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Yui Sakakibara – JOKER May 1, 2009

Filed under: Yui Sakakibara — solarblade @ 11:21 pm
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Track Listing

  1. Love Game (JOKER~prelude~)
  2. JOKER
  3. Einsatz
  4. Believe
  5. Happy Leap
  6. Over the Light
  7. Together
  8. Furufurutsu☆
  9. Till I can see you again
  10. Get Love Power
  11. Aqua Voice
  12. Ready Go!!
  13. Imitation
  14. Girl meets Boy
  15. message!

1. Love Game (JOKER~prelude~)

Love Game opens up the album simple.  It’s got a pretty sick sound to it and even though there’s not a huge bang to this opening and is pretty short (about 40 seconds).  It’s not a very explosive start to the album, but it’ll do.

2. JOKER

The main promotional track of the album, JOKER has a pretty funky opening and the song starts off with this interesting casino like mood sound which sounds so pretty awesome.  Yui’s vocals are surprisingly good and shows off some sexyness and the song is a happy track for sure.  I think the trouble with the song is that it doesn’t seem to be so interesting as there’s other songs that stand out. 

3. Einsatz

Einsatz definitly changed the sound all over.  It’s like hearing Yousei Teikoku/Asirel’s stuff, but this was pretty hardcore rock.  Yui’s vocals also went deeper for the song as this whole dark sound took over.  I was amazingly surprised that she would feature a song like this on an album.  Well, yeah it’s a new style since the era after this is in the same kind of boat.  Still, Einsatz is amazing and just shot the album’s flow good too.

4. Believe

So we go from sexy, to scary, and now to a ballad.  Believe is basically a piano-only ballad with other background stuff happening.  I thought Yui’s vocal here was too quiet for the arrangement actually, but she fixes that with the chorus.  I wouldn’t say she has great ballad voice, but at least she can do it.  It’s still a pretty meh ballad though. 

5. Happy Leap

I’m starting hearing bad things when Happy Leap begins.  It sounds pretty cute and upbeat, but the problem comes with Yui’s vocals because she’s using a more seiyuu-like voice and the whole happy-brass of a song just does not work for me at all.  She definitly failed at this track for sure.

6. Over the light

It gets a little better with Over the light because it’s a dance track heavy with synths and is definitly a Nami Tamaki dance track because of the mix with the electric guitars.  Yui’s vocals are definitly better than the seiyuu-ness of “Happy Leap” and the song is actually catchy.  Definitly good on its own.

7. Together

Our next ballad appears next and it’s a bit less boring than “Believe”, but the songs main point of failing is that she utilizes the seiyuu voice for the verses.  Then the unexpected change of speed and mood just threw me off because it switched from a ballad into another dance track like *snap*.  It’s basically two ideas just meshed together and it didn’t work because of how random it happens.  At least her voice is tolerable in the chorus.

8. Furufurutsu☆

Then I’m scared shitless in our next track.  Furufurutsu is definitely a song that should be burned relentlessly.  Yui’s vocals are seiyuu to the max and the songs bubblegum-yness just was terrible and it’s way sugary for me.  Right now this could be the worst song off the album.

9. Till I can see you again

What’s up with her seiyuu all over the album?  The songs arrangement is pretty cool it’s like pop/rock, but with Yui singing like she is, I can only imagine where things are going in the song.  Sometimes this song actually makes me thing Yui is channeling Nana Kitade because this song sounds like something she’d pull.  It’s an alright track though.

10. Get Love Power

I’m biting my lip at this point of the album because this song is even more sugary than “Furufurutsu” if not more.  You know what, it’s basically worse because Yui’s vocals are just hard to sit and listen through.  It’s like Momoi Haruko bad and I’m just crying in pain at this moment.  PASS

11. Aqua Voice

The seiyuu voice does not work for these kind of bubblegum songs…(ok i take that back) Still, why is this album just full of these unneeded tracks?  I can say the song is a step up from the last track, but it’s still not a very good track to really listen to.  I’ll just skip this track.

12. Ready Go!!

It’s funny that our next track starts off slow, but then becomes once again filled on the sugaryness the later part of the album has been cutting.  Luckily, Yui is finally back into her regular voice and it actually works in this sense so I can actually enjoy the song.  It isn’t as fast as I thought it’d be, but the best part is when Yui screams ~READY GO!!~  that was pretty cool.

13. Imitation

Imitation seems to be taking a darker dance style out and Yui wins again with this track.  She is a little monotone through the verses, but the chorus brought her into a louder register so it fixes up pretty quickly.  The song isn’t anything to write home about, but it’s better than a few tracks.

14. Girl meets Boy

Girl meets Boy sounds kind of like “JOKER” in mood because of the strings and lighthearted pop sound.  The only difference is that Yui’s singing isn’t that great and the song doesn’t sound sexy at all.  Its arrangement is pretty synthy, but other than that nothing special or memorable…wow she’s really failing this album.

15. message!

message! finishes the album off on a pretty cool sound.  It’s definitly a trance/eurobeat song which I pretty much needed after the messy songs and Yui’s vocals are back down to earth finally.  There’s just something that I really enjoyed with this song, maybe it’s because the synths are amazing and Yui just showed personality all over the song.  Greatness!

Tracks Recommended

  • Einsatz
  • message!
  • Over the Light
  • Ready Go!!

Song of Avoidance

  • Get Love Power

Yui Sakakibara’s 3rd album was just random and lacked any true flow.  I thought by the album cover and title that it was going to be a bit sexy or something.  What I got was horrid seiyuu-ness all over.  There were a few tracks that came out well like “Einsatz” and last track “message!”.  The rest of the album just came off weird and pretty bad.  Luckily from the covers of the singles coming up for me to review, she’s cleaned up her act a bit.

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Minami Kizuki – Dareka no Tame ni/Wasurenagusa

Filed under: Minami Kizuki — solarblade @ 9:54 pm
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Track Listing

  1. Dareka no Tame ni
  2. Wasurenagusa
  3. Hikari

1. Dareka no Tame ni

The first A-side of the single is a ballad and kind of calm with its guitar sounds, but the drums are very loud and they oddly stand out from the song.  When she hits the chorus it’s pretty sweet with the addition of some strings added to the background.  Minami sounds heavenly in ther verses, but the chorus it seems she’s a little bit weak and add in those funky vocal stylings and it comes out a bit strange.  It’s an alright track, better than the first single though.

2. Wasurenagusa

Luckily the other A-side is way better.  The beginning sounds so pretty with it’s piano/violin mix.  It actually sounded like an Enya song, then again a lot of stuff sounds like it.  I actually got used to the vocal thing pretty quickly and Minami still sounds great and superb.  Sometimes I think the song is pretty much a better version of “Piano” but better and a lot more easier to swallow.

3. Hikari

This track just spilled new style for Minami.  It’s got a space-like sound to it and the drums sound muffled while the piano enters the fray before the chorus.  Minami sounds the best in the verses again because she doesn’t stress out her vocals and it’s pretty soft-spoken with the piano and light synth.  The chorus was a bit like “Dareka no Tame ni”, but this is the best track on the single.

 

 

Minami’s 2nd single blew her debut out.  She didn’t seem to rely on her funky vocal style as much as “Ai Tsumugi” and the songs sound pretty fresh and beautiful to listen to.  Hikari was the best because she did step out to get some synths, Wasurenagusa was really good as well focusing on getting the whole guitar/strings ballad thing down.  Dareka no Tame ni” was ok at best…just nothing too spectacular.

 

ayaka – Real voice

Filed under: ayaka — solarblade @ 12:19 pm
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Track Listing

  1. Real voice
  2. Peace loving people
  3. Real voice (instrumental)

1. Real voice

I’m kind of happy she went back to more of an upbeat kind of sound because this song would be something I’d stick with and listen to alot.  There’s just a great feeling of carelessness in the song and even though the arrangement screams Ai Otsuka, ayaka did a great job with the song IMO. 

2. Peace loving people

Peace loving people continues to carry this fun sense of emotion and Plp is a bit more soulful as well.  ayaka’s voice sounds a lot more cemented into the song and she has great control with the track.  The only problem I really had was that the piano melody gets a bit annoying after a while, which sucks, but this is definitly a special to her I bet.

 

 

The 3rd single of the era, Real voice was a big step-up from last one by a long shot.  The only thing that stood out on that single was the live versions, which sadly there wasn’t any on this *sheds tears* anyway both songs were comfortable songs to listen to and I liked relaxing to the tracks.  So far, this is my favorite single of the era