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LEO Imai – TAXI January 30, 2009

Filed under: LEO Imai — solarblade @ 6:59 am
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Track Listing

  1. TAXI
  2. THE SWEETEST DAY

1. TAXI

LEO definitly has something going for him in the vocal areas.  It’s one you have to get used to but for me it’s quite interesting and cool.  The song is definitly upbeat pop/rock and there’s some sort of synths mixed in as well.  LEO hits some deep notes which sounds like he should be in a V-kei band xD.  It’s definitly one to listen.

2. THE SWEETEST DAY

Guessing from the title, I thought this would’ve been a ballad, but there’s a consistant clapping beat and LEO sings a little bit in English which he’s also excelling in.  It’s definitly got a relaxing tone and this was just as good as “TAXI” if not more,  Surprisingly.

 

 

I have to say this, LEO Imai is just like MiChi only male.  First they are of European descent as much as being Japanese.  The other comparison is that they both started with indies release before coming onto a Major label.  TAXI is actually the 3rd major single released and shows off his talents well.  Got to hear this single *RECOMMENDED*

 

melody. – Lovin’ U

Filed under: melody. — solarblade @ 6:38 am
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Track Listing

  1. Lovin’ U
  2. Our Journey
  3. FEEL THE RUSH
  4. FEEL THE RUSH (JUNKIE XL REMIX FOR NEED FOR SPEED: CARBON)

1. Lovin’ U

 Lovin’ U is continuing of the oddness of what’s been happening before this era.  There’s just a little bit of R&B in this otherwise pop song.  It’s a pretty tame for melody. and she has enough of those previously.  Her voice though is pretty soothing and isn’t grating.  Her English is superb like Hikki’s as well, but melody. is Hawaiian which is awesome so it works with the song.

2. Our Journey

Did we really have to have a ballad?  This time yes, because it’s nice and simple and melody. is singing in full English.  She’s singing with a moving piano melody and string arrangement.  I found her honest lyrics to be the best part as it’s definitly understandable and easy to hook with.  I’m surprised she hasn’t tried going for the American market.

3. FEEL THE RUSH

Who knew that she was actually capable of something this hard.  It’s also fully in English as well.  The sound is definitly what you’d expect the Need For Speed series to have.  The music really sounds energetic and the smoothness of the bridge has a pretty cool mood.  I’m surprised it isn’t on READY TO GO! because of how different it sounds and the raw and gritty side of her appears in such a cool way.

4. FEEL THE RUSH (JUNKIE XL REMIX FOR NEED FOR SPEED: CARBON)

I guess they needed a more trance-like tune with FEEL THE RUSH.  It’s definitly one that pays attention more to the music rather than melody. which is understandable, but wasn’t enough to keep me interested.  Even then they do cut n’ paste melody. around a bit.  Not a very good remix if you ask me.

 

 

melody.’s surely has gotten better since the last album and this single proves that she can also work with various styles.  Pop, Ballad, and Rock/Dance style it’s amazing.  The remix was the only downfall, but that’s just because there wasn’t enough in it to make it worthwhile.  The main tracks though all good!

 

Kaori Mochida – Ame no Waltz

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Track Listing

  1. Ame no Waltlz
  2. Drop
  3. Kokoro

1. Ame no Waltz

It has that waltz style down pat, but at the same time, I feel like laughing with the song as it does sound a little clumsy sounding which probably added more fun to the song.  Kaori’s vocals aren’t exactly at high calibur, but against the music is excusable.  The various brass also excited me.  This might be a song for drunks!

2. Drop

Drop is lot more cleaner and with how little the song has to offer, it’s a calm and nice track.  Kaori’s vocals to sound better here, but that’s because there’s BKGD vocalists in it, mostly in the chorus.  The whole acoustic vibe and small western sounds complete this track.  High B-side for me.

3. Kokoro

With a title that means “Heart” it’s no wonder why that it’s a ballad.  Kaori has done ballads before in ELT, but this is simple as it gets.  The problem is, well it’s kind of boring and there’s a long and slow-going acoustic solo which pretty much bored me too death.  Kaori though did sound good in the long run. 

 

 

All the time she’s been with ELT, no one didn’t expect her to go solo for a bit, but continuing with her group.  This single was varied which was nice, but I do miss songs like “JUMP” so I was expecting something more upbeat.  Ame no Waltz was basically just a strange song to debut on, but it was fresh and new.  Kokoro was a warming ballad of course and I’ve heard better from ELT, so it isn’t amazing.  Drop was a little closer to what I want, and the small western country sounds was very nice and wasn’t pressed on hard. Overall, it’s not the best debut single but average.

 

 

ARTISTS BLOWOUT!!!…wait, didn’t I do one just last week?

Filed under: ~Artists Blowouts~ — solarblade @ 4:38 am

Yep, new artists I crash upon and I swear I’m gonna die from this xD

melody.

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Yeah, she did drop out of the music biz to become a designer, luckily the last two eras were really good, besides the other first two.  I’m going to start with the “Ready To Go!” era and continue on.  I might do her past albums, but it might be torturous.

LEO Imai

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Well, isn’t this something.  I know I don’t have many male soloists, so I decided to try LEO out and guess what?  I really like his stuff.  I’ll start with his last single “TAXI” and his most recent single “Synchronize” which came out this week as well.

Ayaka Ikio

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My last inclusion is definitly Ayaka Ikio who can be considered a J-tek artist as she is under that influence of music, shockingly she is bringing something to the table and that’s a bitchy side as a few o her songs are cussilicious!

 

 

Ai Otsuka – Bye Bye January 29, 2009

Filed under: Ai Otsuka — solarblade @ 5:43 pm
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Track Listing

  1. Bye Bye
  2. Bye Bye (Instrumental)

1. Bye Bye

I’m still pretty unsure if I really enjoy Bye Bye that much.  It seems better when it was on “LOVE LETTER” and the whole acoustic pop/rock sound generates memories of past works that are similar to this.  Her vocals are all right, but they aren’t as good as her other tracks.  It’s alright at best.

 

 

Let me explain why I’m reviewing this super early.  February 25th is a very busy day for me as I have a lot of things to review.  Bye Bye being a recut single with no new tracks pretty much let me review it without the need to wait for it and is one single I can do early.  Now, I think Ai could’ve used a better track to have been recut, but this’ll be OK since it does finish the era off.

 

Naoya Urata – TURN OVER January 28, 2009

Filed under: Naoya Urata — solarblade @ 3:52 pm
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Track Listing

  1. Intro
  2. TURN OVER
  3. Baby Bang! feat. SPHERE
  4. I think I’m in love
  5. Ecstasy feat. YUKALI
  6. Too Late
  7. HOT LIKE FIRE
  8. voice of mind
  9. anything about sex
  10. Starting all over
  11. Like a tatoo
  12. White Lie

1. Intro

Your typical opening track.  It starts with a low robotic voice and some trumpet blares.  It’s quite funny cause it clashes xD.  It finishes after a minute passes by so its there, welcome to the album.

2. TURN OVER

We start with a pretty chill R&B track as well being the title track and all we finally get to hear Urata’s voice.  He’s got a pretty cool voice, I must admit and it has like a soulful propertie that I just really enjoy.  The music doesn’t change much out of the arrangement, but it’s shows off Urata’s classy side.  He also has a good voice when it isn’t in the higher register or being distorted lol.

2. Baby Bang! feat. SPHERE

I think my jaw dropped at how kickass and sex-filled this song was.  I  mean Urata is still doing the high register singing to the point, where the lyrics aren’t exactly decipherable.  I have to say this song has great energy and definitly a great choice to have it be the promotional track.  SPHERE though does rub off wrong on me, but c’mon let’s stare at Urata’s hotness ^_^

4. I think I’m in love

We get to hear Urata’s English skills and he has a grasp on it.  Though the song is pretty much a R&B ballad track, it’s quite smooth and flows at a good pace.  Urata is also singing in a more comfortable position and it’s just so nice. 

5. Ecstasy feat. YUKALI

If you thought Baby Bang! was naughty, then this song 1-ups it in every way.  I know Urata is singing in a way deeper tone than usual and YUKALI is singing as a response to his singing.  I mean they talk about touching and such, I was like dirrrty.  YUKALI at the beginning is just lulzy though.  The music is pretty secretive and fits the mood. 

6. Too Late

A lot of harmonizing happens in our next slow R&B track.  The song does have somewhat of an arrangement mess, but it’s a nice soft-spoken track and Urata shows off some emotion.  I have to say he fits in these kind of songs because of that voice of his.

7. HOT LIKE FIRE

Jeeze, HOT LIKE FIRE does sound like American Rap, which right there is a big no-no.  Then again it sounds like a circus sound.  Urata’s voice is filtered at the verse, but where we get into the bridge he loses it and then the song gets all hot.  ~Let’s get it on!~.  Tell me that isn’t suggestive.  It’s not bad, but is a little forgettable.

8. voice of mind

We finally get a true ballad.  It’s quite really calm and hearing Urata tackle a ballad sounds really nice.  He does have some small slipups in notes, but he really give a smooth and nice performance.  The piano and light R&B moments gave the song some great moments. 

9. anything about sex

You think this’d be a hardcore sex song right?  Well it’s light R&B and even has some soul implemented.  His voice sounds right with this song and even though the song is the love version of sex, it’s really simple and I think it hits a good spot with me. 

10. Starting all over

I didn’t think this track would be heavy on the beats.  There are definitly some golden Urata moments here.  It isn’t as mind-blowing as “Baby Bang!”, but it’s definitly has some awesome moments, especially his ad-libbing was hot.  It’s definitly another strong song altogether though.

11. Like a tatoo

It’s weird that they spelled it with one “t” so I think it was a mistake on their part, unless it was meant to be.  I think it’s got a lot more going on than the last track. It also sounds a lot more complete.  Urata seems to have hit gold here as well because of how cool the synth is and how Urata’s voice is treated with the song.  There’s traces of acoustic guitar, which added more to the song.  Definitly a favorite of mine.

12. White lie

Descending synth notes begin our final track, which is an interesting hot mess honestly.  I mean it was a little difficult to pinpoint the chorus and the music was spastic .  I mean it’s good to hum along and dance to, but I kind got a little lost in the track. 

Tracks Recommended

  •  Baby Bang! feat. SPHERE
  • Like a tatoo
  • voice of mind
  • Starting all over

Song of Avoidance

  • White lie

Urata, you so sexii…(wait, did I say that?)  Anyways, if AAA were to split, Urata will definitly be the one to continue as a solo artist because this album is definitly of high-quality work.  His whole American R&B style songs are a nice change to J-pop and even a few are danceable.  It’ll be awesome to see where he goes in the future but right now this album is *RECOMMENDED*

 

ayaka – melody ~SOUNDS REAL~

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Track Listing

  1. melody ~SOUNDS REAL~
  2. Blue Days
  3. melody ~SOUNDS REAL~ -Live Version-
  4. Sha la la -Live Version-
  5. Blue Days -Live Version-

1. melody ~SOUNDS REAL~

Well, after the nice ballad “I believe” we get a more lively and upbeat track.  It’s got ayaka singing in a louder style than the previous A-side and add in the cool sound provided by a band, melody is just a nice track with even nicer vocals.  It may not stand as the best track she’s done, but this’ll do.

2. Blue Days

Blue Days however is a little more soft-spoken in both areas: sound and vocals.  ayaka does seem to want to just bust out her loud side, but with only the acoustic leading for most of the first verse, it’s kind of awkward.  I also think that her higher notes aren’t too supported and she starts to squeak, especially in the chorus.  It’s alright, but nothing special.

3. melody ~SOUNDS REAL~ -Live Version-

This single is the first of many singles of hers to include such live versions.  melody comes first of 3 live songs and I seem to connect to the live version more than the original.  There’s such a nice feeling of being alive and with ayaka is definitly using her strong voice to potray the song in a more powerful way was great.

4. Sha la la -Live Version-

Oddly enough, Sha la la hasn’t been heard originally yet, so to people this came as a surprise and for good reason.  The song is pretty nice to listen to and ayaka sounds great live.  When she goes into saying her ~Sha la la~ line, it was amazing.  I hope the main song sounds this great.

5. Blue Days -Live Version-

ayaka opens up with a little speech opening that starts up the last live song on the single.  As much as I didn’t really feel for the original, she gave a much better performance of it live.  She isn’t squeaking as terribly and her voice showed a lot more emotion. 

 

 

This single if not for the amazing live tracks would’ve been pretty low tooken by me.  melody is alright but is easily forgettable against other upbeat tracks.  Blue Days was just a disappointment in a ballad.  Like I said, the saving grace is the live versions as they all just sound amazing.  ayaka, your lives are prolly that amazing.