A song for who?

Hello, everyone, and welcome to my blog, a song for xx!

HINT: As per the original song and album by Ayumi Hamasaki, the xx in this blog’s title is not pronounced. Therefore, one would say “a song for” in reference to this website.

Short introduction/bio/whatever…
My name is Daniella, but here on WordPress I go by the username askjeevas. I’m a teenager who resides in New Jersey permanently, but goes to college in Washington, D.C. I may be a city girl and a Washingtonian now, but I’ll always be a Jersey girl at heart.

I started this blog on December 31, 2008, and as far as New Years resolutions go, I’d say this one has worked out pretty well. It began as a general interest blog, where I talked about anything that interested me, like music, world events, movies, anime, and so on. I began to notice about three months in that I got most hits on my reviews of Japanese music, so from then on, I decided to make this into a music review blog, and I haven’t looked back since.

Recently I was discussing this blog with my mom, and telling her about how I review music, and she asked me an interesting question: what makes me an expert? I had had never thought about that. So I pondered this for a while, and came to the conclusion that I’m not an expert on music, and I don’t think I ever will be. I’m just someone who really loves and appreciates music, and I’m giving my opinion as an avid music listener. Nothing more and nothing less. That said, feel free to disagree with me, as I’m not an authority on what “good” vs “bad” music is. In fact, I think those categories are totally subjective and meaningless when it comes to music. I’m just here to put in my two cents.

So far, on this website, I’ve reviewed music from various Japanese and Korean artists. Male, female, solo, group, what have you. My list of artists is constantly growing, so if you’d like to see me review someone, feel free to suggest them and I’ll do my best!

a song for xx: A History in Headers

For about the first six months of having my blog, I used a different theme, so I pretty much used random album covers as my header image. Lol, I was a n00b.









Banner made my my lovely friend Kelly. (Love ya, gurl!)






I made this header crappily myself with some image editing site whose name escapes me, all because I don’t have Photoshop or the patience to learn how to use it. Heh. Fierce tho amirite?






This amazing piece of art was made oh so kindly by aikorin of Disco-munication (now defunct, sadly, though you can check her out on TwitterΒ and Tumblr).






My brand new blog theme and header! I was so inspired by f(x)’s first mini-album, NU ABO that I decided to make it my header image. Whoo, K-Pop.






This is the header I’ve been using for the past few months, Jolin Tsai’s MUSE (aka one of the best albums of 2012; read my review here).

My favorite artists…

The artists that I listen to on a regular basis are pretty varied. Some days I’m in J-Pop moods, other days I listen to nothing but K-Pop, and sometimes I even listen to American music. So I try to keep my selection diverse. As for K-Pop, my favorite artists are Β Girls’ Generation, Wonder Girls, U-KISS and Younha. When it comes to J-Pop, I love me some Utada Hikaru, Nami Tamaki, Amuro Namie, Yuya Matsushita, and Kana Nishino. However, my favorite artists of all time is Ayumi Hamasaki. Her music has gotten me through some really rough times, and I can’t imagine my life without it. She gets a lot of flak for different things, but honestly, none of it matters to me. When I listen to her songs, all I know for sure is that someone understands how I feel, and that’s what makes her music irreplaceable to me.


My rating system in reviews is your standard F to A grading system. It’s pretty much self-explanatory and should be familiar to all who have attended middle or high school at any point. In case you’re not familiar with this system, though, here’s a more detailed explanation:

A -> The highest grade a release can receive. Absolutely great, with flaws that are either minimal or inconsequential or both.
B -> Very good. Some flaws that may get in the way of my full enjoyment but nothing too major.
C -> Solidly average. Not bad but not stellar. If assigned to a longer release, probably contains several dud tracks.
D -> Pretty bad. Probably issues with tracklisting, or the songs themselves. Would require major work to be ‘good.’
F -> Fucking awful. The whole thing sucks. Would not recommend.

And then, as for +/- grades. A + on a grade indicates that it leans toward a higher grade, whereas a – means the opposite. Typically if I give a grade a -, I’m giving it the benefit of the doubt, whereas a + means it’s good but not good enough to make the higher grade. (A+ grades are given only to releases that are absolutely flawless in my view.)

Well, that’s all for now, folks. I recently took down my Upcoming Reviews page and replaced it with Recommendations, so I don’t really have a set schedule for reviews I’ll be publishing. If you’re interested, check back regularly! I am posting more often now so you will see new reviews.

Thanks for stopping by!

The sun’s about to rise, I must be going soon.
I can’t stay in the same place forever.”

~ Ayumi Hamasaki, “A song for xx”


31 thoughts on “A song for who?

  1. Hi! Thanks so much for the comment and link~
    I love your NEXT LEVEL review XD
    Thanks again and nice to meet you πŸ™‚

  2. Hi, your reviews are one of the most extensive and insightful I’ve came across so far. It’ll be great if you could exchange links with me. Thankyou very much.

  3. Hey Askjeevas, I was wondering if you’d like to exchange links with me? Btw, I’m the person that left the first comment on your BRIGHT review. xD I’ve added you to my Blogroll already. Hope to hear from you! πŸ˜€

  4. Hi askjeevas!
    Ofcourse I’d like to exchange links with you! Funny you asked, because I wanted to ask you the same question for quite some time, but I didn’t think you would respond to it because your last post was already posted a while ago. But it’s nice to see it’s finally a possibility =)
    I added you to my blogroll, thanks for the compliments and keep up your own good work^^

    x Jade

  5. Hi! Just want to comment that YES! Ayu’s music is irreplaceable… at least to me too. I try very hard to find people who feel the same way but can’t seem to find anybody with similar feelings as me.
    I wonder how will your review on her Love Songs be, because it’s one of her better newer albums.
    Stay cool!

    • Thanks for your comment! It seems that diehard Ayu fans, like you and me, are a dying breed. Hopefully new generations of listeners will fall in love with her music just as we have.

      I plan on reviewing Love Songs as soon as I start up reviewing again, but I’m not sure when that will be, since I’ve been busy with schoolwork for a while. But it’s definitely high on my list, because I think it’s a great album. :]

  6. Dear affie,
    Maybe you noticed my URL isn’t the same anymore. That is because my ex, who used to host my website, decided to become revengefulness and so he kicked me out. I can’t update my blog anymore, at least for now. Don’t change my URL yet, you’ll get redirected to a new URL, but since I don’t agree with that one I will change it asap and I really hope I can continue my blog without starting from scratch.

    Love, Jade (MusicAddiction)

  7. Hi, I came across your site and wasn’t able to get an email address to contact you. Would you please consider adding a link to my website on your page. Please email me back and we’ll talk about it.



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