Ami Suzuki: ‘Supreme Show’ – Album Review

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Released: November 12, 2008 (Avex Trax)

Supreme Show is a record I feel that Ami Suzuki had always wanted to make but never had the tools at the time to execute. It was released ten months after her concept album Dolce, back in February 2008, but to categorize Dolce as her official “comeback” was probably a misstep. Because if anything, Supreme Show showcased Suzuki-chan at her utmost best. Supreme Show was also on the brink of her 10th anniversary in the music business, so I guess it’s a pretty special record to commemorate on. Continue reading “Ami Suzuki: ‘Supreme Show’ – Album Review”

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Ami Suzuki: ‘Dolce’ – Album Review

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Released: February 6, 2008 (Avex Trax)

Ami Suzuki is a name that has never been mentioned in the recent years of J-Pop music. No, not Suzuki the car brand. Ami Suzuki. The 90s J-Pop diva. One of the prime 90s artists that could have made longevity seem like a walk in the park. But after a controversial legal battle in the early 2000s, she kinda vanished from the scene. But from there onwards, Suzuki-chan decided to re-brand herself as an indie artist that focused on compiling records that had a lil’ bit of artist twists and fun-upbeat vibes. Continue reading “Ami Suzuki: ‘Dolce’ – Album Review”

LiSA: “ASH” – Single Review

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Released: October 1, 2017 (Sacra Music)

J-Pop singer LiSA has been one of the most prominent anime musicians in recent years. Givin’ the fact she belts out theme songs for anime series and films like F-ing fireworks on the 4th of July, it’s hard to miss LiSA… because like the careers of Koda Kumi and Ayumi Hamasaki, LiSA is always there. So to me, her new single “ASH” seems just like a walk in the park; heavy guitars, dramatic chorus hooks, and over-exaggerated vocal deliveries that seems to go on and on and on. Yup, this is all marked off on the “anime-singer-releasing-anime-song” list. Continue reading “LiSA: “ASH” – Single Review”

REOL: ‘Endless’ – EP Review

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Released: October 11, 2017 (Toy’s Factory)

REOL have been one of my favourite bands-on-the-rise for quite some time. Their 2016 debut record, Sigma, immediately snatched my coins and edges man, and trust me, it was a record not to forget (well, especially if you’re into anime and heavy electronic music). To me, I feel Sigma was one of those rare J-Pop records that made a few waves outside the region for it’s unique blend of typical Otaku-esque culture with an Americanized smash of heavy EDM BANGERS and lit production. But halfway into 2017, REOL announced their separation after their concert tour… yup… depressing isn’t it? Continue reading “REOL: ‘Endless’ – EP Review”

Namie Amuro: ‘Break the Rules’ – Album Review

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Released: December 20, 2000 (Avex Trax)

If anything, Namie Amuro’s exploration into the world of R&B was by far the most satisfying moment of her career. Back then, you had quite a few bangers with her Genius 2000 record that left me strapped for cash; “Leavin’ for Las Vegas”… “Something ’bout the Kiss”… PURE FIRE to my ears y’all! But Break the Rules, Amuro-chan’s fifth record and second attempt with acclaimed American producer Dallas Austin, is anything but rule-breaking (no tea no shade y’all). Continue reading “Namie Amuro: ‘Break the Rules’ – Album Review”

Kumi Koda: “Hush” – Single Review

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Released: October 4, 2017 (Avex Trax)

Y’all know I live for some Kumi Koda realness. Back in March this year, Ms. Kumi released her highly-anticipated records W Face Inside and Outside. Inside was a bit of an iffy release that featured mundane ballads and had little flair to it, whereas the ratchet booty bouncin’ beats on Outside made me F-ing throw that cash up in the aaaaaiiiiirrrr! I love me some ratchet Kumi, I really do, and the release of Outside certainly gave me high expectations on what could be coming next. Continue reading “Kumi Koda: “Hush” – Single Review”

Demi Lovato: ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ – Album Review

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Released: September 29, 2017 (Island Records)

The hierarchy of Demi Lovato’s records are pretty interesting. Unbroken was meticulously created as bittersweet that only presented Ms. Lovato as a secondary element to the record. Demi was a lot better with it’s cohesion and overall delivery, but still didn’t bring enough fire and fierceness than what Confident did two years later. Long story short; if Unbroken and Demi were trends at the time, and Confident was re-asserting Demi Lovato as a well-rounded artists, then her latest effort Tell Me You Love Me is a big step forward… a VERY big step forward. Continue reading “Demi Lovato: ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ – Album Review”

Ayumi Hamasaki: “WORDS” – Single Review

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Released: September 6, 2017 (Avex Trax)

As you all know, J-Pop diva Ayumi Hamasaki has had quite a few bumpy rides with her music since the 2010s period. A lot of the time, it just feels that Ayu-chan has no interested in coming back with a set of new jams, a new do, and fresh attitude. Instead, she keeps recycling her sound circa 2012 and remastering them with different arrangements and styles. But while 2012 isn’t exactly as far away as, let’s say, 2005 with her music, but if you follow Ayu-chan on social media—or just realize about her way of publishing her music—she releases about 3 album’s in one year. So yeah, not exactly fresh out the bag. Continue reading “Ayumi Hamasaki: “WORDS” – Single Review”

Namie Amuro: ‘Genius 2000’ – Album Review

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Released: January 20, 2000 (Avex Trax)

Namie Amuro’s 2000 third studio album, Genius 2000, saw a transition from her idol appeal, to a fully-matured young woman. That being said, Genius 2000 saw the J-pop diva invoke a slick R&B sound that graced the future releases in her career, and instead of solely relying on legendary J-pop producer Tetsuya Komuro to basically recycle the same sounds into a collection of tracks, Amuro-chan teamed up with American producer Dallas Austin to produce a rather prospective release. No? Not familiar of Mr. Austin? Well, have you heard of TLC? Toni Braxton? Madonna? Well, then you know him well enough. Continue reading “Namie Amuro: ‘Genius 2000’ – Album Review”