Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CD Review :: Hilcrhyme - SIDE BY SIDE

CD

CD + DVD

1) VESPER
2) Parallel・World
3) HINOTORI
4) Ienai Ienai
5) Qusai Self
6) WARAE ~In The Mood~
7) DENDROBIUM -Instrumental-
8) Dress
9) Kodou -Magnificent Remix-
10) Sonomama
11) Little Samba ~Jounestu no Remix~
12) LUCIFER -Interlude-
13) Side By Side

SIDE BY SIDE is Hilcrhyme's 7th album & it was released last year/month on 7th Dec .

The duo's last album release was 2015's REVIVAL . In SIDE BY SIDE , singles Ienai Ienai , Parallel・World & WARAE ~In The Mood~ are included in the new album .

5 new songs are available in SIDE BY SIDE & also 1 B-side & 2 remix songs .

SIDE BY SIDE was released to celebrate Hilcrhyme's 10th anniversary in the business & it's their 1st release to have a fanclub version .

Kicking things off in SIDE BY SIDE is VESPER which's the 1st of 5 new album tracks . VESPER is quite a cool song that has a futuristic tone attached to it .

Parallel・World is Hilcrhyme's 19th single . This was used as the theme song for their 3D Hilcrhyme 10th Anniversary FILM 「PARALLEL WORLD」 .

Following almost the same music tone as Parallel・World is the 2nd album track HINOTORI . Both tracks back to back are quite angsty driven to a certain extent .

Ienai Ienai is Hilcrhyme's 18th single . This was used as the ending theme for the anime Jitsu wa Watashi wa & it's the 1st song that Hilcrhyme has provided to be used for an anime .

Qusai Self is the 3rd album track & unlike Parallel・World & HINOTORI , this's quite chilled out/laid back .

WARAE ~In The Mood~ is Hilcrhyme's 20th single . Described as a Jazz song , this no. was made with the theme "to laugh" .

Out of the 3 singles included in SIDE BY SIDE , I like WARAE ~In The Mood~ the most as it's completely different from what Hilcrhyme has tackled/released before . It's a pity that the single didn't do that well as the fun jovial side of the duo is seldom showcased until now .

After the instrumental piece DENDROBIUM -Instrumental- , it follows next with the 4th album track Dress . I'm ok with this song as I frankly don't find anything special about it .

Kodou -Magnificent Remix- is the 1st of 2 remixes found in SIDE BY SIDE . For this , it's a remix of Kodou , which's originally found as the 2nd B-side in Hilcrhyme's 6th single FLOWER BLOOM + track #5 in their 6th album REVIVAL .

I like the original take of Kodou but somehow for Kodou -Magnificent Remix- , I feel it doesn't add that much dimension to the track .

Sonomama is the B-side of Hilcrhyme's 20th single WARAE ~In The Mood~ . At that time when I reviewed the single , I wrote that I like Sonomama so as such , I don't mind that it's included in SIDE BY SIDE .

Little Samba ~Jounestu no Remix~ is the 2nd remix song in SIDE BY SIDE & for this , it's a remix of Little Samba ~Jounetsu no Kinyoubi~ which's the B-side found in their Hilcrhyme's debut single Jun'ya to Manami .

Little Samba ~Jounetsu no Kinyoubi~ is still 1 of my favourite Hilcrhyme B-sides & unlike Kodou -Magnificent Remix- , I enjoy Little Samba ~Jounestu no Remix~ significantly as this's a lot more upbeat & fun as compared to the original take of the song .

After a under 30 seconds LUCIFER -Interlude- , the album closes things off with Side By Side which's also the last new album track .

Just like the opening track VESPER , Side By Side also has a rather cool futuristic sound which's pretty fitting in concluding SIDE BY SIDE . Surprisingly , a video was made for Side By Side but it's not included in the DVD tracklist of the album .

Hilcrhyme celebrated their 10th anniversary last year & the beginning of 2017 saw the release of Hilcrhyme 10th Anniversary FILM PARALLEL WORLD DVD + Blu-ray .

While it's no doubt that Hilcrhyme has come a long way since their humble beginnings , I feel in recent times their albums have either been sloppy and/or not as good as their earlier album releases .

In the case for SIDE BY SIDE , even though it's a 13 tracks album , there're only 5 new songs in the record . I suspect due to lack of new material , interludes & 2 remixes are added in to fill in the gaps .

I've been a fan of Hilcrhyme's music for a really long time & I still think that their earlier album releases especially their debut album Recital is still tops . Subsequently along the way starting from their 5th album FIVE ZERO ONE , they lost their spark/footing .

I'm not sure if I plan to listen to their future albums but this's something I need to think about carefully as for now , they haven't lost their touch when comes to their singles , it's their albums that have falter for quite some time .

SIDE BY SIDE should have been released as a mini album as I generally like the single songs & album tracks . I really don't mind if Hilcrhyme remove the interludes & remixes . And since they haven't release a mini album before , they should have gone in that direction instead of trying to pump things up & release it as a full length album .


Sunday, January 15, 2017

KinKi Kids - White Avenue & Michi wa Tezukara Yume no Hana (20th Anniversary Ver.)

CD Regular

CD Limited

White Avenue & Michi wa Tezukara Yume no Hana (20th Anniversary Ver.) are 2 songs that're only available in the CD Limited edition of KinKi Kids's best album Ballad Selection .

Ballad Selection was released on 6th Jan . White Avenue is a new song while Michi wa Tezukara Yume no Hana (20th Anniversary Ver.) is a re-recorded version of their latest / 37th single .

KinKi Kids consolidates their best ballads to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their debut with the release of Ballad Selection .

White Avenue is a nice ballad that showcases the duo's vocal harmonisation efforts with each other . I also enjoy the new version of Michi wa Tezukara Yume no Hana as well with it having a rather strong Spring feel attached to it .

I would prefer if KinKi Kids re-record other ballad songs of theirs as I think it's rather too early for them to re-record Michi wa Tezukara Yume no Hana especially since this single was only released last Nov . Still , I don't mind as I really like the single when I reviewed it at that time of release .

With 2017 being the duo's 20th anniversary , I'm sure Ballad Selection will not be the only release I'll be seeing from them .


Wednesday, January 04, 2017

CD Review :: Kanon Wakeshima - luminescence Q.E.D

CD

CD + DVD

2 CDs + Blu-ray

1) Unbalance by Me
2) RIGHT LIGHT RISE
3) the BEAST can't BE STOpped
4) Odette
5) Hei Bonnna Boku
6) Not For Sale ・ Fossil
7) Kimi wa Soreiyu
8) Drink Drunk Music
9) Love your enemies
10) luminescence Q.E.D.

luminescence Q.E.D is Kanon Wakeshima's 4th album & it was released last year on 30th Nov .

Kanon's last album release was Feb 2015's Tsukinami . In luminescence Q.E.D , the record includes 10 songs inclusive of singles RIGHT LIGHT RISE , Kimi wa Soreiyu & Love your enemies .

All 10 songs in luminescence Q.E.D were written & composed by Kanon .

Kicking things off in Kanon's new album is Unbalance by Me which was a special single which was only made available for sale when Unbalance by Me Kanon Wakeshima Live Tour 2016 took place .

At the time when I reviewed Unbalance by Me , it was a single song that I enjoy . As such I'm really glad that Kanon decides to include it in luminescence Q.E.D & let alone putting it in the 1st track in the tracklisting as well .

RIGHT LIGHT RISE is Kanon's 7th single . Described as a light upbeat pop tune , RIGHT LIGHT RISE was picked to be used as the ending theme song for the anime Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no Wa Machigatte Irudarou Ka .

the BEAST can't BE STOpped is the 1st of 6 new album tracks . Despite the weird title , it's actually quite an upbeat Rock driven song .

On the other hand , Odette is a rather creepy sounding track . I wasn't sure what to think about this when I 1st heard it but it's quite a nice mid tempo song .

The next song Hei Bonnna Boku is also the longest track in the album clocking in at almost 6 mins long . Like Odette , it's also a mid tempo song that also has rather strong Bossanova lounge vibes .

From another weird song title to the next is Not For Sale ・ Fossil . Out of the new material , I feel this's 1 of the more memorable ones as it's a fast paced song that's heavily piano driven .

Kimi wa Soreiyu is Kanon's 8th single & it was used as the ending theme for Strike・The・Blood OVA anime .

Drink Drunk Music is the 2nd last album track & I feel this's a really cool song that emphasises quite a lot on trumpet sounds . As soon as the track starts , you immediately get the full blown sound of trumpet blaring straight . Frankly this song sounds like something I might hear in a lounge club which's not necessary a bad thing .

Love your enemies is Kanon's 9th single & this was used to promote the selector destructed WIXOSS anime movie .

Sharing the same title as the album & also the last song in the tracklist is luminescence Q.E.D. .

luminescence Q.E.D. (the song) is intriguing as it starts off with an electric guitar melody & then the song structure changes to a rather grand sounding orchestra melody which concludes things quite nicely .

Kanon Wakeshima pleasantly surprised me with the release of her latest album luminescence Q.E.D . Prior to listening , I kept my expectations low as frankly on 1st look , 10 songs looks very little for an album .

But in actual fact , for the most part , luminescence Q.E.D is quite solid . Considering Kanon personally wrote & composed the entire record herself , it's an commending effort .

Most of the new material is better than I expected & luminescence Q.E.D is significantly quite musically experimental as the new songs contrast the single songs quite a great deal .

If there's 1 flaw that luminescence Q.E.D suffered is that for the new songs , some of them takes a lot longer for me to remember how they sound . It would have been better if Kanon spread them out more evenly as she lump all the new material together , especially in the middle of the album .

But aside from that , luminescence Q.E.D is an enjoyable release & with this release , Kanon shows that she's surprisingly quite musically versatile .


Saturday, December 31, 2016

L'Arc~en~Ciel - Don't be Afraid

CD

CD + Blu-ray

CD + Blu-ray BIOHAZARD × L'Arc-en-Ciel version

1) Don't be Afraid
2) Cradle -L'Acoustic version-
3) Don't be Afraid (hydeless version)
4) Cradle -L'Acoustic version- (hydeless version)
5) Don't be Afraid -English version-

Don't be Afraid is L'Arc~en~Ciel's 42nd single & it was released on 21st Dec .

L'Arc~en~Ciel's last single release was last Christmas's Wings Flap .

Don't be Afraid was used as the theme song for the Japanese dubbed version of Resident Evil : The Final Chapter that opened in Japan theatres on 23rd Dec .

Cradle -L'Acoustic version- serves as the B-side in the single . The original take of the song was found as track #4 in L'Arc~en~Ciel's 1999 release album ark while the CD tracklist in the CD + Blu-ray BIOHAZARD × L'Arc-en-Ciel version of Don't be Afraid includes Member's Voice from -Biohazard × L'Arc-en-Ciel on PlayStation VR- done by each member .

Prior to the physical CD release , Don't be Afraid -English version- was released digitally on 25th Nov . This was used in Sony's campaign for its high resolution audio with the concept "There's no turning back . High resolution wireless ."

Don't be Afraid was written by vocalist hyde & composed by bassist tetsuya . The members who have been a fan of the Resident Evil series , expressed their joy on the collaboration .

hyde stated , "I wrote the lyrics while imagining one mustering up their courage and overcoming fears ." tetsuya commented , "While drawing the image of the movie in my head , I interpreted it in my own way . Rather than a choppy intense guitar , I thought it would be better to use a clean arpeggio with a feeling of sadness ."

In mid-November , L'Arc~en~Ciel released a music video called Don't be Afraid -Biohazard × L'Arc-en-Ciel on PlayStation VR- , which is a collaboration project with the 'Resident Evil' PlayStation VR game .

To mark the 20th anniversary of L'Arc~en~Ciel & the 25th anniversary of Resident Evil/Biohazard , a special collaboration project was born ! The band performs the movie Resident Evil : The Final Chapter's Japanese version theme song Don't be Afraid , for which a fully-digitised PlayStation VR 360-degree music video was created . The rock single is also a CM song for Sony's HD Wireless campaign .

Frankly I expected a bit more from Don't be Afraid with it being used to promote Resident Evil . I find it odd that it's unusually mellow given the theme/concept of the video game .

Perhaps I thought Don't be Afraid might sound like 2008's DRINK IT DOWN (which's still a great song) but considering in recent years L'Arc~en~Ciel has not been as active as before , it would have been better for them to include more new material as waiting for a year for them to finally come back with something new , in this case the wait doesn't feel worth it .

On the other hand , there's no doubt L'Arc~en~Ciel's staying power is still going on strong as their 2 Tokyo Dome concert dates 25th L'Anniversary LIVE will take place in April 2017 . Maybe during 25th L'Anniversary LIVE , they will debut a new song in marking this momentum occasion ?


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Namie Amuro - Christmas Wish

Christmas Wish is a song by Namie Amuro which 7/11 used for its Christmas campaign Magical Christmas ads .

Through this campaign , those who reserved a Christmas cake at 7/11 stores in Japan received an original poster & a music card that contains Christmas Wish . This song will not be released in a CD & was only be obtainable via this campaign .

Even though Christmas is over , Christmas Wish is a great festive song to listen during the occasion even though it does get repetitive at times . It's hard to believe the last Christmas inspired song Namie released was 2005's White Light .

2016 is Namie's most musically productive to date seeing that she released 3 singles . It would have been nice if she released Christmas Wish as a standalone single but what she did with 7/11 , it's a smart marketing tactic .

It reminds to be seen if she will include singles in her next studio album as last year's _genic did not include any . I hope her next album would not be another Uncontrolled part 2 as the album's tracks was overshadowed quite significantly by the single songs .

Either way , here's hoping to more new music from Namie in 2017 !


Monday, December 26, 2016

Hey ! Say ! JUMP - Give Me Love

CD Regular

CD Limited

CD + DVD

Give Me Love is Hey ! Say ! JUMP's 18th single & it was released on 14th Dec .

The group's latest single was released 2 months + since their previous single Fantastic Time .

Give Me Love was used to promote the Fuji TV's Getsu-9 drama Cain To Abel starring member Yamada Ryosuke . It's described as a mellow R&B track that sings about life's troubles & love. This was Yamada's 1st Getsu-9 drama & likewise , this is the group's 1st time in providing a song for a Getsu-9 drama .

There're a total of 5 B-sides scattered/available in all 3 editions of Give Me Love . The 1st 2 songs are exclusively found in the CD Regular pressing .

Glorious features the members singing their burning passion for the fans in their 10th year as a group in a cool way while the festive inspired sounding track Ashita Hallelujah is described as everyone's fight song that warms the heart .

The next 2 songs are only available in the CD Limited edition of Give Me Love . TOY is an electro swing song while Baby I Love You is dubbed as this year's greeting song which the group conveys this message with their fans . "Thank you for this year . We're counting on your support next year and beyond" .

Traffic Jam is the only B-side found in the CD + DVD edition of Give Me Love & this grown up sounding song plays a good contrast against the emotional A-side .

Hey ! Say ! JUMP wraps up 2016 with the release of their latest single Give Me Love which deals with a sad yet strong true love .

To say that this year has been a great music year for Hey ! Say ! JUMP is an understatement as they released some of their best if not most mature sounding works to date which's a huge difference seeing that last year , their releases were extremely cheesy & age inappropriate sounding .

And unlike last year , I enjoy most of what they released this year . Even certain songs that have a cutesy vibe , they still have that grown up edge attached to it .

I feel with the release of Give Me Love (which's their 1st ballad released as a single) , they finally shed & left behind their days as boys & embraced themselves as grown up men . Even their 5th album DEAR. was a big improvement over last year's JUMPing CAR too .

Knowing that 2017 is their 10th anniversary since they released their debut single Ultra Music Power in Nov 2007 is insane as it felt as though they're still kids . It's said that they will release a 10th anniversary album in March . Nothing is confirmed yet but it will be a great release in looking back from their early days until now .


Friday, December 16, 2016

CD Review :: ARASHI - Are You Happy?

CD

CD + DVD

1) DRIVE
2) I seek
3) Ups and Downs
  4) Seishun Boogie
5) Sunshine (Sakurai Sho's Solo)
6) FukkatsuLOVE
7) Amore (Aiba Masaki's Solo)
8) Bad boy (Ohno Satoshi's Solo)
9) WONDER-LOVE
10) Mata Kyou to Onaji Ashita ga Kuru (Ninomiya Kazunari's Solo)
11) Daylight
12) Ai wo Sakebe
13) Baby blue (Matsumoto Jun's Solo)
14) Miles away
15) To my homies
16) Don't You Get It
17) TWO TO TANGO (CD Only Track)

Are You Happy? is ARASHI's 15th album & it was released on 26th Oct .

ARASHI's last album release was last Oct's Japonism . In Are You Happy? , singles Ai wo Sakebe , FukkatsuLOVE & I seek / Daylight are included while their most recent / 50th single Power of the Paradise is excluded .

There are 16 songs in total - 4 single songs , 5 solos & 7 new group album tracks . The CD only version of Are You Happy? includes a bonus track TWO TO TANGO .

Are You Happy? focuses on the theme of happy & it portrays the present ARASHI that ARASHI thinks of .

In addition to solo songs , this time round each of the members were in charge of original ARASHI songs using ie. 5 songs that are even more individualised than usual are included in Are You Happy? .

The 'under the supervision of' caption refers to each member being in charge of the song . None of them were involved in the song making , except for Sakurai who wrote his own rap lyrics and Nino who cowrote the lyrics for his solo no. Mata Kyou to Onaji Ashita ga Kuru .

Are You Happy? is described as an album that will envelop all who listen , packaging up ARASHI's current progress as they continue on forward .

Kicking things off in the new album is the 1st album track , DRIVE which was supervised by MatsuJun .

Unlike their past opening album tracks which were upbeat & extremely memorable , DRIVE is quite a laidback song that frankly does not set the pace on what to expect in Are You Happy? subsequently .

I seek is the 1st A-side of ARASHI's 49th single I seek / Daylight . This was used to promote leader Ohno Satoshi's Sekai Ichi Muzukashii Koi drama .

Described as a love song , I seek centres on the dilemma + sadness of a clumsy man in love & it's sung in a bright positive way that's accompanied with groovy feelings .

Ups and Downs is the 2nd album track & surprisingly , this's used as the opening song for their current ongoing ARASHI LIVE TOUR 2016-2017 Are You Happy? which I find it rather odd as I don't think it's a memorable track .

The next song Seishun Boogie was supervised by Aiba . I feel that this track is slightly better/memorable as compared to the 1st 2 album tracks even though I wouldn't consider this song as a favourite of mine .

Sunshine is the 1st of 5 solos in Are You Happy? & this's sung/rapped by Sakurai . Rap lyrics wise , Sakurai wrote them as per norm .

After Japonism's angsty driven Rolling days , as the title of his latest solo suggest , Sunshine is a cheery no. that's bound to put a smile on fans as this's short & sweet . The addition of Sakurap always adds a nice touch .

FukkatsuLOVE is ARASHI's 48th single & this was used to promote the ads of NTT docomo's d Hits .

Described as a love song , FukkatsuLOVE was composed & arranged by Yamashita Tatsuro , with lyrics written by Yamashita's wife Takeuchi Mariya .

A catchy guitar melody was added to Yamashita Tatsuro's unmistakable chorus & rhythm . ARASHI heartrendingly & melodiously sings the universal story of love between a man and a woman that could be taking place in any era . As such lyrically , FukkatsuLOVE is a dramatic love song that's moulded into like a novel .

ARASHI requested the couple to create a song for them when both of them attended their concert in 2013 . Sakurai described this as a seasonal project & they were real pleased to release FukkatsuLOVE .

In addition , fellow Johnnys colleague Ikuta Toma appeared in the FukkatsuLOVE video .

The next 2 songs are solo tracks . Amore is sung by Aiba while Bad boy is handled by leader Ohno .

When I saw the title Amore , I thought Aiba was going to sing a ballad in which the opening has a piano driven melody . It subsequently changed & became a mid tempo track . I would have preferred if Amore was a full blown ballad as I like what Aiba did for his LOVE solo track Yozora e no Tegami .

As for Ohno's latest solo no. in Are You Happy? , he's like a blank canvas in that basically almost any type of music genre he's able to handle it quite perfectly . For Bad boy , it's a full out onslaught EDM driven no. & it's frankly 1 of the better/memorable tracks in the album .

The next 2 songs are related to Nino in the sense that he supervised the production of WONDER-LOVE while his latest solo track Mata Kyou to Onaji Ashita ga Kuru followed suit after that .

On 1st listen , WONDER-LOVE sounds like a track that didn't made the cut in their 13th album THE DIGITALIAN as just like Ohno's Bad boy , it's quite EDM driven .

As for Mata Kyou to Onaji Ashita ga Kuru , Nino had personal input in that he cowrote the song . I find his latest solo track quite interesting as it's somewhere in between a mid & uptempo piano driven no. .

The next 2 songs are single tracks . Daylight is the 2nd A-side of ARASHI's 49th single I seek / Daylight .

Daylight was used to promote MatsuJun's 99.9 ~Keiji Senmon Bengoshi~ drama . MatsuJun personally requested Sakurai to provide the rap verses in the song .

2012's Face Down was the last single song that Sakurai last rapped in . Linked to the world of drama , both strength + kindness are wrapped inside the warm melody found in Daylight .

Ai wo Sakebe is ARASHI's 47th single & this was used in the ads of wedding information magazine Zexy .

According to creative director Yanai Michihiko , this collaboration came about as he wanted "ARASHI to sing 'a national song of celebration' that everyone can sing together during a wedding reception ." In response to Yanai's request , ARASHI put together a cheerful & uptempo wedding song that's sung from the point of view of the bride's male friends .

On Ai wo Sakebe , ARASHI commented , "The lyrics are made up of words of congratulations that you are too embarrassed to say because you've known each other for a long time as well as feelings of slight loneliness . It would make us happy if you would love this song that will liven up weddings and celebrate a new threshold ."

Baby blue is the last solo track found in Are You Happy? & for this , this's sung by MatsuJun .

All the while MatsuJun's solos always either been hit or miss for me . In this case , I'm in the middle in that while I feel Baby blue is a pleasant sounding song . there's nothing special about it but still it's not as bad/weird as some of his past solo tracks .

Miles away is the next album track & this was supervised by Ohno .

Frankly out of the 5 songs that each ARASHI members supervised , Miles away is my favourite as it's a chilled out sounding song but at the same time , it's 1 of those tracks that has an extra edge over the other album tracks . And if I have my way , a video should have been made for this song .

The next song To my homies was supervised by Sakurai & there's the inclusion of Sakurap in the song .

Despite the rather hip sounding title , To my homies is actually quite a boring song to me as I find it rather lacklustre & even though there's Sakurap present , it doesn't do that much in saving the track .

Don't You Get It is the last song in the CD + DVD edition of Are You Happy? & it's also the only album track that has a video made .

I guess the phrase saving the best for last applies to Don't You Get It & it's quite obvious on why ARASHI chose to make a video based on this song as out of most of the new album material , this's somewhat the most memorable out of the entire lot .

And as compared to ARASHI's past album tracks , Don't You Get It has a less serious tone which showcases a different side of them which's evident on what goes on in the accompany video .

TWO TO TANGO is exclusively found in the CD only edition of Are You Happy? & Sakurap is present in the track .

This can be considered as the most angsty driven song in the album as it's quite bold in your face . While TWO TO TANGO is no truth and/or Breathless , it's still quite ok nonetheless .

ARASHI asks , Are You Happy? After the high concepts of LOVE , THE DIGITALIAN & Japonism , this time the group starts from the basic universal joy of listening to music & presenting songs that make the listener feel happy . Besides singles Ai wo Sakebe , Fukkatsu LOVE , I seek & Daylight , the album includes songs from each member that convey the theme of "happy" .

I hold back in writing/releasing this review because I wanted to make sure I gave Are You Happy? considerable no. of listens before I publish this because it has been a really long time since I last felt so disconnected from an ARASHI album .

The positive aspects is that I feel the single songs that made the cut in Are You Happy? are still tops even though I wished they include Power of the Paradise as I like that song a lot .

And also personal input wise , this's the most amount of individual effort that has gone into the production of an ARASHI record as normally it tends to be Sakurai & Nino who does this for their own solos and/or album tracks . And for all members to do so , it's quite a commending effort .

However despite this , I actually don't feel happy in listening to Are You Happy? . Instead , I felt bored in hearing the new material as most of them sound quite uninspiring & bland . And I genuinely feel that Miles away is the standout non solo track in the album .

When I reviewed Japonism last year , at least some of the album tracks were memorable & able to be on par/suppress the single songs despite it being musically messy . That doesn't apply to Are You Happy? which I think it's a huge pity as albums wise , I thought LOVE & THE DIGITALIAN were ARASHI's most recent better/more put together albums .

Perhaps ARASHI is suffering from album fatigue ? I don't know but considering Are You Happy? is their 15th album & the fact that they've been releasing an album every year , maybe it's time for them to put emphasis on quality as I rather they release an album every 2 years but I know it will sound great as I never would have thought I used the word boring to describe an album released by ARASHI .

For now , I say just skip most of the new material & focus on the single songs + Miles away + perhaps Don't You Get It . I do hope ARASHI would recapture my attention in their next album as I don't want to come to a stage where I would dread & be bored by ARASHI once more .



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Upcoming New JPop/JRock Releases

 
# Acid Black Cherry's 4th covers album Recreation 4 , 250117 , Wed

# Aqua Timez's Aqua Timez 47 Todoufuken "Back To You" Tour 2015-2016 Live & Documentary DVD + Blu-ray , 250117 , Wed

# UVERworld's 30th single Itteki no Eikyou , 010217 , Wed

# GRANRODEO's 7th album Pierrot Dancin' , 080217 , Wed

# NEWS' 21st single EMMA , 080217 , Wed

# Hey ! Say ! JUMP's 19th single OVER THE TOP , 220217 , Wed

# Saito Kazuyoshi's 46th single Iden , 220217 , Wed

# Mika Nakashima's 41st single Koi wo Suru , 220217 , Wed

# Ken Hirai's 41st single Boku no Kokoro o Tsukutte yo , 010317 , Wed

# Himuro Kyosuke's KYOSUKE HIMURO LAST GIGS DVD + Blu-ray , 010317 , Wed

# L'Arc~en~Ciel's L'Arc-en-Ciel LIVE 2015 L'ArCASINO DVD + Blu-ray , 010317 , Wed

# Kis-My-Ft2's 18th single INTER (Tonight / Kimi no Iru Sekai / SEVEN WISHES) , 010317 , Wed

# GRANRODEO's 26th single Glorious days , 220317 , Wed

# flumpool's 17th single Last Call , release in Spring




Album Reviews


# Hilcrhyme - SIDE BY SIDE

# Kanon Wakeshima - luminescence Q.E.D

# ARASHI - Are You Happy?

# Mao from SID - Maison de M EP

# Hey ! Say ! JUMP - DEAR.

# Ken Hirai - THE STILL LIFE

# BENI - Shiki Uta summer

# Kis-My-Ft2 - I SCREAM

# ayumi hamasaki - M(A)DE IN JAPAN

# MUSCLE ATTACK - HERCULES ROAD

# Aoyama Thelma - PINK TEARS EP

# Shota Shimizu - PROUD

# flumpool - EGG

# NEWS - QUARTETTO

# AKi - EPHEMERAL EP

# BENI - Undress

# SPYAIR - 4

# ARASHI - Japonism

# Aoyama Thelma - GRAY SMOKE EP

# ayumi hamasaki - sixxxxxx EP

# BREAKERZ - 0-ZERO-

# Domoto Koichi - Spiral

# Kis-My-Ft2 - KIS-MY-WORLD

# Hey ! Say ! JUMP - JUMPing CAR

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# ayaka - Rainbow Road

# THE TURTLES JAPAN - ELECTRONIC HUMANITY

# ayumi hamasaki - A ONE

# Hilcrhyme - REVIVAL

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# B'z - EPIC DAY

# Acid Black Cherry - L

# Kanon Wakeshima - Tsukinami

# NEWS - White

# FLOWER FLOWER - Shiki EP

# AKi - ARISE

# FLOWER FLOWER - Mi

# ARASHI - THE DIGITALIAN

# Anna Tsuchiya - LUCIFER EP

# Yamashita Tomohisa - YOU

# Aoyama Thelma - Lonely Angel

# Yamashita Tomohisa - Asobi EP

# Kis-My-Ft2 - Kis-My-Journey

# ayumi hamasaki - Colours

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# Hey ! Say ! JUMP - smart

# Fukuyama Masaharu - HUMAN

# Miliyah Kato x Shota Shimizu - THE BEST

# JASMINE - Welcome to Jas Vegas

# SID - OUTSIDER

# Shota Shimizu - ENCORE

# Hilcrhyme - FIVE ZERO ONE

# DAIGO - DAIGOLD

# Koda Kumi - Bon Voyage

# Tegomass - Tegomass no Seishun

# MUSCLE ATTACK - MUSCLE

# KAT-TUN - Kusabi -kusabi- EP

# ARASHI - LOVE

# Yamashita Tomohisa - A NUDE

# Matsushita Yuya - #musicoverdose

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# ON/OFF - DICE EP

# NEWS - NEWS

# Namie Amuro - FEEL

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# girl next door - Life of Sound

# V6 - Oh ! My ! Goodness !

# ayumi hamasaki - LOVE again

# Mika Nakashima - REAL

# flumpool - experience

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# Hey ! Say ! JUMP - JUMP NO.1

# KAT-TUN - NO MORE PAIИ

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# Acid Black Cherry - BLACK LIST

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# Tegomass - Tegomass no Ai EP

# BREAKERZ - B.R.Z ACOUSTIC EP

# ayumi hamasaki - Rock'n'Roll Circus

# V6 - READY ?

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# Koda Kumi - UNIVERSE

# NEVER LAND - Beautiful Days EP

# abingdon boys school - ABINGDON ROAD

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# GIRL NEXT DOOR - NEXT FUTURE

# LANDS - Olympos EP

# flumpool - What's flumpool !?

# Kuroki Meisa - ATTITUDE EP

# Yusuke - Ano .. Konnan Dekimashita Kedo.

# KinKi Kids - J album

# Namie Amuro - PAST < FUTURE

# BREAKERZ - FIGHTERZ

# alan - my life

# LOVE - LOVE.IT EP

# B'z - MAGIC

# Dew - PRESENT

# Saito Kazuyoshi - Tsuki ga Noboreba

# Aoyama Thelma - Emotions

# SID - hikari

# Kobukuro - CALLING

# Domoto Koichi - mirror

# Tegomass - Tegomass no Uta

# ON / OFF - Legend Of Twins I -Futago Densetsu-

# Fukuyama Masaharu - Zankyou

# Kanon Wakeshima - Shinshoku Dolce

# GReeeeN - Shio , Koshou -SALT & PEPPER-

# flumpool - Unreal EP

# Yuna Ito - DREAM

# Kanjani∞ - PUZZLE

# KAT-TUN - Break the Records -by you & for you-

# Kuroki Meisa - hellcat EP

# Kanjani∞ - KJ2 Zukkoke Daidassou

# ayumi hamasaki - NEXT LEVEL

# Utada Hikaru - DEEP RIVER

# Utada - This Is The One

# Kanjani∞ - KJ1 F·T·O

# ARASHI - Dream"A"Live

# Kanjani∞ - Kansha ni Eight EP

# alan - Voice of EARTH

# Aoyama Thelma - LOVE !

# Koda Kumi - TRICK

# Aoyama Thelma - DIARY

# YUI - I LOVED YESTERDAY

# YUI - CAN'T BUY MY LOVE

# BREAKERZ - BREAKERZ

# GIRL NEXT DOOR - GIRL NEXT DOOR

# GReeeeN - A , Domo. Ohisashiburi Desu

# YUI - FROM ME TO YOU

# GReeeeN - A , Domo. Hajimemashite

# BREAKERZ - CRASH & BUILD

# ai otsuka - LOVE LETTER

# Mika Nakashima - VOICE

# BREAKERZ - BIG BANG !

# NEWS - color

# Anna Tsuchiya - NUDY SHOW !

# Soundtrack Of High School Musical 3 : Senior Year

# L'Arc~en~Ciel - KISS

# BREAKERZ - Ao no Mirai EP

# ai otsuka - LOVE PUNCH

# ai otsuka - LOVE COOK

# ai otsuka - LOVE JAM

# KAT-TUN - cartoon KAT-TUN II You

# OLIVIA - Trinka Trinka EP

# NEWS - touch

# NEWS - pacific

# ARASHI - Iza , Now

# ARASHI - One

# NANA Triple Billing

# OLIVIA - The Cloudy Dreamer EP

# Anna Tsuchiya - strip me ?

# ARASHI - ARASHIC

# KAT-TUN - Best of KAT-TUN

# Anna Tsuchiya - Taste My Beat EP

# ARASHI - Time

# Electrico - We Satellites

# ayaka - Sing to the Sky

# ayaka - First Message

# KAT-TUN - KAT-TUN III -QUEEN OF PIRATES-

# Koda Kumi - BEST ~BOUNCE & LOVERS~

# Jesse McCartney - Departure

# The Veronicas - Hook Me Up

# Ken Hirai - LIFE is ...

# Ashlee Simpson - Bittersweet World

# Ken Hirai - gaining through losing

# Yuna Ito - HEART

# Utada Hikaru - HEART STATION

# Ken Hirai - FAKIN' POP

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# Ken Hirai - SENTIMENTALovers

# Koda Kumi - Kingdom

# ayumi hamasaki - GUILTY

# ai otsuka - LOVE PiECE

# abingdon boys school - abingdon boys school

# ayumi hamasaki - I am ...

# ayumi hamasaki - RAINBOW

# The Great Spy Experiment - Flower Show Riots

# Koda Kumi - BEST ~second session~

# The Click Five - Modern Minds And Pastimes

# Soundtrack Of High School Musical 2

# Koda Kumi - Black Cherry

# Namie Amuro - PLAY

# Maroon 5 - It Wouldn't Be Soon Before Long

# ayumi hamasaki - Memorial address EP

# NANA starring Mika Nakashima - THE END

# Mika Nakashima - YES

# Jamie Michael - People Watching

# ayumi hamasaki - A BEST 2 -BLACK- & A BEST 2 -WHITE-

# ayumi hamasaki - (miss)understood

# ayumi hamasaki - Duty & MY STORY

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# Utada Hikaru - ULTRA BLUE

# ayumi hamasaki - Secret

# Utada - Exodus

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