Time Machine de Tsuredashite
Itazura na KISS
Shoujo no Mama de Ita Ano Koro
wind flower ~spring ephemeral~
It’s My Way
1. Starry Heavens
If we have to, begin the album with the most well-known track. I still don’t see where the whole, awesomeness factor comes in. I fount the song to be just a little on the boring side and doesn’t have a big surprise in it at all until the guitar solo. Definitly could’ve began the album more louder.
2. Time Machine de Tsuredashite
Our first new track off the album is probably more along the lines of what I wanted this album to start with. We actually hear the guys get some singing parts which is good because misono definitly needed some backup. It’s funny they put in a censored beep. I was like what the hell is that about, haha. It’s quite catchy, but the arrangement could’ve been more exciting. Good track though.
My prayers were answered with Fitness which did sound pretty cool right from the start. Even though there isn’t anything exactly groundbreaking at this point. It’s the usual fare of the combination of synths and guitar. misono sounds a little dead in the song right up to the chorus. I guess this is just a filler track for the album.
4. Show Time
I still laugh hard during the song’s first lines. It’s so hectic and just them having fun with the song. On the single, it sounded pretty different and so random and it continues to be so damn random on here as well. The chorus is nicely done by misono and the band using arpeggios…though the transitioning between the bridge/chorus/after chorus is very questionable, it still has a cute charm to it.
5. Itazura na KISS
You know what, IMO this is dat’s best in their entire discography. The main thing I remember about this song is how much I’d love to karaoke with it once Inuyasha ended. Just like the previous track, they are having tons of fun for this song and c’mon the riffs are just so cool here. I think misono sounds really cool here too and doesn’t rely heavily on that crazy vibrato.
Returning from the same single “Itazura na KISS” was from, CURRENT was the more serious one. Once again it seems that it’d be a bit better had it been left on the single. It’s just like the other tracks, but once again it’s used to split the happy songs, so CURRENT did its job right.
7. Shoujo no Mama de Ita Ano Koro
Is it coincedence that I’m starting to feel the same just like I did with GND’s debut album? Like how the songs are starting to sound the same and not enough difference between the songs. Shoujou no Mama de Ita Ano Koro proves that theory because NOTHING makes it stand out at all. The chorus reminds me of “CURRENT” which is a bad thing because that track was right before it…the solo though was nice though.
See, regret is something this album needed. It’s what we’d call a rock ballad because the synth aren’t as important as the other instruments this time, such a great change of sound. I think misono sounds jsut right with this song and if she wanted to, she could cover it in her solo career. I have no idea why she hasn’t yet, it’s the best of the new tracks.
9. wind flower ~spring ephemeral~
However, the last new track on the album sounds like the return of a more fierce “CURRENT” which is what I really wanted and I got it through this pretty sweet track. misono is pretty loud and the guitar wailing just somehow attributed to this songs great power. I thought it sounded a bit American, but in a good way.
10. Dear Friends
I’m still surprised at how wintry it starts off and things pick up so quickly for the chorus and dies down again for the verses. It has a very topsy-turvy arrangement and the guitar riffs are so cool and are very reminescent to a future track of theirs. What saved the song from bein just another one of their typicals was a stronger presence of actual piano. Cool!
11. These Days
Why, oh why, did you have to add this song on the album. There’s a few good things to point out and it’s mostly for piano inclusion, but the song is suffering from the boring syndrome. It does sound like something that should’ve been on their first full album, but on here it seems like it wasn’t produced fully enough.
12. It’s My Way
Even though the song is a secondary A-side, I thought this was a bit more meh. I mean with the songs beforehand having a very similar arrangement, come closer to the end, this song is just made worse by inclusion on this album at a very late time. There’s nothing special here anymore….Best left on the single for sure.
Hotarubi is a very appropriate song, to finally end the album up. It just has ending properties that signals the closure. The single was a good idea, but it kind of was weird paring up with “Show Time”. At least it makes sense now, so I can appreciate it more than before
Song of Avoidance
dat’s sophomore album, is a minor step-up from their 1st full-album. I found that a lot of the tracks were very similar to one each other, but it’s nice to know that there was equality between the singles and new tracks (even though it was heavy with single tracks). I did miss the fact there was no piano-only ballad though, but we’ll see with their final album.