Did anyone order a cover? Produced by Komuro Tetsuya and written by him and Marc Panther, both of globe, the song was first released by globe in 1997 with vocals provided by Keiko, also of globe. Kumi's version was recorder for the "globe 20th -Special Cover Best-" album in 2015, which had a plethora of artists covering the classic globe songs.
Whew, this one is something else. At least in terms of Kumi's discography, as she doesn't really have anything this big and vast in sound. globe and Komuro's work in general, aside from what he did with Namie and Ayu, is mostly a blind spot for me, so I don't think I ever heard the original, but Kumi still did an amazing job here. She managed to match the mood of the track and deliver on all fronts. I can see how this might not be to everyone's liking, since the verses can start sounding same-y by the middle point of the song even with other parts trying to shake it all up a little.
I believe this is about that one and only love for the person, the one they are destinied to find no matter what.
I wanted you to find
I wanted you to smile
and fall asleep
When we give up
our footsteps will disappear
so nothing, not even a fragment, is left behind
@Yeziirl (4) can't even bother, "nope" Yup, nope outta here, the door's that way.
Woo-hoo! I'm not the only one, who didn't know the original thanks to @otenkiame (8), "Don't know the original; don't kill me. So just like Ayu's rendition of "Many Classic Moments", I think Kuu did a killer job with this tribute. I mean, this song is a journey, isn't it? It just keeps building up and up into some emotional stuff with Kuu at the helm leading everything rather effortlessly. I may be a bit biased because it's still fresh for me, but I like!"
Hmm, this and the commentary for "GOLDFINGER 2019" makes me think @Weslicious (9) had a strategic approach to voting this time around, "I love the original and I love this. Is the 9 tactical because I don’t want a cover doing better than her original tracks in this part? Maybe so."
@Cutlery (9) is incorrect! "I was never big on the original (those screeching vocals, Keiko sis… and also the preset #15 keyboards) but appreciated its sentiment and grandiose feeling. And with this discreetly orchestral take, Kuu ironically enough not screaming the lyrics out, and giving some solid moments of emotion with her voice… Yeah I love the end result. It's just so understatedly epic in a drama theme song way, which I'm sure the original was used for. It breezes by though I'm sure more than one of y'all will try to come for the length." No one came for the length, it looks like.
And it looks like this track almost was a dream come true for @Sprockrooster (10), "An 11-contender. Now we need miss Kumi to be a feature on an epos from Meatloaf produced by Jim Steinman so she can snatch me more than she already did." I don't know who you are talking about, but, girl, I am living.
So just as I was making this write-up, I was listening to the original and... it's kinda flat compared to the grandiose of Kuu's version, huh? Should've given it half a point more.
Kumi never performed the song live, so we'll have to opt for the original.
There is also a studio version of the original tucked in the second half of the video. A two-for-one option!