{single} Hirano Aya – Bouken Desho Desho?

June 5, 2009 at 9:15 pm | Posted in Hirano Aya, Music | Leave a comment

Hirano Aya – Bouken Desho Desho?
平野 綾 – 冒険でしょでしょ?

(released April 26th, 2006)

1. 冒険でしょでしょ? [Bouken Desho Desho?]
2. 風読みリボン [Kaze Yomi Ribbon]
3. 冒険でしょでしょ? (off vocal)
4. 風読みリボン (off vocal)

Hirano Aya’s 2nd single. Bouken Desho Desho? is the opening theme for Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (aka The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) in which Hirano voiced the lead character. Because of its popularity, it’s the song that propelled Hirano into the spotlight as a singer.

I’ll be frank here – back when I watched Suzumiya Haruhi, I enjoyed Bouken Desho Desho? mainly because of its catchy chorus and well-animated opening video. Hirano’s got a unique voice that has potential but here, her perfomance leaves much to be desired. She seems to get by on pure energy, and for a song like this it’s fine. Her voice has just the right amount of sugary sweetness and power, but she has problems with control (she sounds too strained sometimes) and pitch (especially the part before the final chorus when the accompaniment is minimal). Fortunately, the producers know what they’re doing and Bouken Desho Desho is written to hide Hirano’s weaknesses. The brass, strings, and “sha la la” backing vocals give this track a bit of an old-school feel. I also found the church bell rather amusing, since I usually associate church bells with darker songs.

Kaze Yomi Ribbon uses similar accompaniment as the A-side, but is a lot jazzier (reminds me of some of Mizuki Nana’s songs with the big brass lines). This song is faster and more upbeat, and Hirano’s pitch is significantly better here. However, she’s using a cutesy voice which is really ear-grating. Thankfully, she reverts to a slightly more normal singing style for the choruses, saving the most saccharine for the verses. I congratulate her on her effort for tackling a song like this, but I feel someone with a fuller, more mature voice is better suited. I have nothing against the overall arrangement, but the guitar chords stuck at the very beginning just seem really random…

Overall Grade: C+


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