CD Review :: BENI - Undress
CD + DVD
2) DO IT RIGHT
6) Kimi no Kakera
9) DEEP SWEET EASY
14) Fun Fun Christmas (Bonus Track)
15) CLOTHES OFF (Secret Track)
Undress is BENI's 6th album & it was released last month on 25th Nov .
BENI's last studio album release was 2013's Red . In Undress , just 1 single Forever is included in the album & so's the single's B-sides BABY & TATTOO .
All 4 songs in Forever had music videos made & Forever's 3rd B-side CAT'S EYE is excluded but the video is included in the DVD tracklist of Undress .
INTRO kicked things off & Undress wasted no time in diving straight into the 1st album track DO IT RIGHT .
DO IT RIGHT is 1 of my favourite album tracks as it has a strong memorable melody & it's something that I like the moment when I 1st heard it .
The next album track is BFF . Prior to the physical release of Undress , this song was released digitally on 11th Nov .
Described as a sequel to Forever , BFF is an ode to friendship which's dedicated to BENI's best friend . A video was made for the song but it's not included in the DVD tracklist of the album .
Forever is BENI's 18th single & it's the only single included in Undress .
This was BENI's 1st single release since 2013's Konayuki & the Motown-tinged song has the theme of bonds , not just between lovers , but also between friends & family .
MEOW is the 3rd album track & already before hearing the song , I had a weird feeling about it as I didn't know what to expect .
Turns out , MEOW is a dance number but it sounded like there're different melodies strung together to form it . At the end of the day , MEOW is a rather weird song .
On the other hand , Kimi no Kakera is a nice mid tempo number and after hearing MEOW , hearing Kimi no Kakera in a rather simplified form is a nice change .
The next song Yokogao is a heartfelt ballad & there're not that many ballads in Undress so Yokogao is a standout no. .
Following Yokogao , it's PAPA & before the physical release of Undress , this song was released digitally on 18th Nov .
PAPA is dedicated to BENI's dad & just like BFF , a video was made for the song but it's not included in the DVD tracklist of Undress .
DEEP SWEET EASY is another favourite of mine as it's 1 of those chilled out mid tempo songs that's easy and pleasant on the ears .
BABY is the 1st B-side originally found in BENI's 18th single Forever . Promo wise , it was used to promote the pachinko machine CR Cat's ♥Eye .
SAYONARA follows after BABY & despite the title , it's actually an upbeat number but lyrics wise , it's a break up song .
Unusually , BENI sung SAYONARA almost entirely in English & the lyrics booklet in Undress even has a English to Japanese translation of the song that BENI personally translated which I thought it's pretty cool .
TATTOO is the 2nd B-side originally found in BENI's 18th single Forever & I'm glad to see TATTOO made the cut in Undress as when I reviewed Forever , I highlighted that TATTOO is my favourite B-side out of the 3 .
ZERO is the 2nd last album track & just like SAYONARA , it's an upbeat song but the lyrics contrast the melody . It's a bit borderline filler for me though .
Fun Fun Christmas is available as a bonus track in Undress & this was used to promote Japanese home furnishing store Francfranc last year .
This song was 1st included in the tracklist of 『Welcome To Precious Christmas presented by Francfranc』 V.A. (Produced by Ryosuke Imai) CD . The CD itself have both an English & Japanese version of Fun Fun Christmas .
Perhaps it's due to the holidays season , I guess BENI decided to include Fun Fun Christmas in the album tracklist . I don't mind it that much but it would have been nice for her to include Two Hearts as well , instead of making that song available only digitally .
If you buy Undress online and not the physical copy of the album , there's actually a secret track found in the tracklist titled CLOTHES OFF .
After Fun Fun Christmas , there's a 1:26 minute silence in which after that , CLOTHES OFF can be heard .
It's the 1st time for BENI to include a secret song in her albums & lyrically , CLOTHES OFF is probably 1 of BENI's most raunchiest songs to date but it fits the album title if you know what I mean .
Having celebrated the 10th anniversary last year , BENI returns with her 1st album in 2 years in Undress . The new album shows off BENI's well-honed pop sensibilities with catchy tunes in her latest album release .
I have been waiting for BENI to release a new studio album especially since she didn't released 1 last year as she put out BEST All Singles & Covers Hits which was to commemorate her 10th anniversary in the music business .
Before I heard Undress , I was a bit skeptical as I wonder if the album will be good as for her to release it with only 1 single backing it up , it was a risky move but luckily Undress more or less lived up to expectations .
Compared with BENI's past albums , the material in Undress feels quite autographical seeing that BENI has songs that she dedicated to her dad and her best friend which I thought it was a really sweet thing for her to do .
To me , I feel that Undress is a solid comeback album from BENI and for her to also include a secret track , that was a nice surprise too . Some might feel that this album is not as good as Red but maybe because I've deprived of new BENI material , I'm biased on this to a certain extent .
On that note , I really hope that BENI will be more musically active in 2016 as it's quite surreal knowing that in the past she used to release new music so fast until I can't keep up at times but now it's the complete opposite .
Either way , I hope BENI will release something new in 2016 .