KOH+ – KISS Shite

November 30, 2007 at 12:21 am Leave a comment

1. KISS Shite
2. KISS Shite -Instrumental-

KOH+ is a collaboration between Shibasaki Kou and Fukuyama Masaharu. KISS Shite was the theme song for the popular drama Galileo, which starred both members of KOH+. Fukuyama Masaharu composed the music and wrote the lyrics, while Shibasaki Kou provided the main vocals. KISS Shite debuted at #4 on the Oricon charts, selling over 54,000 copies in the first week.

The first time I listened to KISS Shite, I wasn’t sure if I liked it. There was something about it I didn’t quite like. The arrangement was interesting, especially the unconventional fiddle and an older-style flute or something. The melodies are pretty simple and easy to remember and I liked the distortion of the vocals at the right moments. Then I realized what it was: the vocals. I really like Shibasaki Kou’s vocals, usually, but not as much in this song. It sounds like she can’t keep up with the tempo or that she can’t reach some of the notes. I have no doubt that she can keep up and reach the notes, but this recording just isn’t cutting it. I wonder if it would be better if there was a different recording, but Kou seldom does live performances, so I doubt a different vocal version will ever pop up, but I can keep waiting. The PV is rather cute, too; it’s worth a watch.

Buy this single: CD+DVD

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