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faylan – ALIVE September 29, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. ALIVE
  2. I don’t know
  3. Last vision for last
  4. Shoujiki ni Ikiro
  5. Honnou no DOUBT
  6. Bourei-tachi yo Yabou no Hate ni Nemuru
  7. TOMOSHIBI
  8. LOVED SEASON
  9. Kioku no Himitsu
  10. Shizuka na Mitsu Yori Akai Mitsu
  11. DEAR BEST FRIEND
  12. INFINIT CRISIS
  13. Rasen, Arui wa Seinaru Yokubou.
  14. MOTHER!
  15. Subarashii Kimi e

1. ALIVE

faylan’s album starts things off with the title track and I must say I was impressed with the opening here with faylan and piano and then growing into this animu-rock track.  I have to say even then, the song keeps up being awesome for sure!  The chorus is strong and loud and features her in a broader tone.  Great opening tune that’s for sure!

2. I don’t know

After the rather rockin’ first song, I don’t know comes in as a surprise for me with the beginning with synth blips and faylan under auto-tune.  I think it’s pretty interesting of a song if not a tad slow for me since it feels like the tempo should be faster.  I still love the aggressive mood if sends off for sure and faylan still sounds quite powerful as well.  Sexy too perhaps…I like this one.

3. Last vision for last

As it is marked as the A-side that began the era, Last vision for last does slightly carry over from “I don’t know” with the synth/rock mixture and while I did say then it was pretty terrible, I think it grew but only a little bit because it’s not as epic as some of the A-sides from “Polaris”.  The fluctuating synths in the song do bother me, but it gies the song a bit more color I guess!

4. Shoujiki ni Ikiro

I like that after two of the most synthier songs comes a new straight rock song from faylan.  I think after all of the mid-tempo A-sides of the era, I think Shoujiki ni Ikiro does a great job in pulling me back into her music once again because this is what I loved about her (minus the epic anime themes in the past era).  faylan just sounds powerful in this one that’s for sure.  A quick favorite actually!

5. Honnou no DOUBT

The second A-side released comes next and unlike “Shoujiki ni Ikiro’s” more aggressive and darker-tinged arrangement, Honnou no DOUBT reverses it to where the song sounds fun and upbeat.  faylan didn’t lose one bit of her energy and gave a lot of needed strength for the song.  It isn’t my favorite of the A-sides but it’s close so that’s a good thing right?

6. Bourei-tachi yo Yabou no Hate ni Nemuru

Our next song reminds me of another song, but I’m not sure which one right now.  Bourei-tachi yo Yabou no Hate ni Nemuru is so far the song that sounds like a normal anime-themed tune with guitars and strings.  I do feel like it’s a bit bland compared to the last few tracks but like with other faylan mid-tempo rock tunes, it’s saved by her voice.  Still, there’s just not a lot going for it to be honest here.

7. TOMOSHIBI

As the fourth A-side mentioned on this album (“Shuumatsu no Fractale” was oddly omitted from the album), TOMOSHIBI is my favorite of the era and it’s all thanks to an applicable melody and good riffs throughout.  It sounds rockin’ like some light SPYAIR song but with faylan’s vocals which is pretty awesome.  Still not as amazing as past singles but this is pretty cool!

8. LOVED SEASON

It seems the new songs take some new styles like the case of LOVED SEASON which is something I didn’t expect to come from faylan.  Also, most of the songs have been guitar-based so it’s unusual to hear this song which replaces the guitars with keyboards and synths for a sound that kind of is like early Ayu and ELT….maybe a little girl next door?  It’s different that’s for sure but she did it quite well.  Still might be a little odd for an album like this.

9. Kioku no Himitsu

Now this tune is definitely something that’s even more anime-esque than some of the other tune.  It does kind of remind me of the strange factors that made up “Dark Side of the Light”, but this is a bit more lighter.  I was surprised at the fast and smushed in verses and then the powerful chorus.  It’s a bit much for a song so I’m not too big of a fan here.

10. Shizuka na Mitsu Yoru Akai Mitsu

As one of two B-sides making the album’s cut, the first is the one from “Last vision for last” and I was happy with this choice because it’s in the same veins as “Errand” and the like and it’s just an amazing tune from her and keeps up with the strong presence of synths and guitars!  One of the album’s best songs to be honest!

11. DEAR BEST FRIEND

Like “LOVED SEASON”, DEAR BEST FRIEND sticks out like a sore thumb on this album by being one of the more slower yet R&B-ish tunes in her discography.  It’s a strange tune since it’s so uncharacteristic plus it doesn’t really have much going for it minus that synth solo in the song.  I guess there is something about that’s rather tame and faylan’s shows beautiful vocals to compensate for the songs that have her powered vocals.

12. INFINIT CRISIS

With a title like that I was definitely hoping it was going to be epic and INFINIT CRISIS does it quite well.  It’s dark, has faylan singing in a deeper tone than normal which gives it a mature and fierce strike and it just moves like some of the other dark tracks she has.  I was a little confused with the bridge right when it swerves oddly into the chorus but that’s my only issue because the rest of the song is just faylan at her best!!!

13. Rasen, Arui wa Seinaru Yokubou.

As the 3rd A-side released for the era, Rasen, Arui wa Seinaru Yokubou. might not have made a strong impression through its single (since the era was just full of rock tunes).  I’d say that it does a little better job on the album, but it still kind of feels underneath most of the tracks on the album since there’s a lot of these under her belt.  This is probably my least favorite of the era actually!

14. MOTHER!

MOTHER! to me sounds like it should parallel “Last vision for last” because it’s a mixture of guitars and synths.  However, this sounds upbeat and bright like “Honnou no DOUBT”…so it’s a mixture of two songs into one package lol.  It’s kind of just there and doesn’t really leave much of an impression like the other new tracks did.

15. Subarashii Sekai e

Fitting that the B-side from “TOMOSHIBI” would close the album since it is also the ONLY ballad on here as well.  It might not be as powerful like “Senjou ni Saita Ichirin no Hana”, but it’s a fitting tune and the strings being the main thing behind the song worked nicely.  Like I said she sounds beautiful, but the song doesn’t feel like something she would love to do…kind of lacks movement for me…

Tracks Recommended

  • Shizuka na Mitsu Yoru Akai Mitsu
  • INFINIT CRISIS
  • ALIVE
  • Shoujiki ni Ikiro
  • TOMOSHIBI

Song of Avoidance

  • Kioku no Himitsu

faylan’s sophomore effort, ALIVE really didn’t strive too much too much to be any different from her debut, “Polaris” but somehow I actually think she did better on this album actually.  I mean the songs here felt more produced which is good and there was less blandness going around.  I am a little surprised to see that she omitted “Shuumatsu no Fractale” since it was released in the middle of the era and such and three of the five B-sides weren’t found as well!  Solid album release for sure!

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2 Responses to “faylan – ALIVE”

  1. Kendall Geter Says:

    Still waiting for faylan to wow us

  2. Mack Says:

    This album is awesome, but I liked the previous one more 🙂


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