Koda Kumi – Promise / Star

August 31, 2012 at 7:13 PM | Posted in Koda Kumi | Leave a comment

Koda Kumi – Promise / Star

1. Promise
2. Star
3. Promise (Instrumental)
4. Star (Instrumental)

Promise / Star is the eighteenth single by Japanese singer Koda Kumi, released on September 7, 2005. The single reached #4 on Oricon charts and charted for 10 weeks. This single sold 34,589 units in it’s first week and the most recent figures show that it sold a total of 61,689 units.

I took the time to listen to Promise for the first time somewhere last year, probably during summer, and I instantly came to love this beautiful ballad. The melodies (especially in the verses) are just perfect, they give me goosebumps all over when Kuu sings. I really think it’s one of the most underestimated ballads ever, she should’ve saved this for an album. I especially love the orchestral influences in the strings and the acoustic guitar leading the song. Lovely ❤

Star is the single’s agressive and energetic synthpop track that’s just all over the place and a real wake-up call after the beauty of Promise. Still it fits right between the other songs she did back in this period. The music is a good mix of pop/dance and rock, with a lot of blazing synth riffs, heavy beats and even an electric guitar solo in the bridge. Kuu performs this track with a good strong voice, very solid so I like this track as well.

Promise / Star is one of the crown jewels in my Asian CD collection, mostly because of the beautiful cover (the Promise version, that is), but also because the first track on the single is one of Kuu’s prettiest songs ever. Star wasn’t bad either, providing a good balance between the ballad and the uptempo bash that followed, but when you compare the two I’d rathergo with the ballad. Kuu is great at making ballads and Promise is another one of her masterpieces.


4½ stars


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