Koda Kumi – MOON

October 9, 2016 at 3:03 PM | Posted in Koda Kumi, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Koda Kumi – MOON

1. Moon Crying
2. That Ain’t Cool feat. Fergie
3. Once Again
4. Lady Go!
5. Moon Crying (Piano Arrange Version)
6. Moon Crying (Instrumental)
7. That Ain’t Cool feat. Fergie
8. Once Again (Instrumental)
9. Lady Go! (Instrumental)

MOON is the fortieth single by Japanese singer Koda Kumi, released on June 11, 2008. “Moon Crying” was used as the theme song for the Japanese drama Puzzle. The single reached #2 on the Oricon weekly charts has sold a total of 140,743 units.

If I have to pick one favorite Koda Kumi single, this would be the one. It starts off lovely and vulnerable with Moon Crying, with Kuu’s voice filled with emotion. The piano opens the song, but eventually strings and soft percussion join in. The result is a beautiful power ballad that I have loved from day 1, and probably always will.

Even though Fergie seems to be the main artist in That Ain’t Cool, it’s still a nice effort and a collaboration I did not expect at the time. It fits right in with songs like ‘Cherry Girl’, with the same badass girlpower. However, there’s no Kuu (‘That Ain’t Kuu’, LOL), and her ‘Engrish’ is pretty bad. Still, guilty pleasure at times.

Kumi teamed up with reggae artist PUSHIM for Once Again, one of my absolute favorite songs on this single. It’s kind of watered down reggae, but still it’s very enjoyable, especially in the summer. This song takes me back to the summer of 2008, when I listened to this single all the time on vacation in Spain. I can’t stop loving this ❤

Lady Go! ends the single on a happy and poppy note, and it’s probably the catchiest song on the entire single. It’s an explosion of beats and synths, very vibrant and even though Kuu’s vocals are heavily vocoded, it all fits. Back in the day it took me a while to really appreciate this track, but now I can’t imagine not doing so.

Basically, this is a gem if you ask me. Some might not agree, but to me, this single has something for everyone. Also, it seems like it encompasses the four seasons a bit (with Moon Crying being the winter ballad, and Once Again being the summer single, etcetera).

5 stars



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