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Maika – Possible July 9, 2010

Filed under: Maika — solarblade @ 2:11 am

Track Listing

  1. Oshiete yo ~miseducation~
  2. Kaerimichi
  3. never cry
  4. Never Never Never give up
  5. Michi
  6. minor girl
  7. darlin’

1. Oshiete yo ~miseducation~

I still admit, it’s only been a week since its single release, but I’m still loving Oshiete yo’s more humorous feel and lightheartedness when compared to the other two A-sides.  I like the addition of brass and the more free sounding arrangement than “never cry”.  Maika’s vocals are still a little nasally, but it’s a voice that is rare to hear in the J-pop world so…

2. Kaerimichi

As one of four new songs on this “album”, Kaerimichi reminds me of “better day” but switched over to a more acoustic sound and the guitars are present too.  Her voice sounds more appropriate here to be honest and the whole Western sound she’s putting into this song sounds quite nice. 

3. never cry

Then we get into a similar setting with Maika’s major label debut and never cry was pretty good when I first heard it because it was new to me and my first time hearing Maika’s signature vocals and while it’s still pretty throaty and hoarse, I like the power she had in the chorus and while it does follow a similar sounding tune, it’s quite nice to listen to.

4. Never Never Never give up

I’m surprised that Maika actually put her lone indies A-side onto the album/mini-album w/e it is.  The song has a pretty solid statement to say and it’s funny that I thought this song was pretty catchy even though Maika sounds like a Southern girl which is probably a bigger lulz than normal.  Who knew that song was gonna end up sounding good, for an indies song?  Maika’s vocals sound aggressively strong, especially near the end.

5. Michi

Yep, Michi just reminds me of “Kaerimichi” in a whole lot of ways.  Maybe it’s a little more depressing to listen to, but I do like how she lightens up on the chorus, but then at that point I call it a clone song and I readily pass it up.  I know her songs have had strings present, but the ones here sounds really nice in the chorus though.  I think “better day” as a ballad is better than this one.

6. minor girl

Hearing Maika actually singing acappella is a little strange to listen to, but when she finishes her opening lines, it becomes another acoustic-like track, but a bit more upbeat and interesting.  I did like the inclusion of background vocalists during the song, but to me it still sounds rather plain to me. 

7. darlin’

As the longest song on this release, darlin’ is the closest thing to a ballad we have from Maika.  I like the emotional sound here and there’s not a whole lot going on for the first half since it’s just mostly her and the acoustic guitar, but after the halfway point it seems that it gains a little more sound.  It is a bit too long as a ballad, reaching about 7 minutes in length so that’s a worry but otherwise I liked it.

 

 

Maika’s debut mini-album (that’s how I’m classifying it), shows off Maika’s vocals kind of nicely with a bit of a Western kind of feel and for the most part she did it quite nicely.  Her vocals still are hard to get used to though since she’s so nasally.  I think she can release better music as her career continues to move forward.

 

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