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Namie Amuro – 60s70s80s December 7, 2009

Filed under: Namie Amuro — solarblade @ 4:01 am

Track Listing

  1. NEW LOOK
  2. ROCK STEADY
  3. WHAT A FEELING
  4. NEW LOOK (Instrumental)
  5. ROCK STEADY (Instrumental)
  6. WHAT A FEELING (Instrumental)

1. NEW LOOK

Borrowing a sample from the Supremes “Baby Love”, NEW LOOK is an interesting song.  Besides the wacky, WACKY vocals going on, the song really feels like something from the 60s.  The funny thing is how fast Namie is singing in the song.  She’s like rapid fire in the song and it makes me shake my head in confusion.  I just still think the lyrics are just the most random set of em I’ve heard in a while.

2. ROCK STEADY

Sampling Aretha Franklin’s “Rock Steady”, you can really tell where Aretha’s parts are in the song so it doesn’t become a search and find.  Sadly, this was probably the worst track off the single, but you can’t blame it because of how the other two tracks are awesome.  The beats of the song doesn’t really feel 70’s-ish but the song does have good flow and Namie and I can say her vocals were on charge here.

3. WHAT A FEELING

However, the golden trophy goes to WHAT A FEELING.  It definitely doesn’t feel like an 80’s track to me because of all the futuristic element and heavy bass beats.  It’s really pounding and since Namie is sampling Irene Cara’s “What a Feeling”, it’s definitely one of the coolest tracks back in 2008.  If it wasn’t for “BLACK DIAMOND”, I think this would’ve been my pop song for the 08’s.  Great song and great beat.

 

 

While it was the lone single representing “BEST FICTION” and was a concept single (to me at least), 60s70s80s did a good job representing the decades and the sampling wasn’t too rough, in fact it was good.  I would’ve liked at least one of the songs making it on “PAST<FUTURE” but w/e I’ll live.

 

Seira Kagami – Summer Day & Night/Star Sand

Filed under: Seira Kagami — solarblade @ 3:42 am

Track Listing

  1. Summer Day & Night
  2. Star Sand
  3. Summer Day & Night -Sound Around Remix-
  4. Star Sand -Jazztronik Remix-

1. Summer Day & Night

Hahaha, it’s definitely something when you switch from relatively boringish music to Summer Day & Night which is a mix of dance music and island-y undertones.  The song just feels really new and feels nice.  It just the mood that gets to me, but did they need the guitar parts?  It just feels so wrong and out of place.  Seira’s vocals feels better too and at least she wasn’t yelling much except for the bridge into the chorus, but she actually makes it sound right.  I like it alot.

2. Star Sand

The other A-side feels like a continuation from “Summer Day & Night”.  Though this one is just hilarious from the start.  ~HI! everybody!, wanna have some fun?~  Talk about lyrically cheeseworthy.  The music does have a little more focus on the synths, but it’s enjoyable and the flow is just really smooth.  I’m also noticing the song is also fully in English so that’s another plus.  Then again, both songs are…

3. Summer Day & Night -Sound Around Remix-

Another Sound Around remix is found on this single.  It kind of sounds like every other SA remix that’s out, but with Summer Day & Night.  It’s alright, but it just seems that it’s just there just because it had to.  I guess it’s alright because it doesn’t really detract the from the song fully.

4. Star Sand -Jazztronik Remix-

Same problem applies with Star Sand’s remix.  If you’ve heard any other Jazztronik remixes, you’ve heard then all.  I really like the piano lines of the song, it gives this peppy and salsa-like feel to Star Sand and it works.  It takes a while before Seira comes in with the song, but it’s the better remix IMO.

 

 

It’s definitely the biggest departure to music I’ve seen here.  The last single, Seira was more of the normal J-pop girl with with little to no standout songs.  Though she was dabbling a little outside, she was still in pop form.  Summer Day & Night/Star Sand marks as a new side and genre for Seira and will continue so it’s something to look forward to.

 

Yui Sakakibara – Gessei no Kanon

Filed under: Yui Sakakibara — solarblade @ 2:57 am

Track Listing

  1. Gessei no Kanon
  2. Unmei no Revolution
  3. Gessei no Kanon (off vocal)
  4. Unmei no Revolution (off vocal)

1. Gessei no Kanon

I really liked that she got serious for Gessei no Kanon.  The arrangement doesn’t feel tacky and uber cute so I really liked that about this single.  There’s a certain anime feeling about it, since it has a strings based arrangement and all.  Yui’s vocals here are a bit better than they’ve been beforehand, though the chorus would be the song’s drawback because she was real close to becoming annoying.

2. Unmei no Revolution

I honestly think she should’ve placed this as the A-side because it’s more stronger and the arrangement isn’t as obvious to the anime world.  I honestly loved when she opens the song and then just yells ~sobaaaaaaa~.  She’s angry in the song and with the fast paced synths playing around, it made me shmile. 

 

 

I actually liked the cover art more than the A-side here, Gessei no Kanon is a step in the right direction, but a small step because it’s still formulaic and Yui’s vocals are still shrill at places.  Luckily, Unmei no Revolution was the antidote because she sounded great here and a lot more energetic.

 

Zwei – Watashigai no Uta

Filed under: Zwei — solarblade @ 2:49 am

Track Listing

  1. Watashigai no Uta
  2. Pretty Queen
  3. Watashigai no Uta (Instrumental)

1. Watashigai no Uta

Taking things to a more chill zone that their debut, Watashigai no Uta sounds really refreshing.  I love Ayumu’s vocals here in the song as their are nice and deep and strong.  The chorus is a little shaky since she screams through it.  As for the rest of the song, it’s nice and darker than “Movie Star”.  It’s sad there isn’t an epic Megu part, but still a cool song.

2. Pretty Queen

Oddly enough, Pretty Queen is even shorter than the A-side.  It sounds really cool and stuff, but it feels a little underproduced, or there wasn’t enough punch to it to make it that worthwhile.  The only thing that really saves it is Ayumu and her singing.  It’s once again edgy and has the kick I like to it.

 

 

Watashigai no Uta to me isn’t really that good of a single.  The A-side was of course better, but not by much because of the excessive yelling that was going on…the rest of the song was ok.  Pretty Queen though was just boring IMO…let’s hope the album makes up for this.