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Otsuka Ai – ユメクイ [12th Single]

Posted on: July 21, 2008

Otsuka Ai’s 12th single, entitled ユメクイ, was released on 08.02.06. The title track was used as the theme song for the Tokyo Friends movie.

ユメクイ is the wonderful title track of the single. The song starts off with the chorus, which automatically hooks the listener. The simple instrumentation with rock flares and Ai’s vocals combine to make a very enjoyable part of the song. The first verse features vocals that are somewhat deep in order to capture the lyrical meaning of the song. Once the chorus comes in again, the instrumentaiton is more filled, further emoting the atmosphere. The pure instrumental section is wonderful, spotlighting just how addictive the song’s music is. More instrumentation brings the song to a great close. ユメクイ is a fantastic song that shows off Ai strength as a lyricist, composer and vocalist all in one.

Tears is the single’s B-side. A piano interlude starts off the song, immediately establishing an atmosphere for the listener to follow. The first verse features some very pretty vocals from Ai that capture the emotions perfectly. The chorus is sung with such a delicate nature that the listener can’t help but deeply feel what Ai is singing. Following the chorus is a section of pure instrumentation with a more varied music, including instruments such as the violin, which catches the listener’s ear. Ai holds the final note beautifully and then pure instrumentation closes the song. Tears is a great B-side, really capturing emotions through the music and Ai’s vocals.

In order to promote the single, a PV for ユメクイ was made. The video is animated a kid taking a ride on an animal as he takes a journey and sees various things. Although it would have been nice to have Ai actually in the video, it’s certainly a nice fit for the song.

Single Ranking: A +

Otsuka Ai’s 12th single features two songs. The title track is a wonderful song that Ai brings to life with her vocals and the lyrics are beautiful too. Tears is a sweet ballad that is simple yet effective at bringing out the emotions.

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