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Rie fu – at Rie sessions April 5, 2010

Filed under: Rie fu — solarblade @ 6:12 am

Track Listing

  1. Stay with me ~Ren’ai Nante Himatsubushi~
  2. Just Like You
  3. Irodotte
  4. Don’t Worry
  5. STAR
  6. Sunshine Forehead
  7. My Start
  8. Gilles
  9. Laundry
  10. Bright Life
  11. Hitotsu Hitotsu

1. Stay with me ~Ren’ai Nante Himatsubushi~

Starting this collaboration album, Rie fu begins with the album’s main promotional song which is a collaboration with Lily Franky and BOSE from Schadaraparr.  Honestly, this song wasn’t the best song to really have had promote the album.  Rie fu is doing quite nicely, but it’s the fact Lily and BOSE are just so boring and felt like some weird stuff going on…especially BOSE’s rapping section which was a whole ton of crap given the arrangement as well.  Lily Franky’s vocals were pretty lifeless cept for that last chorus runthrough with Rie…meh.

2. Just Like You

One of the few tracks I was actually looking forward to because it’s another collaboration with fellow labelmate LEO Imai.  The most unfortuate thing is that this is not “Time Traffic”.  I’m guessing LEO is playing the acoustic guitar and even better is that LEO also provides backup vocals in the English tune.  Then came the biggest blow to find out that the song is 2 minutes long.  It’s a pretty sentimental song and the lyrics came off really nicely for me.  Good little tune.

3. Irodotte

To be honest, I have no idea who Mina Ganaha or Mayumix is, so our next collaboration just has no expectations from me.  Though I think one of them does backup for Rie, I bet.  Getting a little more upbeat than the previous songs, this has a pretty “URBAN ROMANTIC” sound to it and for that I’m happy to hear that.  I’m not sure but there’s something about this song that just sounds good and it might be for the rather joyful sound and the bridge where things get ethereal, even for a Rie song lol.

4. Don’t Worry

Working with KAT and Yuka from moumoon, I didn’t know what I was getting from Rie in this song but it’s great to hear other vocals besides Rie’s in the song.  The song is acoustic-based and Yuka only really appears for the chorus and some background stuff, but this song felt longer than it should’ve been, but I love the rather solemn sound of that chorus. 

5. STAR

I didn’t see a Rie fu and Ifu Sarasa collaboration at all, so hearing this happening, I was surprised that it mixes the best of both worlds.  Kenji Suzuki plays guitar for this mix.  The music definitely has this “URBAN ROMANTIC” flair to it and the way Ifu and Rie’s vocals mix are really nice.  It’s a silly song at its core, but one that gave the album more color and Ifu really did great with the arrangement.

6. Sunshine Forehead

I’ve heard of Curly Giraffe, but never heard their music, but if it’s anything like this song I’m all aboard because of it’s rather outdoors-y feel and that flute opening to tie it altogether.  The lead singer can be heard in the chorus and a lil after and some parts in the second chorus.  He doesn’t really intrude the song and with Rie continuing on, I was impressed with this English song.

7. My Start

Never heard of either Kenichi Takemoto or Peter Kvint, but with My Start it makes me wonder how they ended this song with a rather 60’s/Beatles’s-ish sound for this song.  Another English song coming from Rie fu, this one actually kind of bored me for some reason.  Some of the lyrics is rather off the wall, but kind of cool, but the chorus just doesn’t make a lot of sense, but w/e.

8. Gilles

Working with artists NAOTO from ORANGE RANGE and kohei from HOI FESTA, Gilles seem a little better than some other tracks since both joined artists are just playing guitar while Rie fu sings along once again in English (there’s a lot of English on this album, I noticed).  It’s nice, but doesn’t seem to have any hook to it, to make it worthwhile.

9. Laundry

Laundry brings us the collaboration between Rie, YUI from RYTHEM and Akiko Nakashima.  Now the three girls here didn’t do such a great job together as much as the triple girl collab in “Don’t Worry”.  It seems the girls were all over the place in singing various points simulataneously…add in the fact that the song just is boring except for the ad-libbing middle and song cuts out to the sounds of laundry…that was a little weird……yea.

10. Bright Life

Ahhh working with Satou Honoka from aluto, Bright Life definitely sounds like something that would come off of “ROSE ALBUM” or even “Tobira Album”.  It’s a simple piano-based ballad from the girl and even though Satou doesn’t vocally appear, I’m guessing she’s playing the piano.  Simplistic and kind of nice to hear Rie fu in Japanese again!

11. Hitotsu Hitotsu

Ending the album off with a collaborative effort with Seira (Not Seira Kagami), Shiina Junpei, and Chris Tomoko.  Another acoustic song on the album, this one doesn’t really strike me any either.  Not sure why, but while it does make for a good album ending, this kind of faded away from me.  I’ll admit though that the clapping parts in the song were cute.  Rest of it just kind of passed by.

Tracks Recommended

  • Irodotte
  • STAR
  • Sunshine Forehead
  • Just Like You

Song of Avoidance

  • Stay with me ~Ren’ai Nante Himatsubushi~

Classified as Rie’s 5th album, this actually was pretty underwhelming when compared to previous album, “ROSE ALBUM” and even “URBAN ROMANTIC” were better.  At first it seemed like it was going great, but right after Sunshine Forehead, things got boring really quick for me.  I’d say stick with the songs in the first half rather than the 2nd half…

 

2 Responses to “Rie fu – at Rie sessions”

  1. Chloe Says:

    ” It’s a simple piano-based ballad from the girl and even though Satou doesn’t vocally appear, I’m guessing she’s playing the piano.”

    Honoka Satou is the violin player in alüto, she’s the one playing it in the song ‘Bright Life’.

  2. Julie Says:

    Thanks for the review!

    I really love Rie Fu, and was excited when I saw this album released. I was confused why there were other vocals, and your post really cleared it up for me, thanks!

    I agree… it’s not one of the best albums ): I loved Urban Romantic.


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