It’s time to look back at what was the best J-pop album released in 2009. For me, these are the pick of the bunch:
SWEET BLACK feat Maki Goto. It was a fantastic return for Gocchin and this album really rocks.
Stereopony – A Hydrangea Blooms. Debutants Stereopony burst onto the J-pop scene with a couple of great singles and the album delivered too.
Nana Mizuki – Ultimate Diamond
Ayumi Hamasaki – Next Level. Ayu’s new album continued her fine tradition of producing a solid album full of top tunes.
Koda Kumi – Trick. Kumi came out with a brilliant new album. Actually this nearly came to be the best album of the year but as you’ll see somebody else pipped her to the title.
Aira Mitsuki – Plastic
Ayaka Ikio – Gossip. I was browsing through HMV in Center Gai, Shibuya during my holiday there in the Summer when I discovered this young woman.
Scandal – Best Scandal. Scandal just keeps getting better in my opinion. 2009 saw them releasing some great songs.
Hitomi – Love Life 2
Michi – Up To You. British born Michi debuted in 2008 with Promise and in 2009 came out with the superb Change The World single. Her 2nd album came out in September which contained the singles Kiss Kiss xxx and You.
Namie Amuro – Past < Future. As 2009 came to an end, Namie came out with her new album mid December which had some excellent tracks on it such as her single Wild.
So if none of them came out on top, which album was my favorite of the year?
Perfume – Triangle. The 3rd and much anticipated album from Perfume has to be the best one for me as it contains my favorite song Dream Fighter plus Love The World, Edge and One Room Disco.
This is a live version of the song Night Flight which is also on the Triangle album.