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#albumoftheday / REVIEW: Alizée: BLONDE

French pop star Alizée’s career was launched after France’s most popular female pop star, Mylène Farmer, discovered her while watching the television program Graines de Star in 1999. The lyrics of Alizée’s first two albums, Gourmandises and Mes courants électriques, were written by Mylène herself with her writing partner Laurent Boutonnat composing the...
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EXClUSIVE INTERVIEW: JULIETTE JULES

interview by Michael McCarthy Recently, one of the publicists who consistently sends me great music — James at I.M.P. — sent me a press release about Juliette Jules, a young Parisian singer who was celebrating her 16th birthday by giving away her first EP, Black Crow.  Being a big  fan of French music,...
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LISTEN: NEW ROISIN MURPHY TUNE!


If you don't like it when we post foreign language stuff then you'll want to stay away from this tune, which is an infectious slice of Italo pop, Roisin doing the old school Italian thing... And, we must say, she does it marvelously... Such a breath-taking tune....
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#albumoftheday FEATURE REVIEW: EMILIE SIMON: MUE

Émilie Simon began her career with a self-titled release in 2003. I happened upon it by chance when I was looking for a few new CDs to buy on Amazon France, as I had been a French music junkie since 1997 or so. I had no idea what she was going to sound...
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#albumoftheday NINETAILS: QUIET CONFIDENCE

Ninetails are a three piece band from Liverpool. As for what sort of band they are, well, that’s nearly impossible to say. Their songs are rather mold-breaking and don’t conform to the rules of any genre, so I suppose you could call them avant-garde, but then avant-garde artists tend to be really “out...
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LOVE IS POP’S 60 BEST ALBUMS OF 2013!!!

by Michael McCarthy When I say that these are the “60 Best Albums of 2013,” I’m just saying that these were my favorite albums this year. I’m simply entitling this piece “60 Best Albums of 2013” instead of “60 Favorite Albums of 2013” because everyone always uses the term “Best Of,” not favorite....
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TURKISH DELIGHT: AN INTERVIEW WITH EMINE SARI

We recently unveiled the lyric video for Turkish singer/songwriter Emine Sari’s “Who Are You.”  We were quite impressed with her unique blend of pop, jazz and swing.  And her jazzy pop rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” was easily one of the most original covers we’d ever heard.  Naturally, we were curious about this fascinating...
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#albumoftheday TAKATSUNA MUKAI: Śūnya

Takatsuna Mukai is a multi-instrumentalist who plays electric violin, electric guitar, synthesizer and bass guitar, in addition to being a wizard with programming. Takatsuna first arrived in London in 1991 and has been busy making music, and doing other music-related projects, ever since. During his first decade in the UK, he collaborated with...
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#albumoftheday FELIX MARTIN: THE SCENIC ALBUM

Given that this release is on Prosthetic Records, I was naturally expecting some loud and blazing — if not downright brutal — metal when I first listened to it. Surprisingly, much of the instrumental album by this guitar prodigy isn’t metal at all. Songs like “Viroliano Tries Metal” and “Triangle Tune” are definitely...
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SINGLE SPOTLIGHT: BOA: “TAIL OF HOPE” (ENGLISH VERSION)

Those of you who read my Asian music reviews on Otaku may remember that I reviewed K-Pop star BoA’s latest Japanese-language single “Tail of Hope” not too long ago. If not, you can find my cheerful review here: http://otaku.collectiondx.com/musicreview/boa-tail-hope I basically declared it sonic bliss. Well, today an English language version of “Tail...
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  • GIRL'S DAY: GIRL`S DAY EVERYDAY #4
    GIRL'S DAY: GIRL`S DAY EVERYDAY #4 Release Date:  7/16/14 Label:  Loen Entertainment Girl's Day return with a new summer-themed mini-album. It's great, but the "intro" is the best track, leaving one wishing it was a complete song. The new Girl's Day mini-album is called Girl's Day Everyday #4, but there's a slight prob
  • FLOWER: Nettaigyo no Namida
    FLOWER: Nettaigyo no Namida Release Date:  6/11/14 Label:  Sony Music Entertainment Flower is a sub-unit of E-Girls, the massive J-Pop group that also includes every member of Dream, Happiness, Bunny and EGD. The funny thing about this is that Flower are consistently releasing music that is far superior to the music of E-Girls. Flower is a sub-unit of E-Girl
  • Mika Nakashima X Miliyah Kato: FIGHTER / GIFT
    Mika Nakashima X Miliyah Kato: FIGHTER / GIFT Release Date:  6/4/14 Label:  Sony Music Mika Nakashima and Miliyah Kato have joined forces with producer/arranger DJ Taku of m-flo for the Japanese theme song of The Amazing Spider-man 2, "Fighter," and it's a rather heavy rock tune. Mika Nakashima and Miliyah Kato have joined forces with producer
  • f(x): 3집 THE THIRD ALBUM: RED LIGHT
    f(x): 3집 THE THIRD ALBUM: RED LIGHT Release Date:  7/9/14 Label:  SM Entertainment The album opens with the title track, "Red Light," a trippy yet bouncy tune that will probably confuse you the first time you listen to it. It's one of those wildly imaginative K-Pop songs that goes in several different directions, much like Girls' Generati
  • TOP.IC: SEE YOU AGAIN
    TOP.IC: SEE YOU AGAIN Release Date:  7/3/14 Label:  CJ E&M Music TOP.IC's delightful "See Ya" is poised to become one of summer 2014's most defining pop songs. These days digital singles are dropping every other day in the Asian pop world, and especially so in the K-Pop realm. It seems that labels are signing more and more artists in