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Ayaka Hirahara – my Classics3 March 2, 2011

Filed under: Ayaka Hirahara — solarblade @ 10:57 pm

Track Listing

  1. Watashi to Iu na no Kodoku
  2. Haru ~La Primavera!
  3. What will be will be
  4. Ooki na Ki no Shita
  5. Danny Boy
  6. LOVE STORY Koukyoukyoku Dai-9-ban Dai-3-gakushou
  7. Wakare no Kyoku
  8. Kumanbachi no Hikou
  9. Someone to watch over me
  10. Brahms no Koi
  11. Greensleeves
  12. Love Rhapsody
  13. Aranjuez Kyousoukyoku ~ Spain (Live Version)
  14. Danny Boy (English Version)

1. Watashi to Iu na no Kodoku

We begin Ayaka’s 3rd in the my Classics era, Watashi to Iu na no Kodoku sounds quite sultry and quite jazzy in a way, but I think it’s because of how laidback it really is.  The song does feel great and since it’s more of an upbeat ballad, it works for me.  Good start to the album ^_^

2. Haru ~La Primavera!~

I guess we get into a more breezy and spring-like song with Haru, at first I thought the song was pretty boring and non-eventful until I started to hear what the melody of the song was based off of and it’s definitely classical music right there.  Still it kind of continues to go over my head when the main melody isn’t playing so I don’t know…

3. What will be will be

Besides the weird title of the song and Ayaka’s saying it, the song isn’t like the previous tracks simply because it has a more acoustic touch and Western style when compared back.  I guess it’s alright but it doesn’t really do much for me.

4. Ooki na Ki no Shita

Oh Ayaka…talking in the song with kids giggling in the background is a bit strange yes?  Ooki na Ki no Shita sounds actually interesting this time around with marching passages and a more simplistic sound overall.  I also love the amounts of English that’s present as well since it sounds nice.  Overall a pretty, pretty tune here.

5. Danny Boy

~Oh Danny Boy~ opens up our next track was is unsurprisingly a ballad once again, but the biggest thing is the song has mostly piano, acoustic guitar and very light percussion.  Once again, I get bored of the song afterwards and just kind of tune it out…but it’s pretty simple of a song so that should tell you something.

6. LOVE STORY Koukyoukyoku Dai-9-ban Dai-3-gakushou

Despite the rather absurd looking title, LOVE STORY does sound a bit like the simplicity in arrangement like “Danny Boy”, but Ayaka’s vocals actually move around the scale a whole lot more.  It does make me think of her a lot better as a singer since the high notes she hits are really pretty and she hits them quite nicely.  Sadly, at the point where I am in the album…the ballads are starting to really bore the hell outta me.

7. Wakare no Kyoku

Which hits the boiling point with the primary A-side of the second single released in the era.  Granted, the song sounds a lot more depressing than the last few songs, Wakare no Kyoku still does nothing and I feel it actually does much worse being on the album to be quite honest.  Sorry, it’s just a very bland track for me.

8. Kumanbachi no Hikou

If you remember “Spain” off the last “my Classics” then you remember that that song was very strange and off the wall.  Well, Kumanbachi no Hikou is even more bizarre because she fucking sounds like a damn mosquito buzzing through most of the song which so made me roar with laughter.  I will say that this song gets better after “The Flight of the Bees” and then Ayaka starts beat-boxing as well before coming back to ad-lib and then the song slows down and she sings ACTUAL lyrics…but it’s shortlived and she goes back to ad-libbing and buzzing like a mosquito…it’s so weird of a song!!!

9. Someone to watch over me

For the secondary A-side to make the album’s cut makes me happy since this song is still the best the album has to offer.  It still gives me a happy kind of feeling especially since the song features more ad-libbing, but otherwise all English.  The music is dramatic and it fits Ayaka’s voice quite nicely.  Think 50’s ballads and you get this song and I thought it was a great song overall.

10. Brahms no Koi

Electric guitar and latin guitar in the same song?  Talk about changing up the mood quite strangely.  Brahms no Koi sounds so mysterious with the ethereal synths and lone violin with the woodblocks that kind of come in and out of the song.  I’m still kind of frowning that it’s still a ballad, but this song was pretty and had direction.

11. Greensleeves

I love the pan flute that opens up Greensleeves for some reason.  Anyways, I also know the melody of this song and it’s always tied to folk music since well it has the flow of it.  I mean once again we get some ad-libbing which is kind of the same stuff we’ve heard in the other two songs that has it.  Even the extra vocalists and the growth of the song in time makes it sound a lot stronger than it should hahaha.  Good A-side actually ^_^

12. Love Rhapsody

Closing the main focus of the album, Love Rhapsody tries to finish the album on a good note and while it would normally sound good…to me, the fact that it’s another ballad just really killed me and I was just ready to click next and just get over it since it sounds like the beginning few off this album.  I will say her vocals were great though.

13. Aranjuez Kyousoukyoku ~ Spain (Live Version)

I guess as little treats we get a live version of Aranjuez Kyousoukyou ~ Spain which like I said are two seperate tracks but spliced together to sound connected.  I haven’t come across anything of hers live yet and she’s still sounding beautiful on the first part.  Her ad-lib freak out in the second part sound pretty epic as well.  Still one of my favorite tracks off the last album.

14. Danny Boy (English Version)

Yeah, Danny Boy gets the English lyrics and while I like the idea of English lyrics to it, the song doesn’t really change much so I feel the same way as I did for the original take.  Sorry.

Tracks Recommended

  • Someone to watch over me
  • Greensleeves
  • Watashi to Iu na no Kodoku
  • Ooki na Ki no Shita
  • Kumanbachi no Hikou

Song of Avoidance

  • Wakare no Kyoku

Please Ayaka?  Can we go back to original pieces of music and not overbearing the album with ballads?  my Classics3 tried to pull the same weight of the first two, but the songs were just not there and I actually only recognized two melodies out of it…  I hope she’s done with this classical melody cover thing because it’s old….(at least do more random WTF songs) those seem to work xD

 

Kie Kitano – Kizuna

Filed under: Kie Kitano — solarblade @ 10:57 am

Track Listing

  1. Kizuna
  2. Todokanai
  3. Wishing on a Star
  4. Kizuna -instrumental-
  5. Todokanai -instrumental-
  6. Wishing on a Star -instrumental-

1. Kizuna

I find it funny that our 3rd A-side from Kizuna really shoots the Komuro sound quite strongly here.  I still don’t like the piano/keyboard use here since it gives it a quite bland sound.  I will say Kie’s vocals sound good and full of life, but Komuro just did try with this song and it kind of worries me for the upcoming album if all the songs will be like this x.x;

2. Todokanai

I think Komuro tried to do a better job with Todokanai since ballads are a bit more of his strong point than upbeat stuff like “Kizuna”.  Kie’s vocals also seem to be more suited toward this style since she sounds really nice in the song and great with the piano/strings style that’s going on.  Though I was surprised that before we got to the halfway point, the mood of the songs changes from the slow strings to more of a dance-ish style which made me think of Ayu’s “Last angel” for some reason.  Iono why I have this sense of dejavu, but I think Kie sounds a lot stronger here as well…This should’ve been the A-side IMO.

3. Wishing on a Star

As we get into the second B-side, I thought the beginning was pretty weird with the filtered vocals, but I was even more terrified of the synths and overall cuteness of this track for some reason.  Komuro really messed up on the arrangement here and Kie’s vocals also takes a big drop with the song since it calls for cutesy and stuff. 

As we end the chapter of Kie’s debut era, Kizuna isn’t much better than her first two singles I think.  Komuro really needs to stop arranging for artists or change the way he arranges because it’s getting very tiring to hear his work.  Todokanai is the best thing off the single, but it has similarities which hurt it a bit.  Kizuna was alright, but “Sakura Saku” and “Hanataba” were slightly better as A-sides.  Though the biggest offender was definitely Wishing on a Star clearly because it just didn’t work and just sounded bad xD

 

Chiaki Kuriyama – Oishii Kisetsu/Ketteiteki Sanpunkan

Filed under: CHiAKi KURiYAMA — solarblade @ 9:21 am

Track Listing

  1. Oishii Kisetsu
  2. Ketteiteki Sanpunkan
  3. CAT’S EYE

1. Oishii Kisetsu

I really don’t know why, but Chiaki opening the song with harpischord sounds so pleasant for some reason.  While it’s the slowest A-side she’s done since “Ryuusei no Namida”, I kind of like the feeling of this song since it sounds so relaxed and not forced like the cuteness of “Kanousei Girl” and whatever it was for “Cold Finger Girl”.  I think it’s pretty good of a song actually and makes me curious for the album even more.

2. Ketteiteki Sanpunkan

Though on the flip side of the coin I’m not real thrilled with Ketteiteki Sanpunkan being on “CIRCUS” nor liking the fact it was an A-side.  I thought it was good with the plucked strings opening, but there’s something that just isn’t kosher within this song.  I mean Chiaki’s vocals have filters on it and she’s trying to be sexy…she could’ve pulled it off without it TBH.  Let’s not forget though that the song was produced by Shiina Ringo and it shows with this track…*shakes head* not good…”Oishii Kisetsu” was way better!

3. CAT’S EYE

The last time I reviewed a cover of ANRI’s epic track, MAX covered it and it was very dancey and quite awesome for sure.  Chiaki’s is definitely more rock-oriented but once again she’s under filters and the music overpowers her most of the time which is so disappointing, but she sounded quite nice…well the second verse is a mess…but it’s still an alright cover but MAX did it better.

Closing out the “CIRCUS” era, Oishii Kisetsu/Ketteiteki Sanpunkan was alright just like the previous two singles.  I loved Oishii Kisetsu for it’s stable sound and catchy chorus and arrangement.  However Shiina really took Ketteiteki Sanpunkan and CAT’S EYE and kind of slipped on it by giving Chiaki filters…Also, WTF at no “Ryuusei no Namida” on the album….that’s her best song ever!!!

 

Maon Kurosaki – Memories Last

Filed under: Maon Kurosaki — solarblade @ 8:51 am

Track Listing

  1. Memories Last
  2. Best friends
  3. Memories Last (Instrumental)
  4. Best friends (Instrumental)

1. Memories Last

At this point in time, I wasn’t sure what genre Maon would choose for her next single, but I’m actually beyond happy with what we got with Memories Last since it’s like a combination of her last single “Magic∞world”, and her “H.O.T.D.” album which is basically anime music with a huge rock following.  It’s definitely one of my current obsessions right now so that should tell you that it’s epic!

2. Best friends

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Maon tackle a ballad, but this is a first on a single.  It’s kind of like a cutesy slow song and while it seems a bit cheesy in the arrangement, Maon tries to keep in quite light and friendly…but the song is just goofy and just not her style at all.  It’s going to take a while for this song to sink in.

As it’s Maon’s second single, Memories Last is a little disappointing in the way the B-side turned out.  Best friends is so not her style and it’s just overbearingly cheesy to listen to.  However, I guess Memories Last makes up for that by being her best song yet combining with her rockish stuff from her debut album and the synthy anime style that was on her first single ^_^…maybe her next will be the best yet hopefully.