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SUPER☆GiRLS – Joshiryoku←Paradise October 6, 2011

Filed under: SUPER☆GiRLS — solarblade @ 7:48 am

Track Listing

  1. Joshiryoku←Paradise
  2. WAKE UP! ~Onna no Ko no Chikara~
  3. Girl’s Party -my friend Jenny-
  4. SUPER☆GiRLS Chouzetsu Gakuen School Days Collection Aki-Chouzetsu Sai de Dai Soudou!
  5. Joshiryoku←Paradise (instrumental)
  6. WAKE UP! ~Onna no Ko no Chikara~ (instrumental)

1. Joshiryoku←Paradise

Ooooh, a kind of brass-forward kind of song for the group’s 3rd A-side it seems.  I actually kind of like the sound of this one since it’s less peppy and his a stronger flow and lets the members get solo lines (or dual lines).  There’s some strong vocals but there’s a couple that are just bad (like the squeaky one at the end of the first chorus).  It’s definitely my favorite A-side the group has released so far so that’s a good thing!

2. WAKE UP! ~Onna no Ko no Chikara~

The first B-side though was definitely the best of the single because it just wasn’t drenched in the overly cute idol-shnuff that has bothered me in a couple of previous songs they’ve released and since the vocals are controlled more for this sparkly mid-tempo tune.  There’s not much to say since there is also no solo parts in this one which is a nice change I guess.

3. Girl’s Party -my friend Jenny-

I wasn’t sure what we were going to get with Girl’s Party but it turns out to be this kind of throwback the old pop days and I think it’s a sweet move to do since it shows a little more flash for the girls.  To me it feels just like an upbeat version of the previous song, but I must say this song was peppy and cute rolled up in a ball.  I must say, this was nice as well….once again no solos XD

 

 

I didn’t have a lot of faith for SUPER☆GiRLS for the longest time since their releases have been less than stellar.  Luckily, I can happily admit that Joshiryoku←Paradise is their best single yet.  The leading track had a lot of interesting things going from the peppy feel to the solos which minus one or two members sounded great!  Girl’s Party also fit in the same category minus the solos so it’s also just great.  WAKE UP! is a different kind of tune being a bit more tame and slower which does a good thing since it shows how great the girls can be.  I wonder how much longer before their second album…?

 

Etsuko Yakushimaru Metro Orchestra – Nornir/Shounen ya Ware ni Kaere

Filed under: Etsuko Yakushimaru — solarblade @ 7:17 am

Track Listing

  1. Nornir
  2. Shounen ya Ware ni Kaere
  3. Nornir (off vocal ver.)
  4. Shounen ya Ware ni Kaere (off vocal ver.)

Bonus CD

  1. Nornir (Ametsub remix)
  2. Shounen ya Ware ni Kaere (DJ BAKU remix)

1. Nornir

I wasn’t expecting Etsuko to go out of her way for Nornir which starts nice and smooth but quickly moves into this quick-paced mix of guitar band and an orchestra while Etsuko is singing in her serious whispery tones.  I didn’t think the song was kind of gonna have this rather anime-paced feel and I liked it.  Though once again I do admit she doesn’t have strong vocals on here because she sounds flat when she sings out and that’s a no-no.  I will say as this is her most serious song yet (though I havent heard her first two singles) I must say this is kind of impressive work!

2. Shounen ya Ware ni Kaere

As for the other A-side, the xylophone really sent me into a sweet place for this song.  Add in the brass and it’s kind of like a pseudo-bossa nova kind of tune and I kind of enjoyed it since it favored Etsuko’s vocals a bit more even though she has problems getting those high notes but she’s still kind of enjoyable.  I think I enjoy this tune better than “Nornir” but they are pretty good.

3. Nornir (Ametsub remix)

I guess if you get the single you get a bonus disc with two remixes (one each of the title tracks).  First is obviously Nornir’s and a 7 minute remix might be a normal thing to artists but damn I didn’t expect such a strange and abstract kind of remix that’s very atmospheric and wacky and yet suits Etsuko just fine.  About 2 and a half minutes in, the original percussion melody joins in for a little bit but then fades out.  It’s a strange lil remix…and seriously? Coin blips? 

4. Shounen ya Ware ni Kaere (DJ BAKU remix)

The remix for the other A-side sounds totally different from the original take that it might bother some people because there’s warped strings and some weird breathing from Etsuko at the beginning.  To me it feels a little more like a hip-hop thing because the rhythm of the song kind rolls that way.  It’s kind of a weird dub-steppish remix but I don’t really enjoy it lol.

 

 

I wonder if she’s gonna keep using the Metro Orchestra for future releases since this single sounds really nice (talking about both of the A-sides here).  The bonus CD with the remixes is definitely failed work and should be avoided.  It’s my favorite single Etsuko has released that I’ve reviewed so far…hmmm