Lee Hyori – It’s Hyorish

Invincible Lee Hyori
2.5
Lesson
2.5
Photo Album
2.5
A Barbershop’s Daughter
3.5
Don’t cry
2.5
Will It Get Better w Big-tone
3.5
Sexy Boy w Wheesung
2.5
Red Car w Kim Gun Mo
3.5
Hey Mr.BiG
2.5
P.P.P -Punky Punky Party- w Nassun
2.5
My Life
3.5
Unusual w Seo Jung Hwan
2.5

thoughts. B+.
I remember when Lee Hyori released her third Korean album It’s Hyorish in that was back when I absolutely did not like her. I’m actually surprised by how much I disliked her really; I just felt like her voice was average and she was over rated as life. However, after this album I actually started liking her music an decided to give her a chance. I now really like her voiceit’s nothing special but she really knows how to use it, especially in her more ballad oriented tracks. I didn’t really care for this album my first listen through, but listening to it now for this review I actually really like it. Hyori’s previous two albums, though not bad, didn’t leave much of an impression. This album on the other hand stands out, even songs I didn’t think I would like such as: Hey Mr.BiG and P.P.P -Punky Punky Party- w Nassun, they’re fun. The tracks I really dug though were the more slower paced songs: A Barbershop’s Daughter and Will It Get Better w Big-tone were really nice, and the both stand out on surprising track Red Car w Kim Gun Mo really stuck with me (I didn’t care for Kim Gun Mo’s parts though). I wish she would have ended the album with My Life, because though I didn’t write off Unusual w Seo Jung Hwan it’s a pretty lackluster track. All in all, a really good album an one I would recommend people start with if they’re first getting into her music.

  • favorite track – Red Car w Kim Gun Mo
    least favorite track – Unusual w Seo Jung Hwan
    guilty pleasure track – Will It Get Better w Big-tone
    under rated track – A Barbershop’s Daughter

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Pikapika Fantajin

Sparkling Killer
3.5
The Beginning Ring of a Dream -album mix-
2.5
Wasteful Night Land
3.5
Serious Eyes
2.5
do do pi do
2.5
Family Party -album mix-
2.5
Ring a Bell
2.5
Tokyo Highway
3.5
Love Love Love
2.5
Terrible Aura -album mix-
2.5
Explorer
2.5

thoughts. B.
What an interesting album; in both a good and bad way. Pikapika Fantajin is Kyary’s third an so far most recent studio album (I found out after I reviewed this album that she is about to release her fourth). I’m not really sure on what I should say about it as I am still so very confused at the fact that I actually like her music enough to feature her. I tend to like Kyary’s albums in a distant sort of way, but at the same time I find her just fascinating. I shouldn’t take her serious, but I do. This album is a bit of a mixed bag; it’s a rather decent album all the same. The tracks that stood out were Sparking Killer an surprisingly Wasteful Nightland and Tokyo Highway hence why they’re the only tracks to earn the 3 star rating. The rest aren’t bad but play like odd little filler tracks: do do pi do being the most random of them all, well that and Serious Eyes, Family Party -album mix-, Ring a Bell and Terrible Aura -album mix-. Even so, this is a album I could play through and rarely skip a track. A step down from her second album, yet probably on the same level as her debut.

  • favorite track – Sparkling Killer
    least favorite track – Serious Eyes
    guilty pleasure track – Wasteful Night Land
    under rated track – Tokyo Highway

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Kuraki Mai – FAIRY TALE

Fairy tale ~my last teenage wish~
2.5
Feel fine!
2.5
Ride on time
2.5
key to my heart
2.5
Winter Bells
2.5
Loving You…
2.5
Can’t forget your love
3.5
Trip in the dream
2.5
Not that kind a girl
2.5
Like a star in the night
2.5
Strange Country
2.5
fantasy
2.5

thoughts. B.
I always say this, but I really thought I liked this album more than I do or maybe I’m confusing it with If I Believe. Anywho, FAIRY TALE is Kuraki Mai’s third album and it’s OK, but definitely a step down from her previous two albums. The songs are straight, but a bit generic and forgettable. It just sounded like she recorded some tracks then threw them on the album. I’ll give Kuraki some credit though because she does generic in average very well. I liked key to my heart, Loving You…, Like a star in the night and Strange Country; which are really generic and average sounding, but sung competently. Can’t forget your love is the stand out track of course an possibly my favorite song by Kuraki Mai. This album is typical early-Kuraki fair; passable.

  • favorite song – Can’t forget your love
    least favorite song – Not that kind of girl
    guilty pleasure track – Strange Country
    under rated track – Loving You…

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KOKIA – Remember Me

My Sun
3.5
Different way
2.5
Kawaranai Koto ~since 1976~
3.5
Happy birthday to me
2.5
In Relief
3.5
Sky
2.5
The Power of Smile
2.5
Clap your hands!
2.5
I Believe -from the Bottom of the Sea-
2.5
Important Things are Behind Your Eye
2.5
?
2.5
sigh
2.5
Remember the kiss duet “KOKIA&Piano”
2.5

thoughts. B.
I feel like I liked KOKIA’s third album: Remember me more when I first heard it. It’s not like I’m saying it’s a bad album, because KOKIA is one of those artists that doesn’t really have a bad album. It just doesn’t stand out as much as I remember it when I first listened to it, years ago. As usual, KOKIA’s voice is perfection, I particularly favored it in My Sun, Kawaranai Koto ~since 1976~ and In Relief. The rest were decent in their own right, but didn’t too much to stand out. I’ll just say those tracks are typical KOKIA fare. It’s another one of those albums I can just play through though without skipping a track. It’s not boring, just there really.

  • favorite track – My Sun
    least favorite track – Clap your hands!
    guilty pleasure track – Happy birthday to me
    under rated track – Kawaranai Koto ~since 1976~

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Koda Kumi – Kingdom

LAST ANGEL feat. Tohoshinki
2.5
Sweet Trap
2.5
Secret
3.5
Love Song
3.5
anytime
3.5
Under
3.5
BUT
2.5
The Proof of Love
3.5
What You Did For Me
2.5
FREAKY
2.5

thoughts. B+.
I think I am a little more partial to Koda Kumi’s sixth album Kingdom. I remember being very excited for it to drop, and I really liked it when I first listened to it. I’m still bewildered by the fact that she made a video to every track on this album, like why? It just makes me exhausted thinking of it. I also find it funny by how much I use to really dislike Love Song. When it first came out I didn’t even want to listen to it, yet it has grown on me and I really like it now. On the other hand, the tracks I use to really like such as: LAST ANGEL, BUT and FREAKY has lost their flare, especially FREAKY which just plays like a generic JUICY. I absolutely adore anytime, it is quite possibly my second favorite Kuu song, right behind hands. It’s under rated to me to. IMO I think most of the tracks on this album are under rated, she has some real gems on this like: Secret, Under and The Proof of Love. It’s like a more cohesive Black Cherry to me, despite me believing the same tactic was used for this one as well. The execution just seemed less sloppy and more polished to me.

  • favorite track – anytime
    least favorite track – FREAKY
    guilty pleasure track – Under
    under rated track – Secret

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Koda Kumi – Black Cherry

Get Up&Move!!
2.5
Mermaid Princess
2.5
Dream Song
2.5
The Moon and the Sun
3.5
Bud of Love
3.5
JUICY
3.5
Candle Light
2.5
Cherry Girl
2.5
I’ll be there
2.5
Fate
2.5
With your smile
3.5

thoughts. B.
For this to be Koda Kumi’s highest selling album it’s really not all that good. The one thing I’ve always disliked about Kuu’s albums after Secret is the fact that it seems like she puts a good amount of effort into her singles, then just records songs, tosses them in a hat picks them out blindfolded and then just throws them on her albums. So, you have a handful of hit or miss singles. A few good album only tracks, filler tracks in just why is this on here tracks. Kuu’s fifth album Black Cherry is an album I actually liked when it first came out, but after awhile the more I listened to it the more underwhelming it became. I’m still wondering where the hell that Puppy track came from, and why Milk Tea (a song title in which songs I always tend to like) didn’t make the cut? The tracks aren’t bad though, they actually hold up well, even the more raunchy JUICY. Dream Song, The Moon and the Sun, Bud of Love, Candle Light, JUICY and With your smile are the tracks that really clicked with me. Get Up&Move!! and Cherry Girl are pretty fun tracks; Mermaid Princess and Fate kinda annoy me but I still like them, an I’ll be there is a decent track that I’m sure I liked more when it first came out. This album just seems a little all over the place with me, like the tracks don’t flow or mesh well. Even so it’s still better than her more recent albums, especially AND which is quite possibly her worst album to date.

  • favorite track – The Moon and the Sun
    least favorite track – Fate
    guilty pleasure track – JUICY
    under rated track – Candle Light

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KARA – The First Bloooooming

Broken Promise
2.5
Break It
2.5
If U Wanna
3.5
Secret World
2.5
Don’t be shy
2.5
The Two of Us
2.5
I’ll be there
2.5
Tear Eraser
2.5

thoughts. B.
My expectations were pretty low with KARA’s first album First Bloooooming (this title…?). They were never a K girl group that I was particularly interested in. KARA had never even made a blip on my radar, which I find strange because they were really popular in Japan at one point. I just found myself listening to a couple of their singles and wondering idly how I managed to sleep on them all these years, so I finally decided to give their disco a shot. This is actually a really decent Korean debut from them. I was actually shocked by not only how much I liked this album but by how good their vocals are. The stand out track is definitely If U Wanna, the others were fair but nicely sung an engaging with the exception of Tear Eraser which was oddly boring despite me not writing it off. A nice start to the K side of their music career.

  • favorite track – If U Wanna
    least favorite track – Tear Eraser
    guilty pleasure track – Secret World
    under rated track – Don’t be shy

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Kana Nishino – Thank you, Love

Esperanza
2.5
Clap Clap!! 
2.5
Together
2.5
I’ll be there
3.5
Flower
2.5
Where are you
2.5
if
2.5
Alright
3.5 G
You
2.5
Wishing
2.5

thoughts. B.
Kana’s third album Thank you, Love kinda reminds me of her debut album as it’s very simple, yet not in a bad or boring way. It’s definitely one of those albums I can play without skipping a track, wait, well I might skip Clap Clap!! Kana has a really decent voice, an her songs are very unique and interesting to me even though I kinda don’t think that they should be. I think the track that I enjoyed the most was Alright, it reminds me of Come On Yes Yes Oh Yeah!! The tunes I enjoy the most are the ones I didn’t really think I would like in end up loving. It was a pretty fair album, the songs aren’t bad at all just don’t stand out like I’ll be there and Alright did. I do like it more than her debut; the songs are more polished, but her sophomore album was better.

  • favorite track – I’ll be there
    least favorite track – Clap Clap!!
    guilty pleasure track – Esperanza
    under rated track – Alright

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Kalafina – After Eden

Eden
2.5
in your eyes
2.5
neverending
2.5
In the Silence of a Shining Sky
2.5
Where the Heart Is
2.5

thoughts. C.
I really like Kalafina but their third album After Eden though not the worst album I have heard, just doesn’t stick at all. Also, I’m surprised that I only like five songs on the album; that really shocks me because I love their voices an their songs are very creative. It’s like KOKIA if she were a group instead of a solo singer. The tracks aren’t bad of course they just don’t stay with me, the only song I believe that stuck with me after I listened to it was: Where the Heart is. I’m a pretty casual fan when it comes to Kalafina; this is possibly my least favorite album from them.

  • favorite track – Where the Heart is
    least favorite track – in your eyes
    guilty pleasure track – neverending
    under rated track – In the Silence of a Shining Sky

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JJ Lin – No. 89757

Mummy G
3.5
No. 89757
2.5
Shakespeare’s Talent
2.5
Suddenly Tired
2.5
Tomorrow
2.5
Simple
2.5
I Miss You
2.5
A Thousand Years Later
3.5

thoughts. B.
I thought I would like JJ Lin’s third album No. 89757 (interesting title) a little more than I do. It’s a really decent album still, not bad at all. I’m just a bit indifferent, mostly because the songs I gave a fair rating to most notably: Suddenly Tired, Tomorrow and Simple I expected to give three stars to but they just didn’t stick as much as say The Mummy (which I’m actually quite surprised that I gave a 3 rating) and A Thousand Years (possibly my favorite JJ Lin track). So, it was just weird. I’m listening to this and I’m like I like this album, but not as much as I did once upon a time. JJ sings the songs well though an because of that it’s a nice one to just turn on and listen to just because.

  • favorite track – A Thousand Years
    least favorite track – No. 89757
    guilty pleasure track – The Mummy
    under rated track – Simple

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