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NIKIIE – *(NOTES) July 17, 2011

Filed under: NIKIIE — solarblade @ 7:15 pm

Track Listing

  1. NAME
  2. Kiss Me
  3. LUV SICK
  4. Shunkashuutou
  5. STAR
  6. Color Noise
  7. Majou
  8. Gensou Form
  9. HIDE&SEEK
  10. Interlude
  11. Ajisai
  12. little summer

1. NAME

NIKIIE begins her debut album with NAME which is more of a softer song to begin things, but it’s a nice start since it’s mid-tempo and shows off NIKIIE’s vocals quite nicely.  I love the chorus of the song since it’s loud and explosive to counter the softer verses.  Nice opening tune actually, but nothing that’s epic.

2. Kiss Me

I enjoy the fact that NIKIIE chose a lighter atmosphere for the next song on the tracklist.  The brighter piano chords and NIKIIE just made the song sound upbeat and lively and I really liked that about Kiss Me.  Add in the chorus that’s in English and I was pleasantly surprised she sound quite clear.  One of my favorite new songs on the album.

3. LUV SICK

As the B-side from “HIDE&SEEK”, LUV SICK never stood out to me on that single unlike it’s fellow B-side so I was slightly disappointed that this track made the album cut.  I do think that since it’s further away from the A-side was a good plan since this could slightly stand out.  However after “Kiss Me” this feels once again disappointing and the only thing that really kept it afloat was the piano and NIKIIE’s bright vocals. 

4. Shunkashuutou

Ahhhh, NIKIIE’s debut A-side.  I’m not fond of ballads being used as a debut (unless you’re alan…then that’s totally a different story).  Shunkashuutou might have been a little too safe for NIKIIE as a ballad since it was so simple and didn’t really stand out unlike the other songs on the single.  It’s alright, but it’s not very memorable despite being an A-side.

5. STAR

I guess after “Shunkashuutou”, NIKIIE wanted to bring the energy back and STAR is probably her most progressive song on the album so far and I actually kind of liked it since there was a band playing along with NIKIIE’s playing on the piano.  It’s really catchy and moves along smoothly and the chorus is definitely a catchy one IMO.  Pretty good song and might surpass “Kiss Me”.

6. Color Noise

Taking more of an acoustic route for the next song, Color Noise might be more simplistic than other songs on the album but at the same time I like this raw side to NIKIIE’s overall sound she’s trying to put out.  Even the bongos were a cute addition to make the song pop a little better.  I am a little saddened that the typical band instruments find themselves pulled in once the second verse starts up, but I still think this was a nice track.

7. Majou

I’m guessing the title must make it the cute song since it translate as “Witch”.  It actually start off pretty much in a cute state of mind with a cute piano melody (which sounds more like it was played on a keyboard).  Things do get broader once the chorus when drums, acoustic guitar, and bass enter the fray.  I must say I wasn’t expecting a song like this, but NIKIIE pulled it off quite nicely!

8. Gensou Form

I’m so happy she included this song on the album since it really is NIKIIE’s best song to date.  It’s just so dramatic and cold to listen to which makes this pretty damn epic and if I’m right the only song with electric guitar XD.  NIKIIE brought some powerful vocals to this track and I just can’t believe that on an album like this, it’s the only one that brings such a powerful and emotional performance…definitely worth the listen at least!

9. HIDE&SEEK

I guess it fits that NIKIIE’s 2nd A-side would actually be a nice song to put after such an amazing “Gensou Form”.  The fact that it’s more upbeat and bright like “Kiss Me” and feels like quite the antithesis to the previous song makes me kind of lulz a bit.  Her voice doesn’t seem as refined like other songs, but I still think this was better than her debut and it has its moments where I’m totally in love with it.

10. Interlude

Before entering the album’s final tracks, we get an interlude for some strange reason and I still question it as I listen to it.  It starts with someone walking down a hallway of an apartment and unlocking a door.  Once it’s opened NIKIIE starts playing this repetitive piano line before more notes change and it becomes less annoying and more pretty.  Then the person shuts the door and the music stops.  Weird interlude and it doesn’t make much sense going into our next song.

11. Ajisai

It was the supposed 3rd single of the era, but NIKIIE slashed that and just released the song digitally before the album’s release.  Unlike “Shunkashuutou’s” piano-based sound for it’s ballad, Ajisai is more acoustic based.  However, I do like after a while piano and strings enter the song and drums even later.  It just grows into this pretty ballad and loving the fact that NIKIIE gets vocally stronger and the song goes on.  Surprised that NIKIIE dashed this as the 3rd A-side.

12. little summer

Ending the album is another ballad but more towards a piano-based track.  I’m a little meh with the track since it doesn’t really go anywhere besides adding strings which makes me think of “Shunkashuutou”.  It does grow to a peak point, but by then the song is just boring me and making me drift off. 

Tracks Recommended

  • Gensou Form
  • STAR
  • Kiss Me
  • HIDE&SEEK
  • Majou

Song of Avoidance

  • little summer

NIKIIE’s debut album is alright but nothing that hasn’t been done before.  She does have blips of greatness like in Gensou Form but she otherwise is your typical piano player with the typical instrumentations.  She needs something that will make her pop out a little more than other piano-ladies out there.  Still, not too bad for a debut.