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Perfume – VOICE August 7, 2010

Filed under: Perfume — solarblade @ 6:55 pm

Track Listing

  1. VOICE
  2. 575
  3. VOICE -Original Instrumental-
  4. 575 -Original Instrumental-

1. VOICE

I know it has been a while since “Fushizen na Girl/Natural ni Koishite” but somehow during the time until this release, Nakata has not been doing very well stylistically.  VOICE isn’t too bad, but it’s so far from what Perfume used to be.  I do like the fact that it reminds me a lot of “The Best Thing”, but with more of a fantasy-like arrangement.  Also of course the song doesn’t have solos to be found which is meh, but w/e.  It’s not bad but I think both previous A-sides trump it.

2. 575

The B-side though is pretty cool and yet sounds so different from what they’ve been doing.  It seems there’s a little change in the vocal distortions which is cool.  I do like there’s solos throughout, but then there’s also a slight rapping part included which is hilarious since I think it’s the first time since “Vitamin Drop” that the girls wasn’t put into vocoder and auto-tune.  It’s a different kind of chill and I liked it quite a bit.

 

 

Perfume is definitely continuing to show strong singles and VOICE might be a little under their last single, it’s still strong nonetheless.  VOICE is a cute cute song for them and I can remember the song easily because of the PV.  However 575 is something original and new for them in many ways and I enjoyed hearing that ^_^

 

NICO Touches the Walls – Sudden Death Game

Filed under: NICO Touches the Walls — solarblade @ 6:38 pm

Track Listing

  1. Sudden Death Game
  2. Naku no wa Yamete
  3. Sudden Death Game Instrumental
  4. Sudden Death Game Instrumental (Mitsumura Guitar)
  5. Sudden Death Game Instrumental (Furumura Guitar)
  6. Sudden Death Game Instrumental (Sakakura Bass)
  7. Sudden Death Game Instrumental (Tsuhima Drums)

1. Sudden Death Game

Right from the start with such a title like Sudden Death Game, I was expecting it to be interesting.  NTtW really gave a pretty cool track for us to listen to and I’m happy to hear something that’s relatively American-like.  There’s something about Tatsuya’s vocals that sound really cool like a Japanese Incubus perhaps.  It’s pretty much interesting all-around.  I approve this more than “Bigfoot”.

2. Naku no wa Yamete

As for the B-side of the single, Naku no wa Yamete is a whole lot lighter than “Sudden Death Game”, but I thought Tatsuya’s vocals sounded beter with an acoustic rock sound going and even though it’s more of a mid-tempo ballad, it’s still nice to listen to.

 

 

Since the A-side has been known for quite a while beforehand (their lives had a few new songs playing).  Sudden Death Game is a pretty good rock tune from the group and since it’s their 3rd era, this is progress of the good kind.  Naku no wa Yamete is more relaxing but still pretty good, I can only wonder what’s next.

 

Strawberry Flower – Pikmin Dance

Filed under: Strawberry Flower — solarblade @ 3:15 am

Track Listing

  1. Pikmin de Techno
  2. Pikmin no March
  3. Pikmin Ondo

1. Pikmin de Techno

So let me straighten this now, this single are remixes of “Ai no Uta” which was the song used for the first Pikmin.  Also you will not have vocals present in the entire single which is a bit disappointing but whatever.  The first song which is more of an electropop mix of the song is so energetic and has a very DDR-like feel to it which is great, but lyrics would’ve helped quite a bit.

2. Pikmin no March

Yup, if you guessed right, the next mix is a march version of the song and it’s very strange since it’s not really entirely a pure march since you don’t have strange synths, or more or less, accordion present in marches.  I mean it’s pretty regal in a way, but I want a pure march not this other synthetic and strange stuff.

3. Pikmin Ondo

I’m guessing Pikmin Ondo would be the tune that would sound the most like Japanese culture, but it’s kind of funny to listen to because of whatever is playing the melody of Ai no Uta.  I mean I can imagine Yazima Biyoushitsu singing along to this version of the song which is so uncomfortable to say.  Still it’s lulzy.

 

 

I know for all purposes this is a remix single and all that, it’s still worth reviewing since it’s so rare and out of print for that matter.  Pikmin Dance is a useless buy if you have “Ai no Uta” in the first place, but I guess it’s good for people who like different instrumentations.