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T.M.Revolution – FLAGS June 22, 2011

Filed under: T.M.Revolution — solarblade @ 6:29 pm

Track Listing

  1. FLAGS
  2. The party must go on

1. FLAGS

I’m not surprised that Sengoku BASARA’s anime got both the opening and ending themes by T.M.R since it’s not new to either guys at this point.  I actually like FLAGS since it goes back to an awesome synth/guitar style that made songs like “Naked arms” and “INVOKE” so amazing.  I really do love the song since it’s fast and Takanori gives a strong vocal performance.  After the slight disappointment in “CLOUD NINE”, this was nice to hear.

2. The party must go on

Since the B-side is the ending theme, The party must go on is an interesting song because it feels like a track they’d release in the older days, but at the same time it feels modern like what T.M.R. sounds like today.  I love Takanori’s energy and the way he’s singing the track is great, but it definitely feels more like B-side material.

 

 

A single so soon after his album?  I think we’re being spoiled here now.  FLAGS is a great A-side for sure and I wonder why it wasn’t on the album.  At least it starts a new one.  The party must go on needs time to get used to because it feels dated and such, but it’s not bad.

 

DIR EN GREY – DIFFERENT SENSE

Filed under: DIR EN GREY — solarblade @ 6:18 pm

Track Listing

  1. DIFFERENT SENSE
  2. Tsumi to Kisei
  3. RED SOUL [LIVE] *Live take at NAMBA Hatch on November 9th, 2010

1. DIFFERENT SENSE

It’s been a while since I’ve heard a Diru song and DIFFERENT SENSE is my first time brought back after the awesomeness of “saku”.  DIFFERENT SENSE is just wild and all over the place (like what I remembered).  Even better is I remembered how Kyo sounded like and he still can to the crazy ass vocal aerials that he’s definitely well-known for.  Growling and yelling and just going all out.  When the groups get into the more melodic side of the song, it’s pretty epic for sure.  Strong song from the band and shows a lot since the last time I heard em last.

2. Tsumi to Kisei

About the same length as “DIFFERENT SENSE” the B-side gives off a more creepier vibe with the growling coming from Kyo and slower tempo from the band.  It kind of gives me Tool vibes with everything going on in the song, but in a way I also couldn’t tell what Kyo was really saying because his growling is so deep and shit.  I did like the band with handling the arrangement, it just Kyo didn’t gather my attention very well.  Then again the fans seem to think the same since this is a reworking of “Tsumi to Batsu” from their debut album, “GAUZE”.

3. RED SOIL [LIVE] *Live take at NAMBA Hatch on November 9th, 2010

So closing the single out is a live version of RED SOUL which is originally a song off their last album “UROBOROS”.  Diru live is pretty interesting because I would wonder if Kyo can keep up with his vocals on stage and he pretty much can.  I actually love hearing the crowd getting into the song as much as the band is and Kyo sounds really good singing.  I’m surprised he can do his vocal aerials live too….wow amazing ^_^

 

 

 

As the third and final single for the “DUM SPIRO SPERO” era, DIFFERENT SENSE is definitely different for me.  As I’ve only heard them through one song beforehand, I was wondering what else this band is capable of and was surprised.  DIFFERENT SENSE is wild but the melodic parts are amazing.  Tsumi to Kisei isn’t much to me since the growling can get annoying, but the instrumentation was nice, but seems not better than its original and of course hearing the band live with RED SOIL was awesome.  I wonder what the other two singles are like…

 

Sakura Gakuin – Sakura Gakuin 2010 Nendo ~message~

Filed under: Sakura Gakuin — solarblade @ 5:41 pm

Track Listing

  1. FLY AWAY
  2. Hello! IVY
  3. Chime
  4. Happy Birthday / Cooking Club Mini Party
  5. Princess☆a la mode / Cooking Club Mini Party (Regular edition only)
  6. Brand New Day / Newspaper Club SCOOPERS
  7. Dear Mr. Socrates / Baton Club Twinklestars
  8. Medaka no Kyoudai / Go Home Club sleepiece
  9. Doki Doki☆Morning / Heavy Music Club BABYMETAL
  10. Yume ni Mukatte
  11. message

1. FLY AWAY

Opening the album up is one of the few new full group songs, FLY AWAY.  I don’t exactly get the intro, but the guitar that gets into the song after a bit is great.  I like the fact the girls sound actually quite good together and the energy is there as well.  I wonder why there was no tie-in for the song.  It’s upbeat and full of life…I enjoyed this ^_^

2. Hello! IVY

It’s been quite a while since I’ve listened to this track last.  Hello! IVY adds a bit more oomph and everything is amped up quite a bit, but it depends a lot on the gals to support it and it’s catchy of course, but it feels like two different songs going on.  Of course the ~whoas~ get annoying after a while too.  I’m not a big fan of this track TBH.

3. Chime

Things slightly calm down for our next song and it’s kind of like a more synthed up version of “FLY AWAY”, but I’m not complaining since the song is kind of catchy and the arrangement is bright and full and of course the vocals are together.  Might be a little too orthodox in the idol genre for me, but I guess it’s passable given that it’s a fun track and easy to listen to.

4. Happy Birthday

Then comes the mini-group songs which are split from the main group.  Now I don’t know who’s in what group so if you’re looking for info on that…this isn’t the place XD.  For being a little under 3 minutes, Happy Birthday is definitely fitting for the more genki and cute types since it’s just that with a twinkly arrangement and synths all over.  It’s not overbearing and the arrangement is kind of goofy but cute and I somewhat ended up liking it.

5. Princess☆a la mode

Also sung by the mini group before, the regular edition comes with an extra song and this one is just as cute and catchy as the previous one if not slightly more because the lyrics are catchy too.  I think it’s a little slower than “Happy Birthday”, but it’s a good thing and I liked it.

6. Brand New Day

Unlike the cuteness of the previous songs, Brand New Day sounds almost like something SCANDAL would release honestly because it has this lighthearted glow and mixed it with a pop/rock style.  It’s catchy of course and they kept things going on a good note.  It’s probably my favorite from the split groups.

7. Dear Mr. Socrates

I’m not sure what to think of Dear Mr. Socrates.  I like that the song is busy in the arrangement and the girls sounds great (especially in the solos spread throughout).  The music has piano and lightened up on the pop/rock slightly.  I found it somewhat catchy but the percussion can be a bit much in places.  Still nice little tune here.

8. Medaka no Kyoudai

Another energizing synth track?  Then again from being a sub-group, Medaka no Kyoudai is kind of cute, but there’s something that just is a little much and pretty annoying.  Mainly the whole ~choo choo or jun jun~ that’s pretty much headache-inducing.  If it wasn’t for that, this would’ve been an alright song…but damn I don’t like this track at all.

9. Doki Doki☆Morning

Ehhhh?  I’m so lost by this song for sure.  The beginning sounded cute and was going for something techno-y because the vocals were under auto-tune.  However, things get pulled into a 180 and the arrangement turns into a death metal song with synths sprayed throughout.  Of course the chorus is brighter and upbeat.  I’m just staring at the song like 0.o right now.  I’m unsure what to think of this…

10. Yume ni Mukatte

Then we get into the group’s first A-side (well…shared with “Hello! IVY”).  There isn’t solos in this song like the others and I felt that was OK since this song is more for the group’s entire participation.  It’s alright and has a nice anime-like feel to it.  Definitely one of the better songs off the album.

11. message

Closing the album is the promotional song for the album and it’s probably the nearest thing to a ballad we have on the album.  After all the songs before this, this one seems a bit forgettable and a little bland in the end.  I will say that hearing the girls altogether singing and saying the groups name over and over is alright…but yeah forgettable.

Tracks Recommended

  • Brand New Day
  • Princess☆a la mode
  • FLY AWAY
  • Yume ni Mukatte

Song of Avoidance

  • Medaka no Kyoudai

Sakura Gakuin’s debut album is actually surprisingly good for an idol group oddly enough.  I’m not sure why but the fact that the songs were all upbeat and had different arrangements for the most part kept me interested even if the song itself wasn’t that great.  I think the girls sound good together as well so maybe something better is on the horizon…who knows?!?

 

Safarii – BAD DAY

Filed under: Safarii — solarblade @ 4:14 pm

Track Listing

  1. BAD DAY
  2. Aikagi
  3. Kimi ga Warau Nara
  4. BAD DAY -instrumental-

1. BAD DAY

I like the vibrant arrangement of BAD DAY for sure since it’s pretty much Safarii’s version of “Koi wa groovyx2” or “Nande Nakitaku Nacchaun Darou”.  It’s funky and has a fun party vibe to it mixed with Sophia’s strong vocals.  The two other guy members do have background parts which fills the void a little more as well.  It’s a really nice song and I’m happy this was the first Safarii song I heard.

2. Aikagi

The next song tones things down into an acoustic ballad and I found this quite a pleasant listen.  I think it’s because of Sophia’s sweet yet powerful vocals.  I don’t know but I somehow get lulled into her vocals then the chorus comes in and one of the male members….(Not sure if it’s AK or Oki but either way) it does sound really nice as well.  Even though I’m still picky on R&B songs, this is an alright track.

3. Kimi ga Warau Nara

Closing the single out, Kimi ga Warau Nara is another acoustic track, but without the R&B touch-up and with less focus on Sophia oddly enough.  The song starts out with AK (or Oki) and he sounds really familiar…like close to sounding to Yuya Matsushita.  Sophia does come in for the second half of the verses but gets replaced by the guys in the chorus.  Simple song but pretty effective.

 

 

As this is the group’s 3rd single for their 2nd era, BAD DAY was pretty much a surprise on my end.  I know it’s my first time but I didn’t think the lead track was going to be so peppy and dancey.  Aikagi is more of what I thought I was gonna hear coming into this and Kimi ga Warau Nara is simple but nice.  I think it’s a pretty damn good single IMO.