Sayonara no Kawari ni / Negai
Sayonara no Kawari ni / Negai was JUJU’s 16th single. It was released on April 6, 2011.
1. Sayonara no Kawari ni
3. Mou Koi Nante Shinai
4. Sayonara no Kawari ni -Yasutaka Nakata Remix-
So I haven’t really reviewed a bunch of singles by JUJU, but this is one that I just had to review because it’s that damn good. Keep reading and find out why.
The first title track Sayonara no Kawari ni is one of her greatest ballads since, idk, she’s released a lot of ballads, but nothing seems so good as this one. This ballad isn’t your typical ballad, it’s more modern, it utilizes more beats, and it even sounds a bit more up-beat while featuring some almost magical arrangement that comprises mainly of synth. Her vocals are pretty damn good, and I just love the way everything sounds, especially the keyboard parts and the chorus. This ballad is as catchy as Ashita ga Kuru Nara. And if you thought it couldn’t get any better, you were wrong. Also featured on this single is the Yasutaka Nakata Remix. It’s a hell of a lot more modern than the original. It features Yasutaka’s electronic/dance style that transforms the beautiful ballad into a faster more club friendly hit. This song is a bit faster than the original, and far more infectious, there’s something about this song and all those dance beats, best remix of the year!
Also featured on this single is the ballad entitled Negai. This is far more of a traditional ballad than the first title track, comprising of the strings, piano chords, and guitar. The music is just heavenly, very beautiful and almost tear inducing. As usual, JUJU’s vocals are at the peak of perfection. Not as good as the last track, but still wonderful.
As for the B-Side, Mou Koi Nante Shinai follows JUJU’s style. It sounds far more jazzy, and slightly more up-beat. It’s more of a semi-ballad than anything. Still up-beat and flows very well, and although it does feature some wonderful classical strings and some percussion, it’s not a ballad. It’s more easy listening, very light and refreshing; although completely different from all of the other songs. Quite a lovely song IMO. Could’ve been a bit catchier though.
I can honestly say that this is my favorite single from JUJU currently. I was in love with the title tracks, and this time the remix didn’t butcher the original. As a matter of fact, the remix was my favorite track. The first title track was a phenomenal ballad that was catchy as it was beautiful. The second ballad was really enjoyable as well, great vocals, and a lovely arrangement. And even the B-Side was enjoyable and brought something new to the table, for the single at least. I can’t wait for her to release something else now!