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Sweet Vacation – Re; Miraiha Sengen July 15, 2010

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!

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