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Eh April 16, 2009

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I don’t care about this blog anymore.

If you read it, great! Because I might just post here and there.

But don’t hold your breath. LOL

There are far better blogs than mine. Just check out the link to the right.

Thanks!
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MEG – Freak February 16, 2009

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That hair is totally freaking me out! haha!

  1. FREAK
  2. TOXIC
  3. TOXIC (THE LOWBROWS Gimme Five Remix)

Horray! I really really love this single, honest! I really love MEG’s style and I think this is a turn in a VERY different, but awesome direction. FREAK includes heavy synth and mostly talking-lyrics and I think this makes it sounds really tough. There are maniacal “la-la-la’s” in the background, and it makes the song sound insane. By insane, I don’t mean SICK AWESOME DUDE INSANE, I mean like mentally demented and synical. But my GOODNESS, it’s awesome! If you want to lose your mind, listen to this song! Hahah~

TOXIC has a similar feel as far as the beat and synth goes, but seems a bit more disorganized than FREAK. In fact, it tries to copy FREAK a bit too much, and ends up sounding a bit eh.

THE LOWBROWS Gimme Five Remix of TOXIC is a hot mess. The beat is a bit more industrial if anything, and the lyrics are cut into eachother to create a nice beat that’s not too annoying. Heehee! Anyway, pretty good single. Can’t wait to see what MEG brings us next!

Namie Amuro – WILD / Dr. February 16, 2009

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  1. WILD
  2. Dr. (Doctor)

Namie has a really fun new style! Both of these songs are definitely techno-oriented with tons of crazy synth and vocal arrangements. As for WILD, it’s my favorite of the two. It’s a great dance beat and really gets you pumped. There are so many different parts to this song and it really keeps you interested. Dr. is great too, but a bit stranger. It’s futuristic sounding and has a bit of a weird bridge: it breaks into a bit of an opera piece (as far as vocals go)! But don’t worry; it’s great. It’s not as easily dancable as WILD, but is very fun none the less. Great single from Namie, as usual!

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The songs and promo pics TOTALLY don’t fit! LOL!

Maki Goto & Sweet Black / Fly Away January 24, 2009

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This is Maki Goto’s first single since she voluntarily suspended herself after her brother Yuki was arrested for theft a year ago. Wow, haha. And I would say that it’s a pretty awesome comeback. And she’s with avex instead of H!P. Is that old news? I don’t know, it’s new to me 😛Image

1. Fly Away

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any promotional pictures for the single, but I saw the PV (and obviously heard the song) and I love them both!! The song has a great dance beat and sexy vocals. There is also some piano which adds a bit of a gentle and sad feeling to the song. Love it love it love it~

If you’d like to preview the song, then follow this link!

News 1/15/09 January 15, 2009

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Happy new year, everyone!

I apologize 560,000,000 times for the EXTREME lack of updates, but they are due to… a rather unforunate series of events. (Not a pun :P)

Anyway, I’ll be recovering soon and getting back into the swing of things, promise.

But in the mean time, I am happy to announce that Kanon Wakeshima will be releasing her first ALBUM, “Shinshoku Dolce” on Febuary 18th! Heck yesssss!!! Can’t wait for it ^_^

And I’m really into Josh Groban and JERO lately, so I’ll be reviewing their stuff, too. Stay tuned :3

My song Your song – Ikimono Gakari December 27, 2008

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…What are they looking at? lol o.oMy song, Your song, Ikimono Gakari

  1. Planetarium
  2. Kimagure Romantic
  3. Blue Bird
  4. SPICE MAGIC
  5. Kage Boshi
  6. Kaeritakunatta yo
  7. message
  8. Happy Smile Again
  9. Kuchizuke
  10. Boku wa koko ni iru
  11. Pugi Ugi
  12. Maboroshi
  13. Kokoro no Hana wo Sakaseyou
  14. Kaeritakunatta yo (Acoustic Version)

Omg Yay! I feel like the Kimagure Romantic single just came out, and right there, on STYLE Japan, I see the review. Horray! Thanks Noah 😀

Anywho, let’s get on with Planetarium! Like I said before, the song is very dreamy and soft. It’s a good Ikimono song, but not the best! It’s a good way to ease into the album. And you know what, I still can’t really get into Kimagure Romantic. I don’t know what it is… It’s very Christmasy with jingly bells and cute vocals.

I never really listened to Blue Bird when it came out, but now that I have, I love it! The crowd favorite harmonica is surely there (yay!). The song itself is pretty exciting and encouraging and Kiyoe’s vocals are very strong. SPICE MAGIC is pretty similar to Planetarium, just a bit faster paced. Kageboshi is lighthearted and relaxed. The vocals really come from Kiyoe’s heart. :3

Kaeritakunatta yo is definitely one of my most favorite Ikimono songs ever. The instrumentals are breathtaking and aweing, and the vocals are heartwarming, touching, and wonderful!  I still get goosebumps at the chorus!

message has a VERY fun tune, similar to MISO SOUP from their LIFE ALBUM. The song consists of short poppy sound and lyrics, but it’s very fun to dance around to. Happy Smile Again is another one of my favorites from this album. I don’t know what I love about it so much… it’s just so cute :3

Kuchizuke is a darker sounding song from Ikimono. And I don’t mean dark… it’s just on the other end from their typical upbeat songs. The vocals follow a kind of melodic rythym and the bridge and chorus are really solid. Near the middle of the song there are some sounds that remind me of a bullfight or a siesta XD. It’s that clapping sound!

Yay! Boku wa koko ni iru is for sure my favorite song so far on this album! I love when girls say “boku.” It has such attitude. The song is very sweet and gentle, and loving at the chorus. The message is very kind and a bit romantic :3

Despite the weird name, Pugi Ugi is pretty tough! It’s definitely something different for Ikimono, but I like it. It’s a beachy song, too. I’ve got to say that Maboroshi has some beautiful strings and bells that make it a sad ballad. Along the sort of same lines as Kaeritakunatta yo, it pulls at your heartstrings. Kokoro no Hana wo Sakaseyou is kind of boring and very similar to Planetarium.

The acoustic version of Kaeritakunatta yo is… well… the acoustic version :P. It definitely takes away from the wonderfulness of the original, but is still good.

WHERE’S MY HARMONICA!? There was a serious lack of it . . .

Tan Tan Taan! – Milky Way December 24, 2008

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  1. Tan Tan Taan!
  2. Gamusharara
  3. Tan Tan Taan! (Instrumental)

I very much enjoyed Milky Way’s first single, Anataboshi, and guess I was expecting a lot out of Tan Tan Taan!, but I was kind of disappointed. Tanx3 has a very nursery rhyme sound and some random (and very annoying) “YAY”s that are very fake sounding. They don’t seem to be really happy about yaying. But nevertheless, it eventually takes you in, because it is a bit catchy. My favorite part(s) of the song is the bridge before the chorus.

I think the b-side, Gamusharara, is much better. It starts off sounding like a jazzy number with tons of energy and maintains a sort of latin beat through the track. It’s really quite fun and weird, like I was hoping from the a-side!

Love these girls! Noel is my fave :3

The VOICE – Kokia December 22, 2008

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  1. Odayakana Shizukesa ~ Jouka
  2. Follow the Nightengale
  3. Ave Maria
  4. Todokimasu youni
  5. song of pocchong ~Shizuku no uta~
  6. Gomene
  7. Lacrima
  8. Nanimo Kamo ga hoshi ni natte
  9. il mare dei suoni
  10. Everlasting
  11. Chiisana no uta
  12. Watashi ni dekiru koto

This is really a fantastic album to listen to if you need to just relax! Isn’t the album artwork beautiful?

This album is very fantasy orientated. Almost fairylike… and Odayakana Shizukesa ~ Jouka really shows that. The instrumentals are soft and natural with lots of nature sounds. Kokia’s voice is so beautiful. Follow the Nightengale starts softly with whispers and some vocals from Kokia, but then breaks into a strong and exciting piece with strings and maracas. And even cooler, the chorus is sung backwards! AH! It sounds like this: ATTAMIJAHAHIRA TAGONOMARAKIKOTA.

Ave Maria is very beautiful and almost sad. There isn’t much more than piano in the beginning, but then there are some beautiful ambient beats. The only lyrics are “Ave Maria,” but Kokia sings them all with different emphasis and pitches. Kokia’s opera voice gives you goosebumps! It’s so lovely~

Todokimasu youni is a slow acoustic ballad. It’s very calm and the chorus is sung with two different pitches which makes things interesting. I don’t like song of pocchong ~Shizuku no uta~ very much. It has very strange vocals that repeat over and over and are meant to be playful, but just end being annoying. It is very Irish in many ways with it’s “woodland” feel.

You say gomene to apologize in Japanese, and the song really shows that. It’s very sweet with minimal instrumentals to really focus on the words. Aww~ Lacrima is one of my favorite songs on this album. It’s almost like a lullaby. It’s so gentle and nurturing with lots of emotion and only a guitar for instrumentals.

I think Nanimo Kamo ga hoshi ni natte is the only song that uses drums and guitar. It’s very upbeat, but it’s still a ballad. I can imagine Kokia in a pretty red dress singing this at a fancy nightclub. haha~

Il mare dei suoni is my favorite song on this album, hands down. It’s very mysterious, sung in Italian, and kind of creepy sounding. I can compare it to Yoko Kanno’s Inner Universe in ways. It’s very beautiful and entrancing with a hint of fear during the chorus. Kokia’s stunning opera voice stands out again.

Everlasting is very beautiful and sung in English. It has a very strong religious feeling of worship and the Christian God. Chiisana uta is really cute. Her voice is so pure, innocent, and hynotizing. We finish off with Watashi ni dekiru koto, the Japanese bonus track (versus the European bonus track). It’s kind of plain compared to the rest of her amazing, powerful album.

Love it! Check it out~

DAYS / Green – Ayumi Hamasaki December 17, 2008

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There are like 7 billion versions to this single, but I’ll just review what I have… which is the CD+DVD Jacket A…

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  1. Days
  2. GREEN
  3. LOVE ~Destiny~ (10th Anniversary Edition)
  4. Days (Instrumental)
  5. GREEN (Instrumental)
  6. LOVE ~Destiny~ (10th Anniversary Edition) (Instrumental)

Woo hoo! Ayu has definitely become one of my most favorite artists, and this single is wonderful~ ♪

So here we have Days, a brilliant love song that has a very Christmas feel. It’s an emotional ballad and it’s very heartwarming. The hook leads to a great chorus. It kind of reminds me of CAROLS, but more upbeat, if anything. Here’s the PV! > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvItZaMb3Rg The PV is so sad, though ;_;

GREEN is very ethnic sounding with Chinese influence. It’s very strong and upbeat with some attitude~ I can’t really think of what to say, it’s just another great Ayu single~ haha. Here’s the awesome PV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7tjTcnOvsE

The 10th Anniversary version of LOVE ~Destiny~ is pretty good. It sounds like the old one XD but of course, her voice has matured and a few instruments are added.

Life Soundtrack December 15, 2008

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I’m totally copying Selryam from Vitamin Drop! Thanks / Sorry 😛

So here it is:

Opening Credits

Tonight, Midnight – Chicochair

Hey! If Tonight, Midnight is good enough to be E’s Otherwise’s ending theme, then it’s good enough to be my opening theme! Ha!

Waking Up

Boarding – T.M.Revolution (This version is different from the one I’m referring to :P)

Boarding is one of TMR’s non-techno songs and has a nice guitar rythym and soft lyrics. It has a “it’s a brand new day so let’s celebrate” feeling. 😀

Going to School

DISCO PRINCE – Katamari Damacy OST

Haha, love it! Just watch the video~ Going to school ON CRACK!

Falling in Love

DAYS – Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayu’s new song has very precious lyrics that have to do with wanting to love someone forever, although the music video is kind of different. But yay! Look out for my review of her new single in a few days~

Fight Song

SOME BOYS! TOUCH – Maki Goto

Okay, maybe it’s not a fight song, but the beat can certainly get you pumped and moving!

Breaking Up

Sakura – Ikimono Gakari

God, this is such a heartbreaking song of lost love, so it’s perfect for breaking up. Well, nothing is perfect for breaking up, haha!

Prom

Je t’aime Je t’aime – Tomoko Kawase (or tommy februarywhateverthehellitis)

Je t’aime Je t’aime has a good fun feeling, doesn’t it? It’s certainly fun to dance to! (Not that I would know… :P)

Life is Good

3月9日 (March 9th) – Remioromen

This is a really great song. It’s relaxing and uplifting. I get the image of playing on a beach on a warm day with friends and watching the sunset together. Life is always good during things like that.

Mental Breakdown

criminal – Ayumi Hamasaki (Damn fan made!)

I can imagine this song playing after learning that someone you love has betrayed you and just going crazy. Ayu’s vocals show pain, (but of course they’re beautiful) but some strength.

Driving

Jiyuu e no Shoutai –  L’arc en Ciel

If you’ve heard this song, you can imagine just what I’m trying to say: It’s a warm summer day and you’re driving to the beach with the sunroof open, the wind blowing your hair all crazy. You’re totally pumped and ready to jump around and dance.

Flashback

Retro Memory – capsule

Heh, well that was easy! A cute jazzy number with strange instruments is perfect for a flashback, right? Well, if you’re on crack 😛

Getting Back Together

Angel’s Rain – YOU (Katamari Damacy OST)

This is a super cute song with a romantic Parisian feel and soft vocals.

Wedding

Kimi ni Aitakute – Gackt

Such a lovely song ❤ So romantic and sweet! (Ican’twaittogetmarried ;_;…)

The Night Before The War

Duty – Ayumi Hamasaki

Violins, deep orchestra, war? I can see how Duty fits in… sort of?

Final Battle

Don’t Stay -Inst.-  – Nami Tamaki

This song is great because it has no vocals and only a really awesome techno beat that has a very soft climax. Epic battle, anyone?

Moment of Triumph

Yumemiru Shoujo Ja Irarenai – Polysics’s remix of Nanase Aikawa’s song.

This is a tough song~ Love it!

Death Scene

Kuroi Namida – Anna Tsuchiya

Kuroi Namida (Black Tears) is a really depressing but powerful song. Anna’s vocals really hit you and cut you deep.

Funeral Song

No ni Saku Hana no You ni (PF Style) – Gackt

A rather nice song for a funeral! LOL

End Credits

Take 5 – Utada Hikaru

How Many Fit? / Overall Impressions
Fit Ratio: 20/20 (I kind of cheated and… picked the songs XD)