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BREAKERZ – Gekijou/hEaVeN July 15, 2010

Filed under: BREAKERZ — solarblade @ 10:07 pm

Track Listing

  1. Gekijou
  2. hEaVeN
  3. SUMMER PARTY ~Acoustic Version~

1. Gekijou

How long was it since “FIGHTERZ” exactly?  Hahaha, Gekijou sounds definitely like something abingdon boys school would release especially since I’m getting Takanori vibes from DAIGO.  I’m happy the song is more of a power song and not like the last few singles where it was fun and partying.  Even the guitar solo in the song was pretty wicked and cool, but I thought the song for me went through pretty fast…

2. hEaVeN

Now we get into the more upbeat and fun song off the single and hEaVeN has a much stronger arrangement since there’s nothing the really sounds like it.  It might not be as fun as “BAMBINO” or even “LOVE FIGHTER ~Koi no Battle~”, but at least its got a little bit of a serious sound to it.  I do think the ad-libbing after the choruses are a bit meh, but still a fitting secondary A-side.

3. SUMMER PARTY ~Acoustic Version~

I thought we were actually going to be done with acoustic versions for right now since you know they just released an album full of em earlier this year.  Being an acoustic cut of one of the A-sides of their first single as a group, SUMMER PARTY is more convincing of an acoustic take than YUI’s “SUMMER SONG” if you catch my drift.  Now I like this acoustic mix, but it seems that it’s not as acoustic like the previous ones heard and it lost a lot of the energy the original had…maybe I don’t like it as much but w/e

 

 

After “FIGHTERZ” and “B.R.Z ACOUSTIC”, BREAKERZ finally returns with an actually strong single in Gekijou/hEaVeN.  I love both A-sides since they are what the trio sounds like when they get more serious.  The acoustic version of SUMMER PARTY is ok at best, but no more of these I’m kind of getting tired of them…

 

Berryz Koubou – Maji Bomber!!

Filed under: Berryz Koubou — solarblade @ 6:27 am

Track Listing

  1. Maji Bomber!!
  2. MOON POWER (Limited only)
  3. Otakebi Boy WAO! (Spark Ver.) (Regular only)
  4. Maji Bomber!! (Instrumental)

1. Maji Bomber!!

I know I’ve only been a fan of Berryz Koubou for only a short time, but is it weird that I get Buono! vibes from this song?  I don’t know why, but the pop/rock is kind of unusual to hear even though they can do it since Risako, Miyabi, and Momoko are leading for majority of the song while the other girls play second fiddle (seems to be usual).  I don’t think it’s as good as their previous singles in the last era, but at least it’s energetic.

2. MOON POWER

However, I thought MOON POWER was more of the style I was expecting from Berryz since it’s cute, upbeat and follows the more recent Tsunku arrangements for the other groups.  I like that more of the other girls get solos in the song which is a proud moment, but once the chorus comes in….it’s like deja vu because it sounds like “Shouganai Yume Oibito’s”.  It still is an upgrade from “Maji Bomber!!”.

3. Otakebi Boy WAO! (Spark Ver.)

When was the last time we saw an actual remix to an H!P song on a single?  Anywho, I LOVED Otakebi Boy WAO!, it’s one of H!P’s best A-sides in a long while and I was surprised that it was going to be reworked on the next single.  The Spark version of the tune doesn’t exactly change much around in the arrangement, but it does take out the synths and electronic stuff and left a more edgier rock remake in its dust.  My opinion for this version is more or less indifferent since it’s still as good as the original but I do prefer the original hahaha.

 

 

After having such a great album with “6th Otakebi Album”, Maji Bomber!! kicks things off alright.  I mean it’s not great like when the last era started but it’s alright for now.  Maji Bomber!! still needs to take time for me to appreciate it while MOON POWER to me was the stronger song even though it’s borrowing elements that I’ve heard from other H!P groups.  Otakebi Boy WAO!’s edit was nice as well giving something for the more rockish listeners.

 

Sweet Vacation – Re; Miraiha Sengen

Filed under: Sweet Vacation — solarblade @ 6:02 am

Track Listing

  1. Futurhythm
  2. Goodie Goodie
  3. Love Message ~Sekai ga Koisuru Message~
  4. TOKYO DAYS
  5. re-boot
  6. Sayonara Bye Bye
  7. Tic tac
  8. Unbalanced
  9. heaven’s discotheque
  10. Love Camera retweet
  11. I Feel So Good More (★STAR GUiTAR RMX)
  12. Sweet Vacation Radio Special Vol. 4 (bonus track)

1. Futurhythm

Opening the album, Futurhythm begins a new a better electro-pop style of the duo and thank god because their last album was pretty safe.  I mean already Daichi has an important part opening here, even though his vocals are quite synthed and May as well but she’s not the most important part of the song which is pretty cool.  The arrangement is a bit mid-tempo but the synth work is quite exciting and sounds like someone is traveling.

2. Goodie Goodie

Released as a TSUTAYA rental before the album’s release, Goodie Goodie, is actually really nice coming from Sweet Vacation because the arrangement is a bit more harder and features more grittier synths and guitars together.  I thought May did a great job singing the song quite strongly and since the music was good I have to say it was a pretty good song to promote the album.

3. Love Message ~Sekai ga Koisuru Message~

I thought with Love Message it was like deja vu to “Ai ni Ikou” for some reason, it might’ve been that same happy upbeat feel or the fact Daichi has the entrance before May comes and takes over.  I can see that the music from the group has become a bit more progressive and taking more risks and while Love Message doesn’t show it, it’s true that its got more passion and effort put towards it.

4. TOKYO DAYS

Like I said, I’m liking the use of guitar into their electro-pop arrangements and TOKYO DAYS is definitely one of my favorites from the album because it’s catchy and has a real chill and yet fast sound to it.  The chorus might sound like a few other songs they’ve done, but why change something that sounds good eh? 

5. re-boot

As the first interlude on the album (3 seconds shorter than “Futurhythm”, oddly enough), re-boot is definitely like paying an homage to Daft Punk since the music is so them in the “Discovery” era.  It’s like a mix of electro-pop and jazz put together and I praise Daichi for getting a song like this put out.  Anyways, it’s considered an extended interlude because May isn’t present and the only true music is the saxophone solo going on.  Interesting little tune nonetheless

6. Sayonara Bye Bye

I kind of like this song too since Sweet Vacation for a more classy tune with Sayonara Bye Bye which has no relation to “Sayonara my days”.  The thing that stood out about this song was both the use of plucked strings and May’s vocals having a bit more auto-tune than normal.  Besides that I think this song would’ve fit on their debut album more.

7. Tic tac

Omg, the opening for Tic tac is so darn cute to listen to.  I found it weird that there’s strings and the auto-tune usage here as well, but the song seems to have less involvement to sound full.  Basically, it’s trying to be the cute song here and the bouncy arrangement is nice to lsiten to, but I’m paying attention to that more than May’s singing.  I will be nice and say the ~tic tac~ part was cool!

8. Unbalanced

Are getting into disco now?  I thought this showed a bit more color from May and she sounds kind of cool and sexy, but with the guitar riff going, it’s very fitting.  I thought here it was more of trying to be coy and sly and to me it’s pretty nifty and stands out on the album on a good note.

9. heaven’s discotheque

“Unbalanced” was the start of the disco-type songs and heaven’s discotheque sounds like what happened if “Unbalanced” had a little more stuff going and a heavier beat.  I’m not sure why but I just think that it worked better since the two are in the same style and such.  I’ll take “Unbalanced” though.

10. Love Camera retweet

As the main finisher, Love Camera retweet is such a strange interlude/ending tune because it’s starts off kind of static-y and such and then this piano melody of I thin is “Love Message ~Sekai ga Koisuru Message” if I remember correctly.  Not the most interesting song to finish up the album.

11. I Feel So Good More (★STAR GUiTAR RMX)

I think the fact the album ends with a new version of “I Feel So Good”, one of their oldest songs they did worked nicely because that closer was just meh so I thought it was great they had a remix.  Anywho, the remix is definitely different from all the other songs but the closest song is prolly “Goodie Goodie” because of the higher electro sound featured.  Yes, it’s more techno as well, but I thought it was nice…but I think there should’ve been more power to it, but it’s good otherwise.

12. Sweet Vacation Radio Special Vol. 4

On the iTunes version of the album it comes with this which isn’t terribly important to the album which is May and Daichi talking (probably about the album of course).  Nothing that I’m going to sit through TBH.

Tracks Recommended

  • TOKYO DAYS
  • Goodie Goodie
  • Unbalanced
  • re-boot
  • Futurhythm

Song of Avoidance

  • Tic tac

What is up with the lower known electro acts getting better albums this year?  Re; Miraiha Sengen is definitely an upgrade from their first album “pop saves the world!!” simply because the effort from both Daichi and May was more believable in their music.  Although the album is shorter, they took the “quality over quantity” phrase to heart this time around and it worked!