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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Mika Nakashima – TRUE

AMAZING GRACE
2.5
ONE SURVIVE
2.5
HEAVEN ON EARTH
3.5
Helpless Rain
3.5
I
3.5
TEARS -Like How Powder Snow Dances…-
3.5
TRUE EYES
2.5
CRESENT MOON
2.5
JUST TRUST IN OUR LOVE
2.5

thoughts. C.
TRUE is Mika Nakashima’s debut album and I can’t really say whether I have a love, hate relationship with her. Mika is one of those rare artists that doesn’t have an album I hate and or dislike. I always find that I like her albums even if some are more memorable than others. If there is an album from her that I may not like it would probably be a split between this album and her NANA album THE END. Whenever I listen to TRUE I either come off disliking it or being indifferent towards it. TRUE always seemed real generic compared to her later albums. I don’t mean generic in a dated way, but in a this just doesn’t sound like her kind of way. I’m glad Mika found her niche with her second album and so on. I honestly don’t think I would like her as much or even continued to keep up with her music if her sound hadn’t evolved and become more polished. This is a decent debut; her voice is shaky but a lot more controlled compared to later albums (where she sounds severely hoarse). She also strains a lot with certain notes. It’s not my favorite, but I think I can appreciate it more now then I did when I first got into her.

  • favorite track – Helpless Rain
    least favorite track – JUST TRUST IN OUR LOVE
    guilty pleasure track – TRUE EYES/HEAVEN ON EARTH
    under-rated track – I

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