Is this trap? I mean, dead?
Anyway, although it is very late... I'd like to share my thoughts on W FACE. Cause this is some polarizing shit.
Inside is harmless, more of the same. Nothing wrong with that, it delivers on it's "promise" of being more of the "emotional" Kumi, without falling into Cutesy, and I appreciate that.
With that said, I really don't care for the album. "On My Way" is slightly disappointing, as I expected something similar to "Ai Wo Tomenaide"/"Koishikute"/"You", etc. But it just loops and loops, it never reaches any heights. I still enjoy the song, it just isn't anything that will stand out within her ballad catalog.
"Promise You" is my favorite song. It delivers. "What's Up?" And "Bridget Song" (who da f is Bridget anyway?) are cute.
On to the hot one; Outside. I had HIGH hopes for this shit, because "W-FACE"/ULTRAVIOLET/Bassline/Wicked Girls all sounded very hot.... And they are for the most part.
My biggest gripe with the new tracks (mostly), is that they're messy. W-FACE is really hot until the second verse and "de barest, de barest". I would've loved to hear her hold those notes, with no "baddest" in between. It just ruins that section. Otherwise, the song is such a great opening track and one of my favorites.
ULTRAVIOLET is a mess after the second chorus, but it works anyway. I love it. It has energy, sass, cringe, the word "twerk", a catchy hook and chorus. What's there to dislike?.
"Bassline" has one basic ass... Bassline. But it works, and while I think the rap was uncalled for, I can live with it. I really love the hook. A hot song.
"Shhh!" I hadn't heard before until I played the album for the first time. I LOVE IT. It's sassy, its fun. The chorus is catchy. It could definitely fit in with "Show Me Your Holla", and "Bassline" as part of a single or something.
"Bangerang" I enjoy, you can't tell me that the intro and out-tro DO NOT feature the word "Ass". What's up with the brass instruments carrying the melody AGAIN though? It gets old. Anyway, I like it. Its not necessarily memorable, but it is consistent. Nothing that makes you wonder WHY THE F they threw in some random rap, or whatever.
"Wicked Girls". This one has the best bassline tbh. I love it, the chorus has been stuck in my head ever since the promos came out. It's just so short... I wish it was a little longer.
"Cupcake" is harmless. Not necessarily worth closing an album with, but whatever. Besides a barely memorable guest, its a nice short song.
Now... "Heartless" had to fill the mandatory "you must have a ballad up in this bitch" rule. But it feels so out of place, especially as it follows that piece of crap that is "Insane". I enjoyed her vocals, the English is awkward sometimes (Crose Crosou!!), but I don't find it distracting enough as to take something away from the song. I could've done with it, tbh.
"Damn Real" is SO melodic and pretty until she begins singing about dejavus or some shit, and the chorus (although not bad), JUST DOESN'T FIT IN WITH THE VERSES. It pops up out of nowhere and kills the whole melody. The chorus would be nice for a filler "club" song or the like. Don't get me wrong, I like the song and enjoy listening to it, but it could've easily been the "ballad" and album closer, had it featured a better chorus. Still, what a wasted opportunity.
Now "Insane" must be a joke. Reminiscent of "Walk Of My Life" a.k.a "WTF happened to Kumi". What is this shit? If anyone were to blame Kumi for "chasing trends" and "wanting to be Beyonce", I would've slapped a bitch. But I heard this piece of garbage and it validates those comments (and the ULTRAVIOLET look in its video too, tbh). I DO like the bridge "one by one they're falling down", and the little two lines in the chorus "let go yume no sekai something" or whatever. But the rest of the track is such a mess, nothing exactly new as she played with "rapping on a rock song that is upbeat enough to dance to" before, but this is absolute garbage.
And that's about how I feel about Outside. I definitely believe it is a hot album, if a little short. But tracks 3/4/5 are messy, coupled with sections in songs that feel contrived and random (ULTRAVIOLET's little rap/bridge hybrid is one of those too) take it away from some of the songs. Sometimes less is more girl! I miss Electro Pop and EDM, I would prefer it over brass instruments, finger snaps, rapping, and that piece of shit that is Insane.