Friday, November 30, 2018
Mika Nakashima - Sairen ~SAI_REN~
Sairen ~SAI_REN~ is a song by Mika Nakashima which was released digitally on 22nd Nov .
This track was chosen to be used as the insert song for Fuji TV's drama Tasogare Ryuseigun: Jinsei Orikaeshi, Koi wo Shita .
Sairen ~SAI_REN~ is described as a love ballad that portrays the "irresistible destined love" that the women in the drama experience .
Mika commented , "This is a song that speaks for a mature woman's feelings that is played by Nakayama Miho . It would make me happy if many people would enjoy this song with the drama ."
Sairen ~SAI_REN~ is a chilled out smooth sounding track which's no doubt very different from KISS OF DEATH . This brings back to what Mika does best during the early days of her music career .
Mika will release her new compilation album Yuki no Hana 15 Shuunen Kinen Best-ban BIBLE on 30th Jan 2019 and Sairen ~SAI_REN~ is included as track 3 in the 1st disc of Yuki no Hana 15 Shuunen Kinen Best-ban BIBLE .
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
GLAY - Urei no Prisoner / YOUR SONG
Cover for both CD & CD + DVD versions
1) Urei no Prisoner
2) YOUR SONG
3) Kanojo no "Modern..." Feat EXILE NESMITH (from LUNATIC FEST. 2018)
4) Yuuwaku Feat SUGIZO (from LUNATIC FEST. 2018)
5) FATE (from LUNATIC FEST. 2018)
6) Kimi ga Mitsumeta Umi (from GLAY x HOKKAIDO 150 GLORIOUS MILLION DOLLAR NIGHT Vol.3)
7) YOUR SONG (from GLAY x HOKKAIDO 150 GLORIOUS MILLION DOLLAR NIGHT Vol.3)
Urei no Prisoner / YOUR SONG is GLAY's 56th single & it was released on 14th Nov .
GLAY's last single release was last Nov's WINTERDELICS.EP ~Anata to Ikite Yuku~ .
The 1st A-side Urei no Prisoner was written & composed by guitarist TAKURO . 7/11 used the song as promotion in their ads & it's described as a powerful Rock number .
Before Urei no Prisoner / YOUR SONG was released physically , Urei no Prisoner was released digitally on 15th Oct .
The 2nd A-side YOUR SONG was used as an official support song for the special Olympics Japan and it's described as positive & uplifting .
Vocalist TERU wrote & composed YOUR SONG when he visited Chicago to watch the Special Olympics Unified Football Cup Chicago to cheer on the Japanese team in July .
Regarding YOUR SONG , TERU said , "Since this is the official support song for the Special Olympics Nippon , YOUR SONG is entrusted with extraordinary feelings . The Apecial Olympics is probably not recognised much in Japan but I hope people will come to know it through YOUR SONG ."
Both Urei no Prisoner & YOUR SONG had videos made and they were filmed in Los Angeles , California .
5 different live recordings serve as B-sides in Urei no Prisoner / YOUR SONG which were recorded from LUNATIC FEST. 2018 & GLAY x HOKKAIDO 150 GLORIOUS MILLION DOLLAR NIGHT Vol.3 .
After it felt like forever , GLAY is back with another great sounding single in the form of Urei no Prisoner / YOUR SONG .
I will not deny that between both A-side songs , I like YOUR SONG a lot more than Urei no Prisoner . I know TERU do not compose as much as the other GLAY members so for him to work on the melody of YOUR SONG besides writing it , it's great .
That's not to say Urei no Prisoner is not good , it's just that when I 1st heard it , it sounds like something that TAKURO wrote & composed which's quite classic GLAY .
In this case , YOUR SONG showcase a very different side of the group & when I heard it , I immediately can sense it's not something TAKURO worked on as it's not his music style .
That said , both Urei no Prisoner + YOUR SONG compliment each other really well and I enjoy watching the videos that accompanied both songs .
To wait for nearly a year for new GLAY material , it was worth it . Hopefully their next single release wouldn't be another almost year long wait again .
Sunday, November 25, 2018
UVERworld - GOOD and EVIL / EDEN e
CD + DVD
1) GOOD and EVIL
2) EDEN e
3) KINJITO８ (Live at Yokohama Arena 2017.12.21)
4) Harujion (Live at Yokohama Arena 2017.12.21)
GOOD and EVIL / EDEN e is UVERworld's 33rd single & it was released on 7th Nov .
This new single comes in 6 months+ since UVERworld's previous single ODD FUTURE while the group's last double A-side single release was 2016's WE ARE GO / ALL ALONE .
Both A-side songs have different promo tie in's :
GOOD and EVIL - promoted the Japan release of Venom movie that opened in Japan theatres on 2nd Nov .
Vocalist frontman TAKUYA∞ who wrote the lyrics for GOOD and EVIL says that he is a huge Marvel fan + was thrilled to provide the theme music for one of its movies .
TAKUYA∞ commented , "I was super happy when this was decided ." On GOOD and EVIL , he said, "To stay close to the movie's world view , we wrote a dark song with a sense of speed & the strength to rise to the top ."
EDEN e - used as the opening theme song to promote TV Tokyo's Investor Z drama . Despite EDEN e released alongside with GOOD and EVIL , no video made for the song .
2 live recordings serve as B-sides in GOOD and EVIL / EDEN e , the live renditions of KINJITO８ & Harujion were recorded last Dec at Yokohama Arena.
UVERworld's previous single ODD FUTURE was & is still a great song of theirs . Their music all the while always has been very difficult to get into as their music direction is not a very straightforward Rock route they undertake .
That's why when I 1st heard both GOOD and EVIL + EDEN e separately , on 1st listen , I wasn't sure if I like both songs but in this case , the more I listen to them , the more I gradually began to like them slowly .
I watched Venom in the cinemas so in a way that helped me to like GOOD and EVIL slightly a bit more as it's not often any Japanese artiste gets to provide a song to be used in a Hollywood movie , let alone a Marvel movie .
As for EDEN e , what stood out about the song is definitely the inclusion of Saxophone beats in it as it no doubts give an edge as compared to what GOOD and EVIL offers . It's a slight pity that UVERworld did not make a video for EDEN e , even though the video accompanied GOOD and EVIL were mainly concert footages .
Overall GOOD and EVIL / EDEN e is a pretty good single release & for UVERworld , if they get a song right , it will be a home run .
UVERworld will kick off 2019 with the release of UVERworld TYCOON TOUR at Yokohama Arena 2017.12.21 DVD + Blu-ray that will be out on 16th Jan 2019 .
Thursday, November 22, 2018
BENI - Last Love Letter
Last Love Letter is a song by BENI that was released digitally on 31st Oct .
This's the last track that BENI released and it's included as track 12 in her upcoming 7th album CINEMATIC that will be released next week on 28th Nov .
I was surprised that BENI decided to release 1 more song from CINEMATIC before its physical release as I thought she initially said she was going to release 4 songs digitally from July until Oct .
Nonetheless , I like Last Love Letter just as much as No one else like you but in this case , Last Love Letter takes on a much more sad dramatic tone .
Based on the material that BENI has released digitally the last few months prior to CINEMATIC , I like some but the rest I'm still on the fence . I do hope the reminding new material in her new album will be good , fingers crossed on that .
Saturday, November 17, 2018
ARASHI - Kimi no Uta
CD + DVD
Kimi no Uta is ARASHI's 56th single & it was released last month on 24th Oct .
ARASHI's latest single was released about 3 months + since their previous single Natsu Hayate .
Kimi no Uta was chosen to be used to promote TV Asahi current ongoing drama Boku to Shippo to Kagurazaka starring member Aiba Masaki .
The A-side is described as being about the everyday , seemingly mundane things that are part of people's lives that make up being in love with someone .
The new single has 4 B-sides , 3 in CD only and 1 in CD + DVD versions
- Sky Again (CD Only Track)
- Fake it (CD Only Track)
- Count on me (CD Only Track)
- White On White (CD + DVD Track)
Sky Again was used in JAL's Fly for it! ads starring ARASHI themselves .
ARASHI sings your song for their 3rd single of 2018 . Kimi no Uta is the theme song of the TV Asahi drama Boku to Shippo to Kagurazaka starring Aiba Masaki as a veterinarian . Much like Aiba's drama character , the title song has a warm melody and stirring lyrics .
When I 1st heard Kimi no Uta , it no doubt brings me back to 2 of ARASHI's past mid tempo singles , Everything & My Girl so depending on fans' preference , it could be a good or bad thing .
I still like Everything & My Girl so perhaps due to this , Kimi no Uta is 1 of ARASHI's most recent weaker selling singles which I feel it's unfortunate as for me , I like ARASHI's latest single offering but some might say it's a poor man cousin of both Everything & My Girl .
That said , it depends on the drama or movie that ARASHI is starring in as I can't expect another I'll be there or Breathless type of song that's used to promote a heartwarming drama as it wouldn't make sense .
The B-sides this time round are quite good . Count on me is my least favourite while I thought White On White could have gone all Jazz out as I like the 1st 1/2 of the song but not the 2nd 1/2 .
ARASHI's songs that they tend to provide for their JAL starring ads tend to good & Sky Again is no exception while Fake it contrasts Kimi no Uta extremely well .
2018 is about to come to an end soon & for once , I'm glad ARASHI did not release a new studio album this year as they've been doing that non stop since 2011 which lead to album fatigue as to me not all their studio albums they've put out have been great even though there were some like LOVE & THE DIGITALIAN that surprised me at the time of release .
Instead of putting out another studio album this year , ARASHI chose to focus in celebrating their impending 20th anniversary early as their new Dome tour ARASHI Anniversary Tour 5x20 kicked off yesterday .
And frankly it's about time for ARASHI to release a new best album which I hope that will materialise next year .
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
CD Review :: GRANRODEO - M・S COWBOY no Gyakushuu EP
CD + Blu-ray
1) Overture 2009 (Instrumental)
2) M・S COWBOY no Gyakushuu
3) Itsuka no Kudeta
4) Imaginary song
5) Vengeance (Instrumental)
6) odyssey ~Sono Nantonaku o Shiri Nakara~
M・S COWBOY no Gyakushuu EP is GRANRODEO's 1st mini album & it was released last month on 24th Oct .
No singles are included in M・S COWBOY no Gyakushuu EP . GRANRODEO's 1st mini album includes 6 tracks & 1 of them shares the same title as the mini album .
In addition , M・S COWBOY no Gyakushuu (the song) is the only album track that has a video made .
All songs in M・S COWBOY no Gyakushuu EP were written by vocalist KISHOW while guitarist e-ZUKA composed the entire mini album .
M.S COWBOY strikes back ! 9 years after the single release of 2009's modern strange cowboy , GRANRODEO tells M.S COWBOY's new story in the band's 1st concept mini album M・S COWBOY no Gyakushuu .
As the saying goes , good things come in small packages & this applies to M・S COWBOY no Gyakushuu EP .
I have a lot of fun listening to M・S COWBOY no Gyakushuu EP & the 4 songs included the mini album has a lot of different music elements that reminisces of modern strange cowboy which I find it really cool .
modern strange cowboy is still 1 of GRANRODEO's iconic singles & for them to come up with a mini album based on a past single release of theirs , this's something I seldom see other artistes do but despite this , it was done pretty well .
I wonder why it took GRANRODEO so long to put out a mini album but it was worth the wait and the video accompanying M・S COWBOY no Gyakushuu (the song) is 1 of the duo's better videos they've made .
I already expected GRANRODEO not to release a new studio album anytime soon & for them to release M・S COWBOY no Gyakushuu EP before 2018 concludes , it's a nice surprise & it's something worth checking out .
Here's hoping for a new GRANRODEO studio album to get released perhaps in early 2019 ?
Thursday, November 08, 2018
BENI - No one else like you Feat Michael Kaneko
No one else like you is a song by BENI that was released digitally last month on 17th Oct .
All songs BENI released digitally from July until this month , they're all included in BENI's 7th album CINEMATIC that will be released on 28th Nov .
No one else like you is included as track 11 in CINEMATIC & this song features Michael Kaneko .
I think out of all the songs BENI has been releasing digitally since July , No one else like you is probably my favourite out of the lot as it's a very simple acoustic guitar driven song but yet it works so well .
Also unlike other BENI songs in her discography , No one else like you is sung entirely in English by both BENI & Michael but since both of them are fluent in English , there's no weird cringy pronunciation going on in the song .
I'm curious/pumped up to hear the rest of the material in CINEMATIC & it wouldn't be long before the album gets released end of this month .