Koda Kumi – love across the ocean

May 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM | Posted in Koda Kumi | Leave a comment

Koda Kumi – love across the ocean

1. love across the ocean
2. the meaning of peace
3. So Into You (Dub’s Electro Remix)
4. love across the ocean (Instrumental)
5. the meaning of peace (Instrumental)

love across the ocean is the fifth single by Japanese singer Koda Kumi, released on July 24, 2002. The single reached #19 on the Oricon charts and charted for 4 weeks. This single sold 10,070 units in it’s first week and the most recent figures show that it has sold a total of 22,100 units.

love across the ocean is one of those typical songs I’ve come to like after a little while, because I used to be all into her new music and never gave her older material a chance, but I have to say Kuu did a pretty good job on this one. It’s a pretty funky song with a nice beat and I love the electric guitar riffs in the chorus and the little distorted guitar effects throughout the song. She even got her ‘Engrish’ right for this track, even though she hits an awkward note towards the end of the chorus.

the meaning of peace was originally a collaboration with BoA for 9/11, but apparently Kuu also recorded a solo version and crazy enough this is not the relaxed ballad version of the collaboration. They changed the song into a poppy dance track, but it actually works really well and there’s some really cool percussion in this version. Kumi can carry this song very well on her own, but I miss BoA.

I’m not all into the those altered and distorted dance remixes, but So Into You (Dub’s Electro Remix) sounds pretty cool I must say! The altered vocals didn’t sound bad at all, the beat is full and the synth accents fit very well too. They fit all the right Kuu vocal parts into the remix, now all I miss is a dubstep dance break (oh wait that’s a little too contemporary).

Kuu’s fifth single did better than her previous single in my opinion, and I think it’s because I didn’t like the song ‘So Into You’ all that much. Both love across the ocean and the meaning of peace are uptempo tracks, but they still differ a lot so this single did a good job by providing the fans with two new amazing uptempos. At this point, Kuu started to get better and better and this single just totally went with that flow.


4½ stars


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