LOVE & PEACE

by Rinoa on August 4, 2006 · 11 comments · AddThis

LOVE & PEACE promotional Image Release Title : LOVE & PEACE
Singer Name : sifow
Release Date : July 26, 2006
Record Label: avex trax

After releasing her first single with avex trax, sifow’s official site had already announced her upcoming single to be released only two months after. In July sifow has returned with a brand new single to give this summer some more spice and life. This time sifow is featured in very vivid colours, sexy outfits and wearing a huge amount of make up and costume jewellery indicating the fact that summer is a time of fun and frivolity. Also her style seems to have moved from trance-pop to bubblegum-pop to create a more lively atmosphere. So does sifow succeed in making the perfect summer single and create this kind of atmosphere? Let’s take a look.

 

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1. LOVE & PEACE

‘LOVE & PEACE’ starts off slowly with some electronic instrumentals which are quick enough to infuse with a funky melody. The backing instrumentals sound quite similar to a video game soundtrack and have a sort of ‘cheerleader’ touch to them. sifow’s vocals sound quite mechanical but flow surprisingly well with the melody. The electrical guitar also managed to create a very vivid and funky atmosphere which fitted perfectly within the song.

To be honest, the first time I heard this song I felt really shocked and surprised. ‘LOVE & PEACE’ is quite different from anything I’ve ever heard from sifow. It’s less similar to trance and eurobeat and more close to bubblegum-pop. It has a lot of energy within it even if the song is not especially loud or fast. Nonetheless the chorus managed to be extremely catchy and quite fun to sing along to. It is also interesting to note that ‘LOVE & PEACE’ is the ending song for a show called ‘スポんちゅ’.


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The promotional clip is definitely one of the best promotional videos of this summer. It makes use of a lot of colours and contains a lot of modernistic themes. Sifow is seen wearing a lot of colours and her surroundings suggest a disco or a club setting. Also the special effects and the other two bodybuilders featured in the clip do create a very lively image.

Rating: ★★★★☆

 

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2. kumori nocha harebare

‘Kumori nocha harebare’ has a similar tone to ‘LOVE & PEACE’. It makes use of electronic instrumentals and the electric guitar is also inserted within the song. However the song is faster and more energetic. In fact it starts off with a lot of energy and ends rather abruptly. Sifow’s vocals are more energetic and girlish within this song to suit the mood of the song itself. Also ‘Kumori nocha harebare’ has a dance feel to it, similar to those Japanese dance songs.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

 

Conclusion

This single has definitely left me with a lot of mixed feelings. It was quite a good single and I really enjoyed listening to it, yet I felt it lacked any sort of balance. This single seemed too fast paced, leaving you without any pauses. Nonetheless I have to admit that both songs had a lot of quality and they really complimented well with the summer atmosphere sifow wanted to create. Overall she managed to create a rather strong single with a rather original theme. It is indeed one of the most exciting and energetic summer singles for 2006. In the end I’m quite pleased sifow still manages to convey her sense of style and her identity in such an original and positive manner.

Unfortunately this single failed to chart on Oricon and didn’t leave such an impression on the Japanese audience despite of being quite a good quality single. Hopefully her future releases will be more successful and will receive more exposure from avex trax since sifow is definately a talented artist with a lot to give to the music industry.

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

 
LOVE & PEACE single cover
 

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Fouad Al Zomir May 19, 2009 at 5:53 am

I wish LOVE & PEACE for ALL people in our planet…

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abdo gamal YEMEN June 25, 2011 at 8:25 am

am really love all my friend soo i wish 4 them LOVE & PEACE
love u all

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q-pa UNITED STATES September 6, 2006 at 11:01 pm

Going through the blog’s old posts and I found this lovely single! Definitely can enjoy the twilight of summer to this track. 8-)

Musically-speaking I tend to like songs that mix it up a bit more, but this one more than covers for itself with arrangement and energy. I feel like it could have been stronger had it thrown in a few minor chords, but again, it’s forgivable.

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Fel August 25, 2006 at 2:16 am

I haven’t heard of Sifow before, until I was referred by a friend today. Thusly, I’m also looking forward to her newest single. :) The review was quite helpful, so thanks.

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stalingrad o'neill UNITED KINGDOM August 18, 2006 at 11:32 am

Who directed the LOVE & PEACE PV?
Was it Masashi Muto coz it looks like his work?
Quite visually stunnin’ reminiscent of image output from Japanese graphic studio’s in the early 90’s

Sifow actuly uses a reversed peace sign
The implicit meaning of such reversed V sign has nothing to do with peace and is regarded as an insult (in Europe)
Though I do understand that the rest of the world is not so familiar with such

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Krissy August 14, 2006 at 1:42 am

I love this single so much. Thanks for the Review.

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Meiyee UNITED STATES August 10, 2006 at 5:07 pm

I really liked this single & mv!

It’s a shame it didn’t get on the charts though.. =\

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Megumi August 6, 2006 at 1:01 am

Thanks for a great review Rinoa!! I love Sifow so much more now!!

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LOVE&LOVE-Revolution NORWAY August 5, 2006 at 11:29 am

Lovel review once again. =)

I loved the a-side of this single, but only after a couple of listens. The parts after the chorus when she sings, or rather speaks, “we want love and peace” got stuck for a long time in the end though. I think it’s a really good single for the summer, and the video is definetly one of the most entertaining ones I’ve seen in a long time.

I eagerly await her album, but hope it will contain more songs like “I uta”, fast types of songs with less bubblegum feel to them.

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