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JUJU – Dreamer March 3, 2013

Filed under: JUJU — solarblade @ 7:34 pm


Track Listing

  1. Dreamer
  2. Beautiful
  3. Story -Live Ver.- (JUJU En @ Nippon Budokan)
  4. Yasashisa de Afureru You ni -Live Ver.- (JUJU En @ Nippon Budokan)

1. Dreamer

THANK YOU! JUJU didn’t make this song a ballad this time around with Dreamer.  It’s actually a little bit ballad-y but it has an upbeat kind of beat to it that prevents it from being like her last couple of A-sides!  When I listen to this I get nostalgic vibes because of the arrangement and JUJU’s vocals…it just sounds like something from the early 2000’s.  It’s a pretty good song, still not at the awesomeness that “Sayonara no Kawari ni” is but this is much better than stuff she’s been releasing recently.

2. Beautiful

At first I didn’t recognize this because of the Western twang it has, but this is a Christina Aguilera cover and that’s a pretty risky thing to cover (especially a song like Beautiful which is an emotional  trip).  JUJU sounds great and all, but she just doesn’t bring the emotions like Xtina does unfortunately.  Not a bad try though JUJU but nothing could ever defeat the original IMO.

3. Story -Live Ver.- (JUJU En @ Nippon Budokan)

I was surprised that the next track is an AI cover and sung live which kind of impressed me.  I definitely know AI has signature vocals (like Xtina) but JUJU does sound better than her here which doesn’t totally surprise me heh.  It’s a pleasant song overall and I think she did justice here.

4. Yasashisa de Afureru You ni -Live Ver.- (JUJU En @ Nippon Budokan)

The other live version is actually is of JUJU’s 9th A-side, and this kind of reminds me of a slower “Dreamer” but with more electric guitar present hahah.  Now this is the kind of ballad JUJU should do more of because it sounds powerful and it has a lot of direction going on.  Even though this is just a live version so the original could be slow as molasses…still I enjoyed this live version!

I’m happy that JUJU slightly changed it up for Dreamer by not giving us a ballad and going for more of something mid-tempo.  I really appreciate that and broke the monotony of her music after such a LONG stretch of ballad A-sides.  Her cover of Beautiful isn’t bad or anything, it just didn’t have the emotional mark that Xtina flawlessly pulled off.  The live versions were a nice touch too and she really sounds great in both of them.  I wonder if an album is coming up now…


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