[Album][2010.08.04] miray – miray

2010/08/08 at 11:26 pm | Posted in miray | Leave a comment
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I just randomly got this!

For those who don’t know:

miray (Kaneko Mirei) is a Japanese reggae/dancehall singer-songwriter and producer signed to avex trax under rhythm zone.
miray’s debut-album “miray” was released 2010.08.04, and that’s all I know about that! She’s not REALLY popular since she debuted in 2008, but I see real potential in her. Read on if you’re interested!

The Cover? It’s so SUMMER! I really like it, and I love what she’s wearing. Plus, she’s really pretty. I wonder if she’ll go into the Ero-Kakoii image like Kuu. Hmmm….It is avex after all, and avex will so anything for promotion! AVEX! T.T

Tracklist:

  • BOX SEAT ft. KM-MARKIT
  • パラソルスマイル (Parasoru sumairu?)
  • Travel
  • ホントはね… ft. CORN HEAD (Honto wa ne… ft. CORN HEAD)
  • どストライク!! (Do Sutaraiko!)
  • Proof of Love
  • Jump Pump
  • L.L
  • 恋しくて ~You’re not here~ (Koishikute ~You’re not here~)
  • ゆれLove Hearts (Yure Love Hearts)

Before I begin, I must point out that I have NO experience with reggae! So I don’t really know what dance hall, or ragga, or reggae fusion is when I hear it. I’ll refer to the songs as pop, summery, ballad etc. okay?

BOX SEAT ft. KM-MARKIT, begins with her calling out in engR/Lish? Oh! Now I understand what reggae is. Ha! Not bad. Since this the opening song, it’s naturally fast, but it’s not a “OOMPH!” like Kuu’s “Step In To My World” or Tohoshinki’s “Secret Game”. I guess reggae doesn’t use such songs! Oh well, It’s not bad, it’s fun to listen to. As far as the vocals are concerned, I was happy to hear her voice; it’s not HIGH~ pitched like I was unfortunately expecting – she’s got a very steady voice and can control it well; and KM-MARKIT? No idea who that is, but he was just…there…didn’t really add much to the song. The song overall is short and fun – that’s all I’ll say, more experienced reggae listeners can go into the depths of the song at will!
(I’ll give it a – 7/10 – A nice impression of miray!)

The next song パラソルスマイル is a pretty good transition from BOX SEAT, and I think she’s showing more of her vocal capability. She sounds very high spirited and kinda cute. This song is again a lot of fun to listen to; it’s pretty happy and summery, and reminds me of JAMAICA! She’s fulfilling the reggae requirements I guess! XD So far so good; if only I couls figure out the first line of the chorus – NoWaze? No I say? WHAT IS IT!? XP
(7/10 – I think I’m starting to LOVE reggae!)

Now we have Travel, which kinda slows down a bit. Her vocals also seem changed – she’s singing deeper, like JYONGRI. The song? I thought it was a bit ballad-y in the beginning, but the chorus kinda picked up the arrangement, and made it another “fun to listen to” song, and it’s by far my favourite! Wait a minute! Do I spot a bit of a Koda in her? Her notes in the chorus remind me of KAWAII Kuu-chan. Nice listen overall. The “Sha la la la la” part is STUCK IN MY HEAD!
(8/10)

ホントはね… ft. CORN HEAD is next. It starts off with pretty dancy clapping and CORN HEAD kicks in first. CORN HEAD is a J-reggae singer, and I swear, I HATE the way he’s pronouncing his words. miray does her part in the song pretty well, again showcasing her ability to hit higher and softer notes. CORN HEADS lines aren’t bad (tune-wise), but I JUST HATE the way he’s PRONOUNCING THE WORDS! The chorus though is fun and high spirited and I feel miray did it ALOT of justice – so – I really like the song overall except for – you guessed it! – CORN HEAD! Also, miray’s adlibbing in the end is pretty impressive.
(6.5/10)

Now we have the kinda heavy and strong sounding どストライク!!. The arrangement in the beginning sounds like the song is going to be some epic song, with synths used everywhere, and, well KODA-ISH, kinda like those songs used in the beginning of movies or something. However, the verses brought me down. They don’t match the music as much as I expected, though the chorus is high spirited and fun to listen to – she’s singing pretty fast and managed to pull it off. It’s different than the rest of the songs on the album so far, and will eventually grow on me. For now, it’s okay – I’ll give it a
(7/10)

Proof of love is next. WHY DOES THIS REMIND ME OF KODA? I guess because she’s done all these sort of these songs! LOL! EPIC AS EVER KUU! This sounds very pop-mixed with reggae, and that makes it a very nice listen. The thing I’m liking about this song is that she’s by far shown that she can sing deep, high spirited, and now, it’s CUTE! throughout the whole song. It’s – again- fun to listen to like all the rest of the songs on the album. The thing about these songs is that they’re not LOOONG and BOOORING – all under 4:30 minutes and the verses + the chorus’ are interesting. I haven’t lost interest in any of the songs. Now! this is by far my favorite song!
(8/10)

Oh man! I don’t like Jump Pump! I would prefer Travel or Proof of love over this any day. It’s happy, high spirited, and all SUMMER love. But It’s not really as interesting and it doesn’t do HER justice, so far, I think she can do MUCH better than this song. SKIPPING THIS SONG! Try it if you want. It’s part of her mini-album or something.
(5.5/10)

Here come the 2 “ballads” of the album. The first one L.L sounds very “acoustic+R&B” and is the first song over 5 minutes. Her voice is deep and pretty melancholy – almost as if she’s copying ayaka but is failing! I will point out that she CAN’T sing ballads! I think she’s using far too much emotion and comes across as wannabe. I feel like she could do with more training but WHY DOES SHE REMIND ME OF KUU-CHAN? Oh god! The more I listen to this song – the more I think that SHE CAN’T SING BALLADS! SKIP!
(4.5/10)

The next “ballad” is 恋しくて ~You’re not here~ which to my despair is 5:33 minutes long! ignoring her voice, that’s kinda going off tune, the song is PRETTY! Just PRETTY! Very laid back and calming. I think RYTHEM could have pulled this off very well, but unfortuantely, miray was given the song, and she’s not doing IT justice! OFF TUNE! OFF TUNE! SKIP! DON’T SING BALLADS GIRL!
(4.5/10)

AH! Much better! The last song ゆれLove Hearts again takes us back to the fun and high spirited feel of the album. I completely ignored the immediate transition from slow to fast paced, becuase I’m so glad to listen to this song! It’s FUN! Just FUN! Her voice sounds SO MUCH BETTER in this! Also the chorus is LOVE! I love the happy, lovely feeling it gives off. Her vocals are much more in tune. I’m really happy with this last song. A very impressive way to end the album, I think it’s made so the listeners who HATED the previous two songs can fortunately forget about them. It’s short, but a very nice way to end the album!
(8.5/10)

So overall – SKIP THE BALLADS! If you can call them ballads, but I think the album otherwise left a good impression on me!

Overall Rating:
6.7/10

That’s about it!

Jaa! Mata Ne~

P.S. PROMO TIME! Kawaii Ne~ But she’s kinda tan! XD

[Album] Super Junior – 미인아 – Miina (Bonamana)

2010/06/08 at 10:15 am | Posted in Super Junior | Leave a comment
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Finally, after about a year and 2 months, these guys decide to return with another album!

Bonamana (미인아; literal meaning Beauty) is the fourth studio album by Super Junior, released on May 13, 2010 in South Korea. Over 200,000 copies were pre-ordered a week after the release date was announced, setting a new high record for the group. According to South Korea’s Hanteo chart, it debuted at #1 on the charts, selling over 36,000 copies on the first day of release. After eight more days of release, over 100,000 copies were sold.
[credit: Wikipedia]

Is it just me or is there too much light on Ryeowooks face? XD

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Tracklist;

  1. Miina (BONAMANA) (미인아)*
  2. Nappeun Yeoja (Boom Boom) (나쁜 여자)*
  3. Eunggyeol (Coagulation) (응결)
  4. Naran Saram (Your Eyes) (나란 사람)
  5. My Only Girl
  6. Sarangi Ireotke (My All Is In You) (사랑이 이렇게)
  7. Shake It Up!
  8. Jamdeulgo Sipeo (In My Dream) (잠들고 싶어)
  9. Bomnal (One Fine Spring Day) (봄날)
  10. Joheun Saram (Good Person) (좋은 사람)
  11. Here We Go

* Promotional Songs/Singles

Starting of the album is their new single 미인아 (BONAMANA). The genre of this song is described as “SJ FUNKY”, which is true because it IS Super Junior, and the song IS “Funky” to a certain extent (although I don’t think anyone uses that term anymore XD). It’s got nice beats and all, and its heavily auto-tuned to the point that I couldn’t tell who was singing which part until I saw the video but the song does remind one of SORRY SORRY, maybe because it’s written and composed by the same person who did SORRY SORRY, and it also reminds me of SHINee’s Ring Ding Dong so it doesn’t actually seem like a TURNING POINT IN SJ MUSIC! Also, it’s probably not AS catchy as those 2 songs, might get annoying after a while, but nevertheless, it’s still CATCHY, whereas SORRY SORRY was CATCHY AS HELL!
(8/10)

From the “funky” sounds of Miina, we move onto another pretty catchy, dance number 나쁜 여자 BOOM BOOM (is it okay to call it dance? I’m not too sure). Pretty nice placing, that’s for sure, because BOOM BOOM isn’t as fast as Miina, and it generally makes a nice transition song. Not too bad as a song itself, it’s got a nice beat as well, maybe also annoying to listen to sometimes,maybe a bit MEH at times. It’s seriously a depends-on-your-mood type song. The best part probably has to be the “Twinkle Twinkle little star” line, slowing the song a little bit till the chorus, which was annoying and disappointing, I was expecting more of a rough, loud !BOOM BOOM! chorus and not the present one, which (I’m sorry) just ruins the song. Plus I can’t be bothered to listen to the full song in one go, because it’s just not THAT interesting!
(7/10)

Super Junior K.R.Y decides to take over in 응결 (Coagulation) after BOOM BOOM. Hmmm….not a bad song – pretty much dominated by the piano till the near middle, where more strong instruments kick in. Their vocals have always been impressive – they are pretty soft in the beginning and get louder and stronger with the music till a point where the MUSIC actually seems to drown their voices, which must stand for REALLY loud and strong instruments actually capable of dominating KYUHYUN’s voice! HA! Well, it does have it’s weak points but the song is overall very sweet, with a pretty “singable” tune, and a soft ending.
(8/10)

Turning away from Coagulation,we run into 나란 사람 (Your Eyes), a nice semi-mid paced song, with a pretty sweet arrangement, piano, finger snaps, and starting with the most suitable person to sing a song like this – Kyuhyun, moving onto Yesung – well no wonder, it’s a duet between those two which is a pretty good idea because their voices sound good  together in a song and they DO have the strongest vocals in the group. Nice song.
(7/10)

I’m not sure what genre we put My Only Girl into, but it is a catchy song, seems too slow too dance to. It’s got the typical techno feel to it, got a considerable amount of music changes. I can actually tell who’s singing what part – HEECHUL! I can HEAR HIM! YAY! FINALLY! It’s catchy, a kind of song that makes one just want to just shake a little, or just hum along with the chorus which, if you listen to over an over, is  really catchy – “You’re my Only, You’re My Only, You’re my O-O-O-Only Girl!”  However, it’s too short for my liking but a nice change from slow or mid paced songs!
(7/10)

Now we have the semi-mid paced half-cheerful 사랑이 이렇게 My All Is In You. I don’t really have much to say about this. It’s okay I guess. The guys’ voices blend in very well in the chorus, and Yesungs and Kyuhyun’s adlibbing is as impressive as ever. Like I said, it’s just half cheerful, a sort of put-a-good-feeling-in-your-heart type song.
(7/10)

Moving onto the most impressive and catchiest song of the album Shake It UP! DAMN! This song made me want to dance from the very first listen, even though it might not be a complete dance number. Like I said before, their voices blend perfectly, and thus the chorus going “SHAKE IT UP!~” is AMAZING! I love this song from A to Z. It’s got some nice jazz instruments runnning in the back as well and I would’ve actually preferred if they used this song as a promotional song and not BOOM BOOM. There’s just no describing this song, it’s one their best songs EVER!
(9.5/10)

Now, we have a ballad-type song 잠들고 싶어 (In My Dream). The name sort of gave it away, it’s a nice slow song, with pretty strong vocals from the guys. The chorus has very strong and steady vocals but won’t get stuck in your head. I’m glad this isn’t K.R.Y, but the rest as well (which mostly includes Sungmin and Donghae, but the others were there as well). Over that, the bridge and the last chorus were very impressive as well. A generally nice song.
(7/10)

Again, we have the slow-paced 봄날 – Bomnal (One Fine Spring Day). Ryeowooks solo – not bad, but he really isn’t my favourite, so I wasn’t really interested in the song. That said, the song’s got a nice tune, and his vocals fit in, with the piano and violins. The chorus is a bit One Fine Spring Day-ish(XD), so it is generally nice!
(6/10)

AHA! A song like Angela from their previous album  – 좋은 사람 (Good Person). It’s got a very cheerful the-day’s-gonna-be-fine feeling. A very “LOOK UP! The sky is shining!” type song. The kind of song I’ve heard most Japanese singers sing – the vocals and the music are balanced, so the music hasn’t overpowered their vocals and the bridge quickly transits to the last chorus. Not a bad addition to the album, actually, the album was desperately in need of such a song, after ther ballads! Nice job on this song!
(7/10)

Now! A song that makes me look forward to FIFA! HERE WE GO! This might not be the song they sang for the World Cup, but I wish they had. I don’t why, but it just reminds me of football, and it’s got a very “GET UP! GET UP” feeling – if you know what I mean. Plus I’m happy the bridge was sung with Yesung and Kyuhyun, because their vocals as usual are amazing and compliment each other. Also, I’m REALLY happy Eunhyuk, and Shindong ended the song with their rapping because they haven’t really been heard in the rest of the album! Ah! A nice end to the album! GOOD JOB GUYS!
(8/10)

I know, my ratings are lenient, but I really LOVE SUJU, and can’t give them less than a 5/10. Sorry Sorry!

Overall Rating
7.5/10

Jaa! Mata Ne~


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