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Stereopony – More! More!! More!!! December 25, 2011

Filed under: Stereopony — solarblade @ 8:23 pm

Track Listing

  1. Introduction
  2. Blowin’ in the wind
  3. Hana Hiraku Oka
  4. I am a Hero
  5. Tatoeba Utaekunattara
  6. Chiisana Mahou
  7. Bibara Bibara
  8. Amaryllis
  9. Super Girl
  10. Oshare Banchou 2011 ~feat. NAOTO from ORANGE RANGE~
  11. Arigatou
  12. Canvas ni Watashi Dake no Iro wo Nosete

1. Introduction

Is this a My Chemical Romance introduction or a Stereopony because I couldn’t tell at first.  I mean yeah the koto is used in the first parts of the intro but the band joins in and it reminds me of one of MCR’s tunes, “Welcome to the Black Parade” with its introduction.  It’s a weird analogic twist but it’s kind of what it reminds me of.  AIMI does have some lines but it’s filtered out to where I’m not sure what she’s saying.  Interesting intro though.

2. Blowin’ in the wind

As the album’s first song, I was surprised at how much I liked Blowin’ in the wind since the arrangement is pretty forward and has a lot of different hooks and AIMI is singing pretty strongly.  Though the band saying ~blowin een da weend~ is kind of making me laugh.  Still, the song is heavy but not to the point where it takes over.  It’s a fun song to listen to actually.

3. Hana Hiraku Oka

We tone things down a little bit for our next track and this sounds like it would be found somewhere back on “OVER THE BORDER” but at the same time it has the same groove like “Hitohira no Hanabira” had but less rockin’.  It’s nice to have a song like this pretty early on and it sounds like typical good Stereopony so that being said, I liked it!

4. I am a Hero

I really like the fact that Stereopony is trying new things on this album like the first song to include synths and a little bit of auto-tune.  It actually isn’t a lot of the latter (but it’s found in the verses).  It kind of reaches out to the cuter side of the band but I liked this a lot…more than the previous tracks actually. 

5. Tatoeba Utaekunattara

So here we are at Stereopony’s 2nd A-side of the era and collaborative effort with Kariyushi58.  Unlike the previous songs before this, Tatoeba Utaekunattara is quite a soft song and hearing a different voice in Shingo (one of the two guys in Kariyushi58) makes this song stand out.  Since it is one of their more lowkey tunes, I thought it turned out nice and AIMI puts her voice in a better tone than I expected…but Shingo alone is kind of meh here. 

6. Chiisana Mahou

It’s been a while since I’ve heard Chiisana Mahou because I was too busy whoring “It’s a wild world” to remember this one.  Still like the other A-sides it was just nice but nothing that really stuck out my mind because while it was the A-side with a faster arrangement but at the same time felt like it was a bit too straightforward and lacked anything to remember it by. 

7. Bibara Bibara

The sound of a cuckoo clock opening Bibara Bibara was odd for sure…but it leads into an even stranger song to me.  I mean the song gets pretty punk rock for them and there’s some glass breaking but I have to say, it’s been a while since I’ve heard Stereopony having fun with a song and this is definitely that song.  I even hear the other members singing along as well while AIMI is still leading it up.  I have to say I’m loving this song right now!

8. Amaryllis

Back to slowing down with Amaryllis, it’s definitely not like “Tatoeba Utaekunattara” or “Arigatou” since it feels like it has a bit more power behind it’s string background (mixed with the band of course).  To me it’s better than those two, but I think the song didn’t need to be as drammatically as slow as it was xD.  Still it’s actually not a terrible song, it just needed to be a little faster to me.

9. Super Girl

For a title like Super Girl, I was wondering how epic it would be, but I guess the better word is definitely them.  I mean it’s no “Bibara Bibara” and more like their stuff from “Hydrangea ge Saiteiru” which is great that they’re moving back towards.  It actually could pass as a SCANDAL song as well giving the whole atmosphere and background of it.

10. Oshare Banchou 2011 feat. NAOTO from ORANGE RANGE~

As the promotional tune for the album, we get a cover from the band.  Yeah, if you can’t guess the original is from ORANGE RANGE and it’s actually a rather recent song (late 2008 actually).  I haven’t heard the original, but this is definitely not under the normal sound of Stereopony since there’s a lot of synths used in the song and AIMI is kind of not exactly singing the verses.  NAOTO has some lines under AIMI’s talk/speaking which is all kinds of weird.  I love the fact that they’re experimenting now for sure and this song is great!

11. Arigatou

As the third and final A-side released for this album, Arigatou is the group’s ballad song here and for the most part, I still can’t remember it at all.  I do like the simplicity of it all, but AIMI’s vocals to me just do not work here.  It’s a little too breathy and kind of pitchy at some points.  The song does get a little better later on but it’s a pretty lengthy tune at 5:30.  It’s my least favorite on the album but it’s not a surprise to me.

12. Canvas ni Watashi Dake no Iro wo Nosete

Closing the album is another ballad?  After that long one in “Arigatou”, this is just throwing salt in the wound.  I mean it’s the same voice style which kind of doesn’t work but the thing that makes it stand out from the previous song is the stronger chorus.  I really like AIMI’s voice during it and the arrangement has a bit more oomph to it which I loved.  I must say this was great as the closing song to be honest…I actually liked it in the end!

Tracks Recommended

  • Bibara Bibara
  • I am a Hero
  • Oshare Banchou 2011 ~feat. NAOTO from ORANGE RANGE~
  • Canvas ni Watashi Dake no Iro wo Nosete
  • Blowin’ in the wind

Song of Avoidance

  • Arigatou

I must say their 3rd album is definitely their best album yet!  Even though I did come into this album with low expectations with my dislike towards the three A-sides, the album tracks really made up for it for the most part.  I will say that I would’ve loved seeing “It’s a wild world” on here sinec it really would tie in with a lot of the album.  Also, seeing the trio actually opting for some experimention was nice and that’s also what stood out on the album for me.  Great album!