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BONNIE PINK – Dear Diary October 8, 2010

Filed under: BONNIE PINK — solarblade @ 2:23 am

Track Listing

  1. Is This Love?
  2. Morning Glory
  3. Cookie Flavor
  4. Suki KILLER
  5. Hurricane
  6. Find a Way
  7. Home Sweet Home
  8. Many Moons Ago
  9. World Peace
  10. Birthday Girl
  11. Here I Am
  12. Kite
  13. Grow
  14. Nagareboshi
  15. Nami Nami

1. Is This Love?

We begin Kaori’s album with the two digital singles she released in the era, starting with the second released, Is This Love?  I do like the fact this is an upbeat song since her main songs have been low-tempo slow songs, so it was refreshing to hear something like this.  I do think the song is rather repetitive especially in the later half of the song, but I liked the meaning of the song and it’s hard not to really hate it.

2. Morning Glory

Then again, I have a hard time remembering Morning Glory which was the first digital single and first released in the era.  I’m not sure why I have deja vu moments to Reading Rainbow when I listen to this song because it has the rather oldish sound going on and with the synths, it didn’t help the situation.  At least it wasn’t too boring of a song right? 

3. Cookie Flavor

As we get into our new songs, Cookie Flavor is quite the strong track from the album.  It has this kind of pop/rock sound that she carried over from “ONE” and I think it’s great she’s keeping that up and since the song is humorous, Cookie Flavor is a lulzy song.  I mean ~cuh-cuh-cuh-cuh cookieeee!~  I just can’t really take the song seriously…but it’s still cute for Kaori.

4. Suki KILLER

I like how chilled out and funky Suki KILLER is even though it has a much simpler arrangement than “Cookie Flavor” for sure.  It’s a bit unusual since the minimal sound it has is the only thing going for it, but whenever Kaori sings the title, it’s oddly catchy and easy to sing along with.  Weird song, but I kind of like it despite such a laidback flow.

5. Hurricane

At least we’re going back into more fuller arrangements starting with Hurricane.  For me, it’s the first rather mid-tempo song and it definitely has a “ONE” kind of sound going on.  Sadly though it’s kind of one of the less memorable songs for me since she doesn’t really sound into the song and neither am I. 

6. Find a Way

Find a Way doesn’t exactly really do much of trying to fix what happened in “Hurricane”, but I think I prefer this more just because Kaori sounds interesting here and the chords are good to listen too as well.  I’m surprised the chorus is as loud as it is because I just didn’t expect it from a song like this, but it’s a good touch.  Ok, it’s much better than I thought it’d be.

7. Home Sweet Home

As the album’s first ballad, Home Sweet Home sticks to its roots and just stays very sweet and very Kaori-like through the entire thing which is great for fans of her earlier music since it just has this nostalgic feel.  I think the best parts of the song is when Kaori sings in a higher register TBH…good ballad, but sleep-inducing.  Did I mention it’s a bit of a jazz ballad?

8. Many Moons Ago

Why does this song sound familiar?  I don’t know why, but Many Moons Ago is kind of like “Hurricane”, but I did find the synth involvement endearing and kind of bold for a song like this.  It’s alright, but the Western feeling is kind of dragging me down and making me sleepy here.

9. World Peace

At least we finally leave the kind of sleepy area and get into some of the odder songs from the album.  World Peace is pretty weird because of the light Indian sound it’s putting off, but I don’t mind this since it’s really catchy and not shoved down your throat.  It’s simple and sweet and to the point and I enjoyed it a lot.

10. Birthday Girl

Wow, right from the start, I was like…”Catch The Sun”?  Yeah, they are pretty similar to one another, but I don’t mind it because Birthday Girl is one of the better upbeat songs from the album since it has a good happy mood going for it.  I definitely approve for songs like this which is good.  One of my favorites of the album.

11. Here I Am

Finally getting into our second ballad of the album, Here I Am kind of reminds me of a mix of “Home Sweet Home” and “Hurricane”.  I mean it starts off quietly and moves along itself until the chorus where it becomes a mid-tempo tune with drums and acoustic guitar.  At least it moves better than previous songs, I’ll agree to that and it’s better than some other songs.

12. Kite

Since it only has been two weeks since Kite was released, I still haven’t really gotten to enjoy the song as I should be.  Besides the obvious allusion to Owl City, Kite isn’t so much of a bad song…but sometimes it’s just a tad bit annoying to hear ~I’m a kite, I’m a kite~ every so often in the song.  Though on the album, this kind of is an odd song because the synths aren’t like the others and the flow is different.  I think I’ll eventually fall for it.

13. Grow

After an interesting song in “Kite”, Grow kind of comes in and cuts the mood lower.  Being an English-only song, Grow is pretty to listen to, but the surprise is that it’s just acoustic guitar and Kaori singing for the most part.  I did like the fact that Kaori cleaned her English up quite nicely because she doesn’t sound like she has a thick accent like in some other songs.  It’s the simplest song off the album, but at the same time, it’s vulnerable and the lyrics are so sweet.  WAY TO GO!

14. Nagareboshi

Nagareboshi slowly brings the mood back up with something simple, but once again like “Hurricane” the way it sounds is just a bit lifeless for me and her vocals aren’t as great as in previous songs.  I don’t know how to really explain this song, but it’s just a little meh for me.

15. Nami Nami

A song about Nami Tamaki?  Oh no no no…ending the album off, Nami Nami doesn’t seem like the song to finish the album, but it’s quirky and the added strings gave it a nice touch for sure, but there’s something still missing for me.  There’s just something different going on and I’m not sure if I’m a big fan of it.

Tracks Recommended

  • Birthday Girl
  • Find a Way
  • World Peace
  • Grow
  • Cookie Flavor

Song of Avoidance

  • Hurricane

I don’t know why, but for me Dear Diary just kind of fell flat for me when compared to her last few albums.  There wasn’t a song that instantly popped out and I liked it immediately like with “ONE”.  About that, this album really does take “Thinking Out Loud” and “ONE” and mixed them together to get this album.  I don’t know it just wasn’t that good at first listen, but I’ll grow to like it I hope.

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One Response to “BONNIE PINK – Dear Diary”

  1. schmuck_klutz Says:

    Wow. Majority of the new songs are so generic that Morning Glory and Kite become highlights in comparison. With the exception of at most the aforementioned tracks and Suki Killer and Naminami (it could not be possible to overlook the dense production in the album, but here we have our real corkers),Dear Diary is a D.O.A. record. Bonnie Pink went stodgy on this one. Cookie-cutter synth-pop + shoddy adult contemporary + hackneyed lyrics (the body song—> Grow!) + Bonnie’s freshly employed melisma = I doubt I’ll stick around. Will be saving the best ones, though.


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