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MiChi – Find Your Way November 30, 2011

Filed under: MiChi — solarblade @ 12:34 pm

Track Listing

  1. Find Your Way
  2. Perfect World
  3. Just The Way You Are
  4. Find Your Way (Instrumental)

1. Find Your Way

It’s kind of weird where MiChi is going these days with these A-sides.  I mean “All about the Girls” & “WoNDeR WomaN” were more like her second era but everything after that has had more of a lyrical change in style opting for a positive and hopeful outlook.  Find Your Way is the third of these kind of songs she’s done and I’m kind of getting tired of it.  I mean the peak of this style was her last A-side “ONE”.  That being said I immediately thought of that track when I gave this one a spin.  The good thing I hear is strings/synths together as well.  Though is it me or the bridge to the chorus remind you guys of Katy Perry’s “Firework”?  Yeah, this is unusual but it slightly works because if “ONE” didn’t get released before this, I’m sure I’d be all over this tune! XD  Might not be her best work, but this is kind of nice and works as the positive message kind of song.

2. Perfect World

Of course MiChi’s B-sides have always been a treat to listen to most of the time and Perfect World is a great example of that being more along the lines of dance music.  It’s weird though since it has this CD skipping kind of sound at the beginning that swiftly moves into this ethereal new wave kind of glow.  I noticed MiChi also took up to a more lighter tone to her voice which is new to my ears and I’m just kind of not used to her being so….fluffy sounding and quote on quote angelic.  It’s an interesting song since the beat gets pushed to the foreground and kind leads everything together while MiChi is more in the background.  To be honest, I wish she wasn’t as unimportant as she was here because some people might take this as a remix which it isn’t.  I’m kind of disappointed here…

3. Just The Way You Are

Of course it isn’t a MiChi single without a cover track.  This time she’s covering a tune that most of us have heard last year and that’s Bruno Mars’ Just The Way You Are.  Of course the original was quite the song and the lyrics were very romantic and just one of those awwwwweeeee kind of tunes about love.  MiChi’s take on it makes me go awwww…but more in the way of how disappointing it was.  I mean she’s a gal of course but hearing her sing a song in the male perspective is just awkward and makes me wanna lulz and question if she’s a lesbian! XD.  Plus, she kind of sounds unusual singing it in the vocal department.  She doesn’t do good covers anymore does she…?

 

 

Oh MiChi, this was just disappointing of a single.  I mean Find Your Way is just a “ONE” clone and despite the fact that it does sound good, I prefer the latter.  Perfect World was an interesting change of sound but c’mon a little more vocals in the song so it doesn’t sound like it’s just a remix.  The cover?  Pass, it’s not really worth it…but she hasn’t had a good one since “Pretty Fly”.  Bleh…

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Best of 2011: Debutees

Filed under: ~Best of 2011~ — solarblade @ 9:50 am

2011 might not brought a lot of new acts when compared to the last few years to this site, but there was some that stood out (of course some of the new JPN acts are originally Korean acts).  Still let’s look at this!

January

Brown Eyed Girls started 2011 off in Japan with their first single, “SIGN” but since then has been quite in Nippon.  Though if it’s not a surprise they released a Korean album in Sixth Sense and it’s also repackaged ^_^. 

Also kicking off 2011 in artists that debuted this year we have HIROKO who everyone should know is the singer from mihimaru GT.  Well like her partner miyake who went on his solo starting late last year, HIROKO started off with a bang with “GIRLZ UP ~stand up for yourself~” which was pretty damn awesome.  After that she released a slower R&B ballad in “Saigo no Koi” before releasing her first album, “OPEN THE DOOR”.  Since then she decided to put her solo career in hiatus mode and get back with miyake for another mihimaru GT era.  Who knows if she’ll hit the solo bell again…but it was a nice (albeit short) era.

February

One of many Korean groups to debut in Japan this year, 2NE1 started their JPN releases with a digital single, more specifically an English Version of CAN’T NOBODY, which led to their first album, 2NE1 (which is most of the Korean songs).  While they were initially supposed to debut their single “GO AWAY” in March, the earthquake postponed that all the way to November.  However, instead we got NOLZA, which is Japanese takes on their Korean songs from their 2nd mini-album there.  Strange calender but still great!

March

In March, we got Not yet which has been branded as an AKB sub-unit in which there’s not too many of those actually.  The members are Yuko Oshima, Rie Kitahara, Rino Sashihara, and Yui Yokoyama…they came in together as the light pop (slightly easy listening stuff).  As they’ve released three singles in “Shuumatsu Not yet”, “Naminori Kakigoori” and “Perapera Perao”…this group is easily the least memorable of the sub-units for me…and yet they sell very well on Oricon.  I’m curious to if an album is next or a fourth single…but they are a strong group (mostly because Yuko is damn popular).

April

I’m seriously guessing that CGC was just a one-off group just to celebrate Columbia’s 100th birthday and all.  Still I found the whole enka meets idol twist to be quite interesting (last time I even saw that was like Momosu doing “Furusato” and “Sakura Mankai”).  Still I’m sad that this group hasn’t released anything since “Yumeiro Rhapsody”.

Like Momosu needed more competition, here comes Dream Momosu which is comprised off all the members of UFA who was also a part of Morning Musume at one point (with the exception of Asuka, Aya, Sayaka, Gocchin, Aibon, and Konkon).  They only had one release in 2011 with “Dreams. 1” (which is mostly self-covers and three new songs).  At least they’ll release their first single, “Shining Butterfly” in 2012.

May

May usually brings a lot of artists out and especially in 2011 since most of the releases that were supposed to come out in March/April were pushed back a month or two. 

The first to talk about is 2PM who are also another K-pop group riding the Hallyu Wave this year.  I’m happy they stuck with SONY because they know great animes and they usually get the better songs.  This is especially the case with the group’s debut single “Take off” for the Ao no Exorcist series.  They really did great with that song and since then released “I’m your man” and “Ultra Lover”.  Of course closing out the year they’ll be releasing their first album “REPUBLIC OF 2PM” in early December!

Aimer kind of came out of nowhere for me.  She kind of seemed to me like a temporary replacement for ayaka since she has light vocals and the music is slightly reminescent.  She debuted in 2011 with an indies album, “Your favorite things”.  Then suddenly in September, she goes major and releases her triple A-side, “Rokutosei no Yoru/Kanashimi wa Aurora ni/TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR”.  At least it’s great to hear that she’s releasing her second single (tied to Bleach!) “Re:pray” in mid-December

DiVA is a lot more interesting of a sub-group to AKB than Not yet will ever be TBH.  It’s also funny because there’s another group in AKB-land named DIVA (but they are only involved in singles and there’s many members involved).  This DiVA which only has Sayaka Akimoto, Ayaka Umeda, Yuka Masuda, and Sae Miyazawa.  Purpose of the group was the fact that all four were amazing singers and dancers which is the reason they’re together.  Releasing two singles in 2011: “Tsuki no Uragawa” and “Cry” it seems that’s all we’ll get since they opting for a second generation of girls to join.  However, there really hasn’t been news since that announcement so who knows…but I hope a single is announced soon!

Marina Kawano doesn’t have as much information like the other two do but the important thing to know is that she won the same event HIMEKA and Sayaka Sasaki won previous which means anime themes for her!  Sadly she hasn’t released anything after her debut single, “Morning Arch”…I wonder what’s up and why there hasn’t been much of anything since then.

Last but not least, I remember seeing Yuu’s debut single “Kikkake wa YOU!” being pushed back because of the earthquake and all that.  Breaking from being a mere H!P Egg, Kikkawa joined UNIVERSAL-J and released her first work since MilkyWay.  After her debut, she released another single in “Hapirapi ~Sunrise~ and has one coming up at the end of December titled “Konna Watashi de Yokattara”.  For a gal who left the idol world to do something more out there, I like it so far!

June

HYNA was definitely a change of style since there’s been a lack of sexy in the year and I mean sexy not AKB…More like Kuu and HYNA really brought that in with her first single “TARATIKA”.  I am a little saddened that she was dropped which could mean uncertainty of music from her but that single was quite good!  I hope she comes back soon!

I was so surprised that it was only a short while before Sayaka Kitahara would go solo as well like her MilkyWay brethren.  However, unlike Yuu, she stayed within UFA and has released singles for an anime.  Those being “Yappa Seishun” and “Kanari Junjou”.  While her voice isn’t as great as Yuu’s or cutesy like Koharu’s…she’s kind of a little of both in a way.  I hope a third single is coming soon because she’s got potential!

July

While the idea of the group came together originally in 2010 on the I’ve Sound concept album, “SHORT CIRCUIT III”, they didn’t fully debut until July with their single “Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de JUMP!!”.  Consisting of I’ve Sound’s three newest singers: Airi Kirishima, Nami Maisaki, and Rin Asami, they are kind of more of the cuter side to I’ve Sound and prolly will be more since KOTOKO left.  They have a second single announced “Trip -innocent of D-” in 2012.

August

Another unit that includes TNX member Yui Ogura, RO-KYU-BU! is more than likely a one-off unit for the anime of the same name but they managed to release a single in “SHOOT!” and an album “pure elements” before the end of the year which is quite awesome.  However, like I said I think that’s all that we’ll get from the group unless the anime continues (which I doubt).

September

September brought us another K-pop act wanting to debut in Japan with RAINBOW and while they aren’t one of the more popular groups, they seem to be doing well as seen in their first single, “A”.  Since then they released another single in “Mach” in December

October

October also brought us our second artist that came off as a Kuu clone!  Chiaki Takahashi who’s known for being involved in THE iDOLM@STER as a seiyuu.  That I didn’t know so she is well-known in the community I guess XD.  Though who would’ve expected that her debut single “Kon’ya wa Chupa♡Riko” would be so raunchy and dirty and of course her and her pancake ass in that glorifying PV.  Beyond that, I actually like her voice and stands out from the usual seiyuu by singing in a deeper but better tone.  She’s got potential!

December

Last but not least, December brings us another Korean group in U-KISS.  While they’ve been together for a while in their homeland it’s this year that they’re bringing their A game in “Tick Tack”.  Already, I’m enjoying this group because like “2PM” they are also starting with a clean slate of songs leading.

 

 

So this is all who debuted in 2011 that are being reviewed on the site…I don’t know how many more artists/groups debuted this year but whatever XD.

 

Daichi Miura – D.M.

Filed under: Daichi Miura — solarblade @ 5:22 am

Track Listing

  1. Black Hole
  2. Touch Me
  3. Illusion Show
  4. Love is like a bass line
  5. The Answer
  6. Only You
  7. 4am
  8. RUN WAY
  9. Turn Off The Light
  10. SHOUT IT
  11. Lullaby
  12. Magic Word

1. Black Hole

It’s great that Daichi begins the album with the main promotional track!  Black Hole is definitely different from previous songs but it’s a welcom change.  I’m loving Daichi’s vocals in the song quite a bit even though ~brack hole~ does kind of make me lulz.  After that the song really starts getting strange which it switches into more of a dubstep kind of arrangement but it’s funny since Daichi isn’t singing in that part.  Overall this was pretty unique (to Daichi that is) and it was a solid track!

2. Touch Me

Following that interesting opening song, Touch Me brings us to what we’ve known Daichi for and that’s an easily danceable R&B track with great vocals.  I’m loving the beat and feel of the song for sure right up until the chorus where it’s seriously just repeating ~touch me~ over and over and in quick succession.  It’s a pretty good song but hindered by that chorus!

3. Illusion Show

Illusion Show brings the unusual back by being kind of burlesque-y and bouncy all at once.  I kind of found myself moving with the rhythm of the song and while Daichi’s vocals aren’t as great as the previous two tracks, the rest of the song managed to keep my interests high. 

4. Love is like a bass line

Haha, that intro really came out of nowhere for me but at least it caught my attention.  I love that the song does keep true to its title and features a lot of bass in both bass guitar and deep bass synths.  The rest of the song is quite awesome to listen to since it has that same attitude and flavor that was found on his last album, “Who’s The Man”.  The added brass later in the song gave some extra spice and made it better…right now this is my favorite of the new songs!

5. The Answer

I found it quite interesting that Daichi only included the A-sides and no B-sides (though there was a lot to choose from).  The Answer of course was the first A-side released in the era.  At first, it was hard remembering what it sounded like but once it started it all came back to me as the mid-tempo dance song started up.  I will admit that amongst the other synthed up songs, this one does seem weaker than when it was released as a single.  I will say though that his vocals are great!

6. Only You

Makes sense that “The Answer” would be the start of slightly slowing down the album.  Only You takes the synths out from the previous track and replaces it with a more pounding beat and a piano/strings arrangement.  It does a lot for showing his vocals and how well he can hit the higher notes.  It’s alright, but I kind of like the last track more.

7. 4am

Our seventh track on the album is a bit more like his past endeavors which might be good for some of the listeners and some of the others will probably deem this pretty weak since it’s all R&B.  It does remind me of something from his last album not gonna lie about that but on this album it does stand out slightly.  I do kind of wish there was a little more going on in the song but it’s not terrible.

8. RUN WAY

I’m not sure what to really think about RUN WAY just quite yet.  I will give him points for giving us a good vocal performance but the song sounds like an unusual 90’s song with beats and guitar/synth mix.  Add in that the chorus doesn’t have enough punch either and I’m basically at a standstill with it.  It does grow on you which is a good thing for this track, but still feel it needs more oomph!

9. Turn Off The Light

Next comes the 3rd A-side released and still is the best of the three A-sides released in my honest opinion.  It does have a nice reggaeton sound but might be hidden from some of the other synths but that’s alright because it just seemed to flow well with Daichi’s lyrics.  I do still think that the song would sound great at some sort of sporting event but that just mean this song has a pretty good groove.  There are a couple songs that has bypassed this song however on this album.

10. SHOUT IT

I guess SHOUT IT represents the last boost of hot dance numbers on the album and I liked the gritty number too!  SHOUT IT doesn’t sound like anything else and the way Daichi is singing is quite strong and I found his English much stronger than in any of the other songs.  It’s got a lot of attitude and punch that the album needed.  Yeah, I’m enjoying this one a lot!

12. Lullaby

As the only ballad released as an A-side (more like an R&B ballad like “4am”), Lullaby still is a hard song to remember since the style and flow of the song is just one-dimensional for me.  It’s nice that he pulled a ballad for an A-side since it’s been a while since one came out but still…I wish there was a little more to it than what we got out of it. 

12. Magic Word

Closing the album is another R&B track but a little more upbeat and rockin’ the beat a little more.  It’s still light when compared to some of the other songs which is good because it cuts out a niche for itself.  It’s an odd song to close out an album since it feels like it should be more in the middle.  The song itself is kind of forgetful to be honest and doesn’t leave too much of a mark…”Lullaby” would’ve been better.

Tracks Recommended

  • Love is like a bass line
  • Black Hole
  • SHOUT IT
  • Turn Off The Light
  • Touch Me

Song of Avoidance

  • Magic Word

As this is Daichi’s 3rd album, I must say is his best one yet!  It is weird that after “Who’s The Man” this album really stripped itself from collaborations and remixes this time around which is a good thing!  What we got was a pretty solid album of songs that took Daichi to new places without having him forget how he started his solo career.  Of course there were weak songs but overall this was a strong album from our “natural beauty”.

 

Koda Kumi – Love Me Back November 29, 2011

Filed under: Koda Kumi — solarblade @ 11:10 am

Track Listing

  1. Love Me Back
  2. Say Her Name
  3. Love Me Back (Andy Price Remix)

1. Love Me Back

The first thing I immediately though of when I listened to Love Me Back was the way it sounds like “Cherry Girl” (which was another A-side she released long ago!).  That being said, I really like sassy Kuu and this song matched that side of her quite nicely.  It’s just cool and pretty much makes the last couple of A-sides rather lackluster.  HOWEVER, at three minutes it’s pretty damn short of a song for this calibur and I think there was some missed opportunity because of that.  Might be a “Cherry Girl” clone, but I sure did like this!

2. Say Her Name

Her B-sides have rarely interested me since they lacked a certain quality to make them memorable.  Say Her Name isn’t any different since it’s pulling out to more of her normal R&B sound she’s had since she debuted.  I will say that it’s been a while since we’ve heard a track like this so it’s nice but amongst the other songs she’s put out…this is kind of ok…but nothing overly special.

3. Love Me Back (Andy Price Remix)

It’s been a while since we got an actual remix on a single no less and it’s of the A-side which is longer as well!  Being more club-like and filled with synths to the brim, I was curious but I was also kind of weirded out from the unusual chords the synths kept swerving through.  I also noticed Kuu’s vocals in this song is loud and sounds like she’s yelling which is not good (odd I didn’t notice in the original).  It’s an alright remix but not better than the main.

 

 

 

This has been a strange era for Kuu, not gonna lie there.  Love Me Back might be my favorite of the A-sides released but this era altogether has been rather bland for me.  This single has a great A-side (though it’s a blatant clone).  Say Her Name had potential, but she’s already got too many of these similar sounding songs that it’s just not funny.  As for the remix, it’s better than others I’ve heard from Kuu but it’s not too amazing.  Weird single AGAIN like “Ai wo Tomenaide”…

 

GACKT – Graffiti

Filed under: GACKT — solarblade @ 7:11 am

Track Listing

  1. Graffiti
  2. Ikitoshi Ikeru Subete ni Tsugu
  3. Graffiti (instrumental)
  4. Ikitoshi Ikeru Subete ni Tsugu (instrumental)

1. Graffiti

When I first started up Graffiti, I was surprised that I kind of got dejavu moments back to “EVER” with the furious arrangement and aggressive drumming going on.  Altogether the song sounds quite good and powerful but the chorus is a little disappointing since it kind of doesn’t seem explosive like the rest of the tune.  Still I can actually remember this song so much more than “Episode.0”.

2. Ikitoshi Ikeru Subete ni Tsugu

The B-sides is interesting since it was used as a character song in “SKET DANCE”.  Ikitoshi Ikeru Subete ni Tsugu is harder hitting than “Graffiti” which is great because it’s been a while since we’ve heard something at this calibur.  I’m loving this song quite a bit and GACKT tries hard to sound edgy as well and it worked with little problems.  Even the verses were awesome!  This is the more preferred song for me.

 

 

GACKT is suddenly becoming busy again with his solo works and YFCz.  With Graffiti, he tries to slowly get back to some straightforward rock and it worked for the most part.  The A-side was pretty good until the depressing chorus kicked in…other than that it was pretty solid.  Ikitoshi Ikeru Subete ni Tsugu though was just what we needed from GACKT after some rather disappointing songs in the last couple of singles.  All in all, this was much better tha his last single that’s for sure!

 

Perfume – JPN November 28, 2011

Filed under: Perfume — solarblade @ 9:52 pm

Track Listing

  1. The Opening
  2. Laser Beam (Album-mix)
  3. GLITTER (Album-mix)
  4. Natural ni Koishite
  5. MY COLOR
  6. Toki no Hari
  7. Nee
  8. Kasuka na Kaori
  9. 575
  10. VOICE
  11. Kokoro no Sports
  12. Have a Stroll
  13. Fushizen na Girl
  14. Spice

1. The Opening

Another intro track I see!  The Opening kind of sounds odd for me because it would sound like more of a capsule intro more than anything.  I do like that I hear a little of “Laser Beam” in there…but I’m kind of disappointed since I can’t exactly hear what’s being said in the background behind the slow melody.

2. Laser Beam (Album-mix)

Our first vocal track from the trio is of course the groups 4th A-side and I loved the original since it was so complex and bouncy (even though there’s people that really don’t like it!).  The new mix already disappoints me because it doesn’t have that awesome intro.  Instead we get straight into the opening chorus and to me there’s not a whole lot that changed until we pass the second time we hear the chorus where the arrangement gets shifted and there’s some stuttering and the beepy synths lowers in pitch…it’s actually quite awesome actually and makes the song so much different from before.  The only thing I am sad is that it’s shorter than the original!

3. GLITTER (Album-mix)

I loved that GLITTER made onto the album since it was promoted way before “Spice” was.  However just like “Laser Beam” it was modified on the album and while it’s just 30 seconds longer than the original, it was changed totally unlike the previous song.  The album version is clearly more club friendly and while I did enjoy the mix, the original still trumps this song since I love the better punch plus it was more epic…but this isn’t bad.

4. Natural ni Koishite

At least we got songs that haven’t changed and it’s awesome they put Natural ni Koishite since it seem to fit perfectly after “GLITTER” and all that!  Since it was the part of the first single released in the era, I was kind of surprised that it sounds quite strong on the album by being a mixture of cute and classy.  I still love the song even if it’s been out for a loooong time lol.

5. MY COLOR

Wow, I’m surprised we only got 4 new songs on the album but with how many singles and A-sides there were (plus two B-sides) it’s kind of just whatever.  I’m so happy we got MY COLOR which really does remind me of their old songs like in “Perfume ~Complete Best~” since the synths are more gritty and the vocals from the ladies are less vocodered.  I actually caught myself bouncing my head to the music.  Yeah, I’m liking this a lot!!!

6. Toki no Hari

I guess this would be considered the album’s interlude since it’s 2:30 in length.  I’m shocked by how cute this song is…it’s almost like a children’s tune by the whole march-like atmosphere mixed in with dejavu with capsule’s own “Hello”.  It seems that all three girls have solo lines which is awesome…but I’m still kind of shaking the initial shock of the cuteness here…weird little tune, not gonna lie!

7. Nee

Third A-side released starts a string of old songs coming up and I still like the song but not maybe as much as I did when I reviewed its respecting single.  I’m more of annoyed of the song’s repetitive nature which might be to some favors but I have a limit XD.  Besides the chorus, the rest of the song is pretty awesome and has a slight 80’s vibe to it that I enjoy but hearing the catty ~nee~ over and over does get to you after a while.  Still it’s a strong song.

8. Kasuka na Kaori

Which is lead into the secondary A-side released with “Laser Beam”.  Like I’ve said before on the review, it reminds me of an H!P song for some reason but that’s clearly because of the light arrangement and also because of the chords of the song that just sounds so idol-like.  I have grown to enjoy the song a little bit more since it does flow nicely (a little weird after “Nee” though).  I couldn’t think of any other place it could’ve gone though lol.

9. 575

It’s interesting they chose 575 (the B-side from “VOICE”) over “FAKE IT” since most fans love their edgier songs but I guess this was alright (both would have done fine).  It’s pretty unique because the song is written in a haiku format hence the title 5-7-5.  The only part that doesn’t follow that is Kashiyuka’s rapping which is so bizarre yet makes the song so much cooler.  I kind of wonder why I didn’t like this before x.x

10. VOICE

Lulz at “575” coming before it’s respecting A-side.  I think of all the A-sides released in the era, VOICE is my least favorite.  I think it’s a combination of me not liking how the voices were treated and how annoying the second half got!  The verses and music together sound so good since it’s like a fantasy and is so breezy.  However, the chorus kind of grates my ears and just puts me off and to hear that so many times towards the end is killer.  I think VOICE needed an album-mix just to shorten the damn song up!  It didn’t need to be stretched out as much as it did.

11. Kokoro no Sports

The other two new tracks pop up and starting with Kokoro no Sports, it’s got this cutesy vibe towards it (not like “Toki no Hari” but more “Natural ni Koishite”).  I like the beat and arrangement of the song since it’s got this peppy cute working.  However, I’m not sure it’s all for Perfume since it’s kind of unusual…then again they have “Vitamin Drop” XDDD.  It’s alright but kind of forgetful.

12. Have a Stroll

At least Have a stroll picks up after “Kokoro no Sports”.  It’s upbeat, cute and yet relaxing…Ok, this would be closer to what was heard in “Natural ni Koishite”.  It’s kind of interesting of a song to me and the chorus sounds different but yet totally them.  I’d say of all the new songs, this one caught my attention the most next to “MY COLOR” that is!

13. Fushizen na Girl

I’m wondering why Fushizen na Girl was tagged as an (Album-mix) because there’s been changes made to this song as well (even though they aren’t as obvious as the other two album-mixes).  I mean it still has the same arrangement which is great but there’s some small inclusions here and there.  They aren’t gamebreaking changes so don’t worry if you loved the original, the new one doesn’t break it in half lol.  Still, Fushizen na Girl is one of my favorites of the era since it carries a nice “GAME” glow that I do love.  Awesome song!

14. Spice

It’s awesome they chose the 5th A-side to close the album up and while Spice hasn’t fully stuck to my mind (since it’s only been out for a short while).  I still think it’s the era’s “Baby cruising Love” because of its slow atmosphere but definitely has the sound of the current era.  It’s an interesting song still and the tune just takes you to another place (kind of like the whole single did).

Tracks Recommended

  • Laser Beam (Album-mix)
  • MY COLOR
  • Fushizen na Girl
  • Have a Stroll
  • Natural ni Koishite

Song of Avoidance

  • VOICE

Wow I didn’t think they could actually gain my interest back after the slightly disappointing “⊿”, but JPN actually sounds more cohesive and strong than their last album and didn’t have poor tracks (though I could’ve lived without The Opening and Toki no Hari).  It might’ve been disappointing knowing that there’s only 4 new tracks and 3 new versions of the A-sides but I thought it was more than enough since majority of the era has been great.  The three full new tracks were actually fitting alongside the old songs quite snuggly…it might not be best album of the year, but it’s one of Perfume’s best!  next to “GAME”.

 

Me – Ho・n・to・u・so/Su・ki・ra・i

Filed under: misono — solarblade @ 5:05 am

Track Listing

  1. Ho・n・to・u・so
  2. Su・ki・ra・i
  3. Tanabata☆Jita ButterFly♪ feat. misono
  4. with you ~ME ver.~ (Limited only)
  5. “Kimi to Watashi no Uta” ~ME ver.~ (CD only)

1. Ho・n・to・u・so

So here we are with the leading A-side in Ho・n・to・u・so and I’m surprised misono would actually keep up her style but no worries because I’m happy she got another Tales of…tie-in through it.  To me, it’s still got a pretty great arrangement that sort of reminds me of some of the stuff from misono’s second album.  Beyond the kickass rock arrangement, misono’s vocals are quite feral and loud (which isn’t surprising since she sings like that in most of her rock songs).  Pretty awesome for the first A-side.

2. Su・ki・ra・i

The other A-side is oddly enough the rock ballad, Su・ki・ra・i.  She’s been trying to get better at them in the “Me” era, but she slumped for this one which harkens back her poor ones.  Her voice just doesn’t work for the song which is unfortunate.  The good thing is the wintry feel of the arrangement and the chorus but that’s about it really.  I just wish she didn’t sound so wail-y.

3. Tanabata☆Jita ButterFly♪ feat. misono

I’m confused on that title…how is it a featuring misono song…double personality issues?  Unlike the previous two tracks, Tanabata☆Jita ButterFly♪ is quite the oddball song (even for misono!).  It’s still rockin’ but it’s like cutesy rock which is unusual in the way that misono is basically sounding more cuter than normal.  To me, it’s really not her style anymore and this just came off as awkward LOL.

4. with you ~ME ver.~

At first I couldn’t remember where I’ve seen this track before, but it turns out it’s a new version of BACK-ON’s song when she was the featured artist.  This time around it’s just misono singing the song but with the same arrangement.  I loved the original of course with BACK-ON being one of the reasons why but without them it’s a little unusual.  Still misono still kicks ass in the song and that’s always good.

5. “Kimi to Watashi no Uta” ~ME ver.~

Closing the single off is the 3rd version of “Kimi to Watashi no Uta” (which was an album track off of “Sei -say-“).  While I’m on that, this new ME version doesn’t sound ANY different from the album version of the song.  Maybe she resung it and the acoustic guitar is a bit louder…but it’s the same and left me wondering why that exists!  Kind of useless.

 

 

I’m curious to why she’s going under this Me moniker because it doesn’t sound different to misono’s songs so it just kind of to me seems rather stupid of an idea and she should just go back to her name (though there’s another Me single in the works).  Ho・n・to・u・so/Su・ki・ra・i sounds like misono fodder which might be good or bad.  I loved the first A-side but disliked the other.  Tanabata☆Jita ButterFly♪ while unique was just too icky for misono to handle and needs to stray away from cute songs.  with you was pretty good but I prefer the original and “Kimi to Watashi no Uta” was just not needed here period…it doesn’t sound any different from the original.  Hope the next single comes off better!