Friday, December 06, 2013
Aqua Timez - Eden
2) Cranberry Jam
3) The FANtastic Journey
4) Eden (LITTLE PARADE session)
5) Eden (Instrumental)
CD Limited (available until 27th Dec)
2) Cranberry Jam
3) The FANtastic Journey
4) Eden (LITTLE PARADE session)
5) Eden (Instrumental)
6) Eden (Anime Version)
Eden is Aqua Timez's 16th single & it was released last month on 27th Nov .
The group's last single release was last Aug's Tsubomi & Eden was picked to be used as the ending theme song for the anime Magi : The Kingdom of Magic .
Aqua Timez vocalist Futoshi acknowledged that the group created Eden before they were aware of Magi , so they were surprised & thrilled that it was linked to the world of Magi , by chance or by fate .
Eden was released on the same day as the group's latest DVD/Blu-ray "because we are we" tour 2012-2013 .
Aqua Timez always has a knack for releasing inspirational if not heartfelt songs , no exception this time round for Eden which's such an enduring ballad .
It's quite hard to believe Eden is their only new single release offering for 2013 as they spent most of last year until this year in touring but that said , it's always great to have their songs on my playlist & they're 1 of the few artistes that can/will not go wrong with me .
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
GLAY - DIAMOND SKIN / Niji no Pocket / CRAZY DANCE
3 alternate jacket covers applies for both CD & CD + DVD editions
1) DIAMOND SKIN
2) Niji no Pocket
3) CRAZY DANCE
DIAMOND SKIN / Niji no Pocket / CRAZY DANCE is GLAY's 49th single & it was released last month on 27th Nov .
The group's latest single comes in 4 months + since the release of their previous single DARK RIVER / Eternally / Tokei .
DIAMOND SKIN / Niji no Pocket / CRAZY DANCE is produced by Sakuma Masahide . The 1st A-side DIAMOND SKIN is used as 1 of the songs in Capcom's 1st music game CROSS×BEATS .
CROSS×BEATS is a music game for smart phones where you tap , flick or hold the screen when the "arrows of light" intersect .
The 2nd A-side Niji no Pocket was used in the ads for Yokohama Rubber Company's studless tire iceGUARD 5 . The song was 1st released digitally on 2nd Oct .
Niji no Pocket is described as a medium-tempo number with a driving feeling . It's perfect for the ads that shows the high performance of iceGUARD 5 & the ads started airing from August 15 in Hokkaido .
On the other hand , the last A-side CRAZY DANCE was one of the 1st few songs GLAY composed when they were in Hakodate & it's also the shortest song in the single , clocking in under 2 mins .
Just like DARK RIVER / Eternally / Tokei , I enjoyed what DIAMOND SKIN / Niji no Pocket / CRAZY DANCE offers . Unlike their previous triple A-side single which're 3 different ballads , their single this time round offers something for everyone to listen to .
Except for CRAZY DANCE which I don't really like , I like what DIAMOND SKIN & Niji no Pocket brings to the table . GLAY has had a relatively fruitful 2013 & for them to wrap up 2013 with DIAMOND SKIN / Niji no Pocket / CRAZY DANCE , it's definitely a good thing & I can't wait to see what else they have in store in 2014 .
Saturday, November 30, 2013
girl next door - URBAN DANCE
girl next door THE LAST ~ALBUM COLLECTION~
3CDs - contains all album tracks from their 5 studio albums + remixes
girl next door THE LAST ~A-SIDE SINGLE BEST~
2CDs - contains all A-sides from their 16 single releases + a new song titled URBAN DANCE
girl next door THE LAST ~UPPER & BALLAD SELECTION~
2CDs + DVD
Disc 1 -> uptempo singles + album tracks [+ new song URBAN DANCE]
Disc 2 -> ballad singles + album tracks
DVD - uptempo & ballad single videos + URBAN DANCE video
girl next door THE LAST ~PREMIUM COMPLETE BOX~ A-SIDE SINGLE BEST + ALBUM COLLECTION
9CDs + 5DVDs
Tracklist for all 4 editions of the best album - http://girlnextdoor.jp/discography/
URBAN DANCE is a new song that's included in girl next door's final release girl next door THE LAST .
girl next door THE LAST was released last week on 20th Nov in 4 different editions , namely
- girl next door THE LAST ~ALBUM COLLECTION~
- girl next door THE LAST ~A-SIDE SINGLE BEST~
- girl next door THE LAST ~UPPER & BALLAD SELECTION~
- girl next door THE LAST ~PREMIUM COMPLETE BOX~ A-SIDE SINGLE BEST + ALBUM COLLECTION
On 3rd Sept , it was announced on their website that they will be disbanding end of the year & they will be holding their final live concert together as a trio next month on 8th Dec at Tokyo's SHIBUYA-AX .
Lead vocalist Chisa will stop her showbiz related activities after that to focus in starting a family as she's expecting her 1st child with her husband , Olympic gold medalist swimmer Kitajima Kosuke .
When I found out that girl next door are going to be disbanding , I had a mixture of both sadness & expectedness in that they've been 1 of the artistes I've been supporting/following since their 2008 debut single .
But at the same time , I also kind of expected this to happen as in recent times , their charting power on Oricon (let alone music style/direction at times) have been stagnated & coming from a long time fan like myself , it's really unfortunate .
That said , I really like URBAN DANCE as it does have some Winter flair going on in it . It's not as out right Winter inspired as their other songs but it's still a fun catchy no. .
Savour URBAN DANCE if not girl next door THE LAST on the very best of what girl next door has to offer for the past 5 years of the band's activity .
I wish each of them all the best of luck to their future endeavours & as a fan of theirs , it has been an honour in supporting them .
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Acid Black Cherry - Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat~
CD + DVD
1) Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat~
2) Seishun no Regret
Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat~ is Acid Black Cherry's 17th single & it was released last week on 20th Nov .
Acid Black Cherry's latest single offering comes in 3 months + since the release of their previous single Greed Greed Greed . yasu started his Shangri-la project by releasing Greed Greed Greed & Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat~ is the 2nd part of this project .
Aside from the main A-side , Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat~ includes a cover of Matsutoya Yumi's Seishun no Regret which she provided for Reimy back in 1984 & Acid Black Cherry's rendition of Seishun no Regret will not be reviewed .
Regarding Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat~ , yasu commented , "You'll think it's black cat-like when you listen to it ."
To be frank , I didn't really like Greed Greed Greed that much but I must say that Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat~ is an absolute delight to listen to !
Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat~ is an upbeat rock number which's infused with big band jazz elements & in the process , yasu created a fun song that fits his Shangri-la project perfectly .
I really enjoy Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat~ a great deal & it feels like a combination of yasu's past singles , sound wise & his latest single is Black Cherry meets Chou since both songs are in almost the same music genre as Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat~ .
With such an entertaining song like this , it's definitely not hard to like Kuroneko ~Adult Black Cat~ immediately that's for sure !
Sunday, November 24, 2013
BENI - Konayuki
2) Konayuki instrumental
Konayuki is BENI's 17th single & it was released on 20th Nov .
BENI's latest single offering comes about 4 months + since the release of her 5th album Red & unlike her previous singles , there're no B-sides available in Konayuki .
Konayuki is a cover of rock band Remioromen's 8th single of the same name . For Remioromen's version , Konayuki was released on 16th Nov 2005 in which the song was used for the drama Ichi Rittoru no Namida as an insert no. .
I never heard the original version sung by Remioromen but from what I understand , their version is 1 of their most prominent songs in their discography & let alone considering it was used to promote Ichi Rittoru no Namida , it's saying a lot .
For BENI to cover Konayuki & sung it completely in English , it's a refreshing take on things as from her perspective , she took the non conventional route to cover songs & singing them from Japanese to English , same as what she has done for her 1st 2 cover albums .
And to me , I think her version of Konayuki is not bad , it's just that length wise it could have been shorter . In addition , I feel that certain parts of the song sound quite awkward to me but other than that , I do enjoy this upbeat Winter version of her rendition of Remioromen's Konayuki .
BENI's 3rd cover album COVERS 3 will be released next month on 11th Dec & her cover of Konayuki will be included in the album as track #1 .
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Kis-My-Ft2 - SNOW DOME no Yakusoku / Luv Sick
From left to right : CD + DVD A , CD + DVD B & CD Only
SNOW DOME no Yakusoku / Luv Sick is Kis-My-Ft2's 9th single & it was released last week on 13th Nov .
The group's latest offering comes in 3 months + since the release of their previous single Kimi to no Kiseki & SNOW DOME no Yakusoku / Luv Sick is their overall 4th double A-side single .
The 1st A-side SNOW DOME no Yakusoku was picked to be used in the ads for Seven Eleven's Seven Eleven Fair & this Winter ballad was written by TRICERATOPS' vocalist Wada Sho .
On the other hand , the 2nd A-side Luv Sick was picked to be used as the theme song for the drama Kamen Teacher starring member Fujigaya Taisuke .
Kis-My-Ft2's past double A-side single offerings were really good & no exception this time round for SNOW DOME no Yakusoku / Luv Sick which each song presents a very different musical side of the guys .
SNOW DOME no Yakusoku is their 1st Winter inspired no. & it's a heart enduring ballad which's completely different from what Luv Sick offers .
For Luv Sick , it presents what Kis-My-Ft2 does best which's a no nonsense in your face rock no. that's aggressive that contrasts SNOW DOME no Yakusoku extremely well .
Motetaize Tonight is the only B-side available in the single & this song's only found in the CD only edition of SNOW DOME no Yakusoku / Luv Sick .
Promo wise , Motetaize Tonight was picked to be used as the theme song for NTV's Saiban Nagatsu ! Onaka Akimashita ! starring leader Kitayama Hiromitsu .
To me , Motetaize Tonight is a fun B-side & it's just 1 of those songs that puts me in a good mood so I don't really have any complaints towards it .
Kis-My-Ft2 wraps up their 2013 with their latest single release SNOW DOME no Yakusoku / Luv Sick & from each release to the next , they've been going on strong seeing that this year , they've put out quite a considerably number of releases .
And if their 2014 release schedule will continue to be around the same as 2012/2013 , then I guess their 10th single release should be out on Feb 2014 followed by a 3rd album release in March 2014 .
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
SPYAIR - JUST ONE LIFE
Cover for both CD & CD + DVD editions
1) JUST ONE LIFE
3) JUST ONE LIFE (inst.)
4) Radio (inst.)
JUST ONE LIFE is SPYAIR's 13th single & it was released last week on 13th Nov .
The group's latest single offering comes in about 4 months + since the release of their 3rd album MILLION .
JUST ONE LIFE was picked to be used as the opening theme song for the anime Samurai Flamenco & it's a rock tune that was produced by agehasprings's Tamai Ken .
Bassist/leader MOMIKEN commented on JUST ONE LIFE , "It would make me happy if the song would become a source of courage & power for people living out each day to best of their abilities ."
Radio serves as the B-side in the single & this no. was selected to be used as ZIP-FM20 anniversary collaboration song .
With JUST ONE LIFE being a straight up no nonsense rock tune from the guys , Radio presents itself to be on the uplifting cheery side , making this song a really good contrast against the A-side .
2013 is a very productive year for SPYAIR with them putting out many releases back to back with JUST ONE LIFE assumingly their last release for the year .
While I do enjoy JUST ONE LIFE overall , I hope that in 2014 the guys will slow down the pace in releasing their material as I notice/feel their recent material is starting to lose a bit of edge as compared to their older works which were more prominent/distinct .
In the midst of SPYAIR releasing their material quite considerably fast , I feel that in the process the quality of their songs suffered .
That said , I still think they're great . I just hope that next year , they will take their own time/pace to put out material as even sometimes I do find it hard to keep up the pace with them as evident since last year until now .