1. RED RIBBON Spiritual Song ～mare kuru kodomo tachi no tame ni～
2. RED RIBBON Spiritual Song ～mare kuru kodomo tachi no tame ni～ (Instrumental)
This single was released November 28, 2007 and debuted at number four on the Oricon Chart with sales of 34,628. This single was written for charity, so that all proceeds would go to the AIDS Prevention Foundation. The song was written and composed by Kazumasa Oda and produced by Yanagiman. The song also features a vareity of artists, including Takuro and Teru from GLAY, ayaka, Ryo from Ketsumeishi, and Hitoto Yo. The song is a reggae inspired track that has recently gained popularity in Japan.
It’s worth noting that despite this song starting out slow, the song is not completely bad. True, the song drags with simple instrumentation and average vocals for most of the song (despite variety at all levels). It’s not until after the rap (which despite fitting splendidly with reggae, really drags) that the song picks up. By far the best part of the song is the ending, where you hear all of these voices come together. You hear ayaka’s voice soaring above a choir of voices, creating this emotive atmosphere, perfect for the topic of the single (considering it’s a minute, it really is a sizable part of the song). The ending saves the song from mediocrity, but unless you’re a fan of J-reggae or one of the artists listed above, you might pass this single. The song is quite interesting, but there are better songs out at the moment that you can find / listen to.
The instrumental is nothing all that special. Over all, it’s not a bad single, but it’s not the best I’ve heard this year either. I’d also considering youtubing or dailymotioning the video, it’s worth seeing the story that goes along with the song, watching a couple grow up. The PV is one of the better ones I have seen this year because of the seriousness of the matter and the skill with which it’s handled.