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abingdon boys school – abingdon boys school July 22, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. As One
  2. HOWLING -INCH UP-
  3. Via Dolorosa
  4. INNOCENT SORROW
  5. DOWN TO YOU
  6. Athena
  7. stay away
  8. Nephilim
  9. LOST REASON -feat. MICRO-
  10. DESIRE
  11. Dress
  12. ReBirth + ReVerse

1. As One

Totally, the strongest first track I heard in a while.  As One, is in English and once again shows a very good aggression and it’s a little bit like “Nephilim” mixed with “LOST REASON” which is totally awesome.  The guitars are furious and Takanori showing just as much.  The solo is even cooler with everything going on.  Very strong beginning.

2. HOWLING -INCH UP-

2nd single, HOWLING is still the powerhouse rock track and it fits so much in the album.  Though I don’t know the difference between the album to the single version but it still captures the fierceness of the track.  ~Just HOWLING in the shadows~ still sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it.  Love It!!!

3. Via Dolorosa

Static sounds and piano starts off with this even creepier rock track that puts “Nephilim” in its place.  The verses are soft with piano & strings being heard while Takanori goes through.  Then it gets hard in the 2nd verse.  The song is just filled with more power than ever.  It’s just a great new song.

4. INNOCENT SORROW

Wow, the first single shows up and I was surprised how well it was transitioned from after “Via Dolorosa”.  This is probably the first of the not-surprising rock track.  It’s not that I didn’t like it, its that it’s a bit of a step down from the bombs the previous tracks had.  I did love the anime -tie-in and how it worked for INNOCENT SORROW.

5. DOWN TO YOU

A cool riff starts out this even hard track.  It’s got such a tense feeling in it like “HOWLING” and power also.  The chorus is in English and Japanese and wow, Takanori sounds so great in it.  I love the BKGD singers fit in perfectly with Takanori singing different parts.  This has to be the best new track on the album.

6. Athena

More like “Athena” this song has a pretty fast beat to it and kinda sounds refreshing after all the epic rock track laid out so far.  It’s definitly got a good rock sound to it and sound a bit happy.  I love the drummer in the song keeping such a good beat.  One of the standout tracks of the album.

7. stay away

stay away is to me my least favorite track from the album just because I was least surprised by it.  It just sounds a bit too much for me.  Takanori’s English is a bit hard to follow but it’s understandable.  The chorus Is long though I was caught off guard by that.  The guitar solo, was pretty rad though and I praise it!

8. Nephilim

When it comes to power ballads, Nephilim is the perfect example of one.  Such fire from the band is shown in the song and I was totally blown away by how good it sounded.  a.b.s. has a golden track with this one.  I still don’t know what the title means but all I know is that they rocked hard for this one.

9. LOST REASON -feat. MICRO-

I can’t believe they ruined the track by adding a rapper into it.  LOST REASON was an awesome English rock track from them but having a guy switching it up and rap in both languages totally blew it.  Why they decided to do this, I don’t know but seriously, NEVER DO IT AGAIN!  Still, it’s LOST REASON so I can’t hate on it too much because I do love this B-side.

10. DESIRE

DESIRE was a very unusual track adding in some disc scratching in it.  Takanori’s vocals is also at its best and wow, another full English track, it makes up for “LOST REASON”.  I thought it was futuristic during the guitar solo and heard an awesome bass line.  Another great standout track from them, but people might thing its a little messy but its what makes them stick out.

11. Dress

Dress starts out very solemn with low strings growling in it.  The song however is long though which surprised me.  Like a bunch of the other songs on the album Dress doesn’t really make me surprised but I do like how it gradually grows into the rock sound.  Though it’s a BUCK-TICK remake, I thought they did well, but it’s not very memorable to me.

12. ReBirth + ReVerse

Well, the last track is a long instrumental with piano and other underlying sounds.  I would’ve shorten the song because it really doesn’t lead anywhere.  It does get louder gradually and then it just like stops. This is the ReBirth part.  The ReVerse part is the opposite sounding creating a cool dance beat and continuing with the other sounds.  The piano comes back in and it fits strangely with the beat.  Then it calms for the strings that sound wow.  Then it ends practically. 

Tracks Recommended

  • Nephilim
  • DOWN TO YOU
  • Via Dolorosa
  • HOWLING -INCH UP-
  • Athena

Song of Avoidance

  • stay away

Can you hold on as I shit my pants at how good this album is.  It’s a rock hard album.  When I first heard about Takanori creating the band I was skeptical because I wasn’t sure if it would’ve sounded like the T.M.Revolution stuff, but was I surprised.  This debut album was a great start for them.  I totally recommend this album everyone!!!

 

Morning Musume – Onna ni Sachi Are

Filed under: Morning Musume — solarblade @ 6:09 am
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Track Listing

  1. Onna ni Sachi Are
  2. Please! Jiyuu no Tobira
  3. Onna ni Sachi Are (Instrumental)

1. Onna ni Sachi Are

Hmmm, So our last A-side was the last for two members and then suddenly we get two new members who are Chinese for that matter?  It’s a bit strange to be honest and even changing the style from a rockin’ atmosphere to something dance/euro based was a bit on the weird side.  Onna ni Sachi Are however is still quite a good song and it does take a little bit from “SEXY BOY ~Soyokaze ni Yorisotte~” being all parapara-like and all that.  Junjun and Linlin (the new members) don’t really get much of solos and the song itself is based along Ai’s lines which are of course the beginning of the hax.

2. Please! Jiyuu no Tobira

Like I said before, B-sides to Momosu are quite disappointing most of the time.  It does have a pretty interesting 90’s pop/rock feel to it and since the vocals are mostly split into groups while a few of the members get solos…it’s not that bad and the guitar riffs are spiffy…but there’s just something lacking about the song TBH.

 

 

This was definitly an interesting single for the Pandas to debut with.  Onna ni Sachi Are was dance bliss and it feels quite energetic like the previous A-side and that makes me happy.  However with Please! Jiyuu no Tobira was a little forgettable and just didn’t stand out for me like Momosu’s B-sides usually do.