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Reviewing Every KIS-MY-FT2 Single: Ki.Su.U.Ma.I (Kiss Your Mind)

Kiss Your MindIn honor of Kis-My-Ft2’s complete videography being uploaded to YouTube (in edited form, of course…), I can’t resist writing about each single. To put this in context for Bias List readers, Kis-My-Ft2 (or Kisumai, as they’re often known) are my J-pop version of Infinite. That’s how much I love them and their discography.

Yet, I rarely write about them because finding online links to their music was so hard… until now!


Ki.Su.U.Ma.I (Kiss Your Mind) (2013)

For me, this is where Kis-My-Ft2’s singles run starts to get a little more inconsistent – at least for a year or two. They’d eventually rebound in a major way. Of all the singles from this era, Kiss Your Mind is not a personal favorite. It’s a bit shouty for me, turning the intensity up to eleven and never really taking a moment to breathe. I’ve come around to it with time (especially in a live setting), but I still don’t seek it out on its own.

I do appreciate Kiss Your Mind’s sheer confidence. It opens in full glory, delivering its chorus right off the bat. I also enjoy the rapped verses, which pull in some of the rock influences that often drive the group’s sound. There’s a lot going on in this track… definitely no empty or wasted space.

While I’m a little hesitant on the song, the music video is a ton of fun. It’s quirky and cheesy in the classic Kisumai way and includes some of their most iconic imagery (the lip-shaped hair styles, the ‘stacked heads’ choreo at the opening). If nothing else, you will definitely be entertained!

Hooks 8
 Production 8
 Longevity 8
 Bias 8
 RATING 8

12 thoughts on “Reviewing Every KIS-MY-FT2 Single: Ki.Su.U.Ma.I (Kiss Your Mind)

  1. Hey Nick. Sorry for the unrelated question, but I have a question that’s been bugging me from the first time I ever read your blog. It’s regarding your ‘bias’ score from your reviews. I wanted to know if that score is related to how much you like the group or your opinion on the genre/type of the song. I’m sorry for asking but I am really curious lol.
    Anyways, I love your blog, it is great. Cheers.

    P.S: I’m sorry if the question wasn’t very clear, English is not my first language.

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    • It’s a little of both. A group I’m biased toward can elevate a song I’m not crazy about. And, a group I usually don’t care for can impress me by tackling a genre or sound I’m biased toward.

      Mostly, it’s a space to give me some wiggle room when it comes to calculating the final rating.

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  2. What’s going on in this music video? I also wish white people weren’t the only non asians that appear frequently in Kpop and Jpop videos

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  3. This song feels like SNSD’s Holiday. It’s not one of the best from the group best still a good example of their sound

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  4. I’m just commenting to confess that when I first heard the name ‘Kis-My-Ft-2’ I totally thought it meant ‘Kiss My Foot Too’ (I did find out what it stands for much later!) and so when I read the title of this song being ‘Kiss Your Mind’ I was so confused as to when they switched from ‘foot’ to ‘mind’…

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  5. A bit frantic for sure, It’s also a bit gimmicky and It’s my least favorite song of theirs yet, but I really like this one! Which should say enough about my feelings regarding Kis-my-ft2’s impeccable discography.
    Just a notice: Both Shake It Up and Ai No Beat have grown on me tremendously, both are extremely fantastic songs!

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