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YuiKaori – Our Steady Boy July 24, 2010

Filed under: YuiKaori — solarblade @ 11:19 pm

Track Listing

  1. Our Steady Boy
  2. Mou Hitori no Watashi
  3. Our Steady Boy (off vocal ver.)
  4. Mou Hitori no Watashi (off vocal ver.)

1. Our Steady Boy

For YuiKaori’s debut A-side, I thought Our Steady Boy is your typical happy happy anime song and to me that’s already plain wacky for me.  Now I don’t know who’s vocals are who’s but I think Yui has the higher pitched vocals and it scares me to even listen to them fully.  Kaori’s are just a tad bit deeper but she actually sounds alright, but together they are just…I don’t know, it’s kind of awkward and creates this rift.  Ehh, not a really amazing debut song but it is one.

2. Mou Hitori no Watashi

While the icky vocals continue for Mou Hitori no Watashi, I actually like the arrangement for this one a bit more because it has strings and has a light dance beat going.  There’s even this weird xylophone thing going on and I kind of like it.  I also tolerated Yui’s vocals this time as well since they weren’t terrible…better!

 

 

Well you all are probably wondering why I’m reviewing YuiKaori.  Well, it seems these two girls were half of Team DEKARIS and since they’ve more than likely disbanded, I thought I’d follow these two girls since they’re starting a duo career.  Our Steady Boy isn’t that amazing of a single since it is by two vocally high singers who probably hasn’t hit puberty XD.  Meh, not so much a fan of the single.

 

Mizca – ♡UFUFU♡

Filed under: Masami Mitsuoka — solarblade @ 3:55 pm

Track Listing

  1. Kirakira☆
  2. Dame yo♡ ~Album Ver.~
  3. Setsunasa Plus
  4. Robotics
  5. C♡ndy Girl
  6. United To The Sky 2.0
  7. Chu!
  8. Best!_Best!_Best!
  9. Kisses
  10. Jump
  11. Truly Lovely ~Album ver.~
  12. Takkun ga Suki na no… (Mizca feat. ALLaNHiLLZ)

1. Kirakira☆

Starting the album with Mizca’s physical debut, I thought not changing was pretty good, but since returning back to the song, I feel it’s gotten oddly slower?  It’s probably just me.  Now this was also the first time we see Mizca’s robo-rapping and I thought (damn, girl can spit lyrics out FAST).  I did love the song when it first came out but since then her 2nd A-side took over.

2. Dame yo♡ ~Album ver.~

Which is why I’m surprised it was given a new version which is more or less better than the original.  To me, I don’t like it as much as the original because I was more used to the crazy sound that filled up.  It seems pal@pop decided to use different synths in the song, but altogether sounds lighter than the original, but Mizca’s vocals stay the same.  I still call it “The Mayo song”.

3. Setsunasa Plus

Getting into our first new song off the album, Setsunasa Plus has a more fantasy-ish arrangement with sparkling synths.  Since this is also the first song not to feature the robo-rapping here, Setsunasa Plus takes things on a lighter note and I kind of enjoyed it, even though Mizca is sadly sounding like a VOCALOID.

4. Robotics

Time to whip out Mizca’s first song to be released since changing names and style, Robotics is probably still one of my favorite techno songs from 2009.  I don’t know why but being a song that sounds underproduced and kind of in its beta stage, Robotics is an interesting tune for me.  I mean it is also the slowest of the A-sides so that should tell you something.  Plus all that English is pretty funny to listen too!

5. C♡ndy Girl

I’m wondering what her producer is up to with this song because it sounds like new wave, 8bit, and some other random electro styles put together.  I actually enjoyed the arrangement a whole lot and Mizca’s uber-auto-tuned vocals are a bit strange, but I think it’s actually pretty cool of a song.  The chorus could’ve used some extra work and not being messy, but it’s short and we’re back to cool stuff.  I like this song.

6. United To The Sky 2.0

Being another album version of one of “Kirakira☆’s” B-sides, United To The Sky on the single sounded pretty much boring to me.  The new version of it takes it and makes it more energetic which is good and I still enjoy the verses quite a bit.  I’ll give props to her for making the chorus a little more easier to listen to, but I still don’t feel for the song otherwise.

7. Chu!

I think Chu! is the album’s more grittier song and sounds kind of hard and edgy for a pal@pop and Mizca song.  I actually felt once again that the chorus was just too much for me, but the verses and arrangement were pretty different and cool.  I’d say it parallels “Robotics” but it’s a bit darker sounding.

8. Best!_Best!_Best!

It’s kind of funny that the ending for “Chu!” kind of slides into this song quite smoothly…strange how that works.  Once again the arrangement here is pretty much cool and loud so you won’t be disappointed in that, but this time I actually don’t like the verses or chorus so altogether, I just didn’t enjoy the song.  All it did was give me a headache because of the over-amount of auto-tune.

9. Kisses

Taking a slight chill pill for Kisses, I thought it was a nice change, but it sounds so repetitive that it just flew over my head.  Compared to the other songs, it sounds loungy and a bit more club-like which is pretty cool.  Otherwise, I just couldn’t remember much besides the repeating lines.

10. Jump

I don’t know why but this sounds a little bit like “Takkun ga Suki na no…” in its arrangement but more light-hearted.  Now I didn’t like Mizca’s lifeless performance because it just put me to sleep pretty quickly.  I think it’s a little bit too slow for me, but whatever.  At least she shows emotion in the song.

11. Truly Lovely ~Album ver.~

Another B-side off of “Kirakira☆”, Truly Lovely also had some changes done.  The synth is a little bit higher pitched and clearer sounding which is such a good thing for me.  Am I hearing a little bit of pipe organ as well?  It sounds like Mizca’s vocals aren’t as horrible to listen to as the original as well which basically make this version so much better. 

12. Takkun ga Suki na no… (Mizca feat. ALLaNHiLLZ)

Ending the album, Takkun ga Suki na no… was chosen as the album’s odd promotional song with the PV being really weird…  It just a lot of text and Takkun just moving his hips to the music.  Now to the song itself, it’s a slower than a lot of the songs off the album, but the synths are nice to hear.  I do hate the fact there’s an actual rapper in the song and unfortunately he’s quite boring to listen to and kind of sucks and so does Mizca when she sings since it’s mega covered in VOCALOID land.

Tracks Recommended

  • Robotics
  • Chu!
  • Kirakira☆
  • C♡ndy Girl
  • Truly Lovely ~Album ver.~

Song of Avoidance

  • Best!_Best!_Best!

While I didn’t think it was going to be as bad as I initially thought it’d be, it’s still basically one of my least favorite electro album released this year.  It’s just as hard to listen to fully like “SPIRAL” and most of the songs that I liked are found on singles anyway.  While this is Mizca’s first album, and Masami’s 2nd…I wonder if she’ll ditch electro and go back copying Ayu, or stick with this…I rather her go back to being the emotional lyricist when she was Masami Mitsuoka.

 

Namie Amuro – Break It/Get Myself Back

Filed under: Namie Amuro — solarblade @ 2:20 pm

Track Listing

  1. Break It
  2. Get Myself Back
  3. Break It (Instrumental)
  4. Get Myself Back (Instrumental)

1. Break It

I’m not sure what to think of Break It which is the primary A-side of the single.  One point, I do love the fact it’s a dance song, but with touches of rock dabbled in for some spice.  At the same time, it sounds rather familiar to me like something she just did on “PAST<FUTURE”.  That being said, it’s not as good of a dance song like previous A-sides but it’s alright for now…it’s just a song that screams album track than A-side.

2. Get Myself Back

It has been quite a while since we’ve seen a ballad A-side hasn’t it? (“Dr.” doesn’t count here).  I think the change of styles on the single is a little strange, but I think I enjoyed Get Myself Back just a little more even though it’s an R&B track.  Maybe the arrangement is a bit Westernized at points, but Namie sounds great.

 

 

I kind of figured that if there was a single Namie was bound to slip on, it’d be this one.  To me, the songs are both album tracks moreso than A-sides which is surprising after her two amazing singles “60s70s80s” and “WILD/Dr.”.  I just find them harder to enjoy than before, but I guess if she’s gonna start someway, it had to be this. 

 

TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE – Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru

Filed under: TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE — solarblade @ 4:51 am

Track Listing

  1. Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru
  2. Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru -Royal Mirrorball Mix-
  3. Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru -Instrumental-

1. Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru

I really don’t know what direction the girls are going towards with each release and Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru is their most idol-like song yet.  I do enjoy the fact they brought back solo lines for the girls (even though I still don’t know who’s who yet).  I think vocally they are getting a little better as an idol group.  Though it’s not a lot and most of the time they’re singing together and they are definitely an idol group since they don’t harmonize much.  It’s an alright song, but their last A-side, “Onnaji Kimochi”, is still better.

2. Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru -Royal Mirrorball Mix-

Can we have different remixers please?  I’m kind of disliking Royal Mirrorball remixes because they just aren’t as strong and putting them to remix idol songs just isn’t right with me.  Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru is a pretty good reason.  It sounds a bit more islandy or a bit more like a marching band remix, but it just doesn’t work period with idol songs.

 

 

After all the time that’s passed between “Onnaji Kimochi” and this single I’m guessing the girls are working on getting their vocals better (though not together as a group…).  Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru is a pretty nice song, but it’s so typical.  The remix didn’t help the song out either.  Maybe it’s time for an album?