Kurayami Monogatari

Would love a comment every so often <<

AKB48 – Beginner October 26, 2010

Filed under: AKB48 — solarblade @ 10:12 pm

Track Listing

  1. Beginner
  2. Boku Dake no value (Undergirls)
  3. Kimi ni Tsuite (MINT)
  4. Nakeru Basho (DIVA)
  5. Beginner (OFF VOCAL VER.)
  6. Boku Dake no value (OFF VOCAL VER.)
  7. Kimi ni Tsuite (OFF VOCAL VER.)
  8. Nakeru Basho (OFF VOCAL VER.)

1. Beginner

I really don’t know what happened after “Heavy Rotation”, but Beginner is probably their darkest song since forever and I like this quite a bit even though I have no idea at the various singers.  The chorus is a little strange for being light, but the rest of the song has this dark groove to it that I was surprised they pulled off quite easily.  I’ll admit I’ve been waiting for song to surpass “RIVER” for so long and Beginner easily took that cake and ran with it.  Even the PV is just ubertastic…I mean AKB killing each other off ❤

2. Boku Dake no value (Undergirls)

After all that epicness, we have to hit ground again and since the rest of the single is split off into various groups, Boku Dake no value is the Undergirls tune and since it’s a different batch of gals, it’s gonna sound different and it sounds like an anime tune.  It’s such a broad switch from “Beginner” but it’d be cute somewhere else, just not here.

3. Kimi ni Tsuite (MINT)

While I know what the Undergirls are meant for, MINT and DIVA are just kind of random ideas since they haven’t been mentioned once in the past, so I once again need your guys’ help telling me what’s the reasoning behind them. 

All I know is that, MINT has only 5 members in this song and while it’s nearly impossible to tell who’s who by the vocals, the song is rather soothing to listen to (possibly Easy Listening).  It’s pretty though and it flows quite strongly for something that isn’t supposed to be really exciting.

4. Nakeru Basho

Unlike MINT, DIVA has a lot of members when compared to the other, but this is a straight up ballad this time.  I like that there’s a lot more solo lines given throughout and unfortunately, I still don’t know who’s singing, but I like that it has an ending quality to it that shines throughout the song.

Wow, it has been a while since an AKB single has impressed me by its A-side.  Beginner is such an evil song (with an EVIL PV to go with it) and it’s quickly becoming a favorite of mine.  The other three songs are all right, but it just missed the line against Beginner.  Ok, Nakeru Basho might be the exception since it’s a heartwarming ballad and Kimi ni Tsuite was catchy enough.  Boku Dake no value though was just blah blah blah.

 

Versailles – DESTINY -The Lovers-

Filed under: Versailles — solarblade @ 8:32 pm

Track Listing

  1. DESTINY -The Lovers-
  2. Glowing Butterfly
  3. Libido

1. DESTINY -The Lovers-

While I still think Versailles is still kind of dealing with the loss of their bassist, Jasmine You, DESTINY doesn’t exactly scream epic Versailles in first listen.  I mean there’s tons of rock to be found, but it’s more of a rock ballad, especially with the way the music flows and the way Kamijo is singing.  Though after the beginning it does switch into a really fast metal song and with the blaring guitars and fast riffs, it’s like the song took to ideas and smooshed em together.  It still isn’t as good as their early stuff, but it’s passable.

2. Glowing Butterfly

Being just as off the wall as the A-side, Glowing Butterfly is a tad more orchestral and pushes Kamijo to sing even stronger than before, this was more of what I was expecting Versailles to release after “JUBILEE”.  Still not as epic as they once were, but Glowing Butterfly has the best sound off the single so that’s good.

3. Libido

I don’t know what it is about Libido that sounds rather plain to me, but it somehow does.  Besides the opening guitar chords and opening lines, there’s nothing much to really comment about the song.  It’s not bad, but wait, there is a lot of bassist from new guy, Masashi.  I am surprised he stood out as much as he did in the song.

Being as DESTINY -The Lovers- is the first single released without Jasmine, it’s not bad, but I think like one of my friends said, they kind of lost that spark that made their first era so great which is sad of course, but I’m giving them time to get over their loss and get back to great music, I can tell Masashi will fit very well with the group!

 

Ayahi Takagaki – Kimi ga Iru Basho

Filed under: Ayahi Takagaki — solarblade @ 8:05 am

Track Listing

  1. Kimi ga Iru Basho
  2. Watashi Dake no Sora
  3. You Raise Me Up
  4. Kimi ga Iru Basho (Instrumental)

1. Kimi ga Iru Basho

I’m surprised that Ayahi’s “debut” actually has a dance beat in it.  I mean it’s not what I expect from Ayahi since she’s a seiyuu, but it’s still in the realm of pop music, but I like her voice the most from sphere so this obviously worked for me even if the music sounds a bit dated.  The little splashes of sitar though was a nice touch however.  I guess I like it, but it’s definitely no “Inori†”

2. Watashi Dake no Sora

I guess since Watashi Dake no Sora is a ballad, it was supposed to be as good as “Inori†”.  While it’s not as epic or as majestic, Watashi Dake no Sora does have a good sound and buildup for sure.  Once again, Ayahi proves that she’s definitely the stronger singer, but also has strong arrangements.  Not much else to really say about the song since it doesn’t fully stand out to me, but it’s still nice either way around.

3. You Raise Me Up

Really?  Are we really covering the same song that Josh Groban made famous during the last decade?  Well, I really like that the song begins with a flute solo before Ayahi enters the song.  I was also surprised that she sang with a pretty steady voice and in English as well which was just as good.  She almost reached operatic vocals and that was great to hear.  Of course she doesn’t have the power Josh had in his during his version, but Ayahi really kept it nice and her beautiful vocals stood out here.

Since Kimi ga Iru Basho is Ayahi actual debut single, I was surprised she started out the best of the three sphere singers (yes 3, since I don’t know how Haruka’s “naissence” went but going by her voice, it probably didn’t do that well).  Either way, I was mostly surprised by her cover of You Raise Me Up since it was actually her strongest song off the single.  Kimi ga Iru Basho and Watashi Dake no Sora were pretty good as well and if she keeps this going she’s going to be pretty amazing.

 

Aki Toyosaki – Boku wo Sagashite

Filed under: Aki Toyosaki — solarblade @ 7:31 am

Track Listing

  1. Boku wo Sagashite
  2. Patissiere
  3. Sora Sora☆Aozora
  4. Boku wo Sagashite (Off Vocal)

1. Boku wo Sagashite

I was starting to think we were going to get an R&B song from Aki with Boku wo Sagashite, but it’s actually more of a light pop song with maybe light tendencies to R&B.  I really don’t like her whispering vocals in this one since it seems maybe a little bit like YUKI’s vocals just a bit.  However, I do think it flowed better and easier to listen to than “love your life” for sure.  I think I just need time to get used to this.

2. Patissiere

I really think this song is definitely something I would’ve expect Vanilla Beans to have released since it’s very much their sound.  It’s kind of slow and yet a little peppy and cute at the same time.  Aki’s vocals also sound quite cute as well, but at least it’s better than “Boku wo Sagashite’s” whisper fest.  It’s hard to really describe the song, but it’s refreshing and nice to listen to.

3. Sora Sora☆Aozora

Then again I was afraid to come to something like this because this is definitely the uber, peppy, genki cute song of the single and Aki goes into seiyuu mode for the song.  At least it’s not terrible like when Haruka or Shoko does it, but the music is however something I didn’t fully enjoy (what’s with the disc scratching?).  That chorus too is something icky for me…oh well.

Since this is Aki’s 2nd single, I’d say she’s slowly going in the right direction with Boku wo Sagashite.  While the music was better than “love your life” the vocals were of poor choice and kind of bothered me.  Patissiere was the best of the single since it had no problems and was cute but not overbearing like Sora Sora☆Aozora was and that was what made it the worst of the single.  Hope “Dill” does better.

 

Ayahi Takagaki come across Feldt Grace – Inori†/Justice

Filed under: Ayahi Takagaki — solarblade @ 5:35 am

Track Listing

  1. Inori†
  2. Justice
  3. Inori† (without vocal)
  4. Justice (without vocal)

1. Inori†

I have to say that through GUNDAM ballads, Inori† is a beautiful ballad for Ayahi who is actually taking up as her character, Feldt Grace.  Ayahi’s vocals are whispery and very beautiful and fits the lack of music going on in the song which is light synths and piano only.  I also think that giving her an echo property was very smart on her part and definitely showed the song’s true colors.  GUNDAM ballads though are always great to here by the ladies and Inori† is no exception.

2. Justice

For the other A-side of the single, Justice is at the same or near the same tempo as “Inori†” but the arrangement and how it begins really screams KOKIA or Akiko Shikata just a little bit.  While it might flow better, it’s partly because of the extra inclusion of other instruments to make it sound mystical and powerful.  While the change in points (when the guitar comes in) is a little jerky, it gave it a slight punch.  It’s definitely different when it comes into play and sounds different from any other GUNDAM song.

While it’s not considered Ayahi Takagaki’s debut (“Kimi ga Iru Basho” takes that role) Inori†/Justice was reviewed because it’s one of the songs that has her name on it and was a good release so I like to think she began with this single.  I was surprised that this single sounded rather good for a brand new artist and worked to a great degree.  I enjoyed this alot!

 

Minako Kotobuki – Shiny+

Filed under: Minako Kotobuki — solarblade @ 3:22 am

Track Listing

  1. Shiny+
  2. Lilac
  3. Hajimari no Basho
  4. Shiny+ (Instrumental)

1. Shiny+

Hey something that actually doesn’t really sound cutesy and whatever.  Shiny+ actually is a nice kind pop/rock tune with acoustics throughout and it was definitely sweet.  That is until she started to sing in a squeaky tone that kind of sound like the other sphere girls.  I guess it’s a nice listen since it isn’t totally bad, but at least the harmonizations with the backups are nicely done!

2. Lilac

The first B-side off the single, Lilac was definitely much more sweeter and better for Minako’s vocals since they’re deeper and in better control.  I like the breezy feel of the song and with the extra strings, it fits in quite nicely.  Easily could’ve been the A-side since it was so much stronger and did a better job showing off Minako’s non-seiyuu vocals.

3. Hajimari no Basho

For the other B-side on the single, Hajimari no Basho is a bit more like “Shiny+” in the way there’s acoustic and electric guitars.  It’s a bit slower than said A-side so it’s a bit more comfortable.  I once again found myself enjoying Minako’s vocals in this and later in the song it does add in some cute sounds, but it’s not overbearing and it doesn’t change the way she sings so that’s good. 

So I think Minako probably has the nicest vocals out of sphere (but I still have to review Ayahi first) simply because she can hold a tune the best.  While Shiny+ isn’t the best A-side to begin with both Lilac and Hajimari no Basho are better suited songs for her.  Let’s hope her next single is done better.

 

Aki Toyosaki – love your life

Filed under: Aki Toyosaki — solarblade @ 2:42 am

Track Listing

  1. love your life
  2. Nanika ga Sora wo Tondekeru
  3. love your life (Instrumental)
  4. Nanika ga Sora wo Tondekeru (Instrumental)

1. love your life

I guess I was asking for too much getting into Aki’s debut single right?  While her voice does kind of sound a bit like Haruka Tomatsu’s cutesy vocals, Aki’s music is at least tolerable, but still rather cute for her.  It reminds me of Megumi Hayashibara’s “It’s happy life” which might be pulling too many strings, but still it’s light pop sound is sweet.  Ok, so it’s a bit catchy I’ll give it that lol.

2. Nanika ga Sora wo Tondekeru

Ooooooh, the beginning of Nanika ga Sora wo Tondekeru is definitely one of the cutest openings I’ve heard in a while and I approve.  However, Aki’s vocals are higher than they were in the A-side and it does somewhat turn me off, but being as the mid-tempo cute song it is, it’s tolerable moreso than in other songs. 

Ok, I know it’s a bit too early to be making assumptions, but if Aki sounds like this, then her music will easily become very boring for me for some reason.  It’s just this light pop sound doesn’t work for me, even moreso for a seiyuu and all.  Ehhh, hope “Boku wo Sagashite” changes my mind.