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Album Review

In the J-pop world, singing in English is perceived as a sign of quality — a status thing — and while most artists mangling cheesy foreign-language one-liners are impostors, Bonnie Pink bears out the stereotype: Dear Diary's still Japanese pop music, but one notch above an average Oricon entry. Maybe even a couple of notches, at least in places — for example, the intro to "Morning Glory" simmers with indie-tronic textures the Go Find wouldn't be ashamed of, though it's soon lost in the sea of cheesy and simplistic guitar-keyboard interplay. It's the good kind of cheesy, however — the naively cute, kawaii thing that's actually used to hide some considerable songwriting smarts and a suspiciously ironic approach — or maybe not: it's hard to tell, as sometimes Dear Diary sounds like an Ayumi Hamasaki ripoff, and sometimes like Shonen Knife pretending to be Ayu, just to mess with the audience. The postmodern feel is probably incidental here, but at least Bonnie is conscious of her music, enough to realize it needs an identity — and so attempts pushing the envelope a little, stylistically and songwriting-wise. She doesn't necessarily manage to sound different, even though she tries — she opts for R&B here, alt-rock there, retro-pop elsewhere, but ends up re-creating the typical sunny J-pop vibe — but at least the songs have the hooks to keep the attention from drifting. "World Peace" shows the real influence here — it sounds like Roxette with a dash of flamenco, just to mask the similarity — and though Bonnie Pink never beats the Swedes at their game, she also offers clever pop with substance: not a sensation, but definitely a score.

Customer Reviews

Good Mix But Not Her Best

This is a good mix of English and Japanese language pop and if you like Bonnie, you'll like this album. Compared to some of her previous albums, though, it's not as good in terms of song quality and execution. I'll buy some of these but not the whole album. Part of the reason I didn't give this a 5 star rating is that in trying to appeal to the mass market, she copies the styles of other J-Pop artists and trys to present a similar sound. In the first song, Is This Love, she could be Utada Hikaru or maybe even non-J-Pop stars like Mariah Carey. Like some other people who bought some of the songs, I like her more Japanese-sounding ones like #14, Nagare-Boshi. But Bonnie is still sweet, sexy, and her great song Ring A Bell from another album should have been promoted more on the U.S. charts. I like her a lot...I just hope she sticks to her J-Pop sound and doesn't fall victim to sounding more like Western pop female artists.

One of Bonnie's Best

Bonnie Pink has developed quite well as an artist over the years. This album is quite an improvement over her previous album "One." "One" sounded very similar to her previous works and was very un-original. Dear Diary proves to be a very fresh spin on an artist JPOP fans know and love.


Born: April 16, 1973 in Kyoto, Japan

Genre: J-Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Bonnie Pink is currently one of Japan's strongest female rock singer/songwriters in a country not known for such a thing. Blessed with a keen ear for melody and a voice that hints at Suzanne Vega, Chrissy Hynde, and Alanis Morissette but ultimately remains her own, Bonnie Pink has gone on to attract worldwide acclaim and the attention of producers including Tore Johhansen (the Cardigans) and Mitchell Froom (Suzanne Vega). Born in Kyoto, Japan, she snagged her first recording contract while still...
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, J-Pop
  • Released: Oct 06, 2010

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