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Beckii Cruel vs. The Clones – U Can’t Kiss Me October 26, 2011

Filed under: Beckii Cruel — solarblade @ 1:57 am

Track Listing

  1. U Can’t Kiss Me
  2. U Can’t Kiss Me (Bluestone Mix)
  3. U Can’t Kiss Me (Loverush UK! Mix)
  4. U Can’t Kiss Me (Super Stylers Mix)
  5. U Can’t Kiss Me (Timothy Allan Mix)
  6. U Can’t Kiss Me (Super Stylers Radio Edit)
  7. U Can’t Kiss Me (Loverush UK! Radio Edit)
  8. U Can’t Kiss Me (Bluestone Radio Edit)

1. U Can’t Kiss Me

Call me sacriligious and call me out on my lack of claritiy, but I have to say Beckii’s first song after blazing out from her previous label (which to an agreement from me that it was getting ridiculous adding random girls to the Cruel Angels project).  She left and came back but only to the UK market seems with U Can’t Kiss Me which I think is an original tune but edited from what we heard from her YouTube long ago.  To me, I think the change from cutesy stuff to a more electro dance-pop field did good since I actually enjoyed the beats to the song.  However, I will say that The Clones did overdo their appearance in the song and the chorus is pretty saddening.  I still love the verses, not gonna lie…but the rest of the song is meh.  Still much better than “Tsubasa wo Kudasai” could ever be!

 

 

*I might review the remixes*, Beckii’s return to the music scene is kind of a big change from what she started out doing and that’s Moe-cutesy pop songs/covers which were OK at best but nothing that would puncture the J-pop fields.  U Can’t Kiss Me is the first release under her new management which is cool, but I don’t know…collaborating with The Clones (who I have never heard of) is a bit sketchy.  The song is likeable though and that’s good…now I wonder how the remixes actually treat this tune…. >.>

 

Yousei Teikoku – Kuusou Mythology

Filed under: Yousei Teikoku — solarblade @ 12:52 am

Track Listing

  1. Kuusou Mythology
  2. The Creator
  3. Kuusou Mythology (instrumental)
  4. The Creator (instrumental)

1. Kuusou Mythology

Hmmm, nice to know that the A-side begins with chanting before Takaha bum-rushes in with a blast of guitars and strings of course.  I kind of enjoyed this song quite a bit since Yui’s vocals pop out from the song a lot more than the goth-rock arrangement which was pretty awesome as well.  Solid A-side for sure and definitely holds up after “Mischievous of Alice”.

2. The Creator

It’s a little strange that B-side does kind of mirrors “Kuusou Mythology” with the chanting intro and then a rush of guitars and drums.  The thing that got me was that the verses are a little more random and unique and Yui’s vocals take up a cuter sound.  It’s different for a B-side of Yousei Teikoku, but this kind of feels like something from their early stuff rather than their current direction.

Yousei Teikoku have continuously shown to not let down their fans of their music and seriously this long string of amazing A-sides continue.  Kuusou Mythology is just dark, vampiric, and just overall rockin’.  I love Yui’s vocals nowadays more than ever.  However, the setback was from The Creator with it’s oddly-written verses and higher pitched vocals from Yui.  I’d say this is going to be an interesting era.

 

sphere – HIGH POWERED

Filed under: sphere — solarblade @ 12:22 am

Track Listing

  1. HIGH POWERED
  2. Hello, my love
  3. HIGH POWERED (Off Vocal)
  4. Hello, my love (Off Vocal)

1. HIGH POWERED

For something titled HIGH POWERED, this was anything but hardcore and energetic as I initially thought.  It is less rockish than their previous A-side and a bit more cuter which is a bit like some of the songs in their last era and that’s quite good.  There’s not a lot of solos in the song which surprised me, but all of the members (including Aki) sound really nice.  I think it might be my favorite A-side so far in this era!

2. Hello, my love

Hello, my love continues to carry the cuteness along with the B-side but marks as a lighter tune with acoustic guitar leading things along.  It’s interesting to see that there’s solo lines in this one and interesting they chose Aki to start things off.  All four do get their solo lines and they all passed and it all sounds just right!  I actually think this would’ve fit their debut album hahaha.

 

 

As HIGH POWERED is the group’s third single in the era, it’s probably my favorite so far but both songs aren’t as good as “Feathering me, Y/N?”.  Both songs on this single were more on the cute side but that’s good.  HIGH POWERED is fun and sugary but since there’s a lack of solo lines, it’s a great group melody song.  Hello, my love was softer but still cute and this time the solos were here and they sound great as well.  Another single perhaps?