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Maaya Sakamoto – Kazeyomi May 24, 2011

Filed under: Maaya Sakamoto — solarblade @ 7:10 am

Track Listing

  1. Vento
  2. Triangler
  3. Kazemachi Jet ~ kazeyomi edition
  4. Remedy
  5. Ame ga Furu
  6. Get No Satisfaction!
  7. Ao no Ether
  8. Shitsuren Cafe
  9. SONIC BOOM
  10. Peanuts
  11. Saigo no Kajitsu
  12. Colors
  13. Kazamidori
  14. Guitar Hiki ni Naritai na

1. Vento

Being the introduction track to Maaya’s album, Vento opens with an orchestral moment and it’s a really pretty melody to listen to.  I’m not sure what the melody of the song is (if there’s any) but it’s nice nonetheless.  After the midway point, Maaya starts to sing but there’s background vocals mixed in giving this strange ethereal feel through the mix of vocals.  Nice little intro.

2. Triangler

As the 3rd A-side, Triangler is a bit on the fence with me still for some reason.  The arrangement of the song is great and very nice to listen to, but Maaya’s vocals are just not together in this song as she hits these awkward notes in the chorus that it kind of turns me off.  Still, I love the pop/rock arrangement so it’s a bit of a love/hate kind of song for me.

3. Kazemachi Jet ~ kazeyomi edition

Being as Kazemachi Jet is an old ass song (released in 2006, Kazeyomi in 2009), it was kind of obvious it was going to be changed for the album.  The new version isn’t as cute and fluffy like the original replacing the keyboard in the original with violin.  I guess it makes better sense since it does sound like the music I’ve heard from Maaya prior to the album, but it feels like it lost it’s identity as the cute song.  Even Maaya resang the song and doesn’t sound as good as it once was…meh…I’ll take the original.

4. Remedy

After two old songs, we move into a new track and is the first rather slower songs on the album.  I find it weird that it does slightly remind me of “Magic Number” (even though that was released after).  It’s a nice mid-tempo track from Maaya has a lot of great things about it.

5. Ame ga Furu

As the 4th and last A-side of the era, Ame ga Furu was one of my favorites just a little under “Kazemachi Jet”.  It starts off mysterious and slow like it was going to be a ballad, but once you get into the track, it starts to change and explodes into a nice pop/rock track that sounds quite nice for Maaya.  Might not be powerful, but it does its job right.

6. Get No Satisfaction!

Getting into some new songs now starting with Get No Satisfaction! and it stands out for me since it’s pretty much pop/rock done so much better than her try with “Triangler”.  I love Maaya’s vocals and she clearly sounds like she’s having with the arrangement which does sound a bit anime-ish since it’s pop/rock with strings so you know what I mean right?!?  It’s pretty awesome overall, a quick favorite almost!

7. Ao no Ether

After that we needed a chill pill and Ao no Ether comes crawling in quite soothingly with a rather quiet atmosphere and arrangement which is only piano and the soft tones of Maaya’s pure and sweet vocals.  It’s a really pretty song as well giving many different emotions throughout and I like the parts where it seems sad but moves into a more content feeling.  I wouldn’t say I’d repeat on end, but it’s definitely a sweet and beautiful ballad from her.

8. Shitsuren Cafe

I love the jazzy sounds of Shitsuren Cafe going through my headphones after listening to something like “Ao no Ether” simply because this kind of makes things lively again without going overboard.  I guess it makes a nice thing being the jazzy tune and all, but it is weird that I feel this would’ve sound better if she had held it off until she released “You can’t catch me”?

9. SONIC BOOM

For a title like that being that big and stuff, I was expecting something along the lines of “Get No Satisfaction!”, but this is actually nice but not as amazing as said song.  It starts off like a mid-tempo acoustic song, but the chorus blares out (kind of like “Ame ga Furu”, but not as drastic).  It’s alright, but nothing too amazing and other songs surpass it.

10. Peanuts

With “Kazemachi Jet” losing it’s cute properties because of the new version of it, I guess Peanuts takes its place as the cute song and it’s friggin adorable of a song.  I love the plucked strings in the melody and after a while when the songs gets further in, it gets even more catchy by having a fun clapping rhythm added mixed with other things.  Ok, it’s one of my favorite songs on the album!

11. Saigo no Kajitsu

Second A-side comes up next and I must say, this was my favorite of the A-sides released because it has a nice buildup and good instruments mixed with a really nice performance from Maaya.  Later on with the jingle bells, it does feel like a winter song but still quite nice to listen to.  Still loving it despite how long I’ve had it on my iTunes XD

12. Colors

Getting into our last tracks which are all new, Colors is pretty when it opens.  It seriously feels totally different then all the other songs on the album.  I mean the whole ethereal sounding arrangement is beautiful as hell and the fact that Maaya is singing in English is a winner in my book and she sounds quite good.  Scratch “Peanuts”, this is the album’s best track for sure!!!

13. Kazamidori

After “Colors”, I was surprised that the next song was going to be slightly underwhelming, but not to this level because it’s like another “Saigo no Kajitsu” and “Remedy”.  That being said, it’s kind of unimpressive and doesn’t leave mark.  Though it does later when it was performed live and the track made it on “Magic Number”‘s tracklist.

14. Guitar Hiki ni Naritai na

As the album comes to a close, the final track is a three minute acoustic track.  Yeah, I could’ve guessed that well with a title like that but still.  It’s pretty basic of a song and it’s got a nice charm to it.  Pretty little tune and is a closing song.

Tracks Recommended

  • Colors
  • Peanuts
  • Get No Satisfaction!
  • Ao no Ether
  • Saigo no Kajitsu

Song of Avoidance

  • Kazemachi Jet ~ kazeyomi edition

Like I said in the “You can’t catch me” review, I said this was a nice album and it’s true and it’s still a little bit worse than her next release since a couple of the songs didn’t really interest me in the long run, but there’s quite a few songs that stood out which is so good.  I guess it was an alright single but her next album trumps this ^_^

 

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