- SO FEVER
- Cutie Honey
- Kimi Omoi
- NEVER GIVE IT UP
1. SO FEVER
This mini, opens with a song that eerilly reminds me of one of Kuu’s older songs, “Get It On” with the kind of Indian vibe mixed in with her ero-kakkoi style. I kind of dug it because Kuu sounds into it and exudes such a sexy atmosphere and the arrangement is just as slithering and sexy. Though for some reason, I thought there’d be more to it and a stronger arrangement, but I still liked the feel the track brought. Maybe a little more bass would’ve made it a stronger song, but it’s solid overall.
2. Cutie Honey
Man, how many time do I have to review this song? From her “LOVE & HONEY” single, Cutie Honey is a cover of course of a classic theme and she brought a groovy style to the tune that I instantly fell in love with. Of course this was like the second song that I fell in love with (“real Emotion” was the first”). This song is just a cool song and it’s easy to see why it’s one of her most popular songs even to this day (figures why it’s on the mini in the first place).
Funny that this is after since they were released around the same time frame. It also has a certain jazzy tone and almost sounds like a clone to “Cutie Honey” with the string bass love and almost similar melody. This one definitely caught my attention because of Kuu’s smoky alto vocals that just wooed me throughout. Still, there’s just no way that people couldn’t say this sounds like the previous track in SOME way. Cool song though, has a lot of cool elements to it.
4. Kimi Omoi
Then the mini goes into straight ballads starting with the only new one, Kimi Omoi. I’ve said this MANY, MANY times, but once you heard one Kuu ballad, you’ve heard majority of them and this one is no different. It’s a pretty basic ballad from her utilizing the typical instrumentation. Also, Kuu sounds really pleasant so there’s really not much else to say, but it you’re a fan of her slower works then you’ll be fine.
At least you isn’t a total snoozefest. It’s more in the range of her R&B ballads which does set itself apart from “Kimi Omoi” and “Koishikute” at the least. It’s still the normal shtick with extra bass synths and more piano involved. There’s not much to really say here, but I did enjoy this song quite a bit back then and even now.
One of her more recent ballads, Koishikute comes in with a more dramatic arrangement than either of the previous two tracks and I liked that about this song. Being the lone ballad from the “Bon Voyage” era, I think it managed to stick on me in a good way because the arrangement is beautiful and Kuu sounds really good here. Definitely the best of the three ballads on the mini-album.
7. NEVER GIVE IT UP
Closing out the mini is the final new track. It’s funny because it doesn’t sound like a dance track nor a ballad XD. Actually it’s an upbeat rock track and Kuu’s past endeavors in the genre have been met with mixed opinions. With NEVER GIVE IT UP actually sounds great and Kuu sounds right pulling this off…that’s a first! My only qualm is that it is shorter than 3 minutes and honestly it could’ve been better longer. Not bad!
This was such a random release! Being a special CD release (some say the new songs were tied to Pachinko) makes this such an odd release. Even at that, the new tracks got PVs too! To be honest, for the most part I actually enjoyed these songs more than the stuff from “HOTEL”. NEVER GIVE IT UP is probably my favorite of the single with SO FEVER behind and Kimi Omoi in the back. I’m not sure why the other 4 songs were included (especially 3/4 were around the “BEST ~second session~” time…not sure what the meaning of this was…I wonder if the 3 will be included on her next album as well…