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HIROKO – OPEN THE DOOR May 18, 2011

Filed under: HIROKO — solarblade @ 9:32 pm

Track Listing

  1. Intro ~Open the door~
  2. CARNIVAL
  3. GIRLZ UP ~stand up for yourself~
  4. Rock With You
  5. Saigo no Koi
  6. Promise You
  7. is this Luv?
  8. SLOW MOTION featuring TSUGUMI (from SOULHEAD)
  9. Baby
  10. Song for you

1. Intro ~Open the door~

The whole surround sound that opens the album sounds so cool.  It’s weird though that a child starts to talk about seeing dreams and talking about all this deep stuffs and ends with HIROKO joining the kid to say ~Now I open the door…~.  Very interesting intro.

2. CARNIVAL

Ever since her debut, I’ve been wanting something that was a bit like “GIRLZ UP ~stand up for yourself~”.  CARNIVAL isn’t there, but it has this kind of slick and sexy groove to it that I enjoyed.  Also any song that doesn’t have HIROKO yelling is a good thing.  For something called CARNIVAL I was expecting something vibrant and nothing that’s creepy but this actually turned out better than I hoped…not bad!

3. GIRLZ UP ~stand up for yourself~

Umph, I still love this song like hell for some reason.  I mean it’s nothing that I could’ve searched in mihimaru GT’s discography but this has staying power and HIROKO just had fun with this song.  I love the arrangement and it really gets you energetic.  Definitely one of the more memorable A-sides of the year and great to dance to!

4. Rock With You

Oh hey another heavy song to listen to ^_^.  It does seem like the same producer who worked on “GIRLZ UP” had a hand in this because there’s places where it feels like dejavu.  It doesn’t ask too much from HIROKO since her vocals aren’t as profound and loud like the last track but it’s a nice change.  I do think the minimal sounds in the verses against the full-on sound in the chorus is a bit odd but once again, not bad here.

5. Saigo no Koi

Then moving from the dance tracks to the more slower stuffs, Saigo no Koi still doesn’t do much for me for some reason.  I know I bashed it enough in the single review because Jeff Miyahara produced it, but it really does sound like a typical Miyahara R&B ballad but with HIROKO’s unique vocals.  I guess it’s alright, but it’s still such a downgrade as HIROKO’s 2nd A-side.

6. Promise You

Then we enter the album’s promotional song and this was much better than “Saigo no Koi” for sure even though I feel like he also did this song as well.  I kind of like the arrangement this time and HIROKO’s vocals sounded much more cleaner and the chorus was pretty powerful.  Still not as good as the booty poppin songs, but this is good for her.

7. is this Luv?

Wow, only two slow songs and then we’re back into some hot shit?  I must say, other than “GIRLZ UP” this is probably my next favorite since the beats are catchy and even though HIROKO has a bit of auto-tune going on, it’s really catchy for some reason.  I must say it’s a surprise of a song and the chorus kind of got nailed into my head so I’m humming it alot!  Great song!

8. SLOW MOTION featuring TSUGUMI (from SOULHEAD)

When I saw that HIROKO was collaborating with TSUGUMI, I knew this song was going to be a bit dirty for sure.  Now we all know in vocal capabilities, TSUGUMI outdoes HIROKO, but this song is actually quite sexy and they both did a great job.  I like the rap from TSUGUMI and fit the atmosphere of the song very well.  Awesome song and is a fun and interesting collaboration for sure.

9. Baby

HIROKO didn’t exactly have the best of choices for B-sides in the era (only really between this and “Love Rincho”) and both songs were similar to one another so it was like whatever choice is ok.  It’s not like the slow songs, but it’s not a song to really booty pop to either so it’s kind of placed in the middle and that’s a strange place for a song like Baby to be.  It’s not a bad song though and it sticks in my mind better than any of the album’s slow songs.

10. Song for you

Ending the album on a sweet note, Song for you is another ballad track, but it’s not as R&B-like like “Saigo no Koi” and “Promise You”.  This track is a bit more lighter on those sides utilizing some beats and some snapping/clapping.  It might be the simplest song off the album but it shut the door on a good place and that’s a great thing to do in my book…whatever that may be XD

Tracks Recommended

  • GIRLZ UP ~stand up for yourself~
  • is this Luv?
  • Baby

Song of Avoidance

  • Saigo no Koi

HIROKO’s debut album is alright for the most part but it felt like literally split into halves.  The sexy club-thumpers and the more slower and emotional side (ballads and light stuff).  I mean yeah it’s what we’ve known since mihimaru GT that she does both, but I would’ve had liked a little more variety if you get what I mean….I think I liked miyake’s album better IMHO.

 

2 Responses to “HIROKO – OPEN THE DOOR”

  1. taylor Says:

    i love this album!<3

  2. mell Says:

    she should’ve stick with the kiddy-poppy stuffs. she doesn’t the vocal to pull off sexy songs. they ended up sounding awkward. ugh! hideous!!! >/////<


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