Kana Nishino – to LOVEJuly 6, 2010 at 1:18 PM | Posted in Kana Nishino | 4 Comments
The cover of the CD+DVD edition
to LOVE is Kana Nishino’s 2nd album and it was released on June 23, 2010. The album reached #1 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 402,772 copies.
Stop inflating your lips, girl! It’s distracting. >_>
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Make way for the new queen of Jpop, bitches. Just kidding. ;D At the moment Kana Nishino is more like the queen of cellphone love songs, something that the teenage girls of Japan just eat up. After her debut album LOVE one., she went on a string of releasing bittersweet mid-tempo R&B songs and just kept getting more popular. For the people who were bitching about how Nishino should go back to her “old style” with girly pop songs like glowly days and Style. should be quiet because you DO get some of that on this album.
On the plus side, I am glad that to LOVE isn’t chock full of songs like Motto… and Aitakute Aitakute because let’s be honest; things would get boring pretty fast. At its core, this is a summer album and the new tracks prove that. After a short intro track (what a nice surprise lol) and Best Friend, Summer Girl feat. MINMI and Hey Boy come in as bright and upbeat songs that are quite different than most of the A-sides. Hey Boy stands out with its electric guitars which is something I haven’t heard since her debut single.
Nishino whips out her sad cellphone in Motto… but then goes back to a cute summer sound with love & smile and Kono Mama de (the first ballad of the album). The next two songs are a little more electronic. MAYBE is good but WRONG is just plain amazing. It is by far the best new track. Come On Yes Yes Oh Yeah!! is the obligatory party song and it has the most random intro sequence ever. The intro reminds me of Grab Bag but the rest of it is like Konya wa PARTY UP. I was hoping for another song like candy though. =(
The album goes into full cellphone romance mode with the A-sides Dear… and Aitakute Aitakute. Dear… is a lovey-dovey ballad while Aitakute Aitakute is a post breakup song. This all wraps up with You are the one, a ballad that ends the album on a lighter note. The epilogue is pretty much a reiteration of the prologue since the music is the same and she sings the same lines.
It’s a good thing that the album mixed things up a bit but still maintained a good flow. As much as I loved the A-sides, they all sound similar to each other and nobody wants a monotonous album. The new tracks like Summer Girl, Hey Boy, WRONG, and even Come On Yes Yes Oh Yeah!! provided some much needed variety. The structure of to LOVE is similar to that of her debut album but I thought it flowed even smoother because the songs were better executed. There’s no mediocre pop songs like I, glowly days, or Girlfriend but that’s mostly because her vocals were baaaad back then. Since her debut album, her vocals have improved a lot. Seriously, listen to I and you’ll hear a big difference. Finishing up this review, Kana Nishino is definitely not a victim of the sophomore slump and to LOVE is a great album.
Pros: Overall, this album is better and more cohesive than her debut. The A-sides remain awesome as well.
Cons: I was a little let down with some of the new tracks. Only WRONG really impressed me.
BASICALLY…what a nice surprise, indeed. ♥
1. *Prologue* ~What a nice~
2. Best Friend
3. Summer Girl feat. MINMI
4. Hey Boy
5. Motto… (もっと・・・)
6. love & smile
7. Kono Mama de (このままで)
10. Come On Yes Yes Oh Yeah!!
12. Aitakute Aitakute (会いたくて 会いたくて)
13. You are the one
14. *Epilogue* ~to LOVE~
Note: My favorite tracks are highlighted in blue!