Mai Kuraki – Season of love

January 2, 2008 at 11:09 PM | Posted in Mai Kuraki | Leave a comment

1. Season of love
2. Season of love -Latin lover remix-
3. Shiroi Yuki -Orgel Version-
    (白い雪 -オルゴ-ルバ-ジョン-)
4. Season of love -instrumental-

This is Mai Kuraki’s 26th single and it was released on February 14, 2007. The single reached #6 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 29,295 copies.

Season of love is a throwback to the sound of Mai Kuraki’s early career, but with a little Hispanic twist. The light beats and acoustic guitar have an ethnic vibe to them and the tone of the music feels darker and more serious compared to her more lighthearted works. I absolutely hated the male background vocals in English at first because they’re everywhere in the song, but I’ve learned to tolerate them at least. Now I REALLY think that I’m listening to her older music.

The Latin lover remix of Season of love certainly stays true to the title because it features prominent Hispanic guitars and stronger beats. The music is considerably faster and Kuraki’s vocals have been heavily distorted to match this. The remix is nice because it does present a different sound that is very different from the original. However, it’s kind of long-winded and gets repetitive towards the end.

Also on the single is an interesting orgel version of Shiroi Yuki, her previous single. This is an instrumental version of the song that comprises entirely of music box chimes. The melody of the song is at it’s simplest and it’s a nice listen, but that’s all. I thought there was going to be singing too, but oh well.

Overall Rating

2½ stars


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