Review | Jin Ogasawara “Yuurei”

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Jin Ogasawara showcases more of his singing talents with a stunning performance in the slow-paced, emotional R&B song “Yuurei”.

Title: ユウレイ 
Release date: 24/04/2022
Label: Beyond The Music/MAGES.
Genre: R&B/Pop

Tracklist:

1 - ユウレイ 

Track analysis:

1 – ユウレイ

Acoustic guitars take the spotlight for “Yuurei”, bringing out an emotional, slightly nostalgic vibe.

The verses are stripped down, for the most part, having an interesting duality to them, at least the 1st verse is like that. The first part of the verse is all about acoustic guitars and their warm vibes then, as you approach the 2nd part of the verse, you’re greeted by a minimalistic beat and washy synths. 

In the chorus, you find a beautiful piano melody in the background, echo-y synth stabs and the beat goes bassy and slightly more intense. When you get to this part, this song really evolves into a sweet R&B tune, something that is quite unexpected in Jin Ogasawara’s repertoire.

And speaking of the unexpected… Did you listen to Ogasawara’s performance in this song? 

He goes for R&B riffing, smooth ad-libs, showing both his baritone range and tapping into a bit of tenor in there. Worth mentioning that he goes for a beautiful head voice section in the chorus, bringing those crystal clear notes and an unusual gentleness in his delivery.

Although his control of head voice is not complete – not sustaining it for long – he can deploy it multiple times throughout the song, even using it as an ad-lib in the outro, completely sending chills down your spine. 

Ogasawara’s growth on the vocal end has been a treat to follow and if these past two digital singles are an indication of anything is that Ogasawara has the potential to be a solo artist that writes his music more often (his best songs are exactly the ones he wrote lyrics to, at least, so far). 

At the same time, while Ogasawara performing rock is something most fans expect by now because of his awesome work with GYROAXIA, it’s good that he’s decided to try to see what works best for himself as a solo artist and lyricist and, at the same time, get to showcase more of his singing talents. 

Once again, the ceiling is high for Ogasawara’s growth as a singer. 

After “AQUARIUM” and “Yuurei”, I’m definitely looking at his solo career with a renewed excitement, waiting to see what Ogasawara can pull off next on the vocal end (the big mysteries being how wide is his vocal range is + how technical he can get when not performing rock music). From what he’s shown in this beautiful, cozy song, Ogasawara has the potential to become an awesome solo artist.

“Yuurei” is absolutely perfect. The song to listen to time and time again, a perfect fit for the rainy season and, in my opinion, the best song Ogasawara has released so far.


“Yuurei” is available for streaming on Spotify.


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REVIEW OVERVIEW

ユウレイ

SUMMARY

Jin Ogasawara showcases more of his singing talents with a stunning performance in the slow-paced, emotional R&B song “Yuurei”. This is yet another impressive performance by Ogasawara that comfortably explores new music genres, bringing some variety to his repertoire while, at the same time, making good use of those changes in sound to showcase his singing skills that include not only what fans already know - screamo, clean singing, and rapping - but also R&B riffing and clean head voice, which is a first. The potential is there for Ogasawara and if these last two digital singles are an indication of anything, is that he's growing as a solo artist at a really fast pace. If you haven't listened to this single up until now, please do because it is, easily, one of the best songs released so far in 2022.
Vanessa Silva
Vanessa Silvahttps://www.handthatfeedshq.com
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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Jin Ogasawara showcases more of his singing talents with a stunning performance in the slow-paced, emotional R&B song “Yuurei”. This is yet another impressive performance by Ogasawara that comfortably explores new music genres, bringing some variety to his repertoire while, at the same time, making good use of those changes in sound to showcase his singing skills that include not only what fans already know - screamo, clean singing, and rapping - but also R&B riffing and clean head voice, which is a first. The potential is there for Ogasawara and if these last two digital singles are an indication of anything, is that he's growing as a solo artist at a really fast pace. If you haven't listened to this single up until now, please do because it is, easily, one of the best songs released so far in 2022.Review | Jin Ogasawara "Yuurei"