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BEST & WORST of 2009: SINGLES! Part One: A-sides!! December 31, 2009

Filed under: ~Best of 2009~ — solarblade @ 11:12 am

Yeah, how amazing!  So anywho, I’ll be obviously going through the best and worst of the singles this year (at least the ones I was able to listen to this year)


A-sides that were so close but no cigar xD

Yes, these five almost made the list, but the other 10 just came out so much better, but Love player, Sparkle, GHOST, Synchronize, and Kaerimichi wo Nakushite were definitely great songs by their respective artists, NOW LET’S GET DOWN TO IT!

10. GIRL NEXT DOOR – Infinity

Surprisingly, GND had a much better year with their singles than their debut era.  Still, they are somewhat stuck in a rut because of their producer which is unfortunate.  However, that rut was a special case with Infinity.  Released in June, Infinity blasted on the scene quite awesomely with catchy lyrics, awesome lead in the chorus with the chanting of WHOA WHOA! and of course the PV where colors were everywhere.

9. alan – Gunjou no Tani

While last year when we were bombarded by news that alan was going to release 3 more singles in 2009 it really bummed people out.  It turned out that Gunjou no Tani and Kuon no Kawa would turn out to be singles in different eras and Liberty was just an album track.  Gunjou no Tani was definitely a step in the right direction because it was produced by Cocco who’s also a well-known J-pop artist.  I loved the entire song and even though alan’s vocals weren’t like OMG blessing, it still made the song epic in many ways.

8. Namie Amuro – Dr.

It was hard trying to decide whether to include WILD, the furious dance song that still pounds in my head or Dr. the more intricate tune and in the end I chose Dr.  I used to hate this song like wildfire because of the whole weirdness of the chorus (or at least that’s what I think it is).  Anyways, after time the song got really awesome and the march chorus was exciting and added a boost the song needed and gave it more importance.  Even the PV was pretty exciting!

7. AAA – Break Down

I guess since “WILD” isn’t on the list, the other hyperactive dance track to really blow me away was AAA’s return after their rather disappointing 4th album.  Break Down is totally not what they usually release, it’s basically trance/techno/dance all of the above and what came out of it was a very energetic tune.  The overflow of beats and synths just made me happy.

6. UVERworld – GO-ON

Yes, UVERworld was definitely on a roll this year after AwakEVE.  GO-ON is just really surprising and brought the group such a new harder and more epic sound with GO-ON.  I love the synthy opening to the song before rushing in with TAKUYA and the rest of the group hitting the ground running with this tune.  ~BOOM, BOOM, BOOM~ is ever so awesome!

5. Aira Mitsuki – Sayonara TECHNOPOLiS

Aira has definitely not been making the most memorable music this year, but oddly enough she pulled off another shiner with Sayonara TECHNOPOLiS released in January.  I really love the fact that it sounds so different from other songs she’s done.  Even the groovy sound is ubertastic here and her sort of pseudo-rapping/singing here is fun to listen to.  Oh yea, I CALLED THE SONG’S MEANING BEFORE IT CAME OUT, BOO FRIGGIN YA!

4. angela – Spiral

I loved Spiral right from first listen.  There was just something about the song that just kicked so much ass.  It could’ve been from KATSU’s awesome arrangement down to atsuko’s expressive vocals, but altogether, Spiral was just an electrifying experience.

3. POLYSICS – Shout Aloud!

Same issue applies here.  The energy of Shout Aloud! is just WHOAAAA!  If you’re a big POLYSICS fan, this song would definitely surprise many fans because of its sheer energy.  All the members of the group play really well for something so demanding of them and it’s difficult to see KAYO leaving the group next year, but this was my favorite KAYO-filled POLYSICS song.

2. Stereopony – Namida no Mukou

Yep, I think most people will instantly know why Namida no Mukou is up here.  Like I said, I’ve never disliked a GUNDAM song so Namida no Mukou was instant love at first song.  It helps that the song has such a great flow to it and AIMI’s vocals are sharp and exciting.  E to the P to the I to the C!


Well, I know people will probably flame me for this, but MATERIAL WORLD was the best A-side that was released this year.  I mean while it didn’t score to well on ORICON…the song is just electronica goodness brought to us by Taku of m-flo fame.  There were just a lot of parts that sounded epic in the track (mostly in its arrangement and the bridges).  Way to go Sowelu, you’re not all bad just keep sticking with this sound with SON…..oh yeah she got transferred to avex’s rhythm zone….


THE A-SIDES that were lucky enough not to make the list!

For the amount of BAD a-sides, there were far more better A-sides which is definitely a plus from last year’s horror fest…I mean wow xD.  Anyways, Lacrimosa, daily-daily Dream, Mugen, SMILES, and Take It Easy! were rounding out the baddies this year.  Not all of these were real bad, just not more of the pleasurable A-sides.

NOW THE LIST *evil laugh*

10. AAA – Tabidachi no Uta

I cannot get into why I disliked this song.  I mean ok, it’s an AAA ballad which means more Nissy x Misato, but did we need Hidaka rapping in such a way that makes me want to punt a puppy?  This song wasn’t furthur on the list because it was fixed up in the [TW Departure Mix].  Not a bad ballad, but certainly tasteless with the Hidaka rap!

9. Morning Musume – Kimagure Princess

I was getting more and more into Momosu these last few years and then they had to send Koharu Kusumi off with this really raunchy song.  Kimagure Princess to me is the group’s perv single and it seems they have quite a few.  The thing that took me out was the vocals…they were off the charts bad and even Ai couldn’t save it from being a bomb!

8. Sayuri Sugawara – Kimi ga Iru Kara

As much as I was excited to see that a newcomer got to sing a FF song, Kimi ga Iru Kara kind of dashed my thoughts.  It’s way too simple and boring to really stand on its own and strangely enough it was the worst song on its respective single.  I’m not too impressed on Leona’s tune either…talk about being disappointed.

7. Mika Nakashima – CANDY GIRL

Oh boy, CANDY GIRL was a doozy to listen to this year.  Why, of all the people, did Mika follow the circus theme.  She just did not get this song right at all and even though it was an OK try in the arrangement, the overall repetitiveness of the song just killed any hopes.  It could be Mika’s worst A-side.

6. Rina Aiuchi – MAGIC

It’s tough when you are helplessly shoved with a single that sounds like the last one but even worse.  I was hoping MAGIC would go back into her synth-popness that filled out recently, but MAGIC was more like “STORY/SUMMER LIGHT” which was acoustic pop and I’m sorry when you repeat it and make it boring, you know you need to release a BEST-OF….oh, yeah she did XD

5. Aira Mitsuki – BARBiE BARBiE

Sorry to say, but Aira had both a great song and a bad one and BARBiE BARBiE was that song.  I’m not fully sure why I don’t like it so, but I always get bored with this and go back to “Robot Honey”.  Then again the similarities between the two are really high and goes in their own respective PV’s.  So it’s a Robot Honey came first so the secondary lacks kind of deal.

4. Mano Erina – Kono Mune wo Tokimeki wo

Out of all of Mano’s A-sides released this year, this one takes the cake as the worst.  While, the whole wintry theme might have been secretly inputted in the song, Kono Mune wo Tokimeki wo really brought out the worst in Manoeri.  Her tone was just everywhere and she didn’t even sound like she wanted this song to even happen either.  What a sad, sad song XD

3. alan – BALLAD ~Namonaki Koi no Uta~

Yeah, besides having a good single as well, BALLAD came in as well a ballad and what a boring one at that.  It couls be that alan was constantly releasing ballads and this one didn’t do a thing to me.  It’s even weirder that it’s one of the better ballads of the era it was in so that should tell ya what’s coming up xD

2. BoA – Believe in LOVE (acoustic version)

BoA has really had a rough year of releases, but she did have a good song within Believe in LOVE which is actually ravex’s songs.  It was a great A-side no doubt, but when BoA released her single which included a new version of the electronica ballad, things just blew up and pissed me off greatly.  The acoustic version was so dry, so emotionless, and just lacked the spark the original had altogether…it almost hit No.1

1. Yui Sakakibara – Happy⇔Lucky X’mas♪

I know this has been only out for so long, but this song takes the cake for worst A-side of the year.  Happy⇔Lucky X’mas♪ (ugh hate the symbols) is just winter cheese and not in a good way.  Pair it up with Yui’s bad seiyuu vocals and we get a really nasty mix.  I just wanted to get that review over with quickly…girl needs to sing right…PHANTASM or serious singles PLZ!


This is part 1 of 4 post through singles.  Next post will be about the B-sides of the year. WATCH FOR IT


Meisa Kuroki – ATTITUDE December 30, 2009

Filed under: Meisa Kuroki — solarblade @ 5:28 am

Track Listing

  1. ATTITUDE (Intro)
  2. Are ya ready?
  3. Kind of Guy
  4. #1
  5. No Restriction (Interlude)
  6. Late Show
  7. Stand Up!
  8. Before Dawn (Interlude)
  9. Awakening

1. ATTITUDE (Intro)

Meisa’s mini-album begins with a small intro.  ATTITUDE begins with a piano opening before unleashing a mix of heavy beats, synths and some Meisa ad-libs before rounding out the song with the title of the next track.

2. Are ya ready?

Being the song to represent the mini-album, Are ya ready? is just a fierce punch to this mini-album.  I just love the hard synth riff going on in the song.  I’m just loving this song a whole bunch because of the force it brings to your nerves.  I already can tell Meisa’s been doing a whole lot better in singing since her vocals aren’t heavily auto-tune and her yelps are just kinky xD

3. Kind of Guy

I guess Meisa this time is depending on catchy and heavy beats on this mini-album because Kind of Guy has got a cool beat and some fun clapping rhythms.  The song feels a bit jazzy with the low brass and overall jazzy flow.  It still has a Meisa flow to it…maybe even more closer to Namie’s “Hide and Seek” and “FAST CAR” mixed together xD

4. #1

#1 clearly seems to be another song that’s like “Are ya ready?” with the same synth sound and beat-oriented arrangement.  Even though the song doesn’t have that same immediate hook like said song, #1 isn’t too bad.  I just feel like this song is just seems to be borrowing a little too much from the main song.

5. No Restriction (Interlude)

I love this piano interlude of No Restriction.  It’s a very beautifully played out interlude with some fancy piano playing.  Meisa is having a conversation underneath the music, but ends the interlude with ~show me whatcha got, hahahahaha~  Really Meisa, REALLY?

6. Late Show

So far, we’ve gotten some pretty interesting songs with this new found liking to the heavier side of dance R&B.  I liked how it tries to be somewhat straying away from the stuff I’ve heard so far, but her vocals are taking a hit becuase it’s got that auto-tune going like the stuff back on “hellcat”. 

7. Stand Up!

Which makes this song a little disappointing because of its closeness to the last track.  I love the buzzing synths in my headphones and it tries to be somewhat exciting which she did in the verses because those parts were cool, but Meisa kind of comes off as unmemorable when she sings through the chorus.  I guess it’s alright but she needs to work on being a little more into the song besides in the verses.

8. Before Dawn (Interlude)

The final interlude of the mini-album, is once again a piano interlude, but this time makes a little more effort to not include Meisa which is great, but the piano here isn’t as strong or as tight as it was in “No Restriction”.

9. Awakening

Ending things off, Awakening comes off as the ballad of the mini (even though there’s still R&B beats going on here).  Everyone should know how I feel about these kind of songs and unsurprisingly, Awakening isn’t really that good.  I guess it’s a nice try since this is her 2nd ballad…still Meisa doesn’t really sound like someone who should be singing ballads.



Since this is Meisa’s first mini-album, I can say that this was actually a pretty stale offering.  It must have been because of her producer who did majority of the mini.  I can say maybe two or three songs are passable, Are ya ready? being the best song, but otherwise it felt like there wasn’t enough differentiation to go around on “ATTITUDE”.


Haruka Shimotsuki – Kimi to no Tabiji

Filed under: Haruka Shimotsuki — solarblade @ 2:29 am

Track Listing

  1. Kimi to no Tabiji
  2. Shiroi Chizu
  3. Kimi to no Tabiji off vocal
  4. Shiroi Chizu off vocal

1. Kimi to no Tabiji

Whenever you listen to Haruka’s music, you kind of get either a feeling of nostalgia or just like it altogether.  For me, Kimi to no Tabiji is a mix of both because it’s a mix or folk and anime music kind of combined together.  I kind of like the instrumention and arrangement going on here because it’s lighthearted and happier sounding than most songs I heard back on “Griotte no Nemuri Hime”.  Haruka’s vocals are a bit nasally though, but it doesn’t fully take me out of the song.  I liked this.

2. Shiroi Chizu

The single’s B-side, Shiroi Chizu takes it a bit slower than “Kimi to no Tabiji”, but it’s still very much mid-tempo music.  I like the fact that there’s still accordion in her music giving it a nice finesse throughout.  Her vocals in this song is slightly better, but it’s still pretty much seiyuu-like through some of her passages in the song.  I’m not sure why but I’m otherwise bored with the song.



I guess starting up on a new era of singles, Kimi to no Tabiji was alright but I liked her last single “break time” quite a lot more.  It might’ve been because Shiroi Chizu was pretty boring.  The A-side though was the usual good Haruka song so I can’t bash the single too hard right?


ORICON Top 200! Well…at least the stuff I care about XD December 29, 2009

Filed under: ~Best of 2009~ — solarblade @ 12:31 pm

Yeah, so basically I wanna rundown the list and see the placing for all the singles and albums I mostly got to review this year.  Now I won’t list the full list unless you all want me too, and if you do then plz comment this ok?


  • 191 – SCANDAL – ShoujoS
  • 190 – GIRL NEXT DOOR – Seeds of dream
  • 188 – GIRL NEXT DOOR – Be your wings/FRIENDSHIP/Wait for you
  • 187 – Mari Yaguchi / Airband – Seishun Boku/Seishun Ore
  • 184 – ikimono-gakari – Nakumonka
  • 181 – Yajima Biyoushitsu – SAKURA -Haru wo Uta wa Nevada-
  • 176 – Mai Kuraki – Beautiful
  • 175 – abingdon boys school – STRENGTH.
  • 173 – Aya Kamiki w TAKUYA – W-B-X ~W-Boiled Extreme~
  • 171 – Kou Shibasaki – lover soul
  • 169 – alan – Kuon no Kawa
  • 167 – ayaka – Minna Sora no Shita
  • 165 – Aya Hirano – Super Driver
  • 163 – Shoko Nakagawa – Namida no Tane, Egao no Hana
  • 145 – Koda Kumi – Alive/Physical thing
  • 142 – Morning Musume – Kimagure Princess
  • 139 – Yuna Ito – trust you
  • 136 – GIRL NEXT DOOR – Infinity
  • 135 – Kana Nishino – Motto…
  • 133 – ikimono-gakari – Hotaru no Hikari
  • 130 – Mai Kuraki – PUZZLE/Revive
  • 123 – AAA – Break Down/Break your name/Summer Revolution
  • 122 – ayaka – Yume wo Mikata ni/Koi Kogarete Mita Yume
  • 121 – Morning Musume – Naichau Kamo
  • 116 – Yajima Biyoushitsu – Nihon no Mikata -Nevada Kara Kimashita-
  • 113 – AAA – Hide-away/Hide & Seek/Find you
  • 112 – fripSide – only my railgun
  • 108 – Morning Musume – Shouganai Yume Oibito
  • 105 – abingdon boys school – JAP
  • 100 – GACKT – The Next Decade
  • 99 – ikimono-gakari – Futari
  • 98 – Nana Mizuki – Mugen
  • 97 – Porno Graffitti – Anima Rossa
  • 96 – Junko Akimoto – Tasogare Love again
  • 95 – Stereopony – Namida no Mukou
  • 93 – Nana Mizuki – Shin’ai
  • 87 – Porno Graffitti – Kono Mune wo, Ai wo Sasu yo
  • 86 – Koda Kumi – stay with me
  • 85 – UVERworld – Kanashimi wa Kitto
  • 83 – UVERworld – GO-ON
  • 82 – Morning Musume – Nanchatte Renai
  • 76 – Ayaka Hirahara – Nocturne/Campanula no Koi
  • 72 – supercell – Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari
  • 71 – Angela Aki – Tegami ~Haikei Juugo no Kimi e~
  • 70 – Miliyah Kato x Shota Shimizu – Love Forever
  • 67 – Koda Kumi – 3 SPLASH
  • 66 – ikimono-gakari – YELL/Joyful
  • 65 – Tohoshinki – Survivor
  • 63 – Gackt – Journey through the Decade
  • 61 – Koda Kumi x misono – It’s all Love!
  • 59 – Perfume – One Room Disco
  • 53 – AKB48 – 10nen Zakura
  • 51 – YUI – It’s all too much/Never say die
  • 50 – Ayumi Hamasaki – Sunrise/Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~
  • 49 – Tohoshinki – Bolero/Kiss the Baby Sky/Wasurenaide
  • 47 – AKB48 – Iiwake Maybe
  • 45 – Namie Amuro – WILD/Dr.
  • 43 – Ayumi Hamasaki – Rule/Sparkle
  • 39 – AKB48 – Namida Surprise!
  • 36 – Porno Graffitti – Koyoi, Tsuki ga Miezu Tomo
  • 34 – YUI – again
  • 33 – JEJUNG & YUCHUN from Tohoshinki – COLORS ~Melody and Harmony~/Shelter
  • 29 – Tohoshinki – Share the World/We Are!
  • 26 – Ayumi Hamasaki – Days/GREEN
  • 22 – AKB48 – RIVER
  • 21 – Tohoshinki – Stand by U
  • 11 – NEWS – Koi no ABO
  • 4 – Junko Akimoto – Ai no Mama de…

REALLY?  The top selling single from my blog this year is Junko’s 3rd single?  I’m happy with this list though xD


  • 180 – Koda Kumi – Out Works and Collaboration Best
  • 178 – Tommy Heavenly6 – Gothic Melting Ice Cream’s Darkness “Nightmare”
  • 166 – Maaya Sakamoto – Kazeyomi
  • 164 – Tommy February6 – Strawberry Cream Soda Pop “Daydream”
  • 157 – Mika Nakashima – NO MORE RULES.
  • 146 – Tohoshinki – T
  • 144 – Perfume – GAME
  • 143 – MiChi – UP TO YOU
  • 136 – Koda Kumi – Driving Hit’s
  • 134 – Ayaka Hirahara – my Classics!
  • 115 – Kou Shikbasaki – Love Paranoia
  • 105 – Ai Otsuka – LOVE is BEST
  • 94 – Mai Kuraki – touch Me!
  • 93 – Namie Amuro – BEST FICTION
  • 91 – Miho Fukuhara – RAINBOW
  • 86 – Junko Akimoto – Second Story
  • 83 – Nana Mizuki – ULTIMATE DIAMOND
  • 79 – supercell feat. Miku Hatsune – supercell
  • 60 – chatmonchy – Kokuhaku
  • 59 – Mika Nakashima – VOICE
  • 58 – Ayaka Hirahara – Path of Independence
  • 57 – BoA – BEST&USA
  • 55 – Kana Nishino – LOVE one.
  • 53 – Crystal Kay – BEST of CRYSTAL KAY
  • 51 – Angela Aki – ANSWER
  • 49 – UVERworld – AwakEVE
  • 44 – Ai Otsuka – LOVE LETTER
  • 28 – Utada – This Is The One
  • 25 – Mai Kuraki – ALL MY BEST
  • 21 – Tohoshinki – The Secret Code
  • 20 – Perfume – ⊿
  • 17 – Miliyah Kato – Ring
  • 16 – Ayumi Hamasaki – NEXT LEVEL
  • 15 – Koda Kumi – TRICK
  • 12 – ikimono-gakari – My song Your song
  • 5 – ayaka – ayaka’s History 2006-2009

At least ayaka went out with a bang right?  interesting xD


GACKT – Stay the Ride Alive

Filed under: GACKT — solarblade @ 3:01 am

Track Listing

  1. Stay the Ride Alive
  2. Stay the Ride Alive (Classic Edit)
  3. Stay the Ride Alive (Instrumental)

1. Stay the Ride Alive

Why is that I found myself really liking Stay the Ride Alive a lot?  Being another one of those Kamen Rider songs, I was happily enjoying this a whole lot more than that last release “The Next Decade”.  This song just feels epic and GACKT’s vocals are pretty radiant with the heavily string/guitar based arrangement.  Pretty good song overall

2. Stay the Ride Alive (Classic Edit)

Yes, by now everyone should know that Kamen Rider singles never have true B-sides, all they have are instrumentals based on the main song and that’s the case once again here with Stay the Ride Alive.  Now, it’s a classical rearrangement filled with horns, strings, and piano.  It actually reminds me of KH music, but it could just be me. 



Seems like GACKT is getting back to releasing solid music especially with “Setsugekka -The end of silence-/ZAN” and then this was great.  Even though Kamen Rider is avex owned and even the single is avex-made which means that it won’t be making its way onto a GACKT album anytime soon.  Still, maybe since it is the 3rd Kamen single, we might get something out of this in an album, but I wouldnt hold my hopes high for that.  Stay the Ride Alive is my favorite within those 3 singles, it just sounded great. OH YEA HOORAY FIRST 2010 RELEASE, REVIEWED!


Ayumi Hamasaki – You were…/BALLAD December 28, 2009

Filed under: Ayumi Hamasaki — solarblade @ 12:12 pm

Track Listing

  1. You were…
  3. RED LINE ~for TA~
  4. You were… (Music Box mix -retake version-)
  5. Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~ (Orchestra version)
  6. You were… -Instrumental-
  7. BALLAD -Instrumental-
  8. RED LINE ~for TA~ (Instrumental)

1. You were…

Really Ayu?  You’re pulling off another “Days” three singles later?  I really could not really get myself into this song because it doesn’t really stand out when compared to previous winter songs like “POWDER SNOW” or even “No way to say”.  It is however somewhat better than “Days” because of its stronger hitting chorus and overall stronger winter feel.  Her vocals are quite sweet and right (I was worried, especially with that “evolution” performance).  It’s alright.


Damn, I think she’s trying to recreate “Days/GREEN”…BALLAD is obviously a ballad of course and the opening his a slight oriental feel to it and while that was nice, it was reminding me somewhat of “GREEN”.  Likewise, the chorus is where the song shines the brightest and I have to say, the more flowing arrangement worked moreso here than with “You were…”.

3. RED LINE ~for TA~

While the song meaning is for Team Ayu, RED LINE is oddly enough the only mid-tempo track off the single.  Her vocals seems like she’s gone back a few albums with that tone of hers, I like it, and the song doesn’t put me in bored mode.  It might be a little like “Life”, but it’s done right and made the single better IMO. 

4. You were… (Music Box mix -retake version-)

It’s strange to have a music box/orgel version of the main song on a single (unless you’re Kanon Wakeshima, then it’s perfectly excusable).  The arrangement feels quite cute and since it is the only instrument/sound of the song it’s kind of appropriate for the song.  Ayu is also present and she’s all by herself with no vocal help either so you’ll hear her more clearer.  Her singing is alright, but she’s yelling a little bit and her vibrato is kind of shaky, but not a bad version of the song at all.  OMG, there’s someone rewinding the music box bout midway through the song as well…

5. Sunset ~LOVE is ALL~ (Orchestra version)

I wonder why we got an orchestra version of Sunset and not of Sunrise…Anyways it’s nice to see orchestral versions because most of the time, Ayu can pull these off gracefully and once doesn’t disappoint on this single.  Beautiful strings, even more beautiful playing from the harp.  It’s a little worrysome that Ayu’s vocals here aren’t at their brightest no more, but the song is really pretty.



While I do think the single is a little bit like, oh deja vu with “Days/GREEN”, You were…/BALLAD is a pretty nice package of songs, but I really want her to move on from ballads and get back to epic stuff like “Rule/Sparkle” or even “evolution” but I guess this era is just going to be laidback.  RED LINE did sort of filled that gap in, but once again a little bit of deja vu as well with the song.  So much for that NEXT LEVEL huh?


RIZE – Pink Spider

Filed under: RIZE — solarblade @ 12:07 pm

Track Listing

  1. Pink Spider
  2. GHOST
  3. Why I’m Me “The Reason Why I’m Me”

1. Pink Spider

Yeah, most people would recognize this track as a cover of hide’s original track and yeah since it was his kind of suicide song, Pink Spider has gained a notorious amount of interest, hence RIZE’s try to cover it.  Anyways knowing RIZE’s past stuff, there cover is definitely them since it’s edgy punk-rock.  I really love JESSE’s voice for some reason because it’s got that flair and personality that seems to be missing.  As much as people dislike this because it’s not hide’s, RIZE’s isn’t too bad and the energy is just off the wall and epic. 


The first B-side off the single, GHOST to me feels like a ska song since it’s more laidback and relaxed when compared to “Pink Spider”.  We also get to see JESSE do his rapping here as well and it’s pretty impressive and I like that the chorus is in English at least and it’s catchy as well. 

3. Why I’m Me “The Reason Why I’m Me”

The other B-side though returns to the hard rock seen in the A-side.  It’s actually a lot more harder hitting as well since it’s got more guitars and mixes in with JESSE’s rapping as well making it a formittable tune.  It’s definitely a rush to listen to and it’s great.



Pink Spider marks the return of the band since they went on a hiatus for about 4 years before returning with this single.  Pink Spider welcomes us back into RIZE’s hard-hitting sounds and I really like it.  I might not have heard the stuff before this, but I’m guessing the break did em’ good since this single rocks hard! 


Team DEKARIS – Koi no Dekaris

Filed under: StylipS — solarblade @ 4:33 am

Track Listing

  1. Jingle
  2. Koi no Muteki Command
  3. Unmei wa “I” Love You
  4. Yuujou Try Again!
  5. Koi Shoku Puzzle
  6. Sweets×Sweets
  7. Muzukashii Kedo Aishiteru ~Dekaris~
  8. Koi no Muteki Command (Off Vocal)
  9. Unmei wa “I” Love You (Off Vocal)
  10. Yuujou Try Again! (Off Vocal)
  11. Koi Shoku Puzzle (Off Vocal)
  12. Sweets×Sweets (Off Vocal)
  13. Korubuchika -Miracle Angel Dolls MIX-

1. Jingle

Wow, only 5 seconds and all it is is just the group saying their name?  WOW, I’m totes impressed…

2. Koi no Muteki Command

I can tell almost immediatly that SEGA had something to with this release because of the Sonic-like music that accompanies the song (and not the Jun Senoue kind).  Since it is the first vocal track, Koi no Muteki Command seems to be somewhat a harsh listen because well, the girls are pretty off vocals-wise and sounds like whining and genki mixed together.  Not the most interesting song.

3. Unmei wa “I” Love You

At least the next track at least tries to fix the problems of the last track.  There’s a little bit of an Indian sound that opens up the song, but the song becomes less of that and kind of becomes a more catchier track.  I love the bridge where there’s solo lines between 3 of the four members which is awesome…but let’s not forget there’s a 4th member there XD.  Pretty catchy.

4. Yuujou Try Again!

Next up, is the somewhat odd song.  It starts off muffled a bit and you hear a cell phone vibrating before one of the girls answers it and it goes into a more less exciting version of “Koi no Muteki Command”.  It seems that the verses were as if the girls were talking through the phone and the choruses were the full sounding gals.  It’s not too exciting, but at least it’s passable.  The synth solo in the middle was pretty cool though.

5. Koi Shoku Puzzle

Now this sounds like something H!P typical.  Yes, it’s full of cuteness and brass…might not be tasteful, but the vocals are kind of more relaxed (except for two of the members who just love to use uber cuteness to get through the song.  I’m sorry but I’m just turned off with this song with the bad vocals.

6. Sweets×Sweets

The closest thing to electronica on this album/VA, Sweets×Sweets are just using a whole lot of synths and 16-bit sounds here and I actually enjoyed this arrangement because it doesn’t have really terrible vocals and even then the girls are using vocoders for the song.  It might be a little like something Perfume would approve of, but damn this is a good song if you ask me.

7. Muzukashii Kedo Aishiteru ~Dekaris~

The longest song, and I’m guessing this acts as the credits at the end of the Tetris game its tied to, Muzukashii Kedo Aishiteru is unsurprisingly the lone ballad here.  It tries to show how good the girls sound togetherm but it falls quite short because they are just fighting to be the loudest singers.  The arrangement is also lacking a bit, but the trumpet solo are cool I guess, but this is a vocal wreck.

8. Korubuchika -Miracle Angel Dolls MIX-

I’m not sure what this has to do with the OST….I do love this remix because it’s so random.  They start off wit hthe girls and some guys talking before they say ~SEGA~ and then the classic song “Korobeiniki” starts to play with the girls basically saying random shit and being straight up genki for the 1:31 length of the rest of the song…it’s nice they did do something with the classic Tetris tune, but really? this?

Tracks Recommended

  • Sweets×Sweets
  • Unmei wa “I” Love You

Song of Avoidance

  • Koi Shoku Puzzle

While this might be a one-release type deal group, Team DEKARIS’s debut was oddly enough classified as an OST for a Tetris game.  Now the music is for the most part upbeat and would sound fitting to the game, but on its own only those two tracks are listenable…Not sure why, but the other songs are just sad to me, even the nice enough rearranged version of “Korobeiniki” wasn’t that good.


Utada – Dirty Desire December 27, 2009

Filed under: Utada Hikaru — solarblade @ 8:12 am

Track Listing

  1. Dirty Desire (Mike Rizzo Radio Edit)
  2. Dirty Desire (Digital Dog Radio Edit)
  3. Dirty Desire (Razor N’ Guido Radio Edit)
  4. Dirty Desire (Mike Rizzo Club Mix)
  5. Dirty Desire (Digital Dog Club Mix)
  6. Dirty Desire (Razor N’ Guido Main Mix)
  7. Dirty Desire (Mike Rizzo Dub Mix)
  8. Dirty Desire (Digital Dog Dub)
  9. Dirty Desire (Razor N’ Guido DUHB)

1. Dirty Desire (Mike Rizzo Radio Edit)

He’s definitely no stranger to American releases, but Mike Rizzo gets his remixes right and of course Hikki’s Dirty Desire is a part of that list.  Changing to already danceish original, the remix gives it a harder electronica vibe and Hikki’s vocals are a little bit filtered, but honestly it kind of fits. 

2. Dirty Desire (Digital Dog Radio Edit)

Ok, the start of this remix is already different enough to make it seperate from the last song, but sadly the melody of the remix feels rather empty and rather plain.  I did like how they incorporated the talking parts of the song to seperate the verses.  It is however, the shortest radio edit off the single.

3. Dirty Desire (Razor n’ Guido Radio Edit)

The 3rd main remix off the single, Razor N’ Guido instead begins the remix with a short snippet of the talking part before leading into the first verse.  If it wasn’t for the radio edit telling me, I thought this would be the club mix since it feels so much like one.

American singles never really impress me and even here on Dirty Desire nothing really pops out at me.  Nice remixes, yes, but might as well be forgotton, since usually most J-pop fans don’t go to these kind of singles.


Yousei Teikoku – one December 24, 2009

Filed under: Yousei Teikoku — solarblade @ 9:41 pm

Track Listing

  1. one
  2. Gekkakou
  3. one (instrumental)
  4. Gekkakou (instrumental)

1. one

It’s finally time that we got back to the awesome stuff Yousei is capable of.  one is definitely a song that borrows epicness from previous songs like “Schwarzer Sarg” or even “Gekkou no Chigiri”.  I love the strings lines throughout because of the dropping of notes during the instrumental parts of the song.  Yui’s vocals are more or less what we’ve come to know and somewhat love.  Not bad from the group.

2. Gekkakou

Gekkakou is oddly enough a better song than “one”.  It might be because of the chorale being used here and the more edgier epic sound it has overall.  It feels like classic Yousei Teikoku music so it comes off as a little surprise that it turned out better than I thought it would. 



Ending off this year, Yousei Teikoku released one which goes back to the normality of what the band releases.  Though Gekkakou was better, this isn’t a bad single and I sense a third album will be out in two years XDDDD.  Still, good single overall.