JASMINE – Best Partner

03/18/2013 at 6:15 PM | Posted in Jasmine | Leave a comment
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JASMINE - Best Partner

~Single~

JASMINE – Best Partner

1. Best Partner

2. B*TCH*S

3. Touch me on the Beach

4. Best Partner (Instrumental)

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After a long silence, JASMINE released this single. Of course that was months ago and now there’s a long silence again. COME ON JASMINE. I NEED MORE OF YOUR MUSIC, aka I liked these songs.

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After a short intro “Best Partner” starts with JASMINE singing against some quick strings. Clapping and beats soon follow in what seems like typical JASMINE fashion. Things get a little more interesting though in the lead up to the chorus as I quickly realize all of this is building up to an emotional and explosive sounding chorus, the highlight of the song. It was really what drew me into the song the most and really made me like it. JASMINE’s belting really conveys in simple sound what is being conveyed in the lyrics. I liked how the music somehow seems lighter at the end in the outro though I still do like the darker more serious tone of the song overall. Other than having a title that seemed awkward to me at first I feel like this is one of JASMINE’s better songs, now if she would just release more…

Score – 9

“B*TCH*S”, what a title. Once again, kind of an explosive, brazen kind of song with heavy synth going on. The background vocalizing throughout the song, especially during the chorus heightens the song, really bringing it to another level. I really loved the lyrics, strong, playful, sexy, with a real girl on top feel to them. JASMINE really does well with these types of songs I think.

Score – 8.5

“Touch me on the Beach” is a sexy, high energy, summer track that never lets up. I liked the way the lyrics seemed to flow and especially how JASMINE sings them, there is a playful, wildness she can give her voice sometimes that really works for her and the mood of the song. Again, these are the kinds of songs that I feel she does really good with. That being said, I did think that this was the weakest track overall. It’s really not bad, but the other two are just better and kind of end up overshadowing it.

Score – 7.5

Final Note

Really glad JASMINE comes back strong with this single, but not happy she still hasn’t released anything new yet…

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JASMINE – ONLY YOU

08/21/2011 at 5:51 PM | Posted in Jasmine | Leave a comment
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~Single~

JASMINE – ONLY YOU

1. ONLY YOU

2. Addiction

3. ONLY YOU (Instrumental)

4. Addiction (Instrumental)

This is JASMINE’s follow up from ONE which was just amazing so I’m curious to see if she can keep it going.

“ONLY YOU” seems to be quite a typical sounding track for JASMINE. It’s R&B-ish, and has a hint of melancholy similar to a lot of her other songs. However, that’s not to say that this song isn’t good, it’s pretty great, the chorus is really strong and incredibly catchy. I like the high she starts it off with and the range she displays in the song as a whole as well, but it’s not surprise here that JASMINE has a voice. The ad-libbing at the end was a nice touch.

Score – 8

I was skeptical for some reason with “Addiction” but as soon as I started listening to it I was intrigued. It’s a fast paced song that has a hell of a lot going on. It sounds a bit marching band(?) overall especially with the use of whistles. I love the attitude JASMINE gives in the song and I especially love how strongly and fast she sings the chorus. There are also two occasions where she says “Uhh Don’t *BLEEP* with me!” which I thought was great one near the bridge and it’s how she ends the song which finishes up with almost video game beeping and a gunshot. Overall a track that packs a punch. Better than the A-side.

Score – 9.5

Final Note

Neat single with two very different but good tracks.

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JASMINE – ONE

02/05/2011 at 3:49 PM | Posted in Jasmine | Leave a comment
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~Single~

JASMINE – ONE

1. ONE

2. dear my friend (MIGHTY CROWN REMIX)

3. ONE (acoustic 2010/12/12 Live in the Dark ver.)

4. Dreamin’ (acoustic 2010/12/12 Live in the Dark ver.)

5. ONE (Instrumental)

Right off the bat, I thought that “ONE” was SO Ace of Base, and I LOVED it for that. It’s got a classic sounding synth beat going on the whole time and you just can’t help but get into it. JASMINE’s vocals are of course great and the way she sings makes the song so catchy especially in the chorus. Overall an awesome song.

Score – 9.5

My liking of dear my friend has gone down a little from first listening to it though I still like it a little. However, the “MIGHT CROWN REMIX” renews the song a bit for me. It adds a really laid back almost Ska/Reggae sound to the song. What’s more is this is more a new version of the song rather than a remix so there’s no annoying cut-vocals, annoying beats, repeating, etc.

Score – 8.5

I appreciated the “acoustic Live in the Dark ver.” attempt to break ONE down and make it sound slightly bluesy. All it really is is a small bit of percussion and background vocals but to be honest, I just didn’t really like it.

Score – 6

As a ballad, Dreamin’ was just kind of “OK” for me. The “acoustic Live in the Dark ver.” doesn’t really do anything different with the song which is good based on what I just heard with ONE. That being said it’s basically the exact same as the studio version so there’s not much to note here. On a related note, you really get the feeling that JASMINE can really sing well live.

Score – 7.5

Final Note

I would have lived with just the A-side xD

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JASMINE – GOLD

07/21/2010 at 6:41 PM | Posted in Jasmine | 3 Comments
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~Album~

JASMINE – GOLD

1. PRIDE

2. sad to say

3. L.I.P.S.

4. Jealous

5. Bad Girl.

6. dear my friend

7. stage ~interlude~

8. This Is Not A Game

9. CLUBBIN’

10. Koi

11. what you want?

12. No more

13. Dreamin’

14. Why

That’s right, I’m reviewing GOLD. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to, but after a few more listens of certain tracks I finally decided to. This is JASMINE first album after a good amount of singles. On a related note, I wish she would have stayed with the same shot all of her singles have had; her, mid-thigh up for the most part, instead of that close up shot. But I get it, it’s an album they have to change it up, whatever, it’s all about the music anyway, right?

The album opens up with PRIDE which I guess at 2:28 serves as an intro? It starts with some heartbeats, and then this piano that sounds like something would hear in a Broadway play. I guess it serves as a good intro but I don’t have any strong feelings for it one way or the other.

Score – 6

“sad to say” was JASMINE’s first single, but it didn’t really grab me then. It really doesn’t do anything for me here either, but I wouldn’t say it’s a bad song. It’s got a pretty good beat, backed by some piano, but I just couldn’t really get into it.

Score – 6

I thought “L.I.P.S.” was pretty good, it’s fairly straightforward, synthy, and it’s pretty sexy. The chorus was the best part of the song although I really didn’t like the J.A.S.M.I.N.E. break down bridge thing and towards the end of the song.

Score – 7

I can say for sure, that Jealous was the sole reason I have stayed interested in JASMINE. When I first heard it I was like “oh this JASMINE girl again”. But my thoughts changed as soon as it started up. This song is damn catchy. I loved the mix of musical styles.

Score – 9

She switches it up here with “Bad Girl.” as it’s a bit of a rock track featuring strings, piano, and some grungy sounding electric guitar. I liked the darker tone that this song had and felt it was a good change of pace. I thought the lyrics were pretty good as well.

Score – 8

“dear my friend” starts out kind of interesting, and there’s this phone vibrating sound effect that’s played and I was actually looking for MY phone! xD It’s a slower paced song similar to Jealous, but I wouldn’t really compare the two. It’s an alright song but it wasn’t incredibly memorable.

Score – 7

stage ~interlude~ is kind of weird but brilliant at the same time, she goes from “jungle” to “city” to “world” to “stage” and it worked as a PERFECT transition into This Is Not A Game.

Score – 7

“This Is Not A Game” has that darker tone like Bad Girl that I liked a lot. The lead up to the chorus is really good and the haunting piano is really great, along with the darker synth, I thought it made the song, especially during the chorus which is probably the best part of the song.

Score – 8

“CLUBBIN'” picks up the rocker sound that has been heard and amplifies it a bit. Although musically, there isn’t that much more going on here. The vocals are a bit faster paced here though. I was actually kind of surprised that I didn’t like it more.

Score – 7

One of the only things I didn’t like about “Koi” was the repetition of the word “crazy” which was JUST done in CLUBBIN’. If it weren’t for that, I would have any strong feelings about it.

Score – 5

I definitely liked the funky sound of “what you want?” Again it was another good change of pace for the album. It’s slower paced and has a really great funk music sound even if it does seem a little repetitive.

Score – 7

“No More” definitely caught my eye (but it really was Jealous that got me fixated). It has a mid tempo, melancholic sound backed by some brass and piano. I liked the faster paces vocals leading up to the chorus. I thought that No More and This Is Not A Game sound sort of the same sometimes but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying them.

Score – 9

“Dreamin'” really sticks out as the albums only real ballad, but it’s a pretty good song. This is where JASMINE really proves she’s got the pipes (not that she hasn’t in previous songs). Of course the little English in it is a bit cheesy but hey, it’s a Japanese ballad! xD It’s fairly typical but decent enough.

Score – 7

The album closes with “Why” which has one of the strongest, solely R&B sounds of the album. I really liked the beats and the synth, it has some other interesting and more subtle sounds like a harpsichord tucked in there as well. I thought the sound of the song was a fairly good way to end the album. The highs she hits towards the end of the song are really impressive as well.

Score – 8

~OVERALL~

What I can say about this album, is that the single tracks were of course pretty strong, and memorable, but the newer album tracks, while decent (Bad Girl., what you want?, and Why being stand outs) weren’t ALL THAT great. I am interested to see where JASMINE goes from here though and I will be keeping an eye out for her.

FINAL SCORE

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*EDIT*

OK, I now realize that this album contains a total of 3 new tracks (excluding intro and interlude of course and yes I now know that what you want? is not a new track) which is pretty disappointing considering. I acknowledge this, however, since this is the first time I am hearing most of the songs on this album, that doesn’t affect my review. I will say, that even though some of them are good, L.I.P.S. and what you want? in particular, this album contains too many B-sides.

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