Crazy World feat. AI
GINGER feat. MONKEY MAJIK
Shape of your love
cocoon ~NUDY SHOW! version~
BLOOD ON BLOOD
Kuroi Namida ~deep sadness version~
This long album starts with the television changing channels before ending up on the NUDY SHOW! channel where Anna ad-libs through the rest. The music is quite cool and the warping synths made it cool.
Cockroach reminds me of a grungy version of “Virgin Cat” and to be honest I really like this track. Somehow the songs is under 3 minutes which is pretty disappointing, but in between this song is hardcore and I’m loving every second of it. Anna’s sounds pretty fierce as well…Awesome new track.
3. Crazy World feat. AI
I love this song a lot. It’s got such a mysterious vibe through the verses and the chorus is pretty catchy as well. The pulses of the synths and strikes of the guitar really created such a tense atmosphere. AI’s performance sounds like she’s English and her Japanese is just as fluent. Her rapping complimented Anna pretty well if you ask me.
4. Virgin Cat
Rounding out the era was last single, Virgin Cat. There’s something quite off with it. Lyrically it’s pretty strange and quite kinky as it is about sex right? The music has a cool jazzy feeling, but Anna quite killed the song with her outlandish view on it. OH yea, the meow at the end was so WTF for me.
5. GINGER feat. MONKEY MAJIK
The main promotional track for the album appears and surprisingly it’s pretty good. MONKEY MAJIK is quite the cool band and them playing with the song is awesome. Anna kind of just is there for the song, but the bridge is awesome. Another short track indeed, which disappoints me because this song should have been more drawn out.
My favorite B-side is on here THANK FRIGGIN GOD! It’s definitly god a sexual rock feel to it and I love it like crazy. The verses shows Anna singing in a more subdued kind of way that’s quite hot. Then her power through the chorus really surprised me. Still one of my favorites of the album.
7. Dirty Game
Our next new track actually disappoints me. Like the music is kind of messy and Anna’s voice takes a hit mostly in the verses and how she tackled the chorus was quite painful. Let’s just move on from this.
I like Anna’s swagger in this song a lot. It’s like slick and she does it so good. The song isn’t too groundbreaking but it’s great to hear a song that shows Anna’s sexyness right unlike another song *cough* “Virgin Cat”. One of the better new tracks.
Oh man, she’s on a roll. masquerade has a fantastic start and it sounds like a cross of rock and techno for some reason it’s quite the listen. I love when she says ~Welcome to the masquerade, ladies~. There’s some darkness in this tune and c’mon it works so well with Anna. All right, this has to be the best new track.
10. BUBBLE TRIP
I do like the the rhythms and all, but this song really screams terrible. I mean she sounds a little congested through the verses and the lyrics are once again off and doesn’t make much sense to me when I hear something about Romeo & Juliet and Bubble’s tripping…That last statement doesn’t even make sense at all….I’m sorry but this was a pretty bad A-Side….wished she chose “sweet sweet song” over this.
Staccatoed string playing starts up this soft track. This is her ballad on the album and I thought it was a nice change-up from all the rock tracks. Anna with the music is pretty soothing to the ears and I thought it’s one of her more valiant songs of the album as well.
12. Shape of your love
So in retrospect we get another ballad, but it’s a rock ballad. So does it mean that she excels in this as well. The answer is yes, she sounds even more beautifully than she did in “Serenade”. Another great song that shows off her powerful vocals.
13. cocoon ~NUDY SHOW! version~
I think the biggest disappointment is the fact that this track was on here. They took the best single of the era and hacked it and gave it an acoustic touch-up. It’s weird that she didn’t resing the verses, but drastically resung the chorus to where she doesn’t hit the highest not. I wanted my awesome “cocoon” not this crappy rendition.
Now I don’t know what made them decide to put both her NANA A-sides on the album. I’m not totally against it but I just found it interesting to see LUCY this late on the album. I love how rock-hard this song is and it still beats out a good majority of the songs off the album. LUCY is amazing.
15. RIDE ON!
At first I was wondering what it’ll be since the title sounded like it’d be upbeat, but what we got was this funky rock track where Anna can show some attitude. Sadly, it came off as boring and didn’t really have any life into it but I love the lyrics though.
16. BLOOD ON BLOOD
The song that caught my attention the most was this one and was I surprised. It’s got some dark sounds and even eviler lyrics. Anna does so good through these kind of songs and should do more. This is like “cocoon” so it made up for the fact that the original wasn’t on it.
17. Kuroi Namida ~deep sadness version~
Ending off this long album is actually the oldest song off the album. Apparantly it is the more appropriate version of the song and with it’s harder rock twinges and piano and the strings also being in it. It did a fine job ending the album on a good note, albeit a sad one.
BLOOD ON BLOOD
Song of Avoidance
Anna’s 2nd full album was definitly a long one. There were some tracks I probably could live without (Virgin Cat and BUBBLE TRIP). Also, I hated that they went and changed cocoon up and some of the new tracks were shorter than I’d expected, but then those new tracks were all mostly good. Pretty good album overall.