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AAA – No cry No more June 26, 2011

Filed under: AAA — solarblade @ 5:40 am

Track Listing

  1. No cry No more
  2. ID
  3. SUNSHINE (2011 Ver.) (CD only)
  4. No cry No more (Instrumental)
  5. ID (Instrumental)

1. No cry No more

Oh?  AAA is still hanging with Tetsuya Komuro?  Ugh, I am really starting to dislike him meddling with AAA because now he seems to be running around with the same arrangements.  With No cry No more my first thoughts were… *Why does this sound exactly like “Makenai Kokoro”?*  Seriously, the way Misako opens the song up sounds like the chorus of their older track.  About that…Misako doesn’t sound great opening the song and it shows.  Either way, this song does not impress me one but even if Nissy and Urata sound good.  This is just throwaway.

2. ID

I really didn’t like the A-side of course so I was hoping ID would fix things up and it actually did since I prefer this A WHOLE LOT MORE than “No cry No more”.  This is kind of feeling totally different than previous Komuro works and the group sounds great together and I was happy to hear Shuta and Shinji singing as well and they sound good in their own tones.  Ok, why wasn’t this the A-side?!?

3. SUNSHINE (2011 Ver.)

I’m surprised there’s a new version of SUNSHINE on this single.  If you remember it was the leading song off of the summer-themed single, “Natsumono”.  Not much has REALLY changed in this new version, but there’s a different ending and some parts have slightly grown longer and I’m sure that they resang the song.  It’s still one of those peppy summer songs like “Kirei na Sora”.  It’s fun has energy and gives off such an exciting mood that you can’t help but enjoy it.  New version or not SUNSHINE has always been a great song from them.

 

 

With one more single before the best-of is released, I must say No cry No more sucks and just the song by the way.  Komuro really went lazy for this A-side and it shows since majority of their fans pretty thinks it sucks.  ID is better since it’s a bit more refreshing to the ears and doesn’t have that dated Komuro feel tbh.  I don’t see the reason for a new version of SUNSHINE but whatever it’s summer so I guess that was the excuse they went with and I didn’t mind since the song is still pretty good.  I hope the next A-side trumps this one by a MILE!

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Miliyah Kato – DESIRE/BABY!BABY!BABY!

Filed under: Miliyah Kato — solarblade @ 5:03 am

Track Listing

  1. DESIRE
  2. BABY!BABY!BABY!
  3. Ain’t no other
  4. DESIRE (Instrumental)

1. DESIRE

Gotta say, I like Miliyah’s ballads and all, but her upbeat stuff is so much better in my opinion because with songs like DESIRE, she knows how to work that well.  I love the deep synths used here and the kind of edgy feel the tune has mixed with Miliyah’s vocals since they’re sultry and it’s just that hot.  I’m not sure if it beats “BYE BYE” but it’s pretty catchy and fun to listen to.  Then again…almost 7 minutes long, yeah I’m shocked too.

2. BABY!BABY!BABY!

I’m not sure how to really explain the other A-side to be honest.  It starts slow that might’ve been kind of cool to listen because it’s funky but then this male vocal yells and the song speeds up quiet a bit into…even I’m not sure.  BABY!BABY!BABY! feels pretty rushed of a song and it kind of doesn’t connect to me as good as “DESIRE” did…I hope this isn’t on any album because I just don’t like this song right now.

3. Ain’t no other

As the single’s lone B-side, this is more of the Miliyah we’ve known to enjoy.  No, it’s not a ballad but it’s still R&B and it sounds kind of cool simply because the beats of the song are pumpin blood into the song and I’m loving it.  It might be just “Ring” fodder, but this has got some attitude to it and I enjoyed it.

 

 

I mean after the trainwreck of “Yuushatachi”, I thought DESIRE/BABY!BABY!BABY! was a good step back up into interests.  I love DESIRE since it’s a synth heavy track that’s catchy and has good vocals.  Ain’t no other is the same but switch the synths for more of an R&B style and you got the same.  BABY!BABY!BABY! though is just a messy ass song and I question why it’s even an A-side when the B-side and some of the songs from her previous single sounded so much cleaner.

 

Maria – That LOVE

Filed under: Maria — solarblade @ 3:59 am

Track Listing

  1. That LOVE
  2. Daily life with you
  3. Deep into You (acoustic session)
  4. That LOVE (inst.)

1. That LOVE

I was a little surprised to hear synths open That LOVE alongside Maria’s normal acoustic sound giving a rather interesting mixture of styles.  It’s pretty light and more of a mid-tempo kind of track, but there’s something about the tune that is cute and positively adorable about it.  It could be from Maria’s light vocals and happy nature or just more of the entire package, but of the three A-sides so far, this is my favorite.

2. Daily life with you

So let’s take out the synths and replace it with strings, piano, and a light beat.  It’s pretty different from previous songs she’s done but nothing she hasn’t done in her last era.  It’s pretty simple of a song and it kind of comes off as a wintery, Kana Nishino-like tune.  I know that’s pretty low to say, but it just feels so much like something she’d do.  Either way, not a bad song either and kind of relaxing in a good way.

3. Deep into You (acoustic session)

Like the previous single, we get an acoustic cut of the last A-side and in this case it’s Deep into You that gets treated.  I’ve been loving this side of her quite lately and she pulls off this song better here than in the original version despite the loss of a lot of components of the original.  Her voice sounds more sure and pulling off the notes a lot stronger as well which was an interesting change of pace for me…SWEET!

 

 

I guess Maria is treating this era like she did in the “WILL” era.  Slow start with not the best of songs and eventually hitting great stuff and she did it quite nicely with That LOVE.  All three tracks are definitely strong tunes from her and shows a little more versatility this time around.  Could there be a fourth single on the horizon?

 

Yui Sakakibara (PHANTASM) – Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni

Filed under: Yui Sakakibara — solarblade @ 1:23 am

Track Listing

  1. Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni
  2. EUPHORIA ~Tsugunai no Requiem~
  3. Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni (off vocal)
  4. EUPHORIA ~Tsugunai no Requiem~ (off vocal)

1. Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni

What a creepy opening Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni has.  Even better is how awesome this song is for sure.  Very powerful, very loud, and in your face with the blast of electric guitars.  Of course once the verses come in everything gets quiet and Yui starts to sing.  Unlike the last few PHANTASM singles, this one is pretty dramatic and I really love how Yui is bringing such a nice vocal performance along…seriously…she needs to sing like this more often outside of PHANTASM singles.

2. EUPHORIA ~Tsugunai no Requiem~

Being 2 minutes longer than the A-side, EUPHORIA is more of the ballad on the single and the arrangement feels cold and lonesome which is a surprise for me since it’s just unusual.  Yui’s vocals are lighter but they are also at a higher pitch as well.  Luckily, this isn’t that bad because it’s not that shrilly.  It doesn’t feel like it goes anywhere in the song, but after a while it does get stronger when percussion enters near the end.  It’s alright, but I much prefer “Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni”.

Wow the 4th PHANTASM single released by Yui Sakakibara is actually quite strong and I’m kind of surprised that these singles have been consistent for the most part.  Preghiera no Tsukiyo ni might be the best of the four singles but that’s because it’s rockin and EUPHORIA was a nice ballad but might need a lil more direction.