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Four Styles of J-Music NO ONE Takes Seriously

So, here’s a rather mean-spirited post. I’m just bitter because I jinxed another good Visual Kei band so I figured I would take my wrath towards myself out on everyone who reads my blog. Not really. This post is only made jokingly. I really don’t mean (most of) it so please don’t take it personally!

Here are four styles of Japanese music that are so laughably terrible to nearly everyone who has the misfortune of hearing it.

Oshare Kei

Paradeis, The Worst "Band" Since Nickelback/Theory of a Deadman

Something about oshare kei makes me feel like some kind of magical bulimic princess in a land of bull crap, like I’m vomiting rainbows and bleeding caramel from my eye sockets and prancing in fields of stupid with an imbecile unicorn named Sherman. I don’t get the appeal of this stuff and I never will. It’s not cute, guys. It’s gross and I see it in my sleep. Oshare Kei is probably the thing I hate second-most in the world. (This is what I hate most. Ughhhhh.)

When Every Artist EVER Dabbles in Techno

One of these things is not like the others... One of these things just doesn't belong..

J-tek music has become wildly popular ever since Yasutaka Nakata took over the world came to prominence. I think a lot of artists took advantage of the techno wave, including GACKT. It’s tough to look at the guy who kicked massive amounts of buttocks as the vampire-clad vocalist of Malice Mizer years ago cranking out DDR tunes ten years later. Don’t get me wrong, I love Koakuma Heaven, but I’ve heard so many people bash the song just because it’s so out of GACKT’s normal realm of music. News flash, kiddos. GACKT has no normal realm of music. He tries a little of everything; that’s why we love him. Duh.

Girls Who Shouldn’t Act Gangster Deciding to Act Gangster

McRoll'd?

Kuu. Stop. Now.

Whatever Crap misono Puts Out

Please stop looking at me.

The reject Koda sister gets slammed constantly. So let me slam her some more! Misono has absolutely zero talent as far as voice, charisma, and all-around decency as a human being goes. I cannot stand her music.

Hope you enjoyed this sarcasm-laden post! Remember that none of it is meant to offend anyone, it’s all joking, even if I do hate misono and Oshare Kei. Ehehe. Just gotta toss the disclaimers out there anyway, just to be nice.

~Alisa~

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“World Wild 2010” – Saori@Destiny

As Keanu Reeves would say: "Whoa."

This review was requested by Selryam from What is Disco, the premier location for all things techno! Thank you for the request, and my apologies for taking 2-ish weeks to fulfill it…..

After an all-out war with my computer and its audio, I was FINALLY able to listen to this album! My computer suffered a devastating crash a couple months ago and my audio has been a touch wonky ever since. Enough about my problems.

How about this cover, yo!? This has got to be the trippiest cover I’ve ever seen and I can’t say how much I love it in words. Its psychedelic and wild for sure! I’m reminded of this cutscene from Family Guy, which just HAPPENS to be my favorite Family Guy moment in the history of ever. Does this give me a good feeling about this album? You bet your bottom dollar that it does!

So, I’m not going to even mention any of the older tracks on this album i.e. Ethnic Planet Survival, because I know that we j-tek fans have already played them to death and hear them in our sleep. I’m just being the nice, attractive (yeah right) blogger you all know and love and sparing y’all the agony of having to hear about “yesterday’s news.” Because I am that great. (Those songs all rock though, trust me.)

The titular track World Wild 2010 immediately drew me in because it lives up to its name.

World = I can hear influences from many other cultures in the song
Wild= The song is a hot mess, in a good way though
2010= Its got a modern sound

Saori’s voice is great because she doesn’t have the vocoder jammed down her throat. She really does have a pretty voice when its stripped down like that. She and MEG are the same in that respect.

How about Grotesque? This tune is anything but Grotesque! Its driven by a piano for the most part and it goes nicely along with some uber futuristic blips and bleeps. This is a one of a kind song and for sure the standout track on this album. When I think Saori@Destiny, this is going to be the song that comes to mind. I encourage anyone with functioning ears to listen to this song. Then force your family, friends, pets, and local hobos to listen to it. I swear. This song is so ridiculously amazing that it could stop criminals and global warming if played loud enough. Possibly.
Now I know I’ve ranted for about the entire lifespan of a fruit fly about this track, but its just that awesome.

Prism is also a noteworthy track because it is a techno ballad. You don’t hear those two terms blended together often. Saori makes it work.

In Conclusion: World Wild 2010 is the album that changed my opinion on Saori@Destiny forever. She went from “just another of the 6,000,988,762,496,291,003 artists who covered Denki Groove’s ‘Shangri-La’” to a unique techno goddess who should be recognized. Shame on you, Alisa, for not realizing this sooner! Thanks again, Selryam, for your request!

~Alisa~
(the woman destined to mis-use tags for all of forevertown)

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“To The Loveless” – Boom Boom Satellites

Get ready for a loooooong album.

Like Luzmelt from my previous review, Boom Boom Satellites was a group I simply happened upon by chance. Yes, I’m aware that they’ve been around for quite a long time, but I never noticed them until now. I’m slow. Haha. Hey, but there’s a lot of music out there, you guys! That’s the sad thing. We’ll never have enough time in our lives to hear all the great music out there. Okay, I’m going to hop off this topic before I have an existential meltdown.

What I like about Boom Boom Satellites is that they have a sound that no one else does. Its super hard rock, and super hard electronica. At the same time. Since these are basically my two favorite genres, hearing them melded together is just wonderful.

I’ll go ahead and tell you now that the only track I wound up liking was Drain, but I liked it very VERY much. Length was a bit of an issue with me while listening to this album. The majority of the songs are 5+ minutes long, the lengthiest being Caught in the Sun at ten minutes and twenty one seconds. Phew. Maybe its because I’m strutting around with a bad case of undiagnosed ADHD, but I like my songs to be around four and a half minutes. I think that’s a comfortable time limit because the song gets to leave a lasting impression without being overkill. This album for me was a bunch of great and polished tracks that were just too long. I am sure that some people love super long songs and that’s cool too! This album should be right up their alley. But its just not for me. Since I have no previous experience with this group, I can’t tell you if length has always been something their songs have been known for, but it appears to be the case with “To the Loveless.”

In Conclusion: Check out this album if you have a high attention span. If not, then make sure you at least listen to Drain. It is outstanding.

~Alisa~

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“SECRET ADVENTURE” – MEG

MEG can flirt with artists like Dave Liang and Hadouken, but in the end her heart always belongs to Nakata.

Well. Major Room Girl vibes from the cover? I felt so. The content is nothing like Room Girl but still.

After releasing her magnum opus, in my opinion, last August, MEG had returned faithfully to the side of the almighty Yasutaka Nakata, God and Supreme Overlord of J-Tek.

When I listen to Secret Adventure, I feel like I’ve heard it before. Its like a combination of all of MEG’s songs tossed together. Maybe “tossed” is a bad choice of words. The track is still polished but I was looking for a bit of something more unique and less like a track that could have easily fit in on her BEAUTIFUL album. The b-side, Gray is a cute song. Nice b-side material, but I can’t say much else.

In Conclusion: You’ll notice how concise this review was simply because I really didn’t know what else to say about it. I liked the song but I don’t really like it. I’m almost indifferent, and that’s what made a single like this tough to write about. I did enjoy seeing MEG break the tradition of one-word song titles, though!

Next time I’ll be discussing the five best songs of 2010 (so far)! Be thinking of your top five too!

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“Triangle” – Perfume

This cover is sooooo awkward to me...

Get ready for a big heaping helping of Eau de PERFUME! That’s right, kiddos, this will be my first full length album review. Can I get a “woot-woot?” Much obliged.

Track 1: Take Off- Here’s just a basic interlude with some vocals mixed in. The girls count down in really cute Engrish. I like this. Its an energizing start.

Track 2:  Love the World- I don’t like how this song comes right after “Take Off.” It doesn’t fit! Its one of my favorites by Perfume and has a really fun beat but its weird (to me) placement on the album taints its awesomeness. The chorus is really nice.

Track 3: Dream Fighter- I didn’t care for this song much. The instrumentals are great and quite catchy but the vocals are boring.

Track 4: Edge (Triangle Mix)- I love the original “Edge,” but the song being extended to over 8 minutes is just silly and what we in “the biz” like to call “overkill.” Listen to the original from the “Love the World” single. It’ll make a better impression.

Track 5: Night Flight- Whyyyy didn’t this song come after “Take Off?!?!?!?” IT WOULD HAVE BEEN PERFECT THERE! This is easily the best song on “Triangle” if not the greatest Perfume song ever. I remember watching the Pino CMs just to listen to the 30 sec clip of this song. I could not wait for it to come out. Then it did, and it was better than expected! My only complaint is that this song didn’t get a PV. Awww. The Perfume girls make such cute little flight attendants and I wish they had made a PV based on those adorable Pino CMs. Anyway, this song has got a classic Perfume song, and a level of energy that lasts throughout the entire five and a half minutes. Its unlike any other song on “Triangle” because you actually remember it later.

Track 6: Kiss and Music- Of all the weird songs that Perfume could have made… Ugh… The opening beats make me anticipate somebody starting to gangster rap. This song is awkward and robotic. The chorus is kind of nice but overall this song annoys me.

Track 7: Zero Gravity- This song is cute, upbeat, and has a disco sound. This is one of the better tracks on this album. The melody actually progresses.

Track 8: I Still Love U- I’m going to be brutal. This song is crap. And it got a PV. The PV is also crap. It has an 80s sound and the vocals are much more nasal than in other Perfume songs. It is beyond me why this song was so promoted. Its an embarrassment to the Perfume we love. The chorus has a somewhat nice melody but it sounds like it is being sung by Alvin and the Chipmunks. Gahhh. Skip it.

Track 9: The Best Thing- This is not “the best thing” on the album, silly Perfume. “Night Flight” has that honor! This song screams GENERIC.

Track 10: Speed of Sound- This is mostly instrumental. Blah…

Track 11: One Room Disco- This song is overhyped. There’s nothing good about it. Its repetitive, the vocals are positively apathetic, and the heavy techno sounds in the beginning are downright scary. “23:30” eats this song for breakfast.

Track 12: Negai (album mix)- This was actually done quite well. The piano and strings are very pretty. This song has the same relaxing feel as “23:30,” only its not quite as good. This was a good way to end the album, as it is the softest track on “Triangle.”

In Conclusion: I think that after “GAME,” Perfume fans had illogically high expectations of the next album. For many people, like myself, these expectations were not met. The album flow was messy and random, and most of the filler was quite poor filler. It is sad to think that “Take Off” is one of the best tracks on this album, and it doesn’t even count as a song! There are a few select gems found on “Triangle” but this album is nothing like “GAME.”

Please forgive me for judging this album so harshly.

~Alisa~

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