Suki de, Suki de, Suki de. / Anata Dake ga
Suki de, Suki de, Suki de. / Anata Dake ga was Koda Kumi’s 48th single. It was released on September 22, 2010 and reached no. 2 on the Oricon Charts with 54,492 copies sold.
1. Suki de, Suki de, Suki de.
2. Anata Dake ga
3. walk ~to the future~
The first thing you probably heard about this single is that it’s completely made up of ballads, and that’s true. That being said it’s a lovely single, and here’s why:
First off I wasn’t all that impressed with Suki de, Suki de, Suki de. It honestly sounded like a very bland ballad at first. Yeah the strings were great, and I loved the acoustics and percussion and even the electric guitar riffs but it was just “meh.” But after another listen I fell in love with it. The music was dramatic and sounded heavenly. And Kuu’s vocals were so powerful and filled with a range of emotions. It was probably her greatest ballad since I don’t know when, it’s honestly been that long. Her vocals just fit with the song and when the chorus arrived there was an explosion of the harmonic strings and the percussion along with the electric guitar that was just mind-blowing. Easily one of her most memorable songs to date.
While the previous ballad was more strings based Anata Dake ga is by far more modern, featuring the piano as the main instrument with additions from the strings, percussion, and some tasteful beats. I feel that compared to the last ballad this one is a bit relaxed yet it sounds spectacular, and it’s my favorite of the two. The soft sounds from the acoustic guitar were a nice treat as well, especially during the chorus. The beats and clapping added a little modern zing to the otherwise traditional ballad. And the other thing I loved were the vocals, again a wonderful range of emotions and a exposition of power.
Finally we come to the newly arranged walk ~to the future~. The original version of walk was featured on her debut album, that being said I have no idea how it sounds or what changed. But the opening is simple, a choir just singing in English accompanied only by the piano. Kuu then starts to sing and it gets a lot better. The only instruments are the piano and strings for the beginning, after a bit though things get more interesting with the addition of the electric guitar, which has a great solo I might add. I am guessing that she rerecorded the song because her vocals sound mature and more recent. As you might have guessed her vocals displayed a wide range of emotions as well as power. The song sounds a bit more raw and stripped compared to the other two but it’s a lovely song nonetheless.
This is without a doubt her best ballad single since Stay with me, and you could even argue Yume no Uta / Futari de…. since that was her last true single that featured only ballads. One of the things I loved most about this single was that there was one precises and central theme. Naturally it might have just centered around ballads but it was still flawless. The first ballad was somewhat of a typical ballad with more focus on the vocal aspect, I loved the way she sang the chorus, it was unexpected yet incredible. The second ballad was centered a bit around the music more, which I adored, much more than the first. In all honesty it was more of a hybrid ballad, a fusion of slight R&B with traditional elements. As for the final track, it was lovely. It could have been a bit better, the background singers were annoying but I loved the overall sound too it. Overall a touching single, much better than some of it’s predecessors.