Tookutemo feat.WISE

Artist: Kana Nishino
Release Date: March 18, 2009
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Tookutemo feat.WISE
3. Saturday☆Night feat.GIORGIO 13

Tookutemo feat.WISE seems to have been the turning point in her career. (for the better!) The song is completely R&B oriented. Although I’m not usually very fond of R&B sounds, Nishino showed much improvement in her vocal performance and the arrangement isn’t too typical. Instead of the overused R&B beats, the arranger of the song pretty much went all out on the piano/keyboard sounds. Not to mention, the song is also more memorable than the usualy R&B oriented music.

GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN is a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s original version of the song. I’ve never listened to the original version but I could definiately push through my judgement and say that I only enjoyed this song because of the background music. The vocals and rapping were a little overwhelmed by the instrumentals. Otherwise, this is a decent B-side track.

Finally, Saturday☆Night feat.GIORGIO 13 brings back the awesomeness of the single by displaying old (but catchy) sounds and an energetic vocal performance from Nishino. The song has a very catchy tune. But it does seem that every track on this single has a rapper in it. (Unless they’re all featuring WISE as the rapper)

Personal Rating: 4/5



Artist: Kana Nishino
Release Date: January 28, 2007
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

2. Kirari
3. Sherie
MAKE UP sounds pretty aggressive for a pop song. Another thing to point out is that the instrumentation sounds pretty cool. It gives out a new, fresh side of Kana Nishino’s vocals! It has its own way of being a song but I didn’t really find this above average despite the cool instrumentation.

When I first listened to Kirari I was like OMG! Kana’s struggling!? Apparently, she does seem to have a hard time singing at the right pitch throughout the song and her vocals lacked the emphasis that it needed. This is definitely B-side material but there is definitely work to do on those vocals!

Sherie sounds cute at first but when I listen to it a few more times, I could definitely see how there isn’t really anything striking about it. I’ll give the chorus credit for still being cute though.

Finally, MAKE is like a remade version of the A-side MAKE UP. I don’t really hear much of a difference except for the fact that the introduction sounded quite different. But even though, this is just as good as the original!

The A-sides were definitely the good pointers of this single! The pitfall here were probably the bland B-sides. otherwise, I still have to catch up with her releases!

Personal Rating: 3.5/5


Artist: Kana Nishino
Release Date: August 13, 2008
Labe: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. Style.
2. Stamp
3. September 1st
Style. did a pretty decent job with matching Kana’s vocals with the arrangement as well as giving listeners a good listen. The only problem is the fact that it didn’t really catch or keep my attention to the song. Oh well, at least she’s still working her way up in the music industry.

And here I think that Stamp would have been better if it was the A-side. It’s more attention grabbing, catchy and memorable to listen to. But then here’s the thing: it’s…too…short!

September 1st is another decent listen since there had been new elements added. I liked the new arrangements the best, though.

Personal Rating: 3.5/5

glowy days

Artist: Kana Nishino
Release Date: April 23, 2008
Label: SME records
Personal Rating: 3/5

1. glowly days
2. celtic
3. Yami Yami Day
Seriously, I think kana looks reeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaally creepy in this cover…

Oh no, Kana’s debut already sounded very unmemorable enough but it seems that glowly days takes a step down from the past release! How was Kana able to turn things around in like seven releases? Anyways, the instrumentation is still pretty lacking in what’s that called…originality.

There’s also celtic that doesn’t sound so interesting either. Pretty much a R&B and pop oriented track. Better vocals, but I’m still snoring with this song.

Just when I thought that this single wasn’t going so well, Yami Yami Day pretty much saves the faces of the first two tracks. The song is still R&B but regardless, it takes the more “happy” route, making the song MUCH more memorable than any of her past releases.

Personal Rating: 3/5


Artist: Kana Nishino
Release Date: February 20, 2008
Label: SME records
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. I
2. In Stereo
3. Just a friend
Reviewing Kana Nishino was already in the Upcoming list so right now, I have no guilt in starting to feature another artist! =D

I wouldn’t say that I was an ideal debut. As of now, It’s like wow, Kana Nishino must have been a real noob back when she first started. But that’s okay because I’ve already listened to her latest release and LOVED her vocals. I is a combination of pop and rock with a hint of Kana’s uber sqeaky voice. Although it wasn’t my idea of a strong debut, I still thought that Kana went off to a good start.

Now In Stereo seriously didn’t sound as memorable. It’s not really Kana’s fault because the arrangement did nothing to engage me into the song. Regardless, Kana’s voice still has the Engrish and her vocals are still a bit squeaky.

Just a friend is still B-side material even though Kana made a total genre switch. This time, it’s R&B and it suits Kana’s vocals pretty well. But I’m still not so sure that this is the best genre she could sing in…

Personal Rating: 3.5/5