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ARTISTS BLOWOUT!!! WHOOP WHOOP! May 4, 2011

Filed under: ~Artists Blowouts~ — solarblade @ 9:05 pm

So I’ve got a bunch of artists I’ve now added to be reviewed so let’s check it out!!!!

Sayaka Kitahara

So of course since I have added You, it would be simple to add Sayaka who’s also going solo.  Even though in literal sense it’s a character single…I’m still going to add it since she’s got an alright set of vocals.  “Yappa Seishun” is definitely going to be reviewed.

HYNA

Yup, it seems like we’ve missed out on some well, hot n’ sweaty songs and since Kuu isn’t really bringing it it seems we get new artists of the loop and HYNA does bring it with “Taratika” which will be reviewed in time.

Columbia Girls Collection

Hmmmm what’s this an idol group that does enka?  HEY, I could get into this perhaps since it’s like the best of two worlds clashed into one really.  Their debut, “Yumeiro Rhapsody” has already been released, but I’m looking for it for sure ^_^

ARTERY VEIN

A duo that debuted under the 5pb. Records company (Zwei, Yui Sakakibara, Asriel, Akiko Hasegawa) ARTERY VEIN has a darker tinge to their music and has released two singles which I’ll review pretty quickly.  Looks good huh?

PASSPO☆

PASSPO☆ is the final new group added to the site and of course they’ve been an indies idol group for a while, but all of a sudden their popularity has risen and they moved to Major Label status under UNIVERSAL JAPAN.  Their first single under the label, “Shoujo Hikou” will be reviewed ^_^

AND UNDER THOUGHTS, I’ve decided to review the current H!P acts from their beginnings and work on up ^^

 

Akiko Hasegawa – Sourin no Pendulum

Filed under: Akiko Hasegawa — solarblade @ 8:27 am

Track Listing

  1. Sourin no Pendulum
  2. Fateful Actor
  3. Fateful Actor (Relieve ver.)
  4. Sourin no Pendulum (Off Vocal)
  5. Fateful Actor (Off Vocal)
  6. Fateful Actor (Relieve ver.) (Off Vocal)

1. Sourin no Pendulum

I’m gonna say, of the A-sides she released so far, I’m really impressed with Sourin no Pendulum.  Since it’s tie-in is for a video game, this was going to be pretty interesting for sure.  Unlike “I Can Fly” and it’s rock-based atmosphere, this actually feels stronger and her vocals as well have worked out for the best.  I still love the opening riffs for this song though…I must say best A-side yet!

2. Fateful Actor

I was pretty surprised that Akiko’s B-side for the single went from an energetic animu track to a jazzy kind of song because I wasn’t expecting that much of a twist to the single.  I must say, something must’ve happened between this single and her last one because her vocals have been fine-tune quite a bit and she sounds almost sexy and yet cute with this track.  I was impressed with this B-side as well!

3. Fateful Actor (Relieve ver.)

So rounding out the single, Fateful Actor removes most of the brass instruments found in the original and adds more piano and strings to make it even more jazzier almost.  Maybe that isn’t the right way to explain it, but Akiko’s vocals also became better in the change.  I must say this is just as amazing as the original version if not slightly better.

WOW!  I know Akiko has been doing other stuff, but her solo works before were alright, but nothing I haven’t heard before but with Sourin no Pendulum she struck gold and released her best single yet.  The A-side was so much more memorable and stronger of a song than “I Can Fly” ever was and Fateful Actor was generally a giant surprise and showed that Akiko has the vocals to pull off jazz for one thing…I can’t imagine an album with the A-sides released because they’re all on different genres to the extreme, but I’m excited *RECOMMENDED*

 

Airi Takasaki – Blue Bird’s Nest

Filed under: Airi Takasaki — solarblade @ 4:47 am

Track Listing

  1. Natsu wo Kakenukeyou
  2. Believe in yourself
  3. Dream yourself
  4. Mirai e no Michi ~Kimi Iro, Kimi Moyou~
  5. To be yourself
  6. Trust myself

1. Natsu wo Kakenukeyou

I swear we I first heard Natsu wo Kakenukeyou, I was thinking that Tetsuya Komuro lent his “magic” here since it has this 90’s pop sound that it his sound.  Airi’s vocals are alrightm but they seem rather pinched for her actually (moreso in the choruses) but I don’t think it’s so bad and to be honest it reminds me of Kie Kitano’s vocals a little bit but it could just be the whole atmosphere of the song.

2. Believe in yourself

The synths carry over into our next song and actually has much more of an identity here than on the previous track.  I will admit that I liked it a lot more here to be honest since it sound relatively different and yet familiar to me.  Airi’s vocals have also went deeper as well which is much better than what she was doing in “Natsu wo Kakenukeyou”.  I kind of like this song quite a bit.

3. Dream yourself

I guess we flip roles a bit here with our next song be giving priorities to the guitar riffs and letting up on the synth usage a bit.  It actually reminds me of a GIRL NEXT DOOR song this time around, but without the signature chords that troubles the group on a basis.  Right now I think this is my favorite song off the mini-album seeing as she’s singing best here.

4. Mirai e no Michi ~Kimi Iro, Kimi Moyou~

As the mini’s lone ballad, Mirai e no Michi starts off with such cheesy keyboarded notes hahaha.  At least it grows into something that has a bit power to it despite being a typical ballad with Airi having so-so vocals.  I mean it’s not terrible, but it’s not something I’d return to over and over again.

5. To be yourself

If I thought “Dream yourself” was pretty close to sounding like a rejected GND tune, then To be yourself is an even bigger miss for me because it sounds exactly like a couple of their songs.  Even Airi’s vocals have a certain CHISA-like vibe to them which is prolly even harder to grasp.  I must say I pretty much loathe this song since it doesn’t really do anything positive for Airi.

6. Trust myself

Closing the mini-album, Trust myself feels a bit more energetic to me since it has this 80’s synth feel going and I must say it was pretty much a great thing to hear.  It doesn’t sound bland nor reminescent of anything too particular.  I do think Airi’s vocals are still a little “CHISA-ish” with the kind of line between singing and yelling.  It’s a cute summery song on the mini and I love how the song ends on quiet note but the instrumentation kicks back in and fades away…good track!

I have heard Airi’s first album, “First Letter”, so going back to her debut mini-album, Blue Bird’s Nest is a bit of a shocker to be honest since it’s all synths and GND-ish stuffs.  It’s not bad and Airi does have good vocals, but it’s when she isn’t shouting in her songs.  Since it is the first release for the “First Letter” era (Natsu wo Kakenukeyou is on her first album) it’s not bad, but she quickly ditches this sound.

 

KOKIA – Sakura no Ki no Shita/Hikari no Kata e

Filed under: KOKIA — solarblade @ 2:15 am

Track Listing

  1. Sakura no Ki no Shita
  2. Hikari no Kata e
  3. Sakura no Ki no Shita (Instrumental)
  4. Hikari no Kata e (Instrumental)

1. Sakura no Ki no Shita

Oh hey random shimasen that opens up Sakura no Ki no Shita.  While it’s another one of her anime singles, I felt this was a slight step down after “Fate” for sure but this song is pretty a lot less darker than said song.  KOKIA’s vocals of course sound pleasant to listen to and mixed with a little backup here and there to make it sound more ethereal.  It’s definitely good like KOKIA’s other songs, but after “Fate” this is slightly under it.

2. Hikari no Kata e

As for the other A-side on the single, it feels like more of the stuff she released on the digital singles that were leading up to the release of “REAL WORLD”.  What I mean is, it’s pretty much a basic ballad from KOKIA with just piano being the lone melodic property to the song.  Likewise, I wasn’t a fan of the A-sides from the digital releases and it still stands with me.  I guess I’m just that bored when KOKIA does bare-boned music. 

I wonder when we’ll get an album with these anime singles since this single isn’t being featured on her upcoming album, “moment”.  I do think Sakura no Ki no Shita is just as good as her other A-sides of recent (a little better than “Transparent”) but Hikari no Kata e was a bit of a borefest….Like I said, KOKIA does better when the arrangements have spice to em and not so basic.