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POLYSICS – Shout Aloud!/Beat Flash March 31, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Shout Aloud!
  2. Beat Flash
  3. United

1. Shout Aloud!

OMFG!  You don’t know how much I love this song.  It’s so raw and yet the futuristic undertones is just amazing.  KAYO (the keyboardist/vocoder voice) is lifeless but in a way that it makes the song sound more freaky and absurd.  Even when FUMI adds in they both sound quite dead.  HAYASHI is the fast paced singer/yelper which excites the song.  YANO though wins this track with his fast drumming.  Why this song owns beats me, but it’s my favorite and first POLYSICS song.

2. Beat Flash

It’s funny that the PV of “Shout Aloud!” ended with a small snippet of the beginning of Beat Flash.  Now including a more 8-bit sound with their punk rock sound, it really sounds fresh and it sounds really nice.  It isn’t exactly as super as the other A-side.  The random screaming bothers me just a little bit, but some parts are quite catchy.

3. United

Ok, United is the only song on the single to reach over 3 minutes.  Wow…Anyways United is definitly their most serious song on the single because it isn’ t wild as like the other two tracks which is a nice breath of air.  KAYO’s synth skills are crazy well as well because it sounded awesome with the rest of the band.  Kind of sucks the ladies weren’t featured but that’s all right.  Great song.

 

 

POLYSICS kickstarts a new era with a great start.  Shout Aloud! was just amazing and full of spice and synth love everyhwere.  Beat Flash was a bit annoying, but I love the beginning.  United though was just amazingly cool and something that isn’t crazy. 

 

Masami Mitsuoka – Distance Love/I am March 30, 2009

Filed under: Masami Mitsuoka — solarblade @ 10:58 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Distance Love
  2. I am
  3. OVER THERE
  4. Distance Love -instrumental-
  5. JACK POT (CD Only bonus)

1. Distance Love

I thought it was going to be a ballad, with that piano opening it was running through my mind.  Well, it is but more like a power ballad because there’s a lot of guitars and synths.  I’ve heard the Ayu similarities and actually it’s quite interesting to hear Masami channel this style of music.  It’s pretty good for a loud track hahaha!

2. I am

I am has a pretty interesting sound and the music is aggressive and there’s some catchy beats as well.  Her voice can seem somewhat too flat for a song like this but I enjoyed her try at this track because it does show some power in her voice carried with an electro kind of sound. 

3. OVER THERE

OVER THERE seems to be your typical rock song but I found her voice more easier to take from this song than the last song.  Sadly, she suffers from the no emotion disease and that’s why I enjoyed “I am” a bit more than it.  The music though was reall good and Masami through the verses was well, it’s just everything in the chorus was lacking.

4. JACK POT

JACK POT though was definitly Ayu-ish.  I mean Masami almost sounded like Ayu and the song itself sounded a bit like “(don’t)leave me alone”.  Now this can come as a good sign or a bad sign, it depends on what your take on it.  We also see Masami sing pretty fast which is another of Ayu’s trademarks.  Interesting song.

 

 

First things first, this single tops “Hana” ten fold.  The songs finally captured Masami in a good way and even Masami sang so much better with power and emotion (minus “OVER THERE”).  Still, is this the second coming of Ayu?  Maybe…but it’ll definitly take time to let things settle in.

 

Ayaka Hirahara – Kodoku no Mukou

Filed under: Ayaka Hirahara — solarblade @ 10:33 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Kodoku no Mukou
  2. Ichibanboshi
  3. Kodoku no Mukou ~Vocal-Less Track~
  4. Ichibanboshi ~Vocal-Less Track~

1. Kodoku no Mukou

When do we not get a ballad from her?  I mean it’s kind of hard to seperate the tracks from each other.  Kodoku no Mukou features some pretty nice and flowing strings with piano and a band to back things up.  Now amongst the other singles she’s done so far this era…this might come as a disappointment because she’s already pulled the ballad card too many times and her voice isn’t as amazing as they were either.

2. Ichibanboshi

However, Ichibanboshi is a bit more upbeat and in the background you hear kids playing in the background.  Though the shocking thing is that this song is over 6 minutes which can be bad, but to me this was so much better than “Kodoku no Mukou”  The beautiful strings and piano are once again here, but the percussion makes a bigger appearance to make things so much better.  Even the guitar solo was nice.

 

 

Right now, Kodoku no Mukou is my least favorite of her A-sides, but Ichibanboshi is my favorite B-side.  So you guys know where I stand on this single.  Other words, it practically evened out at the end. 

 

HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR – DIVE into YOURSELF

Filed under: HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR — solarblade @ 10:21 pm

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Track Listing

  1. DIVE into YOURSELF
  2. Flying Music
  3. Haitoku no Jounetsu ~Urgent Immoral Passion Mix~
  4. DIVE into YOURSELF (Less Vocal Track)

1. DIVE into YOURSELF

Are we serious?  DIVE into YOURSELF is definitly a song that sounds pretty strange.  Yuusuke is actually singing again which isn’t surprising, but the song doesn’t seem to stack along with their past tracks.  I mean if majority of the chorus is a bunch of ~whoooooas~ it’s not exactly called a good track.  It’s better than “STYLE” for sure but still not that great.

2. Flying Music

Flying Music brings out a more harder rock sound from the band.  Already it’s way better than the A-side because it just rocks out right and has a great mood throughout.  Maaki shows a lot of free-spirited emotion and Yuusuke’s parts are well, but it doesn’t exactly fit well with Maaki’s echoey vocals.  Pretty great B-side from them.

3. Haitoku no Jounetsu ~Urgent Immoral Passion Mix~

Remember Haitoku no Jounetsu from their last album, “Gou on PROGRESSIVE”?  Yeah, well they decided to make a remix out of that track.  I think they fixed the issues that were plaguing the original track which is fortunate because everything just didn’t mesh right, but it seems that they added some needed parts and synths to make it sound more complete.  GREAT!

 

 

HandMC’s first single for the “San” era was alright, not the best they’ve released.  The main track was pretty empty on the lyrical side of things and probably was a bad idea to release as an A-side.  That being said, clearly the A-side should’ve gone to Flying Music as it was much more cohesive and fun to listen to.  The remix brought much needed support to the album track.  I’d get the single for the 2 latter songs though

 

supercell feat. Miku Hatsune – melt

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Track Listing

  1. melt
  2. melt (Karaoke ver.)
  3. Kimi wo Wasurenai
  4. Kimi wo Wasurenai (Arranged ver.)

1. melt

I think melt was definitly something I would’ve expected because Miku isn’t a real person just a synth voice.  I’m not sure why the length is so short because it’s only above a little over 2 minutes.  Not exactly A-side length for sure.  Now Miku’s voice is probably tough to handle because it’s high-pitched and the song is really odd for this style of singing.  Seems a little low-produced but it isn’t terrible.

2. Kimi wo Wasurenai

I’m surprised to see piano begin the B-side.  It definitly wasn’t what I was expecting and Miku’s voice is quieted down a little bit so her voice wouldn’t disrupt the mood.  The higher notes are really tight and a little bothersome, but for a ballad this actually kind of worked.  Surprisingly good for a vocaloid.

3. Kimi wo Wasurenai (Arrange ver.)

Instead of the piano-based original, it seems to be a more asian-influenced and Miku’s voice seems a lot more deeper as well which confused me at first, but it seems to fit again.  What was replaced in light of the smooth sounds is very different.  Marching drums, some orgel, and some other knick-knacks.  I kind of liked this version of it more actually hmmm.

 

 

melt was alright for the single.  I mean melt was OK, but ended way too soon to have a lasting effect on me.  Kimi wo Wasurenai, both versions were definitly the highlights of the single showing what ballads really do.  Now I’m not considering this as a J-tek thing, but it’s pretty close.  Good single..

 

Mai Kuraki – PUZZLE/Revive March 29, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. PUZZLE
  2. Revive
  3. THE ROSE ~melody in the sky~ “Live Rehearsal Session”
  4. PUZZLE -instrumental-
  5. Revive -instrumental-

1. PUZZLE

I don’t think I would’ve believed Mai to pull something like this.  I mean it starts with a door shutting and something rapping with Mai.  There’s a lot of synth in this song…moreso than a bunch of other tracks.  I think she could’ve done without the guy, but this song is definitly super and one of the memorable ones.

2. Revive

Revive though simply brings some more life into the single by sounding latin once again.  I’ve always liked her latin tracks and Revive does not disappoint at all.  It might be a little bland in originality and it might just be a little boring, but I can’t resist getting up and dancing along with the song.

3. THE ROSE ~melody in the sky~ “Live Rehearsal Session”

Remember this track from Mai’s sophomore album, “PERFECT CRIME”?  Well, I do since I reviewed that last, hahaha.  If you remember, THE ROSE is a short track over 2 minutes and featured all English lyrics.  Instead of the cute strings and such, it’s replaced with an all-out acoustic feel and Mai obviously resang this as well because her English has definitly gotten better with this song and she sounds real nice.  Great touch on an old song.

 

 

Yes!  Mai-K’s first single of the new era kicked things off great.  PUZZLE was definitly fresh and surprisingly really good especially after “touch Me!” this was great.  Revive was alright, maybe a little too easy to guess but good otherwise and going back to revisit an older track and make it better was amazing.  It isn’t the perfect single, but it’s really good.

 

Nami Tamaki – GIVE ME UP

Filed under: Nami Tamaki — solarblade @ 1:07 am
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givemeup

Track Listing

  1. GIVE ME UP
  2. Ichizu na Negai
  3. in my life (CD Type B only)
  4. Kanojo (CD Type C Only)
  5. GIVE ME UP (Instrumental)

1. GIVE ME UP

Let me set this straight, GIVE ME UP is not a full cover of the Michael Fortunati track, it only recycles the chorus and everything else is original.  That being said, this is a pretty fun track giving the fact she’s under a new label.  At first I didn’t exactly like it because it was too bubblegum for my tastes, but after the seeing the PV and hearing the originals and w’s take of the track.  It turns out I really enjoy it. 

2. Ichizu na Negai

Things go downhill when we reach the B-sides.  On all of the versions of the single, Ichizu na Negai is the main B-side.  Now it’s hard to really describe the sound of it because it’s kind of a fusion of funk and urban.  I just found this to be a little on the boring side as it just didn’t do anything for me. 

3. in my life

I guess UNIVERSAL-J was trying to cash on in the fact that Nami does good on ballads, but sadly it turns out to be on bad track.  I mean it’s one thing to hear her sing her heart out in last single’s “Promise”, but they made her hit these really high notes that was just a bit painful.  She’s definitly not made for that (at least not anymore).  The other parts of the song are nice to listen to and she carries it well, but that chorus just destroyed the song.

4. Kanojo

 However, this single is basically saved by the Type C song.  It’s kind of like R&B with the thumps and snapping and major use of the piano.  Of course Nami is still using bad high notes and she’s swooping them a lot, but it’s so much better than listening to “in my life”.   One of the most calm songs I’ve grown to like.

 

 

I’m not exactly sure where they are trying to steer Nami in, but GIVE ME UP was definitly not the greatest of singles.  In fact, it might by next to “MY WAY/Sunrize” in worst single.  Now GIVE ME UP is oddly cutesy and catchy and even though it’s a pseudo-cover it’s still good.  Kanojo was also pretty catchy and showed off a more lighter R&B side.  Even though I can see the company pushing her this way.  Ichizu na Negai was uhm…how do you say….boring!  Like she’s already tried urban sort of with “Gokigendaze” and that came out OK, but this was just not what I wanting.  in my life…could be the worst ballad of her career…Anyways, if she plans to make a real future with UNIVERSAL-J, step the game out ten fold please…