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Not yet – Shuumatsu Not yet March 19, 2011

Filed under: Not yet — solarblade @ 5:46 am

Track Listing

  1. Shuumatsu Not yet
  2. Hirahira
  3. Sunao ni Naritai (Type-A only)
  4. Warau ga Ii (Type-B only)
  5. Nakinagara Hohoende (Not yet ver.) (Type-C only)
  6. Shuumatsu Not yet (off vocal ver.)
  7. Hirahira (off vocal ver.)
  8. Sunao ni Naritai (off vocal ver.)
  9. Warau ga Ii (off vocal ver.)
  10. Nakinagara Hohoende (off vocal ver.)

1. Shuumatsu Not yet

For a debut song, Shuumatsu Not yet doesn’t seem like it would really produce much hype since it’s idol-pop, but not overly cute.  It’s just a good mid-tempo kind of pop song and since there’s no solos in the song, it’s hard to tell between the four vocalists in my opinion.  I did feel they were a little boring and wasn’t showing a lot of emotion in the vocals, but whatever it’s alright for right now.

2. Hirahira

As the single’s B-side on all versions, Hirahira is actually slower than “Shuumatsu Not yet”.  Also what struck me odd in this song was that it felt like one of the gals were singing in the verses and the rest of them joined her in the choruses.  It just felt uneven for me and once again, the song wasn’t really all that exciting to listen to either.

3. Sunao ni Naritai

Damn, are they going to be a group that just does slower songs?  Type-A’s Sunao ni Naritai finally gives us actual solos that make sense and they sound so much better than the previous two songs.  However, the song’s light R&B sound makes a quick bore for me.  The fact that they came together quite nicely in the chorus kind of fixes the boredom, but still not my kind of song.

4. Warau ga Ii

FINALLY!, If there’s one edition of the single you must listen, it’s definitely Type-B.  Warau ga Ii is the only upbeat song on the single and that’s saying a lot since it’s filled with a pulsing beat and enough synths to make it nice.  It’s still suffers from the girls not pushing more emotion, but it’s catchy and the arrangement is cool. 

5. Nakinagara Hohoende (Not yet ver.)

Closing the single with Type-C’s exclusive, Nakinagara Hohoende was originally a song done by Team K.  Now Not yet hasn’t really impressed me much, but I find myself rolling my eyes since it’s another ballad song.  The gals sound alright, but I’m even more bored than what I was back in the previous songs.

For a debut single, I wasn’t impressed at all by Not yet’s slower more softer sound.  To me, the quartet seemed to lack emotions in their song and just kind of inched by in at least 3 of the 5 songs.  Their best song though was the only upbeat track, Warau ga Ii.  If anything take a listen to that.

 

SuG – Thrill Ride Pirates

Filed under: SuG — solarblade @ 4:27 am

Track Listing

  1. welcome II
  2. mad$hip
  3. R.P.G. ~Rockin’ Playing Game
  4. Crazy Bunny Coaster
  5. funky Idiot
  6. Fast Food Hunters
  7. Pimp My Cars
  8. Extreme fall
  9. Mujouken Koufukuron <album version>
  10. “Kuchiyakusoku”
  11. TRiPbeats
  12. Koakuma Sparkling
  13. Ultra Spin Tea Party
  14. Rocket World
  15. scramble Wa ga Dou
  16. Misora (Regular Edition only)

1. welcome II

Starting the album off with an intro, welcome II is about a minute long and while I know SuG is a strange band as it already states, welcome II is a very weird intro.  It’s weird because I know SuG for their upbeat songs more…and the opening feels dark and creepy in a sense.  It’s pretty cool no doubt, but I’m not sure if it made sense as the intro.

2. mad$hip

Or does it?  Getting into our first vocal track, mad$ship actually follows through with its dark and edgy atmosphere quite nicely.  Takeru’s vocals in the song sound pretty sweet and gives the song a quite strong touch.  To be fair, I still like their straightforward rock songs more than their off the wall stuff, so I may be biased but I like this song quite a bit.

3. R.P.G. ~Rockin’ Playing Game

As the second A-side released in the era, R.P.G. is pretty much lighter than our last song for sure, but it still carries a good melody and it still sounds just as energetic as when it was first released.  Takeru’s vocals to me sound higher pitched as well which might usually have turned me out, but I like his energy so it’s not much of a negative.  I will say the addition of synths are a bit cool however.

4. Crazy Bunny Coaster

I do find the transition into the third A-side in the era very confusing.  Crazy Bunny Coaster is still wacky and bizarre to listen to for sure.  It’s mainly because of the poppy genki stuff that’s in the song, but at the same time I found this rather interesting in the long run and that pseudo rapping is lulzy.  I’ve gotten used to this and it’s one of my favorites from the album.

5. funky Idiot

An interlude this early on in the album?  Why yes!  funky Idiot is at a whopping 30 seconds.  Even stranger is the fact that the song has nature sounds from the rainforest and ends with a jaguar roaring…it’s a little strange and kind of random for SuG (moreso after “Crazy Bunny Coaster”).

6. Fast Food Hunters

Funny enough the interlude does carry on for Fast Food Hunters (HILARIOUS TITLE) and becomes a little more serious of a song with more focus on the guitars and the band rather than the synths.  Takeru is sounding pretty good in the song, but nothing like he did in “mad$hip”.  It’s passable basically.

7. Pimp My Cars

Lulzy title intact, our next track goes for a little more spark and Pimp My Cars got it right in my opinion.  I love the arrangement in the song and the fact that Takeru’s vocals has a bit of filtering going on, but it works since the song has tons more focus on the beat and synths.  There’s a female vocal in the song….is it one of the members?  Hmmmm…  Either way I found this song to be quite epic!

8. Extreme fall

With a title like that, it’s no surprise Extreme fall is one of the hardest hitting songs on the album if not the only one to do so.  I’m not sure how I totally feel about SuG going in a direction like this because it seriously sounds like D’s music but with Takeru’s vocals hahaha.  It’s pretty good right up until the solo with the disc scratching…that was poor planning.  Otherwise, it’s good.

9. Mujouken Koufukuron <album version>

As I’m guessing, this is a new version of Mujouken Koufukuron which was on a DVD-only release which I didn’t review of course.  Since I didn’t listen to it then, I can’t specify what’s different from that to the album version of the song.  I love the beginning of the song since it’s the softest opening I’ve come across yet.  Once Takeru joins the song, it becomes poppy and cute but not at the levels of “Crazy Bunny Coaster”.  It’s just right for them and it’s nice overall. 

10. “Kuchiyakusoku”

Another soft song from the band?  I guess I shouldn’t say anything because I still am not sure what to expect for the rest of the album.  It keeps at a steady for the entire song, but I didn’t know if it was Takeru singing or someone else because it surely felt like a different voice.  I kind of enjoyed listening to this most of the time lol.

11. TRiPbeats

So another interlude pops up at us and this time it’s another minute interlude.  This one kind of follows in the reins of the intro where it sounds a bit darker and the electronic sounds in the song take over.  It’s alright, but nothing that really stands out.

12. Koakuma Sparkling

Finally landing on the A-side that began the era, Koakuma Sparkling gives us the poppy and interesting side to the group with the majority of the arrangement filled with either the band or supporting brass instruments.  Once again, not as silly and outrageous like the 3rd A-side, but this is pretty close and Takeru really scored points with me on this track, it’s so catchy XD

13. Ultra Spin Tea Party

Yeah, this is what I mean, even more wacky songs from the band.  Sadly, I’m not really feeling Takeru’s vocals since he was trying way too hard to be somewhat cute and it really took a toll on the song.  Add that the chorus gives me a headache doesn’t really do much for me.  Yeah…it’s very genki…that’s all I have to say.

14. Rocket World

Endless supply of genki songs I guess, Rocket World might be the shortest of the vocal songs on the album, but this one actually left a good feeling after listening to it.  While I’m still kind of ignoring the cutesy stuff of the song and trying hard to not bag Takeru’s vocals here, the song is fun and full of life.  Yay!

15. scramble Wa ga Dou

So on the limited edition, this would normally close up the album.  Ending the album on a positive note, scramble Wa ga Dou takes some similar pages out of “Koakuma Sparkling” with all that brass, but the song is a total mess otherwise.  I mean the verses were just absurd to listen, but some of the other parts of the song is catchy.  Still I think I’m tired of the upbeat stuff on the album and want something else. 

16. Misora

The regular edition has an extra song to tie the package up and Misora is one of the album’s slowest tracks which is great because it was what was missing on the album.  The slower tempo and steadier vocals really made the song come alive and Takeru did a great job.  If only it closed both versions of the album….xD

Tracks Recommended

  • Pimp My Cars
  • Crazy Bunny Coaster
  • “Kuchiyakusoku”
  • Mujouken Koufukuron <album version>
  • Rocket World

Song of Avoidance

  • scramble Wa ga Dou

SuG’s third album, second major…Thrill Ride Pirates was a very strong effort from this Oshare-kei band for sure and I enjoyed a lot of it.  One side being all rock, the other more silly and abstract.  It’s a very interesting album and while the cutesy side got tiring towards the end, it still left a good impression on me.