[Single][2010.08.04] Kana Nishino – if

2010/08/03 at 1:52 pm | Posted in Kana Nishino | Leave a comment
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GOT MY HANDS ON IT! YAY!

11th single by Kana Nishino – blah blah – Title track used as ending song for Naruto Shippuuden Movie – I’ve done this already!

Tracklist

  • if
  • I’ll be there
  • Beautiful

Thank God if sounds better this way! Here are my previous thoughts. I’m COMPLETELY LOVING this song in good quality. Kana gorgeousness! It’s beautiful! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! Her vocals don’t sound high pitched now, and although she is singing in her HIGH~ voice, her voice completely fits with the arrangement of the song! As always – I love the chorus! The whole song generally – Great arrangement, great vocals, great background, great bridge! THANKYOU KANA for releasing a magical song like this! R&B Ballads to the end, and I think it’ll fit with Naruto as well! YAYS!
Overall – 9/10 (heaven!)

Huh! I was expecting I’ll be there to be a ballad and that’s exactly what it is! It’s got the same piano violin thing going on in the beginning, and again, the same Kana’s vocals followed by the R&B kick in. So again I fell for the song! Actually, it’s not bad – her vocals are lower than if and really suit the song. Maybe it’s not AS catchy – thus, it was made a B-side, but it is calm, and very peaceful. Also, I mentioned before about her melancholy vocals – well we don’t hear much of that until the end of the bridge…where she hits the soft high~ note, like those in Best Friend, but shorter. The ending kinda left me wanting…well a better ending – it was too abrupt!
Overall – 7/10 (too if wannabe)

Now we have GANGSTA KANA! I’m in a way glad Beautiful wasn’t a ballad, but why choose the title Beautiful for a heavily club dance influenced song. I can’t connect to this song – but I guess it’s great if you want BAD GIRL Kana! The tune is kinda twisted, and freaky – I really don’t know what to say. She did a good job, I mean I didn’t lose interest and die-hard fans won’t either because there’s a lot going on in this song.

Best Line(s) of the song –
|| Yes! We are Beautiful!

|| I don’t care what they think of me
|| You don’t know how to get my ~heart~

Overall – 6.5/10 (I can’t listen to it again & again *starts humming 2pm’s song* )

Overall Rating
(I DID THIS WITH A CALCULATOR! XD)
7.5/10

Good job on the single! I’m happy! Kana fan! It’s anice single to start her new era! (*giggles* that sounds kinda epic!)

Jaa! Mata Ne~

P.S I love this Promo, so I’ll put this everywhere!

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[Pre-Release Review] Kana Nishino – if

2010/08/03 at 12:27 am | Posted in Kana Nishino | 1 Comment
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Kana’s 11th single if, will release on 2010/08/04.

This cover SCREAMS Kana BALLAD! Overall, I really love the way everything’s placed in the cover; maybe ignoring the fact that her face looks kinda……round….(XD Gomen Kana!) But generally, the whole innocent, white background thing going on, makes her stand out alot – and the WRITING! Genius placement, and G.E.N.I.U.S is the person who chose the font. It’s perfect! Love this cover!

Okay, so to go the height of lame-ness, I’ll rate the covers!
This one gets:
7/10

On to the regular edition cover. Hmmm…..I actually like this more than the previous one. It’s again, very gentle, and ballad-y, with the same G.EN.I.U.S font. I also love her pose more in this one, and I love her clothes as well! Hmmm……Pretty, pretty Kana!

Rating:
8/10
GO! GO! GIRL! ROCK THAT BACKGROUND!

Now, moving on to the tracklist:

  • if
  • I’ll be there
  • Beautiful

The title track if, will be used as the ending theme song of the Naruto Shippuuden movie: Naruto Shippuuden 4: The Lost Tower. No complaints on that decision – I love Naruto, and I LOVE her songs! Great Combo!

if is BEAUTIFUL (judging from the beginning)! Being a ballad, it obviously retains Kana’s usual R&B style. The song starts off with some piano playing, followed by a very melancholy violin, Kana’s vocals, and the soft beats kick in. I am a sucker for these sort of beginnings, so naturally I already loved the song. Now, moving on to the verse, where she starts singing. OH NOES! I don’t know what to say – since the version of the song I have is just a rip form the video, it’s not exactly good quality, but even-so, her VOICE! *panics* It’s HIGH PITCHED!, and it ALMOST hurt my ears! Don’t do this KANA! The verses are overall interesting (tune-wise). However, the chorus is what makes the song so beautiful. I don’t know how to describe it, it’s just beautifully gorgeous in it’s own mid-paced way (the tune she’s singing is CATHCY and GORGEOUS at the same time). I won’t say anything about her vocals now, I’ll wait for the proper quality version. Now the bridge – pretty pretty Kana, is all I can say – I’m glad it wasn’t long and boring, and instantly kicks off to the final chorus. Her ad-libbing in the end is a great highlight, and that’s it! End of song. I’m not sure if it’s Naruto material, but I guess that will be decided once the movie is seen. Listen and decide!

Right now, I give it:
6/10, for vocals (the chorus made it a 6 otherwise 4/10)
9/10, for arrangement and tune.

Looking at the rest of the tracklist, I’m glad that she always has 2 B-sides, so listeners get the FULL single satisfaction, but WHY THE HELL are there never any instrumentals? Her songs are beautiful and I absolutely LOVE listening to instrumentals – especially of beautiful songs – of which she has a TRUCKLOAD! Put instrumentals in!
I guess the tracklist looks okay; I just hope they aren’t ALL ballads; I’d easily get sick of her singing in the same melancholy voice of hers in all 3 songs! (I’m not really bashing her voice…in fact it’s a compliment saying that she puts a lot of emotion in her songs – which is good – but not ALL the time!) So I guess I’m really looking forward to the single! PLEASE GOD! LET IT BE WORTH WAITING!

Random thought: He-he, wouldn’t it be totally freaky, but kinda cool, if she did a cover of Tohoshinki’s I’ll be there! =P *bricked* It’s A RANDOM THOUGHT!

That’s it I guess….I hope the rest of the single is good! I’m kinda confused about if right now – at least it fits the cover! =P

Jaa! Mata Ne~

P.S – THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL PROMO PIC KANA-CHAN!



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