Category Archive: J-Pop CD Reviews

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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Feb 07 2014

Yui Ogura – Charming Do! (Review)

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Yui Ogura Charming Do! Review by Kelly-Mae Matt Charming Do! is Yui Ogura’s latest release which sports a fresh and energetic sound that is both memorable and catchy. Following Ogura’s previous single, Baby Sweet Berry Love, this release may be less upbeat but it is just as catchy and captivating in both sound and character. The …

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Feb 01 2014

moumoon – Love before we Die (Review)

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moumoon Love before we Die Review by David Cirone moumoon’s Love before we Die is a dreamy, well-crafted follow-up to last year’s Pain Killer. Opening track “Emerald no Oka” and the country-music-inspired “Baby Goodbye” stand out as my favorite discoveries, and they capture the energy and magic that makes moumoon so great in live performance. …

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Nov 15 2013

Kalafina – Red Moon (Review)

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Kalafina Red Moon Retro Review by Jen Wang Listening to Kalafina’s 2010 album Red Moon is like riding a magic carpet. With international influences, the songs travel through different landscapes with the three vocalists as navigators. There’s also a mix of past and future with founder/composer Yuki Kajiura’s mastery of both classical instrumentals and techno …

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Nov 05 2013

Juice=Juice – Hajimete wo Keikenchuu PV (Review)

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Juice=Juice Hajimete wo Kekenchuu Review by Kelly-Mae Matt Set for release in December, Hajimete wo Keikenchuu is a new sound and approach for Juice=Juice’s second major single. Unlike previous singles and promotional videos, the group steers away from the cool and mature style that we have come to know so well, and takes on a …

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