Finally, the last post of the best-of 2011! Here is what you all have been waiting for and that’s ALBUM OF THE YEAR…in both good and terrible aspects, LET’S DIVE RIGHT IN!
- Akiko Shikata – Istoria ~Kalliope~
- °C-ute – Chou WONDERFUL!⑥
- Daichi Miura – D.M.
- Do As Infinity – EIGHT
- DUSTZ – TROIS
- Juliet – Shibuya
- Onmyo-za – Kishiboshin
- SCANDAL – BABY ACTION
- Shoujo Jidai – GIRLS’ GENERATION
- SPYAIR – Rockin’ the World
- Stereopony – More! More!! More!!!
- SuG – Thrill Ride Pirates
- supercell – Today Is A Beautiful Day
The 5 albums that JUST BARELY MADE 15
I must say, I was happy there were a lot of good albums…but there wasn’t a lot of AMAZING albums this year which was a bummer to last years. HAHAHA, I just totally saw how similar the the cover for BREAKERZ’ GO and Perfume’s JPN are hahah and it works in a phrase…GO JPN! Anyways…BREAKERZ had a pretty badass album and even though it had two bad songs on it, I still enjoyed the rest of it quite nicely. Perfume’s might not have had great album songs but the rest were all worth it together again! Pretty solid album! For someone who takes time to release albums, I thought Kaya’s QUEEN album was a nice return. Pretty solid and has great electro tracks to throw out as well ^_^. Momosu’s also had a great album here with their first with the Kyuukies in 12, Smart. It was a good debut for the new members and a great way to send Takitty out. Last, but not least, ONE OK ROCK had a great year with their album, Zankyo Reference. One of the more impressive albums from a rock band I saw this year whoohoo!
10. School Food Punishment – Prog-Roid
Even through the change of how they write their names, Prog-Roid is a little disappointing compared to their last album, “amp-reflection”, but this was still a pretty damn good album. I mean they know what got them rather well-known and they just stuck to it this time around. Some people might not like that they didn’t experiment much here but I thought it was a good, cohesive album from them!
9. Maki Goto – Ai Kotoba (VOICE)
Gocchin’s lone avex album finally released this year and I gotta be honest, I really enjoyed this album. From the Ayu-esque songs to the heartwrenching ballads to all the different sides to her upbeat stuff, it was just great to hear something from her despite going into hiatus after it. Plus the second disc is worth the buy as well…unless you already have “SWEET BLACK”.
8. Genki Rockets – GENKI ROCKETS II -No border between us-
I was happy to hear Genki Rockets were returning and they really outdid themselves with GRII. I mean it’s a pretty happy and breezy album that just flows seamlessly the entire way (sans the remixes). It’s just an album to drive with…just sooo good.
7. KOKIA – pieces
Even though this album might be unfair, because it’s an outwork collection album, it did feature the singles that didn’t have an album and a song from a mini I reviewed. pieces by KOKIA kind of flowed smoothly and it had quite a bit of epic songs on it haha. Yeah a much more easier album to listen to than her other one >.>
6. MAA – BubbleMan Engine
MAA is definitely one of two artists to watch out for in 2011 (the other would be ONE OK ROCK). BubbleMan Engine is pretty much random all wrapped in an album but I loved it all the same since all the main songs really impressed me and she chose good songs from her “Monkey Kingdom” mini to be represented as well. Quite an electro album this year…just loving it!
5. capsule – WORLD OF FANTASY
WORLD OF FANTASY from capsule was a much needed upgrade after 2010’s “PLAYER” IMO since there was a lot more cohesion and a bit of a different direction that I expected here. I mean tribal drums and an almost Indian-like feel in some of the songs, plus the typical club bangers…it just came together like it was meant to be. Pretty much a cool album for me!
4. moumoon – 15 Doors
While this should be classified as a best-of, 15 Doors from moumoon was a nice and sugary good album. I mean it had tons of the duo’s great songs they’ve released prior and it had a pleasant tone through all of it. Even their more natural sounding songs had a cute tune as well. Ok, moumoon had a great album and I hope their next one is great!
3. SID – dead stock
I actually really enjoyed SID’s album, dead stock this year! Another one of those rock bands that seem to surprise me, this album had a lot of different styles that actually worked for the band. It’s varied and showed a lot of interest from me…Here’s hoping their next album works!
2. Kalafina – After Eden
Once again Kalafina finds themselves just that close to the top spot but was surpassed by something better. After Eden is definitely better than “Red Moon” which is great for sure and the members still are pulling off amazing songs as well. Just three amazing singers with Yuki Kajiura…what more could you ask for….oh wait FictionJunction XDDDD. Still a great third album and still shows the spark within this rather great group!
1. MISIA – SOUL QUEST
The best album of the year for me is definitely MISIA’s release for SOUL QUEST. After being rather bored with her last album, “JUST BALLADE”, this album exceeded all expectations for me. It has such powerful songs and a mix of amazing ballads and fun tunes. There’s just something for everyone here and I’m happy she released this!!!
- eufonius – bezel
- faylan – ALIVE
- T.M.Revolution – CLOUD NINE
- YuiKaori – Puppy
The 5 albums that were basically mediocre XD
Not many bad albums happened this year but there were still quite a bit a poor albums this year! MOMAJIK’s album might be intrigue people because it’s such a relaxing album but westview lacked something for me that was present in their singles beforehand. gnd’s Agaruneku! felt rushed and most of the songs felt like rejected releases from the previous three albums to be honest! Momoiro Clover Z’s Battle and Romance was kind of messy and the the songs weren’t all that great IMO. There were a couple of good songs but nothing that could’ve helped it. Shin from Kie Kitano was bad because it was Tetsuya Komuro hax to the max and it just felt SO outdated and bland. It just didn’t work for her or me XD. The most surprising this year was YUI’s HOW CRAZY YOUR LOVE album. It was lacking a spark and none of the album songs were pretty unmemorable and just kind of bored me all the way through…
10. Sukima Switch – musium
Maybe it’s just me being biased here but their music wasn’t of any interest to me and I kind of was mega-bored with this album but it’s so low on the list because I’m sure there’s fans that really liked it. It just wasn’t my thing from them…too light and not enough oomph.
9. RO-KYU-BU! – pure elements
This album was pretty bad because most of the songs lacked interest as well (though it also had some rather icky vocals in a couple of them). It might’ve been an album for an anime…but I just wasn’t impressed with this.
8. Angela Aki – WHITE
WHITE was definitely like it was meaning it. I felt like there wasn’t much of anything going on that was remotely interesting. Kind of simple and just very one-dimensional and it made “LIFE” look like it was the greatest thing ever. It just lacked energy for me!
7. Aki Toyosaki – love your life, love my life
Non-memorable songs mixed with rather weak vocals and it’s just a bad combination here. Aki’s debut album could’ve been ok, if her voice wasn’t weak here. I just couldn’t get into it.
6. AKB48 – Koko ni Ita Koto
Besides “Beginner” and “Heavy Rotation”, this album was all kinds of bland unfortunately. I mean the songs tackle that typical AKB sound plus the typical styles of idol songs as well just kind of made me roll my eyes in defeat. This album was a bad idea…(at least they could’ve done more with the music…).
5. Yui Sakakibara – Ringing
I don’t know what to think of Yui’s album really. I mean it’s like most of her other ones that I’ve reviewed. Some ok songs and the rest is rather hard to get through because of her uber cutesy vocals. This one had maybe one or two good songs but otherwise the rest just was poor for me!
4. Asriel – Oratorium
Same thing can be said here as well but KOKOMI’s vocals were really off the wall on this album. Add the fact that none of the arrangements seem to connect with me as much as “Angelrhythm” did. Just unoriginal and KOKOMI’s wacky vocals just ruined the album for me.
3. KOKIA – moment
Great vocalist and all but KOKIA’s album, moment is the stuff of pure boredom. I mean considering that “pieces” and “REAL WORLD” and other albums exist this was just snooze-worthy and left nothing of a mark on me except, she better not do this again!
2. AYUSE KOZUE – U&I
What? Another boring album? At least we know it’s not AYUSE’s fault but more of GIORGIO13 who produced the entire thing. Ugh, this was so boring and one-dimensional that I was even tired of it after the second song! It really was another one of those easy sleep albums!
1. Chara – Dark Candy
I still don’t see why people like her music. I mean, I can agree with the fact she’s a great producer and songwriter…but when it comes to her singing this stuff…she really sucks (and I really don’t know how people can enjoy it). I just couldn’t stand Dark Candy and it really was worst album to my ears because of her vocal oddity…seriously…people think she’s the best singer in J-pop…are you people on LSD or something?!?
SHOULD I DO A TOP 50 SONGS OF THE YEAR AS THE FINAL POST? (This is all J-pop so it doesn’t have the Korean and American choices this year!)