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DUSTZ – Criez December 18, 2011

Filed under: DUSTZ — solarblade @ 3:27 pm

Track Listing

  1. Criez
  2. Swallow

1. Criez

I think of all the A-sides though, Criez is probably the best one of the four they’ve released.  There’s a lot of edginess to this song that’s different and it just sounds like it’s a whole side to DUSTZ we haven’t heard yet.  Also it’s great to hear Ray taking majority of the song in French which is pretty rare to see in an A-side but that’s what makes it so enticing.  It does remind me of “warning” off their next single but this is quite awesome for an A-side…different and angsty!

2. Swallow

The B-side is a bit more lighter than its counterpart but it lets Ray sing a bit more livelier and I hear a mix of the three languages split here which is pretty impressive for him.  It is interesting that it’s so much lighter and kind of reminds me of something breezy and wind blowing in your hair.  I like it quite a bit since it’s unique to itself in the era.

 

 

I wonder if Naoki’s departure opened up something for the band because Criez is definitely their best A-side yet.  I will say that it’s the oddball single of the “TROIS” era because of the whole song being sung in French and all that but I thought it gave a certain uniqueness to the trio.  Great song!  Swallow also is different from the norm and I ended up liking the happy and breezu style to DUSTZ…I think they shouldn’t do anime themes now! XD

 

DUSTZ – Brilliant Day

Filed under: DUSTZ — solarblade @ 3:06 pm

Track Listing

  1. Brilliant Day
  2. Ça, c’est Paris! (DUSTZ version)

1. Brilliant Day

I was curious to what the band was going to do next after “Break & Peace” and they followed it up with an edgier song in Brilliant Day.  However, we’re also introduced to the vocal weirdness that this song has.  I mean Ray’s vocals are warped up in the verses and the chorus sounds rather happy and hopeful which is a little unusual but I’m liking Ray’s vocals and the band’s power in the arrangement.  It’s pretty cool and I do remember this song more than their debut.

2. Ça, c’est Paris! (DUSTZ version)

Who knew DUSTZ would cover such an unusual tune that was first sung by Mistinguett (back in the good ole Moulin Rouge days).  Of course, seeing as the band are fluent in French, it was no surprise they’d have a go at it.  It’s definitely in the veins of their sound which is good and like I predicted, they’re singing in French for this one.  I thought the synths and rockin’ arrangement cover covered up poor Ray in the song but from what I could hear, he sounds aggressive and strong.  Interesting choice to cover I must say.

 

 

Brilliant Day for DUSTZ was a pretty good single and a bit better than their last single to be honest.  We got our first taste of hte French side to the band with their cover of a classic French tune and it turned out quite good.  The lead track did take some time to get used to but it could turn out to be a great song.  Also, it marks as Naoki’s (the drummer) final single before she left the band.

 

DUSTZ – Break & Peace

Filed under: DUSTZ — solarblade @ 2:38 pm

Track Listing

  1. Break & Peace
  2. Void

1. Break & Peace

As this is the band’s major label debut, Break & Peace kicks down the doors right from the beginning with a loud hitting arrangement and interesting use of anime strings and synths.  Ray’s vocals are pretty strong here and pretty deep which makes the song kind of pop out from other anime tunes.  Not bad for a debut A-side.

2. Void

As the B-side, Void is kind slightly a bit more darker and more depressing of a song to listen to but in a good way.  Ray sings even more deeper than he did in “Break & Peace” and I found it surprising at that and the fact the song is a bit more lowkey as well.  It’s an interesting song to be honest and it’s a side that I haven’t seen from DUSTZ yet!

 

 

Beginning their SONY days and first first single for the “TROIS” era, Break & Peace is a solid single for the 4-piece band.  I will say that I felt Void was the more interesting track because of the arrangement and direction they took the song in.  Still pretty solid for a debut single under a major label ^_^

 

AYUSE KOZUE – U&I

Filed under: AYUSE KOZUE — solarblade @ 12:36 am

Track Listing

  1. DISTANCE
  2. Koi no Kakera feat. GIORGIO13
  3. Naite Bakari Datta
  4. Kimi no Sei ~u knocked my heart~
  5. All About Me
  6. DANCE WITH U
  7. Let It Go
  8. TOO LATE
  9. Still In Love
  10. Cry For You
  11. FORGET ABOUT U (AK ver.)

1. DISTANCE

Opening the album is DISTANCE (another title that Japanese artists seem to be way fond of recently).  While I was expecting something totally different to open the album, it actually sounds rather good despite my not-so-fond outlook on R&B.  AYUSE sounds rather pretty in the song.  It’s a good start to the album actually.  Though the way AYUSE says ~distawnce~ is a bit weird XD

2. Koi no Kakera feat. GIORGIO13

Oh hi there auto-tune what are you doing here to poor ole AYUSE?  It’s only found in some parts of the song which is good.  Koi no Kakera is a little more aggressive than “DISTANCE” which is good but it’s no surprise that it would since if I’m correct (which I’m not sure to be honest, this album was produced by the same guy) who is also the guest rapper/MC here.  He sounds alright through his raps but I think AYUSE did a better job here lol.  OH, if you don’t recognize GIORGIO13…he’s one of the members of NERDHEAD (best known for working with Kana Nishino).

3. Naite Bakari Datta

After two upbeat songs, we chill out with Naite Bakari Datta which does sound like a booted Kanayan song.  At least the vocals remind me that it’s AYUSE for a bit.  It’s a little too formulaic for me and just sounds rather unoriginal here.

4. Kimi no Sei ~u knocked my heart~

As one of the two A-sides that represented the era, Kimi no Sei was a total 180 from most of the stuff she did on “Simply Good” by being more R&B and less a mash of electro/R&B.  On the album, I’m kind of disappointed because it sounds a bit like “Koi no Kakera” but without GIORGIO13.  Otherwise, it’s just the same ole same ole here.  I liked it better on the single to be honest.

5. All About Me

The next five songs are brand new and by the direction this album has gone, I’m starting to feel a little dread.  All About Me tried to be something else than the song at first including some acoustic and electric guitars but it didn’t hide the beats and such that filled the song otherwise.  I will say the lighter arrangement actually did fulfill the need for something nice right?

6. DANCE WITH U

I think the fluttery and breezy sound of DANCE WITH U surprised me a lot oddly enough and since it has a synthy background, it makes up for the same beats being used.  It’s kind of cute in its own right and tis pretty catchy fun enough.  It’s probably my favorite song off the album funny enough.

7. Let It Go

Oooh filters are used this time for Let It Go’s intro and that was a surprise but then it just drops like a brick when the actual song begins.  I’m liking the piano in the song but I can’t remember the rest of the song because of the lack of anything beneficial that isn’t the already used up beats…c’mon…

8. TOO LATE

~tick tock tick tock~ I’m sure we have a better song that has clocks in it’s theme.  I must say that TOO LATE might replace for the top of the album.  I can easily tell her voice was tampered with the most out of the song but I’m alright since this actually stands out on the album with it’s tick-tockin and the amount of English I heard in this one.  Yeah this was actually pretty strong!

9. Still In Love

Kind of acting as the R&B ballad, it suffers the same problems like “Naite Bakari Datta” in the way that is sounds like a rejected Kanayan song.  Just a little slower and her vocals are kind of more annoying here.  I’m just not finding anything remotely interesting about the song unfortuately.

10. Cry For You

Then we get into the primary A-side for the era in Cry For You and just like “Kimi no Sei”, it kind of just got worse being placed on the album for me since it doesn’t stand out on the album at all.  It actually feels like album fodder (which most of the album really is).  Yeah, it’s just a big blur to me nowadays unfortunately.

11. FORGET ABOUT U (AK ver.)

I’m not sure if this song has been elsewhere but I’m sure it has if it’s tagged like that.  Maybe it was originally NERDHEAD’s song?  I don’t know but FORGET ABOUT U at least tries to close the album out nice.  GIORGIO13 makes another appearance vocally again and this time I liked his parts more than AYUSE’s vocals for some reason still…kind of bleh.

Tracks Recommended

  • TOO LATE
  • DANCE WITH U
  • Koi no Kakera feat. GIORGIO13

Song of Avoidance

  • Still In Love

I mean I was interested in her in “Simply Good” and that album was alright but this album kind of just bombed all over the place for me.  I can partially blame GIORGIO13’s lack of making her music any different from one another (cept a few).  It just kind of felt boring of an album and despite AYUSE changing labels this change has not worked for her!