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ARTISTS BLOWOUT! Think I’m gettin tired? NEVAA!!! June 8, 2009

Filed under: ~Artists Blowouts~ — solarblade @ 1:16 pm

So it’s June and I feel like adding some artists into the family….God, I feel like that chick that had those 8 babies XD

Stereopony

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You’ve seen me review all 3 of their singles.  Stereopony was actually a random picking, but then it did come with the fact they were sort of like SCANDAL and had YUI produce a song for them so I was intrigued and I added them to the mix, expect the review for “Hydrangea ga Saiteiru” when it comes out.

Hanako Oku

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Well, I did just finish “Ashita Saku Hana” for a reason right?  Well, Hanako will now be featured on the blog via request by Vitamin Drop.  I must say she’s a bit intriguing since I don’t have many artists to really compare her to….ok maybe 2, but w/e she’s here now.

mihimaru GT

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At first, I wasn’t go review them because I heard the original Kibun Joujou and died.  However, Switch (their upcoming single) is so good so I’m going to go ahead and feature them. 

BESPA☆KUMAMERO

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What’s up with me and my love of the darker electro group out there?  Well, here they are BESPA☆KUMAMERO and they are more synth based than Asriel and Aural Vampire and Yousei Teikoku, they have some poppier tunes.  I’ll start by reviewing their debut album, “Romantic Waves”

 

Hanako Oku – Ashita Saku Hana

Filed under: Hanako Oku — solarblade @ 12:52 pm
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Track Listing

  1. Ashita Saku Hana
  2. Ajisai
  3. Kawaranai Mono -Live version-
  4. Ashita Saku Hana (Instrumental)

1. Ashita Saku Hana

I didn’t expect such a flowery opening to Ashita Saku Hana, but immediatly I knew what was going to lead into and it’s quite simple in sound ala Angela Aki’s piano-induced music.  I have to say though her vocals are the most perfect of them and they actually sound like Mano Erina’s which is quite ironic as they both are piano players.  I do like flute and strings arrangement as they make it sound more romantic and quite nice.  I was overall happy with the A-side.

2. Ajisai

The first B-side, Ajisai continues this ballad sound and it’s quite a different experience from “Ashita Saku Hana” because it’s more soft-spoken and has a lullaby mood going on which I quite adore.  Her vocals are quite nice except for one part at the end of the chorus where she cracks in the worst way possible…talk about embarassing lol.  It’s a pretty nice ballad overall though.

3. Kawaranai Mono -Live version-

I’m going to guess this track was from her last album, “Koi Tegami”, but hearing a live version does have its perks which means that we get to hear more of the artist which no help with the vocals and Hanako sort of fails in this case because she sounds nervous or just stressed out.  I’m not sure why, but I guess it’s alright.  It is just piano so it’s kind of barebones as arrangements go, but I like her powerful playing.  Still the vocals here are just worrysome.

 

 

I guess I can see why Selly wanted me to review her, she’s a fine pianist and being in her 4th era, I can tell she’s a bit underrated, however that can also be to the fact her vocals aren’t that great.  Her voice sounds really young and pitchy making it seem like she’s more similar to Mano Erina, but her piano playing is just as good as Angela Aki’s kind of a hybrid of sorts.  Ashita Saku Hana as a single is nice in both the A & B-sides while the live version is kind of meh.  I guess we’ll see by the next single.

 

BoA – I Did It For Love feat. Sean Garrett

Filed under: BoA — solarblade @ 5:31 am
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Track Listing

  1. I Did It For Love (Radio Edit)
  2. I Did It For Love (King Britt Main Mix Vox Up)
  3. I Did It For Love (King Britt Main Mix)
  4. I Did It For Love (King Britt Instrumental)
  5. I Did It For Love (King Britt Radio Mix)
  6. I Did It For Love (Dj Escape & Johnny Vicious Main Mix)
  7. I Did It For Love (Dj Escape & Johnny Vicious Dub Mix)
  8. I Did It For Love (Dj Escape & Johnny Vicious Instrumental)
  9. I Did It For Love (Dj Escape & Johnny Vicious Acapella)
  10. I Did It For Love (Dj Escape & Johnny Vicious Radio Edit)

1. I Did It For Love (Radio Edit)

Honestly, there’s no difference between the single and album version of this track, so I’ll review it like it was before the album.  Compared to her last American single “Eat You Up”, this was a more club-like tune rather than an dance R&B track.  Now Sean Garrett is also featured in the song and at some points you can’t really tell where he comes in because his voice rides on BoA’s a little bit and they sound a little similar, but that’s until he uses his deep tone where you pick-up that it’s him.  BoA’s vocals are actually under auto-tune pretty heavily which does sound strange.  Still the song is even more catchier than her last…the chorus = oh god..Great song.

2. I Did It For Love (King Britt Main Mix Vox Up)

Now we got two different remixes (but tons of variations of it).  First up is the Vox Up version which I’m not sure what that exactly means totally, but the beat is more lighter and a bit more smoother actually which does give the song a bit more depth.  It’s kind of pretty cool, but the song is amazingly repetitive because of the damn chorus.  I’m also noticing that the song has slowed down a bit, I’m guessing…the chorus oddly doesn’t fit this remix either….Lazy attempt if you ask me.

3. I Did It For Love (King Britt Main Mix)

Clearly, I’m confused because this is just like the track before….same sounds, same length….Is there really anything more I should say that I haven’t said already god!

5. I Did It For Love (King Britt Radio Mix)

Luckily, after the instrumental, we get the radio mix which is basically the main mix basically cut short.  It still is pretty chill and the chorus is still quite strange in the arrangement, but at least it isn’t as horribly repetitive as the longer version. 

6. I Did It For Love (Dj Escape & Johnny Vicious Main Mix)

Now the other remix on this single, takes a bit more of an edgier ride which is quite the difference between the two.  Like most remixes are, there’s a long start-up to the song, but I can actually take this one.  There’s a little bit of a latin-flavor being pulled along the song, but just like remixes as well, it’s too long for me…considering it is over 7 minutes.  Another sad thing is that BoA is covered way too much by the music and that’s another concern.  So much for that.

7. I Did It For Love (Dj Escape & Johnny Vicious Dub Mix)

Ehhhh?  Cut the main vocal parts out of the song and you get this track which is surprisingly a minute shorter….It’s still the same track, just more attention to the repetitiveness of the chorus….HOW LAME.  Not amazing if you ask me.

9. I Did It For Love (Dj Escape & Johnny Vicious Acapella)

Being the WTF moment off this single, There’s an acapella version of IDIFL love here?  Well, you are gonna need a lot of patience because the song has the same time length as the original which is going to bore and it doesn’t help that there’s over a minute of silence which doesn’t make sense.  It’s pretty funny how there’s no music and the song sound like it’s skipping everywhere it’s just lulztastic!  You’ll have to skip to the 3rd minute to actually hear the song going on…I don’t but giving an electronic song an acapella version is just a poor idea on paper.

10. I Did It For Love (Dj Escape & Johnny Vicious Radio Edit)

The final track is of course a more friendly version of this remix and I guess it does it’s job right despite the music covering up BoA and Sean.  I kind of like the xylophone beat which makes it latin in the first place, but it’s also a little stale since it doesn’t make the arrangement special or anything. 

 

 

BoA’s 2nd single for the “BoA” era was alright, but c’mon the original just tops the remixes in one fall swoop.  I think the remixes were OK, typical American remixes though.  The acapella track was just something strange especially since it’s based from the remix.  Iono, this single was just different and I think I like the remixes here more than the ones on “Eat You Up”

 

Utada – Easy Breezy

Filed under: Utada Hikaru — solarblade @ 4:20 am
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Track Listing

  1. Easy Breezy (Radio Edit)
  2. Easy Breezy (Call Out Hook)

1. Easy Breezy (Radio Edit)

Starting the “EXODUS” era off on a strange note, Easy Breezy is definitly different from what she’s been doing previous….maybe a little similar to something off of “DEEP RIVER” right?  Y’know the R&B style.  I got to say though, this song is damn catchy and quite cute for a Hikki song.  If you pay attention, this song is kind of like “Forget you, I’m totally over it”.  I also have to mention the way she rhymes ~Japanesey~ to ~Breezy~….this is just amazingly lulzy.  Now being an edit, it’s a minute shorter because it doesn’t have the ad-libbing at the end.  Yes, the microphone thing is just a bit strange as she says it a lot as well as ~She doesn’t need you anymore~.  Makes you really question Hikki and her lyrics here cuz Megs from Lost Wing thinks a microphone is a metaphor for a penis…..makes sense though, right?

2. Easy Breezy (Call Out Hook)

I really didn’t see a point including this as something for the single.  All it is is the 2nd part of the chorus and that’s just it….very random and quite unneeded.  Let’s just forget this ever existed and call it obsolete.

 

 

Hikki’s first for the “EXODUS” era was definitely an odd choice for being the first single.  It’s nothing like the songs on the album which is quite difficult because Americans would’ve never thought the other songs are a bit more lyrically deeper.  Still it’s cute and supposed to taken as a joke track as Hikki said and it still makes me giggle.  The Call Out Hook….yeah nuthin to offer here.

 

Mika Nakashima – ONE SURVIVE

Filed under: Mika Nakashima — solarblade @ 3:28 am
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Track Listing

  1. ONE SURVIVE
  2. TRUE EYES
  3. CRESCENT MOON (Gonga Massive Version)
  4. ONE SURVIVE (Blaze Shelter Remix)
  5. ONE SURVIVE (Instrumental)
  6. TRUE EYES (Instrumental)

1. ONE SURVIVE

I’m definitly enjoying this upbeat style of Mika’s because it’s a lot more soulful and with Mika’s smoky vocals they work so well with this kind of style which is a crossbreed of jazz and disco.  Her vocals are so sweet to listen to and they just are smooth as well.  With the addition of the brass, it’s just amazing.  Definitely something good from Mika.

2. TRUE EYES

Oddly enough, TRUE EYES is in the exact same genre zone as “ONE SURVIVE” except there’s some sitar and flutes instead of brass which is a strange pairing indeed.  Still, it’s it’s the same happy-go-lucky dance track and on here it’s not such a good thing because of how similar the two tracks are.  If it was on any other single, I think I’d like it tons more, but the sameness is bothersome.

3. CRESCENT MOON (Gonga Massive Version)

This is Mika’s first single to contain remixes and she first pulls up a remix from her last single.  CRESCENT MOON and it’s remix aren’t too different from each other, because they both are danceable track altogether, so it’s not so much any better than each other.  I’m sure there’s something distinct about it…I guess the beat is faster, but it’s quickly unnoticed by me…

4. ONE SURVIVE (Blaze Shelter Remix)

What is up with all the songs sounding like each other?  I guess there’s isn’t too much to be said by this single’s remix because once again it left me questioning what’s the big difference.  I mean it’s still jazzy, but it seems the brass has been left out to be a bit more different the the original.  I guess it’s alright.  I guess there’s also piano played in a jazzy kind of way.  I think it’s pretty sweet.

 

 

I do like the upbeat nature of the entire single, but all 4 important tracks just were too similar in arrangement to really make it stand out from Mika’s discography.  ONE SURVIVE was nice with it’s disco/jazz mix and TRUE EYES with it’s unorthodox instrument choicing, but the remixes didn’t stray away from the originals making it like a lazy attempt.  Ok single, but she doesn’t need to have the same sounding songs together on a single.