The next studio album along with the singles that followed both Best ~first things~ and Best ~second session~ were bound to be successful and they were, Kumi's commercial peak actually. Not only Black Cherry is her best selling album and the only one that managed to sell more than 1 million copies, all of the singles were huge sellers as well, with 4 hot wave becoming her best selling single ever with almost 400,000 copies sold. Funnily enough it never topped the Oricon charts only comfortably setting on #2. Despite the commercial prowess of this era, Black Cherry remains a debatable body of work among fans music wise. As I mentioned in the thread already, personally I find the singles from this era to be the strongest overall, while most of the album tracks are too weak and filler in comparison to their magnificence. Besides, the album feels unneccesarily bloated boasting 18 tracks in it's fullest form. I'm so glad that I grew into somewhat reasonable human being and can understand that nothing is perfect, but it was not the case in the past. This was the first studio album that was released after I started listening to Kumi and, boy, did I stan it like there was no tomorrow. This was on constant rotation for what fills like forever, certainly until the release of Kingdom. The song on loop changed from one to another, but I just couldn't stop myself. The behaviour that I exhibited was stan-like, the stan jumped out. Speaking of presentation, I should say that Black Cherry's photoshoot is one of Kumi's best, and I was obsessed with everything, starting from artwork and ending with music videos. This was truly the time Kumi transformed into her final form.