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The Koda Kumi Rate PART I: The End. Onto the next part we go

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by evilsin, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. But you were already mentioned in the title, hun.
  2. As the unofficial villain in this rate I'm surprised I haven't been in the title yet.
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  3. Only in this rate beast?? I'm still not over the score you gave to Rollin'.
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  4. It got what it deserved, just like Kuu's early discography.
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  5. Now why would I put your name in my life's work title after the statments like this, huh?
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  6. Chew on this freshness while I prepare a couple of eliminations.

    I already can hear the comments of "she can't lip-sync" sort.
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    (I totally forgot about this artwork...)
    31 (4 track tie) Get Out The Way
    Average: 7,39

    Highest score: 9x1 (@lalaclairi_)
    Lowest score: 6x1 (@GhettoPrincess)
    My score: 8

    feel my mind can't catch a break. This time it's an AKIRA produced and Kumi written track of an album only variety. AKIRA is mostly an R'n'B kind of guy and he worked with quite a plephora of artists. Natually I'm pleased that he crafted a nice bop with something a bit quirky for Kumi. I like the main musical hook and all those bleeps and bloops throughout certainly add some charm to it, while Kumi's charismatic delivery peps up the track even more.
    Although I have to say the lyrics are convoluted to me, even if the main theme of wanting to move forward is obvious:

    I arrange the thick books I won't read

    Next to me, what's fun?

    I hope it turns into a long dream like this
    Even this moment when we met
    Is already something of the past
    The interrupted feelings won't return again

    I hope it turns into a distant star like this
    Even the fate I felt in those times
    Is fleeting; I'm forgetting it after all
    Our separated hearts
    Won't return
    (c) @otenkiame

    Not much has been said about this one by you, huns. @RUNAWAY (7,5) is seldom not a top scorer, "it’s always been kind of a jam, but really just makes me think of Ludacris and that’s not a thought I like." It's a jam and... I didn't even realize actually! @Sprockrooster (8) sheds some light, "Amazing sample use!" Is it really from Ludacris' song though? It's surely similar.

    And @send photo (7) was running for his life like Britney in that gif, "Get Out The Way (my fluids are rotting)"

    Kumi didn't bother performing this one live.
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    31 (4 track tie) LOVE HOLIC
    Average: 7,39

    Highest score: 10x1 (@me!)
    Lowest score: 4x1 (@Sprockrooster, this betrayal!)
    My score: LOOK ABOVE!

    And so after a lengthy break secret loses another single (well, b-side actually) track and I lose my second 10. First of all, this is one of my most beloved tracks, you ungrateful churls! Especially you, @Sprockrooster! Secondly it was produced by some guy, who didn't really produce anything else. Weird, huh. Thirdly this was written by Kumi and it's her first song written mainly in Kansai dialect. You see, Kuu is from Osaka, where they talk a bit differently compared to the common Tokyo dialect. Basically they use other words, like "meccha" instead of "dai" for "very", or "hen" instead of "nai" as a negative particle. Anyway the song is a total hoot, because I still believe that songs like this reflect true Kumi: a little bonkers, over the top cute, always in love and in her dreams. She looks the happiest performing them as well and probably writing in her native dialect lets her express herself even clearer. Speaking of expressing herself - the lyrics are once again sprinkled with emojis and tell of the complex relatioships between the two people:

    Once again our love has misunderstandings

    We often have troubles like that
    It's like that for us
    We're both to blame as we push and pull
    In the end it's hard for me (・_・、)
    But like this

    I really, really love you, so
    I absolutely won't lose to anyone
    These feelings will go to the future, c'mon!
    I want you to lose this invisible anxiety
    More and more
    I want to hear that one word
    (c) @otenkiame

    I can't believe you did this to me, but only that hen, you know which one, commented on this joy of a ditty, "Way too hectic and all over the place". NO, YOU'RE WAY TOO HECTIC AND OVER THE PLACE! I don't have a comeback for this one. IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE THIS WAY!

    She performed it a couple of times, but none are online unfortunately. So here's one from a medley during Trick Tour:
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  9. Sorry about your taste. No kidding. It might be higher if it got the chance to sink in.

    Does that mean I can make it now to the thread title? Lowkey sad that wasnot a thing when my flop commentary for different songs not even in this rate was revealed.
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  10. Yeah, rub some more salt in, love. As for the chance of you getting in the title... is minuscule at the moment.
  11. Loveholic is such a great pop tune - always brings a smile to my face when I hear the chorus.
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  12. LOVE HOLIC has never been a favorite, but i love how it’s cute without being sweeter than sugar cute (I’m looking at you, “Melting”). It’d probably give it a 7.5 or 8.
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  13. I agree that Melting is shit, but can we just talk about how much of a bop the Driving Hits version is? (Can't find a youtube link sorry)
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  14. YES.
  15. You know what? I'm getting a bit of a break today. See you tomorrow, as the next 2 tracks in this 4 track tie both has multiple 10s. HA!
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  16. So which 2 songs deserved multiple 10s?

    Now wouldn't you want to know, huh?

    31 (4 track tie) m.a.z.e
    Average: 7,39

    Highest score: 10x2 (@Weslicious, @Remorque)
    Lowest score: 6x3 (@Ceir, @Sprockrooster, @me! kii)
    My score: this is a six

    Ooh, lookie here, grow into one loses it's first single. Surprisingly, this one was produced by Yamaguchi Hiroo, who is more of a ballad guy, and written by Kato Kenn. The track was used in the dorama Phycho Doctor, if you oughta know. The pop futuristic track that starts with our journey to outer space is about being lost and confused and needing someone to help one escape the maze (cue the title). For some reason this one never clicked with me, even though I don't mind it and can still appreciate that it does sound a bit more unique. What probably grates me here is that Kumi goes all the way to the first album in terms of her vocals in the chorus.

    Only @RUNAWAY (7) had anything to say about m.a.z.e and he agrees with my sentiment, "this one hasn’t aged well, it was just kind of forgettable now."

    Oh my, I found this terrible live of this. She really couldn't hit those notes in the chorus.

    I laughed out loud a couple of times. I'm sorry Kuueen.
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2019
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  17. And we complete our 4 track tie with a forgotten classic.

    31 (4 track tie) Taisetsu na Kimi he
    Average: 7,39

    Highest score: 10x2 (@Weslicious, @me!)
    Lowest score: 4x1 (@Ceir, expectedly)
    My score: a perfect one

    Butterfly single has to say goodbye to it's last b-side. Taisetsu na Kimi he was produced by Miyachi Daisuke, who is known for his extensive work with Tahara Toshihiko (one of the earlier solo Johnny's), and written by Kumi. To most people this might be just another sweet ballad about wanting to give that one precious person everything you have, but to me it spoke. It spoke loud and clear that love is precious and people should treasure it. Be it love for you relatives or your friends, be it love for your favorite artist, be it love for what you do. It doesn't matter, because there is no person in this world who couldn't be helped with love. Or so I want to believe. Probably. Or maybe I'm just tipsy.

    I just can't go on without mentioning the first ever all English chorus though:
    You are the only one, I know, I am sure
    I feel your heart just like my tension all the time, yeah
    Feel me, touch me just like this moonlight, yeah
    I'll be with, going on

    Kumi, hun, what?

    This segways really nicely into @Weslicious' commentary, "Babelfish ballad amazingness. May we all be with going on" Exactly! That's what I was trying to say with the whole love thing. Probably. @Eskiath (9) confesses, "I had this on my sleep playlist for the longest time so it's firmly imprinted into my brain." Did it put you into sleepy mode when you were relistening to this for the rate? Genuine curiosity. And @RUNAWAY (9) reminds us that he loved Your Sunshine one more time, "another awesome b-side with EMOTION and gorgeous lyrics. same comment as above. it's deserved better than b-side status." It is just really nice, isn't it?

    Surprisingly, the song gets quite a lot of live exposure due to fans loving it to death.
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  18. This is getting ridiculous, tomorrow we are having another tie!
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  19. Queen of ties.
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  20. Me, trying to fathom why m.a.z.e. is out whilst certain tracks remain

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