Cherry Girl / 運命

(Koda Kumi)
Cherry Girl / 運命
December 6, 2006
Oricon Peak: #3
Total Sales: 100,275
2006 Year-End: #145
RIAJ: Gold
Lyricist: Koda Kumi
Composers: Curtis A. Richardson, Charlene Gilliam, Andreao “Fanatic” Heard and Sherrod Barnes


Cherry Girl

 Opening with a sort of diluted rock / pop feel, ‘Cherry Girl’ jumps at you. A thumping, accented beat and distorted electric guitar strum in and out as the melody overtakes the ears. The song is sensual, almost sexy, but it stays on the rockier side of both, including pop. I like the little English parts towards the bridge and in the bridge itself.  The song on a whole is great. It wasn’t something I’d heard from Kuu and haven’t heard it since.


“Another Koda Kumi ballad…
Well, Unmei is a very beautiful ballad. With a soft piano in the background and a gorgeous guitar part. The melody is very lovely. Again, Kuu really delivers a very emotional performance and really plays the desperate part very well. Her vocals become very gritty and strained at the choruses, bridge and the end of the song. She hits a high note very well at the end of the bridge.”

That was what I thought of this song at the end of November last year and for the most part, it hasn’t changed. I decided I liked the grit in her voice and it is a good song. I music video is especially beautiful.

Cherry Girl -Space Cowboy Remix-


As if a great marching band suddenly crashed the recording session, this remix rocks the house. With far between synth (thank god) we find ourselves driven by a heavy acoustic drumline and blaring horns, only slightly reminiscent of Namie Amuro’s ‘Hide and Seek’. This was one of the best remixes Koda’s ever put out.


Basically, this single was unique and that’s what sets it apart. The vocal performance was great and the songs themselves rocked. I’ll give it an…



~ by vinyabarion on February 2, 2008.

One Response to “Cherry Girl / 運命”

  1. Cherry Girl definitely took some time to grow on me… I supposse, though that was probably because I disliked the PV so much. It’s odd how easily our opinions are shaped by the small things…

    I suppose none of that matters now, since it’s become one of my all-time Kumi favorites. Right up there with FREAKY and BUT

    Unmei’s not bad either

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