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Utada released her new 2nd English album on 23 March, ‘This is the One’. It’s doing well on iTunes and is reported as being the first Japanese musician to have an album in the top 20 list on iTunes! Way to go!!!
Being a fan (not a true one but I’ll explain later), a quick listen was all it took for me to pick up the CD. :) To be honest, I don’t actually like her voice very much. She strains it too much on the high notes and it just gets all airy/scratchy! Eeeek!! LOL but then with songs like First Love and Prisoner of Love, how can I NOT turn a blind eye?!?! I went completely crazy over both dramas and soundtracks. Haha
Nway, back to her new CD…
This CD brings to us strong beats (I LOOOOVE BEATS!!) with a blend of hip hop/R&B/pop all thrown in. I actually quite liked the CD even on the first listen but there are some shortfalls…English lyrics?!? Haha I can’t help but be distracted by the lyrics/names!?!? They’re a bit cheesy/corny etc. I’d enjoy it more if it was in Japanese!!! Haha
Chemistry like apple and cinnamon…dirty desire…girls you know we have it better than the boys…I just want to dance the night away…cos the sex was so good and your talk was so smooth…
That stuff aside, the overall the CD is worth checking out – these tracks in particular…
* Come Back to Me (IMEEM)
* Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (youtube)- weird name but I LOOOOOOOVE the beginning of this track. Kicks off with some strings then out comes the beats and bass!! Yeah! First 30 seconds of the track is GREAT! Must check out!
* This One (Crying Like a Child) (youtube)
Let me know what you think! If you can push aside the cheesy lyrics and the slight strain in her voice, I’d say you’ll enjoy this album. =)
I have been putting off this drama for a while now. I guess it was the so-so reviews and ratings. Plus, I’ve been preferring to watch materials with lighter themes. A story on a girl with a tragic past just seemed too much!
Innocent Love starts off with nostalgic and melodramatic choir music with a flashback to when young Kanon is saved by her brother from the fire. The house collapses and we know that her parents have left her behind.
We then move to the present where Kanon (Maki now) is working at a cafe in a forest. We are welcomed by the rich and peaceful greens of the forest. Here, both the setting and music reminds me of another Japanese drama called Yasashii Jiikan (‘Affectionate Time’) that stars Masami Nagasawa. I never finished the drama but it looked very pleasant to watch but a tad slow. The OST is quite amazing.
Sorry! Back to Innocent Love…Kanon is a bright and cheerful girl but we are soon reminded of her tragic past. She lives alone and has only the memories of her parents to accompany her. As we all know, her brother is in a juvenile prison accused of killing his own parents. She tries to maintain a smile in life but she cannot hide the streak of loneliness and solitude deep within.
To make things worse, her past keeps coming back to haunt her. There are already FOUR examples in the first episode:
- Stupid cafe owner…dismisses her after knowing her past!
- 2nd employer – immediately starts discriminating her and accuses her of stealing. She had the guts to say, “there’s a proverb: he who lies, steal” – what crap is THAT??
- Two-faced lying BIATCH that she works with – accuses Kanon of stealing!?!
- D1ckhead reporter (honestly no better word to describe him…) that pops out of the blue to do a story on her brother’s crime…Dude…leave her A L O N E ! !
Seriously, talk about being original!?! This sort of stuff also makes me angry. Angry first that there are such discriminative and insensitive people around and secondly, because Kanon just accepts it and does not stand up for herself.
Now let’s go back to something slightly happier – we also catch a bit of Maki’s love interest! Kitagawa i.e. Jun-chan! I quite like his smile (though it sometimes look a bit forced) but his voice is a little weird. I had read someone complain that his voice doesn’t sound very natural so I was consciously noting it – it does sound weird. He seems to be too crisp and exact with his pronunciation?! Oh dear. I hope this feeling doesn’t last long!! Please no!
Anyway, Jun is a bit of a musician/composer and you will often find him playing at the church or restaurant. Something dreadful seems to have happened to him but we’re kept in the dark (well they tell you RIGHT at the end of ep 1 but I won’t spoil it! hahaha).
Oh and to finish it off, Kanon falls in love with Jun. ^_^ That pretty much covers the episode.
There’s definitely some similarities in style between this and Last Friends but I can see why people may be put off by this story line. It’s a little on the heavy side and Kitagawa is a bit inexperienced for the role. But honestly, Maki is SOOOOO pretty! Must see just for her! Definitely watching the next few episodes tomorrow!
Btw, the opening sequence for Innocent Love is AMAZING! Trust the Last Friends team to come up with another breath taking opening! It’s honestly a very pretty piece and with the support of Utada Hikaru’s Eternal Love just makes it perfect! This version is also better than the original! I hope we can buy it on a single or on the OST! I’m crossing my fingers that the drama will live up to expectations (at least mine)! I’ve stripped just the opening sequence for you to see. Querbeet’s hard subs are great! VERY pretty! Please support them over at D-Addicts!
The video isn’t perfect – there some jolts and stuff in it – don’t know WHY it’s doing that! I tried TWICE already!? Oh well. You get the feel. It’s good and go download it! LOL
Sorry – one final thing that I forgot to mention…I swear there’s something fishy between Jun and his friend, Subaru…hmm…are you thinking what I’m thinking? I could be wrong…
Hello all! I just got back from my overseas trip! Was away for a few days so could not post as regular as usual. I’ll be back on track this week! I’m still going through my RSS feeds of over 200+ new entries!! @_@
Anyway, the first episode of Innocent Love was just broadcasted a few hours ago!! hahaha Can’t wait to watch it!
In the meantime, you can preview the following music tracks here:
- Utada Hikaru’s new version of Eternally ~ Drama Mix here.
- The Main Theme to Eternal Love (instrumental track).