Gensou no Rhapsodia
Mateki no Doukoku
1. Gensou no Rhapsodia
Clearly something happened between this and their last mini-album…Gensou no Rhapsodia starts off pretty differently with a pretty fantasy-ish strings melody before getting into the harder rock arrangement. I thought it’d be a good song once KOKOMI came into the song and she was pretty good in the verses but the choruses were just painful to listen to. Way too whiny and way too much vibrato there. It’s otherwise a good song, just tone it down woman!
The next song opens kind of like the first song and has that same strings into rock opening as well. It’s a pretty energetic song from the duo but it also kept the same problems I had with the first track here as well. Maybe, it was taken a bit more better but those problems arent going away. Ok, the music is a great thing, I’ll admit that.
3. Mateki no Doukoku
I’m not what’s with the slower beginning into such energetic songs, Mateki no Doukoku though right from the start sounded creepy and it didn’t help when Kurose came in with some very hard hitting guitar lines. As usual, KOKOMI’s vocals are once again pretty shaky. I really don’t know why she’s trying so hard on this mini-album. I do still like Kurose’s arranging here so that’s a plus in the right direction.
4. Femme Fatale
Probably the first non-dark song, Femme Fatale is totally different from songs before because of the more lighthearted feel for it. It’s still rock, but the added flute parts and some other sounds made it stand out on its own. It’s a bit bouncy and kind of a fun song to listen to but once again KOKOMI needs to tone it down a lot!
I guess it was short leaving the interesting music because Oborozukiyo kind of sounds like the typical Asriel song which isn’t bad and all, but it’s like when you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it all. At least it isn’t as vocally demanding like the other tracks, still the chorus is kind of the weak point of the song, but I actually ended up enjoying this song quite a bit.
6. Secret Promise
The only song that actually begins immediately with KOKOMI, Secret Promise once again is a song that falls into the stale category. It’s the usual fare of what I’ve heard from Asriel thus far. I’m not really impressed with this song and I ended up just zoning out from this one.
Ending off this mini-album, Largamente (meaning slowly or broadly) actually stays true to the meaning because it’s a ballad from the group. I do like the fact that it flows nicely before Kurose kind of ruins it by giving it a heavy rock sound in the interlude of the song. While it stays at it’s longing sound, Kurose wasn’t needed IMO. Good ending but still not good enough.
I’m so surprised that when they released their last mini “Eien ni Sasageshi Itetsuku Nemuri” ended up being a good mini and this one pretty lame and kind of bland all-around. I’m not sure why, but I’m starting to lose interest in them altogether and I partly blaming Kurose because he’s not putting a lot of effort and his playing can get sloppy sometimes. He needs to pick up the pace here and make something good and not force KOKOMI into this uncomfortable melodies.