It was a really nice surprise for me hearing about this project's release late in November as I really think that both artists have such incredible voices! I've long thought of Celine Dion as having one of the most remarkable voices on the planet and to have her perform a duet with Ito Yuna is somewhat of a dream scenario. But I wondered how she would blend with Yuna's voice and just the thought brought lots of anticipation to this release.
As I should have never had any doubt, Ito Yuna's strongly projected vocals create an ideal compliment to Celine's and together with this well crafted ballad an almost epic feeling is created. "A World to Believe in" is a perfect vehicle to present both artists' with a stage to showcase their vocal prowess and with it's larger than life feeling this song has the aura similar to that of a soundtrack's. There are four tracks on the single including the original duet version, a "U.S.A. Mix" which differs really slightly, a Ito Yuna solo version, and a karaoke track. The Ito Yuna solo version is great to listen to and it includes additional Japanese lyrics in place of some of the verses' English lyrics. Happily there's also a video for this release!
My interest in Ito Yuna really peaked when I first learned of her Hawaii ties and from there I've been purchasing all of her releases which includes 1 album and 9 singles. Her parents own a restaurant here named "Akinono" which is near to the Moilili~ area and if you're lucky maybe you'll see her there as she returns to Hawaii from time to time to visit~ ＾ ＾。
A great thing about her album release is that it comes with a DVD including 6 of her pvs including two of my absolute favorites by her: "Truth" and "Stuck on You." If you've never heard "Truth" before please give it a listen as it's such a beautiful song and I think it really showcases her vocal strength so well! "Stuck on You" is more of a fun pop song and hopefully you'll get stuck on it too like me! 🙂