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Miliyah Kato – SAYONARA Baby/Koishiteru June 3, 2009

Filed under: Miliyah Kato — solarblade @ 7:35 am
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Track Listing

  1. SAYONARA Baby
  2. Koishiteru
  3. PERFECT PITCH
  4. SAYONARA Baby INSTRUMENTAL

1. SAYONARA Baby

I didn’t expect SAYONARA Baby to start off with a piano opening, but then again it’s not too bad.  The song itself has a pretty good dance feel to it and it somewhat reminds me of a female version “Delete My Memories” especially with all the synths that are present.  Miliyah sounds really good for being an otherwise J-urban artist.  I actually like this track a lot.

2. Koishiteru

Koishiteru is that track that people kind of get bored with since this is her style and I can see why because the song is a borefest, even though there’s a cute whistle melody at the beginning.  Unlike “SAYONARA Baby”, this song just doesn’t make me wanna repeat it over and over, but I’ll say it is a cute song.

3. PERFECT PITCH

Just like the last track, PERFECT PITCH has the J-urban sound following behind it, but at the same time, it’s quite dark and Miliyah’s vocals are pretty sexed up and has the hot sound.  Then we get into the chorus and I really don’t like her vocals because they seemed way held back.  WHAT THE HELL.  If things didn’t get worse, it did….it seems she’s singing ~Perfect Bitch~ which is hilarious as all hell.

 

 

Oh, Miliyah you totally made me think you were really good.  SAYONARA Baby is good that’s the only exception to this single.  Koishiteru is lighthearted, but pretty boring overall while PERFECT PITCH was just lulzy and not in a good way,  I mean the chorus was really weak compared to its verses.  Maybe she’ll step it up.

 

sphere – Future Stream

Filed under: sphere — solarblade @ 6:56 am
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Track Listing

  1. Future Stream
  2. Treasures!!
  3. Future Stream (instrumental)
  4. Treasures!! (instrumental)

1. Future Stream

Honestly, Future Stream reminds me of Nami Tamaki’s “Realize” at the starts with the flurry of synth usage.  Now a tidbit is the the entire group is filled with seiyuus which by now you should know I hate the use of those kind of vocals in the song.  The girls sound alright when they are harmonizing, but someone just sounds terrible when doing their solo parts.  She’s got such a squeaky voice that I cringe during her part.  Musically it’s not that special, but I guess it has its quirks about it.  Give me awhile with them lol.

2. Treasures!!

The B-side is a bit like “Future Stream” containing the same problems as well.  The music is a but more rock-oriented which is a plus, but at the same time the vocalists sound like some other H!P group (Buono!).  I guess the whole idol thing works in this case because it is so energetic and the after chorus was pretty sweet.  Good B-side!

 

 

I know it’s a bit early to really make a full-on opinion, but sphere might actually turn out better than I initially planned them out to be.  I mean yes, they are 4 seiyuus mashed in one group, and Haruka Tomatsu had to be one of em’….Future Stream is actually above average, but I want them to do something more risky with there music.  Here’s hoping that happens with the 2nd single.

 

RURUTIA – Opus

Filed under: RURUTIA — solarblade @ 6:42 am
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Track Listing

  1. Opus
  2. Ryuukou
  3. Mizugeshiki Hoshi Moyou (Ballade Ver.)
  4. Itoshigi yo (Ballade Ver.)
  5. Arabesque (Ballade Ver.)
  6. Hoshi to Hane
  7. Opus (Music Box Ver.) (Bonus Track)
  8. Ryuukou (Music Box Ver.) (Bonus Track)

1. Opus

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. 

2. Ryuukou

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. 

 

angela – Beautiful fighter

Filed under: angela — solarblade @ 5:58 am
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Track Listing

  1. Beautiful fighter
  2. My story
  3. Darling
  4. Beautiful fighter (off vocal ver.)
  5. My story (off vocal ver.)
  6. Darling (off vocal ver.)

1. Beautiful fighter

angela…Oh angela…Beautiful fighter once again never seem to surprise me with their songs and Beautiful fighter is one of those songs that makes you say, if you heard their other stuff this won’t surprise you one bit.  I’m not the biggest fan of atsuko’s vocals here because a good portion of the time she’s sounding very hoarse and other times she sounds heavenly….I just don’t like the mix of the two and atsuko’s vocal crazy ass vibrato does not help this song one bit either.  Yeesh…

2. My story

The first B-side is actually quite calmer than the last one and in some cases this is the better song off the song.  That is until the dance beats come in and take over for the song.  atsuko also fixed her problems found in the first track, though she still wavers her vocals way too much and that can be a distraction from the music.  I love how they added traditional Japanese elements in the song which made it stand out moreso.  This should’ve been the A-side.  Gotta say KATSU’s solo was pretty cool too.

3. Darling

The surprise of the single is the second B-side where it features no synths at all.  Just atsuko and KATSU playing acoustically.  At first I was expecting something different, but I was pleasantly surprised at what I got.  Especially with the chorale joining in the chorus and I wonder if KATSU was singing as well.  This was just a nice way to end the single off IMO.

 

 

If you look at this single it went from horrible to awesome.  I really question the reason they really needed to have Beautiful fighter as an A-side because it was just horrid.  My story and Darling would’ve been way better choices.  My story did the guitar/synth combo well and acoustically driven Darling was just a nice treat.  I hope they get things right on the next single.

 

FLOW – WORD OF THE VOICE

Filed under: FLOW — solarblade @ 5:34 am
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wordofthevoice

Track Listing

  1. WORD OF THE VOICE
  2. ESCA
  3. Always
  4. WORD OF THE VOICE -Instrumental-
  5. WORD OF THE VOICE -PERSONA Opening Mix-

1. WORD OF THE VOICE

Ok, it’s been so damn long since I’ve heard something from FLOW last.  Actually the last time I heard something was “Go!!!” back in 2004.  Now hearing them today, I’ve seen more or less any drastic changes in their sound with WORD OF THE VOICE.  Maybe they are a bit more melodious with their music which is good and the song has a lot of them as well.  I haven’t seen any rapping either as well, but I guess it’s good.  I really like WORD OF THE VOICE right now.

2. ESCA

Every time I see this name, I think of Escaflowne…Doubt it has to do with anything of the anime.  Anyways, ESCA is a bit more laidback in terms of the groups music.  I actually like this track as well because it’s got a good riff and feel to it.  Sometimes Kohshi  and Keigo are a bit monotone throughout the chorus, but they fix it up in the verses. 

3. Always

Always is a pretty strange B-side because Kohshi is using a more deeper voice than he usually does while Keigo becomes the secondary singer of the song.  It does have similarities to “WORD OF THE VOICE”, but this is a pretty good song as well.  I think it needs a bigger bang in places, but this was good.

 

 

FLOW begins the “#5” era strongly with WORD OF THE VOICE.  Even though it’s been a long while since I paid them any attention, they easily sparked my interest in them with the single.  The A-side pretty much was what I expected from them minus the rapping.  Same can be said for Always since they are a bit similar.  ESCA’s more slower view was great too…I actually have hope for this era.

 

AAA – Hurricane Riri, Boston Mari

Filed under: AAA — solarblade @ 4:22 am

Hurricanelili

Track Listing

  1. Hurricane Riri, Boston Mari
  2. BLOOD on FIRE (Live Version)
  3. Hurricane Riri, Boston Mari (Instrumental)

1. Hurricane Riri, Boston Mari

Where are we 3rd single of the era?  I guess so.  Hurricane Riri, Boston Mari doesn’t sound like it’s really single material especially when Chiaki is leading the song off from the start.  Nissy sounds alright for the most part, but it’s when Urata comes in that actually ruins the song altogether.  The chorus is cute and catchy, but otherwise for a summery song like this to pop out, it doesn’t make me any happy.

2. BLOOD on FIRE (Live Version)

For the rest of the “ALL” era, each single has a live version of a past track starting off with their debut single.  So hearing the live version of their most energetic track so far, BLOOD on FIRE performed live is actually still pretty good.  It’s vocally not together but the energy is felt.  Alright live performance.

 

 

Ouch, from what I’m hearing so far in this era, I’m gettin more disappointed with what’s happening.  Hurricane Riri, Boston Mari in my opinion has pretty bad vocals from everyone this time around, but at least there’s a live version of a song I really love so it kind of made the single average.