real Emotion / 1000 no Kotoba

real Emotion / 1000 no Kotoba was Koda Kumi’s 7th single. It was released on March 5, 2003 and debuted at number 6 on the charts with 35,054 copies sold. Eventually, on its fifth week the single reached number 3 on the charts with 28,962 copies sold. In all this single has sold over 282,734+ copies. real Emotion was used a the theme song for the popular game Final Fantasy X-2, while 1000 no Kotoba was used during a cut scene. This single was not only her first top 10 single, but is also considered her breakthrough single. It would be her highest selling single until it was surpassed by Yume no Uta / Futari de…, and later 4 hot wave. This was the final single in the grow into one Era.

real Emotion / 1000 no Kotoba - Koda Kumi

1. real Emotion
2. 1000 no Kotoba
3. real Emotion (Instrumental)
4. 1000 no Kotoba (Instrumental)

Even though I did originally hear some of Kuu’s Black Cherry material first, I actually fell in love with her after hearing these two songs, well they were a few of the first songs I heard. Anyway I did remember hearing the English version of real Emotion first, but I eventually stumbled onto the Japanese version. What caught my attention first had to be the English in the beginning “What can I do for you?” The strange yet inviting beats were infectious as the dance music slowly pulled you in. But than just as the verses seem to get better, BAM the chorus appears! And the chorus is to die for. It has got to be on the catchiest things from Kuu’s earlier years as well as the best. The instrumentals are fantastic too, especially the climax. It’s a must hear for any Kuu fan. And her vocals were pretty darn good too. As for the bridge, it was amazing! The guitar solo and a few vocals were outrageously good. You can see why it was chosen as the theme song.

Hands down, 1000 no Kotoba lit. 1000 Words is Kuu’s best ballad from all of her earlier works. The music is undeniably southing and flawless. The strings give the song a true ballad feeling, and seem to give life to the song. There might be some chronic beats in the song, but they fit so well. The vocals are so stunning and seemingly perfect, but that’s just for the verses. The verses were beautiful and were perfect. I especially loved the vocals, sporadically placing some power. But the chorus was just astounding. Not only were the strings in complete perfect, but so was the acoustic guitar, they made for one impressive duo. Kuu’s vocals also showed some strong emotion and such power when singing. This song was perfect from beginning to finish. It’s still one of her most phenomenal ballads to date in my opinion.

Overall Review: real Emotion / 1000 no Kotoba was a stunning single. Up until her 12 singles collection, it was by far her strongest and most powerful single. I still believe that it’s one of her best singles, especially if you appreciate all of her old material. While they were contrasting songs, one up-beat and blaring, the latter beautiful and powerful, they made one beautiful single. I can see why it ended up outselling her album grow into one and as well as why it was one of her most popular singles. What a magnificent and perfect way to end her grow into one Era.

Final Grade: 100A+



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