Sunday, September 29, 2013

Saito Kazuyoshi - Always

CD Regular

CD Limited + Goods (original tote bag and 4 badges in a special package to celebrate Saito's 20th career anniversary)

1) Always
2) Car Radio

Always is Saito Kazuyoshi's 42nd single & it was released on 18th Sept .

Released 5 months + after Saito's previous single One More Time , Always is his 2nd single to celebrate Saito's 20th anniversary this year in the business .

Saito is known for utilising great melodies for his songs & no exception goes for Always which's such a fun ditty . It's a real joy to listen to Always as it puts me in a really good mood .

Car Radio serves as the B-side for this single . The song was picked as JAPAN FM LEAGUE 20th ANNIVERSARY SONG & it has a music video despite being a B-side no.

I don't like Car Radio as much as Always as I feel the B-side is quite rowdy sounding as it's mainly Saito that's saying & not singing in the song . Hence , it's something I will not listen to on a regular basis .

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Saito Kazuyoshi & after the release of One More Time , he's back with his 2nd single release for this year in the form of Always .

Saito's 43rd single Kagero will be released next month on 16th Oct .


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

CD Review :: Yamashita Tomohisa - A NUDE

CD Regular

CD Limited + Goods

CD + DVD

1) SING FOR YOU
2) Ke・Sera・Sera
3) Ano Niji no Mukou Made
4) Kimi no Kaze ni Natte
5) Parade
6) EVERYBODY UP
7) Genshiteki Janai to ~Analog Love~
8) NEXTACTION Feat Kis-My-Ft2's Fujigaya Taisuke
9) PAri-PArA
10) MAGIC
11) Stand Alone
12) Shinkirou
13) Natsu no Orion (CD Only Regular & Limited Editions Track)

A NUDE is Yamashita Tomohisa's 3rd album & it was released on 11th Sept .

Yamapi's latest album comes in about 1 year 2 months since his previous album Ero . Only 1 single Ke・Sera・Sera is included while his 8th single SUMMER NUDE '13 is excluded from A NUDE .

A wide variety of artists were involved with A NUDE , including AI , corin. , STY , Jeff Miyahara , ☆Taku Takahashi (m-flo) , Nakajin (SEKAI NO OWARI) , Passpied , Maeyamada Kenichi , MIYAVI , Mori Daisuke , MONKEY MAJIK , RYOJI (Ketsumeishi) , Rake & THE LOWBROWS .

The theme of A NUDE is "Autumn=Autumn's Nude" . The "A" in the title stands for 3 things : A for Autumn , "ee" in Kansai dialect & A for Analog .

SING FOR YOU kicks off as the album's opening track & what a song it's .

I think so far , SING FOR YOU has to be my fave album opening no. from Yamapi with it being very engaging & memorable .

Ke・Sera・Sera is Yamapi's 7th single . The only single included in A NUDE , the song is described as a jazzy uptempo pop number & it was chosen to be used as the theme song for the late-night drama Shinryochuu -in the Room- , a school drama starring SMAP's Inagaki Goro .

I still think Ke・Sera・Sera is a great single & it's 1 of the more musically versatile sounding songs which Yamapi released in recent times .

Ano Niji no Mukou Made is the 2nd album track & this's a rather chilled back sounding no. that's piano driven . I like it but somehow I feel Yamapi's vocals are not as good as what I was hoping for .

Kimi no Kaze ni Natte follows after Ano Niji no Mukou Made . Yamapi sounds quite dreamy in here . I don't think I will consider Kimi no Kaze ni Natte as a fave album track of mine as there're many other great songs that're available in A NUDE .

Parade is track #5 & as the title suggests , it's something that's pretty much pays homage , song wise . Plenty of parade/circus influences could be heard in Parade which makes things really fun if not entertaining .

EVERYBODY UP follows after Parade . This song is quite interesting with it being the only English/Engrish sounding track & let alone it has quite an Americanised hip hop meets guitar sound influences coming from it .

Despite this , I actually like EVERYBODY UP although Yamapi could work a bit more on his English pronunciation as certain words he pronounced were hard for me to understand .

Genshiteki Janai to ~Analog Love~ is track #7 & it's the only album track in A NUDE to get a music video .

Song credits wise , Genshiteki Janai to ~Analog Love~ was TRICERATOPS's Wada Makoto while the melody was composed by Kubota Toshinobu , with the song being arranged by Osawa Shinichi .

I can understand why Genshiteki Janai to ~Analog Love~ is the only song to get a music video as it sounds very different if not unique . I thought the song sounds really good if not somewhat Autumn driven too .

NEXTACTION is the only collaboration track in A NUDE & this song features Yamapi's junior , Kis-My-Ft2's Fujigaya Taisuke .

I think it's great for both Yamapi & Fujigaya to team up together in NEXTACTION although I personally feel this song is something Kis-My-Ft2 might probably sing themselves as NEXTACTION is hard edge Rock driven .

That said , I give Yamapi credit for tacking a music genre that he usually doesn't do & Fujigaya's rapping skills are worth commending for in NEXTACTION .

PAri-PArA is track #9 . Song wise , it was written & composed by The MONSTERS in which Yamapi teamed up with SMAP's Katori Shingo .

This song is the shortest track in A NUDE & also the weirdest no. in the album as it's basically Yamapi saying/singing the same thing over & over again from start til finish , in different tone/settings . It's an interesting music style but it's not something I will go crazy over .

MAGIC follows after PAri-PArA & it's a fun upbeat song with it being catchy which leaves a good impression on me .

Likewise , the same thing goes for the next song Stand Alone which's actually 1 of my fave tracks in A NUDE as MIYAVI wrote & composed it .

In fact , when I 1st saw the album credits , the writing/composing credits for Stand Alone was the 1 that caught my attention & the ending results speak volumes . Once again Stand Alone is not a typical music style Yamapi undertakes but he managed to deliver in this aspect .

Shinkirou is the 2nd last song in A NUDE (provided if you purchase the CD + DVD edition of the album) . After a lot of upbeat no.s , it's great to slow things down significantly with Shinkirou .

I think Shinkirou is a very under-stated song & it's actually much more memorable than Ano Niji no Mukou Made which I thought that song was a bit on the boring side .

Only available in the CD regular + CD limited editions of A NUDE is a bonus track titled Natsu no Orion .

This song was cowritten by Yamapi with Kenn Kato & the melody for Natsu no Orion was composed by Yamapi himself .

Another stand out track , it's a nice soothing no. & considering it has personal input/contribution from Yamapi , Natsu no Orion is really a gem & it flows really well after Shinkirou too .

Yamashita Tomohisa , also known affectionately as Yamapi has most certain come a long way since the days when he was still the leader of NEWS . Now in solo mode , Yamapi has been more adventurous if not more daring in his solo career & his latest album release A NUDE is evident .

To me , I enjoyed Ero a lot but I feel A NUDE is much more musically versatile & more well put together , in terms of music & visual aspects . While Ero was an album I like , it suffered from a virtual aspect in which that was poorly executed .

But for A NUDE , everything's more well put together & the number of talented if not critically acclaimed musicians/artistes that worked on A NUDE speaks volume just how top notch production's .

As such , I guess that's why I enjoyed A NUDE tremendously & ever since Yamapi left NEWS for good to focus on his solo career , his solo material has become less mainstream but on the upside , he became much more braver to tackle/try new things he never explored before previously .

A NUDE is definitely an album highly recommended in checking out & hear what this group of musicians/artistes (Kubota Toshinobu , R&B artist AI , m-flo's ☆Taku Takahashi , MIYAVI , Kis-My-Ft2's Fujigaya Taisuke & etc) bring to the table by lending Yamapi a hand with their various versatile sounding expertise .


Sunday, September 15, 2013

CD Review :: Matsushita Yuya - #musicoverdose

1) #musicoverdose
2) Up To You
3) All MY LOVE
4) What Are We ?
5) Helpless
6) Sweet Love
7) Go Get It
8) Wait For You
9) Kanata e ‐Dokushou‐
10) Hallucination
11) LAST ALUCARD SHOW by ALUCARD
12) Second World
13) Nobody Knows
14) It's my Day off

#musicoverdose is Matsushita Yuya's 3rd album & it was released digitally via iTunes last month on 28th Aug .

No physical singles are included in #musicoverdose . Matsushita's latest album release was preceded by Sweet Love EP which this EP was released digitally 2 months ago on 31st July .

#musicoverdose (the song) & Nobody Knows are tagged with Explicit on iTunes .

Matsushita's last physical album release was his 2nd album 2U which was released last Feb while his most recent physical release was his 1st best album U ~BEST of BEST~ which was released last Dec .

From Sweet Love EP onwards , all future material of Matsushita will be released under his own independent label Japanese Dream Records & distributed via tunecore JAPAN .

Sharing the same title as the album , #musicoverdose is the 1st song in the tracklist . 1 of 2 explicit labelled songs , it's actually a very fun energetic R&B dance tune , something great to warm things up .

And frankly I don't find #musicoverdose (the song) explicit as the certain choice of swear words Matsushita said/sang in the song is quite commonly accepted although I couldn't help but find it rather amusing hearing him swear in English .

That said , the 1st 4 songs in #musicoverdose (the album) are solely written by Matsushita & he had a hand in co-composing #musicoverdose (the song) with √A so kudos to him on that note .

Up To You is the next song & another strong memorable R&B dance tune , it most certainly flows well after #musicoverdose (the song) .

On the other hand , the next song All MY LOVE has plenty of character if not attitude with it having such an aggressive if not very cool melody . I haven't heard any past album tracks of Matsushita that sounds like what ALL MY LOVE offers so it's definitely a nice change hearing this never before side of Matsushita .

What Are We ? originally serves as the B-side in Matsushita's Sweet Love EP in which this song was written by Matsushita + with him sharing co-composing duties with √A .

I still think What Are We ? is a really solid B-side & I definitely have no complaints seeing this song being included in #musicoverdose as it has a great contrast to Sweet Love .

Helpless is the next song . After 4 back to back rather upbeat R&B tunes , it was good for Matsushita to slow things down quite a fair bit in the form of Helpless .

This song is a nice mid tempo tune but I don't think it's a fave album track of mine seeing that there're other more great songs in #musicoverdose .

Sweet Love is found in Matsushita's Sweet Love EP , in which this mini album was released digitally on 31st July .

I still like Sweet Love & up to now , I feel that this song is on par with Matsushita's other Summer inspired song which's 4 Seasons . This track is 1 of 2 songs that Matsushita's long time composer Jin Nakamura composed which didn't surprise me but that said , Jin Nakamura still has it even up to now .

Go Get It follows after Sweet Love . Another rather unusual song , I wasn't sure what to expect before hearing Go Get It but turns out it's another fun sounding no. . Once again , Go Get It was written by Matsushita with him co-composing the song with √A .

From another self penned song to the next , in comes Wait For You . 1 of the more slower sounding songs in #musicoverdose , this piano driven no. was composed by Yuuki Odagiri whom also arranged the song too .

The next 2 songs are new re-recorded versions of tracks in which both of them originally serve as B-sides in 2 of Matsushita's past single releases .

Kanata e ‐Dokushou‐ was originally found as the B-side track in Matsushita's 3rd single Honesty . This served as the ending theme song for the musical adaption of the manga series Kuroshitsuji in which Matsushita portrayed Sebastian Michaelis .

I was definitely surprised to see Kanata e ‐Dokushou‐ in #musicoverdose because with regards to the original take of Kanata e ‐Dokushou‐ , it was 1 of my least fave B-sides of Matsushita .

That said , the updated/newly recorded version of Kanata e ‐Dokushou‐ is actually better than the original & when I listened/compared both , I prefer the updated version as Matsushita sounded more stronger vocally , unlike the original take where he sounded quite weak .

In addition , the version of Kanata e ‐Dokushou‐ found in #musicoverdose has a much more polished orchestra driven melody which's plain lovely to boot .

Hallucination was originally found as the B-side of Matsushita's 5th single YOU . This served as the theme song for the musical Kuroshitsuji -The Most Beautiful DEATH in The World- Sen no Tamashii to Ochita Shinigami in which Matsushita portrayed Sebastian Michaelis for the 2nd time .

I actually like the original take of Hallucination but what I didn't expect for the updated version , it's much more longer , duration wise .

The original take of Hallucination was 5:51 mins but for what's offered in #musicoverdose , it's 7:11 mins which's easily the longest track in #musicoverdose . It's also the 2nd song that Jin Nakamura composed in the album , after Sweet Love .

Just like the updated version of Kanata e ‐Dokushou‐ , Matsushita brings Hallucination more up to date in #musicoverdose & it's interesting to note that both songs back to back were originally previously used in both musicals that were related to Kuroshitsuji .

LAST ALUCARD SHOW by ALUCARD is track #11 . The shortest track in #musicoverdose , this song is actually 1 of my fave album tracks with it having plenty of attitude & spunk .

Just like All MY LOVE , it's another music side of Matsushita I've never seen before & LAST ALUCARD SHOW is just plain aggressive sounding/in your face . It feels as though it's almost like a full blown out Rock track & this could have been mistaken easily if not for the fact that Matsushita's music roots still lies in R&B .

The next song is something titled Second World & it's actually a resung/rearranged song as the original title for this track was Bird .

Bird was the 1st A-side of Matsushita's 6th single Bird / 4 Seasons in which this song was used as the ending theme for the anime Kuroshitsuji II .

Once again with relations to Kuroshitsuji , Matsushita presents another song in this aspect & I definitely didn't expect him to resing/rearranged Bird & transforming it into Second World .

Bird is actually 1 of my least fave singles of Matsushita but for Second World , it's quite nice . It's a lot more slower than the other tracks in #musicoverdose but it's still worth a listen .

In addition , I appreciate the extra efforts Matsushita put into resinging/rearranging Second World as he's the one that wrote & composed Second World .

Nobody Knows is the 2nd last song & it's the 2nd song in the album that's tagged with an explicit label on iTunes after #musicoverdose (the song) .

Actually I don't know what's so explicit sounding about Nobody Knows but what I do know is that it's just a really weird if not creepy no. as it doesn't feel Matsushita is the 1 that's singing (or is it rapping ?) in it but the upside is that for Nobody Knows , Matsushita cowrote it with √A & √A arranged it .

It's my Day off is the final track in #musicoverdose & it's the 2nd song that Matsushita wrote & composed after Second World .

I like what It's my Day off offers & I think from the 2 compositions that Matsushita contributed in #musicoverdose , it's definitely a big time as writing & composing are 2 entirely different matters but I do enjoy both compositions from him . Hopefully for his future releases , he will have a more bigger input on the composing aspect of his material .

Matsushita Yuya's latest album offering #musicoverdose could be seen as a rebirth if not a start of a new chapter for him since this's his 1st album release to get released digitally .

I must say I really like what #musicoverdose offers overall & Matsushita is 1 of a few artistes I've been supporting/listening to since pretty much his debut . And with the release of #musicoverdose , he has definitely come a long way since his foolish foolish days .

Matsushita's 1st 2 albums I AM ME & 2U were great but the 1 drawback I have from both albums were the inclusion of many singles & B-sides , something both albums suffered which didn't leave much room for Matsushita to showcase/display his music potential .

But from what #musicoverdose offers , it allowed Matsushita to be more musically versatile than ever before & unlike in the past where most if not all of his songs were composed by Jin Nakamura , in #musicoverdose more people were involved in the creation/production .

That said , the personal input that went into creating #musicoverdose can be felt quite significantly & I think it's great that Matsushita has a lot more say on what should/shouldn't be included in #musicoverdose , something that I feel Epic Records didn't allowed him to do so .

Overall , #musicoverdose is a really solid album & I hope that Matsushita will release #musicoverdose in a physical CD format because I know for sure I will buy a copy should that idea materialised & I can't wait to see what else he has up his sleeves in due time .

This's not the end but only the beginning of a new music chapter for Matsushita Yuya .


Monday, September 09, 2013

ayaka - Hitomi wo Tojite (Close Your Eyes)

CD

CD + DVD

Hitomi wo Tojite (Close Your Eyes) is found as track #5 in ayaka's 1st cover album Yu-on Club ~1st grade~ that was released last week on 4th Sept .

Yu-on Club ~1st grade~ features covers of various songs that have inspired ayaka & 1 of the songs she has covered is originally sung by Hirai Ken .

Hitomi wo Tojite is Hirai Ken's 20th single & it was released 9 years ago on 28th April . The song was used as the theme no. for the movie Sekai no Chushin de , Ai wo Sakebu . Despite not reaching #1 on the Oricon weekly chart (with it settling for a peak position of #2) , it became the best selling single in 2004 .

Even though it has been 9 years since Hitomi wo Tojite was released , its long lasting musical impact/influence can still be felt even up to now , be it when BENI did an English cover of the song in her 1st cover album COVERS & right now for ayaka in which it speaks volume as it's still considered as 1 of Hirai Ken's most well known/famous songs to date .

Honestly , I love both the original (even up to now as it's something that never fails to strike a chord with me) & also what BENI + ayaka did respectively in covering Hitomi wo Tojite .

For ayaka's case , she went back to basics & basically let her voice do most of the work for her own rendition of Hitomi wo Tojite . As such , she only needed to utilise a very simple acoustic driven melody to back her up as it could be very easy to overdo a cover as the original's already very good in its own right .

I personally think ayaka did justice to what Hitomi wo Tojite offered & hopefully her next release will be something original . Not that I dislike cover albums but I thought it's a bit of a waste for her to sing covers & I rather she put out original material instead .


Saturday, September 07, 2013

CD Review :: JASMINE - Complexxx

CD

CD + DVD

1) High Flying
2) Best Partner

3) Addiction
4) Touch me on the Beach
5) B*TCH*S
6) I Hate You
7) Weekend High
8) ONLY YOU
9) Realize
10) ONE
11) HERO

12) I'll be there

Complexxx is JASMINE's 2nd album & it was released last month on 28th Aug .

JASMINE's debut album GOLD was released in 2010 & this time round for her 2nd album , Complexxx includes 5 singles , 3 B-sides & 4 new album tracks .

High Flying is JASMINE's 9th single . The 1st song slotted in the tracklist of Complexxx , it was JASMINE's 1st single to get released in 2 formats ie. CD regular & CD limited editions .

The song was picked to be used as the opening theme no. for CDTV in April & High Flying is described as an upbeat song which's an EDM tune that overflows with elation .

High Flying was produced by UTA , whom has worked with other artistes that include AI & Miura Daichi .

Best Partner is JASMINE's 8th single & it was the only release she put out last year .

I think singles wise , Best Partner is very inspirational if not meaningful sounding . The video that accompanied this mid tempo tune speaks volume which says a lot coming from JASMINE .

The next 3 songs are all B-sides no. .

Addiction served as the B-side in JASMINE's 7th single ONLY YOU while Touch me on the Beach + B*TCH*S served as B-sides no.s from Best Partner .

JASMINE's B-sides have always been top notch sounding to me , no exception goes to the above mentioned 3 B-sides so I really do not mind that she included them in Complexxx .

I Hate You & Weekend High are 2 of 4 album tracks included in the album . I Hate You is as expected a rather mean spirited in your face song while on the other hand , Weekend High is a fun spirited no. .

I thought Weekend High was interesting as towards almost the end of the song , it changed into a mini mash up , tune wise which I thought that was cool & it added a bit of an edge for what Weekend High offered .

ONLY YOU is JASMINE's 7th single & it was selected to be used in the ads of Sony Walkman's Play You . This song was the 2nd song of JASMINE to get used for promo with regards to Sony Walkman's Play You , the 1st was of her 6th single ONE .

Realize is the 3rd album track . Another standout strong no. , JASMINE definitely poured a lot of emotions if not plenty of spunk while delivering this song .

ONE is JASMINE's 6th single & it was selected to be used in the ads of Sony's Play You Walkman alongside with label mates YUI & Shota Shimizu .

The oldest single to be included in Complexxx , the 3 singers went out to find an inspiring sound to use in each of their songs . YUI chose to head for Sweden , while Shota & JASMINE went to New York City . All three used the experiences from their journey to help create their new tracks at the time of release .

JASMINE chose her theme to be reflective of words and sound – or how one must journey into themselves – resulting in the creation of ONE .

In addition , JASMINE worked with Grammy-winning producing team Stargate who's worked with the likes of Rihanna , Beyonce , Ne-Yo & Katy Perry .

I still like ONE even up to now & it was the last release of JASMINE that she adopted the whole colour coordination scheme as subsequently she dropped that idea .

HERO is JASMINE's 10th single . Her most recent single release prior to the release of Complexxx , HERO is described as an EDM track . A party anthem , this track was produced by m-flo's ☆Taku Takahashi .

The song is a cutting-edge dance track that holds a strong message for a friend who is going through hard times .

I remembered when I reviewed HERO , I did said that it was my least fave single release of JASMINE . Although the song has grown on me quite a fair bit since then , I still don't really like it as much as her other single offerings but I will give JASMINE some credit on what the song offers , lyrically .

I'll be there is the final song/last album track in Complexxx & this song was actually released digitally via iTunes on 14th Aug , 2 weeks before Complexxx .

This's actually the 1st album track I've heard & I think I'll be there is a good no. in wrapping up Complexxx pretty nicely . Somehow , I prefer this a lot more than GOLD's Why even though the Why (T.O.M Remix for JAS VEGAS) (that's found as the 2nd B-side in HERO) was enjoyable .

Finally after it seems like forever , R&B singer JASMINE has finally released her rather super long overdue 2nd album in the form of Complexxx !

JASMINE has always been 1 of my fave R&B artistes as she offers something a little bit more unique/extra as compared to the other R&B artistes I support/listen . But the 1 grouse I have on her is that she takes her own time (sometimes even longer than I expected) in putting out her release & at times it can get quite disheartening .

That said , I thought that Complexxx is really solid & it flows very well from the start til finish . Just like JASMINE's debut album GOLD , both albums have rather heavy emphasis in the inclusion of many singles & B-sides , no exception goes for Complexxx .

Thankfully , the 4 new songs in Complexxx are able to stack up against the singles & B-sides . I'm not sure if it's a Sony BMG thing (since Mika Nakashima also adopts the same thing for her albums) but I would have loved it if JASMINE included more new material in Complexxx .

But other than that , it's great to have JASMINE back in the music scene & here's hoping that I will not need to wait for another 3 more years for JASMINE to release her 3rd album .


Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Mika Nakashima - Boku ga Shinou to Omotta no wa

CD

CD + DVD

1) Boku ga Shinou to Omotta no wa (The Reason Why I Thought I'd Die)
2) Today
3) Sakurairo Mau Koro (When The Cherry Blossom Colours Dance) -natural edition-
4) Boku ga Shinou to Omotta no wa -Instrumental-

Boku ga Shinou to Omotta no wa is Mika Nakashima's 38th single & it was released last month on 28th Aug .

Mika's new single comes in 3 months + since the release of her previous single Ai Kotoba .

The covers of Boku ga Shinou to Omotta no wa is a collaboration with illustrator YKBX .

Mika approached amazarashi's Akita Hiromu for this collaboration as Boku ga Shinou to Omotta no wa originally belonged to amazarashi . It's an important song to Akita because he's held onto it for many years . Mika , who received the demo from Akita , commented , "It's a wonderful song . I want this song to be heard until the very end . If not , [the full emotion of it won't be conveyed] ."

On 1st listen , Boku ga Shinou to Omotta no wa sounds like nothing what Mika has done previously . I must admit I couldn't tell it's actually Mika as she sounded very different in the song .

Not that it's a bad thing but I could understand why Boku ga Shinou to Omotta no wa means a lot to Mika & this song is sung by her from a guy's perspective as in Japanese , only guys will use 'Boku ga' & not ladies .

There're 2 B-sides in the single , the 1st 1 is something titled Today .

Today is a light hearted no. that's acoustic guitar & piano driven , something that contrasts the emotional Boku ga Shinou to Omotta no wa quite a fair bit . Mika sounds totally at ease with herself while belting out Today which's great .

Sakurairo Mau Koro (When The Cherry Blossom Colours Dance) -natural edition- is the 2nd B-side in the single & the original version was 1st released on 2nd Feb 2005 as Mika's 14th single .

I always have a soft spot for Sakurairo Mau Koro as it was 1 of the 1st few Mika songs I've listened/heard when I started supporting her & for her to include an updated version of the song in Boku ga Shinou to Omotta no wa , I couldn't be any happier about it .

And be it for the original or updated version , both versions of Sakurairo Mau Koro are equally good with Sakurairo Mau Koro -natural edition- sounding a lot more laidback/chilled .

After collaborating with Nakajima Miyuki on Ai Kotoba , Mika Nakashima collaborates with amazarashi's guitarist/vocalist Akita Hiromu in her 2nd single release of 2013 in which her latest single release Boku ga Shinou to Omotta no wa is a rock ballad with an intense message in its lyrics .

Compared to Ai Kotoba , Boku ga Shinou to Omotta no wa offers something a little bit different from what Mika usually does . Although it's still a ballad , Boku ga Shinou to Omotta no wa presents a type of music style that Mika did not undertake until now which I think the music risk/gamble paid off .

All in all , Boku ga Shinou to Omotta no wa is a solid release coming from her .



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# 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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