Mizugeshiki Hoshi Moyou (Ballade Ver.)
Itoshigi yo (Ballade Ver.)
Arabesque (Ballade Ver.)
Hoshi to Hane
Opus (Music Box Ver.) (Bonus Track)
Ryuukou (Music Box Ver.) (Bonus Track)
I got to say, RURUTIA is definitly an artist I would’ve passed up if it wasn’t for “Seirios”. The music is definitly ethereal borderlining other stuff, but I clearly think this is more of a ballad song. RURUTIA sings in a very serene and calm way even when it gets into the chorus, she still sounds airy and sometimes she cracks her notes, but the music is very relaxing. Almost like a nice lullaby.
Ryuukou is also fronted by a lot of strings which is cool. I don’t wanna say that this song is more mainstream than her other stuff, but the beats and the bass playing around does make it seem that way. I guess it’s alright, but it isn’t as soothing as “Opus” was, but this’ll do for right now.
3. Mizugeshiki Hoshi Moyou (Ballade Ver.)
The next three tracks are rearrangements on her past songs starting with the most recent since Mizugeshiki Hoshi Moyou was from her last album “Chorion”. Now, I know RURUTIA is a very ethereal-sounding artist and hearing that there’s a ballad version just kind of made me scratch my head. Honestly, this just was way too empty to be taking too seriously, but RURUTIA’s vocals are nice and so are the BKGD vocals.
4. Itoshigi yo (Ballade Ver.)
Next up is a rearrangement of her debut single. This actually seems better than the last song because it’s not feeling empty and RURUTIA’s vocals are actually a whole lot more emotional. The addition of strings and piano makes this a whole lot better as well. Is it better than the original? NO IDEA…but this is pretty good.
5. Arabesque (Ballade Ver.)
Arabesque, a track from “Promised Land”, Finishes up the trio of rerarrangments and it’s kind of just like “Mizugeshiki Hoshi Moyou” because all it is is piano and RURUTIA singing. What’s even worse is that it’s dragging hardcore for being 5 minutes. The vocals are a bit shoddy too because she’s cracking all over the place, but some of her higher notes are just really nice. I guess it’s ok.
6. Hoshi to Hane
So you’re gonna sneak another B-side after all that? Now this is the RURUTIA I’ve come to known as, because it’s very somber and full of synths and opera-like vocals. RURUTIA sounds so damn good here and I’ve come to enjoy her more imaginative works thus far. In the middle though things get odd, when a muffled piano plays for a bit before RURUTIA comes back in to do some more ethereal singing.
7. Opus (Music Box Ver.)
Yeah, it’s basically an instrumental with some orgel playing the entire melody of the song…Not what you call worth the replay but it’s a nice enough addition to the single. The water droplets are pretty nifty though giving a little bit of depth to it.
8. Ryuukou (Music Box Ver.)
It’s funny how it went from water droplets to having a calm rain for Ryuukou’s orgel love. As I listen along, it seems Ryuukou sounds a bit happier which obviously works for me, but it’s also putting me to sleep so I can’t listen too long before crashing.
RURUTIA, why was this single so damn long?!? Opus is a good way to start off the “Seirios” era with a bit more of a mainstream feel to add-on. Ryuukou was a bit more of mainstream love, but I liked that direction as well. Hoshi to Hane was a not back to her past works and that works with me as well, showing that she’s not totally driving away from what she does best. The rest of the tracks were alright but their overall use was for taking a nap…”Hyousa” is just as bad, so I’ll review that eventually.