Koda Kumi – Can We Go Back

September 19, 2010 at 11:53 AM | Posted in Koda Kumi | Leave a comment

Koda Kumi – Can We Go Back

1. Can We Go Back
2. Good☆day
3. Can We Go Back (Instrumental)
4. Good☆day (Instrumental)

Can We Go Back is the 46th single by Japanese singer Koda Kumi, released on January 20, 2010, and the fourth single for her 8th studio album UNIVERSE. The single reached #2 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 31,078 copies.

So yes I’ve been reviewing three Kumi singles these past two days, because I though I should work up to review UNIVERSE, and I’ve been wanting to do so for quite some time. So… Can We Go Back is actually a cover of the exact same song originally recorded by American singer Kelly Clarkson, only this features Japanese lyrics. I already knew that version and it was quite awesome, and I love both Kelly’s and Kumi’s songs, so I was very curious. What I knew as well, is that Kumi can do both R&B and rock songs very well, so this version of that heavier rock song isn’t that bad at all. Her vocals are very good, and some of her high notes as well, although sometimes it’s just around the edge…

Then Good☆day is more lighthearted and euphoric than the previous song, and it’s a sort of mixture between cheerful pop and dance with a lot of hot percussion, synths and even some chimes. This song is very likeable to me because of that happy boost it has, and it truly gives off that boost. Kumi’s vocals are top notch here, she hits all notes and never oversings her lyrics at all. Very good B-side to say the least.

So although the cover is gross as hell, the single surely isn’t! Both songs are very well done, and again Kumi shows that she has different sides and musical tastes as a performer. The first song is much heavier and maybe a bit melancholic, while the second song just blows away your fears with a lighthearted melody and cute music. I don’t think I dislike anything of the UNIVERSE era so far, sooo…. let’s just get on with the album next time, really!

Favorite tracks: Can We Go Back | Good☆day


4 stars


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