JASMINE – DREAMIN’

May 16, 2010 at 7:11 PM | Posted in JASMINE | 10 Comments
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DREAMIN’ is JASMINE’s 5th single and it was released on May 12, 2010. The single reached #38 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 2,546 copies.

I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this outfit somewhere on Sailor Moon

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I’m rolling my eyes at you people who have been complaining about this song. Being her first ballad A-side, I think Dreamin’ is great. With an gospel inspired sound, it’s not your conventional Japanese ballad (besides some of Mika Nakashima’s stuff lol). I also felt that the song fully showcased JASMINE’s vocal capabilities because her voice was powerful, yet controlled. I was pretty impressed.

After such a sweet song, the transition into L.I.P.S. is kind of funny. The lyrics are funny too. I was cracking up at the “lip gross” and “tasty kimchee” lines. However, I forgive her because the music is hot. Similar to This Is Not A Game, the song mixes R&B and with some synth to make a fiery combination. Overall, this is JASMINE at her most sassy and it’s her best B-side since Koi.

There’s also a BUZZER BEATS remix of sad to say that appears as track 3. It’s mellow like the original but includes more beats. As far as remixes go, I thought this was pretty standard and nothing spectacular. At least it sounded nice. 

Pros: I think this single had what her others lacked…balance!
Cons: L.I.P.S. is silly but whatever.

BASICALLY…now it’s time for an album!

Overall Rating

4½ stars

Tracklisting

1. Dreamin’
2. L.I.P.S.
3. sad to say [BUZZER BEATS Remix]

JASMINE – JEALOUS

April 14, 2010 at 10:42 AM | Posted in JASMINE | 5 Comments
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JEALOUS is JASMINE’s 4th single and it was released on April 7, 2010. The single reached #20 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 2,732 copies.

This is my favorite cover so far. Her outfit is crazy!

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The 2nd single in her 3 month release spree, Jealous is a sleek and cool R&B track. The song isn’t “in your face” like This Is Not A Game was but it still manages to be very catchy (jealous is so dangerous ♪). I also enjoyed the chill-out vibe of the music and that awesome JASMINE attitude is there when she sings. Some people have said that her music reminds them of Utada Hikaru’s older material but I don’t really agree with that.

The B-side is a cover of Hezekiah Walker’s I Need You to Survive. Yep, it’s another gospel song but I don’t have a problem with that. A mix of traditional gospel and R&B, I liked this track and JASMINE’s vocals are pleasant and controlled. I could have done without that annoying vocoder in the background though. It was distracting.

Pros: If you don’t like the A-side, you’re just a jealous hater~
Cons: Get rid of that vocoder in the B-side! So unnecessary.

BASICALLY…JASMINE is one of the most interesting Japanese artists at the moment.

Overall Rating

4 stars

Tracklisting

1. Jealous
2. I Need You to Survive

JASMINE – THIS IS NOT A GAME

March 12, 2010 at 11:28 AM | Posted in JASMINE | 5 Comments
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THIS IS NOT A GAME is JASMINE’s 3rd single and it was released on March 3, 2010. The single reached #23 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 3,129 copies (it was limited to 10,000 copies).

She’s demonic now! The promo pic that I posted below is the stuff of nightmares, too. *heads for the hills*

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This is mine. This is my stage.

JASMINE is officially a fierce bitch and I’m glad she stepped it up with This Is Not A Game, the first of 3 limited singles being released once a month. Breaking the mid-tempo trend of sad to say and No More, the song is more aggressive thanks to upbeat synth and forceful vocals. It’s also a very catchy track, as well. The chorus has been stuck in my head for a while.

The B-side is…interesting. MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY ALL is a cover of a gospel song originally performed by Kirk Franklin. Her version has a simple acoustic based arrangement and I have to admit that her English is pretty good. She also does some nice vocal acrobatics halfway through the song, too.

Pros: The A-side is very good! It’s definitely better than No More.
Cons: The cover song will make you go “WTF?” at first.

BASICALLY…Jesus, this is not a game! ♥

Overall Rating

4 stars

Tracklisting

1. This Is Not A Game
2. MY LIFE, MY LOVE, MY ALL

JASMINE – NO MORE

November 7, 2009 at 3:28 PM | Posted in JASMINE | 5 Comments
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NO MORE is JASMINE’s 2nd single and it was released on October 28, 2009. The single reached #15 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 5,287 copies.

Green hair + green clothes + green background = LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOO. What a disaster!

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JASMINE certainly made a splash in the Japanese R&B scene with her debut single sad to say and I was eager to hear more from her. Well, here we are with No More, a song that is just like sad to say. Seriously, the similarities are uncanny. It has the same musical structure and depressing atmosphere too. You know how popular the “somber R&B love song” is these days. ;D Even so, the song is good if you can get past that. I thought sad to say was better though.

At least she does something different for the B-sides. With a title like CLUBBIN’, what would you expect? Yes, a rock song is correct! XD
It’s definitely the surprise of the single and in all honestly, I liked it. Even though the arrangement is mostly electric guitars, she incorporates fast paced R&B styled vocals so it creates an interesting mix. Wrapping things up is what you want?, which also proves to be more intriguing than the A-side. This is because it doesn’t follow the same “boo hoo” formula.

Pros: A solid single…and CLUBBIN’ is hot! Get over it!
Cons: The A-side is the sequel to sad to say. It’s way too similar.

 BASICALLY…stop crying and start clubbin’!

Overall Rating

3½ stars

Tracklisting

1. No More
2. CLUBBIN’
3. what you want?

JASMINE – sad to say

October 2, 2009 at 8:41 PM | Posted in JASMINE | 3 Comments
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sad to say is JASMINE’s debut single and it was released on June 24, 2009. The single reached #10 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 25,229 copies.

OMG I can’t stop gawking at the cover. She looks like that pink-haired chick from Naruto. *DEAD*

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Don’t let this girl’s looks fool you. Just because she looks like an anime character doesn’t mean she sounds like one. ;D Seriously, JASMINE can sing. She has a strong voice with good control on top of that. As for the leading track sad to say, it seems that the ~melancholy R&B song~ is in these days but even so, it’s very good. Despite the bittersweet vibe the song has, the chorus is quite catchy and JASMINE’s singing is upbeat during the verses. On a funny note, she is also a pottymouth! That “fucking sorrow fucking sorrow” line shouldn’t crack me up but it does. lol

I wanna focus on tracks 2 and 4 now since they are remixes of i’m in luv wit u. The first one is the “1989 remix” which mixes in electronic elements. I didn’t like this remix though because of the auto-tune. I thought it was really unnecessary, especially considering the fact that JASMINE can sing. Girl, you don’t need it! Luckily, the “laid back remix” fixes that. Naturally, it’s slower paced but it’s a lot better without the auto-tune. Overall, her vocals are more robust here than in sad to say as well.

And then there’s Koi, which I thought was pretty hot. It’s a sexy track for sure and it shows the more reserved side of her vocals too. She sounded pretty smooth next to the layered beats and I liked the overall rhythm of the music. Overall, I thought it was an excellent song.

Pros: sad to say and Koi are beyond catchy. I’m definitely looking forward to the next single!
Cons: I hate auto-tune…so much… *rage* Good thing it’s only in one song.

BASICALLY…this is JASMINE, bitch! =O

Overall Rating

4 stars

Tracklisting

1. sad to say
2. i’m in luv wit u [1989 remix]
3. Koi (恋)
4. i’m in luv wit u [laid back remix]

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