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Kono Namida Hoshini Nare
c/w O.mo.i.de
  Music by: Yuuichirou Iwai
Music by: Terao Hirokatsu
Released: 1 December 1999
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  31st single
 
This single has been used as the theme song for the Japanese serie Kasouken no Onna.
The single is in the style of their previous singles, MIND GAMES and up. There is the similar use of a dominating background music that reminds me of their 29th single in particular. I think this is Zard's new style due to the fact they use different composers for their singles now. The song is still very good though and I would rate it four stars out of five. But what makes this single better than that is the c/w song O.mo.i.de. When I first listened to it, I immediately liked it better than the single song. It has a much calmer music and it is a wonderful sing-along song.
 
 
Get U're Dream
no c/w song
  Music by: Aika Ohno
Released: 6 September 2000
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  32nd single
 
Zard's second maxi single, but strangely there is no c/w song included. Perhaps they already had in mind to release Promised You as another maxi single, right after Get U're Dream. So, counting the secret track too, we have here four different versions of the same song.
Version 1 is arranged by Takeshi Hayama, a person who has been arranging Zard's songs for many years now. You will notice that in version 1, because this version stays closely to the typical Zard arrangement with not too much (weird) stuff throw in.
Version 2, arranged by Akihito Tokunaga, has a dance-tune to it, due to the use of heavy drumbeats throughout the song.
Version 3 is totally different from the other versions. In version 1 and 2 we have a fast-paced melody accompanied with Izumi Sakai's vocal, whereas in version 3 the song seems to rely heavily on Izumi Sakai's vocal only. The song is performed slowly and we also get to hear Izumi Sakai playing with her voice, which is quite unique.
The secret track is very similar to version 1. Let's say it is a remix of version 1 without losing the overall feeling of the original.
To conclude this review I will tell which version has my personal preference. All the different versions have their own feeling to it, so it really depends on your personal taste. In my case I would choose version 1, because it has a real Zard feeling to it.
 
 
Promised You
c/w The only truth I know is you
  Music by: Seiichiroh Kuribayashi
Music by: Akihito Tokunaga
Released: 15 November 2000
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  33rd single
 
I haven't rated a Zard single with the maximum of 5 stars for a while (last one was Atarashii Door), but this maxi single certainly deserves the maximum score. Although the individual tracks on the single may not be as good as their previous single (Get U're Dream), it is the combination of both songs that makes this single so strong: a slow ballad and a more upbeat song, and both great to listen to. I had got plenty of time to listen to both the tracks on the single before I wrote this review, but I still don't know for sure which one of the songs I like better. I think this gives a good indication of how good both songs are.
Before the release of this single, it was no real surprise how Promised You will sound, because it has been on air as an ending theme song for quite some time. It is a slow song, quite comparable to Eien, and is beautifully sung by Izumi Sakai supported by some male backup vocals here and there.
The c/w track of this single is of course the big mysterious song. You had no clue beforehand how this one will sound, though from the title, The only truth I know is you, you would expect an even slower song. But nothing is less true. The intro indeed starts slowly, but quickly changes into a much faster tempo with a chorus that is really addictive and easy to sing along with. Another remarkable thing is the sudden change in rhythm, almost at the end of the song. You will also find this same rhythm change in another Zard song, Take me to your dream (another one of my favorite), at exactly the same part of the song. It it this subtal difference that makes both songs so special.

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