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MIYAVI vs. KREVA – STRONG October 5, 2011

Filed under: MIYAVI — solarblade @ 8:12 am

Track Listing

  1. STRONG
  2. STRONG (MYV “Exclusive” ver.)
  3. STRONG (Instrumental)

1. STRONG

MIYAVI…always the excellent guitar-player he is comes out with STRONG and boy it’s a surprise for me.  KREVA who’s a pretty well-known hip-hop artist is here collaborating with MIYAVI and it’s great to see more collaborations to be honest.  While it shows that MIYAVI does the music part while KREVA takes lyrics and it seems pretty damn awesome and KREVA raps nicely.  I do notice MIYAVI just yells in the chorus and that’s his contribution.  Funky song and while it isn’t musically filled (more like what MIYAVI’s sound was in the “WHAT’S MY NAME?” era.

2. STRONG (MYV “Exclusive” ver.)

I was curious to what this version was about and it seems that MIYAVI is singing but with different lyrics.  I love MIYAVI’s vocals and they really have a nice gritty feel to em.  It feels like a totally different song but in the same arrangement and melody.  It’s kind of wild and brings out such an edgy feel.  Hmmmm….

 

 

As it’s the first in a project that has MIYAVI collaborating, the first, STRONG was pretty cool.  MIYAVI is pretty damn good of an artist and his skills were put to the test and it sounds so good.  KREVA did a pretty good job and his skills were done pretty well along with the high-energy guitar playing.  Though I must say, at the end of the day MIYAVI kills it when it was just him and seriously liked the other version better.  I can only wonder who he’ll collaborate with next…

 

the GazettE – RED

Filed under: the GazettE — solarblade @ 7:45 am

Track Listing

  1. RED
  2. VERMIN
  3. AN UNBEARABLE FACT (Auditory Impression only)

1. RED

At first I had hope with the way RED opened up, but soon enough it felt like it was just only a small hop better than “SHIVER” but I will say the guitars were better and the melody was stronger so it didn’t feel so bland to me.  Otherwise, I don’t feel much different for this song, but it’s passable at least and sets the stone for “VORTEX” to be epic!

2. VERMIN

VERMIN is kind of like what happens if they really put a lot of effort in their music and throw it out there.  I really like the speedy feel of the song and it has a great melody mixed with RUKI’s vocals that had a lot of character this time around.  It does kind of reminds me of “HESITATING MEANS DEATH” but a bit brighter…hmmm.

3. AN UNBEARABLE ACT

I love that piano has a place in the Auditory Impression only song and to me once again feels like since it has a good movement in it, I would’ve expected this to be the A-side (like “Naraku”).  It doesn’t stick like said song though which is disappointing here but it’s still one of the better songs they’ve released in the era.

 

 

Second single for the “TOXIC” era and RED is essentially a clone of “SHIVER” in most way.  The things I thought about here were nearly the same all-around.  Well, I think RED and VERMIN were slightly better than their parallels and sadly AN UNBEARABLE ACT was a little disappointing.  Still it’s a better sounding single I thought.

 

the GazettE – SHIVER

Filed under: the GazettE — solarblade @ 6:33 am

Track Listing

  1. SHIVER
  2. HESITATING MEANS DEATH
  3. Naraku (Auditory Impression only)

1. SHIVER

Kicking the group’s first A-side on a new label, SHIVER to me sounds pretty basic (considering all the songs released after this one).  RUKI sounds good but he doesn’t stand out me with his vocals in this one for some reason.  I mean this song could be considered a D song for all I know and I wouldn’t know the difference.  I do like the energy of the band though I will say that!

2. HESITATING MEANS DEATH

The B-side on both versions of the single picks up the mess after “SHIVER” and gives us this harder song…A MUCH HARDER song which surprised me but at the same time again I didn’t expect RUKI to scream his guts out in this one.  Beyond the screaming, the song is really cool and the toned down parts are really nice and surprising.  I must say this was a pretty awesome song and surprised this was just merely a B-side.

3. Naraku

Of course with each single in the era, the Auditory Impression versions always includes an extra track.  Naraku is a bit more tame when compared to either of the tracks before, but Naraku sounds like something they would release as an A-side because it feels complete and has an epic feel to it.  I must say this was the best off the single.

 

 

the GazettE began their new era (and under a new label) with a rather disappointing A-side in SHIVER.  Even though this kind of ranks low (with “Red”) SHIVER just didn’t really sound like it was gonna stand out from other songs that have a similar styling from other bands.  However, HESITATING MEANS DEATH and Naraku both felt so much stronger and really captured their sound in both tracks.  Makes me wonder why they chose SHIVER to be an A-side.

 

Sakanaction – DocumentaLy

Filed under: Sakanaction — solarblade @ 5:48 am

Track Listing

  1. RL
  2. Identity
  3. Monochrome Tokyo
  4. Rookie
  5. Antares to Hari
  6. Kamen no Gai
  7. Ryuusen
  8. Endless
  9. DocumentaRy
  10. “Bach no Senritsu wo Yoru ni Kiita Sei Desu.”
  11. years
  12. Document
  13. Holy Dance Like a live Mix (Limited Editions only)

1. RL

As the intro of the album, RL is kind of empty of an intro, but it does its job well considering the lack of instrumentation.  I mean it’s Emi playing something (more than likely keyboards) but this is pretty useless as an intro considering it leads into “Identity” lol.

2. Identity

It did somewhat work since it began with bongo drums and it turns into this rather aggressive synth/rock mixture.  I didn’t think it really captured the initial feel of the band prior so this was more experimental in my opinion, but I think they tackled the song quite powerfully thanks to Ichiro’s vocals.  I do consider this the worst of the three A-sides released prior to the album, but it’s not a bad song to be honest.

3. Monochrome Tokyo

A new track appears in between the two A-sides and I must say that Monochrome Tokyo reminds me of “Slow Motion” with the 80’s new wave sound but a little more focused on a beat and Ichiro’s vocals.  I love that the verses are rather quiet and then the chorus brings a nice breath of fresh air.  I will say the chorus reminds me of “Identity’s” but that good because it fits better with a song like this.  It’s quite awesome of a song!

4. Rookie

I still can’t get off of loving this song!  Rookie is just so dramatic yet powerful in the way it was handled.  I love the way Emi works her magic in this song and it works with the way Ichiro was singing the song being all fluffy and effervescent.  It’s a great song to listen to and while it might not be full of the rock the group has shown so far, this is experimental done right.  It might comes off as long but it’s just how the song comes off as.  Best A-side of the era!

5. Antares no Hari

After “Rookie” comes a string of new songs and Antares no Hari is a bit more upbeat and lively than the previous track so it might comes as a little bit of a surprise.  It does have this interesting funk style going for it and it’s interesting nonetheless but coming after some pretty epic tunes, this feels a little underwhelming at the most.  The synth solo in the middle of the song was cool though, won’t lie about that lol.

6. Kamen no Gai

Our next track did bring the rather interesting DEVO-esque style back with Kamen no Gai and I really felt like I enjoyed this one more since it reminds me of some school food punishment which might be not as surprising but whatever.  I liked this tune since it’s spazzy and very futuristic.  An improvement after “Antares no Hari”.

7. Ryuusen

Then comes the longest track of the album at six minutes in length.  I was pleasantly surprised that after the first six, Ryuusen would begin with natural instruments lol.  With the acoustic guitar being the base of the song it felt so light and dreamy to listen to.  It’s a very melancholic tune and yet it grows into a loud song.  To me, the song is very empty since the lyrics seem so sparsely heard…it’s nice but it needed more lyrics than repeating the title and slow-paced stuff.  Emi does place some weird synths in the song later on…but the tune stops at about 4 and a half minutes…the rest is just instrumental (like “RL”).  It really did feel like it was never gonna end and just lost my attention even before the mid-way point.

8. Endless

After that snoozefest, I came into Endless which begins with piano and made me wonder if it was gonna be a ballad.  Fortunately it isn’t because of Keiichi’s quick drumming (though light).  I like it since it’s got a little bit of punch and the second verse has this cool synth melody that I just approve.  Good lil tune here.

9. DocumentaRy

So here we are at the title track of the album.  It starts with Ichiro and Emi having a conversation? before synth bloops pop out and then grows into this kind of abstract piece of work.  It’s almost wanting to be a club beat, but it’s too light for that.  Oddly enough this is an interlude basically since Ichiro doesn’t sing and it’s only really Emi doing the work in the song.  It’s interesting but a little long and repetitive (at least until more bloops and bleeps are added).

10. “Bach no Senritsu wo Yoru ni Kiita Sei Desu.”

It did sound fitting that “DocumentaRy” came before it since they have the same thumping beat, but a little more oomph going for it.  I kind of like the positive atmosphere in this song and while the amount of singers for the chorus reminds me of “Identity” but everything else is quite nice.  It’s danceable and I love the melody…still doesn’t rank better than “Rookie” but this is still good stuff.

11. years

I’m not sure why they put the B-side from “Bach no Senritsu…” onto the album since to me it was one of the weaker tunes B-sides-wise.  I mean it’s still good and all that but the slow and dreary feel of this song rivals up with “Ryuusen” but has a little more life to it.  I guess I can see why it was chosen, but there were MUCH better choices IMO.

12. Document

Closing out the Regular editions of the album, we have another title song?  Ehhh, unlike most of the songs previous it’s more tame and uses more of a natural sound which is once again a nice change after everything before.  Though being that, it once again comes off as a rather sleepy tune like “Ryuusen”.  Luckily, there’s more things that I enjoy about it.  It’s has a better flow and there’s a good chorus as well.

13. Holy Dance Like a live Mix

Of course the limited editions would have an extra track.  However, it’s a new version of Holy Dance from the “Identity” single.  I honestly don’t hear the differences between the original and this version so it might be something that has to do with the title I guess.  Anyways, Holy Dance is such an interesting tune and despite it being so odd closing the album, it’s a really good song from them.  It’s like a mix of the synth stuff towards the front and “Bach no Senritsu…” it’s just good heh.

Tracks Recommended

  • Rookie
  • Kamen no Gai
  • “Bach no Senritsu wo Yoru ni Kiita Sei Desu.”
  • Holy Dance Like a live Mix
  • Monochrome Tokyo

Song of Avoidance

  • Ryuusen

I must say that since a lot of people have said it’s their best album yet, I’m afraid to listen to their older stuff since I think DocumentaLy isn’t amazing or anything.  I mean granted they are pretty unique with their sound which feels like a more experimental school food punishment.  They have their great stuff but when they take Emi out of the picture (or make her do less) it becomes really boring and just not them.  I think it’s an album to warm up to since the songs have that good synth/rock feel…but iono.