Koi no Kakera feat. GIORGIO13
Naite Bakari Datta
Kimi no Sei ~u knocked my heart~
All About Me
DANCE WITH U
Let It Go
Still In Love
Cry For You
FORGET ABOUT U (AK ver.)
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.
Song of Avoidance
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!