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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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