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Angelababy – Love Never Stops May 14, 2011

Filed under: Angelababy — solarblade @ 4:55 am

Track Listing

  1. Love Never Stops

1. Love Never Stops

Love Never Stops is a bit opposite when compared to “Everyday’s a Beautiful Story” simply because it’s more synth based and there’s auto-tune usage in this track.  I don’t know why, but the song is a bit natural in the arrangement, but Angelababy is so covered with auto-tune that it really makes you wonder why this song has this odd combination.  It’s alright, but it feels like something Q;indivi would pull off more….then again I don’t really wanna listen to Rin sing this.

Being as light as its counterpart, Love Never Stops is the more synthetic track of the two digital singles but this one feels kind of weird to listen to simply for the fact of Angelababy’s auto-tuned vocals.  I think I’ll grow to enjoy this but these two songs did not surpass “Beauty Survivor” one bit.

 

Angelababy – Everyday’s a Beautiful Story

Filed under: Angelababy — solarblade @ 4:03 am

Track Listing

  1. Everyday’s a Beautiful Story

1. Everyday’s a Beautiful Story

After the awesomeness that was “Beauty Survivor” I was wondering what we’d get next from our new singer and the first of the two digital releases released simultaneously, Everyday’s a Beautiful Story is definitely a walk away from her electro debut into a more poppy song and she’s not using auto-tune this time around.  Her voice sounds alright, but she’s lacking interest in singing the song altogether.  It’s OK, but I felt like after her debut, she slipped a bit.

Yeah, there’s not much to say in the summary that I haven’t said already.  Song is alright, but not better than her debut…let’s see what’s her other digital single fared.

 

Dream5 – DAYS

Filed under: Dream5 — solarblade @ 1:07 am

Track Listing

  1. Gakuen Tengoku
  2. Koi no Dial 6700
  3. Bokura no Natsu!!
  4. Arigatou ~Kimi ni Todoketai Melody~
  5. Dandan GROW UP!
  6. Shunkashuutou
  7. Todoketai ~Kanon Chikyuu Orchestra Ver.~

1. Gakuen Tengoku

I do know that this song is a cover but I’m not sure where I’ve heard it last somehow.  I do think that this idol group really made it bouncy and silly with its brassy instrumental.  I do think the girls and guy (crap I have to remember there’s one in this group) sound pretty lively and gives a fun performance for sure.  It’s also pretty damn short too being under 3 minutes and all. 

2. Koi no Dial 6700

Now this cover I remember well since misono and Momosu both covered this song before.  It does start out with the telephone ringing before the whole ~rin, rin, rin, rin etc.~ comes in.  It’s a bit slower of a cover when compared the other times I’ve heard this cover but I found the members sound pretty good.  Seeing as it was the 2nd A-side of this era, it’s not bad but I prefer misono’s short version still lol.  Oh yea, so random to see Shuta and Hidaka in the PV….I was like…what’s the correlation here….HMMM.

3. Bokura no Natsu!!

Then we move to the 1st A-side of the era and Bokura no Natsu!! is a lot more of the cute idol-like summer song and it works for them since it seems the members are having an easier time singing along.  I must say, the vocals here were a lot more together than in “Koi no Dial 6700” for sure, but at the same time it feels their lower registers are a bit shaky but not that bad…I’m wondering when the guy is gonna get some solos XD

4. Arigatou ~Kimi ni Todoketai Melody~

Getting into the other new songs on the mini-album, Arigatou is a bit more calmer of a song than the previous three with a slower almost R&B vibe emanating from it.  It does feel like line distribution is a bit more equal this time around but otherwise the arrangement is kind of boring and the vocals aren’t as good sadly.  Meh figures…pass.

5. Dandan GROW UP!

Ok, after that last song this track surely makes up for it.  Once again the girls and guy take a more chiller vibe but it seems their vocals have been filtered a bit but not to the point where pitch changes are seen.  It’s got this rather interesting and edgy arrangement for it but it’s not like anything to obscure on the mini-album and fits nicely.  Good song ^_^

6. Shunkashuutou

Likewise, Shunkashuutou is a bit more mid-tempo than the other songs but it kind of has this nice flow to it that has all the member singing along and that means good tides and line distribution…but did it need the random disc scratching?  Otherwise nice tune but not the best of the mini.

7. Todoketai ~Kanon Chikyuu Orchestra Ver.~

I don’t exactly understand the outro to the album since it’s basically just Dream5 just ~la-la-la-ing~ through the song while the rest is this odd amalgation of natural sounds and woodpeckers and harpischord…It does build up to something that could’ve been set with lyrics…but meh.  It’s just very weird XD

Dream5’s 2nd mini-album is alright but nothing to really write home about since none of the songs have a long lasting feel to it.  I will say they have the chops to pull something better off and get the boy of the group to stand out a little more.