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The Koda Kumi Rate PART II: WE'RE DONE, for now

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by evilsin, Mar 20, 2018.

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So what's with all those introductions?

  1. Introduction to the second session

    4 vote(s)
    25.0%
  2. INTRODUCTION

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Introduction for Kingdom

    4 vote(s)
    25.0%
  4. INTRODUCTION FOR TRICK

    8 vote(s)
    50.0%
  1. I meant Joyful obviously!
     
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  2. It's what she deserves, "she" being the intensely annoying monstrosity that is Birthday Eve.
    Ugh, spare me. I like happiness (I think, I don't really remember) and birthdays just fine, thank you, as long as they aren't full of reductive cutesy nonsense like this song. that's-my-opinion.gif
     
  3. Please be more specific next time.
    Oh, honey, come, lemme give you a hug.
     
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  4. Some of you already know that I'm flying to Tokyo on Monday, but I just got a fucking cold! I need to get better ASAP. Unfortunately, I'm so weak on medication that I don't have it in me to do an elimination today. I'm so sorry, I hope I can muster up enough strength to do this tomorrow.
     
  5. Hope you get better soon, and have a safe flight!
     
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  6. Thank you for understanding, guys. I think I'm getting better, but I'm still drowsy on meds. Here's hoping I'm good enough tomorrow to do some reveals and maybe plan some ahead, consideing I'll be in Tokyo for like 8 days.
     
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    59
    (TIE)
    That Ain't Cool / Koda Kumi & Fergie


    Average: 6,98
    Highest score: 10x1 (@soratami) 9x2 (@Squashua, @me!), 8,5x2 (@ThisIsRogue, @Remorque)
    Lowest score: 1x1 (@Eskiath) 4x2 (@yuuurei, @Cutlery)
    My score: lookie above

    And thus the next song to vacate from TRICK is none other than That Ain't Kuu (sp?). Produced by Fergie and Keith Harris (Nicki's Grand Piano, Madonna's Gang Bang, Britney's Perfume) and written by them and Kumi, the legend has it that Fergie gifted this song to Kumi after they bonded over their photoshoot for SCawaii magazine. It's actually quite heartwarming to know that these two are kinda friends, with Kumi meeting Fergie everytime she's in Japan. Fergie even asked Kumi for a cameo right at the end of her LA Love video. The song is a bit of a basic bop, but a bop none-the-less. I especially like the clappy beat and the twangy guitar-like instrument we hear throughout. Also, transitioning to lyrics, I freaking adore the phonetic properties of the verses, especially Fergie's. The second line that goes "I guess somebody decided to sell you out" is so pleasing to my ear due to the alliteration of the sound "s", ugh, just have an extra point just for that.

    Most of you clocked the titled as well. @otenkiame (7) would have liked more from this, "Aptly titled "That Ain't Kuu", Fergie basically overpowers Kuu in every way, and the solo part she does get is a bit embarrassing. But damn if I don't enjoy it anyway." Meanwhile @RUNAWAY got his loife to this, (8) "THAT AIN’T KUU! Fergie delivered on this song and it’s really just a fun collaboration! It’s so great that Kuu got to work with her musical idol (choices) and the song is good." @Weslicious (6) tried his best, "This ain’t Kuul." Dddd, not this time, hun.

    The majority of you found this not up to par with Kumi's best, although you could bop to this in right conditions. @vague (7) was just confused, "okay, it's a kii that she has a trakc with Fergie Ferg, but this is, like, such a generic urban banger i don't really know how i feel about this. it's okay, i guess" The fact that this actually happened is still pretty amazing though. @TABOO (8) was the victim of time, as his love for the track increased, "I have never been a fan of songs where the main artist feels like a feature in their own song, but I’ll give this one a pass. It’s definitely grown on me over the years!" I think it's a nice gesture to let the feature take the lead. Still, this was originally a Fergie song, so... @EachSmallStep (7,5) was expecting a total banger from the two, "I was shocked when this collab was announced. Looking back, it’s a bit of a letdown considering some of the great songs both released at the time, but the beat got me swaying." Yes, retrospectively this was very safe. A rare appearance by @lalaclairi_ (6,5) reassured us of the potential boppage, "A bit dated and basic, but the chorus goes off somewhat."

    As the top scorer, who provided the commentary, @Squashua gets his own paragraph, "That chime sound is so iconic and basically a hallmark of quality in the genre, as are girl power duets about guys being crappy douchebags. Add the fact it makes me want to listen to Get Ur Freak On (and eat cake - thanks spoken word Kumi!) and you've got a pretty great package." Haa, haa, hoo, hoo / Thought you'd get the money too / Greedy motherfuckers try to have your cake and eat it too.

    Quite surprisingly the ladies treated us to a live performance during TRICK Tour.

    Kumi also performed with The Black Eyed Peas, but there is no video online. Wah wah wah.
     
  8. ...I'm shocked this got so many high scores.
     
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    59
    (TIE)
    girls


    Average: 6,98
    Highest score: 10x2 (@Squashua, @Empty Shoebox) 9x3 (@vague, @Remorque, @ThisIsRogue)
    Lowest score: 4x2 (@Eskiath, @Cutlery) 4,5x1 (@EachSmallStep)
    My score: 8

    The second FREAKY b-side after Sora falls! Produced by aforementioned Morimoto Kosuke and written by Kumi, the track is a happy-go-lucky ode to girls having fun over the hot summer days. This never really grasped me as much as it could've, although I can't deny how fun and happy this sounds. It is yet another summer party song. Having said that, the extended instrumental ending is great and the chorus is pretty catchy. As far as I could gather, this song is rather popular with the Japanese fans due to the lyrics. Let's look at them, shall we?


    We've gotta raise up this summer!

    What do you plan on doing without even being stylish!?
    It's okay to expose more skin than usual, right?
    Even our lip gloss will make the sunlight shine

    What can you do if you fear failure!?
    If you're afraid, nothing will start
    Let's go with a "I don't care"

    The best fashion and full of energy
    Prepare yourself, c'mon, let's go out
    Draw a chance at love in your summer picture diary
    and let's turn the page
    Let's sing a love song, shout it out
    Let's find it on this beach
    Girls heading out for the sea!
    Our girls talk is getting exciting

    Our summer homework: An independent research theme
    Let's try investigating "romance" boldly
    Upturned eyes at our white one-pieces
    Our special strategy: "Take a chance!" (←A Koda-Shiki quote)

    At times like that, I drown in your eyes and give a few words:
    "Take responsibility!! You're the one who set the fire!"
    It won't go out anymore

    They're not a small kindling
    like sparklers
    A huge sound's gone off
    like fireworks
    Our research findings have come! I'll present them:
    The answer is you!
    The sentence is...GUILTY!! That's why!
    ...I wish I could say that... A summer like that...
    (↑Is it strange to say that!?)
    (c) @otenkiame

    Oh wow, this is a lot, dddd. The bracketed parts are Kumi's commentary on the lyrics, ha! @yuuurei (5) agreed with me on that one, "Screaming at these fucking lyrics, but it's kind of a bop all the same." Kumi likes being extra, didn't you know? @TABOO (5,5) looked up the lyrics as well, "I love that she included some commentary of her own when writing the lyrics of girls. I like the summery feel to it, but it doesn’t really do much else for me. There are other tracks in her discography which do it better." Yes, I feel like she has other similar tracks that are stronger. @Weslicious (6) found a nice way to put it, "The Xeroxed to death with your smile." At least it's not a carbon copy, right? One of the lower scorers @EachSmallStep was kid enough to explain the score, "I remember people commenting back in the day this was one of her best, but I have not been able to get into it after a decade…" It gets better with repeated listens though.

    On a more positive note, @otenkiame (7,5) heard similarities with another track that has already left us, "Those horns remind me a lot of "Birthday Eve". This track's also got some cute vibes, but much more toned down. Definitely has the right amount of infectious melodies to get stuck in your head." This is truly catchy, I agree.

    Moving on to our highest scorers, @vague caught themselves an earworm, "oh, waow, what a bop! that chorus is undeniable, but the whole song is so fuckin' catchy!! i've been finding myself humming/singing this randomly ever since i first listened dddd" Infectious indeed. @ThisIsRogue gave this a high praise, "This is the stand out on this little EP." At the same time @Empty Shoebox found this flawless, "Solid bop. Can't fault this." I'm happy you like this so much, huns.

    And once again we finish off with @Squashua, whose commentary is always a joy to read, "Trumpet fanfare that jettisoned me back into the 90's so I could dance around handbags some more. The whole rush from pre-to-post chorus are such a thrill right? Basically only lost out to my 11 for not sharing a similar guitar solo euphoria-explosion moment." And there you go with a hint of his 11. Teasing is fun!

    girls tends to be put into medleys on tours, but here is a separate performance from Kingdom Tour.
     
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2018
  10. Well BOO at these elims (but awesome write-ups as always @evilsin). I knew it wouldn’t be long before my scores properly started diverging from the pack. Part of me feels like That Ain’t Cool got kinda downmarked due to Fergie’s current meme status if anything though. I have nothing to pin Girls’ ranking on, y’all just repel fun bops.
     
  11. I used to stan for That Ain't Kuu ironically because of the memes it produced but revisiting it, Kuu is serving on those lower harmonies (they pretty much make the song for me, sorry Friege).
     
  12. Here for songs I dislike getting cut! That Ain't Kuu had good intentions and overall both women know how to make bops, however, the outcome is a no from me
    girls is despicable, not even summertime could save ha from getting hated by me
     
  13. So I probably won't be able to do any reveals tomorrow and when I'm in Japan, so the rate is going on a hiatus until June 6th or June 7th.
     
  14. Poor That ain't Kuu. It isn't that bad!

    'I'm not your mother so say sayonara!'
     
  15. "Bling Bling Bling" in longer than "That Ain't Kuu"?? Now THAT is criminal. I'm perched to see you guys' reason for giving "BBB" a higher average than "TAK".

    Enjoy your trip to Japan, @evilsin!!! I'll be loitering (aka working) around Tokyo as usual if you ever need some kind of bumbling tour guide!
     
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  17. Aw that was the one part of the song I actually really like ww. As evidenced by my score though I don't really care for it as a whole. It's kind of boring and if I wanted to listen to a song mainly sung by Fergie I'd dig out my old BEP CD's.

    As for girls, I just found the lyrics too basic and shallow, like, not every song has to have a deep meaning but I know Kuu can do better than that. But like I said, it is fun to listen to. I might even prefer just the instrumental.

    Have fun on your trip @evilsin!
     
  18. Enjoy your trip @evilsin! Try not to spend it all trying to stalk Kuu x
     
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  19. Oh god, I just saw my elimination posts on mobile... I mean they were pretty big on PC, but they are humongous on the phone! And still very pretty.

    Tokyo is awesome so far, I'm truly overwhelmed.
     
  20. Have fun, sis!
     
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