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YUKI – Rendezvous March 9, 2010

Filed under: YUKI — solarblade @ 11:56 pm

Track Listing

  1. Rendezvous
  2. Miss Yesterday

1. Rendezvous

AHHHHH, I love the opening to Rendezvous.  It’s kind of like an Ai Otsuka song opening up.  To be honest, the entire thing does come off like one of her songs, albeit a little lighter and has a stronger bass line.  Its even got a xylophone part to and that made it so good.  YUKI’s vocals aren’t making me shoot someone and that’s probably a good thing.  Catchy little tune for sure.

2. Miss Yesterday

It seems that role of “Kisha ni Notte” has switched for this single.  Miss Yesterday is of course the slower song of the single and also pretty bad when put next to “Rendezvous”.  YUKI’s vocals goes back to terrible melodic properties and just makes me cringe when she hits those high notes.  I’m sorry, but the pop/rock arrangement did not help this at all.

 

 

So the 2nd single of the era basically is just like “Kisha ni Notte” but a little worse in the fact Miss Yesterday was almost near impossible to sit through.  Rendezvous however made for a great A-side and it’s probably the best of the era.

 

YUKI – Kisha ni Notte

Filed under: YUKI — solarblade @ 11:39 pm

Track Listing

  1. Kisha ni Notte
  2. just life! all right!
  3. Kisha ni Notte -Instrumental-
  4. just life! all right! -Instrumental-

1. Kisha ni Notte

When YUKI said that Kisha ni Notte would be something different from what she’s used to putting out, Kisha ni Notte is a little bit different,  It sounds more like an acoustic lullaby.  There’s some interesting harp, strings and drum parts and the slow-moving arrangement kind of makes this such a nice listen.  It’s nice, but YUKI’s vocals are kind of wonky (as usual).  Overall, not bad of a song, but kind of drags after a while.

2. just life! all right!

The B-side picks up the tempo after “Kisha ni Notte” and it’s kind of back to the typical pop sound that we’ve grown to know from YUKI.  Though I like the additional synth rhythm that’s added here.  I’m kind of liking YUKI’s vocals this time around since it’s more for upbeat stuff instead of this slow stuff. 

 

 

Beginning the “Ureshikutte Dakiau yo” era, Kisha ni Notte is good start but I think just life! all right! took the cake better than the A-side.  If it wasn’t for the fact that it was so draggy, I might have enjoyed it a little more…

 

m.o.v.e – Fate Seeker

Filed under: m.o.v.e — solarblade @ 7:44 am

Track Listing

  1. Fate Seeker
  2. BLUE TRAIL
  3. Fate Seeker (t-kimura’s Electro Remix)
  4. Fate Seeker (motsu’s Hip House Remix)
  5. Fate Seeker -instrument-
  6. BLUE TRAIL -instrument-

1. Fate Seeker

It has been quite awhile since we’ve heard a m.o.v.e single right?  Fate Seeker actually has a pretty strange sound to it since it’s like a mix of funk and electronica but with strings as an added touch which is a good thing.  Though I’ve found it weird that Yuri’s vocals are heavily auto-tuned to the point where it gets somewhat annoying.  I guess it’s alright for now, for jeeze I can’t take auto-tuned Yuri seriously. motsu kind of just flew in the background, but he has his moments by the way.

2. BLUE TRAIL

BLUE TRAIL is a little bit closer to what the “Humanizer/SYNERGY” eras were all about and I kind of like this setting a whole lot more better than damn “Fate Seeker”.  Taking out the funk as well, all we get is a strong synth-based eurobeat song and it’s not bad since Yuri is also not under the auto-tune.  motsu is also stronger as well giving the sameish arrangement for the song but it’s definitely a strong song.

3. Fate Seeker (t-kimura’s Electro Remix)

So we get two remixes for Fate Seeker, the first being a remix from ex-member t-kimura who still after all this time still hangs around with the now duo.  This remix for Fate Seeker takes the original and gives a slower rhythm and beat, but retaining this rather deja-vu feeling from their early days which is cool, but Yuri is still under that crap auto-tune.  I think here it’s worse since it’s so robotic and meh sounding.  It’s nice, but c’mon really…

4. Fate Seeker (motsu’s Hip House Remix)

The 2nd being remixed by the MC of the duo, motsu’s take on the song is definitely continuing this electro/funk sound which actually makes more sense hear than the original since it’s like a classic sounding m.o.v.e.  However, Yuri’s vocals are trying not to be under auto-tune, but sadly kind of misses because it’s still rather heavy on it. 

 

 

OK, why did it take two months for Fate Seeker to leak???  Anyways, as the lone single for the “Dream Again” era, Fate Seeker could’ve been really nice if there wasn’t auto-tune involved.  It is the initial reason why all 3 versions of the song were really icky to listen to.  The only shining song off the single was the B-side, BLUE TRAIL and it’s sad to see that the song didn’t make the album’s cut.  Srry m.o.v.e this single was pretty meh.