released 31 august 2011

  1. progress
  2. ANother song feat. URATA NAOYA
  3. Why... feat. JUNO
  4. beloved
  6. Why... feat. URATA NAOYA (CD+DVD hidden track)
  7. beloved (Orchestra version, CD-only bonus track)

FIVE is Ayu’s first mini-album since 2003’s Memorial address, and given how highly I regard her first mini-album, I never really expected the second to live up to it. And it doesn’t, but that’s fine. It’s an album with an entirely different purpose. FIVE was released five months after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and much like I am... it was her way of reaching out. FIVE also features collaborations with other artists, a rarity in Ayu’s discography.

Why didn't I tell you more often
Like "I want to see you" and "I feel lonely"?
I didn't even know the difference
Between tenderness and selfishness

Ai tai yo toka samishii yo toka
Doushite motto tsutae nakatta n darou
Yasashisa to wagamama no chigai
Sore sae wakara zu ni


Like Memorial address, I feel that FIVE has to succeed on its brevity; every single song has to be good with how few there are. And sure enough, they are. I don’t think the songs on this album stand out that much on their own (with perhaps the exception of BRILLIANTE), but as a whole they work beautifully.

Rating: 4/5

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