Sorairo Days was Nakagawa Shoko’s 3rd single. It was released June 27, 2007. It sold 30,517 copies in it’s first week, 67,453 overall and reached #3 on the charts. Sorairo Days was used as the opening theme song for the anime “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann” while happily ever after was used as an insert song.
1. Sorairo Days
2. happily ever after
3. Mitsubachi no Sasayaki
4. Sorairo Days -Instrumental-
Beginning with some hard guitar rifts and than drums, Sorairo Days is the first true rock/pop song we hear from Shouko and honestly, it sounds really good. It begins with the non-stop verse straight into the first pumped up chorus. The energy throughout the song never ends and really sets a great mood to the song. Shouko’s vocals also seem to sound better singing with a rock type of instrumental. One of my favorite Shouko songs.
Keeping up with the rock genre, happily ever after has a bit more of a pop sound to it but is really an all rock instrumental. It starts off sounding quite strong and I liked the way the way everything quiets down when Shouko sings and than immediately comes right back up. It’s not as good as the a-side but still a great listen.
Mitsubachi no Sasayaki stands out in the single due to it being the only non-rock sounding track and instead, being all cutsey pop. It begins with some typical anime-ish sounding sounds and some male vocals that remind me of Tsunku. The verses are pretty straightforward, as is the chorus. This song wasn’t really to my taste after having heard the last two tracks and was a bit disappointing, really.
Sorairo Days was a nice change from Shouko’s normal releases(minus Mitsubachi no Sasayaki). I enjoyed the fresh pop/rock sound the first two tracks had and really show a possibly new genre for Shouko to focus on. The a-side is a really strong song that I recommend to anyone looking for anime based rock music.