"Mou ichido" presents Mochida Kaori like you've never heard her. Unlike ELT's keyboard driven rock charm, "Mou ichido" production is much more along the lines of classic J-Pop. It's really a cute and bouncy composition with just the right amount of horn accompanyment and very hook filled verses and chorus sections. Admittedly it's a rather simple song but sometimes songs need not be complex in order to hold the listener's attention or gain their endearment as this title track does both with simple ease. As you listen to the early stylings of Kaorichan's vocals you really get a clear sense of how much Zard's Sakai Izumi may have inspired and influenced her singing approach…so much that I say this rather affirmatively. During the verse portions in particular you can really hear Sakai Izumi's "trademark" phrasing and tone and at times it actually sounds like the incredibly songwriter/vocalist herself. Hmmm..the more I ponder this the more this song actually resembles a Zard composition. It truly does.
The coupling with track "Naite iiyo" ("It's okay to cry") is a total contrast to the title track as it's a 100% ballad with a soft and gentle piano arrangement with light orchestration. The low key arrangement does give way to Kaorichan's vocals allowing her to showcase more emotion and vocal nuances and while I definitely find the title track to be a much superior composition in terms of catchyness and overall appeal, "Naite iiyo" is nonetheless a moving and beautiful song as both compliment each other quite well. ^ ^
I hope you enyoy these somewhat hidden gems from the yesteryear of J-Pop…and I hope to have more on ELT on a later day. ^ ^
She looks so young in these photos! Always so cute and adorable ne~!