Ayaka Hirahara – The Voice

BLESSING -Album ver.-
3.5
Rainbow Premonition
3.5
Dream Seed
3.5
i
3.5
Smile
2.5
Heart Pattern
2.5
Call Me
2.5
Wish
2.5
Hello Again
2.5

thoughts.
For Ayaka Hirahara’s sophomore album to be called The Voice, there was a lack of it on here. If I dare to keep repeating myself, I’m not saying it’s a bad album, because it isn’t. It just doesn’t do much for me. I felt like I remembered the songs more on her debut, in which with this one only a few stuck with me after a listen and I still had to go back an re-listen to them. Ayaka’s voice is really nice as usual, but the songs are pretty safe and that’s unfortunate because she’s capable of much more hard hitting tracks a la Jupiter. Her debut didn’t do it for me either, but the songs were better and I think she had like two straight instrumentals!

  • favorite track – Rainbow Premonition
    least favorite track – Wish
    guilty pleasure track – Call Me
    under-rated track – BLESSING -Album mix-

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Ayaka Hirahara – ODYSSEY

Tomorrow
2.5
empty space
2.5
Precious Time
2.5
Reļ¼šPEPPER
2.5
In Your Arms
2.5
Suzhou Serenade
2.5
Any More
3.5
Skool of AH
2.5
Brand-new Day
2.5
mama
2.5
Jupiter
4.5

thoughts. C.
Ayaka Hirahara is one of those artists I find myself going back and forth with because despite her having a good voice she can be pretty bland to me. The problem I have with this album (and perhaps only this album in Hirahara’s case) is how dull it is. It’s not dull in a bad way like ayaka’s First Message, but in a nothing really stands out and grabs my attention kind of way. Honestly, if it weren’t for Jupiter this album would be nearly forgettable. Hirahara’s debut is more on the weak side. It’s like Namie’s Sweet 19 Blues (which will be reviewed later, as I’m going in alphabetical order), it’s just there and the potential wasn’t quite met.

  • favorite track – Jupiter
    least favorite track – Precious Time
    guilty pleasure track – Re : PEPPER
    under-rated track – Any More

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