Todoketai… / Kono Mama Zutto
Todoketai… / Kono Mama Zutto was Aoyama Thelma’s 6th single. It was released on March 11, 2009 and debuted at no. 32 on the Oricon Weekly Charts with 3,015 copies sold. It was released in a CD-Only, Limited Edition CD-Only version, and a Limited Edition CD+DVD version. It was the first single in the Emotions Era.
1. Todoketai… feat. KEN THE 390
2. Kono Mama Zutto
3. SOME DAY MY PRINCE WILL COME
4. Todoketai… (Instrumental)
5. Kono Mama Zutto (Instrumental)
So here comes the whole Themla part of the overhaul that was 2 weeks ago, sorry for taking forever, after a vacation you really don’t wanna do anything at all.
After listening to Todoketai… I can honestly say that it’s become one of my favorite tracks from Themla. This lovely R&B infused ballad is an answer song, similar to her first hit single. It features some classic R&B beats, an orchestra of strings, and a piano. The music is a bit up-tempo compared to your usual ballads, but in this case it fits. The arrangement is top notch, the song moves fairly quickly and the music is just heavenly, it’s rather soothing and relaxing. Thelma’s vocals are just incredible, there’s such much power and emotion. As for KEN THE 390, his vocals/rap actually fit the song very well. I have to give this song props for not only sounding so lovely and beautiful, as well as a bit sad, but for being infectious despite being an R&B ballad.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from Kono Mama Zutto, but I have to admit that I like it. It has more of a mid-tempo, R&B arrangement. It features some strings, piano, synth, and R&B beats. It’s happier and more cheery when compared to the previous track, not to mention more up-beat. It’s not on the same level as the previous track, but I would still say that it’s decent.
So I grew up in the Disney Renaissance, the animated films were classic, and as a result, I till this day LOVE Disney movies. The very 1st animated feature was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Even if you don’t like it, you have to admit that for being released in 1937 it’s amazing, and it’s phenomenal for all of the work put into it, especially with the technology back then. So whenever I think of SOME DAY MY PRINCE WILL COME, I think of Snow White. This cover is an R&B cover, it was even featured on an R&B Tribute Disney album. It features the usual piano chords etc. but it features an incredible amount of synth, which is what I love. It’s more up-tempo than the original, but that’s a good thing in this case. It’s as memorable as the original, released so long ago.
I’m quite sad that this single didn’t do as well as it deserved. It’s one of her best singles musically, but it does so badly on the charts. I think her label needs to step up nuff said. Anyway, this single is great. The title tracks were amazing and just flawless, and the B-Side was just a lovely rendition that brings back childhood memories. I love everything about this single. R&B is still one of the hottest genres in Japan and you can hear why with this single. What a way to begin the Emotions Era.