Yume no Uta / Futari de…

Yume no Uta / Futari de.. was Koda Kumi’s 33rd single. It was released on October 18, 2006 and reached number 1 on the charts with 175,643 copies sold. In all this single has sold over 301,169+ copies. This single also became her third no. 1 single, right after feel. Another interesting fact about this single is that only one melody was used for both songs, but you can easily tell the better one. This was also the third single in the Black Cherry Era.

Yume no Uta / Futari de... - Koda Kumi

Tracks:
1. Yume no Uta
2. Futari de…
3. Yume no Uta (Quartet Version)
4. Futari de… (WHOOSH Mix)
5. Yume no Uta (Instrumental)
6. Futari de… (Instrumental)

Review:
The first of the two ballads is the stronger one in my opinion, this one entitled Yume no Uta lit. Dream Song, the winter ballad. This song sounds superb compared to most songs she’s sung. It starts out with the piano and violins playing and then Kuu sings. The chorus of this song is so beautiful with the lyrics and the orchestra of violins, piano, and guitar playing. The verses even manage to sound good in this song, but the final chorus is the best. During the final chorus the music is so heavenly, and Kuu’s vocals are at the height of perfection. You can also hear all the emotion in her voice. Towards the end she ad-libs and it sounds amazing, something very rare for her. Complete bliss and perfection into this ballad. And apparently this is the sadder of the two ballads, just listen to the lyrics.

The latter of the ballads is Futari de… lit. Two People. And instead of being rather sad and down, this ballad is more cheerful and full of life. While one was backed by the piano, this song is backed by a music box, and it makes a real difference. Kuu’s vocals are still good but it seems like she’s singing in a little person’s voice, no where nearly as powerful as Yume no Uta. The chorus though is still great, but more on the cute side, rather than beautify and emotion. I felt that this song weaker than the previous, but I do feel that this is better if you like your happy up-beat songs. I still would’ve liked this song to be added to Black Cherry though.

As if the regular version wasn’t powerful enough, we come to Yume no Uta (Quartet Version). Now in this version the main difference is that there’s a more dominant orchestra of strings present rather than just the piano. It does give the song a beautiful classical feel, but I still prefer the original version.

And time for the playful remix, Futari de… (WHOOSH Mix). This remix is more playful and a little more cutesy in a way. There are also some constant beats which really make the difference in this version and the original, but the original version is far superior. On top of that the beats become annoying after a while, but you get used to it. You can also make out some background voices of Kuu.

Overall Review: Yume no Uta / Futari de… was a phenomenal single. Each ballad was truly wonderful and features an excellent use of strings. I loved how each ballad used the same melody, yet each one sounded so different and had a different feeling with it. And I loved the scans, they were so amazing. Not only is it one of her prettiest singles, but it’s one of her finest in a ballad sense, I think it’s still better than Ai no Uta.

Final Grade: 100A+

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  1. […] Yume no Uta lit. Dream Song. This is the first ballad on the album. It is such a powerful and emotional song. I guess this was added instead of Futari de… because of the sadness aspect. Well even without Futari de… this song is still good. Perhaps the most beautiful song on the album. Where would Black Cherry be without this song? The review of Yume no Uta can be found here. […]



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