HOW CRAZY YOUR LOVE, released on 11.02.11, is YUI’s 5th album.
Starting off cheerfully with 「HELLO」, and its honestly what you could describe as a preppy song with the tone that the percussion makes. YUI’s vocals are a bit breathy as she sings “Hello~” in the beginning a few times before going into the actual first verse. The chorus is also energetic and happy, which I think matches the impression I get from the Paradise Kiss as well. It’s a cute song, though it goes by fairly quickly.
「Separation」 starts off immediately as YUI “yells” into the song, starting off the song with a chipper beat. The combo of light electric guitar with acoustic sounds quite nice together with YUI’s smooth vocals. The chorus is nicely done as YUI does a bit of a “breathy”ness with her vocals.
YUI slows things down with 「Get Back Home」, this time taking a piano and orchestra ballad to illustrate the feelings in this song. The chorus brings in the airiness of the acoustic guitar as she sings with a delicate, breathy-ness.
「Lock On」 is the theme song for the drama Kaito Royale. It has a delicate sound to it with only the keyboard accompanying YUI’s vocals followed by violins later. Things change drastically in the chorus as the electric guitar and percussion speeds things up and energizes the song. I’m a bit confused with the direction of this song because it keeps switching between a calming instrumental to a rock song.
「U-niform」 immediately reminds me of something playing in a highschool drama or something, haha. It’s a peaceful acoustic guitar instrumental mixed with percussion and a little bit of added electric guitar later on. It reminds me a bit of the overall mood behind Hello.
Continuing the peaceful mood is 「Cooking」, which is a cute song about cooking at home. The instrumental is a mix of acoustic guitar, percussion, and orchestra. I feel like there’s a little bit of a melancholic undertone to this song, but maybe that’s just me. It’s a really cute song, though.
「Rain」 begins strongly with electric guitars that continue in the background as YUI comes in with confident vocals. The guitars are very strong and blend together with her vocals, so it’s like her vocals and the instrumental is battling for dominance. It’s a neat kind of balance and I like how even though at times, YUI’s vocals are muffled a little by the instrumental, they are still the main point that stand out amongst the loud instrumentation. The parts where the instrumental quiets down for YUI to sing quietly are great as well.
Going along befittingly with the title 「Good night」 is an interlude before the last five songs of the album. I wish it was an actual song though; it would’ve been great to hear YUI sing something like this.
「YOU」 is a bit of a mid-tempo ballad-ish song with an acoustic guitar backing up the sweet sound. It has a bit of a sad undertone to it, but it’s overall a very sweet song, though a bit bittersweet as well.
「It’s My Life」 is an upbeat acoustic guitar song as YUI begins the song with her happy, bright voice singing, “it’s my life!” The song is very fresh and upbeat, the bright instrumental and YUI’s equally bright vocals make the mood all the more happier and upbeat.
「no Reason」 is an upbeat mix of guitars and percussion. It follows the usual YUI title song patterns; I even thought this was really familiar so I checked if it was released before and it wasn’t. Huh. Nothing much to say about this.
Second to the last is 「Nobody Knows」, driven by the electric guitar and percussion. There’s something about YUI’s vocals that sound almost calming in this rock song. She’s taking the notes easy and not stressing her notes along with the instrumental of the song, except for maybe during the chorus and third verse, which is nice.
Ending the album quite nicely is 「Green a.live」, which was written for the March 11 tsunami victims. It’s a mixture of orchestra, acoustic guitar, and percussion as YUI sings with calm vocals. I really like how the orchestra really emphasizes the gentleness this song was written to bring to its listeners.
Another awesome album from YUI. I more or less enjoyed the album, especially songs like Get Back Home, U-niform, and Cooking were great. It seems like YUI is experimenting with her sound a little bit, but I do wish she could’ve done something with Good night.