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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

 

chatmonchy – Awa Come

Filed under: chatmonchy — solarblade @ 12:49 am

Track Listing

  1. Koko Dake no Hanashi
  2. Caramel Purin
  3. Seishun no Ichiban Fudashou
  4. Kumo Hashiru
  5. Ai Kawarazu
  6. Second Present
  7. My Sugar View
  8. Mata, Chikai Uchi ni

1. Koko Dake no Hanashi

Uhm, why did chatmonchy had to begin the mini-album with a pretty bleh song?  I thought the flow in the beginning was pretty messy, but when the rest of the band came in, it straightened out pretty quickly.  It’s more or less what I expected from chatmonchy so I guess it’s alright.

2. Caramel Purin

I didn’t think that the song with a yummy title would be actually one of the serious sounding songs from here.  It’s pretty straightforward from them and since I can easily tolerate Eriko’s vocals more here than in any other songs, I ended up liking this quite a bit.

3. Seishun no Ichiban Fudashou

I know that I’ll end up saying this a lot, but I’d expect this song to have been put onto “Kokuhaku” since it has that flow going on and such.  I like the fast pace of the verses and the slow, yet weird flowing chorus of this song.  It’s also the first time I heard the other members sing something and I approve.  It’s still strange with the areas that go on so it might take some time adjusting to, but I could easily enjoy this for what it is, but maybe too sloppy for others.

4. Kumo Hashiru

Being one of the more louder songs, Kumo Hashiru started out fine being so lowkey and quiet, almost rock ballad, but once the chorus jumps in all hell breaks lose and I’m finding myself grossed out by Eriko’s execution of the chorus being vocally mega stressed and hitting bad notes all over.  I mean I can see why she did it since the chorus is so loud and all, but that was just overkill for me and kind of ruined the niceness of the song.

5. Ai Kawarazu

If there was one thing I kind of despise more than Eriko singing over the limit, it’s when she tries to be cute and going over the limit and with Ai Kawarazu, she definitely tried to kill my ears in the verses.  It’s just the way she swoops her notes that bother me the most since the neding note she hits is very offkey and whiny at the same time.  Now I not be a total fan of chatmonchy, but it’s one of the reasons I can’t fully enjoy them musically.

6. Second Present

Second Present at least goes back to the styles I usually like from chatmonchy and Eriko finally isn’t getting off the boat here.  While it’s still under the realm of cute pop/rock music, it’s a bit more stronger and the other two gals come back for the chorus.  It’s funky and has good rhythm as well. 

7. My Sugar View

I’m not exactly sure what’s exactly going on with My Sugar View since it’s got a strange start with little instrumentation and Eriko singing by herself before the group cleans up and gets on with the melody of the tune.  At least Eriko’s guitar playing is nice to listen to for sure.  It might not be the most memorable song from them, but it’s good.

8. Mata, Chikai Uchi ni

Closing the mini-album up, Mata, Chikai Uchi ni is an Eriko solo basically with just her and acoustic guitar, but it’s also quite short being about a minute and a half long and all.  At least it wasn’t slow which is good.  It oddly reminds me of YUI for some reason since Eriko and YUI have similar vocals somewhat and it kind of struck me here as that.

While the rather long resting period was good for me (haha), chatmonchy’s return was alright but nothing I haven’t really heard already from “Kokuhaku”.  Maybe chatmonchy isn’t one of those bands that really wanna change their sound and I can enjoy that but Eriko really needs to get some control on some of the songs that demand her to go over the limit on her vocals, it’s kind annoying me now!