Ai wo Tomenaide
You are not alone (CD only)
Anata Dake ga (Strings Version) (Movie Version only)
Anata Dake ga (Music Box Version) (Movie Version only)
1. Ai wo Tomenaide
It hasn’t been that long since we’ve had an A-side Kuu ballad (“Suki de. Suki de, Suki de./Anata Dake ga” would be the last one if I remember right. I kind of found this really pretty for some reason because of the arrangement and the little splash of spanish guitar in the beginning. It’s dramatic but not overly so and she sounds really pretty here. Pretty ballad…and I was surprised it turned out as good despite being a rushed single!
2. You are not alone
However, I can’t say the same for the B-side because it just lacks something. I mean given that it’s poppy and a little R&B-ish and has a good positive message for it. It reminds me of my feelings of another B-side she’s released, “Come Over”. They both have this uncharacteristic sound and it feels either cheesy or just boring at other times. This was definitely the rushed song XD
3. Anata Dake ga (Strings Version)
The other version of the single included two versions of Anata Dake ga oddly enough. First off is the strings version of the song of course and it’s definitely a pretty version of the song. It seems to fit Kuu’s vocals quite a bit better than the original’s synth version and it’s even better to hear the woman actually resing the tune to the point where it’s just perfect. There’s some points where I think she’s a bit airy in her singing, but this is a nice version.
4. Anata Dake ga (Music Box Version)
On the flipside of the coin, we also get a music box version which is true to its title but honestly I would’ve enjoyed it if they kept it that way like what Kuu did with “stay with me”. Kuu actually sings along with the tune once again and since the song is essentially one instrument, it’s just kind of blah. I rather listen to the strings version here!
Ai wo Tomenaide is pretty strange of a single. I love the A-side no doubt since it’s strong and Kuu continues to sound pretty damn awesome with this ballads (even though she still has an equal amount of bad ballads under her belt). You are not alone though is just strange and being that it’s placed after Ai wo Tomenaide is even more absurd. It has its moments but it’s not even B-side worthy tbh. Also, the new versions of Anata Dake ga is alright but I really prefer the strings take more than the music box. I think Kuu should slow down though seeing this single was a little strange.