BONNIE PINK – CHAIN

December 13, 2008 at 9:00 PM | Posted in BONNIE PINK | 5 Comments
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CHAIN is BONNIE PINK’s first mini-album and it was released on November 26, 2008. The mini-album reached #41 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 5,715 copies.

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Starting things off for this Christmas themed mini-album is the only original song on it. It’s been a while since BONNIE PINK has done some jazzy songs and CHAIN combines traditional Christmas song elements with a jazz band arrangement. It’s quite different from her rock and pop songs but I thought she did a good job with the overall composition. The music is pretty mellow and calm for the most part, but there are nice segments featuring elevated brass and percussion. In the end, it’s a song that’s perfect for the Christmas season!

The other songs on the mini-album are covers of modern Christmas classics. Her cover of Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime happens to be my favorite out of all of them as well. BONNIE PINK does a charming rendition of the song and I liked the rhythmic drums and upbeat brass of the music.

The next song is a cover of I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. I never liked this song to begin with so I have the sames feelings for BONNIE PINK’s version. It’s upbeat, has a lot of jingle bells, and other stuff. I honestly don’t care about it. NEXT SONG PLEASE~

Here’s a Christmas classic that’s a lot better. Her cover of Let It Snow is very pleasant and has a great 1940s swing sound to it. What I liked the most about the music was the brass and bass guitar, especially during the nice instrumental sections.

An alternative version of CHAIN appears as track 5. The Birth Cry version features a simpler sound with mainly just piano and jingle bells but it includes the organ as well. If anything, the organ makes the song sound more religious than festive. I prefer the original version by a considerable amount.

Ending the mini-album is a cover of The Christmas Song. BONNIE PINK’s version is done with light electric guitar chords but it’s kind of boring with only just that. There could have been more to make things more interesting at least. Hell, BoA made a better version of this song! LOL

For a small collection of Christmas songs, CHAIN isn’t bad. Six tracks is a kind of small for a mini-album though and this release could have easily been labeled as a “large single” (7 to 8 tracks is the ideal size for a mini-album IMO). I had the same problem with Crystal Kay’s mini-album Shining since that only included 5 tracks. At least CHAIN is way better than Shining as far as Christmas mini-albums go. The title track is good and some of the covers are well done, so this mini-album was alright.

Overall Rating 

3½ stars

Tracklisting

1. CHAIN
2. Wonderful Christmastime
3. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
4. Let It Snow
5. CHAIN ~The Birth Cry~
6. The Christmas Song

Note: My favorite tracks are highlighted in blue!

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  1. YES.
    Finally, a good reason for me to listen to Bonnie Pink.

  2. I agree. Although I don’t think 6 tracks is too short for a mini-album. I would’ve really wanted more than one (or two, if you count the birth cry version) original song.

  3. great review! to be honest… i kinda felt the same… i thought this was alright. lol wasn’t my thing, but she did a good job on it.

    i liked KOKIA’s christmas album, that was pretty awesome

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  5. Considering 6 is half of 12, which is a common number among albums, it seems fitting to call it a mini-album. Anywho-
    I really enjoyed CHAIN and Wonderful Christmas Time. The other songs were “blah” at best. And you right about BoA! Good call!


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