We can do it!!
Koi no Kioku
Brilliant Dream -shoko☆planet mix-
pretty please chocolate on top
happily ever after
Sukashikashipan Sukoshi Hen?
1. We can do it!!
Wow, who knew we’d start up with a synth/rock track to start this album up. It’s definitly got some cute factors going on and some catchy guitar riffs to go along. Shoko’s very energetic throughout the song, but her English pronunciation is pretty sad to hear LOL. Still a very exciting way to begin Shoko’s debut.
2. Sorairo Days
How many times have I reviewed this track….jeeze…Anyways representing the 3rd single of the era, Sorairo Days was basically what brought my attention to her. Unlike the other A-sides, this was more of a rock track and I really enjoyed this track a lot more now, even though it’s being milked of every last drop. Shoko did this track awesomely.
3. Koi no Kioku
After those two energetic tracks, we calm down a little for Koi no Kioku. It’s definitely in its pop roots and sounds like something that’d come from her last single “snow tears”, but it isn’t. Sadly, it doesn’t seem to strike me as being anything too memorable as it is a bit boring to listen to. I’m suggesting that this is the filler track.
4. snow tears
Plus, it doesn’t help it’s before the amazing snow tears which ended the era off. I’m quite happy with this track since it is her first full-on ballad and it just kicked ass. Shoko sounds so much better when she’s being mature rather than being all seiyuu-like. snow tears is definitly one of her best songs ever.
5. Brilliant Dream -shoko☆planet mix-
Then for the biggest WTF on the album, Brilliant Dream gets rearranged even moreso than from what was on her debut single. Instead of the eurobeat covering the song. Auto-tune and added synths were added and basically made it all J-tek. I was definitly surprised and at the same time loving it as well. She could be a great techno artist because this is just ❤ Though being after “snow tears” does throw the listener off for sure. What’s with the Mario bleeps though?
6. Fruit Punch
Then we get into the cheesy part of the album starting with Fruit Punch. I’m gonna say that I’m not a huge fan of her uber poppy stuff and since Fruit Punch is borderlining that pretty harshly. There just too much meh vocals going on that I just despise it.
7. Strawberry melody
Yeah, we get worse when we get into our 2nd single of this era. Strawberry melody is definitly the worst A-side and seriously, why did it have to be so damn cute and annoying at the same time. There might be some people that’ll like the song, but for me it’s a reject song and will continue to despise it xD
8. pretty please chocolate on top
Wow, doesn’t the title just scream desperate? Well, Shoko does do a better job at it than “Strawberry melody” it’s also sounding a bit more serious sounding rather than completely cute. It still isn’t one of my favorites of the cute songs, but this will definitly top a few others. It’s catchy too damnit!
9. calling location
Finally, something to beat “Sorairo Days” as the rock track. calling location features “mature” Shoko singing to a full-on rock arrangement which isn’t totally surprising, but it was well needed after the last few tracks for sure. I was happy to listen to a track like this, one of my favorites.
10. happily ever after
Does anyone remember this being the B-side off of “Sorairo Days”? I know! It fits actually quite well after “calling location” as they are both rock tracks. That’s where it’s letdown kind of happen because they were both too similar. Still it is the best B-side of the era….especially looking at the other ones…the only other one was “Winter Wish”…
11. starry pink
And then we have starry pink, which made “snow tears” look like an amateur song. Shoko has done another ballad and yes, I’ve came to realize that Shoko does ballads the best and starry pink is at the forefront of this entire album. It’s got a sad feeling to it and with Shoko’s vocals singing it with some great emotions, this is great. Especially with the explosion of sound in the chorus….AMAZING.
12. Sukashikashipan Sukoshi Hen?
Then, we hit the worst song off the album and the album finisher….This is just as random as “Oedo wa Carnival”. It’s like an acoustic children’s song and Shoko is using her seiyuu vocals which makes things that much worse. The dude’s voice is weird and I don’t even know who the hell it is. It’s a little catchy, but Shoko and that guy do not mix well and Shoko should stay away from doing these kind of songs. Luckily, it’s a pretty short track or I would’ve died.
Song of Avoidance
I will honestly say that this is a better album than her sophomore album, “Magic Time” clearly because there weren’t a lot of filler tracks and there were a bit more of a vareity in her songs. I still think she should keep the uber poppy stuff in the trash because they are mostly trash. Her rock songs, dance song, and ballads should continue on…AWESOME