Amy’s 2011 Music Highlights
7. Brown Eyed Girls – Sixth Sense
What can I say? I actually really loved Brown Eyed Girls’ comeback album. Sixth Sense wasn’t perfect, but it was still really strong conceptually and musically. In terms of Kpop, I think Julyssa may say it better — it’s probably one of the most cohesive Kpop albums released this year.
I loved this Latin jazz cabaret dance pop thing so much. I hope there’s more of it.
6. Pink Martini & Saori Yuki – 1969
What are the chances of Pink Martini singing Taya Tan, a cover they did of Saori Yuki’s hit single, and having Saori Yuki learn of the mini-orchestra and having 1969 be born as a project?
Of course, Pink Martini is known for their cover songs of some very internationally flavored hits. I love Que Sera, Sera while my mother loves Bolero. And I love that they made 1969 a complete Japanese album — jazzy, bluesy and flavorful music.
Apparently they were all on tour and had a gig at The Royal Albert Hall  — which is HUGE for a Japanese star the caliber of Saori Yuki. Sadly, I can’t find any complete/good clip online where all of them are featured, so this extract of Blue Light Yokohama [MV] might do.
Or this version of Puff, the Magic Dragon~