Koda Kumi × misono – It’s all Love!

September 19, 2010 at 10:53 AM | Posted in Koda Kumi, misono | Leave a comment

Koda Kumi × misono – It’s all Love!
1. It’s all Love!
2. faraway
3. Tenbin: Tsuyogari na Watashi x Yowagari na Kimi (天秤~強がりな私×弱がりな君)

It’s all Love! is a collaboration single by Japanese singer Kumi Koda and her younger sister misono. The single was originally set to be released on March 4, 2009, but was pushed back to March 31, 2009. The single reached #1 on the Oricon daily and weekly charts.

What do you get when you mix two completely opposite family members together? It’s all Love! We all know misono is a true rock artist and Kumi makes more R&B and pop music, so… this is one hot mess of a song! It’s a heavy rock song, and maybe a bit similar to Kumi’s Ningyo-hime off her studio album Black Cherry (2006). Heavy guitars and synths are heard when the two sisters play off each other, and they do it in such a great way. I’ve never really LIKED misono’s vocals, but here she sounds as great as her sister, although Kumi will always sound better and a bit more mature. The random R&B dancebreak in the bridge is very smooth, and I remember there actually was a dancebreak in the PV. Break it down, Koda’s!

Each sister has a solo song on this single as well, and Kumi is first with faraway, a pop ballad with a lot of strings and chimes. The percussion has been kept very background-ish, so it’s heardly heard until the second verse. Thank god it got better with that part, because for me a Kumi ballad isn’t complete with a smooth fingersnapping beat! Her vocals are good, but I think they were better on It’s all Love!, because Kumi tends to get a bit over-emotional at some points, as in all ballads by the way. Love the synth part before the bridge! Pretty decent song, good B-side.

Oh gosh, misono on the move… I’ve never liked her voice, it’s so… I don’t even know! Tenbin: Tsuyogari na Watashi x Yowagari na Kimi (天秤~強がりな私×弱がりな君). Like her sister, she also recorded a ballad, an acoustic one with just a guitar. And how TERRIBLE this is! She just shouts out her lyrics and she makes me wanna jump off a building with this one!! Her vocals are even worse than ever, I don’t know how the heck that girl managed a fanbase! No offense to fans, but her vocals just ruin what might have been a good ballad because of it’s good melody! *mental breakdown*

So this just proved to me once again why I picked Kumi over misono. It explains all. The collaboration between the two of them was wonderful, a chaotic rock song with very good vocals and a lot of fun! I think I can’t even imagine how strong they felt while recording this together, but it shines through, definitly. Then Kumi’s solo ballad is decent, I thought it was pretty good for her but it could’ve been better. But hey, I don’t think we will EVER hear something like Ai no Uta again. misono’s ‘ballad’? Don’t even THINK about asking me about that mess…

Favorite tracks: It’s all Love! | faraway


3½ stars

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