Reviews written by Troll0439
Love Forever (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)1 people found this review helpful
July 21, 2008 An improvement
I don't believe JYONGRI will be blazing up the charts anytime soon but this is an improvement from her debut works. She sounds alot more powerful vocally and the music is not entirely mediocre. The lyrics have done some improvement as well. Little JYONGRI is growing, but I don't see her turning into the next-Utada like many had anticipated when she debuted. She's her own artist and has earned herself a nice position in the Japanese music industry but she's far from the top. Hopefully, with more promotion and recognition, she may become a strong chart contender with time.
Vivid -Kissing you, Sparkling, Joyful Smile- (SINGLE+DVD)(Japan Version)(5)Our Price: US$20.754 people found this review helpful
May 21, 2008 Break from mediocrity
BoA stands out among all the other dimmed jewels in the industry. This single is only one thing and that's "GREAT". BoA shows off her heavenly voice in energetic songs that promises to get you off your bum this Summer. The videos are unlike any of her previous ones and you'd be a fool to not order CD+DVD. She also shows off something else, combining more English into her songs than ever before. Sorry to say, it's very bad. As FMB said, I'm not looking forward to an English album.
The music videos don't hold as much energy, so it'll have to come from the viewer. Dance around, sing along, and have fun with BoA's "Vivid". It's fitting for the title "Vivid" = bright; lively; opposite of plain.
Rocket Sneaker / One x Time (Single+DVD)(Japan Version)(2)Our Price: US$20.752 people found this review helpful
May 21, 2008 Worst Ai single to date
I do love Ai and I am a fan, but I'm forced to be honest in all reviews whether you like it or not. This is Otsuka Ai's worst single release to date. It's a wannabe "PEACH/HEART" but doesn't have near that lovable effect or lasting memory. "Rocket Sneaker" sounds like a fun song like "Frienger", "SMILY", and "Sakuranbo"...but it isn't. Don't let the title fool you. "One X Time" is alot better than "Rocket Sneaker", but still not exactly great. Pretty mediocre and already-been-there. Ai Chin has failed to leave an impression this time.
Namie Amuro Play Tour 2007 (Japan Version)7 people found this review helpful
March 20, 2008 Fails to impressive
Namie Amuro releases another concert DVD, but honestly, there's little difference between this one and her past ones. The stage setup is nice, the outfits are plain or OK, a great tracklist, but there's no spirit in her performance. Namie always looks exhausted in her shows, from beginning to end. The strain on her vocal chords is obvious with her stressed facial expressions, stiff body movements, and large amounts of sweat she sheds. The lights, dancers, and music does the work of carrying the show along. I like Namie's CD voice, but her live voice varies dramatically. She screeches and yells on many of her notes or she'll pull the microphone away a bit on the big notes to let her vocals be drowned out by the music or for the prerecording to take over. Her CD voice has been tampered with apparently by adding smoothing effects to give it that light and beautiful, sweet and soft sound. In reality, her vocals are much deeper and alot more rough. While her emotion is shown at times, it still is to be desired during upbeat performances. It seems she's focusing too much or thinking about other things because there is no joy in her dance movements. To take attention off of her bad deliverance of emotion and vocals, she looks beautiful in cute little skirts. I'll admit this DVD is more expressive than her last 2 tour DVDs, but it's still not quite the quality I'd expect from one of Japan's top artists. No wonder Ayumi Hamasaki easily stole her limelight.
60s 70s 80s (SINGLE+DVD)(Japan Version)12 people found this review helpful
March 20, 2008 Pretty decent
I know ALOT about Japan...and considering I lived there for 6 years, yeah. Well, I have discovered that alot of Japan celebs put on fronts/a "fake" face. Sometimes, a singer's onstage persona may be completely different than their offstage personality...it's just a put-on image to sell. That's how Namie Amuro is. Backstage, she's a very shy and quiet person...while, in front of the camera during concerts and pvs, she plays this "I'm so cool" role. This single follows in that tradition.
"New Look" is the video I found closest to her sweet little personality, but the song is dreadfully boring. I think it's one of the worst songs by her ever.
"Rock Steady" was a nice attempt at trying to be "lively", but Namie still didn't losen up completely. The song is pretty nice if you can get past the seemingly out-of-tune "lalalalas" just before the chorus.
"What A Feeling" was comical. Is it me or does Namie look bored stiff in her strong dance-themed songs? Her movements were very dull which makes me rather watch the dancers. This really contradicts "I like to dance, yeah, Everybody call me dancing queen". If I'm not mistaken, I usually heard people call BoA Asia's best female dancer - not Namie Amuro. I do think it's the best song from the single though.
Overall it's a pretty decent buy, but I don't admire her supposedly "cool" image. I'd still buy the CD+DVD because Namie is gorgeous and the vids are not nearly as boring as her past works like "Put 'Em Up", "WANT ME, WANT ME", and "Alarm" which no smile was even cracked. Isn't singing and dancing supposed to be fun??? Namie is extremely too mellow. For once, I'd like to see her go crazy and have fun...show her big smile more often.
Zhang Li Yin Vol. 1 - I will18 people found this review helpful
March 14, 2008 A letdown
I figured this album would be great considering everyone's title for Zhang Li Yin as "The Chinese BoA". Let me just say that just because SM Entertainment trained her hard from a young age like they did BoA does not make her "The Chinese BoA". When you give someone a title such as that, you must know people will compare. Zhang's voice is not near as good. One minute, she will be very nasaly...the next, she's deep and soulful...then, falsetto or shouty. Her voice is all over the place and the comment of "one of the most beautiful voices" is clearly overrating. Shame on SM Entertainment, for trying to produce artists like BoA on an assembly line. Teaching amateurs at a young age some interesting vocal disguising techniques and a few poplock moves doesn't make them deserving of such a title.
Sorry Zhang, but you're just not worthy to be called "The Chinese BoA". Hopefully, they'll find you are more fitting nickname.
The Face (ALBUM+2DVDs)(First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)(8)Our Price: US$46.752 people found this review helpful
March 14, 2008 The better pick
BoA's new album definitely makes the "hot list" when it comes to 2008 albums. Her extremely impressive large vocal range is accompanied with her smooth tone and gorgeous backing music. The tracks in this album all show different styles and how BoA's voice can shine even in difficult situations. I was extremely impressed with "Beautiful Flowers" most of all because of the frequent changing octaves - highs and lows are crazy in this track. I'm least impressed with "Girl In The Mirror" and "Gap ni Yarareta!" however, so this album isn't completely "perfect" like her "Best Of Soul" and "Love And Honesty" albums. I do see it as an improvement from "Outgrow" and "Made In Twenty". BoA is going in a new musical direction and it's very interesting to see her development. The DVDs are good, but the PVs didn't really grab my attention until "be with you." came on. That was the best. Its originality and beauty make you love the song even more. Not to mention, the photobook was refreshing and original too. The beauty of it is just so natural. Anyway, the bonus footage on the 1'st DVD is pleasing and makes this CD+2DVDs worth the money in full. The 2'nd DVD is OK, but I would've perferred a full release of "BoA The Live X'mas" included. To release them seperately isn't really fair. Just Avex's way to rake in more money.
Oh, and an advertisement for BoA's "FACE Tour 2008" came with my CD+2DVD set. It made me only wish I could go. What a tease.
Agent J (Champion Special Edition) (CD+DVD)3 people found this review helpful
January 23, 2008 Great MVs
The music movie was great, but I perfer the MV version more. Yes, as FMB pointed out, the MVs are different from the actual movie and mostly all of them have singing or dancing scenes that are new and haven't been seen prior to this release. The dance-only videos are great to see and can help you learn the dance if u so wish it. Jolin is a very intelligent artist because she knows what her audience wants and entertains them greatly. The poledancing and aerial silk dancing were just what this album needed for the "WOW" factor just like "Dancing Diva" had the aerobic moves and traditional Chinese ribbon dance. Jolin Tsai isn't just a great singer or dancer, but a great gymnist that she combines with the two forming an unbeatable combo that other Chinese artists cannot compete against. This is why she's one of the most successful artists in the Mandarin market, and with her rapidly growing talent, it's only a matter of time before she takes on other markets.
Guilty (ALBUM+DVD)(Japan Version)5 people found this review helpful
January 23, 2008 Impressive and beautiful
I'm always hearing people say they want Ayu to do something different...but if she does something so-called "different", it wouldn't be Ayu, now would it? That's the reason for VARIETY, so when u feel like hearing something different, you listen to another artist and stop criticizing Ayu for being herself & doing her own thing. Ayumi Hamasaki does what she wants and writes the words that she's feeling at that point in her life. Every Ayu work is different and every one is special in its own way. "GUILTY" is no exception. This album is filled with wonderful rock songs that alot of fans have wanted for awhile now...but how come when they get what they want, it's still not good enough? "(don't) Leave Me Alone" and "Marionette" are probably two of her best songs she has ever done for an album yet not the best PVs. "Together When..." is one of Ayu's most unique and special ballads in a long while. "MY ALL" didn't give me the feeling I heard it before at all so I think it's wrong to speak for everyone else in your review and say it does. "Untitled ~for her~" is extremely sweet and it's cruel to insult because Ayu did write it for her friend who passed away recently; have a heart when it comes to this song. "GUILTY" is pretty good, but I'm not too found of the repetive chorus.
Indeed there are too many preludes for my liking, but oh well. I did long for more new tracks, but that's what's so great about Ayu; she leaves u wanting more. If she gave you everything you wanted in one album, then what's the point of buying any other albums?
Poinsettia -Amairo Winter Memories- (Japan Version)(3)Our Price: US$20.492 people found this review helpful
November 9, 2007 What a sweet Christmas!
This mini-album is a MUST HAVE for the holidays! So many wonderful holiday songs compiled on 1 CD is a real treat and Hitomi's voice is simply angelic. I guarantee you'll appreciate this and play it over and over and over again...I know I do every year. True classics such as this never die out or get boring. 20$ is a small sacrifice for something as special as this. From upbeat joyful songs to more soft emotional ballads, this CD really can't be missed.
5 people found this review helpful
November 9, 2007 Heartwarmingly beautiful
This is the most wonderful single release of the season to me. Otsuka Ai's voice has never sounded so tender and beautiful as it does in this Winter ballad. This single gives you that Christmas feeling and will definitely have you humming the melody throughout the holidays. The PV is also endearing, so make sure to grab the CD+DVD. I've only ordered the CD version, but after seeing the video, I'm going back to order CD+DVD too. This single cannot be missed!! It's sweet and precious...a perfect gift for anyone! The B-sides are good also, but "Pocket" is, of course, the best track. There's nothing more heartwarming to listen to this Christmas.
Ayumi Hamasaki Concert Tour 2000 A Vol.1 (Limited Edition) (Japan Version)(3)Our Price: US$25.995 people found this review helpful
October 30, 2007 Bad vocals, but sweet
Truth be told, Ayu did not sing good live back in 2000. Her voice has gotten heaps better now, but in this concert...it's vocally a mess. She could barely reach any of the notes and when she did, it came out as screeches. I love Ayumi, but even I will admit this is a terrible first impression of her. However, like myself, diehard fans will order this anyway. This does show off her cuteness and sweet, heart touching personality though so I still love it no matter what because I'm so baist. lol. But truth be told, it's not good singing. The visual effects are stunning though. I still recommend all fans buy it, just don't expect Ayumi's usual stunning vocals.
Junin Toiro (SINGLE+DVD)(Japan Version)4 people found this review helpful
October 26, 2007 Mixed feelings
Okay! Good things: great and interesting PV, lyrically strong, and misono's got a good voice. Bad things: Not a catchy song and often confusing melody. I would recommend this single though because it's got a good meaning and misono is sugary sweet! She's extremely beautiful so I would buy CD+DVD - the PV is the shining point about this release because of its different scenes and smily mimo although the acting is horrible...she can't stop smiling! lol. Definitely one of her best videos though, but one of her worst songs. It's half and half yet still worthy enough to purchase!! 6 out of 10 stars.
If you're looking for one of her better works, go for Zatsetsu Chiten or Pochi!
Urban Mermaid (SINGLE+DVD)(First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)(1)Our Price: US$18.253 people found this review helpful
October 25, 2007 nice
This single is "nice"...that's the only word for it really. It does have a sweet message, but the melody sounds a bit mediocre. It is pretty though, but I just hoped for another dance song like "I'm Here"! The title is very misleading because it sounds like it'd be a Dance/Soul song...yet its not even close to that. To release another mid-tempo single right after she released the mid-tempo Summer song, 'Mahaloha', was a bad move because releases will get boring. It was time to kick it up a notch, but Yuna didn't. She already has TONS of mid-tempo and ballad songs already so this would've been a chance to truly impress. However, this is the Yuna all fans know and love, so fans should definitely buy it anyway especially because of the perfs on the DVD! I just really hope her next album won't be like "HEART" and will explore new sounds and upbeat dance songs instead of slow song after slow song after slow song.
Last Angel feat. Dong Bang Shin Ki (SINGLE+DVD)(Japan Version)(8)Our Price: US$19.7513 people found this review helpful
October 24, 2007 Extremely impressive
After Black Cherry, Kumi had just been going down..but she now sees the light in "Last Angel". This single really amazed me as Kumi returned to the older erokawaii image I missed so much and reminded me of her earlier works like "Hot Stuff" and "Trust You". The song is highly addictive, but the real shining point is the PV, which is refreshing and fun while maintaining a cool, sexy yet non-skanky Urban feel - make sure to grab the CD+DVD version!!! The only downfall to this single, I believe, is the boyband she is collaborating with. Their vocals were pretty bad and did not blend well with Kumi at all. I also didn't like them in the PV as they looked VERY out of place and slightly uncomfortable. It is, however, overlookable and is still worth many listens & PV views.
I believe this is Kumi's best single since the "Secret" era. Maybe Miss Koda isn't completely out of ideas. Be looking forward to her next album!
Aya Kamiki Music Video #1 (Japan Version)2 people found this review helpful
October 17, 2007 FINALLY!
At last, a video collection DVD from Aya Kamiki!!!!! This features all her PVs from her debut and I'm certainly pleased to have preordered! While her PVs may not always be visually spectacular, they are still worthwhile to be able to glance upon the beauty of this J-rock princess and to hear her astonishing vocals delivered with such emotion and energy!!! I recommend this DVD to fans of J-rock or American rockstars like Avril Lavigne or PINK! Expect the best from Aya Kamiki as that is all she can offer!
Ashita no Tame ni - Forever More (ALBUM+DVD)(First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)
Ashita no Tame ni - Forever More (ALBUM+DVD)(First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version) DVD Region 2(3)2 people found this review helpful
October 17, 2007 talented as she is beautiful
This album is a masterpiece. there's nothing more to say than that. The music is beautiful, Aya's beautiful, and the lyrics are truly wonderful. Thank God for Aya Kamiki. Japan was getting too shallow so I'm glad she showed up. There's a reason why she's a success...buy this and see why. I promise, you won't regret it. From her strong and powerful vocals to the deep heart-touching emotion, this album is unbeatable by all other Japanese albums being released right now.
misono - R-Joshi misono meets Beauty (DVD) (Japan Version)(2)3 people found this review helpful
October 17, 2007 humiliating...
this DVD will show you all the behind the scenes videos of misono's quest to lose weight publicly. Ive never seen anything wrong with her and I think its sad how society doesnt find you beautiful unless you're skinny. misono is a beautiful girl and I disagree with such an embarassing release. Avex Trax certainly proves how low they are when they forced misono into this. You will see her watched everyday with video cameras placed everywhere, even in her apartment for this perfection-obsessed program which sends the message - "you're not beautiful until you're skinny".
I would not recommend this to anyone because of this pathetic message thats sent out to everyone and often encouraged by society. 0/10 stars
Meikyu (CD+DVD)(Limited Edition)(Japan Version)4 people found this review helpful
October 17, 2007 Half-decent
Hayami may not be the best vocalist in Japanese pop, but she's not the worst either. She's pretty simple all around and nothing really flashy or outstanding, yet I find myself humming her songs often. I find her plain yet attractive style somewhat addictive. While she may never become a favorite of mine, she's still listenable and deserves some attention. I would recommend this for someone wanting to find a new artist of J-pop.
Ai am BEST Tour 2007 - Best na Comment ni Ai wo Meccha Komento!! - at Tokyo International Forum Hall A on 9th of July 2007 ...
Ai am BEST Tour 2007 - Best na Comment ni Ai wo Meccha Komento!! - at Tokyo International Forum Hall A on 9th of July 2007 ... DVD Region 2(3)4 people found this review helpful
October 17, 2007 Wonderful live!
This concert is everything you'd expect from super cutie Ai Otsuka. She delivers a wonderful performance with exceptional vocals and delighting entertainment. The behind-the-scenes footage is simply endearing and can't be missed! For all fans, I would recommend this. For new fans, you should also pick up Ai Am Best! CD+DVD and get caught up on all the action Ai has unleashed in the past few years. While I still believe it's too early in her career for a "best of" compilation and tour, it's still a wonderful thing to add to any J-pop collection. This is definitely my favorite tour of Ai and may very well be your favorite too!