May J. – Shiny Sky

June 26, 2010 at 9:32 AM | Posted in May J. | Leave a comment
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The cover of the first press CD only edition

Shiny Sky is May J.’s 4th single and it was released on June 9, 2010. The single reached #54 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 1,668 copies.

I love her smile. It’s beautiful.

♦ ♦ ♦

According to her official site, the first three tracks of the single represent ~*peace, love, and sunshine*~. D’aaaaw, isn’t that cute (and a little cheesy)? These songs remind me of the material off her last album for you since they’re less R&B and more sugary pop. Kicking things off is Shiny Sky, a bright and upbeat song with quick beats and brass. May J.’s vocals are very vibrant, especially during the catchy chorus.

The next two tracks feature the same positive atmosphere as the A-side. Believe is also upbeat and on the acoustic side with the guitars and piano. The chorus is wonderful as well. DISTANCE is slower paced but features heavier beats and synth compared to the last 2 tracks. Like I said before, I don’t mind that she’s went the pop route because these songs are well done. They have grown on me a lot as well.

But wait there’s more! Also included on the single is a Japanese version of littlestar. The original English version is on the HOUSE NATION 3rd Anniversary album if you want to check it out. As you would expect from HOUSE NATION, the song is club oriented but it still has an organic side with the piano (similar to DAISHI DANCE’s stuff). Lastly, the first pressings of the single come with a remix of Kaze ni Naritai feat. CHRIS & BUZZER BEATS. This was one of my favorite tracks off the for you album and I liked electronic elements layered on top of the festive mood of the original.

Pros: Once again, this was another amazingly consistent release.
Cons: The first 3 tracks are a little similar but don’t let that discourage you.

BASICALLY…a great summer single. Give it a try!

Overall Rating

4 stars

Tracklisting

1. Shiny Sky
2. Believe
3. DISTANCE
4. littlestar -Japanese edition-
5. Kaze ni Naritai feat. CHRIS & BUZZER BEATS <Festival Dance Remix> (風になりたい)
    [First pressing bonus track]

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