Mai Kuraki – Beautiful

June 24, 2009 at 9:52 PM | Posted in Mai Kuraki | 3 Comments

1. Beautiful
2. wana
3. Beautiful -instrumental-

This is Mai Kuraki’s 32nd single and it was released on June 10, 2009. The single reached #2 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 33,344 copies.

I really like Beautiful, a gentle pop ballad with some R&B undertones. The song has a tranquil, peaceful vibe to it thanks to the light piano and strings but an assertive beat is present as well. Kuraki’s vocals also fit the part and she sounds lovely, especially next to the catchy melodies of the arrangement. For me, the chorus is the most memorable part of the song.

Mai-K has gone ~old school~ with the B-side. wana has that early 90s R&B sound like some of the new tracks on touch Me! and it’s pretty slick. Some people have said it’s similar to her older songs as well, which I can agree to. Anyway, the music is aggressive and is heavy with the synth riffs. There’s also some parts of the song that have background vocals yelling “AY!”, which I got a kick out of.

Overall Rating

4 stars



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  1. I really liked this single by Mai. honestly here music with me has been a hit or miss. but this single i simply loved. ^^ and i loved wana because it did reflect on her old stuff [which i personally loved more]
    but i did enjoy beautiful as well. great single & great review

  2. ./.I agree with Trisha, it is really a great day that I knew Mai Kuraki…her songs were all great and relating too…her song Beautiful tells about something about waiting for someone you love,..her love for the man will continue to grow and the chance to show all her love was what she requested in the song….”anata wa ii mou, misete kureru…shiawasena hitotoki…”….and the…” so beautiful smile….for me.”…lines.

  3. Since Miss Kuraki is going to have a concert in November in Taipei, I hope she will sing this Beautiful song there.

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