Single Review: YUI – “to Mother”

Tracklist:
1. to Mother
2. Tonight
3. GLORIA ~YUI acoustic version~
4. to Mother ~Instrumental~

This is YUI’s seventeenth single, which was released on June 2, 2010. The single reached #1 on the Oricon Weekly Chart for singles and sold 71,804 copies.

These covers are exactly what I expect from and love about YUI: they’re simple, classy and pretty.

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The wonderful thing about YUI is that she never fails to impress. After three exceptional rock singles, YUI brings us to Mother, a very personal and charming piano-pop song. Music-wise, I think this is one of YUI’s nicest singles in a while (again being the absolute best of this era), as it has a very simple, clean sound to it with piano, drums and guitars. She also delivers a mature performance on the vocal front and the end result is a really pretty song. I am now officially excited for her new album.

Wow, talk about opposite ends of the spectrum. Where to Mother was soft and pretty, Tonight is hard and strong. In the end, although YUI makes pretty ballads, rock is where she’s most at home, and it really shows in her vocal performance on this song. Although Tonight is pretty short (a little over two and a half minutes), it has a catchy melody and it’s very pleasant to listen to.

I really liked GLORIA, and so it’s no surprise that I like GLORIA ~YUI acoustic version~ just as much. There aren’t any surprises in this version compared to the original but it’s nice to hear YUI’s voice more clearly, ’cause she hits some pretty choice notes. Some may find this to be unnecessary as it’s nothing particularly new, but I liked it. That’s my opinion.

Summary: YUI is cool, YUI is versatile, YUI has a style all her own – all these things are true and this single is right there to prove it. Honestly, while listening to this single, I wasn’t able to find a song that I didn’t really like. And that’s saying something. I’ll be anticipating YUI’s new album on 7/14 and I totally expect it to be great!

Single Grade: A+
Recommended Tracks:
to Mother
| Tonight | GLORIA ~YUI acoustic version~

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