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Sayuri Sugawara – “Suki” to Iu Kotoba August 31, 2010

Filed under: Sayuri Sugawara — solarblade @ 6:35 pm

Track Listing

  1. “Suki” to Iu Kotoba
  2. I Wanna Cry…
  3. “Suki” to Iu Kotoba (Instrumental)
  4. I Wanna Cry… (Instrumental)

1. “Suki” to Iu Kotoba

It seems that Sayuri wanted to go back to what she did pre-“Kimi ga Iru Kara” with the whole light R&B style.  I mean it’s not Kana Nishino, but it’s actually relaxing to listen to and Sayuri’s vocals are getting better to listen to as well which is great.  I thought the background vocals were an odd but nice touch.  It’s definitely a ballad I could keep listening to for a long time and that’s good.

2. I Wanna Cry…

For a song that should come off as a ballad, I was surprised it was an upbeat tune here.  I like her voice still since she has the right emotion going on for it and a lot of English as well.  I really do enjoy the pop/rock style going on and it makes a worthy B-side for this single!

 

 

I was impressed a lot by Sayuri for her second single of the era.  There is just something that clicked that didn’t happen with “Sunao ni Narenakute”.  This single was what I needed to like her again and it worked.  I like how sweet that A-side.  Even beter was how nice the B-side came off.  One of the better singles this year!

 

miwa – chAngE

Filed under: miwa — solarblade @ 6:10 pm

Track Listing

  1. chAngE
  2. you can do it!
  3. Amayadori
  4. chAngE ~instrumental~

1. chAngE

I was worried that chAngE wasn’t going to be released because this song was well-known before the release of “Little Girl”.  Also the reason for the caps on the A&E is because it’s a change from an acoustic A-side to an electric guitar based song.  Also funny is that the song is used in BLEACH and I was like I’m not surprised that I got YUI vibes from this.  However, it’s one of my favorite BLEACH songs since miwa sounds great singing this and with the newly acquired electric guitar arrangement fits nicely with her.  It’s energetic, fun and fits with the series like most of the others have quite snuggly.

2. you can do it!

The other songs on the single though are of course her lighter songs.  you can do it! is unmistakenly Western sounding like she was traveling on a road or something.  It’s different and once again screams vibes from Shion Tsuji but I don’t mind it really.  It’s still a pretty good song for those who need some positive reinforcements.

3. Amayadori

The last song on the single tones things down quite sharply since it’s mostly an acoustic ballad.  Light percussion and piano are also present and with miwa’s vocals it’s quite relaxing to listen to.  Add some strings in places here and there and it comes off as sweetly nice.  Not sure if it’s amazing yet, but it’s good to see her tackle another slow song.

 

 

Yes, I may be biased to say that chAngE is miwa’s best single yet, but it’s mostly based on the title track just being that good.  The B-sides are a little of what we already have heard from her, but she’s slowly standing out amongst the crowd…but it’s so hard when your vocals sound exactly like YUI & Shion…

 

Watarirouka Hashiritai – Gyu

Filed under: Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 — solarblade @ 5:54 pm

Track Listing

  1. Gyu
  2. Tenohira
  3. Gomennasai
  4. Gyu (Instrumental)
  5. Tenohira (Instrumental)
  6. Gomennasai (Instrumental)

1. Gyu

This whole era with Hashiritai has been one wacky era for sure.  Gyu is by far their song with the most amount of genki found throughout.  Is it bad that I think the singing in this tune is kind of headache-inducing?  It’s like all of the gals are trying to be uber cute and it just comes off as amazingly nasally than normal.  It still is better than “AkKanbe Bashi” for sure, but only slightly because some of the lyrics are catchy to listen to, but it’s still bad on a vocal standby.

2. Tenohira

I guess it was fitting that Tenohira was to tone things down after “Gyu” and it’s definitely a whole lot better in the vocal department because the better sounding girls show off more.  I still think Ayaka and Mayu are the weakest of the singers and unfortunately they get important lines as well.  Even so, the slower tempo and smoother vocals made this a better listen overall.

3. Gomennasai

I guess landing in between the two songs is Gomennasai which is good because it does go back to their first single when their songs sound like they’d be good anime tie-ins.  It’s still high on the genki levels, but it’s not sick like “Gyu” was.  It also has a good live feel that would make the crowd sing along.  It’s a good tune.

 

 

Wow, they got to their 6th single!  Ok, I’ll be honest, while it’s the last of the era, Gyu kind of frustrated me with the lead track because it’s just too much sugar like “AkKanbe Bashi” was if not moreso.  The B-sides however were great and we yet we don’t see a Mayu solo this time around as well!  It’s not my favorite of the era, but at least they’re still going strong.