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cosmeticROBOT – Serial Number 99 February 11, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Serial Number 99
  2. Sentimental Time Machine
  3. Love Robobo
  4. Merci Melody

1. Serial Number 99

I was surprised at how a debut can really say about a group.  cosmeticROBOT’s debut A-side comes pretty aggressively and has a sparkly sound, but has a pretty heavy beat to it.  Nahu, Ayumi, and Ami seem harmonize well under the ever so famous vocoder, but the main focus is on the beat.  I can sense some guitar as well….it’s quite interesting even though Perfume has won up the same idea in “GAME”.  Still, aggressive debut = win.

2. Sentimental Time Machine

I’ve heard that this was a cover track, but I’m not entirely sure.  The trio here take on a more girly-idol track with that cute synth.  Problem is it doesn’t seem to really go anywhere and stays mainly the same throughout.  It’s just really too simplistic and oddly has a fantasy sound to it but it doesn’t help much.

3. Love Robobo

Love Robobo continues the more girly side of J-tek, but this time it’s quite smooth and less boring.  I still don’t know who’s who in the song, but they seem to sound good when they get their solo parts throughout.  A simple piano addition can make the difference and it did and it even had an actual PV to it. 

4. Merci Melody

Yeah, we finish this single with another girly track, but it seems to have a nice dance beat unlike the last two.  Like I said, there’s just a lot of fantasy sounds and cute synth bleeps and bloops all over.  Once again the girls seem to have good voices in their solo part, but the chorus is where they come together and recite the title, but it’s sadly repetitive and annoying.  It’s ok…just like “Serial Number 99” it got a live PV so meh from me.

 

 

Compared to portable, I think of cosmeticROBOT as an equal group to them.  They both can conjure up really good songs, but unlike portable who 2 tracks were really great, cosmeticROBOT was half/half for me.  Since they are somewhat of an idol group as one of the members was part of one beforehand, Sentimental time machine and RABUROBOBO was just not special, but SN99 and Merci Melody are pretty good J-tek tracks.  Can’t wait to see more from them.

 

Masami Okui – Melted Snow

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Track Listing

  1. Melted Snow
  2. Shape of myself
  3. Melted Snow (Instrumental)
  4. Shape of myself (Instrumental)

1. Melted Snow

I didn’t expect Masami to tackle a ballad after that crazy experience called “INSANITY”.  Masami has the right vocals to do a ballad as well because she sounds heavenly even going for the higher notes in the song.  I’m not sure she has done tracks like this previous to this, but I was surprised she carried herself nicely with the strings and piano. 

2. Shape of myself

Likewise, Shape of myself seems to return to the trance style of music she mainly exceeds in.  It isn’t as hard-pressed as the last single, but more like pop/dance with traces of rock in it.  It’s a little slow for me, but Masami has scored again in the vocal department as she sounds really good here.

 

 

I’m not entirely sure if it’s the last single for the “Akasha” era, but this single was a far cry from “INSANITY”.  With improved vocals and an interesting release for Melted Snow being a ballad.  This single is the best of the two.  Shape of myself seem to take Masami in a safer route of the trance style.  Good single overall though.