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Larval Stage Planning – Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de JUMP!! August 1, 2011

Filed under: Larval Stage Planning — solarblade @ 8:57 pm

Track Listing

  1. Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de JUMP!!
  2. Dreamroid
  3. Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de JUMP!! (off vocal)
  4. Dreamroid (off vocal)

1. Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de JUMP!!

Well, let’s get things out of the way first, Larval Stage Planning is a group consisting of I’ve Sound’s three newest members Airi Kirishima, Nami Maisaki, and Rin Asami.  To the song it’s actually kind of catchy but it is pretty cute for them.  Also there doesn’t seem to very much in the sense of solos but it’s OK because they sound good together.  Still for a debut A-side, this was actually quite good and I can find myself enjoying it a lot.

2. Dreamroid

I must say I liked the B-side quite a bit because it’s more synth based and sounds like something I would’ve expected anyways.  There’s actually solos between the girls and seperately they sound amazing in they own ways.  I mean they might be more of the cuter voices of I’ve, but they fit fine and they work for each other.  I actually liked it a lot.

 

 

LSP’s debut single is pretty good for the most part and I can see myself liking them once they get more singles out there and such.  I did like Dreamroid more than the A-side since it was more along the normal I’ve style and not more of the cuter side to the company.  I can’t wait for their next release.

 

Chiaki Ishikawa – Fukanzen Nenshou/Switch ga Haittara

Filed under: Chiaki Ishikawa — solarblade @ 7:40 pm

Track Listing

  1. Fukanzen Nenshou
  2. Switch ga Haittara
  3. Fukanzen Nenshou (without vocal)
  4. Switch ga Haittara (without vocal)

1. Fukanzen Nenshou

I love how Fukanzen Nenshou sounds like a latin song from Chiaki, but it also includes Chiaki’s chanting style through some parts of the song.  She sounds fitting for the atmosphere of the song and it comes off as vibrant and colorful which is something she has needed for quite a while.  There’s places where her vocals felt rushed in the song, but otherwise it’s a good song to listen to and pretty unique in Chiaki’s discography.

2. Switch ga Haittara

The other A-side of the single is actually more like a relaxed and slightly Western sounding “Fukanzen Nenshou” but you know…different.  I kind of liked this track a bit more since it comes of as relaxing and calm to listen to.  It still sounds refreshing for me so this is the much preferred song on this single.

Chiaki’s 3rd single of the era and she gets it right altogether.  Both songs sound refreshing after “Gyakkou” and “Mou Nani mo Kowakunai, Kowaku wa Nai” and I feel this is her best single so far.  I love the latin flair and energy that came off of Fukanzen Nenshou and then Switch ga Haittara came in with a more Western sound.  Yay good single!

 

Yousei Teikoku – Mischievous of Alice

Filed under: Yousei Teikoku — solarblade @ 7:00 pm

Track Listing

  1. Mischievous of Alice
  2. emergence
  3. Mischievous of Alice (instrumental)
  4. emergence (instrumental)

1. Mischievous of Alice

I must say that Yousei Teikoku has steadily been on a roll but I can’t deny that it’s a bad thing because I feel like each A-side they release is always good and catchy to listen to and Mischievous of Alice sounds pretty mainstream when compared to their previous tracks but I love it because Yui sings a whole lot stronger than I remembered.  I love the whispery parts too, they are pretty epic if you ask me!

2. emergence

I love the fact that emergence is more of a ballad this time around, but wasn’t expecting it to be rather cute from the duo.  The light and upbeat piano melody with the haunting background synths are interesting for sure.  I find the cutesy atmosphere as a bit of an odd choice for a B-side considering the last couple were edgier songs.  It’s different, I’ll admit and Yui’s vocals are smooth and mesmerizing. 

 

 

Beginning a new era, Mischievous of Alice is actually another strong single from the group even though it’s different from the previous few.  I will say Mischievous of Alice is more easier for people to enjoy I think and while that could be bad, but I actually liked it a lot.  emergence took me more by surprise because it was a quiet, yet cute song from them and was a nice change after all the edgy songs we got from the “gothic lolita agitator” era.

 

SCANDAL – LOVE SURVIVE

Filed under: SCANDAL — solarblade @ 6:29 pm

Track Listing

  1. LOVE SURVIVE
  2. Kimi ni Shittochuu
  3. Hikare
  4. LOVE SURVIVE (Instrumental)

1. LOVE SURVIVE

I’m surprised that LOVE SURVIVE is one of the groups more energetic and speedy tracks in their collection and the fact that it combines synths and their rock style was an epic way to deal with things.  Even though HARUNA and TOMOMI are leading the track they both pull the song off quite well even though there’s times that TOMOMI sounds pitchy and kind of like a sore thumb, but it’s still a great track from them for sure, even the hardcore interlude before the final chorus was unexpected but cool!

2. Kimi ni Shittochuu

This is kind of the norm for SCANDAL to release or what I was expecting the A-side to come off as.  I will say that there’s more gals singing here, but I think it’s just MAMI included with the other two mains.  I mean it’s catchy in the long run and has fun clapping parts and TOMOMI sounds better here than in “LOVE SURVIVE” so that should say something.  I like the the later half of the song where there’s a guitar solo and more catchy stuff goin on.

3. Hikare

The second B-side of the single Hikare, is probably the most toned-down song of the single and unfortunately it’s led by TOMOMI.  There’s just times where I just want to shut her off since her voice isn’t totally suited to the rock style and yet she sounds great when she sings with others and HARUNA does come in after a while.  It’s alright, but I can barely remember the song after a while.

 

 

SCANDAL’s 4th and final single of the “BABY ACTION” era, LOVE SURVIVE is actually mostly a fun single from the band.  I was surprised at the overall feel of the main track since it was fast and synthy so it was pretty much unexpected.  Kimi ni Shittochuu sounds more like typical SCANDAL-fare but that’s alright since it was handled quite nicely, but Hikare was kind of meh and just kind of poor.  Either way, it’s nice that the era is ending since the singles have been all been strong in their own ways!

 

sphere – LET・ME・DO!!

Filed under: sphere — solarblade @ 11:46 am

Track Listing

  1. LET・ME・DO!!
  2. Feathering me, Y/N?
  3. LET・ME・DO!! (Off Vocal)
  4. Feathering me, Y/N? (Off Vocal)

1. LET・ME・DO!!

Is this our annoying happy pop/rock Buono!-like song we get from sphere?  It sort of seems like it because LET ME DO!! is just that which isn’t surprising since it’s supposed to fit the season theme so I guess I can see where it’s coming from, but it feels unpolished for some reason and just kind of passes by without leaving much of a mark.  Sounds like something that should’ve been somewhere on “Spring is here”.

2. Feathering me, Y/N?

Why does it seem like their B-sides have been becoming better than the main tracks themselves?  Feathering me, Y/N? (despite the way goofy ass title) is actually a lot more to what I wanted from them and that’s a synth-based track and it’s not cheesy as I thought it’d get.  I love the melodies the girls give out and it’s catchy and the space-theme is refreshing (at least to me).

 

 

sphere’s second single doesn’t persay surpass “Hazy” but it’s a worthy try I guess.  If it wasn’t for Feathering me, Y/N?, I think it could’ve been a lot worse.  LET・ME・DO!! isn’t totally bad, but it’s something we had gotten a lot of in the last era and I rather move away from that for a while longer to be honest.  I like the more poppy and fun side to the group and now more of the experimental side too.  Who knows what the third single will be like, but I hope it’s good!

 

JASMINE – ONLY YOU

Filed under: JASMINE — solarblade @ 11:31 am

Track Listing

  1. ONLY YOU
  2. Addiction
  3. ONLY YOU (Instrumental)
  4. Addiction (Instrumental)

1. ONLY YOU

I like that piano that opens up ONLY YOU for sure, but what it leads into is definitely a rush to the past because it reminds me of another “sad to say” or “No More”.  However, the beats don’t really cover up a whole lot and the piano continues to be the focal point of the song with strings acting as backup.  It’s not a bad song at all, but after “ONE”, it kind of comes as a slight downgrade.  Still wonderful song with great vocals from JASMINE.

2. Addiction

~Addiction! Wait a minute!~.  I swear for a minute, I thought I was listening to something from Namie because the flow and beat just kind of had this flow to it.  I must say that I love the whole marching band vibe I get from the song since it’s catchy and has a good flow of energy.  JASMINE doesn’t showcase her vocals as strongly as before but that’s alright.  It does remind me of “L.I.P.S.” and the cussing is back in form too.  Fun song!

 

 

Not gonna lie but I think for the second time first being “Koi” off of “sad to say”, but I actually preferred the B-side over the A-side.  I don’t know why but the atmosphere of Addiction caught my attention immediately and got me to focus on the stuff going on and the things JASMINE was throwing out there hahaha.  ONLY YOU was alright, but it definitely doesn’t beat “ONE” nor many of her last A-sides to be honest.  I’d say as together, the single is slightly under the last one but not much.

 

Do As Infinity – Chikai

Filed under: Do As Infinity — solarblade @ 11:12 am

Track Listing

  1. Chikai
  2. Baby!Baby!Baby! (from LIVE TOUR2011 ~EIGHT~) (Do As Infinity edition only)
  3. Special (from LIVE TOUR2011 ~EIGHT~) (Do As Infinity edition only)
  4. Hand in Hand (from LIVE TOUR2011 ~EIGHT~) (Do As Infinity edition only)
  5. Chikai -Instrumental-

1. Chikai

Another single that’s really just one song?  I guess it’s not a bad choice to go since Chikai is quite the 180 twist after their last single “JIDAISHIN”.  This track could be considered more of a slower-paced kind of rock track, but I like it because it showcases both Van’s light and edgy vocals in the same time.  I kind of enjoyed listening to this song since it doesn’t really try to force something on the listener and trust me some of their past singles have kind of felt that way…especially that last one.

 

 

*Don’t know if the lives leaked but yeah…*  Chikai as the second in the row of one song singles (Ok, maybe the DAI version is an exception, but still…) I think Chikai made a good opposite to “JIDAISHIN” since that song was wild and crazy while this was more serious and kept together.  Luckily it’s just these two singles since their next one, “Ariadne no Ito” has a B-side to it!  OH! and it’s great way to begin an era too!