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Poll: Best album thus far (2010)?

2010年 4月 26日

oh hay kuu chan…. you look so cute but you didn’t win!!

So we’re a third of the way through the year.. how are we doing album wise? Personally there hasn’t been a one single album to fully grab my attention as “perfect.” Sure there have been great tracks on every album, but as a whole there hasn’t been one that is so outstanding that it shames all others (last year? alan’s Voice of Earth). However, the year is nascent and we’ve got some time. Let’s hear it again for Kalafina, shall we?

Kalafina- Red Moon– 13 votes, 46%
Ayumi Hamasaki- Rock ‘N’ Roll Circus– 6 votes, 21%

Sayuri Sugawara- First story- 3 votes 11%
Rie fu- at Rie sessions- 2 votes, 7%
KOKIA- REAL WORLD- 1 vote, 4%
Abingdon Boys School- ABINGDON ROAD- 1 vote, 4%
Tokyo Jihen- Sports- 1 vote, 4%
SuG- Tokyo Muzical Hotal- 1 vote, 4%

The following earned 0 votes:

Koda Kumi- UNIVERSE
D- 7th Rose
Morning Musume 10 MY ME
Aya Kamiki- INDIVIDUAL EMOTION

Let’s analyze the votes. Red Moon was the most anticipated release AND the “best” according to you readers. I thought the album was pretty good, but Kalafina isn’t a group I listen to too often. For me I’d either say Rie fu, KOKIA or Koda Kumi’s was best. Rie fu resonates with the kind of folksy sound I love. KOKIA opened up a new door in music for me. And Koda Kumi is just my little Kuu-chan. (What?? I work out to her stuff!) I should have added salyu’s maiden voyage to the mix! Well that’s what I get for making polls after midnight.

Now I haven’t listened to Tokyo Jihen before (though I’ve heard good things about them) and I haven’t listened to SuG in ages (I can’t really get into oshare-kei sometimes). I was surprised at how many votes Ayumi Hamasaki (what with all the bashing on the blogosphere lately). I think that she has more fans in Japan (relatively speaking) than across the globe. I think Ayu is highly talented, but I don’t think her album is quite “the best of 2010.” To each her own.

So… what do you think of the results? Are they a fair representation of the best musicians or do we have some stans in the house? You tell me.

~aoliwa

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[Single] D – Day by Day

2009年 12月 8日

So, this is D’s newest single… I don’t know what they’ve been going for lately, but I prefer their older works. This cover is kind of weird, but i guess it makes sense. Transition from fall to winter with a clock in the middle.

The first song, Day by Day, really surprised me… Right off, they sing “Day by day!” right in your face. Very upbeat happy-making song. I think that the guitars and everything sound great! Not quite their usual style though. They like heavy guitars and a more neutral sound.. not happy but not sad or angry. The lyrics “Day by day” are sung throughout the song. I watched the PV and it’s actually a pretty nice one. They show them setting up and ASAGI writing the lyrics to the song. I always like watching bands play.

Ayakashitan is closer to their normal sound. It’s a pretty heavy song in the beginning and has some guitar solo that pierces through. There are a few backround voices which answer ASAGI when he does some staccato notes. The answer sounds kind of like something in a movie… They also employed this technique in Colosso on their last album.

Stinger~Iwarenaki seinen~, is a pretty active song. It starts off bass heavy and then goes into D’s normal sound. Personally, I don’t see anything special in it. But it’s an okay song.

The last song in the single, Kimi ga miru yume no naka, is a softer song. I know that it’s kind of strange to say that when they use distorted guitars, but the lay off a lot and use them mostly for rhythm. About 1/3 into the song, they have a short section which reminds me of Versailles’ style, but that quickly resolves back into their theme.
Overall: This single has been rather average. D hasn’t been putting out anything that has caught my attention (that i enjoyed) for a while.

Rating: 6.5/10

Tracklist:
1.) Day by Day
2.) Ayakashitan 妖奇譚(あやかしきたん)
3.) Stinger~Iwarenaki seinen~ Stinger~謂われなき情念~
4.) Kimi ga miru yume no naka 君が見る夢の中
5.) Day by Day (Instrumental)

-KWZ