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Satsuki – INNOCENT July 6, 2011

Filed under: Satsuki — solarblade @ 4:39 pm

Track Listing

  1. INNOCENT
  2. STRAWBERRY SUMMER

1. INNOCENT

It’s been a while but I feel like INNOCENT sounds a lot more mainstream sounding than his previous era but I don’t mind this because the song is actually quite good.  Satsuki’s vocals are a bit lighter, but they’re also a bit more refined so it made the song sound a bit stronger than past works.  It might not be all that and a bag of chips, but this is a good start.

2. STRAWBERRY SUMMER

I’m leaning more towards the B-side for sure because its inclusion of synths in the song is a nice change of style (even though Satsuki is no stranger to this).  Since this is a summer song, I did feel like he pulled it off better and it’s quite catchy too.  Definitely hope to see this on an album from him.

 

 

Satsuki returns for his sophomore era with INNOCENT and I must say, it’s not a bad single but does feel short (then again all of Satsuki’s singles have had 4 tracks).  I did like STRAWBERRY SUMMER a lot more than INNOCENT but it’s not to say it’s a single worth checking out if you’re a J-rock fan or a fan of RENTRER EN SOI.

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ALI PROJECT – Les Papillons

Filed under: ALI PROJECT — solarblade @ 4:42 am

Track Listing

  1. Himitsu no Hanazono
  2. Tentai Ruriboshi Mangekyou
  3. Kochou Yume Shinjuu
  4. Shura to Chou
  5. Gantai Usagi to Houtai Hitsuji no Märchen
  6. Papillon Rinne
  7. Oumaga-jou no Hakushaku
  8. Kakumei no Ketsumyaku
  9. Kimi no Na wo
  10. Les Papillons (instrumental)

1. Himitsu no Hanazono

Starting ALIPRO’s strings album, Himitsu no Hanazono opens the album with of course a grandiose piece and it feels pretty good to listen to hearing the bounce of the violins and the force of the bass playing under them.  I always am impressed by Arika, so this doesn’t change my mind around much because it’s light and sweet.  It’s a pretty good start.

2. Tentai Ruriboshi Mangekyou

Our next song on the album, does sound a little more petite-like and has this graceful arrangement to go with.  There’s even some underlying evil played through out and I found myself enjoying the way it flowed so much.  Vocally, Arika sounds the same like the previous song so nothing huge, but the music was great!!!

3. Kochou Yume Shinjuu

Adding a little more drama to the arrangement is always a great thing to hear and Kochou Yume Shinjuu does feel like its title meaning, like it feels like butterflies flying around.  Arika does a little more in singing notes and she hits some pretty high ones in and around the song and it’s great to hear. 

4. Shura to Chou

I think the only reason I can remember Shura to Chou from this album because of the big importance of bass being the song’s rhythm section.  Sadly, the rest of the song and Arika in this case don’t really pop out at me like the others which is a bit of a bum because I’m feeling like the album’s slowly going downhill.

5. Gantai Usagi to Houtai Hitsuji no Märchen

As the album’s longest track (at past 8 minutes) Gantai Usagi… might be crazy ass long, but it’s one of the more interesting arranged songs from the album and after going through the previous four, this felt like a nice change in moods and I’m definitely approving this.  Arika’s vocals feel like flowing water and it just rolls smoothly along the entire time.  It might be one of the more intriguing songs but it might be a little too long.

6. Papillon Rinne

I really liked the fact that the next song is more upbeat and on a happier note than most of the previous tracks.  It feels like Snow White for some reason and it could be the wave-like sway of the song but it’s much appreciated here.  I think I found myself enjoying the lighthearted flutter strings a lot more than Arika’s singing once again (seems to be that way with ALIPRO strings albums).

7. Oumaga-jou no Hakushaku

Probably the most unsettling of the songs on the album, Oumaga-jou no Hakashaku starts with deep cellos and bass furiously playing and then in an odd way the song goes light and then swerves back into this very evil and forboding arrangement with the strings playing MANY different ideas in the song.  I do feel that Arika’s performance felt so robotic, but I think she did that to put emphasis on the beats.  Another very good track and surpasses many of the previous tracks too.

8. Kakumei no Ketsumyaku

Unlike the previous song where it was pulsating with evil, Kakumei no Ketsumyaku feels like a more adventurous tune since it has push and the strings aren’t as demanding.  It’s pretty interesting and has pretty good direction.  I would’ve loved to have seen this earlier on (somewhere before the boredom started kicking in).

9. Kimi no Na wo

As we near the ending of the album, Kimi no Na wo is one of the more slower and light songs (like some of the earlier ones).  To be honest, the arrangement feels like it could’ve been used in Kingdom Hearts or something.  It’s a pretty good and moving song, but at the same time I feel pretty much sleepy after listening to this.

10. Les Papillons (instrumental)

And closing the rather short album, well their strings albums tend to be 10 tracks anyway.  We end with an instrumental from the duo or I guess just from Mikiya in this case.  Without Arika singing, the title track does feel like it’s easier to pay attention to the strings and such.  It’s pretty nonetheless and it’s a moving piece for sure.

Tracks Recommended

  • Oumaga-jou no Hakashaku
  • Kochou Yume Shinjuu
  • Papillon Rinne
  • Tentai Ruriboshi Mangekyou

Song of Avoidance

  • Shura to Chou

To be honest, I didn’t find Les Papillons as great as their last strings album, “Gothic Opera”.  I’m not sure why but it felt tiresome throughout different parts of the album and Arika was singing at the same light and soft vocals through them too.  I’d like a little more of difference between songs besides arrangement TBH.  Ehhhh…