(Edited: I highly apologize for the wall of text. For some reason I can not put line breaks between tracks. I am doing my best to fix this format issue.)
I don’t follow REOL closely-well not as closely as I see other people doing. I feel like many fans that do follow her closely are very very happy that her face appears in the music video for “Gimme a Break” Anyways, overall I really like the album preview of “Sigma” which is going to be REOL’S first album. (To the point where I wished I had money to buy it.)
I definitely had trouble writing my opinion on the overall SOUNDS of certain songs. (I’m going to blame my limited music knowledge) Due to my low Japanese level, I will not be analyzing any Japanese lyrics. Additionally, even if I did had the level I definitely am not knowledge when it comes to Japanese songwriting. I think it would be quite important for me to know about Japanese songwriting since it’s quite different from how U.S writes music due to traditions, languages and music trends.
Responding: track by track
Due to my limited knowledge of Japanese, I did not write all the track titles down. Once I learn the names of the track titles I will write them.
I really like the intro part 0:12 – 0:20 How it goes: OH! (oh) OH! (oh) AAAHHHHHH Track 1: VIP KID “I’m Lonely Donna ni (whoa whoa)” It’s a good track overall. I don’t really have much to say because the impact of just the sound didn’t really hit me. However, I am totally open to feeling a whole different way once I learn the meaning of the song. Track 2: Gimme a Break “Gimme a Break stop now! (oh) (oh) (oh) Gimme a break stop now!” The music video, REOL actually shows her face but don’t expect any complicated choreography Track 3: “SOHE SOHE SOHE SOHE!” I like how it’s a mix of traditional and modern Japanese music. Track 4: Konoyo Loading I like the old 32 or 64 bit video game sound this song has. The title I have written for this track may be wrong. Track 5: RE: The bass. ❤ I wish I could write more but this is one of the songs that I just can’t put my thoughts into words for it. I’m sure there will come a day when I can actually put my thoughts about this song into feelings. Once I get that ability to do so, I’ll come back to this blog post and edit it. Let’s hope I’ll still feel the same way about this song as I do now. Though feelings for songs tend not to change for me. Track 6: Lunatic I like how it’s like a kind of dreamy song and the sound of the bass. The picture shown during the album preview matches the picture I get when I hear this song, starry skies. The effect done on her voice was very nice. Track 7: It’s a nice song that’s more, mellower? Than the other songs. XD I’m not sure if “mellower” would be the right word to describe it but it’s definitely one of the few that has a different feeling to than the others in terms of energy. (Like Track 6, 11 and 12.) I think that it’s very nice that REOL’s album has songs like this so they’re not all very similar to each other. Track 8: Chiru Chiru It’s a nice energetic song. It has quite an uplifting feel to it. Track 9: -Final Sigma- I like the electronic instrument that was used in this. Has a very clubby feel to it. Not in the sense of dancing, but in the sense that its one of the songs where everyone just jumps around to the beat. Track 10: DetaramE KiddinG This song is kinda hard. XD Like a hardcore remix of a video game’s theme. Track 11: Samuuhoraa partii It has a nice feeling to it. I can’t put into words the kind of feeling it is. It’s on the more mellower side for sure, but I wouldn’t call it dreamy or relaxing-just nice. Track 12: 404 not found It’s like a electronic slow jam! If that makes sense. It’s another song that’s more mellow than the other songs. I like how REOL’s vocals sounds kinda distant in the beginning of the preview than coming to the foreground. Track 13: VIORA The bass~ ❤ This song goes kinda hard too. I can totally imagine someone doing a hip-hop dance to it.
At first glance…it very much looks like Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” with the visual effects. However the similarities end there.
Yemi Alade’s “Sugar” has so much more dancing in it. The choreo and fashion is quite “Nigerian” rather than “Barbadian” like Rihanna’s “Rude Boy”.
The music itself is more “Nigerian” than “Barbadian”. Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” had the involvement of steel drums (I believe that’s what the instrument is called) which gave “Rude Boy” a carribean feel to it. I feel like this is a song that can be used as a transition to more “turned up” songs. It has a mellowness feeling to it but it’s not too mellowed out. However, it also isn’t super energetic either.
From the beginning of this song you hear Yemi’s signature “Ho Ha”. Seriously, I’m pretty sure she says this at the beginning of every single one of her songs. I don’t get caught off guard or find it unexpected to hear “Ho Ha” at the beginning of her songs. Just like how I don’t get caught off guard when I hear those “choking” noises in Trap music or hearing the producer’s name being called at the beginning.
I am very glad it didn’t take a long time until she had this comeback. What’s really amazing about this is that Ezinne Asinugo from C.E.O Dancers is in this dancing besides Yemi Alade. The C.E.O Dancers was on the X Factor so if the name sounds familar then that’s why. The dance group was an African styled dance group.
I feel like the choreography to this was also quite well done.
It’s not the first time I’ve seen a Kratae Rsiam music video. But it seems to me that the choreography has gotten more cooler in my opinion.
But dang this video seems to be in the very long chain of Thai pop videos with unrequited love. However, this is quite different from the ones I’ve seen. Where a person has a crush on someone but they never get to be in a relationship with that person because it turns out the person they’re crushing on has a boyfriend/girlfriend.
I feel like I’ve learned a few cultural things about Thailand from this song and the concept.
From a Western point of view, it’s kinda empowering.
With the whole don’t spend your time being depressed and stuffs work on yourself!
However, I’m sure that those with a Western point of view will disagree with lines of the song such as ” ‘Cause you’re getting dumped you need to get prettier.”
I’m sure it can rub people the wrong way and be taken as. The only time you need to pretty yourself up is after you get dumped!
I like to think of this song as “show him what he’s missing” kind of song. Along with “don’t let this break up get you really down to the point where you’re just hanging onto him for a long time.” The sense of vengance to this is something I love seeing in stories, films and music videos. The man just dumped her for a prettier girl she becomes prettier and the man comes back now interested in being with her but she rejects him.
Makes me more interested in Thai culture along with wishing that more people listened to Thai pop…along with knowing that Thailand does indeed exist. Since I feel it’s one of the many countries that gets clumped/overlooked by China, Japan, Taiwan and now thanks to the Hallyu wave, S.Korea.
I seem to be going on a marathron over here I keep listening to Ringo Sheena songs.
This is one of her English songs~ She also produced and written this very song for another singer, Chiaki Kuriyama. Ringo Sheena and Chiaki Kuriyama have worked before. This song is used in the drama “Himitsu Chouhouin Erika” where Kuriyama acts as the main character, Erika. Anyways~ I really like how there’s a whole Bossa Nova thing going on in this song.
I think she may end up being a singer that ends up on my favorites list because I am really loving the music I’ve heard of her so far.
Other songs I’ve heard by her:
I have no idea what genre of music this song will fit into. Iroha ni hoheto is an interesting songs. It has elements to it that I really like. Sheena’s voice is quite high pitched in this and contrasting to this is her sexiness. I really like it when sexy and high pitches (cute) comes together. This song also gives hope for me to sing songs in my high pitched voice but still have an element of sexiness to my performance.
I love the tone of her voice in this. Plus there’s Aya and Bambi in here. There’s also this element of sexy to it that I notice is a pattern in her performances. But on top of that a lot of her performances make me think of a jazz singer in an nightclub within the olden days. You know the kind you mostly see in movies these days, like Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit.