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DiVA – Tsuki no Uragawa May 19, 2011

Filed under: DiVA — solarblade @ 8:30 pm

Track Listing

  1. Tsuki no Uragawa
  2. Fade out
  3. Information
  4. Blue rose -DiVA ver.-
  5. Tsuki no Uragawa -Royal Mirrorball Mix-
  6. Tsuki no Uragawa -Instrumental-
  7. Fade out -Instrumental-
  8. Information -Instrumental-
  9. Blue rose -DiVA ver.- (Instrumental)
  10. Tsuki no Uragawa -Royal Mirrorball Mix- (Instrumental)

1. Tsuki no Uragawa

So I’m guessing that Tsuki no Uragawa would make for a fitting debut for an AKB sub-unit right?  I mean it has pretty strong vocals from the four ladies and that’s a nice surprise and this song really does come off as an opening or an ending to an anime.  It’s pretty catchy and the mysterious air about the song really captured my attention.  Good song to debut with right?

2. Fade out

Getting into the specific edition tracks we start alphabetically with Fade out.  It carries the same danceable style and mysterious style and oddly enough sounds more anime-ish than friggin “Tsuki no Uragawa”.  The vocals aren’t as smooth, but this song still sounds pretty good for them and by listening to it, it has pretty good line distribution.

3. Information

At first, I thought I was listening to something from AAA because of the overall light dance feel I got from this song.  It does stand out from the previous two songs by not being so anime-ish and more like something I would like to hear performed live.  However, there doesn’t seem to be much to remember it by sadly.  I might have to get used to this track.

4. Blue rose -DiVA ver.-

So I guess DiVA decided to do their own version of a song that was performed in one of the Theater albums.  Not that there’s anything wrong, but there’s so many songs they’ve done.  I can’t say I’ve listened to the original, but I’m guessing the arrangement changed for DiVA to fit their sound.  I like the more sultry side to their vocals and whoever sang in the first verse has great vocals.  I found it so much more memorable than “Information” at least.

5. Tsuki no Uragawa -Royal Mirrorball Mix-

It just seems I’m crashing into Royal Mirrorball all the time.  This time remixing the title track, Tsuki no Uragawa being touched up like this and all isn’t all too bad, but like with any of their remixes, I feel they just missed the mark a bit and left the original to be the better one.  I like that it’s lighter and more bouncy, but it just seems like it lost what made the original so good.

Yeah I’m reviewing DiVA but that’s because I reviewed the two DIVA songs when it was just a small idea on AKB’s singles.  Since then they dropped the random girls being chosen and took in four girls in which 3 of the 4 were in DIVA.  Also, as it seems this is the only single with 4-nin, Tsuki no Uragawa gave us a good taste of what’s to come and I kind of like it.  I mean dance track with good vocals WHOOP!.  Fade out was a little much like the A-side but not bad and Blue rose was pretty good as well.  Information was kind of meh just like the remix for Tsuki no Uragawa.

 

2PM – Take off

Filed under: 2PM — solarblade @ 5:09 am

Track Listing

  1. Take off
  2. Heartbeat -Japanese ver.-
  3. Take off -TV size ver.- (CD only)
  4. Take off (without main vocal)
  5. Heartbeat -Japanese ver.- (without main vocal)
  6. Take off -TV size ver.- (without main vocal)

1. Take off

It takes a lot to have a pretty memorable debut A-side especially if you’re 6 Korean guys.  Take off is actually pretty different from what I’d expect from a K-pop boyband to debut with.  I mean yes the synths are there but how the song was presented was quite jaw-dropping and almost has this flight-feel to it which makes sense for sure.  The groove is pretty epic and all 6 guys have good vocals, especially Taecyeon for sure and since Junsu takes majority of the lyrics, it’s actually not a bad choice.  Then again when I’m yelling ~ready, ready, ready for the take off!~ alongside in the chorus, you know I have it bad XD.  The thing that got me a little frowny was the way it was handled towards the end…it felt so….off and short.  Otherwise, wow what a good song…and SONY tied it to Ao no Exorcist too? wow!

2. Heartbeat -Japanese ver.-

As a rehash of a song from the group’s first album, “1:59PM”.  I’ve never heard the original so I’m just basing on ears but it sounds like the fans that have been with them longer dislike it.  At first it didn’t really phase me in anyway because there was a lot of rapping and some odd notes.  It’s a weird song, especially coming after “Take off”, but it’s not bad really but nothing I would really go out of my way to listen to the original lol.

So a K-pop boyband debuting in Japan with a song that has an anime tie-in and they’re signed to SONY?  This sounds like an equation of potential greatness.  By the looks of it, Take off already has swept me off my feet with it’s electro feel and catchy hooks.  The JPN take of Heartbeat isn’t that bad, but worse than the A-side.  Hmmm, definitely keeping my eyes out for them!