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kumi – Koisuru Kimi e July 7, 2010

Filed under: kumi — solarblade @ 10:28 pm

Track Listing

  1. Kimi ni Tsutaetakute
  2. Kimi ni Massugu Koishite
  3. Zutto Itsumo Futari de feat. Momo
  4. Koishikute Aitakute Itoshikute Setsunakute
  5. Kimi Shika Mienai
  6. Dokomademo
  7. Tenohira
  8. Nagareboshi
  9. Kimi wo Wasurerarenaikara
  10. Sayonara
  11. Dare Yori mo Kimi ga, Kimi ga Suki

1. Kimi ni Tsutaetakute

So we begin the album with kumi’s debut A-side.  I still kind of can’t shake off the generic sound this song have, but I do enjoy kumi’s vocals since it’s not strange nor boring as I once thought it was.  Still, I can’t help but question this song since it’s so formulaic and just so iono bland, but at least ~I wanna be your girlfriend~ sticks out in the song hahaha.

2. Kimi ni Massugu Koishite

So I found out that the single for this song was a TSUTAYA exclusive rental single so it makes sense why it’s not mentioned on her site.  Now Kimi ni Massugu Koishite fixed up what “Kimi ni Tsutaetakute” was missing and it was some energy.  I think it’s the best song she released pre-album release and the whole strings/piano/dance mix was a nice idea for kumi and it worked.  Good song.

3. Zutto Itsumo Futari de feat. Momo

How many times do I have to review this song? x.x  Anyway, Zutto Itsumo Futari de is actually a tad bit more faster than the last song, but as the 3rd A-side released in the era, this song just kind of seems a little faster, but kept the arrangement, but that’s just me.  While it might just seem like there’s some things missing, I still think it’s a good collaboration.

4. Koishikute Aitakute Itoshikute Setsunakute

For a long title like that, I was expecting something like a ballad, but it’s just a little more softer than the last few songs but still upbeat for a song.  Yeah, once again it sounds like it could’ve been a Kana Nishino song, but I think it’s a pleasant listen and the plucks of the strings were a nice inclusion to the arrangement.  Not a bad listen at all…good new song.

5. Kimi Shika Mienai

It seems that Kimi Shika Mienai kind of slips on the album because we’re back into the R&B style that bores me to know end and I’m just not feeling this song even though the strings sound a bit sadder.  Maybe the drums stood out a bit more, but otherwise it seems to be the filler song.

6. Dokomademo

Then we leave the new songs for the B-sides on the album and they’re all together as well.  So the first one seen on the album was from “Kimi ni Tsutaetakute” and yes, it’s the happiest song so far and to me it has gotten better over time because I love the way kumi flies through the song.  I think I didn’t enjoy the amount of bass and how kumi’s vocals were treated either.  Still it’s a better B-side nowadays.

7. Tenohira

Coming from the “Zutto Itsumo 2 Nin de” single, Tenohira is the closest thing to a ballad so far.  I actually really liked kumi’s emotional performance of the song which also is another reason I’ve been liking this song quite a bit more since the single.  It’s just very dramatic and she sounds the best in this song.  Good ballad ^^

8. Nagareboshi

And finally, we get into the B-side from “Dare Yori mo Kimi ga, Kimi ga Suki”.  I actually think of all the B-sides, this one kind of remained the same for me.  I liked the way she sang the song, but somehow it feels like this style has been used already so I just seemingly forget it in the tracklist.

9. Kimi wo Wasurerarenaikara

So our next new song has more fast singing I suppose.  I do like the fact there’s a lil bit more synths involved, but it’s not near to a dance track as I would’ve hoped it would’ve been.  I’m enjoying it a bit more than the other R&B tracks found on the album, but somehow it’s kind of meh at the same time since the arrangement is slightly different.

10. Sayonara

Our last new track, Sayonara is just passable.  I mean it’s pretty bland and just sounds like a whole bunch of other R&B tracks that just doesn’t cut in my book.  There’s just nothing good that really makes the song that memorable…how sad…

11. Dare Yori mo Kimi ga, Kimi ga Suki

Ending the album off with the 2nd A-side of the era, Dare Yori mo is just like “Sayonara” as it has nothing much to give the listener what we’ve already heard so far and sadly this song kind of is falling more into the meh category since I can’t remember this song besides the music box opening.  Not the best way to end the album but it’ll do.

Tracks Recommended

  • Kimi ni Massugu Koishite
  • Tenohira
  • Koishikute Aitakute Itoshikute Setsunakute
  • Zutto Itsumo Futari de feat. Momo

Song of Avoidance

  • Sayonara

Yeah, kumi’s debut album kind of flopped for me because there wasn’t enough of a variety found on the album to make it last longer than one listen.  There are a few good songs, but they still are generic when compared to stuff from other R&B artists out there.

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kumi – Kimi ni Massugu Koishite May 21, 2010

Filed under: kumi — solarblade @ 1:24 pm

Track Listing

  1. Kimi ni Massugu Koishite
  2. Zutto Itsumo Futari de feat. Momo

1. Kimi ni Massugu Koishite

Out of all the singles released, I was liking this song the most actually.  It could be the fact that there was some effort put into the arrangement this time around and it’s actually danceable by all means.  It does sound like something BENI would’ve done and kumi’s vocals are kind of just like that since it’s so light and fluffy.  Now while to many people, this will sound rather blunt and unoriginal, but why change a good thing around?  Good song here.

2. Zutto Itsumo Futari de feat. Momo

What’s the A-side of the last single here as the B-side?  Eh whatever…Like I said on it’s respectable single review, it’s a pretty good song from basically two unknown artists.  Kind of follows the A-side quite nicely but it’s not as danceish like it though which is good enough for me.  While it’s difficult to really tell who’s who, they both sound great and in tune with each other.

 

 

While I wonder what this release actually counts as since her website doesn’t constitute it as an official release, we get a new song out of it and an older one (that was good).  If this is how “Koisuru Kimi e” will sound like count me in!

 

kumi – Zutto Itsumo Futari de feat. Momo April 26, 2010

Filed under: kumi — solarblade @ 8:52 am

Track Listing

  1. Zutto Itsumo Futari de feat. Momo
  2. Tenohira
  3. Zutto Itsumo Futari de feat. Momo -inst-
  4. Tenohira -inst-

1. Zutto Itsumo Futari de feat. Momo

I don’t know why, but Zutto Itsumo surprised me because it opened up like it was going to be an R&B ballad, but it actually turns out to be quite faster and has a pretty good beat.  Since this is kumi’s first collaboration with an unknown artist, Momo I thought both did pretty well for this song.  I liked how they incoporated acoustic guitar with some strings and a beat.  While Momo isn’t entirely getting her own lines and just acting as back-up support for kumi, it was nice and their voices meshed well together. 

2. Tenohira

The B-side of the single is however a ballad with just kumi.  Tenohira has a pretty nice arrangement and surprisingly has kumi in a more softer light.  Her vocals aren’t exactly screaming fantastic, but she’s got a pretty nice voice when doing ballads.  It isn’t as strong of a song like “Zutto Itsumo” but it sure as hell sounds and feels a lot more better than her previous B-sides.

 

 

3rd single and it clearly shows kumi is getting way better than when she started out with “Kimi ni Tsutaetakute”.  Her first collaboration A-side actually turned out better than I hoped and with it’s faster flow, it’s gonna be in my head for awhile.  While kumi has never really had a fortified good B-side, right now Tenohira is her best one yet, but it still feels a little too under the A-sides.  Still best single yet!

 

kumi – Dare Yori mo Kimi ga, Kimi ga Suki April 21, 2010

Filed under: kumi — solarblade @ 10:29 am

Track Listing

  1. Dare Yori mo Kimi ga, Kimi ga Suki
  2. Nagareboshi
  3. Dare Yori mo Kimi ga, Kimi ga Suki (inst)
  4. Nagareboshi (inst)

1. Dare Yori mo Kimi ga, Kimi ga Suki

You know it’s bad when there’s such a bland arrangement in the R&B genre, but I actually liked what we got with kumi’s 2nd A-side.  OK, so it might not be as jaw-dropping good like some others but I’ll admit that Dare Yori mo was actually catchy and has a much better production value than “Kimi ni Tsutaetakute”.  kumi’s vocals reminds me of someone’s…maybe BENI/Miliyah-ish perhaps.  I thought this was a pretty strong tune.

2. Nagareboshi

Now here we have a lyrically fast sung song in Nagareboshi and while it does add a beat to make it “more exciting”, it’s actually a bit more bland than the A-side.  At least it wasn’t cheesy like the least B-side, but dang kumi can sing fast, especially in that chorus.  It isn’t as memorable but still a pretty good song from her.

 

 

Thank god kumi picked up with her second single.  Both songs sound so much more better and better produced as well.  Not sure, but since there’s a single that needs to be leaked, this was nice to review beforehand and I actually liked the single so much more better than “Kimi ni Tsutaetakute”

 

kumi – Kimi ni Tsutaetakute January 26, 2010

Filed under: kumi — solarblade @ 10:45 pm

Track Listing

  1. Kimi ni Tsutaetakute
  2. Dokomademo
  3. Kimi ni Tsutaetakute (instrumental)
  4. Dokomademo (instrumental)

1. Kimi ni Tsutaetakute

At first I noticed the R&B-ness that is going on that many other artists are utilizing here and kumi is kind of got a good voice going here.  Her voice sounds really soothing and pretty.  It might come off as a little generic sounding (considering she’s on a pretty unknown label), she’s not too bad, but it’s like late 90’s R&B if that helps.

2. Dokomademo

I guess the B-side is a little better since it’s not R&B, but more of the pop sound which is kind of cool.  I think that whoever worked on the song likes a lot of bass in the song and making kumi’s vocals sound meh.  I don’t know why, but this song just came off as cheesy.  I mean it still is better, but not to the point where I’d keep the song.

 

 

kumi’s debut single is kind of screwy with Kimi ni Tsutaetakute being really generic and Dokomademo being cheesy.  I’ve said before that her label isn’t that well-known and sounds weird, but it’s a debut.