[Single] Koda Kumi – Yume No Uta / Futari De…

『夢のうた / ふたりで…』 倖田來未

~Tracklist~
01. Yume no Uta (夢のうた; Dream Song)
02. Futari de… (ふたりで…; Together…)
03. Yume no Uta ~Quartet version~ (夢のうた; Dream Song)
04. Futari de… ~WHOOSH MIX~ (ふたりで…; Together…)
05. Yume no Uta (instrumental) (夢のうた; Dream Song)
06. Futari de… (instrumental) (ふたりで…; Together…)

~Single Review~
“Yume no Uta / Futari De…” was released on October 18, 2006 and reached number one, selling 301,169 copies in total. This single was based off of the idea of using the same melody in both of the A-sides. Which of the songs is better?

“Yume no Uta” is far superior, there is no doubt. “Yume no Uta” is exactly the song that 2006 built up to, especially following the upbeat powerhouse that was 4 hot wave. “Yume no Uta” has excellent instrumentation, starting with piano-based verses and moving towards grander instrumentation as the song progresses into the chorus. Compared to her 2007 releases, “Yume no Uta” is bigger, better, and altogether more emotive. This single was written by Koda Kumi, as well, giving it a personality that the listener doesn’t see in a lot of her songs. In the end, the instrumentation creates an excellent ambience for Koda Kumi’s voice.

“futari de…” is a much softer version of “Yume no Uta” with different lyrics. As such, it was probably better suited to be a B-side on this single rather than second A-side. Still, the song is a pleasant listen, it’s just nowhere near as powerful with it’s keyboard backing among synth.

The two mixes on this single do not work very well. The quartet version of “Yume no Uta” is too bare and sweeps away all traces of being epic from “Yume no Uta.” The whoosh mix of “Futari de…” is even worse, it ruins the song completely. One other thing worth noting – the instrumental for “Yume no Uta” is very pretty and might be worth a listen.

88% B+

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