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Perfume – ⊿ July 5, 2009

Filed under: Perfume — solarblade @ 7:50 am

Triangle

Track Listing

  1. Take off
  2. love the world
  3. Dream Fighter
  4. edge (⊿-mix)
  5. NIGHT FLIGHT
  6. Kiss and Music
  7. Zero Gravity
  8. I still love U
  9. The best thing
  10. Speed of Sound
  11. One Room Disco
  12. Negai (Album-mix)

1. Take off

Let’s begin the album with an opening track (capsule much)?  Well, it kind of starts out with a countdown to our next track which is fitting, but y’know since this is Perfume’s first introductory track who ws really surprised that Take off, was gonna be short anyways?  Well….I guess it’s a good opening.

2. love the world

Yeah, hearing love the world on this album now, does make it sound pretty old like “GAME” old which is quite weird right?  I still have a lot of love for this track with it’s pop-like standards and such.  It still has a pretty sweet beat and the synths here sound so good with the girl’s vocals which are heavy on the vocoder and the flow is nice here.  Sweet ass song we have here.

3. Dream Fighter

2nd of the era, Dream Fighter pops up next and it’s kind of what did start the mehness of the era, Dream Fighter itself wasn’t a bad song persay but the vocal changes did sound a bit wonky to the listeners that really pay attention to them (my initial thought, were like, they sound oddly airy for being under vocoder….).  The beats here are more aggressive which is pretty cool, but the song also felt too short perhaps…hmm…still pretty good A-side for the era.

4. edge (⊿-mix)

edge got knocked up and had sexy babies.  Instead of fade in intro, the song actually starts off with a good start and the song really gets itself going.  It’s still our awesome song under all the new ribbons and what’s this it’s based off the extended version HELL YEAH!  They added a lot to edge and these new additions make the song sound even more epic and melodic in some ways??!?  Hands down this is by far the best track of the era and having the ⊿ symbol represent it, makes it even more epic!

5. NIGHT FLIGHT

Our first new track off the album is actually the first non-single track to be known as it was like “Secret Secret” a tie-in for Pino (bastards and their chocolate”.  Sadly, it didn’t have a PV to accompany it, but right next to “edge” this track totally pwns with it’s 8-bit like sounds and awesome verses.  Plus the chorus is so adorale with the whole ~Make a nice flight~ and ~Have a nice flight~…Album’s main shiner here…though what’s with the breakdown?  FREAKY

6. Kiss and Music

We reach our league of new tracks starting with the rather short, Kiss and Music which kind of sounds different from anything I’ve heard from them so far.  There’s actual singing going on and it’s quite interesting how the song sounds like a chill track, but has a slight touch of funk too….it’s quite new and I can’t quite decide if I like it because it is odd and different…hmmm

7. Zero Gravity

I was sorely saddened when I heard that Zero Gravity wasn’t going to be aggressive and hard like “GAME” was.  What we got though, we actually a return to their more pop-like sound ala back into their “GAME” days which is a nice homage to it, but at the same time I’m feeling somewhat bored with it.   I do like how Perfume is singing here, it’s not as harsh as it is sometimes…still the music sounds like something capsule would’ve used….Anyone find it funny, that the song is basically an antithesis of their past song “Inryoku”?

8. I still love U

Now we have the main promotional track to come in and well, from what people have said from the previews it does sound like something from the 80’s especially of what synths and rhythms are used here.  It’d be perfect for Tommy February6.  Sadly, the song suffers from higher pitched ouchies and well, the chorus isn’t the most exciting thing here on the album, but I do commend them for making the verses sound pretty cool.  Other than that the song sounds pretty cool from Nakata’s perspective lol….oooo I actually can see this song being more suited for MEG than Perfume…

9. The best thing

Ahhhh…The best thing actually is another song I was quite liking via the previews and I still quite like the full version.  I’m also noticing that they are saying ~Macaroni~ in the song which makes me wonder if this track is somehow paying an homage to “Macaroni” or something like that.  It’s one of the cleanest tracks off the album and definitely lived up to my expectations. 

10. Speed of Sound

It’s so cool that “The best thing” actually leads up into Speed of Sound which is the song with the whole lyrics < music.  In some cases the song totally reminds me of the start of Ami’s “climb up to the top” and we know how that ended with all that yelling.  Luckily, it takes a more groovy take…then when the girls come in, they start to remind me of Ami’s “TEN” which is another oops factor gone into the song.  I’m sorry Nakata but you really screwed this up.  Leave the lounge style to your own girl, Toshiko….Perfume is not made for these kind of songs.

11. One Room Disco

Ending off the era was well….Considering that “love the world” and “Dream Fighter” were great tracks, ORD was kind of the meh that finished the era off.  It’s still pretty good don’t get me wrong, but it’s just that beginning that really kills the mood y’know.  You’d expect something really hard and then it becomes girlish electropop with a repetitive line that worked again….and IT’S THE SAME WORD ~disuko~….How they managed to do that again just scrambles my mind, but the song is catchy in an odd way. 

12. Negai (Album-mix)

Basically you’re just going to add 10 seconds to add basically a piano and such to open the song?  Honestly, I was hoping to see this ballad get turned into a dance track, but I can live with the new sounds brought into the ballad B-side.  It actually gave it a more broader sound and it doesn’t sound as boring as the original…I still would’ve liked to have seen “23:30” appear on the album, but this’ll do.

Tracks Recommended

  • edge (⊿-mix)
  • NIGHT FLIGHT
  • love the world
  • Dream Fighter
  • The best thing

Song of Avoidance

  • Speed of Sound

Ok, is it bad that I think BEAUTIFUL was way better than this album, why yes.  I have no idea what happened with Perfume on this album, but this was a major letdown for me.  I mean…seriously all of the new tracks sounded like they were ripped from the other artists that worked with Nakata and that was hard to swallow like Speed of Sound and Zero Gravity, and even I still love U….others were just not good…Besides NIGHT FLIGHT, this album failed me in a bad way.  I had such high hopes just from the singles alone and then BAM…oh well, they better get their acts together for their 4th album

 

KU-TYU-BUNKAI – COCOLO COLOR

Filed under: KU-TYU-BUNKAI — solarblade @ 2:15 am

cocolocolor

Track Listing

  1. Maniac★☆
  2. Sorairo Neon
  3. Shuumaimiimain
  4. Imagination
  5. Nicorhythm
  6. Maniac★☆ Graham Massey Remix [808 State]

1. Maniac★☆

So the mini-album begins with well, the main promotional track which is oddly enough a rearrangement of their track before they officialized for this release.  Maniac★☆ was actually more rock influenced before this rendition which is kind of odd. especially if the song’s main topic is like ~Synthesizer, synthesizer~.  Now this version on the mini-album is actually quite the opposite more focused on the synths nd was resung as well and fixed the mishaps that were in the original.   The main male singer, POCO also got the vocoder touch here and I quite like as it is a male under it, so it’s something somewhat new to the electro sounds. 

2. Sorairo Neon

Ahhhh, Sorairo Neon is actually the next best thing because well, it doesn’t go too far on J-tek, but it’s quite calming and ethereal especially in the opening sections of the song.  It also seems to combine their rock past with their new sound which works with me because it maks sense.  They just made this song sound so right and I quite like it alot.

3. Shuumaimiimain

 I’m not sure if the title is right, but hey this song brought back the guy’s rock sound back mixed in with a pretty steady dance beat.  Now this is kind of like what “Maniac★☆’s” first version kind of sounded like but with a small guitar solo.  It does stand out with it’s more rock sound, but otherwise it’s nothing to gasm about.

4. Imagination

Just like “Maniac★☆”, Imagination was also a track that was known before this mini-album and also went through some major arrangement changing before making it here.  The original was a laidback track with actually low synth usage, but the lead guy, POCO was still under vocoder.  I guess you could’ve called it a ballad actually…The new version on here though….kind of added unneeded synths and POCO got more vocoder on him which threw the song into a more interesting sound.  I like the song, but I rather prefer the original over this one.

5. Nicorhythm

Then we get Nicorhythm the last new track off of here, it starts out wih a VGM kind of melody do it which is pretty sweet.  I actually like this track alot because it’s easy and well not heavy on either their rock nor their electro sound which is such a good thing in this song.  POCO does sound strained here and there going for higher notes, but I keep thinking of Nissy from AAA was singing this…it’s kind of freaky.

6. Maniac★☆ Graham Massey Remix [808 State]

Ending things off is a remix of the promotional track and well….At first I thought the ringing and bells everywhere were annoying me so much, but when the synths started to come in and replace it, I was happy, but the song felt oddly empty especially when in conjunction with POCO’s singing.  Iono, but this remix to me just came off as messy.

 

 

At first, I was hoping this would’ve been an excellent release especially since Maniac★☆ was so damn good, but after listening to the album, I really only liked Maniac★☆, Sorairo Neon, and Nicorhythm….the rest were kind of meh to me.  I’m pretty sure they’ll fix it, by their next release hopefully…Now for being one of two male groups with electro/rock as their genre (MOSH UNDER THE SUN) being the other, these guys are actually better.

 

Do As Infinity – ∞1

Filed under: Do As Infinity — solarblade @ 1:38 am

infinityichi

Track Listing

  1. Umareyuku Monotachi e
  2. Meramera
  3. Timeless
  4. Let’s get together at a-nation

1. Umareyuku Monotachi e

Starting off this quad A-side, Umareyuku Monotachi e brings DAI back into the groove pretty awesomely.  They made the song into a ballad with rock twinges ala Nichika.  Though that statement sounds bogus since DAI was here before Nichika.  Tomiko’s vocals sounds pretty strong and it helps Ryo is also helping her out in the chorus and they harmonize just fine.

2. Meramera

It kind of was nice to see that Meramera was more of a rock track than the last track.  I love the melody of this track because it puts a dance style with their guitarwork which made the song so much more memorable.  I love how Tomiko ends the chorus by yelling out ~Fire~ that just sounded awesome. 

3. Timeless

Timeless is another upbeat track from DAI and I think this showed more of Tomiko’s vocals as well showed off even more harmonization from her and Ryo which is always a good thing.  As steady as the song is, it’s another track that flies by my head when it plays since it stays on the same melody most of the song and the chorus is like the only place that really shows off their vocals.  It’s alright, but passable.

4. Let’s get together at a-nation

Then we just lose control with our final track off the single.  Tomiko is actually under vocoder and a very heavy one here.  Put a disco-like arrangement and you basically get something that sounds like it should be on a Daft Punk album because of the outrageous mix.  It’s kind of good if you don’t think of it as a DAI song, but if you are then this will surely come off as weird….and not fitting.

 

 

DAI finally returns after their 3 year disbandment, and everyone’s solo careers.   They shook off the dust and came back as if their disbandment never happened and ∞1 was a great single to come back with.  Umareyuku Monotachi e and Meramera brought back the spark of the group in a fine way.  Timeless kind of was borderline boring, but still good and well…their J-tek example didn’t go as far as to impress me, but it’s nice they are broadening their sound.