BONNIE PINK – Golden Tears

March 18, 2007 at 12:31 AM | Posted in BONNIE PINK | Leave a comment
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Golden Tears is BONNIE PINK’s 8th studio album and it was released on September 21, 2005. The album reached #12 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 42,058 copies. The album also celebrates her 10th anniversary in the music industry.

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The album opens with So Wonderful, the only single that was released for this album. Many of the songs on the album feature the synth pop style of this song.

However, about half of the album also has a laid back acoustic pop sound and Paradiddle-free is the first of the songs. This song is completely in English and I thought the lyrics were really clever:

Don’t be sad, we’d better not make noise, bang bang bang. We’d better not say a word, a word, a word.

I loved the groovy vibes of Coast to Coast. The acoustics and light percussion are very nice and the melody of the chorus is infectious.

The music of Addiction is a little bit darker but it includes unique R&B undertones. The verses are in Japanese but the chorus is in English:

Wanting to be something that is never yourself, it’s called addiction. Let me be the first to regret.

We are treated to another English song with track 5, Mirror. This song is more laid back with light but constant acoustic chords. BONNIE PINK has a gift for writing in English and she’s one of the best lyricists out there.

Track 6 features the same synthesized strings heard previously in So Wonderful. Nichinichisou has an extremely catchy chorus with lovely vocals.

Track 7 is the original version of Robotomy. This version is slower and more acoustic and percussion based. I prefer the Flaming feathers mix that was on the So Wonderful single because its use of aggressive synth. Compared to the remix, this take on the song is rather boring.

Monster is definitely one of my favorite songs from the album because it’s very upbeat with excellent synth and I absolutely love the lyrics (this song is completely in English as well):

I created a monster. I’m the one to blame, I’m the one who’s failed, and it screams and cries for help like a fool. I created a monster, lucky me.

I thought the next track was okay and nothing special. Rise and Shine only felt like filler material for me, but that’s okay.

Track 10 is Cotton Candy, a song that was originally on the So Wonderful single. This song was produced by Tore Johanssen, a long time producer and friend of BONNIE PINK.

Out of all the synth tracks on the album, I thought Nocturne had the oddest arrangement. This song is laid back and features acoustics as well.

You Got Me Good was a breath of fresh air for me. The mix of light electric guitar and blaring percussion is awesome and the chorus is very fun. The way BONNIE PINK mixes Japanese and English lyrics together in this song is another unique aspect about her.

The final track on the album is probably the most sinister sounding song as well. The synth arrangement of Believe is relatively dark and I thought the low key strings were an excellent touch to the song. This song was used as the main theme for the Hong Kong movie Velvet Rain.

Golden Tears is another high quality album from BONNIE PINK and it doesn’t disappoint. This album does contain her most unique material because of its use of synth thanks to producer Burning Chicken. I also believe that the album contains her best English material because songs such as Paradiddle-free and Monster had something a lot of American songs are missing these days: DEPTH. While I thought some of the songs weren’t as memorable as ones on previous albums such as Even So or Present, it doesn’t denote the fact that this is still a great album.

Overall Rating

4 stars

Tracklisting

1. So Wonderful
2. Paradiddle-free
3. Coast to Coast
4. Addiction
5. Mirror
6. Nichinichisou (日々草)
7. Robotomy
8. Monster
9. Rise and Shine
10. Cotton Candy
11. Nocturne
12. You Got Me Good
13. Believe

Note: My favorite tracks are highlighted in blue!

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