抱きしめる

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BoA
抱きしめる
November 23, 2005
Oricon Peak: #9
Total Sales: 58,436
Oricon Year-End Chart for 2005: #149
Label: avex trax
Producer: Kazuhiro Hara

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抱きしめる
(Dakishimeru)
(Embrace)
Lyrics: Natsumi Watanabe / Composition: Kazuhiro Hara
Special: A Flat Major
3:50

Vocally, this song is quite challenging. BoA must execute a complex dance routine while simultaneously hitting C#’s in full voice. It’s an amazing feat for any artist and BoA pulls it off with powerful finesse. In the background they use sliding to great effect to give the futuristic quality to the sound. They use an electric guitar that strums quickly and that adds some fun. There are lots of heavy synth down below and, naturally, quite a bit of stratosphere synth up top. The song is very danceable and will, at the very least, get you to rock your head. Lyrically, we’re talking about a racey young woman “outstripping the moonlight on the buildings” in her Cabriole. She speaks about how her and her lover aren’t really dating but they are so in love and that she will do anything he says because she only knows his true love. Oh, and she really wants to dance (and so do I!).

Before you said good-bye to me
Lyrics: Natsumi Watanabe / Composition: Kazuhiro Hara
Special: B Major
4:04

Some ethereal keyboard accompanies BoA singing the chorus in English, which is very sweet. A live drum set enters towards the end of that and then we hear a great horn section and the beat picks up to a steady tempo. ‘Before you said good-bye to me’ is a throw-back song of sorts. I can’t quite place it, but it’s right between the 60s and the 70s. It’s a happy song and it never borders on too sweet. It’s almost a perfect song. There’s nothing really wrong with it, though. I just have no idea what would happen if someone wrote the perfect song. Well, I lie, there are some grammar issues in the English part that could have easily been avoided. “Before you said good-bye to me / Oh, I wish I knew how… how you feel so guilty.” It should be felt. Just sayin’. Speaking of which, the lyrics talk about how when BoA’s lover said good-bye that she should have said “I love you” and they might still be together, enjoying the rain that is apparently falling down during the song.

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Despite all the hoopla from the fans about this single (and those before it and after it) being too adult, I found it very, very enjoyable. I think BoA performed these songs very well and that even the B-side was worthy of being an A-side. Excellent, BoA!

A+
99%

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TOKIO HOT 100 Analysis + Performance Analysis:
‘抱きしめる’ entered the charts at #72. It rocketed up forty-one positions to #31, it’s peak. Then it fell to #63 and then to #96 before falling off the charts by mid-December 2005. Her live performaces of this single were exceptional. The only two worth mentioning for anything else than utter perfection is her performances on Music Fighter on the 2nd of December where she was obviously lip-synching. I won’t hold it against her, this time. The other one, they have her dressed in some god-awful tiered white dress that looks like she just stepped off Disney’s Zenon: Girl of 22nd Century

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~ by vinyabarion on February 24, 2008.

5 Responses to “抱きしめる”

  1. […] 抱きしめる […]

  2. “Sliding?” What’s that?

    You know lotsa music terms @_@

    Anyways, you continue to impress me with your reviews. The only reason I didn’t comment on most of your posts on Yuna Ito is that I have yet to hear the majority of her music, and therefore have very little to say in response other than “good review.”

    I never got the complaints about the singles for her OUTGROW album. They were all awesome! XD

  3. I love how you write your reviews!!

    and…Dakishimeru rocks!! XD

  4. whoah!? it’s an old single? you just reviewed it?

    BTW love your blog too hehehe

  5. guess who found you? :3 well, i actually found your site a few months ago. lol. (not a stalker, i swear xD)

    anyways, <3 your reviews :]

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