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Morning Musume ’15 – Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi/ENDLESS SKY/One and Only December 26, 2015

Filed under: Morning Musume — solarblade @ 7:42 am

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Track Listing

  1. Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi
  2. ENDLESS SKY
  3. One and Only
  4. Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi (TYPE B) (Vinyl only)
  5. Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi (Instrumental)
  6. ENDLESS SKY (Instrumental)
  7. One and Only (Instrumental)

1. Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi

I like that Momusu decided to chill things out with the leading A-side, Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi, although there are some splotches of it (the “Ai no Gundan” reverbs and such stands out in a weird way), but the tune is lighter and has some interesting guitar and piano parts (even some rolling snare parts).  Initially a song meant to be sung solo by Riho as she’s leaving the group only two days after this single releases, I couldn’t exactly see how that’d work beyond the dance parts she has (she has sung this solo though already).  It’s a really chill song and some parts it reminds me of the classic “Memory Seishun no Hikari” with some of the lines throughout.  Different kind of song, but much needed to break more of that monotony the group’s been in.

2. ENDLESS SKY

If there was one song to ultimately compare our next A-side track, it’s definitely “Ima Sugu Tobikomu Yuuki” as they both have the same breezy, but hopeful sound to it.  The synths though are stronger though and it’s got a bigger punch to it than said song which is nice, I think.  There’s a lot of solos through (most belonging to Riho for obvious reasons).  Not sure why auto-tune is heard in Sakura’s voice, but beyond that, it’s mostly a flawless song, very nice to commemerate Riho’s graduation.  Also, Duu crying once again…I guess the tomboy shtick is over lol.

3. One and Only

Everyone had known this song for quite a while (as it was the theme for J-MELO like “What is LOVE?” was a year ago.  It also seemed to be the normal song as it felt like Riho announced this graduation a bit too close to the single release (or the company wanted to push the single before she left so it feels slightly rushed and might explain the lack of “Watashi no Nanni mo Wakacchanai” on this release despite being performed before the previous two tracks).  Back to One and Only, this song is quite unique in Momusu’s discography as it’s the only song sung in full English!  Also, the song is just upbeat and very energetic unlike the last two tracks which is great!  I wasn’t expecting the English to be as good as it was hear, but it’s still not totally perfect, but it’s more than passable when compared to other artists who try to do the same.  Catchy song and one of the best to come this year!

4. Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi (TYPE B)

Though the single wasn’t over because a couple months later a vinyl version was released with this exclusive track!  Totally stripped down in comparison to the original take, TYPE B also manages to cut some of the duet lines down to even more solos despite not resinging the track itself.  I personally enjoyed this version of the song as it feels a little more emotionally tied down.  Though I will say, unexpected and sad that it’s only found on the vinyl version.

 

 

Closing out the year, Morning Musume ’15 surprised fans with the short notice that Riho is leaving the group (weird they’d announce the single so soon, would’ve thought she’d at least leave in the spring, not so much the end of the year).  This single was actually quite good and matches up with the last single “Oh my wish!/Sukatto My Heart/Ima Sugu Tobikomu Yuuki”.  Both versions of Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi are a nice, slow jam for sure and Riho did a solid job singing here as well as the mid-tempo ENDLESS SKY even though it’s a bit of a clone.  One and Only though was a nice surprise and made fans just dance and feel happy.  As this is the first member that I’ve followed from debut announcement to graduation, I kind of wonder where the group will head as this is their ace leaving…

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BoA – Lookbook December 20, 2015

Filed under: BoA — solarblade @ 6:38 am

lookbook

Track Listing

  1. Lookbook
  2. Kiss My Lips
  3. Meri Kuri (Happy 15th Anniversary Ver.)
  4. Lookbook (inst)
  5. Kiss My Lips (inst)

1. Lookbook

I was waiting for BoA to come back with something hot after the rather impressive “WHO’S BACK” album and unfortuantely “FLY” wasn’t that song, but when it comes to Lookbook, this song is pretty fierce and the energy that BoA had when releasing her Korean stuff has finally come back with this one.  It’s a pretty upbeat and dance-heavy track and while the title is a little odd, I found this to be a strong song from her and one of the better sons in her discography!

2. Kiss My Lips

I wasn’t surprised though that the first B-side up is a Japanese self-cover of Kiss My Lips (which was the main promotional song from her last Korean album).  Unlike the edgy and fast-paced “Lookbook”, this one has a more sultry vibe going for it and we get to hear BoA’s soothing vocals in her element!  I will say that synth intro threw me off a lot more than it should, but the song beyond that is cool and sexy!  Definitely a cool track as well!

3. Meri Kuri (Happy 15th Anniversary Ver.)

Another version of Meri Kuri?  It seems we always come back to this song for some reason doesn’t it?  Being the song a lot of people think of when it comes to BoA, Meri Kuri is a classic for her and I can’t deny it, but for some reason the song changed once again to fit the Christmas season a lot more than the original with piano and strings and jingle bells and other Christmas chords and fun stuff.  I don’t think it stands up to the original which is a given, but if you’re looking for a good song to celebrate the holidays, this is a good song for you.

 

 

While it hasn’t been a very long time since her last release, Lookbook is actually a solid single!  I mean the leading track is badass and just a return to form for BoA.  Adding Kiss My Lips was a good choice and added more oomph to the single as well.  Though the inclusion of another version of Meri Kuri was maybe a little too soon (suits the season, but we already have a couple versions of it…).  Overall it’s a great single!

 

The Final Smash Bros. Direct December 16, 2015

Filed under: ~Video Game Writing~ — solarblade @ 4:59 am

So the time has finally come and the Smash Bros. DLC is coming to an end, but they’re going out with a band with the final two characters!  So let’s jump in and take a look at what was revealed.

corrin

So the direct actually opens up with a debut trailer for Corrin, who is a character not a lot of people were guessing to join at least until Smash 5 but this avatar (akin to Robin) dawns from Fire Emblem: Fates (which at this point of time is not released in US just quite yet).  While it does at first glance seem like we get ANOTHER sword-user, Corrin also uses a lot of interesting moves that makes him (or her) turn into a water dragon and uses a lance (and that sword looks more like a chainsaw)!  While I personally didn’t know who this was due to the lack of info from Fates, it’s an interesting inclusion.

bayonetta

After the breakdown of Cloud during the direct and after some interesting Mii Fighter costumes, we finally get to our FINAL character to be included in Smash WiiU/3DS and it’s the ballot winner, Bayonetta.  While many don’t believe she actually won (though taking 1st in Europe and making top 5 in US), this was a surprise to many!  Taking a combo role, Bayonetta is pretty tricky and looks as flashy as she does in her games.  I’m working on getting through the two gmes currently, so the timing is pretty damn amazing!!!

  • Umbra Clock Tower – What turned out to be the final stage to be included, Bayonetta’s stage takes place from the first game in the introduction and that’s pretty bangin’!  Taking place on top of a platform falling, it goes on a vertical dive where other platforms may join and other enemies from the series make a cameo.  It’s pretty unique as it goes though!

Now with everything said is done, I can do a pretty epic review and look-in the game once February comes!  So look forward to that!

 

Ami Suzuki – Ami Selection December 12, 2015

Filed under: Ami Suzuki — solarblade @ 5:31 am

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Track Listing

  1. love the island
  2. alone in the room
  3. all night long
  4. white key
  5. Don’t leave me behind
  6. BE TOGETHER
  7. OUR DAYS
  8. Don’t need to say good bye
  9. Tsuyoi Kizuna
  10. Delightful
  11. Negaigoto
  12. Alright!
  13. FREE FREE
  14. Reincarnation
  15. KISS KISS KISS
  16. Future (iTunes only)

1. love the island

So the best album opens up unsurprisingly with her debut single…though something is different…Oh yeah all of the songs on this album that were released originally under SONY have been rearranged and resung!  Opening with beautiful strings this time, but keeping the similar xylophone melody was a smart thing to do and you can hear some of that 90’s sound still present.  The biggest difference is that of course Ami’s vocals matured so much between then and now and she’s singing in a more comfortable range instead of screeching her way through.  I’m still getting that nice, breezy feel of the song and it’s just so very pleasant…a much better turnout that expected!

2. alone in my room

The sheer difference in Ami’s vocal tones keep surprising as she tackles her 2nd single once again as well.  While the kind of pop/rock sound has been dulled out by more bass and synth involvement, I think it keeps the breezy atmosphere going from “love the island”.  While I do love her voice more here in the original, I think the arrangement of the original is better…weird right?

3. all night long

I was wondering why most of Ami’s SONY songs are coming from her debut, “SA” because a lot of them weren’t too memorable except for the first three singles.  This song was my favorite from the album because it showed us a different side to Ami’s music bringing a cool Eurobeat-like track.  On the revision, the arrangement is a bit more electronica and the cool tricks are neat to witness.  The tune has a heavier beat and just has more oomph even if the original was pretty damn good too.  If one thing, Ami does seem to get covered up by all that’s going on in this new arrangement, but it’s not a terrible issue.  Still, what a cool redone song!!

4. white key

Of all the “SA” songs that threw me for a loop, white key was one of those songs where I could stomach through it once in a while, just not all the time.  Luckily, Ami once again did much better in the vocal department so it wasn’t all over the place and she wasn’t hitting absurd notes.  The arrangement also doesn’t sound as blatantly 90s which was another bad thing that held it back!  Though that weird synth from the intro is still there…kind of fits the song better though…not bad!

5. Don’t leave me behind

Not surprised she kept in the opening dialogue from the background singers of the album version of the song.  Don’t leave my behind wasn’t a song I remembered much because of how similar it was sounding to various songs from her debut album.  It still carries some of the urban R&B sound she was heading towards, but I actually am pleased in her vocals…still probably my least favorite of the choices, but it’s a lot better than its original!

6. BE TOGETHER

I think of the bigger surprises is that BE TOGETHER gets a big facelift in comparison to other songs from this SONY era.  Instead of the cool pop song, it was changed into this electro club-friendly take of the TM NETWORK classic.  While I don’t think vocally it’s gotten better or worse in this version, I think the arrangement seemed to be the focal point here.  It’s still pretty catchy and Ami still sounds like she’s having fun doing this song so I can’t fault her here.

7. OUR DAYS

I knew this is one of Ami’s other big songs back in the day and I was hoping to hear a new version of this song because let’s be honest, Ami was rough singing this ballad.  I like how comfortable Ami is singing OUR DAYS and the arrangement while not having strayed too much off the original’s arrangement, the changes were pleasant and flowed much better.  Even the part where she goes into a minor tone and it’s asking for her to sing in a much dramatic tone, is done SO MUCH better.  Great song now!

8. Don’t need to say good bye

Another song that I never really connected with, Don’t need to say good bye is a lot of what I thought of “Don’t leave me behind” in the way that vocally it’s very much improved, but it’s still a kind-of boring song when you get to the nitty-gritty.  I think everything that Ami’s done with these SONY songs should be applauded for vocally being much better and sounds a lot more cleaner.

9. Tsuyoi Kizuna

Though things get strange as we enter this odd section of her career where Ami was actually an indies artist and released this single.  Unlike the SONY songs, this wasn’t redone so it’s in its original format.  It retains a lot of 90s sounds which is pretty nostalgic to some and for me it’s a good mash.  Ami still sounds decent and I’ve enjoyed this song a lot more than I first reviewed the single though I still prefer “FOREVER LOVE” as her better indies release.

10. Delightful

Then we enter her avex career and Delightful was a way to return to the spotlight for Ami.  During this time, avex was going through this pretty cool euro-trance phase with their artists like Ayu, so it wasn’t surprising that Ami’s debut under the label would be as such!  After hearing how mature Ami’s voice got in the two indies singles, she really took advantage with Delightful which is a very pulsating euro-trance song that caters to a wide audience!  Still of the best songs from Ami and she surely got better after this single!

11. Negaigoto

Actually, I wasn’t expecting this track to appear, but considering she’s going more for variety than the big hits, Negaigoto is a nice song among the list of electronic songs she released within “AROUND THE WORLD”.  Being the song with the least amount, this song is very strong and kind of gives me vibes to “OUR DAYS”.  Maybe her best ballad during avex actually (though she didn’t have too many that weren’t simply B-sides).

12. Alright!

That being said, I was also taken aback that she included this song (this was about when I joined in the fandom).  The song is an interesting song because it does have a certain strong avex sound to it, but with a summery twist.  I actually do compare this to “love the island” because both to go for the same breezy sound and with the latter going through the change on this album, they kind of almost blend if put together.  Still I like this song because it was one of the first Ami songs I’ve heard (alongside “Delightful” and “Eventful”).

13. FREE FREE

Then we hit the “Dolce” era and boy did she kick down the doors with this song (which was a collaboration with Yasutaka Nakata, the ever-loved producer for Perfume and his own group, capsule).  I mean this song captured the electronic buzz that was filtering throughout J-pop and I would say this was one of the catalysts!  FREE FREE is definitely focused on the arrangement from Nakata, but hearing Ami in the mix of filters and auto-tune was just a magical combination, maybe one of THE bests of her career!!!

14. Reincarnation

Then we have the collaboration she did with Taku Takahashi (of m-flo fame) and seemed like it split fans on whether it was a good song or just a hot mess.  Honestly, I dug the weird disconnected feel of the song and the verses of Ami’s light vocals with the repeating synth line is really mysterious.  Then it just explodes to this electronic banger (alongside Ami’s pseudo-yelling).  While it might not reach the same levels as “FREE FREE” or even “ONE” did, it’s very fitting to Ami’s electro status in the time period.

15. KISS KISS KISS

It’s so weird to say this was the last single Ami released before going into a lengthy hiatus (with some odd releases since then).  KISS KISS KISS was a song I never really caught on with despite it fitting in Ami’s catalog of electronic party songs.  This one isn’t as heavy with the synths like the previous two tracks and has a nice little guitar lick going on too.  Y’know, after listening to this again, it’s not bad and has class to it.

16. Future

It’s kind of weird that the new track featured here is ONLY an iTunes exclusive track (kind of ripped off don’t ya think?).  Also despite being added to “Snow Ring” (which was released quite a bit after this album), it’s an odd choice to include.  I mean it makes sense as it’s the newest song, but it really dove off from the electronics off from “FREE FREE”, “Reincarnation” and “KISS KISS KISS”.  The song itself isn’t bad and has a poppy vibe to it, but it kind of makes me think it should have been mingling alongside the SONY remakes.  Weird way to close this best.

Tracks Recommended

  • FREE FREE
  • Delightful
  • OUR DAYS
  • all night long
  • love the island

Song of Avoidance

  • Don’t need to say good bye

Wow, I mean It took quite a while for Ami to actually release a best-of since joining avex and this was at the beginning of her major slowdown of releases.  I thought it was amazing that she decided to remake a lot of her SONY songs (though I’m sure many would’ve been happy if she would’ve redone ALL of her A-sides).  Then the avex songs came in (and Tsuyoi Kizuna) and I feel like she could’ve redone some of the earlier ones and then throwing a new song at the end as a digital-only exclusive was a bit odd too.  I liked it, but it could have been handled better!

 

ANGERME – S/mileage / ANGERME SELECTION ALBUM “Taikibansei” December 9, 2015

Filed under: S/mileage — solarblade @ 8:16 am

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Track Listing

  1. Taikibansei
  2. Otome no Gyakushuu
  3. Nana Korobi Ya Oki
  4. Mahou Tsukai Sally
  5. aMa no Jaku
  6. Watashi no Kokoro
  7. Yattaruchan
  8. Gashinshoutan
  9. Thank You! Crème Brûlée no Yuujou
  10. Jitensha Chiririn
  11. Chikyuu wa Kyou mo Ai wo Hagukumu
  12. Yuugure Koi no Jikan
  13. Watashi, Choito Kawaii Urabanchou
  14. Kousaten (Regular only)
  15. Namida wa Chou ni Kawaru (Limited A only)
  16. Marionette 37°C (Limited B only)
  17. Tomo yo (Regular only)
  18. Kakugoshite (Limited A only)
  19. Asesaite Carnival (Limited B only)

1. Taikibansei

No surprise that the album would begin with the title track, Taikibansei (which is a Takui Nakajima cover, sort of, meaning this came out first though Takui was woring on his version first).  As the debut for Rikako, Mizuki, and Maho…this song did quite a good job.  Well, it was a pretty good song to celebrate new beginnings but in showing off the new members only Murotan managed to pull off a strong solo line (alongside Ayacho).  Still, this song is exciting and VERY refreshing for the group…ahhh just an amazing way to kick this album off!

2. Otome no Gyakushuu

Of course they would put its sister A-side as the 2nd track!  Otome no Gyakushuu was the more mysterious and goth song and I loved it as well!  There’s something so sinister with the opening and pre-verse lines that’s so cool.  Though I think I was entranced by the verses themselves (once again showing off Murotan more than the other two members).  I also heard more Kanana and Rinapuu here which fascinated me too!  I will say that the interlude (where Maho has her visual solo) was a bit out of left field, but I still think this was a cool song for them to have.

3. Nana Korobi Ya Oki

Moving to their 2nd single of 2015, Nana Korobi Ya Oki took the energy and amped up quite a bit and honestly suited coming after “Otome no Gyakushuu” with some similar themes going on.  The twist to this song though is that Rikako, Rinapuu, and Nyon weren’t involved very much lyrically (they whispered the title before verses and the ending too).  That being said, the remaining 6 singers were fitting and just won me over!  Even Maho managed to impress me (being her first time getting a solo).  Great song overall!

4. Mahou Tsukai Sally

Despite being a triple A-side (will explain later), we skip over “Gashinshoutan” for the time being and enter the anime theme cover for Mahou Tsukai Sally.  Focusing on the 3 new members, I was a bit shocked the decision was put upon Murotan, Rikako, and Aiai to have majority of the solos (besides Ayaka and Kanon’s dialogue in the interlude).  The song itself is interesting giving this kind of silly jig kind of sound.  It’s definitely a magical song though and the hooks are REALLY earworm-y.

5. aMa no Jaku

The rest of the album are songs chosen by all 9 members (as in before Nyon graduated and Moe joined).  I could easily guess that Ayacho chose this song and I can’t blame her as this is S/mileage’s debut song!  Jumping from the most recent songs ALL THE WAY back to 2009.  Being when it was just Ayacho, Nyon, Yuukarin, and Sakitty…aMa no Jaku sounds a lot more thoughtful and nostalgic to many in that time period.  I still like the sort-of anison feel to it, but then hearing the 4 members is just so nice.  It’s a catchy song and I’ve grown to enjoy the 4 voices more than I did back when I first reviewed this single.

6. Watashi no Kokoro

I’m really not surprised that Kanon chose Watashi no Kokoro (a song from the group’s “② Smile Selection” album) simply because Kanon did a solo version of it during their “SMILE FANTASY!” stageplay.  I mean despite the fact that it’s a ballad, I am a little bored by this song but H!P ballads rarely capture my attention so unfortunately it’s a bit of a bummer.

7. Yattaruchan

Another choice I saw coming, Kanana chose Yattaruchan and it’s easy to see why…it’s because she’s all over this song!  I really enjoy the whole spazzy sense of the song and it’s quirky enough to just stick to my mind like glue.  I’m just fascinated with how happy Kana was with this song and for good reason, its a fun, decent A-side from the group.

8. Gashinshoutan

Chosen by Takechan, I was actually a little confused why she chose the 2nd A-side from their last single.  Regardless, this song is also quite quirky and just fun to listen to.  Kicking off with a nice lengthy solo from Kanon, this song eventually brings everyone in ANGERME into a solo line fest and I’m loving it tons.  It’s a song that brought back the silly and unique sounding group that has been for quite a while a little bit more mature.

9. Thank You! Crème Brûlée no Yuujou

Of all the choices, I actually was surprised by Rina’s choice.  Taking the B-side from the group’s major label debut single, “Yumemiru 15sai”, It actually took me a while to remember what it supposed to sound like.  Finally relistening to it, this track is pretty genki and fitting for the back then 4-nin S/mileage.  Though, I think it’s the strange song on this album because of it’s almost sugary anison cuteness.  Though I’m happy that something as obscure as this made the tracklist.

10. Jitensha Chiririn

I guess the same could be said about this song (B-side from “Uchouten LOVE”) but I had just reviewed it earlier in the year because Takechan did a solo from once again…, “SMILE FANTASY!”.  I like the music-box intro and the kind of mid-tempo “Aruiteru”-ish kind of arrangement that we do get.  Being the final B-side to include Saki, this song is kind of sad to listen to, but still ultimately B-side material.  I think it’s one of their better ones though.  I’m just surprised Meimi chose this and not Takechan…

11. Chikyuu wa Kyou mo Ai wo Hagukumu

Getting into the new girls’ choices we begin with Murotan’s and she chose the A-side that came before she joined the group (and subsequently the name change).  It was a pretty cool song with the electronics and sexy saxophone filling the speakers.  Being mostly sung by Ayacho and Takechan, this tune was just a cool song for the group to tackle.  Definitely one of the cooler songs from the compilation.

12. Yuugure Koi no Jikan

So Maho’s choice is also a little on the strange side, another song from “② Smile Sensation”, Yuugure Koi no Jikan was one of the more cuter upbeat songs from the album and while I respect Aiai for choosing an album song, it’s not one that I enjoy really.  I do like how the song slightly resembles Berryz’ old song, “21ji Made no Cinderella” by arrangement and such, but beyond that…not that memorable of a song.

13. Watashi, Choito Kawaii Urabanchou

Last, but not least, we have Rikako’s choice which is also not surprising that she chose this because she’s performed this solo during her recital test (way before she joined the group, back in her Kenshuusei days).  Being the B-side from “Samui ne.”, this was a much edgier song with guitars and powerful vocals.  It’s another decent B-side with some good vocals and good group chemistry going on.

14a. Kousaten

So most fans are mostly going to get this due to 6 new songs (although it’s stretched in half by three albums (2 per version).  Currently, it seems like ANGERME is only promoting this song and “Tomo yo” (the Regular edition exclusives) and that’s kind of a bummer because the limited editions were much more interesting.  Kousaten by fans seem like it’s the “Mikaeri Bijin” of the release as it’s sung only by everyone but Kanon.  I do like the arrangement a bit better than “Watashi no Kokoro” but it’s still quite simple as things go.  It’s OK, but forgetful.

14b. Namida wa Chou ni Kawaru

Next up is the Limited exclusives and Namida wa Chou ni Kawaru definitely takes a page from Juice=Juice’s “Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no KISS” almost to a strong point.  Though I don’t think it has the same footwork to make it pop out much stronger.  I’m not sure if the chorus works with this song, but I’m liking the verses (Maho sounds a little odd  though).  Still, the latin flair is kind of cool and something the group hasn’t tackled really.

14c. Marionette 37°C

I’m starting to wonder if Kanon didn’t take part in any of these songs as I haven’t heard her in any of the songs.  Anyways, Limited B has this song which has a cool goth-y flair to it and I’m surprised to hear a lot of Rikako and Rinapuu in this track, but it somehow works (and I do love the Halloween waltz-like atmosphere here.  It’s one of the more unique efforts for the group and I’m just surprised it’s not being promoted and such.

15a. Tomo yo

So the other song that’s been performed is actually sounding more like an encore song for performances due to its high energy, positive lyrics and just overall appearance.  It’s a lot more punchy than even “Watashi, Choito Kawaii Urabanchou” but I’m fine with that.  It’s actually a bit like Momusu’s “Namidacchi” minus the ballad-y sections.  It’s interesting though.

15b. Kakugoshite

I’m not sure where to even start with this one, I actually still am on the fence with this one.  Lot of the hook bothers me and is kind of repeated too much for my enjoyment, but the chorus is pretty good though.  The arrangement is kind of strange and I’m not sure where they want to take it.  I’m a bit confused from this song.

15c. Asesaite Carnival

Closing the album out, it seems like they were trying to carve out anoher song similar to “Namida wa Chou ni Kawaru” by being a little latin as well, but the arrangement is much more happier and brighter in comparison.  I quite enjoyed the song and it’s so much fun (though the dubstep parts are so unnecessary).  Cool track!

Tracks Recommeded

  • Taikibansei
  • Chikyuu wa Kyou mo Ai wo Hagukumu
  • Asesaite Carnival
  • Otome no Gyakushuu
  • Nana Korobi Ya Oki

Song of Avoidance

  • Watashi no Kokoro

Strange to see myself reviewing this best album, but there’s a lot of new stuff or songs that haven’t been put on an album, so I thought I’d get it out of the way.  SELECTION ALBUM “Taikibansei” is a bit strange overall with the whole concept.  I kind of figured that the older songs would’ve been updated with the current 9-nin (though with Kanon shortly leaving after the release, I suppose it’d be moot unless it was just the remaining 8, or held it off to include Kamiko).  I thought the 9 of them mostly chose good songs, if not a bit too predictable for some (Nyon, Ayacho, Rikako, Kanana).  The 6 new tracks are pretty cool too and nice reasons to buy it, still would’ve loved a 3rd studio album over this, but eh.

 

Namie Amuro – Red Carpet December 3, 2015

Filed under: Namie Amuro — solarblade @ 5:18 am

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Track Listing

  1. Red Carpet
  2. Black Make Up
  3. Red Carpet -Instrumental-
  4. Black Make Up -Instrumental-

1. Red Carpet

I was curious to see what Namie would release next and Red Carpet returns us back to her kind of brand of R&B.  I’m liking it but why does this sound like Kuu’s “HOTEL” just a bit slower?  At least that’s what the chorus is coming off as.  The song doesn’t really do much for me, but it’s a nice return to form if you fans wanted something pre-“PAST>FUTURE”.

2. Black Make Up

The B-side of the single brings us a more dancable track that seems more familar for fans that really enjoyed her last album.  There seems to be more abundance of English as well which kind of surprised me, but at the same time not.  Though I really love the whole ~get your ass outta my life~ line.  Talk about having punch…definitely preferred this song for sure!

 

 

As Namie releases a single before the end of 2015, Red Carpet was interesting to say the least.  While I feel like Red Carpet was nostalgic and such, I couldn’t help but think of “HOTEL” for some strange reason, still it’s not the best song she’s done, but I’ll take it.  Black Make Up though was the highlight with the sass and energy behind it.  I just hope it won’t be forgotten on her next album (whenever that’ll happen).