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All about the Girls ~Iijanka Party People~/Together Again

Artist: MiCHi
Release Date: April 4, 2010
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Personal Rating: 5/5

1. All about the Girls ~Iijanka Party People~
2. Together again
3. dance DANCE!
4. All about the Girls ~Iijanka Party People~ (Instrumental)
5. Together again
6. dance DANCE! (Instrumental)

Are you for real MiCHi!? All about the Girls ~Iijanka Party People~ was a totally awesome dance track! I’m mean, sure I had been expecting something as uplifting and addicting from MiCHi but this one has blown me away! Just after listening to this song, I’m sure that I’ll have this stuck in my head for days!

Together again keeps up my dumbstruck and amazed impression with a laid back ballad that actually suits MiCHi perfectly. (I don’t think she really did that many ballads in the past) The best thing about it is probably the song development that just keeps you listening until the last second. This is a track that’s hard to skip, definitely another awesome track.

Finally, dance DANCE! is – as the title states – another cool dance track! I was already blown away with the A-side and I could safely say that this track did the exact same!

Definitely one of MiCHi’s best singles! If you want music that makes you get up and dance, start with this single!

Personal Rating: 5/5

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UP TO YOU

Artist: MiCHi
Release Date: September 30, 2009
Label: Sony music Japan
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. MadNesS vol.1
2. PROMiSE
3. ChaNge the WoRLd
4. Why Oh Why
5. HEy GirL
6. KiSS KiSS xxx
7. RaiN
8. Oh Oh…
9. Something Missing
10. One of a Kind
11. WoNDeRLaND?
12. Shibuya de Punch
13. YOU
14. UP TO YOU
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MadNesS vol.2 appeared on one of MiCHi’s older album but it’s the MadNesS vol.1 that I really didn’t like. (I thought vol. 2 sounded better) I thought it sounded a bit lengthy for an intro track and it didn’t really grab my interest as much. But hey, I promise you that the rest of the album sounds much better!

PROMiSE sounds pretty cool with the awesome English vocals and the powerful voice throughout the song. I like how there’s a build up with the instrumentals which makes the vocals sound the more appealing to listen to. There are also some segments of the song that sounds pretty cool with all of the rapping.

Looks like ChaNge the WoRLd took after PROMiSE. Not to mention that they really do sound like they’re from the same category but there’s more added to ChaNge the WoRLd. (Like more instruments and English verses.) But for some reason, I prefer PROMiSE since there’s a more powerful chorus and the song seems to stand out more.

For a minute, I thought that the title Why Oh Why sounded really familiar until I realized that it’s acutally a remix of YOY. (Which turns out to mean “why oh why,” too) This club remixed version sounds buch better than the already-good original version. Definiately one of my favorite tracks.

What’s with the elephants in HEy GirL? Anyways, it doesn’t really beat PROMiSE but it’s really interesting to hear how the tone of MiCHi’s vocals sound like she screaming at someone.

Believe it or not, KiSS KiSS xxx may have thought to have been one of MiCHi’s most addicitng songs ever but there are still elements that have been carried on from PROMiSE. (Which was like three releases ago.) Plus there’s ChaNge the WoRLd that already sounds similar. I’m just thinking that MiCHi probably needs to try something different with her songs. (Preferably something MUCH different from PROMiSE.) At least her vocals are still a big plus.

RaiN turns out to be a really short acoustic based song (but not acoustic enough to be considered a ballad). Anyways, it’s a pretty nice listen and somehow makes me want to listen to it a few times. It’s funny to see that people actually didn’t like this song.

MiCHi sure has some aggressive lyrics. The power of Oh Oh… sounds really strong with all of the high-pitched vocals that are meant to sound angry. I seriously don’t know why MiCHi’s always showing her anger with her music. Personal problems, maybe? But at least her emotions seem to be the one reason why she’s so popular. Great song, though.

Something Missing is sure loaded with energy! The drums are everywhere and the chorus doesn’t fail to capture my attention! Surprisingly, the song has pretty depressing lyrics for some kick-assed song. I think I’m starting to become a fan of MiCHi’s lyrics too!

One of a Kind is actually a pretty aggressive song with all of the lyrics completely in English and there’s like no resemblance with her older songs. (Except for the fact that sdhe still sounds like she’s pissed off at someone.) But I’ve gotta say, it didn’t really bowl me over despite the fact that it sounds like its own kind.

WoNDeRLaND? sounds pretty underwhelming but the new thing is that she speaks French for some parts of the song but then there’s that harmonica that somehow mixes well with the song. Let’s just say that this song was okay.

Shibuya de Punch didn’t seem as good as I expected it to sound like. I mean, sure there is that cool synch arrangement that people love but for some reason, it just didn’t grow on me the moment I first heard it. Hmmmm…..maybe it will grow on me someday. But I’ve gotta admit that those lyrics are pretty damn powerful.

The introduction of YOU had a nice feel of piano instrumentals accompanied by a series of humming performed by MiCHi. Unlike her past songs, YOU has a more melachonic mood to it andis not much of a dance, pop or rock oriented track. It’s like when Ayu’s release of Guilty when all of her songs were all about her mixed emotions and the burden of her deafness. This is a good change but I would miss the good ol times when she sounded all wild if this would be her music style in the future. Its cool that this just happens to be the only ballad on the album.

Who would have thought that UP TO YOU would happen to be the remade version of her “so-called-awesome” Fuck You And Your Money? It sounds more pop than the original but for some reason, I like the older version better…

Personal Rating: 4/5

YOU

Artist: MiCHi
Release Date: September 9, 2009
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. YOU
2. YOY
3. YOU (version 3.1)
4. YOU (instrumental)
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The introduction of YOU had a nice feel of piano instrumentals accompanied by a series of humming performed by MiCHi. Unlike her past songs, YOU has a more melachonic mood to it andis not much of a dance, pop or rock oriented track. It’s like when Ayu’s release of Guilty when all of her songs were all about her mixed emotions and the burden of her deafness. This is a good change but I would miss the good ol times when she sounded all wild if this would be her music style in the future.

YOY (also known as “Why oh Why”) picks up from the emotional YOU and turns out to be a laid back dance track. It still isn’t as wild as her last releases and there would have been so many ways to improve this track. Like having more of a hook to make listeners actually enjoy the song and making it something more catchy…something along those lines. For me, I just wasn’t able to actually like the song.

The YOU (version 3.1) I guess is trying to be an (epic) acoustic version of the A-side. The only thing that I really liked about the song is the erhu that plays at the beginning but that’s pretty much it. The rest of the song is pretty much boring and sounds like only a few things had been changed since we heard the A-side.

Personal Rating: 3.5/5

KiSS KiSS xxx

Artist: MiCHi
Release Date: May 27, 2009
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. KiSS KiSS xxx
2. WoNDeRLaND?
3. Smells Like Teen Spirit
4. ChaNge the WoRLd (remix)
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Believe it or not, KiSS KiSS xxx may have thought to have been one of MiCHi’s most addicitng songs ever but there are still elements that have been carried on from PROMiSE. (Which was like three releases ago.) Plus there’s ChaNge the WoRLd that already soudns similar. I’m just thinking that MiCHi probably needs to try something different with her A-sides. (Preferably something MUCH different from PROMiSE.) At least her vocals are still a big plus.

This time, the B-side doesn’t really surpass the A-side. WoNDeRLaND? soudns pretty underwhelming but the new thing is that she speaks French for some parts of the song but then there’s that harmonica that somehow mixes well with the song. Let’s just say that this song was okay.

Just so you know, Smells Like Teen Spirit was MiCHi’s cover of Nirvana’s version. I guess this was an okay’s version of the cover but it’s sure interesting to hear a woman sing a hit song that was sung by a guy.

And like always, her remixes aren’t really all that great…

Personal Rating: 4/5

ChaNge the WoRLd

Artist: MiCHi
Release Date: February 18, 2009
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. ChaNge the WoRLd
2. One of a Kind
3. PROMiSE (Smart Sports ver.)
4. HEy GirL (XB remix)
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What’s with all of the complicated upper and lowercase titles? It makes it so darn hard to type out!

Looks like ChaNge the WoRLd took after PROMiSE. Not to mention that they really do sound like they’re from the same category but there’s more added to ChaNge the WoRLd. (Like more instruments and English verses.) But for some reason, I prefer PROMiSE since there’s a more powerful chorus and the song seems to stand out more.

One of a Kind is actually a pretty aggressive song with all of the lyrics completely in English and there’s like no resemblance with her older songs. (Except for the fact that sdhe still sounds like she’s pissed off at someone.) But I’ve gotta say, it didn’t really bowl me over despite the fact that it sounds like its own kind.

Personal Rating: 4/5

MiCHi MadNesS

Artist: MiCHi
Release Date: June 27, 2008
Label: Sony Music Entertainment
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Fuck You And Your Money
2. We Will Rock You
3. London Bridge
4. Spread Your Wings
5. Wannabe
6. ReaL
7. Madness, Vol. 2
8. Surrender
9. You Gotta Be
10. Spread Your Wings (Remix)
11. Madness, Vol. 2 (D.O.I. Remix)
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This was actually MiCHi’s debut release even though it’s pretty much an album. I’m still deciding whether I should change the way I review the albums, though.

Just to say before hand: We Will Rock You (by Queen), London Bridge (by Fergie), Wannabe (by Spice Girls), and You Gotta Be (by Des’ree) are all covers by various English pop artists. (The only main difference is the fact that MiCHi is singing the songs.)

Fuck You And Your Money (don’t mind the title), and Spread Your Wings were probably one of the most agressive that I’ve heard from MiCHi. (You know what, I just can’t type the title without feeling guilty.) F- you and your money had lyrics that actually sounded quite funny as she was describing her relationship struggle and anger. At least with Spread your Wings, the lyrics go more into the deeper side of emotions with a touch of an aggressive tone in her voice.

Madness, Vol. 2 was a song of it’s own, an interlude. The background instrumentals sounded pretty powerful and awesome making me replay the song over and over! (Even though it’s just an interlude, I thought that it was cool for a song without much vocals.) Personally, I thought that this was a one-of-a-kind interlude.

ReaL, and Surrender are the not-so agressive songs in the album; making ReaL a somewhat moderately upbeat while Surrender was pretty much like an R&B oriented song. ReaL has an interesting feel with the mood of the lyrics but the instrumentals pretty much overpowered her vocals a little bit. I’m not really an R&B listener but I thought that Surrender sounded okay.

Personal Rating: 4/5

PROMiSE

Artist: MiCHi
Release Date: October 22, 2008
Label: Sony Music Japan
Personal Rating: 3/5

1. PROMiSE
2. HEy GirL
3. Sk8er Boi
4. Fuck You And Your Money (ED BANGER ALL STARS remix)
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Okay, I was bored so I decided to start featuring some more artists. (Even though I know that I can’t handle them, lol.)

PROMiSE soudns pretty cool with the awesome English vocals and the powerful voice throughout the song. I like how there’s a build up with the instrumentals which makes the vocals sound the more appealing to listen to. There are also some segments of the song that sounds pretty cool with all of the rapping.

What’s with the elephants in HEy GirL? Anyways, the first of the B-sides doesn’t really beat PROMiSE but it’s really interesting to hear how the tone of MiCHi’s vocals sound like she screaming at someone. (Well, it suits the way she looks like on the cover.)

I seriously don’t know where I’ve heard this song before but I’ll say that Sk8er Boi suits with MiCHi’s vocals.

No comment on the Fuck You And Your Money (ED BANGER ALL STARS remix) but I’ll just say that it’s just not worth the listen.

Personal Rating: 3/5