Mai Kuraki – Yume ga Saku Haru / You and Music and Dream

April 11, 2008 at 6:52 PM | Posted in Mai Kuraki | 1 Comment

1. Yume ga Saku Haru (夢が咲く春)
2. You and Music and Dream
3. You and Music and Dream -another ver.-
    [Limited edition bonus track]
4. Yume ga Saku Haru -instrumental-
5. You and Music and Dream -instrumental-

This is Mai Kuraki’s 28th single and it was released on March 19, 2008. The single reached #5 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 28,172 copies.

I liked how “retro” Yume ga Saku Haru sounded. Everything from the bass, drums, and strings have a groovy rhythm to them, almost showcasing a classic disco feel. It also reminded me of her 2005 single P.S♡MY SUNSHINE, which had a similar style. Mai Kuraki’s vocal performance is fantastic as usual and she adds an interesting huskiness into her voice which goes along with the music very well.

The next track is the uplifting ballad You and Music and Dream. The pop yearnings of this song come from the various synthed up beats and percussion next to the gorgeous piano. Kuraki’s ballads are always sung beautifully and it is no exception here since she sings with such great emotion.

On the limited edition, there is a slightly rearranged instrumental version of You and Music and Dream included. It’s less than 3 minutes long, but I found it to be extremely soothing to the ears. The piano takes center stage and performs the main melody alongside some backing vocals.

Overall Rating

4 stars


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  1. I’m glad you liked this single Lex. This was my first time with Kuraki and I was very happy with her performance. Both songs are very good. I’ll be sure to explore her music more in the future.

    PS. Nice new banner. BoA’s looking great. ^_^ And I just noticed the new “Featured Artist” is Every Little Thing, and justly so as their lastly album was very nice.

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