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BENI- lovebox

2010年 6月 14日

Classy as usual. It does remind me of the last single’s cover though… maybe she cleaned her room?

It has taken me a while to do this review, primarily because I was rather bored with BENI’s new album. Lovebox intro is kind of cute because of the playground/kid noises in the background. Aside from that it’s just a mid-paced, repetitive, R&B track. Not very memorable.

Go here for my reviews of Yura Yura and Sign.

Hitomi Tojite is the first new song on the album. It’s you’re typical BENI-R&B track with catchy lyrics. This song reminded me of too many… KIRA KIRA, Yura Yura, etc.

See the link for Yura Yura to read my review for Gimme Gimme♥.

Fortunately, the album picks up a bit with Girl’s Night feat. JAMOSA. The girl-talk in the beginning of the song reminds me of Yuna Ito’s Stuck On You. This song is a bit more upbeat than BENI’s typical works, which is a good thing. JAMOSA’s vocals aren’t perfect, but BENI’s are!

a million jewels has a more hip hop vibe, reminiscent of Western works. I found myself bored throughout most of this song because it lacked any particular engaging catch.

Kimi Ja Nakyua becomes one of the more poignant songs on the album. While the continual snapping throughout the song annoyed me to no end, the rest of the song is pretty good. The strings make this song more heartfelt and authentic, helping it standout among her numerous mid-tempo songs.

Go here to read about bye bye.

MOVE makes me think of a toned down version of Anything goes!!, from her last album. While it does offer a break from the mid-tempo songs that dominate the first half of the album, I just wasn’t feeling it. Dislike for the most part.

We finally move into more aggressive music with break the rules. What attracted me to this song were the numerous synth affects (vocal and instrumental). There’s nothing wrong with R&B, but too much is too much sometimes. break the rules does just that in terms of what BENI usually sings.

While we don’t have a new Beautiful World on this album, he is mine is the song that comes closest. BENI tones things down a lot with this R&B number. You get a little bit of the ethereal feel with this song, making you want to relax. BENI’s vocals are on par as well (heh, well aren’t they always?)

Okay more mid-tempo stuff with My Friend. Unlike the other mid-tempo works though, I actually liked this song. There’s nothing particularly ground-breaking, but there are so many elements working together that this song comes out well.

Last brand new track is message, arguably the most sincere track on the album. Message is the closest thing you’ll get to a ballad from the new songs. I didn’t think it was anything too special, but it was a nice way to wind things down.

Finally we have Zutto Futari de unplugged ver., a beautiful arrangement of one of BENI’s most famous songs. Unplugged in this case implies lots and lots of strings (and a little piano). This is a tried and true ballad- I like it even more than the original!

Overall: Not going to lie, this was not as impressive as her last album. However, there are lots of new tracks to listen to and there’s something for everyone.

Best Tracks:

  • Girl’s Night feat. JAMOSA
  • break the rules
  • he is mine
  • zutto futari de unplugged ver.

Rating: 6.5/10

Track list:
1. Lovebox Intro
2. Yura Yura (ユラユラ)
3. Sign (サイン)
4. Hitomi Tojite (瞳とじて)
5. Gimme Gimme♥ (ギミギミ♥)
6. Girl’s Night feat. JAMOSA
7. a million jewels
8. Kimi Ja Nakya (君じゃなきゃ)
9. bye bye
10. MOVE
11. break the rules
12. he is mine
13. My Friend (マイ・フレンド)
14. Message
15. Zutto Futari de unplugged version (ずっと二人で unplugged version)