Review | Hiroki Takahashi “BLESSINGS”

necm 10200 1Album/single: BLESSINGS
Genre: J-Pop
Label: King Records
Date released: 04/09/2013

Seiyuu Hiroki Takahashi released earlier this month his new single “BLESSINGS”. With a music career that spans over 10 years, this is his 6th single release and it turns out to be one incredibly good single.


3. 心を信じて -2013style-
4. BLESSINGS (Original Karaoke)
5. NOCTURNE (Original Karaoke)
6. 心を信じて-2013style- (Original Karaoke)

Track by track analysis:


Blessings is one of those songs that is not included in the actual pop genre, and what do I mean by this? Well, we don’t have the usage of heavy synths, auto-tune, or any other voice manipulation software.

We have a great song with honest lyrics, pretty slow-paced compared with the usual J-pop full of electronica.

Hiroki’s vocal work is pretty impeccable, his voice tone is soothing almost angel-like. Some might say that this song pends a bit for the ballad-like pop and I agree with this.

The song is so soft and the instrumental is so beautiful that it can only be categorized as a ballad. 4/5


To completely break the pace of the single comes a rock song. An amped chorus, fast drums, ranging guitars, and strong vocal work by Hiroki. This one could almost be called an anime song since it exudes that vibe. On the outro, we get to hear an amazing guitar solo that extends to the beginning of the last chorus. NOCTURNE is, without a doubt, the highlight of the single. 5/5

3 – 心を信じて -2013style-

A song that is no stranger to Hiroki’s fans since it was released in 2003.

For this time the song suffers a bit of changes and receives a makeover. “心を信じて -2013style-” is an introspective song pending more for the pop/rock genre.

The vocal work is good and the lyrics are incredibly good. An interesting song overall. 4/5

Final considerations

Strong single showcasing Hikori’s amazing vocals. The songs are beautiful and incredibly well-executed. A clear “THANK YOU” to the fans who have supported Hiroki’s music career for over 10 years.

The single is available on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.

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Hiroki Takahashi
BLESSINGS / Hiroki Takahashi
Hiroki Takahashi
Vanessa Silva
Vanessa Silva
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder, content creator, and music reviewer. Basically, the only person managing everything at The Hand That Feeds HQ. Stumbling upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" in 2011 was the start of this journey. If music is thought-provoking or deep, you may find her writing almost essays (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). She's the producer and host of the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).

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