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15 July 2011 @ 10:01 pm
Due to the lack of applications, I'm extending the due date for reviewer apps. The new due date is July 23 which gives you over a week.

The information post is here. Make sure if you have any friends or something who would be interested in reviewing here, tell them!!
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I originally had this review posted on my blog (lol shameless plug), so there's going to be some slight variation on format and whatnot. Also, don't forget, we're currently looking for new reviewers!

Saori@destiny; Domestic domain
Release Date: June 15, 2011
Language: Japanese, some English
Genre(s): Electronic, dance, pop
Purchase: CDJapan, iTunes
Download: 320kbps @ MEDIAFIRE

01. BEATBOP [preview] ♥
02. Domestic domain [preview]
03. GAMBA JAPAN [preview] [live] ♥
04. COLLAGE [preview] ♥
05. OFF THE WALL [preview]
06. Pray [preview]
07. Klaxon [preview] ♥

Saori@destiny began her career in early 2007 as a street performer in Akihabara, covering songs from idol collectives such as Hello! Project. In 2008 she made her major debut on the D-topia Entertainment label with the single sakura, and later released her debut album JAPANESE CHAOS. After a few more singles and a mini-album, her sophomore album came out in 2010, entitled WORLD WILD 2010 and suggesting a more tribal-influenced electronic pop sound. Produced almost entirely by Oonishi Terukado, Domestic domain is her first release of the 2011 season and contains an interesting mix of the different styles presented on her two albums, with lyrics inspired by her personal feelings regarding the Tohoku earthquake that occurred on March 11th this year.

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03 July 2011 @ 10:13 pm

Yelling aside, isn't it ironic that I had a poll and a whole post this month last summer about doing something about this community, and then I let it sit and forgot about it until now? Yeah, I'm a totally responsible maintainer. :| The point is: ONMEL NEEDS NEW REVIEWERS AND I AM OFFICIALLY OPENING UP FOR APPLICATIONS. We're short a reviewer (shapby stepped down; please continue to enjoy her contributions since they'll still be available in the tags!), so I'm thinking about adding up to THREE new people.


Applications start today and end July 15th! Good luck!
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Merry Christmas, On-Mel! For your enjoyment I have a review of Ayu's latest masterpiece, her 12th album Love songs! ♥

Ayumi Hamasaki;Love songs
Release Date: December 22, 2010
Genre: Pop, Classical, Electronic, Rock, Ballad
Purchase: CDJapan

1. Love song ♥
2. crossroad ♥
3. MOON ♥
4. sending mail ♥
5. Last angel ♥
6. insomnia ♥
7. Like a doll ♥
8. Aria ♥
9. blossom ♥
10. Thank U ♥
11. Sweet Season ♥
12. overture ♥
13. do it again ♥
14. November ♥
15. Virgin Road ♥
16. SEVEN DAYS WAR (Live at Yoyogi on Oct.11.2010) ♥

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The album is predominantly composed by Tetsuya Komuro, known for his flashbacks to the 90's and orchestral-techno style. But that doesn't deter Love songs from being, honestly, a perfect and cohesive album. Definitely one of her, if not the, best albums to date, and definitely the best album of 2010. Highly recommended to all, and I'm not just saying that as an Ayu fan.