Category Archive: J-Pop CD Reviews

Mar 11 2018

PassCode – Locus (Review)

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PassCode Locus Review by David Cirone PassCode’s new release Locus — an “Early Works Reconstruction Album” featuring the group’s early favorites re-recorded with the current member lineup and new music backing tracks — is a perfect primer for jumping into the mosh pit with one of today’s most formidable Japanese alternative idol groups.

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Feb 09 2018

Houkago Princess – Abrakatab Luv! (Review)

In a sparkling new release, Houkago Princess transform once again and bring the heat to your winter days with Abrakatab Luv!, a spirited single that features four outstanding tracks. Based on the classic collection of short stories, the titular songs lyrics portrays the tale of a brave and alluring princess and her ability to tell …

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Feb 08 2018

NECRONOMIDOL – STRANGE AEONS (Review)

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NECRONOMIDOL STRANGE AEONS Review by John Winner (Straight From Japan) NECRONOMIDOL’s Strange Aeons is available in two physical CD versions — Ver. DIRGE and Ver. PAEAN. Both are presented in deluxe 6-panel matte digipack packaging with artwork by manga artist Waita Uziga and photography by Dan Szpara.

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Jan 27 2018

Tokyo Idols (Film Review)

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Tokyo Idols Film Review by David Cirone [originally published on Drama-MAX] Tokyo Idols has an agenda, and that’s no spoiler. Starting with its slanted description on Netflix, filmmaker Kyoko Miyake uses the documentary platform to selectively focus on fringe, negative aspects of idol fandom. For the millions of Japanese and international fans who have actually …

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Dec 11 2017

BiSH – THE GUERRiLLA BiSH (Review)

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BiSH THE GUERRiLLA BiSH Review by David Cirone Whatever you thought you wanted from BiSH’s new album THE GUERRiLLA BiSH, you got it and you didn’t, and the unpredictable mix is proof-positive that BiSH is doing it right. After a blisteringly busy year and the rocketing popularity of KILLER BiSH and their recent singles and …

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Nov 21 2017

Top 10 Koda Kumi Dance Tracks

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Koda Kumi is one of the most successful artists to bring authentic Western beats and urban lyrics to the Japanese music scene — topping the charts again and again with top-level dance jams and choreography to solidify her “Pop Diva” status. Check out her best dance songs, primed for high-volume playback — available worldwide on …

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Jul 23 2016

Dreams Come True – The URA BEST! (Review)

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Dreams Come True The URA Best! Review by David Cirone Last year’s Dreams Come True – THE BEST! Watashi no Dorikamu collection boasted a massive list of 50 fan-favorite songs, but when you’ve got a group like Dreams Come True whose catalog spans multiple decades and worldwide hits, 50 songs just isn’t enough. Dreams Come …

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Mar 20 2016

FEMM – PoW! / L.C.S. (Review)

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FEMM PoW!/L.C.S. Review by David Cirone FEMM isn’t running short in the attitude department — they’re still throwing buckets of shade on haters and broadly proclaiming their #1 status. “I’mma bad bitch chick outta Marvel flick” is the monster hook in the lead single “PoW!” Packing the song with aggressive lyrics while maintaining the mannequin …

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Mar 05 2016

Charisma.com – Aidoro C (Review)

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Charisma.com likes playing with your head. Aidoro C, the latest album from the duo of MC Istuka and DJ Gonchi (following up 2015’s O-Lest) dares you to dance while hitting you in the face with topical lyrics that don’t pull any punches. They’re going to make sure you blink before they do (DJ Gonchi is …

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Nov 29 2015

Jin Akanishi – Me (Review)

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Jin Akanishi Me Review by Jen Wang Last year Jin Akanishi made a bold move by starting his own label. Since then, he has had a couple of releases, which he mostly has written and produced on his own. This summer’s full-length album Me is the culmination of this new independence. Akanishi opens with the …

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