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Masami Mitsuoka – last cross May 14, 2009

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lastcross

Track Listing

  1. last cross
  2. Silent of me
  3. last cross -Instrumental-
  4. Desperate (CD Only)
  5. last cross (TV Version) (CD Only)

1. last cross

After that saddening single before, we need something pretty cool and last cross fixes things up.  There’s a cool beat and even though it’s a basic anime opening, it’s actually really strong.  The only real problem for me was how weak Masami’s vocals were in the song because it’s like she’s stressing hardcore.  I think the best part is the bridge because of the guitar riff going through it.  I’ll say it’s the best A-side of the era.

2. Silent of me

I initially thought this would’ve been a ballad, but It’s more or less another “last cross” or even “I am”.  I still have issues about her vocals because they are actually worse than in the least track.  The track just screams Ayu from the “A Song for XX” era.  There’s just not a lot going for her and the song is even uneventful.  I’ll just pass this up.

3. Desperate

Jeeze, another track that sounds like the last two?  There isn’t much to differentiate the three songs to make them stand out, so once again I’m feeling the same feelings as I did.  Maybe, the verses are better than both the last tracks, but the chorus was just vocal hell for me…

 

 

Masami’s final single for the “Black Diary” era was just downright unoriginal and terribly bland.  last cross as the A-side was the best through the other A-sides, but on the single it was hard to get through since Silent of me and Desperate were like carbon copies of the same track…I was so disappointed in this single all-around.

 

metronome – Fukigen na Android

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fukigen na android

Track Listing

  1. SE
  2. Fukigen na Android
  3. Aquarium
  4. Gimmicks
  5. Henseiki
  6. Yume de Aetara
  7. Papaparanoia
  8. Ningen Kantan Sousa (bonus track)

1. SE

We begin the mini-album with oddly enough a church choir ahhhing about until it’s cut short and is replaced with a more stranger synth melody and percussion is added as well.  It’s really strange, but I’m hearing like an Indian kind of singing and a robotic voice in the middle as well.  This is just very odd and yet enticing at the same time….hmmm  Oh, the robotic voice is naming the members of the group (well at the time).

2. Fukigen na Android

Our title comes up first and it’s very futuristic and Sharaku’s voice seems very overpowered by the synths, luckily things get fixed up at the chorus because he really gets loud and the group is yelling the chorus.  I was really surprised in the after chorus because it got really melodic and that was strange, but awesome.  The swooping synths and the funky bass line, was just perfect for this kind of song,  Great leading track in my opinion.

3. Aquarium

Aquarium actually starts sounding pretty chill at first, but when the band comes in, the song becomes more harder than the last track.  Sharaku’s vocals are so much louder here, but I kind of felt it was missing some power, but I also noticed Sharaku was toning it down in the bridge….weird.  The strings in the chorus was pretty cool, and the synth being a part of it was cool after it.  Maybe I’ll grow to like it.

4. Gimmicks

Gimmicks has by far the oddest opening and basically overall sound to it.  It begins with what I think is a combination of xylophone and synth together and the song is a lot lighter on the rock sound because Sharaku’s vocals are oddly higher than normal sounding like a child…>>  Then all of a sudden things get really hardcore when the music shifts to a darker sound and Sharaku growls out ~Gimmicks~.  It’s funny because I really enjoyed the tracks bipolar-ness and represents the band actually quite well.

5. Henseiki

The best way to really describe our next track is kind of difficult.  It sounds like it came from a horror film because of the synth-like organ playing the chords like it was one.  Sharaku is back to a more deeper sound and then things get really difficult to follow because they are singing way fast.  The worst thing though was the constant creaking…I was like really annoyed that it was taking the experience.  It’s even there when the band stop playing on and off….I was like UGHHHH.

6. Yume de Aetara

I found Yume de Aetara interesting because of it’s Bhangra-like opening into the track.  It disappears once it really opens up, but this track is pretty hard especially after the last few tracks.  There’s hints continuing to show off the Bhangra style and Sharaku’s vocals sounds right within the song.  It’s good that they were sounding varied here because it honestly worked.

7. Papaparanoia

Papaparanoia is so hectic.  I’m up for hectic songs, but this was just messy and didn’t make any sense on my end.  Sharaku’s staccatto singing did not help as well as the unneeded indian call that was really high-pitched….that really bothered me.  There’s not much else that could be said about it, so I’ll jsut say it’s a pretty bad song.

8. Ningen Kantan Sousa

For being a bonus track, I didn’t see why it needed to be considered that.  It’s more like it shouldn’t have been really included.  The song’s arrangement is still pretty hectic, but not with heavy rock like our last track.  It still doesn’t make too much sense, but at least there’s somewhat of a melody in it, so it makes it so much better than “Papaparanoia”  Actually, sometimes when Sharaku’s monotone singing reminded me of miyavi’s same style in “POP is Dead”

metronome’s second mini-album definitly was so much more better than their first.  It was their first mini to really include the synths in the forefront of their songs and it worked it most cases.  There were still a few mishaps that went on mostly keeping the songs sounding together.  Maybe their full-fledged debut album will sound so much more better ^)^