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Nami Tamaki – Vivid Telepathy November 20, 2014

Filed under: Nami Tamaki — solarblade @ 2:34 pm

vividtelepathy

Track Listing

  1. Vivid Telepathy
  2. Do Ya Wanna Dance
  3. Vivid Telepathy (instrumental)
  4. Do Ya Wanna Dance (instrumental)

1. Vivid Telepathy

Well, I wasn’t expecting Nami to have really pulled the nostalgic strings for Vivid Telepathy because this sounds a LOT like something she would’ve released back in her “greeting” and “Make Progress” days.  You know, a very dance-centric anison song.  It even has some of the instrumentation and chords that really made up a lot of Nami’s music back then and I appreciated that a lot!  Though the second verse with that dubstep wubbing was a bit lost on me, but it’s a small negative in comparison to the rest of the track.  Overall, a pretty good song and fits snuggly with her list of anison tracks she’s done.

2. Do Ya Wanna Dance

As for the B-side however, she kind of slipped up.  Do Ya Wanna Dance is trying to be a little more on the cool side, but there’s something so wrong with the track from the gritty synth melody and wubs and to top that off, Nami is under HEAVY auto-tune influence throughout the song and the only voices that aren’t covered are the background singers which throws me off!  I mean the song is in the current sound, but it’s just to much for me to handle and she doesn’t even do a good job singing either…a lot of English thrown in too.  It was just a meh B-side.

 

 

Interesting to see that Warner got Nami to release this single for sure!  Anyways, Vivid Telepathy is an OK single, not as good as her last 3 singles have been, but decent.  The leading track is a great callback to her early days and she nailed that pretty damn well, the disappointment came more from the B-side which was a pretty hot mess and didn’t showcase anything good (too much auto-tune, the reliance on the background singers, the Engrish)…I really want a Nami album soon!

 

Kalafina – believe November 19, 2014

Filed under: Kalafina — solarblade @ 5:37 am

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Track Listing

  1. believe
  2. in every nothing
  3. lapis
  4. believe ~TV size~
  5. believe ~instrumental~

1. believe

Man, does the opening of the song sound like some cinematic movie score, add on that it changes into this kind of rock mid-tempo which is actually something I really found myself loving.  Even though the chorus sounds like something they’ve pulled off before.  Though the verses are really nice to my ears and having WAKANA and HIKARU lead is just right. Man, I need more KEIKO though lol.  I think she has a pretty big line here somewhere xD.  Overall, not bad, but I think the chorus is the weakest part of the track.

2. in every nothing

What a beautiful introduction to the first B-side.  It really gives off this medieval and dark setting which is always a good thing in my book.  I can really see myself loving hearin this live because it has this rather strong appearance and the ladies really sound into it as well.  I feel like this could’ve been a great song from “Red Moon” with its unique sound.  I’m really loving whoever leads this one because she has a lot of power and has a striking voice here.  Definitely the best the single has to offer.

3. lapis

Of course the 3rd song from the single was going to be a ballad.  Though it’s a bit different than most efforts prior by having a king of lullaby-like dream/atmospheric kind of arrangement that popped out at me.  All of the ladies sound splendid here and even manages to throw in a guitar solo as well.  I think it’s actually one of the better Kalafina ballads out there.

 

 

After being disappointed with how little there was to their last single “heavenly blue” (yes, I know it was a recut single, but there should’ve been more incentive to getting it), believe is interesting…still not as good as “Kimi no Gin no Niwa” was but it’s nice.  believe is mostly good, but a way-too familiar chorus kind of kills some of it.  lapis is a nice atmospheric ballad from the group and stands out nicely.  Although I will say that in every nothing won me over, it’s got a cool sound and the vocals are just powerful.  Overall, good single.

 

Namie Amuro – BRIGHTER DAY

Filed under: Namie Amuro — solarblade @ 5:02 am

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Track Listing

  1. BRIGHTER DAY
  2. SWEET KISSES
  3. Still Lovin’ You
  4. BRIGHTER DAY (Instrumental)
  5. SWEET KISSES (Instrumental)
  6. Still Lovin’ You (Instrumental)

1. BRIGHTER DAY

Hmm, I really liked the way BRIGHTER DAY started with some fade-in strings before turning into this synth-heavy/string fusion of a mid-tempo track.  I can also tell that Namies English has gotten somewhat better from her last single which is a pretty good sign!  There’s something so bright and positive about the song and it’s really winning me over.  Namie of course sounds great so altogether it’s a pleasant-sounding track, definitely worth being an A-side.

2. SWEET KISSES

Then the first B-side comes up and it quickly gave me some “STYLE” and “PLAY” vibes with it’s boom-clap arrangement.  I wasn’t expecting Namie to have made this one all English, but like I said above, she’s worked a lot since “Uncontrolled” and “FEEL”.  I’m finding myself instantly tapping my feet with the song and there’s just something so sassy and right with the tune.  Definitely an impressive song, short but left a great impression.

3. Still Lovin’ You

What, not in all caps?  Unlike the other two tracks, this one takes a more pop ballad feel which is nice and kind of has elements from the previous songs (at least that’s how I felt at least).  Yeah, her accent is probably the most evident here, but there’s something so sentimental on how she performed that really stuck to me.  Though I do prefer the previous tracks to this one, it closes the single out on a nice note.

 

 

It feels like it’s been forever since Namie released a single (though “TSUKI” wasn’t that long ago).  I have to say, Namie outdoes herself with her singles and BRIGHTER DAY is no different.  I really found myself loving the leading song and SWEET KISSES was that kick in the butt I needed.  Still Lovin’ You is pretty good too, but isn’t my taste persay, but it’s a nice tune.  Can’t wait for what’s next!

 

°C-ute – I miss you/THE FUTURE

Filed under: C-ute — solarblade @ 3:39 am

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Track Listing

  1. I miss you
  2. THE FUTURE
  3. I miss you (Instrumental)
  4. THE FUTURE (Instrumental)

1. I miss you

When I first heard this song, I was just left lost and confused because of everything that was going on (and the lack of).  What I mean is that I miss you is a pretty weird song for H!P and not much is comparable to this track.  At first I was pretty into it wiith the strings and beat mixed with the electronic riffs and with Airi and Chisato singing their parts, but then it splits to Nakky, Maimai, and Maimi adding a second vocal line behind the girls before Maimi leads.  Then it jsut gets seriously messy when Airi, Chisato sing one part, Maimai and Nakky singing another and Maimi singing a part getting this triple vocal melody that is REALLY hard to follow.  Though I think it’s clear that Maimi has the leading role with this song.  What got me the most though is how I thought the chorus was the ~I miss you, i miss you, i miss you~ line when that was actually the mid8 section…I believe the chorus is the triple melodies which is pretty weird to me and to add on top, it feels REALLY short of a song.  It’s a bizarre and slightly convoluted track, but it feels unique and I like it, even with its strange moments.

2. THE FUTURE

At least the group falls back to a more comfortable position for the other A-side of the single and ironically the title made me thing it could’ve been connected to their last single “The Power”.  It begins pretty energetically with heavy synth punches and guitar licks as well and I loved it so much!  There’s some pretty quick-paced lines throughout the group and then some pretty cool verses too!  It’s a pretty standard EDM track, but I think °C-ute handles these songs quite perfectly so I’m very content with it.

 

 

I was worrying that °C-ute wasn’t going to release a 3rd single this year considering the gap between this and their last single “The Power/Kanashiki Heaven (Single Version)”.  This single is actually one I really enjoyed from them this year.  I miss you (while really weird, technically) is a pretty unique song and worked well for the group and it’s been a while since Maimi led a song but still great and THE FUTURE is just °C-ute doing what they do best with energetic dance tracks.  Overall a great end of 2014 for the group!

 

Berryz Koubou – Romance wo Kawatte/Towa no Uta

Filed under: Berryz Koubou — solarblade @ 2:51 am

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Track Listing

  1. Romance wo Kawatte
  2. Towa no Uta
  3. Romance wo Kawatte (Instrumental)
  4. Towa no Uta (Instrumental)

1. Romance wo Kawatte

Coming into the winter months, I was really surprised Berryz final primary A-side would be a wintry tune of sorts even though some of it kind of sounds like the classic Beatles tune “Here Comes the Sun” at least in the introduction.  It does feel like it’s been a long time since we’ve heard some synth horns used for Berryz.  I really enjoy the lower tones for the verses, but beyond that, the song kind of just goes by me, but hey it’s a Winter song and we’ve hadn’t gotten that from the group as an A-side.  Though this being their final one, this is rather disappointing as a final song or the group.

2. Towa no Uta

The other A-side though kind of felt more like the goodbye song for the group, but at the same time it seriously reminds me of Buono! with it’s kind of pop/rock arrangement.  Though they didn’t forget some EDM shades here and there which is rather nice to hear as it’s not overboard like a lot of the releases that came from H!P this year.  I will say, the line distributio is kind of falling mostly on Risako, Yurina, Miyabi, and Momoko which is pretty much the neutral preset.  It’s OK, but definitely not on their highest levels.

 

 

Yup, Berryz is coming to its conclusion and I was not surprised as all the girls didn’t feel like they were totally 100% together.  So I’m happy they’ll be moving onto different endeavors and I’ve enjoyed the ride.  As for the single, I was not into this single being their last one especially with the previous one “Ai wa Itsumo Kimi no Naka ni/Fuutsu, Idol 10nen Yattaranai Desho!?” being SO DAMN GOOD!  Something felt so nonconclusive about this release like it wasn’t even a final single.  Romance wo Kawatte while a fitting seasonal track, felt weak and kind of plain (and could’ve fit S/mileage more tbh).  At least Towa no Uta struck me a little better, maybe a little more evident as a final tune (though their upcoming best album has that trophy).  So, it’s basically how I felt ManoEri ended her H!P days with “NEXT MY SELF”, kind of a boring single and disappointing end single for the group.

 

Morning Musume ’14 – 14 Shou ~The message~ November 3, 2014

Filed under: Morning Musume — solarblade @ 4:57 am

14shou

Track Listing

  1. TIKI BUN (Album Version)
  2. Password is 0
  3. Asu wo Tsukuru no wa Kimi
  4. Kirari to Hikaru Hoshi
  5. Koibito ni wa Zettai ni Shiraretakunai Shinjitsu
  6. What is LOVE?
  7. Watashi wa Watashi Nanda
  8. Waraenai Hanashi
  9. Egao no Kimi wa Taiyou sa
  10. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai
  11. Otona ni Nareba Otona ni Nareru!?
  12. Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe

1. TIKI BUN (Album Version)

The album kicks off with the most recent A-side to come out (funny enough, lacking the other A-sides from the single).  I was pretty curious to what this album version would do to make it different and all it simply is is that it has a different introduction and a different mid-8 section.  Now it hasn’t been a long time since the single released (two weeks) so not much has changed on my thoughts about the song.  It’s still an OK EDM song but on the more repetitive side as the dependene on the title is just overbearing.  The new sections don’t really change too much, so they come off as a bit superfluous here.  Overall, it was an acceptable first track, but wasn’t worth the intro and the small changes.

2. Password is 0

So up next is Password is 0 and I’m also kind of disappointed with this one for almost the same reasons that I did with “TIKI BUN”.  There’s just so much repetition here as well that it almost becomes a nuisance.  I still do like a lot of the song though like Riho’s and Sakura’s epic lines at least.  Plus the choruses are really catchy as well so I pretty much like this song a smidge more than the previous track.  At least they chose the original one and not the Morimusume version.

3. Asu wo Tsukuru no wa Kimi

So we get into our first new track and strangely enough is the only tune that doesn’t have any kind of EDM sound to it.  As such, hearing the flowing orchestral arrangement instead of all the synths and such is such a nice change of pace though coming in between suh songs really makes this sound oddly placed.  It does kind of have a wintry feel to it which works for it and hearing all the ladies have solos is pretty nice as well.  It stands out from the album, but it’s not terrible so I definitely enjoyed it.

4. Kirari to Hikaru Hoshi

So like most of their recent albums, this one includes smaller groupings for some of the new tracks and our first one is a Riho/Sakura duet…actually their 2nd.  Their first one, “Daisuki Dakara Zettai ni Yurusanai” was definitely a good try but the odd melodic tones from the duo created an awkwardness that was made even more obvious with the arrangement.  They seemed to wanted to try this again and they scored gold with Kirari to Hikaru Hoshi.  Riho and Sakura sounds so much more confident here and the arrangement is really cool (even though I think the verses sound a little like it was from Martin Garrix’s “Animals”).  I really enjoy this song and loving Riho and Sakura just sounding badass here.  Definitely one of my favorites from the album!

5. Koibito ni wa Zettai ni Shiraretakunai Shinjitsu

I am so confused about the intro to our next new track.  I mean the whole ~what is this whole rock ‘n roll music~ did not make any sense here.  As the next grouping track featuring Sayumi, Mizuki, and Haruna, this song has ZERO sense of rock in its arrangement and has this kind of cutesy dancepop feel which didn’t much of anything for me.  I mean the vocals aren’t really anything to write home about especially when Sayu is auto-tuned and Harunan is kind of meh as it is.  Fukuchan seems to kind carries the song on her back.  I just didn’t really care for this song in the long run.

6. What is LOVE?

Back into some older stuff, we have the J-MELO theme, What is LOVE?  I had such a love/hate relationship with this song where one day I loved the hell out of it and others seem to loathe it.  I love that the beat is pretty heavy and the tempo of the beat is pretty fast (probably the fastest the album has to offer).  There’s some odd chords here and there and the song has some random English as well, but it’s so uplifting and the energy is just perfect for their dance-heavy style.

7. Watashi wa Watashi Nanda

Another full group track, Watashi wa Watashi Nanda is another heavy-EDM track but it seems a lot more effort was put into the line distribution here as I heard some Zukki and other back ladies get more time here which is always great to see.  I loved the verses the most here as that’s where the majority of the solos were.  It screams an almost “12, Smart” vibe to it which is probably I warmed up so fast to this.  Another great song!

8. Waraenai Hanashi

Oh hey, the return of the random male rappers.  I do like all the little random inclusions like phone ringing and some other sound clips.  Of all the EDM songs from the album, Waraenai Hanashi doesn’t seem to do much for me, I mean it’s a good song musically, but there’s something not clicking here with me.  I can’t even explain it but it might be the rappers that kind of turn me off.  It’s just kind of a forgotten album song at best.

9. Egao no Kimi wo Taiyou sa

Moving back to the first single released as Momusu ’14, Egao no Kimi wo Taiyou sa is still an absurd song released by the group.  I mean I kind of love the EDM/R&B kind of fusion, but the way the verses and choruses were handled with the jumbled lyrics smushed together left a bad impression on me and still is the worst thing the song has going for it.  Beyond that, I do love the arrangement and the way it flows through the chorus is just happy and bright and makes me happy but I couldn’t deal with the lyrics (and no solos except in some small parts).  Meh A-side.

10. Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai

Then funny enough we go to the 2nd A-side from the single (the 3rd I just talked about earlier in the review).  Besides knowing this was going to be used for the Japanese viewing for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, I knew I was going to love this song.  It’s another heavy track, but this has a lot of punch to it and the group just sounds wonderful (even if it is mostly Riho and Sakura owning most of it).  Very epic song from them and happy it was included on the album.

11. Otona ni Nareba Otona ni Nareru!?

The last new song from the album is the last grouping as well featuring Kanon, Masaki, Haruka, Erina, and Ayumi and I was curious to how this would turn out because they kind of are the least heard (except maybe Ayumi and Masaki).  I don’t mind the sound of it because it sounds rather edgy and energetic too.  I loved hearing the 5 have solo lines and just turning out all epic.  Overall, it’s a pretty good song for them, hyper but cool too.

12. Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe

At least the album ends with a song that isn’t a poor choice to close it out hahah jk.  I really love that they decided to end the album with the best A-side of the era IMO.  Unlike all the fast-paced dance-centric songs the album contained, Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe was kind of a mix of EDM and a ballad and boy did Tsunku knock this one out of the park.  There isn’t a lot of solos to be had, but this song melodically sounded so beautiful.  I just love this song and was REAL happy this was an A-side.

Tracks Recommended

  • Toki wo Koe Sora wo Koe
  • Kirari to Hikaru Hoshi
  • Kimi no Kawari wa Iyashinai
  • Watashi wa Watashi Nanda
  • Otona ni Nareba Otona ni Nareru!?

Song of Avoidance

  • Koibito ni wa Zettai ni Shiraretakunai Shinjitsu

It feels like it’s been forever since Momusu actually released an album.  Since “13 Colorful Character” the group shifted HEAVILY into this EDM territory and since “Renai Hunter” they’ve just been stuck in this sort of experimental rut, yeah kind of opposites but it feels like this whole Tsunku loves Electronica is starting to become stale and this album kind of features the high and low points.  If he had decided to include the singles after “13CC”, this would’ve drove me nuts knowing that Asu wo Tsukuru no wa Kimi would’ve been the ONLY non-EDM track.  Basically, the album is good, but with Sayumi leaving and 4 new members joining, I really hope Tsunku moves to a new set of genres because I’m getting tired of it all (AND I LOVE EDM 0.o)

 

misono – Uchi October 25, 2014

Filed under: misono — solarblade @ 12:48 am

 

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Track Listing

  1. Uchi! Uchi! ROCK ~Toriatsukai Setsumeisho~
  2. Ho・n・to・u・so
  3. Junction Punctuation Mark (CD only)
  4. with you -Me ver.- (CD only)
  5. “NO you! NO life! NO..××?” -Me ver.- (CD only)
  6. Shiroku “Jikochuu” Kimi-jikan Ore Tokei ~Metronome no Douki Genshou~
  7.  “…。” no Tsuzuki ~Eien Nante Nai… Itsuka Owari ga Aru Keredo~
  8. Second season Girl FRIEND ~Onna Tomodachi? Imouto Teki Sonzai? Tada no Osananajimi? Renai Taishou? Tomodachi Ijou? Koibito Miman? 2 Banme Demo Nai? Suki Demo Kirai Demo Nai? Tsugou no Ii Onna Domari?~
  9. 61-byoume no… Fura Letter Saigo no Hatsukoi ~Copernicus Tekitenkai~ (CD+DVD only)
  10. Kingyo Sukui ~Kimi wa Dono Princess?~ (CD+DVD only)
  11. Tanabata☆Jita ButterFly♪ feat. misono
  12. Koitsuri Girl Ai Girl ~Fishing Boy~
  13. 25-jikan ~Moshimo 1-nichi ga 24-jikan de wa Naku Ato 1-jikan Attara… Anata wa Dare ni Nani wo Shimasu ka?~
  14. Negative×Hitori∞Ashi
  15. Shoutaijou♪BIG-ri☆Yancha Hamechakucha★Omo-cha~ Bako
  16. Futarijime Watashijime “Hanbun Zukko”
  17. Su・ki・ra・i

1. Uchi! Uchi! ROCK ~Toriatsukai Setsumeisho~

misono opens up her 4th album with the song chosen to promote the album and I really was surprised because of the random pop nature of the tune.  It still retains a lot of her rockin’ style, but sounds REALLY youthful and girly which misono doesn’t seem to have a lot of.  The song also tends to throw me off with the tempo changes throughout which is different for her and I enjoyed that, but I mostly got annoyed from misono doing that ~uchi, uchi, uchi, uchi~ all over the place so it kind of just passes by me.  Interesting song, but it can grow annoying the longer you listen to it for.

2. Ho・n・to・u・so

After her 3rd album, misono returned as a new moniker as *Me and then released the first single for this album.  I still am not exactly sure what the point of this was but she was releasing a lot of good songs.  Ho・n・to・u・so was a pretty awesome song and I was loving the heavier direction I thought she was going from this song.  Definitely a strong song and great that it comes early on the album.

3. Junction Punctuation Mark

I wasn’t surprised that there’d be different songs depending on which version you got, though it is funny that the CD+DVD has three extra songs over the CD only which has two.  Anyways, the first up is a song from her Tales of… best album.  Junction Punctuation Mark was my favorite of the two because this song just sounded a lot like something from day after tomorrow which I appreciate.  I loved misono here and this song is still one of the best the album has to offer.

4. with you -Me ver.-

Our next song came from “Ho・n・to・u・so/Su・ki・ra・i” and is *Me*’s take of the BACK-ON track that she was featured in.  I will never get into misono’s voice under auto-tune from the intro, but the rest of the song is quite golden with great energy and powerful sounds.  Even the vocalist of BACK-ON makes an appearance.  Overall one of the stronger songs from the album, despite the horrid intro.

5. “NO you! NO life! NO..××?” -Me ver.-

The next track up is a song she collaborated with Cocoa Otoko. but it’s changed to where she was the only one singing.  I’ve never heard the original, but it’s pretty solid of a song since misono doesn’t seem to stress her vocals as she’s been doing in more recent songs.  The tune sounds unique too, having some synths to play in the background of the otherwise rockin’ arrangement.  Though the chorus introduces us to more auto-tune which isn’t as annoying as it was in the previous track.  Pretty kickass song here!

6. Shiroku “Jikochuu” Kimi-jikan Ore Tokei ~Metronome no Douki Genshou~

The first song that’s new and isn’t a promo song, this song sounds pretty energetic and would be great for live performances because of the chanting that’s possible within the energetic tune.  misono has a lot of great vocal parts and she gives the song more punch which is nice to see!  Definitely reminds me of songs that she released for “say” and “never+land” so this is a pretty kickass song too XD.

7.  “…。” no Tsuzuki ~Eien Nante Nai… Itsuka Owari ga Aru Keredo~

Period no Tsuzuki comes next and since it was credited as a Me song on the single, I like how that was dropped entirely for the album (though I suppose it’s funnier that the songs credited as misono are not on the album).  Being a near 6-minute rock ballad, I was still kind of unsure how I felt about because I do like the melody and some of the verses sound really pleasant, but when the chorus kicks in misono starts to wail and that’s always been a problem with her ballads ever since the “say” album.  It’s OK and it’s not as bad as some of her previous ballads so I gues it has that going for it.

8. Second season Girl FRIEND ~Onna Tomodachi? Imouto Teki Sonzai? Tada no Osananajimi? Renai Taishou? Tomodachi Ijou? Koibito Miman? 2 Banme Demo Nai? Suki Demo Kirai Demo Nai? Tsugou no Ii Onna Domari?~

Oh boy, the crazy long ass titled B-side comes next and funny enough it was my favorite of the singles that she released…AND IT’S A FRIGGIN B-SIDE!  Something about Second season Girl FRIEND just sounds really cool and very serious in comparison to a lot of songs she released that weren’t ballads.  misono’s vocals aren’t all over the map and the music just sounds good for her and I wish she would release more songs like this.  Definitely one of the album’s best songs.

9. 61-byoume no… Fura Letter Saigo no Hatsukoi ~Copernicus Tekitenkai~

So we get into the CD+DVD exclusives starting with the tune that original came from misono’s 2nd Tales of… best and I honestly wished she had left this behind.  Like “Period no Tsuzuki”, Copernicus Tekitenkai is a slower song on the album, actually even more of a ballad than the aforementioned track.  Listening to it now, misono’s vocals seem higher pitched and it kind of doesn’t fit the arrangement very well, but the song opens up and it starts to make a little more sense.  I guess it’s not so bad as I remembered it the first time, but there’s something about it that feels like it’s missing something.  Too bad.

10. Kingyo Sukui ~Kimi wa Dono Princess?~

The other exclusive is oddly enough a new song!  Kingyo Sukui is another ballad unfortunately and this one is a lot like the previous tune with a piano-heavy arrangement.  Though I have to say that misono’s whiny vocals are present so it bothers me the most about this track sadly.  To be fair, it feels like this song would’ve been MUCH better had it been a rock track because the chords sound powerful enough to handle it like that, but as it stands, this song is meh.

11. Tanabata☆Jita ButterFly♪ feat. misono

Next up is the actual B-side from “Ho・n・to・u・so/Su・ki・ra・i” and this one left a bad taste in my mouth when I first reviewed the song.  It’s still such a bizarre song because it’s rather shrill from misono and has a overly cutesy punk-rock sound which might sound like it was a nod to her “never+land” album, but this song just doesn’t work for me because she sounds so off.  Yeah, I’m not a fan of this one though the bleep in the near end of the song was funny.

12. Koitsuri Girl Ai Girl ~Fishing Boy~

Which carries into the next song which was an A-side from the third single she released for the album.  Koitsuri Girl Ai Girl isn’t as squeaky as the previous track, but it still has that cutesy punk sound which I still am not getting behind as much.  I do slightly enjoy it more than I did back then, but I don’t think this genki style suits her very much anymore (as if it did in the first place).

13. 25-jikan ~Moshimo 1-nichi ga 24-jikan de wa Naku Ato 1-jikan Attara… Anata wa Dare ni Nani wo Shimasu ka?~

Then we get a nice stretch of new songs starting with this slightly long title XD.  Leaving the genki stuff behind slightly, there’s something about this song that reminds me of stuff like songs from SCANDAL from it’s upbeat punk-rock nature to the riffs and chords heard throughout but I kind of dig it with misono singing along.  Simple song and it turned out nicely!

14. Negative×Hitori∞Ashi

Then comes Negative Hitori Ashi and sounds a little more louder and rockin’ than our previous track by having more percussion being present.  While I’m not sure where to put it on misono’s styles, it continues this cute, but down-to-earth style and it really does remind me of her first album and how fun those songs were to listen to.  It’s a cool track, but could’ve used a little more energy.

15. Shoutaijou♪BIG-ri☆Yancha Hamechakucha★Omo-cha~ Bako

Now this is what I’m talking about with energy, this song is instantly coming off as a REALLY fun song and has some pretty good misono vocals here and it just sounds like a fun anison/summer song that ust does it right!  It’s seriously a kooky song, but it’s very catchy and brought back misono as a fun singer even if her vocals aren’t all that great to listen to.

16. Futarijime Watashijime “Hanbun Zukko”

Man these songs have such an upbeat atmosphere (funny that most of the new songs have a happier vibe).  Though the thing that kind of killed the song was misono’s vocals as she’s trying to hit some pretty high notes and they aren’t very tasteful to listen to.  Though when she isn’t doing that, the rest of the song sounds pretty awesome and I love the guitarwork more than most of the songs here.

17. Su・ki・ra・i

Finally, ending the album is the secondary A-side of the first single released for the album and I’m also not exactly the biggest fan of the song.  Su・ki・ra・i has a cool wintry feeling, but misono’s voice is what hinders the song from being fully enjoyable.  I supose it made a nice ending, but still not one of my favorites.

Tracks Recommended

  • Second season Girl FRIEND ~Onna Tomodachi? Imouto Teki Sonzai? Tada no Osananajimi? Renai Taishou? Tomodachi Ijou? Koibito Miman? 2 Banme Demo Nai? Suki Demo Kirai Demo Nai? Tsugou no Ii Onna Domari?~
  • “NO you! NO life! NO..××?” -Me ver.-
  • Junction Punctuation Mark
  • Shiroku “Jikochuu” Kimi-jikan Ore Tokei ~Metronome no Douki Genshou~
  • Shoutaijou♪BIG-ri☆Yancha Hamechakucha★Omo-cha~ Bako

Song of Avoidance

  • Tanabata☆Jita ButterFly♪ feat. misono

Without all the junk, I would say that misono’s 4th studio album, Uchi is actually kind of good.  Granted it still has issues that every previous misono album has had and it’s her vocals…she can really be too waily in songs and her ballads are mostly shit, but the majority was actually quite nice.  Now for the bs, if you didn’t know what it says on the cover, it basically says if she doesn’t sell 10k of this album she won’t be able to release anymore music which is totally farfetched and stupid marketing just to get sales.  I mean it’s a good album, but it definitely didn’t need that tagline bullshit basically.

 

 
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