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Sayuri Sugawara – Ashita ni Naru Mae ni December 15, 2011

Filed under: Sayuri Sugawara — solarblade @ 2:38 am

Track Listing

  1. Ashita ni Naru Mae ni
  2. Basket Court
  3. ROCKSTAR

1. Ashita ni Naru Mae ni

Wow, I didn’t think Sayuri was going to hit a different kind of low for Ashita ni Naru Mae ni.  I just seems to be you run-of-the-mill kind of R&B tune which is already boring me just a bit.  I will say that we haven’t had an A-side that was upbeat like this one which is nice and it does fitting for the season.  Then again it sounds like shopping mall music for some reason to me.  It’s nice and one of Sayuri’s better songs but the style still isn’t pulling me in very well.  I’m sure it’ll grow on me in due time though.

2. Basket Court

I wonder what she’s meaning by the title…Basketball?  I’m guessing not though.  Basket Court takes out the R&B and replaces it with more of a pop/rock kind of style which she does pretty good at actually but I’m not feeling much here.  It’s just kind of there and a bit much like her previous efforts.

3. ROCKSTAR

At first I was kind of wondering of the audience clapping and being excited but that was really shortlived.  I thought this was going to be a bit more rockin’ but it’s a bit more like “Fly” in the way that it also has a lot of electro/rock.  Sayuri’s vocals are a bit more edgy as well which is the voice I like from her the most and it works in this tune.  It’s definitely the best off the single!

 

 

I wonder when we’ll get our actual 2nd studio album from Sayuri…I mean the mini-albums were nice to give time, but three minis and this single is just stretching it for what it’s worth.  I will say that ROCKSTAR was the best off the single for just being actually good.  Ashita ni Naru Mae ni was alright and can grow to be quite good but Basket Court is just blahfest…I WANT AN ALBUM SAYURI!!!! xD

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moumoon – Uta wo Utaou

Filed under: moumoon — solarblade @ 1:18 am

Track Listing

  1. Uta wo Utaou
  2. Macaron
  3. Chu Chu (FULLMOON LIVE SPECIAL 2011 Chuushuu no Meigetsu @ Nakano Sun Plaza Ver.)
  4. Uta wo Utaou (Instrumental)
  5. Macaron (Instrumental)

1. Uta wo Utaou

I’m so happy that Uta wo Utaou drops the moumoon cute songs for once since I was highly getting tired of them as of recent.  This one is a bit more slower and uses quite a bit more of them natural instruments.  I mean besides some of the album songs on “15 Doors”, the last legit A-side was “Aoi Tsuki to Ambivalance na Ai”.  It’s a pretty song and I’m enjoying YUKA’s vocals a lot here.  Simple but pleasant song for an A-side!

2. Macaron

If you were wondering, our cute song is actually the B-side in the song which is not surprising.  I will say I’m kind of stuck with this song because it sounds like a slower but upbeat “Sunshine Girl” but a little more christmas-y.  Definitely not like “my Secret Santa” but more like the song before.  I’m just not very interested in this song but YUKA’s airy vocals sound nice.

3. Chu Chu (FULLMOON LIVE SPECIAL 2011 Chuushuu no Meigetsu @ Nakano Sun Plaza Ver.)

Closing the single is a live version of their last A-side, Chu Chu.  I loved the crowd’s participation, clapping to the rhythm of the song.  YUKA at first sounded a little off, but she quickly started to sing out and she brought out such powerful vocals to this happy song that worked.  It really showed me how well of a vocalist YUKA is and how bright she can make a song like Chu Chu pop!

 

 

 

moumoon’s second single of the era, Uta wo Utaou is a least more presentable as a single than “Chu Chu” since there isn’t a medley nor an English version of a song.  The A-side was a nice way of going back to pre-“Sunshine Girl” moumoon and has a great sound to it.  Macaron is a bit more like today moumoon…but it’s a little too similar arrangement-wise to once again “Sunshine Girl” to make a full expression on me.  The live version of “Chu Chu” though was pretty awesome to listen to and sounds better live than studio tbh.  It was a pretty good single for the most part.