addictdesu: (NEWS)
Happy 2017! Well, we're practically done with the 'New Year' celebrations now; but as this is my first post for the new year I'll be starting with a music review, one I have missed doing so much.

Last year, I skipped writing for 恋を知らない君へ (Koi wo shiranai kimi e) when halfway through my review of the single the text file was corrupted. What a loss, it was an interesting time for NEWS--it was their busiest schedule in their whole career so far! In the middle of bustling activities the music they've released was quite a successor for January's ballad ヒカリノシズク--essentially a ballad single (3/4 of the single are slow songs!), Koi wo is the sound you were silently longing for in NEWS.

But they've built their image around concepts that are apt for the bold... thus, they keep coming back for it. The newest single, EMMA, straightforwardly tells you that they're not done with チャンカパーナ and KAGUYA and チュムチュム’s bombastic sound yet. Putting aside the Classical, the ballads, and the sports tracks, NEWS' real strength in their discography lies in the way they make controversial A-sides coupled with hidden treasures that are the B-sides. EMMA, like the older successful singles, does it again.



►L-R: Limited Edition (LE) A, LE B, and Regular Edition covers◄


General comments

The paragraphs above are considered part of the general comments, but hey, let's make this section more specific. EMMA is the OP for the TV adaptation of 嫌われる勇気 (Kirawareru Yuuki), and in which Shige is one of the main characters. /Thank you Shige for constantly giving NEWS themes songs for singles!/

This is my first time to talk about the jacket covers, the second most controversial bit (yeah, the single is that controversial that we even have a plausible rank). At first glance of the covers they're totally unrelated to NEWS; look in any way and they're still random pieces of material which would've been done better by the fans. Not to be rude, really, but it was the general consensus. Judging a book by its cover is still prevalent; especially that we judge an idol group's jacket covers by the idols' faces, not the face of someone else.

The title EMMA itself was a mystery, and the costumes, choreography and lyrics are controversies. In spite of the discernible similarities with the past singles, EMMA has a unique and striking presentation--bolder than ever, it keeps NEWS on the relevance, but with a more matured viewpoint as all of them will be now in their 30's this year.

What's the most important thing in EMMA? Arguably not the title track. There are always hidden gems found in the B-sides, extra special this time around. Whether to satiate fans with a good throwback or just another way of being innovative, remakes are often anticipated especially if done by the same artist. NEWS did a remake of two of their most popular songs pre-4nin: さくらガール (Sakura Girl) and I · ZA · NA · I · ZU · KI; so yes, it's not really arguable that this is the most important thing in the single.

Still to throw in the already wild blend are the "Snow" songs. Although not religiously, NEWS have Season-themed tracks and for this winter there are two--a very generous move, since usually there is only one Season song per release. That way, I feel like EMMA (the single) isn't actually rushed as opposed to how EMMA (the song) appeared (from the jacket covers to the fact that the PV was shot a little before the new year). Rushed or not, in terms of the quality of the music the single is extensively thought-out. It is approached in a polarizing manner; age-old tricks for the new songs and new quips for the remakes.

Song by song comments

01 EMMA is nothing new, except that it is the ultimate rehash of NEWS' novelty hits--meaning everything is combined in here. チャンカパーナ 3.0? KAGUYA 2.0? Retro twin of MR. WHITE? A Western チュムチュム? A Country 恋のABO? Another バンビーナ (Bambina)? Yes, the song is all of that. Yet the wild mesh the song is founded on may be the very reason EMMA is nonviable, as it sounds like it is just there to follow the working pattern... For the love of nasty, loud titles... For the novelty.

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This single's overall feel is more than a winter affair. EMMA is summer-hot, Sakura Girl is for spring, I · ZA · NA · I · ZU · KI's autumn sentiments and the 'Snow' songs direct take on winter... With these characteristics, it's almost as complete as an album. And we don't really need to think about a new album because after this single was released, an announcement for a new album came! Let's look forward to NEVERLAND, and I hope I could make a review for it as well.


Single rating: ♪♪♪♪ (Four lovely eighth notes out of 5!)
addictdesu: (beebo)


What I said last year... came true.

I don't know how to start this genre-searching, artist-loving segment so let's just start from when. When I said last year that I'll augment my music exploration in 2016, although I was earnest I wasn't committed to doing that. The then-incoming year saw spotlight on NEWS, and my new KPop fandoms also started to get exciting--I thought, 2016 would be a year of settling on the artists I discovered on/before 2015. In short, no new fandoms please!!! Focus on your existing loves!!!

Well, it turned out that 2015 was just a taste test. Because in 2016, that's where the buffet began to be served.

Window shopping, genre hopping

For the true love of genres, I studied them. There were probably almost 10 times I hooked up *LOL* with Wiki-kun *LooOOoL* and other sites to randomly research about Rock and is subgenres, Electronic and its subgenres; refresh my knowledge of Classical music eras, etc. The result, I got better at identifying genres. It's a small dream of mine to hear songs and identify their precise genre in a snap. For example, knowing that Blood, Sweat and Tears by BTS is Tropical House just by listening to its first 10 seconds.



No one can deny (except EXO-Ls? hahaha) that this is the grandest KPop release of the year. I still didn't get into KPop boys, though.

Genre is like food; both are/have flavors, it's inevitable to pick your tastes. Power Pop is one. I think this is pretty apparent in my fondess for hyper, driven tracks. Progressive Rock, like Queen's (and Panic! At The Disco cover) Bohemian Rhapsody, is a genre I'd want to challenge, whether composed or sung, in the future. Aside from the fact that it's one of the hardest to pull off, it's the fulfillment of my vision of pieces so varied you hear symphonies the one minute, and Swing the next!




The original Bohemian Rhapody in 1975 and the 2016 cover. Asking the forbidden question: which version is better?

Skipping hundred more genres and subgenres, appreciating them from afar (thus, "window shopping" xD) as this post won't go into the technical side of things, let's head to the highlight--the songs and the artists.


I didn't just Panic!

In my six years of being a loyal NEWS fan, Panic! At The Disco is the only band/artist that reached the level of love I have for NEWS. (You can see my P!ATD-appreciation post here) But it doesn't mean that my bias treatment is the same. Instead of focusing only on P!ATD as I did on NEWS especially on the getting-to-know stage, P!ATD became the door for a genuine music enjoyment by means of actively searching for more.

I could say that I'm the musician with the least knowledge of songs. Despite my frequent assertions of open-mindedness to music, I admittedly don't listen to a lot of songs (IF we're talking about songs I choose to listen to. Otherwise, I've known a lot of songs from the TV, radio, karaoke, and other media since childhood! Haven't we all?) I tend to repeat only the ones I like, and I can do that for years.

Here's a comparison for a clearer picture. Tegoshi said he has over 10,000 songs in his music player. 500 is already too many for me. Brendon learns almost 500 songs a year. I could only go with 50-100. Tegoshi also said he loops songs for an average of 2 times. When I heard his solo Encore for the first time, I looped it for 2 straight weeks!

This means that while I'm very open to genres, I'm notoriously picky with songs. My exploration this year is my wildest so far. If it goes beyond on 2017, why not, right?

Artist Feature

And we've reached this point! There are many artist/bands I wanted to feature, but I'll only show whose discographies I've already dug (that says I've loved them enough!) Carry on~

Artists Feature )


Bonus

These artists almost made it on the Feature list! I'd still like to mention them in a shorter, separate list (because I am really motivated when it comes to listing stuff :>)

Artist: Fall Out Boy
Why include? Because FOB bassist Pete Wentz discovered P!ATD and put the band under his music label. He is their literal senpai! Also, FOB is part of the "Emo Trinity", with P!ATD and My Chemical Romance.
I recommend: 20 Dollar Nosebleed (Feat Brendon Urie)

Artist: The Brobecks
Why include? I learned this band through Dallon Weekes, P!ATD's ex-bassist, wherein in The Brobecks he was the frontman. Although now inactive before even hitting it big, the band made cool alternative tracks.
I recommend: Love At First Sight

Artist: Justin Bieber
Why include? A pure coincidence, or by Tegoshi's influence? Nevertheless, I really like his new material and recent collaborations.
I recommend: Let Me Love You (DJ Snake feat Justin Bieber)

Artist: 4th Impact
Why include? A Filipina group of sisters (again!) that made it into the top 5 of X-Factor UK Season 12. I don't know if they already have original songs; anyhow, I got addicted watching their contest performances on Youtube.
I recommend: Their classic and viral audition hit, Bang Bang

Artist: Fifth Harmony
Why include? Im a year where both Fifth Harmony and Little Mix are equally relevant (more relevant than male groups like One Direction!), I prefer the sassier and sexier Fifth Harmony. Nothing personal, I just like their songs more.
I recommend: That's My Girl

Song Feature

This part is tricky. I don't have a clear basis for the list; if we go by my favorites for each featured artist above, my other favorites outside these artists won't be included. Same as if I give featured songs outside of these artists. To settle, this will be a random list of 10 songs that'll immediately pop in my mind *meaning this part is candidly written!!*, trying to be as artist-varied as possible without forfeiting my actual favorites! Here we go~
Song Feature )

Extras and Conclusion

In total, I actively listened to an average of 400 songs this 2016. This year-end feature is short of expounding the expanse of my music experiences and exploration *LOL a lot of "ex"-es there!*; for example I didn't mention my (almost) monthly Classical music meditation, where I listen to different instrumental pieces without searching for their names and composers, to keep my mind unwary of memorizing every artist and every repertoire. I started self-studying guitar, albeit it hasn't progressed from the few basic chords! I also had fuuuuuuun times with my young cousins as we formed a cover/jamming group, Panic! At The Discrew. Most of our silly covers a.k.a. shenanigans were stored in my tab, and were erased permanently when the gadget was formatted :'( Last summer, my family had plans of conducting singing tutorials at home, though it did not come to fruition (besides, I don't think I can be a reliable music teacher orz). What else? I have a pen, I have an apple... Uh! apple pen!

End the rambling with the rambling with a beat. ピコ太郎 (Piko-Taro)'s PPAP is just one of Japan's biggest contribution to 2016 in music!


This reminds me that I still have to hear Babymetal for even Brendon adores this kawaii Metal group. 2017 will be a blast! I have a feeling that next year will swivel to Japanese music in depth, a certain possibility made by the official start of MNL48 this December. Things are going fast, in fact. As for MNL48, I'll try to make a blog post from an outsider's perspective (not an AKB48 fan nor an MNL48 applicant).

Presently, the featured artists, songs, even the others that haven't touched the lists in this post, are my joys of 2016.
What's yours? *this sounds like a line from a commercial--insert commercial jingle* xD
addictdesu: (NEWS)
I realized there's a reason why I do my reviews late, aside from the fact that I'm the best procrastinator you'll ever know! (LOL).

I like comparisons. I like to find a common ground between the things I perceive, and I like to note the differences. I like to know which is better than the other, or which are on the same level; or how things turned out in the past and I use that as a basis for the present. Even if it takes time, it is through comparison and contrasting that I believe I could write my reviews effectively and in detail. In other words, these reviews aren't founded on first impressions alone. I wish I could write by my first impressions though, as most (if not all), reviewers do!

This is my first serious NEWS album review. I didn't make one for last year's WHITE because... I kept putting it off. xD

Title: QUARTETTO
Artist: NEWS
Release date: March 9, 2016
Tracks: 16 (12 + 4 solos)

►L-R: Limited Edition and Regular Edition covers◄
General comments

QUARTETTO is an album I was too excited to write my first impressions about. (Now you know why I explained myself above!). It's an album that blew me right away, that I hadn't even finished listening to it and I already commented about how it could make former NEWS fans regret leaving the fandom. It had such a huge impact; surely, it's NEWS' release. Every NEWS release is literally mind-blowing for me (duh, Paana!). Of course I could hear what I don't like from the first listen, but I can't impart these properly in the height of excitement. It is only through a longer period of listening that I could make a fair judgment.

Listening to it for weeks (edit: months!) now, I won't take the statement back--QUARTETTO is good and it'll make former NEWS fans regret leaving the fandom. Better than the disheveled WHITE album, QUARTETTO is solid and easy on the ears. For these reasons:

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Song by song comments

01 Theme of QUARTETTO, or the instrumental-only overture, follows some rules from the Classical era. It's in Binary form, in which the first part differs greatly from the second, but the second is actually just a development of the first part. It can also be considered as a "Theme" in Theme and Variations form; or in the modern music sense it contains different sections comprising all the other parts of the whole piece. In the simplest terms, it is a remix, a medley of all the songs in the album. It is its sole purpose--an introductory medley, yet the way all the songs are thrown in a rhythmic blender is very hip-hop, an unexpected move for NEWS. It also introduces the use of body percussion, and looping machine that makes music production impressive. I think this album aims to show the technical aspect of music to fans.

02 QUARTETTO, the actual song, is EDM (electronic dance music) all the way (quite surprising for the title, isn't it? But not that surprising, consideringTheme of QUARTETTO introduces this sound). It has the ingredients of an electronic genre: Fast rhythm, standard Eight note-beats, autotune, and of course the electronic humming of the bassline. The twist is, it has a prominent string accompaninent so that it sounds fairly classical. The contrast makes it catchy--even though there's no proven correlation, the arching violins works with the structured, synthetic beat.

The best part of the song is the most unprecedented one: the Koyashige blending where Shige sings the upper harmony! Too bad it's just one line. Well, the whole song lasts for only 2 minutes but it's okay; otherwise, it would turn out dull.

In a poll at [livejournal.com profile] 4newsfans, it shocked me that many voters have this track as their favorite. With its techno base, short span, and monotonous nature, maybe it is the consistency from start to finish that makes listeners appreciate it. And again, the contrast between the classical violins and buzzing bassline, if listened to closely, is actually breathtaking.

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NEWS knows how to sound refreshing at the right time, in spite of being almost 13 years in the business, and this showed in QUARTETTO. My hopes for the next album: 'refreshing' in the sense of trying concepts, genres and techniques that'd be deemed surprising in Johnny's. Actually, NEWS is already doing this through couple of releases including this one, but a full-blown surprise would be better in my opinion. QUARTETTO is a good album nonetheless; it's a very transparent material enjoyed by new and old fans alike.

Album rating: ♪♪♪♪ (4 eighth notes out of 5!)
addictdesu: (NEWS)
Have you noticed how late I am in posting my reviews? I need to get this off my list so I can start with the newly released album!





Title: ヒカリノシズク/Touch
Artist: NEWS
Release date: January 20, 2016
Tracks: 4

L-R: Regular Edition, Hikari no Shizuku Edition (LE A) and Touch Edition (LE B)


General comments

NEWS' first single of 2016, a double A-side single, is released roughly 2 months after their last single of 2015. The first of the A-sides,Hikari no Shizuku, serves as the theme song for the drama adaptation of Shige's book Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa which also includes Shige in the cast! The other A-side, Touch, is used for NEWS' newest product endorsement, Nissen Touch 'n'. At the time of writing this review, we're counting hours to the new album QUARTETTO's release (Edit: upon posting, QUARTETTO is already out), added to the news of a regular show *FINALLY!* that keeps the fandom in a feast for days.

Or for months. Definitely, for months.

So what's the point of these italics--I mean, good news in here? The management is gearing the previously unnoticed NEWS again. In other words: we're unbelievably active just when we thought we're starting to lose our shine. Whatever the long-term plan for us is, we are certain that we're staying because of 1) World Cup 2) *possible* Bra CMs, and 3) Classic sound. This latest single, according to the sources, is headed in the latter direction. Music-wise, it seems NEWS has finally found its niche.

Curiously enough, Hikari ni Shizuku/Touch is a single you'd be careful before listening. Classic sound is no joke; Yonjuushi and its enigma gives a clue that at least one of the songs would give another Rachmaninoff--or whichever classical composer one would think--vibes off. And of course, the more curious matter is the 'Touch' song. Looking at NEWS' discography, touch is the title of their very first album... When there were still 8 members and their musicality wasn't a priority then.Turns out, this single is appreciation-guaranteed! Pulling off the charms in unexpected ways, the single finally fills what has been missing from the group since they became four: a legit ballad, and a legit feel-good song. Steering away from the too energetic and commanding A-sides NEWS has shown since the group's comeback, Hikari no Shizuku/Touch brings the "less is more" style back into play.

Song by song comments

01 ヒカリノシズク (Hikari no Shizuku) is a standard Johnny's pop-rock ballad, that NEWS does not only give justice to, but makes it their own, like only NEWS could sing this song. Even it's supposedly generic. And it's true. The power lies in the distinct vocals.

The instrumentation is quite simple underneath the heavy air of the ballad. For example, the piano uses very basic chords. The strings play a continuous composite melody that repeats itself every section; and the bassline, guitar line and drumline are also predictable. But combine these and it forms a thick stratum of harmonies. What makes this song soar above their past slow tracks is NEWS' vocals matching the air of the instruments--it's so profound that the voices and instruments sound one, inseparable.

As just mentioned, the power lies in the members' vocals. It's not upbeat at all (though in a walking pace) but the dynamics of the voices, from soft to loud, low to high, is a head-turner; neither it is in NEWS' widest of vocal range for a song but it gives that good illusion. The instrumental is subdued, making the track feel very light at some moments, especially in the verses. The soft strings gives the song a soulful touch, pop-rock the genre may be. Somewhat it reminds me of a slower Full Swing with less rock and more pop.

It's supposedly a simple song but the emotion of the vocals really carries it away. Starred by Shige this time, his voice actually fits ballads and though it's not a surprise in the fandom anymore this is like the ultimate proof that he also does well in these kinds of songs. And boy, Tegoshi again gives the edge, especially in the bridge, without doing it overboard. (Fangirl moment: whenever I listen to that part I'm always on the verge of tears!)

02 Touch is a fan and non-fan favorite--that's how fine the song is. It's hands down catchy, owing to the holistic feel-good vibe of the song: the sugary tones of the vocals and the instruments throughout, and the silliness of the melody as heard on the instrumental flourishes. All these while NEWS doesn't even try to sound goofy or whatever. It has an even blend of larkiness (in the sound) and maturity (in the arrangement; and the slightly suggestive lyrics).

I can't figure out what's the key accompaniment used in the song, aside from the soft piano and modest bass. It has such a high prominence--it's the driving force that keeps the song charged and moving! It might be the work of a snyth, but to compare it to a real instrument it seems like a Piccolo Trumpet*. Similar-sounding with the White album track NYARO especially on the intro, the snyth/instrument has its own spotlight, playing a larger role in Touch than the former.

*Piccolo Trumpet = the smallest of the Trumpet family

The melodic lines are a giveaway. The song doesn't have very high nor low notes, yet the intervals are pretty varied, and that gives the playful aura of the track. Also, the 'fan favorite' is probably the falsettos in the chorus, smoothly and even sensually delivered, blended with splashy effects and the continuous fanfare in the background--makes it suitable for both listening and singing alike. Touch is an absolute LSS!

03 星の旅人たち (Hoshi no Tabibito Tachi) sounds like Don't Stop Believing on the intro and is especially developed to make you feel you're in a pop musical. Within the same key yet a lot rhythmic than Touch, the song has a generous amount of different effects, that may not be obvious at first but becomes apparent as it progresses. Its steady beat doesn't necessarily make it a dance song; however, it's the main driver of the track. This is a nice contrast to the previous track because although both are clear-cut pop music the arrangements are entirely different. The former has a free rhythm while this is strictly accented--it makes Hoshi no Tabibito Tachi rather stale, if not for the embellishments that can be heard once in a while. NEWS' vocals are okay; I hear faint echoes as if this was recorded in a concert hall... presumably, this is part of the song's musical play style. Just one thing I am not happy about is the inclusion of (Spanish style?) guitar-plucking parts on the interlude and epilogue. For me it's out of place. Minus that and the song is actually charming, especially if you're fan of upbeat modern musical repertoire.

04 whisper doesn't deserve to be the last of the B-sides because it's close to perfection and is in a genre that fits NEWS best, in my opinion: Jazz. Not the traditional jazz in entirety, though even for a casual listener it obviously belongs to this genre. To be precise, the song sounds close to those of 80's Bebop and Funk. It's similar to Sweet Martini but this is faster, and unlike the more electro base of the other, here the glorious brass dominates the instrumental. Plus it's auto-tune free! I'm actually a fan of autotune so I don't mind if the song has its share, but for a vocally exhausting song, the breaks in whisper are magnificent. The rhythm change, the unpredictable instrumentation, the constant alter in pitches, the crazy dynamics... don't expect it'll sound very intense because it's not rock after all, but for a jazz song this is totally rockin' it.

The odd one among the tracks, it has no trace of JPop at all. It's in a different key signature too (the other three are in Cmajor). I would have wanted this to be a part of NEWS' next album rather than placed last in a single, but since the 'Classic sound' I expected is not to be found, this Ballroom-apt track compensates with its heavy brass use and complicated melodies Pop songs don't usually have. Lastly, the vocals are natural and each of the members' lines and adlibs are flawless! It's a challenging song that NEWS (not just Tegoshi, or not just any member) sings perfectly.

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I loved Yonjuushi the single and I thought the next single wouldn't get any better than that, but this turned out to be better. I was only disconcerted at the lack of the "Refined classic sound" tag the album is supposed to have; However, the tracks are overwhelmingly good that the theme need not be needed anymore. I’ll bet that instead on the upcoming album.

Single rating: 4.5 out of 5!
addictdesu: (NEWS)
Because I'm very industrious today! :)






Title: 四銃士 (Yonjuushi)
Artist: NEWS
Release Date: November 25, 2015
Tracks: 4
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►Limited and Regular Editions jacket covers◄


General comments:

Yonjuushi is NEWS' first-ever DVD single. I don't know its difference from an ordinary single (What's the point of a DVD for a single? Enlighten meee). Regardless, it deserves its whole upgraded packaging. I honestly didn't expect this year-end release to be good--having the group release songs in an unusually fast pace I was a tad worried if the last of NEWS' 2015 spectacle would be spectacular too.

Subjectively, it is! I love the whole package. It's my new favorite. I am charmed by the tracklist, and the PV couldn't be more sophisticated. Musically, level-headedly, the tracks are hit-or-miss. Luckily they are all 'hit' to me; I can't even choose a favorite because all tracks are my jam! Like KAGUYA and チュムチュム, NEWS prioritized variety here. But I think the assortment is less apparent in this single due to having four tracks instead of the past singles' five. Three out of four are upbeat; two out of four are 'party'; four out of four have the beginning parts sung by Tegoshi! (Am I that observant, or just biased?)

Yonjuushi the single is innovative, albeit only in certain angles. Otherwise it could bring about a generic sound impression. NEWS is still an idol group with the same league of composers and same 'ol lyrical themes. Even so, if we focus on the innovative angles, this single is more than a Johnny's pop puppetry. Theyactually explored music, especially the title track. Let's now look into each of the songs.

Song by song comments:

01 四銃士 (Yonjuushi) may not be one's cup of tea. It wasn't for me, either. An arrangement by orchestra conductor Nishimoto Tomomi, the song is entirely based on the Classical piece Rhapsody in a Theme of Paganini (which I'll simply refer as Paganini in this review), by Romantic period composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. It's not a song only made to show NEWS trying the 'classic' sound; it is also the opening song for the anime Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo.

My introduction to this track was a statement from a member (I think it was Shige?) saying  Yonjuushi is very different and new from all the songs NEWS have sung. Of course it sparked my utmost curiosity. When I heard the Anime theme version I was worn for I didn't hear a bit of newness to it--except for the strange musical Form not commonly found in pop songs. Its A-B-A-B-A-B (Extended Tertiary) Form is molded in such a way that it sounds like a draggy Sonata-Allegro even though the track's tempo is actually fast.

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My rating for this single is highly subjective. Yep, even I do have wordy comments and strong opinions in my reviews, when giving ratings I consider the impact to majority of listeners and not mine. Yonjuushi is a hit-or-miss package. You need to understand Yonjuushi (the song)'s origins to appreciate it. You need to at least differentiate the preceding soccer songs before seeing the uniqueness of ANTHEM. While Eien's bad ending is really unsatisfying; and SPEAKER is mediocre. My rating therefore lies on how these songs help NEWS' musical image to be pushed upward--and in that sense, for the fans they do. The single once again showcased the flexibility of the group.

Single rating: ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ (4 lovely eight notes out of five!)
addictdesu: (NEWS 2)
NOTE: Originally, this review was omitted from my fandom projects list--for the usual reason, busy in RL and all. I began re-working on it months after its release, reckoning I still got time to do it! Can't deny that this single is too awesome to be ignored.





Title: チュムチュム (Chumu Chumu)
Artist: NEWS
Release date: June 24, 2015
Tracks: 5

►L-R: Regular, LE A and LE B jacket covers◄


General comments:

While the previous and the first NEWS single in 2015, KAGUYA, was as fresh as the new years could be, Chumu Chumu is a summer single, and I expected 'freshness' on a summer scale.

Well, as far as the seasons are concerned, Chumu Chumu doesn't belong to a particular season; instead it's a storehouse of seasonable tunes. We get grandiose, instrumental-heavy tracks, and a smooth flow from one genre to another; giving all the five songs a near equal significance in the single. The cohesiveness I was finding in KAGUYA? I've found it here. It isn't as powerful as my overall perception of ONE -for the win- single; although it is not the power I am noting this time, but the needed balance of the tracklist. Standalone and steady, Chumu Chumu is a quality package. NEWS' musicality still soars up high.

The only discord that has made me unsettled is the choice of Chumu Chumu as the carrier track. I know NEWS is creating a pattern of strong lead singles, and the India-themed song has the ultimate bragging rights... but I wonder if it would've been better for the group to deviate and rather chose the less upbeat tracks? As I said, almost all the songs in the single are standalone, meaning they're great on their own. With some exceptions I will discuss later, I find it a little unwise that the other great songs are just B-sides. Don't get me wrong, I looooove Chumu Chumu and its choreo and the costumes. However, other tracks have just-as-huge potential.


Song by song comments:

01 チュムチュム (Chumu Chumu) has the ultimate bragging rights! Lavish, compelling, this kind of music will never leave you without a wham or two. Obviously its inspiration is India, from the title (Chumu Chumu means "kiss" 'twas said), to the melody, to the style, execution, odds and ends. Just a simple reminder: I'm no expert on Indian genres but I've heard enough mainstream to get the idea. Most of us get the idea, don't we? *And please, I do not want to go into talks about Cultural Appropriation, better keep them out of here*

The India flair is most obvious at the intro and the outro having the exact sound, the gallant pattern of 5-bar overtones within a static chord, with a chanted "Chumu chumu" at the end of every measure, ineligible sounds such as "eiyah" and "acchacha" (in the bridge) comprise the Indian highlights, along with the accompanying instruments which set the song into a whooping feast of beats and tones.

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I've said in the beginning of the review that the only discord I have is the choice of Chumu Chumu as the A-side. I love the song so much, don't get me wrong. But it has a remote resemblance to KAGUYA so I would also appreciate if they chose either Hi wa Mata Nobooru or Sweet Martini (or even Megalomania) that have entirely no similarities with the grandeur KAGUYA already offered this January. Even so, with the excellent connection of all the 5 songs, I'm very contented with this release.

How the 5 songs connect excellently :
• if Chumu Chumu is melodic, Hi wa mata noboru is harmonic
• The first two songs have loud and grand sound; Sweet Martini is relaxed
• Sweet Martini is a slow auto-tuned jazz piece, while Megalomania is an techno treat
• The third and fourth songs are effects-dominated; Sasabune is a melodious ballad

Single rating: 4.5 out of 5!
addictdesu: (Toph)
(It should have been "Top 10 picks" but it cannot be helped...)

It was my 2015 plan to be #MovingForward, so with a good deal of effort I tried involving myself in more things, practice good habits, and make some changes in mindset and appearance. But I did not expect that it would also be my year of exploring music/music artists much more enthusiastically than the past 5 years combined. The music exploration mostly centered on KPop, since my love for Korean girl groups rekindled (to the point that I have added two more groups to my fandoms list!--more on that on later entries). Also, for RL purposes, I did some intensive research and appreciation for Jazz music. My online and offline playlists flourished with Country, Ethnic, French songs, American pop, Filipino pop. My karaoke 'repertoire' expanded to new and old songs too. Most importantly, I have found JPop female singers that I really like! If you still remember how in 2014 I was interested in listening to JPop females, I've acted upon this interest in 2015.

Whether you look around or not, good music is anywhere. Let me share to you the good music I have experienced this year--of course 'good' music is subjective, but you might find these songs worthy of lending your ears.

Note: Nope, don't expect a varied and unconventional list. It's (still) KPop and JPop, Idol-dominated. I'll probably make a list for other languages and genres but ... um never mind, I'll most likely forget doing it :p Sorry, passions come first :p

#11 Don't Touch Me – Ailee

  • Release date: September 25, 2014

  • Why it's on the list: Call it ambitious, but I think I've got a celebrity voice-a-like in Ailee (Lee Yejin). Hearing her ballads feels like listening to my own voice. *shock!* The time I realized that, I didn't even know she was very much revered for her vocals *more shock!* and is dubbed the Beyoncé of Korea. *ultimate shock!* Don't Touch Me is one of Ailee's upbeat songs, purposely displaying how much of a "Beyoncé" she can be. Though I find the song falling short of the diva sound Korea's boasting about, I'm still in love with its danceable rhythm and Dreamgirls-like feel.




#10 We Can't Stop - Miley Cyrus


  • Release date: June 3, 2013

  • Why it's on the list: For some reason the lyrics make me happy. The classic YOLO mentality, as expected from Miley Cyrus. But what touches me is probably the slow, relaxed beat of the song, and that it doesn't include lots of effects and chaotic melodies most party songs have. It doesn't sound 'wild'. In fact, it was my motivational song for the late part of 2014 to early 2015. Party doesn't always mean twerking around--I had a helluva fun swaying and putting my hands up to this song.



#9 Lionheart – SNSD


  • Release date: August 18, 2015

  • Why it's on the list: Love at first hear, man. 60's Retro sound and all (think of Pearly Shells and Tiny Bubbles). Girls Generation stays at the top of the game this year with Lionheart the album's release; sadly many KPop fans (Sones or not), were disappointed at the title track. For me, it's the other way around. Among the three A-sides included in the album, this is my favorite! The direct retro influence made me impulsively warm up to it. I love it so much that I link it to good feelings and happy memories. Sadly (again), the song is particularly sad, but this does not stop me from thinking it's one of the tunes that from the moment I've listened to, it will always give me a bubbly lift.



#8 VOICE – AI

  • Release date: February 13, 2013

  • Why it's on the list: A song cover brought me to AI and her soulful singing that I instantaneously praised when I heard her song VOICE. With a strong lyrics to an equally strong vocals and accompaniment, this borderline Pop-Dance-RnB sparked out part of my philanthropic self; whenever I listen to this track I can imagine barren deserts and gloomy nights, and aid in the form of rain, flashing lights, and dancing the dance like it's an anthem of some sort! Its prominent, modernistic beat matched with AI's bluesy voice sets it apart from the songs in this list.




#7 Oh JANE - 片平里菜  (Katahira Rina) Highly recommended!

  • Release date: April 30, 2014

  • Why it's on the list: Love at first hear too (actually, most of the songs in this list are!). Maybe I've already mentioned this, but I wasn't really impressed by young Japanese female singers except for a few... and Katahira Rina, upon hearing how this song is perfect for her voice, and how most of her songs deem fit for my tastes, is added to my must-follow artists. For reference, her voice sounds like YUI and Tommy Heavenly6 combined. But why she stands out for me is because I think she has a more solid connection to her genre. Oh JANE is one of her best songs.




#6 Piano Man - MAMAMOO Highly recommended!

  • Release date: November 21, 2014

  • Why it's on the list: I've mentioned diva and Dreamgirls stuff on the 10th spot. If there's one artist on this list that deserves the diva title, it's MAMAMOO. They are a 4-member group by the way. But all members are vocal powerhouses, and they slay every song! Piano Man is their most powerful song up to date. Jazzy, groovy, and has lots of piano (obviously), raps, and belting, this track is something I would steal and make my own when I become a singer lol that might forever change the way you see KPop. (A dance song that has no effects and autotune at all--because they can!)





#5 Tonight – SPICA

  • Release date: August 28, 2013

  • Why it's on the list: Among these tracks, this is the one that has made me cry. Not just once, but twice. Not just a shed of tear but a full "fck the world feel my feeeeeeels!" sobbing. This pop-rock track just gives that soaring vibe, and is a great traveling song. I cried to it one night when I was extra creative and imagined a music video... Different people; from a singer on a concert, to a lady by a campfire, to a student in a library, to a cancer patient on her bed, and more; are singing the same song. It was so vivid I was crying while singing it myself. The second time was for more personal reasons so I won't say it here. I was surprised though, when I learned it was a love song rather than a friendship song (I thought it was), but because it's also a song about dreams I fell in love with it more.




#4 Last Hope - Paramore Highly recommended!

  • Release date: April 5, 2013

  • Why it's on the list: I am referring to the Live version (see video), not the studio version though that rocked as well. It's surprising! Never thought I'd once again stan the band's discography the way I did around 2008-2009, when Paramore was one of my favorite music artists. Rediscovering them again in 2015 gave me the same feelings over their familiar yet newfangled music. Last Hope gives me the chills whenever I listen to it. The heartfelt, almost spiritual lyrics, Hayley's quality live voice, the indelible instruments in a sea of dazzled audience--a perfect performance--is proof that Paramore is still my favorite rock band.




#3 Holy Night With You - Kis-My-Ft2

  • Release date: December 24, 2014

  • Why it's on the list: I love Christmas songs! Whether for their cheery mood, or the lyric content, or the pleasing sound of the bells, I have yet to find a Christmas song I don't like. In Holy Night With You, I've found an ultimate favorite. It was love at first hear that I knew was really love. It does not have any special 'something' to it and the melody is a bit clichéd either. It just so happens that the simple melody speaks for the theme so much--it sounds 'holy', it has a 'night' feel, and easy to sing--a 'with you' vibe. Simply put, the track carries me away. And hearing all the members get significant lines makes it so.much.sweeter.


MP3 >> http://dai.ly/x2zghhc

#2 KAGUYA - NEWS Highly recommended!

  • Release date: January 7, 2015

  • Why it's on the list: Because it's KAGUYA, for effin's sake! Yep. It's because NEWS nailed this song, blowing a great blast to the year's opening (which also ended up great for NEWS indeed). KAGUYA is compelling and sexy, yet profound and unique. It has received positive reviews from respected reviewers *redirecting you to my own review!*, and an outstanding reception from fans and non-fans alike. Having said, this list is the perfect chance to brag about it one more time!





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Before I go to the 1st Rank... Here are the other songs that did well on making my heart swell this 2015, yet failed to reach the Top 11 list (but these songs are awesome as well--and that's an understatement!)

  • あなた (Anata) - 片平里菜 (Katahira Rina)

  • BYAKUYA - NEWS

  • チュムチュム (Chumu Chumu) - NEWS

  • Dead or Alive - KAT-TUN

  • BYAKUYA - NEWS

  • Happiness - Red Velvet

  • Kiss (Kiss Damashii) - Kis-My-Ft2

  • 長く短い祭 (Nagaku Mijikai Matsuri) - 椎名林檎 (Shiina Ringo)

  • Red Light - f(x)

  • Starlight – KARA

  • These Foolish Things {Remind Me Of You} - Ella Fitzgerald

  • Unconditionally - Katy Perry

  • One Last Time - Ariana Grande

  • Still Into You – Paramore

Here it is! My favorite song for the year (and I kid you not, it's now my most favorite song ever)

#1 Like a Cat - AOA

  • Release date: November 11, 2014

  • Why it's on the list: If you noticed I did not put a "Highly recommended" mark here. Seriously, it's the only song in this list that I did not love at first hear! It's not remarkable (well it depends--with my kind of readers in this blog/journal I don't think it would appeal to you), however... like a cat it sneaked up to me and, like a cat, it settled, and pleasingly killed my sanity. The song has a veeeery catchy sound, danceable rhythm, high-pitched annoying vocals, sultry lyrics. Oh, but right now as I'm writing, it's becoming clear to me that it resembles KAGUYA (the music video is black and red-themed and is very sexy too). Maybe the plus point is it's sung by a girl group, so it's easier for me to sing along and relate to than I would if it was sung by men. Anyway, I could literally listen to it for 50 times a day! Music-wise I can't say anything wise about the track, but I would instantly recommend it if this list is about the catchiest songs. ('Coz is it still not obvious that I'm addicted to this song?)




The craziest thing is, as mentioned above it resembles KAGUYA, was released on 11/11/2014, the lead singer has blond hair, and the song's title is Like A Cat, and... and... do you get where I'm heading at? I mean... I don't even want to think of Tegoshi but it's really undeniably Tegoshi and ugh why am I making this about Tegoshi but hey I never planned this it's just the way it is. *CRIES*

(Cooling down. Dear readers, I don't want you to think that I picked this song because of the Tegoshi connection. My list would be forfeited if in the end it's not about the music but a person. This is a music post, and though it's downright crazy *and amazing* to have these kinds of linkages, in the end it's about what I hear--the melody, the rhythm, the genre--and what are the effects on me.)

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Looking through this post, my noob choices in music despite my music 'expertise' is further certified. Alas! I am also a fangirl, and it's obvious that my current taste is influenced by my faves. But we should always remember that there's no bad music at all. Because, each to their own. :)

This 2016, I want to do more genre-searching, artist-loving music enjoyment. I know it'll gonna start high because of NEWS' new single on January 20!! The rest is up to my willful powers and curiosity mix. Hoping to always bring something to the table, this has been my top picks for 2015. 
addictdesu: (NEWS)
Only did it after three weeks. I'm not that late, am I?






Title: KAGUYA
Artist: NEWS
Release date: January 7, 2015
Tracks: 5
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►L-R: Regular Edition and Limited Edition B jacket covers◄

General comments:

This deserves to be called a comeback single.

JPop and KPop groups have different connotations of/for the term comeback. 'Comeback' in JPop means coming back from a significant hiatus, usually accompanied by problems in the group or of an individual member, and so it is considered a big word. 'Comeback' in KPop is less severe; K-ent companies have their groups releasing material commonly after a year or less of receded activities. In short, it happens regularly in KPop. Nonetheless, comebacks are important and are always much-awaited on both of these pop music cultures.

When I said KAGUYA deserves to be called a comeback single, I am pointing to the Korean connotation. Just like KPop groups' comebacks, KAGUYA radiates this vibe of "I'm back after some rest, get your grooves again!" This is true since NEWS wasn't active doing group work last year.
Read more... )


Song by song comments:

01 KAGUYA
KAGUYA is snappy. See, not that type of love song. Sound-wise, it is along the lines of Chankapaana, Quntastic!, and Koi no ABO. But unlike these three which have a disco/70's flair, KAGUYA is a modern oriental party pop; the 'oriental' being its base. Go figure. It is obvious from the traditional instruments used.

What I hate about KAGUYA: nothing. What I love about KAGUYA: everything! Even though it is far from the slow and soothing love song I hoped NEWS' next anthem to be, KAGUYA got into my faves list like a rocket for its intensity. No belting--remember? But it has all the elements for me to say that it is--sound-wise again--better than Chankapaana. I've also read comments from other people saying this is the best NEWS carrier single after Taiyou no Namida, and has a beauty comparable to the song Forever.

Read more... )


Wraaping it up:

KAGUYA challenged variety in a way I don't like much, to be honest. Nevertheless, many good points emerged from the experimentation done in this single. It's a release which will make you proud of NEWS more than ever. Not to mention, it's a good prelude to the new album coming in February!

Single rating: 3.5 out of 5! (I couldn’t use eighth notes because of the .5 huhuhu)
Download the album (including the PV and the making in one!) go to [livejournal.com profile] rockthecliche. For the lyrics and translations, go to [livejournal.com profile] aitamashii and/or h0bbitx3 :)
addictdesu: (NEWS)
Super late post but I still wanna do it! I have a lot to ramble about this single xD





Title: ONE -for the win-
Artist: NEWS
Release date: June 11, 2014
Tracks: 5
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►L-R: the Limited Edition A and B jacket covers◄

General comments:

This single... Is one of NEWS' most powerful releases, because--and not just because--three of its songs were used in the World Cup. Musically speaking, here are the reasons why.

Read more... )

Song by song comments:

01 ONE -for the win- fits World cup in Brazil like a glove. The tropic sound and rhythm; percussion rolls, the chorus of ethnic voices to the inset sound of people cheering in the intro, the build-up in the refrains, and the "Viva la vida Brazil" at the start of the choruses... It's truly a high-spirited song with the spirit of the recent World Cup. The highlights in this song a.k.a. the-most-wonderful-thing-I've-heard-NEWS-sing-of is the 32 countries mentioned, all the countries that participated in the said event! See the effort there... And the Engrish. Lots of Engrish. Ostorariya is Australia, Kuroachiya is Croatia, Nejaran is Netherlands and so on. Massu's rap part where he sang 1/3 of the countries and 1/2 of the Engrish was a laughingstock to me the first time I heard it! Nevertheless, this song, with its melody and lyrics, is a celebration of unity among these countries. This is a very influential A-side with a fun yet unfortunately low-budgeted indoor PV (as always. ><)

Read more... )

Wrapping it up:

The past two singles, Chankapaana and WORLD QUEST/Pokoponpekorya showed what NEWS with 4 members can do. ONE -for the win- isn't about that anymore. It's now what they can challenge to become a more efficient and appealing singing group. They aimed for power and they earned it with power.

I have come to a conclusion that NEWS members have always been, and will always be, cohesive in terms of musicality, no matter how different their voices and styles were/are with one another, 9 or 8 or 6 or 4. This release is the newest (and arguably the strongest) proof. Turns out, ONE -for the win- is more than a product of the World Cup hype... It's NEWS setting the bar up, higher than what they've reached in the past ten years.

Album rating: ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ / 5 lovely eighth notes out of 5!
Download the album (including the PV and the making in one!) go to [livejournal.com profile] rockthecliche. For the lyrics and translations, go to [livejournal.com profile] aitamashii :)
addictdesu: (tegoshi heart)
Because I was inspired by this. Ah, no, it's because I've been wanting to post album reviews of my favorite artists' songs, and for a scatterbrain like me it was nearly impossible to do that... But now I have inspirationsssss (Yes, emphasis on the s), and I've formulated a draft nights ago~ So here we go! ♪♫




Album: Tegomass no Seishun
Artist: テゴマス
Release date: January 22, 2014
Tracks: 12 (+2 in the limited edition)
tmns RE tmns LE
► L-R: regular and limited edition jacket covers ◄
General comments:

Tegomass' youth... These two are adults already, not just literally, but by the experience they have as singers, and it somehow showed in this album. Why 'somehow'? Because as the title implies, it is about Tegomass' youth. The tracks, analyze it or not, gives this 'childhood' feeling, like Tegomass is going back to the basics all over again. I'm not saying they hadn't matured enough; in fact, I could not imagine the songs from this album sung/released in earlier years. In other words Tegomass no Seishun (TMnS) is a perfect merge of maturity and youthful vigor in one.

Compared to the previous albums, TMnS is like Tegomass no Mahou who strictly adheres to its theme. Tegomass no Uta is a mix of different styles that you wouldn't really know what is the prevailing theme (if there is any, as uta means 'song' and they must've really experimented a lot in this one). Tegomass no Ai is a mini-album, which means only a few songs to analyze, and so it give a slight impression of what the theme is supposedly about. Meanwhile, Tegomass no Mahou is relevant. You can really hear the 'magic' the album wants you to hear. And TMnS is basically the same. To stick to the theme, I think it's a good thing!

So... How were the songs arranged and executed? How is the 'youth' factor shown?

Read more... )

► The promotional video (PV) for 'Hikari'


Song by song comments:

01 Aoiro Juvenile (Soshoku Juvenile)
The first song in the album is a feel-good song that obviously pertains to youth; thus the light melody. It starts with an acoustic guitar solo and then the bass and other instruments throwing in good measures. The melody was like a faster bossa nova (percussion is a winner!) with a touch of festivity. I can imagine banners or flaglets swayed by the wind~ children running~ and well, Tegomass (LOL). After a trumpet blow came in Tegoshi's voice. Massu wasn't there until the second stanza, and the usual harmonization happened, essentially throughout the song. No falsettos nor belting, as it really is light. At some part in the chorus I remembered Marui Chikara but that's just because of the first few notes in that part. Otherwise, Aoiro Juvenile is simply feel-good.

02 Harumeki
This I think has resemblance to TMnM's Yuuyake to Koi to Jitensha. But this has prominent strings (violins, etc) while Yuuyake has prominent electric guitar sound. Don't get me wrong, Harumeki has guitars too but comparing to Yuuyake, the guitar's prominence is relatively low. They have same key signatures (E♭ major), piano ornaments, and aggressive attack by Tegomass in every line. This is an upbeat, energetic song, telling the signs of spring. Oh, so the perfect song for Aries zodiac sign!

Read more... )

Songs ranking:

After a week of non-stop listening to these songs I've come up with a ranking!
Except for Sayonara ni Sayonara and Neko Chuudoku, here is my ranking, in ascending order (12 to 1)

#12 Shounen ~Re:Story~
#11 Tsuki no Tomodachi
#10 Itsuka no Machi

#9 innocence
#8 Aoiro Juvenile
#7 Hikari
#6 Time Machine
#5 Harumeki

#4 Iro Azayakana Kimi ga Egaku Asu no e
#3 Kireigoto
#2 Fantajia

#1 DONUTS


It's no surprise that two of the tracks that sound like coming from Tegomass no Mahou (Fantajia and Harumeki) are included in my top 5. I love the mahou feel, fyi. ♪ As for DONUTS and Iro Azayakana Kimi ga Egaku Asu no e, they both make me high and even happily delusional! With DONUTS, I'm in a musical. In Iro Azayakana, I'm at a farm. Kireigoto is just fantastic, it's just ♥!! and Tegoshi's voice is so heavenly~



Album rating: ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ / four lovely eighth notes out of 5!
Download the album (including the PV and the making in one!) go to [livejournal.com profile] rockthecliche, track-by-track download is at [livejournal.com profile] finay, and if you just want to listen go here @ addictdesu. For the lyrics and translations, go to [livejournal.com profile] aitamashii :)
addictdesu: (KARA 2)

So after changing my LJ layout into a KARA-fied one, I finally get to post again dear journal! This is a semi-review of their latest Japanese album FANTASTIC GIRLS, a release that seriously shocked me because I didn't know about another Japanese release just this Wednesday when I thought they should be releasing a Korean material by this time (and they did! Aug. 21 with Runaway, and on September 2, FULL BLOOM!) This is what you call active. KARA's making my brain explode, they have so many things in store, new material, appearances here and there! Serve 'em right. ♥ But as much as I'm happy, I'm also worried and bothered that they (the management, producers, etc.) seem to be hurrying these releases--I mean, new releases almost every week? This is too much activity! *pants* But I guess, KARA can pull it off. As shown in the album I'll be talking about in this post, FANTASTIC GIRLS.

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^ FANTASTIC GIRLS, Limited Edition C. Actually the songs are in LE-A but I love this jacket the most, so this is what I included :p

THE ALBUM... )

Done. This isn't a review...Yet. xD This is a short commentary that I hope would help you, random listener :)
If you want to download the album go to these links → MF || MEGA

addictdesu: (tegoshi wacky)
Kon~

I'm not really in the mood for doing things in front of the PC but working here is now a rare chance because I might undergo an internet hiatus again. An indefinite one, since our internet connection will be cut soon--financial instability, 'tis the inconvenient truth.

I am depressed, maybe because of the reason above? Yet instead of using my remaining precious net time for something productive here I can't. Because... I am depressed.

But since I am depressed (and I talk a lot even when depressed), I'll ramble in here. Thank you livejournal for being my refuge at this moment. As the title of the entry states: I want to give this post some sense. This is not sarcasm yo! Dearest f-list you can read and relate and react because what I'll ramble deals with "relatable" things (?) and a good amount of fandom. As usual. :)


NEWS album saikou! )


Speaking of I can never make up my mind, this is a quality a typical Gemini has. And do you know what the Gemini's other weaknesses are?

  • Superficial

  • Impulsive

  • Restless

  • Devious

  • Indecisive

I'm all of that.
Another reason why I'm depressed.
I can never get any work done, although some people see me as a hardworking person... (Well, at a glance, I may seem hardworking because I want to do EVERYTHING at the same time!) It's just in a glance. The truth is, I'm vey lazy. And has no definite direction in life. AND TEGOSHI F*CKIN HATES THAT KIND OF PERSON.

*sobs*

Okay I'm not gonna start with the sobbing session xD Let's continue with this zodiac-'fun'.

So why with the zodiac sign in this post? I'm now obsessed with astrology oh god. Because it's awesome and it tells a lot. Believe it or not, astrology is freaking accurate (warning: please don't depend your life on this, as I'm also trying not to depend on the 'stars'. Even though I'm now addicted to astrology I swear I'll not make this the basis of my life okay. Just continue reading for the sake of fun. ^^)


I'll put the list of each signs' typical personality/characteristic here. You might be amazed when you read your own.
Aries )


Taurus )


Gemini )


Cancer )


Leo )


Virgo )


Libra )Scorpio )
Sagittarius )


Capricorn )


Aquarius )


Pisces )
If you read (or at least scroll down unto this part) thank you! I would like to explain further into each of the signs (especially Gemini *my sign*, Scorpio *Tegoshi*, Cancer *my mom & Massu & Shige*, Libra *because I found out that I also have a Librean influence*) but there's not much time left. Shall log-out any sooner and damn I don't wanna go away now 'cause I'm enjoying this topic! >< Fuu~

they (Scorpio) sometimes possess penetrating eyes which make their shyer companions feel naked and defenseless before them.

↑ NO DOUBT. SHY AKO EH. LOL!

**

Lastly, this isn't about NEWS or astrology anymore but about my other fandom KARA. I'll be turning a year in the Kamilia fandom this Wednesday! I still don't have plans though.

Expect more KARA in my mind (and probably on my posts here and on ny other blogs) because aside from my birthday as a Kamilia, this Wednesday is also important to ALL Kamilias: Han Seungyeon's (my KARA bias *though I don't really have a huge bias for my biases except for rockin' scorpio Tegoshi hahaha*) 25th birthday! And the release of Thank You Summer Love, KARA's 9th Japanese single!

Actually, too many things are happening in the fandom, I'm stating to get all tired and confused. Much more when our net connection will be cut. So where will my life go now??? *wails*

Ganbarimasu.

Adding a random collage: my FB's cover photo:
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(L-R: The scorpion, the crab, the bull and the other crab. Oh, all animals. The twins in me are delighted. xD)
addictdesu: (KARA 2)
Refer to this article : KARA is worst at first (LOL I just gave the title, forgive me unnies!)

If too lazy to read the article, well here's the summary: KARA was voted by vocal experts as the worst singing KPop idol group. Yes. But I'm not surprised. Me as a hardcore Kamilia *well, getting there. Hihi! ^.^* honestly thinks that KARA's vocal ability is not as good as the other groups; they lack power, stability (sometimes), and range.

...from the vocal expert Leya *gets whacked* )
addictdesu: (Default)


I got a Boy - Girl's Generation

Published on Youtube last Dec. 31, 2012... But WHY THE HECK I ONLY WATCHED (AND LISTENED) IT NOW?!!!

SNSD is just a genius. At first hear the song is weird, at first glance the video is weird, but if you're gonna think of it... The song is a mixture of various music styles--pop, hiphop, RnB, electro, rap and many others to my ears' delight!! ♥o♥

In one song there are a lot of transitions, a lot of surprises and what-will-happen-next thoughts. I can't even analyze what the song's form is! (But there are three MAIN parts, I think) It's bewildering, yet addicting~ like you're listening to three different songs in one. ♪♪♪

It also gives the illusion of shifting key signatures. Well in fact it only has one! The song is in E major. (At some part it goes to e minor, but it's just a relative; ugh, never mind that.) I bow down to the composer of this song. Plus SNSD who executed it very well.

And the division of members' lines, I think each one did well on their part. Obviously the main vocals got the most parts, but aren't unfair to the others (they have a fair share too 8D).  And!! There is no off-tune, even the slightest one (as far as I observed).

Lastly, their English diction is great (Yes, Tiffany! of course~) and their Korean... I don't listen much to Korean songs (kasi I always listen to a KPop song's Japanese version HAHAHA), but I can say that their Korean here is also great because I can understand every syllable they're singing. Yay!

Oh~ oh oh ey oh~ oh oh ey oh~ *sings* ♫

--

Anyway, aside from the catchy melody, someone out there caught my attention! Aheeeem. It's Sooyoung~ ♪
She's one of my biases in SNSD. And for me she's the prettiest in this particular MV.

But the most important part is, she shouted AYO GG! Hahahaha~ such shallowness of mine xD

Sooyoung - I Got a Boy photobook + a screenshot )

I have 3 biases in SNSD. If Sooyoung has a mini picspam here, the other two should have at least a pic as well. :)

Yoona & Hyoyeon! )

End of post.  Analyzing a song is quite easy; I want a job like this. Haha!!
Good evening :)

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