Ai Otsuka – Yumekui

November 22, 2006 at 7:18 PM | Posted in Ai Otsuka | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. Yumekui (ユメクイ)
2. tears
3. Yumekui (Instrumental)
4. tears (Instrumental)

This is Ai Otsuka’s 12th single and it was released on August 2, 2006. The single reached #5 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 145,281 copies. Both the A-side and the B-side were used in Tokyo Friends: The Movie, where Otsuka played the lead role (just like the original drama on which the film is based on).

 Yumekui is a pretty straightforward Ai Otsuka song. The song is an upbeat mix of mostly electric guitar and percussion. Otsuka’s vocals are at their best, especially during the chorus. However, I can’t help but find this song to be only just above average.

I was far more impressed with the B-side on this single. tears is just plain beautiful. This is the song I hoped Yumekui would be. The piano and string arrangement is simple, letting Otsuka’s vocals simply shine throughout the whole song. The high note she reaches during the chorus is amazing.

Overall Rating

4 stars

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