BITTER SWEET GIRL
From the beginning of the mini-album, CHELSEA is definitely a new side to Tsuki by being jazz-based. I love the amount of funk and brass that it has and it oddly fits along with Tsuki’s vocals quite nicely. The thing is however is that she’s yeliing the chorus and that might be a turn-off. It’s a fun-sounding track and starts things on a good note…The synth breakdown in the middle was just terrible though…what was she thinking….”CORE”?
I did hear that MONSTER was a self version of something she did for 9nine from their second album and since I’ve heard their music, I was surprised Tsuki had written it for them like she did with “Shiroi Hana -White Garden-“. Unlike the jazzy beginnings of “CHELSEA”, MONSTER is a bit more synth-pop/rock and it might surprise a few people perhaps. It’s just as fun and the arrangement is quite a bit brighter than I’d expect from Tsuki, but it’s not that bad…just got “Bowling” vibes from this.
Keeping some of the synths involved, Tokimeki to me has an interesting mix of disco and regular upbeat styles going for it giving it a rather interesting mix. It’s a lot of different ideas put together but it’s not messy luckily. I think I like it, but maybe just for background music is more like where it sounds.
The next song feels like it should’ve been on “ZERO” instead of here by the slow-moving mid-tempo track. It does start off strong with guitars and synths playing the role, but the guitar leaves and gets replaced by piano and somehow that made it feel rather bland to me for some reason. Yeah, it does nothing for me on this mini-album to be honest.
5. Ride On
Which is so weird because our next song does pick up things quite nicely. It’s one of the more synthy songs Tsuki has on the album and I ended up really enjoying this for some reason. Once again, I ended up feeling like Ride On sounding WAY similar to “Bowling” (B-side from “Howling”). It’s the same beat and upbeat nature, but the track from before sounds more better than Ride On….but this isn’t too bad.
6. BITTER SWEET GIRL
If there was a song that was rather odd to the ears, BITTER SWEET GIRL might be that song since it has a rather upbeat feel to it, but the gritty guitars and busy arrangement says otherwise. To me, this was an alright song but the bustling arrangement and sheer loudness of Tsuki’s voice to counter the arrangement was a bit more of a clashing disagreement to me…
7. PiC NiC
Closing the mini-album out, PiC NiC is prolly the other song I really enjoyed. While I do think it feels like “Bowling” once again, this actually separates itself quite nicely by adding some interesting chords, loud bass, and a rather childlike atmosphere to it (which I guess she was going for, I imagine). It’s alright overall, but nothing I’d totally go back to.
After “Licht” (her first mini-album) and “CORE” (her first official single going to OTAKURA), CHELSEA felt like a very bland representation of her music to be honest. It truly felt like I was listening to “ZERO” without the Fatal Frame tie-in. It started off nice with CHELSEA and MONSTER, but it soon became bland and the songs all sounded like an older B-side….THE SAME ONE….I was pretty disappointed here and thanked god “CORE” wasn’t on this.