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December 12 ft. Emiko Shiratori, Matsu Takako, DOUBLE, Ayaka Hirahara...

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* - This week's songs will be removed: We'll say Sunday, December 26th, 2004 - but you know how that goes.




Azora.: First off, all the biography info on my picks are coming off the top of my head. I don't feel like looking for bio info this time around, but I think I know enough. Anyway, this update has a bit of a midtempo theme. I'm on a midtempo theme for now, listening to Ayaka and Takako and just recently Chihiro Onitsuka. If the bio information looks weird, forgive me. But um, I'm tired and I don't really care today. ^^; Enjoy the downloads.

Jo.: I have been so lazy lately with the not-updating and so forth, but I'm on vacation now so once again I will try to keep my act together. Thanks Zora for keeping the place running like you always do ^.~ Anyway I tried to pick some slow songs this week to fit with Zora's mid-tempo idea. It's just random songs I picked & ripped off CDs (hint: copy protection= not as shiny as the record companies think). Ditto on the crappy bios this week thing. Enjoy, anyway. ^^ Sorry I'm a bit late. I also romanized that song title for you, Zora ^.~



Title: Risshuu ~Kaze ni Fukarete~ / The First Day of Autumn ~Blown in The Wind~
Artist(s): Emiko Shiratori
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Cross My Heart
Reviewed by: Azora
Genre: pop ballad/folk
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Emiko Shiratori's been around for a while. She sung at the Olympics in Nagano, Japan. She's more known today among gamers for her theme song for FF9, "Melodies of Life". Emiko also sings very well in English and seems to be fond of cover songs.

[REVIEW]

Yeah, I know, my info sucks. But I'm lazy. Anyway, I just got her Cross My Heart album which I've been LUSTING after since like, forever. The First Day of Autumn (I lack romanized track titles right now because my romanizing site is down) is a folky sounding pop ballad that sounds very much like a mix between Emiko's "popera" style as I've heard one person put it and country. It's more pop ballad than anything though, and is midtempo enough without being totally upbeat.



Title: The Shooting Star
Artist(s): Matsu Takako
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Itsuka, Sakure no Ame ni...
Reviewed by: Azora
Genre: Contemporary pop
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Matsu Takako is a well-known j-dorama actress and contemporary pop singer. She has released several albums and headed several of her own tours.

[REVIEW]

Yay for Matsu Takako. <3 Alright, this is a little more upbeat than midtempo, but it's a fabulous song. Definitely one of my favorites, even though it's an older song. The Shooting Star is partly responsible for me getting into Matsu Takako. It's got this groovy underbeat, but it's her smooth vocals that I'm loving. She just get carried away trying to show off her voice - it's just there. Anyway, it's got that great orchestra backing in some parts too... This is definitely one of my guilty pleasures right here. (Oh wait, no. That's actually enjoying BoA's English on the b-side to her new Christmas single, The Christmas Song. O.o!)



Title: Moon River
Artist(s): DOUBLE
Language: English
Album/Single: Life is Beautiful
Reviewed by: Azora
Genre: Jazz
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

DOUBLE is one half of an original duo. I can't remember their names (I don't think I've ever known them) but it used to be a duo of sisters. One of the sisters died the summer after their breakthrough hit, and the other one now goes on using the same name. DOUBLE normally does R&B infused pop and dance.

[REVIEW]

Ooh, I'm loving this. Moon River has been sung by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn before DOUBLE and fans of old-time jazz and old flicks will probably immediately recognize it. The Frontpage Orchestra is what you'll hear in the background, and they're absolutely amazing. DOUBLE isn't too shabby herself, and her English is pretty good. She says huckleberry a bit funny, but I suppose no-one's perfect. Everyone should hear me roll my R's for Spanish. My double-R's are non-existent. Anyway, good song. <3



Title: I
Artist(s): Ayaka Hirahara
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: The Voice
Reviewed by: Azora
Genre: pop
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Ayaka Hirahara hit the charts with a bang with her single Jupiter, and a voice that reminded more than a few of ballad singer Asuca Hayashi. She's released her newest album now, titled The Voice.

[REVIEW]

I could have been repetitive and posted the English version of Jupiter that I like so much, but I decided to go with my second favorite cutting off the album, "I". Ayaka sticks to the low notes, which is fine with me. It's a pop song that switches between all the tempos - low, mid, up- and even has a few of those dramatic electric guitars in the background. Anyway, it's good. I mean, I listen to it. Of course it's good. XP



Title: Never On Sunday
Artist(s): Maki Nomiya
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Lady Miss Warp
Reviewed by: Jo
Genre: Retro-pop/Shibuya-Kei
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Maki Nomiya is the ex-vocalist of now-defunct influential Shibuya-Kei group Pizzicato Five. Since the group's split in 2001, Maki has released 2 solo albums, written 3 books, featured on songs by S-Kei mainstays such as Towa Tei and Crazy Ken Band and started her own clothing label, mini-she by Maki Nomiya.

[REVIEW]

I know I wrote a proper bio for Maki at some point but I couldn't be bothered finding it. Anyway, Maki Nomiya is a goddess as far as I am concerned. I love her albums and the work she did with m-flo has become my absolute favourite song, not only of 2004, but of all time (any song which can amuse me for over 6 months earns that title). Her retro, 60's & jazz influenced pop isn't for everyone though. Never On Sunday was the first single off Maki's third (second post-P5) album Lady Miss Warp. It's a ballad that sounds like something Burt Bacharach might have done in the 60's, which is non-surprising since he's one of her favourite artists. It's not one of my favourites of Maki, but still good.



Title: Close to you
Artist(s): Ayumi Hamasaki
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: RAINBOW
Reviewed by: Jo
Genre: Pop/ballad
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Ayumi Hamasaki is one of Japan's most influential pop stars ever. In the 6 years she has been in the music biz, she has released six albums, a load of singles and hundreds of remixes, earning her the title of being one the most remixed artists in the world. Her sales often break records and it is rare for her singles to not go to number one. Her music covers heaps of genres, from pop to rock to techno and everything in between.

[REVIEW]

This song is a standard Ayu ballad and not one of my favourites, but it would be a bit lame to post something like HANABI since everyone has that already, so here you go, Close to you. It reminds me a bit of Christmas because of the bells I think. Speaking of Ayu, who here has heard the stuff off her new album? I used to be a massive Ayu fan but now I can't bring myself to care. Still, can anyone tell me if it's any good?



Title: SIGNS OF LIFE
Artist(s): SUITE CHIC
Language: English
Album/Single: When Pop Hits the Fan
Reviewed by: Jo
Genre: R'n'B
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

SUITE CHIC is a project made up of some of Japan's best and most influential DJs, MCs and producers. It featured people like VERBAL, ZEEBRA, michico, AI, and of course vocals done by Namie Amuro. Only one album was released, plus a remix album, but many fans hope a second will be made in the near future, and Namie has hinted towards it at various points.

[REVIEW]

I've liked this song since the first time I heard it. It's very ambient and relaxing. As for Namie doing an entire song in english- it sounds like a daunting prospect but it's not so bad. Her pronunciation is a little off, but the lyrics were written by a native english speaker (as with the backup vocals in the chorus) so the "signs of rife" aren't as annoying as they could be. VERBAL also acted as an English consultant for the entire album which is why the english is some of Namie's best. But I disgress. I like this song- some of the rhyming in the lyrics is a bit obvious, but I like the message- that you can meet someone who brings you back to life. Very nice ball
Tags: ayaka hirahara, ayumi hamasaki, double, emiko shiratori, maki nomiya, matsu takako, suite chic
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