Mai Kuraki – 24 Xmas timeDecember 4, 2008 at 4:12 PM | Posted in Mai Kuraki | 3 Comments
1. 24 Xmas time
2. All I want
3. 24 Xmas time -Grinch remix-
4. 24 Xmas time -instrumental-
5. All I want -instrumental-
This is Mai Kuraki’s 30th single and it was released on November 26, 2008. The single reached #7 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 24,343 copies.
24 Xmas time is quite different from your conventional Christmas themed song. For starters, this is an upbeat pop track that mixes in some slight R&B elements, which come from the beats in the background as well as the rapping provided by hip-hop artist KEN-RYW. The song is a little on the predictable side but it’s pretty catchy nonetheless. Kuraki’s vocals are great as usual and the rapping by KEN-RYW is actually not bad at all.
The B-side is the touching ballad All I want. The song is beautiful and Kuraki sings with a lot of emotion, perfectly matching the longing feeling that the music presents. The sweeping strings, light percussion, and melancholy piano create a sad winter atmosphere as well. Overall, this is a fantastic B-side and Kuraki doesn’t disappoint when it comes to ballads either.
On the CD only edition, the Grinch remix of 24 Xmas time appears as track 3. Compared to the original, the remix features a stronger R&B sound and there is defintely more focus on the beats. The overall arrangement is a lot more interesting than the original’s too, especially with the different changes in tempo and during the funky ending sequence.