“To Mother” – YUI

YUI swaps her guitar for a piano. No, you're not dreaming.

YUI is back with her newest single “To Mother!” The single’s release date is June 2, 2010. For this single, or for the a-side at least, YUI trades in her guitar for a fancy schmancy piano. What I liked about this single before I had even heard it is that YUI was willing to step outside her comfort zone and try something new. Interestingly enough, Angela Aki traded in her piano for a guitar for her most recent single, making it feel like she and YUI swapped identities. Both singles were a success in my eyes. Artists need to change it up every once in a while!

The Review:

To Mother is a touching piano ballad. From the start, I get very strong Sea vibes. Remember Sea? The song a lot of people liked even more than Again? It has that “graduation” or “going-away” feel that I’ve seen many people describe Sea as having. Its fitting because it is graduation season after all! The piano is beautiful, YUI sounds great, and the song sits at a comfortable three minutes and fifty seconds. This keeps it from having the cursed “ballad overkill” that has ruined many a song for me due to my impossibly short attention span.

YUI’s gained a lot of fame for her b-sides that often rival her a-sides, and Tonight falls into that category perfectly. Every time I get a YUI single, I feel like I’m getting a double a-side even if that isn’t the case because her b-sides might as well be a-sides. She doesn’t disappoint. Tonight is like a flashback to Rolling Star. Its not quite as hard and the song suffers from a case of “Never Say Die syndrome” in that it is too short! Overall, a great piece. Placing it with To Mother was a little awkward to me, but who cares? Its YUI. She can do what she wants.

As fans can predict by now, YUI has included an acoustic version of her most recent song, this time being GLORIA. The song doesn’t sound much different from the original. All I can hear is that the percussion is stripped away. The difference wasn’t astounding enough for me, but it’s a great inclusion for diehard fans of YUI.

In Conclusion: YUI proved to me with this single that she can go outside her normal realm of music and still create something magnificent. I highly recommend this single.




Filed under Japanese Pop, Japanese Rock, Sakurayume's Collection

6 responses to ““To Mother” – YUI

  1. “but who cares? Its YUI. She can do what she wants.” hahaha EXACTLY!

    YUI is always impressing me, especially with her b-sides. My girl’s favorite song to this day is “Cloudy”–the b-side to “I remember you”

    • I have never heard “Cloudy.” I’m going to have to go give it a listen now! YUI is that kind of artist who is tough to listen to because all of her songs are good! Well, maybe not “Its All Too Much.” That one disappointed me.

  2. PS. It’s ironic that YUI would release this now.
    Each Summer, for the past three years, I’ve made my own mother a mix CD; just for fun.

    Entitled “~music to the mom I love~”, these albums aim to broaden my mother’s horizons and give her a peak into the complex world of music that I thrive in.

    The first year was Asian; the second was American/English; and the third year was a two-disc set–half/half Asian/English.

    So far my efforts have been hit or miss. Even with printed lyrics (translations) included, my mom cannot seem to adapt to listening to song outside her English comfort zone. Although she does remark honesty in a positive manner about many songs, she only listens to them just rarely.

    Gosh, what’s up with my writing style today? Abnormal, is it not?

    Anywho~ It’s the start of the month and I’m quite busy. The 14th is coming up, so you now what that means. Also, got a ton of new games to play. I find it amazingly funny that I tend to not just buy one new used game but, I buy a handful of them at once instead. hmhm. That’s just me. The more I collect, the more excited I feel inside know how many long hours it’ll take for me to finish each one.

    My new goal: finish them quicker than I used to, to save time!

    Ah yes, I just made a sentence with two of the same word places one behind the other. I only included a comma for ease of legibility. hehe. How awesome am I? (don’t answer–that’s rhetorical. And yes, I forgot “rhetorical” had a darn silent ‘h’. beh).

  3. Sorry, I still have more to say…. ^^;

    About my wonderful soul-sister YUI: how long have you two known each other?

    I’ve following her and collecting all her discs since “LIFE” in Winter of ’05. I have a BLEACH infested fanboy to thank for that…and Haikara as well. God bless. ^_________^

  4. Karin

    Yui,,, i like your songs!!

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