Aya Kamiki – Revolver

July 24, 2010 at 9:21 PM | Posted in Aya Kamiki | 5 Comments
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Revolver is Aya Kamiki’s 12th single and it was released on July 14, 2010. The single reached #34 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 1,998 copies.

I love the cover. Dystopic society has never looked hotter. ♥

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After doing a little bit of avex pop rock on INDIVIDUAL EMOTION, Aya Kamiki delivers some hard-hitting grunge with Revolver. The song is definitely reminiscent of her GIZA Studio works because it has a cool punk influence in the arrangement. The chorus is awesome as well. Overall, this is a sleek song that should win over veteran fans who were let down with her first avex album.

The B-side Infinity is also really upbeat but features a more uplifting arrangement as opposed to the edgy atmosphere heard in Revolver. Kamiki’s vocals are stronger in this song, too.

Pros: As much as I loved INDIVIDUAL EMOTION, this single has material that surpasses most of it.
Cons: I don’t have any. She’s back in full force!

BASICALLY…I want Gloriosa now! It’s her new mini-album out in August.

Overall Rating

4½ stars

Tracklisting

1. Revolver
2. Infinity

Aya Kamiki – INDIVIDUAL EMOTION

February 7, 2010 at 1:16 PM | Posted in Aya Kamiki | 5 Comments
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The cover of the limited edition

INDIVIDUAL EMOTION is Aya Kamiki’s 4th album and it was released on January 27, 2010. The album reached #23 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 7,283 copies. It’s also her first album on the avex trax label. The limited edition comes with a 2nd disc titled AYA KAMIKI Fan Best containing B-sides and album tracks voted by fans.

I like Aya’s ~avex makeover~! She looks less like an Avril clone now.

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Don’t fret, Aya Kamiki fans! Just because she’s switched labels doesn’t mean that her music style has changed. If anything, the differences between INDIVIDUAL EMOTION and her first 3 albums are pretty subtle. The aggressive rock sound is still there but the pop influences are stronger. If you have heard the album’s only single, W-B-X ~W-Boiled Extreme~, then you know what I mean. I don’t think this is a bad thing at all since I think this is her most interesting album to date.

If you’re not familiar with the music on her original label GIZA studio, she mainly performed songs within the pop rock genre, sometimes incorporating elements like alternative rock and even punk. In some ways, this album does mark a departure to a more mainstream sound. Songs like The Light (the album’s main promotional track) and TO-THE-ATTACK feature prominent synth in their arrangements. Like I said, the change is there but it’s not all that significant.

A majority of the album is still composed of great old fashioned rock songs though. These songs sound renovated and feature a noticeable “face lift” when compared to her past works. EMPTY, Break my day, and 248 Mile are all pretty awesome (the last track I mentioned being my favorite of the 3). There’s also sokubaku LOVE and CLAP YOUR HANDS, 2 tracks that have a gutsy attitude to them. Lastly, Dear my… and I wish in your dreams balance things out by being the album’s slower paced songs. They may not be as energetic as the rest of the album but they’re definitely bold.

From beginning to end, INDIVIDUAL EMOTION is an upbeat thrill ride that doesn’t let up. It stays intruiging and I found myself enjoying nearly every track. Most Japanese pop rock albums have a boring side with tracks that end up sounding the same. That is not the case here. Aya Kamiki has pretty much revitalized her career with this album. It’s a very fun listen.

Pros: There are so many good tracks. Just listen to everything!
Cons: The purists might think that Kamiki has “sold out” by switching to avex. Get over it!

BASICALLY…I love the new Aya! She delivered the goods and then some.

Overall Rating

4½ stars

Tracklisting

1. introduction ~INDIVIDUAL EMOTION~
2. The Light
3. TO-THE-ATTACK
4. EMPTY
5. Break my day
6. Dear my…
7. sokubaku LOVE
8. CLAP YOUR HANDS
9. 248 Mile
10. I wish in your dreams
11. W-B-X ~W-Boiled Extreme~ / Aya Kamiki w TAKUYA

Note: My favorite tracks are highlighted in blue!

Aya Kamiki w TAKUYA – W-B-X ~W-Boiled Extreme~

November 23, 2009 at 9:14 AM | Posted in Aya Kamiki | 7 Comments
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The cover of the CD+DVD edition

W-B-X ~W-Boiled Extreme~ is Aya Kamiki’s 11th single and it was released on November 11, 2009. The single reached #8 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 47,899 copies. The title track was used as the theme song for the TV show Kamen Rider Double. It’s also her first single on the avex trax label.

I think they both look good. Get over it!

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Okay, I admit that I didn’t take notice of Aya Kamiki until her switch from GIZA to avex trax but she is pretty awesome. The song Summer Memories turned me into a fan. This blog needs more cool rocker chicks anyway!

Kamiki collaborated with TAKUYA (former guitarist of the band JUDY & MARY) for W-B-X ~W-Boiled Extreme~, a sleek and energetic track that’s a lot of fun. For those who are not familiar with Kamiki’s voice, it’s quite strong and has good tone. It’s perfect for the genre she performs in, which is primarily upbeat rock. TAKUYA has some singing parts too but it seems more like “blurting” during the verses. At least they sound good together for the catchy chorus.

The 2nd track is a “jazz edit” of the A-side. I liked the music since it adds laid back brass instruments and a xylophone but unfortunately, it’s an instrumental. Oh well. I was informed that singles with a Kamen Rider tie-in include an instrumental track though.

Pros: I really enjoyed the main track. It’s a great collaboration too.
Cons: That jazz version would have been cooler with vocals.

BASICALLY…I’m looking forward to Kamiki’s first album with avex! It’s out in January.

Overall Rating

4 stars

Tracklisting

1. W-B-X ~W-Boiled Extreme~
2. W-B-X Hard Boiled Jazz Edit.
3. W-B-X ~W-Boiled Extreme~ instrumental 

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