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Ayaka Hirahara – Greensleeves September 30, 2010

Filed under: Ayaka Hirahara — solarblade @ 1:24 am

Track Listing

  1. Greensleeves
  2. Solveig no Uta
  3. Greensleeves <Vocal-less Track>
  4. Solveig no Uta <Vocal-less Track>

1. Greensleeves

Yeah, I guess we get another classic melody covered by Ms. Hirahara.  I actually recognize the melody pretty easily since it’s like everywhere like “AVE MARIA”.  Now it’s definitely a more ballad-like track than previous A-sides and it’s more simple and to the point so it gives Ayaka more for her vocals to shine and they did even when there was BKGD vocals.  I even like the fact that it got stronger as time went by.  Not a bad melody to cover, but there’s too many covers 😄

2. Solveig no Uta

While I don’t really understand why Ayaka brought back Solveig no Uta from “My Classics 2”, it was one of my favorites from the album which is great they brought it back…but the title changed since there’s no Grieg after Uta…Maybe there’s something that changed about the song, but I don’t hear it and it still is somehow one of the better songs she’s made of recent.  It’s also a ballad though so you might wanna watch out.

 

 

I guess in hindsight, there’s probably going to be a “My Classics 3” made in the future, but Greensleeves isn’t that bad of a single.  I mean with how many covers of the melody there are, it’s kind of like if you heard it once, you heard em all.  Solveig no Uta isn’t bad either, but being as a re-cut song…I wanted something fresh and new from Ayaka.

 

day after tomorrow – Yuri no Hana September 29, 2010

Filed under: day after tomorrow — solarblade @ 5:57 am

Track Listing

  1. Yuri no Hana
  2. Yuri no Hana -Instrumental-

1. Yuri no Hana

Hmmm, why does this sound like a continuation of “Kimi to Aeta Kiseki”?  I don’t know why, but somehow I still enjoy this song just as much as the last single.  I mean we are now getting into how misono sounds today with her uber vibrato and the like.  It’s also a bit nice that the song is a bit slower, but not by much.  For such a song, it left a good impact on me and it one of my favorite dat songs.

 

 

It’s just so odd that Yuri no Hana would turn out to be the band’s final single before misono leaves into her solo career and Daisuke leaves to end up forming GIRL NEXT DOOR.  It’s a bit of a bittersweet single since Yuri no Hana was a pretty great song from the trio…but I guess things must end huh?

 

Ayumi Hamasaki – L

Filed under: Ayumi Hamasaki — solarblade @ 3:11 am

Track Listing

  1. Virgin Road
  2. Sweet Season
  3. Last angel
  4. crossroad (Orchestra version)
  5. SEVEN DAYS WAR (Orchestra version)
  6. SEVEN DAYS WAR (TK Acoustic Piano version)
  7. Virgin Road -Instrumental-
  8. Sweet Season -Instrumental-
  9. Last angel -Instrumental-

1. Virgin Road

Since all three songs are basically A-sides, I’m going to start with Virgin Road which was the first to leak out.  Also if it isn’t obvious enough, the A-side that was produced here is ballad-central as well like the other singles in the era.  For being one though I actually had a better time remembering this song because of the songs melody and super sweet chorus.  However, it’s a bit bare for a ballad, sounding almost emptier when compared to “MOON” and even “crossroad”.  Give and take that it’s a sweeter, yet melancholic tune for Ayu…like “CAROLS” or something…hahaha.  (and insert various other ballads).

2. Sweet Season

I was happy that Sweet Season is a little more upbeat for me, but once again the song really just flies over my head because it’s like “Life” from “Mirrorcle World” and I barely even remembered that song because it was so underwhelming to its A-side.  I’ll admit there’s something about the song that kind of sounds like her debut album, but otherwise I’m just not feeling this song much. 

3. Last angel

Because Ayu and Masami Mitsuoka needs more comparisons LOL, Ayu decides to throw us on a loop with Last angel.  For one thing, I was expecting another ballad, but it’s kind of a mixture of a ballad and a techno tune.  I’m not sure how to otherwise to describe it though.  It’s really abnormal for Ayu to release a song sounding like two ideas meshed, but it’s different and I like that she tried something in this era that hasn’t been done before (BY HER ALREADY)… actually as I’m listening to it again, it actually comes off a bit messy since the song keeps switching itself like I have to piece the parts for a more coherent tune…it’s like a puzzle TBH.  Iono what to think bout this tune now.

4. crossroad (Orchestra version)

Just because we hadn’t had enough orchestra versions of songs, we get even more with the main songs of her last single getting the treatment.  crossroad’s version actually kind of comes off as disappointing when compared to how her last songs “MOON” and “blossom” were treated in their respective versions.  I do like that this actually is an straight-up orchestrated version, but this just screams to be an instrumental TBQH.

5. SEVEN DAYS WAR (Orchestra version)

I know SEVEN DAYS WAR probably could’ve been OK without an orchestra version, but I kind of connected more with this version that “crossroad’s” because she lyrically did better with it and the arrangement fits the cause as well.  There’d be a lot more I could say, but I’m kind of getting tired of orchestrated versions of her songs in the era and I wanted more actual remixes.  Still it’s not a bad version.

6. SEVEN DAYS WAR (TK Acoustic Piano version)

No, I mean actual dance remixes AYU!!!!!  Sorry, went off the wall there.  Since SEVEN DAYS WAR is a cover of TM NETWORK, and since the main guy kind of sucks singing by himself, it was good enough to let Ayu have a piano version of said song.  It’s just harder to listen to the song with less going on in each version…really people?  I’m sorry but I just enjoy the original and the orchestrated version more.

 

 

Wow, 50th single what a number that is!  For being such a big single for Ayu I wasn’t expecting it to be so damn boring otherwise.  I mean Virgin Road is a nice ballad, but c’mon she’s done better and even though this era has been ballad central for Ayu…it just makes me worried how the album will turn out.  Sweet Season = Life 2…I mean it’s the same kind of nonchalant pop/rock that makes things seem forgettable.  Last angel is probably the best the single had to offer for me because of it’s odd arrangement…but it still feels like it needed to be made me coherant and clean up the wacky transitions as well.  Orchestra versions of her last single were alright, if not starting to bore me to death and the piano version of SEVEN DAYS WAR is just too boring for me.  Ehhh…this era is starting to really bring me down…. 

 

S/mileage – Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama

Filed under: S/mileage — solarblade @ 2:47 am

Track Listing

  1. Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama
  2. Chokotto LOVE
  3. Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama (Instrumental)

1. Onaji Jikyuu de Hataraku Tomodachi no Bijin Mama

I’m surprised the song is kind of energetic and has electric guitars that seem to remind me of something Buono! would pull off.  Of course the girls of S/mileage aren’t amazing singers and has the cute and young sound going for them.  The chorus seems like the typical cute rock style with annoying drum hitting and that took me out of the song.  At least the verses were what was good about the song.  At least it was better than their last A-side, I can admit to that.

2. Chokotto LOVE

I think it’s been quite a while since a current H!P group has covered an old group’s tune.  Chokotto LOVE is remembered by many as Petitmoni’s debut single and since we all know how they were like (cute and all that), S/mileage’s take on the classic stays true to being cute, but at the same time has enough new to stand out.  It’s also got a rock form like the A-side, but it changes shortly after and gets cute.  At least there’s solos here, but I still don’t know who’s who!

 

 

As the 7th and final single of S/mileage’s debut era, Onaji Jikyuu de is a major step up from the mistake of the last single.  It’s a bit strange they went into a more genki rock song for their A-side as well as their B-side, but I think it brought out needed energy that didn’t so shitty.  Now Chokotto LOVE was maybe a little much genki for me, but it’s not a bad cover at all and it retains the cuteness from the original.  Not bad, but I’m rather curious to what’ll be on their debut album.

 

SID – cosmetic

Filed under: SID — solarblade @ 12:26 am

Track Listing

  1. cosmetic
  2. Sugu Soba de
  3. Memai (Live from “Ichiban Suki na Basho 2010”)

1. cosmetic

I’m surprised that SID decided to make cosmetic more of a jazzy rock tune than their last single.  I mean it’s not usual of J-rock bands to take a more different route like that so I enjoyed SID’s decision for that.  I do think the lighter arrangement worked with them for the most part and Mao’s vocals sound great except when he decides to override my ears with his vibrato…it’s a little much, but it’s still an interesting idea from him.  I’m even happy that there’s a whole lot of Aki (bassist) in the song as well.  Basically, it’s a good A-side from the band and passable especially after “Rain”.

2. Sugu Soba de

I guess talking about “Rain” and all, Sugu Soba de kind of reminds me of it since there both light songs too, but this is a bit more upbeat and a little more acoustic.  I definitely found Mao’s strong vocals as a high point of the song since it’s pretty and has some pretty nice strings playing along.  Fitting B-side for sure and I think it’s a smidge better than “cosmetic”.

3. Memai (Live from “Ichiban Suki na Basho 2010”)

As Memai is another song that was made during the days SID was an indies band, Memai live is fortunately the loudest song on the sing and the energy from the band is felt through this track.  I mean I know the band used to be V-kei and all, so I don’t know where this song lies between then and nowadays, but it’s still one of the cooler songs I’ve heard from SID!

 

 

If they keep this up I’m sure their sophomore major album will turn out great, but they announced another single for December…Sounds like it’s going to be a heavy singled album.  cosmetic sounds pretty nifty and a risky move for SID, but I think it gave more a rounded out style to the band and I enjoyed it.  Sugu Soba de also was pretty good being lighter than a lot of various soft rock tunes.  Since the band releases live versions of their old songs so far on each major single, Memai’s was pretty rocking and left me to wonder if they’ll get back to that someday.

 

Do As Infinity – JIDAISHIN September 28, 2010

Filed under: Do As Infinity — solarblade @ 6:29 am

Track Listing

  1. JIDAISHIN
  2. JIDAISHIN (Instrumental)

1. JIDAISHIN

I know it hasn’t been long since we’ve seen DAI pull a fun-rock track out since returning to the scene.  JIDAISHIN though is THE fun rock track though since it’s loud, Van’s vocals are just as and showing a lot of positive energy throughout and Ryo’s guitar playing is just as good.  I mean “1/100” was pretty lighthearted, but his is crazy fun DAI!

 

 

While JIDAISHIN is classified as a special single, I do hope it’s on their next album since it has a lot of color that DAI hasn’t really had since returning from their “so-called” breakup.  I mean I’m kind of disappointed here was no B-side, or something like what happened wih “Kimi ga Inai Mirai”, but it’s still a great song nonetheless.

 

COLTEMÖNIKHA – COLTEMÖNIKHA 2

Filed under: COLTEMÖNIKHA — solarblade @ 4:03 am

Track Listing

  1. preparation
  2. Domino
  3. darkness rabbit
  4. Khanimotelco
  5. SLEEPING girl
  6. Scene Killer
  7. NAMAIKI
  8. NAMAIKI (extended mix)

1. preparation

Beginning the mini-album, preparation is a quick intro to the mini-album and it has a weird melody that sounds like it would be nice to have in a Final Fantasy game.  I can’t explain what the instrument is…but it’s like harpischord, synth, and plucked strings…it’s an odd combo…still it opens the mini nicely.

2. Domino

As our first song, Domino sounds like a lot of what MEG sounds like today since it’s light and has similar instruments and such.  Actually, it reminds me of “PRECIOUS to be more exact.  Since Sakai’s vocals aren’t as vocodered as the previous mini-album, it’s a nice change and good to hear her sing a bit more to something that’s more like Nakata’s style now.  I like the deeper synth lines though…it’s definitely a good start!

3. darkness rabbit

At least we don’t copy that because darkness rabbit takes a more loungey sound for its composition and it’s definitely not a style you really hear from Nakata anymore.  There’s a lot of instrumental parts and not enough Sakai in the song, but it’s definitely sounds like a great song to drive to at night. 

4. Khanimotelco

As the interlude of the mini-album, Khanimotelco is a bit strange as an interlude since the arrangement sounds so amateurish and Sakai isn’t really providing much besides repeating the title over and over and she’s like really trying to pronounce it right too 😄

5. SLEEPING girl

I guess we needed another lighthearted song I guess huh.  SLEEPING girl is kind of catchy in a way since Sakai’s vocals are pretty much Nakata’s vocoder slave in this song.  It’s a bit classy for a song and it has a pretty good rhythm to it.  It might be my favorite off the mini-album, but it’s in no way better than let’s say “Soratobu Hikari”.

6. Scene Killer

I was hoping for a harder track from Nakata’s arrangements and yet Scene Killer turns out to be the ballad of the mini-album and we all know techno-ballads aren’t always up to snuff and Scene Killer is not exception.  I do like that it’s pretty much different from anything he’s done since there’s bongos, and synth playing in the background to fit with Sakai’s more serious vocals. 

7. NAMAIKI

A lot of people usually associate COLTEMÖNIKHA with this song since it’s the only song in the discography that has another version of it.  NAMAIKI sounds good and upbeat and once again reminds me of what MEG sounds like when she joined Nakata.  Sadly, it does kind of seems very boring nowadays…but I think the bass lines in it were sweet additions.

8. NAMAIKI (extended mix)

Of course being said, NAMAIKI gets extented about an extra four minutes to seem more club-friendly.  In my opinion, Nakata really made this seem longer than it should have and it makes me kind of enjoy the original cut a lot more.  At least there’s some different movements to the vocals and such and I would’ve liked some parts from the extended version in the original.

 

 

Since I guess this is the final release from Nakata and Sakai, COLTEMÖNIKHA 2 is kind of lacking when compared to the first one since there wasn’t much of anything to make me think that Nakata was pushing lines unlike the first one.  It’d be nice to see the duo get together for a third try, but it’s been way too long and contemode ceases to exist anyways…