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Yousei Teikoku – Gekkou no Chigiri May 29, 2009

Filed under: Yousei Teikoku — solarblade @ 12:46 pm
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gekkounochigiri

Track Listing

  1. Gekkou no Chigiri
  2. Simulacra
  3. Sacrifice
  4. Gekkou no Chigiri (Instrumental)

1. Gekkou no Chigiri

Being a tie-in again for the same anime Kurokami (Irodori no Nai Sekai was also tied in the series).  I actually was surprised that this wasn’t as cheesy as the last song they did.  This time around there’s a lot of strings playing around in the song giving it a more flowing style to what Yousei Teikoku hasn’t done in a while.  Yui sounds better than she did, but it’s still kind of higher pitched. 

2. Simulacra

I really like their crazy titles like “Alte Burg”, “Valkyrja”, and etc.  So seeing this title, I was wondering what I would find and wow this is a pretty good ballad because Yui is singing and I mean singing good here.  The music has a very eerie feel because there’s like deep synths and some distant bleeps that come in.  I have to say it does remind me of a better arranged “Vermillion Tiara”.  I’m liking this song a lot.

3. Sacrifice

I kind of knew there had to be a hard rock song from the duo and Sacrifice would be that song.  It actually sounds like something I’d hear in a Guilty Gear game because it’s relentless and full and crazyness that I love with Yousei Teikoku’s harder stuff.  It’s pretty cool to hear synths getting equal time as well, giving the song an even fuller sound.  What’s this Yui is under auto-tune as well?  WTF this is great!

 

 

HOLY SHIT.  Yousei Teikoku is definitly on a roll since the release of “Wahrheit”.  Gekkou no Chigiri is their best single so far in the duo’s career and having just reviewed the earliest work available, they’ve come a loooong way and is awesome.  Gekkou no Chigiri is the closest thing to a ballad I’ve heard from the in a while and even then, it’s sweet and charming almost.  Simulacra was the creepy ballad so it leveled the single good….that is until Sacrifice came in and rocked the single to awesomeness.  *RECOMMENDED*

 

Stereopony – I do it

Filed under: Stereopony — solarblade @ 11:19 am
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idoit

Track Listing

  1. I do it
  2. Signal ga Ao ni Kawaru Toki
  3. Namida no Mukou ~AIMI Acoustic Version~
  4. I do it ~Instrumental~

1. I do it

I was intrigued when I saw that fellow artist YUI wrote up this song for the group and I actually kind of hear it.  I find it funny that is actually pushes AIMI to be vocally stronger when it’s clearly known she isn’t that strong at it especially when goes for the high notes.  Though, I’m not as happy with this song as much as I was with “Namida no Mukou”.  I can say it’s good, but that’s all it is to me.

2. Signal ga Ao ni Kawaru Toki

Their B-side isn’t actually a happy-go-lucky track for the first time.  It’s kind of your laidback pop/rock song which is nice to hear from them and it has some pretty soothing parts in it, especially that synth interlude which is new to me and I quite like it.  AIMI sounds pretty innocent and is pretty good to me.

3. Namida no Mukou ~AIMI Acoustic Version~

They never seem to disappoint with their acoustic versions of the previous A-sides and Namida no Mukou is still sounding great even better than the original version (Like “Hitohira no Hanabira”)  It’s just like the last one actually, but this was more uptempo so I was pleasantly elated to hear this.  Why does AIMI sound better in these though?  Weird.

 

 

The final single for the “Hydrangea ga Saiteiru”, I do it was a step down from “Namida no Mukou”, but not a far drop because the only meh was the A-side.  I’m not blaming YUI for it because y’know she was dealing with AIMI who is vocally not that strong, but Signal ga Ao ni Kawaru Toki and Namida no Mukou’s acoustic version were what I was expecting from Stereopony.  I’m kind of worried that the other members get much time for like solos and stuff.

 

Stereopony – Namida no Mukou

Filed under: Stereopony — solarblade @ 11:04 am
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Track Listing

  1. Namida no Mukou
  2. Stereopony no Tabi wa Tsuzuku
  3. Hitohira no Hanabira ~AIMI Acoustic Version~
  4. Namida no Mukou ~Opening Version~
  5. Namida no Mukou ~Instrumental~

1. Namida no Mukou

Another big tie-in?  This time for GUNDAM 00, Namida no Mukou is actually a step up from their last A-side because AIMI is singing better and not staying on one note for forever.  Other than the band playing, I hear synths also being used lightly in the song which does fit with the song pretty nicely.  I haven’t been this happy for a GUNDAM track since the brilliant green’s “Ash Like Snow”, so this was a sweet surprise.

2. Stereopony no Tabi wa Tsuzuku

Right off from the start, I knew this would’ve been as upbeat as “Yuukan na Funny Friends”.  It’s just as peppy and interesting to listen to so I like it easily and possibly moreso.  AIMI’s singing does sound better than the last single, but her higher register still isn’t right and her energy is somewhat lacking as well.  I even get a solo from AIMI which is super nice since it’s what I asked for.

3. Hitohira no Hanabira ~AIMI Acoustic Version~

It’s pretty interesting when artists stick on Acoustic Versions to their song.  In a group though?  This is pretty interesting since I only think SHIHO and AIMI are in the track because i hear tambourine being played in the background by SHIHO while AIMI is playing the guitar and singing.  NOHANA is probably present giving the BKGD vocals.  This is where I start to really enjoy Stereopony because they can really play their music.  I actually like this more than the original actually.

 

 

Stereopony definitely exceeded my expectations with Namida no Mukou.  The A-side was a great track and adding a little synth here and there didn’t hurt the song one bit.  The B-side was surprisingly just like “Yuukan na Funny Friends” and yet it was better than it, which is always good.  The acoustic version of their debut though blew me away and shows that they are a great group despite being new.

 

Stereopony – Hitohira no Hanabira

Filed under: Stereopony — solarblade @ 10:48 am
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hitohiranohanabira

Track Listing

  1. Hitohira no Hanabira
  2. Nyamii
  3. Yuukan na Funny Friends
  4. Hitohira no Hanabira (Instrumental)

1. Hitohira no Hanabira

Man, this song is pretty damn cool for being a tie-in track for Bleach.  Well, it isn’t the most outbreaking opening for the anime (“Ichirin no Hana” still has that spot. )  I like the almsot cool alternative sound the girls are playing around with and AIMI’s voice sounds good, especially in the chorus….though I wished she would’ve sung a bit more notes because it was a bit monotone in places.  Still good song overall.

2. Nyamii

Nyamii comes next and well, it’s pretty short.  Clocking at almost 2:30, this first B-side was alright.  It’s kind of catchy, but I have to remember of the time put on the song.  AIMI does sing a bit more vividly and not monotone.  I actually kind of like the groovy verses to the chorus.  I like how the song just ends with the title of the song.  Ok, but too short.

3. Yuukan na Funny Friends

The last B-side is actually the most upbeat track off the single and it kind of shows.  I just like the whole lively feeling of the song and AIMI sounds the best on this track.  Though I’m kind of weary because her voice sounds like something I’d hear one of the H!P girls would do, so it’s kinda odd.  Still pretty good.

 

 

I’ve mentioned this in the last review of SCANDAL I said they have a pretty good rivalry going on with both chatmonchy and Stereopony.  Well, I can see why with Stereopony because of the 3 female rock groups, they actually have the nicest vocals.  Hitohira no Hanabira was a pretty good single overall, but I kind of felt that it was short of a single even though Yuukan na Funny Friends and Hitohira no Hanabira are both longer tracks while Nyamii is real short.  Also I’m surprised I didn’t get a real good guitar solo throughout with AIMI….hmmm maybe next single.  NOHANA or SHIHO didn’t exactly stand out either…maybe it’s just debut issues.

 

Ayaka Hirahara – Shinsekai

Filed under: Ayaka Hirahara — solarblade @ 1:48 am
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shinsekai

Track Listing

  1. Shinsekai
  2. AVE MARIA
  3. Shinsekai (Instrumental)
  4. AVE MARIA (Instrumental)

1. Shinsekai

Of course, we’re going to stick with ballads when you’re listening to Ayaka.  Though, this time she’s using a lot of English in the song mostly at the beginning which ties in with the title of the song.  Ayaka’s vocals sound very pretty here and even though it’s as simple as a ballad gets, it’s not that bad.  As we get further in the song, it does pick up, but it’s still a bad, but with drums added in basically.  It’s a pretty nice and lively track, but making the beginning sound like just another ballad is a bad idea.

2. AVE MARIA

Yeah, I’m not surprised that Ayaka decided to cover a very religious track that’s mainly used on Christmas releases….it’s just kind of odd that it’s now she’s doing it because it’s almost June.  This cover sounds almost creepy, especially with Ayaka’s deeper vocals that just kind of sends shivers down the spine. It’s a bit more simplistic than “Shinsekai” and it does show off her vocals well even when she’s ad-libbing. 

 

 

Ayaka’s first and only single of this era, Shinsekai seems a bit too easy-going than anything from the “Path Of Independence” era, so this just is alright.  Shinsekai starts out a little bland, but picks up on the later part and AVE MARIA, despite being covered by every ballad-heavy artist was nice and calm and I loved Ayaka’s deeper vocals.