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Album Review #2: Penny Rain (Aimer)

Updated: 5 days ago



This series explores the most critical aspect of an artist's work- a studio album!


For this series, I review studio albums that deserve a score from 8.5-10 (out of 10). These are my opinions, so don't expect anything factual.


This also means excluding any albums that aren't counted as studio albums (i.e. single, mini, repackage, etc.).

 

Track 1: pluie

Since this track is all instrumental with no lyrics, this will not count in my review.






Track 2: I beg you

Combining a rock guitar with a middle-eastern sound makes I beg you sound impressive as it is hypnotic. Aimer's captivating vocal performance also helps create this alluring composition.






Track 3: Black Bird

Undoubtedly my favorite song from this album. After introducing itself with a dramatic, rock-fueled sound, Black Bird slowly circles back to the epic soundscape that provides a sense of complete dominance. It's a powerful experience when the hook arrives!






Track 4: Sailing

I think the verses could've added more to make Sailing stand out from the rest, but the chorus and guitar-led closer are enough to give this track a solid production.






Track 5: Mabayui Bakari

Mabayui Bakari is my least favorite record from the album due to its uninspiring synth melody.






Track 6: Stand By You

I adore the nature of this song! The opening is impressive, led by a thrilling combination of strings and guitar over a fast-paced beat. The tempo continues through the first verse, giving the sense you're performing a morning jog. There's a story told within this song, presented beautifully by Aimer and the thrilling instrumental.






Track 7: Ref:rain

Starting as a lovely piano-driven song, you would think Ref:rain would sound gentle all the way through. That assumption is proven wrong when the track blossoms into its explosive, majestical hook. It's as if you are transported from something dull to something rousing!






Track 8: i-mage <in/AR>

i-mage <in/AR> is my second favorite song from this album, all thanks to its riveting chorus and galvanizing climax. The guitar creates a gratifying rhythm, making you feel like you're on cloud nine all the way through. Don't be surprised if you replay the opening - it's a killer!






Track 9; Hana no Uta

The vocal mixing could've been better, but it's a minor problem because Hana no Uta's is intensely enjoyable!






Track 10: April Showers

Compared to the rest, April Showers is the most soft-sounding track. Aimer does a great job providing entrancing melodies over a fruitful piano and strings in this well-produced album closer.



 

Overall Rating: 9/10


My Top 3 Favorites: Black Bird, i-mage <in/AR>, I beg you

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