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Nana Nishino – Heaven ~Itoshii Hito e~ December 11, 2009

Filed under: Nana Nishino — solarblade @ 6:17 pm

Track Listing

  1. Heaven ~Itoshii Hito e~
  2. Brand New days
  3. Heaven ~Itoshii Hito e~ (Karaoke)
  4. Brand New days (Karaoke)

1. Heaven ~Itoshii Hito e~

Well, Heaven marks a first for Nana Nishino.  It’s the first track she’s ever done in Japanese which is a long time coming.  Since it is a winter song, Heaven is surprising nice and sounds really pretty.  Though I’m not sure if it’s original or another answer song to ET-KING’s original, but I’ll say that her voice is nice. 

2. Brand New Days

The following B-side is also in JPN which is great for me.  Instead of the ballad we got with “Heaven”, the song follow a more pop/rock style that’s been covered a few times with her last singles.  I like the guitar and drums riffs that were happening in the song and the doesn’t seem boring.  Surprise, surprise right?

 

 

As this is Nana’s 3rd single, Heaven ~Itoshii Hito e~ was definitely an upgrade from her first two singles.  I loved that she finally went and sung in Japanese and both Heaven and Brand New Days showed her off so much more better than the cheesiness of the previous two.   I wonder how her album is going to look like xD

 

BoA – Mamoritai ~White Wishes~

Filed under: BoA — solarblade @ 2:57 am

Track Listing

  1. Mamoritai ~White Wishes~
  2. THE END Soshite and…
  3. BUMP BUMP! feat. VERBAL (m-flo) KOZM・MIX (First Press Bonus Track)
  4. Mamoritai ~White Wishes~ (Tales of Graces Version)
  5.  Mamoritai ~White Wishes~ (English Version)
  6. Mamoritai ~White Wishes~ (Instrumental/Karaoke)
  7. THE END Soshite and… (Instrumental)
  8. BEST HIT MEGA BLEND

1. Mamoritai ~White Wishes~

While BoA has been recently releasing stronger A-side since “Vivid”, Mamoritai ~White Wishes~ feels like something I’ve heard before from here.  Maybe something back on “VALENTI”?  I don’t know but she’s been going back to her R&B roots and it’s nice because Mamoritai is a nice winter song that doesn’t fall under the mediocrity of other winter songs.  I really like BoA’s vocals here for sure and she made the song pretty strong.

2. THE END Soshite and…

While this is the first song BoA had full control over in its making, THE END Soshite and… is also a nod to her past styles.  Sadly, I didn’t feel this song so much as much as “Mamoritai”.  I’m not sure why but I think this felt a little off for me.  BoA’s vocals were also pretty shaky at points in the song as well.  Not a really memorable B-side.

3. BUMP BUMP! feat. VERBAL (m-flo) KOZM・MIX

On the first press editions of the regular edition, we get a remix of her last A-side, BUMP BUMP!.  While it does have a more edgier electronica feel instead of the more urban flow, it’s not exactly the most interesting thing.  VERBAL’s rap here is so much more annoying to listen to, but c’mon, without him it would’ve been so much more easier to listen to.  There’s parts where I thought the synths were genius, but otherwise…not a great remix.

4. Mamoritai ~White Wishes~ (English Version)

It took them long enough to get BoA singing an English version of a track again.  While I wonder if this’ll be on her next American album, the English version of Mamoritai gives BoA a chance for her vocals to shine.  In my opinion, she’s gotten a whole lot better since her last English self-cover of “KEY OF HEART”.  She still does have her slip-ups and it’s understandable, but since “BoA”, she’s definitely gotten stronger in pronunciation.  Lyrics are a whole lot better to so that made me happy too.

5. BEST HIT MEGA BLEND

  • Sweet Impact
  • Dakishimeru
  • Winter Love
  • Eien
  • LOVE LETTER
  • Nanairo no Ashita ~brand new beat~
  • DO THE MOTION

Really, again?  If you’ve followed BoA for a while you will quickly remember this mega-mix from back two…TWO singles ago.  Returning from “Eien/UNIVERSE/Believe in LOVE”, BEST HIT MEGA BLEND features most of the bigger hits.  It’s unfortunate they didn’t add to it or anything so on here, it’s useless…just a poor idea from SM.

 

 

While there’s talks about a new album, BoA’s winter single (which is also a tie-in with Tales of Graces) came out nice enough.  Both the Japanese and English versions were enjoyable and from the preview, so is BUMP BUMP!’s remix.  THE END Soshite and… wasn’t as good, but it’s a better B-side as of recent.  BEST HIT MEGA BLEND has no reason to be on here so that’s a big no-no.