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Sayaka Kitahara – Yappa Seishun June 23, 2011

Filed under: Sayaka Kitahara — solarblade @ 5:43 am

Track Listing

  1. Yappa Seishun
  2. Gamushara
  3. Yappa Seishun (Instrumental)
  4. Gamushara (Instrumental)

1. Yappa Seishun

I’m surprised that Sayaka’s vocals are quite deeper than I remembered them last time when she was a part of MilkyWay.  Anyways, I kind of liked this song since it’s not too genki and has a funky disco vibe to it that makes it easily catchy to the ears.  Some places are a bit cutesy, but otherwise Sayaka did a great job here and she gets brownie points for having Yossie in the song’s PV!

2. Gamushara

One more ~ra~ and it would’ve made me think it was a solo version of the B-side from “Tan Tan Taan!”.  Nah, it’s an original track and to be honest it’s better kept as a B-side since there’s some vocal issues in this track that makes it hard to enjoy.  Especially her weak vocals in the chorus…what happened here?!? 

 

 

Finally the third member of MilkyWay gets a solo start and Sayaka’s debut single is alright, but nothing to really gasm about.  I did enjoy Yappa Seishun quite a bit and might be one of the more stronger A-sides that H!P has done.  Gamushara though is a mess in the vocal department but could’ve done better if she has more training.  Alright single together.

 

Versailles – Holy Grail

Filed under: Versailles — solarblade @ 5:16 am

Track Listing

  1. MASQUERADE
  2. Philia
  3. Thanatos
  4. Flowery
  5. Remember Forever
  6. DESTINY -The Lovers-
  7. DRY ICE SCREAM!! [Remove Silence]
  8. Threshold
  9. Judicial Noir
  10. Love will be born again
  11. Vampire
  12. Faith & Decision
  13. The Theme of Holy Grail

1. MASQUERADE

Kickstarting the album off, MASQUERADE was pretty epic of an opening because of the strings and everything with the arrangement from the band because I’m enjoying this song quite a bit.  Of course KAMIJO sounds awesome as well holding a pretty deep tone throughout.  There’s parts where the band was just going at it and having a grand time with the arrangement.  Got to say, epic song to introduce the album with.

2. Philia

The second A-side released in the era comes up next and while to me it isn’t as jaw-dropping or as interesting as “MASQUERADE” it does feel better on an album than a single.  KAMIJO’s vocals are more or less the same but the music is a bit faster-paced but I still couldn’t remember the song if you told me to hum the melody.

3. Thanatos

I’m happy that we shortened the songs up since the previous two were 6 minutes each.  Thanatos is definitely one of the more dramatic songs on the album, but it also sounds different since I can hear new bassist, MASASHI, in the foreground now.  Another dramatic song from the band, Thanatos is pretty dark but awesome to listen to as well.  Hmmm…this is quickly shaping up to be a good album.

4. Flowery

For such a goofy title from them, I wasn’t expecting Flowery to be as hard-hitting as it is.  It really feels like I’m listening to a more upfront Sound Horizon song because of the arrangement and the way it flows throughout.  It’s kind of shocking and yet pretty cool.  After a while it does slightly drag, but it’s a good song for any person into J-rock really.

5. Remember Forever

Another 6+ minute song?  Remember Forever actually is the first song on the album that sounds relatively different from the others simply because it’s a rock ballad.  With the reintroduction of strings added to the slow arrangement, I found this song to be kind of memorable and I loved KAMIJO’s performance since it was emotionally charged.  Great song here!

6. DESTINY -The Lovers-

It only makes sense to make DESTINY the next song because it starts out with strings and piano and keeps at a slow pace like the previous song.  At least for a little bit because after a while, the band quickly speeds up the tempo and YUKI really goes wild on the drums.  I’m still kind of unsure which A-side was better, but I think I’m leaning more towards this one because it had different sections that really worked together.  Good track I guess ^_^

7. DRY ICE SCREAM!! [Remove Silence]

I love the band’s more experimental tracks like DRY ICE SCREAM!! since it brings out more colors from the band and since this is more towards death metal than the previous songs it’s one of the more powerful songs.  It does feel like some of the tunes off of “JUBILEE”, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to have one on here right?

8. Threshold

As the album’s interlude, Threshold is a dark and creepy lil tune with unsettling strings, bass from MASASHI, and some synths as well to make it dark.  HIZAKI also has some guitar parts but they aren’t as important as the other stuff….oh yeah chanting too XD.  It’s kind of weird as an interlude into “Judicial Noir” but I guess it works in the end. 

9. Judicial Noir

To be honest, I would’ve preferred to have seen a different B-side like “Glowing Butterfly”, but I guess this’ll do since it’s quite good and my feeling towards is much better than “Philia” by far.  I’m not sure why I like it so much because it sounds like a lot of the hard songs from earlier on the album, but I digress.  It’s basic, but hey why not?!

10. Love will be born again

Two ballads?  I must say, KAMIJO in English is slightly questionable because the accent is clearly there but I can understand most of it.  Love will be born again is definitely more of a ballad than “Remember Forever” since this has light guitars and has more prominence with the strings and piano and it’s seriously a pretty song.  Best song off the album!

11. Vampire

As the other track to have gotten a PV for the album’s release (the other was “MASQUERADE”) Vampire is a little strange coming after the ballad, but I felt like this was also a fun song to listen to especially with the harpischord at the beginning.  This felt like something off of “NOBLE” and I liked it a lot!

12. Faith & Decision

Of course it isn’t a Versailles album without some god-long track and with Holy Grail comes Faith & Decision which is at a whopping time of 16:28.  Sadly, the song doesn’t feel like their other epic ones where it was powerful and fast.  Faith & Decision is oddly mid-tempo and not really that dark from them and that surprised me quite a bit.  There’s places where the band really does kick ass…but it’s kind of boring for such a long ass song. especially if the intro for the song is 7 minutes long.  After that KAMIJO does come in and tried to save the song but by then I was just not wanting to hear anymore.

13. The Theme of Holy Grail

After such a long track, it’s nice to finally get into the outro of the album and since it’s just strings playing a melody…it does make for a great closure to an album…but to a Versailles album?!?  It’s a little out of left field since it’s the only track to feature JUST strings so it’s unusual to me.  At least “Threshold” made sense.

Tracks Recommended

  • Love will be born again
  • Vampire
  • Thanatos
  • MASQUERADE
  • DESTINY -The Lovers-

Song of Avoidance

  • Faith & Decision

After the disappointing “JUBILEE” well (I think it was because the band was still pretty depressed about the death of their bassist) I can happily say that Holy Grail is pretty awesome of an album.  Even though the experimental levels weren’t as viable, what we got was great.  Now to me they should stay away from uber long songs since they’ve been getting worse and worse with each one.  Great album!

 

MiChi – ONE

Filed under: MiChi — solarblade @ 1:15 am

Track Listing

  1. ONE
  2. LiFE CLOCK
  3. DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER
  4. YEAH YEAH YEAH!!! (REMIX)

1. ONE

I was kind of surprised at how ONE began with a male ad-libbing before the song turned into more of an electro track ala like most of her previous singles.  I do think it’s a much better song than “LOVE is.” for sure because this really does feel memorable and she sounds quite nice minus the weird guy chanting in places.  It’s a great song with a nice positive message.  Yeah, kind of pretty awesome!

2. LiFE CLOCK

Oh god a baby!  LiFE CLOCK feels quite different from different songs simply because it doesn’t feel like typical MiChi-ness.  It sounds kind of refreshing and nice.  Then again coming after “ONE” this is quite a nice move.  Even cooler is that the second verse and chorus brings more synths to fill the song up.  Ok, it’s a bit like “ONE” with the positive message and stuff, but it’s pretty good but I prefer the A-side.

3. DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER

Of course, it isn’t a MiChi single without a cover track and with this single it’s a Crowded House cover.  DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER isn’t as faithful to the original since MiChi opted for more of an acoustic version of said song.  I’m not really too keen on MiChi’s version because I like the original and of course that’s sung by dudes.  It’s nice and relaxing and is the only without all the synths abound. 

4. YEAH YEAH YEAH!!! (REMIX)

Finally closing the single out, YEAH YEAH YEAH!!! gets remixed for this single.  It seems like it took out a little bit of the original and basically copied and pasted lyrics all over the song to make it feel remixed.  Also, there’s new synths, but it feels like it’s at the same tempo.  Kind of annoying of a remix to be honest.

 

 

MiChi’s 4th single and she picks up the slack after the last two singles (which were pretty mediocre on its own merits).  ONE and LiFE CLOCK were great positive tunes that sure bring a smile to someone’s face for sure and both were catchy tunes even though she hasn’t really changed in styles since her debut.  The cover song is alright and possibly quite good for the fans that don’t know the song, but I prefer the original sadly.  Yeah the remix….not so good.  At least this is better than the last few singles *phew*