First getting to know Nanase Aikawa（相川七瀬） as the snarling Osaka rock girl in "Yume Miru Shojo Ja Irarenai"（夢見る少女じゃいられない） and her other earlier hits, it was pretty funny (and fun) seeing her perform her 12th single, "Cosmic Love" through that video. Just like the title, the video itself had Aikawa going somewhat spacey. And although the song still guaranteed her rocking on, there was also a bit more pop and even some technopop thrown into the mix. I gather that she wanted to relax that hard image a bit. In any case, watching the video and hearing the song, I wondered if she were trying to filter a bit of Puffy sensibility into her performance. Ami and Yumi could be just as comfortable doing this one.
Written and composed by Aikawa and Tetsuro Oda（織田哲郎） for release on St. Patrick's Day 1999, "Cosmic Love" peaked at No. 6 on the Oricon charts. After paying attention to her for the first few hits, I kinda lost track of her for a couple of years until my ears first caught onto "Cosmic Love" which got me to buy the CD single. Along with the refrain, it was her "Ah-ah-ah-ah" that finally hooked me.
|Nanase Aikawa -- Cosmic Love|