Single review: “Faith” by miwa

miwa is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter. She made her major debut under Sony Music Records in 2010 and is managed by Tristone Entertaiment Inc. Faith is her 15th (overall) single.

Release date: 12th of February, 2014

Track list:
1. Faith
2. Kitto Kanau
3. It’s you!
4. Faith ~instrumental~
5. Kitto Kanau ~instrumental~
6. It’s you! ~instrumental~

1. Faith
The track Faith starts out deceptively as a calm, peaceful song featuring miwa singing while accompanied by a guitar and piano. The song starts to reveal itself in the short intro of good old J-rock, especially with miwa’s energetic and fresh vocals. Synthesized brass instruments and the mix of miwa’s lead vocals paired up with the backup vocals were perfectly harmonised throughout the song. I loved the transitions of where the song would go through energetic moments, then calm down to allow us to hear miwa’s beautiful and clear voice before picking up the rock energy again. The pauses before miwa would break out her vocals were very well paced and helped create the flow of the song. The simplicity works very well for this song!

2. Kitto Kanau
Completely different compared to Faith. A more melodic, pop song featuring the miwa that fans are used to hearing.  The start of the track is done well, but it seems to lose momentum as the song goes on, and loses the type of song it’s meant to be. It feels like a jumble of different musical pieces; ballad moments, random shifts at odd moments, changes on the instruments from section to section. This isn’t a terrible song, but it’s not very good either. It just doesn’t feel like a solid song.

3. It’s you!
A bubbly, cute and quirky song. No complex arrangement here, just a plain, simple, straightforward beat from start to finish. miwa’s  vocals flow easily from verse to verse. There’s a few guitar solos here and there, which are also not very complicated either. It’s you! is a simple, laid-back song that doesn’t exactly evoke much feelings other than it being really cute.

The single Faith is a calm yet quirky single. Kitto Kanau and It’s you! are a bit lackluster compared to the track Faith.

Rating: 3/5


Album review: “Delight” by miwa


miwa is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter. She made her major debut under Sony Music Records in 2010 and is managed by Tristone Entertaiment Inc. Delight is her third album.

Release date: 22nd of May, 2013

Track List:
1. Delight
2. Hikari e
3. 321
4. Sayonara
5. Sparrow
6. Whistle ~Kimi to Sugoshita Hibi~
7. Miracle
8. My Best Friend
9. LOUD! ~Yuutsu wo Buttobase~
10. Napa
11. Nukumori

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Single review: “441” by miwa

miwa is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter. She made her major debut under Sony Music Records in 2010 and is managed by Tristone Entertaiment Inc. 441 is her 6th single.

Release date: 29th of June, 2011

Track List:
1. 441
2. Chasing hearts
3. Haru ni Nattara (acoustic version)
4. 441 (instrumental)

1. 441
The A-side starts off with miwa singing the chorus while she plays her acoustic guitar. It seems pretty laid-back at that point, but then more instruments join in to suddenly make it a pop-rock song. Huh, so, from acoustic to pop-rock. Nicely done! I really liked that surprise transition. The rest of the song is quite upbeat and sounds like a spring-themed track with a touch of summer as well. Kinda reminds me of the original version of Haru ni Nattara in terms of the how the instruments sound. I like this one.

2. Chasing hearts
Now I’m here wondering why the song that’s tied to the second Fullmetal Alchemist Movie is the B-side. I always thought that songs with anime ties would usually be the A-side because it seems like a better promotional strategy that way. But, oh well. Anyway, Chasing hearts is a breezy, acoustic and somewhat pop-ish track that keeps up the whole spring mood. I think there are even handclaps in the chorus, or at least something that sounds like handclaps, making the song sound quite playful and cute. But as predicted, the song is very good. Yes, very good.

3. Haru ni Nattara (acoustic version)
miwa released Haru ni Nattara as the last single for her first full album, guitarissimo. I already really enjoyed this song as its original, cheerful & catchy pop-rock version, so I was curious to see how it would be as an acoustic track. I can honestly say that I enjoyed the song in its acoustic form as much as I did with the original! If I am not mistaken, I’ve identified that the instruments used in this song include her usual acoustic guitar, maracas, bongo drums and strings. The arrangement, as well as miwa’s vocals, sound so relaxing and definitely very spring-like.

miwa’s 6th single did not disappoint! Sure, the song with the anime tie-in is stuck as the B-side, but it was a nice lead-in to the acoustic version of one of my favorite songs from her. The A-side’s solid transition from acoustic to pop-rock was… inspired. The whole single is certainly quite refreshing & breezy and I just liked it all, basically.

Rating: 4.5/5