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Mano Erina – Lucky Aura April 17, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Lucky Aura
  2. Lucky Aura (Instrumental)

1. Lucky Aura

This song is definitly one of my favorite songs of Mano’s.  Instead of a ballad track she decided to take a risk with an other mid-tempo electropop track.  Honestly, this song could’ve been perfect for the GUNDAM series.  Mano’s vocals also have gotten better since “Manopiano” which is great.  She still has sour moments, but this song is just what she needed to get herself out there. 

 

 

Lucky Aura should’ve had a B-side, but given that this was the only track on the single, it’ll do because the song a great track from her and she should definitly put this on her debut album once it’s announced of course.  I imagine the instrumental is really good as well.  Very good single all-around.

 

Minami Kizuki – Ai Tsumugi

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Track Listing

  1. Ai Tsumugi
  2. Piano
  3. Ai Tsumugi instrumental

1. Ai Tsumugi

A beautiful piano melody begins the track off on a pretty sweet start.  After that entrance Minami and an acoustic guitar enter in just as smoothly.  The song has a pretty soothing sound, but there’s just something wrong with Minami’s vocals.  Like she’s clipping the note really fast like she’s trying to be a J-tek, but she isn’t it’s strange indeed, but it makes the song stand out more.  Beautiful ballad though.

2. Piano

Piano obviously starts off with that instrument.  The song is a bit more mid-tempo than anything and reminds me of something Rie fu would pull off.  Minami doesn’t do the vocal clipping as much as she did in “Ai Tsumugi”, but it sounds right here and Minami’s vocals also have gotten better with the B-side.  Good B-side…a little unmemorable, but good enough.

 

 

Minami’s debut single showed off Minami in a good way.  Both Ai Tsumugi and Piano showed off some pretty good vocals.  By the way, her trick with her singing is definitly interesting and I’m pretty sure the company wanted to see how it’d work in a song and for the most part it worked, but sometimes she does too much.  Hopefully she’ll change it be the next single.

 

JERO – Yancha Michi

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Track Listing

  1. Yancha Michi
  2. TOKYO Ginga
  3. Yancha Michi (Original Karaoke)
  4. TOKYO Ginga (Original Karaoke)

1. Yancha Michi

Wow after “Yakusoku”, I didn’t expect something from JERO to release something so fast.  Honestly, if this is enka then I don’t really hear the line that connects to the line because it seems more like something that could be mainstream.  There’s a lot of female BKGD singers with the electric guitar playing along with some nice strings tying things together.  As I’m listening on, JERO is becoming more like an enka singer with his annunciation through some of the words.  Good song though.

2. TOKYO Ginga

Just like his last B-side, “Hare Butai”…TOKYO Ginga was written and produced by Ataru Nakamura which is pretty interesting and I can really tell this is her stuff because as a ballad, it flows just right and there’s a lot of harmonization going on and JERO is doing just exactly that.  I sense a little bit of jazz infused in the song so I naturally enjoyed the song.

 

 

JERO’s new era begins on a pretty stable note as he continues to release exciting tracks.  Yancha Michi was a little new to his repitoire and I loved it while TOKYO Ginga was a nice ballad to listen to.  His vocals still needs work, but he’s getting there.  Good start to a new era.

 

UVERworld – CHANCE!

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Track Listing

  1. CHANCE!
  2. PRIME
  3. SHINE
  4. CHANCE! (GAME SIZE)

1. CHANCE!

CHANCE! calms things a little bit after their explosive debut.  I think everyone got off their rock high because this song is definitly different from the last single.  There’a a lot more finesse through the song and TAKUYA sounds so much more better this time around because he isn’t stressing his vocals as much.  Even the interlude middle was pretty epic.  Definitly a lot of problems fixed in the A-side.

2. PRIME

PRIME though gives us the hardcore UVERworld as it is the hardest track off the single.  Furious guitar riffs and a lot of screaming from the band.  I do love TAKUYA’s small solo line where the synths take over for a bit, but other than that…the song is just too busy and squished together to make a pretty uncomfortable track to sit through.  TAKUYA’s growling doesn’t help the song much either, but meh.

3. SHINE

Oddly enough, rounding out the single is simply kind of like a mix of the two tracks.  TAKUYA’s funky vocals still appear and I don’t like it, but when the song enters its slow part his vocals become so much more better.  I don’t know why he does it throughout the song, but it just kind of creates a line throughout the song.  It’s better than “PRIME” though.

 

 

UVERworld’s 2nd single is continuing to show the band’s growth for sure.  CHANCE! was amazing and a lot better than “D-tecnoLife”.  SHINE was also pretty good, but a little shaky because of the vocal changes throughout.  PRIME did show a harder outlook for the group, but I didn’t quite like how TAKUYA was singing it…OK single at best.