Flower was Van Tomiko’s debut single. It was released on June 7, 2006 and reached number 10 on the charts with 14,342 copies sold. In all this single has sold over 24,230+ copies. The title track was used as the theme song for the TBS drama Oishii Proposal. While Brave was used as ending theme song for the PS2 game Sengoku Basara 2. Oddly enough, this single was released after her solo debut album FAREWELL, a will finally be added to her second studio album Van. which is set to be released on December 19, 2008.
3. Flower (Instrumental)
4. Brave (Instrumental)
For some reason Flower reminded me a lot of DAI’s material. I mean the beginning sounded a little reminiscent of under the sun, until the synth elements came into play. That being said, this song features some great rock instrumentals along with some synth-pop. Either way it was very upbeat. Van displayed once again her fine array of vocals in this song. The verses moved fairly fast to the chorus. And the chorus was amazing, still very DAI like, which isn’t bad either. I just loved it because it was easy to get into, and those synth elements at the end were just amazing. If you loved DAI, you’ll love this song for the most part.
After the woodwind opening I had no idea what to expect from Brave. But once the other instrumentals entered it began to sound a stronger. Once again there are some rock influences in this song, namely the guitar and drums. Here Van’s vocals were a lot stronger than the previous song. Not only that I loved how she sang the chorus. It was slow, yet her powerful vocals carried it through. It was an interesting combination, the guitars, drums, and woodwinds, pretty sweet. Another unique thing was the bridge, it featured some awesome strings, woodwinds, and some acoustics. It was great how once it got momentum, it kept getting better.
Overall Review: Flower was a rock fantasy brigade. This single was by far, one of her most reminiscent singles of her former, and now, band Do As Infinity. It featured some incredible rock elements namely the guitars and drums. So any DAI fan, will love this single. It’s up-beat, rock, and just plain entertaining. Not to mention it featured her vocals, which really made DAI a fantastic band. What a way to begin the Van. Era.
Final Grade: 100A+