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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.