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Koda Kumi – love across the ocean August 18, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. love across the ocean
  2. the meaning of peace
  3. So Into You (Dub’s Electro Remix)
  4. love across the ocean (Instrumental)
  5. the meaning of peace (Instrumental)

1. love across the ocean

Yea, this song is very funky.  The beat is kinda more relaxed but still there, if you know what I mean.  She actually does pretty well in saying her English words which she rearely does nowadays.  It’s an interesting A-side with some pretty awesome guitars also which is cool.  The solo was pretty sweet as they come too.

2. the meaning of peace

Originally was a collaboration with BoA, the meaning of peace was a song about what happened after 9/11.  Oddly though, it’s a dance tune but I think the original wasn’t because that would just sound so wrong.  It’s got a cool beat and the chorus was pretty, but Kumi squeaks a little bit.  Oh yea and there’s no BoA either which can be either good or bad depending which version you like the most. 

 

 

love across the ocean was a good single, maybe not her best but it wasn’t bad at all.  love across the ocean was a cool track showing off some pretty interesting sounds from the electric guitar.  the meanin of peace was pop and was an alright kind of chanting track.  I only know that love across the ocean makes the album.

 

 

day after tomorrow – Stay in my heart

Filed under: day after tomorrow — solarblade @ 10:38 am
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Track Listing

  1. Stay in my heart
  2. naturally
  3. Stay in my heart -Insturmental-
  4. naturally -instrumental-

1. Stay in my heart

Rock ballad!  Yea, this song sounds pretty awesome in the beginning then the guitars leave and we’re left with a beat, piano and misono.  Hmph, I still think she isn’t so good at ballads.  Then again the chorus shutted me up pretty quick where she sounds great.  Though I didn’t like the verses that much I loved the chorus.

2. naturally

Yea, naturally is what the song should be called because it’s naturally a dat-usual song.  So it’s pretty memorable for me.  Since, I like the upbeat tracks they release, this song was pretty cool.  Best part was the end of the chorus where it has some cool synths and misono finishing the chorus.  Way better than “Stay in my heart”.  The only part I gripe is the ending, it was just ended on a horrible note, this same problem is found on a previous track “for you” also.

 

 

Wow, this single was actually pretty awesome.  Though it’s the usual fare of sound from them.  Rock ballad and a pop/rock track.  So either way they both appear on the album, so it’s rather useless to get the single now. 

 

m.o.v.e – platinum

Filed under: m.o.v.e — solarblade @ 10:21 am
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Track Listing

  1. platinum
  2. flash you back
  3. platinum (D.S.P. blaster EDIT)
  4. platinum (TV MIX)

1. platinum

Starts with a speech, and turns into this very odd sounding track.  It’s like industrial dance.  Yuri to me sounds kind of weird singing to this track so, it’s not surprise.  Funny, how it’s their first rock-like sounding track.  motsu though sounds pretty cool rapping.  A very interesting song for sure.

2. flash you back

See, this is what I mean by typical m.o.v.e sounds.  The song kinda has the usual flair of being a eurobeat feeling to it.  Sadly, it becomes another of their songs that need speeding up because I was bored by the 3nd chorus.  However, I’ll give credit to them since the song does get changed going into the album.

 

 

So, this was a very odd single from them.  It’s kind of hard to explain platinum but it was a very different sound from previous single “BREAK IN2 THE NITE”.  flash you back though brought back the reason why I didn’t like majority of “electrock”.  Luckily by the time the album comes out flash you back gets changed a bit.

 

MAXIMUM THE HORMONE – Tsume Tsume Tsume/F

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Track Listing

  1. Tsume Tsume Tsume
  2. 「F」
  3. Kill All The 394

1. Tsume Tsume Tsume

Damn, already from the start we get such wild sounds.  After Daisuke-han finished he’s yelling we get to some pretty good riffs from the band.  Then we enter the chorus where things sort of makes sense but as easily it starts we’re lef back in the growling.  The thing I love though is Nao or the female drummer of the group.  I ❤ her and respect so much.  She’s awesome.  I still think her skills are the major point for the song since she carries the beat and it’s wild.  The middle then hits a real metal moment with so much yelling.  Still it’s very good for a metal song.

2. 「F」

F is so much crazier than “Tsume Tsume Tsume” but at the same time we got Ryo-kun and Nao singing together which is pretty cool since they are blood related.  The song actually has a more clearer melody and has more togetherness.  I love when they go for abstract beats, it makes it more enjoyable.  I think they are saying ~Freezer~ which is probably what “F” meant.  Still the ending was awesome with that loud bass line from Ue-Chan.  Awesome track.  OHHHH, after reading the translations it turns out the song is one major Dragonball Z love-fest and they are yelling ~Frieza~  The totally changed my opinion of the song, well maybe not a lot, but I love the song a lot more now.

3. Kill All The 394

Sounded like they were in a studio before starting up.  The song is also crazy like the previous tracks but in it lays some sort of playfulness to it.  Mostly you can hear it in the chorus.  Shockingly, this is a very short track not even hitting 2 minutes.  So it’s likely there just for filler.  Still I like their fun songs.

 

 

MAXIMUM THE HORMONE is an awesome ass band.  They are so unique with Ue-chan playing the bass like Flea from RHCP, Daisuke-han who is the screamer of the band who’s got so much energy to him it’s crazy, Ryo-kun who leads the band and plays some awesome guitar and Nao THE COOLEST DRUMMER EVER.  Ok, well the single itself actually was number one on the Orican charts for 4 straight days, you’d think they get No. 1 for the week right?  NOPE!, This was the week that Perfume took it with “love the world.  Which is pretty odd.  Still this single was awesome and great to hear from them since they havent released a single since last year.

 

Nami Tamaki – Result

Filed under: Nami Tamaki — solarblade @ 9:32 am
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Track Listing

  1. Result
  2. Making the Pride
  3. Stay Gold
  4. Result (instrumental)

1. Result

A rushing sounds start off before Nami sings with the piano singing the chorus and then another rushing sound starts up before we enter this very dark dance track.  It’s so strange but like I said before Nami’s verses in the song sound so much like Ayumi Hamasaki’s “UNITE!” interesting tidbit for you huh?  After that that the whole song sounds freaky and the music helps it good.  She does sound a bit nasally in the chorus, but other than that she’s definitly doing things right in this song.

2. Making the Pride

Making the Pride to me always will be the lesser known song from the era.  I don’t know why but it just never clicks in my head as one of her tracks.  It’s very memorable to “Eternal Voice” for some reason and that was off her 1st album “greeting”.  Actually it might as well be it.  Remove some synths and kablam!  You got “Making the Pride”.  Not her best B-side.

3. Stay Gold

This isn’t Hikki’s, just got to say that first.  This song is awesome.  It’s like the other tracks, very dance like.  Nami powers through the verses and such a good pace and the synths sounding freaking awesome in a low sound.  The chorus is probably where is gets kind of bad because she hits some odd notes and pretty high.  There should be an instrumental of this song.  It’s just the perfect combo with Nami.

 

 

Result to me is where her flair stopped.  After this was completely strange fields for Nami and you can tell on the Oricon charts.  Result was an awesome dark/dance tune.  Making the Pride was forgettable and probably her weakest song in her repetoire.  Stay Gold however made up for it and is actually the best song on the single.  Damnit, it should’ve been on the album.

 

Mai Kuraki – NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP

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Track Listing

  1. NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP (featuring Michael Africk)
  2. Trying To Find My Way
  3. NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP -It’s On Tonight Remix-
  4. NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP ~Instumental~

1. NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP (featuring Michael Africk)

Taking a memorable line from a Rick Astley song of the same name.  Mai Kuraki creates this R&B ballad.  Starts with a beautiful string entrance and Michael starts with ~Baby for you~ and Mai with ~Never gonna give you up~  Mai actually sounds pretty good in English actually which surprised me.  The song has a very interesting sound overall, but what made this song quirky was the rapping section towards the end of the song.  It was kind of random but these two together quite made a nice pair.  BTW he sang “Come On! Come On!”  with Mai in one of her tours if I remember right.

2. Trying To Find My Way

I thought of so many good things to say.  It was different sounding also.  Still in the R&B genre but she’s created a very different sound with descending strings and piano being in the background.  Kind of reminds me of something Ai Otsuka would do actually.  Her English though takes a bad road and sounds bad when she’s trying to say ~Trying~

 

 

Mai’s 4th and final single of the “delicious way” era was actually a pretty good one.  The title track wasn’t so much a remake, but a good collaboration even though that rapping part was f-u-n-n-y.  The B-side was a nice calm song that fits well with Mai’s sound. 

 

BoA – Sweet Impact

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Track Listing

  1. Sweet Impact
  2. Bad Drive
  3. SO REAL (ArmySlick’s scratch build vocal)
  4. Sweet Impact (TV MIX)
  5. Bad Drive (TV MIX)

1. Sweet Impact

Sweet Impact is such an awesome title, but it’s for a very lackluster A-side.  I swear we’ve practically are used to your pop stuff BoA but seriously, why did you have to make it so damn boring.  It’s pretty strong at the beginning but after that, let the crap start.  BoA sounds bored and even monotone.  It’s just such a downer track for me. 

2. Bad Drive

Then all of a sudden my prayers has been answered with this aggressive dance tune.  The beat is just friggin pulsating and all the other quirks of sound powers this song just amazingly.  BoA sounds pretty classy and shows off her attitude which is a plus to any song.  The only thing I question is the lyrical content.  Lot of it doesn’t make sense ~Price and Toy~ and ~Poison Talk~ pretty much is the obvious ones.  The chorus is so full of life and BoA yellin out BAD DRIVE!

3. SO REAL (ArmySlick scratch build vocal)

SO REAL, is a track from her previous album, “MADE IN TWENTY(20) and so here we are in a new era with a remix of it.  Now I don’t really remember it from the album, but this actually seems like something she would pull it off.  Other than the cut vocal ad-libbing it’s got a great vibe to it and BoA shows a more classy side in this remix.

 

 

For a cool title like Sweet Impact, you’d expect it to be the aggressive hope we’ve been aching for sadly it isn’t….It was so weak and just so boring.  Though Bad Drive was obviously the better song and c’mon if it was on “THE FACE” that album would have been so much better, though Sweet Impact would be on it still blech!  The remix was a nice treat though.  Sad A-side but the other tracks make up for it.