Teppei Koike – Kimi Dake

July 20, 2009 at 1:11 PM | Posted in Teppei Koike | Leave a comment

1. Kimi Dake (キミだけ)
2. Rough Writer (ラフライター)
3. Kimi ni Okuru Uta Acoustic version

This is Teppei Koike’s 1st official single as a solo artist and it was released on June 24, 2009. The single reached #4 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 17,029 copies.

Teppei Koike has released solo material in the past, but Kimi Dake is his first single that is not associated with WaT (the musical duo consisting of him and Eiji Wentz). I can say that this song is definitely more interesting than his past solo stuff, particularly most of the songs off his debut solo album pieces. That album just bored me to death. </3
Anyway, the basic formula is here. Upbeat strings and piano are mixed with a bright band arrangement so I thought the music was pretty good. It shows that Koike is improving his songwriting abilities (yes, he writes all of his own songs and has been for a while).

The B-side is a teensy bit more aggressive thanks to the electric guitar. Rough Writer isn’t bad but Teppei’s vocals kind of annoyed me. While he sounded better than usual on the A-side, his voice is pretty rough here (no pun intended). The high note he does during the chorus is really bad and it just doesn’t work for him. Nice try though, Teppei!

A nice bonus on the single is an acoustic version of Kimi ni Okuru Uta, one of Koike’s earlier solo tracks. I really liked the original (I thought it was the best song on his debut album) so the feeling is mutual for this new version. The arrangement is pleasant with just the bare bones acoustics so I have no complaints here.

Overall Rating

3½ stars


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