We finally made it boys and girls! I thought we would never make it, or that we would make it here someday… but no, we are finally at the end of the single series!
Capping off the 12 Singles of Christmas is the series’ only double A-side single, ‘Someday / Boys♥Girls’, though Someday was promoted with a music video over the other (and interestingly caps off the movie series that the singles had in place). The concept art is also, fittingly, Kuu in Japanese garments, representing Japan in the finale. Now that we are at the end, we have to ponder, was this an appropriate single to end the series, or have we already reached it prior to?
The first of the final single is “Someday“, a light-hearted J-pop song that is entirely fueled by piano, strings, and a funky guitar that all merge into one without overpowering Kuu’s sultry but fabulous vocals as she sings along. Meant to sound like a song that has ‘hope’ written all over it, but also has the feeling of ‘end’, “Someday” is a fun, catchy, and wholesome track that mirrors many of Kuu’s toned-down songs such as “Gentle Words”. It is a stark contrast from the very first song of the series, “you”. A great song to cap off the series. Someday, we’ll look back on this series in even more years… lol, as I continue doing so. ⬛
A last parting gift from Kuu is “Boys♥Girls“, which immediately kicks off from a twang. Groovy in sound, with an array of synthy noises to accentuate a funk vibe, this B-side is a fun disco-like ditty that feels modern and displays Kuu’s sultriness to a higher level than it was in “Someday”. I will admit, it doesn’t quite have the catch that a disco-influenced track should have, as it seems to keep its melody rather consistent without too many changes (apart from a vocalization sequence over what almost sounds like a Tokyo Jihen-like keyboard instrumental). It’s a fun and vibe-y track, but boys and girls, I don’t think I’ll find myself listening to this too often. ⬛
A final, valiant effort from the queen herself, Koda Kumi’s 12 Singles of Christmas comes to an end. The last single is also another recommend, and I’m glad that it has ended off on such a good note. I do recommend listening to ‘Someday’ rather than the B-side; the B-side isn’t terrible, but ‘Someday’ is much better.
With the 12 Singles of Christmas finally complete, I’ll be looking into reviewing the best-of album that is associated with these twelve singles; however, I do have other projects in the works, so that will be on the back-burner for now. I hope you have enjoyed reading my views on these twelve singles. It was certainly awesome going through the nostalgia that is 2005 and 2006. For now, keep an eye out for some other reviews in the coming days!