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AKB48 – Heavy Rotation August 15, 2010

Filed under: AKB48 — solarblade @ 6:12 am

Track Listing

  1. Heavy Rotation
  2. Koi no Seesaw Game (Undergirls)
  3. Yasai Sisters
  4. Lucky Seven
  5. Heavy Rotation off vocal ver.
  6. Koi no Seesaw Game off vocal ver.
  7. Yasai Sisters off vocal ver.

1. Heavy Rotation

For a song that has a rather cool title, I wasn’t expecting Heavy Rotation to be another summer-type song.  Fortunately it beats the hell outta “Ponytail to Chouchou” because it’s consistent and not annoying (even though the PV is just something else).  Now I won’t comment on vocals just simply because there’s so many vocalists in the song, but it’s definitely has a cute side to it and even though there’s no real harmonization involved until the middle of the song…but still it’s an idol song haha albeit a good one!

2. Koi no Seesaw Game

Can someone explain what’s the point of “Undergirls”?  I mean it’s not a sub-group and yet they have many songs under this name.  Anywho, Koi no Seesaw Game is definitely a nice change of pace after the exciting “Heavy Rotation”.  It also seems that there’s a bit more harmonization going on (but that could be that there’s less girls singing).  I don’t know why, but I ended up enjoying the rather fun and upbeat song that this song gives out.  I know it’s in a certain style, but, there’s just something darn catchy!

3. Yasai Sisters

There’s a limit to when cute can become a little too much and Yasai Sisters might be that song to just cross the line.  I mean the arrangement is even childish and yet kind of interesting since it’s got brass and some kiddie-like genki parts which sort of was odd.  I don’t know but I’m happy this wasn’t the A-side.

4. Lucky Seven

For me, Lucky Seven kind of falls into the same category with “Yasai Sisters” but it seems slightly better because it has a disco-theme (in idol standards that is).  I mean once again I’m finding myself being pulled into the fun atmosphere and it’s definitely something I want more of!

 

 

After coming off that very disappointing single that was “Ponytail to Chouchou”, Heavy Rotation is pretty much an upgrade after that.  Other than Yasai Sisters, all three tracks are idol songs at their finest.  I mean it’s not perfect and Heavy Rotation is certainly no “Sakura no Shiori” which makes me long for another one.  Still, good single overall and shows they can fix problems up nicely.

 

Minori Chihara – Ittousei

Filed under: Minori Chihara — solarblade @ 1:29 am

Track Listing

  1. Ittousei
  2. SUMMER CARNIVAL ~Minorin Samba~
  3. Ittousei (off vocal)
  4. SUMMER CARNIVAL ~Minorin Samba~ (off vocal)

1. Ittousei

Wow, I’m really liking the violin opening up the song.  Ittousei ias actually a ballad from Minorin and I thought it would do better for her vocals since her last single, “Freedom Dreamer” kind of failed in that respect.  For the most part she sings quite well (except her first lines because she sounded a bit high-pitched there.) and keeps the song simple enough to not bore me.  Good song here.

2. SUMMER CARNIVAL ~Minorin Samba~

However, I really don’t know how to take SUMMER CARNIVAL just because it sounds so not like her and should belong somewhere else like on her previous single.  Minorin’s vocals are like she’s trying to be one of the characters she portrays and I’m rather scared of it.  The music though is pretty good as a anime-esque samba, so either way I enjoyed it but those vocals need to be toned down.

 

 

As it supposedly goes, this isn’t a part of her official releases since Ittousei was released at her live which means it’s a special single.  Ittousei is a pretty straightforward ballad, but with shaky vocals at the start.  However, SUMMER CARNIVAL was kind of wtf overall and just made me want to question her direction now.

 

Aya Kamiki – Gloriosa

Filed under: Aya Kamiki — solarblade @ 12:12 am

Track Listing

  1. Satisfaction
  2. Revolver
  3. Fly a way
  4. Truth needs no colors
  5. Lost in the world
  6. just go my way
  7. pop-eyed fish

1. Satisfaction

Starting things off, Satisfaction might be a surprise to some Kamiki fans since it starts up quite gloomy before you start hearing some guitars before it explodes with Aya singing the chorus.  The thing that makes Satisfaction stand out for me is that there’s some light middle-eastern kind of sound mixed with some beats.  It’s different but it does sound like it would lead up to “Revolver”.

2. Revolver

Being the only song known before this release, Revolver really blew up the era.  It’s pretty hard like her songs were in her GIZA days.  I mean since a lot of people compare her music like Avril’s, I can see where they’re coming from and it’s not so bad. 

3. Fly a way

Taking the fire out of “Revolver” and putting a little more synths in the song, Fly a way definitely seems more of a showcase for Aya’s vocals since I remember this song more for her loud and powerful singing moreso than any other track on the mini-album.   Otherwise, it does have a weak arrangement, but I really was paying attention more to Aya’s singing capabilities.

4. Truth needs no colors

Next song in and I’m kind of getting “INDIVIDUAL EMOTION” vibes from this song, but once again I feel the arrangement is cut back for Aya to shine more vocally and she pulled this off better since she has loud parts and she hits some rather high notes in the song.  It’s more of a great stand-out song off here so that’s good.

5. Lost in the world

Of all the songs off this mini-album, Lost in the world is probably my favorite out of the lot.  There’s just something that’s kind of interesting and it could be jungle-y sound I get from the song mixed with Aya’s smooth and striking vocals.  Maybe the chorus could’ve been a little more interesting but everything else made up for it and I couldn’t be anymore happier.

6. just go my way

Why is it that this title reminds me of FLOW’s “GO!” in the most ironic of ways?  I thought the song was pretty good since it’s faster and the chorus is a bit better sounded, but there’s something just plain about the song.  I mean if there was a song that sounds like it should have an anime tie-in, it would be this song easily. 

7. pop-eyed fish

Closing this mini-album, pop-eyed fish seems to be the oddball song simply just because of the title, but I liked this song too since Aya is showing a bit of attitude in the song and I’m impressed with addition of piano as well.  It made for a good closing and still shows off good vocals and a rather fun arrangement too.

 

 

As it’s Aya’s first mini-album under avex, I thought she had a much better set of songs than she did with “INDIVIDUAL EMOTION”.  Gloriosa’s reasoning that it’s better was the the arrangements weren’t as one-dimensional and Aya showed more progress with her vocals.  She can only get better from here I guess.