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Let’s Talk about Pokémon Gen 8: October Gigantamax Updates~ October 17, 2019

Filed under: ~Video Game Writing~ — solarblade @ 4:10 am

So it seems this month was all about new Gigantamaxing Pokémon, I have noticed now with paying attention to them, they get this red smoky ring around them.  I’m still on the fence on how this will turn out, but I’m kind of wondering why we haven’t got any new Pokémon.

Gigantamax Charizard

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Dear lord, Charizard is a behemoth now.  It definitely looks like it’s body is now becoming the fire itself!  Design-wise it’s pretty badass although not sure what’s with the yellow diamonds on its belly.  Regardless, it’s pretty cool and its main attack now causes damage to non-Fire types for 4 turns, not bad!

Gigantamax Butterfree

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Who would’ve thought Butterfree would get its own form?  It basically is Mothra it feels like (does it mean Charizard is Godzilla?)  Anyways, the one that kind of didn’t stand out in the reveal was this one and while I’m impressed Butterfree got this attention, there’s really nothing much that stands out here besides visuals (although it’s Giga move has it giving a chance of Paralysis, Sleep, or Poison status.  Still otherwise, decent.

Gigantamax Pikachu

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Good lord is that FAAAAT Pikachu, it seems fans of the old Pikachu design will rejoice seeing this beastly thing appearing in battle.  One of the more noticeable things would be its tail which is pretty much wildly striking here.  It’s big attack paralyzes everyone on the opponents side so that’s pretty neat to say the least.  My only gripe though is that with Pikachu and Eevee, they’re only available if you’ve played Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee respectively.  Which I haven’t so I’ll more than likely miss out on these two.

Gigantamax Meowth

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Good lord and oh dear, Meowth got way the stretched out and boy does it look freaky to me having to see this.  Also the new pupils in the eyes is kind of freaking me out too, but damn does it look like an evil cat now.  Another interesting choice, Meowth’s main thing is that it’s big move is like its signature move, Pay Day where you get money after battle.  Though unlike Pikachu and Eevee, Meowth is the first event Pokémon that’ll be released alongside the games, woot!

Gigantamax Eevee

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I think of the 5, I think I was least moved by the new look Eevee is sporting with just its neck fluff being more fluffier which isn’t exactly the most interesting, it’s big move doesn’t quite do much for me either causing Infatuation on the Pokémon…odd…

Also the Pikachu, Meowth, and Eevee you get won’t be able to evolve into Raichu, Persian, and the -eons so there’s that sacrifice.  Kind of makes it seem like that they are a one of a kind situation.

NEXT MONTH IS THE RELEASE, WILL WE GET ANYTHING BEFORE THEN?

 

Perfume – Perfume The Best “P Cubed” October 14, 2019

Filed under: Perfume — solarblade @ 7:07 pm

pcubed

Track Listing

  1. Challenger
  2. Linear Motor Girl
  3. Computer City
  4. Electro World
  5. Perfect Star Perfect Style
  6. Chocolate Disco
  7. Polyrhythm
  8. SEVENTH HEAVEN
  9. Baby cruising Love
  10. Macaroni
  11. GAME
  12. Secret Secret
  13. love the world
  14. edge (⊿-mix)
  15. Dream Fighter
  16. One Room Disco

CD2

  1. NIGHT FLIGHT
  2. I still love U
  3. Fushizen na Girl
  4. Natural ni Koishite
  5. VOICE
  6. Nee
  7. FAKE IT
  8. Laser Beam
  9. Kasuka na Kaori
  10. Spice
  11. MY COLOR
  12. Spring of Life
  13. Spending all my time
  14. Hurly Burly
  15. Mirai no Museum
  16. Daijobanai
  17. Magic of Love (Album-mix)
  18. 1mm

CD3

  1. Party Maker
  2. Sweet Refrain
  3. Cling Cling
  4. Hold Your Hand
  5. DISPLAY
  6. Relax In The City
  7. Pick Me Up
  8. STAR TRAIN
  9. STORY
  10. FLASH
  11. TOKYO GIRL
  12. If you wanna
  13. Everyday
  14. Mugen Mirai
  15. FUSION
  16. Future Pop
  17. Let Me Know
  18. Nananananairo

1. Challenger

Kind of surprising that we only get two new tracks on the best album but for some reason Challenger makes sense to open the album due to its story.  Apparently it’s actually a song Nakata created very early in his career with Perfume.  That of course was brought back to life in this album with a changed arrangement and different lyrics (of course the original never saw light, but y’know what I mean).  I do like the slow, ethereal opening of the song and what not.  It does pick up when the trio enters in and then for some reason it gives me odd Kyarypamyupamyu (almost a little of “Mondai Girl” and “Kira Kira Killer”).  Though I think I can sense a little of something unique about it.  Not bad, but not quite the level of expectation of being one of the new tracks, but it will get a PV soon sooooo…

2. Linear Motor Girl

Then we enter the remainder of the best album being a chronological run through their main songs (with some exceptions) and a couple of fan-chosen tracks.  Going all the way back to 2005, we have our first major label single, Linear Motor Girl which really shows where the group’s roots almost started.  This was also marked as the first time the group worked with Yasutaka Nakata (and has been their producer since).  The tune is pretty cutesy and electronic with its mix guitars, synths, and all the beeps and boops all over making it come off like a video game.  The lyrics are nice if not a little repetitive in sections, but the hook really catches you.  Decent song overall!

3. Computer City

Next up, their 2nd major single Computer City comes in with more of a mature electronic sound that wasn’t as squeaky cute as the previous track could be.  I really do like the feature of acoustic guitar alongside those bass/gritty synths on top of some electric guitars as well.  There’s just something so very sentimental about the mixture of sounds that Nakata was using in this time period that I don’t hear anymore from Nakata’s other works.  It does feel slightly short despite it being 5 minuts long oop.  Still, there’s just something about this cold song that made it better than what “Linear Motor Girl” brought.

4. Electro World

Though I think it all culminated in the 3rd single (which was technically the 6th) for “Perfume ~Complete Best~” as it picked up on the cold nature from “Computer City” and made it hit harder with more electronics and guitars which really caught me off guard.  For an early Perfume song, Electro World was a pretty epic song considering the timing of the release.  Not quite sure how the song’s layout worked since it had like 2 verses, 2 different choruses and just seemed to be all over the map, but like I said, it just somehow worked and I ended up loving this song!

5. Perfect Star Perfect Style

There are a couple songs where I kind of knew they were fan-picked, especially this one since it didn’t have a PV to tie with it.  As the only new track found on “Perfume ~Complete Best~”, Perfect Star Perfect Style kind of set itself apart from all 6 A-sides by being kind of a mixture of their electronic pop side and their earlier feel as an idol group.  If I had to wonder, this kind of fits their “GAME” album curiously enough.  Still, the song is still pretty fun to listen to and I like its straightforward hooks and production.

6. Chocolate Disco

Moving to the songs from the “GAME” era, Chocolate Disco was the first up and it followed pretty closely to “Perfect Star Perfect Style” by being more straightforward but also kind of throwing a bone back to more of their idol-like songs like “Monochrome Effect”.  The tune has a LOT of synths floating around and it helps the song with its repetitive nature and lyrics.  It’s just somehow ridiculously catchy and just a fun time every time it comes on!  Great catchy track!

7. Polyrhythm

As the song that skyrocketed the group into being one of the most popular EDM acts in Japan, Polyrhythm was a huge deal for the group and for me the entry point into the group as they slowly became household names.  I definitely noticed the change of sound for the group as Nakata slowly shifted away from the poppier idol blips in their previous songs to more of a House/Technopop group.  The song itself is just so dreamlike and light and fluffy which is something I hadn’t heard up to that point.  It just felt like their music began to feel more mature and cooler in that respect and for that, Polyrhythm is a legendary song!

8. SEVENTH HEAVEN

Another song I assumed only made this best album due to fan votes, SEVENTH HEAVEN was the B-side from “Polyrhythm” and boy I agree with the fans that it’s such a great song and that leaving it off of “GAME” was a bit of a travesty.  As best as I can describe it, the song is a bit of a dance track mixed with a ballad and while the heavy amount of autotuned/filtering is strange for a song like this, I really dug it and love the return of electric guitar (even though it’s not at the forefront).  It’s a pretty nostalgic track for me and one of my all time favorite songs from them!

9. Baby cruising Love

So they had to follow up “Polyrhythm” somehow and they released a double A-side single with this and “Macaroni”.  Baby cruising Love was more of a mid-tempo electropop tune (somewhere in between the styles of the two previous tracks).  It was slower and featured piano in amongst the synth beats, but the beats had a bit more bite to it.  It’s just another sentimental track and it’s just right as the leading A-side that came after their biggest hit released.

10. Macaroni

Though the other A-side, Macaroni, was more of an interesting tune to me as it switches things up a little bit by going more for a natural approach here (though a lot of the song is still under heaps of electronics) but maybe not the same kind of EDM that flowed through the previous tracks.  I kind of like café feel of the song and the vocals are nice to listen to.  Though I think I end up forgetting this one because unlike many other songs in their first 3 albums, this one never stuck to me too much, but when I do listen to it, it’s just calm and pleasant mid-tempo Perfume and we don’t get too many of those.

11. GAME

I really shouldn’t be surprised to see GAME here since it was also on their last best album as well!  As another fan-chosen song I’m sure, while GAME didn’t get promoted (that was left for “Secret Secret”), this was a powerful song in its own right and it’s one of the group’s more aggressive songs too!  While I do feel like lyrically it does feel a bit empty, it definitely carries itself with it’s buzzing synths and gritty guitar strikes as well.  I still do love this song though and really represents Perfume in their first 3 albums

12. Secret Secret

So the promotional song from “GAME” got the green light too and boy is this one a doozy!  There was just something about it when I first took a listen and it instantly hooked me in.  From the hypnotic clockwork of the opening and the building of the synths to this sparkly and futuristic dance beat that really caught my eye and had me permanently stick with the group.  I don’t think there’s anyone that doesn’t like this song, it was just well-made and just suited Perfume’s sound and I feel like there just won’t be another one like it.  It was just an amazing song all-around.

13. love the world

After how huge “GAME” was for the trio, they had to come back for more to start a new album era up and they kicked it off with love the world.  I feel here that they were once again thrown into this middle line between EDM and idol-pop, but it has an air about it that’s a smidge more classy than before?  From the blips and bloops with the synths and the “Secret Secret” smoothness of the melody and synths, it just made for a nice comeback after their huge album.

14. edge (⊿-mix)

There’s 3 songs on the album that I am curious to why they were added, not because of the song itself but its version.  The first up is edge (the B-side from “love the world” but on this best album, the remix made for the album made the cut (which explains why edge is in front of “Dream Fighter” and “One Room Disco”).  This near 9 minute track is pretty interesting for its time because it was dark and a bit harder than other songs (with the exception of both “Electro World” and “GAME”).  The original I will admit nowadays feels a bit dead, but this new version from the “⊿” album really takes the cake and runs with it because it had sooooo many bells an whistles added that the 9 minutes didn’t make it drag or feel too long.  The song itself is still pretty lit though and the darker mood just works!

15. Dream Fighter

For the first time, I have to say that I was a little bothered by the vocal filters used in Dream Fighter, it kind of made the girls sound a little off and whiny in places which kind of was a no-go for me.  Despite that it took a while to grow on me, Dream Fighter is still kind of one of those songs that just exists for the sake of being an A-side.  I do like the synths and guitars here, but at the same time it kind of falls in the middle for me.

16. One Room Disco

I still get tricked with the intro for this A-side because it’s hard sounding and kind of feels like it would’ve been epic, but it switches gears pretty quickly and turns into a more modern sounding “Chocolate Disco” with included repetition (especially with the song’s title).  I do like the slight 80s feel I get here and the bounce of the track is infectious.  One of the more interesting songs that’s for sure~

CD2

1. NIGHT FLIGHT

As we enter the 2nd disc we kick things off with another fan-voted song in NIGHT FLIGHT (and maybe half-way a promotional song from ““).  At this point, I was deep into being a huge fan of Perfume and hearing this song was just VERY exciting because it was a quicker song for them and the bouncy nature and crazy lyrical and musical hooks really caught my attention.  This really drove the girls intro more of an electro group with such a song and I entirely dug it and still do pretty much!

2. I still love U

Then we get into the actual promotional song from “” and surprisingly it tones things down in comparison to “NIGHT FLIGHT” by getting this almost 80’s synthwave feel about it on top of a slower tempo as well.  I think it’s one of the few times where I do think all the filtering and auto-tune kind of gets in the way of the song, I’m not sure why, but the group somehow sounds rough here.  Still, I do kind of still love the song regardless as it was a change of pace so to speak.

3. Fushizen na Girl

As we get into the “JPN”-era songs, Fushizen na Girl had to really show of if Perfume is changing again and for the most part it really wasn’t a big change-up feeling more like a continuation of their last album.  It gives me a little bit of a fusion of “love the world” and “Dream Fighter” in that sense.  I still did like the groove and just as usual, it’s just a fun song to listen to.

4. Natural ni Koishite

As the secondary A-side to the previous track, Natural ni Koishite was a pretty different song in comparison.  It was a lot lighter than I was expecting feeling almost refreshing in a sort of way.  There was something different with the synths and the happier arrangement just kind of gave me a synthpop Spring-themed track.  While I still prefer “Fushizen na Girl” over it, it’s by no means a bad track…it’s a nice change of pace!

5. VOICE

Although I can’t help but question where Nakata was taking the group because when they released VOICE, I initially had mixed feelings (and still do to this day).  It isn’t as bouncy as “Natural ni Koishite” was, but it had an almost child-like fantasy feel about it that surprised me.  I also noticed the song was lightening up on the vocal effects on the girls a bit though at the same time showing the trio’s more off-sounding vocals.  Plus, the song itself was pretty repetitive (especially towards the end).  I want to like it, but I get tired of it pretty quickly.

6. Nee

Unfortunately, the repetitive nature continues into their next A-side, Nee which they say a LOT in this song.  Though it seems things vocally are better and the arrangement is back to Nakata’s techno beats here with a some nice bass.  If I have to be honest, I tend to forget about this song a LOT when talking about their first 3 albums because while it’s a solid track from them, it doesn’t really leave an impression (other than the repetitive ~nee, nee, nee, nee~).

7. FAKE IT

Definitely a fan-chosen track, FAKE IT was the B-side from “Nee” and it’s another one I sometimes question its popularity, but it’s whatever I suppose.  Personally, I think I feel similar to this as I do about “Nee” that it’s kind of there for me, but not a song that I would call one of their best.  I still dislike that very abrasive intro (that appears a couple more times throughout the tune), but if I ignore that, the tune is fine by me.

8. Laser Beam

At least Perfume kind of hopped back from that slight slump with Laser Beam (which if you remember, their PV was half-recorded initially (because during filming, the big Touhoku earthquake happened and they had to postpone the PV making to release the full one when “JPN” released).  This seem to bring back some feels I got from “” maybe a little bit of “NIGHT FLIGHT”.  I definitely ended up loving the song and it’s just so much fun and yet cool!

9. Kasuka na Kaori

So with all of these songs, getting Kasuka na Kaori seems to be out of left field here since it really was a farcry from just about all of the previous songs prior.  Just from the beginning with the synths and inclusion of piano, the tune was a different kind of track for the trio.  It’s a lighter affair that’s almost mid-tempo in that sense and at the time, I really couldn’t be bothered since it was a departure of their EDM style.  Nowadays, it’s OK, still not one of their more extravagant songs, but it’s light pop colors are noticeable.

10. Spice

As the last A-side to represent the “JPN” album, Spice was a nice return to form again for some reason to me.  When I took my first listen, Spice definitely felt like the group was maturing into a new sound and I for some reason dug this move a lot.  It’s not as progressive like “Nee” and “Fushizen na Girl”, but it’s not boring either.  It’s just a fabulous middle with this one and always puts me in a relaxing mood.

11. MY COLOR

Before I talk about it, I am just a little surprised that “GLITTER” didn’t make the cut considering I thought that was a huge fan favorite.  Anyways, this album track from “JPN” is next and considering there was like only 4 new tracks from that album pickings were quite slim.  MY COLOR is another questionable choice for the album but I think it made sense since this is more straightforward of a song from Nakata.  I kind of like the song because of it and the EDM beats are nice!

12. Spring of Life

With Spring of Life, lots of things changed around.  Perfume changed labels from Tokuma to UNIVERSAL-J was the biggest change mostly, but it feels like their music was going to go through some new changes (though they kept Nakata).  Spring of Life as a song doesn’t quite stretch away from stuff they released back on “JPN” or “GAME”  It’s poppy but electronic-heavy still and yet has an upbeat feel to it.  Yes, I still love that bridge the most out of the song…that was genius-sounding.  It’s a neat song and a great way to kick off the “LEVEL3” era.

13. Spending all my time

As the group’s 2nd A-side from “LEVEL3”, Spending all my time was the change I was expecting when they shifted labels, but it was also when Perfume was going global and really wanted a song to cater to the English-speakers hence why Spending all my time exists.  There’s a LOT of English in the song (seldom there is Japanese in the later half of the song).  I really liked the progressive nature of the song and it’s pretty catchy to say the least, but it could be seen as repetitive too considering most of the songUn is the title itself.  I think I enjoy it more than I did back then, but it’s a simple track.

14. Hurly Burly

What an interesting choice to include this B-side from “Spending all my time” here since while it’s a great song, I didn’t think it’d get the focus or votes to be included.  Hurly Burly is kind of more of the same electro that followed from the A-side, but there’s more variety in the instrumentation and vocals/lyrics here.  I also seem to like the serious glow of the song even if it isn’t the case here.  It’s a pretty solid track from the trio here and I’m kind of happy it made the cut.

15. Mirai no Museum

I really wasn’t expecting their next single to really polarize the fandom so hard as such with Mirai no Museum.  Unlike the other A-side that represented the “LEVEL3” album, this one was just kind of out of left field.  Unlike the EDM-centric vibes, Mirai no Museum goes for more of a synthpop, girlier vibe here and in some ways kind of reminded me of Kyarypamyupamyu’s music.  Unfortunately, it never really caught on with me so it kind of past over my head a bit.

16. Daijobanai

Though I instantly would say I preferred the B-side to “Mirai no Museum” of it because it was more upbeat and frantic-sounding.  I think compared to its A-side, Daijobanai was more fun and the hooks were catchy as all hell and I definitely found myself tapping my foot along to the beat.  Another surprise to see make the cut on the album, I guess the fans really do love this one too!

17. Magic of Love (Album-mix)

I think I’m mostly surprised they pulled the album version from “LEVEL3” instead of using the single version here (and oddly the only one that got this chosen).  Granted with a new intro mostly the difference here with some changes in the arrangement as well, Magic of Love is pretty much similar to the single cut so its fair here.  Not bad here and it’s one of the better A-sides from them.

18. 1mm

CD2 ends off with the promotional song from “LEVEL3” with 1mm and I really loved how this song flowed for sure.  Not too fast, but it doesn’t slog either and the synths really boost the song up for me.  It reminds me a bit of how “I still love U” came out in a similar fashion and I really dug all of it.  It just has such a solid beat to it and the group really put out a powerful song!

CD3

1. Party Maker

How they decided to open the 3rd CD with Party Maker (an album song from “LEVEL3”) is beyond me, but I would say it definitely managed to impress me considering it’s a lengthy song as it is (a little over 7 minutes) and it’s one of those songs that focuses a lot on Nakata’s skills as their producer.  Though the group does appear a lot here which is great!  I really like when the tune builds with Perfume singing their lines the most (the 2nd half of the song is really amazing).  Funny how it’s the only “LEVEL3” song on the disc, but damn does it open this disc in an amazing way!

2. Sweet Refrain

Getting into the songs from “COSMIC EXPLORER”, Sweet Refrain sees Nakata using dubstep a little bit, but keeps the group in more of a poppy light.  At the time, it gave me slight “VOICE” vibes with the brightness of the song, but the piano line and dubstep mix was kind of weird and just made the tune feel a bit dull for me.

3. Cling Cling

I definitely remembered the Chinese-esque MV for this A-side more than I do the song itself, but the song really didn’t hold a heavier candle like it’s album mix from “COSMIC EXPLORER” did so unfortunately the tune wasn’t a song I remember much.  Though coming back to it, the beat-driven chorus was pretty cool and some of the arrangement is nice so I guess it’s not all bad of a song.  Just odd overall.

4. Hold Your Hand

Seems like 2 of the B-sides from “Cling Cling” made the cut and they both had some kind of PV to go with it.  Not quite sure why “MY COLOR” pops up whenever I think about the song, but Hold Your Hand has a little touch of 80s.  Other than that, there really wasn’t much for me to really hang onto as the song just kind of flew over my head but I guess I do like the arrangement a lots.

5. DISPLAY

The other B-side DISPLAY was another one of those songs like “edge” and “Party Maker” where a LOT of the song is focused on Nakata’s arrangement moreso than the group themselves.  I will say the ~fuuuuu~ does sound epic, but leading into the track’s chorus is slightly weak to me.  Still, there’s something about the aggressive nature of the song that works for them.  Not bad though.

6. Relax In The City

I think of their A-side, I seem to always forget how this one went (plus it was way overshadowed by it’s sister A-side, “Pick Me Up”).  It’s kind of similar to both “Kasuka na Kaori” and Hold Your Hand” with how fluffy and light it is, but it lacks a lot of the EDM sound that the aforementioned songs did have.  That said it was a pretty forgettable song from them this time around.

7. Pick Me Up

Like I said, this A-side definitely won me over entirely since “Relax In The City” with it’s harder sound well it’s both hard and soft, pretty back and forth.  Though the chorus was pretty banging to say the least and has a pretty epic feel about it.  I just love the power behind it all yet has the sensitive verses to mix things up with.  It’s just a great song overall and one of the best from the “COSMIC EXPLORER” album.

8. STAR TRAIN

As the last single released before the album released, STAR TRAIN was more like a sentimental lookback at the girls’ careers.  This is kind of what “Relax In The City” was missing here with the electronics.  Though the verses do included drums, piano, and acoustic guitar which is a nice change.  Still, the song isn’t a memorable one for me either for some reason.

9. STORY

As one of the album songs from “COSMIC EXPLORER”, STORY like “edge”, “Party Maker” and “GAME” is ANOTHER Nakata-centric track with not a lot of appearances from the group.  This was another song I questioned why it’s here (especially since there’s 9 songs representing “COSMIC EXPLORER”.  While it’s not a terribly long song, there’s just too much vocal-less parts here and really doesn’t belong here IMHO.

10. FLASH

I’m curious to why FLASH is after “STORY” because this song was released digitally before their album dropped.  Regardless, FLASH seemed to pull Perfume back into some familiar strong territory with a nice build-up and a powerful chorus like what “Hurly Burly” was like.  It’s just has a nice beat and everything about it really works.  Nice song overall!

11. TOKYO GIRL

As we enter the final album era with selections from “Future Pop”, I definitely was already going to frank and say that it is my least favorite album from Perfume unfortunately.  It starts off slowly and I slightly hear the trio with less vocal filters for some reason and I kind of like it.  The chorus is of course the highlight by being upbeat and including those dance beats.  Not bad.

12. If you wanna

I think if there was a song that I felt like could’ve been left out from the A-sides, it would be If you wanna.  I think it tries a little too much to be somewhat Western EDM with the weird drops and dubstep hits and the glitchy vocals all over.  Plus it’s like 2:45 in length which I feel compresses the song further into a mess as well.  Hated this song and still do to this day x.x

13. Everyday

Which the B-side of that single didn’t help to relieve the pain.  Unlike the mess of “If you wanna”, Everyday is hands down a song that probably should’ve stayed in Kyary’s discography as it has the things you would expected.  Maybe, the tune is a bit more tuned down, but the wooden piano and beats and overall sense of style just doesn’t really help much.  I suppose it’s alright and the trio with less filters is always welcoming.  I guess it could grow after more listen.

14. Mugen Mirai

I guess they saved the best for last right?  As the last A-side released prior to “Future Pop”, Mugen Mirai was a totally different ballgame going for more of a soundscape-y feel (up ’til the chorus where the beats drop and it’s HEAVY and I love it so much).  There’s just something calming about those verses that builds into this chorus that make you want to dance.  While it does happen twice, it was just such a different sound for them and this was the move I was hoping for not so much what “If you wanna” did.

15. FUSION

Wow, all of the hard hitting dance tracks made the cut huh?  Yeah, it’s the B-side from “Mugen Mirai” and luckily it’s another shorter one that doesn’t drag itself too bare like some other ones did.  I still wish there was more for the group to do here though, especially since they have LITTE to do here and while Nakata’s tricks are cool here…we already have that in like 4 other songs XD.  Yeah another odd inclusion to say the least.

16. Future Pop

The new get into the album tracks from “Future Pop” with well…the title track.  To be honest, I didn’t remember how it went initially because the album was mostly kind of forgettable.  Though re-listening, it does sound cool enough and I really like the build-up to the main arrangement which is pretty upbeat and cool.  Taking some small feeling from “Mugen Mirai” which was also cool too.  Not bad!

17. Let Me Know

I think having this come last is nice since it’s a bit more relaxing and calming of a song and I really like the arrangement and it’s a mix of sentimental, upbeat, and child-like wonder with this one.  There’s just something about it that really stuck out and I loved that the group chose this to promote the album.

18. Nananananairo

Ending this best album is the other new track (but it was released digitally on its own prior to the release), Nananananairo.  Though listening to the song, I was once again slightly worried because I was getting Kyary vibes out of this song which is a bummer.  Actually it does remind me of “Everyday” in a weird way but not quite as upbeat and cutesy.  That chorus though is a bit weird though…heavy and slightly dubsteppy too…yeah, no thank you.

Tracks Recommended

  • Secret Secret
  • Polyrhythm
  • edge (⊿-mix)
  • Electro World
  • Chocolate Disco

 

  • 1mm
  • Spending all my time
  • NIGHT FLIGHT
  • Fushizen na Girl
  • Spice

 

  • Mugen Mirai
  • Let Me Know
  • Party Maker
  • Pick Me Up
  • DISPLAY

Song of Avoidance

  • Challenger
  • VOICE
  • If you wanna

I didn’t realize it was time again for Perfume to release a best album, but here we are with P Cubed and it’s decent, but maybe slightly off?  I do like that it did included most of the A-sides here (“Twinkle Snow Powdery Snow” strangely omitted).  Though I think they could’ve left some of the fan-voted songs out (or made them all into a separate disc?  There was just some odd choice like “STORY” and “FUSION” and even “Hurly Burly” but yet there was no “GLITTER” to be found (but at the same time this release mostly made their last best album, “LOVE THE WORLD” almost unnecessary and obsolete.  Also, only 2 new songs is pretty disappointing hen there’s quite a number of unreleased tracks yet to have physical form…that was a missed opportunity honestly.  Still, you can’t go wrong with this release and it is jam packed of favorites, I just hope Nakata isn’t trying to make them Kyary clones because their recent music has been less than favorable to me…

Oh yeah, I hadn’t mentioned but all of the songs (except the new tracks) were remastered on the release and some songs have gotten better with it and some not-so-much.  I personally only caught it a couple times with stuff like “Linear Motor Girl”, “Mugen Mirai”, and “edge”.  Like I said subtle changes it feels like for most of the songs.

 

GENERATION 2: Adventures in Johto, begin! October 13, 2019

Filed under: ~Teh Pokemon: 2nd Gen~ — solarblade @ 7:45 pm

Well, it’s time to ground myself and do Generation 2 which is definitely a favorite to many Pokémon fans and such.  Before I begin, yes I am aware of the Beta designs that exist and I’m super happy that it exists and maybe I’ll mention it if necessary on said Pokémon (ex: Bayleef).  Johto was a fun region and still currently the only one that features another Region (Gen 1’s Kanto).  Shall we start?

001: Chikorita, 002: Bayleef, 003: Meganium

ChikoritaBayleefMeganium

Of course we’re going to begin with the starters of the generation with the ever known Grass starter this time with the Chikorita line.  When I jumped into Pokémon Silver for the first time, I definitely went with this one (2nd Grass starter in a row, for future reference when I do Gen 1).  Anyways, I kind of figured I was going to struggle somewhat because the line wasn’t all that great to handle Gym Leaders early on, but it still definitely had its place on my team.  The remainder of the line is OK, but it’s also understandable why it’s kind of one of the forgetful starters since its stats are so mediocre.  Also, what was the idea with Bayleef’s Beta design?!?  It just seemed so random and didn’t make the connection to Meganium.  Memories with this one!

004: Cyndaquil, 005: Quilava, 006: Typhlosion

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Originally in the Beta, both Cyndaquil & Totodile lines were non-existant so it’s no surprise they switched around, but still maintained that nice Starter feel.  Unfortunately, the Cyndaquil line was left behind (since I used Totodile when I played Gold for the first time).  I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something plain to me when it comes to this line.  Not quite sure how they fare in the meta, but this one just never spoke to me otherwise.  At least Typhlosion looks awesome?

007: Totodile, 008: Croconaw, 009: Feraligatr

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Last, but not least, we get to Totodile who I thought made the 2nd Gen games fun and slightly easier (though I think had I chose Cyndaquil, it would’ve been more easier).  Regardless, the Totodile line was quite nice and Feraligatr was pretty cool in the long run as well!

(Also, props for this Generation keeping the Starters mono-type, something no other Gen has done before or since until Generation 8.)

010: Sentret, 011: Furret

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Starting trends with this Generation, it seems we have our early rodent addition (which I don’t think Ferrets count?!?) anyways, the Sentret line never stood out to me (except for Pokémon Stadium 2).  I mean essentially they’re early fodder to me (and an early HM Slave) but they’re incredibly cute so I mean there’s that?  Regardless, not too memorable, but adorable nonetheless.  If anything, I am surprised at how big Furrets are…almost like rodent anacondas xD.

012: Hoothoot, 013: Noctowl

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As the region’s early bird Pokémon, the Normal/Flying type Noctowl line never really popped out to me for some reason.  I mean they weren’t as strong as what Pidgeot was in the last Generation, nor they had something to really elevate them in the Johto games really, I feel like the only reason I tend to remember Noctowl at least was that Ash owned a Shiny Noctowl in the Johto season and was used pretty well in some battles.

014: Ledyba, 015: Ledian

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As the first version exclusives we run into and the first Pokémon to really show off the new Day/Night cycles (which depending on the time of day, different Pokémon show up).  For Pokémon Silver in the morning, we got Ledyba & Ledian which this and the next two are the region’s early Bug types (but these two were Bug/Flying).  I personally didn’t really use them as they were kind of weak and didn’t have much to them.

016: Spinarak, 017: Ariados

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For players who played Gold during the night hours, they were able to find Spinarak & Ariados, the Bug/Poison Pokémon.  I knew this was much better because they had a unique move to them, Spider Web (which was like Mean Look).  Plus they did have a slightly better movepool than the Ledian line did so there was that as well.  Wasn’t bad, but still today it’s kind of a frail ‘mon.

018: Crobat

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So a lot of what Gen 2 was supposed to be was leftovers from Generation 1 hence MANY Pokémon in this Generation is connected to things in the previous Generation (in comparison to later Gens, cept maybe Gen 4).  Crobat is the 2nd evolution in the Golbat line (evolving through Friendship, which was introduced in Gen 2 by basically spending lots of time with Golbat and with enough time and if Golbat really likes you, the next level gained will evolve Golbat to Crobat).  I personally loved Crobat and used mine a lot in Silver and was part of the final team for the Elite 4 (both times).

019: Chinchou, 020: Lanturn

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I seem to forget how early on the Lanturn line shows up in the Johto-dex, but this was another Pokémon I ended up loving despite in the all-in-all wasn’t a big force in the Generation.  As the Water/Electric early fishing Pokémon, the Lanturn line had a bit more push with the added Electric type so it evades Water-types’ biggest problems.  That’s pretty much why it stuck out to me very well!  Though as later Generations happened, they have fallen back, but I definitely will keep them around!

021: Pichu

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Another new thing introduced in Johto was Baby Pokémon (which were basically pre-evolutions of already established Kanto Pokémon).  Of course the one that might as well have been the face of it (Togepi is an odd one to talk about) Pichu was going to take that role as the pre-evolution to Pikachu.  Of course, it evolves by Friendship as it should and hell it became a character in Smash Bros.

Gen 4 (well, HeartGold & SoulSilver) though brought us a unique variant of Pichu with the Spiky-eared Pichu, a female Pichu with her ears spiked up.  Though it’s very miniscule in how it stands out other than visuals and the fact that it’s unable to be moved up to later games makes it somewhat unnecessary, but it’s promotional material from Arceus and the Jewel of Life.

022: Cleffa

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Yeah, it seems the already cute Pokémon also seem to get a pre-evolution.  Cleffa is of course first before it evolves into Clefairy and high Friendship causes that.  I never really used Cleffa (especially since you can catch Clefairy at Mt. Moon).  So I feel like it was only made a thing to fill the Pokedex.

Prior to Generation 6, Cleffa (and the whole line itself) were Normal-type Pokémon, but when the Fairy type was introduced, the whole line was retyped to be pure Fairy.  It did a little bit to change things, but Cleffa remains to be rather forgettable to me.

023: Igglybuff

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Like Cleffa, I feel like Igglybuff just seemed to rather just exist for the sake to fill out the Baby Pokémon quota.  Same thing applies here, an Igglybuff with high Friendship with evolve into Jigglypuff.

Also likewise with the Clefable line, in Gen 6, the Fairy type was introduced and many old Pokémon were retyped.  Though unlike the aforementioned line, Igglybuff keeps the Normal type but adds Fairy as the secondary type.

024: Togepi, 025: Togetic

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Last in this post, we have the Togetic line!  Togepi is definitely most remembered as one of the earliest Gen 2 Pokémon revealed (Ho-oh made an appearance in Episode 1 of the anime), but Togepi was Misty’s Pokémon for a LONG TIME (even before Ash gained his 8th badge in the Kanto gyms).  Now about how I feel about it, I don’t think it’s a Baby Pokémon in the way that Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff and etc are since Togepi & Togetic are new to the Generation, but it definitely looks like a baby soooo…confusing).  In the games, you are given an egg that contains Togepi early on and you have to grow its Friendship to get Togetic.

Gen 4 brought us Togekiss into the mix being an evolution from Togetic with a Shiny Stone.  Togekiss is still kind of odd looking to me, but it’s really nice getting more power.

Gen 6 like the previous two lines, also got patched when the Fairy type was introduced, turning Togepi into a pure Fairy and Togetic as a Fairy/Flying.

 

Part 2 will be out soon!

 

Let’s Talk about Pokémon Gen 8: September & October Updates~ October 12, 2019

Filed under: ~Video Game Writing~ — solarblade @ 3:10 pm

So it seems that unlike previous generations, Galar has so far been pretty sparse on some information (mostly that we’re one month out and we still don’t even know the name of the starting town) and it even show because between this and the last post we only got confirmation of two new Pokémon at that.  So let’s talk about that

Sirfetch’d

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It initially started with September when a glitched out Pokémon appeared on the main website for Sword & Shield and it had Rotom’s cry for some reason.  When the fog cleared up though it turns out Farfetch’d has a nice evolution!  This Sword exclusive Pokémon is a little surprising mostly due to the fact that now it’s a pure Fighting type (and that secondly it’s holding both a sword and a shield (shouldn’t it be in both with that knowledge?).  Anyways it does get a new move in Meteor Assault (Fighting-type Hyper Beam almost?)  Not bad!

Galarian Ponyta

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In October, however we were given a 24-hour livestream of Glimwood Tangle and its inhabitants and while it mostly was kind of a useless thing to do because not a lot happened, we did get the reveal of this Galarian Ponyta which to many surprised everyone when it turned out it wasn’t a Fairy type but instead a pure Psychic type (hmm).  It does come with a new ability in Pastel Veil which cures Poison on the team (including its partner in double battles).  Though with this Fairy-type going around, I wonder if Galarian Rapidash will have it….

 

And that’s pretty much it…nothing else really happened these two months unfortunately.

 

Kobushi Factory – Kobushi Dai Ni Maku October 3, 2019

Filed under: Kobushi Factory — solarblade @ 7:25 am

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Track Listing

  1. Kore Kara da!
  2. Come with me
  3. Ashita Tenki ni Naare
  4. Haru Urara
  5. Suki Kamo Shirenai
  6. Keseyashinai Kimochi
  7. Kitto Watashi wa
  8. Hirakinaocchae!
  9. Naseba Naru
  10. Yes! We are family ~Kobushi ver.~
  11. Oh No Ounou
  12. Unlucky no Jijou
  13. Kame ni Nare!
  14. Shalala! Yareru Hazu sa (2019 ver.)
  15. Dokan to BREAK!
  16. Ashita no Watashi wa Kyo Yori Kirei
  17. Yes! We are family ~FC Machida Zelvia ver.~ (bonus track)

CD2 Acapella Disc

  1. Nen ni wa Nen
  2. Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin
  3. GO TO THE TOP!!
  4. Samba! Kobushi Janeiro 2019
  5. Sakura Night Fever
  6. LOVE Machine

1. Kore Kara da!

Opening the group’s sophomore album is a song that we’ve gotten to hear before as an A-side with Kore Kara da!  I mean it’s one of those -upbeat, be strong, you can do it- types of songs so its uplifting energy is pretty nice and a good choice to open things up (considering it was an A-side).  The group sounds good and even more stronger than they were previously.  Good track overall!

2. Come with me

So most of the new tracks on the first disc follows a similar pattern that C-ute did in their last couple of albums before disbandment which was having a member be a focus of a song and all 5 members in Kobushi gets a focus song.  The first is Come with me which has a Ayaka lead.  After the first track, I really wasn’t expecting Come with me to be more funky and cool which surprised me (especially with Ayapan opening the tune like that.  I really like the big band and cool jazzy vibes.  Oh yeah, this was a pretty awesome track and my expectations of the remainder of the tracks are raised a bit!

3. Ashita Tenki ni Naare

I guess we return to the other A-side that was partnered with “Kore Kara da!” and Ashita Tenki ni Naare is still a pretty rockin’ song as well, but doesn’t feel as heavily uplifting like the aforementioned song and “Shalala! Yareru Hazu sa” do.  It kind of feels almost anison in certain chords and styles.  I will say the bridge is still really awkward and should’ve been taken out for the album personally, but it’s whatever I suppose.  Other than that slip, this track is still pretty cool nonetheless.

4. Haru Urara

As the secondary A-side from the last single before this album released, Haru Urara is put in an interesting place after the pounding “Ashita Tenki ni Naare” with more of a softer arrangement and lighter vocal performance.  As a track, Haru Urara is kind of a fluffy cute Springtime song and for the time, I really enjoyed the track and it just felt like it worked with the quintet in a pleasant way.  Might not be my favorite, but I enjoyed it a lot!

5. Suki Kamo Shirenai

Reirei leads the next new track with Suki Kamo Shirenai and it’s a total switch-up of sounds for the group as this song is more electronic-based than the previous song that’s appeared to this point.  I kind of like the piano and some guitars, but the synths are very in your face and really interesting.  It kind of oddly reminds me of Juice=Juice’s “Bitansan” for some reason, but  I really do like Rei’s voice in this one and hearing the others like Ayaka and Ayano here too!  Not bad!

6. Keseyashinai Kimochi

So there’s also some songs that Kobushi Factory have performed in lives only and just now getting a studio release (this, “Kame ni Nare!” and “Dokan to BREAK!”) and this one was long awaited.  Keseyashinai Kimochi is another song that gives me Juice=Juice vibes, this one kind of having a funky, upbeat vibe like “KEEP ON Joshou Shikou!!” but less in your face.  I was also surprised at the sound of the group’s vocals here opting for a girlier, cutesy vibe with this style.  Not that bad of a track, but I think I prefer the live cuts over the studio recording.

7. Kitto Watashi wa

I think between this song & “Oh No Ounou”, these two were my favorite A-sides released in this album era.  Kitto Watashi wa is a little bit off to listen to with its kind of random moments in the song.  I really do like all the parts from the laidback bopping chorus, to the repetitive verses to it’s chanting section.  While it was showing Kobushi Factory kind of drifting away a little from their more rockin’ sound, it was fun and the group sounded pretty well too!  Yeah, it’s still one of my go to songs from this album!

8. Hirakinaocchae!

Next up, Minami leads with Hirakinaocchae! which is kind of the rockin’ song of the 5 tunes which is surprising that it was given to Minamina, but I was surprised at how well she handled the song and I’m kind of surprised at how much she’s improved as a singer since the first album.  She has such a profound voice despite not having the power Ayaka has or the character that Rei or Ayano have.  She’s just really nice to listen to.  As for the song, it’s pretty good, maybe not top tier, but I could see myself enjoying tons more with more listens.

9. Naseba Naru

Then we hit my least favorite of the A-sides with Naseba Naru which is the album’s ballad track and it really never caught on with me after the single release.  At least it keeps up with the group’s sound with guitars and organic settings.  I guess I could give it that, but then I’m reminded at how much it sounds like “Kobushi no Hana” from their first album and I’m immediately turned off.  I guess I do somewhat like how dramatic that final chorus is, but beyond that…just nothing here for me.

10. Yes! We are family ~Kobushi ver.~

I was curious when I saw the tracklist and saw two versions of this track on the album.  I guess as the only new track that us fans didn’t know that had all 5 members in it, Yes! We are family is definitely that chant-heavy song and something for the group get really loud and forceful and I kind of like that about this.  It does somewhat drags in certain chanting parts, but I think overall this was pretty neat, something you don’t hear too often in H!P.

11. Oh No Ounou

Yeah, we finally get to Oh No Ounou which like I wrote earlier, was an A-side I loved when I first reviewed it.  There’s just something cool and funky about this song which is helped by the goofyness of the lyrics and handling of the hooks in the track.  I don’t know why, but there’s just something that also cool and worthwhile to listen to that makes it one of the more memorable Kobushi A-sides.

12. Unlucky no Jijou

Sakurako follows next with the leading track of hers with Unlucky no Jijou whose intro definitely has a strong anison influence about it.  While she’s still pushing forward to become more out in the front (since she was a back girl prior to the triple loss).  I definitely feel like she has such strong potential and she can definitely do some powerful vocals.  Overall, the song is pretty nice all things considered but I think like “Hirakinaocchae!” it’s another grower currently.

13. Kame ni Nare!

As we were able to hear this as far back as last year, Kame ni Nare! was a song that was in waiting for quite a while and I thought it was interesting that this song was chosen as the group’s kind of big and loud live song especially with that powerful chorus.  I don’t think I enjoyed the percussion kind of holding the reins and it does seem to overpower the group sometimes, but I do like sound though (if not slightly more fitting for their first album than here).

14. Shalala! Yareru Hazu sa (2019 ver.)

I guess I was hoping for too much too see either “Eejanaika Ninjanaika” or “Yami ni Nukegake” make the cut, but it makes sense why this song was the only one brought because those two tracks were so closely tied to their stageplay/movie (and had Taguchi, Fujii, and Ogawa) which is why this was updated to take out those 3.  I do think some things changed in its arrangement, but slightly.  The song itself for me was pretty middle and nothing seems to have changed here for me to change my opinion about it.

15. Dokan to BREAK!

I have to say the intro caught me off guard to this track, but I immediately found myself interested in this one since it was harder and a little more powerful in execution because it’s just as loud and in your face like “Kame ni Nare!” but the vocals have more edge and the tune is more controlled and less ridiculous.  Definitely a powerful song and really stands out to me.

16. Ashita no Watashi wa Kyo Yori Kirei

As the album’s finale, I was not surprised it would follow through as a Hamachan lead.  I also wasn’t shocked that the song was going to be a lighter song for the group to get.  I do like the guitar-only arrangement in the beginning when it’s just Ayano, but when I thought it was going to get loud for the chorus, it actually stays on the same path but with the group singing together.  Though at the end of the first chorus, the song opens up with more instrumentation and the song while still more mid-tempo, it’s a bit freeing like a slightly more punchy “Haru Urara”.  This was a nice surprise and I kind of ending up loving it a lot!  Great way to end the album with!

17. Yes! We are family ~FC Machida Zelvia ver.~

Though that’s not all, the album truly ends of with a bonus track which is an alternate version of Yes! We are family which is a cheer song for Machida Zelvia (a Japanese Soccer team).  Different lyrics of course, but otherwise it’s the same arrangement.  Not bad and kind of cool that we got this version, but I kind of wish we got a PV for the song for some reason (it may be from all those Rakuten Eagles singles we had back in 2006-07).

CD2

1. Nen ni wa Nen

With the 2nd disc being all about acapella covers, I was curious to see what tricks they’d have for it but we have to get through this one first which already made an appearance earlier in the year in the “Oh no Ounou / Haru Urara” single as a B-side.  If it’s any relief, I was pretty impressed with it because it’s just the 5 of them going from melodies and beatboxing which is pretty impressive!  Being an acapella take of their debut, I was happy to see this make a return and the first track for the 2nd disc.

2. Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin

Onto the new Acapella takes, we enter the group’s 2nd major A-side and this one was more of the curious ones I was looking forward to because it’s a pretty difficult song for the group to tackle because it was a bit faster and vocally forward.  I definitely hear a LOT of Hamachan in this one which is shocking, but she does a lot of the lyrics powerfully.  If anything they made it so much more difficult with the beatboxing and fast lyrics.  It’s just wild and definitely impressed me.

3. GO TO THE TOP!!

I can’t say I remember many of the album tracks from “Kobushi Sono Ichi” so hearing GO TO THE TOP!! is like listening to it for the first time.  I think I was noticing it didn’t feel as wild or insane like “Chotto Guchoku ni! Chototsu Moushin”, but it still was nice hearing the group gelling and showing their vocal talents.  Not bad!

4. Samba! Kobushi Janeiro 2019

So when it came to this short tracklist for the 2nd disc, Samba! Kobushi Janeiro got a (2019) next to it and it made me curious because it was already going to be different due to it being sung in acapella, but it seems the song got a change of lyrics (mostly to kind of separate it away from its tie to the Rio Olympics or Rio Fujii XD).  Like “GO TO THE TOP!!”, the song sails by pretty smoothly and the beatboxing is just so funny but neats.  Nice!

5. Sakura Night Fever

This is just a nice treat for fans with all these acapella self-covers here.  Sakura Night Fever though I think is my favorite of them because it just works with this style and all of the energy is more handled and sung pretty well here (props to the ones that sung in the background though).  It’s just really nice and doesn’t try to be more difficult than it really is.

6. LOVE Machine

I think majority was surprised that this disc would close out with the group doing an acapella take on Morning Musume’s biggest song.  Even I wasn’t expecting this song, but if anything, of the others, this one takes a bit more liberties than the other tracks (there’s some funky synthy sounds).  Regardless, the song is interesting, but I don’t know if I enjoy it as much as the other ones to be honest…though…a new rapping section?

Tracks Recommended

  • Kitto Watashi wa
  • Oh No Ounou
  • Come with me
  • Sakura Night Fever
  • Hirakinaocchae!

Song of Avoidance

  • Naseba Naru

I was definitely worried when in a move that took less than 6 months, 3 of Kobushi Factory’s members had left the group in rather shady ways and had me worried for the group’s future.  With Kobushi Dai Ni Maku, I feel they have total control here and the triple loss wasn’t really that detrimental and I have to say, there really wasn’t a bad song on here totally (Naseba Naru is weak, but it is worth giving it a try).  I was even more impressed with the acapella disc as it really showed their skills they gained in the last couple of years.  This was an exciting album and I can’t wait to see what’s next for this quintet *RECOMMENDED*

 

NCT DREAM×HRVY – Don’t Need Your Love September 12, 2019

Filed under: NCT — solarblade @ 4:59 am

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Track Listing

  1. Don’t Need Your Love
  2. Don’t Need Your Love (Inst.)

1. Don’t Need Your Love

I wasn’t expecting a collaboration for the group’s 3rd SM Station song, but hey anything is possible these days eh?  This time, they’ve chosen HRVY who as far as I know is pretty popular out in the UK.  Though knowing previous efforts with collaborations in Kpop, I was expecting much, but for some reason HRVY really slid smoothly alongside the group and his singing REALLY worked!  The rest of the group handled it well too with Renjun, Chenle, and Jisung singing while Jeno & Jaemin doing the raps (Haechan was too busy promoting with NCT 127 to be a part of this).  Honestly, this song is amazing for the group and would love to see HRVY collaborate with them (hell, the fact that PV made him actually feel part of the group is so cool!).

 

 

NCT DREAM’s 3rd SM Station single was a complete winner here.  I mean it is the first release without Mark and shame that Haechan had to miss it, but this might be one of NCT DREAM’s best songs currently because of how smooth yet teen bop it is.  HRVY was also a great addition as his English lyrics just suited alongside the Korean ones too.  Could we have him join NCT?

 

NCT DREAM – Candle Light

Filed under: NCT — solarblade @ 4:35 am

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Track Listing

  1. Candle Light
  2. Candle Light (Inst.)

1. Candle Light

Did NCT 127 give up one of their R&B ballads to NCT DREAM for their 2nd SM Station song?  I mean for some reason I kind of like the sincerity of the song a lot and when it opens with Mark, Jisung, and then Chenle singing, that’s got to mean something right?  It’s such a laidback and relaxing tune for the group and the line distribution was a bit more interesting than in “JOY”.  That being said, Mark has a rap in the bridge and its mostly because this was his final song with the group before he graduated out.  One of the more underrated songs from the group to be honest.

 

 

SM really did nicely by this song.  Being that this is Mark’s farewell song, Candle Light was soft and soothing which is a surprise after the hectic sounds of both “GO” and “We Go Up” so this was a nice breakaway for a bit.