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Shoko Nakagawa – Flying Humanoid/Sen no Kotoba to Futari no Himitsu August 18, 2010

Filed under: Shoko Nakagawa — solarblade @ 6:15 pm

Track Listing

  1. Flying Humanoid
  2. Sen no Kotoba to Futari no Himitsu
  3. Kimi ni Meroron feat. 8bit Project -“Mune Kyun_” 8bit version-
  4. Flying Humanoid -Instrumental-
  5. Flying Humanoid (Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin Opening Theme Version)

1. Flying Humanoid

I can really see Shoko become more of a rocker chick after hearing Flying Humanoid.  I mean it fits with other rock songs she’s done that hasn’t messed up.  I like Shoko’s vocals in this one since she isn’t totally out of control and just seemed to have fun with the song and I like that.  I’ll admit though I was liking more of the song’s arrangement a whole lot more.

2. Sen no Kotoba to Futari no Himitsu

While finding out today that this single is Shoko’s first double A-side single, Sen no Kotoba to Futari no Himitsu is quite the opposite from the rockin’ “Flying Humanoid”.  The secondary A-side is actually a ballad that kind of slips in between all of the other ballads she released in this era.  It’s pretty of course and having a mostly piano-led arrangement is quite nice.  I don’t know why but she really went grandiose for this ballad, and I much prefer it over “Arigatou no Egao”…but not more than “Namida no Tane, Egao no Hana”.  It’s a good ballad and I’m kind of happy to see it pushed to an A-side status (even though it was kind of last-minute).

3. Kimi no Meroron feat. 8bit Project -“Mune Kyun_” 8bit version-

Wow, Shoko is reaching for absurd.  I mean I barely remember this song from her “snow tears” single and just hearing it now just shows how much she’s grown out of her idol-style (even though she might go back to it once in a while).  I wasn’t a big fan of Kimi ni Meroron in its original state and with the touch up with 8bit Project, it’s not much better since it’s like two ideas crashing into each other.  This just doesn’t work for me lol.

 

 

Finally finishing her 3rd era out with her first double A-side, Flying Humanoid/Sen no Kotoba toFutari no Himitsu is actually a good single overall.  Of course she excels at rock songs and it’s no surprise that Flying Humanoid filled that quota up quite nicely.  While Sen no Kotoba to Futari no Himitsu was an actual good ballad from her and eventually she’ll be able to do these and get em right each time too!  However, the Kimi ni Meroron remix was just not right for it and is my only negative about the single.

 

Anna Tsuchiya – Shout in the rain

Filed under: Anna Tsuchiya — solarblade @ 12:35 pm

Track Listing

  1. Shout in the rain
  2. GUN! GUN! LOVE!
  3. Atashi x ORE ~mash up PE’Z~

1. Shout in the rain

Everyone who knows me that I really enjoy Anna’s darker rock songs that she brings up every so often and Shout in the rain is pretty grungy in execution, but there’s something not right.  I mean I love the dark atmosphere that it gives, making it almost gothic-like.  Anna’s vocals are somewhat fitting but it’s like it’s missing that total Anna spark that I love in songs (like “Atashi”).  Maybe if it was a litttle more powerful, perhaps it would’ve been better, but otherwise it’s nott totally amazing but it’s passable.

2. GUN! GUN! LOVE!

However, I actually ended up enjoying the B-side since it’s like different which is good since she mostly excels at non-rock songs.  The energy from Anna with this overly brass-arrangement is so exciting and just fits her personality.  Now when it was first heard I thought it was a new version of “HEY NOW!” (B-side from “Atashi”) just because she said it a few times in the song.  Still, way better than I thought it’d be.

3. Atashi x ORE ~mash up PE’Z~

So ending the single, Atashi gets remixed and we change the song into more of a jazz style of a song.  I didn’t think Atashi would sound good in this kind of style, but Atashi sounds pretty exciting with the new arrangement and upbeat style.  At least it beats that last remix to death since it’s unbearable to listen to.

 

 

As the third and final single for the “RULE” era, Shout in the rain is an upgrade from “Atashi” but only because two songs sounds better than one haha.  Shout in the rain is just a little too melodramatic and strange sounding for me.  However GUN! GUN! LOVE! and the Atashi remix were winners in my book.  Maybe she needs more brass in her life! XDDD

 

Haruka Shimotsuki – Hikari no Amaoto ~SACRED DOORS element maxi side Undine~

Filed under: Haruka Shimotsuki — solarblade @ 3:01 am

Track Listing

  1. Hikari no Amaoto (instrumental)
  2. Mizu wo Utsusu Mono
  3. Nagareru Kago no Naka
  4. Mizu wo Utsusu Mono (off vocal)
  5. Nagareru Kago no Naka (off vocal)

1. Hikari no Amaoto (instrumental)

I never understand why singles have intro songs on them and I probably never will.  Hikari no Amaoto opens up this single like I would’ve thought so.  There’s synths, piano, and some other interesting choices of sound playing while the background has a rainstorm going.  After that, the rain stops and is replaced by harp, flute, and strings.  That transition was really nice and the melody of the flute sounds super nice.  Very nice intro.

2. Mizu wo Utsusu Mono

Going into the two important songs of the single, Mizu wo Utsusu Mono is definitely what I was expecting from Haruka since she’s like one of the perfect voices for folk-like music.  Of course I’m liking the arrangement since it flows nicely, fits Haruka’s style very well and her vocals aren’t as tight as they are sometimes in her stuff.  It does remind me of the stuff she’s done on the VOLKSLIED albums so that’s a plus.

3. Nagareru Kago no Naka

Then of course the last song of the single is more of a folkish ballad which doesn’t surprise me either.  I do love the amount of strings present for the song since they push out the sadness of the song.  I’ll be honest, but she’s got better ballads, but I do like the flow of the song since it’s slow and a little waltz-y in places.  I even hear marimba in there too…strange but cool beans.

 

 

Now I don’t know what exactly is the deal with Haruka and SACRED DOORS, but I do know this isn’t the first time she had a tie-in to this series (not a surprise).  It’s pretty a pretty normal release for her since it’s just mostly her normal style here.  Hikari no Amaoto though is a pretty introduction though, that I’ll admit.