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MEG – STEP August 31, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. MAGIC
  2. KITTENISH
  3. MAKE LOVE
  4. PRISM BOY
  5. HEART
  6. SUPERSONIC
  7. SEARCHLIGHT
  8. NATALIE
  9. KITTENISH <ynnk mix>
  10. PRISM BOY <extended mix>

1. MAGIC

So, we start off with the first single of the era and to be honest…it didn’t do anything for me.  The la’s were so annoying in the song…blech.  The music is your usual Nakata shtuff.  Though I can see why, it’s so girly that it’s makes sense on the album…Funny, go watch the new PRECIOUS PV and check it out she’s doing MAGIC, ironic huh?

2. KITTENISH

What “MAGIC” was missing was some power and this song made up for it in a big way.  The song carries the girly sound but adds more beats and some out of this world synths usage.  MEG sounds kinda sexed up for this song which also made a positive reaction for me.  The chorus was pretty sweet as well, carrying the smoothness of the entire song…Already this album is good.

3. MAKE LOVE

Ending cute and fluffy, MAKE LOVE is very different.  It’s beat-forward and the synths are cool in the song.  Then we enter a new MEG where she talks instead of sing.  To be honest her English is a bit messy but it’s enough to make some sense out of it.  Then it goes very gritty and totally weird in the beats.  It drags however being over 7 minutes so it’s going to bore you for a while….think of Perfume’s “Take me Take me” and you’ll get the picture very quickly.

4. PRISM BOY

I almost thought “KITTENISH” pt. 2 right from the start.  It has the same girly synth quality to it, but it’s more dreamy and has a soothing magical quality to it.  The chorus brings in some low synths which was pretty nice.  Y’know, this is KITTENISH pt. 2 at best.  Though it’s very good for being it.  Nice track.

5. HEART

HEART is what introduced me into MEG and I still thank the song.  It’s a solid girly-like track.  MEG in the verses really sound like a child and isn’t bothersome, though not a lot of people will agree.  It’s really a cute track with it’s playful sounds and her pronunciation of ~Heart~ is cool for being Engrishly. 

6. SUPERSONIC

0.o  What do we have here?  While “MAKE LOVE” was very boring and long, SUPERSONIC is the opposite.  Her darkest Nakata track to date, we start with some ominous sounds and MEG using her talking to convey the downright creepy vibe song has.  The various synths also do the same complimenting each.  Then all of a sudden a very aggressive track enters the fray even moreso than “edge” or even “GAME” for that matter.  Her singing does take a hit but the chorus saves it just in time.  It’s definitly a standout and my favorite from the album.

7. SEARCHLIGHT

After that surprising track, we get a calm dance track.  Piano is actually the prominent sound of the song and really is a nice addition.  MEG though messes the song up, or perhaps Nakata does, because the song would have sounded better without the Vocoder.  Some of the synths remind me of Namie Amuro’s “Come” so I was pleasantly pleased.  Then this 80’s like synth pops up and realy took the song to a new level.  Alright track.

8. NATALIE

NATALIE is even less synthed up and uses actual percussion, sadly her vocals are not for this kind of song.  I agree with a lot of people saying that they would rather have had the remix found on “HEART” on here than this song.  It’s just slow and kind of weird.  Though, is it me or does the percussion sound like the one’s used in “Macaroni” maybe it’s just me.

9. KITTENISH <ynnk mix>

At first I thought it would have been a new song, but no…it’s a remix of KITTENISH…they took the girly song and made it more different.  It’s definitly interesting to hear this song in a different tone, changing everything practically.  Though I felt the song was missing that oomph the original had.  Maybe it’s just me *sigh*

10. PRISM BOY <extended mix>

Yep, you guessed it, it’s a longer version of PRISM BOY….I’m not too fond of extended versions because I’m just used to the orignal mixes.  Though it does stay true to the main focus of the song with the beginning synthline.  Maybe, but I found it a little more better executed….So I naturally like the song.

Tracks Recommended

  • SUPERSONIC
  • KITTENISH
  • HEART
  • PRISM BOY
  • KITTENISH <ynnk mix>

Song of Avoidance

  • MAGIC

As much as I think Nakata is overworking for each artist/group this was actually a pretty strong album (much better than BEAM thank god) with what he created is a very girly-like sound that works to his advantage with MEG’s one of a kind voice.  She still has work to do on her vocals, but they were so much better this time around

 

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