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Daichi Miura – GO FOR IT February 18, 2014

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Track Listing

  1. GO FOR IT
  2. Twinkle Shiny Star
  3. Half of You

1. GO FOR IT

I was pleasantly surprised that Daichi’s single begins with a funky dance tune!  GO FOR IT stands out amongst the dance tracks with more attitude and a more brass-led arrangement so it has a nice sassy punch to it.  Daichi sounds really good in the song as he’s doing a little more pushing on his vocals, but it’s an exciting song overall and definitely ended the era with a bang!

2. Twinkle Shiny Star

As such a title, I was expecting so corny ballad, but we ended with another dance track!  Actually this is more of the style we’ve been hearing Daichi take up in recent times.  I love the beat of the tune and it’s such a club-friendly song and Daichi sounds so good as well.  I have to say I kind of preferred this song to “GO FOR IT” as this is more where Daichi accels at and he definitely did it right!

3. Half of You

I guess that this was the ballad of the single huh?  Well nope, the song might not be a bump n’ grind track like “Twinkle Shiny Star”, but Half of You kind of has this deeper dance style going for it, but it takes up some dubstep here which is another thing Daichi has been oddly into it since “Black Hole”.  It’s not bad, but it’s gonna take some time to get used to lol.

 

 

Ending off his 4th era, GO FOR IT wasn’t as awesome as “Right Now/Voice” but it definitely didn’t disappoint me at all.  GO FOR IT brings us much sass with its brass-led arrangement and Daichi’s effort.  Twinkle Shiny Star (as cheesy the title is) is a great dance track and shocked it’s not on the album.  Half of You was trying something, but it did slightly miss the mark for me.  Man, I hope “The Entertainer” is gonna be awesome!

 

Daichi Miura – Right Now/Voice December 12, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Right Now
  2. Voice
  3. Far away

1. Right Now

Everyone knows I’m a sucker for Daichi’s dance tracks and it seems we get a new one with Right Now which has a really cool arrangement and sort of feels like a follow-up to “Delete My Memories” with it’s energetic tone and and smooth vocals from Daichi as well.  It’s a really cool track and I’ve been waiting for something like this for a while.

2. Voice

As the other A-side of the single, Voice might be a little slower than “Right Now”, but it has a lot of impact to make up for that.  Daichi’s vocals are a bit more risky as he’s singing a lot of higher notes (especially in the chorus) but it fits the nature of the song because it sounds dark and yet, mysterious.  It’s a really cool song as well and totally deserved to be the other A-side.

3. Far away

The lone B-side, Far away I thought was going to be a ballad, but the song kind of grew into another dance track with a cool beat and Daichi under some echo filters here.  It kind of reminds of “DANTE” from SHOW but it could just be coincedence.  I have to say, this is really nice and the song comes from the quiet areas to the dance track so effortlessly…it’s really good!

 

 

I knew Daichi was going to eventually release something that I was going to adore from beginning to end and Right Now/Voice is definitely my favorite single from Daichi now!  All three tracks show off the various identities of his style and they all were amazing tracks!  *RECOMMENDED* FOR SURE!

 

Daichi Miura – Two Hearts May 3, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Two Hearts
  2. Burning Weakness
  3. True Colors -live recording-

1. Two Hearts

I shouldn’t be surprised that Daichi would begin a new string of singles starting with a ballad with Two Hearts.  I like how heartfelt the song sounds but it could be any of the slower songs from “D.M.” for all I care which is a little meh for me.  I like his vocals a lot but the song doesn’t really resonate with me.

2. Burning Weakness

At first I was surprised Burning Weakness was also another ballad which is a little eh for me…but there’s beats in it to make it sound more like an R&B song which is a step up for me.  I like the depressing vibes of the song quite a bit and Daichi sounds great here.  I wonder why this wasn’t the lead song to be honest, it has more variation and color whereas “Two Hearts” lack interest for me.

3. True Colors -live recording-

The third song is a live cover of a Cyndi Lauper tune (why do the Japanese cover her sooo much?).  It’s definitely a live take with just acoustic guitar as the only melodic component of the song.  Daichi sounds nice at times but others, his accents does flash across.  Otherwise it’s a nice little extra for the single.

 

 

Daichi Miura is back to do doing some ballads for A-sides and Two Hearts might be his weakest one yet.  I don’t know why but I can’t seem to connect to it.  Burning Weakness though would’ve been great as the leading song because it’s the best the single has to offer.  The True Colors cover is in the middle since it was nice but nothing repeatable (at least to me)…hope he kicks it up on the next single!

 

Daichi Miura – D.M. November 30, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. Black Hole
  2. Touch Me
  3. Illusion Show
  4. Love is like a bass line
  5. The Answer
  6. Only You
  7. 4am
  8. RUN WAY
  9. Turn Off The Light
  10. SHOUT IT
  11. Lullaby
  12. Magic Word

1. Black Hole

It’s great that Daichi begins the album with the main promotional track!  Black Hole is definitely different from previous songs but it’s a welcom change.  I’m loving Daichi’s vocals in the song quite a bit even though ~brack hole~ does kind of make me lulz.  After that the song really starts getting strange which it switches into more of a dubstep kind of arrangement but it’s funny since Daichi isn’t singing in that part.  Overall this was pretty unique (to Daichi that is) and it was a solid track!

2. Touch Me

Following that interesting opening song, Touch Me brings us to what we’ve known Daichi for and that’s an easily danceable R&B track with great vocals.  I’m loving the beat and feel of the song for sure right up until the chorus where it’s seriously just repeating ~touch me~ over and over and in quick succession.  It’s a pretty good song but hindered by that chorus!

3. Illusion Show

Illusion Show brings the unusual back by being kind of burlesque-y and bouncy all at once.  I kind of found myself moving with the rhythm of the song and while Daichi’s vocals aren’t as great as the previous two tracks, the rest of the song managed to keep my interests high. 

4. Love is like a bass line

Haha, that intro really came out of nowhere for me but at least it caught my attention.  I love that the song does keep true to its title and features a lot of bass in both bass guitar and deep bass synths.  The rest of the song is quite awesome to listen to since it has that same attitude and flavor that was found on his last album, “Who’s The Man”.  The added brass later in the song gave some extra spice and made it better…right now this is my favorite of the new songs!

5. The Answer

I found it quite interesting that Daichi only included the A-sides and no B-sides (though there was a lot to choose from).  The Answer of course was the first A-side released in the era.  At first, it was hard remembering what it sounded like but once it started it all came back to me as the mid-tempo dance song started up.  I will admit that amongst the other synthed up songs, this one does seem weaker than when it was released as a single.  I will say though that his vocals are great!

6. Only You

Makes sense that “The Answer” would be the start of slightly slowing down the album.  Only You takes the synths out from the previous track and replaces it with a more pounding beat and a piano/strings arrangement.  It does a lot for showing his vocals and how well he can hit the higher notes.  It’s alright, but I kind of like the last track more.

7. 4am

Our seventh track on the album is a bit more like his past endeavors which might be good for some of the listeners and some of the others will probably deem this pretty weak since it’s all R&B.  It does remind me of something from his last album not gonna lie about that but on this album it does stand out slightly.  I do kind of wish there was a little more going on in the song but it’s not terrible.

8. RUN WAY

I’m not sure what to really think about RUN WAY just quite yet.  I will give him points for giving us a good vocal performance but the song sounds like an unusual 90’s song with beats and guitar/synth mix.  Add in that the chorus doesn’t have enough punch either and I’m basically at a standstill with it.  It does grow on you which is a good thing for this track, but still feel it needs more oomph!

9. Turn Off The Light

Next comes the 3rd A-side released and still is the best of the three A-sides released in my honest opinion.  It does have a nice reggaeton sound but might be hidden from some of the other synths but that’s alright because it just seemed to flow well with Daichi’s lyrics.  I do still think that the song would sound great at some sort of sporting event but that just mean this song has a pretty good groove.  There are a couple songs that has bypassed this song however on this album.

10. SHOUT IT

I guess SHOUT IT represents the last boost of hot dance numbers on the album and I liked the gritty number too!  SHOUT IT doesn’t sound like anything else and the way Daichi is singing is quite strong and I found his English much stronger than in any of the other songs.  It’s got a lot of attitude and punch that the album needed.  Yeah, I’m enjoying this one a lot!

12. Lullaby

As the only ballad released as an A-side (more like an R&B ballad like “4am”), Lullaby still is a hard song to remember since the style and flow of the song is just one-dimensional for me.  It’s nice that he pulled a ballad for an A-side since it’s been a while since one came out but still…I wish there was a little more to it than what we got out of it. 

12. Magic Word

Closing the album is another R&B track but a little more upbeat and rockin’ the beat a little more.  It’s still light when compared to some of the other songs which is good because it cuts out a niche for itself.  It’s an odd song to close out an album since it feels like it should be more in the middle.  The song itself is kind of forgetful to be honest and doesn’t leave too much of a mark…”Lullaby” would’ve been better.

Tracks Recommended

  • Love is like a bass line
  • Black Hole
  • SHOUT IT
  • Turn Off The Light
  • Touch Me

Song of Avoidance

  • Magic Word

As this is Daichi’s 3rd album, I must say is his best one yet!  It is weird that after “Who’s The Man” this album really stripped itself from collaborations and remixes this time around which is a good thing!  What we got was a pretty solid album of songs that took Daichi to new places without having him forget how he started his solo career.  Of course there were weak songs but overall this was a strong album from our “natural beauty”.

 

Daichi Miura – Turn Off The Light August 27, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. Turn Off The Light
  2. Wakare no Bell
  3. After The Rain

1. Turn Off The Light

After “Lullaby”, I guess Daichi wanted to bring his fans up with a new dance track to throw at us.  To me, if I heard this song during a basketball game, this would fit that scenario so perfectly since it has the clapping rhythm and nice heavy synth arrangement and Daichi is just sounding amazing…not sultry but like he’s puttin emphasis into the song.  I have to say that this is his best A-side of the era…even passing up “The Answer”.

2. Wakare no Bell

If you wanted sultry Daichi then Wakare no Bell would satisfy that appetite quite nicely since it’s as a package, the song is more in the realm of what Daichi is known for and that’s R&B tunes.  I like the more organic feel I get with the instrumentation with piano, acoustic guitar and light percussion mixed with the beats to make it complete.  I gotta say though that Daichi’s vocals are just so damn good here and I just wanted to hear more of this side to him.

3. After The Rain

I was kind of expecting the second B-side to have been a ballad but I was pleasantly surprised that it’s synthy and feels like it could join alongside “Delete My Memories” in the synthy dance track folder (get the joke here?).  I will say that after a few listens to the song and the A-side, I actually prefer this to the leading song because the groove and mood is definitely Daichi perfectly. 

 

 

Is it me or does feel like Daichi has been gone for a LONG WHILE (even though “Lullaby” was released back in December)…hmmm OK it has been quite a damn while XD.  Turn Off The Light is pretty much what I hope Daichi Miura would release even though After The Rain was better than the main song but both are great tracks from him.  If you looking for the softer song, Wakare no Bell is your answer and while it didn’t capture my interests as strongly as the other two songs, it’s also pretty good.

 

Daichi Miura – Lullaby December 19, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Lullaby
  2. Drama

1. Lullaby

It has been a while since we’ve seen a slow song take over as an A-side from Daichi and it sounds really nice for a song titled Lullaby.  Instead of the usual suspects of an R&B ballad, Lullaby has a lot of synths and clicks and such.  Of course there’s nothing to bag about Daichi’s vocals since they’re solid and together and it sounds right in the arrangement. 

2. Drama

As the B-side, Drama takes up the role for the more aggressive tune and I like Daichi’s energetic dance tracks a lot more since his last era.  To me, it sounds like a more rougher cut of “Delete My Memories”, but at the same time it has the attitude and beat to make it stand out a lot which is pretty good. 

Daichi’s 2nd single of the era to me was a lot more memorable than “The Answer” simply because the A-side was something refreshing and different for him being an R&B ballad of sorts.  That song was simple and pretty to listen to while Drama was what he does best and that’s dance music.  I’m having better hopes for the era.

 

Daichi Miura – The Answer August 22, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. The Answer
  2. Gotta Make You Mine
  3. Human Nature

1. The Answer

I’m surprised that the first A-side of the era isn’t a ballad of sorts.  It’s great to see him keep up with his dance style that we’ve gotten used to from him.  Now his vocals this time around isn’t as great as it was on “Delete My Memories”, but it’s passable…just doesn’t need to yell through the chorus like that.  I think it’s alright for right now.

2. Gotta Make You Mine

For the first B-side, Gotta Make You Mine sort of drifts away from a dance style to a more urban-like sound.  The thing that caught me was how much better Daichi was singing in this song compared to the A-side.  Now I know by lyrics that it’s just a little cheesy since it’s obvious on what it’s about.  Ok, it might not have been what I was expecting but I liked it.

3. Human Nature

I’m not beefing seeing many artists covering Michael Jackson since he’s gone, but I’m surprised to see Daichi actually covering Human Nature of all songs.  I remember listening to this song when I was pretty young, so it’s a treat to hear a cover of this one.  Daichi actually does a nice job at trying to sound good in English, but he does have his slip-ups.  I mean it’s not as good as oher recent covers of other MJ songs, but this is alright.

 

 

Oh Daichi…While I thought your last few songs “Inside Your Head”, “Delete My Memories” and “Who’s The Man” were excellent tunes, The Answer isn’t as strong as those, but, it’s sill good for starting a new era off with.  As cheesy as Gotta Make You Mine is, it’s different and I’m sure older fans will probably take it as nostalgia to his first era.  Human Nature is a good cover, not amazing…but still pretty good.

 

Daichi Miura – Flag December 14, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Flag
  2. Super Star

1. Flag

I thought the opening for Flag reminded me a lot of “Delete My Memories” because it’s just synth love and it almost sounds just like it.  While it isn’t like the later released A-side because it’s got some funky piano riffs and Daichi’s vocals are louder and has more BKGD support as well.  The remix found on the album did make this song a bit stronger, but damn the original isn’t half bad either.

2. Super Star

The B-side of the single, Super Star is a bit more deeper in sound but unfortunately I’m not liking Daichi’s vocals in the song.  Why does he sound stuffy in the song?  I do love the bridge where he slides his notes in a sexy way.  Definitely an interesting B-side but I’m happy it didn’t make the album.

 

 

Beginning the “Who’s The Man” era, Flag actually kickstarted the era in a good way.  I like how his songs makes it easy to get a groove into and he sounds pretty good.  Super Star is a bit weaker of course, but that track is a good urban dance tune as well. 

 

Daichi Miura – Who’s The Man September 19, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Who’s The Man
  2. Inside Your Head
  3. Delete My Memories
  4. Your Love feat. KREVA
  5. Stay with me
  6. Baby Be Mine
  7. Crazy
  8. SHINE
  9. Hypnotized
  10. HOT MUSIK feat. COMA-CHI
  11. STOP… feat. Chiharu
  12. You & Me
  13. Flag -BACHLOGIC REMIX-
  14. Magic Remix (KREVA × Daichi Miura) Katte ni Remix Series Vol. 2 (bonus track)

1. Who’s The Man

Ahhh, the title track and promotional track for this album, Who’s The Man sounds pretty damn fly and the flow is aggressive and amazingly catchy.  I don’t know why, but this beat is very hot and Daichi carries himself smoothly across and there’s snippets of English as well.  I love when they whisper his name after the chorus, it just adds that sex appeal to the song.  Very strong opening track.

2. Inside Your Head

Another track produced by Nao’ymt, Inside Your Head was the era’s 3rd single and you can really hear his arrangement as it does sound like some of his previous made tracks.  Unlike the kickass album opener, Inside Your Head focuses more on the sound rather than Daichi which is a little on the unfortunate side, but he does try to keep it hot as much as he can.  Not as good, but I’m alright with it.

3. Delete My Memories

Out of the previous released singles, Delete My Memories was once of the best tracks released this year so far.  Unlike the previous Nao’ymt produced songs, this has the most electronica influence and I loved every second of it.  I think the best part was that bridge that just pulsed with life.  Like I said before, Daichi does slip up on the English because he cannot say ~delete~ for the life of him.  It’s still an amazing song though.

4. Your Love feat. KREVA

Jeeze, are we trying to get rid of the old tracks first?  It seems that way because Your Love was the 2nd single of the era and has a collaboration with rapper, KREVA.  We also end with the final Nao’ymt production of the entire album.  Your Love is a smooth R&B track and even though he’s done so many previous, this doesn’t stand out in his discography.  I’ll admit his English is better here….weird.  KREVA reminds me of a certain American rapper that loves auto-tune WAY TOO MUCH *cough* Lil’ Wayne *cough*.  Made a nice A-side.

5. Stay with me

We get even calmer with Stay with me (too many artists using this name).  So far on this album, this is the track that’s the softest on both music and Daichi’s vocals.  It flows nicely and his vocals are nice enough, but it’s one of those tracks that’d bore you’re not a big fan of these kind of soft R&B tracks.

6. Baby Be Mine

~hey, you know what’s on my mind girl?~  That line made me chuckle, especially how he said it.  Sadly, it also doesn’t sway me much because of its light R&B sound.  It’s a bit less fantasy-like, but besides Daichi’s good vocals, the song is just as boring as “Stay with me”

7. Crazy

I’m starting to get myself sidetracked by the time I get into this track and unfortunately it continues to not to impress me one bit.  It does seem this kind of R&B song fits him more, but then he whips his falsetto and things go from meh to bad pretty quickly.  Boring track again.

8. SHINE

At least we’re getting back to the more upbeat stuff.  SHINE isn’t quite there, but it’s already so much better than the previous songs.  The only problem that came up was that annoying chick voice that ad-libbed every so often in the song.  If I ignore that, this song can be enjoyable, but it isn’t fully danceable.

9. Hypnotized

Now Hypnotized is where things gets better.  The arrangement is dance-like and there’s more synths here.  It sounds like something Chris Brown would release because it has that smooth feel and Daichi’s vocals are presented a whole lot better than his previous tracks. I really liked the beeps and clicks of the arrangement, something that brought me back into the album.

10. HOT MUSIK feat. COMA-CHI

 Hey, this track is pretty damn awesome as well. Continuing to use a great electronica arrangement, HOT MUSIK is an energetic party feel and it shows with Daichi’s fast vocals and the inclusin of COMA-CHI who’s also sounding great.  Actually, she stood out from the song moreso than Daichi which is embarassing but I liked it.  Her rapping is a bit weird, but she’s got enough fire to get through it nicely.  Towards the end it does get repetitive, but it’s not that bad.

11. STOP… feat. Chiharu

Another rapper featured?  While he is better than KREVA, I can’t help that Chiharu doesn’t add much to this song if he wasn’t in it.  STOP… just sounds like another typical R&B track from Daichi and that’s unfortunate.  Seems to be the album’s throwaway track.

12. You & Me

Strange enough, You & Me is probably the closest thing to a ballad that we’ll get on this album.  Sadly what killed the song was adding an R&B beat to it.  It sounds like it would’ve been fine without it.  I really do like his vocals through this song and besides the meh beat, it’s actually a really nice tune.

13. Flag -BACHLOGIC REMIX-

Instead of putting the original mix (which was the era’s first single) Flag gets remixed by BACHLOGIC which last time heard, did an alright job with Meisa Kuroki’s “Bad Girl”.  Their remix of Flag has a disco-style sound going and that’s a fun sounding remix.  I haven’t heard the original, but this remix has a sweet feel to it and is energetic.  What a cool remix.

14. Magic Remix (KREVA × Daichi Miura) Katte ni Remix Series Vol. 2

As a bonus, we get a remix of Magic which was found as a B-side on “Inside Your Head”.  Once again, I haven’t heard the original, but I doubt it started with waves crashing and then an acoustic guitar coming in.  KREVA once again is under auto-tune which is meh, especially at how natural this sounds.  While it’s not showcasing Daichi’s vocals, the music is pretty and calm.  Nice song to add on the album.

Tracks Recommended

  • Delete My Memories
  • Who’s The Man
  • HOT MUSIK feat. COMA-CHI
  • Hypnotized
  • Flag -BACHLOGIC REMIX-

Song of Avoidance

  • STOP… feat. Chiharu

Daichi’s sophomore album is actually not as good as I was hoping to be.  It seems his main forte for me is his more danceable tracks and anything that has to do with Nao’ymt.  Besides that, the arrangements found in other songs (mainly the slow songs) are typical R&B arrangements that are overly used and hence why I find myself terribly bored.  I think he should move away from this and get towards a harder sound as I think it works better.

 

Daichi Miura – Delete My Memories May 30, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Delete My Memories
  2. Damn
  3. Knock Knock Knock -Piano Ver.- (CD only)

1. Delete My Memories

For being an R&B track, Daichi actually hit it pretty well with the A-side of single because the track is heavy on the synths and what’s good is that Daichi isn’t under any vocal changers which is pretty cool.  Daichi’s vocals are pretty sweet because he sings good, but ~Derete~?  Oh, talk about failing Engrish harshly.  Still, it’s a great dance track from Daichi for sure.

2. Damn

I was expecting Damn to be just as heavy in the dance style, but we just get a bit of a slow R&B track which is used for to showcase more of Daichi’s vocals which works here because he shows a good sense of emotion and smoothness throughout.  I really like how he tackled the chorus in English and for the most part it was sung pretty well.  Good B-side.

3. Knock Knock Knock -Piano Ver.-

Knock Knock Knock was originally a track from his debut album, “D-ROCK with U”.  Now I’ve said this to many reviews, but I haven’t heard the original so I can’t form a true opinion of the song.  It does have Daichi singing pretty loudly and his accent kind of shows when he says ~nuck nuck nuck~.  I have to say that he really sounds confident even through the higher notes.  I don’t know, but I wonder if the original is faster than this.

 

 

Daichi Miura’s 4th single of the era, Delete My Memories was a great J-urban dance track because it shows a great feel to it and it’s easy to dance to, so I like it alot.  Damn though did him well, especially with all that singing going on with the R&B feel to it.  The piano version also put his vocals over the music which is good, though risky….Gotta say, great single overall.