Mika Nakashima – LØVE

Venus in The Dark
3.5
Love Addict
3.5
aroma
3.5
Snow Flower
3.5
RESISTANCE -album version-
2.5
FIND A WAY
3.5
marionette
3.5
You send me love
3.5
Be in Silence
3.5
LOVE NO CRY
3.5
I Love You -album version-
3.5
LAST WALTZ
3.5

thoughts. A.
I absolutely love how Mika Nakashima did a complete 180 from her debut album. LØVE, her sophomore album sounds so completely different from TRUE that it’s almost as if you’re listening to a different artist. As where her debut sounded oddly generic an plain, this one is much more polished and sure of itself. Mika’s voice is very pleasant, especially on tracks like Snow Flower, You send me love and LAST WALTZ (Mika’s vocals on this album is a far cry from the sad rasp of her later albums). Every song just pops out at you in the most glorious way, and the sweet jazz of the arrangements are such a treat to the ears. I also really like her cover of I Love You, which is one of my favorite Japanese songs. All in all this was a really good album. I’m almost tempted to say my favorite, but Mika is one of those artists whose albums I always find myself enjoyingso the jury is out right now, but it’s most probably either this album or YES.

  • favorite track – Snow Flower
    least favorite track – RESISTANCE -album version-
    guilty pleasure track – Venus in The Dark
    under-rated track – marionette/You send me love

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Beyonce – Dangerously In Love

Crazy In Love feat. Jay Z
2.5
Naughty Girl
2.5
Baby Boy feat. Sean Paul
3.5
Hip Hop Star feat. Big Boi and Sleepy Brown
1.5
Be with You
2.5
Me, Myself and I
3.5
Yes
3.5
Signs
2.5
Speechless
2.5
That’s How You Like It feat. Jay-Z
3.5
The Closer I Get to You duet with Luther Vandross
2.5
Dangerously in Love 2
3.5
Gift From Virgo
1.5
Daddy
2.5

thoughts. C.
Beyonce is so tired and over-rated I can’t stand it. I’ve never been a fan of her and I’ve never liked her, not even for a second. I do however like a few of her songs, but that is about the extent of it. I’m really just listening and reviewing her albums to see if the Beyhive are justified in their rabid obsession with her. Anyway, Beyonce’s first album as a solo singer is the tepid Dangerously In Love, named after one of the better songs off Destiny’s Child’s third album (I always thought it was her solo song on that album to, because you only hear her). This album sold 11 million copies and I’m just sitting here like, ‘I guess’. I’m not going to say it’s a terrible album, I’m not a hater. It’s just a really boring album. I dug a few of the tracks like: Naughty Girl, Baby Boy, Me, Myself and I, Yes, That’s How You Like It and Dangerously In Love 2. The others were either forgettable, dull or just plain weird. I’ve never cared for Crazy In Love in the rest of the tracks aside from maybe Signs and Speechless, just sounded like filler. Also, I didn’t like how she would just over-do the ad-libs, it just exhausted me and made the tracks feel longer than they were. Beyonce does have a good voice yet on this album she sounded strangely mediocre compared to her later albums and singles. I know this is her debut, but she was singing years before she went solo and her voice didn’t sound half as generic as it did on this. Lastly, the final track Daddy, legit creeped me the fuck outespecially considering their strained relationship nowadays. I was just like, ‘no’. It’s a mixed bag; I feel indifferent toward it as a whole. I’d probably like it more if I were a fan. Here’s to hoping I like her follow-up albums more.

  • favorite track – Dangerously In Love 2
    least favorite track – Hip Hop Star feat. Big Boi and Sleepy Brown
    guilty pleasure track – Naughty Girl
    under-rated track – Yes

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Megumi Hayashibara – WHATEVER

A Shooting Star At Dawn
2.5
I Will Protect You
2.5
Matchless Love
2.5
Prism Eye
2.5
Shooting Star
2.5
Still Waiting
3.5
HOLY ROAD
2.5
How to Spend a Rainy Day
2.5
The Back Seat Doll Was Watching
2.5
Meteor Machine Gakusaver
2.5
Seaside Diary
3.5
Swell of Summer
2.5
Distance
2.5
Tokyo Boogie Night
2.5
Rainbow Coloured Sneaker

thoughts. B.
Despite the sheer number of tracks on Megumi Hayashibara’s sophomore album WHATEVER, it’s a pretty average listen. I don’t mean average in a bad way, because the album is decent. It’s just a passable album to me. Megumi’s voice is pleasant and each song has it’s own unique seiyuu-ish charm to it; they just don’t stand out much. Honestly, the only fair rating song that stood out to me was Tokyo Boogie Shoes. The only track that stands out to me and really shines is Seaside Diary. It’s quite gorgeous an really sucks you in, despite being very plainthe chorus just grabs you. I wasn’t expecting to like this track as much as I do. The only other two tracks that really caught my attention aside from that one is the ballad Still Waiting and Rainbow Colored Sneaker. It’s a fine sophomore album, despite most of the songs being merely OK to me.

  • favorite track – Seaside Diary
    least favorite track – Meteor Machine Gakusaver
    guilty pleasure track – Rainbow Coloured Sneaker
    under-rated track – Still Waiting

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Lloyd – Southside

ATL Tales / Ride Wit Me feat. Ja Rule
1.5
Hey Young Girl
2.5
Southside feat. Ashanti
3.5
Feelin’ You
1.5
Take It Low
2.5
Hustler feat. Chink Santana
1.5
My Life
2.5
Cadillac Love feat. Taniya Walter
2.5
Trance feat. Lil Wayne
1.5
Feel So Right
4.5
This Way
3.5
Sweet Dreams
2.5
I’m a G
2.5
Yesterday
2.5
Southside (Remix) feat. Scarface and Ashanti
2.5

thoughts. B-.
I love Lloyd. He’s always been a favorite of mine, because I just adore his voice. He makes me think of an alternate version of Tevin Campbell. Southside is his first album and I remember when Southside first came out; how I found myself reluctantly liking it (I couldn’t stand Ashanti during this time so it annoyed me that she was on the song). I’m not really sure how I feel about his debut as I don’t dislike it, but I also feel like I could have liked it more than I do. I’m a fan of Lloyd but I didn’t really care for his more grittier, wannabe gangster-thug songs like ATL/Ride Wit Me and Hustler. His voice is more of a bedroom music type voice or a romantic type of voice, so those tracks really just threw me off. Also, any song that featured a rapper did nothing for me, especially the one with Ja Rule. My eyes almost rolled out of my head when his part came up. I also didn’t like when he was being overly sexual, such as in songs like Feelin You and Trance. He just doesn’t seem like the F a B type of guy, he comes across as more of the ‘make love’ type of guy. So, I just couldn’t with those tracks. I did like the majority of the songs on here though. The highlight being Feels So Right, followed up by Cadillac Love and This Way which surprised me in how much I enjoyed them. I also like the soothing flow of Southside and thought they meshed well. I’ll say I’m partial to this album as it’s not a terrible listen. When Lloyd isn’t trying so hard, he really makes songs that could be pretty corny actually decent. A shining example of that would be I’m A G, I really thought I wasn’t going to like it because of how it started out, but as it went on I found I feeling it a little. The same with the other tracks I gave a fair rating. Lloyd’s voice saved them the one rate. So, I would say this is a album I would possibly buy from Lloyd as there are more tracks I would play through as oppose to skipping them.

  • favorite track – Feels So Right
    least favorite track – ATL Tales/Ride Wit Me feat. Ja Rule/Hustler feat. Chink Santana
    guilty pleasure track – Southside feat. Ashanti
    under-rated track – This Way

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