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MEG x Q;indivi – When You Wish Upon a Star July 10, 2009

Filed under: MEG,Q;indivi — solarblade @ 10:24 pm

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Track Listing

  1. When You Wish Upon a Star
  2. When You Wish Upon a Star (Extended Mix)
  3. When You Wish Upon a Star (Instrumental)
  4. When You Wish Upon a Star (Acappella)

1. When You Wish Upon a Star

Ok, you know when you got something weird going on when you ask MEG to cover a Disney song….especially when it comes to Pinocchio of all things right.  Anyways,  MEG collaborated with Q;indivi (who also did a cover of “Part of Your World”) beforehand.  Now I gotta say, this song took the original orchestral wonder of a song and morphed into a J-tek/Club track in one fall swoop and it worked.  Now Rin is in the song but as the backup singer which is funny as hell.  I actually like Rin since she isn’t exactly pulling the stunts she is in her music.  MEG also did pretty well here with the song, even though she sucks at English.  I hope this would be on this collaboration project MEG is supposedly doing.

2. When You Wish Upon a Star (Extended Mix)

So you’re gonna just add 10 seconds and that’s it?  BULLSHIT, this is no extension….this is just lame and useless.  Otherwise, it’s the same track over again and I already put my feelings about it above, so hahaha.

3. When You Wish Upon a Star (Acappella)

Then they just stripped the music out and leave MEG and Rin to just basically sing.  Now there are still those awkward silent moments that plague acappella versions so it’s not their fault for it.  Now, MEG…acappella….this just is wrong on so many levels.  I mean I like her, with music plz, not just by herself.

 

 

Now it’s mostly credited as a MEG release than a Q;indivi release which is understandable since she’s the main singer here and the single was to promote “HOUSE DISNEY” so that works, but to know that MEG announced a collab project that will mostly likely feature “FREAK”, I hope this track makes on there too, because it’s a good rendition of the song.

 

Miliyah Kato – Ring

Filed under: Miliyah Kato — solarblade @ 9:47 pm

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Track Listing

  1. SAYONARA Baby
  2. Aitai
  3. Love Forever
  4. Breathe Again
  5. Love for you
  6. Arigatou,
  7. Kono Machi no Doko ka de
  8. Dance tonight
  9. 20 -CRY-
  10. Time is Money
  11. Anata ga Hoshii
  12. Love me, hold me
  13. Happy Celebration
  14. This is Love
  15. People

1. SAYONARA Baby

Ahhhh, so we begin the album with well…one of her more better tracks in the era and it’s also the first A-side as well.  Instead of the usual R&B mehness she’s usually known for, she kind of brings a more upbeat sound to the table and I like it since it doesn’t bore me at all.  Miliyah’s vocals are pretty strong as well, showing off her vocals in a good light and expressing herself well. 

2. Aitai

Then we slow ourselves down with the first new track off the album and of course…it’s a damn ballad.  Thank god it’s actually a ballad and not a boring mix of R&B integraded in it.  It’s still got a nice feel overall and sometimes Miliyah does some weird slides into some notes and she does repeat things too much, it’s better than her past endeavors.

3. Love Forever

Next up is her last A-side of the era and also a collaboration wish Shota Shimizu.  I don’t know why she didn’t credit him on the album….talk about a hater!  Like “SAYONARA Baby”, this was a more upbeat track and them two were definitely good for each other.  They actually harmonize very well through the song, even though Shota does sing over Miliyah sometimes.  Another one of her best tracks off the album.

4. Breathe Again

I thought it’d be good since it continues the upbeat sound, but it sounds like something I’ve already heard…in America…The beat clapping beat has been used many-a-times before and it continues on Miliyah’s album.  It’s alright, but hearing such a unoriginal sound, just doesn’t work for me.

5. Love for you

We get another, R&B-infused track that has piano and strings mostly providing the melody and such.  It actually isn’t that bad really.  I love how she does the chorus and since it adds some synth in it, I was definitely feeling this song’s more simplistic nature.  This is shaping up to be a better album the 2nd listen through.

6. Arigatou,

See, now this is the kind of song that I really don’t enjoy especially since Miliyah has like a bajillion other songs like this.  I mean it’s basically “Love for you” stripped of it’s synth parts and its tempo toned down.  In other words, just give it a new melody and lyrics…I’m not a big fan of this song, but I do like the chorus again.  It’s just everything else that doesn’t stand out to me.

7. Kono Machi no Doko ka de

Ahhhh, I love the beginning of the song with the plucked strings, but that damn clapping beat returns again and that right there, destroyed the song for me.  She could’ve made this an acoustic track, but that beat ruined it. 

8. Dance tonight

Now this was a track that I instantly liked first listen-through.  Dance tonight has a pretty explosive sound with the brass and it sounds like something disco-like which is a plus in my book.  It could be her heaviest song off the album, and I like it alot.  A winner here.

9. 20 -CRY-

The middle A-side of the era, 20 -CRY- is my least favorite of the A-sides on the album, but I think it’s alright.  It’s a bit more somber sounding than most of the previous tracks so it’s pretty good in the sense that, the mood was needed.  Actually, it sounds a whole lot better on the album than it did on it’s respective single. 

10. Time is Money

Ahhhh, I love this flute opening to the song.  Then a pretty cool acoustic drive happens and Miliyah’s ad-libbing adds in this kind of freaky sound that actually works for once.  I don’t know, but this rise of strings in the chorus is freaky cool.  Wow, isn’t this just the energetic song that I really need.

11. Anata ga Hoshii

I would’ve easily guessed it was going to be a bit more slower than “Time is Money”, but I didn’t expect to still be somewhat upbeat with a beat and a nice and cute piano melody.  Sadly, nothing really pops out for me here as the song seems to drag on by.  Still the arrangement was nice though.

12. Love me, hold me

Interestingly enough, Love me, hold me very soulful of her and at the same time it sounds like lounge or jazz.  It’s more laidback and showcases Miliyah very well throughout, even better than normal.  It has just a lot of sultryness in it and it could be another favorite of mine on this album.

13. Happy Celebration

For a song whose title would make a song like a party track, it’s anything but.  It’s a mid-tempo track and actually kind of sounds cheesy on the album…how unfortunate.  I love her voice though, it’s just put to a meh arrangement here. 

14. This is Love

No this is not a Hikki cover at all.  It began nicely with just piano, but then the song goes into blandness when the R&B beats pop in.  Another song whose potential is wasted because of this.  I mean it still is mostly piano playing throughout, but I just wish it was just that.  It does remind me of a Kuu song, but I can’t remember which one.

15. People

I guess we needed to end the album with another R&B track, but it doesn’t feel tacked on as much as the other ones on here.  Miliyah and her soothing vocals are pretty well played out and there’s a little bit of synth underlying the track to help out.  ~They’re just people~…Is this song about aliens?  JK JK…It makes for a good album finisher, but wouldn’t a ballad have been better?

Tracks Recommended

  • Love me, hold me
  • Dance tonight
  • Love Forever
  • Love for you
  • SAYONARA Baby

Song of Avoidance

  • Arigatou,

Uhm…..well, this album at first bored me a bit, but when I really paid attention to the album, this was actually not a bad listen.  She still has her faults with the whole J-urban phase of her career, but the songs that were more upbeat and original sounding definitely won me over.  The singles really did hide the fact that the album would be good and even as I write this today….it beat out Perfume for the No.1 spot on Oricon daily.