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Kana Nishino- to LOVE

2010年 6月 30日

Would be perfect except for I hate those shoes x_X Also… I think we get the same expression from her in every cover. Nevertheless, it still looks pretty.

Prologue ~What a nice~ is a gentle pop song complete with harp, piano, and Kana’s smooth vocals. It sounds kind of like a lullaby. The only thing that bothers me is the combination of English and Japanese… I would have preferred consistency with just one language.

Go here for my review of Best Friend.

The next song, Summer Girl feat. MINMI is the perfect song for a fun summer night. This song is high energy and screams “dance.” MINMI and Kana are a great pair together… I love the way MINMI’s deep vocals contrast with Kana’s higher-pitched ones. The chorus is adorable especially, “I want some dancing and some romancing.” The instrumentals of this song are great too… we get a nice combination of piano and brass that make this song fun to listen to.

I think it’s safe to say that Kana Nishino is neither fully an R&B artist nor a pop artist. She’s a great combination of the two, and Hey Boy proves this. This song was interesting because of the electric guitars: they are pop-rock but retro at the same time. It took a while for me to like this song, but it really is catchy and reminds me of a fusion between the 50s and modern times xD.

Go all the way back here to see my review of Motto…

I think this song, love & smile, is a good transition from Motto… While the previous track is a bit melancholy, love & smile brings us into happier times, but subtly. This song has more of an R&B vibe, but the plucked strings throughout the song give it a bit of pop flair too. The only thing thing that bothers me is the way she sings “I’m searching for what you have,” where she sounds like “I’m searching for wert you have.” Her English isn’t terrible, but her mistakes are noticeable.

The first new ballad of the album is Kono Mama De. This song is basically your typical R&B ballad, which we’ve heard all over the map in 2010. The verses of this song are really beautiful, especially with the layering they do with Kana’s voice. I’m not a huge fan of the chorus because it sounds a little typical. There’s a really beautiful acoustic guitar solo in the middle (unfortunately Kana sings over it with some lifeless vocals).

Go here to see my review of MAYBE.

For some reason I was looking forward to WRONG more than any other song when I saw the track list. It’s a great transition from the previous track because it uses lots of synth. I love this song because of the tremendous amount of power and attitude it possesses. What’s great about this song is the combination of ethereal stuff mixed in with guitars. Also, Kana’s vocals are nice and strong here.

Okay now for the obligatory WTF track. I cannot be the only one who thought Come On Yes Yes Oh Yeah!! sounds like it belongs in a porno. The beginning is totally hardcore hip-hop (well as hardcore as Kana can get). Fortunately we get into more Kon’ya wa PARTY UP territory pretty soon. In fact, the two songs have tons of similarities to one another. They have the same tempo, atmosphere, and even similar lyrics. Now, I don’t know what I think about Kana rapping, but at least this song is… original.

Who the hell thought Dear… should be placed right after this song? Anyway, see my review of MAYBE to see my review of Dear…

You can find Aitakute Aitakute here.

You are the one is a ballad that gets ready to close up the album. Unlike Kono Mama De, this song is much more powerful and original. There’s this cool synth during the chorus, during which Kana sings with some solid vocals. Many of the songs on this album are hybrids of different genres, and this song is no exception. This time it’s synth and R&B. Very nice song.

Last of all is Epliogue ~to LOVE~, which is kind of a another version of the prologue. I like the epilogue more because it seems more solid in the instrumentals and not so “fairy-ish.”

Overall: We’re definitely moving our way up with Kana Nishino. It’s miles above her previous album, LOVE one. That being said, I still think Kana has a long way to go before she reaches her full potential.

Best tracks:

  • Summer Girl feat. MINMI
  • WRONG
  • You are the one
  • MAYBE
  • motto…

Rating: 8/10

Track list:

01 *Prologue* ~What a nice~
02 Best Friend
03 Summer Girl feat. MINMI
04 Hey Boy
05 もっと…
06 love & smile
07 このままで
08 MAYBE
09 WRONG
10 Come On Yes Yes Oh Yeah!!
11 Dear…
12 会いたくて 会いたくて
13 You are the one
14 *Epilogue* ~to LOVE~

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Kana Nishino- Aitakute Aitakute

2010年 5月 19日

I am so addicted to all of the album scans. They look so pretty ❤ ❤

I can’t wait for my copy of this single to come in the mail! Anyway, whenever I hear “aitakute aitakute” I think of Thelma Aoyama’s “I’m sorry.” Well this single couldn’t be further from that song. Aitakute Aitakute is the closest thing we’ve gotten to a ballad since Dear… This song combines a melancholy piano tune with svelte R&B beats. I love the verses especially… they’re reminiscent of lyrical music, but still maintain a modernness to them. This is great work from Kana!

LOVE IS BLIND rivals the A-side of this single, even though it’s totally different. If you loved ONE WAY LOVE or Konya wa Party Up you’ll fall in love with this track. It’s sweet and sad at the same time, and it’s allllll Kana. Kana does very well with these types of songs, that is those that are inspired from synth/electropop.

And for the wtf?! track of the year we have GRAB BAG. I can’t decide whether I hate this song for its lack of melody or true single, or whether I love it for its uniqueness. Yeah… Kana is back talking the whole time. In English. Also, there is a LOT of dissonance in terms of vocals and instrumentals. Whatever… I’d stan for this girl anyway.

Overall: It’s Kana bitches!!!! srsly buy this.

Rating: 9.5/10

Track list:

1. Aitakute Aitakute
2. LOVE IS BLIND
3. Grab Bag

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Kana Nishino- Best Friend

2010年 2月 25日

I think the cherry blossoms work perfectly in this cover. Hair and makeup are elegant as always. I’m not so sure about what she’s wearing… it reminds me of ’80s denim =/

I’m not going to lie, when I saw the title, Best Friend, I was prepared for the worst. Now the song isn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but it’s definitely not when of her best. The song makes use of strings, snapping during the beats, and overall upbeat-ness (fortunately though it’s a far crime from bubble gum). What I liked most of this song was how it showcased Kana’s vocals. She actually can sing much better than I anticipated.

Next is ONE WAY LOVE, the best track on the single. The song has a much more pronounced beat that is accompanied by some background… harp. The chorus is incredibly infectious and it’s perfect if you liked Motto… or Kimi no Koe Wo. This song should have been the A-side in my opinion.

Lastly is the odd-ball, Konya wa PARTY UP. Despite an obnoxious beginning of “let’s get this party started, right,” the song unfolds into a high energy synth song. If you wanted your bubble-gum fix from Best Friend this is where you’ll find all that sweet cutesy stuff. This song is pretty fun, and like ONE WAY LOVE, it’s stronger than the A-side.

Overall: I was unimpressed with this single, although it did produce good B-sides. What I did like about this single is that you get to sample more of Kana’s pop-side. Unfortunately I don’t think this single lives up to its predecessors. Although the B-sides were great, I have to mark it down a lot because of the weak A-side.

Rating: 7.5/10

Track list:

  1. Best Friend
  2. ONE WAY LOVE
  3. Kon’ya wa PARTY UP
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Best of 2009: B-sides and other stuff

2010年 1月 3日

Here’s the 3rd part to my 5-part “Best of 2009” installment! This time I’m focusing on B-sides and album-only tracks.  There are a couple more bonus categories I didn’t know where else to put (best collaboration and such). Again, nothing is in any particular order.

  • Gunjou no Tani (acoustic ver.)- alan (Gunjou no Tani)
  • SYOUKUBENI (shot in one take)– Dir en grey (Hageshisa to, Kono Mune no Naka de Karamitsuita Shakunetsu no Yami)
  • mute– Mihimaru GT (Torokechau Dandy)
  • Pied Piper– Plastic Tree (Sanatorium)
  • I– salyu (extension)
  • KISSES– stephanie. (Pride ~a part of me~)

  • Shiroki Yuu Utsu- the GazettE (DIM)
  • suki– Rie fu (Urban Romantic)
  • Akizakura (cosmos)– Ikimono Gakari (Hajimari no Uta)
  • Driving– Koda Kumi (Trick)
  • Drella– alice nine. (Vandalize)
  • COPY THAT– Namie Amuro (Past<Future)

There were a number of new artists this year… but as the title suggests I’ve only considered the artists who had the strongest debuts (I chose 5). I don’t consider artists like alan to be “new artists” since her work was well known way before her debut album. Artists like Mao Denda (who apparently released stuff about 9 years ago) are eligible because they made themselves known in 2009.  It’s a bit confusing, but it makes sense in my mind ._.

  • JASMINE
  • MiChi
  • Kana Nishino
  • Kizuki Minami
  • Lil’ B

Those where my three “main” categories. Here are the other ones (basically I was just too lazy to make graphics for categories with only one or two winners).

Best Collaboration: Ima Demo Aitai Yo– Yuna Ito feat. Spontania

Best Revival: UnsraW
Best appearance on anime: Again– YUI
Best Instrumental/Interlude: —anten.– Plastic Tree, Tenyou ~Interlude~– alan, INTRODUCTION FOR TRICK– Koda Kumi
Best Remix: romantic (strings ver.)– Rie fu, Days 8-bits of tears YMCK remix– Ayumi Hamasaki

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Kana Nishino- Dear…/MAYBE

2009年 12月 2日

Aside from the fact that her expression looks a little bland *cough* stoned, this is actually a very pretty cover. I love the contrast between her white Russian inspired outfit and the dark starry sky behind her.

Kana is definitely on a role, Dear… is something I like to call an “upbeat ballad.” We have a lot of traditional ballad elements like strings and powerful choruses, but at a faster pace, and in this case R&B elements. Dear… gives the impression of a love song. For a song of this pace I thought it was a little on the longer side… but Kana keeps things interesting enough. I’ve also noticed that Kana’s vocals are stronger here… and she’s not messing too much with the upper vocal register.

MAYBE is an awesome track EXCEPT for the freaking autotune <______<. Come on, why ruin a great voice? MAYBE is a little deceiving because at the beginning because it appears as though we’re about to start another ballad. This song is quite the contrary! This is easily a dance track, but I’m hesitant to call it that because the instrumental variation gives it more depth than that. Kana’s vocals are under a form of vocal editing during the verses, but thankfully it’s not overdone. Technically the autotune is barely there… but when it is it sticks out like a sore thumb… a very large, swollen, sore thumb.

Yours Only features hip-hop bigwig WISE. It’s the slowest track on the single (until WISE comes in of course), and it reminds me of something from her most recent album, LOVE one. I disliked this song for the most part. Even though I applaud Kana for being able to work with so many big names, she’s strongest when she’s going solo. Just take out all male vocals and it’d be a solid song.

Overall: The A-sides are strong, as they should be, but WISE kills the last track. More Kana please!

Rating: 8/10

Track list:

1. Dear…
2. MAYBE
3. Yours only, feat.WISE ~maison de m-flo~

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Kana Nishino- motto…

2009年 10月 29日

This is Kana’s 7th single. The ringtone has been available since October 14, and the actual CD was released October 21, 2009. The song debuted at the #1 spot on the RIAJ Digital Track Chart. –Wikipedia

This cover is fabulous, and it really makes a lot of connections to the PV. Kana is beautiful and classy… nice change from all of the artists that are trying the “sexy” thing right now *cough* JASMINE

I’d just like to say that I loved the title track, motto…. I have her album, LOVE one. which I enjoyed, but this is my first single from Kana. I thought motto… was crafted extremely well. Although Kana’s voice can get a little annoying sometimes (it’s soooo high), she still pulls this song off very well. Kana is the definition of classy, and both this song and PV prove it. The song uses piano to illustrate a kind of classical music motif throughout the song. Sometimes you want to stop and say “what genre am I listening to?” In this case that’s a GOOD thing.  At some points in the song Kana’s voice sounds almost exactly like BoA’s (except for without the nasal-iness). This is a great A-side, and I hold it up to Kana to continue releasing singles of this quality.

missing you is like the obligatory melancholy-R&B-track on the single. It’s a nice song, but it doesn’t exactly scream “originality.” It’s not to say I hate this song… in fact I like it. However, it lacks the “pizazz” of the A-side. At times it feels like the song drags a bit. Average.

Dear My Friends is my least favorite track on the single. It’s just bubblegum and happy and I’ve heard it before. Honestly, how many songs with that same title exist? The single would have been much stronger had this song not been included.

Overall: Motto… is amazing, but the b-sides are pretty average.

Rating: 8/10

Track list:

1. motto…

2. missing you

3. dear my friends