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Aug 15th ft. Yaida Hitomi, Faye Wong, Mina, Yumi Shizukusa, RIKKI, Cocco & Nobuo Uematsu


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* - This week's songs will be removed: We'll say Sunday, August 22nd, 2004 - but you know how that goes.




Comment, or Sailor Venus will hunt you down and kick your ass - and Jo and Zora will be there, laughing and taking pictures.

Azora.:* - All of the songs will be up gradually. I got tapped to work tomorrow so I really don't have time to be putting up all the songs at once. I need to get
some sleep. However, I can tell you that most of the songs on the update will be Japanese. I'm trying to keep some kind of balance between the languages, or at least
the major ones that I have, but it's a little hard sometimes when there's things I want to share and they're all in one language. Heh. Anyway, comment and come back whenever -
maybe more things will be up then. Also, keep in mind, if you take something - comment, even if it has to be repeatedly. Hopefully all the songs will be up tomorrow, but I'm
not promising anything. You can look in the Subject to see some of who's coming.

Request List Here.



Title: Hitori Jenga
Artist(s): Yaida Hitomi
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Air/Cook/Sky
Company: Toshiba EMI
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): n/a
Genre: Rock/Jazz/Pop
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Yaida Hitomi never played a live show before she was signed. She sent a demo tape around when she was 21, which eventually found it's way to a record company, Aozora Records
and then to three of Tokyo's biggest radio stations. She plays many instruments, but often plays only her guitar during recording and shows, leaving the other instruments to a band called Diamond Head.

[REVIEW]

I've liked Yaida Hitomi for a while, but until recently haven't gotten to sample most of her work. Hitori Jenga is one of my
favorite songs already. I'm a sucker for songs with a clapping beat. Her voice is something too. It's almost nasal, but she keeps
enough control that she doesn't, if that makes sense. *shrug* I put down jazz too because
while this song isn't jazz, she gets this jazzy lilt to her voice at parts and something in the rhythm just makes me think jazz.



Title: Cold War (Lang Jeen)
Artist(s): Faye Wong
Language: Cantonese
Album/Single: Hundred Thousand Whys
Company: Cinepoly
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://www.sonymusic.com.tw/pop/fayewong/
Genre: Pop
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Faye Wong is arguably one of the most well known Chinese musicians in the world.
She began her career doing “normal” pop songs (fabricated maybe?) under the name Shirley Wong, but at one point decided to change her style and her name to Faye Wong.
She now does pop her own way - and it seemed to have made her only more popular.
Faye is probably best known to gamers worldwide as the woman who sang “Eyes on Me”.

[REVIEW]

This is a mostly piano song, with Faye's voice. This is also a cover of the popular Tori Amos song, "Silent All These Years". For some reason,
Faye renamed it. However, I still like it. The chorus is quite interesting, like a choir and Faye's voice is almost earsplitting in an angelic way.
I also decided to put this up because someone mentioned they liked Cantonese better than Mandarin, and Faye, contrary to what I first thought,
is more of a Cantopop singer than a Mandopop singer.



Title: Jjang (The Best)
Artist(s): Mina
Language: Korean
Album/Single: RE:TURN 2 MINA
Company: J-Entercom
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): n/a
Genre: Urban/Dance
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Shin Mina was first spotted at a 2002 South Korean Soccer World Cup game, cheering on the South Korea team. She was also crowned Miss World Cup for South Korea. Before being "spotted" for her looks, she was a backup dancer
for Park Ji Yoon.

[REVIEW]

First off, the only thing I dislike about Mina is that she was noticed by a couple of photographers during a game. She wasn't discovered for her singing or anything like that. But hey, however it happens, I guess.
This is quite Urban sounding, and very groovy. It's got a bouncy quality to it, very dancy. Jjang, the title, can mean
something like "The Best" or like the Boss. It's disputable. Mina sounds very good on this song, although once again, I'm not sure if she's a studio
artist or if she can actually sing. She's got the "urban" thing down anyway. Or at least pseudo-urban. She seems a little bit manufactured, but that does not
take the edge off of the groove for me.



Title: Kagerou
Artist(s): RIKKI
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Mitsu
Company:
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s):
Genre: Traditional/Contemporary
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

RIKKI is a traditional-contemporary artist. She performed the theme song for FFX, Suteki Da Ne, but also is an accomplished artist
on her own and has released several albums.

[REVIEW]

This is quite a sharp sounding song. RIKKI's vocals almost seem out of this world, and I'm not quite sure whether her voice
is digitalized in this song, or whether she really sounds like this. However, after hearing a live version of Suteki Da Ne, I'm
convinced this is her actual voice, no smoke and mirrors. The backing music is quite traditional sounding, but almost seems
electronic. It's, by all means, modern traditional music.



Title: The Place I'll Return To Somewhere
Artist(s): Nobuo Uematsu
Language: None.
Album/Single: Final Fantasy 9 OST
Company:
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s):
Genre: Instrumental/Medieval
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Nobuo Uematsu is the renowned composer at Squaresoft for the Final Fantasy games. He began playing the piano on his own at the age of 12 without
instruction. He graduated from the University of Kanagawa with a major in Music. He enjoys Japanese pro wrestling, drinking and making beer, and learning how to play
the fiddle. He was also named as on of the 100 innovators in Time Magazine for the piece, "Time 100: The Next Wave - Music".

[REVIEW]

This has a very medieval sound to it, and I love it. This is the opening theme song for FF9 - not THE theme song, that's Melodies of Life -
but this is the song they play on the opening screen for the game. It has this feeling of being more of a theme for the game than MoL is.
It has the whole Alexandria feel to it, and is a great pre-theme to the game. IMO, always, of course.



Title: COUNTDOWN (KAUTODAUN)
Artist(s): Cocco
Language: Japanese
Album/Single: Bougainvillea, Best
Company: Speedstar
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://www.cocco.co.jp
Genre: Rock
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Cocco's real name is Makishi Satoko. Her first "album" was a three song EP, self-titled. One of the songs off
the EP was selected by Tower Records for their advertising campaign, and Cocco to star in them. She released four albums
before announcing her retirement from music. However, she has contributed to the Yutaka Ozaki tribute album and wrote a book.
Cocco is a very emotional person, and puts all her emotions into her music.
She finds it hard to be in the spotlight and cannot stand fame, shying away from it.

[REVIEW]

This song starts out just absolutely beautiful. A piano and violin intro. I remember when I first got my Best album, I was so silent
when I heard the beginning. Cocco's is so soft and calm that you don't expect the song to explode. And it does. She gets right in her
element quickly. The thing about Cocco is that she's so emotional, all the time, you can't help but love her for it. The violin does make
repeated appearances on musical breaks too, and that's what keeps the song together really. The music and Cocco's voice go back and forth between
calm and serious to hurried. This isn't my favorite song, but it's close, very close.



Title: TAKE ME TAKE ME ~N-Balance Mix~
Artist(s): Yumi Shizukusa
Language: Japanese/English
Album/Single: TAKE ME TAKE ME
Company: Giza
Requested by: n/a
Reviewed by: Azora
Link(s): http://www.yumi-shizukusa.com
Genre: Remix/Urban/Pop
Download (right or left click): here.

[BIO]

Yumi Shizukusa, who briefly stinted on the Indies scene, is an Urban artist with Giza. She performed live with Mai Kuraki and Rina Aiuchi before her debut.

[REVIEW]

I thought I'd serve up a "new" take on one of my old Yumi Shizukusa favorites, the anthem-ish "TAKE ME TAKE ME". I <3 the original version, but
surprisingly, this remix from the single really gets things heated up. There's some extra drums, and this awesome guitar in parts. Of course, there's
a section devoted to a little bit of synthesizing, but not much, and it's not major synth anyway. Most of the song is kept intact here,
and I like that. I'm sure that the remix itself would have made a great single instead of the original version, but both are equally good. Yumi's different
from your average Urban artist, but that doesn't mean she bad at all - quite the opposite.
Tags: cocco, faye wong, mina, nobuo uematsu, rikki, yaida hitomi, yumi shizukusa
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