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Muteki na Ai

Muteki na AiArtist: Jyongri
Release Date: August 19, 2009
Label: EMI Music Japan
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Muteki na Ai
2. START
3. Maybe Someday (Piano Hikigatari Ver.)
4. Muteki na Ai (Instrumental)
5. START (Instrumental)
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This is probably one of the shortest waits for a dazzling release from Jyongri! (Actually, it came out earlier last month but I wasn’t able to get it on download until yesterday.)

Well, at least my Jyongri spirit hasn’t faded away yet from the slight disappointment from her past single, “Maybe Someday.” Unlike the sad pop ballad, Jyongri is back with the fast-pace tune she’s known for! Muteki na Ai has the same style as her older releases except with more of a more noticeable transition in instrumentals. (In one part, it’s high strings but near the middle, it’s on low scale.) Love the impressive, and I MEAN impressive improvement Jyongri!

Instead of mixing the fast with the slow, START turns out to be another mid-tempo track with a bit more of a new style. She actually did a pretty decent job of exploring the girly style kind of pop. (Unlike Nami Tamaki, who totally failed.) The catchy chorus was what really stood out for me.

I’m thinking of reviewing some of the remixes and other versions. It’s just that I won’t review the remixes if there are like ten different versions of the original song on one release. (Like Ayu’s older singles.) Anyway, the Maybe Someday (Piano Hikigatari Ver.) was much more memorable than the original! The instrumentals and piano made the bland song brought out it’s hidden flavor! (Plus, it makes me want to re-listen the original version just incase my ears didn’t fool me.) A great addition to the single.

Personal Rating: 4/5

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Maybe Someday

jyongriArtist: Jyongri
Release Date: April 29, 2009
Label: EMI Music Japan
Personal Rating: 3/5

1. Maybe Someday
2. Special
3. First Kiss
4. Maybe Someday (Instrumental)
5. Special(Instrumental)
6. First Kiss(Instrumental)
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After listening to Jyongri’s “Love Forever” album, it was pretty obvious that I was totally expecting Jyongri to blow me away with this single since I literally fell in love with her music! Anyway, I felt that Maybe Someday had a promising introduction but I thought that the rest of the song was pretty plain. (Sounds a little bit like the boring songs featured in the “Close to Fantasy” era.) The A-side may have been disappointing but I haven’t given up listening to this single yet!

Special sounded much more interesting since the verses and the background music were pretty new. She reuses the style that she used for “Getting Funky” but stopping the song all of the sudden and then continues on. I’m usually not very fond of that kind of style but since it’s Jyongri, I guess that it’s okay. I really love Jyongri’s fluent English voice!

Just when I thought that this single was getting good, First Kiss wasn’t anything compared to “Special.” At least, you could still hear the best of Jyongri’s vocals with this track, although I really didn’t like it.

Personal Rating: 3/5

Winter Love Story

winterArtist: Jyongri
Release Date:December 3, 2008
Label: EMI Music Japan
Genre: J-pop
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. Winter Love Story
2. Tender Touch
3. Blue Destiny
4. Winter Love Story (Instrumental)
5. Tender Touch (Instrumental)
6. Blue Destiny (Instrumental)
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There are so many J-pop singles called Winter Love Story so I was expecting this to be some sort of cover song for the original version (if there is one) but I guess that listening to this song proved me wrong. So remember that I said that Jyongri was a bit wishy washy about which style of music she preferred: Ballad or R&B? Well, with this somewhat awesome A-side track, Jyongri has decided to give it a shot by mixing up both styles into this song! That’s right, in a winter J-pop song! I liked how Jyongri gives this track a bit of a twist by having a mixture of Japanese and English lyrics into one song. I’m pretty glad that she didn’t make the song messy since it wounded pretty balanced and quite memorable.

Unlike her “Close to Fantasy” Era, Tender Touch shows that very romantic side of Jyongri, with the piano and strings in the background. Somehow, I guess that she’s still a bit wishy washy about the types of songs she composes because this ballad is much much much more powerful than all of her past tracks!

Finally, Blue Destiny is another ballad that is very emotional and quite depressing. Now, I can finally say that Jyongri totally excelled in the ballads category with this track. Many ballads attempt to give listeners that feeling that makes them feel the singer’s emotions and usually fail but Jyongri has nailed it with this song. With the supporting background instrumentals, I would probably consider this one of her most crafted track. …Now only if this was in her past album…

Personal Rating: 4.5/5

Love Forever

love-foreverArtist: Jyongri
Release Date: July 2, 2008
Label: EMI Music Japan
Genre: J-pop
Number of Songs: 13
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. Love Forever
2. Tender Touch
3. Kissing Me
4. Unchanging Love ~Kimi ga Ireba~
5. Catch Me
6. Lullaby for You
7. Watashi no Taiyou
8. Naitemo li you
9. You’re the One
10. Lovers DRIVE
11. The Chills
12. Still in Love
13. STARS
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It’s been such a long time since Jyongri released her debut album, “Close to Fantasy.” Now she’s back with a twist onto her music with this hit second album! Judging from her past singles, it seems that she had really shook up her style and began to impress J-pop fans and now, video game fans since her song, “Lullaby For You” was featured on the ever popular “The World Ends With You.” Let’s see what she now has in store for us in her second album, “Love Forever!”

Just when I thought that the song title featured on the album was going to be one hell of a song, it actually turns out to be some sort of interlude. It’s okay because I thought that Love Forever was a pretty good interlude. ….Wellloveforevercddvd there are actually vocals in this track. The thing about this track is that Jyongri sings in English in here and that there’s actually a melody in this really short song.

Judging by the title, I was really positive that this album would be filled with love songs. Unlike her “Close to Fantasy” Era, Tender Touch shows that very romantic side of Jyongri, with the piano and strings in the background. Somehow, I guess that she’s still a bit wishy washy about the types of songs she composes because this ballad is much much much more powerful than all of her past tracks! I’m lovin this album so far!

Anyway, there’s Kissing Me that already starts with a remixed rhythm but there’s also that piano instrumental that kinds of share the same style as “Lullaby for you.” In a way, I think Jyongri’s voice sounded more sweet and into the style with this song than in all of the songs featured in her past album. Her vocals are really strong and it shows her true talent as a singer. How could they have not shown it on the past 13-track album? Personally, I think this song represents my definition of a teenage singer with potential.

So it all begins with Unchanging Love ~Kimi ga Ireba~. There are so many Japanese ballads that are called “Kimi go Ireba,” so I would expect this to be some sort of ballad. And it seems that my guess was correct! I thought that the PV and instrumentals for this song was pretty cute. I liked how the chorus was very powerful and how the introduction helps lead to it. Unlike the original version that was featured on one of her past single, this version that’s featured in the album just includes Jyongri whispering during the bridge.

Then there’s Catch Me. Compared to the tracks before, this is more of a dance love-forever-jyongrisong than pop or a ballad. This would probably be considered another one of my favorite songs by Jyongri because there’s true meaning within the lyrics and it makes the listeners want to dance with it. (But the song sounds like another one of Utada Hikaru’s R&B songs: very repetitive.) I would give this song a rating of 8 out of 10 if I were judging this song.

Lullaby for You was a great song to start with! I pretty much understand why Square Enix used this song for the “World Ends with You” ending, despite the fact that lyrics are a little bit mature. (The irony about this song is that a phrase of the lyrics says “Is it because I’m still fifteen?” And the main character of the video game happens to be fifteen years old….just something I noticed.) And as many people would have guessed, this is another one of Jyongri’s love songs. At least, there’s a lovely piano melody that is played at the beginning of the song and that the rhythm that plays throughout the song at least suits the mood of the lyrics.

After a large batch of her old songs, we begin again with the new tracks Watashi no Taiyou. This song is pretty upbeat but its not done in a messy job like she did with “Unchanging Love.” In fact, it’s even more overpowering than all of the few upbeat songs in this album since the powerful chorus is something that Jyongri doesn’t really include into her songs.

Another new track is Naitemo li yo which is also pretty uplifting but I prefer “Watashi no Taiyou” over this track. I don’t know but there’s something about the instrumentals and rhythms in the background that kinda bothers me.

Just when I though “Kissing me” won me over, You’re the One steals the show away. It’s another one of her laid back pop songs but it’s not as ‘plain’ as her older tracks. The song shows more of the effort that Jyongri uses and the acoustics in the background sounded more new. I have a feeling that Jyongri is starting fresh with a new lyric and rhythmic style. (Something that’s better than her past works!.)

Another modern song called Lovers DRIVE also happens to be featured in this single. (And once again, it sounds like a R&B type song) I would give the impression that the visual image of the song is a little vague but I really like how the acoustics in the background would give people that modern feel of the singer. (Considering the fact that Jyongri does sing J-pop.) …Probably my least favorite song of the whole single.

The Chills is probably one of Jyongri’s attempt to do an R&B type img_04track durign this er and it turns out that she did a great job! The song wasn’t messy, too repetitive or boring. In fact, it’s pretty uplifting compared to her past R&B songs. The instrumentals included all sorts of clapping and a catchy chorus. Gotta say she did use the best of what she has!

The second to the last ballad featured in this amazing album is Still in Love which actually keeps the mood of this romantic album. Her romantic vocals seemed more lovely than ever with this song and with the minimal use of instrumentals. The song did sound pretty empty but Jyongri’s vocals pretty much made up for it.

Like before, Jyongri always ended her albums with a great ending song. In this case, it turns out to be STARS, the final ballad. Like some of “Dream’s” songs, its pretty boring at the beginning but she picks up that pace near the end which give us more of a “conclusion” feel. (If you know what I mean, lol.) It’s a bit disappointing though, since it wasn’t as well written and composed as the rest of the album. My opinion, I guess.

Personal Rating: 4.5/5

Unchanging Love ~Kimi ga Ireba~

200px-unchanging_love_kimi_ga_irebaArtist: Jyongri
Release Date: June 4, 2008
Label: EMI Music Japan
Genre: J-pop
Number of Songs: 5
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. Unchanging Love ~Kimi ga Ireba~
2. Trust & Try
3. YOUR SONG
4. Unchanging Love ~Kimi ga Ireba~ (Instrumental)
5. Trust & Try (Instrumental)
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After being so impressed with her past single, “Kissing Me,” I’ll just go ahead and say my overall impression before I even start with the whole review. Honestly, this single is flat out boring and I would probably say that the style was worst than the one used for her “Romeo & Juliet” track. Seriously, what happened?

So it all begins with Unchanging Love ~Kimi ga Ireba~. There are so many Japanese ballads that are called “Kimi go Ireba,” so I would expect this to be some sort of ballad. And it seems that my guess was correct! I thought that the PV and instrumentals for this song was pretty cute. I liked how the chorus was very powerful and how the introduction helps lead to it. Overall, I guess this track was pretty decent.

The first B-side was Trust & Try which was my definition as “what the heck?” Just when I thought that the beats sounded pretty cool, it became like “wtf?” when the ‘extra’ beats were added in. There was honestly no melody and it literally annoyed me since Jyongri’s vocals did not overtake the instrumentals. I could see that Jyongri’s voice sounded  more mature than usual but the beats kept me from enjoying the song!

The single gets worst with YOUR SONG. Now, I really wished that I didn’t review this song because it just pulled down the overall rating of the whole single. It sounded like Ayumi’s “Nothing for Nothing” single that didn’t make any money and now I know the reason why it didn’t make a good raking: the urban style isn’t what many J-pop singers use. Why? It’s simply because mixing rap beats into a pop song doesn’t make it all enjoyable. Not that I’m saying that rap is a bad genre; it’s just not the genre to incorprate into a pop style song.

Personal Rating: 3.5/5

Kissing Me

l_p1005084618Artist: Jyongri
Release Date: January 30, 2008
Label: EMI Music Japan
Genre: J-pop
Number of Songs: 5
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Kissing Me
2. You’re the One
3. Lullaby For You -English Version-
4. Kissing Me (Instrumental)
5. You’re the One (Instrumental)
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It’s been a while since I last reviewed a Jyongri release. (And this is, like one of her old releases.) In preparation to review her studio album, “Love Forever,” I’ve decided the during this spring break, I will spend some time reviewing some Jyongri releases that I’ve never gotten to review…and right now,  I’ve only reviewed two of her many releases.

Anyway, there’s Kissing Methat already starts with a remixed rhythm but there’s also that piano instrumental that kinds of share the same style as “Lullaby for you.”  In a way, I think Jyongri’s voice sounded more sweet and into the style with this song than in all of the songs featured in her past album. Her vocals are really strong and it shows her true talent as a singer. How could they have not shown it on the past 13-track album? Personally,  I think this song represents my definition of a teenage singer with potential.

Just when I though “Kissing me” won me over, You’re the Onesteals the show away. It’s another one of her laid back pop songs but it’s not as ‘plain’ as her older tracks. The song shows more of the effort that Jyongri uses and the acoustics in the background sounded more new. I have a feeling that Jyongri is starting fresh with a new lyric and rhythmic style. (Something that’s better than her past works!.)

I know that I’ve already reviewed the Japanese version of  “Lullaby for you” but there’s also the Lullaby for you -English Version-. But although I already thought that the Japanese version was cool, I don’t think that the English version meets my expectation…Well…not as much a the Japanese version did.

I’ve gotta say that I was pretty impressed with this single since her singles in the “Close to Fantasy” era wasn’t all that great. I thought that the first track a great but it was the second track that really fired me up and turned me into another fan of Jyongri. Just to state, I’m totally looking forward to reviewing her other singles during this Spring break.

Personal Rating: 4/5

Lullaby for you

Artist: Jyongri
Release Date: July 25, 2007
Label: EMI Music Japan
Length: About 18 minutes
Genre: J-pop
Number of Tracks: 7
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

01. Lullaby for You
02. Catch Me
03. Lovers DRIVE
04. Yakusoku -LIVE version-
05. Lullaby for You (Instrumental)
06. Catch Me (Instrumental)
07. Lovers DRIVE (Instrumental)
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As usual, I have discovered more and more J-pop singers through animes, video games, posters and promotional videos. In this case, discovering this singer must have been quite obvious….(You guessed it, I found out about Jyongri from “The World Ends with you,” DS Video game!)

Lullaby For You was a great song to start with! I pretty much understand why Square Enix used this song for the “World Ends with You” ending, despite the fact that lyrics are a little bit mature. (The irony about this song is that a phrase of the lyrics says “Is it because I’m still fifteen?” And the main character of the video game happens to be fifteen years old….just something I noticed.) And as many people would have guessed, this is another one of Jyongri’s love songs. At least, there’s a lovely piano melody that is played at the beginning of the song and that the rhythm that plays throughout the song at least suits the mood of the lyrics.

Then there’s Catch me, one of the single’s B-side tracks. Compared to the first track, this is more of a dance song than a lullaby. This would probably be considered another one of my favorite songs by Jyongri because there’s true meaning within the lyrics and it makes the listeners want to dance with it. (But the song sounds like another one of Utada Hikaru’s R&B songs: very repetitive.) I would give this song a rating of 8 out of 10 if I were judging this song.

Another modern song called Lover’s DRIVE also happens to be featured in this single. (And once again, it sounds like a R&B type song) I would give the impression that the visual image of the song is a little vague but I really like how the acoustics in the background would give people that modern feel of the singer. (Considering the fact that Jyongri does sing J-pop.) …Probably my least favorite song of the whole single.

So with the Yakusoku -LIVE version- track, we’re litterally listening to the “live version” of the original song. (And as a few people would have guessed, this is a slow-paced love song compared to the last two tracks.) Since the fact that there’s no original version or a karaoke version of the song, that means that it’s not a B-side track. But it doesn’t mean that its not good. To be honest, the one thing that I like listening from J-pop artists are love ballads. Why’s that? Because it’s good to experience the slow side of pop singers. I like how the song is very slow and how the voice of Jyongri sounds pretty. But I would really wish that they at least had the original version in this single.

I would pretty much say that the single has a nice mixture of genres but the upbeat songs give listeners a vague idea of the lyrics. (…Now I’m probably not making any sense here.) I would give this single a nice rating because of the fact that there’s some melodious love songs and how there’s a nice feel to them.

Personal Rating: 3.5/5