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4minute – HEART TO HEART August 28, 2011

Filed under: 4minute — solarblade @ 7:54 pm

Track Listing

  1. HEART TO HEART (JAPANESE VERSION)
  2. YOU KNOW (KOREAN VERSION) (CD+DVD A only)
  3. BADLY (KOREAN VERSION) (CD+DVD A only)
  4. HEART TO HEART (KOREAN VERSION) (CD+DVD B only)
  5. MIRROR MIRROR  (KOREAN VERSION) (CD+DVD B only)
  6. SWEET SUGA HONEY! (KOREAN VERSION) (CD only)
  7. FIRST (KOREAN VERSION) (CD only)
  8. HEART TO HEART (Instrumental)

1. HEART TO HEART (JAPANESE VERSION)

4minute in Japan had been releasing singles and the main track were giant club bangers so HEART TO HEART is a little twist to the fans of them because it’s more poppy and lighter than songs like “FIRST” and “WHY” but I like the original Korean take of it for sure but the Japanese one is quite nice as well.  I mean the good English hooks are still there and the chorus is still damn catchy and with the language switch I felt a little more comfortable with this one…I like it.

2. YOU KNOW (KOREAN VERSION)

Unfortunately like their previous few singles, especially “WHY”, the rest of the singles is full of their Korean songs from “4minutes Left” which is pretty damn annoying to see a bunch if not all the songs originally from that here.  Starting with You know, I still love this song a lot since it’s not hard but not poppy like “HEART TO HEART”.  Plus it’s kind of cute for a song that basically says there’s no one else like you…meaningful and one of my favorite tunes from the group.

3. BADLY (KOREAN VERSION)

I didn’t know what track was this because it seems when the track is written in Korean it goes into it’s English translation when it goes to a JPN singles.  This is Nappeuge and this was a pretty interesting slow R&B tune from the group since it felt so relaxed.  I was a little taken aback when I heard accordion join in the song but I grew into liking the track for being what it is.

4. HEART TO HEART (KOREAN VERSION)

Yeah, no surprise that the single would come with the original version of the A-side.  The Korean version of Heart to Heart has a lot of punch even though the song isn’t calling for that but I still enjoy this song because it has a lot personality and JiHyun just sounds orgasmic…then again she sounds powerful in any song let’s be honest XD. 

5. MIRROR MIRROR (KOREAN VERSION)

To me Geoura Geoura is definitely the booty poppin song on the single and even though it’s still Korean, I doubt they could pull off a JPN version if they tried.  Still this song is catchy and the chorus with them repeating ~geoura geoura~ is quite catchy as hell.  Yeah this is pretty awesome of a song and is still my second favorite after “You know”.

6. SWEET SUGA HONEY! (KOREAN VERSION)

Of the songs from their Korean album, Sweet Suga Honey! was and is still one of my least favorite songs from the group because it’s way poppy and it didn’t really suit the members really.  Like I said before, HyunA’s rap just did not work here either and made the song worse by doing that.  Lame song!

7. FIRST (KOREAN VERSION)

The only song that I would’ve expected to have seen on a JPN release somehow is the Korean take of FIRST.  I really think FIRST sounds a little different than the JPN version for some reason but I think it’s because of the lyrics and how they’re sung.  They even took out some of the English lyrics to put in some Korean and it feels VERY awkward to listen to.  It just didn’t work being reversed like that and I just rolled my eyes for this version.

 

 

Really 4minute?  Another single was an absurd amount of already released Korean songs and only one true Japanese song (and at that, a JPN remake of Heart to Heart).  I liked HEART TO HEART no doubt but as a whole this single feels a lot like “WHY” as a presentation and I’m sorely disappointed.  Luckily there’s only a few Korean songs left to really shove on a JPN release sooooo…who knows…

 

PASSPO☆ – ViVi Natsu

Filed under: PASSPO☆ — solarblade @ 6:02 am

Track Listing

  1. ViVi Natsu
  2. Jaa ne…
  3. ROCK DA WEEK
  4. ViVi Natsi (Off VOCAL ver.)

1. ViVi Natsu

It doesn’t take much for me to like an idol song and even though I liked their last single, ViVi Natsu did a WAY BETTER job of leaving an impression on me because it’s sounds like a summer tune but has this flying feel as well but done so much better for some reason.  The vocals were pretty solid and the minor rapping parts were well rather interesting but still I loved this song a lot more than “Shoujo Hikou”.

2. Jaa ne…

Hey another blast of idol-pop but a little more typical for the group and a little like well…some AKB songs I’ve heard.  It just feels like I’ve heard this arrangement in AKB’s music and it’s just hard not to compare that because it sounds cheap and dated and well if I didn’t know any better I would’ve said this was roughly a AKB song and not a PASSPO☆ tune.

3. ROCK DA WEEK

After the meh-fest, ROCK DA WEEK sounds actually refreshing and something new for the group to tackle and that’s something that would be considered something like SCANDAL’s music but a little cheesier because they’re singing about the days of the week (and not a certain day…thx Rebecca Black).  I say it’s actually not bad, but isn’t as awesome as “ViVi Natsu”. 

 

 

 

Since it’s their 2nd single since becoming major, ViVi Natsu did a great job standing out, even surpassing “Shoujo Hikou” which I still lulz that they dropped from 1st place on Oricon and dropped to an astounding low at 102 the next week…something went very wrong in between the week and it just collapsed.  Hopefully ViVi Natsu doesn’t crash and burn like that because the A-side and ROCK DA WEEK were pretty cool songs while Jaa ne… was really AKB-ish and just omg bland.  They aren’t as great as of course AKB, Momosu, or even TG’S but at least they’re trying to make a name for themselves and find a good niche in their music.

 

Ayumi Hamasaki – FIVE

Filed under: Ayumi Hamasaki — solarblade @ 1:39 am

Track Listing

  1. progress
  2. ANother song feat. NAOYA URATA
  3. Why… feat. JUNO
  4. beloved
  5. BRILLANTE
  6. Why… feat NAOYA URATA (hidden track)
  7. beloved (Orchestra version) (CD only bonus track)

1. progress

I’m surprised that Ayu finally gets her “Tales of…” tie-in outta the way now…considering the series is as huge as it is lol.  Unlike the last couple of them, this is actually a ballad.  Now I’m still shaking off the blah fest of “Love songs” but I will say that Ayu’s vocals aren’t as shockingly different than in “Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus”.  The song doesn’t stay in ballad mode funny enough and hits this slow rockin’ pace but it’s like one half is slow but the other is hard and edgy…I guess it works for the series but it’s a little plain of a song of this calibur…if it copied and went a lil longer, I’d say it’s a little like “Free & Easy”.

2. ANother song feat. NAOYA URATA

So we have three collaborations on this mini (is shocked btw) and it seems Urata is paying back from Ayu being in his song “Dream ON” so I guess it’s fitting that he’s paying his dues by being in her song.  The synths that begin the song sound so…made on a CASIO or something and it sounds cheap.  After the slightly powerful “progress”, this song kind of sets itself on an R&B style but I can barely remember and I hear more of Urata than Ayu herself lulz.  I don’t know why but when they sing together Ayu is too quiet when compared to her other half and it’s a little unusual.  Kind of bland here.

3. Why… feat. JUNO

So if you have to know JUNO is actually JUNSU’s brother (you know, the ugly one from JYJ and what used to be a complete Tohoshinki).  I like this version of the song since it’s kind of light but not forgetful like “ANother song”.  Also, JUNO sounds pretty airy and fluffy which he gets away with in the song since the doesn’t call for loud vocals even though the arrangement does get loud like “progress'”.  Literally it’s like taking the first track, adding a little dab of R&B…add JUNO and we get Why…

4. beloved

Why hasn’t anything popped out for me yet?!?  beloved tries to do something along the lines of a powerful ballad, but we’ve seen enough of these to last a lifetime.  I really was miffed to get the feeling of “MOON” and “blossom” AGAIN.  I really think she’s in a rut with her ballads and this is just another tune in the bad ballads bin.  At least her vocals seem to be stronger than it has been in recent times so I’ll give her that.

5. BRILLANTE

However all of the bland songs previous to this does hide what I do think is something that should be praised at least.  I mean is that latin chanting I’m hearing at the beginning?   Yeah, now this is how you do a ballad and make it amazing because the mysterious vibes I get here and add in Ayu’s singing which fits the mood and you get something powerful and actually good.  The chanting is there a LOT more than I thought, but seriously best song on the mini hands down.

6. Why… feat. NAOYA URATA

I was hoping that “BRILLANTE” wasn’t the full 10 minutes when I first heard the mini-album.  I was happy it wasn’t but then suddenly intrigued that there was a hidden track.  Then I saw that it’s just a different version of Why… and I was just not looking forward to this.  Luckily it comes with a different arrangement and of course Urata is singing.  I much prefer this version of Why… but I could live without the computerized-vocals here but this is the closest thing to an “upbeat” kind of song on this mini-album LOL.  Still it’s actually not too bad here.

7. beloved (Orchestra version)

Funny enough that the CD only version contains another song!  Unfortunately, it had to be an orchestrated version of beloved which is right now my least favorite song on here.  I mean I love the strings and all that but it doesn’t help this song in any way really.  Ayu sounds pretty good of course and the little bits of harp were nice…but it doesn’t stick out like most of her other “orchestra versions”. 

 

 

Ok, let’s say this progress up to beloved really bored the hell out of me and it showed no effort whatsoever from the producer to these songs and the collaborations in the 4 were kind of boring and musically bland.  However once BRILLANTE jumped in, I felt like there was some sort of light in this dark tunnel and the other version of Why… made up for the boring one and then of course a boring revision of beloved.  Yeah this was very disappointing of a mini-album here…I actually think some of these songs were “Love songs” leftovers too….ugh…Ayu go back to energetic stuff!!!!