Mai Kuraki – PUZZLE / Revive

April 22, 2009 at 8:02 PM | Posted in Mai Kuraki | 6 Comments
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Tracklisting
1. PUZZLE
2. Revive
3. The ROSE ~melody in the sky~
     “Live Rehearsal Session”
4. PUZZLE -instrumental-
5. Revive -instrumental-

This is Mai Kuraki’s 31st single and it was released on April 1, 2009. The single reached #3 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 48,328 copies. PUZZLE was used as the theme song for the 13th Detective Conan movie and Revive was the 25th opening theme song in the anime.

Eh, I tried to like PUZZLE but it gets annoying after a couple of listens. I don’t have a problem with this sleek and aggressive pop track, but good lord the English rapping is awful. I seriously cannot stand the rapping because it’s so corny and it literally keeps me from enjoying the song. To be perfectly honest, it’s a MAJOR turnoff. Mai Kuraki has had rappers in her songs before, but this has got to be the worst I’ve heard. Aside from that, the song is decent.

I thought the other A-side, Revive, was much better (it has a better cover too lol). I loved the Spanish atmosphere in this song and it certainly gives the music a dash of flavor. The salsa influenced acoustics and castanets go well with Kuraki’s vocals, and as always, she sings with a lot of character. The bridge even includes a guy talking in Spanish!

On the regular edition, a live version of The ROSE ~melody in the sky~ is a bonus track. Veteran fans of Kuraki will remember it as the final track on her 2nd studio album Perfect Crime. The original song is a short 2 minute piano ballad that’s entirely in English and in this live it’s performed with an acoustic guitar instead. She sounds very good and surprisingly, better than the studio version.

Overall Rating 

3½ stars

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  1. I agree. Revive is soo much better.
    great review lex!

  2. Yeah Revive is great lol i love the Spanish influence and The Rose~melody in the sky~ is great, i just wish the instrumental sequences weren’t so long and i heard more of her singing

  3. really lol. I loved Puzzle, it was more energetic and edgier. Sure she didn’t really need to have the rapper in the background but I loved the melody and the aggressive music. revive was sorta so-so for me, and I loved the puzzle cover more. lots of petals xD

  4. ya i remember when i heard revive… i was like what eve

    and then puzzle i was like this is pretty cool

    great review.

  5. i’d rather let mai to rap herself…the guy is annoy but i loved puzzle!

    nice review haha

  6. I have the single too, and I think you need to get hold of a translation of Puzzle to really appreciate the song. The lyrics kind of blew me off – quite a statement that she’s written.


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