Matsuura Aya [Suna wo You ni . . . NAMIDA]
Aya is my all-time favorite artist! She is not the greatest dancer or singer, though she has improved over the past few years, but her cuteness is alarming. You will be seeing many posts of Ayaya in this blog! Suna wo You ni … NAMIDA is Aya’s 19th single released on February 8th, 2006, and it reached the #5 spot on Oricon. Both of the songs are touching ballads that will put you in a relaxed mood.
My Subjective Score: 8.5/10
1. Suna no You ni … NAMIDA
A nice tempo for Aya to sing pleasantly with and to display her maturity. This would be a song I would sing when I’m in a “happy towards the whole world” mood and catching clouds, although the song is about a lost love. Go here to read translated lyrics. It’s a very beautiful ballad and well worth a listen to.
This song fits perfectly with the one before in mood. It’s almost like Happiness is the continuation of the last. Both of these songs seem like they could be background music to a movie (not in a bad way!). I like the guitar and the piano throughout because it’s giving off maturity not only in singing ability but the accompanient choice. Aya’s at the point where she can move away from the silly pop if she wants to. I can see her doing a lot of enka when she is older.
3. Suna wo You ni . . . NAMIDA (Instrumental)
In case you want to sing along…
Track 1: Suna wo You ni . . . NAMIDA
Track 2: Happiness
Track 3: Suna wo You ni . . . NAMIDA (Instrumental)
Regular Version: Aya walking around and sitting on steps feeling blue. She looks great but there is barely anything going on at all so you’re not missing anything if you don’t watch it. Aya gives the right facial expressions to coordinate with the song… so that’s really the only thing to watch.
Close-Up Version: If you didn’t get enough action from the one before…