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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?