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JASMINE – Welcome to Jas Vegas March 18, 2014

Filed under: JASMINE — solarblade @ 5:30 am

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Track Listing

  1. Welcome to Jas Vegas ~Opening~
  2. Where U @
  3. Handz Up!
  4. #AGARU
  5. R!de On
  6. Dearest
  7. Panic ~Interlude~
  8. HIKARI
  9. Hallelujah
  10. High Flying (T.O.M Remix for Jas Vegas) (Limited edition bonus track)

1. Welcome to Jas Vegas ~Opening~

JASMINE opens up the album with an introductory piece with the quote on quote title track😄.  It begins with the sound of a helicopter flying in and this low bass and a crowd chanting as well and of course some fireworks.  I’m not entirely sure what JASMINE is doing with this intro but that heavy breathing and sudden call from her welcoming to Jas Vegas…what a strange intro!

2. Where U @

Moving to our first full track, Where U @ is pretty much what we’re walking into with JASMINE’s album.  It’s following the more recent sound we got from “Complexxx” with the leaning towards an EDM feel.  It reminds me of the current sound America has started to enjoy so it was an easy song for me to get into.  Great song to kick things off!

3. Handz Up!

Funny enough, the intro of Handz Up! sounds like a continuation for the intro of the album…strange that happen with JASMINE once again introducing Jas Vegas to the listeners.  The tune has a bit more focus with synths and doesn’t have the piano melody like the previous track did.  I am not sure why the tracklist placed it here, but I feel like this would’ve made a better song to open the album up (take the intro out from here and just connect it to the opening).

4. #AGARU

Released as a digital single prior to the album, #AGARU was a taste of what the album was going to be like and it was a GREAT song to choose.  It’s got a fun disco/dance vibe to it and JASMINE has a nice sense attitude to make the tune sound fun and exciting!  It’s definitely the best the album has to offer and I just love listening to this song!

5. R!de On

Our next track initially surpassed “#AGARU” from the introduction, but the song seemed to take a ride down a more dubstep groove featuring some bass wubs and a slower tempo.  Though I do like the parts with the piano, those were some pretty cool parts, but the whole ~breakdown~ sections seem to throw the song off.  It’s not a terrible song luckily and I feel like it’ll grow on me in due time, but right now it’s not clicking for me.

6. Dearest

Now this is the kind of sound that quite got me going from “R!de On” but it actually is a song that throws itself to JASMINE’s past works from “GOLD”.  Being an R&B jam, Dearest is chill and shows JASMINE’s classy vocals.  Though some of the melodies clash with one another so it does make me wince, but if it isn’t the chorus, everything else is fine with me.  Ok, song…but amongst the numerous dance tracks, this stands out for nostalgic reasons.

7. Panic ~Interlude~

For as such a short album that it is, was it necessary to have an interlude?  Panic is a strange interlude starting with some weird synths and then some typing that sets off an alarm and a repetition of ~attention please~.  Then it moves into a dubstep instrumental…what?  This is just so random and I don’t think it suited the album IMHO.

8. HIKARI

Back into another dance track, HIKARI kind of reminds me of “R!de On” but not as aggressive on the wubs here.  I like that the arrangement has a more gritter feel using deeper synths as the melody.  JASMINE sounds so good in this song!  Definitely another winner on the album!

9. Hallelujah

On the regular editions, the album ends with Hallelujah and it’s a solid way to close ends as it kind of suits with the other EDM songs (almost reminds me of “HERO”) but a little more straightforward.  As I’m listening to the song though it does remind me heavily of something MiChi would’ve loved to have (T.O.M produces for her as well).  Hallelujah is a pretty cool ending to this album for sure and it has such a feelgood atmosphere to it that it can resonate as the best track here too.

10. High Flying (T.O.M Remix for Jas Vegas)

On limited editions, the album ends with a remix for High Flying.  I’m not a fan of the song to begin with so I had my worries cut out with a T.O.M remix.  It’s a bit more energetic and the arrangement has a little more life in it which is pretty nice.  However, the song is still not doing much for me regardless and I just kind of zone out from the tune despite being a bit better handled.

Tracks Recommended

  • #AGARU
  • Hallelujah
  • HIKARI
  • Where U @
  • Handz Up!

Song of Avoidance

  • High Flying (T.O.M Remix for Jas Vegas)

Seems pretty random that JASMINE would release a conceptual album so shortly after “Complexxx” and on top of that leaving off “Countdown” from the album.  Welcome to Jas Vegas though was another hit for her.  I mean, a new album with entirely new material was great and her work with T.O.M was surprisingly good and one of the first great releases of the year!

 

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