Koko Dake no Hanashi
Seishun no Ichiban Fudashou
My Sugar View
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!