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Aki Toyosaki – love your life, love my life June 2, 2011

Filed under: Aki Toyosaki — solarblade @ 8:29 pm

Track Listing

  1. Hello Allo
  2. SHUN PU
  3. Alright
  4. Nanika ga Sora wo Tondekeru
  5. march
  6. Magical Circle
  7. Patissiere
  8. Boku wo Sagashite
  9. Kaleidoscope
  10. Kataomoi no Theme
  11. Dill
  12. Kimi ni Arigatou
  13. love your life

1. Hello Allo

I guess it’s fitting that Aki would begin the album with something mid-tempo and pretty cute (kind of like ALL of her other songs).  There’s something about this song that kind of is adorable and pretty catchy and I’m not sure why because Aki’s vocals are still kind of meh.  Sweet song and a pleasant start to the album.

2. SHUN PU

The first of the old songs played on the album is the 4th and final A-side of the era.  I do like the fact that it’s a bit more serious than a bunch of her other songs for sure and the fact that it’s one of the ballads makes it easier to swallow, but there’s something that’s kind of too basic going on.  It’s ok I guess…but there’s other songs I like.

3. Alright

I’m not sure why but I ended up like this song quite a bit as well because it’s more of a calm song mixed in with a light pop/rock setting.  I was also surprised with the amount of English used as well which wasn’t too bad whenever Aki was singing it.  It’s not a broad change in settings, but it’s pretty good though.

4. Nanika ga Sora wo Tondekeru

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that Aki added all but two B-sides to the album huh?  Starting with the one off her debut single, Nanika ga Sora wo Tondekeru is slightly more cuter than “Hello Allo”, but it’s also a bit slower than said song as well.  I like the deeper piano chords used here and it does sound more fit for an anime for some reason.  It’s not bad as I first remembered it and her vocals are easy to take in unlike other songs.

5. march

I was expecting more of a march style with this song but I was wrong XD.  I like the kind of odd arrangement this track has and hearing some deep synths mixed with piano and acoustic guitar sounds quite intriguing.  Aki also sounds a little different as well taking a more airy sound in her vocals.  Marching drums to come in later in the song which is a good move for sure.  It’s a strange little tune and the arrangement sounds like a Sara Barellies tune…but it’s a good one.

6. Magical Circle

B-side from “Dill” makes another appearance and it fits quite well after “march”, but I still don’t like this song very much.  It’s a bit borderline of too cutesy because of the arrangement and the fact that Aki is singing in seiyuu mode is just a bit disheartening.  I will say, prolly my least favorite of the B-sides.

7. Patissiere

We go from my least fav to my favorite of the B-sides and Patissiere was something I wasn’t expecting from Aki to tackle and she did it quite well.  The music is light and fluffy like something you’d hear in shopping malls.  I mean it’s classy and it has a flute solo in it…you can’t go wrong with that.  It just might be my favorite song off the album!!!!

8. Boku wo Sagashite

I always seem to forget that Boku wo Sagashite was an A-side more or less her second one at that too.  I was surprised that this was a little more of slight not to slow R&B songs because of the whole beat and such.  She once again utilizes a more airy vocal style and it kind of bothers me this time around but she tried singing her heart out here and that’s good.  Oddly enough it’s one of the better A-sides to have been released.

9. Kaleidoscope

Back to new tracks, Kaleidoscope feels like a lot lighter version of “Alright” but that’s OK because this sounds as good too.  I thought the guitar riffs were a bit weird playing like that under Aki’s slower vocals but I guess it worked for the song.  The thing that bothered me was that Aki didn’t really sound like she was having very much fun.

10. Kataomoi no Theme

Aki doesn’t have many exciting songs on her album and it seems this one really would have to be that one.  I like the beat of the song and while I kind of roll my eyes at Aki using her cute tone for this song it’s not that bad.  Add in the brass, it’s just interesting all over.  I’m not sure what to really think of it XD

11. Dill

As the era’s 3rd A-side, Dill sounds really pretty to listen to still.  It’s like a cute ballad but it grows away from that which is pretty awesome to hear.  It’s an interesting song because there’s some arrangement hiccups on things (especially that chorus and pre-chorus) because the notes and rhythm feels weird, but I think that’s why I liked it because it wasn’t normal for Aki to go outside of the box for a song like this. 

12. Kimi ni Arigatou

Wow the last new song of the album is a 6 minute ballad x.x  I guess it was gonna happen sooner or later from Aki.  She doesn’t really have the vocals to pull something like this, but she tried and while I thought it was too long of a song…it was alright for a piano-only ballad if you catch my drift.

13. love your life

Closing the album is Aki’s debut A-side and title track oddly enough.  It’s a little strange that it comes after “Kimi ni Arigatou” since this song is more along the lines of her cute and bouncy songs.  I don’t think much has changed on my views since reviewing it…but it feels weird that this song ends the album x.x

Tracks Recommended

  • Patissiere
  • march
  • Nanika ga Sora wo Tondekeru
  • Hello Allo

Song of Avoidance

  • Magical Circle

I didn’t really have high hopes for Aki’s debut album, but with love your life, love my life she kind of made it a slightly good album.  Not the stuff I’d be listening to over and over again, but if you like happy, fluffy songs this would be a nice album for that.  Otherwise, it’s alright, Aki still is the weakest singer out of the sphere girls though, just saying.

 

UVERworld – LIFE 6 SENSE

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 3:22 am

Track Listing

  1. CORE PRIDE
  2. Itsuka Kanarazu Shinu Koto wo Wasureru na
  3. Isseki wo Toujiru Tokyo midnight sun
  4. ace of ace
  5. NO.1 (album ver.)
  6. Qualia
  7. Secret
  8. Shousha Okubyoumono
  9. Muttsu no Kaze (album ver.)
  10. Ichiokubun no Ichi no Shousetsu
  11. MONDO PIECE
  12. Hakachuumu

1. CORE PRIDE

Beginning the album with the 4th and last A-side released in the era, CORE PRIDE hasn’t had enough time to sink into me, but I do know that out of the other 3, this is pretty much what everyone would typically say normal UVER rock.  Besides the addition of saxophone to make it sound like their old sound in Sangoku Road, CORE PRIDE is not a bad rock song and everything feels right.  I think there’s a battle of best A-side of the era between this and “NO.1” but they flip-flop between which is better.

2. Itsuka Kanarazu Shinu Koto wa Wasureru na

After the awesomeness of “CORE PRIDE” it’s nice to have an edgy song from the band with this pretty long title of a song.  It’s even more like what UVER has been sounding like recently by making it rockin’ and quick-paced.  Add in TAKUYA’s unique vocals and they make the song fun and cool to listen to.  Fun track from the band and they’ve pretty much let themselves have fun as well.

3. Isseki wo Toujiru Tokyo midnight sun

What surprised me was our next song that began with some organ, saxes, and a lady ad-libbing at the start.  At least it didn’t last long, but this song is definitely one of those laidback enjoy life kind of songs.  TAKUYA isn’t really singing like he did in the last two tracks opting for a kind of rapping style for the song.  It’s different I’ll admit, but I think I like UVER when they are more epic with their songs TBH.

4. ace of ace

Ugh, I really hate the way TAKUYA opens up the next song by himself like that.  I know he has such energetic vocals but it’s pretty bad when he tries to REALLY stand out.  It’s pretty much all over the place with random lyrics and spelling in a 3:20 time limit.  I mean it’s not that bad, but it’s pretty much a weird song on the album and doesn’t exactly make a lot of sense to me. 

5. NO.1 (album ver.)

I loved the single version of NO.1 a lot there’s no doubt about that.  It was like the era’s “GOLD” for me.  Unfortunately, the new version of NO.1 changed quite a bit and it saddened me because I liked the synths of the song but was taken over the band instead.  It also sounds like TAKUYA did resing the song since there’s different places where notes felt more stronger and some different notes going on in the lyrics.  As for the song itself….it’s interesting and I still don’t get the whole ~love psychic~ addiction in the lyrics…but whatever.  I still prefer the single version though.

6. Qualia

Starting the era off, Qualia was always a strange one with me.  Then again any UVER ballad has been always tough for me.  I mean it has a bit more oomph than “MONDO PIECE” and “Kanashimi wa Kitto” which is a good sign.  Add in the GUNDAM tie-in and this also comes off as a little more epic than other UVER songs.  TAKUYA’s singing does come off as a little too wild, but he did a good job putting emotion to a song like this and I kind of like it, but not at the same fields as the upbeat songs.

7. Secret

After the dramatic “Qualia”, Secret does slightly lighten up on the dramatics and gives us a more fun atmosphere even though it’s more of a mid-tempo kind of song.  It’s kind of funky and catchy to be honest but sometimes drag in the verses.  It’s alright, but nothing jaw-dropping.

8. Shousha Okubyoumono

YAY!  I’m happy that we’re getting back into some edgy songs from the band starting with Shousha Okubyoumono.  The fact that synths play a bigger role again makes me smile and I found myself liking this song quite a bit because of the energy thrown into the song.  TAKUYA did a pretty awesome job keeping up with everything.  I will say that the chipmunk interlude made me laugh HARD.  Totally random, but still epic song!

9. Muttsu no Kaze (album ver.)

Unlike the new version of “NO.1” where the differences were clear right from the start, Muttsu no Kaze (only B-side to make the cut) isn’t totally changed.  Some of the instrumentation felt like it was taken out and some of it stands out more this time.  It doesn’t feel like too much was changed.  I still love the song with it’s combination of synths and hard rock and the fact that TAKUYA was put into filters made this song even better.  Gotta say I was surprised that I would like a B-side so much.

10. Ichiokubun no Ichi no Shousetsu

Oh hey, something along the lines of their anime songs!!!  I must say Ichiokubun no Ichi no Shousetsu definitely reminds me of their BLEACH stuff and it must be from the upbeat sound and rockin’ atmosphere plus TAKUYA’s slightly smoother execution of the song.  To me, this song would’ve sounded more at home on “AwakEVE” and not on this album.

11. MONDO PIECE

Definitely acting as the least favorite of the era, 3rd A-side MONDO PIECE is a little like a mid-tempo track but could have the energy for something faster.  I don’t know why, but it feels like it’s lacking interest from TAKUYA and the strange chords really do bother me for some reason.  The thing that bothered me the most however was the fact that it was 5 and a half minutes long of a song and that didn’t suit me very well and just made me feel bored for this song after a while.

12. Hakachuumu

Finishing the album up is the acoustic track Hakachuumu.  It isn’t as emotional of a ballad like “Kanashimi wa Kitto”, but more upbeat??? I guess?  I love the fact that TAKUYA sings the song with a nice calming tone until the chorus where he just blares his vocals.  Now this is a ballad!!!  Good enough as a closing to LIFE 6 SENSE

Tracks Recommended

  • CORE PRIDE
  • Shousha Okubyoumono
  • Muttsu no Kaze (album ver.)
  • Hakachuumu
  • Ichiokubun no Ichi no Shousetsu

Song of Avoidance

  • MONDO PIECE

To me, I think LIFE 6 SENSE is one of their more straightforward albums since it seems to have focused on their rockin’ side more than their experiemental side like “LAST” did.  That being said, I prefer “LAST” since the songs on that album left a lot more of a prominent mark on me than the songs on here, but there’s good songs here no doubt.  Just not at the level of their last few albums.

 

eufonius – bezel

Filed under: eufonius — solarblade @ 1:22 am

Track Listing

  1. bezel
  2. Atomos
  3. Holograph
  4. Shinen no Kizuna
  5. Antenna
  6. Synapse
  7. delete (Acoustic Ver.)
  8. Holograph ~Instrumental~
  9. Shinen no Kizuna ~Instrumental~

1. bezel

So we have an intro to the “album” with bezel.  As it is mainly just Hajime’s production skills, this intro is pretty interesting especially the opening where it sounds so weird before the soft piano arrangement replaces it and takes over.  It seriously sounds like video game music like a town theme or something that plays during saving.  It’s interesting that riya does come in for some VERY airy lyrics, but doesn’t detract from the peaceful music.  Two minutes is pretty good for an introduction and did very well.

2. Atomos

Getting into the bulk of the album, Atomos starts off with a nice synthy start but changes to include acoustic guitar and the combination is a pretty upbeat and breezy kind of song.  I think this kind of song is kind of interesting because it reminds me of YUI, but riya’s vocals are lighter and not as gritty as said singer’s.  It’s a nice track to have put after “bezel” and makes a good impression on me.

3. Holograph

Toning things down a bit for Holograph, they dropped the synths and upbeat tempo by making it more of a mid-tempo tune with acoustic guitar still leading the arrangement.  I don’t think it left as much of an impression like “Atomos” did, but I guess it’s alright for now.

4. Shinen no Kizuna

At least our next song is more interesting right?  Shinen no Kizuna feels so heavenly to listen to because of the rather spaced out feel it has.  It still does include acoustic guitar, but it seems there’s even amounts of synths present.  It’s a nice quiet song from the duo and riya sounds the best in this one.

5. Antenna

So it seems that Antenna is the signature cute song off the album and seriously it kind of is.  It’s a bit soft just like “Shinen no Kizuna” but of course given a sugar rush to add a little difference.  I like the the synths and bouncy vibe of the song and of course the acoustic guitar gives it a more breezy feeling to it.  I now have slight moumoon vibes from this song alone…but I think that’s a good thing to be honest.

6. Synapse

The last brand new song, Synapse is pretty relaxed when compared to the other songs of the album, but I’m not sure that’s a good thing especially since the last few songs have been like that.  It’s nice and the strings being in this song are just as good as well, but not enough to really warrant to remember it by. 

7. delete (Acoustic Ver.)

Closing the album (well sort of…instrumentals close the album out), delete gets a new version and that was a song back on their third mini-album, “Σ”.  The acoustic version makes pretty quick work of the original by taking the light pop/rock arrangement and taking it to a more basic sound with just acoustic guitar.  riya also resang this and she sounds great and lighthearted.  It’s alright though.

Tracks Recommended

  • Atomos
  • Shinen no Kizuna
  • bezel

Song of Avoidance

  • Holograph

Since this is my first time hearing eufonius, they slightly remind me of moumoon with their arrangements and songs they have on this album alone.  The thing is is that acoustic guitar in all the songs is a little blah and the synths did a good job counteracting it by being all over different songs.  It’s an ok album though….