01. konna ni chikaku de… (こんなに近くで…; So Close…)
03. konna ni chikaku de… -KZ Future Disko Remix- (こんなに近くで…; So Close…)
04. FEEL -Singo.S Remix-
05. konna ni chikaku de… -Instrumental- (こんなに近くで…; So Close…)
After the mild top twenty success of her last ballad oriented single, “kitto eien ni,” Kuri took a turn back towards the pop territory inhabited by “koi ni ochitara” (by and far her most successful single). “konna ni chikaku de…” sounds familiar and new all at once as it tries to play towards “koi ni ochitara’s” sound while being upbeat in order to capitalize upon its success. “konna ni chikaku de…” did not come close to recreating the karaoke magic of “koi ni ochitara” however, and only reached number fourteen its debut week, selling about 9,000 copies.
“konna ni chikaku de…” sounds most like “koi ni ochitara;” its keyboard based and supported by strings at times, which is a really odd combination. In the end though, despite not sounding quite normal, “konna ni chikaku de…” defies explanation and is good. It’s so funky with its synth and so smooth with Crystal Kay and the violins that the song becomes great, catchy pop that doesn’t sound quite like anything else out. Add in a catchy hook and strong choral vocals and “konna ni chikaku de…” is easily a fun tune a J-pop fan can jam to any day.
“FEEL” is a mid-tempo R&B song that seems to cater to Kuri’s R&B song as “konna ni chikaku de…” is not really the R&B she usually puts out. It’s smooth, sleek, but also sometimes cumbersome sounding. The choruses sound great, but the high notes sound a bit strained which is a problem, hurting this B-side.
The remixes are filler. “Konna ni Chikaku de”‘s is on speed, and “FEEL”‘s doesn’t sound good.
In the end, this is a single carried by a stellar A-side. Kuri sometimes falls into a rut of releasing mediocre crud, but here, she succeeds at releasing one of the pop gems she’s known for.