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Kaela Kimura – 8EIGHT8 October 24, 2011

Filed under: Kaela Kimura — solarblade @ 6:35 am

Track Listing

  1. Make My Day!
  2. KEKKO
  3. 8EIGHT8
  4. Ring a Ding Dong
  5. Uta Urara
  6. lollipop
  7. Hoshi no Tane
  8. Moon Light
  9. Kidoairaku plus Ai
  10. deep beep
  11. A winter fairy is melting a snowman
  12. orange
  13. Chocolate

1. Make My Day!

Kicking the album off is Make My Day! which follows up behind the last single released in the era by being more rockin’ than cute pop which is cool and makes sense.  I like Kaela’s powerful vocals here in this song even though I guess in sense, she is yelling a good portion of the song but I don’t mind it really.  There’s just a lot of memorable parts in the song and she released energy and this is just the first track!  I must say this was awesome!

2. KEKKO

Our next song comes in next starting with Kaela and acoustic guitar before it opens into a fun pop/rock kind of song and I really enjoyed the lighthearted feel of it, but it kind of reminds me of both “Make My Day!” and “Kidoairaku plus Ai” for some reason.  The good thing is that the chorus is quite catchy.  It’s a fun song not gonna lie, but it’s a bit like some other songs.

3. 8EIGHT8

So the title track comes next and 8EIGHT8 is at least something totally different from the previous songs.  It kind of mixes the styles of both her poppy songs with the previous song’s use of electric guitars but used more differently.  I’m gonna say, this tune’s lyrical content makes me think of Halloween since she says ~I’m gonna be scary~ and such.  It’s kind of cool she threw a song like that here.  It also makes the transition to “Ring a Ding Dong” a little more smoother I’d say. 

4. Ring a Ding Dong

Kaela’s first A-side is the first of the rather cute songs on the album and I still think it’s ridiculously catchy just for the many times Kaela says the title.  I like the more synth-pop style Kaela has been recently going into and with songs like this, it makes more sense why I like this a little more haha.  Then again compared to the rock songs, her vocals are kind of a bit more eh, but it’s still catchy and I find myself singing along.

5. Uta Urara

The next new track is kind of a continuation of “Ring a Ding Dong” but the vocals aren’t as put through the filters and the song’s arrangement has a little more oomph going despite being a bit more of a mid-tempo kind of tune.  Overall though, I kind of space out listening to this one since there’s not a lot that interests me here sadly.

6. lollipop

So the next tune is definitely what I was initially thinking it was going to sound like and that’s a bit cute.  It really shows with acoustic guitars and synths.  It’s an oddly styled song because I can hear a little jazz, a little pop, and a little swing.  I’m not sure why but it kind of kept my interest the entire time since it felt like it changed styles often.  It’s still needed a little more life though since I felt the arrangement was a little on the empty side.

7. Hoshi no Tane

Yup, Kaela added all of her B-sides to the album as well!  Starting with the B-side from “Kidoairaku plus Ai”, Hoshi no Tane was what I kind of hoped the previous track would’ve sounded like but it didn’t of course.  I like the song overall but I still think the overly robotic verses bothered me the most out of this song.  Though I do like the filters and the arrangement of the song.  It’s upbeat and fun to listen to for sure.  Yeah, it’s a lot more memorable than “orange”.

8. Moon Light

Moon Light always seems to make me raise my eyebrow in confusion since it’s got this strange synth in the arrangement that just doesn’t feel right for the song.  It does kind of remind me of “Uta Urara” but a bit better (minus the strange synth).  I like Kaela’s vocals in this song since they fit the atmosphere just right!  It’s nice for what it is I’ll say that and it’s kind of a nice mixture of the two styles she’s under.

9. Kidoairaku plus Ai

Since the rest of the album is stuff most of us have heard it’s just odd Kaela would shove these towards the end.  Kidoairaku plus Ai comes first and it’s the only A-side that’s has the most association with rock which might surprise a few Kaela fans after “Ring a Ding Dong” and “A winter fairy is melting a snowman” but I still find this song to be strong compared to previous songs on this album.  The closest I can compare it to is “8EIGHT8” because it has a darker tinge and Kaela’s deeper vocals come out to play.  It’s interesting though and it has slightly grown even more since my single review of it.

10. deep beep

Since deep beep is the only digital single released during the era, I was happy that she actually added this tune for the album.  Like other rock songs on the album, deep beep fills the void of upbeat pop/rock songs with strong vocals from her.  However, this does seem pretty basic song-wise and doesn’t have much to bring the table besides being three minutes of music lol.  I think it could grow in time since I find myself clapping along to the clapping rhythms lol.

11. A winter fairy is melting a snowman

I don’t know why but this song on this album is just really strange since it is roughly a Winter song to me and it just doesn’t fit back here with the amount of rock tracks.  I actually think a lot more about this song and I feel that her vocals aren’t as good as in other songs for some reason but I guess I should’ve saw that since her tone sounds a bit more tight.  I did find it eventually to be a little too long, but it’s still enjoyable for what it is.

12. orange

Then the B-side from the A-side before this track comes in and it’s a bit like “Hoshi no Tane” in being the lighter song and I’m still kind of unsure where I stand on this song since it’s alright, but like “deep beep”, it doesn’t really bring much along for the ride that hasn’t really been touched upon before.  I guess I can say that it sounds a little like American pop/rock but otherwise not much to remember it by.

13. Chocolate

Closing the album is the promotional song for the album, Chocolate.  It’s a little strange that after all the upbeat songs on the album this is somewhat the closest to being a upbeat ballad.  It’s nice that Kaela is able to show lighter vocals alongside an acoustic guitar and a beat with backup vocals.  Unfortunately the song lacks interest and it goes nowhere with the arrangement (minus a few sections with synths) but it’s just too 1-dimensional for me.

Tracks Recommended

  • 8EIGHT8
  • Make My Day!
  • Ring a Ding Dong
  • Kidoairaku plus Ai
  • Hoshi no Tane

Song of Avoidance

  • Chocolate

I’m not sure what I feel for the song to be honest.  In one way I see clearly she’s on for two whole styles which is either the cute synth-pop sound or her pop/rock style (either styles she has good stuff).  However, some of the song didn’t have a lasting effect like the singles did which means it is disappointing.  Then again, this album does have potential to grow on me but it’ll be a long process.