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New Artists Blowout pt. 4! July 14, 2008

Filed under: ~Artists Blowouts~ — solarblade @ 10:05 pm

Ok, this’ll be the last two singers I will review on my behalf…..though it wont be the last since I just put up the recommendations so I will add more.

 

Mai Kuraki

Yep it’s Mai-K, I will start off by doing her debut single and album and go chronologically with her.  Go MAI!!!!

Hitomi Shimatani

This is my recent love, ever since I first heard “Perseus” I had to go see her discography, sadly I dont have all the singles, but i do have the albums…so I will do her like what I’m doing with MEG and Ayu, random album choice

 

Koda Kumi – COLOR OF SOUL

Filed under: Koda Kumi — solarblade @ 9:10 pm
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Track Listing

  1. COLOR OF SOUL
  2. It’s too late
  3. Trust Your Love (Hex Hector Japanese Radio Mix)
  4. Trust Your Love (BLACKWATCH Remix)
  5. COLOR OF SOUL (Instrumental)
  6. It’s too late (Instrumental)

1. COLOR OF SOUL

Kinda funky sounds start off COLOR OF SOUL.  Koda then ad-libs a bit, and it sort of reminds me of Ayu for some reason.  Thats when she starts singing, she sounds great, but how she warps some of the notes is distasteful, Still, I love how consistent her vocals are.  It’s definitly the groovy track, and I love it. 

2. It’s too late

A ballad takes the B-side of this single.  I’m not much a fan of Kumi’s ballads, and this song is on the negative side of it.  The song just has the most basic approaches to ballads ever!  Too bad, there was little to make it stand out.  So it’s definitly a passable song. Oh yea, Kumi yells here too, its not that good.

 

 

Kumi’s 3rd single, was about half/half to me like alot of single are.  COLOR OF SOUL was a great funky track, that should be on the top of Kumi’s top 10 fav songs.  However, the ballad B-side was too plain and simple and was just not eventful.

 

 

T.M.Revolution – MAKES REVOLUTION

Filed under: T.M.Revolution — solarblade @ 12:57 am
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Track Listing

  1. We Make Revolution
  2. Dokusai -monopolize-
  3. BLACK OR WHITE?
  4. PIN UP LADY
  5. Yume no Shizuku
  6. URBAN BEASTS
  7. Hesoshujuko -Venus-
  8. LIAR’S SMILE
  9. HEALING MY SOUL

1. We Make Revolution

A metronome clicking starts off the album, though it leads to some soothing sounds.  Then you hear some footsteps in the background moving very slowly.  Then you hear ~We Make Revolution~ then it quiets out from there.  Not the best intro. 

2. Dokusai -monopolize-

Then after that intro, we’re led to the first single, Dokusai.  I’ve listened to it a bit, and I think Takanori is pretty much yelling in the entire song.  He’s screaming is a bit annoying as he’s mostly flat the entire time.  What a bummer track.  Then again, it is his 1st single as T.M.R.

3. BLACK OR WHITE?

Weird, this was the first track actually with Takanori & Daisuke together.  Even weirder is I can hear Takanori’s vibrato just fine.  The song actually is a bit more catchier than “Dokusai”.  I can’t help but think that, Takanori is using a very different tone, a more deeper tone actually. A more enjoyable track overall.

4. PIN UP LADY

When I reviewed this single, I said I was in love with this track and you know what, I still do!  Takanori sounds great in this song, even without the vibrato.  Daisuke really made this tune feel like an 80’s pop tune.  The bridge still kind of rubs me the wrong way, but the chorus definitly makes up for it.  I love how Takanori says ~Pin up lady~.

5. Yume no Shizuku

Getting a bit slower on the album, is the 1st new track.  It’s got a depressing feel to it.  It’s definitly the rock ballad.  There’s always one of these on his albums, so get used to it.  Yume no Shizuku though, is a really boring track.  I kind of skipped this track about halfway through because of that.  Not his best track.

6. URBAN BEASTS

URBAN BEASTS surely kicked back the beats in this song.  There’s some odd sounding synths which sounds pretty cool.  It also introduced to the Takanori we know and love.  The song is actually pretty awesome til it gets to the chorus, where things get awkward.  I love when he says ~Go to bed!~ at the end of the chorus.  He’s just got an awesome anger mood in this song.

7. Hesoshukujo -Venus-

Now we’re onto the final single before the album, which is the latino flavored track.  This track is still oddly slow when put onto an album like this one.  The guitar solo however, makes up for the songs slowness, so I guess it equals out.  Though once again, not the best single or song he’s had.

8. LIAR’S SMILE

Like I said in the review for “Dokusai: I said that this track was mainly a great track for Daisuke, but not for Takanori, it still holds truth.  Though, now I can enjoy Takanori’s voice a bit more on the album.  The chorus reminds me a bit of “LEVEL 4” so I was also kinda iffy on this track.

9. HEALING MY SOUL

The oddest track out of the album, is the acoustic-only track.  It’s a nice change to T.M.R.’s genre, but it was it really needed?  I mean the track was a bad choice for Takanori because his vocals are real flat and you can tell when he holds the notes.  The chorus gives him hope as he does sound better than when he’s bein quiet.  I was pleasantly shocked that this was the final song too.

Tracks Recommended

  • PIN UP LADY
  • URBAN BEASTS
  • HEALING MY SOUL

 Song of Avoidance

  • Yume no Shizuku

To me, T.M.Revolution’s debut album sucked almost completly.  The 3 tracks I recommended saved this album from a terrible listen.  It didn’t help that the 2 singles plus BLACK OR WHITE? didn’t compliment on Takanori as much as it did on Daisuke.  Luckily this changes by the next album.