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Utada Hikaru – COLORS October 9, 2008

Filed under: Utada Hikaru — solarblade @ 4:06 pm
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colors

Track Listing

  1. COLORS
  2. Simple and Clean
  3. Simple and Clean -PLANITb Remix-
  4. COLORS -Original Karaoke-

1. COLORS

What a beautiful song this is.  There’s something about COLORS that really popped for me, whether it be the smooth vocals from Hikki, the powerful chorus, the ethereal pop sound.  I mean it has it all there.  I notice that she’s metaphorically using colors to express the meaning of the song and that was very nice and truly proved to be another memorable song.

2. Simple and Clean

~When you walk away, you don’t hear me say~ will ever live throughout my mind forever as it is the song that introduced me to J-pop in particular (even if the song isn’t Japanese).  Used as the theme for Kingdom Hearts and Chain of Memories this song really gave video games a rush to have vocal tracks.  In exact properties, S&C is not a exact remake of past single “Hikari”.  Rather, it took the music from two tracks “Hikari” being most prominent and “Uso Mitai na I Love You” in the chorus.  To be honest, I liked this so much more than “Hikari” because it just seemed to flow and feelings were shown further as well.

3. Simple and Clean -PLANITb Remix-

Yep, the final PLANITb remix, isn’t anything new that we haven’t heard already in the “Hikari” remix other than the obvious language transition.  I still do love the remix to death.  I think they did a little more to spice it up by hollowing out the bridge even though it happens once.  I’m still used to the opening version of the remix where it just goes through the first verse and chorus.  Though it’s nice to know there’s a longer version since PLANITb really hit gold with this one.

 

 

Hikki’s return after EXODUS was huuuuge.  COLORS was so different from the last A-side that I was baffled at the new sound, yet it was refreshing and quite nice.  Simple and Clean was out way before EXODUS came out so by now, people usually would be tired of hearing it, but it’s one of those songs that actually shaped RPG music well.  The remix however was kind of already used though given an English makeover it just didn’t stand up as much.  Still this was her last single before taking a prolonged break before returning.

 

alan – Shiawase no Kane

Filed under: alan — solarblade @ 8:25 am
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shiawasenokane

Track Listing

  1. Shiawase no Kane

1. Shiawase no Kane

Her first online single comes in a form of a ballad.  Mainly it was to support the tragic happenings during the Sichuan Earthquake that took many lives.  It starts with some church bells ringing until the piano and alan comes in.  To say she has a basic grasp at this language is so wrong because she sounds beautiful in the song.  Though this wouldn’t be her best ballad because she’s released way better ones in fact.  Sadly, that’s its shortcoming but I do love alan’s ballad still.  Add the electric guitar was a nice idea and sounded nice as well. 

 

 

Yep, the lone song really proved that alan + ballads = WIN!  Even for what is was for, I thought she did a great job and there’s a Chinese version of it as well which is great, but I miss Tibetan vocals already…

 

 

Atelier Series & Mana-Khemia Vocal Collection: VOLKSLIED 2

Filed under: Other V.G Soundtracks — solarblade @ 6:31 am

Track Listing

  1. Akatsuki no Kakera
  2. Yaten ni Tomosu
  3. Hitoribocchi
  4. carrot
  5. Zutto
  6. Koikaze Tayori
  7. Lhiannon Shee
  8. Inori no Umi
  9. ROYAL BLUE
  10. Frasco Boy
  11. Change My Life
  12. Yoru no Tsubasa

1. Akatsuki no Kakera

You can already tell about this song that it’s one of many medieval-like sounds from this album.  Yuki Mizusawa sings around in this track in a very moving fashion.  The thing I really enjoyed about this song is how much bass present in the song where it stands out from a lot of the instruments.  The violin solo also stuck out in my mind from this track and really opened the song further.  Yuki does has some trouble keeping the higher notes in tune, but it’s nothing too bad.

2. Yaten ni Tomosu

Taking a less drive and flare that the first track had.  Yaten ni Tomosu mixes the whole medieval style with some beautiful strings.  There’s something that was a little too familiar with the previous track as well, causing me to have mixed feeling about the song.  I’ll agree that Noriko Motose sounds a lot better than Yuki and her vocals really made the song seem better…even though it was short.

3. Hitoribocchi

A ballad pops up next and there’s some hollowed sounds and with some lower-sounding strings being the music practically.  Somehow there’s something missing to this song and it just left me bored.  I just didn’t connect with this song even though it does sound like something I would eventually hear with other female artists.  Which the singer didn’t do too bad of a job really. 

4. carrot

There’s something wrong when you get an artist with a nasally voice to do a track and that’s what carrot’s problem was.  Set with that familiar tone that the 1st two tracks had and to be honest that’s what I liked about the song.  The clapping was kinda of cute as well, giving it a fun atmosphere.  To think that Yuki also sang on this blew my mind because she totally killed the song with her honky voice.

5. Zutto

We roll back into the ballad songs with Zutto, a more fitting ballad with MARIE at the reins.  I loved her child-like vocals that fit with the acoustic guitar, but I’m also still hearing a lot of bass.  The violin solo though really made the song stick out in a more beautiful fashion.  What a nice track!

6. Koikaze Tayori

Now, this is a twist.  The song sounds very upbeat and interesting at the beginning.  I think the song is an early favorite for me with it’s easy and pretty synthy set-up.  Haruka Shimotsuki leads the song and her voice is very interesting at the least but, I think it suits this pop tune.  Obviously you can’t have a song without a violin solo XD.  

7. Lhiannon Shee

Interesting,  the song at the start is pretty ethereal as songs go and when Noriko comes in, it stops and goes into this dreamy-like state for the verse until she hits the bridge where electric guitar makes its presence known.  The song is the perfect sound of adventure if you ask me.  It’s like the song is telling a story almost.  One of the best tracks on the album.

8. Inori no Umi

The calm sound of waves introduces us into this track sung by Haruka Shimotsuki is another one of those songs that would sound great if it had a music video for it…Though that’s just my opinion.  Haruka’s vocals are sort of on the downside because she’s trying for the high notes and they turn flat.  Musically, it’s pretty upbeat and quite nice actually.  The acoustic guitar player is really good for some reason. 

9. ROYAL BLUE

ROYAL BLUE is definitly the stuff I would usually listen to, so hearing this on the album totally knocked me off my seat because it just didn’t fit on the album, but on the other hand it’s a really good track with it’s aggressive guitar riffs and Marie singing on it.  The bridge is probably made me the happiest because it just captured my attention. 

10. Frasco Boy

The last new singer featured on this album is Rekka Katakiri she sounds pretty interesing.  The song being one of those happy moments does sound good, but please Rekka don’t sing in a higher tone please….  There’s some nice instruments like hearing church bells ringing after a verse was nice, but the happiness written in the song totally made it seem useless or awkward.  Nah, maybe I don’t like the track.

11. Change My Life

Haruka disappoints me for this track.  Her voice is oddly squeaky and very seiyuu-like and the music is full of staccatos and pan flute usage.  To think that would have been a good combination fails to see how awkward it sounds.  Haruka needs some English lessons because she’s failing bad. ~Flesh your hush? ~Change my love?~  Yes, but it is the shortest song not even making 3 minutes, so I was happy at the end.

12. Yoru no Tsubasa

Wow, the synth opening the song sounds so good after that mess that was the last track.  Once again Haruka takes the song, I still hear her unsupported vocals take over, but the music is quite nice at making her voice seem better, or at least trying.  The chorus though kind of sounded unfinished perhaps?  I mean they could have added so much more to make this song better.  I don’t know what the solo instrument of the song was but that was some fancy playing right there.

Tracks Recommended

  • ROYAL BLUE
  • Lhiannon Shee
  • Koikaze Tayori
  • Akatsuki no Kakera
  • Zutto

Kind of a request, I kinda like Vocal Collections because it captures most of the time the theme of the games.  The choices of singers here, were pretty good, but then again some of them have some troubles or some out of pitch.  Doesn’t mean nothing when the song’s music is behind them, which was mostly pretty good.  I kind of saw a transition from the medieval/Renaissance stuff into the more modern sounds of today.  That’s was an awesome idea.  Pretty good album overall

 

 

meg – room girl

Filed under: MEG — solarblade @ 1:50 am
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roomgirl

Track Listing

  1. G no ballad
  2. GROOVE TUBE
  3. Kasa to Shizuku (DJ TATSUTA remix)
  4. Ikenai Kotokai (R.D.R. mix)
  5. Kouro
  6. key
  7. scanty blues
  8. room girl
  9. Kanawanai Koto

1. G no ballad

Like the title says the album opens up to a ballad.  In honestu, her voice isn’t all that bad here.  She sounds very smooth and soothing for a song like this.  The 2nd verse pops up and her voice sounds live as well which sounds pretty cool.  Probably her best ballad.

2. GROOVE TUBE

Odd start with some moaning.  The song is very different adding a more latin sound to the music.  MEG once again tries very hard to get them high notes and they end up being to thin, even for her own sake.  Though I really hate the warping of her sound and it isn’t her fault hahaha.  It was alright.

3. Kasa to Shizuku (DJ TATSUTA remix)

I have no idea what to think on this song.  I guess it has a club feeling, but it isn’t as apparant as her Nakata albums.  This would be a song that I dislike because of her voice, even though this is her debut track.  The production to this remix sounds a little empty with like some synths and woodblock and some R&B influence.  Other than that it just seemed to be missing some oomph

4. Ikenai Kotokai (R.D.R. mix)

Damnit…Why MEG?  Reggae is not the way to go for a song.  Even then, I actually think the song actualy sort of fit her pretty well.  Her smooth vocals return and it sounded pretty good.  Though she tries again for those high notes and sort of squeaks her way through them.  The sax solo does sound pretty good as well.  Definitly a better track than the last one for sure.

5. Kouro

I’m gonna take a gander and say that the song is a sort of jazzy track.  The higher notes still make me cringe, but MEG against this piano-ladened track sounds pretty good and very wondrous.  One of my favorite tracks just because it flows so well and even with the other sounds the song just keeps the balance of wonder intact.  Might be her best track before Nakata takes over.

6. key

key sounds so sad and depressing even though MEG sounding pretty anxious.  The lyrics are very odd against the music because it seems she’s breathing a lot.  Sadly, I don’t really enjoy her much in this song even with all the quiet sounds…It just didn’t catch my attention…To think that the last new track of two didn’t leave an impression.

7. scanty blues

Haunting sounds start up this track which surprised when it gained the beat.  I think it’s definitly club music for sure.  MEG comes in singing and using her interesting vocals which aren’t bad in this song either.  The thing that bothered me in this track was how she said Blues ~Brusze~ Like what?   Yeah, it’s not the prettiest thing to hear, but this song’s eerie music really captured the essence of the song.  Another great song.

8. room girl

The title track has some awesome string bass present here.  I’m starting to realize that minimal instrumentation works better for MEG here since there’s like only bass and some piano and percussion.  Another jazzy track for sure.  If this was on FFX-2, I wouldn’t be surprised because it sounds like a lot of the stuff heard from the OST.

9. Kanawanai Koto

Finishing the album is another ballad.  Though the song start with a piano, which practically bored me until it started gaining some added notes.  MEG, I’m not sure if you would have sounded good on a ballad.  I still don’t know fully, but this ballad sounds pretty nice.  Even though it’s so minimalistic, I wished for added strings.  Other than that this was alright.

Tracks Recommended

  • Kouro
  • scanty blues
  • G no ballad
  • Ikenai Kotokai (R.D.R. mix)

Song of Avoidance

  • key

This was MEG’s debut album?  Wow, even though the album truthfully has only 2 new tracks both fit in pretty well with the rest of the songs.  I thought the album would’ve been bad, but this one is really good for MEG.  Songs like kouro and scanty blues are really good since they both are so different from all the stuff she’s done up to “STEP”  Give it a listen, you might like it.

 

 

Leah Dizon – L·O·V·E U

Filed under: Leah Dizon — solarblade @ 12:56 am
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loveu

Track Listing

  1. L·O·V·E U
  2. Brand New Day

1. L·O·V·E U

Well, this is definitly something.  There’s some pop ideas thrown out in this song and it reminds of the last single’s A-side which I guess doesn’t surprise me.  Though I don’t really enjoy the chorus that much because they spell the title out a lot…Anyway I guess I like the happy feelings the song strung out so I guess it did its job pretty well.

2. Brand New Day

Another happy-go-lucky song?  This time there’s more of a presence from the guitar which is the main difference between this and the last track.  Another one is that Leah can’t sing that well.  She tries for some of the higher notes, but they in the end come out too thin.  I guess I have a more connected liking to this song for some pretty interesting rhythms and lines. 

 

 

Leah’s final single for the “Destiny Line” era was a pop-festival for listeners.  Interesting to always hear her English but this time they got somewhat on the cheesy side especially with that annoying chorus from L·O·V·E U.  Brand New Day though was an alright song but it doesn’t beat out other well-known tracks.

 

Mai Kuraki – Reach for the sky

Filed under: Mai Kuraki — solarblade @ 12:41 am
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reachforthesky

Track Listing

  1. Reach for the sky
  2. What I feel
  3. Reach for the sky GOMI REMIX
  4. Reach for the sky KEN ISHII REMIX
  5. Reach for the sky DJ HIYOCO REMIX
  6. Reach for the sky ~Instrumental~

1. Reach for the sky

I’m not sure why we’re going back into the lame bland state of R&B.  There was just no spark in this song or anything that really made the song stand out in anyway.  I’m noticing though that Mai is using a lot of vibrato within the song which is pretty shocking since she’s hasn’t relied heavily on it yet.  Still very bland as an A-side goes.

2. What I feel

I actually liked this track more, only because it’s a lot more faster and reminds me of “delicious way” a bit.  It’s quite soothing for being such an upbeat track whichI guess is a good change.  She still needs some English lessons because her accenting is quite harsh on a few stuff.  The guy’s moment though killed the moment altogether because it didn’t make much sense.  Still it’s pretty good

3. Reach for the sky GOMI REMIX

Only reason I’m reviewing this is because it’s on the album.  Already I think this beats out the original by miles.  Giving it a dance style and some guitar to make it sound like it has the feeling of flight in it really gave the song some life.  The 2nd verse sounds totally different sounding a bit more darker, but hops back into the fluffiness of the airy dance sounds.  Awesome remix.

 

 

Mai, I’m starting to dislike your R&B style altogether since you rarely change out of it and sometimes it comes out very bland.  With Reach for the sky, it was boring and not really interesting in terms of overall performance.  What I feel was definitly A-side material and probably would have been the better track.  The remix at least the one I only have was already so much better than the original and I’m happy it was on the album

 

m.o.v.e – words of the mind -brandnew journey-

Filed under: m.o.v.e — solarblade @ 12:16 am
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Track Listing

  1. words of the mind -brandnew journey-
  2. ROCK IT DOWN (fleecy cloud mix)
  3. words of the mind -brandnew journey- (ALTERNATE MIX(MEET AGAIN))
  4. words of the mind -brandnew journey- (meet my friend mix)
  5. words of the mind -brandnew journey- (TV MIX)

1. words of the mind -brandnew journey-

They make a grateful return, with this great combination of house, trance, and maybe a little pop.  I think this combination is just perfect for them.  yuri and motsu together really showed their colors here and it was pretty good.  T-Kimura also is still the coolest keyboardist.  I also here some tinges of something gothic about the song as well but it’s prolly just me.

 

 

The final single for the era ends on a good note, since the song is really catchy and full of life.  Probably also one of their most interesting songs they’ve had in a while.