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Single Best [SHM-CD] (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version)

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Single Best [SHM-CD] (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version)
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Singer/actress Shibasaki Kou has been in the music scene since 2002. Now it's time for her first greatest hits retrospective featuring 15 songs. Among these are her self-penned Oricon No. 2 hit Kage, the chart-topping tune Tsuki no Shizuku that she released as her alter-ego RUI, and her collaboration with Fukuyama Masaharu, KISS Shite.
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Product Title: Single Best [SHM-CD] (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version) Single Best [SHM-CD] (生産限定版) (日本版) Single Best [SHM-CD] (生産限定版) (日本版) Single Best [SHM-CD] (生産限定盤) (日本版) Single Best [SHM-CD] (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version)
Singer Name(s): Shibasaki Ko 柴咲幸 柴咲幸 柴咲コウ 시바사키 코우
Release Date: 2016-10-05
Publisher Product Code: UPCY-9523
Language: Japanese
Disc Format(s): CD
Other Information: Album
Package Weight: 160 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1051604497

Product Information / Track List

生産限定盤/SHM−CD

1 KISSして / KOH+
2 ひと恋めぐり / 柴咲コウ
3 かたちあるもの / 柴咲コウ
4 影 / 柴咲コウ
5 Prism / 柴咲コウ
6 at home / 柴咲コウ
7 invitation / 柴咲コウ
8 眠レナイ夜ハ眠ラナイ夢ヲ / 柴咲コウ
9 glitter / 柴咲コウ
10 思い出だけではつらすぎる / 柴咲コウ
11 いくつかの空 / 柴咲コウ
12 Trust my feelings / 柴咲コウ
13 月のしずく / 柴咲コウ
14 actuality / 柴咲コウ
15 Sweet Mom / 柴咲コウ
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Professional Review of "Single Best [SHM-CD] (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version)"

April 11, 2008

This professional review refers to Single Best (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)
Fans of Kou Shibasaki the actress may be surprised to find out that the accomplished actress is also a moderately successful pop singer in Japan. Over the last six years, she has released 15 singles, with all of them now featured on her first compilation album Single Best. Fans who don't know about Kou's parallel career as a pop star will enjoy the novelty of hearing one of Japan's best young actresses sing, and fans that have followed her singing career for the past six years now have a chance to collect all the singles they didn't buy. It's a win-win situation for everyone involved.

The compilation starts off with Kiss Shite (Track 1), her latest single under the name KOH+, which is the code name for her collaboration with pop star Masaharu Fukuyama. Used as a theme song for the television drama they star in together, Kiss Shite features Fukuyama on virtually every job except lead vocals, and the rock influence shows. However, he strangely decides to electronically alter Kou's voice throughout the song, greatly distorting her voice. As a result, Kou sounds as if she's struggling to the note at the end of every line, even though she is actually a much better vocalist than the song suggests. Nevertheless, the song has an addictive hook and active energy that will not be found anywhere else on the album.

A better song featuring Kou under a pseudonym is her first hit, the 2003 single Tsuki no Shisugu (track 3), which Kou performed under the name "RUI" from the hit film Yomigaeri. The song features very traditional J-pop composition that blends in traditional Japanese chords with typical ballad elements. Lifted by the popularity of the film and a memorable if familiar chorus, it's easy to see why the song is such a big hit with mainstream Japanese listeners. Meanwhile, Kou's next hit ballad makes its first appearance since released on single format in 2004. Katachi Aru Mono (Track 3) is a typical karaoke-friendly ballad with strong arrangement and composition that also show off Kou's vocals talent. Every tone and pitch fit Kou's vocal perfectly, allowing her to stretch her voice at the right places, and the song shows the subtle production efforts that are put into an ordinary ballad.

However, Kou's ballads don't always hit the mark. The 2004 single Ikutsuka no Sora (Track 11) is an epic six-minute ballad that includes a very memorable chorus even to non-Japanese speakers thanks to the use of repetition in the lyrics. The pitch of the chorus is placed slightly lower than what sounds to be Kou's comfort level. As a result, she ends up sounding as if she's screaming the chorus rather than singing it.

Single Best is not all lovey-dovey ballads, as Kou does have an energetic side in her music. In fact, her debut single Trust my feelings (track 12) is actually a mid-beat rock ballad that shows her talent in performing in the rock genre. With a chorus that forces her to show a louder side as well as her falsetto, Trust my feelings is actually a very solid debut in hindsight. Two and a half years later, Kou shows off a lighter side with the breezy waltz Glitter (Track 9), which features an elegant composition. However, Kou's mid-level pitch isn't quite suited for this type of song, which requires a higher pitch and softer voice, and she sounds as if she is struggling to sing some of the softer parts of the song. The same applies to the house ballad invitation (Track 7). Kou adjusts her voice to fit the energy of the song, but one can tell that she has wandered far from her comfort zone. The 2007 single Prism (Track 5), on the other hand, improves upon that problem. Featuring the same production team, Kou again softens up her voice, but the effect is much more effective because she performs the song without straying far from the pitch she's most comfortable at.

Trying to balance an acting career and a music career is tough, and Single Best shows the long six years Kou has taken to get to where she is now. With nine of the fifteen tracks featuring lyrics written by Kou herself, her effort shows that she's not just another movie star with an itch to sing. Like most pop singers, her vocal has improved over the years, although she hasn't been able to find success outside of the ballad genre (none of the energetic tracks I mentioned debuted higher than 6th place on the music charts). If a music career can be measured in steps, then Single Best shows her taking her first step to establish herself as a singer. From here, the next step is to distinguish both musical and vocal style. Hopefully, a few years from now people will be listening to her next compilation album for music rather than novelty.

Recommended Tracks: Hito Koi Meguri (Track 2), Katachi Aru Mono (Track 3), Prism (Track 5), Glitter (Track 9), Trust my feelings (Track 12), Tsuki no Shizuku (Track 13), Sweet Mom (Track 15)

by Kevin Ma

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Customer Review of "Single Best [SHM-CD] (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (2)

Sakura-chan
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April 1, 2008

This customer review refers to Single Best (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)
Enjoy Kou's music ! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I'm a Kou Shibasaki fan since the release of her hit ''Katachi Aru Mono'', a wonderful ballad never before released and I'm glad I can now enjoy all her career with one album. I prefer her ballads, ''Tsuki no Shizuku'', ''Ikutsuka no Sora'', ''Sweet Mom'' and ''Kage'' are amazing, but tracks like ''invitation'' and overall ''KISS Shite'' aren't bad.
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March 18, 2008

This customer review refers to Single Best (ALBUM+DVD)(First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)
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very well done... Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
i have been a fan of asian music and actors male , and but mainly female since the mid 70's after that time i spent about 2 years each in china,japan and korea ,military and non military..
i must say i will probably say or call Kou Shibasaki; Mitsuko,until the day i die for her excellent acting in Battle Royale, i have respected her talent even more,when she started releasing dvd's and c.d.'s of her work,make no mistake; she is not Faye Wong or Boa in vocal range ,BUT;she has a very unique style all her own that is very nice on the eyes and ears ,this c.d. / dvd set ,really made my day when i received it today,this beautiful artist collection is WELL WORTH every penny,and i don't say that often ,her videos have a pleasant way about them (non violent) laid back quality,(and no hip-hop) and it it didn't hurt her cause or universal,that i can play the dvd collection on any of my many machines,since it was ntsc all region...NICE JOB KOU ,looking forward to any new work soon by this very talented actress/entertainer,KUDOS Kou Shibasaki!!!!
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