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mihimaru GT – Switch June 16, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Switch
  2. Over Drive
  3. Switch (Instrumental)
  4. Over Drive (Instrumental)

1. Switch

Switch brings mihimaru GT into the synth-pop front with Switch.  I love how the synths are bouncing this song and I love hiroko during the afterchorus where she’s saying the title and some ad-libbing.  It’s pretty catchy actually and to hear a JPN lady actually rapping in the song is quite interesting.  miyake is still doing the backup stuff and even though he’s not that good of a singer he can hold his own.  Good way to start off this single.

2. Over Drive

If you must know, Over Drive is a cover of a JUDY AND MARY A-side back in 1995.  It’s quite funny because this track was also released beforehand on the cover album for said band with other artists like SAWA.  Unlike the synth style of “Switch”, mihimaru GT kept this straightforward with this song, utilizing a more organic sound with acoustic guitar.  There’s a breakdown in the middle, which threw me off and seemed pretty useless to me.  It isn’t as catchy as the A-side and I do question why they didn’t they just stuck a new track on here. 

 

 

mihimaru GT’ third single in the 5th era, Switch is a really good A-side, giving that it’s synth-pop and easy to dance along with and it’s pretty slick and cool (they usually are like that).  Over Drive though to me was fail…I just didn’t find anything in particular interesting.  Shoulda stayed on the cover album IMHO.

 

GACKT – Faraway ~Hoshi ni Negai wo~

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Track Listing

  1. Faraway ~Hoshi ni Negai wo~
  2. Oblivious ~Kao no Nai Tenshi~
  3. Faraway ~Hoshi ni Negai wo~ (Instrumental)
  4. Oblivious ~Kao ni Nai Tenshi~ (Instrumental)

1. Faraway ~Hoshi ni Negai wo~

Faraway was pretty far off from last singles style.  Faraway is a bit more of an alternative rock song.  I do like the different kind of sound that separates itself from the rest of the songs, but it does sound a bit mundane and quite forgetful, especially if Gackt isn’t sounding too good.  It does sound like a good ending to a concert.  I do wonder what’s with the clapping and yelling.

2. Oblivious ~Kao no Nai Tenshi~

I thought at first it was going to be another electronica track, but it turns out the song is more of a ballad and of course this era has been full of fail with his ballads, “Love Letter”, and “No ni Saku Hana You ni”.  I was worried that this was gonna fall into that list as well, but it’s quite nice and the chorus has a great epic sound.  I do think he’s stressing his vocals at various points still, but it isn’t as glaring in the previous singles.  I actually like this track.

 

 

Gackt’s 2nd release in this project, Faraway is actually worse than “Koakuma Heaven” because it just sounds very boring especially after all of these singles in the era.  Oblivious though does stick out since it’s an actual good ballad from Gackt and I quite like it alot.  Wonder if “Lost Angels” will step it up.