Archive for February, 2009

Dakishimete Dakishimete PV and Covers
February 16, 2009

Below are the covers and PV for Berryz Koubou‘s new single.

[ limited / regular ]

Dakishimete Dakishimete PV

I like the covers, simple but still nice looking. I think I prefer the regular one to the limited.

As for the PV, I honestly think it’s one of the best ones to come from H!P in a while. It looks like their was actually some budget. Every girl looks gorgeous, and the dance is really interesting. The song is also pretty good too.

The single will be released on March 11th.

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Omoi Afurete Review
February 8, 2009

Omoi Afurete – Matsuura Aya’s 6th Album

01. Kekkon Shinai Futari

Rating – 8.5/10

I like this song. It’s not overly exciting or boring, it’s just a nice, relaxing song to listen to. The music is really nice.

02. Nanakai Utau to Ii Koto ga Aru Uta

Rating – 6/10

I got lost in this song. It’s not that interesting.

03. Beautiful Day

Rating – 8.5/10

Not very exciting, but it’s a nice listen. The song flows nicely, making it really easy to listen to. It’s probably a song I would listen to on a beautiful day, it really fits. :P

04. Boomboomboom

Rating – 10/10

This is the first song on the album that I really like. Very catchy! I’m already finding myself sing along to the chorus. Normally I find repetitions in the lyrics annoying, but the boomboomboom’s all over the song is just awesome.

05. Omoi Afurete

Rating – 10/10

This song blew me away. A ballad with that “dramatic” effect to the music and singing. Ayaya sings really well here and really showcase her vocals. The chorus is just beautiful. Probably the best ballad I have ever heard by her.

06. Rescue! Rescue!

Rating – 9/10

This song is really cute. The random English all over the song is awesome, and the song is very catchy. This song reminds me of something, but I can’t really put my finger on it…

07. Chuuou Kaisatsu

Rating – 7.5/10

Another typical ballad. Not great but not bad either. There isn’t really much to say about it.

08. Shinju

Rating – 6/10

Don’t like this song that much. It’s pretty boring and the way she holds on to some of the words is really annoying.

09. Fallin’

Rating – 7.5/10

The chorus is nice, but nothing really amazing.

10. Kizuna

Rating – 10/10

Overall Rating – 8/10

Nothing special, but there are a few good tracks here. I can sense that boomboomboom will be on repeat for a few days.

Morning Musume’s 9th Album
February 3, 2009

Morning Musume will finally release their 9th album titled Platinum 9 Disc on March 11th.

I’m really looking forward to this. It’s been two years since we had an original Morning Musume album. I hope JunLin will actually get some more lines, I really want to hear more from them since they don’t see to be doing much yet.

C-ute’s 8th Single
February 3, 2009

C-ute will release a new single titled Bye Bye Bye! on April 15th.

Good news, of course. I was slighty dissapointed with their lastest album, but their singles can usually stand on their own. More Chisato and Kanna please~!

4 Akogare My Star Review
February 1, 2009


4 Akogare My Star – Cute’s 4th Album

01. Akogare My Star

Rating – 9/10

This song is pretty good. It’s catchy and some of the girls’ vocals have really impressed me here. However, I can sense that this is one of those songs that you can begin to hate after listening to it too much. So it’s a good listen, but it’s not a song that should overstay it’s welcome.

02. One’s Life – Umeda Erika, Okai Chisto and Hagiwara Mai

Rating – 9.5/10

The rapping parts are awesome lol. This song is really flowy and calmish, I like it. It needs less Mai though. Way, way less Mai. Her voice just doesn’t fit the song and almost ruined it for me. Despite that, defiantly my favorite new song on the album.

03. Yes! All My Family – Suzuki Airi

Rating – 8/10

The song is no Tsuugaku Vector, but it’s pretty good. Airi’s vocals sound a bit strange here though, I don’t know how to explain it well, but she just sounds like she is singing while she has something stuck in her throat. It doesn’t sound like her. Oh well, it doesn’t really subtract from the quality that much. The way she says the title is really cute by the way~

04. Naimda no Iro

Rating – 9.5/10

05. Aishiteru Aishiteru – Nakajima Saki and Arihara Kanna

Rating – 7/10

The song isn’t horrible, but defiantly not anything special. It’s a bit on the boring side and their vocals don’t really help them out that much. It’s just not a good song for either of them. I think this song would have fit Airi or Chisato better.

06. Seishun Song – Yajima Maimi

Rating – 8/10

This song has it’s catchy parts, but it also has you waiting for “When will something interesting happen?” The chorus is really good and it’s already stuck in my head, but I think I’ll need a few more listens for this one to like the song completely.

07. Big Dreams

Rating – 7/10

Cute, but nothing special. There isn’t really much to say about it, it’s just not my type of song I guess. Airi’s solo in the middle of the song was nice though.

08. Shines

Rating – 3/10

I kept asking myself, “When is this song over?” The “WOWWWWWWWWW WOWOWWWWWWW WOWOWWWWWW” they sing like every 5 seconds is REALLY annoying. T_T

09. Yakusoku wa Toku ni Shinai wa

Rating – 9/10

Why did they put all the group songs at the end? I had a feeling this song would be a ballad. It’s really nice sounding, kinda like a better version of Aishiteru Aishiteru. I seriously couldn’t reconize some of the voices here, they sound really different but they pull it off really well. Finally they pull out a good ballad.

10. Forever Love

Rating – 9/10

11. Edo no Temari Uta II

Rating – 10/10

Overall Rating – 8/10

Better than their last album, but still a bit lackluster. If only they could come out with an album that was good as their 2nd. Oh well, this wasn’t horrible, really, but I was a bit dissapointed. I guess we can wait until their 5th album?

Buono!2 Covers
February 1, 2009

Below are the covers for Buono!’s new album.

[limited / regular]

The covers are cute. I think I like the limited edition one more. Miyabi’s hair kinda bugs me, but everyone looks nice and the covers aren’t the usual crap that they get most of the time.

The album will be released on February 11th.