ayaka – Sing to the Sky

POWER OF MUSIC
2.5
Let’s Sing Love
3.5
Sky
2.5
Jewelry day
4.5
Good Night Baby
2.5
For today
2.5
Why?
3.5
Gold Star
2.5
The Magicians Deeds
2.5
Let’s Hold Hands
3.5
Love, Lies and Truth
2.5
CLAP & LOVE
2.5
Because I Have You
3.5
Wrapped in the Stars Tonight…
3.5

thoughts. B.
I did not like ayaka’s debut, so much so in fact that it would be in my top ten least favorite albums if I ever get around to making such a list. However, her sophomore album Sing to the Sky is loads better. I actually really loved this album when it first came out; it’s died down a bit after repeated listens, but I still like it even if only half of the songs interest me seeing as I sometimes wonder why I like Gold Star and CLAP & LOVE, but it’s most likely because of ayaka’s strong vocal performances. Ayaka went all out vocally for this album and it shows. Sing to the Sky use to be one of those albums that I could put on and listen to all the way through without skipping a track. It still kinda is, especially with tracks like Jewelry day, Why?¬†and Wrapped in the Stars Tonight… it could have been better as I didn’t really care for the track listing (it doesn’t flow well to me). Still, a decent album, much better than her first.

  • favorite track – Jewelry day
    least favorite track – Gold Star/CLAP & LOVE
    guilty pleasure track – For today
    under-rated track – Wrapped in the Stars Tonight…

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ayaka – First Message

Start to 0(Love)
2.5
Real Voice
2.5
Sha la la
2.5
Blue Days
2.5
I Believe
3.5
Stay with Me
2.5
Melody
2.5
Your Power and an Adult’s Inseparability
2.5
Turning Back Time
2.5
Story
2.5
Crescent Moon
3.5

thoughts. C-.
Ayaka has such a great voice but it still astounds me to this day that this boring, forgettable, mediocre album sold over a million copies. I am still stunned. I jumped on the ayaka bandwagon when I heard I believe. Though when I finally got around to listening to her First Message album all those years ago, I was astonished at how little I retained after hearing it. Fast forward to now and I’m still just…. bored. Even listening to the non-throwaway songs for this review, I’m just bored. Disinterested. This is one of the worst debut albums I have ever heard and is my least favorite album from her. Thank goodness her Sing to the Sky album is good, it redeemed her fully in my eyes. However, this album aside from literally two tracks, does her voice no justice. They’re not bad, but they do nothing for her powerful vocals or my short attention span. Those just getting into ayaka I suggest skipping this and listening to her sophomore album, if only for the stellar and emotionally moving Jewelry day. First Message just does nothing for me and is utterly forgettable.

  • favorite track – I believe
    least favorite track – Start to Love(0)/Sha la la
    guilty pleasure track – Melody
    under-rated track – Blue days

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