Ienai yo Suki da nante 52 Ienai yo Average: 7,29 Highest scorers: 10x2 (@RUNAWAY and @me!), 9x1 (@vague) Lowest scorers: 5x3 (@Coming Century, @Ana Raquel, @Yeziirl), 6x3 (@soratami, @Weslicious, @lalaclairi_) My score: lookie above Spoiler: Leaderboard History 5 voters: #37, 7,50 avg. 10 voters: #50, 6,90 avg. 15 voters: #53, 7,18 avg. 18 voters: #52, 7,29 avg. Would you look at that, another 0,01 point difference! Written by Kan Chinfa (BoA's "Kimochi wa Tsutawaru" and "VALENTI" !!!) and produced by Tsushimi Takashi (quite a few Hikaru GENJI songs), the song was originally released in 1994 by Go Hiromi as his 66th single. Kumi's version was re-arranged by the DJ Gakushi for her cover album ETERNITY ~Love & Songs~. It's the first Go Hiromi classic Kumi covered. As we now know she released her version of his cover of Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca", titled "GOLDFINGER", this summer. I simply adore this, the way the piano, the beat and the synths intertwine here is superb and mesmerizing, so much so that I can never listen to this once. The classic JPop melodies meet 2010s R'n'B in a perfect unison. Wow. According to last.fm, this is my most listened to cover of hers and righfully so, I couldn't get off of this when the cover album dropped. It's mostly why I wanted to include it with the two obvious choices from the album in the rate. The lyrics this time around are about inability of confessing your feelings: I can't say that I love you You're closer than anyone else, too close and it's so sad that it's a dream My lips are about to reach you but get nowhere I can't say that I love you You're closer than anyone else, too close I want to see you, I'm alone today too I can't sleep, because my eyes are embracing you (c) @otenkiame Is there anything you wanted to tell me, huns? Despite the score @otenkiame (7,5) perfectly describes the song's feeling, "A nice R&B song with some uplifting sounds to it, even though the lyrics are on the bittersweet side. I think that's what I like about it the most? Like, you know from Kuu's vocals that it's a bit sad, but the music somehow keeps the song a bit more upbeat and positive? At least to me." Looks like @abael (8) didn't know this was a cover, "KK isn't out here inventing the wheel, but this is a cleanly produced, well performed track." I mean, she did refresh the hell out of this. @Cutlery (8) enjoyed the musical influences for the refurbishing, "Very early 00's ballad sound from Kuu. It's quite nice!" I don't know where, but @Music Is Life (8,75) heard a guitar in this, "Love the slight R&B feel of this, especially with that guitar I think, it fits her so well." Well, I still don't hear any guitars... @RUNAWAY (10) proves once again that he's a true JPop afficionado, "a total classic. I love the original version, and Kumi’s cover is gorgeous. Her vocals are so SO GOOD here." Quite a few people can boast such knowledge! Kumi performed the track live during the "Dejavu Tour" in a medley with "Love Is Over", "Swallowtail Butterfly" and "Ai no Uta", although I can't find a video online and it's not available as a part of the audio edition of the tour, sadly. We'll have to opt just for the original version.