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Kana Nishino – Kimitte October 31, 2010

Filed under: Kana Nishino — solarblade @ 11:40 pm

Track Listing

  1. Kimitte
  2. Christmas Love
  3. GIRLS GIRLS

1. Kimitte

You know, I wish Kana would actually change up her A-sides just a little bit.  I mean ever since she started doing the R&B ballads it has been rather getting harder and harder to enjoy her since they all sound rather similar.  I mean Kana sounds pretty of course (when is she not), but the music is just so one-dimensional now that anything else would be better than this nowadays. 

2. Christmas Love

That’s why her B-sides of recent have mostly been better than the A-sides as of recent.  While it’s still somewhat early for Christmas songs, Kana’s winter tune is pretty simple and still carries the light R&B sound that I have problems with.  At least it’s upbeat and carries the holiday sound tightly.  It’s still a bit simple and kind of plain, but I’ll make an exception here.

3. GIRLS GIRLS

Of course since it seems to be the repeating factor to Kana’s singles, GIRLS GIRLS represents the harder or edgy song Kana has.  It doesn’t have as much punch like her previous songs like others, but I liked the fact there was electric guitars and a mix of fluttering strings.  The thing here though is that Kana isn’t totally singing like the other two tracks and just like pseudo-raps in the song. 

While she might have made me a fan during the “to LOVE” era, this one is like repeating the same thing and I’m already kind of getting tired of songs like Kimitte.  I wish there was something that’d make it pop out at me but there isn’t really.  Christmas Love is near it as well, but it’s a Christmas tune so there’s not much you could do…(I mean a sex romp Xmas tune is a bit pushing isn’t it?).  Of course GIRLS GIRLS is definitely experimental stuff and while her not singing is pretty unorthodox, I can get used to it quickly.

 

4minute – FIRST/DREAMS COME TRUE October 30, 2010

Filed under: 4minute — solarblade @ 10:31 pm

Track Listing

  1. FIRST
  2. DREAMS COME TRUE (Japanese Version)
  3. HIGHLIGHT
  4. FIRST (Instrumental)
  5. DREAMS COME TRUE (Instrumental)

1. FIRST

Even though technically this isn’t their first original JPN song, FIRST is their first original song that’s an A-side.  While it’s not as hardcore as their previous two singles, FIRST still carries the energetic punch that has been making me pay attention to their music and once again I found myself loving this song entirely.  The solos between the girls are still spread out evenly and their Japanese is more or less the same as it was in “I My Me Mine”.  Either way, good start to the single and the PV is cute for sure.

2. DREAMS COME TRUE (Japanese Version)

The other A-side on this single is of course their Japanese take of DREAMS COME TRUE which was used in an OST.  It means it wasn’t released in 4minutes official list of releases, but w/e we get a new version.  Now I haven’t listened to their music across the seas, but DREAMS COME TRUE is totally a 180 from all their previous efforts.  For one thing, the song sounds rockin’ and almost like a fun rock tune.  It kind of sounds a little idol-like in places and with the loud speakers of the group, it would’ve easily fell into that.  Very weird song for them, but whatever.

3. HIGHLIGHT

Once again like their previous singles, we get an already released Korean song.  Likewise, HIGHLIGHT comes from their 2nd mini-album, “Hit Your Heart”.  I found it pretty cool that we’re back into the synthy dance stuff because this is what the girls excel at and HIGHLIGHT shows it well.  Not sure what’s harder between this and “FIRST”, but it’s good and makes me want to listen to their Korean songs.

FIRST/DREAMS COME TRUE might be the era’s last single, but it shows that 4minute is pretty consistent with their releases so far and with an album announced in December, I can only wonder what’ll be on it besides the A-sides.  Anyways, FIRST is pretty good, as good as “I My Me Mine”, very heavy and beat-driven…SWEET!  DREAMS COME TRUE is just a little too strange being all pop/rock and all that weirdness.  Of course HIGHLIGHT was good too, since it is the original version XD

 

faylan – Last vision for last October 29, 2010

Filed under: faylan — solarblade @ 8:32 pm

Track Listing

  1. Last vision for last
  2. Shizuka na Mitsu Yori Akai Mitsu
  3. Last vision for last (off vocal)
  4. Shizuka na Mitsu Yori Akai Mitsu (off vocal)

1. Last vision for last

If i had knew Last vision for last was going to be this disappointing, I would’ve just skipped it.  Unlike her last A-side which was epic, Last vision for last seems more synth/anime based than her rock-sided songs and such and for the most part it didn’t do anything for me.  I mean faylan’s guitar style is present, but it’s covered by the various synths and thrown off by changes that didn’t make sense like the piano-only part during the choruses.  It’s just kind of a messy song for me.

2. Shizuka na Mitsu Yori Akai Mitsu

Why couldn’t this have been the A-side really?  In my opinion it’s like a more stable and darker song for faylan and I approve of the use of the synths here moreso than in “Last vision for last” since it isn’t beyond messy and faylan’s vocals are pretty strong.  I find it funny that it’s not trying to be explosive and tries to keep it controlled and such.  Still it’s a kickass song.

Ok, I have to say Last vision for last is my least favorite since she debuted.  I wish the song wasn’t so messy its execution and left Shizuka na Mitsu Yori Akai Mitsu take up the A-side since it was immensely stronger than its A-side.  Since it might be the second of the era “Senjou ni Saita Ichirin no Hana” being the first, this was a downgrade.

 

Muten Musume – Appare Kaitan Zushi! October 28, 2010

Filed under: Morning Musume — solarblade @ 3:51 am

Track Listing

  1. Appare Kaitan Zushi!
  2. Kura Sushi Bikkurapon!
  3. Appare Kaitan Zushi! (Instrumental)
  4. Kura Sushi Bikkurapon! (Instrumental)

1. Appare Kaitan Zushi!

I don’t know what really made Momosu decide to kind of take this song on, but it somehow reminds me of the more sillier songs from Momosu and I missed this since I was getting pretty tired of the emo-ness of recent.  I don’t know why but the ~WOW!~ sounds exactly like the ones from Berryz’ “Otakebi Boy WAO!”.  Either way, this song brought back what Momosu has been missing for quite awhile and I enjoyed it even though it does come off as random and repetitive in the long run.

2. Kura Sushi Bikkurapon!

The B-side is just as quirky and happy as it’s sister A-side, but this definitely fits more as the “Sushi” song since it’s goofy and exciting, but I found myself disappointed there was no solo lines in this song and it kind of is once again repetitive, but being only a little above 2 minutes, it’s alright, but I kind of expected more from Momosu than this.

Yes, I’m calling this a Morning Musume release since all the members are here (despite Eri, Jun, and Lin graduating after the release of their next single).  Appare Kaitan Zushi! might be random of a release, but it does show that Momosu still can have fun and be cute for sushi-ness and all!  Maybe we’ll see Appare on “Fantasy! Juuichi”…

 

Porno Graffitti – Kimi wa 100%

Filed under: Porno Graffitti — solarblade @ 3:13 am

Track Listing

  1. Kimi wa 100%
  2. Kemuri
  3. GET IT ON

1. Kimi wa 100%

I’ve only followed the duo only for one album era, but I haven’t encountered a song this light from PG so for me it’s a bit strange to listen because it’s light and upbeat.  Of course Akihito sounds pretty good in the song and it fits the bright mood.  I kind of like this song even though I’m more interested into the synth-experiments so this is a rare case.

2. Kemuri

This was more of what I wanted to hear from them since it does combine their rock side with some synths to get a song like this.  I do feel weirded out that Akihito’s vocals sound like it’s sung live or something.  Still it’s very cool and reminds me of a more synthy “Rainbow”.  Good tune.

3. GET IT ON

I feel bad that Porno Graffitti had to do a cover track, but here it is.  I didn’t know Akihito was speaking English until the whole ~get it on, bang a gong, get it on~ part which is the chorus BTW.  Either way Akihito sounds bad singing in English and it shows a lot in the song.

Beginning a new era off, Kimi wa 100% is a good way to start things even though it’s not what I expected from the duo.  I liked the upbeat, anime-ish sound of Kimi wa 100% and the heavier Kemuri.  However, the cover song they chose was in bad taste and Akihito can’t really keep his accent out of the song, hence it sounded so weird.  Still good single.

 

LM.C – LET ME’ CRAZY!!

Filed under: LM.C — solarblade @ 1:56 am

Track Listing

  1. LET ME’ CRAZY!!
  2. No Fun, No Future.
  3. YAHSA Hime

1. LET ME’ CRAZY!!

Wow, I didn’t think it’d be different, but LET ME’ CRAZY!! is definitely something I wouldn’t expect LM.C after their last era finished.  I love maya’s vocals in the song since they’re powerful when they want to be, but it also feels like he’s trying to push the song to be more faster since he sings like iono…he’s out of breath or something. Still, the song is fast, energetic and has great parts throughout and the use of synths is a plus.

2. No Fun, No Future.

As the shortest song from the single being about 3 minutes long, No Fun, No Future. is one of those happy songs with a slight positive sound going for it.  I definitely didn’t expect a song like this and I love that they were being more rock happy than in “LET ME’ CRAZY!!”.  It’s just a good sounding rock song that’s simple and to the point.

3. YASHA Hime

For the other B-side, YASHA Hime is a bit like the A-side in which it has both synth stuff and a hard rock riff, but it’s more focused on the experimental side to their music.  I have to say, maya’s softer vocals in the verses and the light chorus is an interesting choice, but I they oddly worked together.  Aiji though should get points for the rockin’ atmosphere though, it was that good!

Wow, I didn’t know what we were gonna get after “WONDERFUL WONDERHOLIC” since that was a pretty good album from them and with LET ME’ CRAZY!!, I think they’re continuing to be more towards their rock side, but they still hold to their experimental side as well and it worked out in the end.  LET ME’ CRAZY!! and YASHA Hime are both awesome tracks from the duo with a mix of both sides to their music while No Fun, No Future. was pure fun rock from them.  Can’t wait for their next single to drop!

 

GRANRODEO – ROSE HIP-BULLET

Filed under: GRANRODEO — solarblade @ 1:24 am

Track Listing

  1. ROSE HIP-BULLET
  2. Chicken Hero
  3. ROSE HIP-BULLET (OFF VOCAL)
  4. Chicken Hero (OFF VOCAL)

1. ROSE HIP-BULLET

I love hard anime rock songs and it seems that ROSE HIP-BULLET has filled up that role quite nicely.  While I found out that KISHOW is a seiyuu himself, male seiyuus don’t really bother me as much as females as much and it’s good.  I love the heavy energy that song has throughout and KISHOW sounds pretty good especially his held out notes.  It’s a strong song and great since it’s the first GRANRODEO tune I’ve heard from them so it’s a winner.

2. Chicken Hero

As for the oddly titled B-side, Chicken Hero doesn’t let up on the energy the A-side started up and I loved this so much more for some reason and IMO I like KISHOW’s slightly higher register than his deeper tones.  It reminds me of the more epic abingdon boys school’s songs so I easily found myself in love with this.

I knew that getting into GRANRODEO would be an experience (since they have no Jpopstop page), but ROSE HIP-BULLET is an interesting experience nonetheless and I love the brash energy and crazy rock going around in this single.  If the previous two singles are like this, the ncount me in as a glorified fan XD