Koda Kumi – BUT / Aishou

June 18, 2007 at 1:24 PM | Posted in Koda Kumi | Leave a comment

1. BUT
2. Aishou (愛証)
3. BUT ~The Ghettobots remix~
    [First pressing bonus track]
4. BUT (instrumental)
5. Aishou (instrumental)

This is Koda Kumi’s 35th single and it was released on March 14, 2007. The single reached #2 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 128,781 copies. The first track was used as the theme song for the Japanese release of the movie Step Up.

A lot of people have expressed that BUT has a similar beat and synth style to Justin Timberlake’s SexyBack, but I have ignored this because I do not want to start any comparisons between the 2 songs. After the release of her latest album Black Cherry, I wasn’t really expecting much from this song but I was extremely surprised by it on the first listen thanks to the infectious rhythm and awesome vocals. I have had this song on repeat constantly because it is so damn catchy.

However, the other A-side was pretty lackluster. Aishou has uninteresting verses but a nicely done chorus. This Kumi ballad is a little different because of the frequent electric guitar, which I thought was a nice touch.

The first pressing bonus track on the single is The Ghettobots remix of BUT, remixed by B-Money. The remix’s arrangement is far less aggressive than that of the original and it has a few new elements like a percussion based beat and two different synth loops during the verses and the chorus.

Overall Rating

4 stars


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