Voice is another great A-side from ayaka and is the best of her first three singles.

ayaka is supported by the simplistic and beautiful sounds of the piano for the single’s B-side, Peace Loving People. Once again, there is a certain natural element about this song that allows ayaka’s vocals to come shining through. Her vocals are as strong as ever, keeping a certain upbeat and happy atmosphere that really translates in the listener’s ear. It’s a wonderful B-side and perfect compliment to the more poppy A-side.

In order to promote the single, a PV for Real Voice was made. This video focuses nicely on close-up shots of ayaka and it’s a nice change of pace although it’s not a very interesting video and her hair style should been just let down. It’s not great but it’s worth a look every now and then.

Single Ranking: A +

Real Voice is an even better single than her first two singles. While the A-side is a very upbeat and catchy song, Peace Loving People is a very pretty softer song. Both songs have an addictiveness to them that the listener just falls in love with.

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ayaka’s 2nd single, entitled Melody ~Sounds Real,~ was released on 05.17.06. The B-side, ブルーデイズ, was used as an insert song for a Japanese dorama entitled Suppli. This single was limited, with only 50,000 copies.

Melody ~Sounds Real~ is an enjoyable upbeat song that evokes a happy feeling. The song begins with an upbeat instrumentation that actually takes on some country elements to make a very natural atmosphere that ayaka’s voice supports perfectly. She sounds really nice on the first verse as there is that catchiness but it’s the chorus that really stands out as she sings “melody” with such an addictive quality that the listener is engaged. Her vocals here are also a little bit stronger so they stand out in the listener’s mind more. On the pure instrumental section, the guitar is nicely spotlighted and it even takes on some slight rock influences to really make this section stand out. Overall, this is an excellent song that definitely is a memorable song

Things slow down a bit for the single’s B-side, ブルーデイズ. Opening the song is a nice acoustic instrumental that evokes a very relaxing feeling for the listener. Following is the first verse and ayaka’s vocals here are pretty soft, capturing that natural essence of the song. The chorus nicely stands out as she reaches a little higher on some notes and delivers some notes with more power. This song is a very nice number and ayaka does a good job of delivering vocals to support the music.

In order to promote the single, a PV for Melody ~Sounds Real~ was made. The video is pretty simple, featuring ayaka rocking out with her band as well as a scene of her wandering through some gorgeous field. Although there isn’t much going on, it’s that simplicity that works with the song to make it an enoyable watch.

Single Ranking: A

Following her debut single, ayaka continues to have strong songs. Melody ~Sounds Real~ shows that she can do upbeat songs while still showing off her vocals while the B-side allows for ayaka to slow down and take on more of an emotional atmosphere. Both songs make this a very good single, worthy of checking out.

ayaka’s debut single, entitled I Believe, was released on 02.01.06. The title track was used as the theme song for the TBS dorama Rondo.

I Believe is a gorgeous ballad. The song starts off with a very pretty instrumental that evokes emotions within the listener as the piano builds the anticipation for ayaka to come in singing. She does so on the first verse and her vocals are so smooth here and carrying such emotion, the listener falls in love. On the chorus, she shows off a little more vocally as she reaches higher on certain notes and her pronounciation of “I believe myself” is absolutely perfect. The pure instrumetnal section sounds very grandiose, drawing on the emotional qualities of the song so beautifully and once ayaka comes in again, the listener is yet again entranced by the power of her vocals. I Believe is a wonderful ballad that ayaka brings to life with vocals that portray emotion and power.

夢のカケラ is the single’s B-side, taking on an acoustic sound. After the sorrowful tone of the last song, this song takes on a more uplifting feeling that the listener can enjoy from start to finish. ayaka’s vocals in this one are as strong as ever, which makes this another enjoyable song and a nice compliment to the A-side.

In order to promote the single, a PV for I Believe was made. The video is very simple and keeping with the atmosphere of the song, the video features ayaka wandering in the dark outside. She looks very pretty here as the setting, which makes for a visually enjoyable video.

Single Ranking: A

ayaka definitely made a strong debut as I Believe is a fantastic song, fit with an emotional atmosphere and powerful vocals to really catch the listener’s ear. The B-side is another good song that shows another side of ayaka, which makes this single very complete.

ayaka and Kobukuro’s first collaboration single, entitled WINDING ROAD, was released on 02.08.07. The song was used as the Nissan Cube CM song.

WINDING ROAD is an enjoyable upbeat number. The song starts off with ayaka and Kobukuro singing acapella and their voices all carry a naturalness so having the three come together just sounds great. It gets even better when the instrumentation comes in. The boys of Kobukuro start off the first verse and they sound great here with smooth vocals that carry the music along nicely. ayaka also adds her magic to the song by giving power and control as well as emotion all in one. The chorus is nice although a little more instrumental variety would have been nice. The pure instrumental section provides a nice opportunity for all three artists to show off their vocal abilities and they definitely do, ayaka being the person who shines the strongest. Overall, they come together to make a great song and their voices definitely mesh together very well.

In order to promote the single, a PV for WINDING ROAD was made. The video is very simple featuring a scene of three on a rotating platform, each in their own third with a microphone. Although there isn’t much going on, it’s a nice watch.

Single Ranking: A

ayaka and Kobukuro really are the perfect team as their voices all carry a naturalness about them thus putting them together only brings even more magic. The song features a nice upbeat feeling and it allows them to show off vocally. It’s certainly a song that any fan of either ayaka or Kobukuro would love.

melody.’s 8th single, entitled Lovin’ U, was released on 11.08.06. Lovin’ U was used as the CM song for Kaou Reishasu, Our Journey was used as the main song for the Taiwanese movie Maboroshiyuuden, FEEL THE RUSH was used as the J Sports ESPN 「X-MUSIC SB FREAK」theme song and FEEL THE RUSH (Junkie XL Remix for “Need for Speed Carbon” was featured on Electronic Art’s Need for Speed: Carbon soundtrack.

Lovin’ U, a sweet midtempo number, is the single’s title track. The song begins with the first verse, in which there is a sweet relaxing feel to the music as well as melody.’s voice. Things pick up a little on the chorus as there is more of a cute poppiness that really matches the lyrics of the song as she sings “I gotta see your face everyday.” Lovin’ U is a nice song but it could have been stronger had it stayed more on the route of the sweet midtempo sound rather than having things pick up on the chorus.

Our Journey, a song sung in all English, is the single’s first B-side. A very pretty piano instrumental begins the song and establishes a dreamy and magical feeling that really catches the listener’s ear. She then comes in on the first verse and her voice is so pretty here, carrying a certain fragility that makes the meaning of the words really stand out. The transition into the chorus is so subtle that it’s somewhat hard to catch when it begins but her vocals show a little more power, which allows it to stand out for the rest of the song. The final note of the song is held with such beauty that the listener can’t forget it. Overall, she brings the emotional strength to this song that makes it so beautiful.

melody. then takes on a more sexy route for the edgy song, FEEL THE RUSH. Opening the song is a hot aggressive instrumental that is extremely addictive and then the first verse begins. Her vocals carry a certain sexual energy to them that suits the music perfectly and she makes the lyrics’ meaning really come alive. Following is the hook in which she sings “the city’s calling my name” and there is a certain prettiness about this part of the song that actually makes a nice little contrast from the rest of the song. Then the edginess comes back full force for the chorus, which stands out particularly when she sings “come with me” and “ride with me.” Not only is FEEL THE RUSH a fantastic song but it’s also one of melody.’s best songs in her entire discrogaphy. This song should have been the A-side because it’s that strong.

In order to promote the single, a PV for Lovin’ U was made. The video is pretty simple, featuring a small intimate party with people dancing and melody. moving a little. For the final chorus, the day becomes brighter and melody. shows a little more happiness. Overall, the video could have been much stronger with a little more energy but it’s a nice watch.

Single Ranking: A

Lovin’ U is a great single from melody. The A-side is a nice and sweet song but it’s the B-sides that really catch the listener’s attention. From the dreamy beauty of Our Journey to the sexy edginess of FEEL THE RUSH, melody. successfully tries out different sounds to make this a fantastic single.

EMYLI’s 5th single, entitled Day By Day, was released on 04.18.07.

Day By Day is a hot R&B dance number that keeps the listener enticed. Opening the song is a strong dance instrumental and then EMYLI shows off just how powerful her vocals are as she belts out some fantastic ones. The first verse features some smooth vocals that carry a sexiness to them, carrying the listener to the chorus, which sounds fantastic. It’s particularly memorable for when she sings “baby crazy,” which serves as the opening phrase. Her vocals here are stronger and catch the listener’s attention. The pure instrumental section offers the perfect time for a dance break, then moving back into the chorus. More pure instrumentation then closes the song. Day By Day is an excellent song, one of EMYLI’s best as she shows off her powerful vocals over a cool R&B beat.

Shake The Habit serves as the single’s B-side. The guitar begins the song over a sweet uptempo instrumental. EMYLI’s vocals are very nice on the first verse, really capturing the emotion of the song. She then proceeds to give even more power in her vocals on the chorus when she sings “shake the habit.” It’s a very nice song for showing off her vocals and worth checking out.

In order to promote the single, a PV for Day By Day was made. There are some fantastic dance sequences as well as EMYLI singing by a fence showing off her new sexy look. She looks great and brings the coolness of the song to life in this video, which makes it one to check out.

Single Ranking: A –

Day By Day is an excellent single from its hot dance title track to the sweet and powerful B-side. She certainly has the voice to pull these songs off so this is a single to check out.

EMYLI’s 6th single, entitled テキトー Lover, was released on 07.18.07. The single features an A-side, a B-side as well as an English version of the A-side and a Spanish version of the B-side.

EMYLI and VERBAL team up for the fun pop song テキトー Lover. The song begins with a hot instrumental with a really catchy beat with a few vocalizations from EMYLI and soon VERBAL comes in with his rap sequence. He raps in all English and his voice really fits with the attitude of the song. EMYLI then sings the first verse and gives some great vocals, carry emotion and soul before the chorus. The chorus is addictive and the title of the song sticks out as EMYLI uses her powerful vocals to carry her. The rest of the song continues with some great vocals from EMYLI and some addictive raps from VERBAL, which makes テキトー a fantastic song.

Look At Me Now serves as the single’s B-side. It features a happier sound that really catches the listener’s ear. As always, EMYLI’s vocals are spot on and support the music to make it a very enjoyable number.

In order to promote the single, a PV for テキトー Lover. She contines the more sexy image as she performs more dance routines. Both EMYLI and VERBAL look great in this video and their interactions are always enjoyable, particularly at the end of the video. It suits the song well, which makes it a successful PV.

Single Ranking: A

EMYLI brings more strength to her 6th single, which features a hot dance song to be the A-side. Look At Me Now is a nice sweet B-side worthy of the single as well, which makes this another strong single for EMYLI.