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Hi everyone, this is Sandy here. So after much thinking over the past few months, I’ve decided to close this blog. I’ve had a great time reviewing music over the past four years (I can’t even really believe it’s been that long) but recently my priorities have been shifting and I’m not really interested in continuing this blog anymore. This blog will stay open but there will be no more new posts.

I will still be blogging, but on different topics that may or may not interest you. I believe that most people that read this blog won’t know, but I am a cosplayer and have been one for the past five years. My cosplay group has recently set up our tumblr so if you are interested in seeing our cosplays, please visit here (I go by the name Rei as a cosplayer):

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I also co-own a color contacts review blog with my cousin which sometimes gets updated depending on whether or not we’re trying out new contacts. You can visit it here:

Kaleidoscopic View.

Thank you so much everyone for the past four years. I hadn’t expected this blog to get much views or comments, but I appreciate every one of you that have visited this blog.

Ero, released on 7.25.12, is Yamashita Tomohisa’s 2nd album.

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Midnight Sun, released on 7.22.12, is B2ST’s 5th mini-album.

「별 헤는 밤 (The Night I Count the Stars)」 starts off with a soft piano chord before the acoustic comes in and the boys harmonize together as they sing, “lalalala~” The electronica and synthesizer then come in for a louder instrumental as the boys come in with strong vocals. I think the instrumental is overpowering them, however. The one part I do like is Jun Hyung’s rap though because it’s very clear and nicely done without an overpowering instrumental over his vocals.

Some heavy synthesizer begins 「아름다운 밤이야 (Beautiful Night)」 before Hyunseung comes in with bright vocals along with a busy instrumental. Yoseob and the others then come in before going into the first verse full of autotune. Straight off the bat I don’t really like the song; seems like a nice dance song possibly but the composition feels really messy.

An exotic instrumentation begins 「내가 아니야 (Not Me)」 before percussion/electronica brings the beat into the first verse as each member sings their solo lines. The chorus’ tone isn’t much different from the verses as they go, “It’s not me, it really wasn’t me”. Jun Hyung’s rap comes after before going into a quick second verse then back into the chorus. It’s not that impressive a song.

「니가 보고 싶어지면 (When I Miss You)」 slows things down with an acoustic guitar ballad coupled with some percussion for a steady beat. The boys sing in low, melancholic vocals but in the chorus their vocals become more powerful and full of emotion. Jun Hyung’s rap fits in nicely since it sounds more like he’s singing than actual rapping and it doesn’t stand out too much from the mood of the song.

「니가 쉬는 날 (The Day You Rest)」 takes more of a funky jazz song tone with its guitar and percussion as the boys sing with a bright, excited tone to their vocals. It maintains the same mood throughout the whole song and it’s a nice song to listen to from the members.

Ending the mini-album is 「Dream Girl」, starting with some guitar beats coupled with the sounds of the street and a full band then comes in later once the members begin singing. As usual, in the chorus one member is singing most of the chorus as the other members provide some harmonization as backup vocals. Jun Hyung’s rap also fits flawlessly into this song as they aren’t stark raps but they blend in naturally with the flow of the music.

Not exactly very impressed with this mini-album; I don’t really like Beautiful Night or Not Me and listening to their performances, I couldn’t even really tell them apart even when I was actually paying attention to the performance xD. They have similar chorus lyrics too. The one song I do like is When I Miss You.

Only One, released on 7.22.12, is BoA’s 7th Korean album.

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Blue, released on 7.18.12, is Angela Aki’s 6th album.

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Chankapana, released on 7.18.12, is NEWS’ 14th single. It’s the first single released after Yamashita Tomohisa and Nishikido Ryo left the group.

「チャンカパーナ (Chankapana)」 is an energetic mix of lots of different sounds like jazz and a neat mix of guitar (?). The boys do a great job with their vocals, though I think I’m starting to have serious problems liking Shige’s voice (more on that later). They do a nice job harmonizing together in the chorus and their vocals fit nicely together with each other as they call out to their “chankapana”. The third verse is sweet as they seductively say, “Let’s make a beautiful love, I promise you, chankapana.”

「Starry」 is Koyama’s solo. Similar to its title, the song starts with a beautiful orchestra instrumentation that emulates the feeling of the stars. Koyama sings along to the ballad, almost as if he was singing in a concert hall with his distant, slightly echo-y vocals.

「ヴァンパイアはかく語りき (Vampire wa Kakukatariki)」 is Shige’s solo. It starts with the sound of footsteps and the opening of a door along with some “spooky halloween” sounds including some classic “ghost” and wolf howling sounds. The instrumental is an somewhat upbeat take on a spooky song with synth and electronica and autotune whenever Shige actually sings. For most of the song, besides the bridge and chorus, Shige is just speaking dialogue and rap.

「PeekaBoo…」 is Massu’s solo and it reminds me a little bit of Pumpkin. It’s a full on synthesizer song and when Massu comes in, he is singing in a slightly sultry tone as he invites the listener in with his words. Later on, there’s a bit of autotune added to his vocals though its not really that noticeable.

「Addict」 is Tegoshi’s solo. It’s in a similar vein to PeekaBoo… with a prominent synthesizer instrumental and the same sultriness to it, but in a much quicker beat. Though Tegoshi sings his lines with a much more drawn out sultriness than Massu’s heated one.

Ending the single is 「フルスイング (Full Swing)」, which is more in NEWS’ vein of music with the boys starting off immediately with a harmonization and a strong orchestra ala Sakura Girl style. Massu starts off things first with a soft, but steady guitar beat bringing things along. Koyama, Shige, and Tegoshi sing after Massu in that order, with Tegoshi being the driving force in the bridge before going into the chorus.

I actually really like Chankapana but it’s different and unique. It’s a great sound to be hearing from NEWS while still maintaining that bit of “NEWS”ness to it. Out of all the solos, I like Koyama’s the most, but that’s my soft spot for ballads speaking here. About Shige, his voice is really starting to stand out and not in a good way. When Yamapi and Nishikido were still in the group, Shige’s hoarse vocals weren’t really a problem because there were other vocal types like him in the group. With the remaining 4-nin though, Shige is the only hoarse vocal left. Koyama, Massu, and Tegoshi all have pretty smooth and slightly higher pitches which makes Shige’s vocals stand out like a sore thumb. Not really sure how I feel about this right now, but he does sound alright when he’s singing with others. With solo lines though, it does feel a bit out of place.

Kokuhaku, released on 7.11.12, is Angela Aki’s 11th single. The title track was used as the ending for the anime Uchuu Kyoudai.

「告白 (Kokuhaku)」 starts off with a calming instrumentation before Angela Aki comes in with echo-y vocals. Immediately, the song matches Uchuu Kyoudai really nicely, before more instruments come in for a fuller instrumental. Once you get to the chorus, Angela sings in a higher, more softer pitch.

「告白 -石野卓球 リミックス- (Kokuhaku -Ishino Takkyu Remix-)」 is the same as the original, but with a more “outerworldly” remix as its instrumental. Angela’s vocals are also softer in this remix. The focus is more on the remix rather than her vocals.

A garage band makes up the instrumental of 「宇宙 -80KIDZ リミックス- (Uchuu -80KIDZ Remix-)」, which is more of a rock song rather than its calmer final counterpart. Angela also puts a lot of emotion into her vocals, especially as she sings from the brothers’ point of view and their feelings for space.

「告白 -アニメバージョン- (Kokuhaku -Anime Version-)」 is the same as the original, just made shorter for the anime.

A PV was made for Kokuhaku. It features a fictional city where Angela Aki sings and plays the piano amongst large musical notes. I always love how energetic she is in her PVs.

A great single; there’s not much on this since the title track is for an anime and most of the tracks are different versions, but the original, Kokuhaku, is a great song.