Koda Kumi – real Emotion / 1000の言葉

May 8, 2012 at 11:29 AM | Posted in Koda Kumi | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
Koda Kumi – real Emotion / 1000の言葉

1. real Emotion
2. 1000の言葉
3. real Emotion (Instrumental)
4. 1000の言葉 (Instrumental)

real Emotion / 1000の言葉 is the seventh single by Japanese singer Koda Kumi, released on March 5, 2003. real Emotion was used as the theme song to the game Final Fantasy X-2, while 1000の言葉 was used in a cut scene in the same game. The single reached #3 on the Oricon charts and charted for 28 weeks. It is her first top 10 single. The single sold 281,379 units in 2003 and it became the #24 single of the year.

I really can’t imagine a song like real Emotion being the theme song to something like Final Fantasy X-2, but oh well. Despite that, it’s quite a good song. It’s more on the pop/dance side again, but the crazy electric guitar solo in the bridge really made me feel it. The line ‘What can I do for you‘ tends to irritate me after a while because it’s repeated sooo often, but the rest of the song really has a great vibe to it.

1000の言葉 is without a doubt both one of Kuu’s most famous as one of her best songs. I think she’s great for ballads, so she shows off these skills she has for ballads very well. Some say she overexaggerates her vocals, but to me it’s more like she puts a lot of emotion in her singing. The music for this track is very pretty with a soft beat, lots of strings and a cute little acoustic guitar solo. The piano in the background is really soothing. I have loved this song from the start and can’t stop loving it ^^

So we had two completely different tracks here, real Emotion being the uptempo track with the dance vibe and 1000の言葉 as the soothing and yet very emotional ballad track. Both tracks fit very well on the same single to give it a great contrast (I have a thing for that), and both have an individual value. I’m so glad they both appear on Kuu’s second studio album (which is coming up next ofcourse)! Damn this has been a good era.

OVERALL RATING

4½ stars

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