Category: J-Pop Reviews

Namie Amuro – Uncontrolled (Review)

Namie Amuro Uncontrolled Review by David Cirone Opening with “In the Spotlight (TOKYO)”, Amuro asserts her dance-floor dominance. One of 5 English tracks on the album, its classy and simple structure presents a primer for Uncontrolled. Amuro doesn’t have to re-invent herself here. After 20 years, her quality vocals and high-style image are a brand …

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D☆DATE – 1st DATE (Review)

D☆DATE 1st DATE Review by Nhu Nguyen D☆DATE is a musical group that includes a couple of Kamen Riders, an Ultraman, and a tennis player. Or at least, that’s what they play on the big and small screens. With the exception of the newest member, Yanagishita Tomo, the other members of D☆DATE, Koji Seto, Hirofumi …

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Mai Fukui – Beautiful Days (Review)

Mai Fukui Beautiful Days Review by David Cirone Mai Fukui’s earthy voice really shines in “Yakusoku no Bashou,” the theme song for Final Fantasy XIII-2. It’s a wonderfully composed track, and the string arrangement balances her performance perfectly. “Ikuyabi no Sakura” (theme for the television drama Onmitsu Happyaku Yachou) and the acoustic “Ai no uta” …

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m-flo – SQUARE ONE (Review)

m-flo SQUARE ONE Review by David Cirone m-flo’s SQUARE ONE is determined to hammer you from all directions, with results ranging from sublime to forgettable. Pressing play on this album is akin to opening up a mad scientist’s laboratory — there are a few treasures (“Alive”), some junk (“Don’t Stop Me Now”, “Sure Shot Ricky”), …

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May’n – 2011 RHYTHM TANK!! at Nippon Budokan (Review)

May’n Special Concert BD 2011 RHYTHM TANK!! at Nippon Budokan Review by David Cirone May’n’s power as a live performer keeps growing, and it’s the key ingredient to her rising success and legions of loyal fans all over Asia. Since her beginnings as part of HoriPro Agency’s Talent Scout Caravan, she’s lived up to her …

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Koda Kumi – JAPONESQUE (Review)

Koda Kumi JAPONESQUE Review by David Cirone JAPONESQUE is a powerhouse 19-track release from Koda Kumi that affirms her place in modern J-Pop royalty. Full of confidence and maturity, Koda Kumi still hasn’t lost her playful side and unabashed sexiness. JAPONESQUE opens strong with an instrumental intro theme of oriental-themes beats and the dreamy repeat …

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