Category Archive: J-Pop CD Reviews

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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Oct 21 2013

Berryz Kobo – Motto Zutto Issho ni Itta Katta/ROCK Erotic PV (Review)

Berryz Kobo – Motto Zutto Issho ni Itta Katta/ROCK Erotic PV (Review)

Berryz Kobo Motto Zutto Issho ni Itta Katta/ROCK Erotic Review by Kelly-Mae Matt The first of two songs present on this Double A-side, Motto Zutto Issho ni Itta Katta is from Berryz Kobo’s 32nd single release, sporting a moody sound and mature look, and whilst some of the wardrobe choices are questionable, this is a …

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Oct 15 2013

Berryz Kobo – Motto Zutto Issho ni Itta Katta/ROCK Erotic (Review)

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Berryz Kobo Motto Zutto Issho ni Itta Katta/ROCK Erotic Review by Kelly-Mae Matt Motto Zutto Issho ni Itta Katta/ROCK Erotic is the fifth Double A-side single from Berryz Kobo, and one of the more impressive releases from the group this year so far. With a mature sound and an impressive arrangement that is sure to …

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Sep 19 2013

Jin Akanishi – HEY WHAT’S UP? (Review)

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Jin Akanishi HEY WHAT’S UP? Review by Jen Wang Back in March*, Jin Akanishi broke his hiatus, which lasted over a year and a half, with the release of HEY WHAT’S UP? The single anticipated the summer with the upbeat melodies and seasonally appropriate lyrics. It also marked Akanishi’s shift from R&B to dance. The …

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Sep 01 2013

Koda Kumi – Summer Trip (Review)

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Koda Kumi Summer Trip Review by David Cirone Summer EP release Summer Trip is a fun, welcome back treat for Koda Kumi fans. Matched together with the postcard-like cover, it’s a message that says “Having fun. Be back home soon.” The focus of Summer Trip is image. no doubt. The 3-song EP is a strong …

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Aug 12 2013

Dreams Come True – Love Central (Review)

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RETRO REVIEW Dreams Come True Love Central Review by David Cirone 2010’s Love Central feels more playful and experimental than the stellar Do You Dreams Come True? (released a year-and-a-half earlier), but these are musicians who love working with other musicians, so experimentation isn’t surprising. The collage-style of the album artwork is perfectly suited to …

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