Koda Kumi – stay with me

October 9, 2016 at 3:41 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

staywithme.pngSINGLE REVIEW
Koda Kumi – stay with me

1. stay with me
2. Winter Bell
3. stay with me (Orgel Version)
4. stay with me (Instrumental)
5. Winter Bell (Instrumental)

stay with me is the forty-second single by Koda Kumi, released on December 24, 2008. The title track was used as the commercial song for “au Lismo” and Sony Ericsson’s “Walkman Phone Xmini”. The single peaked at #1 on the Oricon charts and has sold 65,657 copies to date.

stay with me is clearly the winter ballad, if that wasn’t already clear from the lovely cover. Kuu has a lot of ballads in her discography, but this one stands out for me because of its magical and wintery ambience, and its arrangement filled with strings and bells. I’ve heard a lot of winter ballads over the years, but this one is probably one of the best that fits the holidays best.

If you didn’t know that winter tracks can also sound upbeat and uplifting, then listen to Winter Bell. It’s a cute and poppy track, Kuu’s vocals are a little higher than usual as well, but it shows a different side of the winter theme on this single. It’s a fun track to listen to with a catchy chorus, not her absolute best but still very enjoyable.

stay with me (Orgel Version) is basically a music box playing the melody to the song. It’s cute and quite a nice addition to the single, very playful and sweet.

OVERALL RATING
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4 stars

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