BENI - cover song/s from COVERS THE CITY
CD + DVD
COVERS THE CITY is BENI's 4th English covers album & it was released on 13th Sept .
BENI's last English covers album was 2013's COVERS 3 . In COVERS THE CITY , the album includes 12 Japanese to English cover songs & each Japanese to English cover track has "CITY POP" arrangements .
This time round , some of the songs BENI chose to cover include :
- Mahoutte Itte Ii Kana? (Ken Hirai's 40th single) ; track #7
- Kazoku ni Narou yo (1st A-side of Fukuyama Masaharu's 27th single Kazoku ni Narou yo / fighting pose) ; track #9
- Zutto Suki Datta (Saito Kazuyoshi's 38th single) ; track #10
- Mou Ichido ... (Dohzi-T's 12th single) ; bonus track / track #12 . BENI was featured in Mou Ichido ... . BENI subsequently released Mou Nido to ... as an answer song / her debut single under her now current stage name
In addition , 2 original songs Got A Feeling & CANDY are only available digitally via iTunes Japan .
4 years since the release of COVERS 3 , BENI brings the latest instalment of her Covers series , COVERS THE CITY . This time , she offers remakes of post-2010 hit songs by male artists & gives them a new spin with a "city pop" arrangement .
The songs BENI chose to cover in COVERS THE CITY are pretty recent releases from male artistes/groups and also they have a more modern sound .
I like BENI's unique take on Ken Hirai's Mahoutte Itte Ii Kana & this's the 3rd time that BENI covered Ken's material while her rendition on Saito Kazuyoshi's Zutto Suki Datta was quite good too .
That said , I'm not so keen on BENI's version of Fukuyama Masaharu's Kazoku ni Narou yo as the original was a ballad and for her to give it an upbeat spin , it's a bit strange .
Also , I'm surprised BENI chose to cover Dohzi-T's Mou Ichido ... & let alone BENI can be heard rapping in the song which's quite cool as this's the 1st time she has done rapping .
The 2 original songs Got A Feeling & CANDY are not bad either and I'm not surprised they're included as part of COVERS THE CITY as they have the same music style , it's a bit annoying that they're not included as part of the original tracklist & you have to purchase the songs via iTunes Japan .
I was really hoping BENI would release another concept album as last June's Shiki Uta summer was an interesting unique release , it reminds to be seen what will be her next move music wise but hopefully BENI can release something new before 2017 concludes ?