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Utada Hikaru – Hikari (Ray Of Hope MIX) January 12, 2017

Filed under: Utada Hikaru — solarblade @ 6:47 am

simpleandclean

Track Listing

  1. Hikari (Ray Of Hope MIX)
  2. Simple and Clean (Ray Of Hope MIX)
  3. Hikari (P’s CLUB MIX)
  4. Simple and Clean (P’s CLUB MIX)

1. Hikari (Ray Of Hope MIX)

Seeing a new remix for Hikki’s Hikari single (which is due to a new Kingdom Hearts compilation) was an interesting move for Hikki and I was wishing it was a new song (or maybe a remix for “Passion” would’ve been better).  Anyway, the new remix is pretty different from the original going for this very unique arrangement that sounds like a mix of ethereal vibes and underwater/tropical undertones.  While I do prefer the “Simple and Clean” version, it’s a cool arrangement and something that’ll stick out in Hikki’s repertoire.

2. Simple and Clean (Ray Of Hope MIX)

Since the two songs are actually different from one another, I wasn’t surprise that the remix would be a smidge different from another.  Having an English version of the song really helps Westerners get used to the track by understanding the lyrics more.  I do enjoy the verses a lot as the deeper synth tones give a much darker feel.  Though the chorus is a little out of place, but I mean there’s not too much you could do.

3. Hikari (P’s CLUB MIX)

It feels like they slowed the remix down a lot and replaced some of the more synthy stuff with beats and a different set of synths.  I do like that the beginning of the song had some lyrics from another Hikki song, “traveling” thrown into it (it’s also in the Ray Of Hope MIX as well).  As a remix itself, I’m a bit in the middle of the road because it just sounds a bit too slow for my liking.

4. Simple and Clean (P’s CLUB MIX)

Same thing can be said about Simple and Clean’s version of the remix.  I will say that the remix itself works better with the vocal melody of this track more than “Hikari’s” just for the cadence to the beat and her lyrical flow.  Overall, this is the preferred version of the two, but I still like the first two tracks more.

I was a bit surprised that Hikki would release this as a single (although digitally at the moment).  As the Ray Of Hope MIX was used as promo for Kingdom Hearts 2.8, dabbling back into Hikari and Simple and Clean seems like beating a dead horse at this point, but I enjoyed the effort that remixing the songs would give a fresh twist to these old songs.  I will say, the tropical EDM feels of the Ray Of Hope MIX is cool and puts a totally different spin on things, the P’s CLUB MIX didn’t really do much (well maybe it did for S&C).  Overall it’s OK, but I hope by the time KH3 releases, we’ll have a new song to love!

 

Hello! Pro Kenshuusei – Engeki Joshi-bu Musical “Nega Poji Poji” Original Soundtrack December 29, 2016

Filed under: Hello! Pro Kenshuusei — solarblade @ 5:36 am

negapojipoji

Track Listing

  1. Nega Poji Poji
  2. Ima Made Ikitekite Doukou
  3. Tempura Tabetai
  4. Ima wa Dame

1. Nega Poji Poji

As the theme song for the play, Nega Poji Poji is a lot more upbeat and danceable than past OST themes which is pretty cool and actually interesting.  Despite that a lot of the song is sung by Kenshuusei since only 4 of the 9 Tsubaki members are involved thrown in there throughout.  Not sure what I think of the vocals as it’s majority unison with a few duet lines here and there.  It sure does get repetitive having the girls repeat Nega & Poji so much, but otherwise, I enjoyed the bouncier atmosphere.

2. Ima Made Ikitekite Doukou

The remaining tracks on the single highlights different Teams (3 teams of different girls did the stageplay on different days).  We start off with Team B (consisting of Mizuho from Tsubaki and KSS members Takase, Maeda, Yoshida, and Onoda from the Engeki troupe.  After hearing “Nega Poji Poji”, I wasn’t expecting an acoustic ballad on the single.  Now I hate to say, but I actually do not know what most of the members sound like so I can’t comment on it, but there’s some good vocals here.  After the chorus, it does start to feel like a reggae track.  Interesting, but I wanna see who’s singing what.

3. Tempura Tabetai

Team C’s track is next and that grouping is Ogata and Asakura from Tsubaki and Ichioka, Ono K., and Nishida from the KSS.  The arrangement feels poppy and like a simple track with just piano involved.  I definitely heard Risamaru and Icchan in the song and maybe Kiki here and there.  With the playful but minimal arrangement, the song is a bit forgetful but not bad.

4. Ima wa Dame

Finally, we have Team A’s track which is sung between Tsubaki’s Yamagishi and KSS members; Kaga, Horie, Kanatsu, and Kiyono.  From the start, I get this sense of kayoukyoku and 90s pop and interestingly enough all the members seem to get lines.  As short as the song is, I quite like this track of the four.

 

 

At the end of the year, we had another OST to deal with and while initially it seemed to be a Tsubaki stageplay, it feels more like a Kenshuusei-led one.  The preview single overall was a good taste and I liked the variety of genres it handles, but I feel like 3 discs could happen since the groupings exist.  Overall, nice but there’ll probably be more!

 

 

Kanon Wakeshima – luminescence Q.E.D. December 21, 2016

Filed under: Kanon Wakeshima — solarblade @ 5:19 am

luminescence

Track Listing

  1. Unbalance by Me
  2. RIGHT LIGHT RISE
  3. the BEAST can’t BE STOpped
  4. odette
  5. Heibon na Boku
  6. Not For Sale Fossil
  7. Kimi wa Soleil
  8. Drink Drunk Music
  9. Love your enemies
  10. luminescence Q.E.D.

1. Unbalance by Me

Opening the album is the quote-on-quote 4th A-side (part of a double A-side, but the other A-side was not added).  Now what I mean was that the single wasn’t really released as its own release alongside the other singles, rather released in a book strangely enough.  Even from the single’s release, I wasn’t totally into the song as it felt almost a bit bland against to her past songs feeling like it was something off of “Tsukinami”.  I do like the addition of brass instruments and Kanon is upbeat and bright and that was a nice feel overall.

2. RIGHT LIGHT RISE

As the first A-side released for the album, RIGHT LIGHT RISE’s opening made me think of mariachi bands, but it was just a short excerpt before the actual song kicks in.  The track is a lot like “Unbalance by Me” with is upbeat nature.  Actually it has a lot of similarities and I wasn’t sure why she put the two songs side by side.  I think I might like this a smidge more because it’s a lot more anison overall.  Still it’s just ok.

3. the BEAST can’t BE STOpped

Finally we have some new songs to listen to. While I love the harder arrangement with an actual band setting, it was an oddball!  I do like Kanon’s loose vocals, but then she gets filtered and it’s a bit too messy for me.  Minus those parts, the song is pretty straightforward and the edgy tone to the song and to Kanon herself was a nice change of pace.

4. odette

Oh what’s this?  A song that kind of harkens back to her SONY days when her voice was more vulnerable and higher in range.  Though as the song moves forward, odette turns more into a cool bossa-nova-esque track and I just loved that quiet-end bar vibe from the song and its been a while since Kanon showed off more of her vocals doing some aerial flips.  It’s definitely an impressive track and really sticks out on the album.

5. Heibon na Boku

Continuing on, Heibon na Boku continues this rather unique style of music and from the intro, I wasn’t sure where she was heading towards since different instruments just kind of filter the headphones with no true direction.  After about a minute, the song finally finds its pace and the track is a cutesy track that comes off a bit like a Disney song that met Jazz in the middle.  For once as well it feels like Kanon’s vocals have gotten a LOT better.  As the album’s longest track, it’s quite nice!

6. Not For Sale Fossil

Just from looking at the title, I was like what is this one about lol.  After the more experimental tracks, Not For Sale Fossil definitely woke up with its strong arrangement.  Plus it sounds like the same producer who worked on “world’s end, girl’s rondo” ended up doing this track.  That being said, I loved that track and it’s quite the same for this song as it brings Kanon’s vocals to the front (even if her voice is layered oddly in the chorus).  It’s definitely a relentless song in its arrangement and a favorite off the album.

7. Kimi wa Soleil

As the 2nd single released for the album, Kimi wa Soleil was a single that I wasn’t fully interested in especially since the other A-sides were playing around with similarities and familiar styles and moods.  I will say that of the 4 A-sides, Kimi wa Soleil feels the lightest with a more acoustic tone and slower arrangement.  Though sadly, it’s not that memorable of a song for me otherwise.

8. Drink Drunk Music

I’m a bit surprised that this song wasn’t placed around “odette” and “Heibon na Boku” due to the arrangement style to be quite similar with a most snappy jazzy style.  Though I guess putting them together would end up being repetitive.  Anyway, I have to say this is the pinpoint jazz track off the album and just like the aforementioned songs showcases a LOT of Kanon’s more exciting vocals.  Still impressed nicely!

9. Love your enemies

As the 3rd single released, Love your enemies was definitely the favorite of the singles with a VERY dramatic arrangement but also fresh and just full of life in comparison.  I think this was when I started to see Kanon’s vocal training finally showing some direction and add an arrangement thats quick and heavy on the anison, I just thought it was an awesome track for her to release.  Impressive!  Plus, cello…where has that been?!?

10. luminescence Q.E.D.

Ending the album is the title track and while I don’t know what the Q.E.D. is standing for, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  The tune is a slower pop/rock track for Kanon and it just kind of moves on by for me as it’s a bit dragging and Kanon is in more of a comfort zone with her singing too.  I don’t know why, but this song is one of the weaker ones in comparison to MANY of the other tracks here.

Tracks Recommended

  • Not For Sale Fossil
  • Love your enemies
  • odette
  • Drink Drunk Music
  • Heibon na Boku

Song of Avoidance

  • Kimi wa Soleil

As Kanon’s 4th album, luminescence Q.E.D. is a much better album than I felt with “Tsukinami” relying less on her cutesy anison sound and trying to pave her own identity.  Granted, the album had the A-sides to cater to that side of her, but the new songs really tackled some great styles!  I was also happy that it didn’t take as long to get this album out too xD.  Still, overall, it’s a decent album could be better, but what we got is a step up!

 

Kobushi Factory – Kobushi Sono Ichi December 5, 2016

Filed under: Kobushi Factory — solarblade @ 3:48 am

kobushisonoichi

Track Listing

  1. Isogaba Maware
  2. Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan
  3. Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin
  4. Nen ni wa Nen
  5. Mijiku Hanjuku Torotoro
  6. Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta
  7. Kenmei Blues
  8. Bacchikoi Seishun!
  9. Zanshin
  10. Survivor
  11. Samba! Kobushi Janeiro
  12. TEKI
  13. Osu! Kobushi Tamashii
  14. Ora wa Ninkimono
  15. GO TO THE TOP!!
  16. Sakura Night Fever
  17. Kobushi no Hana

CD2

  1. This is Unmei (Kobushi 2016 ver.)
  2. Maji Bomber!!
  3. Koi no Jubaku
  4. Seishun Gekijou
  5. Kawaii Kare
  6. Icchoume Rock!
  7. Da Di Du De Do Da Di!

1. Isogaba Maware

Opening the album, the opening riff of Isogaba Maware definitely reminded me of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.  Though quickly as that comparison was made the synths get added in and the track shifted sound quite swiftly.  Like with many of their other songs, all 8 members get some kind of spotlight so I approve of that immensely.  Great start to the album!

2. Dosukoi! Kenkyo ni Daitan

Then we move back to the group’s major label debut (well the first of the three A-sides).  When they showed off Dosukoi! for the first time, many fans were hoping that they’d stay with the more rockin’ atmosphere that their indies single had and really kicked it up a notch.  I did find the group having a lot more synchronicity with one another and they just powered through the track like it was nothing.  Awesome song still!

3. Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin

Moving to their 2nd major single, the 2nd leading track from the single, Chotto Guchoku ni! took a more funky route, including some brass and fun, bright sounds!  I have to say though that this one wasn’t high up there for me because the growling in the song was a bit overdone for me.  Its slightly grown on me, but it’s still rather on the lower side of the spectrum for me.

4. Nen ni wa Nen

After that, we move back to their indies single and their first song, Nen ni wa Nen.  I have to say, first and foremost, that I’m disappointed that they chose the original cut and not the “Nen’iri ver.” from their major single as that version fixed the hiccups and the fact the group resung the track in much better fashion!  I still do though love the song as it brought some firepower right from the beginning and my first listen to impressive vocals.  Great song overall!

5. Mijiku Hanjuku Torotoro

Finally we’re onto our next new song with Mijiku Hanjuku Torotoro and after the first group songs, this one is a lot more poppier and cute for them.  It does give me a little bit of Buono! vibes when the group was still on their high roll.  I do think that of the new songs, this one is slightly forgettable amongst the multitude of other tracks.  Something else to mention is that ex-ANGERME member Kanon Fukuda wrote the lyrics.  Still, the song is OK, but nothing to write home about.

6. Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san no Uta

Oh boy, moving onto the pseudo-cover of Sharam Q’s “Ramen Daisuki Koike-san no Uta”, Kobushi’s version does sound a bit more like the bands self-cover of it that was done a decade ago.  As for this version, Ramen Daisuki is another A-side that I wasn’t totally into because a lot of the sohg to me feels as if the group is shouting the lyrics.  I still do think Hamachan & Renako are REALLY rough to the ears.  Yeah, it might be my least favorite of the A-sides they released.

7. Kenmei Blues

Woo! Another new song comes our way!  I have to say that it was an awesome decision to premier this right when the album was first announced, Kenmei Blues is pretty badass of a song for the group.  It has a certain spaghetti Western kind of drawl to it and I love the verses as it really shows off the members character (especially Hamachan, Ayapan, and Minamina).  Of the new songs, I was excited for this one and it definitely disappointed, it stands as my favorite of them all!

8. Bacchikoi Seishun!

Ahh yes, moving to the 3rd single for the album, Bacchikoi Seishun! was memorable for being the baseball-themed track and it shows.  I have to admit, the song reminded me a little bit of “Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin” & Osu! Kobushi Tamashii” with the overall feel.  The song itself is pretty catchy in and of itself, but I still feel that Kobushi has a lot more stronger song, so it lands more towards the middle for me.

9. Zanshin

Things slow down a little bit with our next new track, Zanshin which introduces some harmonica into the arrangement!  I really like the American feel of the arrangement as it reminds me of stuff from the past.  Despite that “Kobushi no Hana” was chosen to end the first disc, I would think this would also have been a great choice as well!  It’s a pretty good song to show off a softer side to the group (a slight reprieve from the rock songs).

10. Survivor

I think the biggest surprise was seeing Survivor make the album cut despite the track being used for the group’s “Week End Survivor” stageplay and not being performed too much in concerts, but I suppose this validates its inclusion to future setlists!  Opening with a solo from Hamachan, Survivor begins mysteriously before turning into their darkest rock track on the album!  It’s just a standout track from the album and all the members did an awesome job here!

11. Samba! Kobushi Janeiro

The leading A-side of the 3rd major single was definitely in the realm of the recent Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  After the event had worn off and the single was not being promoted heavily as such, I actually feel that it’s the strange song on the album as it’s a bit in a different genre and category from the norm from Kobushi.  I still do love the heavier bass beats and overall fun nature of the song but it is an odd one for the album.

12. TEKI

Of the new tracks, TEKI was shown off first earlier in the summer!  Though I have to say I was shocked that this new track is only 2 minutes long.  I mean it does its job by being upbeat and rockin’  and the girls show off a lot of energy.  However, like I said, it’s terribly short and as quickly it begins, it ends.  I think Tsuno Maisa could’ve added another minute to this, but it’s an odd track.

13. Osu! Kobushi Tamashii

Back to A-sides, We have Osu! Kobushi Tamashii and initially I was put off from the growling (because it was on the same single as “Chotto Guchoku ni!”, so it was overbearing to me.  Though with more time, this song became pretty cool and the growling suits the arrangement and overall flow!  It’s got a lot of good parts too, very catchy song and one of my favorite A-sides!

14. Ora wa Ninkimono

Then here is our other cover track, one of the themes to Crayon Shin-chan.  I wasn’t expecting Kobushi Factory to be doing ska for an A-side, but here we are and it was another one of the more stronger tracks from the singles.  I really like how the group just let themselves go and have a fun, silly time with the track.  I even have to credit Fujii for mimicking Shinnosuke (the show’s main character) in the final sections.  Definitely another favorite!

15. GO TO THE TOP!!

Getting into GO TO THE TOP!!, all I could think of how it reminds me of “Mijiku Hanjuku Torotoro” and “Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin” in how that it’s pretty straightforward.  I mean it does show off the group’s vocals once again and I find myself digging the song even if it doesn’t fully stick over other songs on the album.

16. Sakura Night Fever

Then we have our 3rd and last cover on the album, covering a KAN song that was released a year ago originally.  Sakura Night Fever is pretty cute and fun to listen to and it just has a feeling of being a REALLY popular song live as there’s a lot of chanting to go along with it.  I still love the fact that the song is sung in the perspective of a sakura tree proclaiming that it has importance just as much as holidays and seasons.  A really fun song overall!

17. Kobushi no Hana

Finally we at the end of the first disc and ironically enough, Kobushi no Hana was chosen to promote the album with a PV.  As the album’s lone ballad, I thought this was going to be a bit gross, but I have to say, if you were looking for impressive vocals, then this one is definitely going to stick out.  I do have to give props to Sakurako though as she had a PERFECT solo in the second verse.  Really though, H!P ballads rarely impress and beyond the vocals, I don’t think I’ll remember this song very long.

CD 2

1. This is Unmei (Kobushi 2016 ver.)

So as many would assume, the 2nd disc is a cover disc of other H!P songs starting with This is Unmei (originally Melon Kinenbi’s 4th A-side).  It also got the 2016 ver. due to it being the only cover on the 2nd disc to have an update to its arrangement on top of the new vocals.  It still does stick to its faithfulness of the original and Kobushi does try to do a better job, but it is hard to topple Melon’s original.

2. Maji Bomber!!

Considering Kobushi was the group to kind of take over Berryz’ legacy, it’s no surprise that there would be some covers here from them.  Also, the rest of the disc use the arrangement of the original versions.  While I remember this song to be a bit more shouty in performance, it was a bit of a weakness to Kobushi and they do sound a little stressed in covering this one.

3. Koi no Jubaku

Another Berryz cover follows up “Maji Bomber!!” and it’s more interesting as this was a song released in Berryz’ early years.  With that said, I have to say that the more mature vocals of Kobushi makes the song sound a bit more up-to-date and reasonable than the really youthful sound of the original.  Decent cover of the track!

4. Seishun Gekijou

A song I wasn’t expecting Kobushi to cover, it’s a stageplay song originally done by both Berryz & C-ute.  While this is like the 5th version of it that’s out there, it is the first sung by a different group other than the originals.  It’s a pretty simple ballad with piano & strings and also included a male vocalist (who feels more background than he did in the original cuts).  I’ve never was really interested in this song so it didn’t leave a better impression otherwise.

5. Kawaii Kare

Here we are with another Melon Kinenbi cover that was later down in the group’s career and this one had more of an electronic feeling.  I actually also ended up liking this cover even if Melon did this better once again.  Though I have to say I was impressed with them vocally here and manage to add some spice to it!

6. Icchoume Rock!

Of the Berryz songs they chose to cover, I was surprised that they chose Icchoume Rock! (an album song from “7 Berryz Times”, which was an album I barely even remember…AND I REVIEWED THAT!).  So no surprise, I had to go back and listen to the original first before jumping into this.  Kobushi’s cover of it is pretty decent and definitely fits majority of their discography.  The only thing I was like WTF about was Reirei’s lines…overdoing it a bit much here.  Still, the song is good though.

7. Da Di Du De Do Da Di!

The last track of the disc is funny enough a Momusu cover, but surprise, surprise that this song originally came from their 2nd album, “Second Morning”.  Talk about reaching back right?  Either way, Da Di Du De Do Da Di! definitely once again suits Kobushi (especially after “Zanshin” but this song is a bit repetitive and at that lacks the special feel this song when Momusu sung as the ending section was filled with nods to various other songs Momusu had done.  Kobushi just glosses over it and for that it ended up madly repetitive and screwy with the fade-out outro.

Tracks Recommended

  • Osu! Kobushi Tamashii
  • Kenmei Blues
  • Ora wa Ninkimono
  • Sakura Night Fever
  • Survivor

Song of Avoidance

  • Seishun Gekijou

Finally we have Kobushi Factory’s first album and overall it was a decent album to have with all the group’s songs on their and a nice amount of new songs balanced with some new covers.  Kobushi Sono Ichi really shows off the pop/rock feel of the group but goes off to add cuter songs in the fray.  While I think there were better choices of songs to cover than what we got, in the end everything was impressive in some way.  Good album!

 

Eri Nobuchika – III -THREE- December 4, 2016

Filed under: Eri Nobuchika — solarblade @ 6:01 am

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Track Listing

  1. Everybody needs love
  2. Amouisso
  3. Tatta Hitotsu no Koi
  4. Hello
  5. Kimi no Koe wo
  6. Beautiful
  7. Woman “W no Higeki” Yori

1. Everybody needs love

Opening the album, Everybody needs love begins with a bright piano-centric & jazzy arrangement and it just feels right home with Eri’s vocals as it felt like they never changed.  She has a lot of character in her vocie and it really adds itself to the upbeat nature of the song.  I have to say, as the opening song, it’s pretty awesome!

2. Amouisso

Slowing things down a bit, Amouisso initially came off as an Xmas song with the melody and general feel.  It does grow a bit more to add some guitar and drums to the arrangement and once again Eri’s vocals are just mad radiant here and fits the arrangement.  Simple song overall but it’s no way boring or bad.

3. Tatta Hitotsu no Koi

Something like Tatta Hitotsu no Koi with its jazz arrangement easily reminds me of her “hands” mini-album, but also songs like “Kodou” and “Sketch for Summer”.  Though this is purely a jazz track and I’ve always loved Eri’s more sultry and controlled vocals for arrangements like this and she really brought her A-game to this track!  I have to say, this was my favorite song from the mini-album by far!

4. Hello

As the first full ballad, Hello brings back the lower vocals from Eri and she still has so much personality to it that she made this rather simple piano arrangement sound not-so-much of a borefest and then the chorus just punches in and its just wonderful!  Like “Amouisso”, there’s not much else to really say about Hello but it’s good!

5. Kimi no Koe wo

Released as the digital single right before the album’s release, Kimi no Koe wo had a lot to cover after Eri was in hiatus for another close-to 7 years after her last release, “hands”.  Moving even slower than “Hello”, Kimi no Koe wo was the first of Eri’s return and when I took a listen to it, I felt like she had never left her music career and begun where she left off.  The song might not be the best the album has to offer, but I do appreciate it as the first taste of Eri’s comeback.

6. Beautiful

Moving on, we get to Beautiful and what I thought was going to end up as another ballad, turned into an upbeat and playful track.  I actually thought the arrangement was cool and bright but not overbearing.  Once again Eri strikes gold and her voice just adds that extra touch that really made the track memorable for me.  It’s a pretty refreshing song and another standout from the mini!

7. Woman “W no Higeki” Yori

Ending the album, we have a cover of an older Hiroko Yakushimaru song (though I have heard Ken’s version ironically enough).  With Eri’s version, it has a darker atmosphere to it, but is still something I’m used to Eri’s music so this sort of jazzier feel is pretty nifty and sultry in the end product.  It’s a really sweet way to close things off.

Like I said, 7 years after her indies mini, “hands” might be quite a long time (and it was), but when we heard word that Eri was joining avex, I was pretty excited as it would mean we get the chane to hear her lovely vocals once again.  III -THREE- is a worthy comeback release and reintroduced Eri back to the masses with more jazzy music on top of some nice pop tracks and ballads.  Though I hope that she’ll release a new EDM song like the stuff from “nobuchikaeri”.  Either way, this was a solid release!

 

TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE – Mille-feuille December 3, 2016

Filed under: TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE — solarblade @ 11:51 pm

millefeuille

Track Listing

  1. Mille-feuille
  2. Partition Love -MODEWARP Mix-
  3. Mille-feuille -Royal Mirrorball Mix- (CD only)
  4. Mille-feuille (Instrumental)
  5. Partition Love -MODEWARP Mix- (Instrumental)

1. Mille-feuille

It seems that TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE is trying to pull away from their funk/discotheque tracks of the past and creating new paths in their musical styles.  Mille-feuille does have a smidge of that EDM sound that we had got with “Never ever” but it doesn’t go quite as hard as said song did.  I get a feeling of the group going cute with the song and a bit more poppy than songs previous.  If this is the new direction they’re going to take, I’m quite for it as it breathes new life to the quartet!

2. Partition Love -MODEWARP Mix-

Hmmm, though it feels like they went back and made a remix for Partition Love (an A-side released a little over 2 years ago).  Anyways, this new remix for the song to me doesn’t really strike quite as strong as the original arrangement.  I do like the beats with the strings giving it a classier vibe to it, it’s definitely one of their better remixes though as it really pushes the vocal melodies to the front.  Not bad, not bad!

3. Mille-feuille -Royal Mirrorball Mix-

Of course we have that ONE track that only appears on a specific edition of the single.  Though for the same expectations we have another RM remix to add to the HUGE collection.  Now, if you’ve been one to love their funky arrangements, Mille-feuille fills the gap and I like the amount of bass sprinkled through and not so much brass.  It does feel a bit slower than the original, but if this was chosen to be the main arrangement, I would’ve been OK with it.

While I did feel like “Shinkai” had very little fanfare on its release, I do think Mille-feuille did a pretty awesome job capturing my interest to the group.  The main song is cute, yet upbeat and quite differenet from what we’re used to from the quartet.  Even the remix managed to be decent enough to stand out from past remixes.  Add on the Partition Love remix and its a pretty good single, can’t wait to see what’s next from them after the single.

 

GACKT – Kimi Dake no Boku de Iru Kara

Filed under: GACKT — solarblade @ 8:10 am

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Track Listing

  1. Kimi Dake ga Boku de Iru Kara
  2. Kimi Dake ga Boku de Iru Kara (ReMIX ver.)
  3. Kimi Dake ga Boku de Iru Kara -Instrumental-

1. Kimi Dake no Boku de Iru Kara

As the leading track, it’s not like I haven’t heard this as it was one of the new tracks from his last album, “LAST MOON”.  Opening in a cityscape setting and GACKT singing acoustically, it was a pretty pleasant opening to the song.  Then the track actually opens up to an anison-like track with synths and guitars.  It’s an interesting song and we haven’t had a track list this in a while from GACKT so it’s an interesting choice to lead.

2. Kimi Dake no Boku de Iru Kara (ReMIX ver.)

Though for some small reason to actually warrant a purchase for the single, it includes a remix of the A-side.  Taking out the anison sounds and cityscape vibe, the remix of course has a little bit more electronics going on on top of GACKT having his voice processed more to fit the mid-tempo like sound (reminds me a little of Mirror’s Edge music, but with a bit more oomph).  It’s a more valiant sounding remix of Kimi Dake no Boku de Iru Kara.

I am a bit perplexed of the choice to release a recut single after half a year has passed by since “LAST MOON” released.  There’s just something a smidge lazy about this release as I didn’t think the song was one of the best the album had to offer.  It just felt slapped together and released to primarily promote the anime tie-in it has.  It’s OK, but a little late to be happening IMO.