Heavy Starry Chain
Stay away from me
I’m Gonna SCREAM+
My bloody knee-high socks
Lollipop Candy ♥BAD♥ girl [album version]
GOING 2 MY WAY!
1. Heavy Starry Chain
Beginning the album with the final single of the era, Heavy Starry Chain was definitly the right choice to have it start up as it is her hardest song as well. The guitar riffs blare out and there’s obvious angst throughout that made me just fall in love with the song. Tomoko also has the right vocals too, love it!!!
2. Stay away from me
The shortest track off the album, Stay away from me has a raw punk style which also sounds funny because of Tomoko’s attitude here. She’s obviously warning you to stay away. The chorus was a little happy sounding, but the verses were right.
3. I’m Gonna SCREAM+
What began the era, appears here and it’s dark almost metal sound was definitly made “Stay away from me” seem a little more like a filler track because to put it in between the two obvious harder tracks just seemed awkward. I’m Gonna SCREAM+ is just Tomoko’s epic rock track.
4. My bloody knee-high socks
Other than the minorly disturbing title, My bloody knee-high socks is just like “I’m Gonna SCREAM+” if not literally alike. Tomoko’s screaming through this tune as well, but what stands out the most is the bass line which was very prominent in the verses. The chorus is loud and very dark, but I just felt that the song was a replicant of the previous one.
5. DOOR MAT
It sounds like hair metal if you ask me from the beginning. Once Tomoko comes in, it’s like her deeper vocals just sound so much more better than her screamy vocals. The chorus does have her yell, but not in her higher register which is good. This is my favorite of the new tracks.
6. Lollipop Candy ♥BAD♥ girl [album version]
A 3rd rendition of the Halloween song? Well the album version ditches all of the Halloween-like parts and just sticks with Tomoko’s singing parts and the angry guitar riffs. I have to say though, as much as I love the song, this is my least favorite version as it just isn’t “Lollipop Candy ♥BAD♥ girl” without the creepy Halloween parts.
7. THE CASE
My least favorite of the B-sides of the era. It just bothers me when the chorus flys by because it just sounds wrong. It’s like forcing me to listen to it by just sounding that bad. I would’ve wanted “Always Somethin’ New” to have replaced this.
8. ABOUT U
So, our next B-side appears and like I’ve said before, this can parallel “Hey my friend” from the first album. It is the slowest track off the album which is a nice change after all those hard rock tracks we’ve had so far. I found it much more appealing on the album than on the single just because of what I explained. Props for this song being on the album.
To have the Christmas A-side was obviously needed for the album, right? I don’t see where the connection in the music to Christmas, but the lyrics are pretty obvious however. I was just a little bored with the song on the album and even though it’s in the holiday mood, it just didn’t strike me as anything special.
Pray somehow did get better with time. As I find it more appealing as well on the album. There’s still a sense of minor boredom with the song, but the song’s underlying catchiness and guitar riffs really caught onto me in the end. It’s somehow a little on the short side for me though…
11. GOING 2 MY WAY!
Sadly, I would’ve left this B-side as well. It’s not that it’s because it’s bad, but this track would just seem to be a filler on the album. It’s a little too slow and messy to be that effective as a track on this album. I honestly think it should’ve stayed on the single.
12. Lucky Me
Ending the album out is the last of the new tracks and was a great album finisher. Tomoko is using the deeper tone and the song is definitly more upbeat than a lot of the tracks. There’s great consistency throughout and just ended the album with a great note.
Song of Avoidance
Unlike “Tommy heavenly6” this album was more cohesive and easier to swallow than her debut. I think the main problem with this album though is the lack of anything new. Only 4 tracks were new and 3/4 were lukewarm tracks anyway. Obviously the singles did drown out the new stuff and while there was an overload of em, they were mostly good stuff. Still, it’s a pretty good album.