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CHiAKi KURiYAMA – Ryuusei no Namida February 22, 2010

Filed under: CHiAKi KURiYAMA — solarblade @ 11:29 pm

Track Listing

  1. Ryuusei no Namida
  2. Kekkei IN MY BED
  3. Ryuusei no Namida (MOVIE Version)
  4. Ryuusei no Namida (Instrumental)

1. Ryuusei no Namida

Great, another GUNDAM tie-in that doesn’t suck at all.  Ryuusei no Namida is definitely different from a good portion of previously released GUNDAM songs as it’s a ballad.  What impressed by far is how soothing and sweet Chiaki’s vocals are in the song.  They brought the right kind of melancholic sound and I really that it was a pretty emotional song from the lyrics.  Her voice can be a little weak in the chorus and especially near the end where she adlibs, but otherwise Ryuusei no Namida is one good debut song.

2. Kekkei IN MY BED

As if I was proving wrong, Kekkei IN MY BED is actually a rock tune and I was surprised to see that Chiaki pulled something off like this because it’s actually quite good.  The arrangement reminds me of Sonic the Hedgehog, but it’s pretty kickass and makes for a pretty good B-side.  I just like that it lightens the mood up after “Ryuusei no Namida”.

3. Ryuusei no Namida (MOVIE Version)

The GUNDAM edition of the single includes a short movie version of the song and while it takes out most of the beginning of various parts of the song, it retains the pretty good parts of the song and I still enjoy the magical feeling of the song. 

 

 

First things first….I SO CALLED CHiAKi STARTING UP A SOLO CAREER!!!! BOOYA!!!!.  Anyways, since that’s off my chest, my next thing is so far all the people who debuted so far this year had amazing debuts and better than most of what people we know and love have so far released.  Ryuusei no Namida is a pretty cool ballad and shows a softer side to Chiaki (since we all know she’s kickass in everything else she does).  Kekkei IN MY BED was actually quite good as well since it shows her rocker side a bit.  I can’t wait to see more from her in the future.

 

Saori@destiny – Lonely Lonely Lonely

Filed under: Saori@destiny — solarblade @ 6:16 am

Track Listing

  1. Lonely Lonely Lonely
  2. Sympa
  3. Breathe Breathe Breathing
  4. Stainless Starlight

1. Lonely Lonely Lonely

I thought “Ethnic Planet Survival” was a strange song, but Lonely Lonely Lonely is definitely quite different from anything we’ve heard from Saori.  It’s like a mix of funk and a pseudo-ballad at various points in the song, but I thought this was so much better than “Yowamushi Heart” in the ballad side of things.  To be quite honest, I could picture this 100% completely being a Katamari song since it has all that randomness that makes the series well-known.  Pretty different and I like it quite a bit.

2. Sympa

Hahahaha, just as Katamari-ish and maybe a little like Animal Crossing like a few people have said, Sympa is a quirky little tune.  I liked the piano fronting most of the song and the interesting rhythms mixed with Saori’s singing.  She’s sounding softer than I usually remember, but still what a cute tune this is and I liked every second.

3. Breathe Breathe Breathing

I just find it weird that we have to review again the original tune.  It does fit on the single in a strange way, but sometimes I feel that it might be a little too energetic for the single since both “LLL” and “Sympa” are more calm tracks while BBB is kind of energetic, but it still retains cuteness which was the reason I liked it off of “WOW WAR TECHNO”. 

4. Stainless Starlight

Wow, I’m surprised that I’m ending up reviewing this song for the third time!  I still do enjoy the song a lot because it’s got this ethereal flow through it that just pwned “WOW WAR TECHNO” hands down.  It’s pretty fast, kind of edgy at points and I love Saori in this song personally.  Sweet song.

 

 

While Saori’s 2nd and final single of the era was definitely interesting nonetheless.  Though we are here to talk about the new songs and for the most part I was impressed at the rather random sounding arrangements for both songs and TBH are better together than “EPS” and “Play” off the last single.  The other two tracks are good tunes to have chosen as well…but I would’ve had replaced Breathe Breathe Breathing with something from “JAPANESE CHAOS”.

 

Yuya Matsushita – Trust Me

Filed under: Yuya Matsushita — solarblade @ 4:56 am

Track Listing

  1. Trust Me
  2. Futari
  3. Trust Me (TV size) (Anime Edition only)
  4. Trust Me (Remix) (Anime Edition only)
  5. Trust Me (Instrumental)
  6. Futari (Instrumental)

1. Trust Me

Wow, already from the start we get dragged in Yuya’s 4th A-side.  I really do like the synthy R&B-based arrangement for the song and I really like how Yuya sounds overall.  I mean he’s no Daichi, but he’s got his own flavor and I liked it.  The rapper in the song is a little bit screwy, but with whatever else is going on, he’s just a minimal bump and I really liked the song.

2. Futari

I’m pleasantly surprised the the B-side of the single is an actual piano ballad from Yuya.  I liked his voice a whole lot more in this kind of setting because he’s actually using a lot more notes and sounding more graceful here.  Eventually, strings and a very light R&B beat comes in to fill the gaps in the song.  A very pretty song and makes a really nice B-side.

3. Trust Me (Remix)

I’m scared for the remix for Trust Me.  It’s got this 80’s feel and has this latin sound going for it as well giving it a more upbeat nature.  The problems is the amount auto-tune and vocal filters used in the song.  It really took the fun away from me.  There’s parts that are good like, whenever the music cuts out and was left with Yuya and piano.  Arrangement-wise it’s good but no vocal manipulation plz!

 

 

Since this is more than likely the final single before Yuya’s debut album, Trust Me is pretty good single.  While I’ve yet to run through his previous singles, Trust Me does a good job with Yuya.  Trust Me is a great upbeat song while Futari is like a supreme ballad with everything right going on.  The remix was alright though, but just too much auto-tune.