Kana Nishino – LOVE one.

February 14, 2011 at 8:20 PM | Posted in Kana Nishino | Leave a comment

ALBUM REVIEW
Kana Nishino – LOVE one.

1. *Prologue* ~Kirari~
2. Tookutemo feat. WISE
3. doll
4. Girlfriend
5. Kimi no Koe wo feat. Verbal (m-flo)
6. Style.
7. Life goes on…
8. I
9. candy
10. MAKE UP
11. glowly days
12. celtic
13. Kimi ni Aitaku Naru Kara
14. *Epilogue* ~LOVE one.~

♦ ♦ ♦

LOVE one. is the debut album released by Japanese singer Kana Nishino on June 24, 2009. On the Oricon Yearly Charts, it topped at #56 and it has sold 221,179 copies in total. It was preceded by six singles, with Kimi no Koe wo feat. Verbal (m-flo) certified Gold for full song downloads of over 100,000.

Opening the album, there’s the cute *Prologue* ~Kirari~. The opening is so fresh and new, it appealed to me right away. Now I have to be honest and say Kana sounds like a five-year-old, but she’s not assing it like Ai Otsuka so I hope I can get used to it. Furthermore, it’s just simply a cute track to start with.

Tookutemo feat. WISE on the other hand immediately shows another side of Kana’s vocal ability’s, and she sounds so much better. Development in only one track? Possible, I guess XD Anyway, this song is a good midtempo R&B song that obviously fits Kana very well. WISE doesn’t contribute much except for a little part somewhere in the middle of the song and some yells and the song is quite long, but it’s pretty and much fun to listen to.

We’re going uptempo and a little more into the pop/dance category with doll, and Kana’s vocal presentation keeps getting better, or so it seems. This genre also suits her voice well and she really pulls it off. The music is synth heavy and the beats remind me of Ami Suzuki songs, just like her altered vocals in some parts. Very sassy song, I seem to like it.

Girlfriend has a catchy guitar melody throughout the song that I instantly loved. Kana’s voice is a little higher pitched again in the chorus, but it’s a good possibility one can get used to that pretty fast. It’s catchy, the way she sings ‘I wanna be your giiii-iiii-iiiirlfriend‘ stays inside my head all day long and I can’t help singing along. In some ways this might be one of the better songs here.

Kimi no Koe wo feat. Verbal (m-flo) is a pretty R&B midtempo track that is a bit ballad-like with a lot of strings and a piano. Usually I don’t like Japanese male singers, but Verbal on the other hand can make or break a song. In this case it wasn’t quite necessary, but he added just that little something with his soft, yet tough and mysterious voice. I love this track to death, everything about it seemed right and it had the right ingredients for a perfect R&B track. Loved Kana in this track!

And BOOM, right into Style., which is a real pop song. It’s one of Kana’s earlier songs, and now I know I have to approach the earlier material carefully. Her vocals in the verses are quite okay and very pretty and solid, but in the chorus she tends to sing a little too childish. Higher notes aren’t her thing I guess. It’s a good uptempo track, and it gets better by the minute.

Life goes on… is the second ballad and starts off with such lovely vocals by Kana. I’m in love with the laid back quality when she sings in a lower pitch. This song is perfect for me: it’s heartfelt, it sounds quite emotional and the instruments are perfect. Guitars, soft percussion, strings and a piano, the sacred ballad instruments. Kana can even sing higher here without her baby voice, she really improved since her first singles.

I is Kana’s debute single. Musically it’s a good pop song, very strong with a lot of good percussion and guitars, even a piano, but vocally Kana still had something to learn. Please go easy on me, fans, but I have an Ai Otsuka trauma which caused me to dislike high pitched voices. Still it was good for Kana to add this to her album, it makes the album a little edgier. It has an addictive quality as well, so still a good prestation.

Another pop song with dance influences is candy, in which Kana obviously compares boys to candy (and she has a point, hehe). Her English isn’t top of the bill and the way she sings is a bit quircky, but I can’t help but liking this. The music also features some nice synth lines, especially in the chorus. It’s an odd song, but I can’t help myself. ‘It’s like candyyyy…

MAKE UP is such an uplifting synthpop song and shows off Kana’s diversity as an artist. This is her fourth single and in my opinion it’s the start of a better era (after some vocal training I suppose? I know she took vocal training). Her voice sounds confident and fierce, and it’s a good recommandation from this album. Listening to this song, I feel happy and careless, and the ending was funny!

The opening for glowly days sounds like a music box. It’s Kana’s second single, and it can be heard quite well. In my opinion, her voice is still a bit uncontrolled but it has a good quality. Compared to her previous single, I, it’s a bit of a step back, but the music is well composed with a lovely piano melody in the bridge.

celtic does sound a bit celtic in the start, really! But after that I lost it, and I can’t imagine why this song was named ‘celtic’. If Kana only used uillean pipes or something, it would’ve been a great addition (but maybe KOKIA claimed that musical style with her latest EP). The song wasn’t very special, Kana is oversinging a big part of the song and it doesn’t appeal to me that much.

One of the better A-side, both musically and vocally, is Kimi Ni Aitaku Naru Kara, a midtempo R&B song in the style of BENI. The song uses a piano, drums, some synths and strings, a good combination for a song like this. Kana mixes in very well and her voice in the chorus is pretty awesome for a change. Just in time I found another appealing song, and it’s good this was a single, it’s pretty!

Ending with *Epilogue* ~LOVE one.~, a cute music box-like song with spoken lyrics by Kana. Her English is good enough, she’s studying English literature for goodness sake, but I had to look up the lyrics just in case. ‘Love is passion. Love is kindness. Love is trust. And love is happiness. But sometimes love becomes helpless. And then love makes you jealous‘. Amen, girl.

After I had seen some reviews about Kana on the internet, I became curious about this chick. She really does look like a young Ayumi Hamasaki, especially on some of her latest single covers, but she definitely doesn’t sound like her! Kana Nishino, ladies and gentlemen, has a unique style, she made this music totally her own and really showed she had to grow before she became the artist she is know. I can forgive her for her flaws in the past, it’s part of the whole music industry every time (look at Ayu, she started in the dump!). True, sometimes Kana didn’t capture me, but she did find her way into my heart (and music library, hehe) with her catchy songs, developing voice and beautiful debut album. The second album will be reviewed as well after I’ve heard how good she can be =)

Favorite tracks: Tookutemo feat. WISE | Girlfriend | Kimi no Koe wo feat. Verbal (m-flo) | Life goes on… | candy | MAKE UP | Kimi Ni Aitaku Naru Kara

OVERALL RATING

4 stars

1. <strong>*Prologue* ~Kirari~
</strong>2. <strong>Tookutemo feat. WISE
</strong>3. <strong>doll
</strong>4. <strong>Girlfriend
</strong>5. <strong>Kimi no Koe wo feat. Verbal (m-flo)
</strong>6. <strong>Style.
</strong>7. <strong>Life goes on…
</strong>8. <strong>I</strong>
9. <strong>candy
</strong>10. <strong>MAKE UP
</strong>11. <strong>glowly days
</strong>12. <strong>celtic
</strong>13. <strong>Kimi ni Aitaku Naru Kara
</strong>14. <strong>*Epilogue* ~LOVE one.~</strong></p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”>♦ ♦ ♦</p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”><em>So that’s what Ayu looked like in the NOTHING FROM NOTHING era!</em></p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”>♦ ♦ ♦</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”><a href=”http://musicaddiction.netne.net/?attachment_id=767&#8243; rel=”attachment wp-att-767″><img class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-767″ title=”loveone2″ src=”http://musicaddiction.netne.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/loveone2.png&#8221; alt=”” width=”150″ height=”150″ /></a><em>LOVE one. </em>is the debut album released by Japanese singer Kana Nishino on June 24, 2009. On the Oricon Yearly Charts, it topped at #56 and it has sold 221,179 copies in total. It was preceded by six singles, with <em>Kimi no Koe wo feat. Verbal (m-flo)</em> certified Gold for full song downloads of over 100,000.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Opening the album, there’s the cute <strong>*Prologue* ~Kirari~</strong>. The opening is so fresh and new, it appealed to me right away. Now I have to be honest and say Kana sounds like a five-year-old, but she’s not assing it like Ai Otsuka so I hope I can get used to it. Furthermore, it’s just simply a cute track to start with.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”><strong>Tookutemo feat. WISE </strong>on the other hand immediately shows another side of Kana’s vocal ability’s, and she sounds so much better. Development in only one track? Possible, I guess XD Anyway, this song is a good midtempo R&amp;B song that obviously fits Kana very well. WISE doesn’t contribute much except for a little part somewhere in the middle of the song and some yells and the song is quite long, but it’s pretty and much fun to listen to.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>We’re going uptempo and a little more into the pop/dance category with <strong>doll</strong>, and Kana’s vocal presentation keeps getting better, or so it seems. This genre also suits her voice well and she really pulls it off. The music is synth heavy and the beats remind me of Ami Suzuki songs, just like her altered vocals in some parts. Very sassy song, I seem to like it.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”><strong>Girlfriend</strong> has a catchy guitar melody throughout the song that I instantly loved. Kana’s voice is a little higher pitched again in the chorus, but it’s a good possibility one can get used to that pretty fast. It’s catchy, the way she sings ‘<em>I wanna be your giiii-iiii-iiiirlfriend</em>’ stays inside my head all day long and I can’t help singing along. In some ways this might be one of the better songs here.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”><strong>Kimi no Koe wo feat. Verbal (m-flo) </strong>is a pretty R&amp;B midtempo track that is a bit ballad-like with a lot of strings and a piano. Usually I don’t like Japanese male singers, but Verbal on the other hand can make or break a song. In this case it wasn’t quite necessary, but he added just that little something with his soft, yet tough and mysterious voice. I love this track to death, everything about it seemed right and it had the right ingredients for a perfect R&amp;B track. Loved Kana in this track!</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>And BOOM, right into <strong>Style.</strong>, which is a real pop song. It’s one of Kana’s earlier songs, and now I know I have to approach the earlier material carefully. Her vocals in the verses are quite okay and very pretty and solid, but in the chorus she tends to sing a little too childish. Higher notes aren’t her thing I guess. It’s a good uptempo track, and it gets better by the minute.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”><strong>Life goes on… </strong>is the second ballad and starts off with such lovely vocals by Kana. I’m in love with the laid back quality when she sings in a lower pitch. This song is perfect for me: it’s heartfelt, it sounds quite emotional and the instruments are perfect. Guitars, soft percussion, strings and a piano, the sacred ballad instruments. Kana can even sing higher here without her baby voice, she really improved since her first singles.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”><a href=”http://musicaddiction.netne.net/?attachment_id=768&#8243; rel=”attachment wp-att-768″><img class=”alignright size-full wp-image-768″ title=”loveone3″ src=”http://musicaddiction.netne.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/loveone3.png&#8221; alt=”” width=”150″ height=”150″ /></a><strong>I </strong>is Kana’s debute single. Musically it’s a good pop song, very strong with a lot of good percussion and guitars, even a piano, but vocally Kana still had something to learn. Please go easy on me, fans, but I have an Ai Otsuka trauma which caused me to dislike high pitched voices. Still it was good for Kana to add this to her album, it makes the album a little edgier. It has an addictive quality as well, so still a good prestation.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Another pop song with dance influences is <strong>candy</strong>, in which Kana obviously compares boys to candy (and she has a point, hehe). Her English isn’t top of the bill and the way she sings is a bit quircky, but I can’t help but liking this. The music also features some nice synth lines, especially in the chorus. It’s an odd song, but I can’t help myself. ‘<em>It’s like candyyyy…</em>'</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”><strong>MAKE UP </strong>is such an uplifting synthpop song and shows off Kana’s diversity as an artist. This is her fourth single and in my opinion it’s the start of a better era (after some vocal training I suppose? I know she took vocal training). Her voice sounds confident and fierce, and it’s a good recommandation from this album. Listening to this song, I feel happy and careless, and the ending was funny!</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>The opening for <strong>glowly days </strong>sounds like a music box. It’s Kana’s second single, and it can be heard quite well. In my opinion, her voice is still a bit uncontrolled but it has a good quality. Compared to her previous single, <em>I</em>, it’s a bit of a step back, but the music is well composed with a lovely piano melody in the bridge.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”><strong>celtic </strong>does sound a bit celtic in the start, really! But after that I lost it, and I can’t imagine why this song was named ‘celtic’. If Kana only used uillean pipes or something, it would’ve been a great addition (but maybe KOKIA claimed that musical style with her latest EP). The song wasn’t very special, Kana is oversinging a big part of the song and it doesn’t appeal to me that much.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>One of the better A-side, both musically and vocally, is <strong>Kimi Ni Aitaku Naru Kara</strong>, a midtempo R&amp;B song in the style of BENI. The song uses a piano, drums, some synths and strings, a good combination for a song like this. Kana mixes in very well and her voice in the chorus is pretty awesome for a change. Just in time I found another appealing song, and it’s good this was a single, it’s pretty!</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Ending with <strong>*Epilogue* ~LOVE one.~</strong>, a cute music box-like song with spoken lyrics by Kana. Her English is good enough, she’s studying English literature for goodness sake, but I had to look up the lyrics just in case. ‘<em>Love is passion. Love is kindness. Love is trust. And love is happiness. But sometimes love becomes helpless. And then love makes you jealous</em>’. Amen, girl.</p>
<p style=”text-align: left;”>After I had seen some reviews about Kana on the internet, I became curious about this chick. She really does look like a young Ayumi Hamasaki, especially on some of her latest single covers, but she definitely doesn’t sound like her! Kana Nishino, ladies and gentlemen, has a unique style, she made this music totally her own and really showed she had to grow before she became the artist she is know. I can forgive her for her flaws in the past, it’s part of the whole music industry every time (look at Ayu, she started in the dump!). True, sometimes Kana didn’t capture me, but she did find her way into my heart (and music library, hehe) with her catchy songs, developing voice and beautiful debut album. The second album will be reviewed as well after I’ve heard how good she can be =)</p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”><strong>Favorite tracks: </strong><em>Tookutemo feat. WISE | Girlfriend | Kimi no Koe wo feat. Verbal (m-flo) | Life goes on… | candy | MAKE UP | Kimi Ni Aitaku Naru Kara</em></p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”><strong>Very best: </strong><em>Kimi no Koe wo feat. Verbal (m-flo)
</em>(sorry, no vid)</p>
<p style=”text-align: center;”>[rating:4]</p>

Advertisements

Leave a Comment »

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.
Entries and comments feeds.

%d bloggers like this: