Koda Kumi – TABOO

October 9, 2016 at 3:25 PM | Posted in Koda Kumi, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Koda Kumi – TABOO

2. Always
3. TABOO (HOUSE NATION Sunset In Ibiza Remix)
4. TABOO (Instrumental)
5. Always (Instrumental)

TABOO is the forty-first single by Japanese singer Koda Kumi, released on October 8, 2008. The title track was used as the theme song for the Women’s Wrestling Championship 2008, the commercial song for music.jp and for the Nintendo DS Game Saihai no Yukue. The single reached #1 on the Oricon weekly charts and has sold a total of 88,405 units.

After a ballad A-side on the previous single, TABOO brings back Kuu’s dirty sex appeal in the best way you can imagine. It’s like ‘BUT’ 2.0, a good dance track with some pretty good beats. Her voice is vocoded again, but somehow that always works out very interestingly in tracks like this one. Catchy!

Oh my, it’s been YEARS since I last heard Always, and I remember loving it back when the single was released. It’s the mellow pop track to balance the single, sweet and with a lot of acoustic elements and bells. It might seem a little misplaced with a sexy A-side, to have a cute B-side like this, but personally I don’t mind because I love this a lot.

Something called TABOO (HOUSE NATION Sunset In Ibiza Remix) must have a house sound and must be fit for a party on Ibiza, and luckily, it has and it does. It upgrades the original and gives it a touch that makes it a great party song. The original is always better, but this didn’t disappoint me either.

4½ stars


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