Now I give you my personal Top 15 – 11 albums of 2009 (from asian artists or artists that are under an asian label).
Let’s start right off:
#15 alan’s Voice of Earth
I’m not really a big alan fan but this album impressed me. I can’t stay awake if I listen to it in one go but the songs themselves are really good pieces of music. Of course my favorites are the ones released beforehand as singles but for my German blog I reviewed them all so it makes sense that i’m more attached to them. As you might already know, her second Japanese album sucks, so maybe that’s the last time that she’ll ever be on my year’s end list.
Best Songs: Ashita e no Sanka, Tennyo ~Interlude~ and Brave
#14 Kumi Koda’s Trick
I liked some Kumi songs back in the day when I started getting into J-pop but now, for the first time, I looked at an album of hers in its full glory and it was good. I love danceable tracks and Kumi gives you a lot of those. Still, her ballads aren’t my cup of tea and so is her Engrish. I don’t know how I can still be bothered by this when I look at the amount of J-pop I listen to but it’s still something I like to rant about. Well, all in all I’m looking forward to her new album even though I only liked one song from the singles…
Best Songs: TABOO, show girl, This Is Not A Love Song and Hurry Up!
#13 BECCA’s TOKYO-O-ING
(Yes, this is the already mentioned exception.) I’m still not sure about the position of this album in my Top Albums but I knew after listening to it a few days ago that I had to include it. It’s still the pop-rock we are used from her but she slowly tries new paths especially with the collaboration singles featuring this anime girl (I forgot her name) and one half of Bennie K. I hope like this she gains more fans. I’m already one. I mean, she has the colors of the German flag in her hair xD
Best Songs: Don’t Save Me, Dreamer, PUSH and Miles Away
#12 Mai Fukui’s My Song For You
This is the second debut album in my ranking this year and you can’t really say something bad about her voice which is the default complaint about debut albums. Well, at least I can’t say something bad about her voice. But what I can criticize is the number of ballads on this album. And I think that’s about it. The ballads are still nice to listen to most likely because of her not too high voice. But some more faster songs in the future would be nice.
Best Songs: Can Can, My Song For You, Lucky and Plastic Girl
#11 Rie fu’s Urban Romantic
So, this was the album were she tried new things with her music and made a good comeback, at least for me. Tobira Album was kind of disappointing and even though I can’t fully say Urban Romantic is as good as her first two albums it’s good in its own way. I liked the electronic sound even though sometimes it was a bit too much. This beeping all the time in one song… But one has to wonder why it’s been so quiet around Rie lately. The album was released in April but there’s still no new single in sight
Best Songs: drummy, romantic (Strings Version) and Something In My Head
Those were the first 5 albums but stay interested, there are still 10 left!
Although they could be quite obvious if you’ve followed this blog. Well, not all of them. I believe only one. You should have stalked me on last.fm to know it, I guess…