Koda Kumi – TABOO

October 18, 2008 at 5:15 PM | Posted in Koda Kumi | 6 Comments

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

This is Koda Kumi’s 41st single and it was released on October 8, 2008. The single reached #1 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 84,967 copies.

Koda Kumi is officially back in full force with one of the hottest songs of the year! TABOO is an irresistible dance track that is filled with blazing electronic synth and thumping beats. She packs a lot of attitude into her vocal performance and the sings the provocative lyrics very well. I’m really glad that Kumi is back doing what she does best because the song is really sexy and we really haven’t had an A-side of the same caliber since Cherry Girl or BUT.

The B-side is pretty different and definitely on the cuter side. Always has a gentle R&B sound with some synth appearing every now and then. This is your average feel good pop song with pretty vocals so I thought that it was a nice listen. There’s nothing amazing about it, but it’s good for a B-side.

I quickly noticed how loud the HOUSE NATION Sunset In Ibiza Remix of TABOO was right from the beginning because the vocals tend to get drowned out a lot. I really do like the music, especially during those synthed up instrumentals, but the rhythmic beats of the verses were very cool.

Overall Rating

4½ stars



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  1. VERY MUCH AGREED! lol i thought this song was amazing! i was so addicted and the last time i was addicted to one of her songs was BUT and that kind of was a while ago!

    great review!

  2. aside from the remix that I don’t like , the rest of the single is pretty much solid & I must admit it’s a great comeback single from Koda especially since like you said Lex , we haven’t seen much of a single as infectiously sounding as Cherry Girl or / & BUT

  3. & oh I feel that somehow ALWAYS sounds like a distinct cousin of Himitsu which’s track 4 on her Kingdom album

  4. I loved TABOO! It’s such a great song, a lot better than some of her previous singles. The lyrics, well translations, aren’t all that provocative, but the PV was xD. And I wasn’t all that fond of the remix, i think it could have been a little better, but it wasn’t so horrific. Great review.

  5. TABOO is fantastic!!!!
    I agree with you in that TABOO is wonderful and Always is nice, but nothing particularly grabbing.
    It’s soooo addictive :)

  6. Exactly! TABOO is Koda at her best and it the best single by her I’ve heard in a while. TABOO itself is so crayz infectious that I just can’t listen to it once. I can’t! It’s nice to see Koda doing her own thing. KINGDOM was a remarkable album and TABOO keeps that energy going. =D

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