Kyarypamyupamyu – Kira Kira Killer

July 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM | Posted in Kyarypamyupamyu | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
Kyarypamyupamyu – Kira Kira Killer

1. Kira Kira Killer
2. Kira Kira Killer -extended mix-

Kira Kira Killer is the tenth single by Japanese singer Kyarypamyupamyu, released on June 11, 2014. The single was limited to 7,777 copies and the title track was used as the au “Smart Pass” CM song.

Kira Kira Killer sounds like a celebration single to celebrate the fact that this is the tenth already, and so it kicks off right away with a heavy beat and ‘l-u-c-k’ chanting. If you thought you knew what energetic really is, listen to this song and you’ll change your mind since this song is just all over the place. Nakata’s arrangement with synths and piano is very familiar, but he managed to make it work in another original way again. This might be my favorite A-side of this era. I skipped the extended version because, oh well, you probably know why.

OVERALL RATING
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4½ stars

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Kyarypamyupamyu – Family Party

July 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM | Posted in Kyarypamyupamyu | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
Kyarypamyupamyu – Family Party

1. Family Party
2. Scanty Skimpy
3. Invader Invader -extended mix-
4. Family Party -instrumental-
5. Scanty Skimpy -instrumental-

Family Party is the ninth single by Japanese singer Kyarypamyupamyu, released on April 16, 2014. The title track was used as the theme song to the movie ‘Crayon Shin-chan: Serious Battle! Robot Dad Strikes Again’ and the single peaked at #2 on the Oricon Charts.

Ofcourse, an 8bit addition, how could I think it would be missing this time. Family Party is the definition of ‘cartoon’ and ‘video game’, but that 8bit is actually what makes this song so funny and even worthwhile. Let’s be honest, I don’t really like Kyary’s music, besides whenever I review it I never really listen to her music, but whenever I do it’s quite enjoyable in some strange way. This A-side is ofcourse the cutest thing you’ll ever hear, like Kyary’s other songs, but it’s very catchy.

I was wondering all the time what the heck Scanty Skimpy would be like (what kind of title is it anyway), and ofcourse one cartoony song must follow another. It’s almost too energetic for words and sometimes the chorus sounds like a mess of everything thrown together, but luckily there are some parts that are easier on the ears. It’s a funny song, in the way that it kinda makes you laugh. Really.

I guess they finally found out they forgot to include Invader Invader -extended mix- on a single for a long time, but here it is. I always liked this song best since it includes more techno and dubstep that Kyary usually uses in her music, it just instantly drew my attention. Nice to see it here.

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3 stars

Kyarypamyupamyu – Yume no Hajima Ring Ring

July 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM | Posted in Kyarypamyupamyu | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
Kyarypamyupamyu – Yume no Hajima Ring Ring

1. Yume no Hajima Ring Ring
2. Slomo
3. Mottai Night Land -extended mix-
4. Yume no Hajima Ring Ring -instrumental-
5. Slomo -instrumental-

Yume no Hajima Ring Ring is the eighth single by Japanese singer Kyarypamyupamyu, released on February 26, 2014. The title track was used as a CHINTAI CM song, while Slomo was used as an ALOOK CM song. The single peaked at #9 on the Oricon Charts.

A toy piano opens Yume no Hajima Ring Ring and for a moment I thought the song would be filled with that kind of weirdness, but in the end the song is not too bad. I’ll never like Kyary’s vocals, but somehow her music is fun. This A-side has an uplifting pop vibe with a good beat, synths and some electric guitar riffs in the background. Kyary has talent for making a song very catchy and she did it again.

Slomo is Kyary’s take on a ballad, I wouldn’t really call it that but well it actually is. Anyway, I don’t think she’s ever released something like this before, it’s really interesting how it’s still rich of synths and beats but still manages to be more laid back than her usual songs. Her vocals are a little too high in the chorus for my taste, but this track still deserves its points by being so darn interesting.

Ofcourse there’s Mottai Night Land -extended mix- and it still reminds me of Tsukema Tsukeru because of the melodies. The extra 50 seconds are always presented as a huge treat, but nothing really changes in the song if you ask me (and that’s never the case with these mixes). Still love that quircky little piano tune in the bridge.

OVERALL RATING
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4 stars

The title track was used as a CHINTAI CM song, while “Slomo” was used as an ALOOK CM song. – See more at: http://www.generasia.com/wiki/Yume_no_Hajima_Ring_Ring#sthash.TS84azC5.dpuf
The title track was used as a CHINTAI CM song, while “Slomo” was used as an ALOOK CM song. – See more at: http://www.generasia.com/wiki/Yume_no_Hajima_Ring_Ring#sthash.TS84azC5.dpuf

SHINee – Lucky Star

July 8, 2014 at 11:17 AM | Posted in SHINee | 1 Comment

SINGLE REVIEW
SHINee – LUCKY STAR

1. LUCKY STAR
2. Bounce
3. LUCKY STAR (Instrumental)
4. Bounce (Instrumental)

LUCKY STAR is the tenth Japanese single by Korean boy group SHINee, released on June 25, 2014. The single peaked at #2 on the Oricon Charts and has sold 35,837 copies to date.

Finally a new single from SHINee! LUCKY STAR is their Summer single of this year filled with funky guitar riffs, piano, strings and pumping beats. This song just screams fun and I love how all the boys get to show off their vocals in this song. Even Taemin, whose vocals I dislike most, comes out great. Minho’s rap spices up the second verse and Onew, the leader that he is, probably delivers the best vocals. I think I can’t get this track out of my head for quite some time.

Bounce is the big surprise of the single because it has its fair share of brass instruments, something you don’t hear often in SHINee’s songs. Another special treat is the bigger role for Minho and Key, singing instead of rapping. This song is the perfect B-side for the fun A-side since they both share that fun and uplifting quality.

OVERALL RATING
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5 stars

ayaka – Nijiiro

July 8, 2014 at 11:05 AM | Posted in ayaka | Leave a comment

SINGLE REVIEW
ayaka – Nijiiro

1. Nijiiro
2. Gensoukyoku
3. Nijiiro (Instrumental)
4. Gensoukyoku (Instrumental)

Nijiiro is the fifteenth single by Japanese singer ayaka and the third under her own independent label A stAtion. The single was released on June 18, 2014 and peaked at #3 on the Oricon Charts. The title song was used as the theme song for the TV drama series ‘Hanako to Anne’.

Nijiiro is such a lighthearted and uplifting song, not really a Summer song but more of a Springtime tune. ayaka took a more laidback approach for this one with a lot of strings, piano and some brass instruments, sometimes even a flute comes in. The beginning of the song was a little quircky, and that vibe stays throughout the song, but I actually like it! Ofcourse ayaka’s vocals are the best that ever happened to J-pop in general so I’m enjoying myself with this.

As for the B-side, Gensoukyoku sounds more like other songs I’ve been used to hear from ayaka when it comes to the style of the music. To balance the single, this song is a soft ballad with strings and piano, giving it an emotional touch as ayaka’s strong voice sings the chorus. I love the soft percussion mixing in later, not too intrusive and giving the song just the right spark. Maybe this is indeed the better song on the single, but both are perfect so I’m not complaining a bit.

OVERALL RATING
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5 stars

The title song was used as the theme song for the TV drama series “Hanako to Anne“. – See more at: http://www.generasia.com/wiki/Nijiiro_(ayaka)#sthash.qRQ9KzdC.dpuf
The title song was used as the theme song for the TV drama series “Hanako to Anne“. – See more at: http://www.generasia.com/wiki/Nijiiro_(ayaka)#sthash.qRQ9KzdC.dpuf

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