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SPYAIR – Japanication July 10, 2011

Filed under: SPYAIR — solarblade @ 7:10 pm

Track Listing

  1. Japanication
  2. Departure
  3. Just One
  4. Dead Coaster

1. Japanication

I must say that Japanication is a very explosive and rockin’ track from SPYAIR.  Despite the song being rather short (under 3 minutes), Ike and the rest of the band did a great job of keeping the song going and it kept surprising me for sure.  It’s pretty straightforward from beginning to end so there’s no suprises to be had, but this is a strong track from the band.  I am a little surprised to find out that it is a touchup of their first indies single, but it’s good otherwise.

2. Departure

Going into the B-sides of the single, Departure opens up with strings before piano and Ike are added in.  I was a little surprised by the opening since it wasn’t like them to pull it off.  Luckily, the band enters after the introduction and it kind of seems pretty safely done arrangement-wise.  It’s like UVERworld’s music mixed with HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR’s (without the female lead).  Besides that, I don’t really remember much of this song.

3. Just One

At roughly the same time as “Japanication”, Just One is a lot heavier song than anything previous and I loved that fact alone since it gives this band more color for the single.  Ike really is putting his vocals on the line here and he sounds quite gritty and angry.  I really enjoyed this song quite a bit though ^_^

4. Dead Coaster

The final track, Dead Coaster is actually a rearranged version of their song that they released on their indies debut album, “Can You Listen?”.  The new version of the single does feature Enzel a little bit more with synths being in a good part of the song.  I like the riffs of the song and Ike sounds pretty good. 

 

 

Even though half the single is just touch-ups on older songs (the A-side and Dead Coaster), I think SPYAIR did a great job otherwise.  I liked Japanication and Just One for being quite powerful and full of loudness!!  Dead Coaster provided more of the synth style included with their rock sound and it’s pretty good as well.  Departure might not be ground-breaking but I do think it’s a good rock song as well.  Not very out of place lol.

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Minori Chihara – Planet patrol

Filed under: Minori Chihara — solarblade @ 5:54 pm

Track Listing

  1. Planet patrol
  2. Akai no Toge no Guilty
  3. purest note ~ Atatakai Oto

1. Planet patrol

Minorin has just not been having a great era so far, but Planet patrol does try to pick up the pieces by having a synth-based arrangement.  While I don’t exactly enjoy her vocals still since they’re pretty pitchy and high for me, but the energy is quite right.  I guess it’s better than a LOT of previous stuff released in the era, but I don’t know…I think I rather listen to stuff in the previous era.

2. Akai no Toge no Guilty

If the energy of “Planet patrol” wasn’t enough, Akai no Toge no Guilty’s definitely upgrades and builds upon the energy by adding brass and guitars to replace the synths.  I also found myself loving Minorin’s vocals tons more here since she gives a pretty awesome performance and fits well with the quick-paced arrangement.  A much preferred song.

3. purest note ~ Atatakai Oto

It seems Minori chose to spread the single out from synths, rock, and a cute pop song for the second B-side.  It isn’t as slow as “Ittousei” was nor does it sound serious but that’s alright because I’m liking that Minori for the most part kept her vocals under control.  This isn’t cheezy cute, but this’ll do for now since it’s a steady song and not really bad in any spots…maybe a little boring but meh XD

 

 

As the era’s 4th (or 5th..depending on “Ittousei”), Planet patrol might be Minorin’s best single within a pool of rather bad singles previous.  I loved that she pretty much made each song different from each other in sound that I can’t help but smile about that.  Planet patrol is one of the more cooler synth-based tracks while Akai no Toge no Guilty is pretty awesome of a rock song from her.  purest note might not be that amazing, but I prefer this pop tune than other ones she has done so far.