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Piko – Wasurenagusa May 10, 2011

Filed under: Piko — solarblade @ 7:48 am

Track Listing

  1. Wasurenagusa
  2. Shiroi Yuki no Princess wa
  3. Stardust
  4. Wasurenagusa (Tegamibachi REVERSE 1-bun 29-byou Ver.) (Tegamibachi Version only)
  5. Wasurenagusa (PikoLess Version)
  6. Shiroi Yuki no Princess wa (PikoLess Version)
  7. Stardust (PikoLess Version)

1. Wasurenagusa

Unlike “Story” and “Sakurane”, Wasurenagusa is more of calmer A-side released by him and to be honest his vocals don’t really bother me as much as in other songs oddly enough.  I actually liked it to be honest and while the arrangement isn’t all that amazing, it’s passable and Piko sounds rather fitting for a song like this.

2. Shiroi Yuki no Princess wa

I must say the way the first B-side opens up is quite awesome with the cool guitar riffs and fast tempo spread throughout.  However, it didn’t really last very long since the chorus is really underwhelming and felt weaker than the verses that surround it.  Purely B-side material sadly.

3. Stardust

For the other B-side does take a much faster route than the other two tracks, but I felt this was another meh song for him because he stayed on his higher range more than his lower which saddened me because I really liked the verses of the song.  Ugh another song to just press next XD

Of the three singles released in the era, I was most disappointed with Wasurenagusa even though it’s prolly his best A-side in the era.  Both B-sides really lacked a lot of spark and mixed in with Piko’s rather unique vocal style…yeah it was gonna be that disappointing.  I wonder what the album will turn out to be hmmmm.

 

Piko – Story

Filed under: Piko — solarblade @ 7:19 am

Track Listing

  1. Story
  2. Sepia
  3. Ameka Yume
  4. Story (PikoLess Version)
  5. Sepia (PikoLess Version)
  6. Ameka Yume (PikoLess Version)

1. Story

Ahhh going back to Piko’s major debut.  Story starts with a pretty steady J-rock atmosphere to it and then Piko opens his mouth and it’s like he sings in this very feminine tone which actually bothers me for some reason because it’s kind of sharp and not in tune really…almost whiny to be honest.  I will say the verses outdo the chorus majorly since they aren’t high-pitched. 

2. Sepia

After that rather unpleasing A-side, Sepia opens up quite nicely with Piko and his vocals stay in the male zone of tonality and he really does have the vocals to really work them moreso than his higher tone to be honest.  The arrangement is a little more basic to Piko, but that’s a good thing since it actually sounds clean and pretty catchy overall.

3. Ameka Yume

Against the other two songs on the single, Ameka Yume sounds very weird to me because of the arrangement and Piko’s vocals.  I thought the opening was the quality problem, but it opens into this heavier rock track with some VERY 0.o vocals from Piko especially that set of uberly high notes XD.  I did find his vocals a little more tolerable than “Story”…but it’s still quite sketchy for me.

Wow, as we get super close to Piko’s first major label album, “1PIKO”, I went back to review his previous singles leading up to the release.  Story is an alright single and I do prefer this over “Sakurane” surprisingly.  While Story and Ameka Yume has some vocal oddities on it they both have good qualities to them for being a first time think on Ki/oon.  However, Sepia might be the cleanest song on the single, but it’s the best one IMO…

 

sphere – Hazy

Filed under: sphere — solarblade @ 6:13 am

Track Listing

  1. Hazy
  2. Neo Eden
  3. Hazy (Off Vocal)
  4. Neo Eden (Off Vocal)

1. Hazy

It’s a little surprising that sphere would kick things off on the single with a slow song rather than keep up with the upbeat and energetic A-sides that filled out the previous era.  Since Aki, Minako, and Ayahi do these kind of lighthearted slower songs, it was going to be tough enjoying this song since they kind of bore me.  Though together and with Haruka in the song, it’s not as bad as I initially thought since the chorus sounds pretty good but the verses are a bit eh.  Truly, it’s alright and a lot better than most of these girls’ solo works.

2. Neo Eden

I was happy to see that Neo Eden actually ended up being the upbeat track on the single and it has a lot of synths (still nothing to the effect of “Future Stream”).  It seems the cuter vocals take the spotlight this time (Aki and Haruka) but it’s not so bad and the song is fun to listen to for sure but there’s not really any solos to be found here.  It’s not bad either and I do hope it makes it on their 3rd album.

sphere really jumped into their next era quickly with this single.  Hazy is a bit different than their previous singles by being more subtle and slower and trying to make that bridge across the solo careers of the members (which are just as much like this song).  Neo Eden did pick up the slack quite a bit and it sounds as animeish as their debut single which is great and all.  It’s an alright start to an era so I’m sure things’ll pick up on the next one for sure.

 

Tsuki Amano – CHELSEA

Filed under: Tsukiko Amano — solarblade @ 5:45 am

Track Listing

  1. CHELSEA
  2. MONSTER
  3. Tokimeki
  4. Hyena
  5. Ride On
  6. BITTER SWEET GIRL
  7. PiC NiC

1. CHELSEA

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”?

2. MONSTER

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.

3. Tokimeki

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.

4. Hyena

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.