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Anna Tsuchiya – RULE September 23, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Introduction
  2. She Hates Me
  3. Atashi
  4. Brave vibration
  5. Believe in Love
  6. Boushoku-kei Danshi!! (PE’Z×Anna Tsuchiya)
  7. MY BATTLE
  8. NEVER EVER
  9. Human Clay
  10. JUDGE
  11. GUILTY
  12. Shout in the rain
  13. Voice of butterfly
  14. HEY YOU! (bonus track)
  15. GUN! GUN! LOVE! (bonus track)

1. Introduction

Beginning the album, Anna opens up the song singing in acappella in a mixture of English and Japanese and of course with her unique vocal style and I thought she has a great soulful voice when she sings and it definitely worked for me.  That’s just it though hahaha.

2. She Hates Me

I really loved that after that quiet intro, she kicks things into high gear with this song.  I love the rockin’ atmosphere that was thrown a bit a few times in the era.  Anna’s vocals are a bit filtered to fit with the gritty sound and I love the fact that this song has a lot of English as well.  Just a great song to begin the album and brought back the wild and pissy Anna that I love, even though it’s only three minutes long.

3. Atashi

Having the 2nd A-side come next was a smart choice because it prolongs Anna’s wild and rock driven style that I’ve fortunately loved in the era.  I know a lot of people only remember the chorus, but I think that’s best part of the tune IMHO.  It’s just very fast-paced and energetic and shows off Anna’s vocals more clearly than “She Hates Me”.

4. Brave vibration

Having the same guitar sound might have made this the easiest bridge into Brave vibration.  As it was Anna’s first A-side released in the era, it doesn’t fit on the album unfortunately.  I mean it’s a summer song and all but that wasn’t the problem…I think it was the fact that it was more in a pop/rock style that most of the other songs here.  It’s not a bad song overall, but it just doesn’t fit this album much like “NEVER EVER”.

5. Believe in Love

I was surprised that Anna had chosen a ballad to promote the album, and it fits with the album covers since it’s kind of regal and such.  Compared to previous ballads, Anna really has brought it with this song since it’s nice, slow, fitting for her vocals, and builds up quite nicely.  She chose a great song to lead into the album and a very fitting one too at that.

6. Boushoku-kei Danshi!! (PE’Z×Anna Tsuchiya)

I know I never reviewed the single and I don’t know why, but since this is Anna’s collaborative with jazz group PE’Z, Boushoku-kei Danshii!! reminds of a mix of the “Atashi” remix off her last single and “GUN! GUN! LOVE!” for some odd reason.  Anna’s vocals oddly fit this style and while “Brave vibration” might not fit, this tune doesn’t either, but I believe this song a bit more since it’s quite an interesting jazz tune. 

7. MY BATTLE

Being the shortest tune (with the exception of “Introduction”) MY BATTLE doesn’t sound like what I thought it would’ve been like.  To me MY BATTLE should’ve been an amazing and powerful ballad or rock song, but we ended up with this western/ragtime ditty that just sounds weird, but Anna once again proves that her vocals can fit in any style and add punch to it.  It’s different but not a bad song.

8. NEVER EVER

At least we’re slowly getting out of the experimental side.  NEVER EVER has the same light rock side that “Brave vibration” had, but it’s more focused on keeping it consistent.  I actually have an easier time remembering this song than most of the other tracks and that’s good.  Still it’s one of the lighter rock songs off the album.

9. Human Clay

I was surprised that Human Clay actually was something that’s closed to synth-rock we’d get from Anna.  Ok, I bluffed it’s just only the verses that have the slight synth stuff.  The rest of the song has a rock-oriented feel and even though it isn’t hard like “Atashi”, it still is pretty good and is something I would’ve expected Anna to have had release as a single.  It’s one of the album’s shiners.

10. JUDGE

Now if there was something that fits on her NANA works, JUDGE would be that song because it has gritty guitar riffs and has a little bit of synths in it, but it keeps to its roots and the chorus is pretty damn catchy.  Anna is just being very loud and fierce in this song and I love it a lot. 

11. GUILTY

If some of you don’t recognize why I bolded the song in the first place, GUILTY is literally the first song released for the era.  It’s found on the Resident Evil: Degeneration OST.  Of course having such a title, it’s not surprise that it’s one of the harder rock songs on the album.  At least this song is pretty awesome and since it carries itself like previous hard songs like “BLOOD ON BLOOD” and some of her NANA songs, GUILTY has a great feel to it.  Then again it feels there’s so much effort put into this like “Believe in Love”.  It’s one of the album’s best songs.

12. Shout in the rain

Which is weird because Shout in the rain is just as hard-hitting as “GUILTY” but there’s something that’s so awkward about the song and I can’t point it out exactly because I love the gothic-like sound it had and Anna’s voice are at calibur…but that chorus is just weak sounding and not full of bang.  It’s my least favorite of the A-sides released but there’s still good things about the song though.

13. Voice of butterfly

For the final new song on the album, Voice of butterfly is actually a ballad too and y’know Anna just knows how to do these right.  Unlike “Believe in Love”, Voice of butterfly has a more interesting glow to it that isn’t so depressing to listen to.  I mean it kind of still is, but I mean Anna is singing in a higher pitch and has a whole lot more control over her vocals.  Since it’s more simpler than the first ballad, Voice of butterfly comes off clean and sweet.  I approve!

14. HEY YOU!

I really don’t know why they added both HEY YOU! and “GUN! GUN! LOVE!” more or less next to each but I wasn’t a huge fan of the song since it didn’t last long (only 10 seconds longer than “MY BATTLE”)  I know that the two B-sides have things in common with each other, but this song just be best left for lives and such because it doesn’t sound well in a studio version.

15. GUN! GUN! LOVE!

As for the B-side from “Shout in the rain”, I actually love this song a whole lot even though it’s something she doesn’t do too much otherwise.  There’s just something about the song that sparks my interest besides the brass instruments, but the fun atmosphere helped a lot IMO.  It’s a bit weird as RULE’s final track, but GUN! GUN! LOVE! is exciting and a fun tune to have been included on the album.

Tracks Recommended

  • JUDGE
  • GUILTY
  • Atashi
  • GUN! GUN! LOVE!
  • Human Clay

Song of Avoidance

  • HEY YOU!

I’m surprised with how long it took for Anna to release this album, but RULE actually turned out nicer than I had thought it would.  I was expecting that it was going to be meh with how the singles were like.  Also, this album is definitely playing more on the safer side when compared to “NUDY SHOW!”  It’s not that I don’t like that, it’s just it could’ve been more wild for some reason.  Still it’s a very solid release and I liked most of the album for the most part ^_^