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2009 < 2010

This morning, a little after 2 AM while listening to immi’s “Black or White” for the thousandth time something dawned on me. I thought to myself “Wow, the music this year is ten times better than the stuff released last year!”

I thought a little harder about it and realized that there was really only one artist I listened to last year: GACKT. I suppose it is rightfully so, as he bombarded us with singles last year, most of which were really quite good and unique. Still, only listening to one artist can put a huge damper on music appreciation as a whole. Nothing else really notable came out last year. Sure, D released “Genetic World” and MEG wowed me with “Journey” but there still wasn’t a big variety of quality material in 2009.

This year, even though its only halfway over, has given me a wide selection of great music from all kinds of genres. I’ve discovered a myriad of new artists while ones I’ve known and loved for years have put out some great stuff. 2010 is a great year for musical variety and my iPod is constantly on something different.

Though I totally loved the “year of GACKT,” (as I lovingly dubbed last year) I think music as a whole has improved this year. What do you think?

~Alisa~

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“Spiral” – immi

Immi is just as talented as she is HAWT.

I’m going to be honest and say that as far as j-tek goes, it was going to take a whole lot to make me stray away from SAWA’s “Swimming Dancing” and Saori’s “Grotesque.” But!!!! Immi has released me from the clutches of those songs by creating a memorable album full of summer fun and spirit.

We’ve already heard and played the life out of Wonder, Alice, and Sign of Love, so I won’t touch on those. Just know that they are amazing.

I’ve seen on forums and whatnot that people are dubbing Summer 2010 as the Summer of J-tek. This album lives up to that title. For example, Jeezy Peezy, albeit having a weirdo title, is a energetic track, full of light. And bells. It sounds like the kind of song they’d be blaring at American Eagle while you shop. And I don’t know about you but something about American Eagle makes me think of summer.

My favorite song, shockingly, was Rainbow. Its an Utada-esque piece which isn’t long by any means, and that’s why I like it. In the summer, a rainbow can come and go extremely quickly, sometimes before you even notice it. I think the brevity of this beautiful song captured the fleeting amount of time that rainbows hang in the sky.

I am crazy about Black or White. Its stupidly thrilling with outstanding synth. I did not want that song to end. Love it.

There honestly aren’t any songs on this album that I dislike. Some of them (like No. 1 Girl) didn’t stand out to me as much, but I still could find something I liked about every song.

In Conclusion: Okay, so this album kicks Switch in the teeth and slams its face in the dirt. I don’t even want to convey how hard this album PWNS MEG’s Maverick. I’ll leave that up to the imagination. I highly recommend this album to anyone with ears, and I hereby crown immi QUEEN OFJ-TEK! I’m interested to see if SAWA can top this next month! Predictions, anyone?

~Alisa~

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“Sign of Love” – immi

My dear immi, you can do no wrong. ❤

Immi is a goddess of j-tek, complete with drop dead gorgeous looks, an ethereal voice, and the Midas touch. What I like most about immi’s music is that its not just j-tek. It has a certain level of feeling and emotion that comes from the heart.

Sign of Love is a passionate and magic song with a beautiful message. I love the way immi sings the entire piece. My favorite part of the song is the beginning for some reason. I love the opening because it just draws you in. I did laugh at the way immi sings the word “applause” because it sounds like she’s saying “apples.” I have seen that a bunch of people have criticized the PV for this song because it looks “cheap.” To me, the simple PV made the song even better. The song should be the most important thing anyway.

Our b-side, Fight Back (at first listed as an a-side, no clue what happened there) is a classic sounding immi song. Its not a standout track, to me at least, but its also not worth skipping over. I like the love/hate sort of theme conveyed by the single. The a-side is passionate and hopefully while the b-side is aggressive and a little dark. Immi’s voice was great in this song too.

In Conclusion: Immi can’t do anything that is less than perfect. She’s outstanding, and oh so underrated. 😦 Even though it was a good six months between this single and her last, the Alice EP (excited squeal) I think it was a good move. Immi gave us the proper amount of time to work on quality material, to keep herself fresh, and to make us j-tek junkies miss her a little. That’s the problem with most other artists in this day and age. They put out stuff so fast that after a while, the “art” is lost and its only music. Music without art isn’t worth listening to in my book.

~Alisa~

Now, who’s ready for Spiral!? 😉

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A Post No One Will Care About!

Thought I’d post my top 25 most played songs in iTunes as I am bored and like bragging about my music. Feel free to comment with your 25. Or something. Uhhh…. yeah.

By the way, a bit of news. My next review will be of a KOREAN artist! I’m so addicted to the rapper e.via that I thought she deserved a review of her own. Stay tuned for that.

Alisa’s Top 25 Most-Played Songs

1.) Rose of May – Nobuo Uematsu
2.) Must be Dreaming – Frou Frou
3.) Misery Business – Paramore (this song’s about me, I really think so)
4.) Ya Soshla S’Uma – T.A.T.U
5.) Nothing I Won’t Give – Vic Mignogna (Yeah, I know)
6.) Kimi ni Furu Zetsubou no Ame – XodiacK
7.) Journey – MEG
8.) Kingyo Hanabi – Ai Otsuka (favorite song EVER)
9.) Aisu x Time – Ai Otsuka with SU from Rip Slyme
10.) HEART – Ai Otsuka
11.) Alice – immi
12.) Fly Away – Maki Goto
13.) Ame no Hi Wa, No Thank You – Toru Okawa and Michiko Neya (Roy and Riza song!)
14.) The Boy is Mine – Brandy and Monica
15.) Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson
16.) Fast Car – Namie Amuro
17.) Planetarium – Ai Otsuka
18.) Mirror Ball – Aquamarry
19.) Suddenly – Gackt
20.) Physical Thing – Koda Kumi
21.) Crushcrushcrush – Paramore
22.) Copy That – Namie Amuro
23.) Come Away – Nini Camps
24.) One Night Magic – Utada Hikaru
25.) Hey! – e.via

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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!

~Alisa~

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“Alice” – immi

Dream, Dreamin' Alice in Wonderland

“Alice” is the newest EP by rising electronica star immi. As suggested by the title as well as the cover, the titular track is all about Alice is Wonderland. After her excellent previous EP, “WONDER,”  immi shows that she has not lost any thunder and she can continue to impress. Review is now!

Track 1: Alice- Lewis Caroll would be proud. “Alice” captures the trippy dreamlike world created by the Alice stories. The techno, almost-industrial sound is very heavy and overtakes immi’s voice at times, but this song is too good to worry about that. There are some elements of the song that sound like “WONDER,” but Alice is overall much harder. In the mood to do the robot? Turn this song on. LOUD.

Track 2: Parallel Lines- This song is very electronic sounding, but much more relaxed than “Alice.” The vocals are cute, especially the “la la la” parts and the chorus is like something from an “Ultra Blue” era Utada song.

Track 3: Fell in Love With a Girl- This song is an incredibly short cover of a White Stripes song. I’ve never heard the original so I can’t make a comparison, but immi’s version is quite good. Its fast-paced, and has an 80s revival sound and beat. Oh, and there’s a little sound effect in there that sounds just like when the dog laughs at you on the game “Duck Hunt.” Anybody remember that game?

Track 4: Crazy Cat (The Shoes Remix)- I’m not feeling this song. Its terribly long and sounds messy. I’ll skip it.

Track 5: Alice (RimmiX)- This is a slightly longer version of “Alice” with a different twist on the original. Its draggy and less hard and goes on forever without doing anything jaw-dropping. Stick with the original if you want something that’s going to wow you.

In Conclusion: The last two releases by immi have been great. She hasn’t put anything out for quite a while, so I can only hope that she is working on something that can top this EP. “Alice” and most of its other tracks are a load of fun. Highly recommended!

~Alisa~

Want more electronica? Stay tuned for my review of Perfume’s “Triangle!” Coming tomorrow! Don’t forget the request section is open if there’s something you’d like me to write about!

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