Wednesday, December 24, 2008

CD Review :: YUI - CAN'T BUY MY LOVE

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Tracklist :

1) How crazy
2) Rolling star
3) It's all right
4) I remember you
5) RUIDO
6) CHE.R.RY
7) Thank you My teens
8) Umbrella
9) Highway chance
10) Happy Birthday to you you
11) Winding road
12) Good-bye days
13) Why ?



CAN'T BUY MY LOVE is YUI's 2nd studio album offering . This was released last year on April 4th .

The album consists of 4 singles prior to the release of CAN'T BUY MY LOVE & so far this's her most successful album to date , in terms of sales & chart positions . This album became her 1st #1 album & became the 8th most sold album of 2007 .

Not to mention , the 1st week sales of CAN'T BUY MY LOVE outsold the total sales in which what her debut album FROM ME TO YOU sold overall which's impressive .

How crazy is the 1st track to kick things off & this's a really catchy pop/rock YUI offering . I just like how angsty driven the song's & not to mention it has some serious bite .

The sound transition from How crazy to Rolling star is there as both songs are on the angsty rock side . Rolling star is actually the very 1st YUI song that I heard of prim & proper & this's her 7th single . This song was used as the 5th opening theme for the anime Bleach & it's the 2nd time her song was used to promote Bleach , the 1st being her 4th single LIFE which was Bleach's 5th ending theme .

So far this's the only YUI single that she incorporated a much harder rock sound than before as prior to that , her music lean towards more acoustic guitar pop/rock but subsequent from her 2nd album onwards , she shifted gears towards a more heavier & somewhat grunge rock in her music .

Rolling star's 1 of my fave singles of YUI as I really adore the harder rock approach that she used in this no. . Too bad it's short clocking in over 3 mins as it wlll be great if she were to extend it by a few more secs or so .

It's all right has a more acoustic guitar pop/rock & I just like how carefree this song sounds & it's basically a really pretty no. & with such a song , no complaints should be flied at all .

I remember you is YUI's 6th single & it's 1 of those ballads that you have bittersweet feelings when hearing it as it's 1 of her more sadder ballads that she has released so far in her career .

RUIDO is the only short track/interlude in CAN'T BUY MY LOVE . I think she should have extended it by a few mins or so as I think it really has the potential to sound great as a full length track . It has great guitar hooks & it's kinda Spanish influence as well which's cool .

CHE.R.RY is YUI's 9th single & it's also 1 of my fave songs of her . So far this's the only single that she has released which is cheery/carefree sounding & that it has a more poppier sound as compared to her other single releases . Not to mention the song's cute , be it audio or video wise .

Thank you My teens is also another great album track & it's also incidentally the same name as her 1st DVD release too . I guess the song pays homage to her fans & friends for all the support/encouragement that they gave to YUI while she went onto pursuing her music career . The only grouse about the song was that it's too short clocking in less than 3 mins . It will be nicer if she can extend the song by a few secs or so but other than that , Thank you My teens is a keeper .

Umbrella has some old fashioned guitar hooks going on in the song which's quite a weird way for YUI to undertake . It sounds odd but somehow I like this song & the way the song sounds , despite the mellow old fashioned guitar hooks , it somehow works in her favor .

Highway chance has a more angsty/slightly harder rock edge to it in which I believe YUI sounds great while belting out such angsty no.s just like in evident in her other angsty hits like Rolling star .

Happy Birthday to you you follows in the same vein as CHE.R.RY in that both songs are in the happy/cheery mood & even if you never hear the song , it's kinda no surprises that the song is all about well birthdays & that YUI's singing Happy Birthday to you (you) . This's another song that I adore too as it allowed to show a different side of YUI & that she can write/compose cheery/upbeat songs just as well as her angsty/rock driven no.s .

Winding road was a bit un-memorable for my liking because the introduction was kinda slow & it took me quite a while to warm up to the track but after that's outta the way , Winding road is yet another good YUI song which borderlines on the mellow guitar pop/rock side .

Good-bye days is the final single to be included in CAN'T BUY MY LOVE & it's her 5th single . When this single was released , it was credited as "YUI for Amane Kaoru" because the song was used as the main theme song for the movie Midnight Sun in which Yui plays the lead role Kaoru Amane .

Alongside with LIFE & Rolling star , Good-bye days really strengthen her popularity as so far this's her best selling single despite the fact that it wasn't able to attain #1 status on the Oricon singles chart .

Why ? is the last track to conclude CAN'T BUY MY LOVE & it's a mellow driven guitar no. & there's just something captivating about the melody pertaining to Why ? which intrigued me for quite a fair bit .

The fact that draws me to CAN'T BUY MY LOVE is that excluding the singles which're great , I like the fact that all the album tracks have an unique identity of their own & that they were able to sound different from each other & that as each listen goes by , the album tracks began to sound even better than before .

You can definitely hear/see the growth/maturity that YUI has undertaken from FROM ME TO YOU & to CAN'T BUY MY LOVE . No wonder fans (inclusive of my younger sister who's a diehard YUI fan) have spoken in that they believe CAN'T BUY MY LOVE is her best studio offering that she has put out to date in her music career .


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