Tales… ~Me Ver.~
Kyuukon ~Yaruki, Genki, Sono Ki no Nekko~
0-ji Mae no Tsunderella
Tenbin ~Tsuyogari na Watashi × Yowagari na Kimi~
11 eleven or end=START
Shuuten ~Kimi no Ude no Naka~
?cm ~misono to Ninin Sankyaku! Partner Ver.~
music letter ~Me Ver.~
Kazoku no Hi
“Me” ~Me Ver.~
Last Time ~Romejuli~
Last Time ~Romejuli~ (Daishi Ver.) (Fanclub Edition only)
1. Tales… ~Me Ver.~
I’m surprised that misono’s album begins with the lone song that was found on her quote on quote “best-of” album. Now the album version of the song made it so much better by not being a dat reject song. There’s a lot harder hitting guitars while retaining that sound which is basically positive and amplified sound. Actually turned out to enjoy it quite a bit.
2. Kyuukon ~Yaruki, Genki, Sono Ki no Nekko~
As part of the 2nd single released in the era, Kyuukon was the first of the fun rock songs she released and it’s still one of the better songs off the album. Yes, misono’s vocals are quite whiny of course, but what rock song isn’t she? If there’s anything to worry about, it’s the chorus because while it’s catchy as hell…it’s her worst part in her vocals.
Which leads us to her final single released in this long era, I definitely thought she hit it right with this song. While it might not be as powerful than let’s say “Zasetsu Chiten” or “Ninin Sankyaku”, “…Suki×××” isn’t vocally as demanding and the chorus is pretty powerful in itself. I was happy to see that this made the album.
4. Usotsuki Tane
On an album that has only 3 brand new tracks, that really tells you something doesn’t it? Anyway, Usotsuki Tane tries to mix her fun side with gritty rock sounds and sometimes it works, but her voice leaves a lot to be complimented about. The verses were pretty good, but when that chorus opens up her vocals kind of just wanes a bit. Not my kind of song.
5. 0-ji Mae no Tsunderella
Thank god for an album version of the other A-side on her last single. While the single gave us a little taste of this song it’s its bare piano version, this one definitely proves to be one of her better ballads she’s released in a long time. It starts off like the piano version, but the change happens quite abruptly once the chorus begins and I love the power behind that. It’s definitely risen to become a favorite.
The second of the new tracks, Joker is the strangest song and yet coolest song she’s done in quite a while. I never thought misono under that strange vocal filter would actually sound pretty cool. To me, the song has a strange Halloween sound and it just sounds so different in an amazing way. It’s probably the best song she’s done IMO, but I think fans of her will prolly shoot this down quite quickly.
7. Tenbin ~Tsuyogari na Watashi × Yowagari na Kimi~
After such a good track, we hit rock bottom so damn fast. Coming from her collaboration single, “It’s all Love!” with her sister Kuu, Tenbin was probably THE WORST idea to have added to the album. The problem with this song is that it’s purely acoustic and with misono wailing like a dead cat for a lot of it. I know she’s trying to be emotional, but why are we (the listeners) suffering because of it…it’s just not right.
8a. 11 eleven
I guess depending on random of the CD’s you either get 11 eleven or “end=START” but not both (and this goes for all editions of the album, yes even the Fanclub edition). On one hand 11 eleven is the more weirder of the two because this was released in 2003 as the techno version with Cyber X. Then came its rock rearrangement on “Pochi” in 2007. That also said 11 eleven is a song released in her sophomore era…like “Hot Time” before it, it’s a song that is an era too late XD. I’ll be honest, I’m not too fond of the rock style for this song, but it’s worth a listen, but I rather it stay a trance tune more than anything else.
Which bring us to our 4th single of the era. end=START is probably her edgiest song released in the era and I loved every second of it because of the hard guitar riffs and stronger vocals from misono herself. It kind of ranks up there with “…Suki×××” on how strong of an A-side it was and for the most part, it was great! Also one of the few PVs I can actually remember this entire era too, so that’s another plus.
9. Shuuten ~Kimi no Ude no Naka~
Even though the flow breaks quite strongly (especially if it’s after “end=START”, Shuuten began misono’s trek through where her ballads start getting better and less wailish and less acoustic because I actually think it sounds pretty epic in a way. Maybe a little bit like an anime ending, but still pretty to listen to. Yes, I’ll admit “end=START/Shuuten” was the best the era had to offer.
10. Watashi Iro
I’m surprised misono chose to include Watashi Iro over Bokura Style since mostly everyone chose the latter as the better song even though they shared the same melodic arrangement. Not too keen on the song still even though it’s a mid-tempo tune. There’s just something missing from this song that “Bokura Style” had.
11. ?cm ~misono to Ninin Sankyaku! Partner Ver.~
Uh oh was the first thing I thought of when I saw the tag for the 2nd A-side of the second single released. I’m so terrified with how misono treated ?cm on the album because it seems she picked a lot of random people to sing the song like some karaoke track. At least it’s a whole lot more interesting than what she did with “Kimi no Watashi no Uta” and “music letter” on her last single…my god are these people tonedeaf?
12. music letter ~Me Ver.~
Speaking of music letter, (a B-side off her first single of the era) I’m happy that they cut off a minute of the song off because it was just too long off the single for me. Take out the part where she starts talking and crying and you’re left with what was there minus the crying and vocally stressing parts. Not that the part where she sniffles was kind of emotionally a plus for the song, but misono and emotions mixed with singing is a lethal injection to my ears. So here she might’ve resang it to not crack. Still a boring song though xD
13. Kazoku no Hi
WOW, it’s been a long time since I’ve really gave a listen to Kazoku no Hi. I liked the acoustic opening for the song, but that’s shortlived because it gets into a pop/rockish tune. I’ve actually grown to enjoy the song as it is since it fits really nicely on the album and is one of the stronger songs off the album. I’m surprised how a song can do that to you over time especially since this entire era has been a rollercoaster.
14. “Me” ~Me Ver.~
So we can put “Me” on the album, but no “Lum no Love Song”? Anyways, the new version of the A-side on her 5th single released didn’t fully sound any different from the single version because it has the same vocal issues and same acoustic arrangement. Actually the difference is subtle, but there’s an addition of background vocals…not that much of an importance, but I guess it’s nice anyway.
15. Last Time ~Romejuli~
So, if you thought misono and acoustic guitars wasn’t abrasive enough…damn woman goes and makes the last track off the album an acappella track. I really dislike the idea of just listening to misono singing with nothing backing her up because it sounds awkward and she pulls out some awkward vocal tricks on us. I’m hoping there’s a reason there’s another version of it.
Song of Avoidance
God, this era was way too long and that paid a price when looking at this tracklist which has many bad songs that it could’ve in place with better A-sides (“Lum no Love Song” and “Bokura Style”, hell even “It’s all Love!” would’ve been a treat.) I guess when you only have 3 new tracks things go downhill, add in the fact she did two cover albums to stretch this era out even longer was worse. I’ll say it, “~Sei ~say~” was a much more easier album to get through than this one.