ayaka - beautiful / Chiisana Ashiato (Small Footprint)
CD + DVD
2) Chiisana Ashiato (Small Footprint)
3) Hajimari no Toki (The First Moment) English ver.
4) beautiful (inst)
5) Chiisana Ashiato (inst)
beautiful / Chiisana Ashiato (Small Footprint) is ayaka's 13th single & it was released on 20th Feb .
This's ayaka's 1st single release for 2013 & her 1st single to be released under her own independent label A stAtion .
The last physical single ayaka released was 2009's Minna Sora no Shita (Under Our Sky) & beautiful / Chiisana Ashiato comes about a year since the release of her 3rd / comeback album The beginning .
The 1st A-side beautiful serves as the theme song for television drama Share House no Koibito that stars Oizumi Yo & Mizukawa Asami .
beautiful brings back to what ayaka does best which's delivering heartfelt soulful ballads which's the 1st impression that I've gotten when I heard beautiful . Something about the song is truly well beautiful & there's no way to escape in enjoying such an emotional no. coming from her .
The 2nd A-side Chiisana Ashiato was used in the ads of Shiseido's MAQuillAGE & the song describes the niceties of a woman's mind , giving Shiseido's MAQuillAGE ads a worldview depth & colour .
While beautiful is a ballad , Chiisana Ashiato provides something different & I thought it was great for ayaka to try going experimental .
Chiisana Ashiato is a cheery sounding no. which contrasts beautiful extremely well & the music video for it is very cute which plays up an animated ayaka in a fun but yet lovable manner .
Hajimari no Toki (The First Moment) was originally found as track #1 in ayaka's 3rd album The beginning & in
beautiful / Chiisana Ashiato , an English version of it serves as the B-side .
I have to be honest that I was a bit skeptical in hearing Hajimari no Toki English ver. as the original take of it was already very good but surprisingly , I kind of enjoy it .
Hajimari no Toki English ver. gears more towards an acoustic sound but I guess what made me fearful in hearing it was ayaka's English pronunciation/dictation .
I wasn't used to hearing ayaka sing in English & I had trouble hearing what she was singing in the beginning but in the chorus of the song , I had no problems .
ayaka kicked off her 2012 with her 3rd album The beginning . A year later , she is finally following up her hit comeback album with a new double A-side single beautiful / Chiisana Ashiato !
beautiful / Chiisana Ashiato is no doubt a great comeback single release for ayaka & this proves why she's 1 of the most somewhat under-rated but yet talented artistes around . I'm really glad she's back in doing what she does best , ie. releasing/creating inspirational catchy heartfelt songs & the whole single is enjoyable to listen .
A highly recommended single to check out !