SOARA “Shiawase no Prologue” (Review)

SOARA present their fans with a sweet pop-rock tune for their 6th RE:START series entry.

Title: ALIVE RE:START series vol.6 SOARA
Label: Tsukipro/Movic
Release date: 29/03/2019
Genre: Pop/Rock


1- 幸せのプロローグ 
2- 幸せのプロローグ -off vocal-

Track analysis:

1- 幸せのプロローグ

SOARA are back with an acoustic pop rock tune. Shiawase no Prologue has a slow, gentle intro lead by a simple piano melody. The song has a nice, low-end progression that is common to most acoustic pop tunes like this one and, at the same time, the instrumental focuses in creating a feel good vibe that warms the listener. While the group has performed countless acoustic songs in the past, none had the vibe that this one has, big on showcasing its maturity while keeping the group’s youthful essence, making this tune a unique in the group’s repertoire.

On the vocal end, SOARA continue to improve at an interesting rate. The synergy between the main singing duo (Toyonaga and Ono) and the, up until recently, backing trio (Makoto Furukawa, Chiharu Sawashiro and Taishi Murata) continues to evolve. The group’s harmonies sound more polished, the vocals show some extra polish in comparison with previous performances. Parts were distributed almost equally, something that has marked the group’s participation in the RE:START series. However, Murata continues to be the one with the least lines and still in need to catch up with his peers in terms of matching their singing quality. With the improvements he’s been showing as of late, it’s safe to say that he still has a whole lot of room to improve, to finally add another layer of quality to the already quality-stacked SOARA lineup.

All in all, Shiawase no Prologue is a song that will sound familiar to most fans, while still showing some improvements in both their sound and vocal performances. Solid group performance in a song that will put a smile on the listener’s face.

Final rating:

ALIVE SOARA [RE:START] Series Vol. 6 is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.

ALIVE SOARA [RE:START] Series / Sora Ohara (Toshiyuki Toyonaga), Morihito Arihara (Yuki Ono), Soshi Kagurazaka (Makoto Furukawa), Ren Munakata (Taishi Murata), Nozomu Nanase (Chiharu Sawashiro)
Sora Ohara (Toshiyuki Toyonaga), Morihito Arihara (Yuki Ono), Soshi Kagurazaka (Makoto Furukawa), Ren Munakata (Taishi Murata), Nozomu Nanase (Chiharu Sawashiro)
Vanessa Silva
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Also, the only person managing everything The Hand That Feeds HQ related. In 2011, I stumbled upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus". Since then I have been writing about male seiyuu music. You may find me writing almost essays whenever music is really good (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). I also host the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).





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