Koda Kumi – Cherry Girl / Unmei

May 6, 2007 at 1:53 PM | Posted in Koda Kumi | Leave a comment

1. Cherry Girl
2. Unmei (運命)
3. Cherry Girl -Space Cowboy Remix-
    [First pressing bonus track]
4. Cherry Girl (Instrumental)
5. Unmei (Instrumental)

This is Koda Kumi’s 34th single and it was released on December 6, 2006. The single reached #3 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 100,275 copies. The first track was used as the theme song for the drama Cherry Girl where Kumi made her acting debut and the 2nd track was used as theme song for the movie Oo-Oku.

Cherry Girl is the best song she has released for her latest studio album Black Cherry in my humble opinion. One of my favorite things about this extremely sensual song is the constant ‘whiplash’ bass beat in the background. The song’s production value is great and the way it mixes electric guitar and heavy bass makes this one of Kumi’s hottest tracks yet.

The other A-side is the somewhat boring Unmei. It’s an acoustic / piano ballad that doesn’t have the power of previous ballads like Yume no Uta but instead is more gentle and controlled. The song doesn’t get good until the bridge and when things start to actually pick up, the song is already over.

The Space Cowboy Remix of Cherry Girl only appears on the single as a first pressing bonus track. It’s nowhere near as good as the original but adds some interesting elements such as brass and brief pauses in the music.

Overall Rating

4 stars


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