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Shion Tsuji – Catch! May 19, 2010

Filed under: Shion Tsuji — solarblade @ 3:32 pm

Track Listing

  1. Runaway
  2. Candy kicks
  3. Hello Goodbye
  4. Take me home (Album Version)
  5. Popcorn Night
  6. Breathe With You
  7. Shoudou Jet
  8. Sky chord ~Otona ni Naru Kimi e~
  9. Colorful
  10. M/elody
  11. Digital Mode
  12. Rain Song
  13. Hoshii Mono
  14. Chikyuugi ni Kiss (Bonus Track)

1. Runaway

As the first song off the album, Runaway returns us back to something upbeat after a lot of mid-tempo songs throughout the era.  While I don’t know why it was actually chosen to start the album, it does show off the album’s overall feel.  Shion’s vocals aren’t really any more better than it has been but I do enjoy the harder pop/rock sound she’s giving off since she really hasn’t been this exciting since…

2. Candy kicks

Her debut…Candy kicks is still my favorite A-side of the era despite still having some vocal issues that I can’t pass up without slapping my head and say she’s not a great singer.  Unlike “Runaway’s” more rock influenced arrangement, Candy kicks is a bit more light-hearted and oddly enough has a good enough hook to it to keep me happy.  I do say that Shion’s vocals are near YUI’s moreso than usual in this song but I don’t think that’s entirely a bad thing.

3. Hello Goodbye

Yeah….Shion opening the song with her voice all alone is not a pleasant listen at all.  As the music comes in it gets somewhat better, but it’s a mid-tempo song which we had plenty of altogether.  I wish Shion had a better control on her vocals.  I think she should try again before trying this kind of song out like this.

4. Take me home (Album Version)

I clearly didn’t recognize this song because the melody of the song is entirely different from the original version found on “Candy kicks”.  The new version of Take me home sounds a whole lot more complete since the original was just an acoustic track.  Adding more instruments is always a good one and Shion isn’t stressing vocals to unknown levels so that’s another plus.  Good revision here.

5. Popcorn Night

I like the rhythm for our next new track already.  It sounds kind of like another fun song like “Candy kicks” which is always welcome to the album and with Shion talking bout food and stuff, it’s got a nice charm to it.  The chorus adding in brass instruments was a nice touch as well.  It seems the chorus has a weird minor tone to it at the beginning of each stanza during it but I thought that was clever and there to confuse people to make them expect something bigger chord wise.  Interesting little tune.

6. Breathe With You

The opening lines for the song reminded me of Michelle Branch’s “Everywhere” for some reason, but I think it’s the chords the guitar was giving.  To be quite honest it seems boring after those songs and it just doesn’t stand out to me.  It just doesn’t pop out at me for some reason even though Shion is singing alright…

7. Shoudou Jet

Luckily she fixes things up with Shoudou Jet.  Might not be the most exciting song off the album, but it actually does put itself out there quite nicely amongst the song with it’s light nature and Shion isn’t too bad until the chorus where she’s like screaming her notes out and while I disapprove of that, it’s hard to really hate it fully.  Not that bad of a song.

8. Sky chord ~Otona ni Naru Kimi e~

As the most well-known song off the album (being tied to Bleach) Sky chord is a pretty nice a calming tune after coming off the high of “Shoudou Jet”.  Since this was her second A-side and all I thought this was a pretty solid follow-up after “Candy kicks” so that being said this is still a pretty good song overall.

9. Colorful

If you thought “Candy kicks” was happy, take a whiff of Colorful because it’s even more fun and peppier and Shion’s vocals are fun to listen to as well because she actually sounds cute in this song.  While it does sound like something that belongs on The Wiggles, this was pretty enjoyable and can’t help but clap along with this tune.

10. M/elody

Is it strange that Shion is going through the old songs chronologically released since M/elody is her 3rd A-side.  I’ve said that I did like how this song turned out better than both previous A-sides and it still holds true, but there’s not much of a hook for me to remember it by but that’s OK because it still sounds great listening to it.  Her vocals are a bit more stabilized as well so there’s no nasal parts and c’mon Shion’s ~melody~ pronunciation is too cute to pass up.

11. Digital Mode

Shion gets a little experimental with Digital Mode which is the only song on the album to feature synths in it and it does stand out ALOT when compared to all the other tunes.  The dance beat mixed with Shion’s guitar playing turned out a lot better than I expected and while Shion’s higher register is pretty meh, I can forgive her because the song is different and actually great!

12. Rain Song

Marching drums, guitar, and piano open up our next song and to be honest I found myself finding nothing too exciting outside of the marching drums.  To be honest it reminds me of “Sky chord” a little too much for me.  So that being said it just seems to be fillerish.

13. Hoshii Mono

To be honest, I really don’t remember this song since it had a pretty quiet release otherwise.  Hoshii Mono is quite nice being the most acoustic out of the A-side released and Shion sounds pretty nice.  Since there’s a bit more added once the song gets going, it’s still nice to listen to and it’s calm nature is amplified by the strings.  Nice album closer.

14. Chikyuugi ni Kiss

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!  As a bonus, we get another track which is unsurprisingly the shortest tune the album had to offer.  This is actually an acoustic-only track and I kind of thought it was a nicer way to end the album.  It’s got personality and Shion is playing with the song and it’s kind of nice to sway ur head with. 

Tracks Recommended

  • Digital Mode
  • Candy kicks
  • Colorful
  • M/elody
  • Chikyuugi ni Kiss

Song of Avoidance

  • Hello Goodbye

Shion Tsuji’s debut album wasn’t all that special since she’s a YUI-type and all that which isn’t a good curse to have.  It isn’t bad or anything, it’s just that it’s kind of like if you’re a big fan of YUI and like all her songs you basically will hear the same listening to Catch!.  Though Shion has a few tricks up her sleeve, especially with Digital Mode which was the album’s gem to be honest.  Maybe we’ll see more of this Shion someday but for right now Catch! is an alright album.

 

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