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BEAT SPACE NINE (Japan Version)
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.1 out of 10 (8)

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Product Title: BEAT SPACE NINE (Japan Version) BEAT SPACE NINE (日本版) BEAT SPACE NINE (日本版) BEAT SPACE NINE (日本版) BEAT SPACE NINE (Japan Version)
Singer Name(s): m-flo m-flo m-flo m-flo 엠플로
Release Date: 2005-08-24
Publisher Product Code: RZCD-45227
Language: Japanese
Disc Format(s): CD
Other Information: Album
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
Publisher: rhythm zone
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004025950

Product Information / Track List

アーティスト:m-flo
タイトル:BEAT SPACE NINE

全曲違うアーティストをフィーチャーした楽曲を収録した、コラボレーション・アルバム『ASTROMANTIC』第2弾。配信・アナログ限定リリースのMONDAY満ちるとのコラボレーション曲「A.D.D.P」他を収録。

01. BEAT
02. Taste Your Stuff
03. Loop In My Heart
04. SO EXCLUSIVE
05. I’M DA 1
06. ONE DAY
07. A.D.D.P.
08. tO yOUR bEAT
09. SPACE
10. DOPEMAN?
11. COZMO?NAUGHTY
12. The Other Side of Love
13. Float’n Flow
14. HEY!
15. let go
16. TRIPOD BABY
17. NINE
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Professional Review of "BEAT SPACE NINE (Japan Version)"

November 15, 2005

Despite debuting several years before, Japanese group M-Flo can probably be best explained to the unfamiliar as a Japanese counterpart of The Neptunes. The similarities are there - constant collaborations with other pop artists, a stylish cross between hip-hop and R&B, and a steady output of their own music as well. After collaborating with some of J-pop's biggest pop artists such as BoA, Crystal Kay, and Dragon Ash on Astromatic, the duo is back with their fourth studio album, Beat Space Nine, featuring brand new collaborations with a new group of J-pop artists. While the result is not groundbreaking, fans should be happy to find more of the same from Japan's premier "hip-pop" duo.

Unlike Astromatic, which features various interludes as the album progresses, Beat Space Nine is split into two halves - a lively first half dominated by energetic arrangements that borders on exhausting, and a second half that becomes more experimental (and it even features a ballad!). The first half features one of the hit singles of summer 2005, Loop in My Heart with Emyli and Yoshika. It's not hard to see why Loop in My Heart was so popular; it has a catchy chorus, it steps on the ever-blurring line between American and Japanese pop, and the arrangement is perfect for the summer Japanese pop market.

Possibly in an effort to move beyond the Japanese market (also evident in member Verbal's participation in the hip-hop collective Teriyaki Boyz, releasing their European debut in spring 2006), the album features a collaboration with Korean artist Wheesung on track 5, I'm Da 1. It's not a particular intriguing track, but it's nevertheless an interesting way to cash in on the current Korean wave in Japan.

The rest of the first half remains fairly interesting, if not mind-blowing. M-Flo keeps the proceedings safe, combining their usual impeccable production with tracks like One Day before finally ending the first half with the mid-beat collaboration with Yoshika, tO yOUR bEAT (Yes, the reverse capitalization is intentional. No, I don't know why either.). While fans will get what they expect from an M-flo album, the first half is so bombastic that by the time listeners get to the end of the first half, they may well have grown exhausted and the album risks overstaying its welcome.

The second half, on the other hand, is when the album begins to try new things. Track 10, Dopeman? appears to be left over from the first half, and it's a good transition point into the second section. 16-year-old artist Emyli proves that she's primed to take over Utada Hikaru's place in a few years with her vocals, and the arrangement constantly changes direction, providing for a fun opening. Only three tracks on the album are written only by M-Flo, and track 11, Cozmo-Naughty is by far the most interesting among them. The combination of two different arrangements at two different speeds and the whispering style of the accompanying rap make it quite a trip.

There are no real surprises when you see which artists M-Flo has chose to collaborate with on Beat Space Nine, except for one. Track 14, Hey! is a collaboration with Akiko Wada, known as the "Female Emperor" of the Japanese entertainment industry. While the idea of the collaboration is intriguing, M-Flo shows too much of their inspiration here. The arrangement and the melody carry too much resemblance to the hit JXL-remix of Elvis' A Little Less Conversation (presumably the inspiration for this particular collaboration). The result is a hackneyed attempt at a fusion of two pop giants, despite the unabashed energy of the proceedings.

While there's no doubt that M-Flo know how to produce energetic tracks that get their listeners going, their influences are often all over the place. While some may appreciate their refusal to restrict themselves to a specific genre, their choice of inspirations and collaborations give them a sound that strays too far into American music. Nevertheless, Beat Space Nine has an undeniable energy that's always fun and entertaining enough to please their fans. And as long as M-flo continue to produce successful genre-bending crossover music (and there were quite a few on the album), they'll be on the scene for a while. However, anyone looking for authentic J-pop might want to look elsewhere.

by Kevin Ma

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Customer Review of "BEAT SPACE NINE (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.1 out of 10 (8)

KaTaRa
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May 19, 2006

HOT! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I haven't really listened to their earlier albums, but this one is GREAT! Beat Space Nine is a really awesome album! My favorites are...

Taste your stuff-BENNIE K
SO EXCLUSIVE-Sowelu
One Day-Katou Miliyah
Dopeman-EMYLI and Diggy-MO
I'm Da 1-Whee Sung
HEY!-Akiko Wada
Tripod Baby-LISA

Seven great songs and more!
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sanriofighter2
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September 18, 2005

5 people found this review helpful

enuff already! choose a permanent vocalist and let Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
This album is disappointing in the sense that Taku is moving away from the tried and true formula of: strong melodic (catchy) undertone to support quirky sound effects and rapping that doesn't always fit to the rhythm of the song. Instead he seems to be using quirky sound effects to support non-catchy and therefore not strong melodies. Many of the songs are rhapsodies, meaning that they either diverge from the paramters of the chorus or become new songs all together. Which is fine, if you want non-addictive and non-catchy music. But if you're like me, you like m-flo to be experimental, but still POP. Most of the guest vocalists do not shine, save for LISA of course. Yoshika's voice is way over-rated and yet they still used her for 2 songs.

M-flo wants to be taken seriously as artists and so they've created an album that isn't as radio-friendly as "Astromantic" or "Expo Expo." Much of the music can be categorized as typical dark, musky, bass-heavy, crowded club music. Melodies are lost w/in a sea of futuristic sound fx. Oh well. They almost got it right on "Hey!" But they should've added more rapping. It feels like Verbal finishes after 4 sentences. The song LISA's on (#16) isn't particularly gr8 musically, but she manages to rescue it.

Taku & Verbal: Raise her cut from all the millions you make, bend slightly to her pop sensibilites, let her make a solo album now and then, and then do whatever it takes to bring her back. It's clear that all the other posers you had substituting for her can't come close to her talent. Plus, she just fits in with you. So beg her to come back.

All in all a good album, just not as memorable as they're others.
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T. Nanthavong
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September 15, 2005

Super grade AAA beef~! Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
... with that, I mean that m-flo's new album is fantastic and a melody to the ears. The album has a nice variety of songs that will have you going through the day and/or booming in your car. Definately another great follow-up from their previous album, Astromantic, BEAT SPACE NINE will definately keep you smiling through the day. A great CD for new and old lovers of m-flo, you know wat i'm sayin'?
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jay
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September 5, 2005

m-flo act like you know Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
m-flo does it again. everything they put out is groundbreaking and raises the bar on production. Genuis. every needs to buy this album as soon as possible. what's up with the last track why are they coming back to earth.... what does this mean??? I hope not what i'm thinking.
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susan <3
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September 2, 2005

the best yet. Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
this album is GREAT!!! its better than all the others cause it has more songs that i like :] as usual m-flo are trying out with various style of music and instrument, very funky, and some very nice. i recommand track 2,3,5,6,8,10,11,12,15 & 16. worth buying, aspecially when there's a A LOT cheapter korean version!!
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