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Anna Tsuchiya – NUDY SHOW! October 28, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. overture
  2. Cockroach
  3. Crazy World feat. AI
  4. Virgin Cat
  5. GINGER feat. MONKEY MAJIK
  6. u
  7. Dirty Game
  8. Style
  9. masquerade
  10. BUBBLE TRIP
  11. Serenade
  12. Shape of your love
  13. cocoon ~NUDY SHOW! version~
  14. LUCY
  15. RIDE ON!
  16. BLOOD ON BLOOD
  17. Kuroi Namida ~deep sadness version~

1. overture

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.

2. Cockroach

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.

6. u

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.

8. Style

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.

9. masquerade

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.

11. Serenade

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.

14. LUCY

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.

Tracks Recommended

  • u
  • masquerade
  • GINGER
  • Crazy World
  •  BLOOD ON BLOOD

Song of Avoidance

  • cocoon ~NUDY SHOW! Version~

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.

 

 

MilkyWay – Tan Tan Taan!

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Track Listing

  1. Tan Tan Taan!
  2. Gamusharara
  3. Tan Tan Taan! (Instrumental)

1. Tan Tan Taan!

Obviously, this song is too cute for words.  Like it’s about the sound of the tambourines which all 3 girls have a respective star-shaped one.  Now, I’m still new to the H!P stuff and to be honest when the girls sing their solo lines there’s only one girl who sounds really good while the others sound terribly nasally.  Koharu being one of the offenders IMO.  So I guess Yuu’s the one that I really like, I guess.  The song is definitly a dropoff from last single’s “Anataboshi” and this is quite catchy and scary at the same time….I like it LOL

2. Gamusharara

Weird that the song started sounding dark and then the song kind of goes into some brass stuff.  Once again the song sounds pretty cool and how the girls took on the song was great.  Though the song can get pretty repetitive the verses make up that fault and the girls actually sound good. 

 

 

Tan Tan Taan! is definitly the odd single.  The title track was definitly girly and full of the cutie-cutie stuff H!P was been handling since it’s birth.  Though the girls sounded off except Yuu, it still is a nice, peaceful track.  Gamusharara ended being the better track again with its excitement and how the girls sounded nice.  Another B-side>A-side single though.

 

Mami Kawada – PSI-missing

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Track Listing

  1. PSI-missing
  2. Ame
  3. PSI-missing (off vocal)
  4. Ame (off vocal)

1. PSI-missing

It’s pretty synthy as anime openers go.  I got to say I love the piano lines found in it and Mami sounds really good even though I think her voice is either layered or vocodered because I hear other sounds when she sings.   The verses do sounds a little flat for her, but overall a strong track for Mami.

2. Ame

The b-side is a ballad of course and since the song is titled “Rain”, it has a melanchloic feel and shows off Mami’s vocals even more.  Her vocals do come off a little thin going for the higher notes and her frequent use of the vibrato seems strange to hear.  This could easily been a good A-side as well.

 

 

Mami Kawada’s 1st single for the 3rd era is a pretty single.  PSI-missing is synth happy but still makes so much more sense after a few listens and it’s becoming one of my favorite tracks.  Ame is equally a pleasant track and she sounds quite nice.

 

capsule – L.D.K. Lounge Designers Killer

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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.