UP TO YOU
UP TO YOU was MiChi’s debut Japanese studio album. It was released on September 30, 2009 and reached no. 4 on the Oricon Weekly Charts with 31,662 copies sold. In all this album has sold over 60,073+ copies.
1. MadNesS vol.1 *
3. ChaNge the WoRLd
4. Why oh Why *
5. HEy GirL
6. KiSS KiSS xxx
7. RaiN *
8. Oh Oh… *
9. Something Missing *
10. One of a Kind
12. Shibuya de Punch *
14. UP TO YOU *
Sorry it took so long to write this review, but I’ve been swamped with a shitload of work from school, and the hassle of applying to colleges.
I think as far as most album reviews go, this is gonna be short since 8 songs were already released prior to this album. The * after the title means it’s new, just keep that in mind.
Opening the album is MadNesS vol.1. It’s basically just an intro with lots of synth, electronic influences, choppy distorted vocals/beats. It’s not all that exciting at first, but during the second half I fell in love with it, maybe it’s because of the spacey beats, and for some reason I kept thinking of Ke$ha with the distorted vocals.
MiChi then petty much placed her best singles up. You have PROMiSE, which is true amazing synth-pop. ChaNge the WoRLd is your happy up-beat song that’s like “You can do it.” And she also included KiSS KiSS xxx, which is more emotional than the rest, and it shows MiChi’s vulnerable side. She also included YOU, but I’ll get to that later.
And then you have the B-Sides, which I still have mixed feelings about. I finally can tolerate HEy GirL enough to appreciate it and how great it sounds despite not being very synth oriented. More rock sounding is One of a Kind. It’s not her greatest song, but I actually like it, she sounds great during the chorus with the distorted vocals. Still not into WoNDeRLaND? and I never will be.
It’s not exactly new, but it’s not all that old either. Why oh Why is just a remixed version of YOY from her latest single. The beats are stronger and it’s more electronic/techo sounding, as well as a bit more aggressive at times. Oh and some guy even sang a few times, or maybe he rapped, it was interesting and it wasn’t all that bad
The FIRST true new song is RaiN. And it’s one her few songs were she uses NO synth at all. The music is more acoustic based, featuring the acoustic guitar, some percussion as well as a tambourine. As usual she uses some English, and it sound great. This song might not be exciting but it’s sure has that feelgood sound.
Yet again MiChi strays away from her original sound with Oh Oh… The most notable thing about this song is her cursing xD She really says “shut the f**k up” just replace those *’s. The acoustic music sounds great with the lyrics and melody. And since they’re entirely in English it’s easy to understand.
MiChi had no problems with trying some rock with Something Missing. I love the rock music, and at the same time adore the distorted vocals during the verses, and her regular vocals during the chorus. It moves somewhat fast and it makes the song more exciting. The melody is impressive and that’s basically what makes the song so good, as well as the beats and vocals.
Now I’ve heard a lot of hype about Shibuya de Punch. And initially I was asking myself why. I loved the slightly more aggressive electronic beats, but I was wondering why people think it’s all that amazing. Yeah the chorus was great but then it’s like BOOM! The chorus with these amazingly abstract oriental sounding high pitched noises sounded incredible. They were truly the highlight of the song, despite sounding quite stereotypical. And her vocals, I loved the distortions, they were harmonious! Even though the last two minutes were basically just an instrumental it was amazing.
So rather than placing YOU with the others I decided to review is separately since it’s her only ballad at this point. It was released as her last single, and it’s one of her bests, even though I love her synth oriented song.
And for the title track: Can you say Fuck You And Your Money Japanese? UP TO YOU is the Japanese version of the very catchy FYAYM. The lyrics are completely different though, it just happens to use the same melody, but the music is slightly different. It basically sucks when you compare it to the English version.
Final Thoughts: I’vE GonE craZy foR MiChi! Despite my initial fears and hesitations of listening to this album I can honestly say that it’s a lot better than I expected. You have your amazing singles that are incredible on their own. The B-Sides are decent for the most part. And even some of the new tracks sounded great. RaiN easily stood out because of the acoustics. Oh Oh… was great, I love MiChi using bad words xD. And I don’t care what anyone says Shibuya de Punch IS THE GREATEST SONG EVA! Oriental sounding synth is amazing! I love that MiChi tried some new things with this album, she proved she could handle acoustics as well as more abstract electronic/dance music. Overall for a debut album it’s pretty solid, and I still can’t enough of her synth/dance music. Oh and the cover’s bleh.