Koda Kumi – 3 Splash

September 18, 2010 at 10:48 PM | Posted in Koda Kumi | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
Koda Kumi – 3 Splash

1. 09:00 A.M. [Intro]
2. Lick me♥
3. ECSTACY
4. 12:35 P.M. [Interlude]
5. Hashire!
6. 04:20 P.M. [Interlude]
7. Lick me♥ (Q;indivi-Yusuke Tanaka Remix)
8. ECSTASY (Caramel Pod E Remix)
9. Hashire! (420 Remix)
10. 12:00 A.M. [Outro]

3 Splash is Japanese singer Koda Kumi’s 44th single, and it was released on July 8, 2009. It’s a triple A-side single with songs that were later to appear on her 8th studio album UNIVERSE. The single is certified Gold for shipment of 100,000 copies. The song “Lick Me”, was nominated for a Japan Record Award at the 51st Japan Record Awards.

So basically I’m going to review an album right now? 09:00 A.M. [Intro] sounds a lot like a tuning radio before a funky guitar introduction is heard. The 45 seconds are a bit too short, this could easily be a good introduction to a catchy funk song!

Moving on already to Lick me ♥, and even though it sounds like it, this isn’t a dirty song at all! It’s a cute summer pop song, just like the cover already showed. It’s very upbeat, fun, it features heavy synths and finally some very good and dosed vocals. I saw the PV just a week ago, and it was very cute as well with Kumi dressing up like Strawberry, Mango and Chocolate girl. This song is too short as well, everything went too fast for me!

ECSTASY is more rock orientated, but still with a bit of a bouncy dance beat in it. Sometimes a vocoder adds distortions to Kumi’s vocals, and it suits her voice pretty well. This track is that typical sexy Koda Kumi song that blows your mind, and it really shows off her edgier and more agressive side as a performer. The music features even more synths than the previous, and I believe even the guitar has been given a few distortion effects. Very hot song!

12:35 P.M. [Interlude] has a nice R&B/Hiphop beat to it, and lasts for only 25 seconds. Again, might have been a good full length song with a real melody and some vocals.

The next song is a complete opposite from that genre. Hashire! bursts with heavy electric guitars, and even though Kumi’s vocals have been criticized a lot in this track, I think she did a pretty good job, especially on the higher notes during the chorus. This whole song is just bursting with energy, and is the better song on this single together with Lick me ♥.

Another random interlude… What was the idea behind all those freaking interludes?? 04:20 P.M. [Interlude] just features a radio on the background, while Kumi’s possibly driving around Tokyo in a car. One minute, wow, that makes this the longest interlude! *Freaks out*

Then we have the three remixes, and most of the time I’m not fond of them. At all. So… let’s just go over them right away. Lick me♥ (Q;indivi-Yusuke Tanaka Remix) is a lot like the original, because the beat is exactly the same. The only difference is the funky synthesizer addition in the overall musical arrangement. Not a bad remix, but that’s just because it sounds like the original track a lot.
ECSTASY (Caramel Pod E Remix)> is so much longer than the original song, which was only 3:28. This remix is 5:54… A bad sign for me, especially when it’s all very dancehall orientated with Kumi shouting overall lyrics in the introduction (“K-U-M-I” , “RRRRRRRemixxx!“). I don’t know who the heck destroyed this track, but just wait till I get my hands on him. What a total annoying mess this remix is! Caramel’s supposed to be sweet, not irritating…
So the introduction into Hashire! (420 Remix) is almost as irritating as the whole track before it, but at least it has a nice beat. Kumi’s vocals are overruled by the synths, so they’re hardly heard, which truly is a shame. They’re also distorted way too much, and her high notes is stretched way too long to even sound pretty. The rest of the chorus is pretty nice with it’s new beat, but I don’t think I like this…

The single ends with 12:00 A.M. [Outro], another random interlude of a car starting, with a little sample of Lick me♥ in there as well. A good way to end this single with a little backcasting to the first full-length song.

I was a bit irritated by the fact that my version of this single featured all those crappy remixes. Except for the Lick me♥ remix, which was quite alright, I hated them! The original songs though have been gems piece by piece! The original A-sides are truly material for an album, and Kumi must have thought of that too, because she put all three of them on her latest studio album. She shows all those different sides of her on each song, variating from cute pop to dance and rock orientated tracks with a lot of energy, attitude and that good old sexyness of hers. Man, I should’ve gotten hold of the original CD single instead of the CD+DVD version…

Favorite tracks: Lick me♥ | ECSTACY | Hashire!

OVERALL RATING

3½ stars

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