“Gossip Candy” – Koda Kumi

This cover is enough to make me go "Lol Wut?"

This always seems to happen with Ayu and Kuu singles. They leak about a month before they are scheduled to come out. As expected, Koda Kumi’s “Gossip Candy” has leaked early, albeit in a terrible quality rip. iTunes is saying its in 320kbps, but I am definitely not buying that. At all.

Lollipop is your standard frustrated, hyper-sexualized Kumi tune that just makes you feel gross listening to it. I was hoping for something like “Taboo” but this song is nowhere near that level. This song is hot, I’m not denying that, but its just too hot, as in you can tell she is trying too hard to be sexy. When you have to try to be sexy, odds are you aren’t sexy. This is the case. I’m not bashing this song by any means, but I am disappointed to see what could have been an amazing summer song go down the toilet, so to speak.

Inside Fishbowl is probably my favorite song on the single. Its got the summer sound I was craving, and has a distinct 80s sound. It also reminds me of Puffy AmiYumi songs for some reason. Good job, Kuu! I don’t totally hate you now.

…is Outside Fishbowl the same song…?

For You is a ballad-ish thingy. Its got a good tempo, but Kuu has a plain terrible voice for ballads. The nearly six minute length didn’t help.

Kuu’s cover of Got to Be Real impressed me quite a bit. She has put a modern twist on a song that was already good to begin with.

In Conclusion: This single is an overall “meh” for me, but I can’t say much until I hear a rip that has a little bit more quality. I do wish that Kumi could rely a little bit less on her sex appeal, but that’s her image and I understand and respect that. To an extent. 😛



Filed under Japanese Pop, Sakurayume's Collection

14 responses to ““Gossip Candy” – Koda Kumi

  1. DaddyFredy

    it’s totally MEH for me, no offense but… I dislike all of them, i mean the instrumental compositions are just too noisy.. Well she needs to be new or back to her TABOO era, agree w/ you 😉

  2. verces300

    Hey…you wrote on one of my blogs but I deleted them because they were empty..and yes I started on another one all about reviewing!

    This first thing I found on your page was a review on Kuu’s latest leaked single Gossip Candy and I see we disagree on a few things but we both can not judge it now..neither Moon/Blossom (Ayu’s song), which is true they both release at the same time ^_^. I’ll guess I have to personally wait for the official CD to release, I’m a fan of CD-Rips and not leaked tracks!

    Anyways..I love the effort…and you to have other great reviews that I’ll go over! Keep it up!

  3. DaddyFredy

    next month ayu, BoA, kuu and namie will release single, WELL IMO, I think ayu’s going to be the best, and namie may sell high, but I’m gettng tired of her past-future-who-i-am thingy, she just sticks to that thing over and over, as Kuu, I’ve said it, as BoA, I’m a fan lol

  4. DaddyFredy

    so yeah I’m saying Namie’s single will sell the highest among all of them, but I think the best in quality will be ayu (well can’t really judge, since I haven’t heard Namie Amuro’s). As about BoA I don’t think she will get a fine selling, you know? popularity, I’m quite fond of her new song actually. And Kuu… well she needs a rest

  5. elfwitch

    this did leak early lol (where’s moon/blossom from ayu). i’m going to wait on reviewing it though. i actually like all the songs from the little samples i’ve heard, but i’m going to hold judgment until i listen to the full single.

    man, gots to be real is one of my favorite songs EVER! and am i the only one on the planet who likes sexy kuu? lol. nice review.

  6. wjohns

    i don’t think i really care for kuu-chan as much as i used to but i did like two out of five songs on here though. i’m going hold my fire before i listen to the whole thing, nice review!

  7. Kuu’s latest works have just been so messy that they repel me or bore me to deaf. I can’t stand this new style of her. It’s so BLAH!


  8. DaddyFredy

    All my words about this related thing 🙂

  9. NyNy

    Wasn’t very pleased with this single though I can sometimes hear Lollipop in my head at times.

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