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day after tomorrow – DAY STAR October 7, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. CURRENT
  2. Itazura na KISS
  3. Smartly

1. CURRENT

I was surprised that this song was so good.  misono’s up and down-ing the chorus was definitly a feat for her and it sound so bad.  As usual the guitar riffs and mixture of rock and pop really works for them.  Against the other upbeat tracks however, it comes off as a little stale and maybe a little boring but on the single it’s a good 1st track.

2. Itazura na KISS

Their most recognizable track comes through this song as it was a tie-in for the anmie Inuyasha.  Another upbeat track but focuses more on the synth this time rather than the guitar.  This is the track that really made me like them a lot since this song is very catchy and hard to get out of your heart.  misono has great energy throughout and her vocals are powerful for a song like this.  I think this was their supposed A-side for the single, since this does have a PV for it.  ONe of their bests of their career together.

3. Smartly

Three upbeat tracks on one single?  I think this track is more calmer than the two before and musically it’s a good guitar driven track.  Once again, misono delivers with some power and her voice isn’t so bad.  Though how she says ~Smarrrr-telll-eeee~ Yea, it’s not good.  Other than the random bad English, it was pretty good

 

 

For the first entry for the “primary colors” era this was downright surprising.  All three tracks are wildly upbeat and has some of the catchiest guitar and synth riffs.  CURRENT does become a little on the bland side once songs like “Yuri no Hana” and “Kimi to Aeta Kiseki” come out.  Itazura na KISS would be the best track off the album with it’s playfulness and yet interesting music.  Smartly is the odd one out of the bunch because like one of the next tracks on the next single, it doesn’t appear on the album and only appears on their “Complete Best” album which is weird.  Together, it’s a high quality single.

 

T.M.Revolution – WHITE BREATH

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Track Listing

  1. WHITE BREATH
  2. OH! MY GIRL, OH MY GOD!
  3. WHITE BREATH (Original Backing Track)

1. WHITE BREATH

Definitly a great opening to WHITE BREATH and even better is the whole fast feeling it is.  Takanori sounds more manly this time which surprised me with his excessive yelling.  The combination of guitar and synths really sounded good even for Daisuke Asukara.  Another great track for the era.

2. OH! MY GIRL, OH MY GOD!

Then, we take a backstep with this track.  It sounds like his earlier stuff.  The obvious thing is that there’s less stuff going on in this song which is a major dropkick to everyone.  The chorus was also on the bland and boring side.  I guess B-Sides to T.M.R are supposed to be crappy

 

 

T.M.Revolution’s 3rd single for the era came as a surprise because it did have a B-Side, sadly that B-side sucked majorly.  WHITE BREATH was what made the single with some strong vocals and pretty kickass music to power it, it’s another favorite of mine.

 

Nana Kitade – SLAVE of KISS

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Track Listing

  1. KISS
  2. Kiss wo Kudasai
  3. KISS or KISS (English Version)
  4. sweet frozen kiss

1. KISS

To be honest, this song was one of her better tracks.  It’s got a nice steady beat to it, and even though Nana’s voice has tanked pretty badly she gives a nice performance.  The music is a little too happy, but I’m actually quite content with KISS.

2. Kiss wo Kudasai

I think Kiss wo Kudasai was a little more punk rock than “KISS” and actually she goes back to her regular voice for this which made me happy.  The music was even more peppy and maybe a little more happier, but it makes up with it’s catchiness and to be honest it’s my favorite off this single. 

3. KISS or KISS (English Version)

Why am I not surprised that this was going to be on the single.  I was taken aback when they decide to make it an English version.  I guess she isn’t that bad at it, but she needs work to make more sense.  Her accent is so apparant and sometimes I don’t catch what she says, still KISS or KISS was probably a good idea to make English with it’s simple music and such.

4. sweet frozen kiss

So wait, all the rock songs and then this ballad finishes the single?  I mean the beginning was kind of cute, until Nana hits those sour notes and that’s where the song took it’s first of many bad turns.  I do like how she wanted to do a ballad, but this was ridiculous and just wrong.  Even on here it sounds out of place with the other 3 tracks.

 

 

Alright, so much kissing…..and she says it so many times…..Anyway, the songs are obviously all related in some way other than the title.  KISS and KIss wo Kudasai are totally opposite of each in vocals but were all perspective the same track, not exactly but musically were close to each other.  KISS or KISS being an English remake of an A-Side was a little weird to hear in English from here, but not a bad try.  sweet frozen kiss though was so awful and in my own disgust is the only song that makes it to “I scream”.  Worst idea. lol

 

Koda Kumi – TABOO

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taboo

Track Listing

  1. TABOO
  2. Always
  3. TABOO  -HOUSE NATION Sunset In Ibiza Remix-
  4. TABOO -Instrumental-
  5. Always -Instrumental-

1. TABOO

Thank friggin god, for Kumi’s glorious sex appeal.  After the confusing idea of “MOON” she returns with this downright dirty track.  TABOO does seem very like a combination of “BUT” and “FREAKY” which is great since both songs were both really good as well.  Then again the music is something to fan over because it sounds like a lot of Timbaland’s work.  Kumi is also under some vocoder which is pretty interesting and she sounds quite good everywhere else.  A great dance track overall.

2. Always

Always would be the underside of the single.  It sounds like another familiar B-side, “Dear Family” anyone?  I mean it’s more of your acoustic driven pop song and while Kumi does sound great, the familiarity of the song really created this whole bored feeling.  I guess you can’t really have 2 dirty tracks huh?

3. TABOO -HOUSE NATION In Ibiza Remix-

Ibiza, that’s a name I haven’t heard in a while.  Mostly known for the dance music it brings.  The song sounds more or less compicated as a whole.  There’s a drive to the song that did make it stand out from the original.  The beat and the other instrumentation was probably its biggest asset.  Though I’m still more fond of the regular, this was a nice remix.

 

 

TABOO is way more better than her last single, “MOON”.  TABOO brought back the sexiiness that was missing since that whole controversial issue.  She really brought out the weapons and it so worked this might be the best dance track of the year.  Always came as a disappointment because it just was like her other pop love tracks and the remix was a nice change up, even though it didn’t really change the formula.  TABOO was a nice return though!