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capsule – L.D.K. Lounge Designers Killer October 28, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Soratobu Toshikeikaku
  2. Teleportation
  3. Lounge Designers Killer (ft. ether22)
  4. twinkle twinkle poppp!
  5. tiC taC
  6. Antenna
  7. Glider
  8. Jinrui no Shinpo to Chouwa
  9. do do pi do
  10. fin.

1. Soratobu Toshikeikaku

Beautiful strings are played in the beginning and then it quiets down and turns into a dance track.  The vocals keep going in and out and then we get into a nice mash of the strings and the beats.  Toshiko doesn’t come until a minute passes by and even then she’s ad-libbing AGAIN!….Though I already liked the track with its great combination of musicality.

2. Teleportation

A lot of bleeping coincides within the song which is oddly futuristic and yet really loud.  I blame the drummer for this one.  I think the bleeping is very reminescent of Perfume’s “Vitamin Drop” and probably was made during this era.  Toshiko to me sounds very airy for some reason but oh well.  Once again Toshiko fails to learn any English because she fails at saying ~Teleportation~

3. Lounge Designers Killer (ft. ether22)

This is very interesting.  Like it doesn’t sound like anything heard so far.  It’s mildly aggressive but not too much and Toshiko sounds great.  There’s a male voice in the song as well.  Though I’ve noticed during that part that the low synths sound exactly like access’s “EDGE”  which threw me for a loop.  I love how Toshiko says the title sounds pretty hot.  Best title track so far.

4. twinkle twinkle poppp!

We reenter the bossa nova side of things, but the song is cute and pretty bouncy.  Though I dispise how they started the song off because they sounded pretty high or something.  Once again, I feel as if she’s too airy for the song.  At the end of the song I felt it was an alright track, nothing too spectacular.

5. tiC taC

Something we haven’t heard in a while is this toned down and smooth jazz track.  I still think this new style of vocals Toshiko is trying here is pretty great and she sounds comfortable, unlike a few other tracks.  Only supporting the song is guitar, drums, and someone on the xylophone.  It ends pretty quickly, but it’s awesome.

6. Antenna

The only interlude of the album and it just a line of falling notes that only last about a few seconds.  Useless if you ask me.

7. Glider

Glider is surprisingly good.  It’s pretty dreamy as capsule songs go and Toshiko sounds great here.  I’m starting to see Nakata using the synths and vocoder good here and I think it was a great start with this track.  It’s also devoid of any of that jazzy style that’s been there since their debut.  It’s one of the stanout tracks from the album.

8. Jinrui no Shinpo to Chouwa

This oddly sounds like “Teleportation” for one thing.  It sounds even more cosmic that said song which is great.  Once again, I thought the percussion was a little too much for the song but Toshiko sounds great here.  Though I totally forget what it sounds like after a while.

9. do do pi do

Strange title for a strange song indeed.  It sounds like someone was on pot *cough* (nakata).  I didn’t find much interest in the song really but the bouncy piano line and Toshiko’s singing is alright.  The song lacked interest this time because Toshiko really sounded boring actually. Definitly the worst new track. 

10. fin.

 All the ending is is just a bouncy piano solo.  Kind of fun if you ask me, and did end the album quite nicely.  It’s also exactly one minute long isn’t that quite funny.

Tracks Recommended

  • Glider
  • Soratobu Toshikeikaku
  • tiC taC
  • Lounge Designers Killer

Song of Avoidance

  • do do pi do

I’m seeing the transformation that capsule’s taking and the tracks that showed it came out really well, but for others it was more or less of the same I’ve been hearing for a few albums now.  I got to say this album beats out NEXUS-2060 by a landslide.

 

capsule – NEXUS-2060

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Track Listing

  1. NEXUS-2060
  2. space station No.9
  3. A.I. automatic infection
  4. Q&A
  5. Lucky Love (ft. ether22)
  6. happy life generator
  7. beautiful hour
  8. urban complex
  9. world fabrication
  10. tokyo smiling

1. NEXUS-2060

 Kind of strange opening with a talking introduction.  I notice Toshiko saying ~Space Station No.9~  So it’s just a pretty strange start overall.

2. space station No.9

I’m pretty surprised at the music here.  It sounds like bossa nova with the twinge of spacey sounds.  It really kick in until like a minute in and even then it has Toshiko yelling some phrase over and over.  What’s with the ~pa pa pa pa pa~.  That got really annoying very quickly.

3. A.I. automatic infection

Now I’m really sensing that this album is going to be stranger than the previous album.  Now it actually makes more sense and Toshiko is actually singing this time.  It does vividly remind me of a more cosmic version of “idol fancy”.  Though the random space-like sounds and the sound of electricity does make an impact within the song.  I kind of liked that.

4. Q&A

Already an interlude?  It’s definitly nothing special.  All it really is is someone announcing capsule by spelling it out.  Totally random and not needed really.

5. Lucky Love (ft. ether22)

Continuing on, we have the only collaboration found on the album and it’s quite interesting.  I cringe at Toshiko’s vocals in the song because they were terrible.  It’s still in the style of bossa-nova and truthfully I didn’t find much anything to praise about until bout midway through the song where synths popped in.  Still Toshiko was pretty bad.

6.  happy life generator

Then we get the Toshiko who fails at English.  Terrible pronunciation at the title especially ~generator~.  It’s more upbeat than the last few songs and it’s another good track.  Even though the brass has appeared before on this album I can actually enjoy it here.  She repeats the title so much though and c’mon it sucks XD

7. beautiful hour

Finally!  Something that doesn’t sound like every other track on the album.  It starts off quietly with a lot of drums and then it gets louder and more things are added before Toshiko comes in.  Even though she’s mostly ad-libbing and that’s all the song really is is that.  Another track that could’ve been something more.

8. urban complex

Hey the beginning sounded like that thing from Aya Hirano’s debut album.  Anyway, the song features voice clippings from various areas.  Like, I noticed Tweety’s voice.  I do agree the song sounds definitly different and is urban, but there’s still an equal amount of synths present.  Only at 2 minutes it’s pretty short.

9. world fabrication

Ugh….I think I’m already tired of this album.  Luckily Toshiko is singing and while the music is very lively, it’s another one of those tracks that just passes you by.  Toshiko is singing better this time I’ll say that, but the music has already been overused.

10. tokyo smiling

Yes, something that’s pretty catchy from the start and the music isn’t all that.  Use of plucked strings and the nice synths carried to whole track through and I quite liked it alot.  After listening through the whole album, I was grateful to hear this.  Possibly the best track off the album.

Tracks Recommended

  •  tokyo smiling
  • A.I. automatic infection

Song of Avoidance

  • Lucky Love (ft. ether22)

Alright, this has to be their worst album to date.  Everything except like one or two songs sounded very similar to one another.  Bossa Nova combined with Space does not create such a nice combination as it was pretty awkward.  blech….

 

Rina Aiuchi – FULL JUMP October 27, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. FULL JUMP
  2. HIMAWARI
  3. FULL JUMP “Full throttle mix”
  4. FULL JUMP -instrumental-

1. FULL JUMP

After what seemed like an eternity of ballad A-sides, Rina finally returns with a bang with this almost mix of eurobeat and rock.  Her voice at the starts sounded so good and then the music kicks in.  I thought she gave a great performance and sounded very lively.  The chorus is where she shined the most and I was quite happy at her power as well.

2. HIMAWARI

I’m fine with this track also, which is also a pop-like track.  Though it pales in comparison with “FULL JUMP” because the music lacks attention and force.  I mean it’s pretty calm and mellow.  The use of piano and synths didn’t really stand out but Rina’s vocals did…is that a good thing?

 

 

Finally!  I wanted a great dance-like A-side and although it’s not really for dancing FULL JUMP was definitly upbeat and very catchy as her songs go.  HIMAWARI was definitly B-side material and it’s pretty obvious from how the two sound against each other.

 

Tommy Heavenly6 – I’m Gonna SCREAM+

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Track Listing

  1. I’m Gonna SCREAM+
  2. GOING 2 MY WAY!
  3. +gothic Pink+ (Melancholic guitar version)
  4. I’m Gonna SCREAM+ (original instrumental)

1. I’m Gonna SCREAM+

I always wanted to know how her next era would start out and OMG did it really brought some new things.  The song has a very dark atmosphere to it and some of the lyrics are really dark.  Tomoko is pushing her vocal ability pretty far but it doesn’t corrupt anything in particular.  It’s definitly a strong A-side.

2. GOING 2 MY WAY!

The start has her shoot lyrics in an odd fashion with the bass being the only thing played.  Then when the other instruments are added the song takes a more slower take than “I’m Gonna SCREAM+”.  Initially, I fond the song quite strange tempo-wise and how she sung it was quite off for me.  After a while I did get used to it all, so it turned out to be an OK song.

3. +gothic Pink+ (Melancholic guitar version)

Taking a track off her debut album and changed it so it’s a more acoustic driven song.  I think this is one oh her more interesting retakes on her song and I quite like it a lot.  Her voice did sound more vulnerable at some parts and her oice was shaky too…was she nervous? 

 

 

This single now is considered pretty hardcore.  I mean the title track is very quick-paced and very hard and dark.  The B-side didn’t stick with me until after a few listens but there’s still problems present and the acoustic mix of an old track was a great idea. 

 

Final Fantasy X-2 Vocal Collection – Yuna

Filed under: Final Fantasy — solarblade @ 12:45 am

Track Listing

  1. Kimi e
  2. Morning Glow
  3. Kimi e ~ Instrumental
  4. Morning Glow ~ Instrumental

1. Kimi e

Yuna’s theme has been given lyrics and also had the most drastic changes between the ladies.  The song has a melancholic feel in which the original was more happier.  Aoki sounds very pretty given the fact that she’s a seiyuu.  The chorus adds more vocals but I thought they sounded off for some reason.  Still it’s one of the better sung ballads.

2. Morning Glow

Taken fron “Eternity” I quite loved Aoki’s rendition of it.  It flowed seamlessly great throughout and her vocals were definitly a quite soothing as well.  I’m not exactly certain if the song was a ballad or a pop track, but it definitly left a mark on me.  One of the best tracks of the vocals tracks of the entire FFX-2 era.  The best thing has to be the lively chorus…One of the best!

 

 

Yuna’s vocal collection is pretty much all ballads and definitly sounds different from the other two members.  Aoki has such a charming and sweet voice that just emulates passion within the songs.  Best one of the 3

 

T.M.Revolution – triple joker October 26, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Aoi Hekireki
  2. OH! MY GIRL!, OH MY GOD! -MORNING SURPRISE MIX-
  3. WHITE BREATH -MORE FREEZE MIX-
  4. O.L
  5. MID-NITE WARRIORS
  6. LEVEL 4 -LEVEL->V MIX-
  7. Slight faith
  8. MinD ESCAPE
  9. Joker -G CODE MIX-
  10. Twinkle Million Rendezvous
  11. HIGH PRESSURE -MORE HEAT MIX-
  12. JUST A JOKE

1. Aoi Hekireki

Still playing in my mind is this track that I just reviewed recently.  I’m still surprised at how simple the song actually is and c’mon, if it wasn’t for “LEVEL 4” this would’ve been my favorite single.  Just to point out, it isn’t the JOG Edit since there’s no elongated opening to the track.

2. OH! MY GIRL!, OH MY GOD! -MORNING SURPRISE MIX-

Adding an opening that sounds like breakfast and Takanori humming along the tune before it actually starts up.  I’m still quite turned off from the song because it just wasn’t as interesting.  Still, Takanori sounds cool though, even though he’s yelling a good majority.

3. WHITE BREATH -MORE FREEZE MIX-

I’m not sure exactly what the mixes really after from here on out.  It’s still basically the same track from the singles.  Now I love the beats and how slick Takanori took the song.  I still think the yelling is quite bothersome, but another above average track.

4. O.L

Our first new track comes in oddly.  Like the song is quite slow and maybe trying to sound like an epic track, but at the tempo it’s at I consider this a ballad of sorts.  The bleepy synths really didn’t cut it for me either.  I don’t even know what O.L stands for either…

5. MID-NITE WARRIORS

I found our next new track more enjoyable adding a more noticeable dance track to the album was great.  Takanori also sounds a bit (young) in the song, so I thought that this was an early created track or something.  The chorus brought some great stuff though Takanori needs to work on the English.  Problem is that the music sounds same-ish even after 2 previous albums.

6. LEVEL 4 -LEVEL->V MIX-

Once again, I don’t hear a difference between single and album.  It’s still one of the best tracks off the album.  Already you’ll hear Daisuke’s contribution to the song more strongly than in previous songs and even some awesome guitar riffs to hold the song together.  To me this song is one of those (you can’t listen without thinking of the PV) songs.  So it’s always great to hear the song.

7. Slight faith

Slight faith is sooo freaky.  Like the it starts off pretty dreamy and then the guitar strums itself in.  Whenever I listen to this, I immediatly think of another track of his “fragile” because it’s quite similar to one another.  I do like this, but not as much as said track.  Still it does stand out from the album.

8. MinD ESCAPE

That is until this song starts up.  It’s like 50’s diner music but more fruity.  I don’t know what caused this odd track to pop up, but it’s quite the weird one.  The thing I really didn’t like is the whole ad-libbing section after the chorus, it was like hearing cats…Definitly the worst new track.

9. JOKER -G CODE MIX-

Ok, so our new track is remixed?  WTF?  Well, the song has a pretty consistent beat to it and while this isn’t exactly touching new ground, it does work and is quite the catchy tune.  I ❤ the guitar in the song so for whatever it’s worth give the song a listen.

10. Twinkle Million Rendezvous

These 3 words to not make sense together and so starts a trend of 3 words making no sense to make a title.  The song is a ballad, but oddly doesn’t seperate itself from the other tracks.  The use of strings did help it out, but in the end, it comes off a little bland.  Another failed ballad.

11. HIGH PRESSURE -MORE HEAT MIX-

Still a great guitar opening, but it’s lead into this happy track.  I still find that the song is probably the weakest of the singles and it really didn’t bring anything new to the table.  Even on the album, it just sounds like every other Takanori track.

12. JUST A JOKE

We end the album with an instrumental, but what it contains is probably the most bizarre sounds from the album, even moreso than “MinD ESCAPE”.  Sounds like carnival music, I mean you hear like clown music and people.  Not even a minute passes by for this track and it left me questioning (why was this even on the album?)

Tracks Recommended

  • LEVEL 4 -LEVEL->V MIX-
  • Aoi Hekireki
  • WHITE BREATH -MORE FREEZE MIX-
  • JOKER
  • Slight faith

Song of Avoidance

  • O.L

By now you would think he’d change sound right?  Nope….it’s another album of the same damn stuff we’ve been hearing since his debut.  I think he needs to step up and do something.  triple joker has to be his downfall of an album.  

 

HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR – G∞VER

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Track Listing

  1. G∞VER
  2. NOTICE
  3. PRIDE
  4. Naked
  5. OVER
  6. Days
  7. SWEET ESCAPE
  8. RUN☆RUN☆RUN
  9. What for…
  10. RAIN
  11. With YOU

1. G∞VER

What an opening.  It’s starts with some synths and then Yuusuke growling.  I really would like to know how he does that with his voice.  Anyway it’s over 2 minutes of chaotic rock.  Also there’s quips from Yuusuke so it kind of fares sort of.  Then after all that it enters a synth zone before reentering the hardcore sounds from the start.  Interesting album opener.

2. NOTICE

Weird at how it went from crazy introduction to a soft rock song practically.  What the hell Yuusuke?  Put more life into the song seriously.  Anyway NOTICE is totally different from what the singles brought because Yuusuke is actually singing along.  Still, I wish he wasn’t so boring sounding. 

3. PRIDE

We enter their most memorable and powerful track, PRIDE.  I still think very highly of this song and I’m probably not the only one because c’mon it’s that epicly awesome.  I think the furious guitar riffs mixed with powerful strings was an awesome choice and to have Maaki fully sing it and Yuusuke doing his rapping skills really added a nice touch to the song.

4. Naked

Anyway, after the track, we get into Naked which I kind of found a little disappointing.  Perhaps it’s the messy instrumentation, but I really never connected to this track.  Just a very forgetful song.

5. OVER

A nice follow-up single after “PRIDE”.  They decided to keep the hard rock and take out the strings and we’re left with this pretty awesome track.  Yuusuke though kicks major ass in the song.  With his enthusiastic lyrics, it really sparked my interest ten-fold.

6. Days

I’m still unsure of what to really say about the song.  One thing I know that it’s totally different from all of the other singles.  The other thing is how strange this song is and how off it sounds to my ears.  Though I do love the guitar solo.  Definitly the most disappointing single for the era.

7. SWEET ESCAPE

ROFLMAO at Yuusuke’s vocals in the song.  Anyway, other than the bad vocals coming from Yuusuke the song is more or less the same I’ve already heard in the later singles of the era.  I guess it was more better though, so I guess I have to give credit where it’s needed but Yuusuke needs to tune up.

8. RUN☆RUN☆RUN

I’m still quite terrified of this uber poppy track.  I’m not exactly turned off, but I’m not too fond of it either.  I was finding myself bored with Maaki’s performance just because it was so boring.  So it’s kind of another forgetful track from me.

9. What for…

Darker rock track now?  Though interestingly we hear Maaki and Yuusuke start up the song together and truthfully they sound pretty awesome together in the verses, but the chorus was when things got strange of the ~ooooOOOOOooo~ yea….Other than that I really liked this songs elusiveness and pretty awesome vocals.

10. RAIN

See why can’t Yuusuke sound like this more often.  Sadly the song suffers from *the hellishly boring syndrome*  Like the song lacked any personality and falls into obscurity pretty quickly.  Probably the only saving grace is the final chorus where synthed strings play that was awesome….other than that…noooo.

11. With YOU

Finally finishing the album is this mysterious track.  It stands out far from the rest of the tracks being the rock ballad it is.  Being their first try at a song like this, I think it did well and ended the album on a good note.  The only track that doesn’t even feature Yuusuke as well which is a total surprise. 

Tracks Recommended

  • OVER
  • PRIDE
  • With YOU
  • What for…

Song of Avoidance

  • RAIN

HandMC’s debut album is pretty strong overall.  There were a few issues concerning the album other than the small tracklist.  Yuusuke has some problems singing, but his screams are to die for.  Maaki can sound boring, but she’s not too bad of a singer, I think she’s pretty good.  The rest of the band is great though! 

 

Koda Kumi – Gentle Words October 23, 2008

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GentleWords

Track Listing

  1. Gentle Words
  2. Without Your Love
  3. Saigo no Ame
  4. Gentle Words (Instrumental)
  5. Without Your Love (Instrumental)
  6. Saigo no Ame (Instrumental)

1. Gentle Words

The weirdest thing to hear in an urban ballad is a sitar and yet there it is in the song.  I quite like the calm atmosphere with this track and surprised that Kumi actually sounds nice and using vibrato in a good way.  Though the formulaic process in the song doesn’t exactly change much, it still is a nice listen to once in a while.

2. Without Your Love

Start your engines people, we gots a bad girl on the loose and she’s sounding pretty good!  Even more urban than the A-side, I think this track made her seem cool and collected.  I love her vocals everywhere, maybe I do find the chorus a little loud, but I think she did great keeping the beat and rhythm in control.  ~I never wanna cross my eyes~ Huh???? weird huh?

3. Saigo no Ame

We return back to this soft sounds, but this time the beats are thumping loud against the synth and piano.  I do think the beats overpower the music a lot of the time.  At least when Kumi sings louder I do think the song does sound way better.  Other than that, I usually skip this track for some reason.

 

 

Kumi’s strong vocals really shine within the single.  Though I think my favorite is Without Your Love because it just sounded great and showed how cool she can sound with an urban flavor.  All 3 tracks are on the album which can only mean that there’s a few new tracks, let’s hope not.

 

 

T.M.Revolution – Aoi Hekireki

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Track Listing

  1. Aoi Hekireki ~JOG edit~
  2. Dokusai -monopolize- LIVE at KAWAGUCHI LILIA 1997.11.23
  3. Aoi Hekireki ~JOG edit~ (Original Backing Track)

1. Aoi Hekireki ~JOG edit~

I was quite fascinated with this track.  Probably has the best guitar riff of the era.  Anyway it starts with a phone ringing and the then synths startup and we hear thunder in the background (hence the title).  The verses were sharp and had warped voices which was great.  The chorus could’ve been better and less mechanical but I like the energy Takanori has in the song.

 

 

T.M.Revolution has ended putting another great A-side together and by the live I bet it shows how much energy he really has.  Still, I’m definitly liking this track a lot.

 

Nana Kitade – Kibou no Kakera

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Track Listing

  1. Kibou no Kakera
  2. This is a GIRL
  3. Kibou no Kakera (Instrumental)

1. Kibou no Kakera

I don’t know what she did at the beginning, but that was cool.  Then Nana starts to start to sing and it’s pretty bad…like she’s squeaky even moreso than before.  Musically it’s your typical rock track, with Nana’s bad vocals.  Please don’t get me started on the chorus.  That was the worst part of the song.  I wish she’d go back to her lower vocals.

2. This is a GIRL

More along the lines of punk rock, I actually think Nana did a better job and she did go into her lower register for this one.  I actually quite like the chorus a lot and it sounded pretty smooth and there isn’t many problems with Nana’s vocals this time which is such a great change after that horrific A-side.  Why can’t she sound like this all the time?

 

 

Nana’s final single for the era was A-side crap.  I mean I know it was a tie-in for the Powerpuff Girls in Japan, but c’mon why did you have to screw it up with your terrible singing choice?  I mean if you sounded like in This is a GIRL then you’d be fine.  BUUUUT NOOOOOOOO…