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Miliyah Kato – Yuushatachi March 20, 2011

Filed under: Miliyah Kato — solarblade @ 6:07 pm

Track Listing

  1. Yuushatachi
  2. SIGN
  3. Wara no Inu
  4. Yuushatachi (Instrumental)

1. Yuushatachi

Hey, it’s been a while since Miliyah released something.  Yuushatachi is definitely not like anything in the previous era with an acoustic-led kind of mid-tempo track.  Her voice is of course sounding really soothing and nice in the song, but at passed 6 minutes, it’s hard to keep focus on this song since there’s not a big focal point for the song and just stays at the same feel for most of it…only raising pitch in the final chorus.  It’s definitely not as great as “BYE BYE” was, but it’s alright.

2. SIGN

The first B-side off the single is a bit like the songs off of her last album, “HEAVEN” and that’s either a good or bad thing depending on your liking to Miliyah’s music today.  SIGN isn’t that bad of a song to be honest and it’s R&B-like feel kind of works, but likewise with “Yuushatachi” it doesn’t build anywhere to me and the chorus is a little stale, but it’s got a better beat IMO.

3. Wara no Inu

I was actually kind of surprised at the second B-side because it’s a little more cute and focuses a lot more on Miliyah’s vocals which shows a lot of vibrato, surprisingly.  I will say that it sounds relatively nice and a sitar does make it stand out even further, but whatever.  It’s still the best the single has to offer IMO.

Wow Miliyah, way to put out a boring single to start off a new era.  Yuushatachi, SIGN, and even Wara no Inu suffer from basically not being interesting and lacking focus or interest.  Wara no Inu is the best because of better vocals and interesting elements, but SIGN also has a good melody to it but goes nowhere with it while Yuushatachi just was too long and went nowhere.  I’d say pass this single up IMO.  Rather have her go back to something like “BYE BYE” or something like that…

 

supercell – Today Is A Beautiful Day

Filed under: supercell — solarblade @ 5:32 pm

Track Listing

  1. Owari e Mukau Hajimari no Uta
  2. Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari
  3. Hero
  4. Perfect Day
  5. Fukushuu
  6. Rock’n’Roll Nandesu no
  7. LOVE & ROLL
  8. Feel so good
  9. Hoshi ga Matataku Konna Yoru ni
  10. Utakata Hanabi
  11. Yoru ga Akeru yo
  12. Sayonara Memories
  13. Watashi e

1. Owari e Mukau Hajimari no Uta

Starting the album with a kind of intro track, Owari e Mukau Hajimari no Uta is an interesting piece of music for sure.  At a little past 2 minutes in length, I was expecting mostly just the piano, but I was surprised when nagi started to sing along with the piano after it plays by itself for a little bit.  It’s a pretty opening tune and I like nagi’s airy tone for it.

2. Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari

Fitting to be up next is nagi’s debut A-side.  I still quite enjoy the song a bit since it ryo carried over his overall style he used for his debut album with Miku Hatsune.  The whole pop/rock feel is great and I was more impressed then, when we learned that there was a nautral voice singing the lyrics instead of something computerized which was the main problem I had with ryo’s first outing.  It still stands out for me a whole lot!

3. Hero

Getting into a couple of new songs on the album, we start things off with Hero which carries ryo’s pop/rock style once again but nagi’s vocals seem more comfortable with the genre Hero is set in.  Her vocals sound quite awesome and I love the flow of the song itself.  I actually am starting to prefer this to “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari”. 

4. Perfect Day

I found it sweet that our next song begins with nagi and acoustic guitar.  Her voice really compliments the soft sound that the beginning of Perfect Day does…her voice almost goes into YUI-likeness, but once the song opens up more with even more instruments, it quickly loses it’s steam, but the power of the song is still enough to make up for it.  If it was somewhere else on the album, it would’ve struck better for me I think.

5. Fukushuu

Giving us a harder sounding arrangement for Fukushuu, I wasn’t expecting a song at this calibur from ryo for this album.  Then again nagi’s vocals are also oddly lighter than they were in the previous songs as well giving the song an interesting and mysterious feel to it.  The chorus though was just so boring though…I’m not sure why it doesn’t go anywhere…but the music was quite awesome to be honest so I’m at a standstill.

6. Rock’n’Roll Nandesu no

Representing the last of the rock tracks for a little bit of the album, Rock’n’Roll Nandesu no, is fun rock at its best right here.  There’s a lot of energy in the song from both ryo’s arrangement and surprisingly nagi this time around.  Gotta say of the new songs, I liked this one the most!

7. LOVE & ROLL

Then we come to LOVE & ROLL, which was originally a B-side, off of “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari”.  It also marks the change of the album’s mood quite nicely.  It’s a bit strange that it’s the only song that has a dance sound to it, but it’s nothing to worry about since they didn’t really have other songs besides “Worldwide Love”.  It’s different and I enjoyed this song just for that fact since no songs sound like it on the album.  One of the album’s gems IMO.

8. Feel so good

Starting off quietly, before getting into the song, I felt that Feel so good also seems to find itself standing out a whole lot after the immense amount of pop/rock songs found on the album.  The laidback, slightly jazzy feel to Feel so good sounds refreshing and nagi’s vocals sound perfect for an arrangement like this.  I have to say, this some impressed me a lot and is another favorite song from the album.

9. Hoshi ga Matataku Konna Yoru ni

We get into the third single released by the newly-formed duo starting with the secondary A-side.  After all the pop/rock songs from earlier on, Hoshi ga Matataku Konna Yoru ni doesn’t seem to really stand out for me on the album as much as it did on the single which is disappointing for sure, but at least the chorus is memorable and the addition of strings does slightly make it pop out more. 

10. Utakata Hanabi

Then we move onto the primary A-side and Utakata Hanabi still sounds much more better on when time passes by.  Being as the first ballad I’ve heard from nagi since being added to supercell, she pulled Utakata Hanabi off quite well and her voice sounds a lot stronger than a lot of the songs here.  I will say that it’s a long ballad at 6 minutes which could bore most people.

11. Yoru ga Akeru yo

I really didn’t want to see another ballad following up after the long “Utakata Hanabi”, but Yoru ga Akeru yo definitely is that song I guess.  Biggest difference to me is that it’s just nagi and acoustic guitar (later on, drums are added along), but it’s still very light and nagi’s softer vocals make another appearance as well giving it a dreamy kind of feel.  To me, it’s kind of boring after a while especially coming after another ballad, but it’s probably me biasing again.

12. Sayonara Memories

As we get closer to the finale, we enter the second A-side released in the era.  Sayonara Memories doesn’t really change the formula after the duo’s debut, but it was like it was good before why change it?  It’s also the longest track on the album (only a couple seconds longer than “Utakata Hanabi”).  To me it shares a lot of similarities to “Hoshi ga Matataku Konna Yoru ni” despite having been released before said song.  It’s my least favorite A-side, but I can’t say it’s all that bad, just too similar to other songs and kind of too long lol.

13. Watashi e

Finally reaching the final track, Watashi e is as short as “Owari e Mukau Hajimari no Uta” and kind of has the same things going on with nagi singing with piano backing her up.  I will say her vocals sound more radiant here than in the opening track.  I must say, she can be quite the singer given the right melodies.

Tracks Recommended

  • Feel so good
  • LOVE & ROLL
  • Rock’n’Roll Nandesu no
  • Hero
  • Watashi e

Song of Avoidance

  • Yoru ga Akeru yo

ryo’s sophomore, nagi’s debut album, Today Is A Beautiful Day is actually not so bad of an album.  I think they both came together for something pretty sweet and enjoyable for the most part.  For nagi her voice sounds so pure through some of the songs that it’s hard not to enjoy it!  ryo did a good job for arrangements, but sometimes I feel like his work on “supercell” was a lot more experimental…so I wanna see that more for the next era.