Hitohira no Hanabira

Hitohira no Hanabira was Stereopony’s debut single. It was released on November 5, 2008 and reached no. 25 on the Oricon Charts with 4,745 copies sold. The title track was used as the 17th theme song for the popular anime Bleach.

Hitohira no Hanabira - Stereopony

Tracks:
1. Hitohira no Hanabira
2. Near Me
3. Yuukan na Funny Friends
4. Hitohira no Hanabira (Instrumental)

Review:
It’s no surprise that their debut single’s title track Hitohira no Hanabira lit. A Single Flower Petal is a rock song since they’re a rock band after all. The music is surprisingly fast, it began only a second after the song began, no waiting whatsoever. There are lots of energetic guitar riffs, a nice use of the percussion and some refreshing vocals. Aimi provides the vocals, and she does a wonderful job, lots of variety and she’s even got some power. What I loved most though was just how fast the chorus was, which made it memorable somehow, that and the melody. It’s a nice change from regular rock songs.

No surprise again their B-Side Near Me is another rock song. It still features those classical rock instruments, the bass, guitar, and drums, but it’s more relaxed for rock. It’s not nearly as fast or as catchy as the previous track but it does sound nice.

I’m not sure what’s with the title Yuukan na Funny Friends but it’s certainly interesting. It’s slightly faster than the previous track and it seems to have a happier atmosphere to it. Aimi’s vocals are more cheerful somehow too, not all that serious sounding. The melody isn’t all that impressive but the song itself sounds wonderful.

Overall Review: Hitohira no Hanabira was debut rock magic! Stereopony is on hell of a rock band. There’s a sense of nostalgia with this band and their music, reminds me of way back when. And I feel that this band brings something new to the table, they make the rock so much more personal and inviting. It’s a great debut and what’s a better way to garner some popularity than Bleach?

Final Grade
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