Ima Demo Aitai yo… feat. Spontania
Brand New World
Koi wa groovyx2
LOVE MACHINE GUN
No one else
groovyx2 (hidden track)
1. love you
I was expecting a gooey love song starting the album off, but what we got an explosion of sound and a fun party atmosphere mixed with Yuna’s pretty good vocals. The arrangement is just full of life and tribal drums that were pretty damn fast. I don’t know why, but sometimes the explosion of brass is a little too much, but it isn’t a bad start to the album.
2. Ima Demo Aitai yo… feat. Spontania
Released digitally before the album’s release Yuna’s collaboration with Spontania was a good choice for her because it really showcased a nice mellow dance track fronted by a nice piano melody. I did have problems with Spontania singing in the song because he just sounded lifeless a good portion for it, but Yuna sounds lovely in the song and mix in the dance beats. Even better, it’s the answer song for her other collaboration with Spontania, “Ima Demo Zutto”.
3. Brand New World
I think it was fitting to put our next track after “Ima Demo Aitai yo…” because Brand New World is pretty upbeat and the heavier dance beat works for sure. If it was sung by another artist, I think it would’ve been so boring, but with Yuna it sounds pretty good albeit a little boring, but for being a B-side from “trust you” I thought this was a good choice.
4. Koi wa groovyx2
Then we get into our 2nd A-side of the era. I love how the dance songs are basically at the front of the album so far. This was the song that fueled me into reviewing her, so I naturally like the song as it is. The song has its questionable parts basically when Yuna hits sour high notes singing the ~Groovy, groovy~ parts. Other than that this was a pretty rad song and great for parties.
5. trust you
Things start to calm down for trust you which was the last A-side of the era. I think the mix of piano and and R&B is a bit overrated (See Hikki’s latest album). Seeing this after “Koi wa groovyx2″ is a bit random, but what can you do? I’ll say though that Yuna sounds powerful in the song which is a positive thing and she showed her emotions good here. I was at first negative about it being connected to GUNDAM, but I’ve grown to like it a bit more as a standalone track.
6. BAILA BAILA
So I guess “trust you” was the bridge into the Hawaiian side of the album starting with BAILA BAILA. I have to say that I love the songs carefree sound mix in steel drums and brass and you get such a fun song. Yuna also sounds like she’s having fun, the only problem is the constant audience, but I think they were to fill the emptier spots of the song, so I can’t hate on it too much. Just stop the whistling!
Ok, so it’s not like “BAILA BAILA” and I consider this surf music, but this song just was the right song to have right after. I still think there’s something missing in the song, but I can’t really put my finger on it. Maybe it’s that chorus that puts her purposely in the danger zone of singing high. Or maybe it’s the mehness of the chorus altogether. I guess I can deal with this song, but I wont put it on repeat.
8. miss you
miss you, our first A-side of the era pops up next and still is very nice. Instead of the last two upbeat Hawaiian tracks, Yuna has done another ballad and does it surprise me that it’s so nice to listen to? Nope. The music flows well and Yuna doesn’t sound bad which is always a good thing. It’s definitly better than that other ballad, “trust you”.
9. LOVE MACHINE GUN
How bout we just get a more violent name for a song? Anyways, LOVE MACHINE GUN surprised me because it’s full of attitude from Yuna and has a rock style going on which is another surprise especially after the calm and soothing “miss you”. Her vocals also sound great, and using more of her chest voice which is a lot better than her head voice. Maybe she should utilize it more often.
10. No one else
Our last ballad oddly reminds me of some other ballads that people’ve done in the last few years. Things can be said that it’s kind of like “trust you”, but the whole ~no one else can take your place~ kind of just sticks out from the song which is good. The only problem is that the only thing that really kept me interested was the acoustic guitar. Everything else was a bit boring. I think it’s an alright song for right now.
Ending off the album is the very chill dance track Body. I’m surprised she chose Body to end off the album because it’s so unusual, but the song’s catchy clapping rhythm and layered vocals on Yuna is so nice. I feel when I listen to the song, that Yuna is trying to be sexy and it works because the English lyrics just are so sensual and hot. I consider this the albums gem because I loved it!
Oh wait…now I understand why “Body” was above friggin 10 minutes. groovyx2 is the English version of “Koi wa groovyx2″, but under the moniker of Christine Ito which was by far the oddest thing that happened last year. Just like its counterpart, groovyx2 is very upbeat and full of life and Yuna’s English is super and her singing still is amazing. Her chest voice is so impressive, so I think this was as good as the JPN version if not better. Also nice to note, groovyx2 has an extended opening and closing….just wanted you guys to know
Song of Avoidance
Honestly, I was dreading this album especially the amount of new songs on the album, luckily she definitly scored a winner with DLEAM because all of the songs were listenable and not fillerish because I would’ve cried if it was. I was impressed at the flow of the album because it wasn’t a mess like “WISH” was. So otherwise, it was a pretty great album from Yuna.