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Momoi Haruko – Ganbare…Sore wa, I Love You October 17, 2011

Filed under: Momoi Haruko — solarblade @ 11:03 pm

Track Listing

  1. Ganbare…Sore wa, I Love You
  2. MOCO MOKO ROCK!
  3. Ganbare…Sore wa, I Love You (Karaoke)
  4. MOCO MOKO ROCK! (Karaoke)

1. Ganbare…Sore wa, I Love You

After the oddball A-side in “Yoake no Samba”, It’s nice to get back to what Momoi is known for in her discography and that’s some nice pop/rock tracks.  To me, she’s on that line between strong vocals and seiyuu-ish vocals but I found it a nice combination since she sounds rather good (minus the high notes in the chorus).  There’s a bit of electronic influences as well which kind of pulls it away from the rock sound, but either way this was a much better song than her last A-side.

2. MOCO MOKO ROCK!

The B-side is a bit on the flipside and focuses more on the rockin’ arrangement but I’m very bothered by this song because Momoi is literally letting loose on this track but singing in her seiyuu vocals which are a major bother in this song.  She just kind of kills the song of anything appreciative…sorry this is baaaad!

 

 

 

As this is the second and final single of the era, I have to say this single is better than “Yoake no Samba” just because the A-side was actually pretty good this time around.  However, MOCO MOKO ROCK! was just a travesty and kind of killed the single altogether the same way “Live no Ato wa Samishii na” killed the last single.  Thank gosh at least this B-side is absent on the album.

 

Momoi Haruko – Yoake no Samba

Filed under: Momoi Haruko — solarblade @ 10:43 pm

Track Listing

  1. Yoake no Samba
  2. Live no Ato wa Samishii na
  3. Yoake no Samba (OFF VOCAL)
  4. Live no Ato wa Samishii na (OFF VOCAL)

1. Yoake no Samba

Hahaha, Momoi and samba, you wouldn’t think she’d be possible to change styles for an A-side but somehow she does it anyways.  Since the song is supposed to be reaching out to the crowd that likes her more cuter side of her music, Momoi serves it well since the song is upbeat and cute.  Her vocals are also quite sugary so it doesn’t sound great to me but I’m sure other fans will enjoy it. 

2. Live no Ato wa Samishii na

Unlike the spazzy “Yoake no Samba”, Live no Ato wa Samishii na is more of a ballad, better yet an acoustic ballad which is walking on new territory for Momoi.  I didn’t think the melody was all that great and Momoi is singing the song in her seiyuu vocals which struck me out as well. 

 

 

As the first of the “Showa” era, Yoake no Samba isn’t a great single to kick things off with.  Well, maybe Yoake no Samba is alright since it is in her comfort zone and all that and I did like the arrangement quite a bit as well.  Live no Ato wa Samishii na was just boring with bad vocals so it failed for me.  Hope the next single can remedy this.

 

the GazettE – TOXIC

Filed under: the GazettE — solarblade @ 8:17 pm

Track Listing

  1. INFUSE INTO
  2. VENOMOUS SPIDER’S WEB
  3. SLUDGY CULT
  4. RED
  5. THE SUICIDE CIRCUS
  6. SHIVER
  7. MY DEVIL ON THE BED
  8. UNTITLED
  9. PLEDGE
  10. RUTHLESS DEED
  11. PSYCHOPATH
  12. VORTEX
  13. TOMORROW NEVER DIES
  14. OMEGA

1. INFUSE INTO

As the intro to the album, INFUSE INTO is one of the oddball songs on the album since it’s more techno/dance-based songs and doesn’t reallt feature the band at all.  Just static sound and RUKI (I think) saying something but is under filters.  Interesting intro, but not what I was expecting hah.

2. VENOMOUS SPIDER’S WEB

Which oddly does a nice job leading into the first vocal song.  VENOMOUS SPIDER’S WEB starts with RUKI in filters with a heavy dance beat.  Luckily the guitarists join in after a little beat before the rest of the band rushes in.  I kind of like the dark and gloomy feel of the song but keeping up with a little bit of the dancebeat.  I will say that RUKI continuing to be under filters through the song is a little disappointing but the chorus was powerful since it removes it and there’s a bit of yelling.  I’m already liking this song a lot and showed a lot of force from the band from an early start.

3. SLUDGY CULT

I find it sweet that the next song on the album speeds things even more, but also removes the dark techno stuff the previous song had so it’s more just of the band rockin’ out.  I’m also enjoying the song since the guitarists do a great job keeping up with the song.  So does KAI (their drummer), he’s just pounding away on the drums and I love it.  Awesome song!

4. RED

It’s funny that after two hardcore songs, RED would actually be one of the lighter and more mainstream of the songs on the album.  With that being said, RED is kind of interesting still to me since the melody is more of an importance and it doesn’t just have power behind but something nicer.  On the album compared to the single, RED does stand out much better and I can actually remember it ^_^.

5. THE SUICIDE CIRCUS

Another new song joins in and I was surprised at the intro of the song having synths involved but RUKI not under filters for that was interesting.  It’s a strange song to listen to because it goes into different areas and of course some of the song has him under filters but they’re short passages.  I do think that it’s one of the more slower songs but I felt that when the band plays, the song gets stronger.  It’s a song to get used to but I liked it overall.

6. SHIVER

Since SHIVER began the era, I was kind of surprised at how basic it really sounded once the other singles were released.  I’m not sure why but SHIVER did nothing for me since it has a weaker melodic line to it when compared to “RED” which is essentially the same sound.  Still ranks as my least favorites of the A-sides released.

7. MY DEVIL ON THE BED

I didn’t clearly understand the introduction to our next song very well since it sounds like static and other stuff.  I’m kind of not enjoying this song very much since I’m kind of tired hearing RUKI singing under filters and the songs darker tones doesn’t really speak out to me but it’s nice to hear some new vocal styles being tackled like growling/yelling and something more high-pitched.  Otherwise, this song felt a little too messy for me.

8. UNTITLED

After that excitement and brash loudness from “MY DEVIL ON THE BED”, it’s a bit of a surprise that UNTITLED is one of the lightest songs the album has to offer.  I was curious about the reason this was placed after the song since it stops everything for a more light rock feel and I do like this because RUKI vocals have much more room to fill the speakers and he sounds nice when he actually is singing.  A little surprise midway through the album, but a nice one at that!

9. PLEDGE

Makes sense that the ballad A-side would come after a similar song haha.  As the era’s 3rd A-side and my first reviewed song for the group, I was taken aback by the whole thing since I wasn’t expecting a ballad to be my first.  It’s still a pretty song no doubt since I love RUKI’s vocals here more than in “UNTITLED”.  Add the fact that there’s piano at first before the band joins in was really awesome.  I really liked it and if it wasn’t for “VORTEX”, I would’ve called this my favorite A-side of the era.

10. RUTHLESS DEED

After the two ballad songs, it was time to jump back into some of the band’s harder songs starting with RUTHLESS DEED which came off to me as a Dir en Grey knockoff because it has this mysterious, yet creepy arrangement mixed in with RUKI’s yelling and that sealed the deal for me because it really did come off as that to me.  I won’t say that I didn’t enjoy it because I actually did since it’s unlike the other songs and has its own identity.  It’s different, that I’ll say but nice hahah.

11. PSYCHOPATH

Seems like all the menacing songs are coming in towards the end of the album but I have no problem with that since this was what I thought the GazettE sounded like before going major.  PSYCHOPATH is the band’s most furious track on the album and it shows with how fast and aggressive it is.  Then again RUKI is growling/yelling this entire song so it might not be everyone’s cup of tea (definitely not mine).  It just didn’t connect with me very well nor could I understand what was being said for the most part.

12. VORTEX

As the 4th and final single of the TOXIC era (omitting the fact that “REMEMBER THE URGE” isn’t on this album at all), VORTEX is definitely my favorite of the A-side for sure.  It is a little weird that since it’s one of the rock/synth hybrids like the songs in the first half of the album seeing it hear after that mess of “PSYCHOPATH” is awesome and makes this even better.  I mean we get clear vocals from RUKI and he uses a lot of vocal manipulations to get by and I loved it.  Even though some might call it a bit like “SHIVER” and “RED”, but the electronic elements make it pop out better.  Powerful and just all-around epic!

13. TOMORROW NEVER DIES

As the final vocal track appears, TOMORROW NEVER DIES takes it a bit lighter than “VORTEX” did and manages to keep up the strong arrangement as well.  It’s actually quite good and I’m loving RUKI’s vocals a lot in this song.  It reminds me of a more positive sounding “RED” but there’s other things I notice like the growling as well.  Yeah, not bad here LOL

14. OMEGA

As the outro of the album, OMEGA is kind of freaky and creepy all rolled into one short tune.  There’s music but it’s filtered out a little before coming in and being all Matrix-like.  It does tie in with “INFUSE INTO” by RUKI saying stuff in the background but then it slows down to a stop….kind of reminds me of horror film arrangements hahaha.

Tracks Recommended

  • VORTEX
  • PLEDGE
  • VENOMOUS SPIDER’S WEB
  • UNTITLED
  • SLUDGY CULT

Song of Avoidance

  • PSYCHOPATH

Since I can’t really compare to the band’s previous albums, I must go by what I thought of this album purely and I must say that TOXIC isn’t a bad album by them at all.  They’ve got some smart ideas in the songs (especially the ones with the rock/synth mixes since it brings out more experimentation.  I wonder if they did that in previous eras but like I said I wouldn’t know anything about their previous stuff.  Still, TOXIC is a pretty strong album!

 

Maaya Sakamoto – Buddy

Filed under: Maaya Sakamoto — solarblade @ 6:44 pm

Track Listing

  1. Buddy
  2. something little
  3. Buddy (instrumental)
  4. something little (instrumental)

1. Buddy

I was definitely on board when I heard that School Food Punishment co-wrote Buddy and it really shows with this mixture of strings and synth elements and I thought it worked awesomely since Maaya’s vocals sound amazingly great with the arrangement.  Then again, I also find myself thinking that if I didn’t know this was Maaya, I would’ve totally called this a SFP tune.  I don’t have a problem with that though since it’s a strong arrangement…almost like “futuristic imagination”.  I’d say this was a great song for Maaya and SFP lol.

2. something little

I’m sure SFP didn’t have anything to do with the B-side and I thought it was a nice send-off after that burst of energy from “Buddy”.  To me this sounds like something that would’ve fit nicely on “You can’t catch me” since it’s light jazz-pop and I quite enjoyed how soft yet smooth Maaya sung this tune in comparison as well.  It might not as the glitz, but it’s bouncy piano melody and just relaxing vibes worked for me.

 

 

It’s a little strange that this single and her next one, “Okaerinasai” aren’t appearing on the mini-album but I’m sure there’s a reason for that.  Buddy was what I was imagining how it would sound like since she did work with SFP for this song and the overall sound was totally theirs but with a stronger set of vocals (no offense Yumi, but Maaya sounds better LOL).  something little brought a little jazz to the single and while that might come off as a little strange (both songs are a little unusual for her) it made a complete package and I really enjoyed this single fully ^_^