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Doushite Koishite Konna (SINGLE+DVD) (Japan Version)
Uno Misako
Doushite Koishite Konna (SINGLE+DVD) (Japan Version)
Uno Misako's refreshing solo debut
February 20, 2018 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
In the past several years, quite a few of the AAA members have branched out to solo music careers, with Nishijima Takahiro (Nissy) and Hidaka Mitsuhiro (Sky-Hi) being especially active as solo artists. Uno Misako now joins the solo ranks with her first official single Doushite Koishite Konna ("Why is Love Like This?").

Doushite Koishite Konna contrasts sweet melody and singing with Uno's self-penned melancholic lyrics about love and separation. The medium-tempo song is co-composed by Koudai Iwatsubo and Jazzin'park's Kubota Shingo, who also participated on Nissy's recent solo album Hocus Pocus2. The song's mellow arrangement brings a soul-freeing atmosphere to the song, particularly in the refreshing chorus which layers a wonderful undertone of vibrant beats, subtle backing vocals and synth effects under earthy vocals.

Uno also wrote the lyrics for the single's B-side track Mezurashi Yoru ("Special Night"). Like the title song, the medium-tempo pop ballad has an easy-going melody and refreshing aura that convey heavy feelings in a light manner. The song's chorus section is especially fetching with its gentle layered vocals and open questions.

Both songs on Doushite Koishite Konna are great showcases of Uno's vocal and songwriting strengths. The single on a whole sounds and feels different from AAA's works, and effectively introduces her anew as a solo artist.

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