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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!

 

JASMINE – Countdown December 18, 2013

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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

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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

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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.

 

JASMINE – ONE February 1, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. ONE
  2. dear my friend [MIGHTY CROWN REMIX]
  3. ONE [acoustic 2010/12/12 Live in the Dark ver.]
  4. Dreamin’ [acoustic 2010/12/12 Live in the Dark ver.]
  5. ONE -instrumental-

1. ONE

Hmmm, does working with well-known producers, Stargate help out a song or makes it worse is what comes to mind with JASMINE’s first A-side in a new era, ONE.  My answer would be, holy crap it’s awesome of a song.  While I do agree with one of my friends that the song’s arrangement does sound a bit similar to stuff released by Ace of Base, JASMINE still has the audacity to pull of such a chilled out and yet powerful song about individuality.  Then again, the song is just purely catchy and fun to listen to.  It’s like in the middle between “THIS IS NOT A GAME” and “JEALOUS” in beats IMO.

2. dear my friend [MIGHTY CROWN REMIX]

Being JASMINE’s remix on the single, the song that was originally found on “GOLD” has went from an ethnic-based R&B track into a slightly more upbeat and beach-y reggae tune.  While I’m not sure that the change of the song’s arrangement did anything better here, it’s kind of cute to listen to for some reason. 

3. ONE [acoustic 2010/12/12 Live in the Dark ver.]

The rest of the single though consists of two songs that were performed live back in December of last year and if I’m right the first time this song was performed.  The fact that it only has piano for a short while in the beginning before the bongos take over and JASMINE starts singing by herself.  While, I love her singing, the lack of music really made the song feel way too empty and kind of one-dimensional.

4. Dreamin’ [acoustic 2010/12/12 Live in the Dark ver.]

On the other hand, the acoustic take of Dreamin’ her 5th single felt more complete and less than the “ONE” performance.  Of course since it was her first ballad A-side, Dreamin’ prolly had a lot going for it.  Once again JASMINE’s vocals sound amazing with just piano backing her up.  Definitely a lot more better than the last track.

I will say, I love ONE quite a lot since it’s different from previous songs but stays true to who JASMINE is and I’d say it’s her song since she’s quite the individual with her ever-changing styles.  However, the full package felt pretty weak with an alright remix, a poor acoustic version of ONE and Dreamin’s being the better one.  I guess it’s a pretty good start to a new era.

 

JASMINE – GOLD July 20, 2010

Filed under: JASMINE — solarblade @ 4:44 am

Track Listing

  1. PRIDE
  2. sad to say
  3. L.I.P.S.
  4. Jealous
  5. Bad Girl.
  6. dear my friend
  7. stage ~interlude~
  8. This Is Not A Game
  9. CLUBBIN”
  10. Koi
  11. what you want?
  12. No More
  13. Dreamin’
  14. Why

1. PRIDE

Starting the album off, PRIDE is a rather short song, but it’s longer than your normal opening track.  I like the fact that JASMINE sounds pretty chill and works with the mildly aggressive arrangement.  I love the part where she was counting up and saying ~my pride~ in between.  Short, but was kicks off the album strongly.

2. sad to say

After the introductory track, sad to say (her debut A-side) pops up next and the only thing I fully remember in this song is that has ~fucking sorrow~.  She has definitely gotten better since this song because for most of this song she’s yelling her lyrics maybe a little too much.  She really has a weird accent saying her English lines, but I won’t beat her up for it. 

3. L.I.P.S.

Coming from her fifth single “Dreamin'” as a B-side I was pretty happy to see this song making the cut.  Out of the songs, this has the must club-sounding feel to it and JASMINE is lightly put in auto-tune.  I do love that she is experimenting throughout her music and she got it right with a dance tune.  She even turned down the yelling which is also fortunate.  Even the Arabian blotches throughout the second verse were cool to hear!!!

4. Jealous

As her 4th A-side, Jealous is pretty damn chill and pretty classy since this isn’t foreboding or trying to shove its message in your face like how her previous A-sides were like.  I still think Jealous has this sound that Hikki’s “Distance” had and I’m quite infatuated by the feel and mood of the song.  And I agree with ~jealous is so dangerous~.

5. Bad Girl.

Finally getting back into some new songs, Bad Girl. is pretty much JASMINE’s heaviest song off the album.  It’s kind of like “This Is Not A Game” but instead of focusing on the synths and crazy stuff like that, Bad Girl. has a rock style that’s like in your face and full of angst.  It’s just a great song and the best of the new songs off the album.  Love the chorus with the whole ~even though they call me bad girl~.

6. dear my friend

dear my friend kind of is in between on how “sad to say” and “Jealous” sound.  It’s like pretty classy but at the same time with a stronger message.  I did think the two ideas came together quite smoothly but it seemed a little too messy lyrically and the chorus was just too sloppy to make out.

7. stage ~interlude~

After all that we get into the album’s interlude which fits quite nicely into our next song because this interlude kind of takes the lion’s roar from “This Is Not A Game” and this time JASMINE sounds like she’ walking to a stage and saying stuff like ~this is my _____~.  It definitely did its job at setting up our next tune.

8. This Is Not A Game

In my honest opinion, if there was an R&B song that is purely epic in every way, JASMINE hit it squarely on the head with This Is Not A Game because it’s dark, sexy, and omg fierce in every way.  I may be biased here but the way she sung it and the bridge with the English lyrics was just too much.  Even the arrangement was like gothic but that piano kept it together.  Definitely one of the best A-sides of the year.

9. CLUBBIN”

I don’t know why but I still don’t like this song much even though it was her first try under a rock style.  It’s like she’s trying to rap against the arrangement and her performance just seemed borderline boring for me.  Even the chorus just seemed to fly by for me, so I’m passing this up quite a bit.

10. Koi

~This is JASMINE~, oh this song has kept me interested since first hearing it on the “sad to say” single.  I’ll admit that I was more impressed with this song totally moreso than “sad to say” since the girl once again wasn’t shouting her heart out like a dying cat.  Just a very loungy type of song and I think it’s one of the bests of the album.

11. what you want?

Coming from the “No More” single, what you want? on the album kind of seems a little underwhelming since the other songs have more punch and memorability than other B-sides featured.  I still like it, but it just doesn’t stick to me as much as it did on “No More”.  If a mid-tempo R&B track is your deal, then you’ll probably end up liking this track (given if you haven’t already heard it beforehand).

12. No More

Second single in and just like her debut, I only really remember the whole ~no more crying~ line from this song.  I was a little sad that this tune was basically a sequel to “sad to say” since they sounded so damn similar to each other and has the same yelling thing going on which bothered me just a little bit.  It’s a bit more tame than her debut so that’s a good direction so I pretty much enjoyed this a little bit more.

13. Dreamin’

As we near the ending to JASMINE’s album, Dreamin’ (her fifth single) takes everything that was R&B from the album and threw it out to bring us a pure strings/piano ballad.  I’ll admit, I was surprised she’d go and try to pull one of these off, but she actually did it quite well because her voice is so strong and not yelling like in other songs.  One of the year’s best ballads IMO

14. Why

I’m a little surprised that “Dreamin'” didn’t end the album because Why does not deserve to be placed over here.  It sounds just like a typical sounding American R&B song with the synths and the bubble popping crap going on.  I honestly think that this should’ve been placed near “No More” or “sad to say” to have a better flow.  Otherwise the song is alright, but nothing extravagant.

Tracks Recommended

  • This Is Not A Game
  • Koi
  • Bad Girl.
  • L.I.P.S.
  • Jealous

Song of Avoidance

  • CLUBBIN”

What do I think of JASMINE’s debut album?  I think this girl has staying power for sure, but with the amount of old songs over the new songs it kind of left me wanting more from her.  I think JASMINE is following an R&B style, but her experimentation in other styles really show her off better than I thought and if she keeps doing this I’m sure her fanbase will grow.  GOLD is a pretty good first try and I know one person will like at least one song on this album.  Give it a try, might be your thing!

 

JASMINE – Dreamin’ May 11, 2010

Filed under: JASMINE — solarblade @ 5:36 am

Track Listing

  1. Dreamin’
  2. L.I.P.S.
  3. sad to say [BUZZER BEATS Remix]

1. Dreamin’

Wow, we’ve never had an actual ballad for an A-side yet and with Dreamin’ is kind of surprising in a way.  It’s a simple piano and strings tune and JASMINE’s vocals are really strong and sound great for sure.  It’s just bare bones for her and since it is that different from stuff she released before (not counting those Christian tunes) this is really nice.  I’m not sure why but this ballad is definitely a pretty one!

2. L.I.P.S.

So i guess things get flipped over since the more energetic tune is the B-side of the single.  While it’s not anything much to compare to in her discography, this song is pretty synthy and I can tell there’s some vocal modifiers in the song for her.  I was feelin’ this song quite a bit and has a good enough attitude to it, but not as much as “THIS IS NOT A GAME”.  Pretty good B-side here.

3. sad to say [BUZZER BEATS Remix]

Hey!  an actual remix for once eh?  While there was not third track on the previous two singles in this thrilogy, sad to say gets a remix and oddly enough it does remind me of the original, but more chilled and musically more open.  It does have the same flow but less sadder I guess?  It’s kind of hard since the remix just is a little much like the original….and yet different…strange right?

 

 

Ending off this thrilogy (and hopefully the era), Dreamin’ was a nice way to finish things up.  Dreamin’ does mark the first actual ballad A-side from JASMINE and it turned out pretty well.  L.I.P.S was also new for her and came out just as well and maybe a bit better than Dreamin’.  The sad to say remix though kind of left of scratching my head since I wasn’t sure to like it or just call it unintentionally bland.  So….where’s our album?