Hi! Everybody remember me? I'm that Jpop lyrics webmistress who is currently slacking on her site and also this journal. I blame the addiction that is Japanese and Korean dramas.
Recently, I have been inspired to update my music journal, the reason I will get to in a bit and hopefully I'll keep this up for a while. I'm going to post only a few songs at a time and they will probably won't be the latest singles or albums because there are many places that already do that. Instead, I wanted to focus on songs that I like or ones that I feel are noteworthy in some way or another and wanted to share with people. I also have to mention that I won't be as snarky as I was in the past unless I find something on my iPod to bash.
As usual, no requests for uploads because I don't have time for that. Also, no requests at all, please. I've been too busy to do anything these days.
~ Instructions on downloading: Right click, save as
~ Sorry for the names of the files. I didn't feel like zipping them, but maybe I should have just to save everyone the hassle of renaming them. Oh well, maybe next week.
~ If there are any downloading problems, please let me know
~ As usual, comments are appreciated. ^_^
So without further ado, I give you the songs:Hirose Kohmi - Groovy!
As I wrote in my personal LJ, this is the song that made me want to start up this song journal again. I was driving home the other night and this song just happened to play on my iPod and I just got hit with so many memories of mp3 download sites like the one I got the original mp3 from. Those type of sites had descriptions of the songs and rated them too, instead of all the random download sites that upload stuff in bulk. I'm not saying that that's a bad thing, but I remember treasuring songs when there were only a few to download and you had time to appreciate them.
"Groovy!" is from the Cardcaptor Sakura anime, which I have never seen, but I had to get this song because of the description of this song on that initial download site. This song is a happy pop song (hey, it's from an anime, what do you expect?), and just a great song overall. Kohmi's vocals are top-notch, and while it does get a little high in some areas, it's still wonderful. Only complaint I have about this song is the ending where she sings "Yasashiku~~~ narimashou~~~~...," it just loses the momentum of the rest of the song and it slightly drags and leaves me with an empty feeling. Still, I highly-recommend this one.
Rating: 10/10PUSHIM - anything for you
Whenever I tell someone that I listen to Japanese music, they give me a weird look. Then I explain that there is rock, pop, R&B, rap, reggae, etc. and they go, "Reggae??!!??" To that response, I always play this song by PUSHIM. The song is just an awesome mellow reggae song that you can just relax to. I recommend listening to it loud so you can feel the essence of it. Plus PUSHIM's rich, soulful voice just sounds great in this one and everyone just drops their jaws upon hearing this.
Rating: 10/10Kimura Yoshino - SPEED UP LOVE
I remember watching Pop Jam or Hey!3 back in the 90's and remembered some actress singing a song on the program. Her voice was off-key and it was very cringe-worthy. At first, I thought it was Matsuyuki Yasuko, but then I remembered that her "Ai no Sekai" song was pretty decent.
Skip to a few years ago when I was ebaying. I came across Kimura Yoshino
's greatest hits CD and since I love her in Japanese dramas, I just got it for the hell of it. Plus it was cheap. When I popped it in the CD player, I was overcome with THE awful voice. It was her!! Awesomeness. Out of about 12 songs, I could only tolerate 2 of them. This was one of the songs.
"SPEED UP LOVE" is a very Tetsuya Komuro-esque song. The music was written by Cozy Kubo, who is a TK collaborator, which explains it. The song is upbeat and fun and Yoshino's awful voice actually sounds tolerable in it. Reminds me a lot of hitomi.
Rating: 8/10indigo blue - Magnolia
Whenever I'm feeling like crap, I really love listening to this song. The song sounds country-ish and the lyrics are all in English, but don't let that deter you from downloading it because it's a really great feel-good song and I love it so. So much, in fact, I remember replaying it over and over at one point. In fact, this is THE #1
played song on my iPod. Hmmm...I'm not sure what that says about me.
Anyway, the singer reminds me of Fayray with her sultry voice, yet indigo blue's songs are more on the acoustic pop side.
Rating: 10/10G.RINA - Circus No Musume (Manaita No Koi Mix)
I couldn't decide between this song or "Your and my new watch," but since the latter is in English and I already have an English song on the post, I thought that I'd go with this one. This song is quite cute and playful and almost has an almost Hawaiian feel to it. With at least 2x the speed of a Hawaiian song. G.RINA's voice is really nice and complements the song well. I plan to add more of her songs in the future, so please check out my journal every week or so. :)
If I've added any of these songs in the past, please bear with me because I honestly can't remember what I had uploaded before.I will only have these files up for a week or until my next update