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VAMPS – MEMORIES/GET UP December 15, 2010

Filed under: VAMPS — solarblade @ 11:18 pm

Track Listing

  1. MEMORIES
  2. GET UP -JAPANESE ver.-

1. MEMORIES

Seeing that this song was just on VAMPS’ most recent album, “BEAST”, MEMORIES was a surprise choice for me to have re-cut since it wasn’t one of the stronger songs from there, but I guess seeing how it’s special, I can’t complain.  Also it seems weird they chose this song since it’s light and summery which is totally weird at this point and time.  It’s alright for me since it’s been just OK enough to be A-side material, but iono…Just not the song I would’ve chosen HYDE and KAZ.

2. GET UP -JAPANESE ver.-

Seeing as it’s the only real reason to buy the single, GET UP gets lyrically changed into their native tongue.  I really don’t see it much since there’s still quite a bit of English.  Anyway, GET UP was one of the more powerful songs from the album and this was good to see get changed up.  It’s not bad, but was the language twist really needed?

For being a recut single, I was mostly not surprised what we got with MEMORIES/GET UP since not much has changed in the songs that we were given earlier in the year.  MEMORIES is alright, but there was better songs to have made recut status but w/e.  The new version of GET UP was only slight, but the song is still pretty damn good.  At least this wasn’t like their last recut single, “SWEET DREAMS”.

 

DOES – Bakuchi Dancer

Filed under: DOES — solarblade @ 9:28 pm

Track Listing

  1. Bakuchi Dancer
  2. Bokutachi no Kisetsu
  3. Donten (bonus track)
  4. Shura (bonus track)

1. Bakuchi Dancer

Oh Bakuchi Dancer, how I fell in love with you!  I’ll say that this was my very first DOES song and I still think it’s their best song so far.  First off, it’s a surprising blast of J-rock energy and since it’s such a short song as well, they really amped it up for Bakuchi Dancer and with Ujihara sounding actually a lot less fluffy, he sounds pretty awesome.  Still it’s rather too short when I listen to it most of the time and leaves me wanting more…but I think that’s what made me like it more because it does that to me…catchy, very catchy!

2. Bokutachi no Kisetsu

So we slow the engines down with the B-side for the single and while it does kind of goes back to “Yoake Mae” with a mix of the yelling and background stuffs from “Bakuchi Dancer”.  It’s still pretty interesting of a track, but it’s definitely the weakest of the B-sides IMHO since it really doesn’t bring much to the table.

3. Donten

So I guess we get into the bonus tracks of the single and yes, both Donten and “Shura” were A-sides as well (4th and 6th singles respectively).  Why they made the singles cut is probably because all of the songs on the single are tied to Gintama.  Being the earlier one, Donten brings the energy back into full force and I’m surprised Ujihara sounds actually good and clear, moreso than in “Bakuchi Dancer”.  The energy is great, the band sound just as good, and everything felt right with this song so basically Donten was a very good A-side from them.

4. Shura

Starting with Kesaku playing drums, Shura doesn’t seem as well-rounded like the the previous track, but feels more raw like the A-side of this single which might be good or bad depending on your preference.  To me I don’t find it that well since I actually kind of shuddered during the chorus because Ujihara and Yasushi struggled with their notes in the chorus giving it a rather uncomfortable feeling for me.  Meh, not a good song for me.

Second single in and Bakuchi Dancer was their trump card, especially for selling so much it seems.  The A-side was pure rock and just lightened up the mood so quick, but the drawback for that was it’s length being slightly under 3 minutes long.  Bokutachi no Kisetsu reminded me of “Yoake Mae”, but it was alright for a B-side (even though I wish it wasn’t put on “MODERN AGE”).  As treats with Donten and Shura they were nice surprises of course being that all the songs are tied to the same series and all.  Solid single and probably the best between the three singles.

 

DOES – Yoake Mae/Chocolate

Filed under: DOES — solarblade @ 8:56 pm

Track Listing

  1. Yoake Mae
  2. Chocolate
  3. Hakumei

1. Yoake Mae

I actually like Yoake Mae since it’s pretty straightforward from DOES.  I mean the guitar riffs and loud drums make up the song and it sounds pretty good for being only mid-tempo.  I do find Ujihara’s strange laziness to his singing quite interesting to listen to of course and it also worked in the mood the song was putting out.  For other people it might be just a tad boring to listen to, but I found it pretty catchy nonetheless.

2. Chocolate

As the other A-side on the single, Chocolate starts out in what I thought was a hallway or something similar to it.  It’s great that DOES took this song along a more acoustic route, but Ujihara sounds even more lazy/drunk singing in the song and it’s just kind of lulzy because we can all really see this and sing along.  It’s actually not that bad either and I found myself humming along with the arrangement and with the chorus which was simple and catchy as well.  Good song.

3. Hakumei

I actually thought Hakumei was an A-side since it’s brandished on the art cover for the single, but I guess it isn’t after all.  The beginning sounded strange for something and it even does after the arrangement starts since it sounds like indies-type music.  I will say it’s the singles most laidback song since it’s slow and kind of dreamy in a way and the way Ujihara is singing might lull you into sleep.  Not bad, but kind of draggy after a while.

Beginning the “MODERN AGE” era, Yoake Mae/Chocolate is actually not a bad start.  I like that both A-sides were catchy but in different ways and arrangements.  Mix in Ujihara’s kind of unique way of singing, it works out in the end!  Hakumei is good if you don’t fall into sleep mode listening to it…hahaha  Sad though Chocolate doesn’t make the album cut though.