Early 2010 Report Card!

Don’t freak out. These opinions are subject to change, as it is only FEBRUARY for goodness sake. Here’s my opinions! Read them, comment on them, state your own opinions! Fun times!

In Detention: BoA, alan,  Ayumi Hamasaki, and Kumi Koda!

These girlies are selections for ASIAN MUSIC DELINQUENTS. Especially BoA. I’m mad at her. She has too much on her plate. I think before attempting world domination, she should try to maintain popularity in at least one country. She’s been falling out of favor everywhere, and she was just a blip on the American music radar. Asian artists never seem to cross over to American music well. This may be because many Americans are still convinced that Asia is a country rather than a massive continent. Uh… that was a little insensitive… gomen. Amid all the hoopla of trying to be super famous everywhere, BoA coughed up “Eien,” arguably her best song ever. I want more of that kind of stuff, not this messy “Identity” bullcrap. Chinese crossover alan has been working her butt off waaaay too much. TAKE A BREAK!!! WAAAAH! I’m okay with the fact that she has dabbled in electronica, more mainstream-styled pop, and the like but this is all we’ve been getting from her. She’s not Ayu, but she might as well be. I miss her more dramatic songs. That’s why I was so smitten with alan when she debuted in Japan. She was a fresh face and fresh talent who created art rather than just music. As for Ayu, I was disappointed with “You Were…/BALLAD.” It was uber weak. She needs to take it easy and stop cranking out double a-sides. This makes me feel like she’s rushing an album, and I’m sure that nobody wants another “NEXT LEVEL.” Kuu needs about a year’s worth of inactivity to redeem herself in my eyes. I’m sick of her.

Advanced Placement/Honor Roll: Namie Amuro, GACKT, and immi!

Namie didn’t do a lot last year. We got Wild/Dr. in March and PAST < FUTURE a zillion years later in December and that was it. I felt like the huge gap between releases built a greater anticipation for the album, allowed Namie plenty of time to create quality material, and kept her extreme popularity at the time from growing stale. I’m looking forward to her topping the charts some more this year. Oh, and is it just me or has she gotten prettier as she has aged? GACKT, unlike Namie, put out a crapload of singles last year. Maybe this annoyed you. Maybe you were irritated because RE:BORN didn’t have any new material on it. Still, you can’t deny that GACKT has so much thunder left in him that’s its not even a laughing matter. Even though he released a million singles last year, you can’t deny that it was all of great quality. Another thing about GACKT that makes me happy is the fact that he is having a lot of fun with this stage of his career and is experimenting with all sorts of musical styles. How else would we have gotten “Koakuma Heaven?” immi released the incredibly polished EPs “WONDER” and “ALICE” last year. She’s an electronica goddess with a great voice to boot. I have high expectations of her.

C-Students: Maki Goto and Ai Otsuka!

This ladies have the potential to be major flops or major hitmakers as this year progresses. Ai is releasing a double-a side in April. The first a-side, “Lucky Star” is already out and the PV dropped a couple days ago. It has a lot of promise as far as I’m concerned but others may see it differently. The PV is quite unorthodox and has a very Lady Gaga-feel to it. Seems like many artists are trying to use Gaga-inspired elements lately. Maki’s performance this year will be uncertain, due to her family tragedy. But, since her mother was her biggest fan, I hope Maki will channel the pain of her passing into new material. If she releases a lot of things this year, which is an iffy concept, I predict that she will break away from the straight R&B sound she has done with Sweet Black and focus on diverse musical styles.

The Drop-Out?: Utada Hikaru

OMG, where’s Hikki? I miss her so much! Please stop releasing terrible English music and make more stuffs like on “Ultra Blue!”

Well, there’s my long-winded speech about music and crap. Leave comments and your own report cards! By the way, before I go back to reviewing, I’ll be writing up a showcase of my favorite album filler tracks. Look forward to it!



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5 responses to “Early 2010 Report Card!

  1. Although to be honest, I don’t actively listen to much Jpop at all– so all I can do is sort of go with the flow in regards to that…However, from what I do know, mostly I’m going to have to agree with you. Hamasaki totally bailed with that BALLAD thing– I even forgot she was still making music (well, I mean, “releasing stuff” would be a closer term).

    I’m glad to see at least *someone* isn’t shouting about some baseless rumor of GACKT’s resignation from Idol-dom. Although he had some weak-links, such as “Faraway~ Hoshi ni Negai wo”, and “The Next Decade”, the rest of his releases were awesome. I was pretty put-out about the horrible reception “JESUS” got, as that single was phenomenal, and the fact that Setsugekka is pretty much just being ignored–all around one of the A+ singles of the year. Much respect.

    Utada killed my respect for her in one fell swoop with “This Is The One” (or not the one, as the case may be).

  2. “Especially BoA. I’m mad at her.” LOL!

    I can’t agree more with what you said about alan; and yes, I was smitten too. 😦

    Although Ayu’s last single was disappointing, all three songs somehow still worked their magic on me, each earning 3/5 stars. I’m too nice. :/

    Ku needs to get beat with a “STFU”

  3. “Especially BoA. I’m mad at her.” LOL! You’re spot on thought Sakura, BoA needs to focus on what she does best- singing and dancing. Also, RETURN HER TO KOREA YOU GREEDY AVEX PIGS! -_-# …

    I can’t agree more with what you said about alan; and yes, I was smitten too. 😦 I did enjoy “Swear” and “Over the clouds” but, that just ISN’T her. Did avex forget that they went all the way to CHINA to get her? Last time I checked, that would make alan CHINESE, NOT AYU. IDIOTS!!

    Although Ayu’s last single was disappointing, all three songs somehow still worked their magic on me, each earning 3/5 stars. I’m too nice. :/

    Ku needs to get beat with a “STFU” Kendo stick. Maybe that’ll straighten her out! 😡 I dunno WTC her problem is lately. Drugs perhaps? I want another Kingdom album and more songs like “Amai Wana”, “Ai no Uta”, and “TABOO”. DAMN YOU KODA! Why you do this to us? T_T

    Namie’s new album was a shocker to me at first. I even went as far as to not listen to it for a few days. haha. I’m glad I went back though as it is full of great tracks. And while some ppl may argue that new Namie is best, nothing beats her STYLE – Play were her best years IMO.

    I don’t follow GACKT, though I did love his “Dirge of Cerberus” songs.

    hmm… I haven’t been paying attention to Ai either… since her last BEST album made me sick.

    EXACTLY! Utada needs to get back to doing what she does best! Nihonjin-a-go-go!

    (how all this for “long-winded” 😛 See what happens when you get me started? XD )

  4. I didn’t know I double posted here. 😮

    Thx Sakura! =D

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