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Koda Kumi – re(CORD) May 24, 2020

Filed under: Koda Kumi — solarblade @ 4:26 pm

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Track Listing

  1. DO ME
  2. GET NAKED
  3. STRIP
  4. k,
  5. Rich & Famous feat. Sean Paul
  6. again
  7. Merry Go Round
  8. Eh Yo -re(CORD) edit-
  9. GOLDFINGER 2019
  10. Put Your Hands Up!!!
  11. Summer Time
  12. OMG
  13. SHUTOUT
  14. Livin’ La Vida Loca

1. DO ME

Oh?  We’re already jumping into the album super quick with the opening track, DO ME.  It has been a while since I’ve heard Kuu and this kind of attitude-laced performance is kind of eye-raising especially hearing the amount of auto-tune and filters placed here is slightly distracting.  I will say, the track is rather a booty-shaking romp and Kuu seems to really be into this one, interesting way to open the album, kind of miss the opening intros though lol.

2. GET NAKED

I guess the sexy romps continue from the evidently titled, GET NAKED.  While the previous track was a little more in your face, GET NAKED tries to go for the more sly and slick sound, but I’ve noticed for some reason that Kuu sounds a bit different from before, but it’s only in some places.  The tune is more or less how I felt about the opening track, maybe not so much memorable as “DO ME” was.

3. STRIP

Jeeze three in a row?  STRIP isn’t so much a romp, but it has that dark, sexy, glow to it on top of Kuu’s more rap-like verses to the chorus that’s a bit more alive.  I have to say, I do enjoy this track most of the 3 songs here as it has hooks and just sounds like another hit she could’ve had (I mean if she had released singles for the album).  Very cool song, one of the better ones from the album!

4. k,

While I feel like we’re leaving the romps behind, k, is pretty much a slightly toned down cut of “STRIP” as it has some funk vibes in it on top of some sections where she actually sings and not does the pseudo raps (though they’re still present in this one).  I definitely found myself interested in this one a lot and the chorus is interesting (that ~bum, bum, bum~ arpeggio is strange to say the least.

5. Rich & Famous (feat. Sean Paul)

Oh hey, another collaboration with Sean Paul eh?  After “Loaded” from her 2014 album, “Bon Voyage”, it seems we’re seeing these two again and while it doesn’t hit hard as the aforementioned track and Sean Paul doesn’t quite have as much of an appearance (except in his part in the bridge to the end, Rich & Famous’ more R&B tinted sound and mood are smooth and unique and the two sound so good together ironically.  I can see why Kuu wanted to do this again!  Wait, you’re saying it samples stuff from “CHANCES ALL” from her previous album?  That’s a little bizarre considering it wasn’t a main song?

6. again

Things slow down quite heavily for the only ballad on the album, again.  Taking away from the trap beats and sexy sound for this toned down acoustic/piano ballad is a bit strange, but I feel like it’s been a while since we’ve had something like this for Kuu (which is strange because I know she’s had ballads on the last couple of albums).  I mean Kuu sounds good once again and even though this is another case of if you’ve heard one of her ballads you’ve pretty much heard them all, it kind of sticks out on the album nicely in my opinion since it shows she still has the vocal chops for it.  It’s OK in her discography, just not on the higher side of things.

7. Merry Go Round

The mood starts to pick up again for Merry Go Round with it’s heavy summery vibes and it’s overall cute vibes throughout here.  It’s Reggae style really suits things throughout and Kuu sounds exciting here.  It’s probably my favorite so far on the album as it doesn’t rely on those trap beats and has its own identity, something I found more fulfilling here.  Really pleasant track here.

8. Eh Yo -re(CORD) edit-

So it seems like most of this album was released digitally prior to the album’s release and Eh Yo was the first one so for some reason it was the track that given an edit here.  I think most of the edits had went to cleaning up the equalizer and changing some of the elements to not stick out so much like the original did (and somehow shave 10 seconds off too).  Eh Yo is bringing back the energy back with something rockin’ and chant-worthy here.  I kind of dig flow of the song and Kuu sounds OK here too!  Decent track!

9. GOLDFINGER 2019

So I saw that Kuu was doing some covers for the album, GOLDFINGER being a cover of a 1999 Go Hiromi track and I thought I’d take a listen before diving into the track and…it turns out that this song is actually a cover of Ricky Martin’s HUGE hit in the same year, “Livin’ La Vida Loca” which now makes sense why Kuu is covering this song twice lol.  Instead of the latin pop sound of the originals, GOLDFINGER 2019 is a bit more dancey and synthy, but retains a little bit of the horns.  Though that dance break in the bridge didn’t need to be there…it kind of was incredibly out of place and made no sense.  The rest of the song is great though, I dug this!

10. Put Your Hands Up!!!

Are we back with the tropical house theme?  I think the song had something going, but I really couldn’t deal with Kuu under auto-tune here, it felt strange especially since she’s such a great singer that she definitely didn’t need this happening for a summery song such as this.  I think it’s what made me cringe away from the track, should’ve followed the same track that “Merry Go Round” did to be honest, what a shame…

11. Summer Time

I still find it funny Kuu saved the album release to November when there was so many Summer songs (thanks to the digital releasing).  Anyways, Summer Time is definitely what it brings to the table and it’s fun, cute, beach-friendly and whatnot, but I tend to feel after a while that she’s done so many songs like this that it’s also starting to blend into one another (like her ballads do).  It’s fine, it’s just kind of forgettable to me.

12. OMG

Oooh, are we back into the cool side to Kuu?  Wow, this song is definitely buzzing with the heavy beats and futuristic tone that caught my attention and Kuu has a lot of sassy moments which surprised me here.  Plus hearing Kuu say the title in its chorus is kind of humorous, but cool.  This is what I was wanting, something a little more energetic and works with Kuu’s vocals (though that auto-tune can go away).  Yeah, this was pretty damn good!

13. SHUTOUT

As we nearing the end of the album, SHUTOUT kind of brings me the same feeling that I got with “GET NAKED”, but once again the trap beats aren’t as in your face, but I’m wondering what this new timbre Kuu is using in her voice, it’s the 2nd time on the album she sounds like it and I’m not sure what I feel about that tone.  Very interesting song and like “OMG” would love more of to be honest!

14. Livin’ La Vida Loca

So I had a bad feeling when I got to the end of the album because while I think “GOLDFINGER 2019” is a decent cover, I also had to think that yes, Kuu is going to be singing in English again for the actual Ricky Martin cover.  Even since her take on “real Emotion”, Kuu has not really grown in the language much and while I do understand about 70% of what she’s saying, it’s pretty odd to me.  Much better than her take on “Venus”, just saying…As for the song, still the same as the earlier track, including the strange dance break.

Tracks Recommended

  • Merry Go Round
  • OMG
  • SHUTOUT
  • Eh Yo -re(CORD edit)-
  • STRIP

Song of Avoidance

  • Put Your Hands Up!!!

It seems like Kuu is just going through the waves in recent times with her last couple of album and unfortunately I feel pretty much similar to how this album felt.  It’s like the ideas and unique surprises are missing (though there are some to be found).  I will say now that I feel like her trap tracks are just not doing it for me no more and her aggressive sex romps are one too many now.  I will say that I wasn’t expecting the tracklist how it went, again being the lone ballad and a Japanese & English cover of what is a Ricky Martin song was interesting, but I need something new from Kuu…but what could that be?  Hard to say because Kuu has done all sorts of styles…so dance music as a whole next?

 

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