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Meisa Kuroki – hellcat April 8, 2009

Filed under: Meisa Kuroki — solarblade @ 5:46 pm
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Track Listing

  1. Hear the alarm?
  2. Like This
  3. Bad Girl
  4. Criminal
  5. No, no, no
  6. SEX
  7. Lost
  8. THIS IS CRAZY

1. Hear the alarm?

Meisa kickstarts the album with a pretty slick track that starts with a pretty sweet synth line which definitly brought some pretty slick sounds and the strings leading into the first verse were epic.  Meisa’s vocals are either filtered or she’s that good since she’s carrying a sexy sound.  Definitly one of the sweetest tracks.

2. Like This

Like This was the only song to get a digital release (hence the bold).  Sadly, the whole heavy R&B beat wasn’t as affectious as the previous track and Meisa is kind of in a pretty bad spot singing that chorus pretty blandly.  I don’t know this was a pretty bad track.

3. Bad Girl

Bad Girl was one of two PV’s to promote the album and this is one of the hottest and naughtiest PV’s and song’s to have started this year off and Meisa is just showing up her skills pretty great.  I love how catchy the chorus and the synths accompanying it seemed to blend.  The music is a bit like Timbaland’s stuff, but here it works right.  Best song on this mini.

4. Criminal

The other song to have an accompanying PV was Criminal.  It sounds in particular different from the other songs with its loud drums and guitar hits.  I didn’t think she could pull of a dance/rock combination and with Meisa sounding pretty loud, it’s a great combination.  The yelling can get annoying after a while, but this is a pretty strong track.

5. No, no, no

Then we go back into a bit of a trench with our next track.  Now, that’s said because we return to a more R&B sound and it still doesn’t exactly sit well with me because I felt the song was a bit repetitive kind of felt bored and annoyed at the song.  Pass this one.

6. SEX

When I think of songs that has the title of SEX, I think of something really dirty and hardcore.  Meisa kind of took it a bit slower and showed some pretty nice vocals despite some of it is yelling.  It’s definitly another good mid-tempo aggressive track that’s about SEX xD  I definitly enjoy the ~goin’ crazy cuz I’m thinkin bout sex~ line.  The rapper has a small part, but w/e he wasn’t important.

7. Lost

Piano, saxes, and R&B beat usually are sweet together, however Lost sounds a bit like “SEX” minus the innotations.  Another track to really fail to make a pretty good impression because she’s going up into some high tones that sound pretty bad. 

8. THIS IS CRAZY

Why yes, yes it is crazy and it makes me wonder why this was saved for being last.  The song has very darkwave kind of sound which was totally different and Meisa is under some auto-tune which helps the song out immensely.  I mean she really does good with these songs and this was probably the darkest, yet slyest track off this mini.  SEWEEEET

 

 

Meisa Kuroki’s debut album proved she can really bring out the sexyness expecially since this year so far is lacking in that department.  hellcat as whole was split half and half though.  Her R&B stuff isn’t too hot, but her more experimental stuff was exciting.  Her voice is a little shaky becuase she’s relying too much on yelling to get through the songs which is terrible.  Still for a debut, Meisa has done good here.

 

Rie fu – URBAN ROMANTIC

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Track Listing

  1. Something In My Head
  2. Sunny Days
  3. Hey I’m Calling Up!
  4. Business
  5. Anata wo Omoeba Afureru Namida
  6. Romantic
  7. drummy
  8. She Can’t Say No ~no to ienai onna~
  9. Money Will Love You (English Version)
  10. Itsuka Kono Michi no Saki ni ~All The Way~
  11. PRESENT
  12. SUKI
  13. Romance (Strings Version)

1. Something In My Head

There is definitly something in her head when this album starts and it’s sort of unexpected.  Unlike the synths of “Romantic”, this track sounds so lively and cute with it’s 70’s retro feel.  It’s quite strange and since a good portion is in English which makes the song a lot more easier to connect with.  Great song to start off the album.

2. Sunny Days

I love how a string bass begins Sunny Days before the hectic drums and strong piano presence appears.  It also has a pretty 70’s-like vibe in the song, but being such a short track was it’s letdown.  Still what we got from the song was fun and passionate and is an early favorite of mine.

3. Hey I’m Calling Up!

I’m obviously hearing some nice things about Hey I’m Calling Up.  Unlike the fun vibes of the last two tracks, things seem to have calmed down a bit.  Sadly, the song to me isn’t that memorable, but I do love her enthusiasm to the song.  Maybe it’ll work for people who like mid-tempo pop tracks.

4. Business

Luckily, Business is just so amazing.  I love how synthy this is and how Rie fu starts singing about drinking before going into her native tongue.  It’s definitly got a J-teky vibe, but without the vocoder and seriously it’s one of the album’s best tracks right.  Rie fu and synths = WIN, especially with this and our sixth track. 

5. Anata wo Oboeta Afureru Namida

What’s up with the synthetic elements that are making this album?  It’s so different from “Tobira Album”.  Our next track at first seemed to be taking the ballad route, but the chorus definitly proves that it’s more of a pop song with rock touches.  I love the piano melody and the random synth beats that pop in every so often.  It’s pretty good but nothing too special.

6. Romantic

Then again, it is put in between the awesome tracks.  Romantic started off (or did it?) this era off on a surprising not because well this is the lone track where Taku from m-flo had a part in and surprisingly fits the albums mood which is funny because if it wasn’t on this album, I’m sure the album wouldn’t have been so synthy, right?  I mean, Romantic is still a little strange to the hardcore Rie fu fans (then again this album so far is surprising).  Still amazing J-tek track.

7. drummy

drummy, is definitly much on the percussion and the song has a pretty funky sound and even though it slowly adds different instruments as time passes by.  There’s a synth sound that sounded like it was going to a bigger sound, but then it just pwns me and goes to a new verse.  I’d suggest it’s a pretty jazzy sound and eventually gets to a pretty sweet chorus.  Nice track.

8. She Can’t Say No ~no te ienai onna~

Our shortest track appears next and is all in English.  The lyrics are so poetic and Rie fu projects this in a pretty interesting fashion and given an upbeat sound was a nice touch.  What was that buzz though…it just seemed random, there’s other moments in it too.  Iono, another song that should’ve been longer.

9. Money Will Love You (English Version)

Hey, an English Version of a track from the “Romantic” single.  It’s nice to actually hear the song in an easier way.  I really loved the lyrics of the song, even though the meaning is pretty blunt and sometimes doesn’t exactly quite make sense when she says ~money will love you~.  I guess it’s better….?

10. Itsuka Kono Machi no Saki ni ~All The Way~

Our next song seems to pull Rie fu towards her past sound because it’s heavily folkish and Rie fu is using more of her higher pitches in the verses which was interesting.  Then she pulled the biggest WTF moment of the album when during the first verse, I hear ~how to fuck it up and know I’m doing the best…~  I was like whoa whoa whoa!  Rie fu cussed?  It’s just was so shocking that the rest of the song kind of passed by LOL. 

11. PRESENT

Our final single of the era actually sounds so much better on the album than it did on the single.  It’s still not the most memorable ballad in her collection, but now I can actually appreciate it without tying it to the B-sides as much.  She sounds so amazing in this song though, but the arrangement is a little boring.  Ok song

12. SUKI

SUKI switches different things with “PRESENT”.  Like instead of piano fronting the song there’s just an acoustic ballad and a light beat to keep things calm and collected.  I little time passes by, but it turns to be adding another acoustic guitar and light played beats.  I actually prefer this to “PRESENT” as it was just a nice calm track to listen to.

13. Romantic (Strings Version)

We end the album with a rearranged version of Taku’s track.  Basically taking all of the synth elements out and put in some strings and piano made the song sound pretty good.  It isn’t as good as the original, but hearing Rie fu resinging the track though was a smart choice because I think the song is also a bit faster.  One thing I didn’t like about is the awkward transitioning from bridge into the chorus…it’s just didn’t flow well into each other.

Tracks Recommended

  • Business
  • Romantic
  • SUKI
  • Something In My Head
  • drummy

Song of Avoidance

  • Hey I’m Calling Up

I really enjoyed this album a lot more than Tobira Album for sure.  The new synth idea she’s taking is definitly something to keep considering since her best stuff was under it.  I still don’t know why Rie fu omitted “HOME” for the album since I liked it, but other than that this album was pretty calm and nice.

 

The ARTISTS BLOWOUT ReBIRTH….xD

Filed under: ~Artists Blowouts~ — solarblade @ 12:04 pm

So after the loss of my artists, I decided it was a good time to add new artists to my list!!!

Porno Graffiti

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Once a trio, Porno Graffiti is a relatively older band which is cool, but I’m gonna start off with the first single of the current era.

Q;indivi

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Another J-tek group, Q;indivi aren’t as well known as the major hitters of this genre but they’ve releases 2 albums and  a pretty useless mini…I’ll begin with “ivy;”

Mano Erina

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Mano Erina represents one of two soloists of the current H!P lineup (the other being Koharu Kusumi).  Now I was wrong because she was actually in Ongaku Gatas until the bomb of the Elder Club happened and now it’s quite defunct as groups go.  I’m going to start with reviewing “Manopiano” and go on from there.

Guardians 4

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What do I do since MilkyWay has ceased any further releases?  Follow up with another group.  Now this brand new group from H!P brings in Aika Mitsui from MoMosu, Yurina Kumai and Risako Sugara from Berryz Koubou and Saki Nakajima from ℃-ute.  Now since I’ve only know Aika, this’ll definitly one of the more interesting groups I’ll stick to.  I’ll review their debut single once it releases.

Nana Nishino

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Not in relationship to Kana Nishino, Nana is in her early stages of her career, but I’ll definitly review her debut single.  So watch for that.

Ataru Nakamura

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Hoshit!  Our first transgendered artist will definitly get a spot on here.  Ataru intrigued me not only with this odd fact, but she also has a great voice.  Begin with the most recent era’s first single