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MISIA – Back In Love Again feat. Tomoyasu Hotei December 19, 2012

Filed under: MISIA — solarblade @ 12:20 am

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Track Listing

  1. Back In Love Again feat. Tomoyasu Hotei
  2. Stay Gold
  3. The Rose (Misia Candle Night Live)

1. Back In Love Again feat. Tomoyasu Hotei

So MISIA decided to make the 3rd A-side a collaboration with Tomoyasu who is a pretty respected guitar player and it shows because that’s what he’s doing in this song while MISIA takes the vocals.  The song itself doesn’t really stand out for me once again except for when Tomoyasu plays his guitar.  Without him though, the song is just really plain and kind of as forgetful as “Koi wa Owaranai Zutto”.

2. Stay Gold

I’m surprised the B-side is so short at 2:20.  Though like most of the other songs of the era, it’s a quiet ballad, but MISIA is singing in English which is a nice touch.  It’s also a lot like “Hyakunen Ai” with it’s pure simplicity with just piano.  Though it’s a bit too short which is a little depressing. 

3. The Rose (Misia Candle Night Live)

So instead of a remix, we get a live version of The Rose which is also a cover of that familiar Bette Midler song.  Like “Stay Gold” is really is only piano as the melody but this time MISIA has backup singers as well…it’s kind of nice to hear…but it’s maybe a bit too plain, but MISIA sounds good with the backups.  I don’t know…

 

 

Only released a month after “DEEPNESS”, Back In Love Again was a pretty white single as in there wasn’t a lot going for it.  Back In Love Again had the most thanks to Tomoyasu, but without him, the song would’ve ended up like both Stay Gold and The Rose where it was just too plain and boring to me…yeah it was a forgettable single for me…

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MISIA – DEEPNESS November 8, 2012

Filed under: MISIA — solarblade @ 2:38 am

Track Listing

  1. DEEPNESS
  2. Koi Gram
  3. DEEPNESS (GOMI’S LAIR REMIX)
  4. HEAL THE WORLD (GOMI’S UNITY OF LOVE REMIX)

1. DEEPNESS

When I first heard DEEPNESS, I thought it was a pretty cool and dark ballad from MISIA and with her ballads, she always manages to impress me in some way with her soaring vocals.  For a ballad, this beats out “Koi wa Owaranai Zutto” by a long shot, but still is kind of underneath “Kioku” but I’m still quite happy with this A-side…it’s a really strong ballad ^_^

2. Koi Gram

The B-side isn’t as powerful of a song like “DEEPNESS” was but this is more of a song with beats and your normal R&B slow song stuff.  It does kind of remind me of something that could’ve easily been on “SOUL QUEST” but otherwise this song didn’t do much for me.  At least her voice is consistent enough ^_^

3. DEEPNESS (GOMI’S LAIR REMIX)

Getting into the remixes, DEEPNESS gets one and GOMI returns to remix as well.  I feel like I’m loving the remixes GOMI does since he tries to make the vocal melody work with the arrangement.  Turning the song from a ballad into more of a danceable track is quite awesome and I really found myself liking this more than the original version.

4. HEAL THE WORLD (GOMI’S UNITY OF LOVE REMIX)

Like with her last single, HEAL THE WORLD gets a remix but the original is from her cover album and that said it’s also a Michael Jackson cover at that.  In this remix, HEAL THE WORLD has a little bit of a reggae feel and less dance.  It’s a nice remix, but I don’t think reggae should be mixed with such a classic like this.

 

 

With another single coming out very soon, we get DEEPNESS first and this single is good if not slighlty better than her last single.  DEEPNESS is a much stronger ballad than “Koi wa Owaranai Zutto” ever was and that stood out to me.  Koi Gram is OK, nothing totally special.  As for the remixes, DEEPNESS is the better one while HEAL THE WORLD is good but strange.  I can only hope her next single does wonders.

 

MISIA – Koi wa Owaranai Zutto June 20, 2012

Filed under: MISIA — solarblade @ 3:22 am

Track Listing

  1. Koi wa Owaranai Zutto
  2. Hyakunen Ai
  3. Koi wa Owaranai Zutto (Acoustic Version)
  4. Ribbon In The Sky (Gomi’s Lair Club Remix)

1. Koi wa Owaranai Zutto

I think MISIA is onto something quite nice with Koi wa Owaranai Zutto because it’s light and easy listening for me.  Less dramatic than “Kioku”, it sounds like your normal ballad from her which might not be as great but once again totally sounds beautiful to listen to.  Good, but nothing that she hasn’t done before in other words.

2. Hyakunen Ai

The actual B-side is more or less different from “Koi wa Owaranai Zutto” in that it’s mostly a ballad but a little more upbeat.  I will say that I loved the high note MISIA pulls in the intro actually hahaha.  Otherwise, I’m not feeling the song either and kind of zone it out after a while.  Just merely a carbon copy of songs of her past as well.

3. Koi wa Owaranai Zutto (Acoustic Version)

Then we get into the acoustic version of the A-side and it made the ballad even moreso into one.  It’s really only MISIA and piano for the most part and that’s kind of cool to hear such a stripped down take of the tune.  Very pretty and wouldn’t have minded if it was just the A-side.

4. Ribbon In The Sky (Gomi’s Lair Club Remix)

Finally, we get a remix of Ribbon In The Sky which was one of the songs she covered on her cover album (OIC) “MISIA no Mori -Forest Covers-“.  It’s of course a club mix, so it’s a long track with a long ass intro.  I kind of like the track since it’s a calm dance mix of the song and MISIA’s lines are quite nice and fit the arrangement.  It’s no “EDGE OF THIS WORLD” but it’s a suitable remix.

 

 

MISIA has been quite doing good for herself in recent times and she begun a new set of singles slightly blah but normal for her.  Koi wa Owaranai Zutto was good but typical but the acoustic version was much better IMO.  Hyakunen Ai was ok but once again fails to be anything amazing.  Which leaves us with the Ribbon In The Sky remix and funny enough it’s my favorite.  Very atmospheric and pretty mixed with MISIA’s gorgeous vocals.  Hope her next release will be awesome!

 

MISIA – SOUL QUEST August 7, 2011

Filed under: MISIA — solarblade @ 4:30 am

Track Listing

  1. SOUL QUEST OVERTURE
  2. THIS IS ME
  3. EDGE OF THIS WORLD
  4. Subarashii Mono Sageshi ni Ikou feat. MURO
  5. Kioku
  6. Ame no Sonata
  7. Kimi ni wa Uso wo Tsukenai
  8. Manatsu no Chameleon
  9. MAWARE MAWARE feat. M2J+FRANCIS JOCKY
  10. LIFE IN HARMONY
  11. Ashita e

1. SOUL QUEST OVERTURE

I’m surprised that MISIA began her album with an introduction more or less such a dramatic orchestral one.  I was surprised at the musicality of the intro since there’s so much going for it and the orchestra sounds amazing letting off this dark and frenetic sound.  After a little bit, it does cut out and the beat for “THIS IS ME” begins, I loved this intro!

2. THIS IS ME

As the album’s promotional song, THIS IS ME was a shock to the system for me since I’m so used to her ballads and not her getting funky and dance-like.  MISIA’s vocals seem to surprise me since they’re so strong and it fits this mood quite perfectly.  I have to say, this was an early surprise and I’m happy to have found this song.

3. EDGE OF THIS WORLD

As the first of three digital singles released for this era, EDGE OF THIS WORLD was my first introduction to MISIA and I must say that I was WAY impressed by this song.  Like I said, I’m used to her as a ballad artist so likewise with “THIS IS ME”, this was a nice surprise since it’s more electro than any of the other songs on the album.  It’s also great to hear MISIA tackle the song in a more opera-like tone than her straight-forward singing.  It’s probably one of her best songs IMO…so epic of a song!

4. Subarashii Mono Sageshi ni Ikou feat. MURO

Getting to some new songs on the album, Subarashii Mono Sageshi ni Ikou takes MISIA into an R&B style which is her primary style for her music so I’m not surprised that she sounds rather comfortable singing this tune.  I like the chill beat and MISIA sounds really pretty singing.  As for MURO, he’s a rapper so that right there means there’s not a lot of value to him being there.  I don’t think he really contributed well to the song and I was perfectly fine without him in the song.

5. Kioku

The only physical A-side released in the era, Kioku is the first of the actual ballads on the album and this really sets the bar for the other ballads to surpass.  Just like “SOUL QUEST OVERTURE”, the orchestra that’s present in the song is just spectacular and really captured a magical moment for MISIA to sing with.  Like I said before on the single review, it’s a really beautiful ballad and stands out from the album.

6. Ame no Sonata

Unlike the last song, Ame no Sonata goes for more of a jazzy ballad for the tune and once again I find myself being lulled by MISIA’s soft vocals and the sound of thunder and rain spread throughout.  I actually find myself really enjoying this style from her the most since her emotional vocals shined brightly in this song.  Amazing tune!

7. Kimi ni wa Uso wo Tsukenai

Hmmm?  Another orchestral ballad like “Kioku”?  I guess she was smart enough to split the two apart since they’re on the same calibur but this one is a little different because there’s mostly piano and acoustic guitar backing up the arrangement.  Still, once the full song enters, it feels like another “Kioku” and I tend to forget this track a lot.  I will say the high notes she hits are very impressive!

8. Manatsu no Chameleon

I love the fact that “Kimi ni wa Uso wo Tsukenai” slides into our next track flawlessly.  I thought the whistling melody was cute and added a bit of fluff to the tune which could be compared as a lighter “Subarashii Mono Sageshi ni Ikou” since it’s in the same style.  I actually think the arrangement reminds me of Mika Nakashima’s older style slightly, but I think MISIA did a pretty good job here!  I did think the 70’s funk section was a little out of place, but nothing terrible there.

9. MAWARE MAWARE feat. M2J+FRANCIS JOCKY

Yep the second digital single released, I was unfortunate because I heard the remix of it on “Kioku” before hearing the original.  All I knew was that the original was tied-in to the world cup so it has this kind of chanting, celebratory vibe to it that actually comes off refreshing on the album.  I’m not sure why not many people like it because this is kind of fun and MISIA does an amazing job singing here.  It’s a surprise near the end of the album, I will admit that since it does feel like it belongs towards the front of the album.

10. LIFE IN HARMONY

Then we get into the 3rd and last digital single released and I’m not surprised at all that she chose to make it a ballad.  I’m surprised that the song feels like a bit like “Kimi ni wa Uso wo Tsukenai” but more focus with the piano.  Once again, I do feel a little bored with the song since it doesn’t flow as grand as “Kioku” but she still sounds great.

11. Ashita e

See what I mean, a little more effort and we get something that actually sounds beautiful like with Ashita e which marks as the album’s final song.  Yeah, it might be the simplest ballad off the album only really using piano to get by, but MISIA’s vocal performance blew me away a lot more than other songs.  I kind of do wish I wasn’t shaking the sleepy feeling from “LIFE IN HARMONY”, but this actually closes the album in a good way.

Tracks Recommended

  • EDGE OF THIS WORLD
  • Ame no Sonata
  • MAWARE MAWARE feat. M2J+FRANCIS JOCKY
  • Kioku
  • THIS IS ME

Song of Avoidance

  • LIFE IN HARMONY

I already knew SOUL QUEST was going to be a major leap up after “JUST BALLADE” which shouldn’t surprise many of you MISIA fans out there.  I have to say she can pull off any style she possibly want and make it gold (like the upbeat songs).  The ballads were the weakest part of the album, but it was only like two songs that I really had gotten bored of first listen.  This is prolly one of the year’s more impressive releases IMO.

 

MISIA – Kioku May 24, 2011

Filed under: MISIA — solarblade @ 11:29 pm

Track Listing

  1. Kioku
  2. Kono Mama de Tonight (with JP)
  3. Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
  4. Kioku (Instrumental)
  5. MAWARE MAWARE (Gomi’s Lair Club Remix) (Limited Edition only)

1. Kioku

Ahhhh, something that’s quite beautiful for MISIA of course you know it’s going to happen again.  I love the beautiful orchestral arrangement hear and it always suits MISIA’s vocals for sure.  It’s pretty quiet though, but I don’t mind it since it’s so grand and good for her.  I actually enjoy her vocals since their powerful and she hits notes like DAMN!  I love this as an A-side!

2. Kono Mama de Tonight (with JP)

As the main B-side of the single, Kono Mama de Tonight is a collaboration with JP, sadly I have no idea who he is beyond this but whatever that’s besides the point.  It’s funny that JP starts singing first and he’s got a nice voice on him to go along with MISIA’s vocals.  Of course MISIA does stand out a lot more because of her power vocals and she covers JP quite a bit.  It’s not bad, but it kind of seems like a typical R&B tune. 

3. Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You

Yep, you know this song, it’s a cover of Frankie Valli’s classic song and it’s been covered one too many times by different artists.  MISIA’s version is quite different since it starts with the chorus in a slow state before getting into its upbeat state.  MISIA really makes this cover her own because she sings it differently but keeps the melody close.  It’s an interesting cover for sure and shows her voice off quite awesomely.

4. MAWARE MAWARE (Gomi’s Lair Club Remix)

As a bonus track on the limited edition of the single we get a remix of MAWARE MAWARE (which was a track released on a compilation for FIFA).  I have not listened to the original, so I can’t say much on what’s new but guessing by the club remix, it’s longer and has more focus on the beats and synths used.  It’s interesting nonetheless and it’s nice to hear a MISIA song being remixed and this sounds fun to listen to over and over.

It has been quite a while since we’ve seen MISIA last (at least releasing physical music) so Kioku is a nice return to her music.  Even though I came in when “JUST BALLADE” was done being promoted she’s an impressive singer with an amazing voice to back it up.  Kioku is grand of a song and quite nice.  Her cover was also quite good since she spiced it up in her own way and the remix of MAWARE MAWARE is electro fun!  The only song that kind of didn’t stand out was Kono Mama de Tonight but it’s from the meh arrangement….Since there’s an album announced in July…I hope “EDGE OF THIS WORLD” makes the cut!