Friday, April 17, 2015

CD Review :: THE TURTLES JAPAN - ELECTRONIC HUMANITY

1) It's Alright !
2) 10/10
3) Jerassic
4) Kazabana
5) Juuni Hitoe
6) AB LOVE LOVE
7) JAPANESE SPIRITS pile-up
8) ELE !!!

ELECTRONIC HUMANITY is THE TURTLES JAPAN's debut album & it was released on 8th April .

The group's 1st album release includes a total of 8 tracks inclusive of their debut single It's Alright ! & the B-side JAPANESE SPIRITS pile-up .

THE TURTLES JAPAN is a special unit that comprised of 3 main members ; music producer Kameda Seiji whom worked extensively with Shiina Ringo during his tenure with Tokyo Jihen for 7 years & flumpool's vocalist/guitarist Yamamura Ryuuta + guitarist Sakai Kazuki .

The band was formed last July & functions as a band for a limited time . WEAVER's vocalist/keyboardist Sugimoto Yuji + drummer Kawabe Toru participated/joined in their debut single It's Alright ! .

Subsequently , 2 new members Remioromen's dummer Jinguji Osamu & pianist/keyboardist Simon Isogai were welcomed into the band .

THE TURTLES JAPAN named their debut album ELECTRONIC HUMANITY because they want to inspire people who live in the modern society of violent , mechanical & dry human relations .

Kicking off the album is the group's debut single It's Alright ! . This song was picked to be used as the opening theme for CDTV last year in Oct & Nov + also as the ending theme song for MBS MUSICEDGE + Osaka style last year in Nov & Dec .

For the concept of It's Alright ! , the members wanted to tear down borders & enjoy music freely .

10/10 & Jerassic are the 1st 2 new songs in the album . Both tracks are quite heavily EDM & Rock driven to a certain extent , there's definitely nothing boring going on for both no.s .

But between 10/10 & Jerassic , I prefer Jerassic slightly as it's more towards the Rock side , not that 10/10 is bad .

The lead promo track in ELECTRONIC HUMANITY is Kazabana . This song was 1st released as a downloadable single & goods package last month on 25th March that's only sold in Tower Records .

In addition , Kazabana is also only the new track in the album to get a video & it's used as the theme song for THE TURTLES JAPAN Zepp Tour 2015 「ELECTRONIC HUMANITY」 in which all 3 tour dates have been sold out .

I can understand why Kazabana was chosen to promote ELECTRONIC HUMANITY as it's quite a dreamy sounding no. . Unlike the other new songs , this's the only 1 that's closest to a ballad . I was intrigued when I 1st heard the song & it's quite thought provoking too .

Juuni Hitoe is an edgy aggressive no. . Somehow Ryuuta's vocals are distorted in here purposely on purpose but the melody is accompanied by strong guitar riffs .

The 2nd last new track in the album , AB LOVE LOVE is 1 of my fave tracks as it's just a fun upbeat no. . I find myself humming along to it the 1st time I hear it which's definitely a good sign .

JAPANESE SPIRITS pile-up served as the B-side of the group's debut single It's Alright ! . When I reviewed It's Alright ! on its own , I did wrote that JAPANESE SPIRITS pile-up was a B-side I enjoyed a lot & so for the group to include in their debut album , I have no complaints at all as it's still a great track .

ELE !!! is the final song & unlike the other new tracks in the album that can be quite EDM driven , ELE !!! is a rather simplistic sounding no. which makes it the perfect track to conclude ELECTRONIC HUMANITY .

Prior to the ending of ELE !!! , the melody of the song is changed to another different music style .

1 of the most interesting debut album release in recent times , THE TURTLES JAPAN definitely made their presence felt with the release of their debut album ELECTRONIC HUMANITY .

ELECTRONIC HUMANITY on whole is a very musically engaging album & frankly before I decided to give THE TURTLES JAPAN's music a listen , I was skeptical as I wondered , will their music sound like what flumpool has done given that flumpool's vocalist Ryuuta sings in this special unit .

Luckily the material that THE TURTLES JAPAN has come up with is and cannot be compared with flumpool at all as for once , I can't visualise flumpool going the EDM route .

I suppose the members from different groups they belong to decide to come together to form THE TURTLES JAPAN in order not to have any musical boundaries to hinder them when they embark in making THE TURTLES JAPAN sound unique/different .

From their get up to their EDM meets Rock music styles , it's quite evident that from the moment they were formed , THE TURTLES JAPAN was going to stand out from other bands which I respect that .

Before I go off point , I would like to say that I definitely enjoy ELECTRONIC HUMANITY a great deal as it has been quite a while that I have been impressed with a debut album . Let alone , all the songs in the album are literally a feast for my ears as each song managed to carve out a distinct unique identity .

In a way , it's a bit sad to know that THE TURTLES JAPAN serves as a temporary unit but I do hope that in the near future , they will continue to release music sporadic because I genuinely feel their music's quite something .

To sum it up , ELECTRONIC HUMANITY is not your typical mainstream debut album but if you would like to listen to something different , then this could be the album for you to jam to .


Sunday, April 12, 2015

CD Review :: ayumi hamasaki - A ONE

CD

CD + DVD

CD + Blu-ray

1) a Bell
2) WARNING
3) NO FUTURE
4) Anything for You
5) Last minute
6) Zutto ...
7) Out of control
8) Story
9) The GIFT
10) The Show Must Go On
11) Walk
12) Movin' on without you

A ONE is ayumi hamasaki's 16th album & it was released on 8th April .

Released about 9 months+ since her previous album Colours , A ONE was released on the same day as ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2014-2015 A Cirque de Minuit ~Mayonaka no Circus~ DVD/Blu-ray .

The release date of both A ONE & ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2014-2015 A Cirque de Minuit ~Mayonaka no Circus~ DVD/Blu-ray falls on exactly 17 years since ayumi's debut single poker face was released .

12 songs are included in A ONE , inclusive of ayumi's 53rd single Zutto... / Last minute / Walk . The fanclub edition of A ONE includes a 2015 updated version of ayumi's 15th anniversary commemoration song Tell All .

2 album tracks WARNING & The GIFT received music videos .

a Bell served as the album opening no. & it's also the only instrumental track in A ONE . This follows straightaway with WARNING .

WARNING is 1 of 2 album tracks that received a music video & it rightfully deserves so because it's an aggressive rock no. that's extremely catchy & memorable , something that ayumi does best .

Acclaimed producer Komuro Tetsuya composed 4 songs in A ONE in which the next 2 songs NO FUTURE & Anything for You were composed by him .

NO FUTURE is a futuristic sounding no. which has some nice surprises prior to the end of the song . On the other hand , Anything for You is a ballad & it's easily the longest track I've come across in ayumi's discography for a non remix track , clocking in at 7 mins .

Perhaps it's due to the long duration but I'm not really a fan of Anything for You . Let alone it doesn't help that it sounds a lot like Walk which ironically was composed by Komuro Tetsuya as well .

Last minute & Zutto ... are 2 of 3 ballads from ayumi's 53rd single Zutto... / Last minute / Walk . Last minute is a rock ballad while Zutto ... is a Winter ballad .

For Last minute , ayumi started to work on this song in response to her fans' fervent request . In addition , Last minute was picked to be used as the opening theme for NTV's Buzz Rhythm for this month .

When Zutto... / Last minute / Walk was released last Dec , only a video for Zutto... was made at that time . But in A ONE , a video was made for Last minute , which's included in the DVD/Blu-ray tracklist .

Up to now I still prefer Last minute a lot as compared to the other 2 ballads given that Last minute reminds me of ayumi's previous rock driven ballads which're still classics even up to now .

The next 2 songs Out of control & Story were composed by the same person whom worked on the melody of Last minute .

Between both tracks , I prefer Story as I had nostalgic vibes upon hearing it , not that Out of control is outright bad .

The GIFT is the 2nd album track that received a video & this wedding ballad was composed by Singaporean singer/songwriter JJ Lin .

No pun intended , The GIFT was reported to be a gift from JJ for ayumi & her fans . Heaping praises on The GIFT that JJ composed for her , ayumi added that the song gives off a sense of purity & she was "very happy" with how it turned out . She said , "It (the song) showcases a very good side of JJ , not just as a man but as an artiste ."

Even though I don't listen/support Chinese music , I wouldn't deny that from 1 Singaporean to another , I'm happy for JJ Lin as it's an honour for him to compose something for ayumi seeing that this will definitely raise his profile substantially .

The song itself is really touching & given that this's the 1st time JJ Lin composed something for ayumi , it's a commending effort . I do hope that this will not be the last time I'll be seeing a JJ composition as it will be great if he were to compose for ayumi again in the near future .

The Show Must Go On & Walk are the other 2 songs in A ONE that were composed by Komuro Tetsuya .

For The Show Must Go On , it was picked to be used in the ads of Samantha Thavasa . This's actually 1 of my fave tracks in A ONE & even though it sounds quite similiar with LOVE again's snowy kiss , I'm actually quite ok with it .

On the other hand , Walk is the 3rd ballad that makes up ayumi's 53rd single Zutto... / Last minute / Walk . It's still my least fave ballad among the 3 . I don't mind to listen to it but given a choice , I would skip it .

Movin' on without you is the final track in A ONE & this's a cover of Utada Hikaru's 2nd single in which this single was released 16 years ago in 17th Feb .

ayumi's cover of the song was 1st included in a tribute cover album titled Utada Hikaru no Uta which was released last year on 9th Dec to commemorate Utada's 15th anniversary in the business .

In her cover of Movin' on without you , ayumi utilised her voice in a manner that she doesn't normally does in her discography .

This's the 1st time for ayumi to include a cover in her studio albums & I did enjoyed her rendition of Utada's Movin' on without you so I have no problems with her choosing to include it as the last song in A ONE .

Celebrating her 17th anniversary in the business , ayumi hamasaki released her 16th album A ONE together with ayumi hamasaki COUNTDOWN LIVE 2014-2015 A Cirque de Minuit ~Mayonaka no Circus~ DVD/Blu-ray on the same day when her debut single poker face was released 17 years ago on 8th April .

Before listening to A ONE in full , I already had a feeling that I was going to like it a lot more than ayumi's past albums Colours & LOVE again . Sure enough , A ONE in general is quite good & certain portions of the album I have nostalgic feelings upon listening to it .

Prior to A ONE , I had somewhat dislike towards LOVE again & Colours as I didn't liked the way both albums were marketed/promoted & also the sound consistency for both albums were quite poor .

Luckily in this case , I don't really encounter that much problems in A ONE even though it's not an all rounder album . At the end of the day , A ONE is still quite ballads driven to a certain extent & it's not as musically diverse as compared to ayumi's past albums .

Another problem I noticed is that the songs that Komuro Tetsuya composed in A ONE tends to get repetitive after a few listens . Komuro Tetsuya did an amazing job composing the majority bulk of material in Love songs but what I've heard in A ONE sounded like something he has composed before for ayumi .

It was great for JJ Lin to compose for ayumi as The GIFT is a nice change from the usual group of composers ayumi usually relies on . Honestly , what I hope to hear in ayumi's next studio album is that she should get other people to compose for her because if she keeps on relying on the same group of people , things will get stagnant musically .

That said , this's definitely not the last time I'll be seeing from her as her 5th mini album will be released on 5th Aug .

On that note , here's to the next anniversary coming from the Empress of JPop .


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Kis-My-Ft2 - Kiss Damashii

CD

CD + DVD A

CD + DVD B

Kiss Damashii is Kis-My-Ft2's 13th single & it was released last month on 25th March .

The group's 1st release of 2015 , the A-side is described as a rock & dance number .

This's their 3rd single used in the ads of Glico's Watering KISSMINT , after their 3rd single SHE ! HER ! HER ! & Ki・Su・U・Ma・I ~KISS YOUR MIND~ which's the 1st A-side of 7th single Ki・Su・U・Ma・I ~KISS YOUR MIND~ / S.O.S (Smile On Smile) .

After releasing the Christmas inspired single Thank you Jan ! , the guys return back to their roots in fine form as Kiss Damashii is an aggressive driven no. that's catchy & really suits their personalities . I like it on 1st listen so that's saying something .

There're a total of 3 B-sides found in the single . Shake Body !! was used in the ads of Kowa's Mushiyoke Touban .

Just like the A-side , Shake Body !! is another stellar dance no. . The song has more electro influences but it's definitely A-side worthy .

Sakura Hirari & Past & Future are only available in the CD only edition of the single . The Spring inspired Sakura Hirari slows things down considerably after 2 back to back dance no.s while Past & Future has a rather futuristic upbeat sound .

Experience the spirit of the kiss with Kis-My-Ft2 ! Their 1st single of 2015 Kiss Damashii is a spirited rock-dance no. that's guaranteed to keep fans happy in the dance floor .

The past 2 singles that Kis-My-Ft2 released were a bit on the weak side but thankfully that's not the case for Kiss Damashii as the A-side itself is strong/memorable while the B-sides are able to stand up if not be on par with Kiss Damashii .

Kiss Damashii is something I enjoy listening to & I'm sure this wouldn't be the last time I'll be seeing from Kis-My-Ft2 .


Saturday, April 04, 2015

CD Review :: Hilcrhyme - REVIVAL

CD

CD + DVD

1) New Era
2) Zoku・Ouin Kenbunroku -Mitou-
3) FLOWER BLOOM
4) Spirit Of Love
5) Kodou
6) YUKIDOKE
7) The Woman In The Elevator
8) R2 (Instrumental)
9) Summer Up
10) Travel Machine (DJ KATSU Electro Remix)

REVIVAL is Hilcrhyme's 6th album & it was released last week on 25th March .

The duo's latest album offering comes in about 1 year 1 month+ since the release of their previous album FIVE ZERO ONE .

In REVIVAL , the tracklist includes 2 singles & 3 B-sides .

The album's opening track , New Era is also the only new track to get a video which rightfully deserves to get 1 as it's a fast paced hip hop no. that's downright catchy to boot .

The next new track in REVIVAL , it's something titled Zoku・Ouin Kenbunroku -Mitou- . The live version of this song was included as a B-side in Hilcrhyme's 17th single YUKIDOKE .

Hearing the studio/CD version of Zoku・Ouin Kenbunroku -Mitou- , it's definitely another standout track in REVIAL . The only thing is that I wish the song could have been a bit longer as it ended abruptly as so but other than that , it's something I enjoy a lot .

FLOWER BLOOM is Hilcrhyme's 16th single & it was picked to be used in NTV's Music Dragon Dragon ・ Eye . In addition , this single was released last year to celebrate the duo's 5th anniversary in the business .

Track #4 Spirit Of Love is a cover of rock band Sing Like Talking in which this was released as their 20th single in 20 years ago on 24th Nov .

This's the 1st time for Hilcrhyme to include a cover in their albums & I was wondering how come lyrically this song sounded quite strange as it's not really their style . Turns out it's a cover after I did further checking into this .

Kodou was 1st included as the 2nd B-side in Hilcrhyme's 16th single FLOWER BLOOM & now it's included in the album as track #5 .

YUKIDOKE is Hilcrhyme's 17th single . This Winter inspired no. was the latest single released prior to REVIVAL .

The next song The Woman In The Elevator is another personal fave song of mine . If New Era didn't had a video , I feel that this mid tempo no. should get 1 as so , with it being 1 of the more slower sounding tracks in the album .

After R2 (Instrumental) which's an instrumental interlude , it's the 2nd last song in REVIVAL which's Summer up .

Summer up was 1st included as the 1st B-side in Hilcrhyme's 16th single FLOWER BLOOM . Between this & Kodou , I definitely prefer Summer up as this EDM inspired no. is still a good 1 to listen to .

The final track included in REVIVAL is a remix of the duo's 6th single Travel Machine .

In this case , Travel Machine (DJ KATSU Electro Remix) served as the closing no. of the album . This remix takes the original take of Travel Machine by a notch or 2 seeing that it's a lot more electro futuristic sounding .

Following their 1st time performing at Nippon Budokan , hip-hop duo Hilchryme is back with a brand new album REVIVAL prior to the commencement of Hilcrhyme Tour 2015 REVIVAL .

Frankly , REVIVAL is not a bad album but I think for longtime fans of the duo , they might find this album a bit short changed especially since it only has 10 tracks & after you take away the singles , B-sides , cover , instrumental , remix , you're left with 3 new original tracks .

I would like to see the guys included more new songs in REVIVAL because to me , 3 new no.s is not enough even though New Era , Zoku・Ouin Kenbunroku -Mitou- & The Woman In The Elevator are equally strong/memorable .

On whole , I think REVIVAL will leave people divided on opinions in that fans will like REVIVAL if they don't buy their singles seeing that 1/2 the tracklist consists of both singles + B-sides or fans will not like the album if they dislike the lack of original material .

For me , I'm somewhere in between .


Thursday, April 02, 2015

CD Review :: MUSCLE ATTACK - ATTACK

CD

CD + DVD

1) BREAKDOWN
2) BURNISH HEART
3) FLY !!
4) TWILIGHT
5) CELEBRATION
6) THIS IS DIE(T)
7) Cry Boy
8) REACH YOU
9) BRAND NEW DOOR

ATTACK is MUSCLE ATTACK's 2nd album & it was released last month on 4th March .

The group's debut album MUSCLE was released 2 years ago on 27th Nov .

Just like MUSCLE , ATTACK does not have any singles . Its lead album promo track is Cry Boy in which the band has been playing it at their live shows for a while back & it has gained popularity among their fans .

The following are songs that MUSCLE ATTACK performed live before in past concerts but are not included in ATTACK :

- WHO I AM
- CYCLE
- LIFE GOES ON ~Acoustic ver.~ {live version is included in the DVD footages of ATTACK}

The 1st 3 songs in ATTACK were written & composed by vocalist/guitarist SHINPEI . On 1st listen , BREAKDOWN sounded like an instrumental piece with random mumbling in the background but in actual fact there's lyrics accompanying the song .

On the other hand , BURNISH HEART & FLY !! are both back to back rock driven no.s .

Track #4 TWILIGHT was written & composed by bassist Jong . I think Jong is the 1 that sings in here because his singing voice is different from SHINPEI .

While the next song CELEBRATION was written & composed by guitarist Shunp . It's 1 of the slower sounding no.s in ATTACK & just like TWILIGHT , I have a feeling Shunp is the 1 singing in CELEBRATION .

THIS IS DIE(T) was written & composed by drummer HIDEHIRO . The shortest track in the album , it's also somewhat the most random sounding no. in ATTACK as well .

Cry Boy serves as the lead promo track in ATTACK & as expected , it's the most prominent sounding no. . A live video was made to accompany the song in which it deserves to have 1 .

The 2nd last song , REACH YOU is a slow down mid tempo no. just like CELEBRATION & in here , I think SHINPEI is the 1 singing it .

BRAND NEW DOOR is the final track in the album . Lyrics wise , it was written by SHINPEI while the melody was composed by Jong .

I had rather strange deja vu vibes when I heard BRAND NEW DOOR as it sounded very similar to MUSCLE's BYGONES . Let alone the fact that both tracks are incidentally the last song in each album but BRAND NEW DOOR itself is quite a good closing to ATTACK .

BREAKERZ's guitarist's SHINPEI's own band MUSCLE ATTACK (as part of BREAKERZ's own solo projects) released their 2nd music release ATTACK last month & for this album , I feel it showcased a certain amount of growth .

Let alone , ATTACK sees more personal input coming from each of the members unlike in MUSCLE where SHINPEI was the 1 that mainly did most of the writing and/or composing .

ATTACK probably could have been benefitted from including the songs that the band performed in their past live shows but are missing in the tracklist as I'm sure it will be a benefit for those whom weren't able to see them live in performance .

But on whole , ATTACK is quite a good step up or 2 from MUSCLE . And for that it's worth commending .


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CD Review :: Koda Kumi - WALK OF MY LIFE

CD

CD + DVD

CD + Blu-ray

1) Introduction ~WALK OF MY LIFE~
2) Dance In The Rain
3) Lippy
4) Mercedes
5) Like It
6) House Party
7) Interlude ~Dance~
8) HOTEL
9) Gimme U
10) You can keep up with me
11) MONEY IN MY BAG
12) PIECE IN THE PUZZLE
13) Fake Tongue
14) Sometimes Dreams Come True
15) LIFE so GOOD !!
16) WALK OF MY LIFE

WALK OF MY LIFE is Koda Kumi's 12th album & it was released on 18th March .

Koda's latest album offering was released 1 year 1 month+ since her previous album Bon Voyage . HOTEL is the only single included in WALK OF MY LIFE . SO FEVER , Kimi Omoi & NEVER GIVE IT UP from FEVER KODA KUMI LEGEND LIVE are not included in the album .

2 album tracks Like It & WALK OF MY LIFE (the song) received music videos .

With regards to WALK OF MY LIFE , Koda commented , "At the time of my debut , I didn't know left from right . There was also a time when I hesitated and worried about whether my music was right or wrong & how Koda Kumi should be . What I think about now in my 14th year is : 'it's not about what people think , but about how I've lived my life' . You only live once . Your efforts , as well as setbacks & sufferings ; they all become food for you . This is an album that condenses the path that Koda Kumi has walked on until now added with a new essence ."

Introduction ~WALK OF MY LIFE~ served as the opening no. of the album & the next song following it is Dance In The Rain .

Dance In The Rain was released as an exclusive single that's only available for sale via Koda's fanclub . A danceable number sung emotionally by Koda , I'm glad to see the song in the album as I like it the 1st time I heard it .

Lippy , Mercedes & Like It are the 1st 3 new album tracks in which Like It is the 1st of 2 songs that received a video .

Prior to the physical release of WALK OF MY LIFE , Like It was released digitally on 11th March .

Each of the songs have a distinct R&B flair . I didn't liked Lippy & Like It that much as I thought both tracks sounded quite annoying but along the way my opinion towards them have changed .

Likewise , I wasn't sure what to expect from Mercedes as the song title itself is quite amusing but it's quite a good upbeat R&B no. .

House Party follows after Like It & this's 1 of my fave new songs in the album . As the song title suggests , it's a party track that's fun & easy to get into .

Interlude ~Dance~ serves as the album's interlude & to me this should have been a full track as it had potential to be a song instead of being just an interlude .

HOTEL is Koda's 57th single & it's the only single that's included in WALK OF MY LIFE .

The song was picked to be used to promote NTV's Sukkiri!! & it's described as a Summer tune in which it's a mid-tempo dance song that showcases a more mature side of Koda .

HOTEL is a medium tempo no. with a mixture of different music genres such as Reggae , Soul , R&B & Hip Hop .

Gimme U & You can keep up with me are the next 2 album tracks . Koda always tend to include cutesy inspired tracks in her albums & Gimme U is no exception .

But unlike her previous cutesy inspired no. , Gimme U ain't so bad . On the other hand , You can keep up with me is quite jarring as the melody is extremely loud & it's 1 of the more in your face tracks in the album .

MONEY IN MY BAG served as the B-side in Koda's 57th single HOTEL . Prior to the release of WALK OF MY LIFE , the video for this Hip Hop R&B no. was only included in the fanclub edition of HOTEL but it's made available in the DVD/Blu-ray of the album .

PIECE IN THE PUZZLE is my next fave track in the album as it's something that I like on 1st listen . Frankly a video should have been made for this song as it has a really catchy melody .

As for Fake Tongue , it's also pretty good & it showcased Koda's powerful vocals quite well .

Sometimes Dreams Come True is 1 of the rare album tracks that doesn't have a strong R&B sound . Instead it's a mid tempo guitar driven no. which's nice even though the ending's something I don't quite like .

The 2nd last track , LIFE so GOOD !! is another cutesy inspired no. just like Gimme U . I don't like the opening of LIFE so GOOD !! that much but the main basis of the song is ok .

Served as the final track in the tracklist & sharing the same title as the album , it's WALK OF MY LIFE (the song) & it's the 2nd track to get a video after Like It .

Prior to the physical release of the album , WALK OF MY LIFE (the song) was released digitally on 4th March .

A powerful ballad which Koda created as a memorial for her 15th anniversary , Koda's commented , "Facing my 14th year , I feel like what is written on the lyrics ; "It's not about what people think , it's about how you lived" . Life happens only once & time won't come back , so I want to live the way I myself can accept . I want to be a powerful woman as "Koda Kumi" & I feel even more strongly that I want to give people strength with my music . WALK OF MY LIFE is a sequel to walk (included as track #14 in Koda's debut album affection) & it's a song I wrote imagining Koda Kumi 10 , 15 years from now on . Including the word "walk" , this song is 1 where I included the road I have walked up until now ."

This year is Koda Kumi's 15th anniversary since her music debut & the release of her latest album WALK OF MY LIFE signifies an early start of celebration in her impending important milestone in the music business .

I was genuinely surprised with what WALK OF MY LIFE offered because unlike Koda's previous albums , it's a very different album that she has released this time round .

Different in the sense that WALK OF MY LIFE is a lot more Urban sounding which in the process , the album tracks are less mainstream sounding . Before hearing it , I was skeptical as there's only 1 single in the album (not counting Dance In The Rain) & let alone the new album tracks more or less have very boring/genetic sounding titles .

Thankfully on whole , WALK OF MY LIFE is quite a strong sounding album . A common problem with some of Koda's past albums is that sound consistency wise , it's not there as usually her singles tend to be good but most of the time it's the album tracks that just pulls everything down .

That's not to say WALK OF MY LIFE doesn't have any flaws . To me , 1 problem I noticed regarding the songs in the album is that some of the tracks tend to over repeat a bit too much when comes to the chorus portions which I find it very un-necessary .

I'm sure WALK OF MY LIFE will have fans being divided because I suppose if fans like mainstream music , then most probably this might not be something they will not enjoy .

But for me , I'm quite pleased with what WALK OF MY LIFE offers & I guess at the end of the day , Koda probably wants to go back to her music roots which served her well .

On that note , happy 15th anniversary to Koda & may there be many more happy anniversaries from her !


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

SPYAIR - ROCKIN' OUT

Cover for both CD & CD + DVD editions

1) ROCKIN' OUT
2) GLORY (Live at Zepp DiverCity 2014.12.30)
3) ROCKIN' OUT (inst.)

ROCKIN' OUT is SPYAIR's 15th single & it was released today on 25th March .

The group's 1st release of 2015 , ROCKIN' OUT was produced by Oshima Kosuke & it's described as an aggressive rock no. that signals a new musical approach for the band .

The single includes a live version of GLORY that was recorded from 30th Dec 2014's SPYAIR LIVE 2014 ~Fukkatsu~ sold out concert that was held at Tokyo's Zepp DiverCity .

After SPYAIR released their 1st best album BEST , I began to ponder on what will be their next move & thank goodness with the release of ROCKIN' OUT , they're not taking a hiatus anytime soon .

True to the song title , ROCKIN' OUT adds another cap to the group's discography with it being a tune that anyone can literally rock out to & have a great time while hearing it .

A song worth checking out & the video that accompanied the A-side is easily their best to date .



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# Miliyah Kato x Shota Shimizu's THE BEST 2 MAN TOUR 2014 DVD + Blu-ray , 220415 , Wed

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# INKT's 2nd album Physalis , 250415 , Sat

# Kanon Wakeshima's 7th single RIGHT LIGHT RISE , 290415 , Wed

# Hey ! Say ! JUMP's 14th single Chau# / Wo I Need You , 290415 , Wed

# V6's 45th single Timeless , 080515 , Fri

# flumpool's concept disc FOUR ROOMS , 130515 , Wed

# GLAY's 20th Anniversary LIVE BOX VOL.2 DVD + Blu-ray , 130515 , Wed

# Tegomass's Tegomass 4th Live Tegomass no Seishun DVD + Blu-ray , 130515 , Wed

# UVERworld's 27th single title tbc , 130515 , Wed

# ARASHI's 46th single Aozora no Shita, Kimi no Tonari , 130515 , Wed

# BREAKERZ's 15th single WE GO , 200515 , Wed

# Yamashita Tomohisa's TOMOHISA YAMASHITA in LA -Document of "YOUR STEP"-COMPLETE VERSION , 200515 , Wed

# GLAY's 52nd single HEROES / Binetsu (A)girl Summer / Tsuzureori ~so far and yet so close~ , 250515 , Mon

# Namie Amuro's 11th album _genic , 100615 , Wed

# BENI's 1st mini album Forever EP , 170615 , Wed

# BREAKERZ's 6th album title tbc , release in July

# ayumi hamasaki's 5th mini album title tbc , 050815 , Wed




Album Reviews


# THE TURTLES JAPAN - ELECTRONIC HUMANITY

# ayumi hamasaki - A ONE

# Hilcrhyme - REVIVAL

# MUSCLE ATTACK - ATTACK

# Koda Kumi - WALK OF MY LIFE

# B'z - EPIC DAY

# Acid Black Cherry - L

# Kanon Wakeshima - Tsukinami

# NEWS - White

# FLOWER FLOWER - Shiki EP

# AKi - ARISE

# FLOWER FLOWER - Mi

# ARASHI - THE DIGITALIAN

# Anna Tsuchiya - LUCIFER EP

# Yamashita Tomohisa - YOU

# Aoyama Thelma - Lonely Angel

# Yamashita Tomohisa - Asobi EP

# Kis-My-Ft2 - Kis-My-Journey

# ayumi hamasaki - Colours

# KAT-TUN - come Here

# Hey ! Say ! JUMP - smart

# Fukuyama Masaharu - HUMAN

# Miliyah Kato x Shota Shimizu - THE BEST

# JASMINE - Welcome to Jas Vegas

# SID - OUTSIDER

# Shota Shimizu - ENCORE

# Hilcrhyme - FIVE ZERO ONE

# DAIGO - DAIGOLD

# Koda Kumi - Bon Voyage

# Tegomass - Tegomass no Seishun

# MUSCLE ATTACK - MUSCLE

# KAT-TUN - Kusabi -kusabi- EP

# ARASHI - LOVE

# Yamashita Tomohisa - A NUDE

# Matsushita Yuya - #musicoverdose

# JASMINE - Complexxx

# SPYAIR - MILLION

# BENI - Red

# ON/OFF - DICE EP

# NEWS - NEWS

# Namie Amuro - FEEL

# AKIHIDE - Amber

# Kis-My-Ft2 - Good Ikuze !

# girl next door - Life of Sound

# V6 - Oh ! My ! Goodness !

# ayumi hamasaki - LOVE again

# Mika Nakashima - REAL

# flumpool - experience

# ayumi hamasaki - again EP

# Hilcrhyme - LIKE A NOVEL

# ayumi hamasaki - LOVE EP

# ARASHI - Popcorn

# Domoto Koichi - Gravity

# SPYAIR - Just Do It

# SID - M&W

# Yamashita Tomohisa - Ero

# Namie Amuro - Uncontrolled

# Hey ! Say ! JUMP - JUMP WORLD

# Kis-My-Ft2 - Kis-My-1st

# Acid Black Cherry - 『2012』

# Shota Shimizu - Naturally

# ayumi hamasaki - Party Queen

# Matsushita Yuya - 2U

# KAT-TUN - CHAIN

# Kuroki Meisa - UNLOCKED

# L'Arc~en~Ciel - BUTTERFLY

# ayaka - The beginning

# Koda Kumi - JAPONESQUE

# Kuriyama Chiaki - CIRCUS Deluxe Edition

# girl next door - Agaruneku !

# Hilcrhyme - RISING

# ON/OFF - Legend Of Twins II -Zoku Futago Densetsu-

# BENI - Fortune

# YUI - HOW CRAZY YOUR LOVE

# Saito Kazuyoshi - 45 STONES

# Tegomass - Tegomass no Mahou

# SPYAIR - Rockin' the World

# BREAKERZ - GO

# ayumi hamasaki - FIVE EP

# B'z - C'mon

# School Food Punishment - Prog-Roid

# ARASHI - Beautiful World

# Aoyama Thelma - WILL

# Ken Hirai - JAPANESE SINGER

# GIRL NEXT DOOR - Destination

# Tackey & Tsubasa - TRIP & TREASURE EP

# Shota Shimizu - COLORS

# Koda Kumi - Dejavu

# SID - dead stock

# flumpool - Fantasia of Life Stripe

# Yamashita Tomohisa - SUPERGOOD , SUPERBAD

# Kuroki Meisa - MAGAZINE

# ayumi hamasaki - Love songs

# BENI - Jewel

# Hilcrhyme - MESSAGE

# Saito Kazuyoshi - ARE YOU READY ?

# Mika Nakashima - STAR

# Kanjani∞ - 8UPPERS (Pacchi Uppers)

# GLAY - GLAY

# Anna Tsuchiya - RULE

# NEWS - LIVE

# JASMINE - GOLD

# Domoto Koichi - BPM

# Aoyama Thelma - LOVE ! 2

# Hilcrhyme - Recital

# ARASHI - Boku no Miteiru Fukei

# Kanon Wakeshima - Shoujo Shikake no Libretto ~LOLITAWORK LIBRETTO~

# YUI - HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN

# Hey ! Say ! JUMP - JUMP NO.1

# KAT-TUN - NO MORE PAIИ

# BENI - Lovebox

# Matsushita Yuya - I AM ME

# Acid Black Cherry - Q.E.D.

# Acid Black Cherry - BLACK LIST

# school food punishment - amp-reflection

# Tegomass - Tegomass no Ai EP

# BREAKERZ - B.R.Z ACOUSTIC EP

# ayumi hamasaki - Rock'n'Roll Circus

# V6 - READY ?

# DAIGO☆STARDUST - HELLO CRAZY GENTLEMAN

# DAIGO☆STARDUST - The space toy

# Shota Shimizu - Journey

# Koda Kumi - UNIVERSE

# NEVER LAND - Beautiful Days EP

# abingdon boys school - ABINGDON ROAD

# BENI - Bitter & Sweet

# GIRL NEXT DOOR - NEXT FUTURE

# LANDS - Olympos EP

# flumpool - What's flumpool !?

# Kuroki Meisa - ATTITUDE EP

# Yusuke - Ano .. Konnan Dekimashita Kedo.

# KinKi Kids - J album

# Namie Amuro - PAST < FUTURE

# BREAKERZ - FIGHTERZ

# alan - my life

# LOVE - LOVE.IT EP

# B'z - MAGIC

# Dew - PRESENT

# Saito Kazuyoshi - Tsuki ga Noboreba

# Aoyama Thelma - Emotions

# SID - hikari

# Kobukuro - CALLING

# Domoto Koichi - mirror

# Tegomass - Tegomass no Uta

# ON / OFF - Legend Of Twins I -Futago Densetsu-

# Fukuyama Masaharu - Zankyou

# Kanon Wakeshima - Shinshoku Dolce

# GReeeeN - Shio , Koshou -SALT & PEPPER-

# flumpool - Unreal EP

# Yuna Ito - DREAM

# Kanjani∞ - PUZZLE

# KAT-TUN - Break the Records -by you & for you-

# Kuroki Meisa - hellcat EP

# Kanjani∞ - KJ2 Zukkoke Daidassou

# ayumi hamasaki - NEXT LEVEL

# Utada Hikaru - DEEP RIVER

# Utada - This Is The One

# Kanjani∞ - KJ1 F·T·O

# ARASHI - Dream"A"Live

# Kanjani∞ - Kansha ni Eight EP

# alan - Voice of EARTH

# Aoyama Thelma - LOVE !

# Koda Kumi - TRICK

# Aoyama Thelma - DIARY

# YUI - I LOVED YESTERDAY

# YUI - CAN'T BUY MY LOVE

# BREAKERZ - BREAKERZ

# GIRL NEXT DOOR - GIRL NEXT DOOR

# GReeeeN - A , Domo. Ohisashiburi Desu

# YUI - FROM ME TO YOU

# GReeeeN - A , Domo. Hajimemashite

# BREAKERZ - CRASH & BUILD

# ai otsuka - LOVE LETTER

# Mika Nakashima - VOICE

# BREAKERZ - BIG BANG !

# NEWS - color

# Anna Tsuchiya - NUDY SHOW !

# Soundtrack Of High School Musical 3 : Senior Year

# L'Arc~en~Ciel - KISS

# BREAKERZ - Ao no Mirai EP

# ai otsuka - LOVE PUNCH

# ai otsuka - LOVE COOK

# ai otsuka - LOVE JAM

# KAT-TUN - cartoon KAT-TUN II You

# OLIVIA - Trinka Trinka EP

# NEWS - touch

# NEWS - pacific

# ARASHI - Iza , Now

# ARASHI - One

# NANA Triple Billing

# OLIVIA - The Cloudy Dreamer EP

# Anna Tsuchiya - strip me ?

# ARASHI - ARASHIC

# KAT-TUN - Best of KAT-TUN

# Anna Tsuchiya - Taste My Beat EP

# ARASHI - Time

# Electrico - We Satellites

# ayaka - Sing to the Sky

# ayaka - First Message

# KAT-TUN - KAT-TUN III -QUEEN OF PIRATES-

# Koda Kumi - BEST ~BOUNCE & LOVERS~

# Jesse McCartney - Departure

# The Veronicas - Hook Me Up

# Ken Hirai - LIFE is ...

# Ashlee Simpson - Bittersweet World

# Ken Hirai - gaining through losing

# Yuna Ito - HEART

# Utada Hikaru - HEART STATION

# Ken Hirai - FAKIN' POP

#
Yuna Ito - WISH

# Ken Hirai - SENTIMENTALovers

# Koda Kumi - Kingdom

# ayumi hamasaki - GUILTY

# ai otsuka - LOVE PiECE

# abingdon boys school - abingdon boys school

# ayumi hamasaki - I am ...

# ayumi hamasaki - RAINBOW

# The Great Spy Experiment - Flower Show Riots

# Koda Kumi - BEST ~second session~

# The Click Five - Modern Minds And Pastimes

# Soundtrack Of High School Musical 2

# Koda Kumi - Black Cherry

# Namie Amuro - PLAY

# Maroon 5 - It Wouldn't Be Soon Before Long

# ayumi hamasaki - Memorial address EP

# NANA starring Mika Nakashima - THE END

# Mika Nakashima - YES

# Jamie Michael - People Watching

# ayumi hamasaki - A BEST 2 -BLACK- & A BEST 2 -WHITE-

# ayumi hamasaki - (miss)understood

# ayumi hamasaki - Duty & MY STORY

# Muse - Blackholes And Relevations

# Utada Hikaru - ULTRA BLUE

# ayumi hamasaki - Secret

# Utada - Exodus

# Vanessa Hudgens - V

# The Veronicas - The Secret Life Of The Veronicas

# Jesse McCartney - Right Where You Want Me

# Maksim - Electrik

# McFly - Motion In The Ocean




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