Archive for February, 2009

[SINGLE] Eien/UNIVERSE/Believe in LOVE – BoA

Posted in BoA, Japanese Music with tags , , , , , on February 25, 2009 by bunnypukki

CD-Track Listing-

1. Eien

2. UNIVERSE (Feat. Crystal Kay & VERBAL)

3.  Believe in LOVE (Feat. BoA ~ Acoustic Version)

4. Best Hit Mega Blend

5. Eien (Instrumental)

6. UNIVERSE (Instrumental)

BoA’s 27th Japanese single released on February 18, 2009. It came at #8 on the Oricon charts selling 15,074 copies. This is BoA’s first triple A-sided single. After the not so likable Eat You Up (though it has grown on me), we have a new single from BoA.

Eien is a R&B ballad. The piano and beats were very good. There are also chimes and claps that make the music more vibrant. BoA’s vocal as always is strong.”Why did you say bye bye, Why did you say bye bye?”, addicting lyrics!

The next a-side is a more upbeat R&B track and my fave out of all the a-sides. UNIVERSE features Crystal Kay and VERBAl from m-flo. The beats in this music along with VERBAL’s rapping and the two R&B queens vocals makes this an awesome track. If you listen to it, we can tell BoA’s English has improved a lot comparing it with Crystal Kay.

Believe in LOVE is the acoustic version of Ravex’s single featuring BoA. This is a track you’d here in lounges where you are taking a sip of your drink and enjoying the song. An enjoyable track even though it’s a little “unBoAish”. 😛

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Rating: A

I was shocked to hear BoA’s English has improved so much! I just hope her Japanese doesn’t get ruined. Overall this single made me happy since her English single Eat You Up was not at all BoA.

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[SINGLE] Gunjou no Tani – alan

Posted in alan, Japanese Music with tags , , on February 23, 2009 by bunnypukki

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-Track Listing-

1. Gunjou no Tani

2. Gunjou no Tani (Acoustic Version)

3. Gunjou no Tani (Instrumental)

4. Gunjou no Tani (Acoustic Version ~ Instrumental)

This is alan’s 9th Japanese single released on February 4th, 2009. This single charted at the Oriocn charts at #30 selling 4,207 copies till now.

I have nothing to say bad about Gunjou no Tani at all. This ballad starts out alan’s vocals and boom we hear this amazing guitar music. The chorus has alan’s powerful vocals that I am always wowed by. The music arrangements are simply so well put with the beats and chimes. This track just blew me!

The acoustic version of Gunjou no Tani doesn’t have that strong music like the original as it is an acoustic version instead it starts with the traditional folk music we see in lot of alan’s work. Even though this is more slower, it’s still damn good!

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Rating: A+

After her debut single Ashita e no Sanka, this is another single from this newbie that I simply loved and cannot help but praise this young artists talent.

[ALBUM] Kazeyomi – Maaya Sakamoto

Posted in Japanese Music, Maaya Sakamoto with tags , , on February 23, 2009 by bunnypukki

Kazeyomi - Maaya Sakamoto

-Track Listing-

1. Vento

2. Triangler

3. Kazemachi Jet ~ Kazeyomi edition

4. Remedy

5. Ame ga Furu

6. Get No Satisfaction!

7. Ao no Ether

8. Shitsuren Cafe

9. SONIC BOOM

10. Peanuts

11. Saigo No Kajitsu

12. Colors

13. Kazamidori

14. Guitar Hiki ni Naritai na

Maaya Sakamoto’s 6th studio album Kazeyomi was released on January 14, 2009 and came #3 in the Oricon charts selling 36,061 copies in it’s first week.

Kazeyomi starts with a wonderful interlude called Vento. The slow piano music all through the track along with Maaya’s voice is good album opener.Maaya

Next is Triangler which was used as the opening song for the anime Marcross Frontier. Being the highest selling single from Maaya uptil now, this I still don’t like this track that much. I did not like the beginning of this track as I found Maaya’s high pitched vocals a little too annoying, though the chorus is catchy.

I fell in love with the Kazeyomi’s version of Kazemachi Jet. Kazemachi Jet was used as the second ending for Tsubasa Chronicle and if you’ve watched it, this version begins with the last part of the anime version. It’s like the acoustic version of the original but different at the same time.

Remedy, the next track is a ballad which was used as the second ending for the anime Linebarrels of Iron. This track has a beautiful music and Maaya’s vocals but I feel this track could’ve been a little better.

Another ballad, Ame ga Furu was used as the first ending for Linebarrels of Iron and also one of my favorite tracks from this album. This track is slow but at the chorus it gets upbeat.

We have a really upbeat song next! Get No Satisfaction! The song starts with electric guitar and has heavy drum beats like Triangler.

Ao no Ether is a nice ballad. This a very light ballad which uses only piano as an instrument.

Shitsuren Cafe is a light jazz track, the ones you would find in songs of Mika Nakashima. The track is very fun to listen to.Maaya2

SONIC BOOM was used for the opening of Tsubasa Chronicle Shunraiki. A new track from Maaya that I liked very much. The chorus and music are very addictive.

Peanuts is very cute track. The way she says the days from Monday to Friday in the chorus very cute. The cute music arrangements makes this track even more cuter! 😀

Saigo no Kajitsu the ending theme for Tsubasa Chronicle TOKYO REVELATIONS is next and it’s a ballad as well. I’ve liked this track for a long time and I still like it. This ballad is a fave from Kazeyomi.

Colors is another ballad which is entirely in English. We know how Maaya’s english is very fluent, saying that this is a wonder ballad. The music arrangements are perfect.

Kazamidori another ballad which starts with those cute piano notes like in Peanuts. The chorus is lovely, overall a nice song to listen.

Guitar Hiki ni Naritai na song ends the album. I like the songs laid back music. The music arrangements are very light and giving us a track that lightens our mood.

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Rating: A-

Releasing a studio album like Kazeyomi probabaly took a long time for the Singer/Seiyuu hence releasing it after a long time. The busy Maaya has took her time and done a great job. She never dissapoints me, I swear.