Kurage, Nagare Boshi

Kurage, Nagare Boshi was Ai Otsuka’s 18th single. It was released on September 10, 2008 and reached number 4 on the charts with 34,118 copies sold. This single marks Ai’s 5th year in the music business and is her 5th anniversary single! And to commemorate her 5th anniversary, it was released on the same date as her first single Momo no Hanabira. In addition to that, this single was released in 4 editions. There was a limited edition CD only version, a limited edition CD+DVD, and the covers were made to mimic the covers of her first single. It was also released in a CD only edition as well as a CD+DVD edition. This was the third single in her new era, named LOVE RAIL, not sure though.

Kurage, Nagare Boshi - Ai Otsuka

1. Kurage, Nagare Boshi
2. H20
3. Ame no Tsubu, Waltz ~LOVE MUSiC~
4. Kurage, Nagare Boshi (Instrumental)
5. H20 (Instrumental)

Ai has done it again with this anniversary song entitled Kurage, Nagare Boshi lit. Jellyfish, Shooting Star. It’s another one of Ai’s profound and beautiful ballads, think along the lines of Planetarium, Ren’ai Shashin, or even Pocket; and to top it all off, the title sounds so cute! That being said, it does seem like another signature track from Ai, very distinctive. The first sounds are of the piano and the quiet yet beautiful violins. That there really made me love it, if the opening is good, 9/10 times the song will be good. And I wasn’t wrong either. Ai’s vocals were pure perfection. She hit those high notes so well as well as sung in her signature soft voice. And when the chorus came, I flipped. With the harp playing a little before it, it just made is sound so beautiful. Than the guitar began to play, and thankfully it wasn’t all too powerful, but it fit in just right; and the tambourine followed by the panting was simply amazing. And although the chorus wasn’t all that powerful and strong the first round, it gets so much better, especially when Ai begins to sing even stronger. Overall as a song, this has got to be one of my favorites, well ballads at least.

Not sure what’s with the title H20, maybe water was too simple. Anyway this song is completely different from the previous track. Instead of being a ballad it’s very rock. And to be honest with you, it’s not that good. Don’t get me wrong, I love the guitar as much as the next person, but it was just so repetitive with this song. But one goof thing was that even though it got off to a bad start, it actually ended on a good note, towards the halfway point it started to get better, but I still don’t like this song all that much.

Just as things look grim, we come to such a great song, this one is entitled Ame no Tsubu, Waltz ~LOVE MUSiC lit. Raindrops. It’s a wonderful, lighthearted tune that’s very sweet, at the beginning anyway. Ai’s vocals once again her so awesome. Very soft at points and strong at others. Although it takes a while for the song to get good, it’s worth the wait, especially when the guitars play for a while followed by the strings and the piano. And even though it doesn’t get to the best point until the last part, it’s worth waiting for it. It’s when Ai’s vocals are best and when the instrumentals are in full force. Overall it was a great song, with come classical elements.

Overall Review: Kurage, Nagare Boshi was a shining anniversary single. Ai really couldn’t have asked for a better 5th Anniversary single. I mean this single is one of her most memorable singles to date, and it has has of the best covers ever! It took me about five minutes before I decided which cover I wanted to use. And I chose the CD+DVD edition because of the simplicity and the coloring. That being said, I also loved the CD only cover, such a great use of colors! Anyway, I loved the title track since it was such a wonderful ballad, similar to Kingyo Hanabi or Planetarium. H20 could have been better, but it wasn’t that bad. And I loved the final B-Side, so fitting for this single. And I loved how it was so classical! If this single ended her new era, it would be the best way!

Final Grade: 100A+

4 Responses to “Kurage, Nagare Boshi”
  1. amaiyume says:

    Once again, we agree!
    I think this was another great single from Ai! Much better than Rocket Sneaker / One Time…she really rebounded nicely so it gives me hope for the new album!
    BTW, if LOVE RAIL is the new album title and I will die of happiness because that it just awesome!

  2. Die says:

    It’s because great minds thing alike! And yes I loved this single. It was similar to Planetarium with the whole phenomenal ballad feel. I can’t wait to hear what she releases next!

  3. tomohide says:

    Totally agree with this review ^^
    I`m loving the direction Ai is taking more recently with songs such as sora to kujira and now kurage, nagareboshi !

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