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Suneohair – Sakasama Bridge August 27, 2011

Filed under: Suneohair — solarblade @ 7:13 pm

Track Listing

  1. Sakasama Bridge
  2. Tokimeki Schneider
  3. kimiga suki
  4. Sarari

1. Sakasama Bridge

Even though I got into Kenji with his next-mini, I was actually surprised at the difference of moods between the two main songs.  Sakasama Bridge has more of a rockin’ feel to it that fits into anime…then again it was tied into Arakawa Under the Bridge so it fits just right.  I must say while I still enjoy “Akai Coat” on a higher margin, this was nice and Kenji does a good job singing with a harder arrangement.

2. Tokimeki Schneider

Which carries over to the second song of this “mini-album” and it  sounds a lot more interesting to hear the guitar riff since it is kind of catchy.  After a while it does feel a little one-sided and Kenji does kind of sounds like he’s just singing out of boredom which is a farcry from the verses here…Such a boring chorus too…ok maybe it isn’t as good as “Sakasama Bridge”…

3. kimiga suki

Unlike the previous two songs, kimiga suki is more slow-paced and has a little more focus with lighter guitars.  I could’ve lived without the loud drumming that kind of felt louder than Kenji’s singing which slightly took me out of the song but I like the whole calm western feel to it.  Middle of the song does feel a little sketchy but not bad.

4. Sarari

It’s nice to hear strings and a little bit of synths involved with the last track on the mini!  Now this song is more along of what I’d enjoy since it’s got a nice leaned back chilled sound but carries itself similarly to “kimiga suki” but without the strange stuff going on in that song.  This is probably my favorite off the mini.

 

 

Since this is Kenji’s first release on EPIC Records, Sakasama Bridge is slightly better than his “Akai Coat” mini since this time two songs felt great to listen to (Sakasama Bridge and Sarari, which are fortunately on the album!).  The other two songs felt a lot weaker and just lacked interest from Kenji….especially Tokimeki Schneider.  I wonder what the album will be pulled off.

 

Daichi Miura – Turn Off The Light

Filed under: Daichi Miura — solarblade @ 7:19 am

Track Listing

  1. Turn Off The Light
  2. Wakare no Bell
  3. After The Rain

1. Turn Off The Light

After “Lullaby”, I guess Daichi wanted to bring his fans up with a new dance track to throw at us.  To me, if I heard this song during a basketball game, this would fit that scenario so perfectly since it has the clapping rhythm and nice heavy synth arrangement and Daichi is just sounding amazing…not sultry but like he’s puttin emphasis into the song.  I have to say that this is his best A-side of the era…even passing up “The Answer”.

2. Wakare no Bell

If you wanted sultry Daichi then Wakare no Bell would satisfy that appetite quite nicely since it’s as a package, the song is more in the realm of what Daichi is known for and that’s R&B tunes.  I like the more organic feel I get with the instrumentation with piano, acoustic guitar and light percussion mixed with the beats to make it complete.  I gotta say though that Daichi’s vocals are just so damn good here and I just wanted to hear more of this side to him.

3. After The Rain

I was kind of expecting the second B-side to have been a ballad but I was pleasantly surprised that it’s synthy and feels like it could join alongside “Delete My Memories” in the synthy dance track folder (get the joke here?).  I will say that after a few listens to the song and the A-side, I actually prefer this to the leading song because the groove and mood is definitely Daichi perfectly. 

 

 

Is it me or does feel like Daichi has been gone for a LONG WHILE (even though “Lullaby” was released back in December)…hmmm OK it has been quite a damn while XD.  Turn Off The Light is pretty much what I hope Daichi Miura would release even though After The Rain was better than the main song but both are great tracks from him.  If you looking for the softer song, Wakare no Bell is your answer and while it didn’t capture my interests as strongly as the other two songs, it’s also pretty good.

 

TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE – Limited addiction/We Will Win! ~Kokoro no Baton de Po Pon no Po Po~n☆~

Filed under: TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE — solarblade @ 12:44 am

Track Listing

  1. Limited addiction
  2. We Will Win! ~Kokoro no Baton de Po Pon no Po Po~n☆~
  3. Don’t Be Cruel
  4. Limited addiction -Unlimited addiction Mirrorball Royal Mix-
  5. Limited addiction (Instrumental)
  6. We Will Win! ~Kokoro no Baton de Po Pon no Po Po~n☆~ (Instrumental)
  7. Don’t Be Cruel (Instrumental)

1. Limited addiction

Wow, I’m liking this rather mature direction TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE is taking for their songs like “Kirari☆” and recently “Kodou no Himitsu” but damn Limited addiction is something quite awesome.  It has this disco vibe which isn’t a surprise but somehow the song comes off as deep and kind of dark to me.  I will say this is the first time I truly noticed how amazing Ayano’s vocals are…they’re so deep for someone so young and she clearly is the powerhouse of the vocals while Hitomi takes the second role (who I learned was the major vocals for most of the previous singles).  Miyu, Yuri, and Mei have lines but mostly in the chorus which are also solo lines as well.  My only problem with this one (even though it’s still friggin amazing) is that the instrumental parts are stretched WAY TOO FAR here…I mean the space from the first chorus to the second verse is ridiculous, but I could understand the space between the second chorus and the final chorus.  Still, wow Ayano definitely showed her prowess and I think I love this more than “Kodou no Himitsu”.

2. We Will Win! ~Kokoro no Baton de Po Pon no Po Po~n☆~

It does come as a surprise that the B-side would take more of an “Onnaji Kimochi” vibe since it’s upbeat and more genki and less of the serious TG’S.  We Will Win! is still fronted by mostly Hitomi and Ayano who don’t sound as epic as in the previous track so this comes off as a little disappointing in that respect.  I seriously think this tune would have fit their debut album but whatever not as jaw-dropping so I’m happy it was the secondary A-side.

3. Don’t Be Cruel

WOW, finally we get an actual B-side from the group that isn’t a remix (even though there is still one of those).  Don’t Be Cruel seems to lay in between the A-sides because it’s not deep as “Limited Addiction” but has a lighter vibe like “We Will Win!”.  It is a but more urban and funky which I will give them and it sounds good up until the instrumental with the disc scratching…did we really need that distraction?  It’s alright, but nothing I’d deem really memorable.

4. Limited addiction -Unlimited addiction Mirrorball Royal Mix-

I don’t know what to think about MR’s remix for Limited addiction, it took out all of the idol sounding stuff and replaced it with a dark and grungy mix of the song.  Now I can say that it’s different than all of the previous Mirrorball remixes which is goo but it’s done in the wrong way because it feels really messy and just terrible when compared to the original mix.  Sorry not good!!!

 

 

 

Wow, are they just on a roll, I seriously can see myself loving this idol group to the full if they keep putting great tracks out and they have been since their debut with a couple of exceptions “Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru” and “Love like candy floss” (though the latter is a cover, I’ll let that slip by).  Limited addiction is by far their best song yet (though a little long on with the interludes of the song).  We Will Win! does remind me of “Onnaji Kimochi” so it’s the standard genki idol song while Don’t Be Cruel was prolly my least favorite…it suffered the same issue like Limited addiction did with the absurdity of long lines of just music but it’s purely B-side material and the remix…let’s just say it’s better than it never existed.  I’d say overall, this is a good outlook to begin their sophomore era.