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[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.

[ALBUM] VOICE – Mika Nakashima

Posted in Japanese Music, Mika Nakashima with tags , , , on January 21, 2009 by bunnypukki

voicecddvd-Track Listing-

1. LIFE

2. Sakura ~Hanagasumi~ (DAISHI DANCE)

3. FOCUS

4. Eien No Uta

5. ORION

6. Anata ga Iru Kara

7. MY GENTLE MAN

8. TRUST YOUR VOICE

9. IT’S TOO LATE

10. I DON’T KNOW

11. SHUT UP

12.conFusiOn

13. FLOWER OF TIME

14. Koe

VOICE is Mika Nakashima’s 5th studio album released on November 26, 2008.This single came #1 at the oricon charts and has sold 320,946 copies.

VOICE opens with LIFE which was the first single from this album. This track is a jazz pop song. This track is very catchy with its beat and music. One of Mika’s best jazz pop tracks in ages.

Instead of the original, they’ve put the Daishi Dance mix of Sakura ~Hanagasumi~ in the album as the next track. I’m glad about that because I found the original one too boring. Even though it was a ballad it was just too slow. The mix has a more upbeat music which sounds better.

The b-side of her single ORION, FOCUS is next which is one of my favorite track and which I’m very much addicted to. The opening of this track is different than the one of the single. While in the single, the music fades in but this one starts with a really good techno beat. The jazz pop music makes this song really addictive.

Eien No Uta her 2nd single from this album is a reggae ballad and to me one of Mika’s best ballads. With reggae music, this song has jazz music as well.00358

We have another ballad, her last single from this album ORION. As much as I loved the b-side, I loved the a-side as well. The music arrangements in this track is very simple and with Mika’s amazing vocals, this ballad becomes a very good one to listen to.

The next track Anata ga Iru Kara was released as a digitle single. Another ballad I liked a lot. This track begins with Mika’s low pitched voice which I found to be very cute.

We have a new track up next! MY GENTLE MAN is yet another ballad which has even more simpler music arrangement than ORION with just a acoustic guitar. This ballad isn’t bad either.

TRUST YOUR VOICE was another new track I loved. This song reminded me of Love No Cry from her LOVE era even though their not similiar. The chorus of this track is very catchy with Mika going “MY VOICE” and “YOUR VOICE”.

Next track is IT’S TOO LATE which was a b-side in her single LIFE. I’m glad it’s in the album beacause this jazz track is catchy as well.

I DON’T KNOW was a collaboration with Morisanchuu under the name MICA 3 CHU. The entire song is in in English. It’s filled with heavy rock music and a aggressive Mika. I liked her songs as NANA but this one was just too aggressive for my taste. It’s not bad though if you’re heavy rocker and it shows Mika is capable of doing anything.

The b-side of I DON’T KNOW, SHUT UP is also entirely in English and as aggressive as it’s a-side. Mika’s English is not bad except in some part it’s hard to decipher what she’s saying.

Next track is conFusiOn which is the b-side of Sakura ~Hanagasumi~. Since I am such a sucker for pop, I liked it. The beats and Mika’s slightly echoed voice.

FLOWER OF TIME is another new track. A jazz ballad which has a very soft music arrangements. I like this ballad very much as it’s a mid-tempo ballad and it’s lyrics.

VOICE ends with Koe, a ballad which has a very classical music from the piano. The melody of this song gives you a real peace of mind. A very good ending track.00293

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Rating: A

Overall beside the I DON’T KNOW single, I found all the tracks in VOICE to be utterly amazing. Though I DON’T KNOW proves Mika Nakashima can do almost everything, from jazz to rock. This album also proves that she will be bringing amazing ballads even in the coming future.

[SINGLE] Hitotsu – alan

Posted in alan, Japanese Music with tags , , on January 10, 2009 by bunnypukki

hitotsucdonly-Track Listing-

1. Hitotsu

2. Kimi Omou Sora

3. Tokyo Mimei

4. sign

5. Hitotsu (Intrsumental)

6. Kimi Omou Sora (Instrumental)

7. Tokyo Mimei (Instrumental)

This is alan’s 2nd single. It charted #100 on the oricon charts selling 1,486 copies overall.

Hitotsu is a ballad just like her debut single Ashita e no Sanka except in this track we see less of traditional music but still of alan’s various vocal ranges which makes this track a beautiful one. Her vocals aren’t as powerful in this single but more soft and pleasant.

Kimi Omou Sora, one of the b-sides of this track are pleasant to listen as well. This track has more of modern music that her other tracks.

Tokyo Mimei was another b-side of this single that I found very nice to listen to. The music arrangements aren’t traditional but more like the Japanese ballads now but with alan’s vocal, I preferred this song out of all the b-sides.

sign, the last b-side of this single is in her native Tibetan language. This is pretty much of an instrumental with a mixture of modern and traditional music arrangements. This track is not bad at all even if its an instrumental with less of alan’s vocals.

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Rating: A

Seriously for a new comer, alan’s got a huge talent. This single was as good as her debut.