Sunday, October 23, 2016
Mika Nakashima - Alone
Alone is a new song that's included in SONGBOOK Amanojaku released by Mika Nakashima .
SONGBOOK Amanojaku is a hard copy book that was released on 5th Oct . This release was to celebrate Mika's 15th anniversary in the business & it includes a CD .
Alone is the only new song included in the CD .
I like Alone for its simplicity as it's just a piano backing Mika up . In addition , Mika showcases a vulnerable emotional side in the song .
SONGBOOK Amanojaku is an interesting release although if you only want to get hold of Alone , the only way to do so is to buy the book seeing as for some odd reason , the CD is not sold online .
And in other news , Mika will release her 40th single Forget Me Not next month on 2nd Nov .
Monday, October 17, 2016
Shota Shimizu - My Boo
Cover for both CD & CD + DVD editions
1) My Boo
2) milk tea
3) Damage -KSUKE Remix-
4) My Boo -Instrumental-
My Boo is Shota Shimizu's 21st single & it was released on 5th Oct .
Shota released his 6th album PROUD was released in March .
The A-side is described as a message song to loved ones & for that important person in life .
2 B-sides are included in My Boo . The 1st 1 is something titled milk tea which has a soothing calming approach that contrasts the A-side quite well .
Damage -KSUKE Remix- is the 2nd B-side in the single & this's a remix of Shota's previous single .
I kind of like Damage but in this case I'm not feeling the remix that much even though it's a lot more upbeat & dance driven . But given a choice , I will stick to the original take of the song .
Overall , I think My Boo is not bad although at this point in time , I wish Shota would consider to cut down on the usage of auto tune in his music as he went overboard with it in PROUD & also for his recent single songs (except for Hanataba no Kawari ni Melody wo) .
Some of Shota's best single songs does not contain auto tune & while I like it myself , times like this I hope he can consider to scale it down as sometimes too much of a good thing gives way to something not positive .
Friday, October 14, 2016
B'z - Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru
Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru is a song by B'z which was released digitally on 4th Oct .
This song was picked to be used in promoting the Detective Conan : The Darkest Nightmare movie . Right now , it's currently used as the opening theme for the Detective Conan anime .
Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru itself is quite good . It has a nice sweeping grand melody & at the same time , it sounds empowering too .
I'm not sure B'z they chose to release Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru digitally but I suppose they have no time to make a video accompanying it seeing that they have been doing solo projects this year which sets to continue until next year .
The duo's last physical single release was last June's RED so for them to be finally back with something new despite it not being a physical release , it's better than nothing .
Until then , I make do with Sekai wa Anata no Iro ni Naru & I'm sure B'z will return back soon to put out a proper physical release .
Saturday, October 08, 2016
ayumi hamasaki - We are the QUEENS
We are the QUEENS is a song by ayumi hamasaki & it was released digitally last month on 30th Sept .
This song was selected to promote the mobile game CLASH OF QUEENS with ayumi appearing in the ads herself .
Before hearing We are the QUEENS , I was expecting it to be quite grand sounding & the introduction has an instrumental piece that sounds straight out of the medieval times which goes well with the theme/concept of what the song was used to promote in the 1st place .
We are the QUEENS definitely has a game oriented sound which I'm not sure if that's good or bad . The only thing I dislike slightly is I wished the grand orchestra sounding aspects would have been kept a lot more instead of it only being utilised as the introduction .
It reminds to be seen if We are the QUEENS will be included in a future physical release of ayumi but most probably it will happen .
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Saito Kazuyoshi - Ikisaki wa Mirai
Ikisaki wa Mirai is a digital single by Saito Kazuyoshi & it was released last month on 9th Sept .
The song was used as the theme song for the movie Cho Kosoku! Sankin Kotai Returns starring Hey ! Say ! JUMP's Chinen Yuri .
Ikisaki wa Mirai gives off happy positive vibes as it's what Saito does best which he kept things short & sweet . I actually wished this song was a bit shorter as it's under 3 1/2 minutes .
Also I'm not sure if it's just me but seeing that Ikisaki wa Mirai is made available digitally , it's somewhat borderlines towards a live recording in the studio but aside from this , this song's not bad coming from Saito .
Friday, September 30, 2016
DAIGO - Wanda Nanda!?
CD + DVD Regular
CD + DVD Limited
Wanda Nanda!? is a song by DAIGO that was used in the TBS anime Kamiwaza Wanda .
This song was included in the Kamiwaza・Wanda SONG COLLECTION ~Wanda Nanda!?~ compilation album which was released on 21st Sept .
I think there's a pretty clear reason on why Wanda Nanda!? isn't released as part of DAIGO's solo release because I frankly don't think it's single material unlike ULTRA BRAVE which was also released in a compilation album which subsequently wasn't released as part of DAIGO's solo discography .
Prior to K S K , I thought DAIGO might release Wanda Nanda!? as his next solo single but end of the day in a way I'm glad he didn't & for once I don't mind this was released as part of Kamiwaza・Wanda SONG COLLECTION ~Wanda Nanda!?~ .
Wanda Nanda!? is meant not to be taken seriously & this's to fit the theme/story plot of Kamiwaza Wanda but given a choice , I would rather listen to other solo songs of DAIGO's instead as he has many better material & not this .
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
ARASHI - Power of the Paradise
CD + DVD
Power of the Paradise is ARASHI's 50th single & it was released last week on 14th Sept .
This single was released 4 months + since their previous single I seek / Daylight .
Power of the Paradise was used as NTV's theme song in covering the 2016 Summer Olympics that was held this year at Rio de Janeiro , Brazil . Member Sakurai Sho served as the main caster .
Past NTV Olympics coverage songs by ARASHI include :
2004 Summer Olympics (held in Athens , Greece) - Hero (2nd A-side of 13th single Hitomi no Naka no Galaxy / Hero)
2008 Summer Olympics (held in Beijing , China) - Kaze no Mukou e (2nd A-side of 23rd single truth / Kaze no Mukou e)
2010 Winter Olympics (held in Vancouver , Canada) - Yurase Ima wo (1st B-side in 29th single Troublemaker)
2012 Summer Olympics (held in London , England) - Akashi (track #15 in 11th album Popcorn)
2014 Winter Olympics (held in Sochi , Russia) - Road to Glory (1st B-side in 42nd single Bittersweet)
The A-side is described as a support song for the athletes as well as for all the people who keep on challenging . It has a positive vibe that wraps around you with refreshing vigour & kindness .
This time round , there's only 1 B-side made available in Power of the Paradise . Titled Hana , this ballad is only available in the CD only edition of the single .
Arashi channels the Power of the Paradise in their 50th single . Backed by a refreshing & resonant sound of strings + percussion , the uplifting track centres on courage & power .
Way before Power of the Paradise had the CD treatment , I already liked the song the 1st time ARASHI debuted it during NTV's THE MUSIC DAY Natsu no Hajimari. in July as normally , they don't tend to debut a new song live on TV shows before an official CD release .
To me it would have been better if Power of the Paradise was released during the Olympics coverage as releasing it now is a bit too late but aside from that , this's their 50th single which's a milestone & they couldn't have picked a better song to commemorate it .
Just that I wished a bit more effort would have gone into creating the single covers & the video as both aspects look really cheap but the song itself is something I really enjoy so I let this pass .
ARASHI's 15th album Are You Happy? will be released next month on 26th Oct & Power of the Paradise will not be included in the new album .