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Guardians 4 – Omakase♪Guardian May 28, 2009

Filed under: Guardians 4 — solarblade @ 10:46 pm

omakase

Track Listing

  1. Omakase♪Guardian
  2. Omakase♪Guardian (Shugo Chara Egg! Version)
  3. Summer Has Come!
  4. Omakase♪Guardian (Instrumental)
  5. Summer Has Come! (Instrumental)

1. Omakase♪Guardian

I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into, but this is definitly girly, but not as much as “Tan Tan Taan!” Unlike that song, this song actually has guitar and sounds a bit like some rejected Buono! song.  Sadly, I don’t know enough of the members to really make an opinion since I’m not either a fan of Berryz or C-ute.  Aika is in it which is like the only person I recognize.  It’s pretty catchy, I’ll give it that and the vocals arent horrific unlike MilkyWay’s.

2. Omakase♪Guardian (Shugo Chara Egg! Version)

I guess it isn’t surprising to hear a version from the young’ns.  Shugo Chara Egg!’s version of the song is oddly enough sounding the same thing as the Guardians version, maybe the vocals are a bit higher and stuffy, but it’s basically not enough to make a bigger difference across the board. 

3. Summer Has Come!

The B-side of the single is actually a lot better than the A-side.  It kind of has this Buono! feel to it which I adore it and all of the girls get some solo parts which I liked as well, it’ll help me with figuring out who’s who.  When I’m listening one of the girls sound older than the rest…(guessing that’s Aika).  The musical interlude was pretty damn cool though.  I think this is a great B-side.

 

 

So H!P’s new group debuts pretty strongly IMO.  The A-side was peppy and just plain silly especially with the fact that the video was silly as well.  I guess Shugo Chara Egg! should also be praised on their take of the song which was not a lot of difference.  The B-side though was the best song off the single and man, I hope they go far because I’m actually falling for the group.

 

Asriel – unveil

Filed under: Asriel — solarblade @ 6:30 am
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unveil

Track Listing

  1. Metamorphose
  2. Kegarenaki Yume
  3. Sen’oku no Hoshizora Furasu Yoru no Sora
  4. Setsugekka -unveil ver.-
  5. Gemini
  6. Omoi no Kakera to Shinjiru Kakera
  7. Koori no Tsukiyo
  8. Hokorobishi Hana
  9. Nageki no Ame wo Hitoshizuku
  10. Tsuioku no Chikai -Naked JAZZ Mix-
  11. Al meila -unveil ver.-
  12. unveil

1. Metamorphose

Starting the album off with the duo’s major label single.  Metamorphose already sounds catchy and pretty awesome.  I quite like how the mix of gothic styled strings and a hard guitar riff.  KOKOMI sounds pretty good in the song as well using a more deeper setting than her normal sound.  It does sound like a typical anime opening, but I quite like this.

2. Kegarenaki Yume

The 2nd A-side of the era, Kegarenaki Yume sounds a bit like the last track, but there’s an eviler glow in the song because of the creepy verses that has KOKOMI whispering and singing at the same time.  I think what made the song a bit better was the added guitar solo.  That was pretty sweet and I think this was my favorite song of the era.

3. Sen’oku no Hoshizora Furasu Yoru no Sora

Our first new track pops up and it’s more or less what we’ve been hearing in the last two songs.  I’ll say there’s a bit more life in it than the other two and the strings play a good important rolse and they sound good too with the hard guitar playing.  KOKOMI’s vocals are a bit bad, but it’s nothing terrible since she can control it pretty well.  I guess the song ended up being better as time went on.

4. Setsugekka -unveil ver.-

So, Setsugekka is originally from their 3rd mini-album, “Yume no Mayu Tsumugu Moumoku no Rinbu”. I thought it started out pretty nice and hearing traditional japanese sounds does make it stand out from the album.  Compared to the last few songs though, this was a little boring otherwise.  I need to hear something more surprising.

5. Gemini

It doesn’t surprise me Gemini would start almost the same way as the last song and once again just sounds like the beginning.  I think the addition of piano made it an easier song to listen to but with it sounding like the past stuff just doesn’t cut it for me.  I’ll say though, I’ll listen to it a bit more often because it’s pretty nice and catchy.

6. Omoi no Kakera to Shinjiru Kakera

I guess I can feel a bit of jazz from this song and continuing the melancholic sound mixed actually quite well from out B-side from “Kegarenaki Yume”.  I still feel very bored, but that’s just because of it’s continual sound.  This song would’ve been better on the single and just there so it wouldn’t have to deal with the bland sound this album is putting forth so far.

7. Koori no Tsukiyo

I was surprised Koori no Tsukiyo was the first aggressive gothic rock track this album had pulled off so far.  Sadly, that was just the beginning because the verses was a bit slower and then the marching rhythm for the bridge, I actually think this is my favorite track off the album so far.  There’s just a lot going on and the waltz-like interlude in the middle was just what this song needed.  I like it!

8. Hokorobishi Hana

Oh, so now they are putting up the harder tracks.  Hokorobishi Hana still has that bland album sound, but there’s just something that screams epic about the song…it’s prolly KOKOMI that’s doing that to me.  It still isn’t as good as the previous track, but it’s very listenable.

9. Nageki no Ame wo Hitoshizuku

Coming in from “Metamorphose”, the B-side of that single reappears and I still don’t like it much as from the single.  It’s even worse put on the album, so I won’t delve on this song much, but the forefront of strings this time around is a nice touch. 

10. Tsuioku no Chikai -Naked JAZZ Mix-

Tsuioku no Chikai represented the 3rd and final single of the “unveil” era and it’s actually nothing like Jazz at all.  It’s still amazingly hard rock oh wait….the verses are where the Jazz touches come in and it sounds so strange after the opening sequence.  Other than that it’s basically the same song from the single just with extra piano and I kind of like it.

11. Al meila -unveil ver.-

Al meila was originally from their sophomore indies mini-album “GARNET no Hamon ni Somaru Sora”  So even though it’s been a while since the original song and it’s been rearranged a few times.  I got to say that I like the album’s version because it’s put in a waltz style and there’s some other interesting ideas that are going on.  I can picture Kalafina doing a song like this. So it’s another good song.

12. unveil

The final and title track of the album, unveil kind of just passes by me again because of the lackluster sound it’s putting off.  The good thing is that there’s a pretty catchy guitar riff going on and KOKOMI sounds great here.  If it was the first track I’d be in love and I might still be despite the boring arrangement. 

Tracks Recommended

  • Koori no Tsukiyo
  • Al meila -unveil ver.-
  • unveil
  • Gemini
  • Kegarenaki Yume

Song of Avoidance

  • Omoi no Kakera to Shinjiru Kakera

This album was on par at being just as boring as “QuoVadis”  I don’t know why but this album didn’t have a lot surprising sounds nor change overall mood on the album.  It is there debut major album, so I can’t say too much, but they just needed to make a great album like Yui Sakakibara’s “End Prophecy”