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ON/OFF – Legend of Twins II -Zoku Futago Densetsu- January 14, 2012

Filed under: ON/OFF — solarblade @ 6:51 pm

Track Listing

  1. Myth
  2. Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara
  3. Chouzetsu Requiem
  4. Kimi ga Suki
  5. I loving… -Boku no Ai-
  6. Butterfly
  7. Kimi ga Inakerya
  8. Chromatic Liner
  9. CONNECTION
  10. Boku Dake no Orion
  11. AKATSUKI ~Kimi no Kirei na Kokoro ga Suki~
  12. Legend
  13. 24 Jikan no Shinwa (bonus track)
  14. Christmas Carol no Koro ni wa (bonus track)

1. Myth

ON/OFF’s second album begins in a different yet kind of magical way with some orchestral bust with some strings, brass, and a little synth to wrap it all in a small bow.  I actually thought it was an epic intro (well up to where the synths come busting through) but this is still pretty cool of an intro! 

2. Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara

Which leads into our first song quite smoothly.  As the second A-side released in the era, I actually remember this song the most out of the three A-sides but that’s because it has that 90’s euro-pop sound to it and I enjoyed both of the guys vocals (even though it’s hard telling them apart in their solo lines).  It’s pretty fun and lively and kind of has that nostalgic kick to it…not bad!

3. Chouzetsu Requiem

Our first new song on the album, Chouzetsu Requiem is quite a dive after the last song because unlike the euro-ness of it, this one has more of a jazzier output and I was kind of impressed with this one the longer it went on because both Kazuya and Naoya’s vocals really fit the style almost perfectly.  I’m really digging this song!

4. Kimi ga Suki

I’m starting to think the flow is gonna be unusual on this album but that’s OK.  Kimi ga Suki is a little of synth but not as much as “Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara”.  I’m kind of bored of this one because there doesn’t seem to be as a bigger punch on the sound unlike the last two songs.  Very light and fluffy…but kind of bland at the same time.

5. I loving… -Boku no Ai-

The next couple of songs are all previous released material.  Starting with the B-side from “Akatsuki”, I was expecting ALL of the B-sides making it on the album but “Tsukisasare! Darts” was the only omitted one…I wonder why.  In the case, I loving… was rather a breath of fresh air because it was the only ballad.  I will say that my feelings towards it haven’t changed much since it still kind of leaves me bored in the end. 

6. Butterfly

As it was the first A-side released in the era, I wasn’t expecting to have Butterfly being lighter than their singles before it which took some time to get used to.  At least I’ve gotten used to their lighter side and I ended up liking Butterfly a little more from when I first heard it.  It actually sounds rather different from everything so far and I like that a lot.  Even the piano solo…was refreshing!

7. Kimi ga Inakerya

As the B-sides from “Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara”, I was kind of hoping if there was one B-side missing, it’d be this one!  I mean I guess it has it’s unique reason that it’s on here but like “I loving…”, I’m kind of just bored.  Actually, it kind of pulls the same reaction I felt for “Kimi ga Suki”.  Kind of too light and underarranged IMO.  Kind of sounds latin and maybe a little indian in places…but otherwise…meh.

8. Chromatic Liner

I guess “Kimi ga Inakerya” and Chromatic Liner are the more ethnic songs since they sound unique to the album.  I really like the use of Japanese strings and oriental flair for it.  At first I thought I heard bagpipes…but it isn’t just something else (I can’t tell what else it could be though…).  It has this rather adventurous flow and I thought this would’ve been perfect if it had been after “Myth” to be honest.

9. CONNECTION

Ahhh, the B-side from “Butterfly” made the cut as well.  Unfortunately, it’s one the more weaker songs on the album since it sounds rather too dated for me to enjoy.  Despite both Naoya and Kazuya sounding quite nice, the rest of the song just kind of is a big blur for me.  Another choice were I rather would’ve had “Tsukisasare! Darts” over this!

10. Boku Dake no Orion

Which carries over into Boku Dake no Orion which is more or less the same feelings I felt for.  It’s a little softer in the verses, that’s for sure.  It has a solid beat though and that’s kind of catchy to listen to, but this song is kind of plain as well and doesn’t leave much of a mark on me.

11. AKATSUKI ~Kimi no Kirei na Kokoro ga Suki~

It seems we get a new version of Akatsuki (which was their 3rd and final A-side released in the era.  Even though it’s become my second favorite A-side of the era (yeah, since the single review, “Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara” grew on me immensely), AKATSUKI sounds rather good still and kind of has this bright and happy mood.  At first, I wasn’t unsure of the changes because the arrangement is the same for the most part…but there’s actually a female singing in the song along with the guys.  It was rather ODD…but she sounds really nice (whoever she is…J doesn’t count).  Still a solid release from the duo.

12. Legend

What should close the album officially is Legend which makes sense since the opening tune was called “Myth”.  Just like the intro, the outro has an orchestral feel and plays a melody (sounds familiar…but not sure what it is).  Likewise, there’s no vocals from either member and it’s a little over 3 minutes.  It’s a fitting song to close the album…well that is until…

13. 24 Jikan no Shinwa

I’m surprised they’d have TWO bonus tracks on the album, though for what reason they are bonuses baffles me.  24 Jikan no Shinwa is a relaxing tune and it features a light arrangement and smooth vocals from the boys.  I actually remember this quite well compared to “I loving…” which is a good sign.  Very pleasant tune actually!

14. Christmas Carol no Koro ni wa

Closing the album out, we get the Christmas tune from the boys.  Yeah, it’s a bit unusual (especially since I’m reviewing it now) but the song is uber cheesy that’s for sure.  It’s like JE puked all over this one for some reason and I’m kind of like WHY ON/OFF WHY???? 

Tracks Recommended

  • Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara
  • Chouzetsu Requiem
  • 24 Jikan no Shinwa
  • Chromatic Liner
  • AKATSUKI ~Kimi no Kirei na Kokoro ga Suki~

Song of Avoidance

  • Christmas Carol no Koro ni wa

For ON/OFF’s sophomore effort (and it’s been a long time coming), Legend of Twins II is a bit different from the first one since there’s no dark-tinged songs (given that they didn’t work on Vampire Knight anymore).  Still it was kind of nice but at the same time it had some rather unnecessary songs like that icky Christmas Carol song and a couple B-sides.  Still a rather alright album.

 

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