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Daichi Miura – D.M. November 30, 2011

Filed under: Daichi Miura — solarblade @ 5:22 am

Track Listing

  1. Black Hole
  2. Touch Me
  3. Illusion Show
  4. Love is like a bass line
  5. The Answer
  6. Only You
  7. 4am
  8. RUN WAY
  9. Turn Off The Light
  10. SHOUT IT
  11. Lullaby
  12. Magic Word

1. Black Hole

It’s great that Daichi begins the album with the main promotional track!  Black Hole is definitely different from previous songs but it’s a welcom change.  I’m loving Daichi’s vocals in the song quite a bit even though ~brack hole~ does kind of make me lulz.  After that the song really starts getting strange which it switches into more of a dubstep kind of arrangement but it’s funny since Daichi isn’t singing in that part.  Overall this was pretty unique (to Daichi that is) and it was a solid track!

2. Touch Me

Following that interesting opening song, Touch Me brings us to what we’ve known Daichi for and that’s an easily danceable R&B track with great vocals.  I’m loving the beat and feel of the song for sure right up until the chorus where it’s seriously just repeating ~touch me~ over and over and in quick succession.  It’s a pretty good song but hindered by that chorus!

3. Illusion Show

Illusion Show brings the unusual back by being kind of burlesque-y and bouncy all at once.  I kind of found myself moving with the rhythm of the song and while Daichi’s vocals aren’t as great as the previous two tracks, the rest of the song managed to keep my interests high. 

4. Love is like a bass line

Haha, that intro really came out of nowhere for me but at least it caught my attention.  I love that the song does keep true to its title and features a lot of bass in both bass guitar and deep bass synths.  The rest of the song is quite awesome to listen to since it has that same attitude and flavor that was found on his last album, “Who’s The Man”.  The added brass later in the song gave some extra spice and made it better…right now this is my favorite of the new songs!

5. The Answer

I found it quite interesting that Daichi only included the A-sides and no B-sides (though there was a lot to choose from).  The Answer of course was the first A-side released in the era.  At first, it was hard remembering what it sounded like but once it started it all came back to me as the mid-tempo dance song started up.  I will admit that amongst the other synthed up songs, this one does seem weaker than when it was released as a single.  I will say though that his vocals are great!

6. Only You

Makes sense that “The Answer” would be the start of slightly slowing down the album.  Only You takes the synths out from the previous track and replaces it with a more pounding beat and a piano/strings arrangement.  It does a lot for showing his vocals and how well he can hit the higher notes.  It’s alright, but I kind of like the last track more.

7. 4am

Our seventh track on the album is a bit more like his past endeavors which might be good for some of the listeners and some of the others will probably deem this pretty weak since it’s all R&B.  It does remind me of something from his last album not gonna lie about that but on this album it does stand out slightly.  I do kind of wish there was a little more going on in the song but it’s not terrible.

8. RUN WAY

I’m not sure what to really think about RUN WAY just quite yet.  I will give him points for giving us a good vocal performance but the song sounds like an unusual 90’s song with beats and guitar/synth mix.  Add in that the chorus doesn’t have enough punch either and I’m basically at a standstill with it.  It does grow on you which is a good thing for this track, but still feel it needs more oomph!

9. Turn Off The Light

Next comes the 3rd A-side released and still is the best of the three A-sides released in my honest opinion.  It does have a nice reggaeton sound but might be hidden from some of the other synths but that’s alright because it just seemed to flow well with Daichi’s lyrics.  I do still think that the song would sound great at some sort of sporting event but that just mean this song has a pretty good groove.  There are a couple songs that has bypassed this song however on this album.

10. SHOUT IT

I guess SHOUT IT represents the last boost of hot dance numbers on the album and I liked the gritty number too!  SHOUT IT doesn’t sound like anything else and the way Daichi is singing is quite strong and I found his English much stronger than in any of the other songs.  It’s got a lot of attitude and punch that the album needed.  Yeah, I’m enjoying this one a lot!

12. Lullaby

As the only ballad released as an A-side (more like an R&B ballad like “4am”), Lullaby still is a hard song to remember since the style and flow of the song is just one-dimensional for me.  It’s nice that he pulled a ballad for an A-side since it’s been a while since one came out but still…I wish there was a little more to it than what we got out of it. 

12. Magic Word

Closing the album is another R&B track but a little more upbeat and rockin’ the beat a little more.  It’s still light when compared to some of the other songs which is good because it cuts out a niche for itself.  It’s an odd song to close out an album since it feels like it should be more in the middle.  The song itself is kind of forgetful to be honest and doesn’t leave too much of a mark…”Lullaby” would’ve been better.

Tracks Recommended

  • Love is like a bass line
  • Black Hole
  • SHOUT IT
  • Turn Off The Light
  • Touch Me

Song of Avoidance

  • Magic Word

As this is Daichi’s 3rd album, I must say is his best one yet!  It is weird that after “Who’s The Man” this album really stripped itself from collaborations and remixes this time around which is a good thing!  What we got was a pretty solid album of songs that took Daichi to new places without having him forget how he started his solo career.  Of course there were weak songs but overall this was a strong album from our “natural beauty”.

 

3 Responses to “Daichi Miura – D.M.”

  1. Vivian Says:

    Oh my God, Dai-chama <3333
    Thanks for the review!! I now know that I need to go and preview this album XD
    He's SUCH a talented under-rated. I'm quite glad he included The Answer. it was my first song of him, and also I love Lullaby too, so good to see it made it's way onto the album…Turn Off the Light was actually meh to me compared to The Answer..but anyway, can't wait to listen to the new songs ❤

  2. everyvillainisLEMONS Says:

    These songs are soooo catchy….the dubstep on Black Hole was odd to me though. And I like Magic Word, but I think Only You would have been a better ending song. Still awesome album! ❤

  3. Stu-kun Says:

    I found the review great as usual ^-^ you’re reviews are always good reads =) Daichi is one amazing singer imo, i did review the album aswell on my review blog and i agree with your thoughts on Magic Word. I just though the dub-step on black hole felt a little too basic :L Still great album 🙂


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