Archive for the ‘Miho Fukuhara’ Category

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Miho Fukuhara- Mirai/Moshikashite

2010年 6月 8日

Not a flattering angle girl =/

It took me a while to review this single because I just couldn’t get into Miho’s music this time. Don’t get me wrong, I love this girl, but this single paled in comparison to some of her other works. Mirai is reminiscent of Angela Aki with the upbeat piano melody. At first I thought “Yeah this is a sweet song, but what of it?” I’m a big fan of the chorus though, which adds some life (read: rock) to this song. Mirai earns a passing grade.

I think Moshikashite was too much folk for me this time around. This song has a laid back, summer-like feel to it, but perhaps a bit to happy/innocent for my tastes at the moment? At least Miho’s vocals are great as usual. The chorus has a nice mood though.

Next we have Taema Naku. I loved this song because of its sad-sweetness. This is the slowest song of the three original tracks (and takes the place of her typical Western cover). What’s nice about this song (aside from the great acoustic instruments) is that it shows that Miho can do soft vocals in addition to the strong, brazen ones we see in the chorus of Mirai.

Miho has been experimenting with dance remixes of her songs, and that’s where Mirai (STUDIO APARTMENT remix) comes into play. While this kind of stuff worked well with Nande Nakitaku Nacchaun Darou, Mirai sounds kind of weird with such an active dance beat.

Overall: This single has its flaws, but Mirai and Taema Naku more than make up for it.

Rating: 7/10

Track list:

1. Mirai
2. Moshikashite
3. Taemanaku
4. Mirai (STUDIO APARTMENT REMIX 2010)
5. Mirai (Instrumental)

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Best of 2009: singles

2009年 12月 31日

Well I haven’t been reviewing on account of I’ve been on vacation =]. Anyway, now that I’m back and Kowezhi has decided to go party without me (<_<) I’ll spend my New Year’s Eve writing “best of”s. I’ll do singles holistically. I may add a category for b-sides or album-only tracks. None of them are in any particular order… just whatever comes to my mind. Also, no commentary since that would take way too long. Feel free to comment if you agree/disagree. It’s quite possible that I forgot some of the best. Mouse over the album pics to see the name of the artist/single.

Singles

Alright I really wanted this to be a “top 10” sort of deal… but 11 never hurt anyone =] If I *had* to pick a “number 1” I’d have to go with alan’s Kuon no Kawa. I mean come on.. that thing is EPIC (even if it rehashes the same two songs over and over). Also, even though I gave some singles better reviews than others I gave my top 10 based on musicianship, not necessarily the rating I gave. For example, although I enjoyed Miho Fukuhara’s Nande Nakitaku Nacchaun Darou tremendously, Hanabi Sky was clearly a more musical feat.

Honorable Mentions
Kana Nishino- Dear…/MAYBE
Onitsuka Chihiro- X/Last Melody
Lil’B- Tsunaida Te
Mika Nakshima- Overload
Salyu- Corteo ~Gyouretsu~
BoA- Eien


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Miho Fukuhara- Nande Nakitaku Nacchaun Darou

2009年 12月 9日

Uhh I wasn’t really a fan of either cover for this single… reminds meof the ’80s @_@

So basically this is one of the best singles of 2009 IMO. Nande Nakitaku Nacchaun Darou shows Miho doing a “funky” sound… and she’s probably the only person that can make this work. Her vocals are on par; it’s amazing how strong her voice is. She owns this song… everything from the uplifting verses to the sassy chorus, Miho hits every note. This song is incredibly infectious… especially during the chorus when they layer Miho’s vocals. In terms of instrumentals the song is a far cry from the acoustic LET IT OUT. This song uses everything from strings to a very prominent brass section to give the song its energy. Extremely well done.

Next we have something completely different. Cry No More is a phenomenal ballad. It begins with Miho singing a capella… we don’t get instrumentals until about a minute into the song. Once we add instruments all we have are piano and cello, nothing else. The acoustic nakedness makes the song that much more peaceful. This song is entirely in English… and Miho has some of the best English I’ve ever heard. She has no accent with the exception of making the whole l/r mistake (e.g. “wirr” for “will”). This song is heartbreaking, and it’s the best ballad I’ve ever heard from Miho.

Next we have HAPPY XMAS (War is Over), a cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s duet. I can’t really comment on this cover because I’m not familiar with the original version, and I have no intention of listening to it (sorry… but I still blame Yoko Ono for breaking up the Beatles). All we did here is replace Yoko Ono with Miho Fukuhara.

Lastly we have Nande Nakitaku Naccchaun Darou (NANDE ANOTHER MIX). It’s another version of the title track with more emphasis on the dance instrumentals. Miho’s vocals are less pronounced, but truly this track doesn’t differ too much from the original track.

Overall: Miho’s strongest single to date. We have a stunning ballad and a hot dance track… versatile much?

Rating: 9.5/10

Track List:

  1. Nande Nakitaku Nacchaun Darou
  2. Cry No More
  3. HAPPY XMAS (War Is Over)
  4. Nande Nakitaku Nacchaun Darou (NANDE ANOTHER MIX)