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ALI PROJECT – Gothic Opera March 20, 2010

Filed under: ALI PROJECT — solarblade @ 9:37 am

Track Listing

  1. Gekkou Opera no Birodo no Donchou wa Agari
  2. Koi no Tsubasa wa Shinju Iro no Hone wo Mochi
  3. Jeux Interdits ~ Kinjirareta Asobi
  4. Watashi no Kokoro wa Kataru Bara no Omune wo Ha no Onmi wo
  5. Elf no Musume wa Chijou ni Ochi
  6. Valkyrja ~ Kishi Otome
  7. Yuri no Hibi wa Tsuioku no Naka ni Hisomi Kaoru
  8. La Rose de la Reine ~ Baragoku Otome
  9. Gothic Opera
  10. Adieu

1. Gekkou Opera no Birodo no Donchou wa Agari

So coming into my first strings album by ALIPRO, Gekkou Opera is definitely a pretty way to begin things.  I think that really impresses me is that they can really make things their own world and with this song, it’s really elegant and somewhat bouncy.  Arika’s vocals are kind of more relaxed and more prettier than I thought it’d be since she can pull off some high notes with confidence and I like that.  Mix in with the fluttery strings and you get a cool opening song!

2. Koi no Tsubasa wa Shinju Iro no Hone wo Mochi

Into our next track, Koi no Tsubasa is kind of more slower paced and feels of mystery and dread.  It’s got many climaxes to it and when you hear them they make so much sense when you mix in the way Arika is singing along.  I kind of like the syncopated notes Arika sings just in under one breath and the way she slowed it down near the end was really cool. 

3. Jeux Interdits ~ Kinjirareta Asobi

I’m guessing by the the title is that our next track is a orchestral version of “Kinjirareta Asobi”, their 12th single under Lantis.  Compared to the previous two songs, this one is a bit more chaotic and frenetic with the strings.  Arika’s singing during the run through the verses are amazingly wild and crazy, but after that the song comes together and gets bouncy and cute.  More fast paced and wild, but at the same time together and fluent in sound…I like it alot!

4. Watashi no Kokoro wa Kataru Bara no Omune wo Ha no Onmi wo

Getting back to the new songs, Watashi no Kokoro seems to be more happier sounding and at the same time having this soothing waltz arrangement that fits with Arika’s lighter vocals.  To be honest, cut out Arika and you’d have a pretty Disney tune out of it.  Pretty little tune and Arika’s high notes are sweet and not jarring.

5. Elf no Musume wa Chijou ni Ochi

Finally, something that actually makes me appreciate the orchestra, Elf no Musume wa Chijou ni Ochi opens up with this violin solo and then this bass comes in with this dark chord and the violin becomes more erratic and fast and then ends before this somewhat goofy arrangement comes in.  Not sure if it’s a dark tune after that, but Arika comes in takes over and gives it a lighter feel to the rather confusing arrangement, but it’s nice actually.  After a while, it does seem to get an evil aura to it and well it’s nice lol.

6. Valkyrja ~ Kishi Otome

Our next orchestral self cover is actually Kishi Otome which was a B-side on their 23rd single, “Rara Eve Shinseiki”.  I really did love the uber ghostly feel of the opening and how terrifying it is.  Even after Arika’s entrance the song is still very hypnotic and dark and I love it because the strings are playing more around Arika than before and the more legato parts with Arika are oddly strong and full of emotion.  So far this track has impressed me the most.

7. Yuri no Hibi wa Tsuioku no Naka ni Hisomi Kaoru

Ok, the dual violin solos that open up our next song was really impressive to me and then once they get through the full song comes in and to me it sounds like a song you’d hear on a pirate ship.  Full of the deeper strings and violins playing a bit more staccato-like rather than the last song’s more slow and legato-like playing.  I just think the song was just epic enough with only the strings, Arika was like a bonus lol.

8. La Rose de la Reine ~ Baragoku Otome

The last self-cover is of their 17th single of the same name.  This time the strings take it down a couple of notches to give this song a rather romantic feel to it and it worked somewhat.  Arika’s vocals here are pretty odd, but I think it’s just because she’s using the vibrato a little too much here.  Once the chorus comes up, it sounds like it’s pretty energetic in the original, but I don’t know if this was a good song to be chosen to get an orchestral cut.  Musically, it’s still good though.

9. Gothic Opera

As the only instrumental on the album, Gothic Opera lets the listener enjoy the orchestra by themselves and they do deserve a lot of credit to the album.  What they did to the title track was basically gave it a story.  The slow opening, to the uber cutesy staccato section by the violins/violas really gave the song color.  For something that’s called Gothic Opera though, this is pretty cute for a title like this, but it’s actually quite cool.

10. Adieu

Ending this album, Adieu is based off of “Sinfonie Nr.5, Cis-Moll: IV. Adagietto” which to me makes no difference, but Arika is definitely hitting high notes that I’ve never would’ve thought she hit, but she oddly did.  It’s probably the slowest song off the album so you can guess how it’s like.  There’s a long interlude in between so get ready to just enjoy the music. 

Tracks Recommended

  • Valkryja ~ Kishi Otome
  • Jeux Interdits ~ Kinjirareta Asobi
  • Elf no Musume wa Chijou ni Ochi
  • Koi no Tsubasa wa Shinju Iro no Hone wo Mochi
  • Gothic Opera

Song of Avoidance

  • La Rose de la Reine ~ Baragoku Otome

For my first strings album from the duo…or I guess solo???  Gothic Opera is nothing short of impressive.  I mean I came in on a bad time with “Poison”, but damn, this and “La Vita Romantica” have been really bringing me further into their music and I’m as all hell impressed.  I’m not that big fan of the art cover though, but the surprise was that this album was consistent and great for people who love classical music!

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Aki Misato – sad rain

Filed under: Aki Misato — solarblade @ 5:45 am

Track Listing

  1. sad rain
  2. another life
  3. sad rain (off vocal)
  4. another life (off vocal)

1. sad rain

sad rain begins with Aki under a filter to make it sound rather old, but opens more quite soon after.  sad rain is what I knew it’d be; a slow-moving, but lively pop tune.  It’s not a bad thing but since it is the first rather slow song of the era, it’s a nice track.  Ok, it might be a little too laidback to be an A-side, but it’s not too bad.

2. another life

Kind of like how the other B-sides of the era has been, another life is another relaxing acoustic-led track.  I really don’t know why she sticks with this anymore because this really isn’t her kind of style.  I’m used to her synth-driven songs moreso than these pop/rock dits she puts out.  Sorry, another life just kind of bores me alot.

 

 

Ending the “here I am” era, sad rain is unfortunately the worst of the 3 singles simply because there’s just no energy to the single.  A little too laidback for me to really keep paying attention to, but to each whos own…

 

Aki Misato – disarm dreamer

Filed under: Aki Misato — solarblade @ 5:25 am

Track Listing

  1. disarm dreamer
  2. Ima no Kimi ga Tookutemo
  3. disarm dreamer (off vocal)
  4. Ima no Kimi ga Tookutemo (off vocal)

1. disarm dreamer

Hey, after the awesomeness that was “BLOOD QUEEN”, disarm dreamer continues this effectively strong A-side line.  Compared to the rock song, this is more synth based and reminds me of some strong GUNDAM songs.  Aki’s vocals are pretty cool and a lightly filtered in pieces of the song, but since it does have a rather anime-formula feel, it’s not that bad. 

2. Ima no Kimi ga Tookutemo

As the single’s B-side, Ima no Kimi ga Tookutemo slightly reminds me of “Bouyaku Butterfly” since it has this rather Irish feel to it, but it’s only for a short while because as soon as the chorus comes in, the song changes into a pop/rock song.  I don’t think it was that bad actually and Aki once again comes off quite nicely.  Pretty good song actually.

 

 

Continuing this small streak of good singles in the “here I am” era, disarm dreamer is definitely the best of the era since both songs are pretty good from her and not stale like her later singles.  Good job here!

 

Aki Misato – Life and proud

Filed under: Aki Misato — solarblade @ 3:33 am

Track Listing

  1. Life and proud
  2. Nami no Kaidan
  3. Life and proud (off vocal)
  4. Nami no Kaidan (off vocal)

1. Life and proud

After “Jewelry tears” I didn’t really expect such a mid-tempo song to come in.  The song itself feels rather boring to me, but I do like the piano melodies throughout and Aki’s vocals are soft…but maybe a little weak gonig through the chorus.  Sorry, the song might be a little too meh for me, but it’s not too bad and it’s nice to see Aki release an upbeat song.

2. Nami no Kaidan

As for the B-side, Nami no Kaidan is just as upbeat but more focused on the guitar.  That is until it leaves where it becomes a rather stale copy of “Life and proud”.  Besides the guitar, it’s just too similar on the single and kind of just passes over my head.

 

 

As the era’s 2nd, Life and proud is definitely the weakest single as well since both songs are oddly too similar to one another to really make an impact.  At least she picks up the pieces in “Double eyes/all allow”.

 

Aki Misato – Jewelry tears

Filed under: Aki Misato — solarblade @ 3:22 am

Track Listing

  1. Jewelry tears
  2. Kizashi no Taiyou
  3. Jewelry tears (off vocal)
  4. Kizashi no Taiyou (off vocal)

1. Jewelry tears

Whoa, the piano that opens this song is crazy wild and kind of opens the song into a great pop/rock song.  The piano melody stays on for the song, but in the background so Aki can start singing and while she doesn’t try really hard to stand out, it’s alright, but I think she could’ve done better perhaps?

2. Kizashi no Taiyou

The B-side to the single is the softer Kizashi no Taiyou and to be fair it sounds like some of the later released songs of the era.  It’s pretty relaxing since the arrangement is based with light pop sounds and acoustic guitar to make the song sound like something that would sound right on the beach.  It’s a little better than the A-side but not much.

 

 

Beginning the era, Jewelry tears isn’t a totally bad single, but at the same time it’s nothing amazing and jaw-dropping either.  Jewelry tears seems to be your typical run-of-the-mill anime song while Kizashi no Taiyou is a better. more calm song from Aki.

 

Aki Misato – Double eyes/all allow

Filed under: Aki Misato — solarblade @ 1:47 am

Track Listing

  1. Double eyes
  2. all allow
  3. Double eyes (off vocal)
  4. all allow (off vocal)

1. Double eyes

I think Aki finally got a good song out of Double eyes.  I thought at first the song was going to be a ballad, but it turns out to be this rather kickass rock/animu song that caught my attention because of her strong vocals.  While recently she’s been releasing happier music, Double eyes is a good dark song and she seems to do better here.  Good strong tune from Aki!

EDIT:  Then again to find out that it’s by fellow Lantis artist, Sena really surprised me and kind of shocked me that they’d do a joint single….

2. all allow

The B-side is pretty interesting as well since it’s kind of a mix of a ballad and an R&B tune.  Not that it’s a bad mix, it’s actually all right and not like the other more generic R&B songs.  I think the best thing about the song is that it’s got good acoustic parts and pretty string sections as well.  Totally the opposite to “Double eyes” but is pretty good.

 

 

As the 3rd single of the “from now on” era, I was completely surprised at how good this single ended up.  I mean we have the dark and anguish sounding Double eyes from Sena and the lighter all allow from Aki and they did well as dual A-sides…I guess this joint single ended up being good, despite Sena’s song was a whole lot better.