Single Review: Kana Nishino – “会いたくて 会いたくて”

Tracklist:
1. 会いたくて 会いたくて (Aitakute Aitakute; I Miss You, I Miss You)
2. LOVE IS BLIND
3. Grab Bag

This is Kana Nishino’s 19th single, which was released on May 19, 2010. It reached #2 on the Oricon Weekly Chart.

Of all Kana’s blank-stare-fish-lipped covers… this one is the worst.

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I really enjoyed Kana’s last single Best Friend, but 会いたくて 会いたくて has proven to me that Kana’s true strength lies in sad love songs. Despite the anguished, melancholic mood of this song, Kana keeps her vocals strong but never overbearing. That said, I enjoyed this song, but I can’t say I’m absolutely in love with it. The chorus gets a bit repetitive at times and that’s mainly what kept me from liking it as much as some of her other songs.

LOVE IS BLIND takes the opposite route. A trendy dance song with bouncy synths and simple lyrics, I found this track enjoyable simply by virtue of the fact that it was very catchy. It’s no masterpiece, but it has a cute hook and I’m a sucker for well-executed dance pop.

What in the name of hell is going on in Grab Bag? This song is hideous from start to finish. It begins with Kana trying to sound sexy in what sounds like English (but I can’t really tell because her accent is pretty bad), continues with the gross chorus and the random yelling in the background doesn’t improve the situation. Ugh. My God, Kana. What were you thinking?

Summary: Well, let’s start here – this single, on the whole, is very good, if a bit flawed. Kana Nishino handles her pop numbers with class, but she managed to sound very youthful and fresh even so, which is what makes songs like 会いたくて会いたくて and LOVE IS BLIND so pleasant to listen to. The main problem with this single is its second B-side, which is utterly atrocious in every sense of the word. However, not even the horridness of Grab Bag was enough to detract from the other two tracks, which are quite good.

Single Grade: B+
Recommended Tracks:
会いたくて 会いたくて | LOVE IS BLIND

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