Koda Kumi – Ai no Uta

July 14, 2015 at 1:14 PM | Posted in Koda Kumi | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
Koda Kumi – Ai no Uta

1. Ai no Uta
2. Come Over
3. Ai no Uta (URBAN KISS Version)
4. Ai no Uta (Instrumental)
5. Come Over (Instrumental)

Ai no Uta is the thirty-seventh single by Japanese singer Koda Kumi, released on September 12, 2007. The main track was used as the “music.jp” CM song. The B-side “Come Over” is the “Sekai Judo 2007” theme song. The single reached #2 on Oricon charts and charted for 22 weeks. It sold 65,276 units in it’s first week and the most recent figures show that it sold a total of 134,831 units.

After two smashing A-sides Kuu turned out an autumn/wintertime ballad with Ai no Uta, and I believe this is one of her more popular songs (at least at the time it was released). It has a lovely arrangement with piano, strings and percussion and Kumi shows off the emotional side of her vocals again without overdoing it. Over time I have come to appreciate this song more and now I agree it’s one of her better ones!

Most of the time a ballad is accompanied by an uptempo B-side and this single is no exception. Come Over is the uptempo for this single and although it’s quite catchy, I find it too generic quite soon. It sounds a little too much like some of her other songs, which is a bit of a shame. Nonetheless, decent track.

So they butchered all the emotion in Ai no Uta (URBAN KISS Version) by adding an urban soul vibe to it, but at least they didn’t make it a dance track. The beat is quite enjoyable because I have a soft spot for things like that, but combined with this kind of song it just doesn’t really work.

OVERALL RATING
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3 stars

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