Archive for the ‘ JASMINE ’ Category

DREAMIN’

Artist: Jasmine
Release Date: May 12, 2010
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. DREAMIN’
2. L.I.P.S.
3. sad to say [BUZZER BEATS Remix]

On a Personal note: I’ve just decided to get off my lazy butt and force myself to write a review today! The gap since the last post seems to have been a really long time ago! Well… not really.

My reaction when I first listened to DREAMIN’ was “finally! An effing ballad!” Jasmine’s vocals seemed to have really reached out to me this time around. Before, her singing would just be addictive and stuck in my head for days but with Dreamin’ I’m just really impressed. Sure it’s a sudden change but at least she’s not like alan who stuck with ballad A-sides throughout her first era.

Now L.I.P.S. was what was totally unexpected after listening to the calm and soothing Dreamin’. L.i.p.s. still takes on the face of her older music but it still doesn’t hold a candle next to This is not a game mainly because the energy of the arrangement and the vocals were just “there.”

There isn’t much of a difference in terms of arrangement in the sad to say (BUZZER BEATS Remix) compared to the orignal since the only element that was added were just extra beats. This is pretty much just the orignal song but with extra beats.

Personal Rating: 4/5

JEALOUS

Artist: JASMINE
Release Date: April 7, 2010
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. JEALOUS
2. I need you to survive
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I really have a bad feeling that I’m totally falling behind on reviews. Oh well, gotta keep pushing myself.

JEALOUS is oriented R&B style but it’s unique atmosphere probably comes from all of the “hip” style of the arrangement. In a way, this type of R&B kind of reminds me of Hikki’s older songs. Regardless, I thought this was probably JASMINE’s best song to date!

Next up is I need you to survive which is a cover song of Hezekiah Walker’s version. The overall sounds is okay: there’s still that same atmosphere from her past B-side but like I said with MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY ALL, this style doesn’t really suit her but this is still a step up.

This was a good review after the long break. Fortunately, there’s only a a week and a half left before I begin updating the blog frequently again. *sigh* But there are so many reviews to catch up on. -______-

Personal Rating: 4.5/5

This is not a game

Artist: Jasmine
Release Date: March 3, 2010
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. This Is Not A Game
2. MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY ALL
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Note: I just love how JASMINE’s covers are all in one color scheme. It may look scary but at least its what makes her unique. I also love how JASMINE has actually stuck with releasing one single a month. The only thing is: why are they all so limited?

Anyway, This Is Not A Game stands above her first two releases and pumps out something more aggressive than she’s ever shown. Her vocals seems to have a driving force behind it and you can pretty much hear all of the aggressive drums you could possibly think of. Pretty good song, it’s like a gem to my new playlist.

MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY ALL turns out to be a cover song by Kirk Franklin. Her english does give this song some credit but the genre this cover song doesn’t go too well with JASMINE. Still, there’s a nice display of the acoustic arrangement!

Personal Rating: 4.5/5

No more

Artist: JASMINE
Release Date: October 28, 2009
Label: Sony Music Japan?
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. No More
2. CLUBBIN’
3. what you want?
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The first thing that comes to mind when I hear No More, was that there was a MAJOR volume change from one part to another. At the beginning of the song, it was so quiet that I had to pump up the volume but like after a few seconds, music just starts blaring really loudly in my ears! For some reason, people say that this A-side was similar to her last one but the only similarity that I hear are the same instruments and vocals, but that’s all. This was one legit A-side, especially when it comes from JASMINE.

I had mixed opinions for CLUBBIN’, though. With all of the rapping elements included, the song may have soudned a bit repetitve during some parts but it didn’t really last for long. But there was this thing I had with the middle of the song when everything all the sudden just became boring. I actually didn’t finish listening to this song when I first listened to it because I found the arrangement to be just a little predictable… and here I was expecting some awesome dance track, lol

Finally, what you want? comes back with JASMINE’S strong sense and taste of R&B. For some reason, I found this to be better than CLUBBIN’ since the repetitve parts actually sounded a bit catchy. As most of you know, I’m not really in to the R&B music but not when the verses get stuck in my head without being annoying!

Unlike most reviewers, I actually enjoyed the single quite a bit. Sure the B-side weren’t as strong but hey, she’s just starting out. Perhaps she has more success with the R&B and rock genres.

Personal Rating: 4/5

sad to say

Artist: JASMINE
Release Date: June 24, 2009
Label: Sony Music Japan?
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. sad to say
2. i’m in luv wit u (1989 remix)
3. Koi
4. i’m in luv wit u (laid back remix)
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Since everyone else was reviewing her, I decided to review her too!

With a shift from reviewing J-pop music, I specifically decided to review a singer that specializes in R&B with a touch of English and Wester Hip-hop. Anyways, most of sad to say was pretty much sung in English but had the kind of arrangement that would quickly draw in the audience. In other words, I pretty much got myself hooked! (Even though I’m not so big on R&B.) Despite the very mature language used, it turns out that JASMINE is pretty much an exception when it comes to Japanese music genre-wise.

The i’m in luv wit u (1989 remix) is filled with electrnica beats that can really distort and filter her awesome vocals. So the downside is pretty much the fact that JASMINE isn’t really singing with her true voice. At least the chorus soudns pretty catchy.

For some reason, I think Koi is such a common title for J-pop songs. At least with JASMINE’s vocals, synch really well with the arrangement. With this song, it displays her vocals A LOT more than the first two tracks!

The i’m in luv wit u (laid back remix) is pretty much what the title suggests. The song is a laid back version of the original version. (Wait, was there even an original version?)

Personal Rating: 4/5