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KOKIA – Transparent August 25, 2011

Filed under: KOKIA — solarblade @ 5:25 pm

Track Listing

  1. Transparent
  2. Chinmoku
  3. Transparent (instrumental)
  4. Chinmoku (instrumental)

1. Transparent

I get an interesting feel when I listen to Transparent which as an eerie glow that almost sounds like VGM music in the beginning which was the first thing that caught my attention.  I will say that since it’s the A-side placed between “KARMA” and “Fate” it’s just a little strange to not see the vocal layering here.  I will say that the glow of the song made me enjoy it but damn…could you have redone the chorus where it isn’t ~transparent, transparent, transparent…etc.~.  Otherwise, it’s not bad but definitely the weakest of the “pieces” era.

2. Chinmoku

As for the B-side I thought it sounded a little R&B-ish in the first few seconds before KOKIA comes in ad-libbing.  It does seem a little more spooky than “Transparent” but at the same time it has a really nice icy glow to it that actually pulled me in quite quickly.  It kind of moves like a snail, but that’s alright since I’m entranced by her dreamy and magical vocals lol.

 

 

To me of the three singles released for the era, Transparent is the weakest one, but it does have the best B-side simple because Chinmoku really took me to a different place with its cold and moving piece.  Transparent would’ve been alright if it wasn’t for the icky chorus…still both tracks are on the album soooo xD

 

Akiko Shikata – Utsusemi

Filed under: Akiko Shikata — solarblade @ 7:59 am

Track Listing

  1. Utsusemi
  2. LOST CHILDREN
  3. Utsusemi (off vocal)
  4. LOST CHILDREN (off vocal)

1. Utsusemi

I don’t think there has been any Akiko song that has disappointed me yet (then again she’s more like a more experimental KOKIA).  Utsusemi starts off with a chorus of her vocals and it sounds amazing and it’s lead into this mix of dance, anison, a maybe a smidge of folk tossed in for the lulz.  It’s pretty interesting to listen to and Akiko in her high vocals and low vocals are just mesmerizing.  Pretty song and probably her best A-side since going major.

2. LOST CHILDREN

I do remember that some of Akiko’s B-sides have been the stranger songs on the singles and LOST CHILDREN actually is too weird, but it’s a lot more expressive and flowing than “Utsusemi”.  The beginning was loud and fast-paced with an almost dance feel but slows down to more of a mid-tempo track and then returns back.  It’s does this quite a bit so the moving is more interesting here as well.  However, I found the vocals from the A-side was a lot stronger.  Prettty good B-side though I will say.

 

 

Does “Byakumu no Mayu” count as a single?  Whatever, Utsusemi is a pretty strong single like the other singles that she’s released so far in the era.  I have to say the leading teack was the stronger song with a good flow and excellent vocals.  LOST CHILDREN was pretty good as well but a little under Utsusemi…I’m totally getting excited whenever she releases her first album on a major label ^_^

 

Yuya Matsushita – SUPER DRIVE

Filed under: Yuya Matsushita — solarblade @ 12:56 am

Track Listing

  1. SUPER DRIVE
  2. ROCK WITH YOU (Regular Edition only)
  3. Hot Girl!! (Limited Edition only)
  4. Lonely Rain (Limited Edition + Photobook only)
  5. SUPER DRIVE (Vocalless)

1. SUPER DRIVE

I’m so happy Yuya made SUPER DRIVE an A-side because it’s just what he needed after the slower songs he released so far in this era (minus “4 Seasons”).  The beats are pretty heavy and Yuya has a lot of energy into his singing but there’s a lot of repetition in the song but it’s not too annoying really.  I do get Brit’s “Womanizer” vibes from the song but I don’t think it’s too lame.  Good song overall.

2. ROCK WITH YOU

No the song isn’t a rock track unfortunately, but more of a danceable R&B song that kind of has this funky rhythm that would be fitting to Michael Jackson tune and it oddly works because Yuya’s vocals sound so much more stronger than the previous song.  It’s sultry, groovy, and just fits the mood right…Ok, honestly this was so much better than “SUPER DRIVE”.  I think Michael Jackson would be proud of this cover for sure ^_^

3. Hot Girl!!

I’m not totally sure where to place Hot Girl!! exactly because it’s not heavy like “SUPER DRIVE” but it’s not as sensual like “ROCK WITH YOU” so I guess it’s in the middle right now.  I like the summery vibes from the song but there’s just something that doesn’t seem right about the song.  I’m not totally sure but it doesn’t seem to pop like the other three songs off the single.

4. Lonely Rain

After three upbeat songs we come to the Photobook only song off the single and it’s a damn ballad…well close enough to one because it’s more of an R&B flavored ballad.  It does sound relaxing and simple enough with Yuya being great singing along.  It does stand out just because it’s a ballad DUH!  It’s simple but with all those slower songs off the last single, “Naturally”, this kind of is a bit boring.

 

 

 

Yuya’s 3rd single of the era did slightly step up from his last single but then again it didn’t have covers galore all over it.  The main track might sound familiar but it’s another great dance track from Yuya and that’s a start.  ROCK WITH YOU though remains the single’s best song just for being so silky smooth and calm to listen to.  Hot Girl!! and Lonely Rain were alright but I found myself forgetting both since they were missing some things to make em great.