Thank you for 30K!!!!

Thank you so very much for 30K in Aesthetic Rhapsody! I’ve noticed that I only had 23K back in February…. I’m becoming to see how fast this blog has grown! I couldn’t believe that it was already almost a year old back in February!

Speaking of the blog’s age, Aesthetic Rhapsody moved to wordpress on April 4! (Sorry, I couldn’t really do much to celebrate)

Thank you guys again for supporting my blog! This had been the only force pushing me to write some reviews every now and then! Now I just might want to push myself to post something on the blog during my semi hiatus in April! Thank you once again!

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Fortune

Artist: Nami Tamaki
Release Date: January 26, 2005
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. Fortune
2. Everlasting
3. DreamerS
4. Fortune (Instrumental)
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Fortune turns out to be another one of Nami’s song that starts flowy and quiet in the beginning and then transitions in to her usual fast tempo dance/techno oriented music. Regardless, Nami’s aggressive vocals makes a disapperance here and is replaced by a less-agressive voice. It still sounds nice, though.

Surprising to see how Everlasting is calming but at the same time, there’s nice components added into the song. Like hearing the different instruments during different parts and segments of the song. A pretty decent listen.

DreamerS is another “okay” song. It’s just that the style of the arrangement was something that we’ve already heard from Nami.

Personal Rating: 3.5/5

Reason

Artist: Nami Tamaki
Release Date: November 10, 2004
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Reason
2. Promised Land
3. Truth
4. Reason (Instrumental)
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Yay it’s Reason, her second epic song from Gundam Seed Destiny! I think this was when she first started her songs off with a soft chorus introductions which then speeds up after singing a part of the chorus. Her vocals are still as awesome as ever and I actually never deleted this song from my iPod after five years!

Next up is Promised Land which is a bit more aggressive than Reason but there’s still that quiet introduction that goes into the tech and synch stuff. Compliments still goes to her vocals and the arrangement and the catchy chorus! Another great song coming from Nami Tamaki!

Finally, Truth doesn’t really grab the listener’s attention as much as the other two tracks did. Even the chorus couldn’t help much. The song’s oaky but it’s not something I would listen to more than once.

Personal Rating: 4/5

Daitan ni Ikimashou ↑Heart & Soul↑

Artist: Nami Tamaki
Release Date: July 14, 2004
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. Daitan ni Ikimashou ↑Heart & Soul↑
2. Distance
3. Special Birthday
4. Daitan ni Ikimashou↑Heart & Soul↑ (Instrumental)
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The first think I thought when I saw the title for this single was “Wow, that’s a complicated title!” I’m taking a break soon so I might as well get some reviews done.

Daitan ni Ikimashou ↑Heart & Soul↑ sounds a bit too pop for my taste when it comes down to Nami Tamaki. But even so, she did a decent job with a pop-oriented song. Anyways, this is a remade version of “A Perfect Match” which was originally sung by a Swedish group called A-Teens.

Distance is one of those songs that people could forget easily. Yeah, I mean it’s unforgettable. Everything in the arrangement does nothing to stand out and the song sounds a bit mediocre. Her vocals is probably the only reason why I would listen to this song.

Special Birthday is pretty mid-tempo. The only problem is that the arrangement got a little old quickly. Yes, her vocals still own. (How many times must I repeat that?)

*gasp* A low rating for one of Nami’s earlier works!? The reason for the low rating wasn’t entirely her fault though. (Mainly because of the average arrangements)

Personal Rating: 3.5/5

Shining Star ☆Wasurenai Kara☆

Artist: Nami Tamaki
Release Date: Janaury 28, 2004
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. Shining Star ☆Wasurenai Kara☆
2. Kanashimi no Valentine
3. High School Queen
4. Shining Star ☆Wasurenai Kara☆ (Instrumental)
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I liked how there were some parts of the “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” nursey rhyme throughout Shining Star ☆Wasurenai Kara☆. Well, only for a little bit until Tami’s synchs and vocals come in. The chorus sounds nice and all but I jsut don’t like it when the rest of the song turns out to just be the repeats of the verses and the chorus. Otherwise, her vocals are still as great as ever. Not to mention that she’s doing well with her English!

There’s definitely a lot of vocal development in Kanashimi no Valentine. The beginning of the song sounds soothing and calm until near the end when her vocals are up and strong. A very slow-tempo and ballad oriented track to say at the least. (kind of like alan’s megumi no Ame)

Finally, High School Queen contrasts with her older releases because it’s rock oriented! Pretty cool song. There’s nothing much more to add when I say the arrangement rocks, the vocal rocks so the song rocks!

Personal Rating: 4.5/5

Progress February 2010

Just wanted to make up for the lost of time!

Alan: 100%
Ami Suzuki: 100%

Angela Aki: 73%
Aya Kamiki: 50%
Ayaka: 100%
Ayaka Ikio: 100%

Ayumi Hamasaki: 87%
BoA: 16%
CHiAKi KURiYAMA: 100%
Do as Infinity: 14%
Genki Rockets: 100%
Hidemi Uematsu: 100%

High and Mighty Color: 47%
Himeka: 100%
Hitomi Shimatani: 25%
JASMINE: 100%
Jyongri: 100%

Kana Nishino: 44%
Kanon Wakeshima: 100%
Kaori Mochida: 66%
Kitano Kie: 100%
Kumi Koda: 58%
Kuroki Meisa: 100%
Leah Dizon: 100%
Love Planet Five: 100%
MiCHi: 100%

Nami Tamaki: 11%
Saori@destiny: 100%
Shoko Nakagawa: 51%
Tiana Xiao: 100%
Tomiko Van: 100%
Utada Hikaru: 100%
Wyolica: 100%

Younha: 31%
Yui: 61%

Total: 2734/3400 = 80% completed (B)
20% left to go!

Kimi ga Inai Mirai

Artist: Do as Infinity
Release Date: January 20, 2010
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 5/5

1. Kimi ga Inai Mirai
2. Fukai Mori
3. Shinjitsu no Uta
4. Rakuen
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Kimi ga Inai Mirai has that signature rock and aggressive feel that Do as Infinity showcases but it’s still considered as one of the more new sounds up to date. (It sounds like their older rock music except, that it’s new.) Still, I’m so glas that this was used as the Inuyasha II opening!

I still have to review the 2nd and 3rd tracks but I’ll save the in depth reviews until the time comes. Fukai Mori gives me the nostalgia and reminds me how Inuyasha probably had one of the best endings themes. Shinjitsu no Uta still touches me and Rakuen is ringing in my ears because of how awesome it sounds.

Regardless of the rerelased songs, I am satisfied.

Personal Rating: 5/5