Friday, May 30, 2008

Koda Kumi - MOON

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Tracklist :

1) Moon Crying
2) That Ain't Cool Feat Fergie
3) Once Again
4) Lady Go!
5) Moon Crying (Piano Arrange Version) (first press bonus track)



MOON is Koda Kumi's 40th single . It's going to be released in Japan on 11th June & it's described as a "4 elements single" with reference to FREAKY & 4 hot wave .

MOON consists of 2 songs which served as promotional releases for the 4 track single while the last 2 songs on the single are considered to be B sides as they did not received their own PVs .

This's Koda's 1st single to be released for 2008 & not to mention her 1st single to be released after the controversy that she caused unwillingly on Feb 1st this year .

1st in line is Moon Crying & yes it's a ballad , it's quite a standard Koda fare & it's pretty much piano driven . Some people like it & said it's stronger than Ai no Uta but I personally think Moon Crying's pretty much on par with Ai no Uta .

Moon Crying doesn't have the elements of a great ballad like Yume no Uta but it's still a good one .

The 2nd track to receive its own PV is That Ain't Cool which feats Fergie . Honestly this's the song that I disliked the most in MOON simply because Fergie mainly dominates the song & you can only hear Koda in the background .

They should have renamed it as "Fergie Feat Koda Kumi" as it's essentially a song that Fergie will sing & you probably might find it in her upcoming 2nd solo album in the future so unfortunately That Ain't Cool is quite a no go for me .

The 1st 2 A sides are quite weak in my opinion but it's the 2 B sides which are the saving grace & it saved MOON from descending to Earth .

Once Again is a sweet midtempo ballad & I honestly prefer this over That Ain't Cool big time .

Similarly , Lady Go ! is an uptempo no. but luckily it does not sound like a girls & With your smile copycat . When I 1st heard the preview of Lady Go ! , I thought it would sound bad but surprisingly I like this one when I finally had the chance to hear the full version of the song just now .

To me it will be great if Koda were to make PVs for the 2 B sides as to me , the PVs for Moon Crying & That Ain't Cool are not that fantastic & quite silly with regards to That Ain't Cool .

The saving grace for Moon Crying is the cute Japanese guy that appeared in the PV .

I'm curious to see how MOON will fare when it drops in Japan on 11th June , Wed . MOON lacks the sheer brillance of 4 hot wave but it's slightly better than FREAKY . It reminds to see how the public will react when MOON is released in Japan in 2 Wed's time .



V6 - Chou (Butterfly)

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Chou (Butterfly) is V6's 33rd single . It was released 2 days ago in Japan .

Chou is quite different from the last single I heard from V6 which was way of life . In here , the song contains Spanish influence & it sounds like nothing what V6 has done in their previous works .

Chou is a very likeable song which grabs me in an instant & you feel the urge to put on your dancing shoes & dance the tango when you hear Chou .


Thursday, May 29, 2008

Tackey & Tsubasa - Koi Uta (Love Song) / PROGRESS

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Koi Uta (Love Song) / PROGRESS is Tackey & Tsubasa's 10th single . It's going to be released on 4th June ie. next Wed in Japan & it comes almost 10 months since their last single release SAMURAI .

Koi Uta is used as the ending theme for the dorama Osen & this 3rd double A side coming from the duo is their 1st single to be released for the year .

I honestly miss new works from the duo & there wasn't a leak of either both songs or an upload of a PV until yesterday which surprises me as it's quite a late one considering that this new double A side is going to be released next Wed .

So far I have only heard Koi Uta (Love Song) & I must say it's a very nice sweet ballad . It reminds me of Mirai Koukai (Future Sail) which was the other 1/2 A side of Kamen (Mask) except Koi Uta is a much stronger & memorable track .

Koi Uta seems to have some traces of Sotsugyou ~Sayonara wa Ashita no Tame ni~ (Graduation ~Goodbye is For the Sake of Tomorrow~) going on in there too .

Only a PV has been shot for Koi Uta . I don't know which version has been uploaded on youtube as there're 2 versions for Koi Uta , the -Koi Music Clip- or the -Uta Music Clip- .

I have not heard PROGRESS yet & I'm going to assume that it's a fast no. .


Monday, May 26, 2008

Electrico Gets Deeper And Darker With Latest Album , We Satellites





Coming from one of the tiniest nations in Asia, Singapore, Electrico has come a long way with their music over the past six years. They may be one member down, but they are still master-whizzes in making damn good love in new waves with their latest album, We Satellites.

Electrico has been at the forefront of the Asian music scene, constantly changing perceptions of Asians to have faith in locally-produced music with their crazily original sound arrangements and molting hot vocals. It is bands like Electrico who have the unrivalled ability to make a dramatic statement against the influx of western-influenced music.

MTV Asia catches up with lead singer/guitarist David Tan to find out how the band has matured with former guitarist Daniel Sassoon's departure, what is in store for us with their album We Satellites and whether the Asian music scene has what it takes to propel to greater heights in the near future.

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MTV Asia: What can we expect with your upcoming album, We Satellites?

David Tan: Well, I think that with all our albums so far we tried to do something different every time and every year we get to experience much more music. Whenever we tour or play tours we meet more bands and it's a culmination of all the experiences that we had. Also, now that we are a four piece, the dynamics of our music has changed quite a bit as well. It's slightly darker, but our roots are still very much into melodies so it's still going to be very melodic though it is a darker album. I think the songs also have stronger messages this time round. We've actually gone to record in proper sound stations with grand pianos, live horns, stuff that we've never done before so it's going to be very exciting.

MTV Asia: What inspired that title for the album?

David: We figured that we wanted to have a theme running though the whole album this time that we felt strongly for. Basically, the theme "We Satellites" is about how all of us at the end of the day are observers of our surroundings. We can either choose to ignore what is going on around or we can sit down and observe just like satellites do as they circle the planet. We thought that would be a cool analogy for what we are trying to communicate.

MTV Asia: Being one of the few successful bands in Singapore, do you guys have a lot of pressure put on you to make it big internationally?

David: Most of the pressure comes from ourselves, just to succeed for ourselves and for the local music scene. A lot of why we do is because we want to continue to push the local music scene through our success and at least give the local scene something to aim for, or even the regional scene something to aim for as we try to be one of the few artistes to break through internationally. Unfortunately, the only way you tend to get recognition in Asia, is if you make it big internationally.

MTV Asia: Do you then see a prospective growth rate for the Asian music scene?

David: Definitely! I think the future is in local music. If you listen to the radio now, everything is coming out from the west, especially the top 40 music, all sounds the same! I'm not saying that it's bad music, there are some really good stuff out there, but a lot of it just sounds the same. I think people are, at some point in time, going to get bored of it and as you can see in recent years, rock music has really made a comeback and I think the local music scene in the respective countries in Asia are growing and I think it's just a matter of time before it is a force to be reckoned with and we want to be there at the forefront of it, where it happens.

MTV Asia: What would be the typical celebration that Electrico will throw with a successful album run?

David: Oh man, I think the celebration never ends! Maybe we'll throw a barbeque with lots of booze. We'll probably just have a long-drawn year of partying and we are looking to throw a big celebration once this album is done. This one is special because this is the one we've put most work into it and we really had to go through a lot of hardship to see this album through and to become what we hope for it to become. Having lost a member and pushing ourselves to come up with new stuff that's fresh and different from the last album and stay true to ourselves. We've really put in a lot of hard work in the album and it's not just the time, but emotionally as well.

MTV Asia: How do you think the band has differed now with Daniel (Guitarist) gone?

David: I think Daniel's departure has forced us to communicate a lot more because now that he is gone, our roles have changed and we can't expect to play, write or perform music that is meant for a five-piece. A lot of music that we did, we had to go rearrange again because he left mid-way through the production of the album. Yeah, I feel that communication amongst band members is key and it has made us grow even stronger as a family. In terms of relationships I think we are a lot closer and in terms of a band I think we're more professional and more mature. I think the music that is going to come out of this album is going to reflect all of that. We're definitely much tighter now. People may be worried about what's going to happen just because we lost the guitarist, it is sad that he's gone but in a way I think there have been a lot of really positive things that have come out of it. We sound more cohesive, in my opinion.

MTV Asia: Do you guys still see yourselves doing this in your mid-thirties with family responsibilities and the likes in tow?

David: When we first started taking the band seriously, we all told ourselves we'll do an album just for the heck of it, because at that point we thought there was no future in it but I think it's been six years already. If we were to succumb to it, we would have already done so. I think the music is never going to end, we are going to continue to make music. The reason why we want to continue doing this is that we want to push the scene to a point where Asians will see that music is actually a viable career. We want to try and lead by example. It is the passion that moves us, not the money.

MTV Asia: What are the goals that Electrico wishes to accomplish in 5 years time?

David: Well, I think if there was a book written about local music, we want to have a huge chapter in it - or at least be on the cover. [Laughs] But seriously, we want to be known as the band that made a huge difference.

MTV Asia: Speaking of making a difference, you guys have undertaken Audible Hearts as the charity organization of your choice…any particular reason for that choice?

David: The HPB [Health Promotion Board] approached us to do a song for the Mental Health Campaign for Audible Hearts and we thought that was a great opportunity for us to do a song and make a difference in terms of directly trying to address a problem. There was a fan who wrote to us and said that our music helped them out through a really hard time. Since we are now in the position where people actually do listen to our songs and we can make a difference then why not? That's why we decided to do the song, "Everybody's Here".

MTV Asia: Being the lead singer of the band, how do you keep your voice in good shape? Mariah Carey has got humidifiers around her bed, any similar antics?

David: [Laughs] No, I surround myself with stress. I don't have any particular thing I do for my voice. I have started to learn things about how the human voice works and I was coached by this lovely lady from Australia who also coached for Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge, so she was giving me a lot of pointers about how the voice works and that really helped me to understand how to use it properly and not damage it. [Laughs] But I have no fancy humidifier, or throat spray or Tongkat Ali ginseng herbal remedy. I just try to keep my voice hydrated and warm up before I sing and use my voice correctly.

MTV Asia: Being a resident hot shot band in this part of Asia, any words of advice for the upcoming band wannabes?

David: Yeah, at the end of the day being in Asia it's tougher to be a band and make it. But all the more so, that should spur you on more. It all boils down to how much you want it and what you are willing to do for it. At the end of the day, it boils down to passion and never doubting yourself and not letting anyone tell you otherwise. You must believe in yourself and always push forward because it is definitely hard work. A lot of people do not realize the amount of hard work that has to go into it for you to actually become successful and the amount of disappointments you have to face before you actually get somewhere. A lot of bands just break up the moment there is one hurdle but that just means that they don't want it bad enough.



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Monday, May 19, 2008

ai otsuka - Rocket Sneaker / One x Time

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Rocket Sneaker / One x Time is ai otsuka's 17th single . This is her 1st single she's releasing for the year & it's going to be released in Japan this coming Wed .

Rocket Sneaker / One x Time comes almost 7 months since her last single release , the ballad Pocket .

It's good to see otsuka back with new material & Rocket Sneaker's a very fun piano driven song . I like that it's not cheesy as her past summer songs as you can definitely dictate the mature growth that ai has shown in this song .

Similarly , One x Time is also a piano driven no. but unlike Rocket Sneaker , it's not a summer song . It's more of a midtempo ballad . I think it has been a while since ai has released singles that emphasised more on the piano when comes to the melody .



Utada Hikaru - Prisoner Of Love





Prisoner Of Love is Utada Hikaru's 21st Japanese single & her 29th single overall to be released . It's going to be released this Wed in Japan on the 21st .

Prisoner Of Love is Utada's 2nd recut single which's taken from her HEART STATION album , her 1st recut single was First Love .

This's her 1st single to be released exclusively in CD + DVD format . Prisoner of Love -Quiet Version- is served as the insert song for the Japanese television drama , Last Friends while the original version is used as the theme song for the drama .

Well it's obvious that Toshiba EMI is trying to cash in the fact that Prisoner Of Love is used in a drama insert song so they probably thought hey why not do this as evident to what happened to Ken Hirai's Itsuka Hanareru Hi ga Kite mo but luckily Prisoner Of Love is 1 of my fave new songs from the HEART STATION album .

I like the way that Utada delivered the song without going over the top . In terms of how it's going to fare on the Oricon singles chart this week , my hopes for it are not that high considering that it's a recut single & somemore she's going up against other strong competitors such as Johnny & Associates boyband Hey ! Say ! JUMP & also ai otsuka .

At most it will be another top10 hit for Utada .


Saturday, May 17, 2008

T.M.Revolution - reasonance

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reasonance is T.M.Revolution's 22nd single . reasonance is going to be released on 11th June '08 , Wed in Japan & it's T.M.R's 1st single in 3 years . The song is used as the opening theme song to the anime Soul Eater .

The first press limited edition comes with a DVD or a Blu-Ray disc containing the PV of reasonance and a T.M.Revolution x Soul Eater Wide Cup Sticker & it's the 1sttime for an artist to release a single in CD + Blu-Ray disc format .

The last single that he put out was vestige which was was featured as an insert song in the anime Gundam SEED DESTINY & the opening theme for Gundam SEED DESTINY Final Plus : The Chosen Future OVA .

T.M.Revolution's a 1 man show & his real name is Takanori Nishikawa . T.M.Revolution or T.M.R stands for Takanori Makes Revolution .

I 1st came to know about this guy through his side project , abingdon boys school which's incidentally 1 of my all time fave rock bands . I have actually heard some of T.M.R works before as he contribute songs to various popular animes such as Rurouni Kenshin and the Mobile Suit Gundam SEED but obviously back then I didn't paid attention as to who he was .

While the music styles of his solo works & abs's are totally different , the people who backed him up in Takanori's solo project are the very same guys who're members in abs . Which means to say fellow abs members SUNAO , Shibasaki & Toriyuki have been helping out Takanori all this while in his T.M.R pet project so bottomline's , abs has been around for a very very long time even though they officially debuted on the scene 3 years ago .

While abs's music purely rock music , T.M.R's a whole different ball game . T.M.R's music is more trance & disco . I was listening to Takanori's older works & I can detect shades of abs's in songs like vestige & Meteor .

If you're a Gundam Seed fan , then I'm sure you definitely heard of T.M.R's works such as BOARDING , ignited & of course the infamous yet damn good catchy no. INVOKE .

Takanori put T.M.R on hold to concentrate on his side band abingdon boys school for the past 3 years & now he's finally back with a brand new single titled reasonance .

The song doesn't stray as much as his previous works as it's still struddling in the same trance & disco music style which put T.M.R in the music map in the beginning of his career even though it's not as catchy as INVOKE so you need to take a few more spins before you can decide whether reasonance's worthy for a comeback for T.M.R .


Friday, May 16, 2008

Anna Tsuchiya Feat AI - Crazy World

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Crazy World is Anna Tsuchiya's 8th single . It's going to be released on 11th June '08 , Wed in Japan .

This time Anna has roped in rapper AI on this no. called Crazy World .

I have to say that I'm in fact crazy over this song at the moment . Since yesterday when I got to hear how the full song sounds like which the file was in low quality , I can't stop listening to it .

The style of Crazy World is different from Anna's previous single cocoon . It's a mixture of R&B and Rock , it's definitely not like her typical Rock stuff like her previous cocoon & her NANA works like rose , Kuroi Namida & of course LUCY .

I guess you probably can group Crazy World in the same category as BUBBLE TRIP as both are not pure full Rock no.s .

I personally think that Crazy World's 1 of Anna's best works to date . Both singles covers are hot & the song's insanely catchy in my books . Rapper AI does her own magic touches to the already fantastic song .

I do hope that this can become a hit for Anna since after she put out her NANA works , she didn't fare well , chart & sales wise so hopefully Crazy World will finally give her the push that she really need in her career .

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Strait Times - Electrico's Down To Four



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Sunday, May 11, 2008

NEWS - SUMMER TIME

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SUMMER TIME is NEWS's 9th single . It was released on Wed in Japan & the song was used in the Crymson/RUSS-K ad .

For a song that's called summer time , I was expecting it to be a fun catchy tune . While the song's fun , it's not as attention grabbing as I thought it will be . I had to give SUMMER TIME a few more listens before I managed to get a hold of it .

SUMMER TIME is not as catchy as their previous hits like TEPPEN (Top) , Sayaendou & of course weeeek but it's still a song that's nice to listen to as it presents a summer breezy side to it .

I do like the B side EASY COME , EASY GO as well & it would have been better if SUMMER TIME & EASY COME , EASY GO were to be released as a double A side single instead .

It will definitely serve NEWS well for sure .


Saturday, May 10, 2008

KAT-TUN - DON'T U EVER STOP

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DON'T U EVER STOP is KAT-TUN's 7th single . It's scheduled to be released next Wed in Japan on the 14th .

Just like NEWS , this 6 piece band is also signed by talent agency Johnny & Associates . Unlike other Johnny's bands that I have listened to , KAT-TUN's music is pretty unique & different from the rest because they dabbed in rock dance infused music which surprises me because when you hear music churned out by Johnny & Associates's bands , for them to do rock music which you can dance to , that's the last thing that will come across in your mind .

The 1st song that I have heard from KAT-TUN is Keep the faith which was their 5th single & it's an awesome 1 . DON'T U EVER STOP managed to keep up with the trend & the style's pretty similar to their previous material like Keep the faith & their previous single LIPS .

I hope for their next single , they will release a ballad as I realised so far in their career , they only have released 1 ballad in the form of the gorgeous Bokura no Machi de (In Our Town) .


Wednesday, May 07, 2008

NEWS - weeeek

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weeeek is NEWS's 7th single . It was released on 7th Nov '07 . The song debuted at no.1 on the Oricon daily & weekly singles chart & it sold 333,856 copies by the end of the year , becoming the 10th most sold single of '07 .

weeeek was released on the same day as their 2nd album pacific .

I only recently start to familiarise myself with this 6 piece good looking Johnny & Associates boyband music wise & weeeek is the 1st single that I heard from them & it's a very damn catchy song . No wonder it did extremely well , sales wise .

This song is so happy , it perks me up instantly & it's 1 of my current fave songs that I have been spinning non stop ever since I heard this song

Incidentally , they're going to release their 9th single SUMMER TIME tomorrow . I will review SUMMER TIME in due time .


Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Veteran Singapore Band Electrico Releases Latest Single With A Message Of Encouragement For Youth





Singapore - Homegrown indie rock band Electrico has made a comeback on the Singapore music scene by releasing a new single with a message of encouragement for youth .

Entitled "Everybody's Here" , the song expresses emotions experienced by youth when confronted with challenges in life . It also reminds youth that they are not alone in facing such difficult situations and that help is always available to those who seek it . The band will be releasing their new song exclusively through free downloads at www.everybodyshere.sg .

Commenting on the inspiration for the song, Electrico's lead vocalist and guitarist David Tan said , "Previously , we had a fan write to us once to tell us that our music really helped her through a tough time in her life . We realised that many youth go through different obstacles in life and often feel isolated so we thought it would be great if we wrote a song that could empower them to better manage their obstacles ."

Electrico guitarist Daniel Sassoon said , "Sometimes it's actually good to talk to someone who doesn't know you and your situation , so they can look at things from a distance , and really give you logical , unbiased advice . And sometimes that's really what we need to hear ."



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Saturday, May 03, 2008

CD Review :: Ken Hirai - LIFE is ...



Tracklist :

1) Strawberry Sex
2) REVOLVER
3) ex-girlfriend
4) Ring
5) Come Back
6) somebody's girl Feat AI
7) I'm so drunk
8) Missin' you ~It will break my heart~
9) Sekai de Ichiban Kimi ga Suki ? (What Do You Like Most in the World ?)
10) Memories
11) LIFE is ...
12) Ooki na Furudokei (A Big Old Clock)



LIFE is ... is Ken Hirai's 5th album . It was released on 22nd Jan '03 & the album's peak position on the Oricon album chart was no.1 . LIFE is ... sold 752,951 copies in '03 & became the 10th most sold album of the year .

Technically , 5 singles & 2 B sides are found from LIFE is ... . The song LIFE is ... was re-arranged for the drama Black Jack ni Yoroshiku and it was released as Ken's 18th single LIFE is ... ~another story~ .

The album starts things off with 1 of my fave Ken's singles titled Strawberry Sex . The song's Ken's 15th single & I really like it , be it song & PV wise . The PV's 1 of my faves from Ken simply because it never fails to make me laugh so hard & badly everytime I see it .

If you think the PV concept of fake star's naughty , Strawberry Sex's up there but the humor factor's going on in there which kinda dampens the sex factor . I think Ken was having a bit more fun than usual unlike fake star & if I'm correct , the PV for Strawberry Sex was shot in Las Vegas .

Track 2's a song titled REVOLVER . REVOLVER is my least fave song on the album because of the chorus which's quite annoying when you keep hearing Ken going 'oh my god' in EVERY single line of the chorus . It's quite a put off but I like the music of REVOLVER .

Next in line's the B side of Strawberry Sex titled ex-girlfriend . ex-girlfriend is 1of my fave B sides from Ken because it's such a smooth no. & it's a contrast to Strawberry Sex which's upbeat . This 1 I like !

Track 4's Ken's 17th single Ring which's incidentally his 2nd no.1 song on the Oricon . Ring was used as the theme song of the drama Psycho Doctor's .

After Ring , it's a song called Come Back which received its own PV . I can't help but dislike Come Back a bit . I don't know why but I suspect it's due to the PV which's quite slutty & a total waste of time/$ spent on DefSTAR but what the heck , I think Come Back's good enough to rival Strawberry Sex .

somebody's girl is the 2nd B side included in LIFE is ... & it's the B side of Ring . somebody's girl features rapper AI & I find this B side decent & it probably be better without the apperance of AI . Then again it's just me .

After somebody's girl , it's another non released single , the oddly titled I'm so drunk . I can't help but laugh when I saw the title of I'm so drunk but thank goodness it's not as cheesy as I thought it will be .

After 3 upbeat no.s , the mood's slowed down considerably with Ken's 14th single Missin' you ~It will break my heart~ . This's 1 of my fave songs on the album & it's a strong ballad & somemore the song was composed by Babyface & you know you can't go wrong with this .

Ken did an Eng take on Missin' you ~It will break my heart~ which's titled It will break my heart ~English version~ & he also covered Babyface's When Can I See You in which both songs are served as B sides songs in the single of Missin' you ~It will break my heart~ & I must say his Eng dictation is really good .

Personally I really like the ending chorus of Missin' you ~It will break my heart~ which's sung in full Eng .

Next in line's Sekai de Ichiban Kimi ga Suki ? (What Do You Like Most in the World ?) which's my fave non-released song in LIFE is ... . The lyrics & melody are awesome & it's 1 of the rare songs that Ken did not write nor composed on the album but yet I really adore Sekai de Ichiban Kimi ga Suki ? (What Do You Like Most in the World ?) big time .

Sekai de Ichiban Kimi ga Suki ? (What Do You Like Most in the World ?) is a song you probably might find in his Ken's Bar cover album or you might imagine it being played in some jazzy bar/club . I absolutely like the melody of Sekai de Ichiban Kimi ga Suki ? (What Do You Like Most in the World ?) as it's such a smooth jazzy no. .

Track 10's titled Memories . I find this to be a weak link in LIFE is ... as the melody doesn't seem to fit well in the album & to me it's there for the sake of being there ie. a filler track but it's a decent one . I had to take sometime to remember how Memories sound like as initally I find the song quite easy to forget .

After that , track 10's the title track of the album . As I mentioned before , LIFE is ... was re-arranged for the drama Black Jack ni Yoroshiku and it was released as Ken's 18th single LIFE is ... ~another story~ .

Basically both versions have the same lyrics . The only difference is the melody . LIFE is ... is solely backed up with a piano so the mood's a bit sombre while the tune of LIFE is ... ~another story~ has more instruments & strings going on in there making it more cheery than LIFE is ... but regardless of which , I like both versions .

Last but definitely not least to close things off , it's Ken's 16th single Ooki na Furudokei (A Big Old Clock) . Now if you have heard this song & wonder why does the melody sounds so strangely familiar , that's because Ooki na Furudokei (A Big Old Clock) is a Japanese cover of Henry Clay Work's 1876 My Grandfather's Clock , the very same tune that you hear it being played in nursery schools .

It might sound strange for Ken to cover a famous nursery ditty but it did wonders for him . Ooki na Furudokei (A Big Old Clock) became 1 of the biggest hits for him & in '02 . Not to mention , it's his 1st no.1 single & it's his most successful single to date , chart performance wise . I don't think any of his other singles managed to stay at the top spot for 4 weeks .

Ooki na Furudokei (A Big Old Clock) is Ken's 2nd highest selling single , clocking in at 772,000 copies , the 1st's of course Hitomi wo Tojite (Close Your Eyes) at 899,000 copies which was the top selling single for '04 .

Ken did an Eng take of the original My Grandfather's Clock which's found as in the B side of Ooki na Furudokei (A Big Old Clock) titled Grandfather's clock .

Just like gaining through losing , LIFE is ... has its share of pros & cons on the album . There were only about 3 tracks that I didn't really like in LIFE is ... but other than that , this album , alongside with his other ones gaining through losing , SENTIMENTALovers & of course the most recent one FAKIN' POP is a keeper !

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Electrico - Everybody's Here Music Video





The music video for Electrico's Everybody's Here is up & running officially . Go check it out now !

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# Hilcrhyme's Hilcrhyme LIVE 2018「One Man」DVD + Blu-ray , 090119 , Wed

# Hilcrhyme's live album Hilcrhyme LIVE 2018「One Man」, 090119 , Wed

# UVERworld's UVERworld TYCOON TOUR at Yokohama Arena 2017.12.21 DVD + Blu-ray , 160119 , Wed

# Aoyama Thelma's 15th single In This Place~2-ri no Kizuna , 160119 , Wed

# V6's 50th single Super Powers / Right Now , 160119 , Wed

# Hilcrhyme's self titled 8th album , 300119 , Wed

# Mika Nakashima's compilation album Yuki no Hana 15 Shuunen Kinen Best-ban BIBLE , 300119 , Wed

# Kanon Wakeshima's 1st best album DECADE , 130219 , Wed

# Koda Kumi's remix album Driving Hit's 9 -Special Edition- , 200219 , Wed

# GLAY's GLAY × HOKKAIDO 150 GLORIOUS MILLION DOLLAR NIGHT vol.3 (DAY 1 & 2) DVD + Blu-ray , 050319 , Tue

# Yamashita Tomohisa's 9th single Never Lose , early 2019

# B'z's 21st album title tbc , in 2019

# GRANRODEO's 8th album title tbc , in Spring 2019




Album Reviews


# GRANRODEO - M・S COWBOY no Gyakushuu EP

# Hey ! Say ! JUMP - SENSE or LOVE

# Koda Kumi - DNA

# Shota Shimizu - WHITE

# SID - Ichiban Sukina Basho EP

# Aoyama Thelma - HIGHSCHOOL GAL

# ayumi hamasaki - TROUBLE EP

# Hilcrhyme - One Man EP

# Kis-My-Ft2 - Yummy!!

# NEWS - EPCOTIA

# FLOWER FLOWER - Spotlight

# Koda Kumi - AND

# B'z - DINOSAUR

# ARASHI - 「untitled」

# BREAKERZ - X

# Aoyama Thelmas - 10TH DIARY

# SPYAIR - KINGDOM

# SID - NOMAD

# V6 - The ONES

# Shota Shimizu - FLY

# Ken Hirai - Utabaka Dake ni.

# Acid Black Cherry - Acid BLOOD Cherry

# Kis-My-Ft2 - MUSIC COLOSSEUM

# Mika Nakashima - TOUGH

# NEWS - NEVERLAND

# Koda Kumi - W FACE ~inside~ & W FACE ~outside~

# GRANRODEO - Karma to Labyrinth

# GRANRODEO - Pierrot Dancin'

# Hilcrhyme - SIDE BY SIDE

# Kanon Wakeshima - luminescence Q.E.D

# ARASHI - Are You Happy?

# Mao from SID - Maison de M EP

# Hey ! Say ! JUMP - DEAR.

# Ken Hirai - THE STILL LIFE

# BENI - Shiki Uta summer

# Kis-My-Ft2 - I SCREAM

# ayumi hamasaki - M(A)DE IN JAPAN

# MUSCLE ATTACK - HERCULES ROAD

# Aoyama Thelma - PINK TEARS EP

# Shota Shimizu - PROUD

# flumpool - EGG

# NEWS - QUARTETTO

# AKi - EPHEMERAL EP

# BENI - Undress

# SPYAIR - 4

# ARASHI - Japonism

# Aoyama Thelma - GRAY SMOKE EP

# ayumi hamasaki - sixxxxxx EP

# BREAKERZ - 0-ZERO-

# Domoto Koichi - Spiral

# Kis-My-Ft2 - KIS-MY-WORLD

# Hey ! Say ! JUMP - JUMPing CAR

# Namie Amuro - _genic

# ayaka - Rainbow Road

# 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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