Koda Kumi – Dejavu

Release date: March 2, 2011
Label: Avex

Tracklist

  1. Introduction
  2. POP DIVA
  3. Lollipop
  4. Okay
  5. 逢いたくて  (Aitakute)
  6. Passing By
  7. AT THE WEEK END
  8. Interlude
  9. タイトル未定 (UNTITLED)
  10. Melting
  11. Hey baby!
  12. あなただけが  (Anata Dake ga)
  13. 好きで、好きで、好きで。 (Suki de, Suki de, Suki de)
  14. Bambi
  15. I Don’t Love You!??

Let me just say, from the introduction of Dejavu, you’re already moved to dance and crave for more.  Love the beats!  The first two songs are packed with awesome club beats.  Pop Diva is super high energy clubbing music. I would crank my volume up in the car for it.  Then Lollipop sounds like a daring, power to the women kind of song.  From that point on the songs get slower in tempo, starting with Ok. It happens gradually and it’s a pleasant change, actually.  From the slow songs, Passing By is my favorite.  It’s a beautiful, melancholic song. Love the male vocals in there interacting with Kumi’s vocals. Very nice piece.

At the weekend kicks things into gear again. It’s a more powerful tune but doesn’t feel de-synthetized from the ballads that precede it. It feels like she’s moving from melancholy to anger. Then comes the Interlude. I love it because it’s eerie.  Unfortunately, what comes afterward is so happy-go-lucky.  The change was so radical. Regardless, the tunes after the interlude are also very good, just not quite as powerful as the first half. It’s a lot more like the Jpop we’re all used to, except that Kumi’s voice gives it an edgier sound.

My favorite song from the second half is Bambi.  It’s such an adorable, quick paced song with fun vocals. Sounds like the odd-one-out of the album, in a good way. It’s the one that will definitely stay stuck in your head the rest of the day.

Really with the cover art, the introduction and the first few songs I was expecting more of the power-pop, clubbing beats. The majority of the songs are pop-ballad but they’re all very good songs.

I recommend it!

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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ROXY

A Caribbean Islander who wants to fly. Criminal Justice graduate with a lot to say about social injustice. An eternal scholar. I want to know everything. I blame Disney for making me a total dreamer. My head is mostly in the clouds and I have background music in real life.

3 Responses

  1. Jenna says:

    LOL – I don’t know if it’s good or bad that you did this review instead of me cuz my review notes pretty much bashed the entire album. xD I think Bambi was the only song I liked. :( This coming from a long time Koda Kumi fan too.

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