Theme of mihimaLive3
777 feat. ET-KING
Shiawase ni Narou
Sayonara wo Iwanakatta feat. Ryota Mitsunaga
Naki Natsu with SOFFet
Rajimaru GT Kessaku Talk Shuu pt. 2 with Daimaou Kosaka (bonus track)
Dosu Koi with Daimaou Kosaka (bonus track)
1. Theme of mihimaLive3
As the short opening to mihimaru GT’s 5th studio album, I thought it was pretty cool to have an epic opening kind of like this. I like there’s some English lines that are in the song, even though I don’t think that was miyake speaking them. After that we get into an instrumental with some blazing guitars and rhythmic strings before miyake and then hiroko start to rap which is pretty cool. Pretty nifty introduction to the album!
As the 5th A-side of the era, Un♥Lock is still kind of underwhelming when compared with the other songs of the era. It does have a cool funk-styled arrangement which works and hiroko sounds really nice in the song since she’s the singer. I don’t know why, but there’s just nothing in the song to really keep me put.
3. 777 feat. ET-KING
Of all the B-sides that were released in the era, why did they have to put the worst one of the era on the album? There’s no words to show how much I loathe this song period. While it is a crowd-pleasing song, it’s way too slow and ET-KING’s rappers sucks in the song….even miyake is a part of this list of terrible rapping here. I’m sorry but this was a major issue for the album. I think the only reason I’d listen to this would be because of hiroko’s parts. Everything else is shit!
4. Shiawase ni Narou
Ok, so I might’ve been hard on Shiawase ni Narou, but it’s a pretty ballad from them even though miyake doesn’t really fit in the song at all. Rappers + ballads = FAIL. Everything else about the song from the arrangement to hiroko’s vocals were spot-on and worked for me quite nicely. I just wish miyake could’ve sounded a little interested in the song.
5. Sayonara wo Iwanakatta feat. Ryota Mitsunaga
Our first new song, Sayonara wo Iwanakatta is a nice break from the miyake mistakes that’s been happening so far and this song worked for me because Ryota has more emotion in his rapping which fits with this R&B-tinted tune. The arrangement is a little generic, but it does fit in this case so I’m happy with this song.
While we did have a small break from miyake, he returns for SIGNAL and he actually sounds more interesting with this heavily urban sound. Though it doesn’t really go anywhere for me since the arrangement is rather repetitive and since hiroko is doing double duty of rapping/singing it’s kind of a song you either like or hate. It’s alright, but it’s nothing too memorable.
For a song titled S.ku.n.k, I was surprised that we got a happy-go-lucky song to go with it. Though I’m also surprised it’s so summery like two of the six singles released in the era. That being said it’s actually more energetic than both “Un♥Lock” and “Torekechau Dandy~”. I do think the chorus is somewhat jarring since it’s basically let loose and loud. Otherwise, I like it quite a lot.
The era’s 3rd single, Switch was totally out of left field for mihimaru GT. I mean when compared to the other songs, it’s a little bit more electro than most tracks which is awesome because this song is what got me into the duo in the first place. Even though there’s a lot of rapping from both members, I didn’t mind it all since it worked altogether. Let’s not forget, it’s ridiculously catchy!!!!
9. Love Letter
Even though it’s been a few weeks since the 6th A-side’s release, Love Letter tries to battle up “Shiawase ni Narou” in which ballad was better of the era. To be honest, they are in the same area of how I feel for both songs. I definitely enjoyed hiroko’s performance in the song, but miyake’s dry performance made it a hard listen at points and felt very unnecessary. Good ballad, just no more rapping!
10. Torokechau Dandy~
Since it was the 4th A-side, Torokechau Dandy~ stands out for me as the song with the very suggestive PV. Like the other summer songs, this one was pretty relaxing and kind of fun to enjoy since there was a lot of steel drums and Caribbean-like noises that made the song stand out more for me. Definitely another good song from the album.
11. Naki Natsu feat. SOFFet
While it is the first single released for the album, Naki Natsu is pretty good, but is just unbalanced because of the amount of different rappers in the song and hiroko. Usually, I’m not bothered by this, but here I am because SOFFet and miyake aren’t really bringing it. I’m so happy hiroko saved the song because her parts with the guys are really nice and fits with this mid-tempo sound.
The last track off the album, Michishirube is another ballad from the group. I like this quite a lot since it shows off hiroko way more than the other ballads off the album which is a plus and I don’t even hear miyake in this song which is another plus. Ok, no miyake makes me a happy Solarblade! Definitely a good way to finish the album!
13. Rajimaru GT Kessaku Talk Shuu pt. 2 with Daimaou Kosaka
I know that there was one of these back on their last album “mihimarise” and if I’m guessing right it’s the same thing as it is here. Sounds like some kind of interview on a radio station between the members of mihimaru GT and some other people since I hear more than 4 people. Unfortunately, I don’t know Japanese enough to follow along so most people will not understand this…
14. Dosu Koi with Daimaou Kosaka
After the random weirdness, Dosu Koi comes after and is just as weird since it starts with some weird traditional Japanese thing. Even weirder is this electro arrangement that comes in. To be honest, this is what I wanted instead of the hot mess in “777″. I found the members having a lot of fun with this and it’s actually pretty good. Even miyake was stronger here. OK good song!
Song of Avoidance
First off, there wasn’t enough new tracks for this album! I mean 6 preceding singles is a little too much. While miyake was a big reason most of the songs were icky at parts, some of them he was really good. Now as a whole, not too bad, but some of the tracks are just not their deal. mihimalogy is alright, just not what I was hoping for.