Category Archive: J-Pop CD Reviews

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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Nov 09 2015

Tigarah e Laura – This World is My Playground (Review)

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Tigarah e Laura This World is My Playground Review by David Cirone The split-personality dynamic of Tigarah e Laura (formerly Tigarah) tag-teams you with bad-ass attitude on This World is My Playground. Re-inventing herself after a long hiatus, Tigarah e Laura is a mixed-media concept of music, art, dance, and video, with Tigarah’s forceful personality …

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Jan 07 2015

FEMM – Femm-Isation (Review)

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FEMM Femm-Isation Review by DJ Greg Hignight Among the landscape of Japanese pop artists who have found success in the global market, FEMM’s entry into the field was a surprising development. The high-concept J-Pop duo debuted in early 2014 with an infectious assault of anthem-fueled club tracks, each video delivered with a meticulous attention to …

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Nov 22 2014

Perfume Dazzles in U.S. debut in Hollywood (Live Report)

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Perfume Live at Palladium Hollywood (2014.11.09) Live Report by Greg Hignight (Tune in Tokyo) Perfume quietly made their way into the hearts and minds of Western music fans six years ago as essentially an underground artist – a J-Pop act not associated with anime nor any of the popular Japanese genres that had taken hold …

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Oct 18 2014

U – U (Retro Review)

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U U Retro Review by Jen Wang Fans of the early Sailor Moon and Prince of Tennis musicals know Yu Shirota as a triple threat: actor, dancer, and singer. He’s gained mainstream success in films and dramas, but how about in the J-pop world? Going by simply “U”, he makes a valiant attempt to break …

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Jul 20 2014

Mio Soul – Subliminal Melody (Review)

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Subliminal Melody Mio Soul Review by Jen Wang The challenge was simple: for 52 weeks, Mio Soul sat in a Starbucks with half an hour to create new beats. The result was anything but. Subliminal Melody takes some of the products of her coffeehouse exercise and expands them into full-fledged electronic pieces. Although this is …

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Feb 28 2014

Leo Ieiri – a boy (Review)

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Leo Ieiri a boy Review by Kelly-Mae Matt Leo Ieiri’s second album a boy is the first album I have heard from the singer in full, introducing me to her breathtaking voice that is both soft and strong. Featuring a decent variety of tracks, a boy is a rather charming release from the popular singer, immersing the …

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