January 22, 2010 at 7:04 am | Posted in BENI | 3 Comments
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Eye Candy + Random Thoughts

I can honestly say that I have no clue what BENI is trying to do here.  She is just sitting in a long forgotten house, possibly thinking about how she can release such a horrible album that sells a lot, and then release such an amazing single then have it hit the daily charts at 29 then have it fall off.   I do like this concept after all, but I would gotten rid of a few of the picture frames below the window.  Plus, those blotches/water marks around her name are a little annoying, almost as annoying as the random bubbles on alan’s BALLAD ~Namonaki Koi no Uta~ covers.  The peeling paint is a nice touch, though.   It reminds me of when volcanoes erupt and the lava destroys everything in its path, but eventually life will grown back, such as flowers.  BENI is that flower and the volcano eruption was avex.

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  1. Sign
  2. Goin’ luv u

BENI, in my opinion, didn’t release any amazing ballads during her BITTER&SWEET era except Beautiful World of course, but I don’t even listen to that song anymore.  Sign, however, has been on repeat ever since I downloaded it.  It doesn’t feature as prominent clapping beats like Koi Kogarete and Zutto Futari de do.  Instead, it ops for amazing strings and piano.  BENI even sounds better than she did before.  I really do think the verses are better than chorus, but that was until she actually said, “Sign.”  The last chorus is also interesting since she goes all crazy with the ad-libbing and stuff.  I normally don’t like ad-libbing unless it’s done by Kuu and she doesn’t sound like a crack whore, but in Sign, I think it’s fine.  I do think she could have doubled the chorus in the end, but oh well.

The song that I truly ❤ is Goin’ luv u.  I have seen it spelled Gon’ luv u also, but for the sake of reviewing, I’m going to keep it as is.  I think this song is like a mix a of stardust and CRUISE the WORLD, and for me, that’s amazing since I think both songs are amazing!  In CRUISE the WORLD, she does a lot of ahhhhing and the song also features bouncy beats like Goin’ luv u does.  The chorus of stardust features BENI’s higher register like Goin’ luv u.  Anywho, this song is a must listen if you are a fan of catchy songs or anything particularly amazing… just saying.

I really liked KIRA☆KIRA☆ back on BITTER&SWEET, and KIRA☆KIRA☆(DJ HASEBE REMIX) makes the song almost as amazing.  I don’t really like any of the other DJ HASEBE remixes, but I just like KIRA☆KIRA☆ so much.  I really do like how everything is set at a faster pace.  It just makes it more fun to sing!  Hitomi Shimatani’s farewell is another fun song like that.  Besides the annoying guy counting every three seconds and that weird girlish guy making sexual sounding grunts, this remix isn’t that bad.

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BENI really knows how to start a new era.  I truly think this single would have been way worse if BITTER&SWEET would have flopped, but thankfully it didn’t.  I actually do think this single is the best single of the singles released on January 20th and I do think it’s sad that BENI is going back to her floppy ways, but what can you do?  Maybe the public thought she would release more things like BITTER&SWEET so they pulled back or maybe she’s just not promoted enough.  Maybe she just isn’t a single seller, but she should be if she keeps making amazing b-sides like Goin’ luv u.  I think that song beats Koda Kumi’s Good☆day as best song of 2010 so far.  Everyone needs to listen to BENI.  If you don’t she could pull a Shimatani and become pretty much nonexistent despite their amazing talent.

5 Signs of Success/Failure out of 5


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  1. i quite like her bitter sweet album. and will look forward to her next singles though they may not pull off well but still i feel she needs a chance to be heard. she could be undermarketed and maybe try out new stuff in her songs since every song on bitter sweet is quite similar. or maybe she just hasn’t found her style of music yet.

    • Yes, that could be true. If she is undermarketed though, how did BITTER&SWEET sell so much? Very strange… I didn’t think BITTER&SWEET was that bad though. I just got really annoyed with all of the clapping beats. Hopefully she gets her style together, but before that time comes, we always have Miliyah Kato, my QUEEN of R&B.

  2. I liked this single! Sign and Gon’ luv u are beautiful!~ I just want to hear her branch out into different styles too~

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