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JASMINE – Welcome to Jas Vegas March 18, 2014

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welcometojasvegas

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 XD.  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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JASMINE – Countdown December 18, 2013

Filed under: JASMINE — solarblade @ 8:26 am

countdown

Track Listing

  1. Countdown
  2. JACKPOT for Jas Vegas -Remixed by T.O.M-

1. Countdown

I was hoping what JASMINE would do after she released “Complexxx” and girl didn’t disappoint.  It feels like a song she hasn’t tried yet in her career but honestly, this song is kind of urban/electro and I can’t help for fall for its groove.  It’s such a pretty cool song from her and honestly might be one of her best A-sides (next to “ONE” and “THIS IS NOT A GAME” which is pretty big for her!

2. JACKPOT for Jas Vegas -Remixed by T.O.M-

  • Addiction
  • DREAMIN’
  • THIS IS NOT A GAME
  • I’m in luv wit u
  • CLUBBIN’

I actually thought this was going to be an original track from JASMINE, but at being 16 minutes in length, it turns out this is a megamix actually.  There’s 5 songs used here and while I only recognize THIS IS NOT A GAME as one of them.  The others are listed above and I find is strange that Addiction was the only song from “Complexx” on the megamix while the rest are songs from her “GOLD” era.  This had a lot of different electronic styles throughout and it’s rather awesome how it works each song together and the tranisitions.  A little long winded, but still a good megamix.

 

 

JASMINE closes out 2013 with a pretty cool single and a nice way to begin her 3rd era (hopefully won’t take long).  Countdown has a lot of attitude in it and it’s grittier almost heavier sound definitely left a good mark on me.  The megamix albeit long wasn’t all that bad and definitely gave us a great twist on her songs of hers.

 

JASMINE – Complexxx November 24, 2013

Filed under: JASMINE — solarblade @ 11:36 am

complexxx

Track Listing

  1. High Flying
  2. Best Partner
  3. Addiction
  4. Touch me on the Beach
  5. B*TCH*S
  6. I Hate You
  7. Weekend High
  8. ONLY YOU
  9. Realize
  10. ONE
  11. HERO
  12. I’ll be there

1. High Flying

I didn’t think JASMINE would kick the album with a stretch of old songs, starting with the 4th A-side she released in the era.  When I reviewed the single, the tune struggled to really stand out for me because it kind of sounded familiar to me (plus the beat section has been done so much here in America, so it’s less than impressive to me).  On the album, I wasn’t sure if she should’ve started with this because it sounds more like an ending theme LOL.  I’m still not the biggest fan of it, but the chorus was nice to listen to.

2. Best Partner

Then we go back a single to Best Partner which was released in this very spaced out period she had (which I still don’t understand why she kind of disappeared back in most of 2012.  I was missing her a lot then and when she came back with Best Partner, it was like she never left because this song is really strong and I love the strings being the backbone for the song alongside those R&B beats.  Once again, the chorus was just orgasmic and she gave a great vocal perfomance here.  Definitely what should’ve begun the album IMHO.

3. Addiction

Of course JASMINE would include all the B-sides (even sadder is that they’re all clumped together).  First is the B-side from “ONLY YOU” and to be honest, her B-sides were all right on top of her style so I was definitely happy to see them.  Addiction turns the mood of the album from a sullen side to a more energetic and fun side.  I’m kind of loving the whole drumline and attitude driven side of JASMINE’s vocals and honestly, this song impressed me a lot more as I kept listening to it.

4. Touch me on the Beach

Then we get the B-sides from the “Best Partner” single but switched around so Touch me on the Beach comes first.  It did have to compete being after “Addiction”, but this song continues this stretch of fun songs and JASMINE is definitely channeling her sexy side in this tune and I love it so much because she just shows so much of herself and her growls in the song is just awesome!  I was just surprised she didn’t make this a damn A-side!

5. B*TCH*ES

Moving on, I can see why she put those 3 in succession of each other because we went from edgy and fun to sexy and I love the groove of B*TCH*S really has a gnarly groove to it, almost like an underground kind of sound and I’m loving JASMINE just bringing it!  It might not be radio-catchy as the previous tracks, but this song was definitely the peak of her edgy attitude and I have to say it stuck out nicely on the album!

6. I Hate You

We finally get new tracks, though only 4 again?  I Hate You might sound like it would’ve topped the previous track with its straightforward title, but it kind of takes elements from “High Flying”, but has some interesting breakdowns throughout to break some monotony.  I really can’t tell what I feel because I love the synth parts and when JASMINE is singing, but the gritty breakdowns and slight wubs in the song kind of just take me out for a bit.  Not bad, but it doesn’t have lasting power on me.

7. Weekend High

Then the next new track totally makes up for some of the weaknesses that “I Hate You” had.  Though this song is taking more of a pop song than something darker.  I actually thought this song did very nice with JASMINE’s voice and hearing this really awesome EDM song just made me wanna dance to this in a club and that’s a very awesome thing ^^.  Though that breakdown with the whole ~jump around~ could’ve been its own song hahaha.  Still, this was a great song!

8. ONLY YOU

Moving onto the 2nd A-side of the era, ONLY YOU harkens back to the stuff she released back in the “GOLD” days and even though I did like it, regular mopey R&B was kind of getting tiresome.  The fact that there really isn’t a lot of that on Complexxx does help it out because it’s kind of by itself on the album.  By itself though, I just kind of forget about it because it lacks what makes most of the other songs on the album pop, but still it’s non-offensive so I guess that’s a compliment right?

9. Realize

The 3rd new song for the album, would be like “ONLY YOU” if it didn’t have that pretty awesome synth riff/beat that acts as the arrangement and I have to say I LOVE IT.  You can tell JASMINE is really giving her all in this song because of that really powerful chorus and it impresses me that her voice doesn’t crack all over the place.  I find it that this is the kind of song she would really impress many people with and it’s definitely the best new track on the album.

10. ONE

Jeeze this was an old song, back from 2011 xD  The song that started of the era, ONE is still one of my favorite A-sides she released and it still stands strong amongst the songs on the album.  It’s a pretty chill jam and I love the lyrics for the song a bit being original and being yourself, ahhh this just brings memories of listening to this and just orgasming all over it XD.  I mean damn, this song is just JASMINE all rolled into a great song!

11. HERO

We move from the oldest song on the album to the most recent, HERO is also one of those sore thumb songs because it’s electro and was produced by Taku (which I totally did not see coming).  JASMINE’s vocals are pretty strong still, but I think this song was so different on the album that there wasn’t a good enough place for it xD.  I mean it’s club-friends, very electronic and JASMINE didn’t put a whole lot of lyrics to this (in comparison to all the other songs on the album).  It doesn’t fit on the album, but it was a good song as a single…weird right?

12. I’ll be there

The final track on the album is also the last new song and to say it doesn’t try to be like another “High Flying” is a bit meh.  Actually it kind of sounds like a mix of that track and “ONLY YOU” and that wasn’t exactly very memorable for me.  It’s another “GOLD”-like tune and once again wasn’t feeling the need to have another Americanized R&B jam (moreso being the final track).  I mean it’s not shitty, but definitely something I’m not really gonna return to.

Tracks Recommended

  • ONE
  • Realize
  • Touch me on the Beach
  • Addiction
  • Weekend High

Song of Avoidance

  • I’ll be there

WOW, for how long it took for JASMINE to put out her sophomore album, it sure was worth it…sort of.  Complexxx shares similarties with “GOLD” in the way that 2/3 of the album was old stuff and considering it took over 2 years…that wasn’t exactly bringing it up.  HOWEVER, she had a pretty damn good set of A-sides and B-sides to make up for the amount of time this album had and brought me back to why I loved JASMINE.  It’s not a perfect album because two songs were kind of meh, but over I would *RECOMMEND* this album for people who love R&B and wants a strong yet fun album to listen to!

 

JASMINE – HERO July 30, 2013

Filed under: JASMINE — solarblade @ 9:09 pm

hero

Track Listing

  1. HERO
  2. Missing
  3. Why (T.O.M Remix for JAS VEGAS)

1. HERO

I was quite surprised she managed to pull in m-flo’s Taku to produce HERO (especially with how negative he’s been recently).  At first, the intro for the song reminded me of Brit’s “Scream and Shout” but once JASMINE comes in, the song becomes a bit more broader and alive.  Add her powerful vocals with the electro arrangement and you get a pretty loud and powerful dance track!  I’m enjoying this quite a bit and really improved on what happened on “High Flying”.

2. Missing

If I’m correct this is also a cover song (the same one Mika Nakashima did a while ago).  At first, I thought the song was going to be faster due to the intro, but it cuts out after a while and slows down to a ballad with piano and strings.  It’s a little bit like “BED” but less 90’s nostalgia.  It’s not a bad track, but after “HERO”, this is a forgetful song for me.

3. Why (T.O.M Remix for JAS VEGAS)

I totally forgot how Why went (it was an album track from “GOLD”).  It was originally an R&B track that was a bit normal of JASMINE’s style.  Coming back to the single, it was remixed by T.O.M (someone that’s familiar to me, because of his remixes for MiChi).  Why’s touch-up has a bit more of a mid-tempo dance style going on and it kind of works in a way.

 

 

JASMINE 5th and final single before her sophomore album, “Complexxx” releases and HERO is kind of a weird single to put out.  I meant like HERO is nothing like what she’s done before and that’s cool, plus it’s a great electro/dance track.  Missing was an alright cover, but it definitely isn’t as great as “BED” was and the remix for Why made the song a bit more original in my eyes, so I quite liked it…overall not bad…can’t wait for the album.

 

JASMINE – High Flying

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highflying

Track Listing

  1. High Flying
  2. BED
  3. High Flying (Instrumental)

1. High Flying

JASMINE took a little while to get the High Flying out but finally it’s time to delve into what I’ve been missing.  At first listen, it does kind of go back to her first two singles with a heavier R&B sound, but this one has a little more leniency towards having a bit of fun rather than that sappy, depressing tune (like “sad to say” and “No More”.  Due to its Americanized feel, the song does come off a tad generic…like “ONLY YOU” but moreso…

2. BED

The B-side this time around is a cover of one of DOUBLE’s hits.  JASMINE’s take of it really suits her vocals quite smoothly, especially in her adlibbing in the intro.  I just love the nostalgic 90’s R&B vibe I get from this track and JASMINE took advantage of that in every way!  Great cover overall!

 

 

As the 4th single, High Flying wasn’t all that great for JASMINE.  I mean she still sounds great (especially in her DOUBLE cover), but High Flying just fell flat for me.  It just didn’t seem like it was very thought out.  Though BED was the better track.  Very pretty song!  Ehhh…

 

JASMINE – Best Partner July 24, 2012

Filed under: JASMINE — solarblade @ 1:56 am

Track Listing

  1. Best Partner
  2. B*TCH*S
  3. Touch me on the Beach
  4. Best Partner (Instrumental)

1. Best Partner

I have to say, I’ve been missing JASMINE something rough for a while so it’s nice that she returned with Best Partner which does go back to her early days with more of a R&B tinted song.  Adding the strings gave the tune more color which is awesome to hear.  I do like that it sounds like it’s a meaningful song like “ONE” was so that impressed me a lot again.  Definitely a good comeback tune!

2. B*TCH*S

Straightforward of a title eh JASMINE?  The first B-side reminds me of a harder “JEALOUS” for that intro it had.  I love how raunchy and badass this song can be and a little sexually forward is!  I am surprised at hearing her under auto-tune again but at least she powers it so much that it’s a cool effect.  I’m surprised she doesn’t cuss in the song considering the title, but damn this is hot!

3. Touch me on the Beach

Which follows into the other B-side which is sweet enough for me!  It’s a bit more danceable and to me it’s a lot catchier than “B*TCH*S” was actually.  I’m also loving JASMINE’s new style of singing, she gets this grittier and soulful tone and it’s awesome to hear!  This is just a fun song and just impressed me all over!

 

 

Wow a year passed by before JASMINE announced a new single after “ONLY YOU”…good lord…Best Partner is definitely her best single overall for a long time (and probably for me my favorite single she’s released altogether.  Best Partner is R&B in a good way and sounds so good to me.  B*TCH*S being more aggressive and in-your-face and Touch me on the Beach is the danceable summer soiree.  All three were really great and makes me hope she amps it up for the album ^_^ *RECOMMENDED*

 

JASMINE – ONLY YOU August 1, 2011

Filed under: JASMINE — solarblade @ 11:31 am

Track Listing

  1. ONLY YOU
  2. Addiction
  3. ONLY YOU (Instrumental)
  4. Addiction (Instrumental)

1. ONLY YOU

I like that piano that opens up ONLY YOU for sure, but what it leads into is definitely a rush to the past because it reminds me of another “sad to say” or “No More”.  However, the beats don’t really cover up a whole lot and the piano continues to be the focal point of the song with strings acting as backup.  It’s not a bad song at all, but after “ONE”, it kind of comes as a slight downgrade.  Still wonderful song with great vocals from JASMINE.

2. Addiction

~Addiction! Wait a minute!~.  I swear for a minute, I thought I was listening to something from Namie because the flow and beat just kind of had this flow to it.  I must say that I love the whole marching band vibe I get from the song since it’s catchy and has a good flow of energy.  JASMINE doesn’t showcase her vocals as strongly as before but that’s alright.  It does remind me of “L.I.P.S.” and the cussing is back in form too.  Fun song!

 

 

Not gonna lie but I think for the second time first being “Koi” off of “sad to say”, but I actually preferred the B-side over the A-side.  I don’t know why but the atmosphere of Addiction caught my attention immediately and got me to focus on the stuff going on and the things JASMINE was throwing out there hahaha.  ONLY YOU was alright, but it definitely doesn’t beat “ONE” nor many of her last A-sides to be honest.  I’d say as together, the single is slightly under the last one but not much.