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m.o.v.e – Humanizer January 21, 2009

Filed under: m.o.v.e — solarblade @ 2:50 pm
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humanizer

Track Listing

  1. Overture of “Humanizer”
  2. BLAZIBILITY
  3. DIVE INTO STREAM
  4. HYPNOTIZER
  5. Kiss Me Now
  6. Party Nation
  7. Step Into Shangi-La
  8. Don’t Cry For Me
  9. KEEP ON MOVIN’
  10. BEAUTIFUL DESIRE ~Utsukushiku Yokubou~
  11. Dim light, starlight
  12. Lady Butterfly
  13. Love Addiction
  14. Soukyuu no flight -S2800 32MB MIX-

1. Overture of “Humanizer”

Not a surprise that the start of the album has an opening.  It has a distorted voiceover pretty much saying the album is starting so it’s just there.

2. BLAZIBILITY

For this song being called BLAZIBILITY, I was expecting something crazy like “GAMBLE RUMBLE” or even “DOGFIGHT” but what I got was just a little underwhelming and kind of disappointing as well.  I mean the synths are all right, but wouldn’t it be better faster perhaps?  I like the guitar riffs that happen in the song, but I was just meh with this.

3. DIVE INTO STREAM

As the only A-side to represent the album, DIVE INTO STREAM has gotten better to me over time.  Just like “BLAZIBILITY” though, this song suffers from the *Iwishthiswasfaster syndrome*.  I mean seriously, this has an Initial D tie-in, so it’s quite needed that the song should’ve been all out fast and hardcore.  I do love motsu’s rap solo when the song enters this Halloween-like state with its sound. 

4. HYPNOTIZER

Now here’s where things get good.  I think it’s a first for other members other than T.Kimura gets their voice distorted and put under some vocoder.  Yuri though sounds way sexy with this industrial dance sound that oddly sounds familiar…Aural Vampire perhaps?  motsu though is heavily distorted which is surprising.  So far I like this song a lot.

5. Kiss Me Now

Kiss Me Now, sounds preetty funky with its quick beats and how the beat is just as beat-forward.  There’s something cute about it, but maybe I shouldn’t say that, but the song sounds kind of like that.  The chorus sounds a little gothic, interestingly and motsu’s rap definitly works with the song.

6. Party Nation

We actually get our next trance song with Party Nation, but mixes the darks sounds that made “DEEP CALM” stand out with guitar riffs added on.  I wasn’t expecting a trance song, but this was pretty good as well.  Though Yuri says the title a bunch of times in the chorus, I always feel if she’s saying ~Body Nation~  I know her English isn’t real good, but w/e. 

7. Step Into Shangri-La

If you thought “Party Nation” was trance-like, this song has it totally beat hands down.  The odd thing about it is that, it’s like one of those tracks you’d hear at sporting events y’know what I mean?  I think I was more surprised at how much time motsu had through the first part of the song.  When Yuri came in, the mood changed and to me it wasn’t a smart choice because I loved the sound when motsu was rapping and hers was lighter almost happy feeling.

8. Don’t Cry For Me

This reminded me when the went through their latin phase of their sounds, but mix in with some techno sounds and we get this actually pretty nice track.  I’m surprised at how much this album is trying to be “SYNERGY” but oddly this doesn’t beat majority of the songs.  Sad huh?

9. KEEP ON MOVIN’

On the album, this just doesn’t make much sense after all the trance tunes we’ve had.  As a kind of rock ballad, KEEP ON MOVIN’ shouldn’t really have had a place on the album because it just seemed to meh and pretty forgettable.  I do like motsu rapping part as the music gets pretty aggressive and the piano plays a cool line.  It’s a warm up to song to me.

10. BEAUTIFUL DESIRE ~Utsukushiku Yokubou~

 Now this was what I wanted to hear in an Initial D release.  The song combines rock and trance together to make a pretty awesome track.  Yuri does a lot better pronouncing things right and motsu continues his energetic rapping skills.  The chorus has some strange stuff happening on Yuri’s end though….Iono, she kind of does some weird anunciation, but it’s not too bad.

11. Dim light, starlight

The actual ballad pops up next and with the heavy bass synth acting as a beat it just creates a pretty awkward state of mind.  At first I thought it was a ballad, but when the chorus comes up the sounds get faster, which did throw me off at first.  motsu’s rapping does kind of bother me as he is monotone through his part, but Yuri gave a good singing performance here.

12. Lady Butterfly

However, Lady Butterfly is definitly one of the hidden gems of the album.  There’s a strong trance sound found here and is actually at a speed that I’m comfortable with.  The verses are quite strange with a distorted motsu and Yuri switching lyrics to each other twice and then Yuri finishes the line.  Definitly something reminescent of the “SYNERGY” era.

13. Love Addiction

If that was the “SYNERGY” track, this was definitly the “Operation Overload 7” song.  It just sounded like a good portion of that album and I love the energy the song just put out here.  The synth was forceful and motsu’s rapping is definitly energetic and full of attitude.  Great track.

14. Soukyuu no flight -S2800 32MB MIX-

At first, I thought it was a live version of the B-side on “DIVE INTO STREAM”.  Was I wrong, it’s an actual remix that doesn’t sound like the original at all.  They took out everything and put in a trance sound to it.  I think they got it right with verses/bridges in the song.  Sadly, it’s one of those songs that probably shouldn’t have been changed into a cold trance song.

Tracks Recommended

  •  HYPNOTIZER
  • Lady Butterfly
  • Love Addiction
  • BEAUTIFUL DESIRE ~Utsukushiku Yokubou~

Song of Avoidance

  • Soukyuu no flight -S2800 32MB MIX-

m.o.v.e’s final album with T.Kimura as a full member was actually quite the downer IMO.  There wasn’t enough memorable songs to make this album actually work.  As you can read, this song had a more trance feel which was their biggest style back on their last album “GRID” as well.  What really was surprising was that they didn’t include the more memorable tracks “SYSTEMATIC FANTASY” and “SPEED MASTER” which were obviously the trio’s best tracks.  Knowing though that they were on the best-of should not count to not have them on this album.  Sorry, this was just a weak album this time around.

 

Saori@destiny – sakura

Filed under: Saori@destiny — solarblade @ 7:09 am
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sakurasaori

Track Listing

  1. sakura
  2. Sayonara Revival
  3. Destiny’s War (connects since mix)
  4. sakura (digital mp-3 mastering mix)
  5. Sayonara Revival (Instrumental)

1. sakura

Yeesh, we get a pretty calm J-tek track with sakura.  Oddly, when she does the adlibbing it reminds me of SAWA pretty obviously.  It’s kind of safe in the sense that it just doesn’t spark any interest and well, it’s kind of worse than “My Boy” at least right now, I think I have to get used to it.  I have to agree that she sounds better under the vocoder this time.

2. Sayonara Revival

Like the majority of us would all agree together that we first heard this off the “Beautiful Techno” compilation album.  Good reason, because this is clearly the best track off this single.  There’s something aggressive about it that I really enjoy it.  There’s some pretty cool things happening with the music and Saori’s vocals though a little boring sound pretty good and saves the track from being too poor.  Great song!

3. Destiny’s War (connects since mix)

If I could imagine what the original sounds like, I bet it was a little less synthy and maybe a tad slower.  It’s actually the fastest song and has this twinkly sound in the instrumental parts that are so funny.  The verses though are totally shweet as it fast and synthy and amazing.  Forget “Sayonara Revival” this is the best song off the single!

 

sakura, is pretty much a step up totally from “My Boy”.  Even though the A-side wasn’t anything to write home about, the other two tracks were amazing and is worth a listen if you like J-tek.  Now if I only knew what the original Destiny’s War sounds like cuz the remix is so good!

 

 

Mika Nakashima – SAKURA ~Hanagasumi~

Filed under: Mika Nakashima — solarblade @ 6:49 am
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Track Listing

  1. SAKURA ~Hanagasumi~
  2. SAKURA ~Hanagasumi~ (DAISHI DANCE)
  3. conFusiOn
  4. SAKURA ~Hanagasumi~ (Instrumental)
  5. conFusiOn (Instrumental)

1. SAKURA ~Hanagasumi~

We really needed a grand return to her amazing ballads and SAKURA ~Hanagasumi~ does not disappoint at all.  Mika’s emotional vocals really sound pretty and she’s controlling it very well.  Musically, it’s a pretty typical set of strings and piano and drums later on, but don’t let that make you think this is boring.   This was a nice track….that is until…

2. SAKURA ~Hanagasumi~ (DAISHI DANCE)

The remix, or more importantly the one that is featured on the upcoming album.  Replacing the emotional orchestration with a more laidback dance sound, it definitly won me over.  I think Mika also gave a better vocal performance here, maybe she didn’t resing it, but it just sounded so much better. 

3. conFusiOn

Wait…why is the F and O capitalized?  Is she telling us to fuck off?  That’s something hilarious.  Anyway, the song is definitly confusing as it’s more pop/rock and she hasn’t gone this direction in quite a while.  I do quite like the energy in the song, even if Mika’s vocals aren’t really good for this kind of stuff.  Still, what a fun song huh?

 

 

If it wasn’t for ORION, this would’ve been her best single for the “VOICE” era.  I actually like both versions of the A-side, but the remix was a smidge more better to the ears.  conFusiOn does make it on the album…then again all but one B-side make it anyways…Still, this was a great single

 

capsule – FRUITS CLiPPER

Filed under: capsule — solarblade @ 5:52 am
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fruitsclipper

Track Listing

  1. CS Entrance6
  2. FRUITS CLiPPER
  3. jelly (album-edit)
  4. CrazEEE Skyhopper
  5. 5iVE STAR
  6. Endor
  7. Robot Disco
  8. super speeder Judy Jedy
  9. megalopolis
  10. dreamin dreamin

1. CS Entrance6

You know, this opening actually has quite the potential to have become a great track.  I love the synth here and the whole melody itself was aggressive but not too much.  There’s also some heavily vocodered male speech going on.  Should be a full fledged song IMO.

2. FRUITS CLiPPER

We enter our actual first track and you’ll obviously tell that this is a different capsule than of the past.  They have a more disco-theme going on here and add with the almost nod to Daft Punk’s style of music, I actually love this song a lot.  There’s two voices one’s Toshiko mostly in the chorus or whatever and some other girl being the stock vocals.  It’s pretty damn catchy and hell, it’s an awesome song.

3. jelly (album-edit)

jelly was actually on the previous album, but as an iTunes special.  So it turns out there’s a shorter version of it on their next album.  It starts off pretty aggressive.  Toshiko actually sings fully in the song and it kind of sounds like “Spider” off the next album sort of.  Sadly, Toshiko doesn’t really add any punch with the almost stale notes shes hitting, I think the music saved it.

4. CrazEEE Skyhopper

Stock vocals open into our next track, which honestly is pretty freaky.  The whole dark 8-bit sound definitly will pull you in this one.  Then there’s this terrible vocal sound that just turned me off that instant like it was a bad sour note.  I guess basically this is an instrumental track as it features little vocal snippets but the music is tight.

5. 5iVE STAR

Maybe it’s me, but this was definitly something different.  It had a nice latin touch to the normal capsule stuff.  Toshiko finally returns and sounds way better and there’s also some male sounds as well.  Iono, it just didn’t connect with me as much as the previous tracks had, but it’s a good listen.

6. Endor

31 seconds of nature sounds?  Maybe its me, but that doesn’t exactly make sense on an album like this and that’s all it is….nature sounds….WTF Nakata?

7. Robot Disco

Wow, I love how this song depends on the crazy frenetic beat to keep itself going.  I have to say this is one of my favorites off the album because it just screams Daft Punk to me.  There’s not a lot going on in the lyrical sense, but there’s bits and pieces found throughout and well, it’s just great.

8. super speeder Judy Jedy

It’s just so awkward to hear such a calm track after the freaky experience of “Robot Disco” but then the song just kicks my initial thoughts in the ass as this guitar riff enters the song.  It actually reminds me of “Electro World” which in a sense makes sense obviously, but the verses are way lighter than said song.  Then there’s those male vocoder vocals that actually mesh into Toshiko’s singing which was totally great.  Iono, this is just a cool song overall.

9. megalopolis

OH GOD the beginning was just totally out of left field and then this crazy beat and synth melody starts up and you just wondering how the hell did Nakata think of it.  It’s spacey, which I do love about the song, but the thing that’s missing is Toshiko, she could’ve made this song so much more epic.  Just knowing there’s only stock vocals just disappointed me…

10. dreamin dreamin

Hey, I know this song…MEG covered this.  If I remember correctly her version was a lot more lighter than the original which doesn’t make a lot of sense.  Toshiko’s vocals also made the song that much more enjoyable.  I mean it’s not as mind-blowing as other tracks, but this was a great song to end the album

Tracks Recommended

  •  Robot Disco
  • FRUITS CLiPPER
  • super speeder Judy Jedy
  • jelly (album-edit)

Song of Avoidance

  • megalopolis

FRUITS CLiPPER is actually quite a good album.  Though it is the first to feature stock vocals which eventually becomes a mainstay with capsule’s later releases, they were pretty good.  I think the only issue that came with the album was how Nakata was treating Toshiko with less tracks than normal.  Oh and that useless interlude as well lol