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cargo×seira – FLOWER SHOWER August 27, 2010

Filed under: Seira Kagami — solarblade @ 12:01 am

Track Listing

  1. Kekkon Koushinkyoku -Wedding March-
  2. Two Of Us
  3. Nagai Aida -All the years it took-
  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE -ENGLISH VERSION-
  5. You’re Beautiful
  6. HURRY HOME (Soba ni Iru ne)
  7. Amazing Grace
  8. Koi ni Ochitara
  9. Story
  10. If you love me (Ai no Sanka)
  11. Hanamizuki
  12. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You
  13. Butterfly

1. Kekkon Koushinkyoku -Wedding March-

Why does it seem that everyone wants to turn the wedding march into a dance song?  I really don’t understand it, but I’m all of sudden thinking bout what happen when Q;indivi did the same thing.  At least that is until Seira comes in and starts singing the song and her voice is tolerable and a whole lot stronger.  While Q;indivi sampled “Here Comes the Bride”, this one is like the celebratory wedding song and I liked what cargo did with the song.

2. Two Of Us

I know this is a cover album and all but I don’t remember where this song originated and I know it’s not a cover of Ayu’s song.  Now I know Seira was singing in English in the last song and she starts out here the same way and her English is nice, but there’s a slight accent to some words in the song.  At least she sings a good portion of the rest of the song in Japanese and she sounds strong here.  I do think the lack of musical change between the songs kind of worries me but w/e this is good.

3. Nagai Aida -All the years it took-

I only know of the song just because Hitomi Shimatani recently covered it.  I did love hearing that there was more piano and some bongo drums in the song to make it work so much more.  Now, my thoughts is that the song was lyrically changed to be in English and somehow that worked for me.  I’m guessing it uses the melody of “Nagai Aida” and I thought it worked since it sounds actually good.

4. LOVE LOVE LOVE -ENGLISH VERSION-

I’m surprised that they tagged this as an English version but not the previous track.  I’m surprised that Seira’s vocals are somewhat filtered and sounds like a little vocodered too.  The thing I liked a lot is the light island-y feel I get when I listen to this song.  There’s some parts where I don’t understand what she’s saying because of the vocal manipulation going on, but it’s still nice to dance to.  Even the guitar solo was really nice.  Passable song we have here.

5. You’re Beautiful

Strange to see this song start up with a fast paced beat before slowing and quieting down before the piano enters the song.  So far I think this song has the deepest synths yet and I think they probably should’ve kept it energetic.  That is until I paid closely to the song and so it was a more upbeat (and vocally stronger cover) of James Blunt’s big song.  I’m happy that she made this way better and easier for people to listen to.

6. HURRY HOME (Soba ni Iru ne)

How many times do we need to hear Aoyama Thelma’s Soba ni Iru ne…covered or not?  I’m starting to lose attention to the album right around here because I’m starting to get tired of hearing the same stuff in instrumentation through the songs and with this being one of the more slower songs…I was just hoping this would finish faster.  Now like “Nagai Aida” it’s replaced by English lyrics but kept the melody intact.  Nothing just stands out in this tune, sadly. 

7. Amazing Grace

OH I know everyone knows I despise the song.  Not even giving the song a glossy dance style save it because it’s still pretty damn cheesy and lame of a song.  I don’t know why it’s just that the song has always annoyed me for some reason.  The thing I can say is that Seira sings it nicely and her voice has strength to it.  Still not a fan here.

8. Koi ni Ochitara

Being a cover of a Crystal Kay tune, I was surprised Seira chose this one to cover.  I loved Kuri’s original and hearing the rather sameish instrumentation being implemented here kind of took out what good the original was.  Once again there’s an absurd amound of English instead and makes me wonder why she didn’t tag it so but still a good cover nonetheless.

9. Story

Another song that I’ve never heard the original, Story is definitely something cheesy in the lyrical department, but at least the music is different from the other songs on the album.  The arrangement sounds like island music again and it works for me all the way.

10. If you love me (Ai no Sanka)

Getting back into some dance music, If you love me doesn’t really stand out from the crowd much but the synth melody is actually cool to listen to, but otherwise there’s not a lot that hasn’t been mentioned that has been already.  However, it’s just kind of plain, but vocally nice haha.

11. Hanamizuki

So we now have a Hitoto Yo cover too?  I’m not totally sure but once again English changed and more dance music to be heard.  Of the covers, I thought this one sounded nice from Seira since her vocals were real relaxed throughout.  I’m still kind of bored from the arrangement but it’s nice though.

12. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You

So this song I definitely know the song since it’s one of my favorite songs from Tommy february6.  That being said I did a double take when the song turned out to be twice as long as hers and the original.  Seira’s relaxed tone throughout and more held out version is good to me and the Engrish is not as obvious as in other songs.  Adding another chorus to the song is pretty good and makes sense so I’ll say it’s one of my favorites on the album.

13. Butterfly

I’m happy we at least get another song with Japanese in it, even though I don’t exactly know where it comes from.  It’s one of the more cuter songs off the album, but since it’s the final song, I was hoping for more of a ballad than another danceish song.  I’m not too impressed by this and it just passes over my head.

Tracks Recommended

  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You
  • You’re Beautiful
  • Story
  • Kekkon Koushinkyoku -Wedding March-
  • Nagai Aida -All the years it took-

Song of Avoidance

  • HURRY HOME (Soba ni Iru ne)

I guess cargo wanted to make a mirror image from Q;indivi’s “Celebration” albums by collaborating with Seira Kagami and releasing this cover album.  FLOWER SHOWER though suffered pretty harshly by not changing up (or not changing enough) in styles.  It felt like it was one whole song just cut into different tracks.  For the most part Seira sounds really nice and continues to in this dance style she’s been under for a while.  Though an album with one producer is kind of pushing it…”Celebration” (Seira’s debut album) is much more better IMO

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4 Responses to “cargo×seira – FLOWER SHOWER”

  1. Rubikura Says:

    Why don’t you review Seira’s “Celebration”? I really enjoyed that album :B

  2. blayaya Says:

    It’s says on their website that “Two of Us” is an original composition, so I guess you can say the whole bridal shower cover song theme failed at song 2. Although I’m pretty sure it borrows liberally from some other composition, possibly a classical one.


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