The 21st birthday of ‘Sweet 19 Blues’, the classic Namie Amuro album about the youthful idol singer – The Breakdown

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Released: July 20, 1996

The 1990s was the best period for Japanese music, in my opinion. The market skyrocketed with timeless releases, sales were at an all-time high, and the amount of up-and-coming musicians were inevitable as it was filled with prosperity. You had artists like Globe, Seiko Matsuda, B’z and Mr. Children who, for example, had claim some of the highest-selling releases that Japan had ever witnessed. But then, as 1995 came straight around the corner, young idol singer Namie Amuro started to play on the playground.  Continue reading “The 21st birthday of ‘Sweet 19 Blues’, the classic Namie Amuro album about the youthful idol singer – The Breakdown”

Remember Nicki Minaj’s frilly offering ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’? – The Breakdown

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Released: April 2, 2012 (Young Money / Universal)

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded was one of those album’s where everyone was either completely murdered by or completely afraid of purchasing because, truth be told, it was a lil’ unexpecting when I purchased it back in 2012. But before even thinking about Roman Reloaded, think back to 2010’s Pink Friday; a confessional yet over-the-top R&B record that dished the frills and kills of Minaj’s versatility as a vocalist and hard-core rapper (uhhh, don’t tell me you don’t know the classic “Moment 4 Life” or “Super Bass”?). She was at the top of the hip-hop game, and one of the most recognized faces of the 2010s era (well, she still is, AND her ass). Continue reading “Remember Nicki Minaj’s frilly offering ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’? – The Breakdown”

Remember ‘Teenage Dream’, the iconic pop collection way before ‘Witness’ and ‘Prism’ – The Breakdown

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Around last week I had reviewed Ms. Katy Perry’s new studio album Witness. To be fair, it wasn’t exactly what I expected, which was a bummer, considering that Ms. Thang is undeniable one of my biggest teenage dreams (get it? teenage dream?). The thing is that, it’s not that Katy went into another direction or spread her wings a little wider (cause I give her props), it’s the fact that nothing really stood out and came full-circle. Instead, it came off a little under-cooked and mediocre, and trust me, I’ve been listening to it over-and-over again… As a result of this, I kinda forgot that I had a large stash of Katy Perry memorabilia—that was when I went to her awesome and unforgettable California Dreams and Prismatic World Tour—and stumble across the Teenage Dream vinyl I purchased for the record’s fifth anniversary (which was about one-and-a-half years ago). Continue reading “Remember ‘Teenage Dream’, the iconic pop collection way before ‘Witness’ and ‘Prism’ – The Breakdown”

Remember “Passion” and “Sanctuary” by Utada Hikaru? Let’s go back in Time! – The Breakdown

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As I have been growing to write reviews primarily based on my own interpretation rather than a somewhat “professional” outlook, I have noticed that there are some major subjects/songs/albums/art/others etc. pieces that have not been discussed on a personal level. A lot of the music and reviews I conduct are pretty simple and basic without any touch of reality or personal connection towards it. So, in order to attract some personal opinions and similarities towards the readers, I will be hosting a category titled The Breakdown. Think of it like an extended review, only with more of a backstory, personal development and an extensive analysis of all compartments to the piece. So, In order to start, I’ve picked out my favourite song: “Passion” and “Sanctuary” by Utada Hikaru. So, let’s go. Continue reading “Remember “Passion” and “Sanctuary” by Utada Hikaru? Let’s go back in Time! – The Breakdown”