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Mizca – Rafiora June 20, 2011

Filed under: Masami Mitsuoka — solarblade @ 8:42 pm

Track Listing

  1. Rafiora
  2. Delightfully
  3. My Room Disco Night
  4. Rafiora (Instrumental)

1. Rafiora

Hmmm…Mizca covering Golden Bomber…strange if you ask me.  It’s even stranger that Mizca is off the vocoder for this A-side and to me it feels like she’s going back to her Masami Mitsuoka days.  Otherwise I wasn’t too phased and she sounds alright, but nothing totally exciting and the synthy arrangement of the song kind of makes it odd for me.  It sounds lifeless to be honest.  I much prefer “1925”.

2. Delightfully

As the only original track featured on the single, Delightfully really goes back to when she was Masami because there’s places where I instantly think she’s trying to be Ayu again.  At least Masami is sounding a bit more lively than she did in “Rafiora” in the least but at the same time, it’s sort of a big step back since this doesn’t have any of the synths I’m so used to with Mizca….

3. My Room Disco Night

Luckily we have My Room Disco Night, which a cover of another VOCALOID song that’s out there.  Now this was what I was expecting since Mizca is under vocoder and there’s a whole lot of synths.  It sounds kind of epic after the previous two songs.  I enjoyed the fact that it sounds great with the chords of the song and she sounds quite lively too.  hmmmm

 

 

This single is a wtf on her part since two of the three songs didn’t have Masami under any vocal devices and the overall sound was a bit like the past before she changed to Mizca.  At least we had My Room Disco Night was what saved the single from pure fail, but it’s still not that great.  GET BACK TO UBER SYNTHS….OR pal@pop XD

 

hinaco – Kaerimichi Diary

Filed under: hinaco — solarblade @ 7:57 pm

Track Listing

  1. Kaerimichi Diary
  2. Ameagari
  3. Nakigao Smile (unplugged)
  4. Kaerimichi Diary (instrumental)
  5. Ameagari (instrumental)

1. Kaerimichi Diary

I really liked the fairytale kind of feel I got from the opening of the A-side here for sure.  Once hinaco comes in singing, it becomes a lot stronger of a mid-tempo ballad and her voice really sounds radiant in this song so it works for me.  I think it might be a song I’d stick to listening for a while.

2. Ameagari

For the B-side, Ameagari instantly reminded me of “Nakigao Smile” for sure since it’s laidback and relaxing of a song but is somewhat edgy (different kind of edgy).  It’s interesting of a song and hinaco’s deeper vocals fit perfectly well in this song.  OH yeah, it sounds like American pop/rock music so it’s different to my ears but it’s so gooood.

3. Nakigao Smile (unplugged)

Rounding out the tracks is an unplugged version of her debut A-side.  The only thing in arrangement alongside hinaco is just a piano playing the melody.  It’s a nice extra song, but I think I would’ve rather had a planetarium version of “Kaerimichi Diary”. 

 

 

hinaco really took her time releasing her 3rd single after “101 Nengo”.  Kaerimichi Diary is quite good almost to the point where it is her best A-side released yet.  As for Ameagari, it’s just as good too if not even better than the damn A-side.  I think the only thing that brought down the single was the unplugged take of Nakigao Smile since it took out a lot of what I liked bout the original.  Best single yet!!!

 

kanon×kanon – Koi no Doutei

Filed under: Kanon Wakeshima — solarblade @ 7:32 pm

Track Listing

  1. Koi no Doutei
  2. Renai no Susume
  3. Koi no Doutei TV SIZE
  4. Koi no Doutei madmaid 17’s DT Bassline remix
  5. Koi no Doutei Instrumental

1. Koi no Doutei

Of the things I wouldn’t expect Kanon Wakeshima to do is upbeat cutesy music and with Koi no Doutei it’s way cute.  Like uber anime cute and her voice fits that style better but it’s just really strange.  The other Kanon doesn’t really feel like he’s there at all and just melts into the background.  It’s one of those songs that make you scratch your head because it’s so out of character.  It’s gonna take a while to let this song settle in.

2. Renai no Susume

I feel slightly better than Renai no Susume cools down on the cutesy stuff and adds cello to the song but it’s still upbeat.  Kanon W’s vocals are a bit stronger and less pitchy as they were in the A-side and the music can be cute/lighthearted.  Otherwise, not too much has changed around mood-wise.

3. Koi no Doutei madmaid 17’s DT Bassline remix

After the TV SIZE version of the A-side finishes we get a remix of the song which is not surprisingly longer than the original as well.  The remix is strange lemme tell you, there’s this clunky synth clicking in the back that annoys me.  Actually it’s messy all over and it takes over Kanon’s vocals in the wrongest of ways.  It’s just headache inducing at this point.  W/E

 

 

Being the second kanon×kanon single, I wasn’t expecting an overload of cuteness in both Koi no Doutei and Renai no Susume.  They both had similar vibes and while I prefer the B-side, this style of music doesn’t feel right for Wakeshima.  The remix though was a travesty…messy and just annoying.  Yeah, not a big fan of this single really.

 

SuG – ☆Gimme Gimme☆

Filed under: SuG — solarblade @ 7:13 pm

Track Listing

  1. ☆Gimme Gimme☆
  2. Kinishii Yankees
  3. Keiyaku Kanojo, Ikenie Kareshi (Regular edition only)

1. ☆Gimme Gimme☆

After the strange things that their last A-side, “Crazy Bunny Coaster” brought, it was nice to see SuG at a more normal side of their music and Gimme Gimme is pretty much their last A-side but without the multitude of synths and strangeness.  Takeru’s vocals are a bit more child-like here or way emphasized, but it stands out for me.  It’s pretty good of a song but I think I prefer some of their stuff previous IMO.

2. Kinishii Yankees

Which is funny because Kinishii Yankees reminds me more of “Crazy Bunny Coaster” but slightly slower.  Since this song features prominence on the synths more than the guitars, the song is very strange, but I like the arrangement a whole lot.  Takeru though….ehhhh he’s alright but he seems to be out of the song in places…it’s just weird.

3. Keiyaku Kanojo, Ikenie Kareshi

So the regular edition has ended up with another song and this is kind of unusual but pretty damn cool nonetheless.  I like the brassy feel of the tune and yet it retains the oddness of SuG like Takeru’s rapping (odd right?).  It’s funky and quite classy when it wants to be and I love that a lot about the song!  Not bad!

 

 

SuG begins a new era on a very weird note with ☆Gimme Gimme☆.  The main track was good to bring back the band to actual rock but Takeru’s vocals were oddly too cute for that song.  Kinishii Yankess follws their synth-loving side though but Takeru there felt out of place.  At least things picked up at Keiyaku Kanojo.  Strange single overall! lol

 

exist†trace – TRUE

Filed under: exist†trace — solarblade @ 6:56 pm

Track Listing

  1. TRUE
  2. Honnou
  3. Tokoyami no Yoake
  4. KISS IN THE DARK
  5. Jiyuu no Sora, Chijou no Uta

1. TRUE

As the lead song off the mini-album, TRUE is kind of basic for them but does a pretty good job showing off their sound overall.  I love the speed of the song and the members do have a pretty strong sound and of course Jyou sounds amazing, but it feels safe for them, but I guess it’s major-label debut waves I guess.

2. Honnou

Now this is more of the exist†trace that I was expecting since it’s a whole lot darker and grittier than “TRUE” was.  I like the echo effect added to Jyou’s vocals for sure.  It sounds more dramatic and a lot more stronger of a performance as well.  Maybe this should’ve been the main track of the mini-album.

3. Tokoyami no Yoake

I found the opening to Tokoyami no Yoake had a weird opening with the guitar chords, but it gets better quickly and turns into another epic song for the group.  Unlike the previous two that were hard from start to end, this one has quiet verses oddly enough.  It does grow in the chorus, but I found this to be the best the mini had to offer.

4. KISS IN THE DARK

I was surprised that the next song was so upbeat and happier than the previous three songs for sure.  I found it something refreshing from the band and Jyou sung it quite nicely by being almost sexy with the way she was singing the lyrics.  It’s another great song from them and pretty unique amongst the dark songs.

5. Jiyuu no Sora, Chijou no Uta

Closing the mini-album is a song that kind of has the same feel and route like “TRUE” does but slightly brighter in the arrangement I guess?  Jyou’s vocals are a bit deeper in the song which is pretty cool but she sounds like she’s covered by the band a lot of the times.  Still it’s pretty good, but doesn’t hold a candle to the other songs.

 

 

For their major debut under Tokuma Japan, TRUE was actually a pretty good start for exist†trace for sure.  All five songs were pretty much what they were known for in their indies days and it’s great to hear that sound continuing.  Let’s see what will come next from them hehe!