Crystal Kay – always seventeen

hard to say
2.5
Missin’U, baby
2.5
Girl U Love
3.5
Shooting star dust
3.5
Boyfriend -What Makes Me Fall In Love-
3.5
You’re my fate
2.5
Love of A Lifetime
3.5
Attitude
2.5
move on
3.5
A Song For You
3.5
think of U
3.5
Feel The Same
2.5

thoughts. A.
This… almost seventeen is the Crystal Kay that I love, there was a time when she was straight rnb and she delivered some really good rnb flavored bops. I prefer her albums starting with this and pre-Color Change! I just feel like they’re more genuine. The latter I feel are just her trying to sell records by replicating a certain sound and I’m just not really feeling them all like that. Anyway, this is such a good album from Kuri-chanIt has a lot of her classic tracks like: Girl U Love, Shooting Star Dust, Boyfriend -What Makes Me Fall In Love-, Love of A Lifetime, move on and think of U. Kuri’s voice was really nice on this album, I thought to. I mean her voice was kinda hit or miss on her last two albums but I really liked her vocals on this one, especially when it came to the ballads. I really miss this sound from her. I feel like this Crystal Kay is so under rated and it’s a shame. This is her being true to herself, not this half-assed crap she has been putting out since Color Change!

  • favorite song – Boyfriend -What Makes Me Fall In Love-
    least favorite track – You’re my fate
    guilty pleasure track – think of U
    under rated track – Shooting Star Dust

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Chihiro Yonekura – always

Strawberry Fields
2.5
Eternal Door -Album mix-
2.5
HEAT
2.5
In our Future
3.5
Open Your Eyes
2.5
DEAR MY GIRL
2.5
10 YEARS AFTER -always mix-
3.5
Tom Sawyer’s Adventure
2.5
Blue Moon Dreams
3.5
Someday
2.5
Harmony
2.5

thoughts. B.
Chihiro Yonekura’s third album always is neither good nor bad, but somewhere in the middle. It’s like a really OK album. There isn’t much to say about it as it doesn’t really do much, and doesn’t stand out all that much either. I liked In Our Future, 10 YEARS AFTER -always mix- and Blue Moon Dreams; the rest were fine. I do like Chihiro’s vocals throughout though, she has a very pleasant voice and doesn’t really sound all that much like a typical anison singer. The only song that really sounded anime-ish was 10 YEARS AFTER -always mix-, I kept swearing I heard it on some oldschool anime I can’t remember. A decent album, just kinda forgettable.

  • favorite track – 10 YEARS AFTER -always mix-
    least favorite track – Someday
    guilty pleasure track – HEAT
    under rated track – Blue Moon Dreams

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Chihiro Onitsuka – Sugar High

Rebel Luck
3.5
Tiger in My Love
3.5
Castle imitation -Album ver.-
2.5
Drifting Wings
2.5
Sand Shield
3.5
King of Solitude
3.5
Borderline
3.5

thoughts. B-.
I always find myself teetering on whether or not I like Chihiro Onitsuka’s third album Sugar High. It does have some really good songs such as Rebel Luck, Tiger in My Love, Sand Shield, King of Solitude and Borderline. Yet, on the other hand, it’s one of those albums that is just there. It is neither good nor bad, just somewhere comfortably in the middle. I feel like this is possibly her most forgettable album (this or her most recent one). It plays like a cool quiet night, and I’ve always felt like not enough effort was put into this album. I’m always surprised at how little I care for Castle imitation -Album ver.-. It’s just OK, which is a shame, because it has some really good and touching tracks on it.

  • favorite track – King of Solitude
    least favorite track – Castle imitation -Album ver.-
    guilty pleasure track – Rebel Luck
    under rated track – Borderline

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Chara – Violet blue

I’m In Love
2.5
Violet Blue
3.5
Gifted Child
2.5
Private Beach
2.5
Take Me To A Deserted Island
2.5
19 Lover
2.5
Charlotte’s Web
2.5

thoughts. B-.
Wow. I never really noticed how bland and forgettable Chara’s third album Violet blue is. It’s not bad persay, I’ve heard worse, but it’s really one of those albums that plays like white noise in the background. The only track I really liked was the title track, but I’m In Love, Private Beach and Charlotte’s Web aren’t bad either despite the fair ratings. Chara’s voice is actually quite nice on this, she doesn’t sound too raspy or harsh. There was a softness to it on this album that I quite liked (her voice really shines in Violet Blue). It’s an alright album, but oddly tedious and forgettable.

  • favorite track – Violet Blue
    least favorite track – Gifted Child
    guilty pleasure track – Charlotte’s Web
    under rated track – Private Beach

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Bonnie Pink – Let Go

Sleeping Child
3.5
Fish
2.5
Trust
3.5
Reason
3.5
The Past and Reality
3.5
Tears For Leo
2.5
Call My Name
2.5
Run With Yourself
3.5
Shine
2.5
Shadow
2.5
Rumblefish
3.5
You are Blue, So am I
2.5

thoughts. B+.
We start getting somewhere with Bonnie’s albums starting with her third, or fourth if you count Blue Jam as her first: Let Go. It’s not great, but I like the natural an easy-going flow of it. It’s very calm and thoughtful, in sometimes that’s the type of music I enjoy the most (hence why I like Akeboshi’s music). The tracks are good, but I think the one thing that I can say that I disliked about this album despite me giving them good ratings is none of the songs stand out the way I really want them to. Sleeping Child, Trust, Reason, The Past and Reality, Run With Yourself and Rumblefish are true Bonnie Pink fare. I couldn’t get enough of her when I first got into her music; very indie and folk-ish. Bonnie’s music sort of sneaks up on you. This is one of those albums I can play all the way through without skipping a track. To anyone that aren’t really fans, Bonnie’s music can be very boring and or tediousbut she pulls this sound off better than anyone. IMO.

  • favorite track – Run With Yourself
    least favorite track – You Are Blue, So am I
    guilty pleasure track – Rumblefish
    under rated track – Sleeping Child

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BoA – LOVE & HONESTY

Rock With You
2.5
Shine We Are!
3.5
SOME DAY ONE DAY feat. VERBAL
2.5
LOVE & HONESTY
3.5
Be the one
3.5
EXPECT
3.5
OVER -across the time-
2.5
My Heart’s Letter
3.5
DOUBLE
2.5
Easy To Be Hard
2.5
Song With No Name -Kimi no Uta-
3.5

thoughts. B+.
BoA’s third and quite possibly my favorite Japanese album from her is LOVE & HONESTY. I tend to find myself flip flopping when it comes to her Korean and Japanese music, but I’ve always liked this album. As to where her previous two albums seemed very average, bland and almost generic in a way, this one seems to stand out in such an unassuming way. It’s not a great album… BoA doesn’t really have one particular sound she sticks to, even if I mostly see her as a mixture of pop and occasionally rnb. The album starts off pretty strong with Rock With You, followed by the addicting and fun Shine We Are! then it simmers down to the OK but kinda boring SOME DAY ONE DAY feat. VERBAL. LOVE & HONESTY brings everything back on track, a really sparkly, dream like sound that I loved. We then get a bunch of nice concert-sounding tracks: Be the one, EXPECT and Easy To Be Hard standing out. Song With No Name -Kimi no Uta- ending things on a nice, somewhat sad and melancholy note. It’s a step up from her previous two albums, for sure, but I feel like she could have brought it a bit harder. I always feel like BoA is playing it safe. This is my favorite Japanese album by her though.

  • favorite track – LOVE & HONESTY
    least favorite track – SOME DAY ONE DAY feat. VERBAL
    guilty pleasure track – Shine We Are!
    under rated track – Song With No Name -Kimi no Uta-

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BoA – Atlantis Princess

Time to begin
2.5
Atlantis Princess
3.5
Tree
3.5
Milky Way
3.5
Beat Of Angel
2.5
Gift
2.5
The Lights of Seoul
2.5

thoughts. B.
I’ve never really liked BoA’s third Korean Album Atlantis Princess. There was a time when I think the only track I really liked was the title track, a really nice, terribly under-rated tune from her. The thing with BoA is, I think her earlier K-music is just under-rated period. I always find myself switching up, one second I like her Korean music more and the next I like her Japanese music more. Anywho, I’ve never really liked her third Korean album and I think I can safely say this is my least favorite of her K albums. It just gives off, or better yet screams forgettable. The songs I do like are pretty good though: Time To Begin makes me thing of Rock With You, Atlantis Princess is a really gorgeous song, Tree and Gift are two really nice under-rated ballads from her. Milky Way has always been one of my favorites and I like the fresh pop-ness of Beat Of Angel, even though it sounds like it should have been on NO. 1. The Lights of Seoul is OK, but kinda boring. It’s a huge step back from her second Korean album for sure, but it definitely has some gems on it.

  • favorite track – Atlantis Princess
    least favorite track – The Lights of Seoul
    guilty pleasure track – Milky Way
    under-rated track – Tree

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BIGBANG – MADE

FXXK IT
2.5
LAST DANCE
3.5
GIRLFRIEND
2.5
Let’s Not Love
2.5
LOSER
2.5
BAE BAE
2.5
BANG BANG BANG
2.5
SOBER
3.5
IF YOU
3.5
ZUTTER -GD & T.O.P-
2.5
WE LIKE 2 PARTY
2.5

thoughts. B-.
It took about 8 years for them to release another album, and honestly after my second listen through of their third Korean album MADE; I could have waited eight more. It’s not a bad album, not really, but for how long they made us wait for it, it’s just a little underwhelming. I could be saying that because half of the album are singles, but I guess I just expected more. It’s weird because I don’t really care for their previous two Korean albums either, they shine in their mini’s and solos, so it’s weird as to how upset I am after listening to this. With the exception of LAST DANCE, SOBER and IF YOU this is a pretty average in or boring album from them. Despite how I feel it is the best and most polished Korean album from them, so I’ll give it that.

  • favorite track – LAST DANCE
    least favorite track – ZUTTER -GD & T.O.P-
    guilty pleasure track – WE LIKE 2 PARTY
    under-rated track – IF YOU

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BENI – Jewel

2FACE
2.5
Stop Time
2.5
Even Though I Love You
2.5
Lovin’ U
2.5
Heaven’s Door
2.5
See U Again
3.5 F
First Time
2.5
Heartbreaker
2.5
Don’t Let Go
2.5
Smile
2.5
If I’m With You
2.5
Don’t Forget
3.5

thoughts. B-.
I always find it funny how much I use to genuinely dislike her. I just thought her music was so mediocre before she re-invented herself. However, having listened to her Beni Arashino albums; they aren’t that bad. Jewel is her third album in it kinda plays like her previous one: Lovebox. Though less of the songs jump out at me. I rated most of the tracks average, however, this album (just like her second album) has a really high replay value. It’s one of those albums in which I can put on and have it playing in the background without skipping a single track. The only tracks that really stood out me were: See U Again and Don’t Forget. BENI reminds me a lot of May J whose sound also changed dramatically, in a good way (though I actually liked May J.’s brief rnb phase).

  • favorite track – See U Again
    least favorite track – Heartbreaker
    guilty pleasure track – 2FACE
    under rated track – Don’t Forget

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Ayumi Hamasaki – MY STORY

About you
2.5
GAME
3.5
my name’s WOMEN
2.5
Liar
2.5
HOPE or PAIN
2.5
HAPPY ENDING
3.5
Moments
3.5
walking proud
2.5
INSPIRE
3.5
HONEY
2.5
Replace
3.5
winding road
3.5

thoughts. B+.
This is the point where in concern to Ayumi’s albums I started liking them and not dismissing them. I am not saying that I don’t like her earlier albums, but I resonate better with her albums starting with this one; her sixth album, MY STORY which was on a more personal level concerning different facets of her life. I actually prefer her latter albums with the exception of Rock ‘n Roll Circus, Party Queen and to some extent LOVE again. I’m not saying MY STORY is great, it’s just good. It’s what I wish I am… and RAINBOW would have striven for. The only song I can say that really didn’t do anything for me is my names WOMEN. It’s start’s off strong with About You, followed by GAME which makes me think of another track I really like from her, Alterna or even ourselves. Liar is a pretty underrated track from her but sounds like a better version of Over. HOPE or PAIN is a decent track and bleeds well into HAPPY ENDING, another track from her in which I think is underrated. I ADORE Moments, its such an unpolished jewel of a song. I felt like I should have liked walking proud more, but it’s always been a pretty hit or miss track for me. INSPIRE is very interesting and catchy. HONEY reminds me of a more lackluster Angels Song for some reason. Replace is a great concert closer of a track and winding road has to be one of the most underrated songs ever from her, right up there with FRIEND and It was. Great track to end the album on. A lot of people say their love for Ayumi started with her LOVEppears album; for me it started with MY STORY.

  • favorite track – Moments
    least favorite track – my name’s WOMEN
    guilty pleasure track – INSPIRE
    under rated track – winding road

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