Reviews written by mirdominance
Kimi ga Suki (Normal Edition)(Japan Version)1 people found this review helpful
December 14, 2009 Love his soul
Shimizu Shota is one of those artist I've started following not too long ago. He has an amazing smooth R&B voice. I loved the album Umbrella and this latest single just keeps me craving for more of his work.
This is a very nice, slow, touching single. The released single 'Kimi ga suki' is piano R&B song. The piano gives a simple melody and a thumping beat lures the song along into a lovely chorus. All of Shota's songs tend to have a church quality to it, and I love how he keeps his style all throughout his music.
'Family' is nice song that I can imagine being played at family events or charities. It's a very uplifting song and the feature artists on the track sing very well. You'll want to clap along to this song. ^^
I really enjoyed this single and really recommend this relatively new japanese artist. His music and messages are really needed in the world's current state.
namie amuro BEST FICTION TOUR 2008-2009 (Japan Version)(2)1 people found this review helpful
December 12, 2009 Nothing Else Like It
Energy. Energy. Energy. This girl has got some serious ENERGY!
This is the BEST Namie Amuro Concert to date! Excellent stage production, lighting, and vocals. The BEST FICTION tour really is like a book into the world of Namie, the QUEEN of Hip-Hop and dance. 30 songs were performed with the shortest breaks I've ever seen. I wonder how she changed clothes so fast?! Not to mention her strong vocals throughout the ENTIRE concert.
The intro to the concert happened with a bang that keeps you enticed the entire time. You want to avert your eyes for even a second. Fans have a chance to finally hear 'Dr.', 'WILD', 'Do Me More' and 'Sexy Girl' live. The performances were creative and hype. Also, her solo performance of Black Diamond was perfect, though I wish Double could have been there. ^_^
If I were to choose her most passionate performance, I'd have to say that it was during 'Shine more'. For some reason, I think Namie has an attachment to this track and I loved her improv and strength she put into the vocals.
I highly recommend this concert for Namie Amuro fans and for new fans looking for a concert to try out. This concert is a lovely history of her past tracks and her current ones. Namie just keeps the ball rolling song after song, no stopping. She truly proves her strength in this concert and though she has turned 32 this year, she is proof that age is just a number. Her strength and endurance is amazing and she truely deserves a round of applause with this production.
Amazing job Namie Amuro. Well done.
Brian Vol. 2 - Manifold3 people found this review helpful
December 11, 2009 Excellent
I really wasn't expecting this... This album is amazing. Brian's sound is so distinct in this album... it feels like "Brian"... like it's his territory and his cooped up energy has been fully released in the form of this amazing album.
Brian is from the US, so when it comes to his solo songs, he tends to have an American flavor, but still sticks to the Korean structure of music. This album has some really good pieces, so it's really hard to pick a favorite. The songs range from R&B ('Lock Me Up' and 'Erase') to club mixes ('Nae Yoja/My Girl' and 'Dreaming') to amazing acoustic ballads ('Noonmooli maleumyeon.../Tears Run Dry...') to hiphop/pop ('Move It' and 'Tell Me Baby') to trance/techtonic pop ('Bullet').
The bonus tracks with the english versions of some of the tracks are an added bonus (especially 'Tears Run Dry'). Usually, when asian artists try to make an English version of their songs, it feels a bit awkward, but Brian really pulls through with lyrics and overall feel. It feels like he thought these tracks out in english first. ^_^ If he is breaking into the American market, I will certainly look forward to it.
I love all the tracks. I have no complaints, but if I were to pick a track that really stood out from the rest, it would have to be 'Lock Me Up'. This track is one of the slower R&B tracks with a thumping technic beat and an amazing harmonized chorus. Also 'Chinguui Yojareul Saranghaene' feat Tablo is amazing. The bass is really good and the song flows so well. It has a similar backbeat to a famous american dance track, but its been remixed.
This album is really well thought out and I really would like to thank the composers and mixers of the actual music compositions. They really deserve some attention. Thank you, Brian, for this masterpiece!
Mamoritai - White Wishes - (SINGLE+DVD)(First Press Limited Edition)(Japan Version)(1)Our Price: US$20.754 people found this review helpful
December 8, 2009 Nice ballads.
Both tracks on this single are ballads.
While 'White Wishes' is the promotional track (also used in a CM), the other track 'THE END' caught my attention more. However, the PV for 'White Wishes' is gorgeous. I love the color scheme of it and BoA looks really charming and beautiful. If you liked MerriChuri, then you'll love this track. It's perfect for the winter.
'THE END' is really goegeous with a nice piano and jazzy bass. I also love BoA's vocal range in this song. Her low tones are nice and the chorus makes you want to sway. I really recommend this song.
BoA seems to be on a role with these single releases, so I can't wait for her next full album. Things are looking up. ^_^
BUMP BUMP! feat.VERBAL(m-flo) (SINGLE+DVD)(Japan Version)(2)Our Price: US$19.252 people found this review helpful
December 8, 2009 Loads of Fun!
I've been missing this J-Pop side of BoA for a while, so the Bump Bump! track was truly a treat to me. I love the scatty feel of the track and the promotional video is classic. This song combines, hip-hop, jazz, scat, and pop all in one. The PV is fun with masked back up dancers and BoA's tomboy hip-hop dancing.
The promotional track IZM, also featuring m-flo, is a R&B influenced track. It's has an old school slow feel that makes you want to club slow dance.
Overall, I love the feel of this single and give it full marks. The single is new, but at the same time keeps BoA's classic J-Pop feel. ^_^
Han Hee Jung Single Album - String1 people found this review helpful
December 4, 2009 Soothing Lullabies
I first heard a preview of Han Hee Jung's voice while watching a korean tv show (Track 4) and I immediately looked up the lyrics and found the artist.
This is one amazing indie artist. Similar to artists such as Belle Epoque and Donnawhale, her voice has this soft, melodic, yet soulful quality and I would love to play these songs for my kid if I ever have children. Her music is perfect for putting babies to sleep. The songs give you the feeling of floating on a cloud on a clear day. Vocals, acoustics and natural sounds are the perfect formula for soothing the heart and she's done it perfectly.
My favorite track is her duet with NELL's lead singer Kim Jong Wan. It is simply gorgeous. It starts off with nothing but soft voices and later his voices joins and becomes a melody. The only instrument worked in is an acoustic guitar which makes the very song feel like an acoustic Breath.
My only complaint is that the songs are slightly short, as if each song is a small preview or jingle instead of a full song... But maybe that's the charm of this artist. Each track ends a bit quickly and leaves you wanting more.
I highly recommend this album for K-Indie fans. This album is like a breath of fresh air...
f(x) 1st Single - Chu-♡2 people found this review helpful
November 24, 2009 Lovin' Chu~♡
I absolute fell in love with Chu~♡. I really recommend watching them perform this live and watching the PV. The cheorography is so cute. ^^ However, for those expecting more unique songs like Lachata and Chu~♡, the other two aren't like that. The other two have that classic SM sound *similar to SNSD albums where you love the hit single, but the other songs aren't as unique. *So, all I'm saying is that for those who are expecting more songs that are different from the classic SM sound, the other two tracks aren't.* For those who love SM Town and SNSD's (or even Super Junior during their old albums) sound outside of their hit tracks, you'd enjoy the entire single.
At a first listen, you need to get past the loud synthetics because a lot of people say it sounds like noise. However, once you get used to the unique sound, you can't help but love it. ^^ I love the creativeness in the sounds used (especially the sounds used at the end of each chorus when they sing the refrain/interlude starting at "nan ireohke ddeolrineun gaseumeul mideo~")
Step By Me 8.5/10
Very bouncy and cute. It seriously sounds like a SNSD song, but these young girls have really nice vocals. However, I always picture 9 girls dancing to this song O.o (It sounds SO much like an SNSD song! >_<)
You are my destiny 5/10
Nice powerful vocals 10/10, however, this isn't my type of ballad song. I tend not to like SM female group ballads, sorry. T.T
The only thing I dislike about this single deal is that it's a single and not a mini album. For those who want to physically buy Lachata or Chocolate Love, you can't. I wish they had just released a mini album with all the released songs while promoting Chu~. I would recommend just waiting for an album release. ^_^
FTIsland Vol. 3 - Cross & Change1 people found this review helpful
November 9, 2009 Once Again!
This has to be my all time favorite full FT Island album. Barae 'I Hope' is the release single and I must say that it's really uplifting and makes me happy. If I'm having a good day, I listen to Barae. If I'm having a bad day and want to cheer up, I listen to Barae. lol ^_^ The overall song just makes things brighter and I really like seeing this change with FT Island.
Track 6 Gyeolhonhaejweo 'Marry Me' is another upbeat song that caught my immediate attention. The lyrics are sweet and make me smile. Track 10 Monani 'Ugly' is another nice happy feeling track as well.
Track 11 Nanui Sokdo Moleeugo 'Make Little of Others' is a gorgeous ballad that had become my favorite song after Barae on the album. The piano sounds so heartbreaking and the opening melody of Lee Hongki's singing immediately gives you the feel of heart break. I also love the composition of the acoustics and I truly praise the maker of this song. I actually really don't know why this wasn't a released track. (Some other nice soft ballads are Track 7 Kkokeun Anideolado... 'It's Not Neccessary' and Track 9 Bonaejugi ' Send Away'.)
2009 is a good year for FT Island and I hope they get rightfully acknowledged for their hard work this year at the award ceremonies. ^_^
PS The repackaged version of this album (Double Date) is really nice with more FT Triple songs like Love Letter (which is a really good song), but I'm buying this version because I like the photography better. ^^
FTIsland Mini Album - Jump Up2 people found this review helpful
November 9, 2009 True Passion
I must say that this one of the more passionate releases, if that's even possible. FT Island's lead singer (Lee Hongki) is passionate in general in all of his releases and he tends to able to portray feeling really well, not only when recording tracks, but when singing live as well. The release of Nappeun Yojaya 'Bad Woman' really brought the passion out of Ft Island MORE and even though this is their first release with a new band member, the chemistry is still there. This is another one of those beautiful tracks I've added to my FT Island list.
When it comes to this mini album, all tracks deserve a 5/5, but its just that some stand out so much more than others, particularly Bad Woman and Missing You. Missing You is a masterpiece within itself, mixing amazing orchestra strings withe strong guitar playing, not to mention the strong vocals of the lead singer.
Keudaewa Na 'You and I' is more soft, happy track and really calms you down from the strong tracks. Jaejin's vocals are really nice in this track. When its a nice sunny day, I like walking or driving to this song.
This mini album definitely is a 10 out of 10. FT Island really keeps the ball rolling.
PS The packaging for this is REALLY nice, hence the slightly higher price for a mini album. It's big and the paper material is nice and sturdy. Also, the photography of the group is nice as well with nice brown/tan photography and city outskirt scenes. I HIGHLY recommend this mini album.
Brown Eyed Girls Vol. 3 - Sound G (2CD)3 people found this review helpful
November 9, 2009 Two Words: Moody Night
Abracadabra is such a new concept for the Brown Eyed Girls and I was in shock when I saw the PV. There goes their cute image! lol Regardless, I loved the change and I love watching them perform this. It has such a retro feel. 10/10
Moody Night is THE song! I really loved the overall 'late night' almost dark techno jazz feel. Their voices are so sexy and really makes you want to sexy slow dance. 10/10
Overall, I give this album a 8.5/10 since most of the songs I felt were a 4/5. I wish some of the tracks were a little more developed. On another note, the techno remixes on the second disc are a real treat. For those who got into the Brown Eyed Girls because of Abracadabra, now you can have a taste of some of their past work.
Overall, I feel that 2009 is BEG's year and I expect a lot of wins for them this year during the award ceremonies. They really deserve it.
PS I also recommend buying the Mini Album Repackaged version of this album. The new track 'Sign' really tops off the Sound G concept.
SS501 - Collection2 people found this review helpful
November 9, 2009 Interesting Project
During the summer, some of the solo songs on this Collection CD, I couldn't take off repeat. ^^ Each member got to make their own solo track and it was all compiled into PV that told a very interesting story. The love story is very brutal that shows the battles between enemies and how enemies ending having to depend on each other when allies stab you in the back. The ending is very sad.
Out of all the songs, HyunJoon's 'Jebal Jalhajweo' and Kyujeong's 'Wuss Up' were my favorites. ^^ Hyunjoon's track has an R&B feel that I've never heard from him and I really fell for the song immediately. When I first heard it, I couldn't believe it was him! ^^ Kyujeong's Wuss Up just had me hyped immediately. I'd be bouncing to it in my seat in the car and my friends would immediately know I was listening to this song, lol. It's just that catchy! Both of these received a 5/5 and the rest a 4/5. There were no tracks I disliked, so I really recommend this CD. No complaints from here!
Overall, I really enjoyed this SS501 solo project! Good Job!
SS501 Mini Album - Rebirth (Normal Edition)November 9, 2009 Impressed
SS501 may be one of the many korean boybands but their sound has always been outside the normal. They are unique in being different and in the past, I never really got into all of their songs, but I loved seeing them on television (Dejavu and A Song For You were the only songs I really got into). This time however, I'm truly impressed with this comeback. 'Love like this' is the release single and is a really nice dance track. Seeing the dance to this is interesting, especially during the chorus. It's so cute. ^^ 8.5/10
Out of the 5 tracks, only 2 caught my attention outside of the released single.
Wasteland is REALLY nice and I love the boys vocals in this. The soft piano drifts into a thumping beat leading into a strong chorus. I really wish that this was the released track. I really love their voices in this and its an excellent way to open this mini album. 10/10
Obsess has a R&B/techno mix (It's hard to describe the techno beat, but I ended up liking it alot.) The only problem is that I wished there was more singing a bit less rap. 9/10
Overall, SS501 is back and it's time to show them some love. Rebirth is right!
Brown Eyed Girls Vol 3. - Sound-G (Repackage Album)(2)Our Price: US$11.99List: US$15.99Save: US$4.00 (25%)5 people found this review helpful
November 9, 2009 Nice
Though I wish this was just called what it is: a 'mini-album'. (It's a bit confusing for buyers because Repackaged album usually means that the previous album is re-released with more songs.) So people, please realize that this is a mini album with 3 tracks and 2 Instrumentals (so 5 all together). ^^
Sign is a very nice track. Abracadabra was a complete 360 for these girls but this track brings back some of their original techno sound that longtime fans are used to. The MV concept is extremely interesting and makes you think. I also REALLY love the performance of this song. I highly recommend people watch this performed.
Jame Chwihae is a nice ballad that starts out sounding like the song 'The Winner Takes it All', but then it has its own feel. I really love their vocals in this.
The Abracadabra remix is really catchy and I find myself moving along with it. ^^
Overall, a nice new track from the Brown Eyed Girls. They've been on a role lately. ^^
Hwanhee Mini Album Vol. 1 - H SoulNovember 9, 2009 Hwanhee stronger than ever
I HIGHLY recommend this mini album. Though Fly to the Sky is officially over, now we can hear the duo separately in their personal musically elements. Hwanhee has come out first with a bang. Shimjangeul Nojyeoseo 'Because I Missed Your Heart' is the comeback single and the performance of this is amazing. Hwanhee shows off some amazing dance skills (his backup dancers, both male and female, are amazing).
This mini album is seriously no joke folks. The vocal work is amazing and very strong in every track. 'H Soul' is the excellent term for this CD. Fly to the Sky is known for their amazing ballads, but Hwanhee shows more of a dance/R&B/techno mix side in some of the tracks
Bring It Back has to be my favorite track. This is pure R&B goodness folks (it's the song played at the end of the 'Because I Missed Your Heart' music video.) This song has Hwanhee written all over it. This really sounds like his overall style and I can't wait to see him perform this.
Neujeun Gobaek is a ballad that starts off really slow and makes you think it will boring. However, keep listening because once the chorus hits, it becomes so soulful. Hwanhee really has a sort of soft passion in this song and I love the gospel feel very much.
Getting Down is a daring techno track that I cannot stop taking off repeat. The mix of piano echos, synthesizers, and backing digitalized vocals go so well together.
Nae Ibyeolui Shinganeun Geokkuro Ganda is a ballad track that is very strong. It has nice acoustics and also adds in a choir. Out of the ballad tracks, this one is my favorite. Especially at the end when Hwanhee improvises his vocals with the chorus singing.
Everyday is the a slow R&B track that is a nice way to end the album. Its feels uplifting. ^^
Overall, I love seeing more of this side to Hwanhee and I'm anticipating if Brian will do the same with a solo album. ^_^ I give this album a 10/10!
2PM Vol. 13 people found this review helpful
November 9, 2009 Highly Anticipated
This is another group that has had a lot of controversy surrounding them for the past few months. However, 2PM is finally back with 6 of its members and though many fans are upset with the change, now is not the time to abandon these boys.
Even though I was never a HUGE 2PM fan, I find myself falling for their charms from watching them on tv shows and keeping up with their performances. Again and Again was an excellent hit and they are keeping the hype going with this release. Better yet, this is an 'ALBUM', not a mini-album, which gives us listeners more songs. ^^
So far, from the digitally released singles, I found Neoege Micheosseoda 'I was crazy about you' to be the most ear catching. It's smooth and soft yet still has their typical beast feel. I love hearing this new almost sentimental side of them. Kidarida Jichinda 'Tired of Waiting' has a thumping techno feel like 'I Hate You' and is the perfect interpretation for waiting fans.
I hope people will support this album a lot to show the boys that they're still loved. ^_^ 2PM Fighting!
F.T Island Vol. 2 - Colorful Sensibility (Part 1)1 people found this review helpful
November 6, 2009 Great 2008 Comebeack
(Please delete my previous review. The date was off. ^^ Sorry)
I've just recently got into FT Island after seeing Lee Hongki act in the recent korean drama 'Minami Shineyo/You're Beautiful.' I wanted to know more about him and found out that he is an AMAZING singer. His voice really captivated me and it's so strong for his age and he was even younger when he recorded this album!
Sarang Hooae (After Love) and Yoja neun Molla (Girl's Don't Know) were the released singles for this album and both are really good. FT Island tends to make sorrowful love songs and though people find love songs 'typical', they do it SO well for such a young group. I really don't think it's fair to really call them just another 'idol group'. ^^
I must say that I really enjoyed this album (9/10) Tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8 are my favorites.
Track 8 - Sarang Hajimayo (Don't Love) is the most memorable track to me. The lyrics are heart wrenching and Lee Hong Ki's passion truly shines in this track. The piano is SO saddening as it mixes with strings. This song will bring tears to many and I must say that this is a song that once it plays, I can't help to put it on repeat. Even Lee Hongki cried on stage while singing this during a concert. This is a song that I won't be able to let go of. The meaning is so true: "Don't love, heartbreak will always come. It hurts so much that you can't breath. I thought I'd only hurt as much as I loved you... that it'd be okay and I could forget. But no, it hurts a thousand times more..."
Overall, this is an amazing album for FT Island during 2008.
Ivy Vol. 3 - I Be..4 people found this review helpful
October 29, 2009 She's back and better than ever!
Though I was never a major Ivy fan, I must admit that this album deserves some attention. Ivy is back under a new management company, but her own personal touch (sound) still remains. Her vocals are stronger than ever, making the ballad pieces much more sensational and the dance tracks more hype. Her classic 'Ivy' sound is still there. (A good example is 'You Are The Ace (feat. JR Groove)'. The beat is close to the genre used in past tracks like 'Poison Ivy' and 'Dawn Dawn Dawn'.)
'Touch Me' is the single release that really advertises the wild side of the album, but there's also a more gentler part of the album. I love how this albm contains alot of tracks outside of the current trend of releasing mini albums. There is so much to listen to and it all reveals how much Ivy has progressed during her hiatus. Ivy shows a softer side through tracks such as 'Andwaeyo' and 'Eochapi Ijeoya Hal Saram' and exposes a techno side through 'Left 2 Right', 'Peek-A-Boo', and so many more.
However, out of all the tracks, 'Zoo' is the song that stuck out the most to me. It's slower with techtonic vocals and Gilme adds a bit of rap to the mix. The piano melody is beautiful and Ivy's soprano voice is beautiful in this track. I can't seem to take this off of repeat. I personally recommend this song.
Overall, I can't seem to stop expressing how powerful this album is. This is definitely an album worth exploring. Be ready to dance the night away! ^_^
Epik High Vol. 6 - [e] (2CD + Mini Book)2 people found this review helpful
October 25, 2009 Wow
Once again, Epik High surprises me with their packaging. When I first took off the plastic wrapping, my immediate thought was "did I order a mini planner by mistake?" lol. The cd case is in the shape of a mini binder. No plastic is used, when you open the case, the CD's are in 2 thick paper slots on the left side and on the right side is the book. This book has ALOT of content from lyrics to interviews. I personally love the artistic work and the quote art near the end of the book.
When it comes to the music, I LOVE it. It has the type of musical division set-up like Vol. 4 Remapping the Human Soul album (check out my review to see what I mean).
CD 1 [e]motion is just that. The music is more soft and delivers a more serious message while CD 2 [e]nergey is just. It contains more hype songs that make you want to dance. Think Melancholy vs. Extreme Hyper-Tabloness, lol.
For Epik High fans, this is a really nice treat from the packaging to the music. If you liked their mini-album Lovescream, then just think of this album as an extention of that.
PS I personally think this album is worth its price and even more than it's being sold for. The case material is REALLY nice. o.o
COLORS - Melody and Harmony / Shelter (Japan Version)(5)Our Price: US$11.252 people found this review helpful
October 25, 2009 Creative
I agree strongly with the review S. left on this single. The songs certainly have a soulful quality outside of the current trend, but I'd expect no less from our Soulmate duo. ^^
When it comes to the album art, I must says that it's really nice. Instead of paged booklets, they come with a simple 3 folded booklet that contains the lyrics and 3 pictures (Jejung and Yuchun together and then the individual shots). I simply love the photography of this single. ^_^
'COLORS~Melody and Harmony~ (5:20)' seems to have come out at exactly the right time. With so much despute going on, this is just the right uplifting song we fans need to calm our weary hearts. The message behind the song is obvious and rightfully so. You don't have to dig deep to feel its love.
'Shelter (5:43)' is simply amazing. Despite the amusing Yoochun-lish raps, the composition is really well thought out. I find myself even listening to the Less Vocal version a lot. This song is also a bit straightforeward in its message and so far, listeners can't seem to get enough (and I'm one of them). The mix of rain, piano, cello and chimes is nice and theit vocals are a bit light in the sense that you'd think it'd echo. Also, the rap goes well with the flow of the song which is rare in such ballad-like songs. Also, Jejung and Yuchun's vocals near the peak of the song are simply amazing (at about 3:47). The vocals are so strong.
Overall, this is an outstanding single in terms of composition, creativity and vocal strength. Jejung and Yuchun are very talented muscians and I'm looking foreward to more of their compositions in the future. 10/10 ^_^
SHINee Mini Album Vol. 3 - 2009 Year Of Us2 people found this review helpful
October 19, 2009 Very Creative... Daring even!
Once again, K-Pop is going through a transitional phase where all the boy groups are making a comeback. New groups are debuting and older groups are coming back, yet SHINee tends to stand out the brightest.
I must say that this Mini Album is VERY different. I don't think anyone has heard this part of SHINee, but I find it very charming. The very first song 'Y.O.U' threw me completely off. It has a REAL oldstyle a cappella/R&B style. The procession of 'You~' throughout the song is very charming and I immediately LOVED this track. 5/5
Ring Ding Dong is the title song and I'm sure everyone's heard it. It has an Afro-tectonic feel. The constant African drum beat makes you want to dance and the dance beat smoothes the harsh drum sounds over. If you haven't seen the PV, I say see it NOW! lol The boys look amazing and their dancing is very skilled with such a strong beat. 5/5
'Jo Jo' was another shocker song that I eventually fell for. It has an techtonic/maybe even Christmas feel, lol. (None of the songs really sound like a song of this century, all have a oldies feel.) 4/5
'Get Down'... is crazy. o.o Its like oldschool rap and Minho and Key really shine in this track. This is not my favorite track but its creativeness is daring. 3/5 'SHINee Girl' is fun with a jive mixed with techno sound. the chorus makes you want to do the quickstep. ^^ 4/5
Finally, Onew's solo 'Naega Sarang Haedeon Ireum' is amazing. His voice mixed with Kim Yeon Woo is a real treat. It's like a ballad and once the chorus hits, you get sucked it. This track is really beautiful. 5/5
Overall, I give this Mini Album a 9/10. Good Job SHINee! This is definitely your year! ^_^