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Stereopony – Hydrangea ga Saiteiru June 18, 2009

Filed under: Stereopony — solarblade @ 2:25 pm
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hydrangea ga saiteru

Track Listing

  1. Seishun ni, Sono Namida ga Hitsuyou da!
  2. I do it
  3. Komorebi no Journey
  4. Namida no Mukou
  5. Otomegokoro Hey Hey Hey
  6. Nakanaide
  7. effective line
  8. Sweet Blue
  9. Tokai no Mori
  10. Shiawase no Oka de Kurashitai
  11. My Mistake
  12. Hitohira no Hanabira
  13. Aozora Very good days!!

1. Seishun ni, Sono Namida ga Hitsuyou da!

We begin the album off with the main promotional track off the album and oddly enough it’s kind of the cuter stuff that was basically all of the B-sides of the singles of the era.  AIMI’s vocals seem to have gotten a bit better for these kind of songs and some points I can tell they were being somewhat serious.  I think right now it’s the only cute song I can really handle from em. 

2. I do it

Representing the final single of the era, I do it still kind of stands out from the rest because it’s clearly written by YUI so the arrangement is a little bit different than anything they released previous and for that it comes as a disappointment because like I said in the single review, AIMI’s stressing hardcore in the vocals and I’m not really into it.  Still the worst A-side of the era.

3. Komorebi no Journey

I really enjoyed Komorebi no Journey’s more relaxed rock sound and everyone is playing at a pretty calm level and AIMI isn’t sounding stressed.  Other than that the song does come off as little boring at places but it’s a nice song otherwise.

4. Namida no Mukou

I still think Namida no Mukou is Stereopony’s best A-side and still one of their best songs they have right now.  It’s pretty powerful and since it has the anime tie-in the formula makes this one, one their more epic songs as well.  There’s just a really strong presence from all three members.  I mean there’s a small amount of synths involved and I quite liked it lot.  Amazing track and best A-side

5. Otomegokoro Hey Hey Hey

I’m surprised that this track is under 3 minutes because Stereopony decided to just go all out rock here and AIMI’s back into a more cute voice which is fine because the guitar riffs and overall catchiness works for me.  It’s one of the anthem-like songs so prepare to yell with the song.  Short but sweet.

6. Nakanaide

Shockingly enough our next track is actually Stereopony’s first full on ballad.  It’s nice to finally hear something slow from the group, but the song sounds pretty cheaply made especially in the beginning with the keyboard, I was like (someone’s poor).  After a little bit of AIMI singing, it’s replaced by strings and AIMI’s guitar playing.  It sucks that it’s also short barely making over 3 minutes, but this was nice and shows the girls that they can do slower tracks.

7. effective line

I’m guessing this is an interlude because it’s a little over a minute and surprisingly it shows the girls more wild and harder side and there’s even vocals here.  I was surprised at how high octane the song was and really hoped that the song was a full track.  Kind of like how I thought of Ayu’s “Mirror”. 

8. Sweet Blue

Sweet Blue continues a pretty nice rock sound and somehow AIMI actually is singing stronger here which is fortunate for me.  It’s a bit hardcore and it also has calm moments which evens out the song pretty well.  There’s not too much that can be said about it, but it’s pretty good.

9. Tokai no Mori

Showing off their calmer side again, Tokai no Mori is a little more carefree then their normals songs and this really screams YUI to me for some reason as it does remind me of “SUMMER SONG” and I like this track a lot more than “I do it”.  AIMI was alright, but she doesn’t sound amazing like on a few other tracks, but this’ll do.

10. Shiawase no Oka de Kurashitai

Things get even more calmer when this track pops up and oddly enough it’s just AIMI for most of the song playing the acoustic.  For being a 2 minute track AIMI outdone herself with a pretty nice acoustic ballad, though once again it did leave me wanting a lot more again.  They are such teases I swear.

11. My Mistake

Whenever the song opens up it makes me think it’s an ending to an anime.  It just screams it to me, I actually think the song sounds pretty Western just with female vocals which is pretty cool.  I love how they are all rocking and get quiet through the verses.  It’s just so cool and pretty sweet.  Another one of my favorite tracks off this album.

12. Hitohira no Hanabira

I’m surprised they’d stick this track near the end of the album since it’s another one of their great songs.  I think though the chorus is one of the most catchiest choruses I’ve heard in a while and I like AIMI’s vocals here as well.  I’m surprised it wasn’t more popular than “Namida no Mukou” because this track was tied-in to Bleach.

13. Aozora Very good days!!

Ending off the album in a playful note, Aozora Very good days!! is one of the songs that sound really good played on the beach.  It sadly is not that very good to me and it’s actually the worst song off the album, but the verses are good it’s that chorus that bothers me the most.  WHYYYY!!!  Oh well, so much for a summer song.

Tracks Recommended

  • Namida no Mukou
  • My Mistake
  • effective line
  • Hitohira no Hanabira
  • Nakanaide

Song of Avoidance

  • I do it

Stereopony’s debut is quite average actually.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s a bunch of tracks that really showed the girls talents and it’s good, but sometimes it kind of runs a bit stale going through the album.  The fact that some of the songs were pretty short helped, but those were the songs I wanted to hear more of actually.  Still, I think they’ll continue to do well if they keep up songs that are powerful and epic.

 

Harenchi☆Punch – Hakusen ~Start Line

Filed under: 80_pan — solarblade @ 11:50 am
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Track Listing

  1. Hakusen ~Start Line
  2. Jewel
  3. Wakachi Aitai Kiseki
  4. Hakusen ~Start Line (Instrumental)

1. Hakusen ~Start Line

Haha, I really like the acoustic opening to this track.  It seems to be something that I actually didn’t expect something like this especially since I came in during the 80_pan era, so this is actually a big surprise since Hakusen is more of pop/rock track and then hearing Mako rap in the song is a nice surprise.  It might be a little too slow, but I actually like this track alot.  Tomomi’s singing and Saya’s playing is quite nice.  Good A-side.

2. Jewel

Jewel is something else LOL.  First off, it’s a bit more rockier ala SCANDAL which is interesting especially with Mako’s rapping as well, you don’t really expect something like this.  It’s actually quite nice and Tomomi sounds a lot better here on this track than on the slower “Hakusen”.  I’d say this would’ve been the better A-side.

3. Wakachi Aitai Kiseki

We get a another “Hakusen-like” track to round off the single.  I have to say though, this was my least favorite off the track for some reason, it just lacked the energy the other two really had and I can see why it didn’t make the album’s cut. 

 

 

Harenchi☆Punch begins their shortlived career with something I didn’t expect coming into this and that’s the fact they were a bit of a rock trio which surprised me well.  Even moreso that one of the members rapped was more intriguing.  I think I might’ve found a group I liked…just wondered why’d they go all electro in their final era.  Ok, Jewel is the best track on the single, while Hakusen was pretty good, bit too slow, but good and Wakachi Aitai Kiseki was just not that memorable for me.

 

Ayumi Sakai – Kanashimi wo Itoshisa de

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Track Listing

  1. Kanashimi wo Itoshisa de
  2. re-set
  3. Kanashimi wo Itoshisa de (inst)
  4. re-set (inst)

1. Kanashimi wo Itoshisa de

I guess we get to listen to Ayumi debut with a ballad with of course strings and piano.  I do have to say the arrangement is a little dry and Ayumi’s vocals aren’t the sharpest or perfect vocals I’ve heard in a debut, but luckily things pick up in the chorus.  I just still find this hard to sit and listen through since it’s a pretty meh ballad.  At least it doesn’t suffer from the too slow problem and oddly enough there’s a small electric guitar solo thrown in.  Weird. 

2. re-set

Why didn’t she just debut with the B-side?  The song is a lot more interesting as it starts out nicely with some synths, but then it turns into a light reggae track or just plain islandy which ever it’s quite nice as it’s calm and light like I said before.  Problem is that Ayumi is lacking any emotion, so the song just passes by as a filler, I do like the ad-libbing though, that was nice.

 

 

So we have Ayumi Sakai’s debut single and it’s a bit too formulaic.  The main track is just your typical orchestral ballad which kind of bored me overall and while re-set is better than the A-side it’s not really that much better as Ayumi sounded really boring here and quite far off from the song.  I guess, vocally the A-side wins and musically the B-side was better.

 

Seira Kagami – Kaleidoscope/Kodoku no Hikari

Filed under: Seira Kagami — solarblade @ 11:08 am
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Track Listing

  1. Kaleidoscope
  2. Kodoku no Hikari
  3. Kaleidoscope (Instrumental)
  4. Kodoku no Hikari (Instrumental)

1. Kaleidoscope

Seira Kagami begins her career with a carefree pop song.  It’s quite a cute track to listen to and Seira’s vocals are quite nice, though a little weak at points.  The music is quite nice and full of easy pop sounds that would make a debut sound passable.  I do love the part she’s singing out ~I love you~, it’s kind of the best part of the song. 

2. Kodoku no Hikari

I liked the other A-side more.  Kodoku no Hikari is definitly in the jazz genre and it does sound like something Mika Nakashima would’ve taken for herself, but Seira has done this song pretty well.  She’s got the right voice to do some jazz and she’s vocally a lot better here than on “Kaleidoscope”.  Just the right track to debut with too.

 

 

Seira begins her career pretty nicely with a double A-sided single.  I do prefer “Kodoku no Hikari” clearly because jazz is just a really nice style to do anything with.  Kaleidoscope is alright, but just a little too weak for Seira…..maybe a rearrangement is in order?