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Atelier Series & Mana-Khemia Vocal Collection: VOLKSLIED 2 October 9, 2008

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

 

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