Journey ~Kimi to Futari de~
After Love -First Boyfriend- feat. KANAME (CHEMISTRY)
Konya wa No.1
Kimi ga Ireba
Time of Love
LOVE or GAME
Thank You For Talkin’ To Me Africa (Yellow Magic Orchestra feat. Crystal Kay)
I’ll be there
1. Journey ~Kimi to Futari de~
Starting with the most recent A-side, Journey I think was maybe a poor choice to have put on in front of “After Love -First Boyfriend-” simply because both are so similar to one another and it kind of is a little blah. It still is a heavenly R&B track though with good sounding synths and pleasant vocals from Kuri. I like it still however.
2. After Love -First Boyfriend- feat. KANAME (CHEMISTRY)
Being the first of two A-sides released in the era, After Love feels so old for some reason but it was released last year haha. After Love -First Boyfriend- does still sound rather adorable from Kuri and she does overload the song so much that KANAME doesn’t really have lines to himself and is subjected to only a few places and the chorus. Still it’s kind of grew less on me since it’s not very memorable anymore to me.
3. Konya wa No. 1
Moving into new tracks from the album, I’ve liked the direction Kuri has been going since the “FLASH” mini and with Konya wa No. 1, it sounds like she wanted bring attitude in her songs and she did it quite awesomely. The song has a pretty good guitar riff mixed in with some synth riffs as well and just brought the atmosphere up a few notches. Good song!
4. Kimi ga Ireba
Then I guess we have to cool down for our next song. I don’t know it this was right putting this after “Konya wa No. 1″ but whatever. By the sound of it, it sounds like something wintry and it’s rather fitting of the time of the year. While I’m still not fully into Kuri ballads since “Motherland”, this is alright for now.
5. Time of Love
Being as the only digital single that’s found on the album and simply because it was a fan favorite, Time of Love has found solace on the album. I do see why people wanted it on here since it’s pretty and a lot more stronger of a ballad than “Kimi ga Ireba” was and it did a much better job at showcasing Kuri’s vocals. I love the amount of strings that were put into the song and it just flowed beautifully for me. Gotta say, I was impressed.
6. I pray
Of the songs from “FLASH”, I really hoped she didn’t pick this one from the bunch because it was the worst from the mini-album to be honest. On the album it still sounds rather plain and underwhelming, especially after “Time of Love”. I mean we already have “Journey” on the album did we really need this? I would’ve rather had “Victoria” on here…
Ugh, that guy at the beginning needs to be shot!!! Anyways, Goodbye goes back to her true style with being a catchy R&B tune and the beat was solid enough to keep me interested unlike the last song. I do wonder if it’s the antithesis to “Never say goodbye” from her “FLASH” mini….interesting to think eh?
8. LOVE or GAME
I found it so funny that Kuri began the song with someone walking up to a pinball machine and play it until it said ~WINNER~ and then used some of the sounds from the machine to turn into a synthy R&B track that actually sounds catchy and upbeat enough to actually stand out on the album. I mean the bleep and bloops just kind of rocketed it up skyward and I just was surprised at the arrangement and Kuri throughout.
9. Hands up
Hmmm, I’m not sure what to really think of Hands up since it’s one of those inner beauty kind of tracks and as much I think those songs are somewhat cheesy, Hands up sounds cool with the repetitive piano line mixed it with pounding beats and flowing synths. I do notice Kuri has a lot of help in the vocal department, but I don’t mind it since it fueled the experience.
I guess it was kind of obvious that the title track from her mini-album would make the cut. It’s funny though that it’s the most energetic of songs on the album with it’s electro style and smooth vocals to match from Kuri. While I still prefer “Victoria” to this, this isn’t bad and it’s so easy to fall in love with this song because it’s just heavy and catchy and totally a new style for her.
11. Thank You For Talkin’ To Me Africa (Yellow Magic Orchestra feat. Crystal Kay)
Being as this song was originally on one of YMO’s releases, it was bolded lol. Just like the last song, this is a bit of a strange tune to be putting on the album and since this sounds like something from the 70′s, it’s a bit weird to listen to it. I did find it annoying that it took so long before Kuri started to sing and then at the time, it’s weak and she’s covered by the music a bit. Meh, not liking this song at all.
12. I’ll be there
Finally, ending the album I’ll be there from the start sounds like a good melancholic tune with the low strings and depressing arrangement. I do think that the mood does turn into a more hopeful one once Kuri enters the chorus and says ~I’ll be there~. I think it’s just a good song to close up the album.
LOVE or GAME
Konya wa No. 1
Time of Love
Song of Avoidance
Has it been that long since “Color Change!”? I guess so because the time off was what Kuri needed before coming into Spin The Music. I did think she had more in mind with this one since the arrangements were mostly different and yet strong…but it still didn’t save her from some stinkers on the album. I guess it’s an alright album from Kuri.