After hours,Before sleep
Mousou Gamblers Restaurant
Yep, a short introduction! prologue is a little strange of an opening because the setting of it sounds like some restaurant in Italy with them tinkering with their stuff while an accordion plays a melody and later Yui and Yuka ad-libbing. It’s a bit strange for a intro, but I guess it’s alright.
2. Life Tree
As the album’s first song, Life Tree starts things off on a positive note and I actually enjoyed the upbeat nature of the arrangement. I mean let’s not forget that the brass was a pretty awesome choice as well since it adds the small amount of spice. I thought this was cute and yet fun to listen to at the same time so good song to kick things off with.
Continuing the upbeat brass sound from “Life Tree”, Homey might be quite lighter than said song, but the use of mostly the same instruments is a bit blah, but it still gave the song some life and both girls of RYTHEM are actually singing a bit more broader and hitting higher notes. I say it’s alright, but I sort of prefer the last track instead still.
4. After hours,Before sleep
I’m pretty happy that RYTHEM included both singles and their B-sides onto the album (seeing that there wasn’t much anyways). As the B-side from “A Flower”, After hours,Before sleep is pretty classy sounding and quite refreshing after two brass-heavy songs. Instead there’s the instruments that are used from Yui and Yuka and some synths and together they made a fine combination. Not the best B-side of the era, but it was alright.
5. Tsunaide Te
As the first A-side of the era, Tsunaide Te sounds great, but unfortuately it sounds relatively no different from the other promotional songs in the era: “Mudai” and “A Flower” and it kind of made me think that they were really unoriginal in A-sides of the era. Though I can’t say much since this was the first of them so it does get brownie points for that. I will say both gals sound really good and the solo section was just as pretty. Ok, I do like the song a bit LOL
I thought it was good to get out of the old songs for a bit into something that sounds like ragtime and it was catchy and adorably cute to listen to, if not a little random. The bouncy New Orleans’ sound is quite the refreshing sound I needed to hear and with Yui and Yuka sounding so upbeat and having a good time with this song and I actually wanted to join in. I will say that when the chorus ends with them singing together, they were pretty much not sounding good together, but they do for the main of the track. Gotta say, what an impressive tune heh.
I guess we move back to ballad land with all-ways. I like that Yui begins the song by herself and the piano before Yuka joins in with the vocals. Out of the ballads that were put out this era, all-ways feels good since it doesn’t try to be plain and simple and I love the strings that play in the background, giving it a dramatic flow. I mean the later half does kind of touch bland-land, but for the most part it was a very well done ballad.
I think so far on this album, Paradox stands out with the most amount of synth used on the album and I don’t mind it at all since it’s once again another catchy song. It’s still in the reins of light pop, but the bouncy synth melody works pretty well. While it doesn’t try to break new ground for the ladies, it still worked and the girls sound better than I thought they have been for the last few songs so that’s also good to hear. An early favorite for me.
9. Mousou Gamblers Restaurant
Given that the song has the most absurd title, Mousou Gamblers Restaurant is also a very strange song at that. I love the fact that it’s the most energetic song found and it’s so catchy and cute and solid of a song. I wished this was released as a single since it’s just that amazing of a song from them hahaha
10. fast food
So after those new songs, we get back into some previously released tunes with the B-side from “Tsunaide Te”. I like that fast food did slow down the mood quite nicely after “Mousou Gamblers Restaurant”. Since it hasn’t been very long since I reviewed it, the feelings are still the same for the most part. I mean I still think that breakdown in the later part of the song is a bit bad, but the rest of the song was pretty good and made a good bridge to our next song.
If you’re wondering why I bolded Mudai, it is because it was the groups digital single released for the album. Of course it’s another ballad from them and while I will agree that it brings the best from the duo, it’s also their kind of weak point since it’s the same piano/acoustic/strings ballad with different lyrics deal. It’s not as bad as I was expecting it to be, but some of the other ballads kind of kind of defeats this one.
Back into mid-tempo land for our next new song, Toorenka sounds like it’s utilizing some reggae and the whole feel is actually quite soothing. I could also blame the soft vocals coming from the ladies that really gave the song that relaxing factor. It’s a good smooth tune from them and it’s part of the better parts of the album.
13. A Flower
We finally get to their final A-side as a duo and A Flower might’ve been a poor way to sound goodbye since it’s basically “Tsunaide Te” pt. 2 since it feels and comes off the same way as each other. So that being said, I have kind of gotten tired of this song…but it’s no way bad vocally or arrangement-like, but it’s not my kind of song it seems.
And finally ending the main songs, Alley is the final track and of course it’s like wintry and stuff so it’s like an obvious song to have brought on. I liked this quite a bit because it’s sweet and slow and cute all in the same package. It does get a little tiring towards the end, but it’s a pretty soft ballad from the ladies.
Of course closing the album with an outro, epilogue isn’t really like “prologue” in anyway and it’s strange since the final track is kind of this weird ethereal sound playing by itself since it’s lead from “Alley” in its last few seconds so it changes unnoticebly. It kind of sounds useless since there’s nothing else to it really so…it does its job.
Song of Avoidance
So what did I think of RYTHEM’s final album? If I may, it is their 4th album and I think they did pretty well since the songs were of high calibur. All of the songs were pretty interesting and had something interesting to give out…maybe cept the song I dislike, but still a pretty strong album and goodbye from RYTHEM.