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BONNIE PINK – Chasing Hope August 11, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Stand Up!
  2. Natsu Gare
  3. Mountain High
  4. Bad Bad Boy
  5. Machi no Namae
  6. Animal Rendezvous
  7. My Angel
  8. Tiger Lily
  9. Baby Baby Baby
  10. Don’t Cry For Me Anymore
  11. Tsumetai Ame
  12. Change

1. Stand Up!

Ahhh, the opening song for BONNIE’s album is definitely going to make you smile for sure.  I like the bright atmosphere and Kaori’s vocals are just right for the song, that’s for sure.  It kind of does go back to “ONE” and some of the poppier tunes from said album…It’s a good opening track.

2. Natsu Gare

Though I think the album gets interesting when we get into the second track which carries more of a loungy setting.  I really like the keyboard-led arrangement and it’s light air about it, just took me somewhere else and it was a good place hah.  Definitely an early favorite for me.

3. Mountain High

Maybe it’s just me, but I was kind of bored with our next song, Mountain High.  I do like that it’s in English, but I just kind of found this song to be lacking when compared to the previous song.  I guess the guitar parts are something to make it pop, but there’s just not enough of it.  Meh…

4. Bad Bad Boy

At least we have Bad Bad Boy to bounce back on because this has the most spunk so far on this album.  I love the gritty guitar riff amonsgt Kaori’s vocals ^_^.  It’s just her way to get down and just have fun with the song and that’s what caught me in its grasp.  Song is just infectious!

5. Machi no Namae

As the second A-side representing the album, I kind of felt like this was a really nice slow track but amongst the album, it is rather unremarkable to ne because it kind of sounds like “Stand Up!” and “Mountain High” fused together with some extra knick-knacks here and there.  I think it’s an all right song, but I think it did better as a single more than anything else.

6. Animal Rendezvous

For some strange reason, this song first made me think of “Princess Incognito” with its similar nature.  Beyond that, the song is catch as hell as well which is a pretty good thing!  It just makes me wanna get up and dance to it because it just that infectious and the arrangement is really cool too.  Another one of my favorites from the album!

7. My Angel

After all of that fun-fest, we get into My Angel which is a piano ballad.  I really like Kaori’s voice in this song surprisingly and she just sings with a lot vindiction.  Makes up for the fact that the arrangement is really just a piano.  It kind of sticks out like a sore thumb on the album just a little bit, but it’s a solid ballad overall.

8. Tiger Lily

At least Tiger Lily kind of lightens things back up, right?  The song is kind of surprising, especially at the simplicity and sort of reggae-ish style it has.  There’s also the sounds of nature as well and that worked well here.  It’s a pretty unique song for Kaori and I think she handled it quite well!

9. Baby Baby Baby

At least we get a pretty awesome pop/rock tune with Baby Baby Baby.  To be honest, I kind of find myself tuning this out but I don’t know why because I usually like songs like this on the album.  I just find many other songs on the album are a bit more intriguing and has a bit more of a stronger identity.

10. Don’t Cry For Me Anymore

Another piano ballad?  Don’t Cry For Me Anymore sounds like “Machi no Namae” for some reason with its laidback arrangement, plus a couple songs from “Dear Diary” as well.  It’s all right for the most part, but maybe it’s a little too slow for me.

12. Tsumetai Ame

I have to say, Tsumetai Ame also is kind of weird on the album because it doesn’t sound like anything else on the album and it’s rockin’ atmosphere is different (especially at this point in the album).  I don’t know how to explain it better, but it really kind of just sounds different, more raw I guess?  I still think there’s something missing, but I do like it eitehr way.

12. Change

The final song to Chasing Hope, Change closes things up on a quieter note and while that’s good and all, I don’t find much in this song.  It’s like the other slower tracks on the album (mostly “Mountain High”).  As the ending song it’s good but on its own, I kind of seem to forget about it.

Track Listing

  • Animal Rendezvous
  • Tiger Lily
  • Natsu Gare
  • Bad Bad Boy
  • My Angel

Song of Avoidance

  • Change

I must say, Chasing Hope is at least better than “Dear Diary” since there were songs that were pretty awesome on this album but there were all some boring songs as well but it the former outweighs the latter.  Now I don’t think it’s going to surpass “Golden Tears” or “ONE” since both those albums were pretty awesome, this was just good. 

 

BONNIE PINK – Machi no Namae July 9, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Machi no Namae
  2. My Ever Changing Moods
  3. Nagareboshi
  4. Machi no Namae (Instrumental)

1. Machi no Namae

After the dramatic “Tsumetai Ame”. Machi no Namae is a more light and relaxed fare which is a nice change since it’s been a while since we’ve gotten a lead song that’s slower but not a ballad.  Kaori’s vocals sound really pleasant with the music even though it’s not the most intriguing arrangement she’s done.  I think this suits her though and makes for a nice A-side.

2. My Ever Changing Moods

This chilled out style follows her into her first B-side which is a cover of a Paul Weller track.  Thing is is that it’s a song sung in all English which sounds intriguing but the fact of the matter is is that half of the time, I didn’t even understand some of the things she was saying…off and on almost.  Also I found myself disliking the echo effect on Kaori because it made it even harder to understand the lyrics.  At least her vocals sound strong…just wish it was handled better.

3. Nagareboshi

The last track on the single, Nagareboshi, isn’t as laidback as “My Ever Changing Moods” but is about at the same pace as “Machi no Namae” but this song has a little more going on like strings and some guitars.  It’s got a unique arrangement at the least, but at the same time…it’s kind of boring.  THEEEEEN I find out that this is the same song from “Dear Diary” and I can’t seem to figure out why it’s found its way on this single…

 

 

Closing the “Chasing Hope”, Machi no Namae is kind of a disappointing single when compared to “Tsumetai Ame”.  I’m not sure but this single was a little too laidback for me to enjoy and she usually has something a bit more upbeat on her singles.  I think I could grow to somewhat to enjoy Machi no Namae.  However when it comes to Nagareboshi, it was too meh for me and the fact it’s a recut of a song that I didn’t really like anyways made it more ugh.  Last but not least, MyEver Changing Moods was just unusual to me in many ways lol.  I hope “Chasing Hope” will be more exciting than this!!!

 

BONNIE PINK – Tsumetai Ame March 1, 2012

Filed under: BONNIE PINK — solarblade @ 6:40 pm

Track Listing

  1. Tsumetai Ame
  2. Keep Crawling
  3. Nichinichisou (2011.11.27 Live at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall)
  4. Kingyo (2011.11.27 Live at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall) (Limited Edition Bonus Track)
  5. Tsumetai Ame (Instrumental)
  6. Keep Crawling (Instrumental)

1. Tsumetai Ame

We really haven’t had a rockin’ track from Kaori since “Kane wo Narashite” so long ago so hearing this is quite a nice surprise coming back to.  Of course there’s not a whole lot to really say about the song because it’s just a nice BP song and there really isn’t a whole lot wrong going on here.  At least it’s a step-up from the Owl City-like “Kite”.

2. Keep Crawling

I loved that she released a B-side collection with her last album since a lot of them were really good and some better than A-sides.  Keep Crawling keeps this tradition going with deeper synths and a poppy atmosphere going.  I loved hearing Kaori singing deeper as well and added this interesting sexy feel but then the chorus comes up and I’m a little disappointed since she keeps on one note…it was a little bit meh but the song is still catchy enough for me to warrant more listens.

3. Nichinichisou (2011.11.27 Live at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall)

The rest of the single are live versions of old songs of hers.  The first is the more recent one from “Golden Tears”.  I enjoy hearing Kaori singing live and she sounds nice but a little different than I hear on her studio songs…I little more higher I guess?  Still this song is still quite as catchy and confusing to write out >.<.  I’ve seen it written as Hibisou…but she doesn’t say that once…it’s Nichinichisou I guess…

 

 

*will review the other live once it leaks*.  After taking a break (and releasing that acoustic album) it felt nice seeing Kaori return with an actually good single.  While I don’t think Tsumetai Ame breaks new ground, it’s not bad and better than her last A-side that’s for sure while the B-side Keep Crawling was good but a little redundant at times.  The live version of Nichinichisou was pretty good though IMO…Good start to an era!

 

BONNIE PINK – Dear Diary October 8, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Is This Love?
  2. Morning Glory
  3. Cookie Flavor
  4. Suki KILLER
  5. Hurricane
  6. Find a Way
  7. Home Sweet Home
  8. Many Moons Ago
  9. World Peace
  10. Birthday Girl
  11. Here I Am
  12. Kite
  13. Grow
  14. Nagareboshi
  15. Nami Nami

1. Is This Love?

We begin Kaori’s album with the two digital singles she released in the era, starting with the second released, Is This Love?  I do like the fact this is an upbeat song since her main songs have been low-tempo slow songs, so it was refreshing to hear something like this.  I do think the song is rather repetitive especially in the later half of the song, but I liked the meaning of the song and it’s hard not to really hate it.

2. Morning Glory

Then again, I have a hard time remembering Morning Glory which was the first digital single and first released in the era.  I’m not sure why I have deja vu moments to Reading Rainbow when I listen to this song because it has the rather oldish sound going on and with the synths, it didn’t help the situation.  At least it wasn’t too boring of a song right? 

3. Cookie Flavor

As we get into our new songs, Cookie Flavor is quite the strong track from the album.  It has this kind of pop/rock sound that she carried over from “ONE” and I think it’s great she’s keeping that up and since the song is humorous, Cookie Flavor is a lulzy song.  I mean ~cuh-cuh-cuh-cuh cookieeee!~  I just can’t really take the song seriously…but it’s still cute for Kaori.

4. Suki KILLER

I like how chilled out and funky Suki KILLER is even though it has a much simpler arrangement than “Cookie Flavor” for sure.  It’s a bit unusual since the minimal sound it has is the only thing going for it, but whenever Kaori sings the title, it’s oddly catchy and easy to sing along with.  Weird song, but I kind of like it despite such a laidback flow.

5. Hurricane

At least we’re going back into more fuller arrangements starting with Hurricane.  For me, it’s the first rather mid-tempo song and it definitely has a “ONE” kind of sound going on.  Sadly though it’s kind of one of the less memorable songs for me since she doesn’t really sound into the song and neither am I. 

6. Find a Way

Find a Way doesn’t exactly really do much of trying to fix what happened in “Hurricane”, but I think I prefer this more just because Kaori sounds interesting here and the chords are good to listen too as well.  I’m surprised the chorus is as loud as it is because I just didn’t expect it from a song like this, but it’s a good touch.  Ok, it’s much better than I thought it’d be.

7. Home Sweet Home

As the album’s first ballad, Home Sweet Home sticks to its roots and just stays very sweet and very Kaori-like through the entire thing which is great for fans of her earlier music since it just has this nostalgic feel.  I think the best parts of the song is when Kaori sings in a higher register TBH…good ballad, but sleep-inducing.  Did I mention it’s a bit of a jazz ballad?

8. Many Moons Ago

Why does this song sound familiar?  I don’t know why, but Many Moons Ago is kind of like “Hurricane”, but I did find the synth involvement endearing and kind of bold for a song like this.  It’s alright, but the Western feeling is kind of dragging me down and making me sleepy here.

9. World Peace

At least we finally leave the kind of sleepy area and get into some of the odder songs from the album.  World Peace is pretty weird because of the light Indian sound it’s putting off, but I don’t mind this since it’s really catchy and not shoved down your throat.  It’s simple and sweet and to the point and I enjoyed it a lot.

10. Birthday Girl

Wow, right from the start, I was like…”Catch The Sun”?  Yeah, they are pretty similar to one another, but I don’t mind it because Birthday Girl is one of the better upbeat songs from the album since it has a good happy mood going for it.  I definitely approve for songs like this which is good.  One of my favorites of the album.

11. Here I Am

Finally getting into our second ballad of the album, Here I Am kind of reminds me of a mix of “Home Sweet Home” and “Hurricane”.  I mean it starts off quietly and moves along itself until the chorus where it becomes a mid-tempo tune with drums and acoustic guitar.  At least it moves better than previous songs, I’ll agree to that and it’s better than some other songs.

12. Kite

Since it only has been two weeks since Kite was released, I still haven’t really gotten to enjoy the song as I should be.  Besides the obvious allusion to Owl City, Kite isn’t so much of a bad song…but sometimes it’s just a tad bit annoying to hear ~I’m a kite, I’m a kite~ every so often in the song.  Though on the album, this kind of is an odd song because the synths aren’t like the others and the flow is different.  I think I’ll eventually fall for it.

13. Grow

After an interesting song in “Kite”, Grow kind of comes in and cuts the mood lower.  Being an English-only song, Grow is pretty to listen to, but the surprise is that it’s just acoustic guitar and Kaori singing for the most part.  I did like the fact that Kaori cleaned her English up quite nicely because she doesn’t sound like she has a thick accent like in some other songs.  It’s the simplest song off the album, but at the same time, it’s vulnerable and the lyrics are so sweet.  WAY TO GO!

14. Nagareboshi

Nagareboshi slowly brings the mood back up with something simple, but once again like “Hurricane” the way it sounds is just a bit lifeless for me and her vocals aren’t as great as in previous songs.  I don’t know how to really explain this song, but it’s just a little meh for me.

15. Nami Nami

A song about Nami Tamaki?  Oh no no no…ending the album off, Nami Nami doesn’t seem like the song to finish the album, but it’s quirky and the added strings gave it a nice touch for sure, but there’s something still missing for me.  There’s just something different going on and I’m not sure if I’m a big fan of it.

Tracks Recommended

  • Birthday Girl
  • Find a Way
  • World Peace
  • Grow
  • Cookie Flavor

Song of Avoidance

  • Hurricane

I don’t know why, but for me Dear Diary just kind of fell flat for me when compared to her last few albums.  There wasn’t a song that instantly popped out and I liked it immediately like with “ONE”.  About that, this album really does take “Thinking Out Loud” and “ONE” and mixed them together to get this album.  I don’t know it just wasn’t that good at first listen, but I’ll grow to like it I hope.

 

BONNIE PINK – Kite September 22, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Kite
  2. Busy-Busy-Bee
  3. Kite (Instrumental)
  4. Busy-Busy-Bee (Instrumental)

1. Kite

I’m surprised that when I turned Kite on to listen it for the first time that Kite sounded like something Owl City would’ve made because of those synths that were used.  I do like that the song is memorable and Kaori sounds really nice except how she pulls the ~I’m a kite, I’m a kite~ that sounds weird to me.  Otherwise, this song sounds really good even though I’m still thrown off by the Owl City synths.

2. Busy-Busy-Bee

As for the B-side that’s not going to make it on “Dear Diary”, Busy-Busy-Bee has a more rock-styled arrangement that follows some of the stuff found on “ONE”.  Also produced by Burning Chicken, I was expecting something that was going to be good, but for the most part I found myself bored with the song.  “You & I” still rolls all over this.  I’m not sure why I don’t like but I think it’s this whole ~busy busy bee~ line that’s said more than enough times in the song.

 

 

As the only physical release prior to “Dear Diary”, Kite is better than her last single “Joy/Happy Ending” simply because this single wasn’t a ballad single, that’s for sure.  Kite stills throws me off with the whole “Fireflies” feeling I get from it kind of sends me somewhere else.  Busy-Busy-Bee kind of was nice, but got annoying after a while with it…Still overall in the era, she definitely went in different directions with all the songs (including the digital singles) and I enjoyed it.

 

BONNIE PINK – Is This Love? May 20, 2010

Filed under: BONNIE PINK — solarblade @ 3:35 am

Track Listing

  1. Is This Love?

1. Is This Love?

Ohhh, finally a good upbeat song from Kaori.  I like the pop/rock sound she’s going for mixed in with this odd synth undertone to give it some spice.  It has been a while since we’ve heard something upbeat from her and I kind of like this a lot.  Kaori’s vocals are also pretty good as well…Sucks that it had to be chaku-uta only.

 

 

Is this era just going to be full of digital releases?  I really want a physical single eventually.  Still, this song is pretty great and to me better than “Morning Glory” and “Joy/Happy Ending”.  Makes me wonder what she’ll do next. 

 

BONNIE PINK – Morning Glory January 21, 2010

Filed under: BONNIE PINK — solarblade @ 1:38 am

Track Listing

  1. Morning Glory

1. Morning Glory

I don’t think I’ve been this interested in a BONNIE song in quite a while and Morning Glory definitely makes up for the lack of really good songs especially since the “ONE” era was basically only good because of a few album songs and the B-sides.  The song is pretty upbeat and also has some cute spots through it and I like Kaori’s vocals here as well.  I was pretty impressed, but honestly, where was this in the last era?

 

 

It does kind of suck that Morning Glory was basically released as a digital single, but y’know I’m able to look pass it because the song is cute, catchy, and a whole lot of interesting.  Good song overall, and I hope it makes it onto her next album.

 

BONNIE PINK – ONE May 13, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Won’t Let You Go
  2. Fuchsia Fuchsia Fuchsia
  3. Princess Incognito
  4. Joy
  5. Mousou LOVER
  6. Kane wo Narashite
  7. One Last Time
  8. Rock You Till the Dawn
  9. Fed Up feat. Craig David
  10. PLAY & PAUSE
  11. Himitsu
  12. Try Me Out
  13. Happy Ending
  14. Get On the Bus
  15. Ring A Bell (bonus track)

1. Won’t Let You Go

I didn’t expect Kaori to start off the album on a pretty calm note.  It’s kind of got that soft charm that she’s been known for her past albums.  I mean ok, it’s not the most original thing ever.  There’s a bit of synths involved here as well as brass and even southern influences.  Now it’s when I say the song gets interesting for that stuff.  Alright, this song is definitly the coolest way to begin the album.

2. Fuchsia Fuchsia Fuchsia

Our next track surprisingly delves into a more reggae sound.  It’s light still and Kaori gives a sweet performance and even though I’m not sure if she’s talking about the color or the flower.  Still it fits with the fact that it’s so soothing and all reggae-ish like.  Another nice song to listen to.

3. Princess Incognito

Even though the title is a silly one, I can’t help but also enjoy this track a lot.  Instead of something that stands out, we get a BONNIE PINK track that harkens back into her earlier albums.  It’s got a pop/rock sound to it and how Kaori is singing along makes it seem like a fun track, even though  the music calls for that.  It does seem like “Pump It Up!” but without the synths to back it up.  I still enjoy this song a lot.

4. Joy

Ending off the era, Joy is our first ballad on the album and even though it still sounds more or less like her other ballads in her career, Joy is enjoyable, but I thought her singing was a little shaky at some points.  I think what saved this single was the fact there was some strings and it flowed well. 

5. Mousou LOVER

Mousou LOVER is definitly a groovy and sweet track.  It sounds like they did do something with her vocals, like it sounds live but it isn’t.  I like the latin guitar playing in the song.  Everytime the song plays it kinda puts me into a good mood.  Definitly one of the early favorites, then again so far I’ve liked the songs on the album.

6. Kane wo Narashite

The beginning of the era started off strong with Kane wo Narashite which is the English version of “Ring A Bell” which is coming up.  To easily put it, the song doesn’t exactly fit on the album because it’s more harder and vaguely stretches into the rock genre which the other songs are more conservative.  Kaori gives a good performance, but I’m not sure what version I like more, this or the English.

7. One Last Time

It’s funny how One Last Time is longer than all the other tracks by at least a minute.  Unlike the other tracks so far, they’ve been happier tracks (well maybe not “Joy”.  One Last Time is more of a melancholic kind of track with it’s depressing chords and cries of the guitar.  After a bit, it gets more aggressive and Kaori gets as stronger too.  I think it’s what she really needed. 

8. Rock You Till the Dawn

Damn, this could be my new favorite track.  “Kane wo Narashite” would’ve been more fitting near this song.  It’s got a pretty aggressive synth rhythm and Kaori’s attitude in the song is awesome.  If she had made this all English, this would’ve been so crazy and cool.  Even the whole ethereal interlude made the song sound so much more cooler AWESOME!

9. Fed Up feat. Craig David

I’m not really into Craig David and his meh music and colliding with Kaori at first made me cringe and not in a good way.  When I turned it on, it sounded pretty hopeful because it’s brassy and full of synths again.  It reminds me of another song of hers but I can’t remember which one.  I really don’t like Craig’s part, he sounds nasally to me and jsut ignored it, obviously Kaori was the better singer here xD

10. PLAY & PAUSE

I didn’t think Kaori would pull an R&B track after “Fed Up”.  Sadly, it feels like there’s something missing, like an oomph to the song, because otherwise it’s a very dry song and the chorus comes off as nothing spectacular and didn’t really have an impact on me.  It’s funny hearing Kaori push out her vocals as bad as she is here.  I was like I’m done with this track.

11. Himitsu

Luckily, Himitsu fixed things up pretty quickly.  I love how it opens up and the bass strikes giving it a punch that the last track desperately needed.  I think it’s supposed to be her epic track and to be honest it is the powerful one.  The chorus is all loud and exciting and Kaori doesn’t stress her vocals out on this track.  Well, maybe the higher notes sound a little bad, but I still love the track.

12. Try Me Out

I thought Try Me Out was going to be heavy since the synths at the beginning were really heavy and then it turns out to be something calm, like “Fuchsia Fuchsia Fuchsia” just without the reggae style.  I thought the strangest part came when she was doing the ~ah~ parts.  That kind of seemed out of place…It’s funny because I feel like she’s saying ~dry me out~ more than anything else lol….strange.

13. Happy Ending

From the single, I’ve actually started to quite like it moreso than “You and I”.  Happy Ending seems to get more epic as the more listens you give to it, and Kaori’s singing shows a lot of emotions and the bridge is definitly amazing…Best A-side of the era IMO.

14. Get On the Bus

Is she pulling a Hikki on us?  I mean I’m talking about the Bus in the title.  Other than that, this song is definitely reminescent of her past works, so hearing something like this now has a lot of nostalgia value and once again I felt happy listening to it, but then Kaori is very pushy….~just get on the bus~….That’s mean xD

15. Ring A Bell

Officially the first track known of the era, Ring A Bell is all English and even though Kaori has some pronunciation issues, she does a good job here.  I felt that she could’ve made the chorus a lot more powerful, like a bit stronger on the vocals.  I don’t really enjoy this being the last track, but this’ll do for right now.

Tracks Recommended

  • Rock You Till the Dawn
  • Mousou LOVER
  • Princess Incognito
  • Happy Ending
  • Won’t Let You Go

Song of Avoidance

  • PLAY & PAUSE

ONE is a pretty good album, not the best, but Kaori really made this album sound good.  I think it doesn’t have the impact “Golden Tears” or “Thinking Out Loud” had so it kind of pales between them, but you gotta give it to her for releasing nice enough songs.  I’m still irked that “Pump It Up!”, “CHAIN” (even though it’s on the DVD) and “You and I” didn’t make the cut because all of them were better than the tracks found on the album.  Sad huh?

 

BONNIE PINK – Joy/Happy Ending April 10, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Joy
  2. Happy Ending
  3. You and I
  4. Joy (Instrumental)
  5. Happy Ending (Instrumental)

1. Joy

BONNIE PINK after a while finally released something new.  Joy though is a little bit on the pop side of things.  Joy returns Kaori back to what she’s normally into and because of the fact Joy doesn’t really stand out well from the other tracks much.  Joy is basically an acoustic pop song with strings.  Her voice sounds pretty good, but the song just runs stale after a while.

2. Happy Ending

Happy Ending is back to the rock sound she proved to have in “Kane wo Narashite” and oddly enough it’s a step up from “Joy”.  It’s still a little too typical of Kaori to be releasing songs that relatively sound the same to her older things.  This song did make a small output with and I kind of liked it at the end.

3. You and I

Now honestly, she should’ve made this the A-side because it has a nice upbeat sound to it and fits with the way Kaori’s singing especially with her louder notes.  It’s got an 80’s sound which boosted it’s influence on the single and it’s the best track off the single. 

 

 

BONNIE’s final single for the “ONE” era was kind of bland.  Joy and Happy Ending can easily attributed to a lot of her past songs which sounds like she’s in a rut of sorts.  You and I however was a gem on this single bringing some life.  As a whole, she could’ve done so much more on this single.  “Kane wo Narashite” is still miles ahead from this release.

 

BONNIE PINK – CHAIN November 28, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. CHAIN
  2. Wonderful Christmas Time
  3. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  4. Let It Snow
  5. CHAIN ~The Birth Cry~
  6. The Christmas Song

1. CHAIN

I’m not a big fan of christmas songs as you all may know, so I was despising this whole album.  CHAIN is actually an original track from Bonnie and even though it is holiday-themed, it was pretty good, because it’s also a little jazzy in my opinion.  You still get your usual fare of strings and jingle bells, but other than that, it was an alright.

2. Wonderful Christmas Time

Since the original was sung by a man and in English, I was wondering what this would have ended up.  Now granted that Bonnie Pink isn’t fully aware of her skills to sing in such a language, she tries her best but it just kinda of ended up being boring because the original has synths, so I missed that the most.

3. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

I think everyone heard this song at least once and made fun of it one way or another.  I actually think Bonnie made a better performance out of this cover than the last one.  So far this is the most upbeat out of the bunch and just gives off such a jolly feeling throughout.

4. Let It Snow

We return to the jazzy side of things with our next cover, Let It Snow.  I definitly remember hearing this track all the time in the winter season.  Now, I’m pretty sure we didn’t need the solos throughout, but I guess it gives off a more warming feeling listening to everything and such.  Got to love the song either way.

5. CHAIN ~The Birth Cry~

I really wonder the reasoning to put another version of CHAIN on the album.  It’s definitly more wintry and totally devoid of the jazzy style that was present in the first song.  We got Bonnie singing along to piano and some chords from the organ as well.  I like this more than the original.

6. The Christmas Song

Talk about bland titles right?  This song is also a cover and immediatly would be recognized by many.  Now there’s very little to the song with just only guitar being the main instrument and such.  Luckily, Bonnie’s voice speaks out so much from the song which is great, but I elt the song was going at weird intervals against each other…It’s pretty good though.

 

 

BONNIE PINK’s mini-album is definitly holiday-theme and even though there’s only one original song “CHAIN/CHAIN ~The Birth Cry~, the rest are covers of real famous christmas tune.  She did a fine job covering em and making them her own.  Sadly, she was taking some of them into a jazz-like territory and I didn’t like it much.  Christmas albums usually suck and this was in the middle.