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Aira Mitsuki – I’LL BE BACK August 23, 2013

Filed under: Aira Mitsuki — solarblade @ 9:15 am

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Track Listing

  1. Mysteric
  2. twinkle twinkle
  3. you know
  4. Interlude #1
  5. Butterfly
  6. make new world
  7. tell me
  8. Interlude #2
  9. I still love you
  10. Interlude #3
  11. I can fly
  12. time machine
  13. Hound Dog (feat. Terukado)

1. Mysteric

Opening the album, Mysteric kicks things off with a pretty cool mid-tempo synth track that sounds almost familiar to Western artists.  The smooth synths play around the track and lets Aira take the stage in a pretty good way.  I actually really like this sound she went for with this song and definitely put my expectations a little higher with hoping how the rest of the album will turn out.  Definitely a club banger!

2. twinkle twinkle

Seeing the title of the next track, twinkle twinkle at first seemed to really sound like it was going to be cutesy and somehow when the song opened up, it kind of reminded me of “BARBiE BARBiE” but at the same time has a rather “???” sound to it as well which kind of is weird at first but as I listened on, it got a bit more modern sounding too.  I like the sparkly feel of it and sounds really like something she would’ve done in her first two albums.

3. you know

Moving on, you know is a bit more progressive than the previous track and I’ve all of a sudden I hear Aira using a bit more English in the track which actually sounds quite nice.  Though I will say when I hear ~I need you, emotional~ it kind of makes me tilt my head.  Actually overall, this is a pretty straightforward song and it’s kind of catchy but doesn’t have the longevity that “Mysteric” had so far.

4. Interlude #1

Since when did Aira do interludes for her album 0.o.  The first one is only 40 seconds long and strangely enough it sounds like a radio going through channels and it lands on songs that were from “COPY” like “GALAXY BOY”, “China Discotica” and “Yellow Supercar”.  It’s pretty strange but honestly fitting on such an album.

5. Butterfly

Butterfly comes next after and honestly coming from the interlude, I was expecting Aira to really bust out some grittier synths with this track but this kind of sounds like a “6 FORCE” song but honestly it works because I’m loving the bass line and the piano chords laid out in the track.  I kind of like the movement of the track though and fits amongst the more chiller tracks she has.

6. make new world

Moving out, I was definitely loving the fact that make new world picked up the pace once again.  The beats, bass and added guitar licks really gave this a bit more form!  I was a tad surprised to know this is the shortest track of the vocal tracks.  I do like the middle 8 section the most of the song however lol.  Not a bad track overall!

7. tell me

It just keeps getting better from here!  tell me really sounds like something from the early 90′s with the synths and arrangement of the song.  I just love the beats and Aira sounds actually good in this song (even though she has in the previous tracks >.<).  This is a great track to waste your energy jumping around!  Yeah…this was pretty cool!

8. Interlude #2

I was expecting after the first interlude, the second would be cuts from “PLASTIC” but that didn’t exactly happen.  The interlude is a strange recording from Apollo 11 launching (you know the first U.S. landing on the moon).  I still don’t quite understand the reasoning behind making this an interlude into our next track but it was nice nonetheless and the music was sweet too.

9. I still love you

The thing that I liked coming into I still love you is that while it is electropop, Aira still makes it sound so damn cute!  I mean it might just be a little cheesy of a track since it is roughly about love and all that schmooze.  Of the songs on the album, this didn’t really leave too much of an impression on me.  There’s just something missing in this song that doesn’t work…plus being crammed between two interludes…wasn’t worth it lol.

10. Interlude #3

Our last interlude is the shortest one (being only 25 seconds long) and it really only features Aira repreating phrases and the build on top of each other.  Just kind of there…also quite confusing lol.

11. I can fly

As we enter our final stretch of songs on the album, we enter I can fly which seems to mirror up similar feelings I had with “Mysteric” with the ethereal synths but also there’s a moving beat to drive it a lot stronger than that song.  I actually enjoyed it so much that it’s probably my favorite of the album!

12. time machine

I was hoping time machine was going to be a banger, but it seemed to be another one of those mid-tempo ditties to kind of just smooth things by.  I will say that I love the sound of the verses for sure but when the chorus comes in, I’m just kind of over it hahaha.  It sounds a bit too familiar to another one of her songs (but I can’t think of it at the moment).  Though it’s winning moment is during the middle 8 where you here Aira’s muddled voice is singing the chorus to “Robot Honey”.  I thought that was pretty clever.  Still besides that, the song just kind of flew by my radar.

13. Hound Dog (feat. Terukado)

The album’s final track was a strange choice as we’ve had this song available since back in April 2011.  To be honest, this track isn’t the best choice to have ended (“time machine” was a lot more appropriate).  The song itself is probably the funkiest track and there’s some stock vocals and Aira is doing some whisper-singing.  Like I said, this track is like the black sheep of the album and I’m curious as to why she (her label) decided to throw this 2 year old track on here when everything else is brand new.

Tracks Recommended

  • I can fly
  • Mysteric
  • tell me
  • Butterfly

Song of Avoidance

  • I still love you

So we finally get Aira’s 4th album (well maybe 5th including the Aira/Saori album) and unfortunately it seems like the last we’ll get since Aira is going on hiatus from music.  I’LL BE BACK is actually a solid sendoff and honestly is so much better than her last album, “???” in which nearly all of the tracks were likeable in some fashion.  The only real qualm is the need of interludes 2 & 3 and Hound Dog.  I felt if there were gone, it would’ve been a great album haha.  Still, this was a pretty strong album!

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