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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.

 

3 Responses to “Stereopony – Hydrangea ga Saiteiru”

  1. […] think Brett (solarblade) over at Kurayami Monogatari hit the nail on the head with his review of the album. As he says at the end, “there’s a bunch of tracks that really showed the […]

  2. […] think Brett (solarblade) over at Kurayami Monogatari hit the nail on the head with his review of the album. As he says at the end, “there’s a bunch of tracks that really showed the […]

  3. Blade Says:

    Reason why because Namida no Mukou is a tie-in to Gundam, which is MUCH more popular than Bleach. The reason why UVERworld had a #1 single is because it was the opening to Gundam. Nuff said.


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