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You Kikkawa – Konna Watashi de Yokattara December 31, 2011

Filed under: You Kikkawa — solarblade @ 11:39 am

Track Listing

  1. Konna Watashi de Yokattara
  2. Early Snow
  3. Konna Watashi de Yokattara (REMIX) (Regular Edition only)
  4. Konna Watashi de Yokattara (Instrumental)
  5. Early Snow (Instrumental)

1. Konna Watashi de Yokattara

I kind of like the direction she took with Konna Watashi de Yokattara actually since the song feels different and not so much an idol song unlike the previous two A-sides she’s had.  I’m also loving the electro beat she’s pulling off in the chorus since it gives a song a different color and such.  I might have said that “Hapirapi ~Sunrise~” was good but this blows it out of the water. 

2. Early Snow

Of course we’re going to get a winter ballad from Yuu since it’s that time of the season.  Her vocals are rather sweet and soft to listen to and it justs flows smoohly along the arrangement which the typical fare of strings, piano, acoustic guitar, and jingle bells.  To people this might come off as a little bland and disappointing considering the last single had good ballads.  Just a little underwhelming but at least she sounds good for ballads.

3. Konna Watashi de Yokattara (REMIX)

As with each single she’s released we get a remix of the A-side.  Considering it feels like it’s a club mix since it has a long intro before the actual song kicks in.  I will say I’m surprised that used ~dance~ so much in this remix…but when Yuu is actually singing, the remix is great making it more electro and heavy.  I just wish there was a little more to it and didn’t rely on the damn repetition!

 

 

I’m surprised this single was pretty simple where there wasn’t a bunch of different editions!  Konna Watashi de Yokattara is her best A-side and shows a lot of hope for our ex H!P Egg.  I think she could do more danceable songs since I think it suits her (but at least let her sound like a singer and less of an idol).  Early Snow is B-side throwaway simply because it’s just plain and white.  The remix could’ve been handled a lot better but the actual song was SOOO good luckily.

 

Momoiro Clover Z – Shiroi Kaze

Filed under: Momoiro Clover Z — solarblade @ 10:44 am

Track Listing

  1. Shiroi Kaze
  2. We are UFI!!!
  3. Santa-san -DJ Taku’s Christmas A-men Breaks-
  4. Santa-san -Bloody Christmas Version-
  5. Shiroi Kaze (off vocal ver.)
  6. We are UFI!!! (off vocal ver.)

1. Shiroi Kaze

I didn’t expect for MomocloZ do pop a ballad to close out 2011 to be honest.  Since it’s the signature winter ballad, it was interesting to hear a twist on it.  In this case, it’s the rather dramatic Ayu-like sound in the arrangement (but with squeakier vocals).  It’s definitely not like “Kimi Yuki” that’s for sure and I kind of enjoyed this song a lot more than anything else they’ve released this year (with the exception of “D’ no Junjou”). 

2. We are UFI!!!

Now it seems that our next song has a little history behind it since it was used in a drama when the group was a 6-nin group.  I’m not sure if this song was re-recorded without Akari or not but it’s a total 180 from the more serious “Shiroi Kaze”.  I can see this being released back in the “Battle and Romance” era since it’s more cuter and very in your face with its genkiness.  At least at first…then it kind of gets into the electro beat and the members start having conversations with one another…it’s kind of just takes away from the song and is a little unusual to have but the rest of the song is back to the cute side.  It’s a little better than some of their previous B-sides, I will admit.

3. Santa-san -DJ Taku’s Christmas A-men Breaks-

It’s so random to see Taku from m-flo give out a remix to MomocloZ since it’s very unlike him to do such a thing.  At least it seems that he’s off his dubstep experimentation because the remix for Santa-san is pure electro with the members under a lot of auto-tune.  It doesn’t take away the annoying repetition of the girls saying ~santa~ over and over again!  I will say this remix made the song a jump better than the original.

4. Santa-san -Bloody Christmas Version-

Then MomocloZ gets all BABYMETAL on us and releases a heavy metal version of Santa-san which is extremely out of left field and even more freakier when you add the members’ voices to the song to the gritty and dirty guitars and pounding drums.  Mixing an already repetitive song to the mix just didn’t work like it did for Taku and I find myself getting a headache listening to this.

 

 

Sneaking in one final single for 2011, Shiroi Kaze was an odd single at the least.  I will say the A-side is great and probably going to be my favorite song of the current era with how it sounds.  We are UFI!!! would’ve been better if it didn’t have the middle monologue that seemed way out of place here.  As for the remixes for Santa-san, Taku’s remix is MUCH MORE preferred than that heavy metal mess.  This is probably their best limited released single of the three so far (“Momokuri” and “Akarin e Okuru Uta”).