Koda Kumi – Ai no Uta

September 21, 2007 at 1:40 PM | Posted in Koda Kumi | Leave a comment

1. Ai no Uta (愛のうた)
2. Come Over
3. Ai no Uta (URBAN KISS Version)
    [First pressing bonus track]
4. Ai no Uta (Instrumental)
5. Come Over (Instrumental)

This Koda Kumi’s 37th single and it was released on September 12, 2007. The single reached #2 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 125,722 copies.

I ignored all the criticism surrounding Ai no Uta and come to my own conclusion that it is a wonderful song. Compared to her previous ballads, this one is more refined and sophisticated thanks to a simpler overall arrangement. Koda Kumi’s vocals are a lot more controlled this time around and because of this, she sounds a LOT better (especially during the lovely chorus). I also wanted to mention the lyrics as well because they are very sincere and heartfelt.

The B-side is upbeat and poppish Come Over. The song has a nice, peppy atmosphere with some light electric guitar in the background. I wasn’t really feeling this song and the chorus is somewhat dry. I guess you can say that I enjoyed the background music more.

The URBAN KISS Version of Ai no Uta is a first pressing bonus track and it tries to give the song an R&B vibe. It sort of works because some parts sound very nice while others don’t. The chorus is a good example because it sounds GREAT (the vocals blend well with the added beats), but the verses are a little lacking.

Overall Rating

4½ stars


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