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Yuna Ito – DREAM May 25, 2009

Filed under: Yuna Ito — solarblade @ 6:35 pm
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Track Listing

  1. love you
  2. Ima Demo Aitai yo… feat. Spontania
  3. Brand New World
  4. Koi wa groovyx2
  5. trust you
  6. BAILA BAILA
  7. BREEEEEZIN!!!!!!
  8. miss you
  9. LOVE MACHINE GUN
  10. No one else
  11. Body
  12. groovyx2 (hidden track)

1. love you

I was expecting a gooey love song starting the album off, but what we got an explosion of sound and a fun party atmosphere mixed with Yuna’s pretty good vocals.  The arrangement is just full of life and tribal drums that were pretty damn fast.  I don’t know why, but sometimes the explosion of brass is a little too much, but it isn’t a bad start to the album.

2. Ima Demo Aitai yo… feat. Spontania

Released digitally before the album’s release Yuna’s collaboration with Spontania was a good choice for her because it really showcased a nice mellow dance track fronted by a nice piano melody.  I did have problems with Spontania singing in the song because he just sounded lifeless a good portion for it, but Yuna sounds lovely in the song and mix in the dance beats.  Even better, it’s the answer song for her other collaboration with Spontania, “Ima Demo Zutto”.

3. Brand New World

I think it was fitting to put our next track after “Ima Demo Aitai yo…” because Brand New World is pretty upbeat and the heavier dance beat works for sure.  If it was sung by another artist, I think it would’ve been so boring, but with Yuna it sounds pretty good albeit a little boring, but for being a B-side from “trust you” I thought this was a good choice.

4. Koi wa groovyx2

Then we get into our 2nd A-side of the era.  I love how the dance songs are basically at the front of the album so far.  This was the song that fueled me into reviewing her, so I naturally like the song as it is.  The song has its questionable parts basically when Yuna hits sour high notes singing the ~Groovy, groovy~ parts.  Other than that this was a pretty rad song and great for parties.

5. trust you

Things start to calm down for trust you which was the last A-side of the era.  I think the mix of piano and and R&B is a bit overrated (See Hikki’s latest album).  Seeing this after “Koi wa groovyx2” is a bit random, but what can you do?  I’ll say though that Yuna sounds powerful in the song which is a positive thing and she showed her emotions good here.  I was at first negative about it being connected to GUNDAM, but I’ve grown to like it a bit more as a standalone track.

6. BAILA BAILA

So I guess “trust you” was the bridge into the Hawaiian side of the album starting with BAILA BAILA.  I have to say that I love the songs carefree sound mix in steel drums and brass and you get such a fun song.  Yuna also sounds like she’s having fun, the only problem is the constant audience, but I think they were to fill the emptier spots of the song, so I can’t hate on it too much.  Just stop the whistling! 

7. BREEEEEZIN!!!!!!

Ok, so it’s not like “BAILA BAILA” and I consider this surf music, but this song just was the right song to have right after.  I still think there’s something missing in the song, but I can’t really put my finger on it.  Maybe it’s that chorus that puts her purposely in the danger zone of singing high.  Or maybe it’s the mehness of the chorus altogether.  I guess I can deal with this song, but I wont put it on repeat.

8. miss you

miss you, our first A-side of the era pops up next and still is very nice.  Instead of the last two upbeat Hawaiian tracks, Yuna has done another ballad and does it surprise me that it’s so nice to listen to?  Nope.  The music flows well and Yuna doesn’t sound bad which is always a good thing.  It’s definitly better than that other ballad, “trust you”.

9. LOVE MACHINE GUN

How bout we just get a more violent name for a song?  Anyways, LOVE MACHINE GUN surprised me because it’s full of attitude from Yuna and has a rock style going on which is another surprise especially after the calm and soothing “miss you”.  Her vocals also sound great, and using more of her chest voice which is a lot better than her head voice.  Maybe she should utilize it more often.

10. No one else

Our last ballad oddly reminds me of some other ballads that people’ve done in the last few years.  Things can be said that it’s kind of like “trust you”, but the whole ~no one else can take your place~ kind of just sticks out from the song which is good.  The only problem is that the only thing that really kept me interested was the acoustic guitar.  Everything else was a bit boring.  I think it’s an alright song for right now.

11. Body

Ending off the album is the very chill dance track Body.  I’m surprised she chose Body to end off the album because it’s so unusual, but the song’s catchy clapping rhythm and layered vocals on Yuna is so nice.  I feel when I listen to the song, that Yuna is trying to be sexy and it works because the English lyrics just are so sensual and hot.  I consider this the albums gem because I loved it!

12. groovyx2

Oh wait…now I understand why “Body” was above friggin 10 minutes.  groovyx2 is the English version of “Koi wa groovyx2”, but under the moniker of Christine Ito which was by far the oddest thing that happened last year.  Just like its counterpart, groovyx2 is very upbeat and full of life and Yuna’s English is super and her singing still is amazing.  Her chest voice is so impressive, so I think this was as good as the JPN version if not better.  Also nice to note, groovyx2 has an extended opening and closing….just wanted you guys to know

Tracks Recommended

  • Body
  • Koi wa groovyx2 / groovyx2
  • miss you
  • LOVE MACHINE GUN
  • Ima Demo Aitai yo… feat. Spontania

Song of Avoidance

  • No one else

Honestly, I was dreading this album especially the amount of new songs on the album, luckily she definitly scored a winner with DLEAM because all of the songs were listenable and not fillerish because I would’ve cried if it was.  I was impressed at the flow of the album because it wasn’t a mess like “WISH” was.  So otherwise, it was a pretty great album from Yuna.

 

Crystal Kay – Namida no Saki ni

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Track Listing

  1. Namida no Saki ni
  2. Girl Move On
  3. Dream World (SOIDOG MIX)
  4. Namida no Saki ni (SOIDOG MIX)
  5. Namida no Saki ni (Instrumental)

1. Namida no Saki ni

I have to say the beginning part of this song is very epic especially by Kuri’s standards.  Now unlike “Shining” this was definitly an upgrade because of its more active sound.  I do hate the way she overslurs ~Winding Road~ because it’s just so slurrish.  Kuri sounds pretty good otherwise and give a nice upbeat song.

2. Girl Move On

Whenever I hear this song I get a nice latin feel to it and I quite like it when mixed with Kuri’s vocals which oddly fit very well with the latino beat going on.  It’s also pretty cool that she says stuff in Spanish as well giving an extra boost on the mysterious lyrics shot through the song.  Definitly a sweeet B-side.

3. Dream World (SOIDOG MIX)

I haven’t heard the original track from her last album, “ALL YOURS”, but if it’s good then this would’ve high-topped it as well because it’s got a nice a thick dance beat and synth that would make anyone happy.  Even though the bridge seems a little too subdued for me, Kuri got this remix right and the English lyrics that I heard were done very nicely and suited the more sexier vibe this song has.  Sweet remix.

4. Namida no Saki ni (SOIDOG MIX)

The same people who did the last remix also helped out for this singles remix.  It doesn’t have the same drive as “Dream World’s” was, so it’s a bit less liked, but I think the best of the remix is the chorus because they filled the more emptier spaces with once again a nice low synth groove which helped, but the verses were just too bare. 

 

 

Kuri’s first single of the “Color Change!” era actually was the best one out of two (the other being “ONE”).  Namida no Saki ni brought out fun and easy dancing on a single, but as a single it was very danceable from the latin flavored Girl Move On, to the SOIDOG remixes, it was a pretty cool single all around. 

 

SCANDAL – DOLL

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Track Listing

  1. DOLL
  2. S.L.Magic
  3. DOLL (Instrumental)

1. DOLL

Now since SCANDAL has something to do now since they became major label artists.  DOLL shows off the girl’s rocking skills pretty well, even if they can’t sing that well in this song.  I’m not sure who gets the guitar solo, HARUNA or MAMI, but they should’ve gone crazy.  I have to say, they know how to rock out.  DOLL’s not that bad of a song if you ask me.

2. S.L.Magic

I think they did a better job with their B-side of this single.  It doesn’t sound like it was made quickly and the girls did better harmonizing a good portion of the song and things sounded pretty nice all-around, but I got to give props to the bassist, TOMOMI because she did a lot of playing in this song.  I really think this was her song because she was showing a lot of her skill moreso than the other gals.  I’m still having a hard time figuring who’s who singing in the song, but it’s better.

 

 

SCANDAL’s debut under SONY, was an alright start.  DOLL started out to be a good song, but I honestly think S.L.Magic was the better song out of the two because it didn’t feel rushed and the girls had time to spiff things up.  I say there’s gonna a good rivalry with fellow group Stereopony which debut a bit after SCANDAL did. 

 

Yousei Teikoku – Owari no Shishuu ~Tsui no Yakata~

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Track Listing

  1. Hitohira no Shizuku
  2. Tsukiyo no Senritsu
  3. Ikusen no Kioku
  4. Labyrinth
  5. Rinne no Asa

1. Hitohira no Shizuku

Would you believe that the first song of the mini-album is oddly freaky.  Yui is actually sounding pretty smooth and not as scratchy and high-pitched as she usual is.  The music is also tame for a Yousei song only really consisting of a dance beat and a haunting organ melody that can strike fear which is pretty cool.  The only thing I really was surprised was the lack of punch the track had altogether.  Don’t get me wrong it’s pretty good from them.

2. Tsukiyo no Senritsu

This oddly sounds like something, someone else would do well with like Anna Tsuchiya or something.  It’s a lot more focused on the rock side of the group, but it’s nothing like later songs like “Schwarzer Sarg” or “Alte Burg”.  It’s still pretty good with the synth usage as well. 

3. Ikusen no Kioku

Ikusen no Kioku begins with a church bell ringing and the sound of footsteps running somewhere before keyboarded strings comes in.  I’m starting to notice that they are using the same synths, but it’s nothing much to complain about.  It’s so far the slowest song off the mini, but it isn’t boring at all and Yui’s vocals are still in check which is a plus.  Another good song.

4. Labyrinth

The failed song has to come from Labyrinth.  It’s not the arrangement that bothers me so much as its Yui’s vocals and the awkward transition from the muffled bridge into the chorus.  It’s where things speed up pretty quickly and Yui’s hitting these high notes that weren’t nice.  The interlude was a nice touch with some guitars that should’ve been more louder and in our face but was as muffled out as it was in the bridge.  I guess it’s alright but it’s not the best on this mini-album.

5. Rinne no Asa

I guess it was obvious that the last song of the mini-album would’ve been the slowest song as well.  It starts off with a nice piano melody, but things get better with Yui’s softer vocals, but the harmonization with the BKGD singers were terrible.  The synths also stick out here as well flushing the song with more feelings.  It was a nice touch for sure.

 

 

Ok this is their first thing they released where it’s seen the day of leakage online.  Owari no Shishuu was surprisingly good for being a 2004 release.  Yousei actually had things right at this point of time…Sucks we wouldn’t get a taste of their next release to leak until “stigma”s release the next year.  Now you all are wondering why I’m wandering this far back…Well, it’s because Labyrinth is on “GOTHIC LOLITA PROPAGANDA” so I kinda had to review it before moving to “Shijun no Zankoku”. 

 

So it’s like ARTISTS BLOWOUT TIME LOVES!

Filed under: ~Artists Blowouts~ — solarblade @ 1:02 am

Yep there’s a big load of new artists I’m adding so bear with me while I go through them.

FLOW

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I just noticed I forgot an “F” band since the Final Fantasy series doesn’t count at all.  FLOW is another band I got into for one song and it’s their Naruto tie-in “GO!!!”  So, I’ll start be reviewing their “#5” era, and then review “NUTS BANG!!”

Ai Kago

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Yep, Aibon is now getting a spot on the blog since I really liked her back in the MM days and especially being half of w.  I’m happy that like Marippe, she’s going so and starting off with “No Hesitation” I’ll definitly review that!

sphere

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So they are based off of like 4 different seiyuu’s which can spell troubles, but luckily “Future Stream” isn’t that bad of a song which is coincedentally their debut, so I’ll start off with that.

Ku-tyu Bunkai

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Yeah, so the only real group where the male singer is actually utilizing the vocoder, they are a pretty old group, but with only one true release “COCOLO COLOR” which I’ll review eventually

Maaya Sakamoto

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Yep, you can blame Tsuki for this one, I’m starting to really enjoy her music as of recent and I’ll start by reviewing the entire “Kazeyomi” era, it’ll be a blast!!!!!!!

school food punishment

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Even though they aren’t relatively new, school food punishment are debuting under a major label which means I’ll start with their debut single, “futuristic imagination”. 

angela

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They’ve been in the music industry for a while, but their latest single “Spiral/Link” is like wow, so I’ll begin with their most recent era starting with “Beautiful fighter”

Miliyah Kato

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Well, I need a new J-urban artist and Miliyah Kato fits the bill pretty nicely, but I’ve heard her music is otherwise pretty meh, so I’m gonna stay away from her past offering and just go through the current era.

RURUTIA

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Damn, so being ethereal has never felt so good, until I heard RURUTIA’s recent album.  So I’m gonna actually review her, but I have no idea where to start, possibly her debut era and work up maybe or I’ll just do “Seirios”‘s era.