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Dramatic ni Kanpai (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)
Yamamoto Sayaka
Dramatic ni Kanpai  (Normal Edition) (Japan Version)
From Idol to Singer-Songwriter
February 27, 2021 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
I had high hopes for Yamamoto Sayaka when she started her post-NMB career, because she's been one of the few 48 graduates to have both the established popularity and the legitimate musical and vocal talents to make it as a solo artist. She hasn't disappointed. In the past two years, Sayaka has built a credible and consistent body of work that solidifies her transition from idol to singer-songwriter. Like with her past singles, all three tracks on her latest Dramatic ni Kanpai single are self-written and self-composed.

While characteristic of Sayaka's style of medium-tempo ballads and rock, Dramatic ni Kanpai ("Dramatically Toast") also stands out from her past singles with its carefree vibe and funky touches of brass. The upbeat number beckons us to loosen up and change it up tonight: "Goodbye to the faded today's ordinariness. Even if it doesn't look like it, when dawn comes everyone is reborn.... Tomorrow I won't compromise anymore." The driving beats, the emphatic infusions of brass instruments and guitar riffs, and Sayaka's robust vocals give the entire song an energizing quality that makes you want to go out and "dramatically toast with glass shoes."

The high-spirited sound continues in the single's second track Boku wa Omocha ("I'm a Toy"), which tells the perspective of a toy. Accordingly, the song has a playful bounce and whimsical details in its energetic pop rock melody, while the lyrics carry a Toy Story-like mix of happiness and melancholy.

The single's other side track oasis is only included on the Normal Edition. I really enjoy the slightly chaotic and raw sound of this soulful rock number. The song captures your attention immediately with its dramatic opening notes and poetic pain ("Like the mark of countless footprints / Under the black wind, everyone is struggling"). Sayaka's singing carries the song not with power, but with a directness that adapts to the progression of the melody and the feelings of the lyrics. oasis also has an unexpectedly funky-sounding instrumental middle eight that contrasts with the rest of the song, an interesting choice that reveals Sayaka musical sense.

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