Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘YUI’ Category

SINGLE REVIEW: YUI- Laugh away

YUI- Laugh away

I’m glad YUI is managing to be active again after that long break caused by the DVD release. I hope she at least got to rest a bit during that time. Sony seems to be nicer to their talent than avex, so hopefully she doesn’t even need it that terribly. Anyway, I believe this is YUI’s first digital single, and I’m proud to review it on this site. Without further ado, YUI’s ‘Laugh away.’

———

Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Laugh away is exactly what I was looking for from YUI. A complete return to her older, more down-to-earth style. The song opens with classic YUI acoustic chords and a fantastic melody. This song isn’t quite identical to her past works in that it’s very happy. Most of her previous songs had a very solemn or important message to them. This song also has an important message, but a happier one that can be conveyed in a more upbeat nature. And you know what? In the PV, she SMILES. I mean like, her mouth opens. And there’s something that resembles happiness. Recorded. On video. One of YUI’s best PVs in a long while. Not that she’s never happy, she just never seems to smile. Another thing to like/find funny about YUI. Anyway, to the actual song. There are still hints of YUI’s recent stylings (violin, electric backing guitar), but it is so absolutely refreshing all the same. The verses are pretty laid back, but definitely faster than most of her post-2nd album singles. The chorus is an explosion of joy not seen from YUI in her current era. I love the way she sings this one because of the previously unheard power she puts behind her notes. Even though I love YUI, she’s not an incredible vocalist. She’s good, but she’s not groundbreaking. And you know what? That’s okay! Even though she doesn’t have vibrato or any technique really, she manages to create great music. This song is a great example of perfect YUI-esque composition. The verses and chorus contrast but both convey the same idea, which is hard to do for people who weren’t professionally trained to do so. I’m really impressed with this track, and I’ve already listened to it like let’s see… Ha, 148 times. You should all go buy this single, I know I will. It’s going to be like two bucks, and it’s totally worth it. I am going to sing this every time I go to karaoke for sure. Hands down YUI’s best single of her current era. Not a question in my mind.

Vocal Performance Grade: A+ — Musical Performance Grade: A+ — Composition Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

SINGLE GRADE: A+

Read Full Post »

[Single] YUI’s ‘Namidairo’

SINGLE REVIEW: YUI- Namidairo

YUI- Namidairo

This is another single I’ve long been waiting for. YUI released a live DVD about a month ago which threw off her release schedule. This single will mark the third since her last album, which means that there’s a new album coming soon(ish). Well, I don’t want to wait any longer, YUI’s ‘Namidairo’.

———

I absolutely love the musical aspect of Namidairo, because it is similar to old YUI works but with a new sound. The song starts off with nothing but acoustic guitar, and only adds in violin during the intro and chorus. Whining electric guitar also makes a gentle background appearance, which adds a beautiful atmosphere to the ballad. When I first listened to this song, I thought that her vocals sounded a bit dead, but that’s disappeared by now. Her voice sounds a bit deeper, but I can still feel her emotions while singing. YUI isn’t the strongest singer in the world, but she’s a great story teller. Although she doesn’t know how to hold out her notes with vibrato, it’s obvious that she doesn’t have to. Her vocal performance is solid and engaging without all the professionalism. This song is better than YUI’s past two singles by leaps and bounds. Although I liked both previous singles, YUI’s traditional acoustic guitar style is by far my favorite, and she returns to that in this song. Her rock-vibe is fine with me, but I will always have a predilection to her older sound. I’m impressed by YUI’s ability to compose tracks with such great flow, and Namidairo is the perfect example of matching verses and chorus. Yuna Ito could learn a few things from her. This song is exactly what I was looking for, and it will be on repeat for many weeks.

Vocal Performance Grade: A — Musical Performance Grade: A+ — Composition Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

The B-Side of this so far fantastic single is a song called I wanna be…. I love the happy intro and continuation of acoustic and natural sounding instrumentation throughout the single. This song reminds me of her really old works because it features nothing but guitar and percussion. Lately YUI has been hopping on the violin train, which is fine, but I’m glad that she doesn’t need them to make a good song. Also, her English is definitely improving, finally. I wanna be doesn’t have a thick accent making it difficult to understand; in fact it sounds very native. It might just be that those words are fairly easy for a Japanese person, but either way YUI’s thankfully using correct English. Overall, this is a very pure track that doesn’t feature much of anything. But in a good way. I like the happiness aspect, and this is definitely a worthy B-Side. People have said it’s boring, but I really don’t think so. It might be void of thick and layered instruments, but it is certainly not boring. The composition is progressive, the vocals are strong, and the guitar chords are sweet. This song is just as good as the previous, and in many ways much more catchy. This song only has one flaw, which is that YUI gets pitchy sometimes, though it’s rare and not all that noticeable if you’re not searching for it.

Vocal Performance Grade: A- — Musical Performance Grade: A+ — Composition Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

SINGLE GRADE: A+

Read Full Post »

[Single] YUI’s ‘LOVE & TRUTH’

SINGLE REVIEW: YUI- LOVE & TRUTH

YUI- LOVE & TRUTH

 

So we’ve finally arrived at the single that I have been anticipating for MONTHS. YUI is hands down my favorite Japanese artist [and artist in general] of the year, and quite possibly forever. I respect YUI on so many different levels because she can not only sing, but also plays and instrument and is and actress. I absolutely love YUI, and I will never stop listening to her music. I don’t think there has ever been a single from her that I haven’t liked. Rolling Star was getting close, but the YUIness kept me drawn in. I actually found myself enjoying Rolling Star after a few listens, and I don’t mind it. However, it is my least favorite YUI song. I really really really hope to meet this girl one day~! Well, I don’t want to wait any longer, so here is YUI’s newest single ‘LOVE & TRUTH’

———

Words can not describe how happy I was when I first listened to LOVE & TRUTH. I was hoping with my whole SOUL that YUI would put out a great great great new single. When I saw the cover, I was just like… What the hell!? She looks so much older! She appears to have lost weight, and is not looking so much like the 14 year old 21 year old. So she’s growing up, but I didn’t know [and don’t know] that that meant/means for her music! The dark cover suggested a somewhat dark song, but you obviously can’t be sure. The music for this song is AMAZING, and the violins combined with the guitar and dramatic background sounds is just fantstic. As soon as YUI’s vocals started, I was like “YES!!!” as expect, her vocals are gorgeous, and I am totally loving this song. Throughout the whole song she makes her voice do incredible things, and I really love when she sings ‘shite bakari’. On another note, the composition of this song is just wonderful. I would never have thought to put violin and guitar together, and in the way she does, but I am just floored by how cool this song is. And even further, the LYRICS are absolutely greatttt! And one more thing, the PV is just about the coolest thing I have ever seen. The shots of this grown up YUI are great, and the entire atmosphere is just so unique.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

JAM just makes the single perfect. The thing that really sticks out in this song for me that the lyrics are really cool. ‘how many times should I tell you? I’m not one of those good girls you think of’ and my favorite ingrish in the song, ‘anarchy in the night’. It’s kind of a different side of my sweet YUI, but I do really like it. I should probably put in that the first phrase I listed for lyrics is not sung in english, so don’t go looking for it. Anarchy in the night is sung in english, but you can’t barely tell because of her accent. The guitar for this song is really nice, and YUI’s vocals are again at their best. I can’t find anything that I don’t like from either songs, which I’m actually really happy about. JAM doesn’t have the kind of vocal diversity that LOVE & TRUTH had, but I didn’t really notice until I was actually looking for it. This is just another great song. I am really happy with this single, and YUI should be too.

Vocal Grade: A+ — Musical Grade: A+

Overall Grade: A+

SINGLE GRADE: A+

 

Read Full Post »

 

SINGLE REVIEW: YUI- My Generation/Understand

 

YUI, YUI, YUI… This girl never ceases to amaze me. I’ve always been a huge fan of YUI from the very beginning, and I’m proud to have such a good single on my site for the first time. Her soft acoustic ballads and her faster paced electric songs are all appealing to me, and I really just can’t get enough. Her voice is so pleasant, and she’s really made her way up in my world. I pretty much love everything she does, so I’m hoping that this will be no exception. She composes and writes her own music, which just makes me respect her even more. YUI is definitely one of my all time favorite artists, and I’m really glad I finally get the chance to review some of her work. So, without further ado, My Generation/Understand.

———

Ah YUI, my dear. Fantastic. Though My Generation has it’s moments where it feels somewhat repetetive to me, I think it is really good. YUI’s songs always have fantastic music, and this song does not fail to impress despite what it is up against from her past singles. The guitar is strong, and the lyrics accompany it perfectly. This is not my favorite YUI song, and if I had this site longer, you would be able to look back and see me rant about songs such as Goodbye Days and How Crazy. However, I’ll have to be content with this and her future singles. Congratulations YUI, on another great single. Vocally she sounds a bit strained, and again, it is repetetive, but it is a solid song, and it does not fail to stand up to her previous singles.

Vocal Grade: A- — Musical Grade: A

Overall Grade: A

Understand is yet another well-made YUI song, which I happened to enjoy more than My Generation. I thought the atmosphere of the song was really relaxed, and was a great night time song. YUI’s ballad songs are usualy good, and, though this song’s vocal’s were a tiny bit dead, and some parts were boring, I found the soothing feel of the song was really good. The music was, as in most ballads, calm and soft, to match the vocals. As usual, YUI’s guitar was beautiful, and the entire ensemble of the music aspect of the song made it more pleasant to the ears. Another good job, and another great song to listen to. This single is not YUI’s best work, but it is really good.

Vocal Grade: A — Music Grade: B+

Overall Grade: A-

SINGLE GRADE: A-

Read Full Post »