Release Date: February 17, 2016
- Boku wa Koko de Ikiteiku
- I Believe
- Tabidachi no hi ni
Chris Hart is an American musician whose career started in 2011 when a YouTube video he made was noticed by executives from the Nippon Television show Nodo Jiman Za! World, a reality contest that features non-Japanese singing Japanese songs.
Since then he has released several cover albums, one original content album, collaborated with Matsuda Seiko and the Gospellers and performed at the 64th annual Kohaku Uta Gassen.
His first single release of 2016 is Boku wa Koko de Ikiteiku. It is also the first song where Hart himself wrote the lyrics. They express his resolution to keep on living in Japan even though he is far away from his home country of the United States.
For those unfamiliar with his original music, it’s a blend of adult contemporary pop and R&B. Boku Wa Koko de Ikiteiku does not deviate from that formula. It’s a pleasing mid-tempo track with emotive vocals accented by a dramatic musical setting. Granted, this probably won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re one who enjoys some grown up pop music, this certainly fits the bill.
The video for the a-side features NGT48 captain Kitahara Rie, who was offered the role after her move to Niigata to lead AKB48’s newest sister group. It marks her first appearance in a music video for another artist. So idol fans, you get thrown a bone here and hopefully it leads to you getting into Chris Hart’s music in the process.
As for the b-sides, they fall squarely into what sound like inspirational ballad territory. All three are nice enough songs but to be honest they could also bore one to tears if you are not in the right mood for such listening. Should you be interested, the final song in this single package (Tabidachi no hi ni) offers the most out the remaining songs.
In the end this is a fairly pleasant collection of songs that again, lean heavily towards the softer adult contemporary sound. If that type of music lives somewhere in your playlists then certainly give this single a go.
Boku wa Koko de Ikiteiku (Regular Edition)
Boku wa Koko de Ikiteiku (Limited Edition)