Category Archive: J-Pop CD Reviews

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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Jul 21 2013

Namie Amuro – FEEL (Review)

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Namie Amuro FEEL Review by David Cirone FEEL is a strategically-engineered album, slickly produced and aimed squarely at the dance floor. But there’s a generic quality to most of these tracks, as if they were pulled off the rack at the dance-mix clearing house. The simplistic English lyrics don’t help either. “Alive” opens the heavy-dub …

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Feb 18 2013

Super Sonico – Covers (Review)

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Super Sonico Covers Review by David Cirone Nitroplus spokesgirl and mascot Super Sonico surprised the hell out of me when she covered Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for last year’s Top 50 Oricon release “Love & Peace II Plus”. It looks like the bug has bitten her again, because she’s returned with a 4-track CD …

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Jan 21 2013

BABYMETAL – Ijime, Dame, Zettai (Review)

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BABYMETAL Ijime, Dame, Zettai Review by David Cirone Listening to the CD release of BABYMETAL’s major-label debut single was instantly familiar, since I’d been replaying the mind-blowing video from the title track for weeks. An epic choir, deep-chord metal riffs, and the perfect vocal synchronicity of the three young vocalists have already made “Ijime, Dame, …

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Jan 20 2013

Angela Aki – Life (Review)

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Angela Aki Life Review by Jen Wang Life, Angela Aki’s fourth album, was released a year and half after her Oricon chart topper, Answer. This is the second time she has produced an album on her own, and the result reveals her growth as a musician and songwriter. The first track, “Ai no Kisetsu”, is …

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Jan 16 2013

FUDANJUKU – Jinsei Wahaha! (Review)

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FUDANJUKU Jinsei Wahaha! Review by David Cirone FUDANJUKU’s new single “Jinsei Wahaha!” is the high-energy theme for the soccer anime Ginga e Kickoff! The title track of the 3-song single has a powerhouse chorus and comes with some cool dance moves in the PV (courtesy of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s “PONPONPON” choreographer air:man). Coupling track “Yuki …

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