Koda Kumi – Yume no Uta / Futari de…

March 16, 2007 at 1:48 PM | Posted in Koda Kumi | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. Yume no Uta (夢のうた)
2. Futari de… (ふたりで・・・)
3. Yume no Uta ~Quartet version~
    [CD+DVD first pressing bonus track]
4. Futari de… ~WHOOSH MIX~
    [CD+DVD first pressing bonus track]
5. Yume no Uta (Instrumental)
6. Futari de… (Instrumental)

This is Koda Kumi’s 33rd single and it was released on October 18, 2006. The single reached #1 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 301,169 copies. Both of the A-sides on the single feature the same melody but the musical arrangements and lyrics are completely different. Tracks 3 and 4 were first pressing bonus tracks.

Yume no Uta is the more serious and dramatic song on the single because it features powerful and epic strings. The lyrics depict the sadness of being apart and Kumi’s vocal performance really shows it. She really lets out the power of her voice and this is clearly evident in the bridge, my favorite part of the song. There is a brief pause in the music where it completely stops and the final chorus begins.

Futari de… is pretty much the complete opposite of Yume no Uta in terms of musical arrangement, atmosphere, and lyrics. The main melody is drastically toned down as well as Kumi’s vocals. The lyrics are about the joy of growing up and moving on and according to her official site, and it acts as the other ’happier’ outcome of the love story that is told in Yume no Uta. In a way, the lyrics in the song describe something else that could have happened.

The Quartet Version of Yume no Uta was excellent in my opinion. It features a complete string arrangement that is absolutely stunning and it allows Kumi’s voice to simply resonate because there are no background vocals.

I thought the WHOOSH MIX of Futari de… was okay. It starts off pretty good but it gets kind of annoying when Kumi’s voice starts becoming electronically distorted during the bridge. Aside from that, the remix makes the song sound more upbeat but the way it ends is kind of dumb.

Overall Rating

4 stars

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