Koda Kumi – Yume no Uta / Futari de…

June 17, 2013 at 7:36 PM | Posted in Koda Kumi | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
Koda Kumi – Yume no Uta / Futari de…

1. Yume no Uta
2. Futari de…
3. Yume no Uta ~Quartet Version~
4. Futari de… ~WHOOSH MIX~
5. Yume no Uta (Instrumental)
6. Futari de… (Instrumental)

Yume no Uta / Futari de… is the thirty-third single by Japanese singer Koda Kumi, released on October 18, 2006. The single reached #1 on Oricon charts and charted for 16 weeks. It sold 175,643 units in it’s first week and the most recent figures show that it sold a total of 301,169 units.

Yume no Uta takes Kuu’s ballads to the next level. It’s more of a power ballad that starts off soothing with just a piano, but as the first chorus approaches more instruments like drums, soft synths and guitars mix in to make everything complete. It seems as if Kuu is a bit hestitant when it comes to her vocals, but later I give her some extra points for those perfect adlibs near the end of the song. There’s something about this song that makes it all so magical, while at the same time its theme is about a sad breakup. Yep, I can get used to this.

It’s funny to hear that these two songs are actually the same when it comes to the sound and melody, the only things different about Futari de… is the arrangement and the lyrics. It’s the cuter version of the previous song with the arrangement toned down to just a keyboard/synth and soft percussion. The lyrics are about the joy of growing up now, so there’s also a sense of change in Kuu’s vocals (less dramatic and overly emotional). It only lacks the impact the previous song had.

Both songs also have a remix, so I’m basically listening to the same song four times in a row. Anyway, Yume no Uta ~Quartet Version~ has an arrangement that, ofcourse, consists of a strings quartet. Comsidering the theme of the song and Kuu’s emotional vocals, this version tends to be a real tearjerker for all you emotional people out there, so I’m just warning you in advance. Other than that, nothing wrong with this, it’s actually quite nice.

Futari de… ~WHOOSH MIX~ is the first and only song to turn things up, but still not that much. By now I’m pretty much fed up with hearing the same melody all the time, so I don’t think this version made the impression it should have. I mean, it’s not bad, the background vocals in this version actually add something to the song and the little beat gives another take to it, but still… Not my favorite.

OVERALL RATING
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3 stars

 

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