EMI MARIA – CONTRAST

Focus On Me
2.5
One Way Love
3.5
Show Me Your Love
3.5
Call Me
2.5
Change My Life
2.5
Time is Over
3.5
Get on My Bus ~de mo its Alright~
2.5
We Standing Strong feat. JAYED
3.5
Darknessworld feat. Hannya
2.5
S-Girl
3.5
So Stupid
2.5
Merry-Go-Round
2.5
Unmei ni hagure nai yoo ni
3.5
Have You Ever
3.5

thoughts. B-.
I said it once and I’ll say it again: EMI MARIA reminds me of a more Urban Crystal Kay, and her voice is, dare I say it, better to. Do not get me wrong I love Crystal, but Emi’s voice is better. CONTRAST is her sophomore album in I remember I couldn’t get enough of this album when it first dropped. My feelings have of course changed over the years. It is better than her debut, only because the songs pop more and it’s not as dull, but it’s definitely not as good as I remember it being. I will say that the songs I didn’t think I would like such as Time is Over and S-Girl, blew me away and I was also surprised at how much I liked We Standing Strong feat. JAYED because I don’t remember liking that track all that much when I first listened to it. CONTRAST is pretty up and down, like it’ll play a meh song than a good song, then a decent one and so on and so forth. It’s just a hot and cold type of album really. However, after listening to her last two albums, though good, I miss this earnest, genuine sound from her.

  • favorite track – One Way Love
    least favorite track – Focus On Me
    guilty pleasure track – S-Girl
    under-rated track – Show Me Your Love

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EMI MARIA – A Ballad of my Own

Drive
2.5
Ai to Yume no Ai da de
2.5
FOR U
3.5
Ms. DJ
2.5
A×H×O
2.5
Boyfriend
2.5
Girl Standing Strong
2.5
Ame
2.5
A Ballad Of My Own
2.5
I gotta -Winter Kiss-
3.5
LOVE -Tsunaida Te-
2.5

thoughts. B-.
I rock hard for EMI MARIA she makes me think of a more authentic Crystal Kay. I really liked A Ballad of my Own when I first heard it; got into her when I heard her I gotta -Summer Kiss- single by chance and thought oh wow, she’s half black like Kuri-chan and searched for her music. It was a difficult task though and her first mini album is impossible to find. As I said I dug A Ballad of my Own when I first heard it–after repeated listens (as tends to be the case with me in debut albums that I initially like), the novelty wore off. It’s a decent debut, but it’s also incredibly forgettable with the exception of two songs that really stand out to me: FOR U and I gotta -Winter Kiss-. Save for those two it’s just half tracks I like and half tracks I like but they don’t stick with me an come off as filler. It’s crazy ’cause her follow up albums are really good while this one is just strangely bland (especially compared to CONTRAST and BLUE BIRD). A Ballad Of My Own is my least favorite (either this or her In My World). I’d recommend this to fans of her, otherwise check out her follow up albums. EMI has such a good voice too.

  • favorite track – FOR U
    least favorite track – A Ballad Of My Own
    guilty pleasure track – Ame
    under-rated track – Drive

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