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SNoW – Hanabi Made Ato Sukoshi July 23, 2009

Filed under: SNoW — solarblade @ 6:12 am

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Track Listing

  1. Hanabi Made Ato Sukoshi
  2. I’m No
  3. Hanabi Made Ato Sukoshi (Unplugged)

1. Hanabi Made Ato Sukoshi

In a way, Hanabi Made Ato Sukoshi reminds me of her last single “Yes” because of the more wintry sound it has.  Though as quickly I thought that, the song gets a bit more surreal when SNoW starts singing and adds to the whole soothing feel.  I love how she sounds in the chorus, the music just gets faster and up to speed with her.  I’m not sure why, but this is an awesome major debut song.

2. I’m No

That title is a little weird, isn’t it?  I’m No is actually more of a lighter dance track and SNoW is singing in English for this track so it’s like even better.  I like how she begins the chorus with the line ~I’m no Statue of Liberty, I’m no Joan of Arc, I’m no Marilyn Monroe.  You gotta be kidding me, I only thing your wasting time~.  So that song means girl power, I guess against us guys.  It’s a pretty cool dance track, quick favorite.

3. Hanabi Made Ato Sukoshi (Unplugged)

Wow, Hanabi Made Ato Sukoshi acoustic version huh.  I did like that they kept some tidbits of the original, like the bass player and replacthe synths and drums with a bongo player.  It actually gave a different feel for the track and SNoW’s vocals are just as nice too.  A nice rendition for the A-side.

 

 

Wow, SNoW’s major label debut is really good actually.  Hanabi Made Ato Sukoshi and it’s unplugged version gave off two different vibes and that’s good to know and I loved both.  I’m No took SNoW into English for a dance track and began to show what she can do as an artist.  I like where’s she’s going after “Yes”

 

Ai Otsuka – Rocket Sneaker/One×Time

Filed under: Ai Otsuka — solarblade @ 5:57 am

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Track Listing

  1. Rocket Sneaker
  2. One×Time
  3. Sora to Kujira
  4. Rocket Sneaker (Instrumental)
  5. One×Time (Instrumental)

1. Rocket Sneaker

I thought it was nice to finally get something upbeat from Ai-chin and Rocket Sneaker definitely served some in this era.  I’m also noticing that she’s getting more serious with her upbeat stuff and not going crazy like she usually does in her previous eras.  I also love the fact piano is prominent in the song .  People did bag on the PV for this track, but c’mon without that we wouldn’t have gotten GND’s “Be your wings” PV which is the same (but with a storyline). 

2. One×Time

I actually liked the other A-side just as much.  I mean it’s a bit more of a slower track than “Rocket Sneaker”, but she has gotten so much better in the vocal department since the last era.  Ai in the verses sounding like she’s speaking/whispering is so nice and worked for me.  Then she starts to sing out in the chorus.  It might not be her cleanest slow pop song, but it’s good nonetheless.

3. Sora to Kujira

Hmmmm, this name does sound familiar doesn’t it?  ❤ Jin.  Anyways the lone B-side of the single, Sora to Kujira is a nice surprise since it’s more of an acoustic track which we don’t have many from Ai-chin.  So the lack of any other instrumentation is a bit meh and Ai’s vocal aren’t too suited for stuff like this, but when things start to come in after the first chorus it does get better.  Bout halfway is when the song gets good a whole lot better since everything comes together and sounds just as good as “Rocket Sneaker” if not better.

 

 

Ok, I did say “Kurage, Nagareboshi” was the best single….well, not anymore.  It might have the epic ballad and a waltz in it, but this single altogether felt more complete than both “Kurage” and “Pocket”.  Rocket Sneaker and Sora to Kujira were nice, upbeat and both and good feelings written through it.  One×Time was soft, but Ai always gets the softer song right and she did it again here. 

 

Yousei Teikoku – Shijun no Zankoku

Filed under: Yousei Teikoku — solarblade @ 5:39 am

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Track Listing

  1. Shijun no Zankoku
  2. Akai Tobira
  3. Shijun no Zankoku (instrumental)
  4. Akai Tobira (instrumental)

1. Shijun no Zankoku

Ahhhh Shijun no Zankoku.  I don’t know how to really explain this track  It’s like a ballad, but it has an electric guitar that’s hidng in the background of the song.  It does seem to drag itself along without much of a climax to it, but later when the song goes upbeat and adds some dance beats, the song does get alot better.  I guess it takes a long while to get itself going, but by that time it’s near the ending of the song.  It even ends, a bit odd as well…but still so much better than “Valkyrja”

2. Akai Tobira

I guess that when Akai Tobira comes in.  Right from the start the song has a more upbeat sound, but in the process Yui’s vocals suffer because they are a bit weak against the songs aggressive nature.  I consider this to be just like “Valkyrja” with the same probems that panned both tracks. 

 

 

Oddly enough, Shijun no Zankoku did end the “GOTHIC LOLITA PROPAGANDA” era, but none of these tracks actually made the album which is a bit odd if you ask me.  Maybe they’ll be on “GOTHIC LOLITA DOCTRINE” maybe?  Although, Shijun no Zankoku is a late bloomer of a song, I can deal without Akai Tobira being on it.  Still….why release a single before your first best-of album?

 

angela – Yakusoku

Filed under: angela — solarblade @ 5:18 am

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Track Listing

  1. Yakusoku
  2. innocence
  3. Shangri-La
  4. Yakusoku (off vocal version)
  5. innocence (off vocal version)
  6. Shangri-La (off vocal version)

1. Yakusoku

I’m actually surprised that angela went for a ballad as their next A-side.  I really like how calm and then powerful atsuko can get with her voice when the arrangement call for either.  I can’t blame KATSU either because he made a pretty sweet arrangement as well.  Way to go!

2. innocence

OMG, the beginning of this song is so ripped off from Nami Tamaki’s “Sunrize”…After that though, the song becomes more of what I’m used to by angela.  It’s a bit like rock but with strings in it as well to make it more epic.  I think KATSU’s guitar solo was just amazing here, he never seems to not surprise me whenever he plays guitar.  Pretty good B-side.

3. Shangri-La

Shangri-La is actually not a new track of theres.  It’s actually the same song from their 5th single of the same name.  It’s on here because the single is a tribute to Soukyuu no Fafnir so it’s understandable that the opening theme would be on the single itself.  Understanding that, the song does have an opening kind of sound and since it’s a recut track, you can hear that atsuko sounds kind of meh in the song and the arrangement is a little messy, but it’s nice to see the track make a return.

 

 

angela’s 2nd single of the “Land Ho!” era was actually a lot better than “Beautiful fighter” since Yakusoku was a sweet ballad and innocence was more of the sound they were going closer with.  Shangri-La was  nice treat for the fans of the anime, but it sounds dated actually so it was the worst song off the single, but it’s not terrible…

 

Namie Amuro – FUNKY TOWN

Filed under: Namie Amuro — solarblade @ 4:32 am

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Track Listing

  1. FUNKY TOWN
  2. DARLING
  3. FUNKY TOWN (Instrumental)
  4. DARLING (Instrumental)

1. FUNKY TOWN

Isn’t that the same ~OWWWW~ that was in Gackt’s “Papa Lapped A Pap Lopped”.  I’m not sure why, but that right there was so cheap.  Anywho, FUNKY TOWN is a bit more funkier (hence the title).  I don’t know ig I’m a huge a fan of he song, but the beat is hot and slick, but the transitions are off the wall here.  It’s nothing to really complain about, but right now the song is just average.

2. DARLING

As the B-side of the single, DARLING is keeping the funk factor, but the song is missing a little something that would normally keep me interested.  Maybe it just doesn’t have enough going on because I easily got bored with DARLING after the first minute.  So much for that right?

 

 

FUNKY TOWN ended off the “PLAY” era in a meh kind of way.  FUNKY TOWN tried to replicate the mood that “CAN’T SLEEP, CAN’T EAT, I’M SICK”, but ultimately came off a bit duller because of that.  Same can be said with DARLING, but even worse.  It could be my least favorite single of the era.

 

Ataru Nakamura – Kotonakare Shugi

Filed under: Ataru Nakamura — solarblade @ 4:10 am

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Track Listing

  1. Kotonakare Shugi
  2. Tabako
  3. Heya Souji

1. Kotonakare Shugi

Kotonakare Shugi is a bit more upbeat than I’m used to from her.  Though, Ataru is using her male vocals which threw me off big time because if you didn’t know who sung it, you would instantly think it’d be a guy singing….(though it somewhat is).  I don’t know, but the song is pretty good and it suits Ataru’s jazzy style.  I think I really like the song despite the confusing gender issues here.

2. Tabako

It’s so weird that we go from “Kotonakare Shugi’s” more upbeat nature to a slower jazz track with Tabako.  Her vocals are a bit more fitting now, but I can still hear male-ish vocals, but I won’t fault Ataru for it as she’s an interesting singer all-around.  Now the song seems to flow really nicely and showed much of her work and I like it alot.

3. Heya Souji

Being the shortest track off the single, Ataru delves into country music for this B-side.  I won’t question why she chose to do a song in this genre as it sounds more or less sameish, but it does stand out on the single becuase of the whole playful sounding that’s comng from the arrangement.  Ataru does take her vocals a bit softer and I thought it was pleasant. 

 

 

Wow, I thought “Kaze Tachinu” was amazing, but Kotonakare Shugi totally stumped it.  The titular track and Tabako were nicely arranged jazz tracks because well, she’s so comfortable in that genre and moreso that she composes em herself is good too.  Heya Souji is a bit strange being country and all that, but being short actually made the blow not painful, great single and way to end off the era,