Bara no You ni
CORE -rose ver.-
Ringo no Ki -rose ver.-
1. Bara no You ni
Starting off Tsuki’s mini-album, we have Bara no You ni which kind of follows in after “CHELSEA” with the whole lighter vibe and such. I mean it’s kind of lighthearted and has this kind of happy mood. It’s great though when we enter the chorus because we see some synths and Tsuki’s vocals are quite powerful. Just from the louder guitars, I can tell this is going to be way better than her last mini. Even the guitar solo sounded awesome…Awesome way to open the mini!
2. BLACK BEE
Adding a little speed and experimentation in one song, we have BLACK BEE which is so charming at the beginning with the synth melody (or is it a guitar-base but under filters…hmmm). I kind of like Tsuki’s direction for the song and once again, I hear this synth but I think it makes a good bridge into “CORE”. Another great tune!
3. CORE -rose ver.-
The mini includes new versions of both A-sides she released this year. I was curious to what was new about CORE since it’s one of my favorite A-sides released this year (better this was released on New Year’s). To me, it feels like nothing totally changed but listening closely, the song got clearer and the percussion stands out a little brighter than before…less processed and more like a studio version. The changes while small, made it pop out better for me…still loving CORE altogether though!
2. Ringo no Ki -rose ver.-
The same applies for Ringo no Ki which has a bit more natural feel to it which is super nice. This song is special since it was written for the Touhoku Earthquake and all that so it was really nice to see it here along with “CORE”. It’s a pleasant ballad from Tsuki and she sung to a sweet and soft degree that it’s surprising of the difference between her powerful vocals in the previous track against this one.
5. LUCKY DOG
After such a quiet song, it’s an interesting move that LUCKY DOG is a lot more aggressive of a song with its thumping beat and rockin’ style. Tsuki doesn’t sound too into the song until she starts hitting the higher notes (but those are a little pitchy). Another guitar solo ensues as well, but this one sounds better than the one on “Bara no You ni” so that’s good…very cool song though once Tsuki gets things going.
A little more synth-based, HOWEVER comes in and reminds me of something that would’ve been nice to hear on “ZERO” since it’s got a lighter vibe. I still can’t really get into Tsuki’s Engrish since her accent is pretty heavy and all that. At least the song is charming and kind of is the cute, lovey-dovey song here.
I thought Shinjuu was fitting for a closing since it’s part of the title of the mini-album (and “Bara no You ni” at the beginning). It is the longest as well being a little over 5 1/2 minutes. Talking about the first song, Shinjuu kind of reminds me of it but a little more quieter overall. It’s a pretty uplifting ballad and it grows on you the longer it plays so in the end it turned out to be a rather good closing tune.
I’m so happy that Tsuki released this after that horrid “CHELSEA” mini-album for sure. None of the songs sounded like one another and most of them actually were catchy (also having CORE and Ringo no Ki helped a lot). There’s not a lot of bad that can be said here but this is her best work yet since rejoining OTAKURA.