Archive for the ‘ Yui ’ Category

to mother

Artist: Yui
Release Date: June 2, 2010
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. to Mother
2. Tonight
3. GLORIA ~YUI Acoustic Version~
4. to Mother ~Instrumental~

Yui looks really serene in this cover! But the first thought that came in to mind was “why is she not posing with the guitar here!?” And then I remembered how Angela Aki wasn’t posing with the piano in her latest single…

to Mother… could that be a dedication? The great thing is that is sounded very sweet and soothing because all of the instruments of the arrangement seemed to fall in place nicely. I would also like to note a few transition between tones throughout the song which adds more of a flavor to the music. Another great A-side from Yui!

Apparently, Tonight turns out to be a rather short all-out aggresive song compared to the A-side. Overall, the arrangement and vocal performance sounded alright since it’s been a while since I last heard an aggressive song from Yui. ….Maybe I would appreciate the song more if I had?

There wasn’t much of a differences between the GLORIA ~YUI Acoustic Version~ and the original because the orginal was already acoustic to begin with. The only difference is that there’s now a piano. (Maybe if they changed more components -speed, arrangement, etc- I would have loved this version) But this turned out to suit the single well because Gloria is sounds so damn catchy.

Personal Rating: 4.5/5

GLORIA

Artist: Yui
Release Date: January 20, 2010
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 5/5

1. GLORIA
2. Muffler
3. It’s all too much (YUI Acoustic Version)
4. GLORIA (Instrumental)
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GLORIA turns out to be a very uplifting with a catchy acoustic flavored rhythm that marks to be one of Yui’s strongest singles to date! (Ever since she started to go for the rock outlook.) The chorus also turned out to be the strongest part of the arrangement. In fact it makes me listen to the song just because of the chorus. (Oh, that can’t be good.)

Muffler adds to Yui’s consectutive chain of awesome B-sides! Although this time around, the A-side beats the B-side, Muffler is another strong performance from Yui.

Just when I thought that the original sounded good enough, the It’s all too much (YUI Acoustic Version) makes the arrangement sound much more refined and made me want to listen to the original over and over for comparison. Great addition to the single!

Personal Rating: 5/5

LIFE

Artist: Yui
Release Date: November 9, 2005
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Life
2. Crossroad
3. Tomorrow’s way (Yui Acoustic Version)
4. Life (Instrumental)
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Life was actually the song that got me into Yui. (Mainly because of the fact that it was used as one of the many ending themes for the anime Bleach) The acoustic guitar at the beginning made it easy for the vocals and the percussions to enter into the song, giving us a smooth listen. I main reason why I loved this song is because of how the verses lead up to the chorus. I just can’t get myself to not like it like some of the reviews say….

Crossroad sounds pretty average compared to her other songs but it does have a nice combination of acoustic and electric guitars. (Like the typical Yui song, simple guitar arrangement enchanced with Yui’s vocals.)

Like always, the Tomorrow’s way (Yui Acoustic Version) still has the original arrangement but then focuses more on the instrumentals than the vocals. (Pretty standard. I’m sure Yui won’t be changing the way she does her acoustics.)

Personal Rating: 4/5

I remember you

Artist: Yui
Release Date: September 20, 2006
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. I Remember You
2. Cloudy
3. Good-bye Days (Yui Acoustic Version)
4. I Remember You (Instrumental)
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I Remember You happens to be another Yui song with a simple arrangement but is then composed in a way that it makes it a unique song. With a twist of the acoustic guitar and percussion, the chorus happens to be one of the strongest aspects of the song, making this another favorite A-side from Yui.

Cloudy is a fast tempo pop-rock song with that same combination of acoustics and percussions. It still has similarities in the instrumentals of “I remember you” but it becomes differenciated when the chorus is sung. Another great B-side, by the way.

Finally, the Good-bye Days (Yui Acoustic Version) zooms more into the instrumentals than the vocals. (The original in her past release, Good-bye Days.) For those of you who don’t know, adding an acoustic version of the past A-side is a tradition of most of the Yui releases.

Personal Rating: 4.5/5

It’s happy line

Artist: Yui
Release Date: December 24, 2004
Label: Leaflet
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. It’s Happy Line
2. I Know
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I really like how she looks in this cover. She seems to innocent.

It’s Happy Line has a very, very simple arrangement but there was always something about Yui’s style that makes simplicity a good listen. I’m not gong to complain about her vocals because they didn’t really change during her later releases but the style of how she would blend in the arrangement with her vocals is enough to live on. Overall, this was a really strong debut.

Apparently, there are electric guitar riffs presented in I Know which serves as a powerhouse to support Yui’s strong(er) vocals. This doesn’t seem like B-side material since there’s so much put into the song.

Personal Rating: 4.5/5

CHE.R.RY

Artist: Yui
Release Date: March 7, 2007
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. CHE.R.RY
2. Driving today
3. Rolling star (YUI Acoustic Version)
4. CHE.R.RY (Instrumental)
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Yui gives us a taste of her lower pitched vocals in CHE.R.RY until the chorus arrives. I’m loving those strings that she would always include in the background. I’ve gotta say that the song started of pretty average but then it began to pick up it case throughout the song, making it one of my more recent favorite song from Yui.

Driving today isn’t really a strong B-side since it sounds freaking predictable. In this case, the instrumentals rules all.

I really like Yui’s tradition of adding an acoustic version of a song from the previous single. Ever since listening to the song, I’ve always wondered what the Rolling star (YUI Acoustic Version) would sound like. It still has the core of the original song but at least it gives us a zoom-in of the vocals more than the instrumentals.

Personal Rating: 4/5

I loved Yesterday

Artist: Yui
Release Date: April 9, 2008
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 3/5

1. Laugh away
2. My Generation
3. Find me
4. No way
5. Namidairo
6. Daydreamer
7. Love is all
8. I will love you
9. We will go
10. OH YEAH
11. My friend
12. LOVE & TRUTH
13. Am I wrong?
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Laugh away was actually released as a digital single before this album came out. Anyways, I thought it was a really strong opener to the album with all of upbeat-ness and string instruments serving as the background to support Yui’s fast vocals. Whoever arranged this song is awesome! (Since I literally had the song on repeat for a while.)

Like the usual Yui, My Generation is a very uplifting and mid-tempo track that never fails to make you feel happy. It’s kind of reminds me of some of her old tracks only that her voice doesn’t sound as awkward. Another signature Yui element included was the expertly played electric guitar in the background. It’s nothing new but it’s still worth listening.

Although, Find me sounded so-so for a Yui song as the tempo of the song is pretty slow. She still displays a strong performance with her voice no matter how boring and calm the arrangement sounds. And like always, the instrumentals has some type of guitar as its focus.

No way is a pretty aggressive interlude with very powerful guitars playing all over the place. That’s right, no Yui vocals in this one.

Namidairo, sounded like a extremely beautiful song. Anyways, I thought that she sang this song pretty well now that she finally decided to apply some sort of emotion to the song. (She usually sings with no feel at all so this song is significantly different than the rest.) The overall song sounds a bit sad yet it’s still a bit of a laid back pop.

Daydreamer didn’t seem anything new. It still has the typical mix of guitars and drums along with Yui’s vocal style of singing in a mid-tempo. Sure it’s a decent song but we’ve heard something like this from Yui already.

At least Love is all gives us a change of pace. I just love how the chorus seems to be the powerhouse of the entire song since Yui seems to literally give it her all. It’s decent but it’s not my favorite from Yui.

I will love you is a real bored. To start things off Yui sounds a little mono-tonish with this song and the pace of the song just doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. I quickly moved onto the next rack since the whole arrangement is predictable.

We will go, one of my favorites from this album, (the other favorite was Laugh away) is very uplifting with the energetic guitars and percussion that wakes me up from the boredom of the last few tracks. And this time, the chorus doesn’t appear to be the only thing that rules the song.

Even though the title, OH YEAH tends to stand out with all of the capital letters, the song itself doesn’t match it because of the fact that it’s really short. I liked the happy feel of the song, but it soudns very so-so.

My friend actually sounds really nice as the chorus is arrangened beautifully to go with the strings in the instrumentals. The one elements that makes this its own song is mainly because of how the guitar is actually used to control the feel of the song. (But this wouldn’t really stand out as much if the other songs weren’t so average.)

Although Yui is popular for her fast tempo pop and rock style, she plays with the more sorrowful style. LOVE & TRUTH starts at a very gloomy tempo but then the electric guitar played in the background doesn’t pick up the pace until at least 1/3rd of the song is played. Not to mention that her vocal style became more ballad-like and attempts to make the song sound beautiful. I guess she did a decent job but I wouldn’t really call this my favorite Yui song.

The final track, Am I wrong? didn’t seem like a good ending to the album since it’s still in the same category of so-so. (Do I really need to repeat that word?) Really, there’s nothing really interesting about this track. In a way, it made me feel that there’s still more things to be added to this album and that this song just didn’t cut to be the last song.

Here’s another album review this month! Looks like I’m making up for the lost of time, right?

Personal Rating: 3/5