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So, I’ve got a new blog…but it’s just an extra to this blog… March 2, 2009

Filed under: ~Announcements~ — solarblade @ 9:21 am

Yeah, so I’m going to make a profile of every artist I’ve reviewed on it…Think of it as a Wiki….but in my writing and choice.  Here’s the link:

 

KuraMono: The Profiles

 

RENTRER EN SOI – Yurikago

Filed under: RENTRER EN SOI — solarblade @ 8:09 am
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yurikago

Track Listing

  1. The flow of time ~in a cradle~
  2. Sincerely
  3. Re-Birth
  4. Vision of you
  5. Aqua
  6. Fallen
  7. Hamon Tsutau Memai (1st Press Bonus)
  8. Monochrome Cinema (2nd Press Bonus)

1. The flow of time ~in a cradle~

I guess we can begin this mini-album with an opening as well huh…It’s weird because there’s women chanting with this gothic beat and then they giggle for a bit.  I find it weird to see a hip-hop beat included as well.  Strange start if you ask me.

2. Sincerely

We finally get into some sweet stuff.  Satsuki’s vocals are a bit different from other V-kei bands because it isn’t deep as others.  His vocals are more childlike….maybe he can fit on AAA or something XD.   The music is the usual fare of guitars and loud drums and strings.  It isn’t bad though and the guitar solo is sweet as well. 

3. Re-Birth

Re-Birth seems to be more gritty and weirder all-around.  Satsuki’s vocals are heavily muffled and sounds like static throughout.  Mika’s drumming to comes out pretty heavily and kind of takes away from the song.  I don’t know, but to me this was just a messy track…

4. Vision of you

Vision of you sounds a whole lot better than that mess previous.  Satsuki’s back to normal vocals and the addition to more of a punk rock vibe which is a change all around.  It’s an alright song, but it seems they focused to hard on that guitar solo.  I think so far this is my favorite so far.

5. Aqua

I’m kind of happy that they slowed down majorly for Aqua.  I mean it has the right amount of awesomeness that they could’ve made a PV for it.  It’s got a slower arrangement and Satsuki’s vocals are more controlled and sounds so much better.  Definitly is a cool track.

6. Fallen

Now this is what I’m talking about.  It’s fast, in your face and very hardcore.  Satsuki’s vocals really create this hectic, freaky mood especially when he gets filtered, he starts losing it and it’s beyond crazy.  There’s times that I wonder if they pay more attention to certain tracks rather than others because this is definitly what I’d expect from them.

7. Hamon Tsutau Memai

This is just funny.  The song when first played sounds like something that’d be in the Sonic series.  So just by this deeming quality, this is a pretty good track from them.  I love Satsuki’s speaking part during the middle of it.  It’s one of the best here and to think it’s a First Press track kinda is shocking.  Good

8. Monochrome Cinema

Monochrome Cinema once again brings out the Sonic memories once again, but more exciting.  I guess they were saving the best for last because Satsuki sounds the best in this track.  Most consistent of the fast songs as well.  SWEEET.

 

 

RENTRER EN SOI’s first mini-album was an OK start from them.  Even though the music isn’t as fine-tuned as it is now, they’ve come a long way from here.  Yurikago has a rocky start, but as the album got near the end, everything has become so much more cleaner and better…Can’t wait to begin the singles.

 

Angela Aki – Tegami ~Haikei Juugo no Kimi e~

Filed under: Angela Aki — solarblade @ 3:23 am
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tegami

Track Listing

  1. Tegami ~Haikei Juugo no Kimi e~
  2. final destination
  3. Still Fighting It
  4. Tegami ~Haikei Juugo no Kimi e~ -strings version-

1. Tegami ~Haikei Juugo no Kimi e~

Since it is my first song that introduced me into Angela Aki, I was unsure about what I was going to get and I was pleasantly surprised at what I’ve came across.  Angela’s voice is quite powerful and to a piano accompainiment makes it so much more nicer.  She knows how to make some great music, and to know what the song means, makes it so much more understandable.  She written a letter to her future self and the song is kind of all the changes that happened since then.  It’s such an intricate topic.  The clapping area was a bit surprising, but made the song so much more vibrant.  Great song.

2. final destination

final destination is about regrets basically.  The song is a bit more lively than the A-side.  I’m pretty sure that the giddy arrangement throws the listener off, especially if you read the liner notes beforehand.  It’s pretty good though, especially her English lines, she’s definitly great at it.  It’s not as good as “Tegami” but it’s alright on here.

3. Still Fighting It

Surprisingly the only track not to make it on “ANSWER” is a cover of a Ben Folds track, but given the Japanese twist.  I also have to say, this is another favorite of mine because of how powerful she sounds throughout.  It’s quite surprising that she doesn’t really add any instruments in her songs because I think she could benefit majorly from it.  Still, being a cover song, it’s done very well.

4. Tegami ~Haikei Juugo no Kimi e~ -strings version-

See this is what I mean by adding more instruments makes songs more better.  Even though it’s just one addition, the strings, it makes more difference.  It’s still basically the same song with same meanings and such.  Pretty song though.

 

 

The only single to represent “ANSWER”, Angela scored major points with this release.  All the songs really catchy and showcased Angela perfectly.  final destination was a little on the disappointing side, but it isn’t that bad so it’s not of worry.  Great song to represent the album.

 

Masami Okui – Akasha

Filed under: Masami Okui — solarblade @ 2:27 am
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akasha

Track Listing

  1. Theme of Akasha
  2. LOVE SHIELD
  3. INSANITY
  4. LOVERS
  5. Shuushoku
  6. Orenji
  7. Shape of myself
  8. Melted Snow
  9. TOTAL ECLIPSE
  10. BLUE ~Noble Flame~
  11. Akasha
  12. Venus

1. Theme of Akasha

Jeeze, why are so many albums starting with an introduction track.  It’s quite bothersome.  Masami opens up with a string opening.  Very grandiose and could be used in an RPG if she wanted to.  It’s not that amazing but it’s a good lengthy opening.

2. LOVE SHIELD

LOVE SHIELD immediatly starts out loud and it definitly reminds me of Nami Tamaki’s music for sure.  It’s heavy on the dance beats and synths that accompany it.  Her voice for the most part sounds alright, but perhaps is a little weak when she takes on the chorus.  It’s an ok track to start off with though.

3. INSANITY

What began the era is wild INSANITY.  We hear a more powerful performance from Masami and especially given the fact the music is more spastic and crazy.  Some people can consider the arrangement as a hot mess and I can understand because there’s so much going on within the song that it’s crazy. 

4. LOVERS

LOVERS seems to be a more mellow and hearing Masami being filtered through the song makes the song stand out early on the album.  Yeah, I’m hearing those male backups here and they aren’t as bothersome as her other tracks.  There’s one terrible note she hits during the chorus though, I know it’s being picky, but it’s just terrible.  Other than that, awesome track.

5. Shuushoku

To calm things down a bit, Shuushoku is more of a ballad-type track but taken very gracefully.  It would’ve made a great song to be an ending for an anime or something.  I don’t know why but there’s something really nice about it. it could be possibly Masami’s nice vocals here.  Good new track.

6. Orenji

Orenji is definitly something like one of those carefree pop tracks.  It’s retro but in a good way especially how the guitar and piano work together.  It reminds me of some of BONNIE PINK’s stuff…Y’know the light pop stuff.  It’s surprising to see something like it here.

7. Shape of myself

I’m surprised to see the B-side of “Melted Snow” appear here.  Just like the last track it’s one of those happier light pop moments.  The major difference is that the electric guitar and synths seem to reappear.  I happen to like it still and is one of her better B-sides she’s had.

8. Melted Snow

Just like “Shuushoku”, Melted Snow is for sure a ballad.  She gave an awesome performance in this track especially going through her last tracks, she’s had some odd vocal issues, but she’s gotten it right with this track.  It might not be an extravagant ballad, but it’s made a point on this album.

9. TOTAL ECLIPSE

Whew, I’m so happy to have seen TOTAL ECLIPSE on the album.  It was so much more easier to connect rather than “INSANITY”.  It shows a more rocker side to Makkun and she’s really good with her male backups.  It’s another great song and Masami can do rock easily.

10. BLUE ~Noble Flame~

I was mostly interested to hear what this track sound like and I was completely surprised.  It doesn’t tread new ground, but the liveliness of the arrangement and Makkun’s vocals made it seem like an epic anime opening.  It’s very consistent and doesn’t break away from the original sound which is sweet. 

11. Akasha

I’m surprised she didn’t connect the theme with the title track at all.  Makkun first starts off by singing in a deeper tone.  I like this deep tone of hers and her singing to a very ethereal and cold sound just makes it stand out more.  After a bit, piano and acoustic guitar gets added in to make it more smooth.  The chorus comes in with even more sounds, but maybe it was a little too much.  It’s alright, but maybe if they took out some stuff, it would’ve been more epic.

12. Venus

Luckily this isn’t a cover track.  Venus seems to be a very good choice to end the album because like a few others, this is a happy track.  I really like the chorus though.  It’s catchy and even though Makkun’s vocals here aren’t spectacular they seem to fit the mood well.

Tracks Recommended

  •  BLUE ~Noble Flame~
  • Orenji
  • LOVERS
  • Shape of myself
  • TOTAL ECLIPSE

Song of Avoidance

  • Akasha

Masami Okui’s debut under the Lantis label is alright, but she’s had way better albums in the past.  This one seemed to be on the safe sides for her, but seriously.  The A-sides this era just kind of paled to the B-sides and new tracks.  It’s an OK album