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Hadaka no Kokoro (Japan Version)
Hadaka no Kokoro (Japan Version)
Aimyon's heart-baring ballad
June 29, 2020 Picked By Sanwei See all this editor's picks
Aimyon got her break in 2018 with the singles Marigold and Konya Kono Mama, which both went platinum digitally. Her singles after that, like Haru no Hi and Her Blue Sky, mainly followed a similar style of catchy and refreshing guitar-driven pop rock. The singer-songwriter's latest Hadaka no Kokoro ("Naked Heart"), however, is a bit different as it's her first ballad single.

Aimyon actually wrote "Naked Heart" back in 2017, and she especially chose this older work to be her tenth single and her theme song for the TV drama My Housekeeper, Mr. Nagisa. The song's clean and soothing melody is introduced with simple piano chords, and then enriched with a gentle blend of string, percussion and harmonica. The delicate and reflective song fits in with Aimyon's modern style and vocal tone, but it also has a nostalgic flavor to it. Tomi Yo's arrangement harks back to a kayo-era sound with its incorporation of harmonica and certain sound effects, not to mention the distinctive instrumental transition at 3:14.

Though less catchy and spirited than what we may expect of an Aimyon single, "Naked Heart" better emphasizes her rich and expressive vocals. Her heart-baring lyrics easily resonate with those who have felt the pangs of longing and loneliness, from the song's opening lines – "How long will I be alone like this? Hating myself more and more" – to the refrain's hesitant hope of love bearing just a little fruit.

While "Naked Heart" has a melancholic melody, the B-side Yurayura conveys bittersweet sentiments with a carefree melody and disarmingly upbeat arrangement. Adopting a slightly playful and conversational tone, Aimyon sings to the moon about the loving words that weren't heard that night, and waiting for that someone you can't leave. Like "Naked Heart," Yurayura succinctly lays bare a woman's vulnerabilities, persistence and emotions in rawly honest yet lyrical manner. It's no wonder that Aimyon has emerged as the representative female singer of her generation.

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