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YUI – Cooking

YUI – Cooking

Song & Lyrics: YUI
Translation: Kafka

I’m going out
To go shopping

Today it will be only be
The two of us in the dinner table

Watching TV
I like that softly
I peeked on my cut out recipe

Let’s Cooking

While letting the pancetta fry
The fact that today was cold
I’m thankful

Across the sofa
Your face turned was turning to me

As you become talkative
At this moment I love time

Two Eggs
I scramble them well
I add a pinch of spice

Let’s Cooking

Letting the red tomatoes stay fresh
So that I won’t be seen in high spirits
I dished up

To be honest
I am not that good at all

I’m happy
Just you
Praising me

Being in love
Everyday has changed
On the way to happiness
Is the most good…

When you said it’s delicious
your eyes become round
You are
Too Kind
I become scared

I think while





Let’s cooking





Let’s cooking






I think while

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1. to Mother – a piano ballad from yui. She released this song as a single before this album hit the market. This song is the pioneer of evidence that yui is truly a versatile musician. She’s experimenting with instruments in this album too. This song was a perfect song for mother’s day but yui released it soon after the day. She commented on this song that its been a while she wrote for herself and she wrote to and about her mother hence the title. She maybe feeling homesick or nostalgic on this one when she wrote it. The song has a good melody attached to it giving the song a nice soft piano ballad feeling…

2. again – The first song she released after having her hiatus and is the OP song of the late epic great anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, which now follows the manga story and it was really better than the old one(will have a review on it soon as long i have time). This song contains proof than yui can make, write, compose any kind of music and attach her trademark impression of her. The first time i heard this, i was like,” wow, such a kick ass song for her comeback!” Apparently too, in this song, she can sing fast paced too like rapping but has a wonderful melody…

3. Parade – Now this what i call relaxing summer beach music. Accompanied by percussions and accordion effects on keyboards, the song feel like a holiday in Paris or outing in a summer sunny beach. Holidays in the Sun indeed. One of the best relaxing songs in the album.

4. es.car – a rock-ish song with a touch of strings and keyboard piano. This song reminds of her debut album “From Me to You”. The way she sings and the feel of the song, brings me back when i first time i heard yui’s album. The piano solo also in the bridge is wonderful to hear. She really is experimenting on putting more instruments on her songs.

5. Shake My Heart – Another song with a summer beach or European vacation feel. Of course, the song is truly relaxing too. The chorus is accompanied by a choir. She also added her newly addicted instrument which is the Shaker, a small object creates a “maracas” sound once you shake it… This song is also varies from her style. When i listen to this song, i feel at peace and want to take a vacation at a tranquil beach.

6. Gloria – The song she released at winter time which really feels like a winter song. She just added the song in the album because its one of her singles. Another good song from her, this her 2nd song since she gathered an all female band as her back-up band and contains a definite keyboardist. So most of her songs after that has keyboards in it. Loved the way she adds the keyboards, made her songs more textured.

7. i do it – This the song she wrote for the girl band trio “Stereopony” when she was in hiatus. Lucky for the singer of the band Aimi, which is a big fan of her. She just came to visit the sony studio where the girl band was recording. They were introduced and in the end, they jammed and made a new song. Stereopony released the song afterwards but yui as song writer credit. So basically, this a self cover of her song she wrote for someone or band. She derived a few beats and rhythm riffs on her version, but overall, both versions rock.

8. Please Stay with Me – Another song that reminds her old style. This song really reminds of her song “Tokyo”. This song is also used as a theme of a Japanese Rom-Com Drama Series called “Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku” which means Summer Romance Shines a Rainbow Color featuring Matsu Jun, a fan girl material actor because he is super duper handsome, but for me, i liked the drama because of yui’s dear friend Yuko Takeuchi(Closed Note, Sidecar ni inu, ima, Ai ni Yukimasu).

9. Summer Song – A very old song of hers. This was not on the 2nd album because it was released after. Then yui announced her hiatus after releasing My Short Stories, “a best of” album containing all the b-sides(other songs that was put on her singles) she released. She is one the youngest and earliest to release a “best of” album in the Japanese Music industry. The song has indeed a feel of summer. This is perfectly added on a summer themed album. This song apparently also is like a sequel of her song Laugh Away.

10. Cinnamon – This song singing style is also the same back in the “From Me to You” days. The song has a unique melody too. A cheerful song too. Apparently the song also has a summer feel even though its a little bit fast paced. More textures too in the song because of the keyboard.

11. Driving Happy Life – Her “happiest” song of the album which is her trademark in every album. A lively feel song thats good for running. Also this is also a good driving song. Can imagine driving along the sea at the side with the windows open feeling the sea breeze. while listening to this song. Cheerful summer themed song.

12. its all too much – This song was used as the theme song of the movie “Kaiji: Worlds Greatest Gambler”, which was really awesome. Actors from the live action movie of Death Note once again together in this remarkable movie, along with “Never say die” song. This song’s PV showed the first time yui in short hair(she was really cute on this one) and the first song with an all female band. This song is pure awesome. Killer guitar riffs and wonderful keyboard accompaniment.

13. Kiss me – Another song from her thats tied to her first album. A yui love song but now very textured by various instruments.

Overall Thoughts: Once again, yui has matured by adding more depth in her songs. Although she was experimenting by adding more instruments in her songs, she made her songs more textured, and i loved every song in the album. She really is a versatile musician and songwriter. Glad also that she retained her old style in singing. Her first album was what made me love her music the most. This album gave me a nostalgic feeling of her. Plus this album has a positive aura. There is a lot of light shining in this album. Whenever i listen to this album, makes my day more brighter. Good relaxing music too. This time she created a cheerful album thats really best suited to cheer up moods. Judgement? i recommend on listen to it on a regular basis, both in a happy and depressive mood.

here’s some trivia: Yui is one of two female artists only that was able to reach #1 in the overall charts for 5 consecutive times in Japan history.

– again, its all too much/never say die, Gloria, to Mother, and Holidays in the Sun all rose to #1 in the charts consecutive and respectively at first week of release.

The other artist is Utada Hikaru.


*edit: damn having too much typos…>_<

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YUI – Rain Single Review


1. Rain

2. a room

3. How Crazy ~Yui Acoustic Version~

4. Rain(instrumental)


Ahh, another song from yui for the yuletide season. Should be thankful to yui for giving us another song filled with warmth and genuine feelings. Actually, songs are quite not positive however yui tells us not to loose hope and embrace all difficulties to conquer walls that block our views and ways. This single is not a happy single. All songs are about her depression and difficulties that are part of her life. Of course as we listen to her songs, we feel them alongside her. Thats the beauty of her songs, every songs she makes has so much emotion that her feelings toward her songs conveys to our hearts as we listen. Nonetheless, this single is still exceptional regardless of its dark feelings even though we are in the yuletide season.

1. Rain – An upbeat rock but subtle song like her “its all too much”, it starts with a cool guitar rift harmonized with the other instruments especially the bass. Actually the bass player of this song is Nohana from Stereopony, no wonder the bass sounds so good. Then cuts to yui singing as if she was just from a rain-drenched depressing evening alone on Christmas Eve, when the chorus kicks in she felt she had conquered her lonely sadness and her strength has build up, as the bridge sets up, her “Sayounara da ne”(so this goodbye…) brings up so much feelings that we feel her pain. Letting go is one the hardest to do. After that she sings with the keyboard as her only ally in this song as if she’s the only person in the world, then builds up to the chorus to the ending guitar riff. This song is actually about on Christmas Eve when she lonely waits for her loved one on a rainy night surrounded by lovers however she painfully knows very well that he will not come and after this night she will not see him again so she struggles with her feelings to move forward and let go but its not that easy. Poor yui, i wish i could be at her side. (keep dreaming myself!! xD)

2. a room – this song.. i can definitely relate… this song.. this ballad from yui.. i can definitely relate. Why? thats because this song is about a unrequited love that is so far that it can’t be reached however with courage and inspiration, we’d like to know what he/she is doing right now or how is he/she and then we’d like to catch up with them with all their might cuz in our hearts he/she is still the only one. Even though we want to be their side, but we can’t, its difficult and still awkward. We just want to catch up on him/her. Just to know that he/she is happy. Further details will be below as a lyric english translation. You’ll know what i mean as i feel the same her. One of the reasons i like yui’s songs is that her lyrics relate too much to my life.

3. How Crazy ~Yui Acoustic Version~ – the acoustic version of “Can’t Buy My Love”‘s How Crazy. As usual, yui acoustic versions sounds as good as the original, even some better, in case still don’t know what this song means, this song is about how crazy that she keeps worry on what life stores for her in the future of her music career. She talks about her depressed days when everything seems dark and surrounded by insecurities. Everybody has their downfall time, and that they need to overcome them, after that, we had grown up.

4. Rain(instrumental) – nothing new, no vocals. Good for covering this song and karaoke. However, the song is just not the same without yui’s breathtaking unique voice.

Overall, this single is like other yui’s singles, over the top awesomeness. As expected. A recommendation without hesitation.

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YUI – Green a.live

YUI – Green a.live

Translated by: kafka
Song & Lyrics by: YUI

Love, while being powerless as it is, held on
I kept on working instead of sighing on these white cruelties
Late night at a burger shop
A lone girl waits for morning
What is the thing I lost?

I love you to the point of breaking apart
Oh your Love
I remember your warmth, Oh Tell me
Justice, I wonder what is it?
Hatred, where does it go? oh baby
hey God, whose side are you on?
come a.live

Dance, if a smile is like dancing
Just little bit, the hem of my skirt became a hindrance
Wandering through the city touching pretty things
I became aware of my unchanging self

Sadness will eventually become Kindness, Oh Get back
Kindness will become the strength of people to protect But for me
I’m giving it my all, you know
To live through right now
oh baby
hey God, who are you protecting?

Cause’ I’m always believing in the future
Together, you and I are born in the same era

I desire a definite answer, no no no
LOVE YOUR LOVE also becomes painful

And yet, Justice, I wonder what it is?
Hatred, where does it go?
oh baby however I must live on tomorrow’s way

I love you to the point of breaking apart
No Crime
There are also no crimes but we have face reality
For the light that’s going to shine 10 years after
oh baby, right now, I’ll be heading for tomorrow
I want you also to come
come a.live