KOTOKO – Hane

Sung by: KOTOKO

Music by: I’ve Sound

Published by: Geneon Entertainment

1. Introduction – A mix of natural sounds with a ringing church bell, which is then slowly pushed aside by a classical piece, a flittering techno sound echoes and this blends nicely in to the 2nd song. You can already tell that it’s going to be a masterpiece.

MM! Rating: 8/10

2. Asura – A beautiful song, and is one of the best on the album. Another KOTOKO song with a dark feeling to it, Asura is a mix of electrical guitar and an amazing techno beat in between verses. Gives Hane a depressing feeling.

MM! Rating: 9/10

3. Fuyu no Shizuku – This song is perfect for listening to when you just want to lay down and relax. A slightly upbeat song, the beautiful tune and KOTOKO’s voice mix perfectly in this song. An amazing chorus, and is another one of the best songs on Hane.

MM! Rating: 9.5/10

4.  Hayategumo – Back in to the depressing mood, Hayategumo has a beautiful tune, but the chorus lacks KOTOKO’s usual quality. Not the best song on Hane.

MM! Rating: 7/10

5.  Gratitude – This song is nice, and gives off a happier aura than the previous songs. Has a pretty tune, but there is an unnecessary use of techno at some parts. The verses are a lot better than the chorus, but the chorus is still pretty.

MM! Rating: 8/10

6.  Genei – This song is slow, and is pretty depressing. The verses can sometimes fail to be interesting, but it has a nice chorus. Not a good song to listen to on a rainy day.

MM! Rating: 6/10

7.  Itaiyo – Continuing the Genei feeling, seeing as itaiyo means ‘it hurts’, but is a little more upbeat than Genei. The chorus could have been better, but it wasn’t. Interesting tune.

MM! Rating: 7/10

8. Hitorigoto – A lot more upbeat than both Genei and Itaiyo, but it keeps the depressing feeling. Verses are okay, but the chorus makes up for it, with a beautiful tune blending nicely with KOTOKO’s voice.

MM! Rating: 8/10

9.  Koe ga Todokunara – This is basically a second Genei, and I would say the same things as before, except Koe ga Todokunara has a better chorus.

MM! Rating: 8/10

10.  Lament – Now, this song is brilliant. Lament starts out slow, but a brilliant tune comes in, with drums, electric guitar and techno blending nicely with KOTOKO’s voice. The verses are good, but the chorus is spectacular. The best song on the album.

MM! Rating: 9.5/10

11.  Ashiato – To make up for Lament’s sudden burst, this continues the Genei fashion, but is slightly more upbeat. Some of the song isn’t interesting, but the chorus makes up for it.

MM! Rating: 7/10

12.  Hane – One of the best songs on the album. Starts out slow and then a dark techno beat slowly comes in, until it dominates all of it. After a bit, a brilliant piano piece joins in, and KOTOKO’s voice begins. The verse is very good, and the chorus is fantastic.

MM! Rating: 9/10

13.  Canaria -SORMA No.3 Re-mix- – Worst song on the album. I didn’t like how KOTOKO’s voice was used, nor did I like the verses or the chorus. The music was good, though.

MM! Rating: 5/10

Conclusion: In conclusion, Hane was a brilliant album. It had it’s ups and downs, and had KOTOKO’s worst ending to an album ever, but a lot of the songs were good.

MM! Overall Rating: 8/10