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Ataru Nakamura – Shounen Shoujo October 6, 2010

Filed under: Ataru Nakamura — solarblade @ 11:57 pm

Track Listing

  1. Iede Shoujo
  2. Koko wa, Kaze no Machi
  3. Dokuhaku
  4. Hatsukoi
  5. Himitsu
  6. Ningen Shikkaku
  7. Tabibito Damono
  8. Sensou wo Shiranai Bokura no Sensou
  9. Seishun Deshita
  10. Tomodachi ni Naritai
  11. Furyou Shounen

1. Iede Shoujo

Beginning the album off with the only single representing this.  I think Iede Shoujo began the era nicely since it wasn’t totally out of Ataru’s range and is more simpler than most of the songs from her last album.  I still think the chorus is definitely one of the strongest I’ve heard in a while and that’s a good thing.  Great way to begin things.

2. Koko wa, Kaze no Machi

I love that little riff that opens up our next song since it’s explosive and full of energy.  Ataru’s vocals of course are sounding really good and fits with the rockin’ arrangement.  I think this style fits her quite well amongst the various other styles she’s done through her career. I think I’m enjoying this a lot right now.

3. Dokuhaku

I guess Dokuhaku takes things even more lighter and in a strange way makes it sound rather different.  Instead of like singing at first, Ataru speaks for a few lines before breaking into a rather short and loud singing part.  The music is also a bit lighter and almost funky…still…Ataru should’ve sang a bit more since I’m kind of confused.  Even that high pitch squeak was enough to basically turn me off.  It’s not as radical as “Trunk Song” from her last album…but it’s close.

4. Hatsukoi

At least we slow down for a bit with Hatsukoi.  I actually liked the simplicity of the song, but Ataru is kind of stressing pretty much most of the verses because it’s no steady and kind of goes under the notes.  It’s kind of strange that she has to enter a more falsetto style for the tune and it’s beyond pitchy.  I don’t know why, but at least the chorus was very nice and much improvement happened there.

5. Himitsu

At least things are gonna get more interesting with Himitsu which is fortunately a more jazz-oriented song, but once again we have to deal with Ataru’s falsetto vocals which oddly fits more appropriately than in “Hatsukoi”.  It’s also nicely quiet compared to like other jazzy tunes this year so I liked it, but I would’ve preferred lower tones than falsetto to be honest.

6. Ningen Shikkaku

I’m kind of going back to something interesting with Ningen Shikkaku.  Of course it’s a bit similar to “Iede Shoujo”, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing since they are better songs from the album.  I guess my only baffle is that it’s not totally as powerful like the song that began Shounen Shoujo.

7. Tabibito Damono

I’m starting to think that the album actually has better rock songs than her last album.  I really do think she’s getting more used to her vocals a bit better, but it’s not like she’s trying to sound feminine really which might in the long run make her stand out.  If I didn’t know any better, I prolly would’ve said this was sung by a guy (then again most of the songs I’ve heard kind of fits that category.  Definitely the strongest song off the album though.

8. Sensou wo Shiranai Bokura no Sensou

As the album’s longest song, Sensou wo Shiranai Bokura no Sensou begins quite solemnly.  It’s definitely not like the other songs off the album which is great to hear for sure.  I mean it’s still pretty much a ballad as things go, but it’s still something that was needed to break to monotony just a bit.  About halfway though, the song explodes quite loudly and introduces guitars and heavy drums…at this point of the song, it does sound a bit messy and kind of pushes Ataru to the extreme on some notes.  It’s still a tad bit long for me, but it’s still a good tune.

9. Seishun Deshita

I thought the beginning for Seishun Deshita was pretty adorable and simple with Ataru ad-libbing and ending it with ~seishun~ everytime.  Once she comes in though, things become pretty cute, but once again simple like the arrangement.  It does sound totally different from the other songs here and I liked the simplicity, if not her vocals here.

10. Tomodachi ni Naritai

There’s just something a little more bland found for Tomodachi ni Naritai since it’s well…another ballad.  I will say though that Ataru’s vocals are quite sweet and pretty to listen to, even if she’s kind of using falsetto here.  I wish it did grow into something a bit more grand, but it just stayed as a piano-only song.

11. Furyou Shounen

Since “Iede Shoujo” represents the girl half of the title track, Furyou Shounen represents the boy half and as it does it closes the album up as well.  Now this was what I was wanting “Tomodachi ni Naritai” to somewhat sound like because it’s got such a nice flow to it and the electric guitars are pretty strong when they are playing.  Ehhh, it’s alright and makes a good final song for sure.

Tracks Recommended

  • Tabibito Damono
  • Koko wa, Kaze no Machi
  • Seishun Deshita
  • Iede Shoujo

Song of Avoidance

  • Dokuhaku

There’s just something about Ataru’s first album under Yamaha that kind of struck out for me when compared to her previous album, “Ashita wa Haremasu You ni”.  I didn’t think most of the songs were up to snuff and kind of ended up forgettable for the most part.  Still, it’s not a totally bad first album on a new label so w/e I guess.