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Ayaka Hirahara – Sayonara Watashi no Natsu July 31, 2009

Filed under: Ayaka Hirahara — solarblade @ 4:08 am

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Track Listing

  1. Sayonara Watashi no Natsu
  2. Sora ni Namida wo Kaeshitara
  3. Sayonara Watashi no Natsu ~Vocal-less Track~

1. Sayonara Watashi no Natsu

I really like Ayaka’s more upbeat tracks a bit more than her ballads.  It does have a summer-like feel to it and brass is included as well.  There’s even a smidge touch of synth here as well, which gave it a brighter glow to it.  It feels so retro and yet with Ayaka’s vocals it makes the experience a way nicer one. 

2. Sora ni Namida wo Kaeshitara

Even weirder is that Sora ni Namida wo Kaeshitara is just as summer-like and cute arrangement wise that is.  I thought the jazzy opening was the best part.  That is until Ayaka starts singing along and I’m happy she’s keeping a more lower tone, but somehow keep the fun in check.  The marimba is so nice to hear….y’know it’s like a fun beach song and I love it.

 

 

After the minor disappointment in “Kodoku no Mukou”, Ayaka decided to get seasonal on us and release one of the most fun singles she’s had (if there were any others).  Her vocals definitely sound pretty with the tracks here and if there was a feel-good single of Summer, this single would definitely be on my top *RECOMMENDED*

 

dream – Yourself

Filed under: dream — solarblade @ 3:54 am

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Track Listing

  1. Yourself
  2. Get Over (Warp Brothers Remix)
  3. Yourself (Dub’s Unrestricted Remix)
  4. Get Over (Flutlicht Vocal Mix)
  5. Yourself (Instrumental)

1. Yourself

I’m guessing it’s typical to have somewhat of a slower track right?  At various points the song comes off as a bit wintry with the jingle bells and slower tempo.  The piano here and mix of guitars really sound similar to GND’s stuff.  As usual the trio can’t harmonize very well together and their energy is a bit lacking, but the song is nice, but there’s been a lot better.

 

 

dream finishes up the “Process” era so I guess it’s good for that, but the song isn’t anything we’ve already heard from the ladies.  I’m pretty sure they would’ve done something more, Iono….surprising maybe? 

 

Ayumi Sakai – Yokogao

Filed under: Ayumi Sakai — solarblade @ 3:24 am

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Track Listing

  1. Yokogao
  2. Koizaki
  3. Yokogao (Instrumental)
  4. Koizaki (Instrumental)

1. Yokogao

Ahhhh, I love the latin sound of Yokogao right from the start.  It’s pretty smooth and easy to sway with.  Ayumi sounds really nice singing with the song, but her vocals in the chorus are a bit weak when she tries for the higher notes, but this song is catchy and should be a track people should listen to.

2. Koizaki

I’m surprised at how good her vocals are compared to her first single and “Yokogao”.  Instead of the light latin sounds of the A-side, Koizaki takes a more of a light R&B sound.  The problem I have is that these kind of tracks bore me to death and that’s what it did.  Besides Ayumi’s pleasant vocals, the song was really stale and kind of led nowhere.

 

 

Yokogao did a great job at getting Ayumi going through different genres and I love Yokogao despite the weaker vocals akin to Koizaki, sadly the B-side was a bit bland, but still had good vocals so it’s not too horrible.  I’m pretty sure since “STRONG BODY” came out after this, she’s a bit of a wild card and I like that.

 

m.o.v.e – Romancing Train

Filed under: m.o.v.e — solarblade @ 2:43 am

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Track Listing

  1. Romancing Train
  2. Promised Land ~bless into the sunshine~
  3. Romancing Train (Tatsumaki Remix)
  4. Romancing Train (ORBITRIBE MIX)
  5. Romancing Train (instrumental)
  6. Promised Land ~bless into the sunshine~ (instrumental)

1. Romancing Train

After “come together” they had to follow up with something right?  Most Final Fantasy fans will remember this song being tied in the Unlimited series.  Romancing Train is a bit softer than in your face “come together” which is a good way to calm down after the trance-fest.  It’s a little bit of a downgrade from the last single, but it would’ve been a nice single to have seen after “FLY ME SO HIGH”.  It’s pretty catchy though so I have to say it’s a pretty sweet track.

2. Promised Land ~bless into the sunshine~

Continuing the tremd of amazingly long B-sides, Promised Land sounds like a remix right from the start.  I mean heavy and repetitive beats and synths galore.  Being at a little over 8 minutes you’d expect something pretty cool and well, that’s what happened.  Despite the time length, Promised Land is filled out pretty well.  Yuri’s singing fits with the mood of the song and motsu’s rapping as well.  Still is a little bit too long for me, but it’s alright.

 

 

m.o.v.e is still releasing very high quality music with “Romancing Train” .  I don’t know why it had to be right after “come together” but having a pretty well-known tie-in definitely worked in their favor and the title track was pretty catchy as a more chill eurobeat tune.  Promised Land suffers from being a little too long and very unclimatic, but still a pretty strong.

 

Nanase Aikawa – BREAK OUT!

Filed under: Nanase Aikawa — solarblade @ 1:40 am

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Track Listing

  1. BREAK OUT!
  2. Ima Demo…。
  3. BREAK OUT! (Original Karaoke)

1. BREAK OUT!

BREAK OUT! oddly enough reminds me of her debut A-side “Yumemiru Shoujo ja Irarenai” a lot.  Though this time the song kind of fails with no real catchy chorus and the only real hook is with Nanase saying the title, but other than the song is very vacant and pretty unorthodox for her.  It might have a chorus, but it’s too strangely placed within the song that it kind of is harder to point it out.  Messy A-side

2. Ima Demo…。

It’s pretty sad that I really enjoyed the B-side of the single a lot more than “BREAK OUT!”.  Instead of the guitar driven sound, she goes for a more synth heavy track, but it’s like something that’d come straight from the 80’s since the guitar plays a minor role compared to the synth beats.  After a while, it comes clear that the song is a ballad of sorts and I knd of liked it.  Definitely a whole lot better than “BREAK OUT!”.

 

 

Nanase finishes the “Red” era off with BREAK OUT! and even though the A-side is a big mess of a song with a catchy hook, Ima Demo…。 came in and quickly took over the missing catchiness of the single and it’s one of her better tracks of her career.