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pLumsonic! – U・RA・HA・RA Rouge January 3, 2012

Filed under: pLumsonic! — solarblade @ 7:24 pm

Track Listing

  1. Ginga Patrol
  2. Bokura no Ongaku
  3. U・RA・HA・RA Rouge
  4. Soryuushi Macrophage
  5. Otona ni Nattemo
  6. Hoshizora Bathroom
  7. FRONTIER
  8. HappySpiral
  9. FUTURE BOY
  10. Luminous way

1. Ginga Patrol

Opening up pLumsonic’s 4th album, Ginga Patrol is more or less what we’ve got from them previous barring the whole idol meets uber futuristic tones.  That being said, the song is catchy and it seems that Yuu sounds vocally better than before which is a good sign for this album IMO.  It’s a relaxing and the wavy synths in the solo bridge from Yasushi.K is impressive…what a nice start!

2. Bokura no Ongaku

I actually think our next song goes back to their older stuff but at the same sounds rather up to date but rather simple of a song listening to the lyrics which is a little meh here.  It’s not very bad arrangement-wise but Yuu kind of just is white noise when put against the 8-bit sound here.

3. U・RA・HA・RA Rouge

The title track comes next and this one sounds rather filled out in a good way which is great!  It also has the sliding synths that were found in “Ginga Patrol”.  Once again, I’m totally feeling Yuu’s vocals in the song and it’s quite nice to listen to against the synth tones.  Softer than I expected but a nice change.

4. Soryuushi Macrophage

The beginning of Soryuushi Macrophage is out of this world and I’m loving it for sure.  Yasushi.K really knows his musicality in the futuristic pico-pop kind of way and it worked the most out of this one.  Yuu’s emotionless vocals in the vocals quite worked as well and when she starts adding emotion after is awesome too.  It just relaxes your mind and sends you aways on this soothing techno wave.  I love it!

5. Otona ni Nattemo

When I caught myself listening to Otona ni Nattemo, it seemed like they went for a more 80’s techno sound for it and I’m not arguing because it’s kind of cute and fun to listen to.  A little odd to hear Yuu singing in a more higher pitch than normal but it’s catchy still.  I kind of wished there was a little more to it than being a “Bokura no Ongaku” copy but it’s whatever.

6. Hoshizora Bathroom

I kind of lulzed reading the title of the song haha.  Unlike the previous songs on the album, this is actually the first where Yuu is under filters and auto-tune which is interesting but it gives the song a little more spice which is kind of cool since it’s one of the more quicker songs on here.  To me, the song does feel like it’s a bit long winded since the arrangement doesn’t change all that much.  I’m on the fence on this track.

7. FRONTIER

It’s another one of those songs where it’s memorable mostly because of Yasushi.K’s arrangement style.  I do like some of the parts Yuu sings but otherwise I kind of forget it for the music.  I will say that I heard English in this song which is cool and while Yuu does have a clear accent, it’s still good nonetheless. 

8. HappySpiral

Like the title implies, it’s one of the duo’s more happier songs and it shows with the beepy high synths and the melody with the deeper ones.  It’s quite the bouncy song and it’s catchy at the right moments, but otherwise it’s a little plain for them and reminds me of the other cute songs on here.

9. FUTURE BOY

I love the sound of FUTURE BOY seems it’s the closest to sounding like my favorite off the last album, “CodeName “yuu.”.  Actually it may be a little too close for comfort, but that’s good since it means that I like this quite a bit as well.  The chorus is where things are at its best for sure…Great!

10. Luminous way

Like their last album, this one features a new version of their old song.  This time it’s Luminous way from their first album, “Pavilion”.  The new version sounds fully and Yuu’s vocals are more louder and profound when put against the original.  Arrangement-wise, it doesn’t feel like much has changed which is good (or bad depending on your outlook). 

Tracks Recommended

  • Soryuushi Macrophage
  • Ginga Patrol
  • FUTURE BOY
  • U・RA・HA・RA Rouge

Song of Avoidance

  • Bokura no Ongaku

While this album might not be as good as “Atomic-girl” was, U・RA・HA・RA Rouge is actually not a bad album to be honest.  There weren’t as many memorable songs on here but the production value is still strong and Yuu actually sounds better than she did in the last album so that’s a good thing!  Solid release!