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  • New Artist Finds - March 2013

    21. Mär. 2013, 1:15

  • Top 10 JPOP albums of 2009

    22. Dez. 2009, 19:18

    10 - Hirai Ken: Ken's Bar 2: Sort of a slight let-down from his previous Ken's Bar, and his previous album FAKIN" POP, but still worthwhile

    09 - Nobuchika Eri: hands: Eri (as herself) coming back after almost 4 years of inactivity release-wise, but new album is VERY different from her debut. Very nice album but do not expect the energy that was present on her debut.

    08 - Ohashi Trio: I Got Rhythm: Again Trio doing what he does well, but this album lacks variety it seems. Still good for a relaxing listen though

    07 - Hirahara Ayaka - my Classics!: opening track and an additional few tracks are good, but then the rest is bland. I think the classical-to-pop appeal is getting boring now.

    06 - Koda Kumi: TRICK: not expecting much from her, but this album is good. Exciting intro followed by energetic TABOO. Amazing upbeat tracks

    05 - Nakashima Mika - VOICE: Very nice rebound from her previous album YES, which I found quite boring...this one has a nice balance of upbeats and ballades <3

    04 - Amuro Namie - Past<Future: Nice album overall, but not very exciting for Namie.....still prefer her QofHP/Style era, although P<F is a step up from PLAY

    03 - SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS: 6 - always entertaining, and this album does not fail as well. Includes featuring tracks from Shiina Ringo and Jamie Cullum. Opening gives a nice overview of the tone of the album: mysterious yet relaxing but with energy

    02 - MISIA: JUST BALLADE: Even though I am a mega MISIA fan I was NOT expecting a full-ballade album to be good, especially when the single tracks were only good at best. When songs were put into a collection it sounds VERY coherent as an album, and can be the best Xmas gift for a loved one.

    01 - Shiina Ringo - Sanmon Gossip: Very quirky album covering large range of genres, and amazing tracklist. One of the "coolest" albums for a long time
  • The new Leona Lewis album is not bad!

    13. Dez. 2009, 20:32

    I think it's better than her debut actually!!!!
  • Onitsuka Chihiro

    14. Jul. 2008, 16:05

    I am destined to make her top 10 if not top 5 on my artist list. She is that good -_-



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  • SHA LA LA - Hirai Ken x Shiina Ringo (original by SAS)

    19. Okt. 2007, 4:25



    Lyrics translation:

    Whether you believe it or not, I will whisper into your ear quietly.
    For example, even when you are speechless,
    your heart is always expecting something out of the ordinary:

    LET ME TRY TO BE BACK TO THIS PLACE ANYDAY
    LET ME TRY TO BE BACK TO THIS PLACE ANYDAY

    No women should be weak like men,
    No more confused livestyles, being subjected to persuasion, Yokohama, the traditional man, etc.:

    LET ME TRY TO BE BACK TO THIS PLACE ANYDAY
    LET ME TRY TO BE BACK TO THIS PLACE ANYDAY

    It is not necessarily beneficial to be particular about everything in life, because people never make up their minds.
    Things about you flicker in my head: SHA LA LA

    LET ME TRY TO BE BACK TO THIS PLACE ANYDAY
    LET ME TRY TO BE BACK TO THIS PLACE ANYDAY

    It is not necessarily beneficial to be particular about everything in life, because people never make up their minds.
    Things about you flicker in my head: SHA LA LA

    The snow has finally fallen. Merry Merry Merry Christmas, Amen.
    More than anything else, this year I wish,
    the two of us happy together, more and more.

    LET ME TRY TO BE BACK TO THIS PLACE ANYDAY
    LET ME TRY TO BE BACK TO THIS PLACE ANYDAY
  • Always on my Mind - Michael Buble (Among other great vocalists)

    14. Okt. 2007, 5:54

    I love the lyrics to this song

    "Always On My Mind"

    Maybe I didn't treat you
    Quite as good as I should have
    Maybe I didn't love you
    Quite as often as I could have
    Little things I should have said & done
    I just never took the time

    But you were always on my mind
    You were always on my mind

    Maybe I didn't hold you
    All those lonely, lonely times
    And I guess I never told you
    I'm so happy that you're mine
    If I made you feel second best
    Girl, I'm sorry I was blind

    You were always on my mind
    You were always on my mind

    Tell me, tell me that your
    Sweet love hasn't died
    Give me, give me one more chance
    To keep you satisfied
    Satisfied

    Little things I should have said & done
    I just never took the time

    You were always on my mind
    You were always on my mind
    You were always on my mind
    You were always on my mind
  • Listening to Corinne Bailey Rae on a Sunday morning..... @work

    30. Sep. 2007, 16:57

    I am all alone in the lab, looking out the window. There is no sign that the rain will stop anytime soon. The contrasting light/dark on the two different sides of the window makes Corinne Bailey Rae's music even more enjoyable.

    This is such a great album when you are all alone trying to find some enjoyment out of routine work. thank god I will be done work soon....

    And no I do not get paid for overtime.....it's all for the glory of science... >_<
  • My Favorite Artists to Listen to Before I Go to Sleep

    1. Aug. 2007, 7:52

    I love to listen to light music before going to bed. Some of the artists I like are:

    Hirahara Ayaka
    Hirai Ken (more jazzy pieces)
    Angela Aki
    Baba Toshihide
    Atari Kousuke
    Antônio Carlos Jobim


    And yes to your surprise MISIA is not on this list. Honestly I do not listen to MISIA before going to sleep...her strong voice is not something I would listen to at night :)
  • Translating Song Lyrics

    30. Apr. 2007, 7:31

    Usually I spend a good 45 minutes trying to translate a JPOP song. For exampl today I translated Hirai Ken's "Yokogao" (Profile) into English. Although it took me 45 minutes of my day, it created a new dimension towards how I feel for this song. Understanding the meaning of the song makes it so much more entertaining. There are so many more songs I would like to translate....

    On my "to do list:"

    MISIA - Suna no Shiro
    MISIA - Tsuki
    KOKIA - Utau Hito
    Hirahara Ayaka - Sora