CD Review :: Aoyama Thelma - 10TH DIARY
2 CDs Limited
2) doctor doctor
3) Isshou Nakama
4) don't call me
5) Aishiteru yo , Sayonara ,
6) only care about you
7) My Only Lover
9) Kimi ga Kimi de ite Kureru Kara
10) Nanda Kanda
10TH DIARY is Aoyama Thelma's 5th album & it was released on 6th Sept .
Aoyama's last full length album release was 2014's Lonely Angel . 10TH DIARY release was to celebrate Aoyama's 10th anniversary in the business & the album's release date happened 1 day after the release of Aoyama's 2007 debut single ONE WAY .
The inspiration behind 10TH DIARY covers & promo picture are based on ONE WAY as the single cover utilises sunflowers . 10TH DIARY includes 10 songs , inclusive of digital single My Only Lover .
All songs in 10TH DIARY were written by Aoyama . The 2nd CD in the 2 CDs version of 10TH DIARY is a 10TH ANNIVERSARY BEST MIX that includes 29 of Aoyama's songs , the long remix was handled by DJ RYO-Z .
Kicking things off in 10TH DIARY is tonight & the album opening track is surprising because it's a ballad unlike the next song doctor doctor which's an aggressive R&B upbeat no. .
Isshou Nakama was 1st released digitally on 30th Aug & a music video was made for the song with rapper AI , Kemio RIEHATA making cameo appearances .
don't call me is track #4 , followed by Aishiteru yo , Sayonara , which's the longest track in the album clocking in at almost 7 mins .
I was a bit daunted prior to hearing Aishiteru yo , Sayonara , but it's actually not bad despite the length .
only care about you is track #6 and lyrically the song's quite amusing but to hear Aoyama swear in it , that doesn't happen often from her .
My Only Lover was 1st released digitally back in Feb & it was chosen to be used as the 30th anniversary collaboration song for French cosmetics brand Guerlain's popular item Meteorites .
Written by Aoyama , the lyrics of My Only Lover show the singer's true feelings about wanting to fall in love .
Pancake & Kimi ga Kimi de ite Kureru Kara are the next 2 album tracks . Both of them are upbeat R&B songs and each of them is quite good in their own respective right .
Nanda Kanda wrap things up in 10TH DIARY and it's also the shortest song in the album . Unlike most of the other tracks , Nanda Kanda is very simplistic as it's just Aoyama singing alongside with an acoustic guitar which doesn't get any better than this .
Aoyama Thelma celebrates the 10th anniversary of her debut with the special album 10TH DIARY , which comes with 10 songs that exemplify her emotions & growth . The album's title harks back to her 1st album DIARY & the album cover features a sunflower, just like her debut single ONE WAY .
Honestly before hearing 10TH DIARY , I was sceptical as aside from My Only Lover , I wasn't sure what to expect from the album's new material .
But 10TH DIARY overall is surprisingly good & better than I've expected . I've supported/followed Aoyama pretty much since the beginning of her career so I know her music capability quite well & frankly Aoyama's most popular song Soba ni Iru ne is actually 1 of my least favourite as I find it very over-rated .
I still find it very unfortunate that after Aoyama's music peak , her career ain't the same as before but despite this , she still continue to release music & some of her non popular songs became some of my most favourite from her .
For Aoyama to release 10TH DIARY , it's kind of coming back full circle for her as both the visual concept & even the album's title paid homage to her debut which I thought it's quite cool .
I don't know how the future's like for Aoyama's music career but I enjoyed listening to 10TH DIARY and I will still continue to support her no matter how bad the circumstances are .