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Trick (First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)
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Koda Kumi is back with her seventh studio album. Trick features fourteen tracks including her hits Taboo and Moon-Crying as well as her brand-new single stay with me.
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Product Title: Trick (First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version) Trick (初回限定版)(日本版) Trick (初回限定版)(日本版) Trick (初回限定盤)(日本版) Trick (First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)
Singer Name(s): Koda Kumi 倖田來未 幸田来未 倖田來未 코다 쿠미
Release Date: 2009-01-28
Publisher Product Code: RZCD-46169
Language: Japanese
Disc Format(s): CD
Other Information: Album
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: rhythm zone
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1013653758

Product Information / Track List

倖田來未、7thアルバム遂にリリース!! 「stay with me」(au"LISMO"CMソング/日本テレビ系"女子レスリング世界選手権2008"イメージソング)、「TABOO」(ニンテンドーDS用ソフト"采配のゆくえ"TVCMソング/ TV-CFソング)、「That Ain't Cool」( TV-CFソング)、「Moon Crying」(ABC・テレビ朝日系全国ネットドラマ『パズル』主題歌)他、新曲を収録。

02 Driving
03 show girl
04 Your Love
05 stay with me
06 Joyful
09 Hurry Up!
10 This is not a love song
11 Bling Bling Bling feat.AK-69
12 That Ain't Cool(倖田來未 feat. Fergie)
13 Moon Crying
14 愛のことば

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March 4, 2009

This professional review refers to Trick (ALBUM+2DVD)(First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)
Japan's pop princess Koda Kumi proved in 2008 that just saying the wrong thing on the radio can leave a surprisingly heavy dent on a pop star's career. After spending several months in the doghouse for her "rotten amniotic fluid" comment on nationwide radio, the queen of "ero-kakkoii" (sexy-cool) has attempted to recover her status with a concert tour and several successful singles. However, sales for her 7th original album Trick have been lower than the standards she set in the last few years. It's a little unfair to Kumi, as Trick is an energetic pop album that brings together the best of her musical styles and would've elevated her status in the J-pop world.

Featuring her usual team of musicians behind the scenes, Trick combines dance, R&B, bubble gum pop, and ballads into a perfect potential concert playlist. Filled with bombastic bass and overproduced arrangements, the album is a perfect culmination of the Koda Kumi musical style: entertaining, fun, and a little trashy. After a short introduction interlude, the album starts off with single Taboo (Track 2), a dance track in the provocative, teasing style that fans of Kumi should be familiar with by now. With a heavier emphasis on production and rhythm than vocal performance, Taboo fulfills the requirement of a Koda Kumi album opening track, and would make the perfect opening track for a concert.

The fun continues with Show Girl (Track 2), another dance track that flaunts Kumi's talents as a performer. In addition to the bombastic production and some messy composition by Kamikaoru and Tomokazu Matsuzawa, Kumi's vocal performance has plenty of cool attitude to spare. With both Taboo and Show Girl, Kumi proudly announces the return of Japan's favorite "sexy-cool" pop star, and she couldn't have picked a better way to do it.

Not so surprisingly, dance and R&B are the strongest genres on Trick, with the two spectacular opening tracks representing the album's overall attitude. However, the album's side tracks of the same genre are nowhere near as strong. Driving (Track 7) and Hurry Up (Track 10) both convey a similar attitude with palpable energy, but both songs also feature crowded arrangements and uninspiring composition that tire and overwhelm rather than engage.

However, it's the same kind of overwhelming energy that prevents the R&B-hip-hop section of Trick from turning into a complete embarrassment. The small section starts with Bling Bling Bling (Track 8), which features cringe-inducing English lyrics about "money money money" and "blinging it long time" that is most intriguing when analyzed as a Japanese impression of American hip-hop. The overblown arrangement helps sell the song on a pure attitude level and hides the fact that song doesn't really feature any sort of composition. Bling Bling Bling is the perfect example of a song that would be enhanced in a live concert setting.

The other song of the section, That Ain't Cool (Track 9), is a collaboration track between Black Eye Peas singer Fergie and Kumi that relies on catchy repetition and a consistent beat that would appeal to a Western audience. However, the song itself, including the repetitive chorus, is not all that well-written, resulting in a song that is too annoying to be worth remembering. While Fergie holds up her sometimes-bad girl attitude nicely in her native language, Kumi's subpar English rapping proves why she shouldn't cross over to hip-hop anytime soon.

Despite having to uphold her "sexy-cool" status throughout Trick, Kumi also does fairly well with lighter dance tracks such as Just the Way You Are (Track 12). With an upbeat, R&B-driven arrangement, Kumi effectively shows her more cheerful side with a spirited vocal performance that complements the generally fun nature of the song. On the other hand, Joyful (Track 13) isn't able to find enough balance between its gospel compositional root and its J-pop influence to fit Kumi's style, resulting in a fairly forgettable dance track.

While the uptempo tracks dominate Trick, the ballads of the album are certainly not just filler tracks. Stay with Me (Track 5) is an R&B ballad with the typical commercial sensibility that one can expect to hear in a song written for a television ad (surprisingly, it hasn't been featured in any commercial so far). Nevertheless, that's not a reason to dismiss the song's competent composition and Kumi's strong vocal performance. Faring even better is Moon Crying (Track 11), a more traditional ballad that features better production and a more memorable composition than Stay with Me. With a more emotional melody, Kumi's performance is naturally also more expressive and more affecting, making it the most memorable ballad on the album.

Despite all of the album's flaws, Koda Kumi has proven once again to be an exceptional entertainer with Trick. It's an immensely entertaining album that moves at a brisk pace and never overstays its welcome (though it ends with a weak cover of Venus). Even though her musical style leans towards R&B this time, Trick proves Kumi's musical versatility and her ability to reinvent herself even over the length of an album. It certainly won't change the mind of her naysayers, who still believe that she's simply using sex appeal to sell her music (in fact, she's toned down that image slightly in recent years), but it also shouldn't change the mind of those who still believe she's one of the best pop entertainers in recent J-pop, either.

Recommended Tracks - Taboo (Track 2), Show Girl (Track 3), Stay With Me (Track 5), Moon Crying (Track 11), Just the Way You Are (Track 12)

by Kevin Ma

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Customer Review of "Trick (First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (2)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.1 out of 10 (18)

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February 19, 2013

This customer review refers to Trick (ALBUM+2DVD)(First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)
3 people found this review helpful

Music at it's BEST! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
If I had to describe this album in one word, the first word that comes to mind is that it’s very catchy!

From the moment I put this CD into my music player, the first thing that drew me in was the simple melodies within this album. Those wonderful, intense sensations. The album itself was practically radiating with the dancing vibe! I loved this album very much. It was an energetic pop album that screamed greatness from start to finish! Although others might not like the diversty within this album, I thought it displayed the perfect amount of urban and cutesy-pop from our diva Kuu-chan.

Miss Koda Kumi is a truly gifted woman. I love the "spark" she created within this was postively addicting! I can't find myself ever tiring of these tracks. Even now, it's been five years since this album was released and I'm just as crazy about them as I was when they were first released! I love nearly all the tracks, but the ones that stood out to me the most were: "Introduction" "TABOO" "Stay With Me" "Driving" "That Ain't Cool" "Hurry Up!" "Moon Crying" "Just the Way You Are" "Joyful" "Show Girl" and finally, "Venus!" I adored the urban flavor she displayed within these was absolute GENIUS!

And I just loved the booklet! She looked so elegant and alluring in each picture! I loved flipping through the pages just to catch how beautiful our Kuu-chan is! ♥

If you're looking for an album that screams a good time, I recommend this album whole-heartendly! The tracks that were created here are absolutely FLAWLESS! You'll never tire of it!
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July 27, 2010

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TRICK Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Best album for sure!
show girl, Driving, TABOO, secret section everywhere in the DVD xD
amazing the concert in the second dvd!
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August 22, 2009

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Excellent Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Koda Kumi is certainly consistent. Her already impressive pop CV gets even better with this superb collection of rnb and pop songs. If you are a fan of her music, this is not to be missed!!
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August 6, 2009

This customer review refers to Koda Kumi Vol. 7 - Trick (Korea Version)
THIS ALBUM IS AWSOME Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
her best album ever,i think
this album has alot of great songs
the best songs are
just the way you are
stay with me
show girl

yeah,pretty the WHOL album, is really good
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July 16, 2009

This customer review refers to Trick (ALBUM+2DVD)(Taiwan Version)
1 people found this review helpful

best album from kuuchan yet :) Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
this album was well worth the money and since black cherry koda has only gotten better.
songs like taboo, stay with me show girls and her version of venus are superb (although i was hoping she would do a video for each song like her last album kingdom)
the live dvd is good it was great to get taboo live and i loved the way she sang cherry girl, maybe there was a little too much going on though, but still a solid buy.
a must have for fans of koda, jpop, or just good music all together.
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