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chatmonchy – Last Love Letter February 3, 2009

Filed under: chatmonchy — solarblade @ 2:24 pm
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lastloveletter

Track Listing

  1. Last Love Letter
  2. Katamichi Kippu
  3. Good luck my sister!!

1. Last Love Letter

Well, I have to say I’m more fond of their rock sounds than their ballad-like tracks and actually this one of my favorite A-sides of the “Kokuhaku” era.  They seemed to get it right with vocals and musicality even though Eriko’s high notes are still piercing.  The track is lively and just full of life.  Even the PV was hilarious to watch.  Great song.

2. Katamichi Kippu

Eriko actually gets better with this track.  Our first B-side sounds pretty serious and a little somber as well.  Right from the start, I can tell that Eriko is actually playing safe and not blowing her high notes at all.  Katamichi Kippu is still upbeat, but not “Last Love Letter” upbeat.  Another great track!

3. Good luck my sister!!

The other B-side is actually the fastest of the 3 and wow was this a very energetic one as well.  Even though those 3 tracks can seem pretty similar to one another, this was the happiest of them.  Even Eriko has a great solo which is amazing IMO.  Wow, this wasn’t as bad as I initially thought, since my initials were that this would’ve been the ballad.

 

 

I am definitly happy with this single.  Not only was it devoid of a ballad track, all 3 songs were consistent and energetic songs that can make you appreciate chatmonchy.  Last Love Letter and Good luck my sister were the happier of the 3 while Katamichi Kippu was more on the sadder side but still upbeat.  Early favorite single for me.

 

Ayaka Ikio – RE: ACID QUEEN

Filed under: Ayaka Ikio — solarblade @ 1:59 pm
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acid-queen

Track Listing

  1. RE:
  2. Spin Me Round
  3. Mess Up My Body
  4. LoLLyPoP
  5. Pain Killer
  6. Spiral Storage
  7. Spin Me Round (cargo REMIX)

1. RE:

I think she could’ve pulled some potential out of the opening.  There’s some pretty cool effects as hard driving synths are buzzing through.  Ayaka does say things, but c’mon I wish it wasn’t an opening track. 

2. Spin Me Round

Everyone who knows Ayaka Ikio now will probably blame this song.  It’s got such a hot drive to it and Ayaka under the vocoder which made this song also the best from this mini-album.  The best parts was the verse (which there’s only one) and the middle section where the song smoothes out.  Another thing worth mentioning is that she kind of mentions the Dead or Alive track by saying the ~spin me right round~ part which was a nice nod.  I wish there was another verse though, because the song seemed a little short and depended on the later parts to pass it to the end.

3. Mess Up My Body

The beat has a bit more of a punch right from the start.  This would be the first time hearing a J-tek artist actually say ~fucking~ in it which is downright surprising to me.  I do feel the song to be a little on the boring side as it does sound a little familiar to “Spin Me Round” but in a different sound. 

4. LoLLyPoP

LoLLyPoP has a pretty cool beat which is kind of chaotic and offbeat.  She even starts singing with the “f” bomb and she says it a bunch of other times.  The chorus really puts Ayaka in a rough spot of singing.  I’m pretty sure this song is actually all in English, but heavily accented.  Other than the pretty slick beat, the song isn’t much to listen to.

5. Pain Killer

Another chaotic opening, Pain Killer doesn’t seem to really stand out until the main beat actually comes in.  It has a great sense of bounce and togetherness that the last song didn’t have and used a lot of lively synths as well.  There’s also a nice quiet synth part that sound well executed and is 2nd best on this mini.

6. Spiral Storage

Stock Vocals?  I really don’t enjoy listening to them and well the worst is that it’s a repetitious one.  The music is quite catchy and full of life, but Ayaka just seemed in a attitude moment until the chorus.  The chorus is actually quite cool, even though Ayaka is singing/yelling.  It’s a matter of whether you’ll like the verses though. 

7. Spin Me Round (cargo REMIX)

Do you really need to remix a track that’s already in a dance mood already?  It seem so because a remix finished this mini-album up and what an odd remix it is.  It has a piano line that repeats until the verse starts and nothing has really changed.  I guess they were trying to give it a more house sound, but this just came out a little bland.

 

 

Ayaka Ikio’s debut isn’t as strong as some of the bigger hitters of the year, actually might be the lowest of the debuters.  I mean if they give her more of a chance, I think she could’ve done really well as with Spin Me Round.  Her cussing does make her stand out, which is good, but she’ll need some help in the music department.