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jimmy_deluxe
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Album: Delicious Way
Artist: Mai Kuraki
Release date: 2000.06.28
Genre: J-Pop

Well, this is an album that I actually bought recently. For quite some time I did not bother to listen to Mai Kuraki because my first impression of her was that she is boring. That was back in 2005.
Now all of a sudden I wanted to give her a 2nd chance just because of Yoko Blaqstone who produced several songs for her. Since I love Yoko and the music she produces for Yumi Shizukusa I thought it was about time to give Mai Kuraki a try again. So I ended up watching some of her videos because I was too lazy to search for download links; I could not get 'Stay By My Side' out of my head and so I ended up buying that album.
Just like Utada Hikaru in her early years, Mai Kuraki has a heavy R&B influence on this album which I absolutely love. All a-sides from her four singles of this album are great, no question, but there are also some other songs on the album which are very special like 'Stepping∞Out', 'Everything's All Right' and 'Can't Get Enough'. Another thing about this album is that it is very harmonic and does not contain a great difference of styles. I used to think that albums like that are rather boring and all but that opinion has changed. I kind of learned to appreciate balanced albums.
It is one of those albums that once you put it into the CD player you do not want to stop until the last track is over.

01 Delicious Way 8/10
02 Love, Day After Tomorrow 9/10
03 Secret of my heart 9/10
04 Stepping ∞ Out 9/10
05 Baby Tonight ~You & Me~ 7/10
06 Can't Get Enough ~gimme your love~ 7/10
07 NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP 10/10
08 Stay by my side 10/10
09 Everything's All Right 10/10
10 happy days 6/10
11君との時間 (Kimi no Jikan) 9/10
Altogether:94/110
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jimmy_deluxe
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2008 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Album: my all..
Artist: Yuki Koyanagi
Release date: 2001.05.30
Genre: J-Pop

I know Yuki Koyanagi's 3rd album, 'my all..' has already been reviewed before but I can't hold myself back from giving my opinion on it.
Overall it is an album dominated by balance and harmony. Each track contains a lot of individuality but still no track falls out of the concept. It's not necessary for an album to contain songs of many different genres randomly mixed together because this can be rather confusing at times. Musical arrangement and vocal abilities are blended together very well; unlike on other albums Yuki seems to have full control of her voice on every track of this album. She knows what she can do and what she can't so she holds back when necessary (compared to her numerous cover songs in which she tends to overpower herself this is real progress.)
The opening track is very calm and makes a great start for the album. It's followed by the rhythmic and more uptempo 'DEEP DEEP', one of the catchy songs on this album. The next three tracks sound good but they are not that outstanding and it is hard to remember the tunes because they sound a little similar. 'Cry' again sounds very different again, it's a slow, emotional song and very nice to listen to. The beginning of the next song, 'Take My Hand', could be better but the song itself is alright. Her singing is a little unconvincing on this one, but this is the only track that feels a bit weird listening to. 'MOONSHINE' has a quite powerful arrangement but I think she pulls it off quite well. It is followed by 'Sweet', a faster tune which she deals with well and two sweet slow songs which I like a lot. The album officially ends with 'beautiful world' a very powerful but slow song - it is great and I think this song suits her very well. There are three remixes attached as bonus tracks, the first two are only okay but I like the third one because Kreva is on it.
The album is definitely worth the money. One can listen to it so many times without getting bored or annoyed by the songs.

01. my all.. 10/10
02. DEEP DEEP 10/10
03. Squall 7/10
04. MEN? 6/10
05. CROSS OVER 6/10
06. Cry 10/10
07. Take my hand 6/10
08. MOONSHINE 9/10
09. Sweet 8/10
10. a love song 10/10
11. eien 10/10
12. Beautiful World 10/10
13. Squall (Produced by Fantastic Plastic Machine) 6/10
14. MEN? (B.N.M. Bossa Delight Mix) 6/10
15. Beautiful World (KREVA REMIX) 9/10
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