Reviews written by Angie
JAPONESQUE (ALBUM+2DVD)(Japan Version)3 people found this review helpful
February 22, 2012 Great, MUCH better than Universe and Dejavu
I got the album expecting to be disappointed (I really didn't like Universe and Dejavu). However, I wasn't and was pleasantly surprised. I love Ko-so Ko-so and IN THE AIR especially. Boom Boom Boys is a highly addicting song, and you don't even have to watch the video to feel like you're high on some drug. This album overall shows her darker, wilder side; watch Boom Boom Boys, Lay Down, and VIP and you'll see how. The only problem I have with it is the featuring of Omarion and T-Pain. I feel they pale in comparison to Kuu when it comes to talent. What I am disappointed in the most is Slow, which I want to like more and still listen to because of the melody and her vocals (though very auto-tuned, another disappointment), but I think Omarion does not belong in the song. The song would do much better without his rap part which contains profanity, sullying the beauty of the ballad. I hope that after she comes back from "maternity leave," she would make better songs that are less influenced by American music. Everything that she sang up until Universe was very much "Kuu"--it was her style and distinctively hers. I hope she can go back to being Kuu.
KODA KUMI LIVE TOUR 2011 - Dejavu - (Japan Version)
KODA KUMI LIVE TOUR 2011 - Dejavu - (Japan Version) DVD Region 2(2)February 22, 2012 Weird tracklist
I also want to say that I think it's a horrible idea to use a song other than 'walk' as the last song. It is her signature song and it ends the concert on a very encouraging and motivating note. If she had to use another song, I think using 'You are not alone' would be better. 'Lick me' lacks any such meaning.
KODA KUMI LIVE TOUR 2011 - Dejavu - (Japan Version)
KODA KUMI LIVE TOUR 2011 - Dejavu - (Japan Version) DVD Region 2(2)February 22, 2012 Better than Universe at least...
Universe bored the crap out of me (I hadn't been that bored since the 2005 tour). I don't really like the songs in the Dejavu tour, mainly because I didn't really like Dejavu either. But, I think there is a great improvement in the quality of the vocals she delivers. Ballads are sung beautifully, reminiscent of her good ol' Second Session and Black Cherry days (which I believe were her best eras). I also want to point out that this recording is in a small hall, much smaller than the arenas that she performed in from 2007 Black Cherry to 2010 Fantasia. Is it a sign of her declining popularity? Or is it just that she wanted to use Namie Amuro's strategy to make more performances for smaller audiences?
4 Times (SINGLE+DVD)(Japan Version)August 19, 2011 Yes!!
I haven't been this in love with Kuu since "faraway" in 2009. Love Ko-so-ko-so and In the Air. The other two I find rather mediocre, but I love In The Air so much that it doesn't matter. The MV for the song is relaxing and she's cute in it. It's obvious why ko-so-ko-so was banned, but the song is still great. Best songs she's done in a while. I was very disappointed with Universe, Gossip Candy, Suki de, and even Dejavu (which I only got because there was Dream Music Park) but oh my god I love this single!!!
KODA KUMI 10th Anniversary -FANTASIA- in TOKYO DOME (Japan Version)(1)3 people found this review helpful
May 21, 2011 It's great!!!
Very good!!! Although (ever since Trick tour) she sounds like she has something lodged in her throat when she performs up beat, energetic songs, it's still wonderful!! The best part is the ballad part!!!
But she tries to act cute in the transitioning movies. I honestly think she's a little old for that, I mean, she was cute up until Kingdom, but Kingdom was like three years ago. She's a pop diva now, not a pop princess. Ok, maybe pop queen. :D
Nonetheless, this is a must get for all Kuu fans!! I hate Lollipop but the performance was not at all hateable!! I enjoyed every minute of it and so will you!!
BoA Style - Three Points EarringsMarch 4, 2011 They're OK....
The size of the whole thing is good, but I didn't know that the "points" were going to be so big. One of them came in a way that the middle point sticks out above the other two. The crosses were good though. If you don't use the points and just the stud, it's good too.
Dong Bang Shin Ki : Xiah Jun Style - One Touch Earrings(3)Our Price: US$6.99List: US$9.99Save: US$3.00 (30%)March 4, 2011 REGRET
I waited 3 weeks for this to get to me. And then I realize I can't wear it because the stick is too short. That means that if it wasn't a stick-and-socket hoop and a stick-and-clip hoop, it probably would've fit. That is, if the stick was straight, it would be better.
Dejavu (ALBUM+DVD)(First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)(8)Our Price: US$43.49March 4, 2011 MUCH BETTER THAN UNIVERSE
The songs are so much better than the ones in Universe. Maybe that's because Universe had her Best songs as well...But Dejavu comes with a different sound, but it's still Kuu. I still believe songs from 2005-early 2009 are still the best though. BUT BUT BUT it has Dream Music Park!!!! So yeah! I pretty much got it for Dream Music Park, but the songs are above decent. Except for Passing Buy, which features some guy whose voice is completely trumped by Kuu's. But buy it!
BEST - third universe - & 8th AL 'UNIVERSE' (Jacket A)(ALBUM+DVD)(Japan Version)(5)Our Price: US$38.49February 6, 2011 8 out of 10
If this was just a "best", it would have been perfect. But the "bests" are so good that that they make the new songs pail in comparison. I could tell she was trying to make the song "Universe" into the "a-track", but after a while, it gets boring. On the contrary, but is still one of my faves. If you really compare each "best" with each new song, it's really hard to say that the new songs are up to par... :[
BUT, I think as a Kumi fan, you HAVE to have this as a collection, since her other "best" albums were so good.
Ai no Uta (SINGLE+DVD)(Japan Version)February 6, 2011 What is wrong?
How can you forget the melody to Ai no Uta? It's definitely one of her best of all time (seeing how she's been performing it at every tour starting from Black Cherry 2007 to Universe 2010 to Dream Music Park and Fantasia...)! With that said, Ai no Uta is wonderful!
Yume no Uta / Futari de... (SINGLE+DVD)(Japan Version)(5)Our Price: US$19.25February 6, 2011 Yeah! My fave!
Does it help if I say this song has been on my playlist for over 4 years? And it's still my personal fave Kuu song of all time?
Koda Kumi Live Tour 2007 Black Cherry - Special Final in Tokyo Dome (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)
Koda Kumi Live Tour 2007 Black Cherry - Special Final in Tokyo Dome (Normal Edition)(Japan Version) DVD Region 2(2)Our Price: US$43.99February 6, 2011 THE BEST!!
I have all of Kuu's tours (including Universe 2010) and this is still the biggest and best of all of them. Best vocals, best songs (30 songs), it even featured DBSK--basically the best you could offer in a concert. THIS IS HER BEST TOUR EVER!!! I also highly recommend Second Session Tour (2006). Unfortunately, because Black Cherry was so good, in my opinion she hasn't done anything as good as Black Cherry to date :( Though I absolutely can't wait for Dream Music Park and Fantasia to come out on DVD!
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