single review: Koda Kumi “Lies”

Following ‘Shake It Up’ is the dark and purple tones of ‘Lies’, the fifth single of the 12 Singles of Christmas series released by Koda Kumi in 2005 (in case this is the first you’re hearing about this, of which I ask, have you been living under a rock?). It is also here that she continues the worldly garment theme, taking influence from China in a sleek blue/purple-ish outfit complete with a (shade) fan (thworp) and Chinese headdress.

‘Lies’ takes the project into a different direction, but one that is vastly more familiar for Koda Kumi fans. A heavier R&B track with a side of bitterness, ‘Lies’ aims to give Kuu a brooding edge to her music. How will this sound fare after three already fabulous songs?

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Koda Kumi promoting Lies


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Hitting right off the bat in “Lies” is a quirky but dark and distorted urban beat, complimented a few seconds in by Kuu’s sultry but need-like vocals. Introducing us to the song’s hook, it’s not long before we are thrown into Kuu’s story-telling through song. You can really sense the emotions through her vocals in this song, as she sounds broken (in a good way, of course). The looping guitar-like instrumental is joined by synth pianos, accentuating moments when we are brought into its bitter-like chorus. It’s a heavy R&B song, much in the vein of something from the early 2000s in the West, and it feels piercing. It’s a great song, though it tends to wane as the song goes on (and as you give it more listens). Much like ‘D.D.D.’, it’s fabulous, but it just doesn’t have the oomph that makes me want to listen to say ‘Birthday Eve’ or ‘Shake It Up’. These are no lies.


Lies is a great single! But much like the series’ 3rd single, it doesn’t quite have the ‘need-to-listen’ feel that some of the already-released singles weeks before have felt. That being said, I still recommend listening to the song “Lies”, as it has everything you want out of a Koda Kumi song, from the emotions in her vocals to its infectious hooks. Here, the dark R&B tones are very interesting and allows for Lies to be unique in her set of songs for the series. Once again, there is no lie; I recommend this for sure.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

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