Thursday, September 30, 2010

GIRL NEXT DOOR - Kaze no (Wind) Capsule

CD Only

CD + DVD A (DVD contains 3 music videos + offshot)

CD + DVD Type B (DVD contains live footages)

Kaze no (Wind) Capsule is the 2nd song which's found in GIRL NEXT DOOR's 9th single Ready to be a lady which will be released on 13th Oct .

Ready to be a lady comes in about 4 months + since the release of the trio's previous single Freedom & it's their 2nd triple A-side single after their 6th single Be your wings / FRIENDSHIP / Wait for you .

Unlike Be your wings / FRIENDSHIP / Wait for you where only Wait for you didn't get a music video , in Ready to be a lady , you can expect 3 songs which will get music videos for each tune , with Kaze no Capsule being 1 of them .

After bringing the angst factor out within the group with Freedom , GIRL NEXT DOOR returns back in delivering cheery peppy electro pop material in the form of Kaze no Capsule .

Kaze no Capsule does sounds a bit similar to FRIENDSHIP , except it's not a rip off from other artistes's material .

It's 1 of those songs that you want to just stand up & have a good time , dancing/humming alongside with it which I should add & I guess this's something that GIRL NEXT DOOR does best .

The following songs in the single will be reviewed in due time , with the 1st 2 no.s getting music videos just like Kaze no Capsule :

- Ready to be a lady
- Shiawase no Hakari (Scale Of Happiness)
- Infinity (EURODIMA Remix)

EURODIMA Remix of Infinity serves as the B-side of Ready to be a lady .

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hilcrhyme - Please Cry (Travel Machine's B-side)

Please Cry serves as the B-side in Hilcrhyme's 6th single Travel Machine , which was released last week on 22nd Sept .

Travel Machine debuted at #11 with 1st week sales of 9,863 .

This song was originally found as track #10 in the duo's debut indie album Nettaiya before they went major with Universal Japan .

I was a bit taken aback at just how short if not raw Please Cry is on 1st listen , especially after I found out just how old the song's .

But anyway , Please Cry did a good job contrasting the A-side well in that Please Cry is more calm & stripped down .

The only thing I didn't like about the song was that it ended a bit too adruptly for my liking . I would have prefer if the guys extended the song by a few more seconds or so .

Travel Machine is the start of me following Hilcrhyme's music journey prim & proper & just like their previous singles , they didn't disappointed me & deliver the goods once more with this solid stellar offering .

Hilcrhyme will be releasing their 2nd album & also 2nd concert DVD on Nov 24th . At this point in time , both are currently untitled but I'm really excited about it , especially since I enjoyed their debut offering Recital a great deal .

Monday, September 27, 2010

Koda Kumi - walk ~to the future~ (Suki de , Suki de , Suki de. / Anata Dake ga's B-side)

walk ~to the future~ serves as the B-side in Koda Kumi's 48th single Suki de , Suki de , Suki de. (I Like You , I Like You , I Like You.) / Anata Dake ga (Only You) which was released last Wed on 22nd Sept .

Just like the 2 A-sides , walk ~to the future~ also gets a music video & the original version walk was found as track #14 in Koda's debut album affection .

I know walk has quite a lot of significant meaning for Koda , especially since most if not all the time , she always perform this song as a closing no. in her concerts .

For me , I already have liked the original take of the song & it didn't surprise me that I welcomed an updated version , with regards to walk ~to the future~ .

Both takes of the song are still ballad driven . Except for walk ~to the future~'s case , I feel Koda's vocals are a lot more prominent & stronger .

Melody wise , it has that somewhat calm feeling attached to it which I think it's perfect as video & song wise , it brings a good closure to the single .

Koda Kumi's 10th anniversary in the music business is fast approaching & what better way than to celebrate in advance with this really solid single offering of hers , Suki de , Suki de , Suki de. / Anata Dake ga .

It might be a single that offered nothing but ballads but to me , each ballad represents a different side of Koda , from sad to happy & uplifting .

Definitely 1 of her best works that she has released in recent times which I adore .

Sunday, September 26, 2010

ayumi hamasaki - crossroad's B-sides

The following songs serve as B-sides in ayumi hamasaki's 49th single crossroad which was released a few days ago on 22nd Sept

- blossom (Clockwork yellow remix)
- MOON (Orchestra version) (CD Only Track)
- blossom (Orchestra version) (CD Only Track)

The A-side crossroad is a mid-tempo ballad which's composed by influential music producer Komuro Tetsuya & used in the ads of travel agency Qualita .

Just like crossroad , SEVEN DAYS WAR is also composed & produced by Komuro .

Except for this case , SEVEN DAYS WAR is a cover by TM Network which was released on July 1988 & Komuro's a member of the group too .

It has been a while since ayumi covered/included a song in her singles (the last one being a cover of TRF's teens which was found in her 39th single Startin' / Born To Be ...) but anyway seeing that I never heard the original take of SEVEN DAYS WAR , I treat this a new song .

I frankly have no problems with SEVEN DAYS WAR . Musically , it's almost in the same music vein as crossroad , seeing that both songs were composed by Komuro .

The only drawback I don't like about the song is ayumi's English pronounciation as I had quite a hard time in decipering what she's trying to say/sing .

The Clockwork yellow remix of ayumi's precious single blossom serves as the 2nd B-side of the crossroad single .

Honestly , I did not like this remix of blossom as it was a bit too weird for me to swallow , considering that the original take of the song was quite mid tempo & definitely not club driven .

Also , you're not able to hear the full song of blossom in here . Just bits & pieces , mainly lines taken from the chorus .

But I managed to get the hang of how this's like as time goes by . It's an unusual remix I have to admit but this's something I frankly don't mind to listen to .

The last 2 songs/B-sides are only found in the CD only editions of crossroad .

Both are Orchestra versions of ayumi's previous single MOON / blossom .

I don't think I will further comment about both orchestra takes of the songs as it's already set in stone as it's but I have to say both are a big improvement from the orchestra take surrounding Last Links which I didn't like it that much as I thought I would in MOON / blossom .

The orchestra take of MOON is even more dramatic/up there than the original but it's done well because the melody compliments ayumi's voice without her being overshadowed .

In the case of the orchestra take of blossom , it presents a more calmer & yet emotional driven side of ayumi which I think it's lovely as both the original & orchestra versions paint a different music feeling of the song which're expressed in both manners as it's .

Also , I like the strings going on in blossom (Orchestra version) which adds a nice touch or 2 to things .

At the end of the day , I really enjoy listening to the whole single of crossroad from the start to the end .

I don't think it's fair to compare MOON / blossom against crossroad , in terms of the contents & also the quantity of material you'll get .

But without a doubt , ayumi hamasaki is still great at doing what she does best ie. releasing solid material & it's something that it has been happening on her part for the last 12 years of her music career & counting .

ayumi's 50th single L will be released this coming week on 29th Sept . I already reviewed Virgin Road & naturally the other tracks will follow suit .

Saturday, September 25, 2010

ARASHI - Dear Snow



Dear Snow is ARASHI's 33rd single . It will be released on 6th Oct & this comes about less than a month since the release of their previous single Løve Rainbow .

The group's latest single offering has been selected to be used as the theme song for the film Ohoku which stars member Ninomiya Kazunari & Dear Snow has been described as ARASHI's first romantic ballad of 2010 .

A love ballad , Dear Snow expresses the poetic & elegant visuals of Ohoku with music .

After releasing a string of upbeat no.s for 2010 , ARASHI has decided to slow things down with Dear Snow . The ballad's nice , no doubt about it but there's just something I feel it's lacking .

Personally , I think Dear Snow lacks the spark/X-factor that I'm looking for , as compared to past ballads which they have released such as Ashita no Kioku (Memories Of Tomorrow) & One Love .

Dear Snow is still enjoyable but it's strange that they usually tend to save their more distinct ballads as album tracks .

Time Capsule will serve as the B-side of the single & this no. is only available in the CD only edition of Dear Snow .

Thursday, September 23, 2010

CD Review :: NEWS - LIVE

CD Only


1) Koi no (Love) ABO
3) Umareshi Kimi e (Who Was Born To You)
4) Supernatural
5) Aki no Sora (Autumn Sky)
6) Futari (2 Of Us) / 130000000 no Kiseki (Million Miracles)
7) Dancin' in the Secret
8) Wonderland
9) Sakura Girl
10) BE FUNKY !
11) D.T.F
12) Naiyou no Nai Tegami (Letter With No Content)
13) Endless Summer
14) Share (CD Only Track)
15) Forever (Unplugged Ver.) (CD Only Track)

LIVE is NEWS's 4th album . It was released last Wed on 15th Sept & the album debuted at #1 with 1st week sales of 156,391 .

The last album NEWS released was 2 years ago on 19th Nov aka color .

2 singles & a B-side are included in LIVE .

Before I dived straight in proper , LIVE marks quite a few 1st's for NEWS in the sense that it's the group's 1st album in which its title is released in full upper caps & that it has a song title which's the same as the album .

Also , it's NEWS's 1st album not to include any duo/trio pairings when comes to album tracks , so all the album tracks are sung together as a group in whole & that goes for including a B-side in an album too .

Koi no (Love) ABO is NEWS's 11th single & it was released last year on 29th April .

It's hard to believe that it has been almost close to 1 1/2 years since Koi no ABO was released .

I know at that time when Koi no ABO was released (NEWS's only single release for 2009 somemore) , I had a shock or 2 as the style for Koi no ABO sounded really cheesy & yet dated .

But now , I actually find the song fun & rather amusing , seeing that they don't have many other songs in their discography which falls under this category . As such , it shows a different side of the group .

LIVE (the song) is the 1st album track . For this , it was written & composed by JIN , who's the older brother of HIDE in which HIDE's the lead singer of the group GReeeeN .

I did reviewed LIVE on its own prior to the release of LIVE (the album) . It's no weeeek & I did find the song catchy .

However , LIVE (the song) wouldn't be something that I will consider as a fave album track of mine , as there're other more solid/memorable songs in LIVE which I will talk about them later .

Umareshi Kimi e (Who Was Born To You) is really nice but the eerie thing about the song is that I find the melody very similar to certain song(s) that I can't put my foot on .

But anyway , Umareshi Kimi e is very enjoyable . It's quite fast paced , upbeat but it's something that's pleasant to listen .

Supernatural follows after Umareshi Kimi e & this's 1 really smooth groovy no. .

It's something that I feel you can hear being played in lounge clubs & since the DVD for LIVE contains footages of NEWS UNPLUGGED , Supernatural would have been a song that NEWS should have sang during the unplugged session but unfortunately they didn't .

Supernatural is definitely 1 of those songs where it's perfect for you to listen to if you're chilling/lazing around at home .

Aki no Sora (Autumn Sky) follows suit & I feel this's 1 of my fave album tracks in LIVE simply because it has an autumn feeling (with autumn looming around Japan currently) .

Also , it has that really laidback feeling . Not to mention , I think it's lovely that it's piano driven & it's very calmed & somewhat relaxed which's great .

Futari (2 Of Us) / 130000000 no Kiseki (Million Miracles) is the 5th album track & despite having 2 song titles to make it feel as though it's a double A-side single , it's actually 1 song , stand alone on its own .

Honestly , I do not find Futari / 130000000 no Kiseki special if not memorable . It sounded as a standard pop/rock song that I usually can find in Johnny's albums . It doesn't have that X factor/spunk as compared to the 1st few album tracks in LIVE .

Also , it took me quite a while to get used to the way Futari / 130000000 no Kiseki sounds like too .

Dancin' in the Secret follows after Futari / 130000000 no Kiseki .

No doubt it has a really weird song title but thankfully , it sounds good . It follows almost in the same music vein as Koi no ABO since both songs are dancey upbeat tunes .

Except for Dancin' in the Secret's case , I feel it's less cheesy & more enjoyable to listen .

From Dancin' in the Secret , in comes another fun album track Wonderland . I feel that Wonderland sounds like a sequel to color's Smile Maker but only a lot more stronger & distinct .

After 7 album tracks , Sakura Girl steps in as track #9 & this's also NEWS's 12th single & also the final single you can find in LIVE .

Sakura Girl is 1 of those songs that has a nostalgic feeling , especially if you know what the song's all about , lyrical .

Nevertheless , I think the song is 1 of the most memorable NEWS singles they have released in recent times & it's something that I'm not bored of even up to now .

BE FUNKY ! was used as the theme song for the drama TROUBLEMAN which starred Kato Shigeaki .

This's the 1st song that I reviewed as a stand alone track , way before it was announced that BE FUNKY ! made the cut in LIVE which I'm glad it happened as it has that pow wow factor going on & it's very catchy on 1st listen .

I still said that it would have been better if NEWS released BE FUNKY ! as a single , as it had a lot of potential to be one but unfortunately it didn't happen but I suppose it's not that bad as you can find the track included in LIVE .

D.T.F is a strange song title . If you listen to the song carefully , it actually means Do The Funk but unfortunately despite this , I find D.T.F to be really random if not more cheesier than Koi no ABO .

I was quite turned off the moment the introduction of D.T.F hit & it doesn't help that the melody being used for the song , it sounded really dated & for that , the song gets a thumbs down .

Naiyou no Nai Tegami (Letter With No Content) is a fantastic album track simply because hip hop/rap duo Hilchryme had a hand in writing & composing this no. .

The lyrics for Naiyou no Nai Tegami were written by vocalist/rapper TOC while the music's composed by DJ KATSU .

People who have followed my blog would have known in recent times , I have become a rather big fan of this really talented duo so I wasn't surprised that they did such a great job in line in 'giving' Naiyou no Nai Tegami for NEWS to sing .

Song wise , even if you don't listen to Hilchryme , it's something that's well recommended to listen .

With Naiyou no Nai Tegami being such an emotional driven ballad , it's hard not to like something like that .

I'm real curious as to whether Hilchryme be covering Naiyou no Nai Tegami in their future releases but I leave this as it's for now .

Endless Summer is the last album track in LIVE (ie. if you get the CD + DVD edition) & I think it conclude things very well .

It's 1 of those songs that you listen to , around the time when Summer is going to conclude but whatever you have experienced during that particular time frame/season , you want those memories to continue/live on in your memory .

Endless Summer is a song that I really enjoyed on 1st listen & I also like the harmonisation of vocals going on for NEWS as everything's well put together .

The last 2 songs are only found in the CD only edition of LIVE .

Originally found as a B-side / live version in the CD only edition of Koi no ABO , it's Share .

This's so far the only song that's written & composed by NEWS together .

I'm real happy that a studio treatment has been given for Share as I really liked the live version which was recorded from Tokyo Dome .

Between the live & studio takes of Share , there's not much significant difference . The only prominent changes is that for the studio version of Share , the vocals for NEWS have been twerk a bit slightly , especially at the end where you can hear subtle backing vocals .

Other than that , Share is still something that's definitely worth checking & the fact that the whole group wrote & composed it together , makes Share a keeper in its own right .

Originally found as track #5 in NEWS's last album color , it's Forever & in LIVE , it has been titled as Forever (Unplugged Ver.) .

This's the final track prior to wrapping things up in LIVE & NEWS did a good job in giving Forever an updated/unplugged version .

I already have liked the orignal take of Forever when color was released so it didn't surprise me that I like the unplugged version pertaining to the song .

The unplugged version of Forever sees a more stripped down / unplugged feeling . I always have a weakness if songs are being done in this manner . For that , Forever (Unplugged Ver.) gets my stamp of approval .

Like what I mentioned in the beginning prior to my proper review of NEWS's LIVE , it's NEWS's 1st album not to include any duo/trio pairings when comes to album tracks , so all the album tracks are sung together as a group in whole .

Frankly , it's a move that I welcome , seeing that in general , I do enjoy listening to LIVE from the start to the beginning .

For me , I was happy in this case , they have ditched the whole duo/trio pairings tactic which worked well in color & also in pacific , as I feel it's not fair for just Yamapi & Ryo to be given solo songs & then the other 4 members being delegated to duo/trio pairings when comes to delivering the album tracks .

That's not to say the album doesn't have any flaws . For LIVE , I'm not able to find songs that're sequels to past standout album tracks like SNOW EXPRESS , FLY AGAIN , Ai no Matador & etc .

But aside from this minor flaw , NEWS has proven once again that when comes to delivering songs together as a group , they nailed this aspect downpat & I still feel that vocally , they're 1 of the better ones in Johnny's as all of them are able to carry a tune or 2 well .

NEWS will be releasing their 13th single Fighting Man on 3rd Nov & concidentally or not , 3rd Nov is member Ryo Nishikido's 26th birthday .

ayumi hamasaki - Virgin Road

CD Only Type A

CD Only Type B

CD + DVD Type A

CD + DVD Type B

Virgin Road is a song taken from ayumi hamasaki's 50th single L which will be released next week on 29th Sept .

L will be released a week after ayumi's previous single crossroad , as part of her 50th Single Project .

Marking this landmark in releasing 50 singles in her career , L is a maxi single consisting of 3 new songs but only 2 tracks get music videos , with Virgin Road being 1 of them .

The last maxi single that ayumi released was & , which was released some 7 years back .

Virgin Road can be heard in the ads of & just like crossroad , it's composed by Tetsuya Komuro .

Honestly , I really like Virgin Road on 1st listen despite the somewhat ridiculous title . It's a nice heartwarming ballad which's pretty much piano driven .

Also , I like the subtle Gospel tinged touches that're thrown in Virgin Road for good measures . Not to mention , you also can hear slight Wedding influences too prior to the conclusion of Virgin Road .

Verbally , it might sound weird/wrong but all these elements actually come together to form this unique music combination .

Sweet Season is the other song that gets a music video in L .

Aside from that , the following tunes serve as B-sides in the single :

- Last angel
- crossroad (Orchestra version) (CD Only Track)
- SEVEN DAYS WAR (Orchestra version) (CD Only Track)
- SEVEN DAYS WAR (TK Acoustic Piano version) (CD Only Track)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


CD Only


2) sad to say
3) L.I.P.S.
4) Jealous
5) Bad Girl.
6) dear my friend
7) stage ~interlude~
8) This Is Not A Game
10) Koi (Love)
11) what you want ?
12) No More
13) Dreamin'
14) Why

GOLD is JASMINE's debut album & it was released this year on 21st July .

5 singles & 4 B-sides are included in GOLD . Its peak position on the Oricon albums chart was #3 , giving JASMINE her very 1st top 10 position on Oricon .

PRIDE is the 1st song to kick off GOLD . I guess I can consider this as a rather long introduction song .

I think it would have been better if PRIDE was a full length no. as I really enjoy what it had to offer . I like PRIDE for being fast paced & very heavily piano driven while retaining the signature R&B and Pop sounds that JASMINE is known for .

Still , PRIDE is something that will set the bar on what to expect for GOLD .

sad to say is JASMINE's debut single & it was used in the ads of Recochoku .

I kind of wish that I started listening from sad to say onwards as it did not happen for my case .

Then again , sad to say did really well for a debut single , in terms of its peak position on Oricon & I like the song in terms of the lyrical content & the melody complimenting the tune is ain't 1/2 bad either .

L.I.P.S. was originally found as the B-side track of JASMINE's 5th single Dreamin' .

This's 1 B-side that I'm really happy to see being included in GOLD . I remembered when I reviewed about Dreamin' , I was really impressed just how catchy/solid L.I.P.S. is .

L.I.P.S. is 1 of my fave B-sides of JASMINE . To say that I'm delighted the song's included in the tracklist , it's an understatement so to speak .

Jealous is JASMINE's 4th single & this's the 1st song I listened to of her . As such , I still hold this song in rather high esteem .

Song wise , Jealous has a more Enka twist which JASMINE mixed things up with R&B and Pop . This's something I don't mind , seeing that her other singles do not sound the same as so .

Bad Girl. is the 1st album track & with a title like Bad Girl. , it sure's downright angsty & bad ass .

The song has a more harder edgy sound attached to it . It's almost like L.I.P.S. , except Bad Girl. is more mean & in your face which I really like .

dear my friend is the next album track after Bad Girl. .

The story behind dear my friend is that after graduating from junior high , JASMINE started to become unhappy with her life & contemplated suicide . Her friend Ogawa talked her out of it which became the inspiration for dear my friend .

I do admit that I did not find dear my friend memorable . But after I found out the real meaning behind the song , I feel it's 1 of those songs that're born from life lessons that will serve as positive affirmations to a listener .

I still don't find dear my friend catchy but it doesn't mean that I don't appericate the lyrical content/symbolics behind it .

After a 1 min interlude titled stage ~interlude~ , it flows well to the next song This Is Not A Game which's JASMINE's 3rd single .

I still remembered that I was real impressed when I 1st heard This Is Not A Game . It has a lot more angst & bite as compared to JASMINE's other songs which I adore in that aspect .

Then again in general , all the singles included in GOLD are great in their own little unique manner & this's no exception for This Is Not A Game .

The next 3 songs were originally found as B-sides in JASMINE's singles .

CLUBBIN" was originally found as the 1st B-side of her 2nd single No More .

Just like L.I.P.S. , CLUBBIN" is also another song I'm real happy to see in GOLD as I feel it really pawns the A-side by a significant great deal .

I still like the electric guitar riffs that you can hear in CLUBBIN" , which gives the song plenty of attitude & spunk .

Also if you notice , the style that JASMINE used in CLUBBIN" is a bit different where it leans more towards rapping rather than singing which I think it's cool .

Koi (Love) is the 2nd B-side of her debut single sad to say . Likewise , I have no problems with JASMINE including Koi as I feel it's a solid no. & I wasn't surprised to see this song after CLUBBIN" as both of them are almost in the same music vein .

Except for Koi's case , it takes on a more standardised upbeat R&B/Pop route .

what you want ? is the 2nd B-side of No More & it's also incidentally the final B-side that's found in GOLD .

Unlike the other 3 B-sides , what you want ? is something that I rather don't find in GOLD because up to now , I still feel that it's 1 of JASMINE's weaker B-sides as it doesn't have the oomph/X-factor which I'm looking out for .

I rather JASMINE include other B-sides in GOLD , such as MY LIFE , MY LOVE , MY ALL or maybe even I Need You to Survive as both B-sides are really strong but since what you want ? is found as so , I will respect JASMINE's decision in including in GOLD .

From a B-side to an A-side (the last 2 for that matter) , the attention now turns towards No More , which's JASMINE's 2nd single .

I think out of the 5 singles that JASMINE has released/included in GOLD , I probably consider No More as the weakest outta the bunch as I feel it sounds like a typical R&B/Pop song which doesn't have anything special going on for me to relisten to over & over again .

Also , in this situation , I feel the 2 B-sides are somehow more superior sounding than the A-side too , in which for this case , I kind of suspect as to why the whole No More single is included in GOLD .

Dreamin' is JASMINE's 5th single & it's also the last single found in GOLD .

What a keeper Dreamin' is ! This's still til date the only single she released that's of a power ballad .

It's more Gospel driven which's fantastic & JASMINE basically just let her vocals do most of the work in this simple but yet understated song which's great .

Why is the last album track before wrapping things up in GOLD & I think it's quite fitting to conclude things with this song .

Vocal power wise , it's almost identical to Dreamin' except for Why's case , it has a more mainstream R&B/Pop sound attached . I don't know if it's a good or bad thing but I like just how enpowering JASMINE sounds in Why .

What a debut album offering JASMINE has made with regards to GOLD . It has been a while since I last enjoyed a debut record that's chokeful of many solid R&B/Pop songs , with ballads thrown in for good measures too .

Like what I mentioned before , I think this girl has a lot of potential to make it big in the music business . She got solid vocals , unique if not intricating images to compliment her releases & the fact that JASMINE has a hand in doing mostly everything hands on , she gets my respect .

The only problem I have with GOLD is that yes if you have all of her singles , you naturally will feel cheated as already , you can find 4 B-sides in the tracklist .

Also , with just 3 new album tracks , they had a tough time stalking up against the A & B-sides in GOLD but other than dear my friend which didn't somehow live up to standard , Bad Girl. & Why are pretty good .

With that said , I had a good time listening to GOLD from the start til the end & I'm sure that this's not the last time you will see of JASMINE & I'm already looking forward to see what else she has in store for everyone in time to come .

Bring on the next single now !

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

SID - cosmetic

CD Only

CD + DVD Type A

CD + DVD Type B

cosmetic is SID's 7th single . It will be released next week on 29th Sept & this comes in about 3 months + since the release of the previous single Rain .

The A-side has been described as a song that has funky rhythms & a laidback muscular rock sound to compliment it .

Finally , something a bit different from SID ! After releasing a string of rather fail safe Rock songs , they have decided to do something a bit different & it's evident in cosmetic .

Despite the song being a bit too short for my liking , you can't help but be drawn into it on 1st listen . The melody is something that's really captivating & like what it has been described earlier on , cosmetic is catchy , funky & just downright sexy .

Credits has to go to guitarist Shinji for composing such a really memorable song & this's probably 1 of their stronger/solid A-sides they have released to date & it's so catchy & lovely .

The following songs serve as B-sides in the single :

- Sugu Soba de (Very Close)
- Memai (Dizziness) (Live from 『Ichiban Suki na Basho 2010』)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

JASMINE - sad to say

1) sad to say
2) i'm in luv wit u [1989 remix]
3) Koi (Love)
4) i'm in luv wit u [laid back remix]

sad to say is JASMINE's debut single . It was released last year on 24th June & its peak position on the Oricon singles chart was #13 .

The song was used in the ads of Recochoku . Lyrics wise , JASMINE cowrote the song with Jeff Miyahara . Both of them composed the music together with Atsushi .

For a debut single , sad to say is the perfect start/footing which JASMINE had which defined basically what she has to offer : meaningful lyrics which're accompanied by a smooth mix of Pop and R&B .

Even though Jealous was her 4th single , it was the 1st song I heard of her & not sad to say . So if you haven't got a chance to check out her material , then I guess sad to say is a good way to start .

There're 3 B-sides in the single . The 1st one is something called i'm in luv wit u [1989 remix] .

I'm not sure why JASMINE tagged i'm in luv wit u [1989 remix] as so but anyway it's a nice mid tempo song to compliment sad to say .

Koi (Love) is the 2nd B-side & oh I really like this on 1st listen . The song is a lot more upbeat & uptempo to get the groove going & it has plenty of attitude & spunk .

The song was eventually found as track #10 in JASMINE's debut album GOLD .

i'm in luv wit u [laid back remix] wraps up sad to say & for this as the remix title suggest , it presents a more calmer & laidback version of the song .

I frankly have no issues with i'm in luv wit u as each remix presents a different side of the tune .

I have finished reviewing/writing JASMINE's 1st 5 singles & I will be doing a review on her debut album GOLD soon which should be up in due course .

I feel each of the singles that she has released so far are equally solid in their own respective right & this's 1 really talented young lady which can really go far in the long run .

It's never too late to give her material a listen , that's for sure & what better way to start than with her debut single offering , sad to say .

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

GLAY - Precious's B-sides

The following songs serve as B-sides in GLAY's 42nd single Precious which was released last week on 8th Sept :

- HEART SNOW ~Kokoro ni Furu Yuki~ (~Snow Heart~)
- Kanojo no (Her) "Modern ..." (Sairoku) (Re-recorded)
- 10th ALBUM 『GLAY』 Yokokuhen (Trailer)

The single debuted at #2 with 1st week sales of 63,267 .

With a title like HEART SNOW ~Kokoro ni Furu Yuki~ , even before you give the song a listen , you might have guessed in a way or 2 that it's going to be a ballad which's true to a certain extent .

HEART SNOW ~Kokoro ni Furu Yuki~ doesn't stray that much from how Precious is , except for this case , HEART SNOW ~Kokoro ni Furu Yuki~ takes on a more somewhat positive sounding music approach which I really like .

The 2nd B-side Kanojo no "Modern ..." is actually a re-recorded version of the group's 3rd single which was released way back in 16th Sept 1994 .

I have no idea as to why GLAY chose to re-record Kanojo no "Modern ..." & since I do not know how the original sounds like , I will treat it as a new song .

Kanojo no "Modern ..." has a lot of bite I have to say . After 2 rather slow mid tempo no.s , GLAY proves that they still can rock out with something like the re-recorded version of Kanojo no "Modern ..." .

I'm not sure whether the original take of the song was even more bad ass or something but I really have no complaints towards this updated version of their 1994 hit single .

10th ALBUM 『GLAY』 Yokokuhen wraps up Precious & for this , it's basically a collage of preview songs snippets on what to expect in due time when their self titled 10th album drops on 13th Oct .

If you're someone like me who's lazy to listen to preview snippets of songs , then I suggest you delete this file from your computer as most of the time , a preview of a song/video doesn't tend to do justice to the full length of a track eventually in the long run .

Somemore , it's less than a month's time before their new album will be released so waiting for a while before it's released , it wouldn't kill anyone at all ... sorta lol .

After more than 16 years in the business , GLAY proves that they still have it going on in them with this 'comeback' single release , Precious .

I really enjoy all the songs in the single & it's nice to know that for each single they have released , they still have that MIDAS touch/edge which keeps me enticed/coming back for more .

Precious will be included in the group's new self titled 10th album , as track #5 .

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

CD Review :: Domoto Koichi - BPM

CD Only

CD + DVD Type A

CD + DVD Type B

1) Bad Desire
2) IN & OUT
3) Ayakashi (Something's Strange/Suspicious)
4) Akatsuki (Dawn)
5) Slave of love
6) absolute love
8) Bounce up
9) Love Shines
10) Bad Desire -remix-
12) Ayakashi (Something's Strange/Suspicious) -2010- (CD Only Track)
13) No more -ver.DK- (CD Only Track)

BPM is KinKi Kids's Domoto Koichi's 2nd solo album . It was released on 1st Sept & it has been close to 4 years since the release of Koichi's debut solo album mirror .

Only 1 single is included in BPM , which debuted at #2 with 1st week sales of 140,040 .

Bad Desire is the 1st song that kicks things off & it's also the only album track which gets a music video but the clip is something that you're not able to find in both CD + DVD's of BPM .

Well , I can understand as to why Bad Desire has the honour of so , as it's a really solid & catchy hot if not seductive opening no. .

In fact , if you have watched the ads online promoting BPM , Bad Desire is the song that's being played in the background so yeah .

IN & OUT follows after Bad Desire . Both songs are dance pop but for IN & OUT , it has a much more aggressive & harder sound attached , in which Koichi mixed it up with synths that're thrown in for good measures .

Ayakashi (Something's Strange/Suspicious) is Koichi's 2nd single . It was released last year on 29th Sept & it's the only single being included in BPM .

Even though it has been almost close to a year since Ayakashi was released , it's a song that I'm still not bored with .

Just like Bad Desire and IN & OUT , Ayakashi follows in the same music vein , except the song is being accompanied by rather strong guitar riffs .

Akatsuki (Dawn) is the album's 1st ballad . It's a nice change after 3 upbeat thumping tracks back to back so hearing Akatsuki is quite a breath of fresh air .

On 1st listen , Akatsuki sounds like the successor to mirror's Kagen no Tsuki (Month Of Last Quarter) & needless to say , both songs are really solid ballads in their own right .

Akatsuki has a really lovely captivating melody which kept me entertained from the start to the end & this somehow distract me from the duration of the song which clocks in at close to almost 6 mins + .

Slave of love follows after Akatsuki . This song I feel borrows traits of Ayakashi & also , mirror's Spica as I think all the songs inclusive of Slave of love can be classified under the same music umbrella .

absolute love is track #6 & it's BPM's 2nd album ballad .

Unlike Akatsuki which has a rather grand sounding melody , in the case of absolute case , it's somewhat more softer & subdued , with it being quite piano driven to a certain extent .

I do admit that I found absolute love boring on 1st listen but in due time , I came to appericate the song , in that it's quite simplistic , sound wise .

The opening of the next song VANISH is a bit eh as I was being greeted by a rather mysterious futuristic instrumental piece .

But after that's out of the way , VANISH morphed itself into a rather standardised dance pop track . In fact , I feel that VANISH sounded a bit similar to Ayakashi's B-side Awaken Yourself , except the only difference is that VANISH has quite strong electric guitar riffs .

Bounce up follows after VANISH . For this , I kind of like Bounce up as the introduction had rather cool trumpet beats blaring for starters & also I thought it's only the opening that's like so .

Instead , it continues on until the end while being accompanied by subtle flute sounds .

And if that's not enough , I feel that Bounce up is quite Jazz driven which I frankly find it really nice , seeing that it's 1 of the few tracks in BPM that's not stereotyped in the dance pop music wagon .

Love Shines is 1 interesting song . The beginning of the song has a rather slow driven melody & then it transformed itself into a mid tempo dance pop no. .

I rather Love Shines stayed as a ballad because I feel that the song itself has lost its X factor in the 2nd 1/2 of the song & I almost lost interest in Love Shines soon after that .

The remix of Bad Desire follows after Love Shines .

I said many times before that I'm not really a remix person but I have to say I kind of enjoy the remix of Bad Desire .

Both takes of the song are still the same music vein ie. dance pop , except the remix of Bad Desire has a more urban club sound attached , which's perfect if you want to plug this remix loud & proud in a club to keep the crowd pumping .

The live version of SOLITARY was 1st revealed at the 2010 edition of Koichi's stageplay ENDLESS SHOCK & in here , it has been given the album treatment .

Ah , I really like SOLITARY on 1st listen simply because I feel it has traces of mirror's Ai no Jujika (Cross Of Love) ~Promise 2U~ to a certain extent , especially the bridge in both no.s which sound quite similar .

Not to mention , I also like the brief acoustic guitar riffs in SOLITARY too which gives the song a much needed edge it deserves .

The next 2 songs are only found in the CD only edition of BPM .

Way back in track #3 when I reviewed Koichi's 2nd single Ayakashi in which that song was released last year , for track #12 , the song has been spiffed up & modernised with an updated melody .

I have to say that I like Ayakashi -2010- . Compared to the original , the updated version of Ayakashi emphasised a greater deal on the Enka factor & has a much harder club sound attached to it .

I know it sounds like a music recipe for disaster but it frankly works in Koichi's favour & with that , I find it really cool .

The final track to wrap things off is No more -ver.DK- . This song is an updated version of No more , which was released as a single , 2 years ago on 30th April .

No more was used as the theme song for the movie version of the drama Sushi Ouji ! which starred Koichi himself .

The single was however not released under Koichi's name . Instead , No more was released under the name Maizu Tsukasa which's the name of his role in Sushi Ouji ! .

Since I never heard how the original take of No more sound like , I basically will treat No more -ver.DK- as a new song .

I think it's a great track to conclude things in BPM . No more -ver.DK- is downright bad ass & angsty driven , which's accompanied by strong electric guitar riffs .

I'm glad No more -ver.DK- is already fantastic in its own right , in the sense that it has a distinct identity to set itself apart from the other tracks in BPM & it's the perfect song to wrap things in the album .

After a long 4 years wait since the release of mirror , Domoto Koichi returned back in solo mode with this latest album offering BPM .

I honestly never expect Koichi releasing another solo album but I'm glad that he has done so , as I do respect & like his solo works .

On the other hand , 1 problem I find with regards to BPM is that most of the album tracks do not seem have an unique identity unlike for what happened in the case of mirror .

As such , at times I feel as though BPM seems to concentrate a lot more in the upbeat dance pop factor which's a pity as I think this kind of restrict/limit things .

That's not to say BPM is a bad album as in general , I do enjoy listening to it but that's the only major grouse I have towards the album .

With that said , I'm not sure whether will Koichi be releasing solo singles & let alone albums in the near future .

If somehow or another he's not going to do that anymore (for whatever reasons that I can't think of) , then I guess it's best to savour his solo works in mirror & also in his latest album offering in the form of BPM .

Monday, September 13, 2010

ayumi hamasaki - crossroad

CD Only Type A

CD Only Type B


crossroad is ayumi hamasaki's 49th single . It will be released on 22nd Sept & this comes less than 2 months after her last single MOON / blossom .

ayumi's latest single is the 2nd single offering release , as part of her 50th Single Project .

crossroad has been described as a mid-tempo ballad & this marks the 1st collaboration between ayumi & influential music producer/globe member Komuro Tetsuya .

The two last worked together on a duet with ayumi and globe's vocalist Keiko , making this the 1st solo collaboration between two of the most popular hitmakers in avex trax's history .

Aside from this , the song has been selected to be used in the ads of travel agency Qualita .

Honestly , I really like crossroad on 1st listen . Seeing that this's the 1st time Komuro composed something in ayumi's discography & given his background status , I was naturally expecting nothing but great things & luckily I was not disappointed .

Unlike MOON which some people have said it sounded a bit too similar to You were ... , I can't really find any other past song(s) of ayumi which you can compare against crossroad .

Also , I like the bridge in the middle of the song where you can hear a brief electric guitar piece that's thrown in for good measures as well .

If you know how some of globe's works sound like , then crossroad is taking a page or 2 from their discography & it's not surprising since Komuro was involved heavily in line with globe's material in the past , in terms of taking charge of their music & also vocals wise too .

The following songs serve as B-sides in the single :

- blossom (Clockwork yellow remix)
- MOON (Orchestra version) (CD Only Track)
- blossom (Orchestra version) (CD Only Track)

In the case of SEVEN DAYS WAR , it's also composed & produced by Komuro & the song is a cover by TM NETWORK which was released way back in July 1988 .

Concidentially or not , Komuro is a member in TM NETWORK .

Sunday, September 12, 2010

ARASHI - over (Løve Rainbow's B-side)

over serves as the B-side song in ARASHI's 32nd single Løve Rainbow , which was released on 8th Sept .

Løve Rainbow serves as the theme song for the drama Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku which stars Matsumoto Jun & it has been described as a cheerful summer dance tune .

It has been quite a while since ARASHI had a ballad for a B-side in their singles & that's what I feel when I 1st heard over .

over contrasts Løve Rainbow very well & also , I actually like the song on 1st listen & I did not really have any problems with it .

Furthermore , I think Sakurai did quite a good job in opening the song as so .

ARASHI has been gaining in a lot of popularity momentum in recent times & fresh off from releasing the RIAJ certified million album Boku no Miteiru Fukei (their 1st million certified album & let alone for this year) , they released their latest single offering Løve Rainbow .

I wouldn't lie that I will not consider Løve Rainbow as a fave single of the guys but the B-side over is good enough for me to plug the single on repeat mode for a while .

The group's 33rd single Dear Snow will be released next month on 6th Oct & it serves as the theme song to the film Ohoku starring Ninomiya Kazunari .

Friday, September 10, 2010

Kuroki Meisa - LOL !

CD Only


LOL ! is Kuroki Meisa's 3rd single . It will be released on 6th Oct & this comes in about 4 months + since the release of her previous single 5-FIVE- .

Kuroki's new song has been selected to be used in the ads of Kit-Kat in which you can see her in the ads themselves .

Ok I do admit , I was a bit skeptical after I found out Kuroki is releasing a song which's titled as so .

A while back ago when I reviewed the B-side of Matsushita Yuya's Bird / 4 Seasons single ie. L.o.L , in MY's context , you can hear the words Love Or Lust in the song .

For Kuroki's case , the words Laughing Out Loud can be heard in the chorus .

Frankly , I was having some deja vu vibes when I 1st heard LOL ! , especially since the beginning of the song , eerily sounded almost the same as Vanessa Hudgens's Let's Dance .

Compared to Kuroki's 1st 2 singles , I suppose LOL ! has a more Americanised/Westernised style , with what I said in the above paragraph . I don't know if it's a good or bad thing , as the people behind her new song , it's the same people who were responsible for Bad Girl .

Then again , there's no deny LOL ! is really catchy & I must admit , the chorus of the song are currently stuck in my head & that it will not go away , no matter how much I want to shut it from taking place .

Be Like That serves as the B-side of the single .

Thursday, September 09, 2010

flumpool - Kimi ni Todoke (Reaching You)

CD Only


Lawson Limited Editions

Kimi ni Todoke (Reaching You) is flumpool's 5th single . It will be released on 29th Sept & this comes about 3 months + since the release of the group's previous single reboot ~Akiramenai Uta~ (~Do Not Give Up Song~) / Nagareboshi (Shooting Star) .

The A-side will be used as the theme song for the movie which shares the same title . Kimi no Todoke (the movie) stars Miura Haruma as the lead actor .

Honestly , Kimi ni Todoke (the song) doesn't stray that much from the usual songs that flumpool has released in recent times .

Just like reboot ~Akiramenai Uta~ , Kimi ni Todoke is also quite long , at close to 5 mins + . The only somewhat significant difference between both songs is that in the beginning of Kimi ni Todoke , you can hear quite strong strings backing .

Then again , there's no deny flumpool does best at delivering such catchy & listenable cheery pop/rock songs with gusto .

The following songs serve as B-sides in the single :

- Boku no Sonzai (My Existence)
- Quville (LIVE at C.C.Lemon Hall)

Quville was originally found as track #10 in flumpool's debut album What's flumpool ?! .

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Hilcrhyme - Travel Machine

Cover For Both CD & CD + DVD's Editions

Travel Machine is Hilcrhyme's 6th single . It will be released on 22nd Sept & this comes in about 3 months + since the release of the duo's previous single Loose Leaf .

I really like Travel Machine on 1st listen . Unlike Loose Leaf , Travel Machine is a lot more angsty & fast paced driven . This is accompanied by a really strong piano backing .

Just like their other songs , the lyrics for Travel Machine is written by vocalist/rapper TOC while the music's composed by DJ KATSU .

Travel Machine doesn't stray that much from what Hilcrhyme is best at doing & to me , Travel Machine is really solid & for an A-side , it's really memorable on 1st listen & I also adore the catchy hooks attached to the song .

Please Cry serves as the B-side no. & for this song , it was originally found as track #10 in their debut indie album Nettaiya before they went major with Universal Japan .

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Matsushita Yuya - L.o.L. (Bird / 4 Seasons's B-side)

L.o.L. serves as the B-side no. in Matsushita Yuya's 6th single Bird / 4 Seasons which was released last week on 25th Aug .

Bird / 4 Seasons debuted at #18 with 1st week sales of 6,920 .

Despite the somewhat ridiculous song title , L.o.L. is actually fantastic ! For me , I was surprised that it's actually a mid tempo R&B no. & in this context , L.o.L. means Love Or Lust & you can hear these 3 words in the lyrics .

I prefer L.o.L. a lot more than Bird frankly speaking . It definitely has a lot more potential to be an A-side song , rather than slotting this as a B-side no. . Then again , MY's B-sides in general are really good & this's no exception for L.o.L. .

Bird / 4 Seasons is MY's 1st double A-side single release & he did justice in releasing such a solid single .

You want a heartbreaking emotional tear jerky ballad ? Listen to Bird . If ballads are not your thing , then the shimmery cheery summer upbeat song 4 Seasons will be something for you to enjoy . With 4 Seasons being MY's 1st summer song in his discography , I have to say he did a great job in it .

I don't know if MY will release another single , seeing that 2010 is coming close to an end but I don't mind if he release a winter ballad which he did for his 2nd single LAST SNOW .

Monday, September 06, 2010


1) No More
3) what you want ?

No More is JASMINE's 2nd single . It was released last year on Oct 28th & its peak position on the Oricon singles chart was #15 .

The song was used as the opening theme no. for CDTV last Nov . Credits wise , the lyrics for No More were written by JASMINE while she co-composed the song with Jeff Miyahara , daido & Pochi .

Frankly speaking , No More is a pleasant Pop and R&B tinged no. . What I like about the song's that JASMINE didn't went over the top when comes to delivering such a rather emotional charged mid tempo song .

Also , I feel No More is pretty catchy/memorable on 1st listen too .

There're 2 B-sides in the single in which both of them were eventually found as tracks in JASMINE's debut album GOLD .

The 1st B-side CLUBBIN" is a rather hot song . Unlike most of JASMINE's B-sides , you can hear quite significantly strong electric guitar riffs being used in the melody for CLUBBIN" which have been combined with JASMINE's vocals .

In addition , you can hear quite a fair amount of singing/rapping done co-currently by JASMINE too which I find it quite refreshing/cool as not all her songs follow this

what you want ? is the 2nd B-side of No More . If CLUBBIN" is not your cup of tea , then probably what you want ? is something that brings you to familiar music terriorty grounds of JASMINE , seeing that the song is basically a standard Pop and R&B offering .

I should add that what you want ? is still a song that's worth listening to .

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Koda Kumi - Suki de , Suki de , Suki de. (I Like You , I Like You , I Like You.) / Anata Dake ga (Only You)

CD Only


Suki de , Suki de , Suki de. (I Like You , I Like You , I Like You.) / Anata Dake ga (Only You) is Koda Kumi's 48th single . It will be released on 22nd Sept & this comes in less than 2 months + since the release of Koda's previous single Gossip Candy .

The 1st A-side Suki de , Suki de , Suki de. centres on pure, devoted love . It has been described as a touching ballad that guarantees to be as touching as Koda's previous hit ballad Ai no Uta (Love Song) which was her 37th single release .

In the case of the 2nd A-side Anata Dake ga , it's about a situation when you can't see your partner & forgeting about the other party .

Aside from that , Anata Dake ga has been selected to be used as the theme no. for the NHK drama Second Virgin , starring Suzuki Kyoka .

No doubt that both A-sides are ballads but what I like is that each song has a distinct identity .

For Suki de , Suki de , Suki de. , you can hear how emotional driven Koda sounds like & also despite the somewhat sad message surrounding the song , you can sense positive after effect vibes after you listen to the A-side of the single .

In Anata Dake ga , it's a lot more laid back & slower . Unlike Suki de , Suki de , Suki de. , Anata Dake ga is piano driven which I really adore . I thought the 2nd A-side might get overshadowed by Suki de , Suki de , Suki de. but surprisingly , this did not happen which's great .

It's hard for me to decide which A-side ballad I prefer as like what I said before , both songs are really strong in the ballads department & it has been a while since Koda delivered 2 back to back kick ass ballads for a single release too .

The B-side of the single is an updated version of walk which has been renamed as walk ~to the future~ .

walk ~to the future~ will get a music video & the original take of the song was originally found as track #14 in Koda's debut album affection .

Saturday, September 04, 2010

V6 - Catch

CD Only



Catch is the 2nd A-side of V6's 37th single only dreaming / Catch which was released a few days ago on 1st Sept .

only dreaming was used in the 5th season of AsahiTV's Shin Keishicho Sosa Ikka 9 Gakari drama which stars member Inohara Yoshihiko .

While for Catch , it's used in the ads of Waseda Academy in June & the theme centres on basketball .

Unlike only dreaming , Catch did not get a video despite being an A-side .

Honestly , despite listening to Catch quite a few times alongside with only dreaming , I can say that it's 1 of the group's weaker A-sides to date .

On 1st listen , Catch sounds like a sequel from last year's Spirit . I feel both songs are quite similar , melody wise but that's that .

Except that unlike Spirit & only dreaming , I do not find Catch memorable or anything special . It feels as though it's a poor carbon copy of Spirit .

Perhaps that's probably the reason as to why I favour only dreaming a great deal & I'm not really that surprised as to why Catch did not get a video .

It's a grower for sure but Catch is not something that I will listen to , as frequently as I would like to .

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