KinKi Kids – Secret Code [27th Single]

August 26, 2008 at 5:00 pm (KinKi Kids) (, )

KinKi Kids’ 27th single, entitled Secret Code, was released on 08.27.08. The title track was used as the theme song for the dorama 33 pun Tantei. The limited edition of the single features the B-side, strategie while the regular edition features ビターショコラ.

Secret Code is the A-side of the single. A light-hearted jazzy instrumental begins the song and makes a smooth transition into the first verse. The vocals are very smooth and are very catchy, making sure the listener follows from start to finish. There is a way that the lyrics are sung with breaks between every few words that actually makes them catch the listener’s ear. During the pure instrumental section, there are almost rock tints which actually sound great with the jazzy sound. It’s a very nice song and catches the listener’s ear strongly.

Fu Fu Fu is the B-side present on both editions of this single. The song begins with an upbeat twinkling jazzy instrumental that sounds so sweet and pretty. Coming up next is the chorus as the boys bring enjoyable vocals to the music that capture the happy atmosphere of the song and the English phrases such as “keep it up” stand out. The first verse follows and there are smooth vocals that compliment the music perfectly, keeping the listener interested. Fu Fu Fu is an excellent fun jazzy song that the listener can enjoy from start to finish.

On the limited edition, strategie is the second B-side. Opening the song is an instrumentation that has some Spanish influences before the chorus comes in. They sound great here with smooth vocals that carry a true catchiness. On the first verse, the instrumentation stays pretty simple so the emphasis is put on the boys as their vocals entice the listener as there is almost a sexiness with them that matches the song’s atomsphere. The pure instrumental section is absolutely addictive as it gives the feeling of a summer night that stays in the listener’s mind once the chorus is re-introduced. strategie is an absolutely fantastic number that could have been the single’s A-side because it’s that addictive.

ビターショコラ is the B-side only on the regular edition. The song starts off with a fun and upbeat jazzy instrumental that really keeps the listener enamored. Then the boys come in with the first verse and the smooth vocals carry an element of sexiness that leaves the listener continuously wanting more. The chorus is insanely catchy as there is more vocal strength and the lyrics are sung with a rapidity that makes them stand out. During the pure instrumental section, the guitar really shines through the jazz instruments and it definitely catches the listener’s ear. Once again, the boys bring strength to make this number a very strong one.

In order to promote the single, a PV for Secret Code was made. The video is very simple featuring the boys singing in white space with a jazz band to support them. On the floor it says “Secret Code” and that’s all there it is to it. It’s nothing really necessary to watch but it does fit the song nicely.

Single Ranking: A

This single features four great songs that show off the power of KinKi Kids. The jazzy atmosphere that runs through almost all the songs is enjoyable and the Spanish sound that emerges on strategie keeps the listener entranced and that B-side could have served as the A-side.

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10 Comments

  1. Karen said,

    This’s 1 of my fave songs coming from KK & for the year somemore . They’re the last act I expected them to do a swining Jazz no. & Koichi’s hot !

    Then again he’s not nicknamed the Prince of JE for nothing ❤

  2. amaiyume said,

    I’ve actually never listened to Kinki Kids but I like what I hear so they’re on the radar!! I have the lucky habit of coming in on strong singles from JE [NEWS – Taiyou no Namida, Hey! Say! JUMP – Your Seed / Bouken Rider, Arashi – Step and Go] so I always get a good first impression.

    I don’t know who’s who so I’ll assume Koichi is the hot one. Cause let’s face it…there is definitely only 1 XD

  3. Karen said,

    ahaha . Both of them share the same surname Domoto but they’re not related by blood .

    Koichi’s the guy on the right in the pic that you posted . The guy on the left’s Tsuyoshi

    I love KinKi Kids’s music although I must say that not all of their singles deserved to be no.1 single material .

    I can recommend some good ones for you to check out since all of their 27 singles since their debut have all hit no.1 which’s madness & that I assume you haven’t listen to their past material .

    Some singles I recommend from them :

    – Garasu no Shounen (their debut & highest selling single , clocking in at almost 1.9 million copies+)

    – Aisareru Yori Aishitai (2nd single)

    – Yamenai de , PURE (6th single)

    – Kanashimi Blue (14th single)

    – Anniversary (20th single)

    – Velvet no Yami (21st single)

    – Harmony of December (this’s the 1st song I heard of them & it’s an amazing ballad , the music for this’s just wow & this’s their 24th single)

  4. amaiyume said,

    oooh thanks for the recommendations!!!! I think my first venture will be Harmony of December just because that title is gorgeous!!!!
    I remember knowing that they have all their singles at number 1 but I never checked them out…I wonder why…

  5. Karen said,

    Harmony of December’s an amazing song like really big time & incidentally that’s the 1st video I seen of them on TV too

  6. Karen said,

    In fact I recently decided to give the B-sides in SC a listen because I realised I didn’t listen to their past B-sides & I really like them especially strategie which I feel it borrows elements of their previous singles Anniversary & Velvet no Yami . Fu Fu Fu’s cute lol

  7. amaiyume said,

    B-sides of this single FRIGGIN RULE!! This was just a fantastic single start to finish!! Especially strategie 🙂

  8. Karen said,

    yeah I love strategie it’s a great B-side . I still need to listen to Bitter Chocolate a bit more

  9. amaiyume said,

    I was sooo surprised by this cause I didn’t expect it to be that good but I was pleasantly surprised by the good quality of these songs!!

  10. Karen said,

    yes & it’s the 1st time I’ve listened to KK B-sides which’s a 1st for me considering that I never done that before for their past 26 singles :O

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