Arashi Troublemaker and C-ute Shocking 5 album/single review

Arashi Troublemaker Download

Let’s start things of with Arashi’s newest single Troublemaker. Released last March 3, this is Arashi’s 29th single (Hmm.. they started around the same time as Morning Musume but this is only they’re 29th??). The album has 3 tracks, the single Troublemaker which was used as Sho Sakurai latest drama Tokujo Kabachi. Yurase, Ima Wo which was used as Japan’s official theme for the 2010 Winter Olympics and Mou Ippo. The album as of the moment is number 1 on the Oricon charts and sold about 542,000 copied on it’s first week making Arashi the first group to reach 500,000 copies for two consecutive years since B’z.

They already performed their song twice on Music Station but the first one was without Sho because of him covering the Winter Olympics.

Okay so enough introductions, for my review of the songs I’ll start it of with Troublemaker.

Troublemaker is that old Arashi song. It’s pop, it’s catchy, it’s ARASHIC. I have to be honest, this is one of my favorite singles from them. It just leave a mark in your head. But it also lacks something, something new. Arashi has been like this for the past years, the same pop song over and over again. Well the sales went down when they released Hadashi no Mirai which sounds like a song by Earth Wind and Fire. Now to the PV. I actually love how the PV was made, combining stop motion in it. I don’t like their outfits it looks old on them especially on Ohno who’s actually in his 30’s now (old I know).

Next is Yurase, Ima Wo. The song actually reminds me of Oh Yeah! The chorus is like catchy! I wished they made this like a double A-Side instead like Crazy Moon and Ashita no Kioku.

Mou Ippo now reminds me of Sakura Sake because of it’s rock feel to it. I don’t think it’s really rock but you know what I mean. Mou Ippo is also a great single. Yeah all of the songs in this album can be a single if you know what I mean.

Overall I’ll rate this album 4.8/5 (yeah outfits sucks in my opinion)


I know I Know. A lot of you hate this album because well it’s mainly AIRI (I beg to differ). Even though there’s like 3 Suzuki Airi solos (Aa Koi, Zansho Omimai, and of couse Shock) there are still a lot of good song in the album. There are actually two songs that made me love this album. The Party and Kimi no Senpou. I love The Party because it’s that ballad song that I’ve been looking for in C-ute. Like that of Yakusoku Wa from 3rd Love Escalation, this song has that feel to it. Ballad and Melancholic. Yeah I prefer to call this song melancholic. It has that sad yet happy feeling on it.

Kimi no Senpou is a song by Saki, Chisa, and Mai. I love how they added ad lib to the song. It’s like listening to a radio cast. Vocals were awesome, I mean Chisa has a powerful voice but why not give her a decent line in the singles! Why can’t H!P and UFA See her talent! She has the voice. Saki err… well she’s kinda using that cute voice in it again. Mai is improving, she’s not that little girly voice that we know from before. Well mainly this song caught my listening because of Chisa’s vocals. Done!

Shigatsu Sengen isn’t actually like that song. I mean I like the chorus but the verse no way! I mean it feels like the girls are in no mood of singing at all.

The Shochouu Omimai Moushiagemasu remix is actually pointless. They like added a video game sound on it I mean what’s the point?? I prefer the original one better.

So my rating for this album would be 3/5!

Jpop Princess on the Loose!

Never had the JPOP Princess enter the rankings of CDJapans Weekly Hot Releases (Or did she?).

Moving from Sony Music Japan to Universal Music Japan, undeniably, her single sales had gotten lower. Her songs had changed. Her once strong, wonderful and empowering songs went into a less degree of it. Fans missed the Nami from SMJ. They loved her songs there more than her songs in UMJ.

With the recent air of her newest single, “Omoide ni Naru no?”, fans had seen a new hope in getting her sales up. With this new single, even though different from her released singles in UMJ and SMJ, this single had a very unique vibe.

Omoide ni Naru no? cover

Nami Tamaki's 19th Single : Omoide ni Naru no? (Taken from NT73)


1.Omoide ni naru no?
2.Itoshi sa no yukue

With this vibe of change in sales, some still doubt it for the last 4 singles she released in UMJ, not one had proven to be a good song to reach higher sales ( but for me I really love her songs). So with that past, some still don’t want to believe that this new single would change the sales of Nami. But even with this dilemma, fans still believe that Omoide ni Naru no? is still hanging on in the rankings and will never go down without a fight!

Hot New Releases for the Week Feb 14th

Nami Tamaki in Weekly New Releases (Taken from NT73)

Finally! The JPOP Princess has acquired a spot in CDJapan’s Weekly New Releases for the week of February 14th with her new single, “Omoide ni Naru no?”. Its release is on the 17th of February 2010.

But wait! This single is not only what the fans are looking out for. They are also expecting a release of Nami’s 1st Video Collection DVD in UMJ and an album, both entitled: STEP. This incoming DVD and album, both release on the 24th of February, are really something the fans are looking forward to.

Nami Tamaki : Step Banner

Nami Tamaki : STEP Banner (Taken from NT73)

STEP (Album + DVD)

2. Friends!
3. Sayonara shite ageru
4. Uso
5. Kimi no namida
6. Negai Hoshi
7. ZERO no sora
8. Moshimo negai ga…
9. Omoide ni naru no?
10. Happy Forever
11. in my life
12. Tokyo

DVD Contents:
– Omoide ni naru no? -Video Clip(nami ver)-

STEP DVD (Video Collection):

2. “Friends!” PV
3. “Friends!” -dance ver- + making of “Friends!”
4. “Moshimo Negai Ga…” PV
5. “Omoide ni Naru no?” PV

Congratulations Nami for being one in the top new releases!! And I hope your sales would get higher!

Support the JPOP Princess!

Info and Images are taken from:


2) CDJapan