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LM.C – WONDERFUL WONDERHOLIC March 4, 2010

Filed under: LM.C — solarblade @ 6:38 am

Track Listing

  1. ~A Sound Odyssey~
  2. GHOST†HEART
  3. Space Wannabiez
  4. mosaïque city
  5. The Midnight Museum 4
  6. DAYS [WFMH Mix]
  7. ~Time Warp Reel~
  8. EDO FUNK
  9. Optismisland
  10. pOlyLifE
  11. meteorion
  12. PUNKY❤HEART
  13. Bokura no Mirai.
  14. It’s a Wonderful Wonder World

1. ~A Sound Odyssey~

Kicking the album off, A Sound Odyssey is a little intro and it kind of is revolving around this violin fade in beat with harp that progressively gets louder until it just stops and leads into the next track.  Not a bad opening but it kind of felt like it was a cliffhanger type of opening…

2. GHOST†HEART

The final A-side of the era, I definitely preferred GHOST†HEART to the other single released in the era.  I mean they both are pretty good rock songs, but this one was definitely an epic tune to its own accord.  maya’s vocals and Aiji’s creepy playing midway through the song really proved that they can pull off an amazing tune.  LOVE THIS!

3. Space Wannabiez

Our first new track from the J-rockers, Space Wannabiez is pretty hard for them and even louder and aggressive than the last song.  maya’s vocals are pretty strong and he’s giving an exceptional amound of attitude which fits the song’s overall personality.  It’s definitely the hardest I’ve heard the group so far and I enjoyed it.

4. mosaïque city

This song is more slower than the previous songs, but I love the addition of synths in the song that gave the song a bit more color.  I think without it, it would’ve just come off as a typical J-rock song with nothing to go for.  Nice try but let’s move on.

5. The Midnight Museum 4

I don’t know what’s up with the name since there’s like no 3, 2, or even 1 to begin with.  I know LM.C is a very experimental J-rock group and I’m starting to see with this song because of it’s awesome use of xylophone and the overall strange and eerie march that’s also flown in the song.  maya’s vocals are somewhat filtered most of the song and whenever it changes to a more edgier song whe Aiji comes in it gets better and catchy as well.  Good song!

6. DAYS [WFMH Mix]

I really don’t know why LM.C thought it was a good thing to add DAYS because I really didn’t enjoy it on the single much.  I’m not sure what the main difference between the album cut or the single cut.  It’s probably quite minor.  To me the song sounds more clearer and some of the background sounds are a bit louder which is good, but I’m still not overly impressed by the song much.

7. ~Time Warp Reel~

The only interlude of the album is a mindfuck of an interlude.  It’s all futuristic and has all these synths and sounds going on mixed with another xylophone melody.  While it is vocalless, it’s pretty bizarre and just totally made me go WTF and the whole thing.  It could’ve been a pretty nifty vocal song if they tried it.

8. EDO FUNK

Continuing on this bizarre side of the bands songs, EDO FUNK starts off like some traditional JPN song and carries this for the whole song adding some synths here and there but keeping things pretty good in the group.  Saying that, it crosses between rock and electro and it’s kind of cool.  maya’s vocals are kind of more happier sounding which is new for me so it’s kind of different experience.  Even the middle of the song where there’s a solo part is new but cool.

9. Optismisland

I never thought LM.C would ever step into the reggae style for Optismisland.  While it’s very strange, maya’s vocals sounds just right for the style and its upbeat nature just made me feel good to listen to and the flute parts that intertwines with maya is also a good addition as well.

10. pOlyLifE

Of the new songs on the album, this one probably bothers me the most because of the constant drumming in the song.  It’s kind of those typical rock songs that depends on the crazy ass drumming which is such a bad thing to have because without it, the song could’ve been pretty good and memorable.  Sorry LM.C this track is hard to listen to.

11. meteorion

Taking things slower for meteorion, the group really has a great mid-tempo flow and sounds like something that would be in space because it has this space travel sound going and I kind’ve like it quite a bit.  maya’s vocals are pretty strong in the song and the parts Aiji has are pretty well done as well.  Nice tune.

12. PUNKY❤HEART

The era began with this song and it’s interesting that it was placed towards the end of the album.  I do like the song no doubt about it but the single after kind of made this song look kind of bland from them.  There isn’t anything wrong though with this song and I like the speed and the control of the drums unlike some other song on the album <.<

13. Bokura no Mirai.

As we near the end of this album, our only kanji-written track pops up next and once again sounds kind of different from the other songs.  It’s like “meteorion” but with less things going on and more focus on maya’s fast lyrics and the arrangement being more memorable.  I kind of the melody of the synths…bouncy and oddly cute.  It gets stronger towards the end so I have to say I was impressed.

14. It’s a Wonderful Wonder World

The final song of the album, It’s a Wonderful Wonder World is oddly low quality from the rip of the single and I wonder if it was on purpose or something.  I mean I’m imagining it clear and it 320 and to me the song would be pretty awesome because the verses are so good and the various synths add a nice touch as well.  Not sure if it makes for a good album ender like “Bokura no Mirai.” did, but iono.

Tracks Recommended

  • The Midnight Museum 4
  • GHOST†HEART
  • Bokura no Mirai.
  • It’s a Wonderful Wonder World
  • EDO FUNK

Song of Avoidance

  • pOlyLifE

While this is literally LM.C’s 2nd studio album, I thought WONDERFUL WONDERHOLIC was actually a pretty strong album from the group, white Efanz of Radiant Dawn says it’s not as good as their debut album, “GIMMICAL☆IMPACT!!”, I liked this album.  There were a few boring songs, but with the group’s likeness to experiment with their music, I thought they did pretty well