CD Review :: Dew - PRESENT
2) Thank you
3) Wakaba (New Leaves)
5) My Special Day
7) Hoshi ni Negai wo (Wish On A Star)
9) Hello my love
10) Night Wind (album mix)
12) From my heart (album version)
PRESENT is girl duo Dew's debut album which was released via major record label Victor Entertainment .
The album was initally released on 13th May this year at a limited low-priced of 2381yen & eventually it was re-released on 19th Aug at 2762yen .
The girls's 1st 3 singles & 2 B-sides made the cut in PRESENT .
Present is their debut single & what better way to start the album with this no. which shares the same title as their debut album .
Like most of their works , it's acoustic pop coupled with piano melodies & orchestra strings thrown in for good measures .
Considering that I never listen to Present prior to listening to PRESENT , I immediately warned up to their debut single as it's just so enchanting & nice .
Thank you is Dew's 3rd single & this was the song that got me in touch with their material .
Perhaps because of this , it's no surprises that I still like Thank you even up to now no matter how many times I gave this song a listen .
Wakaba (New Leaves) is the 1st album track you're able to find in PRESENT & in here , the girls have came up with a tune that's both light hearted & cheery .
You can feel how carefree they sound like in this easy listening piano driven no. if you ask me .
Someday is probably 1 of my fave album tracks simply because this song's sung in full English .
I was plesantly surprised when I heard Someday because this's the only full English tune in PRESENT & there're no butchering of any English words/prounication going on in here seeing that the girls were educated in Canada during their teens before returning back to Japan .
My Special Day is the duo's 2nd single & it basically follows the same music vein as Present & Thank you .
As a result , It took me a while before I was able to distinguish the girls's 1st 3 singles since they almost tend to sound the same as they're all piano driven tunes to a certain extent .
Forget-me-not is the album's 3rd track & this's a real charming tune . I thought it might be another full blown English tune just like Someday but I was wrong .
I like the usage of percussions in Forget-me-not too & it's 1 of the less piano emphasised tunes in PRESENT too .
Hoshi ni Negai wo (Wish On A Star) is the next album tune & such a nice ballad . It's piano driven coupled with beautiful strings .
Fragile is another light hearted no. which almost falls in the same vein as Wakaba in that both songs can be considered as cheery & warm hearted tunes .
Hello my love is the shortest track in PRESENT at 1:32 mins & it almost feels like a church choir inspired tune because of the vibes that Hello my love gave me .
Despite being the shortest track in the album , Hello my love is nice but I'm sure it had the potential to sound great should the girls decide to make a full version of Hello my love in the near future .
Night Wind is the B-side of the girls's debut single present & in here , it has been updated with an album mix .
Unfortunately because I never heard the single version of Night Wind , I have to assume this as a new song on my part but I have to say that I really like the album mix of Night Wind .
It's 1 of the more settled & slower tunes in PRESENT & with the backing up of a piano , you don't need to make any extra efforts to make Night Wind sound great .
Dear is the last album track & frankly I only find this song a standard piano fare delivered by the girls .
Like it was slotted in PRESENT for the sake of doing so .
Having said that , I really like the melody which has some gorgeous piano tinkling & also sweeping orchestra strings attached to Dear .
From my heart is the final track in PRESENT & this's the B-side of the duo's 2nd single My Special Day & just like Night Wind , it has been given an album spin .
Compared to the single version , the album version of From my heart is a lot more slower , acoustic & stripped down & not to mention longer .
Well regardless of which , I frankly like both takes of From my heart as I appericate the effort that the girls go into while trying to compose different melodies for the same song .
PRESENT overall I feel is a strong debut album offering released by Dew . The biggest gripe I find about this album is that a lot of the songs tend to sound the same as there's virtually little if not no room for experimentation/expansion when comes to music that lean towards the acoustic piano pop side .
As a result , as compared to other jpop albums I listened to , this took me a lot more time than usual but the eventual turn out for this turned out to be something worthwhile .
I hope the girls will be able to release something new in due time . I would welcome if they stepped out of their music comfort zone & be bold/daring in trying something that they have never done before .