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2010: Album Tracks

Here are my favorite album tracks of 2010. Because sometimes the single just isn’t the best. But still, you will find artists here that appear often in my lists…

#10 Christophe Maé – Je me lâche

I listened to this album because I really liked the single Dingue, Dingue, Dingue and somehow my sister listened to Je me lâche and made me play it over and over again. And it is a really good song. She’s been right to make me listen to it so many times.

#9 3OH!3 – House Party

It was a close run between See You Go and House Party but I thought that See You Go would be too similar to Double Vision which already charted here and so I let you all know that I not only like the poppy songs from 3OH!3. House Party is awesome.

#8 MiChi – Jump On It

Since LOVE is. is treated like an e.p. Jump On It gets #8 because it is awesome but not as awesome as other songs. The repetitivness brings it down a little but hey, it still charted ❤

#7 Katy Perry – Peacock

I listened to this album and BAM! I put Peacock on repeat instantly. It is so much fun and you can always wonder if the song is really that obvious or if there is some deeper meaning behind it. Oh, and Katy’s voice is bearable.


After listening to it when it appeared as a b-side I didn’t really give it another listen but after liking THIS IS NOT A GAME so much and listening to everything from her again I got hooked on L.I.P.S. even though the lyrics (I understand) seem to be a bit… well “Should I shake my hips?”.

#5 Achtung – Take Me Higher

I guess no one of you has ever heard of these guys but they are a really good korean band and they make I would say really good acoustic rock or something. I listened to them because I found it funny that they use the German word for “attention” as band name. And yeah, Take Me Higher is pretty good. Check them out.

#4 2NE1 – Can’t Nobody

Man, I so couldn’t decide which song to pick. This album has some really good songs on it and they all have something to offer. But in the end I went with the one with the highest play count and that was Can’t Nobody. But all the songs would’ve deserved it.

#3 ONE OK ROCK – Wherever you are

I didn’t think of this song for a long time but some days ago I listened to it again and it is just too good, too powerful and too emotional to not be on my list of great album tracks. I get goose bumps everytime. And we just have to overhear all those “whelever” and “plomise”. I’m sorry.

#2 Tokyo Jihen – Sweet Spot

What can I say? Pure Shiina Ringo awesomeness, but Tokyo Jihen. This song is so beautiful and so erotic and yeah, I pity my sister because she can’t stand Shiina Ringo’s voice so she’ll never know how great this song is.

#1 BENNIE BECCA – Ashita (with Blaise Plant (Monkey Majik))

It was really hard deciding which song was better but I love this combination of English and Japanese and Becca’s Japanese is so cute and all their voices just work so well together. And I was able to understand almost the whole chorus by myself. Yes, before they sang it in English later. Need more BENNIE BECCA!

Those are my top album tracks of 2010. Next my favorite Glee songs of 2010 and then finally: Albums!


LOVE is. MiChi’s New Single

Yes, I think it’s a single. Only instead of the typical remix we get a second b-side. I just think they changed it to e.p. because oricon sees it as one because it has four tracks on it. Just like with Ayu’s A single back in the days

But enough about the formalities. The important thing is that MiChi, one again, delivered a really good single.

Love is. is the title track and I’m not even sure if it was the best decision but then again all of the songs would have worked as a-side. (Even though JUMP ON IT would have been a really freaky a-side.) It’s a rather fast song what I didn’t expect with this title. I imagined something like YOU but I am also very happy because I like this side of MiChi. All in all you could say it’s the typical MiChi sound like Change The World and similar songs with some electro thrown in but I don’t mind that because her latest singles have been kind of different for her.

YEAH YEAH YEAH!!! starts of rather slow which is a nice change from the first song but then builds up to a much faster pace which is just what you would expect with the !!! in the title. The chorus is my favorite part of the song because it’s like you’ve been driving through a tunnel and suddenly there’s the sunlight again and you just drive towards the horizon. It’s a really nice feeling ❤

JUMP ON IT is the first b-side I listened to because a friend really, really, really, really likes it and wanted me to listen to it right away. And I have to say I’m not disappointed. The fast pace, the really fun lyrics, the attitude, that’s just what I like. It gets a bit repetative towards the end so if it would have been shorter it would have been good but that’s just my own preference. I like almost every song to be shorter just because of my short attention span.

The cover of PRETTY FLY (FOR A WHITE GUY) is really fun if you can let go of the original in your head. The effects can be a little much but MiChi makes up for that in the really strong chorus. You could almost think she owns those lines! The cover is not her best one but it’s still pretty good and the song itself is already pretty fly cool.

This single really should please everyone. It isn’t ruined if you don’t like the voice of the band’s singer she’s collaborating with or if you just can’t stand samples in any way. With the first two tracks you’re on the safe side and if you like MiChi’s whacky and experimental side you should listen to the second b-side and her cover. I personally like all of them very much ❤

Now let’s hope for a full album very soon!
(And when LOVE is. is on there, I’ll finally have prove that this is a single.)

Love is. MiChi’s new PV

I have to say that MiChis PVs almost never fail. Yes, All about the girls was a bit weird and cheap but it still wasn’t bad. And with Love is. MiChi continues her streak of good PVs.

First of all it is a stop motion video and I really like that idea. At first you could think that they “faked” that effect but when you realize there are some really fast changes happening especially with the guys in the background, I think it’s obvious that they put a lot of work in that PV. I wonder how much.

Too be honest I don’t have the slightest clue what really is happening in that PV except that MiChi walks and sleeps and sits and sings in her apartment that gets decorated but I guess it would make more sense if I could understand the lyrics. Or not. When I think about Japanese PVs they only have something in common with the lyrics of a song in very few cases.

But still, it looks very pretty and most of all very interesting and isn’t that just the real purpose behind every PV? It’s there to make you interested and in the end buy the single or as in this case the EP (even though I think it’s just an EP because Oricon says everything with 4 songs or more is a EP…).

I am very excited for the new songs and be sure to read more about it here as soon as it gets released because apparently MiChi is the only artist beside AKB48 that I will always blog about ^^’


This time I’m a bit late to the party but I still want to talk about the latest MiChi single, especially since it’s a collaboration with the telephones. I’ve listened to some songs by them even before I knew of their work with MiChi, so I know a bit about their style.

WoNDeR WomaN (here we go again) is my favorite song from the single. Every one who’s read my reviews of MiChi’s CDs knows that I’m always anticipating a bit more rock in her songs and even though WoNdeR WomaN is more electric than rock it still has this certain edge to it that I’m looking for in MiChi’s better songs. Something negative? The singer from the telephones wasn’t really needed. The music is influenced enough by this band and his voice alone didn’t really do any good. But on the other hand the chorus together was good. Maybe I just need to get used to it. (Even though I’ve listened to the telephones, it’s not been that much since I listen to a lot of music. A lot. Damn, I need to cut down on the artists I follow.)

With the b-side Strong MAN we are back to the pretty normal MiChi style. I don’t even know what to say. I mean, I like it, no question. And the song has certain parts in it that makes it different from the other songs of course but when you hear the beginning you’re just like “I’ve heard that before”. The nicest touches were the bit quieter part before the chorus and the whistling and acoustic guitar at the end.

Let’s see… the remix. MiChi’s remixes were always kind of a hit and miss thing and WoNDeR WomaN (T.O.M remix) is pretty clearly a miss. The song is too long, there’s almost always only one part of the song used and when there are vocals the remixer managed it to make MiChi sound boring and without emotions. Maybe something for a party CD when no ones really paying attention to the music and just wanna dance but nothing I would listen to on my own.

The PV to WoNDeR WomaN consists of two sets. Michi and the telephones in a lab, experimenting and drinking colored fluids that are this time not used for female hygiene product commercials and the other set is a dark place where they perform the song. The video is full of short reversed scenes and other weird effects and sometimes it’s cool because of how the hair looks or stuff but sometimes it’s just too freaking much. But after all you can see how freaking much fun they had. And the guys from the telephones look like pretty interesting people.

I think it’s funny how there are certain themes for some of MiChi’s PVs. The first ones for PROMiSE and ChaNge the WoRLd are simple studio PVs while KiSS KiSS xxx and YOU have some kind of story to them. All about the Girls and WoNDeR WomaN are just freaky and a bit trashy. So I guess with the next single comes a new PV style.

New Definition of “Michiness”

Yes, I’m back and I got a lot planned for the next days. But first, watch this nice new PV (Yes, MiChi seems to be one of those artists I write regularly about):

Let me say something about the song first. It’s a sample, so that’s something new. But besides that I don’t think it’s so much different from her previous singles. The last time I said I wanted a bit more change and that’s not exactly what I got but that isn’t too bad because of the PV.

The PV just screams different! It’s cutted in a freakin’ speed that you need to keep up to. And there are even some bits from her older PVs recycled but it kind of fits really well. Besides that most of it just looks cheap but what the hell is wrong with looking cheap? If you’re talking about an experimental PV nothing, i guess. I mean, the “in game” scenes weren’t really needed but was there anything really needed? Loved the sunglasses-guys~

Oh, and I liked how they made clear that it’s a new era for MiChi. Not only the new haircut but also how you see her old logo in the PV and it gets replaced by the new one. That one that’s only a circle with the M and the little diamond.

And while we’re talking about visuals here, let’s take a look at the cover. Let’s just say it makes alot more sense now that I’ve watched the PV. It still looks like crap to me but the content is more important, I guess. They could’ve at least used a picture where she isn’t looking this akward. The hand and the smile? Well, whatever. I just found out that I get a longer version of the single (packaging)

That’s because I preordered the limited edition. The limited extra is a DVD which contains some songs from her first Concert Tour. Maybe that’s a bit of a redundant purchase because I most likely will end up buying the DVD anyway but I just couldn’t wait. And because I followed Michi from the very beginning of her career I try to collect all her releases ❤
I wonder how “Together again” will sound like.

That’s about it. In the next days there’s going to be the review of the first 25 songs of the AX2010 from AKB48. AKB48 fans know what I’m talking about~

The Best of 2009 (Part 3)

Here are the last 5 albums of my Top 15 and I’m sure you’re all curious which ones it will be. Aren’t you? Yes you are~
And I wanted to post every day but the birthday of my best friend was in the way and stuff…

#5  Ayumi Hamasaki’s NEXT LEVEL

When Guilty was released it made it to the top of my list. But those times are over it seems. Still, Ayu’s newest album is a good piece of work. The singles were very good except maybe for Days and I loved the rock tracks on here. I’m a sucker for those. Even Next Level, the song, was good in my ears despite the fact that I see it as a summer song. Now we’re again down with two singles and I guess the next album will released in late March, maybe. I’m curious for it because the singles were kind of mediocre. But she can still surprise (with fewer interludes), no one knows.

Best Songs: LOVE ‘n’ HATE, Load of the SHUGYO, Rule and Curtain Call

#4  MiChi’s UP TO YOU

Oh, look who’s there. The girl with the always good singles and improving PV. I’m a bit sad that she’s moving away from her indies sound but I like the way she sounds now, too. And I can’t wait for the next single. I hope she changes things up a bit. Her singles are great but after a while they tend to sound the same. But that’s still nothing negative when you look at the album tracks and you see that there’s nothing bad here. A kind of debut is better than an Ayu album. And that comes from me! Who’d have known?

Best Songs: PROMiSE, Shibuya de Punch, YOU and Why Oh Why

#3  UPLIFT SPICE’ Omega Rhythm

I guess UPLIFT SPICE  is a band that not so many people know. And if I’m wrong, you know where you can post comments. But man, they are really great. Omega Rhythm continues with the sound from their first full album and shows you one powerful song after another. The only flaw is the playing time that is with not even thirty minutes quite dissapointing. But you can’t expect an album to be perfect and at least there are nine songs. They are just not as long as we are used from the Japanese market.

Best Songs: Omega Rhythm, Nanatsu no Umi and Amidakuji

#2  2NE1’s 2NE1

It’s the Korean Invasion!!! Well, yes, it is. But that’s nothing bad. 2NE1 is THE Korean Girlgroup of 2009. They had everything and most of all the best producer(s). Beside the fact that the whole mini album is superb, I liked the girls themselves. The four girls are the first Koreans that got me to watch something (subtitled) idol-related that wasn’t from Japan. I can’t wait for the full album. I’m quite sad that it wasn’t released in 2009 anymore but now it can’t be too long till the release date is announced. 2010 will rock!

Best Songs: I Don’t Care (Reggae Mix), Fire and Let’s Go PARTY

#1  Chihiro Onitsuka’s DOROTHY

What a surprise! NOT. It’s not like the only artist I wrote a lot about besides AKB48 was her. Nooo. But to be honest, I’m still not sure if the album is really that good or if it’s just still fresh in my mind. But right now I’m pretty happy with calling it the best album of 2009. She’s BACK! Great voice, great ballads and of course X! I don’t know what more to write about, I said everything in my album review. Just… listen to it if you haven’t yet.

Best Songs: X, X, X and X. And Kagerou and I Pass By and …

That was it but like in Part 0 I will tell you a bit what I’m looking forward to.
The new Ayumi Hamasaki album because there will be one. Finally a Hidemi Uematsu album. How did she manage to release in 2 years only 3 singles? And of course the new Kumi Koda album because it’s going to suck. And I hope I’m wrong with that prediction. And Rie fu should start releasing singles again! Maybe a comment on her blog would work…

UP TO YOU Review

UP TO YOU Tracklist:

1. MadNesS vol. 1
3. ChaNge the WoRLd
4. Why oh Why
5. HEy GirL
6. KiSS KiSS xxx
7. RaiN
8. Oh Oh…
9. Something Missing
10. One of a Kind
11. WoNDeRLaND?
12. Shibuya de Punch
13. YOU

Some days or maybe even a week ago I received my copy of this great debut album and it came with a little extra. A piece of newspaper about Japanese baseball thanks to my middle man! I found that cool but not as cool as my CD+DVD album. And after writing about her last single before this album I wanted to make sure you also know what I think about the new songs.

Of course all four A-sides can be found on this album. The similar sounding PROMiSE and ChaNge the WoRLd very matching placed right after each other. The catchy KiSS KiSS xxx not long after those two and almost at the end of the album there’s the beautiful ballad YOU. I think it would have been better to put it at the very end but who cares?

But not only the A-sides are here for your pleasure but also the B-sides. The attitude-rich HEy GirL from the first single, One of  a Kind and the a bit weird WoNDeRLaND? which I still find has too much mixes of English and Japanese. But there are also the Kind-of-B-Side Why oh Why which is a new version of YOY from the YOU single. I don’t exactly know which one I prefer. YOY sounds really playful but Why oh Why has the richer sound. I think it depends. And so there’s one last song that we already know which is the title song UP TO YOU. It actually is a new and now part-Japanese-part-English version of the all-english Fuck You And Your Money from her indies album. It’s now more like the rest of the album, going into the dance-direction and not so much rock. I think it lacks the power of FYAYM and it just doesn’t fit the position as album-closer.

That means there are 9 songs that we (kind of) already knew before the album was released, leaving us with 5 new songs. But in reality it’s only 4 because MadNesS vol. 1 is the intro. The only Japanese word in it is her own name and it is kind of crazy with little different instrumental parts and the lyrics are also fun. “Switzerland~”. There even are some references to the songs from her indies album.
Track 7 is the next new song RaiN. It’s laid back and simply consists of an acoutic guitar and some other sound effects but you don’t drown in it. The chorus is exactly like what we know from MiChi and maybe you could describe it as a slower version of KiSS KiSS xxx.
Oh Oh…
starts like it could be another song like RaiN and the whole song through you won’t get another impression. At least not if you only listen to the instrumentation. It’s MiChi’s vocals and the lyrics that make it different. We got this really soft drum beat and then again MiChi is full of attitude which is a really nice and not so often seen contrast. I already mentioned Fuck You And Your Money but even though the title implies it, the F-word never is heard in this song. In Oh Oh… it is.
With Something Missing we could almost be on her indies album again with the heavy vocoder and stuff. But that’s only for the verses since the choruses sound like her singles which isn’t a bad thing. It’s just her style and it’s still good. I would have loved more power but like this we get some feelings in the bridge.
The last one of the new songs is Shibuya de Punch and it might be the most creative song with the different vocal styles like the “normal” singing, the singing under the vocoder and her “asking”. The music also makes some changes from a really modern, fast song to a more laid back and simple styled one with some influences of traditional asian music, I think. With it’s long outro it lais the path for YOU after it.

Since I also got the DVD that came with the limited edition of the album I will shortly say something about it. The PVs are good and creative for a newcomer. Sure, PROMiSE and ChaNge the WoRLd are kind of similar but you can’t help that. I would have loved to see some Making of or a new PV for one of the album songs but at least there’s the CD+DVD version and you don’t have to purchase the PVs extra (Damn You, Chihiro!)

I can’t really say much negative about this album. We got a lot of songs we already know but some of them were new mixed or even with new lyrics and all in all are 5 new songs a good amount for an album. Which singer gives you an album of 14 tracks with only one Intro?! And all in all are the songs great anyways and if you don’t have the singles you don’t have the heard-too-often-effect. I only hope that MiChi tries out a bit more or finds her way back to the “extremer” music like on MiChi MadNesS.
I think my money was well spent.

P.S.: My favorite tracks are in italic.

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