Koda Kumi – Koi no Tsubomi

June 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM | Posted in Koda Kumi, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Koda Kumi – Koi no Tsubomi

1. Koi no Tsubomi
2. Koi no Tsubomi (A Cup Of Milk Tea Bossa Nova Version)
3. Koi no Tsubomi (Instrumental)

Koi no Tsubomi is the thirty-first single by Japanese singer Koda Kumi, released on May 24, 2006. The main track was used as the theme song to the Fuji TV dorama “Buzu no Hitomi ni Koishiteru” as well as the image song to the Japan release of the movie “Cars”. The single reached #2 on Oricon charts and charted for 21 weeks. It sold 140,269 units in it’s first week and the most recent figures show that it sold a total of 273,060 units.

Actually, Koi no Tsubomi is the perfect cute song in J-pop music. It’s fluffy, but not overly cute and Kumi doesn’t emphasize the cuteness in her vocals either. I definitely think some singers need this song as an example (like, Ai Otsuka). Anyway, I really love this song and I have done so ever since it came out. It just makes me very happy and I always want to sing and dance along to it. The arrangement is very uplifting and breezy, just the perfect cute summer song.

Koi no Tsubomi (A Cup Of Milk Tea Bossa Nova Version) always makes me think of the airplane lounge music style, if you know what I mean. Maybe it’s a little far fetched, but just have a listen and I’m 90% sure you’ll agree. The cuteness is all gone in this version, but instead there is a very laid back and relaxed version in its place. There’s not really a highlight since even the chorus is pretty much toned down, but for the diehard lovers of the original song this can’t be a problem.

4½ stars


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