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WEAVER – Jubilation August 24, 2011

Filed under: WEAVER — solarblade @ 8:22 pm

Track Listing

  1. Shine
  2. Haruiro Graffiti
  3. Kimi no Tomodachi
  4. Letter
  5. “A” “I” wo Atsumete
  6. Kibou no Tomoshibi
  7. Maken na! (bonus track)
  8. Shine (Piano instrumental version)
  9. Haruiro Graffiti (Piano instrumental version)
  10. Kimi no Tomodachi (Piano instrumental version)
  11. Letter (Piano instrumental version)
  12. “A” “I” wo Atsumete (Piano instrumental version)
  13. Kibou no Tomoshibi (Piano instrumental version)

1. Shine

I love the art cover for Jubilation and Shine fits the cover perfectly because it’s upbeat and free-flowing and I love the fact WEAVER includes strings and piano along with their pop/rock style.  Yuji sounds really nice I must  say and the fact there’s no member that plays guitar intrigues me a lot even from the first song.  I’d say this is a great way to begin the mini-album.

2. Haruiro Graffiti

Being a slightly more lighter song than “Shine”, Haruiro Graffiti comes next and I found myself enjoying this quite a bit simply because Yuji and everyone else is taking is a bit lighter.  After a little bit the song gains some momentum and it’s like a happier “Shine” which is a good sign for me.  I noticed the other two members sing in the chorus but it seems they do this a lot.  Not as memorable as the first track but it’s still nice!

3. Kimi no Tomodachi

Released as the first digital single of this era, Kimi no Tomodachi is pretty much a ballad in style and that’s a good thing because I was curious to how Yuji would sound in such a setting.  Let’s just say that his soft vocals sound great and even as it grows into the chorus, it’s strong and he doesn’t overpower the spring-like atmosphere of the tune. 

4. Letter

Letter is definitely their quickest and most upbeat of the 7 songs and that’s pretty good because I was hoping they would pull something out like this, not saying the previous songs are bad but I wanted to hear this.  There is a lot of drums though in the song which does take over the song after a while but I really like the bright feel of the song and Yuji did great keeping up.  This is probably my favorite song off the mini…or is it “Shine”?

5. “A” “I” wo Atsumete

Yep the other digital single released is also on the mini and is also a ballad even moreso than “Kimi no Tomodachi”.  It’s a sweet song to listen to and once again Yuji’s soft vocals sound great and it grows into the chorus…hmmmm does that sound rather familiar?  It’s alright but sounds rather much like the other digital single just a bit slower.

6. Kibou no Tomoshibi

After all that, I think Kibou no Tomoshibi sounds nice and stands out from the other songs by actually having a different mood placed in it.  Unlike the bright songs on the album this sounds like a song for the night and it sounds really nice all around.  I mean even the bells were a nice addition to the song and gave a stronger glow.  I’d say it made a great closing…but…

7. Maken na!

I didn’t really expect a bonus track to be on the mini more or less the only track that doesn’t have a “piano instrumental version” as well.  Then again I don’t think it needed it because the song was essentially Yuji all over with the other members providing backup vocals.  The song with the least going on, but it’s vocally quite comforting.

 

 

It’s kind of interesting that I thought WEAVER was gonna be more hardcore than I thought before listening to Jubilation but they’re actually more light and reserved than that thought.  The only thing I might come across as a negative is that their music might become sameish but if they keep doing songs like Maken na! and Kibou no Tomoshibi they’ll be alright.

 

fripSide – Heaven is a Place on Earth

Filed under: fripSide — solarblade @ 7:01 am

Track Listing

  1. Heaven is a Place on Earth
  2. The end of summer
  3. Heaven is a Place on Earth -instrumental-
  4. The end of summer -instrumental-

1. Heaven is a Place on Earth

I really was tricked on this song for sure.  At first I thought the song was a change of directions for the duo which plagued the “infinite synthesis” era with sameish arrangements.  I mean the beginning was slow and his piano and Yoshino singing along which was great for sure…then it kind of switches into the synth-rock-dance mix that they’ve been using for a LONG time.  I will say that I like that Yoshino doesn’t squeak as much and she sounds like she has better control too.  It’s not a major change as I hoped it would’ve happened but it’s a solid song.

2. The end of summer

Since winter and autumn are represented already on previous releases, I guess it’s time for the summer-themed tune from the group.  Since they’re stuck in a rut with their music it’s not surprising that I didn’t find myself totally enjoying the song.  I will say that Yoshino’s vocals in the verses and the prominence of piano was just a nice combination and I love how relaxed she is through the song, but the dance beats and synths need to go!

 

 

Ahh, it’s been almost a year (well minus two months) since fripSide released their first album together hasn’t it?  I’m gonna say they should move away from their synth-anison style because it just is nowadays feeling bland and I’m honestly getting tired of sat reusing the same beats and synths over and over…I wouldn’t mind something with natural instruments here!

 

Yui Sakakibara – Ringing

Filed under: Yui Sakakibara — solarblade @ 4:19 am

Track Listing

  1. Decoration
  2. Change&Chance!
  3. Nai・i・shou no Koi
  4. Hare Nochi Hare Nochi Hare
  5. Comfort
  6. my only prince
  7. Blue Horizon
  8. Moonlight ~Romeo.number~
  9. Personal Space
  10. TREUE ~Aoi Urara no Senkou~
  11. chuchu×2
  12. HIGHVISION
  13. Sparkle!
  14. Realythm ~dance remix~

1. Decoration

Just by going off the cover art for the album, I’m sensing this album is going to be mostly cuter than “BLOODY TUNE” was and the opening song for the album is definitely bright and cute.  What’s even a little more disappointing is that Yui’s seiyuu-cute vocals return as well and while it isn’t too bad here it’s a giant drop from her last few releases.  Decoration isn’t too bad of a song and the clapping does get catchy later in the song but this is a start of something I’m worried about for the rest of the album.

2. Change&Chance!

I thought the orchestral opening of the album’s second song was really pretty but it felt random when it slid into more of the anison style with synths and guitars playing all over.  If it wasn’t for Yui’s cringing vocals in this song I know it could’ve been loads better than what we ended up. 

3. Nai・i・shou no Koi

Now I’m feeling like this album is going to full of cute songs like in the case of Naishou no Koi for sure.  It’s like taking “Decoration” and making it more genki and making Yui sound even worse.  Is it too much to ask for a song where I don’t really cringe at this point?!?

4. Hare Nochi Hare Nochi Hare

I know I’m complaining a lot already and it’s only up to the fourth song on the album but seriously there has to be a break from high-pitched Yui for once!  It is the fastest and the most energetic track so far on the album but this seriously is tough to listen to because there’s a lot of ~YEAH!~ and ~GO GO!~ like it’s some S/mileage song.  In other words why is this sounding like an idol song?

5. Comfort

After all those genki tracks it’s finally nice enough to throw a ballad in our direction and quite a simple on at that.  At first it’s really only piano and Yui who’s somewhat in a higher pitch but it’s not as offensive here.  Strings do play a role later on in the song and Yui does slightly get off-pitch here and there but this is the first song where I did somewhat enjoy the song.

6. my only prince

I actually kind of like the synthy feel of our next song but it was more interesting hearing a vocodered Yui and sitars in the song. Sadly, it’s another song with pretty poor vocals which is bad juju.  I will say the arrangement was a bit more fitting and it’s catchy and energetic…Love/Hate relationship here.

7. Blue Horizon

This kind of reminds me of some of the stuff that was on “EVERGREEN” with the synths and while once again I find myself being entranced by the arrangement, the vocals are just under average even though she’s hitting the right notes but it’s just too cute.  I don’t think the song was able to save itself with such yikes vocals.

8. Moonlight ~Romeo.number~

At first, Moonlight felt like something that would’ve fit nicely on “BLOODY TUNE” since it’s such a depressing tune to listen to and it’s also one of the few songs that Yui sings in her deeper tone and I love it.  The buildup to the chorus was actually quite exciting and the song transforms from a slower ballad-like tune to an energetic eurotrance tune. 

9. Personal Space

Ok, of the songs on the album, Personal Space has to be the oddest of the bunch.  I mean it feels like easy listening and Yui’s vocals are once again not terrible this time around.  It’s just the music doesn’t sound like anything else the album has to offer so it stands out in a pretty good way.  An album gem perhaps.

10. TREUE ~Aoi Urara no Senkou~

Then comes TREUE which is kind of interesting because it seriously fits on her last album A WHOLE LOT more than on here.  I like the animu-rock arrangement found here and Yui sounds amazing going through the song.  I mean if it was found on some other album I would’ve said this sounds a bit bland but considering on what this album this stands out even further than “Personal Space”. 

11. chuchu×2

Is this a sequel to “Chu×Chu!!” from her earlier album, “princess”?  If so it means I’m gonna have to listen that tune then.  I was expecting an exceptionally uber cute song and I found out that I was right to the extreme sense.  Musically it’s animu with guitars but Yui’s vocals are very sugary sweet and that’s a turnoff tbh.  Yeah, I take back the earlier statement now LOL

12. HIGHVISION

What a pretty sketchy opening Yui does singing by her lonesome self.  For such a song titled as such, I didn’t think it’d be like some of the stuff on the first half of the album.  The vocals are tolerable in this song but it’s still kind of the song I kinda want to avoid!

13. Sparkle!

Synths and strings for our next song?  Is this Nana Mizuki?  Nah kidding aside, Sparkle! has a pretty long intro if you ask me but this Mizuki-inspired song kind of works for Yui and his high vocals and I actually enjoyed listening to this for some reason despite me usually calling this style bland nowadays.  I liked this for some reason xD

14. Realythm ~dance remix~

So I learned that Realythm was actually a song off of Yui’s debut album, “yuithm”.  I have never heard the original take but it seems that the remix of Realythm is more funkier and has more of an urban feel which is something that I haven’t ran across in Yui’s discography really.  Oddly enough there’s no lyrics to be found so it’s kind of an extended outro to be exact. 

Tracks Recommended

  • Moonlight ~Romeo.number~
  • TREUE ~Aoi Urara no Senkou~
  • Personal Space
  • Sparkle!

Song of Avoidance

  • Blue Horizon

Ack, I can’t believe Yui went a full step backwards with this album.  After “BLOODY TUNE” I was hoping she’d stick to something along the way that album was put up with awesome deep songs with awesome vocals and a few cute songs but Ringing is the total opposite and I just hated it.  I’d say it’s comparable to “JOKER” almost that they both kind of ended up in the same place, biggest difference was the placement of the better songs.  Not a good album here IMO.