Player Shuffle: June 22, 2007

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Wow, so this has been quite the interesting week. I keep uploading reviews… but no response… which is okay. It really is just fun to do it, but I suppose I should put some music files up, that way I can get some traffic… meh… And, I swear, my player just chose four BoA songs…

Pit-a-Pat
– BoA

Early 90’s pop anyone? This song is in Korean, which I think is a very beautiful language for music, like the Asian version of French. Peircing beats and tight harmonies pull this retro song through, because the melody really isn’t that memorable.
Analysis: Pop/R&B (BoA’s runs)
                 My Name
(June 15, 2004)
                 Korean Weekly Album Charts: #1      

Yume no Uta (Quartet Version)
– Koda Kumi

Another one of Kumi’s ballads. I swear, as soon as you hear one, you know all the rest of them, I can pick up a new ballad of hers in, like, thirty seconds of the track starting. Even so, I still like her voice and it sounds very emotionally charged against the stringed quartet in this song. I thought it very beautiful and a great addition to her first (non-12) #1 single.
Analysis: Pop (Stringed Quartet)
                 Yume no Uta / Futari de… (October 18, 2006)
                 Oricon Weekly Singles Chart: #1

Sha la la
– Ayaka

Talk about a beautiful song! The minor and major switching is amazing and Ayaka’s voice sounds amazing against the strumming acoustic guitars. Ayaka is a truly gifted singer and her jumping and runs are just, well, gorgeous.
Analysis: Pop/Rock (Major vs. Minor)
                 First Message (November 1, 2006)
                 Oricon Weekly Albums Chart: #1
                
United World Albums Chart: #1

Nanairo no Ashita ~brand new beat~
– BoA

Oh, dear, god in heaven. This song is so freakin’ happy. In fact, as soon as I heard it I turned to my friend in the car and said, “Doesn’t that just make you want to kill small children?!” She nodded. Synth pop at it’s most joyful, BoA’s sugar-sweet singing floats on top like a sundae. Shoot me now. Seriously though, I actually like this song, it’s fun and happy and everything a good pop song should be. But, I heard a song about a year later called ‘realize’ by melody. and realized that they share almost exactly the same arrangement. Sadly, it was BoA who released the same song not melody. and I can never listen to melody.’s version anyway, because BoA’s is so much better, but still… someone should have gotten some writing credit.
Analysis: Pop (Synth-laden)
                 Nanairo no Ashita ~brand new beat~ / Your Color (April 5, 2006)
                 Oricon Weekly Singles Chart: #3

Signs of Life
– Suite Chic (a.k.a. Namie Amuro)

This is a really lovely song. Behind a upward guitar motion (sounds a bit like the chords from Takacha’s MOVIN!! from BLEACH) and a smooth ‘clicking’ background, Namie’s voice hovers on high. If I had to say one bad thing, it would be the way she says ‘heart’. It’s rather annoying, but if you are a fan of Namie, you know all about her ‘Engurish’. (Oh yeah, she definitely says, “Signs of rife…”) By the way, this song is completely in English.
Analysis: R&B/Pop (Nice beat)
                 When Pop Hits the Fan (February 26, 2003)
                 Oricon Weekly Albums Chart: #4

Quincy
– BoA

It’s a crazy crazy love song (not really)! This song is not really much to talk about. It’s a pop song. The chorus is radio friendly and BoA’s voice sounds good. But it sounds like all the rest of her radio-friendly-pop songs. **shrugs** It and Konoyono Shirushi, were used as promotional songs for Best of Soul (BoA’s BEST OF Collection), which went on to sell over a million copies.
Analysis: Pop (Synth)
                 Best of Soul (February 2, 2005)
                 Oricon Weekly Albums Chart: #1
                 United World Albums Chart: #1

Amid the Falling Snow
– Enya

Ah, Enya. I was obsessed with her for the entirety of middle school. This song (album) is a beautiful example of just how stuck in a rut a wonderful artist can become. Gloss, all gloss. The songs are beautiful, but they are just plain cookie-cutter, synthy, lackluster tracks… there are some gems, don’t get me wrong, but this song is the above. Sort of a, that’s pretty, move on.
Analysis: New Age (Synth)
                 Amarantine (November 22, 2005)
                For a full list of how well this album did internationally check out your local Wikipedia. Here’s a sampling: Japan #2, U.S. #6, U.K. #8…

Dakishimeru
– BoA

Yum. I really like this song. It has such a good beat and is great for dancing and probably spawned some pretty good remixes, although I have yet to hear any of them. The bottom bass line tends to get extremely repetitive, but for some reason, unless you are listening to the instrumental, it’s not that noticeable.
Analysis: Pop (Electronic)
                 Dakishimeru (November 23, 2005)
                 Oricon Weekly Singles Chart: #9

Oasis
– Do As Infinity

Tomiko Van’s voice is annoying in this song for some reason. Besides that, it’s another good DAI song but nothing to really rave about. The guitar solo or ensuing voice effects is cool. The chorus is catchy.
Analysis: Pop/Rock (Guitar)
                 Oasis (January 26, 2000)
                 Oricon Weekly Singles Chart: #25

Suiren
– HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR

Okay, that’s enough… all their songs… I can’t tell them apart… her voice is pretty, the song is interesting, and the screaming is stupid… there you go…
Analysis: Rock (Maakii’s voice)
                 San (February 21, 2007)
                 Oricon Weekly Albums Chart: #16

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~ by vinyabarion on June 22, 2007.

2 Responses to “Player Shuffle: June 22, 2007”

  1. OMG! I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!

    Keep it going! :D

  2. thanks… I’m trying :D

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