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Bentley Jones – TRANS//LATION 2 June 3, 2011

Filed under: Bentley Jones — solarblade @ 3:50 am

Track Listing

  1. TRANS//LATION 2 (Introduction)
  2. Word Up
  3. Sunao ni Naretara ~FINAL NIGHT~ (2011 English Version)
  4. JOINT
  5. Stay (featuring Liz Saunders)
  6. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)
  7. Ameato
  8. Dreams of an Absolution (2011 Version)
  9. Michi~to you all
  10. GLAMOROUS SKY (2011 Japanese Version)
  11. All You Wanted
  12. Sunao ni Naretara (2011 Japanese Version) (bonus track)
  13. GLAMOROUS SKY (2011 English Version) (bonus track)
  14. Stay (featuring Liz Saunder – Fantazia Projekt Remix) (CD only bonus track)

1. TRANS//LATION 2 (Introduction)

Unlike the last cover album he did, Bentley opens up his second with an introduction instead.  I like the kind of groove it has mixing up synths and guitars together.  I like the different areas of the song and of course Bentley has short quips in Japanese and English to make it more memorable.  Cool intro by the way.

2. Word Up

~This should be played at high volume, preferably in a residential area~ that opening line made me laugh quite loudly.  Now unlike his last cover album once again, this album has a mix of JPN covers and now English covers especially in the case of this song where he’s covering Cameo’s one-hit wonder.  The thing that brings me back to the original was the unique vocals.  Bentley doesn’t have that, which does make it harder to enjoy, but the party atmosphere is there and it’s just as catchy as it was back then.  Good cover.

3. Sunao ni Naretara ~FINAL NIGHT~ (2011 English Version)

I guess I should mention that there’s a few self-covers on here as well.  Remember this song from the first “TRANS//LATION”?  The thing that’s different is that it’s slower and instead of the synths we get more natural instruments.  I also like the fact that Bentley resang that song and gave so much more emotion through this performance.  If you liked his falsetto back in the original it’s out as well.  Great ballad version of an already great cover!

4. JOINT

I was pretty damn surprised that Bentley would go and cover a Mami Kawada song more or less JOINT since it’s one of those songs that should never really be covered.  It does seem weird that a different sounding gutiar opens the song up, but the energy is still just as epic and the use of a little more synths doesn’t hurt.  Bentley Japanese sounds pretty good still since he hasn’t really sang in the language for quite a while.  It’s actually pretty good, not surpassing Mami’s original, but it’s as good as it gets for a cover ^_^

5. Stay (featuring Liz Saunders)

There’s also a few songs where I don’t know the original is by like this song which is also a first for Bentley simply because it’s his first collaboration in his works.  I don’t know who Liz Saunders is, but she sounds really pleasant in this song since she has such a heavenly voice.  I know Bentley plays second fiddle but he’s also strong as well during his parts.  The song is pretty different from the normal, but it feels like he carried a little of his ethereal sounds from “Finally Free” onto here.  It’s just different and something I wasn’t expecting but friggin epic!  I guess after hearing it from one of the Bentley fans, it seems this is a cover of a Shakespeare Sister song that was famoun from Coyote Ugly…who knew he’d get that picky in song choice XD

6. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)

A cover of a 1985 Kate Bush song?  Talk about reaching back into the past!  Carrying the ethereal sounds again, Running Up That Hill sounds pretty cool and has a mysterious glow to it.  Add in Bentley’s dramatic vocal performance added to the pretty soothing sound until the second verse where things get edgy and dark.  It does slightly bore me towards the end of the song, but I think that’s because “Stay” was right before it since they have that same eerie glow to them.

7. Ameato

If I’m correct on this, I think this is an Ayano Tsuji cover.  This one feels a bit more simple after the last few tracks and sounds pretty basic which is a good move.  Sadly, there’s not much to really remember about this song which is kind of weird but whatever it’s there and I’m sure it has it’s fans ^_^

8. Dreams of an Absolution (2011 Version)

I love the fact that he caters to his fans quite a lot and seeing a new version of Dreams of an Absolution is always a plus.  I like how it begins with nighttime sounds and a short excerpt from Bentley before the music comes in.  It does seems like he meshed the original version with the LB vs. JS remix to get this one.  Awesome synths and epic guitar solos are found in here and Bentley resang the song as well making it feel so fresh after 5 years.  I still love the hell out of the different versions of it and this one is just as awesome ^_^

9. Michi~to you all

I do know this song was originally by alüto and was used in the Naruto anime so this was also kind of a surprise to me.  Bentley’s version is a bit more piano-based than the original’s pop/rock sound but it’s still nice nonetheless.  It does feel like it would’ve suited “Finally Free” a whole lot more, but then again he’s singing in Japanese so that wouldn’t really work.  Still it’s a nice cover.

10. GLAMOROUS SKY (2011 Japanese Version)

I’ll be honest, that after time had passed with “TRANS//LATION” I started to really dislike his cover of Mika Nakashima’s big NANA song GLAMOROUS SKY because it took a lot out of the original and kind of turned it inside out.  However, the 2011 version of the song is such an upgrade for me because it follows more like Mika’s rockin’ version and Bentley’s vocals aren’t tampered with here.  It’s really epic and one of the more stronger songs from the album.

11. All You Wanted

I’m a little surprised that Bentley actually decided to cover a Michelle Branch more or less this song.  I remember this song when I was younger and was a pretty great song.  Bentley’s version takes the pop roots out and turned it into a piano-based ballad and I kind of liked this take as well since it’s so solemn and sincere.  It does close the album though and it actually made a nice closing.  Nice cover here.

12. Sunao ni Naretara (2011 Japanese Version)

Finally we get a Japanese version of Sunao ni Naretara!  Even though the arrangement is based off the 2011 version.  I wouldn’t have minded the original version’s arrangement TBH.  It’s also a little strange to hear it in the real language because the vocal rhythms are so different.  It’s pretty interesting though and makes for a different take of one of Bentley’s more well-known songs.

13. GLAMOROUS SKY (2011 English Version)

Yup, as the 2nd bonus track, Bentley sings an English version of GLAMOROUS SKY….but question is….is it his version or is he covering HYDE’s English version of the song?  Likewise, I’m usually used to Bentley singing in Japanese instead of English for this track and I will stand by the original version he gave us on this album.  At least the lyrics sound good?  Yeah XD

Tracks Recommended

  • Dreams of an Absolution (2011 Version)
  • GLAMOROUS SKY (2011 Japanese Version)
  • Stay (featuring Liz Saunders)
  • JOINT
  • Sunao ni Naretara ~FINAL NIGHT~ (2011 English Version)

Song of Avoidance

  • Ameato

As this is Bentley 2nd cover album, I must say the songs chosen here were pretty nifty but a lot of them I’ve never heard before which is cool.  It doesn’t really surpass “Finally Free”, but it does beat his first cover album.  There’s a few oddball songs like the English covers that really felt strange but either way, pretty good album ^_^