About Beyond the Sea
Welcome to Beyond the Sea, a Japanese music review blog!
Only music from Japan will be featured in this blog and nothing else. I will do my best to deliver high quality reviews and comments and feedback are very much appreciated. If you’re looking for a certain artist, just check out the artist list to the right and if your looking for a specific review from that artist, the review index will show a complete listing of what I have done. Happy reading!
HISTORY OF BtS
Let’s see…I created this blog back in 2006 when I was a junior in high school. It is indeed named after K’s debut album Beyond the Sea. This was around the time I was really getting into J-pop and I wanted to share my thoughts on the music that I was beginning to love so much. Originally, alongside the reviews I would upload songs via MediaFire but that didn’t last long. A year and a million site hits later, WordPress shut down the original blog! =OOOO I quickly revived it with the totally creative URL beyondthesea2. XD Everything has been smooth sailing from then on. I don’t review as often as I used to but I still enjoy to blog about J-pop occasionally.
First things first, I only review artists that I like and regularly listen to. For example, I’m never going to feature Shiina Ringo on this blog because I hate her. lol This also means that I do NOT take requests for reviews. Don’t even think about requesting or recommending anything to me. I am entitled to my own opinion and if you don’t like it, that’s too bad. I will respect your opinion so please respect mine in return.
THE RATING SYSTEM
1 star = Maybe there was one little redeeming quality? It was still absolute shit though.
2 stars = Incredibly below average.
3 stars = It was okay. Could’ve been better though.
4 stars = Getting close! A high quality release.
5 stars = Perfect. If it was a person, you would make sweet love to it. ♥
Note: Half a star ( ) indicates that the release was close to receiving a full star rating as listed above. Factors such as B-sides, remixes, new album tracks, and other minor details can influence whether a release gets an increase or decrease in its overall rating by half a star.
Hello! My name is Lex and I’m 23 years old. Part-time blogger and full-time United States Airman!
My favorite J-pop artists of all time are Utada Hikaru, Do As Infinity, Hitomi Shimatani, and Koda Kumi. I refer to them as the “Big 4”. *bows down* XD
Other artists that I love to death but are not included in the “Big 4” are Ayumi Hamasaki, Mika Nakashima, Tsukiko Amano, alan, Ami Suzuki, BONNIE PINK, KOKIA, Crystal Kay, BoA, Angela Aki, Yuna Ito, Mai Kuraki, K, ayaka, and Rie fu.
My current biases are Kana Nishino, JUJU, Sayuri Sugawara, Mai Fukui, and Tohoshinki.
I hope you enjoy your stay here at Beyond the Sea. According to Tyra, this blog is…