2008 was definitly the year for new sounds and endeavors and the birth of this site of course, so I’m going to rundown through the best of singles in the first post
5. Rina Aiuchi – Sugao no Mama
This year has been Rina’s year of releasing things. What really surprised me was how boring most of the releases were until Sugao no Mama came out. Not only is it the only upbeat track released this year. It beats out all the tracks this year with it’s rock style that I’ve personally missed since “PLAYGIRL”. What a great way to end the year off.
4. Rie fu – romantic
Rie fu pulled a fast one over us by releasing romantic, a devious little dance number produced by Taku of m-flo. Why is it so surprising? Well, Rie fu is usually that artist who does soft pop/folk songs. So when news came around that romantic was a dance track, it was heard all over the place. What got me was how cool and collected Rie fu was in this genre and definitly memorable by all means.
3. Koda Kumi – TABOO
Not exactly the best year of releases either for Koda Kumi, but when this bombshell of a dance track was released, everyone perked their ears up and definitly listened and/or watched TABOO. Kumi being the queen of controversy once again (no pun intended) released the inner sex devient she is by getting more lesbian than ever and throwing two guys kissing for kicks. Song itself was definity something Americanized and quite hot!
2. AAA – ZERØ
AAA really hit it off with this dark tune, ZERØ. Sounds of anguish and fear really interested me into the song as well as the accompanying PV. I think we all know now that Urata is the sexiest member and totally should be gay for us. Still, ZERØ is just that good with it’s rock sound mixed with synth sounds
1. Ami Suzuki – ONE
Yay, So my number one A-side was definitly Ami’s first single for “Supreme Show”. It’s definitly the “FREE FREE” of this year with aggressive tones and vocoder craziness, it’s also one of the first song that I like with the PV even though Ami can’t dance worth crap. Still one of the best this year.
5. BONNIE PINK – Pump It up!
Lots of artists broke through barriers this year and Kaori is no exception. She also broke out of her shell doing a great dance track, Pump It Up! What made it work was all of the small add-ons like ~Let me hear you~ and such. What a great way to begin this top 5
4. Kalafina – serenato
Maybe it’s the Enya-like sound that I wasn’t expecting from this B-side, but serenato is seriously Kalafina’s best song to date as well, which is just as surprising because all of their releases so far have been really good. Even further is that it’s a winter song so that made it more nicer.
3. portable – Boku no Bunshin
Probably surprising to many people, but portable really caught me in their webs with this semi-aggressive J-tek song. Like the whole roboticness of the verses to the great aggressive beats in the beginning and end, adding in they are an indies group makes this very intriguing. Here’s hoping they get big!
2. alan – Kagome
Another alan B-side? Yep even better than “My Stage”, Kagome really put it in as the more powerful B-side than “Kaze no Tegami”. I mean she’s always incorporating Chinese elements in all her singles, but this one won me over with the combination of the pop/rock theme. Kagome is a great B-side
1. Perfume – edge
Yes, ever since it’s leak, edge has and still is one of my favorite Perfume songs. The song itself is a little odd singing about death and stuff, but add in the Nakata touch, that seems to be gone and drowned by the sweet beats.
Best Cover Art
5. Tsukiko Amano – ZERO no Chouritsu
ZERO no Chouritsu’s cover begins this list because of how pretty gothic it looks. I’m not sure why, but the nature mixed with Tsukiko’s dark fashion sense worked and how the title of the track is vertically written. I really liked this cover
4. T.M.Revolution – resonance
Maybe not as grand or beautiful as others, but the way those colorful wires are attatching and connecting to each other is a great thing, especially with the 3 other covers for this single, it is a nice cover.
3. Aira Mitsuki – China Discotica
You know it was going to be on this list. Aira’s cover for her debut on a major label was amazingly random and yet conveyed that randomness throughout the A-side. I gotta say though, the mannequins have bigger boobies than she does >>;
2. HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR – FLASHBACK/Komorebi no Uta
I really love the light/darkness cover and how many opposites are really going on like arm positions the stuff on the hill and the eyes. Talk about freaky but awesomely great. Definitly better than the last two covers this year.
1. BONNIE PINK – Kane wo Narashite
I really like BONNIE PINK’s covers a lot and this year she didn’t disappoint, even though this was basically her only release this year. She looks really nice in mid-air and those rainbow feathers…bitch I want some seriously. Great cover!!!
Best Single Overall
5. Anna Tsuchiya – cocoon
cocoon really made me appreciate Anna so much more. All of the songs are great rock tracks especially the title track and “u”. This single should be in everyone’s repetoire since it represents the best of Anna other than her Spin Aqua stuff.
4. GIRL NEXT DOOR – Drive away/Shiawase no Jouken
My obvious favorite single from this newly joined group got me hooked on them very quickly. Both original tracks have such great energy and CHISA being all happy added more fun. There was one song and it was the “maximizor remix” so other than that this was another great single
3. MAXIMUM THE HORMONE – Tsume Tsume Tsume/「F」
In a world that was being covered by J-tek, MTH decided to shoot out of the water and release the double A-sided single. All 3 songs were crazy rock and yet, more complex than previous releases which showed the group was and is getting better. I wasn’t complaining at all.
2. Kalafina – fairytale
Kalafina definitly surprised me with their winter single, fairytale. All the chanting and soft sounds through both “fairytale” and “serenato” were soothing to the ears and brought me to expect more from them. For kicks, they also threw in the instrumental to “sprinter” which was a risky but cool move.
1. Perfume – love the world
What? you knew this was coming and for sure, it is to me their best single this year. love the world was full of J-tek goodness with the a-side being all classy and bleepy, you couldn’t help but love it to death. edge was what took over the single altogether. We really weren’t expecting another aggressive track, but this totally made and even included an extended version of “edge” for people who love it that much AKA me.
5. chatmonchy – Somaru Yo
chatmonchy should really stick to more upbeat tracks because the A-side of this single was of terrible issues. Mostly Eriko’s vocals is what killed the song, she does not do ballads well enough. Yet, they have worst songs I’ve heard. Sad huh?
4. capsule – JUMPER
I really love the album version of it, but the single/analog version of it is terrible in my opinion. Like the pitch movement and the other small changes bothered me like crazy that I had to delete it. I mean is it really shocking that I don’t like it?
3. HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR – HOT LIMIT
Yeesh, a cover making the list? Yeah…HandMC’s cover of a T.M.Revolution track was definitly not the smartest move on the groups career. HOT LIMIT sounded watered down for them and lacked the energy the original had. Even the PV wasn’t special to me (even though Takanori is in it).
2. Hitomi Shimatani – Nakitai Nara
Nakitai Nara is basically one boring song. The only thing that really saved it was the fact Hitomi’s vocals are super nice. It still one of her worst ballads in her career…(it was this one or “AnHnWAnNWKnHnwKnNW”)
1. alan – Megumi no Ame
Yeah, an alan A-side failing. I swear, this is the worst A-side she has had so far and that’s saying something. It just lacked any interest from alan altogether. Overusing the ballad card has its payback.
5. Ai Otsuka – H20
I’m probably the only one who didn’t like this B-side. It’s a little too similar to songs like “Superman” and “U-Boat” which both songs aren’t exactly high on my list either, but this song was just annoying to no end.
4. Mami Kawada – Ame
Mami’s first single that I listened to was an experience, sadly that B-side Ame was not in top shape. It felt strange hearing her warp and hit these sour notes. Yea, I’ve gradually learned to hate the song since the initial review and this is becoming a very icky track to me.
3. MEG – CANDY
I tried to get into this song, but CANDY was inexplicibly terrible to my ears. Like how she says CANDYYYYY is so ugh *shivers* I rather would’ve had CANDY been left and thrown to the trash heaps because that’s what it is.
2. Morning Musume – Sono Bamen de Bibbicha Ikenai Jan!
I really wished the next failure wasn’t on this single. “Resonant Blue” is such a great track, but it’s B-side was so uberly bad. Like after the previous 3 singles which had good B-sides, they had to idol pop this track so badly. Like I wanted to barf a little when I heard it.
1. Perfume – Negai
Negai will be hailed as Perfume’s worst Nakata track ever. I mean this beats out “Sweet Donuts” at being bad. They’ve tried doing J-tek ballads once before and that came out well. Well, I have no idea what happened but “Negai” is amazingly boring. Only saving grace is the piano ending.
Worst Single Overall
1. Koda Kumi – MOON
MOON overall was a pretty safe single. Unlike her other two 4-A-sided singles, “4 hot wave” and “FREAKY”, this was definitly the failure between the three. Moon Crying was a good ballad, but not too memorable, Lady Go! was just like her other happy pop songs, Once Again was reggae which I don’t like honestly and That Ain’t Cool is a sorry mistake of a collaboration.
4. alan – Megumi no Ame
This was alan’s worst single IMO as well. Like I said, Megumi no Ame was way too boring for my needs and “Namida” though better was still not on the likes of her other tracks. Who knew water could be so damn boring.
3. Hitomi Shimatani – Ame no Hi ni wa Ame no Naka wo Kaze no Hi ni wa Kaze no Naka wo
Definitly Hitomi’s worst edition of a single. Other than the horrendously long name that came with the A-side, the B-side had a long name too and there was a remix with SOFFet. Both songs aren’t very good or even memorable though.
2. BoA – Vivid
Did anyone else think this single screamed bland? Yeah, Vivid seemed to be rushed in very fast because the songs lacked any interest from BoA. Not only it was near the after release of “THE FACE” she performed it on the tour. Definitly sucky-ish.
1. misono – Kazoku no Hi
No way…after the great album just before this single, I was expecting more rock stuff. All we ended up was with a weird A-side. An 8 minute ballad which bored me to deaf. “music letter” which was the only good thing on here and a 3 minute TV version of Aburazemi which sounded like country music. Definitly the worst bunch of songs to put on a single.
Worst Art Cover
5. misono – Kazoku no Hi
Why is she in a wedding dress. Seriously, this was one fugly looking photo from misono. Like the song isn’t really about marriage, so that makes the cover seem irrelevent.
4. Aira Mitsuki – ROBOT HONEY
Aira, Aira, Aira….Why did you have to make this cover in plaid of all things? I really dislike the whole thng and well the text is the only thing that actually stood out. What a poor choice….well “Darling Wondering Staring/STAR FRUITS SURF RIDER” sucked too. hmmm.
3. MICA 3 CHU – I DON’T KNOW
Yeah, makeup and Mika do not work together hence this outrageous cover. Even the comedian group looks out of place. Seriously Mika stop looking anorexic because you sorta do bb. I love the guitar pick as the emblem of the single.
2. Utada Hikaru – Prisoner of Love
Taking a shot from the PV, this was just a crap cover. Like the cover itself looks like someone can easily take….in the 80′s!!! Hikki, what happened to the cool cover arts you had?
1. Anna Tsuchiya – Virgin Cat
Virgin Cat wins worse cover easily. Eww, like what the hell was on her mind doing this shot? I don’t wanna see her in the position and with the tail it’s quite freaky. xD Yea, worst cover this year.