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Miliyah Kato – 20 -CRY- June 23, 2009

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20 cry

Track Listing

  1. 20 -CRY-
  2. Kanashimi Blue
  3. let’em go
  4. 20 -CRY- (INSTRUMENTAL)

1. 20 -CRY-

Just like the cover shows, the song sounds pretty depressing especially with just the instrumentation.  It’s a ballad of course and I’m pretty sure that Miliyah did herself pretty well with this track as it doesn’t show overall blandness that her past stuff has been throwing out.  I mean it’s not anything special when compared to other people’s ballads, but for Miliyah, this is pretty nice actually.

2. Kanashimi Blue

Great, at first I thought this was gonna be another ballad on the single and in some ways it still is because well there’s not a lot of instruments.  There’s only piano, bass, and beats which classifies it as an R&B ballad which usually is bland as it recycles the same beats and such.  That’s where the problem lies within the song as it just doesn’t sound anything new or surprising.  Call it a meh B-side.

3. let’em go

WTF Miliyah, you’re gonna pull the same shit again?  The second B-side pretty just replaced piano with an acoustic guitar and called it a new song basically.  At least it sounds a lot better than “Kanashimi Blue” because Miliyah is showing a lot more emotion in the song which worked.  The song still likes to drag at places, but this is quite good.

 

 

So Miliyah is still taking the bland road for her releases huh.  I’m prolly not gonna remember this single much because it’s just that bland.  It’s not terrible, well maybe Kanashimi Blue, but like 20 -CRY- and let’em go are better tracks for her, they aren’t the best of of what other people have done (makes sense right?).  Is it better than her last single….ehhh…maybe?  I don’t know but I’ll make that decision after I review “Love Forever”

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Miliyah Kato – SAYONARA Baby/Koishiteru June 3, 2009

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sayonarababy

Track Listing

  1. SAYONARA Baby
  2. Koishiteru
  3. PERFECT PITCH
  4. SAYONARA Baby INSTRUMENTAL

1. SAYONARA Baby

I didn’t expect SAYONARA Baby to start off with a piano opening, but then again it’s not too bad.  The song itself has a pretty good dance feel to it and it somewhat reminds me of a female version “Delete My Memories” especially with all the synths that are present.  Miliyah sounds really good for being an otherwise J-urban artist.  I actually like this track a lot.

2. Koishiteru

Koishiteru is that track that people kind of get bored with since this is her style and I can see why because the song is a borefest, even though there’s a cute whistle melody at the beginning.  Unlike “SAYONARA Baby”, this song just doesn’t make me wanna repeat it over and over, but I’ll say it is a cute song.

3. PERFECT PITCH

Just like the last track, PERFECT PITCH has the J-urban sound following behind it, but at the same time, it’s quite dark and Miliyah’s vocals are pretty sexed up and has the hot sound.  Then we get into the chorus and I really don’t like her vocals because they seemed way held back.  WHAT THE HELL.  If things didn’t get worse, it did….it seems she’s singing ~Perfect Bitch~ which is hilarious as all hell.

 

 

Oh, Miliyah you totally made me think you were really good.  SAYONARA Baby is good that’s the only exception to this single.  Koishiteru is lighthearted, but pretty boring overall while PERFECT PITCH was just lulzy and not in a good way,  I mean the chorus was really weak compared to its verses.  Maybe she’ll step it up.

 

Daichi Miura – Delete My Memories May 30, 2009

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deletemymemories

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.

 

Ayumi Hamasaki – Nothing from Nothing March 4, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Nothing from Nothing (single version)
  2. Limit
  3. Paper Doll
  4. Gut it-pez
  5. Nothing from Nothing (album version)

1. Nothing from Nothing (single version)

Ok the this mini-album begins with the track represented it.  Now it’s very J-urban and including some fellow rappers, DOHZI-T and DJ Bass it seems farfetched, even in today’s standards.  Like I’ve said before her rapping sucks because her chipmunk voice is so bothersome.  Her singing voice though sounds a lot more better especially when it’s right after her rapping. 

2. Limit

~Just wanna say limit loud~  I don’t know the real meaning to that line, but it does open our first new track.  Ayu isn’t rapping and does that make me so damn happy.  She kind of sounds flat throughout and she’s hopping at different intervals that it’s so weird and her oooo-ing in the background was a nice addition.  Problem was that it’s way too long for its own good.  Past 6 minutes…yeesh.

3. Paper Doll

Would you be surprised that it’s the shortest song at over 5 1/2 minutes.  Her rapping returns and it’s still so chipmunky and very annoying.  I wouldn’t be going off and saying the song is horrible because it isn’t bad really.  A calm atmosphere and even though Ayu’s issues are on the forefront, they aren’t super bad. 

4. Gut it-pez

Gut it-pez seems to be a big messy track with them 3.  I do like the urban sound here, but everyone is just all over the place and doesn’t make much sense because of all chaos ensuing.  It’s just a bunch of random quotes and DOHZI-T rapping…not much too it.

5. Nothing from Nothing (album version)

~Bicycle~ Ok what’s with that entrance.  It seems like Ayu, DJ Bass, and DOHZI-T are just randomly shouting at first.  The worst thing is that Ayu and DOHZI-T are rapping back and forth between each other and it’s just very embarassing.  It seems they took out whatever was catchy about the single version and destroyed it in one fall swipe.  It seems the only thing I really recognized was the chorus and that was it. 

 

 

Thank god Columbia dropped her after this mini-album.  The biggest issue for me was that the songs were way too long.  Ayu probably shouldn’t return to rap if she cares about her career unless she’d sound way better than this.  I wonder if she acknowledges this album at all?  She never has spoken about it ever! 

 

Ayumi Hamasaki – Nothing from Nothing February 19, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Nothing from Nothing
  2. Paper Doll
  3. Nothing from Nothing (Original Karaoke)

1. Nothing from Nothing

What did she say at the beginning?  ~Bicycle?~  Anyways, this is definitly not the Ayu I’m used to at all.  It’s very urban and hip-hop and her voice is so damn chipmuky here.  It’s strange to hear her actually rap in the song too.  It’s just definitly a weak start, but when she gets to slow down and sing in the verses, she sounds alright actually.  Reminds me of what she sounds like today minus the obvious.  DOHZI-T raps along with Ayu and even though Ayu sounds terrible, he makes it alright.  It’s way long though….a little over 6 minutes actually.  If she had did this for her 10th annivarsary, that’d be awesome.

2. Paper Doll

Paper Doll is actually quite nice in terms of arrangement as it is more of an R&B ballad than.  The problem here is once again, Ayu’s poor vocal ability in rapping.  I just can’t wrap the though that she did some rapping….it’s not of the rocker Ayu we have today right?  I do like how dreamy it is despite the lack of vocal talent.

 

 

The only single under Columbia, it was an interesting debut nonetheless.  Today, no one would think she’d actually do some rapping back in the days.  Honestly this urban style was better fitted for Mai-K, Hikki, or even Namie.  Ayu just didn’t find her niche here and even though, she doesn’t acknowledge their existance, this is a good reminder of her roots to where she is now. 

 

Namie Amuro – CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK/Ningyo February 15, 2009

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 cantsleepsanteatimsick

Track Listing

  1. CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK
  2. Ningyo
  3. CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK (Remix)
  4. CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK (Instrumental)
  5. Ningyo (Instrumental)

1. CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK

I just adore how the single opens with blaring saxes.  Namie’s trademark urban style finally begins this era’s hardcoreness with this amazing track.  There’s a lot of squeaks and rhythms that accents Namie out pretty well and her English is nice here.  It’s funny that the sax line rarely changes out for a different sound but this is such a nice, and chill track. 

2. Ningyo

Would you really have notice that it’s a cover of an old NOKKA track?  It seems very different from the usual Namie stuff we get.  It’s got such a calm and lullaby feeling and the whole arrangement is like that too.  I mean if it’s a cover of an enka track, it definitly wouldn’t come off like that.  Well, the chorus comes off like it, but other than that it’s just very dreamy and surreal.  Great cover and B-side.

3. CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK (Remix)

I honestly don’t think the A-side should’ve been given such a remix.  Trading the more jazzy urban style for a heavy electronic beat doesn’t really give the song more justice.  You still here the sax parts but it’s covered by the new parts.  Yeah, this just wasn’t that good of a remix…

 

 

This single was definitly a hot one.  The main A-side is definitly in Namie’s comfort zone and was it filled with attitude and flair.  Ningyo was definitly an interesting yet sweet listen and I’m kind of disappointed in the fact that it’s not on the album.  The remix though is forgettable though…

 

Naoya Urata – TURN OVER January 28, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Intro
  2. TURN OVER
  3. Baby Bang! feat. SPHERE
  4. I think I’m in love
  5. Ecstasy feat. YUKALI
  6. Too Late
  7. HOT LIKE FIRE
  8. voice of mind
  9. anything about sex
  10. Starting all over
  11. Like a tatoo
  12. White Lie

1. Intro

Your typical opening track.  It starts with a low robotic voice and some trumpet blares.  It’s quite funny cause it clashes xD.  It finishes after a minute passes by so its there, welcome to the album.

2. TURN OVER

We start with a pretty chill R&B track as well being the title track and all we finally get to hear Urata’s voice.  He’s got a pretty cool voice, I must admit and it has like a soulful propertie that I just really enjoy.  The music doesn’t change much out of the arrangement, but it’s shows off Urata’s classy side.  He also has a good voice when it isn’t in the higher register or being distorted lol.

2. Baby Bang! feat. SPHERE

I think my jaw dropped at how kickass and sex-filled this song was.  I  mean Urata is still doing the high register singing to the point, where the lyrics aren’t exactly decipherable.  I have to say this song has great energy and definitly a great choice to have it be the promotional track.  SPHERE though does rub off wrong on me, but c’mon let’s stare at Urata’s hotness ^_^

4. I think I’m in love

We get to hear Urata’s English skills and he has a grasp on it.  Though the song is pretty much a R&B ballad track, it’s quite smooth and flows at a good pace.  Urata is also singing in a more comfortable position and it’s just so nice. 

5. Ecstasy feat. YUKALI

If you thought Baby Bang! was naughty, then this song 1-ups it in every way.  I know Urata is singing in a way deeper tone than usual and YUKALI is singing as a response to his singing.  I mean they talk about touching and such, I was like dirrrty.  YUKALI at the beginning is just lulzy though.  The music is pretty secretive and fits the mood. 

6. Too Late

A lot of harmonizing happens in our next slow R&B track.  The song does have somewhat of an arrangement mess, but it’s a nice soft-spoken track and Urata shows off some emotion.  I have to say he fits in these kind of songs because of that voice of his.

7. HOT LIKE FIRE

Jeeze, HOT LIKE FIRE does sound like American Rap, which right there is a big no-no.  Then again it sounds like a circus sound.  Urata’s voice is filtered at the verse, but where we get into the bridge he loses it and then the song gets all hot.  ~Let’s get it on!~.  Tell me that isn’t suggestive.  It’s not bad, but is a little forgettable.

8. voice of mind

We finally get a true ballad.  It’s quite really calm and hearing Urata tackle a ballad sounds really nice.  He does have some small slipups in notes, but he really give a smooth and nice performance.  The piano and light R&B moments gave the song some great moments. 

9. anything about sex

You think this’d be a hardcore sex song right?  Well it’s light R&B and even has some soul implemented.  His voice sounds right with this song and even though the song is the love version of sex, it’s really simple and I think it hits a good spot with me. 

10. Starting all over

I didn’t think this track would be heavy on the beats.  There are definitly some golden Urata moments here.  It isn’t as mind-blowing as “Baby Bang!”, but it’s definitly has some awesome moments, especially his ad-libbing was hot.  It’s definitly another strong song altogether though.

11. Like a tatoo

It’s weird that they spelled it with one “t” so I think it was a mistake on their part, unless it was meant to be.  I think it’s got a lot more going on than the last track. It also sounds a lot more complete.  Urata seems to have hit gold here as well because of how cool the synth is and how Urata’s voice is treated with the song.  There’s traces of acoustic guitar, which added more to the song.  Definitly a favorite of mine.

12. White lie

Descending synth notes begin our final track, which is an interesting hot mess honestly.  I mean it was a little difficult to pinpoint the chorus and the music was spastic .  I mean it’s good to hum along and dance to, but I kind got a little lost in the track. 

Tracks Recommended

  •  Baby Bang! feat. SPHERE
  • Like a tatoo
  • voice of mind
  • Starting all over

Song of Avoidance

  • White lie

Urata, you so sexii…(wait, did I say that?)  Anyways, if AAA were to split, Urata will definitly be the one to continue as a solo artist because this album is definitly of high-quality work.  His whole American R&B style songs are a nice change to J-pop and even a few are danceable.  It’ll be awesome to see where he goes in the future but right now this album is *RECOMMENDED*