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SNoW – Sakasama no Chou January 23, 2012

Filed under: SNoW — solarblade @ 10:45 pm

Track Listing

  1. Sakasama no Chou
  2. night light
  3. BleacH (English Version)

1. Sakasama no Chou

After her last A-side, I wasn’t expecting more of a sullen and a dead serious song from SNoW, but it worked because her vocals just seem to work fully with the mostly acoustic sound of Sakasama no Chou.  She just sounds great in this song and mixing a lot of English and Japanese together.  Might not be as great as “Hanabi Made Ato Sukoshi” but this is a rather strong follow-up!

2. night light

The B-side on the other hand is a little more different and stands out a lot more than “Sakasama no Chou” by being on the verge of being R&B and a ballad but that’s quite alright actually.  Once again, her vocals seem to be the main core of why the song is good…but there’s also some things in the arrangement that is cool like the background stuff.  Yeah this is what should’ve been the leading song!

3. BleacH (English Version)

I’m not sure what this is an English version of persay…that is until I see that the Japanese version is on her “Hatsuyuki” album.  I have to say I’m liking this song as well even though it kind of has the same instruments that was in “Sakasama no Chou”.  At least it’s a bit more upbeat in a sense.  There is a little accent in SNoW’s English here as well but it’s kind of cute and made the song more interesting.  I liked it, can’t wait to hear the JPN version.

 

 

SNoW’s second major single is a little under her debut but it’s still a great single overall.  I will say that night light and the English version of BleacH left more of an impression than the leading song.  Solid single overall!

 

Ifu Sarasa – Curriculum

Filed under: Ifu Sarasa — solarblade @ 10:16 pm

Track Listing

  1. Curriculum
  2. Kotoba to Slime

1. Curriculum

As this is Ifu’s debut song I was curious to what we’d get and if I remember correctly, it’s a little more natural sounding than her 4th single actually lol.  I kind of enjoy the song since Ifu’s vocals are light and happy and mixed in with an upbeat setting, it actually works.  It does seem a little basic but it’s understandable because it’s a debut but it’s still kind of nice once in a while.

2. Kotoba to Slime

The B-side though was a surprise because it’s harder hitting than “Curriculum” and kind of reminds me of PUFFY’s songs.  Even her voice reminds me of one of them.  It’s hard, yet still poppy which is great.  I kind of actually prefer this song over the A-side funny enough.

 

 

Ifu’s debut single was alright actually.  I mean Curriculum isn’t anything special really, but it’s not bad just kind of forgetful.  Kotoba to Slime was definitely the preferred song actually.  I mean it’s harder and has better sounding vocals.  I wonder where the bridge to her recent synthwork happened….must’ve been in the next two singles.

 

ALI PROJECT – Kyomu Densen

Filed under: ALI PROJECT — solarblade @ 7:54 pm

Track Listing

  1. Kyomu Densen
  2. Yomi no Tasogare no, Utsurou Naru Aoki Hitomi no.
  3. Tainai Hitogata Yuugi
  4. Kyomu Densen (Strings Version)
  5. Kyomu Densen (Instrumental)
  6. Yomi no Tasogare no, Utsurou Naru Aoki Hitomi no. (Instrumental)
  7. Tainai Hitogata Yuugi (Instrumental)

1. Kyomu Densen

It has been a while since we’ve seen a single from ALIPRO and they’ve returned with Kyomu Densen which is oddly a bit brighter than previous efforts that I’ve reviewed.  It’s kind of a mystical sounding song and that’s quite awesome actually.  Arika as usual sounds great and fits the atmosphere of the song as well.  I’m a little surprised that it does remind me of “Katana to Saya” just a little too much but it’s still a worthy A-side.

2. Yomi no Tasogare no, Utsurou Naru Aoki Hitomi no.

The first B-side is Yomi no Tasogare no, which is definitely more along the lines of songs that really interest me from the duo since it’s slow and mysterious.  Add in the strings that play along with the song and it’s just mesmerizing to listen.  I really enjoyed this tune a bit more since it also gets dramatic and aggressive (well, sort of).  Still, a pretty song overall!

3. Tainai Hitogata Yuugi

It’s been a while since I’ve seen ALIPRO have another B-side to a single so it’s a rather nice surprise.  It starts with brass having this kind of battle-like theme to it.  After that short intro, it moves into this ballad of sorts which electronic buzzes and Arika singing in a rather higher pitch than the previous two songs.  To be honest, it’s kind of an abstract song for them, but it’s kind of interesting as well.  I still prefer her lower tones though…but she hits them high notes just right in this song.

4. Kyomu Densen (Strings Version)

I’m also shocked that we get a strings version of Kyomu Densen and not wait for it on a future album.  I love that intro that gives a rather dark and nightmarish feel to the song.  Without the poppy undertones, the song struck me better and Arika did a better vocal performance out of it as well! 

 

 

ALIPRO begins their 2012 with a rather solid single in Kyomu Densen.  It surpasses the last couple of singles and goes beyond by adding more songs lol.  I will say that the strings take of Kyomu Densen is a lot better than the original but I think that was a given in the first place.  As for best song though, it goes to Yomi no Tasogare no since it’s mysterious but done very well!  As for Tainai Hirogata Yuugi, it would’ve been better if she wasn’t all in high-note land through it…take it down an octive maybe XD.  Still I enjoyed this single quite a bit!

 

faylan – Dead END/Soukyuu no Hikari

Filed under: faylan — solarblade @ 3:57 am

Track Listing

  1. Dead END
  2. Soukyuu no Hikari
  3. Dead END (Off Vocal)
  4. Soukyuu no Hikari (Off Vocal)

1. Dead END

Dead END from faylan is quite explosive and rockin which fits the series well.  I’m really enjoying her deeper vocals in the song and when the chorus rushes in, it’s fast-paced and full of energy which is a much-needed aspect faylan needed after the last few singles.  Great leading A-side!

2. Soukyuu no Hikari

On the flipside, the other A-side is tied into Blazblue (another one?!?), Soukyuu no Hikari is a bit more synth-filled than “Dead END” but the same stuff is found like powerful vocals from faylan and the arrangement is actually top-notch.  I was seriously surprised by this and I LOVE IT!

 

 

As the era’s second single, Dead END and Soukyuu no Hikari seriously brought her back after an era of not so good A-sides (basically the entire “ALIVE” era).  Both songs are hardcore and rockin’ and brought out the powerful vocals from faylan to the front.  This was something I was waiting for for a long time! *RECOMMENDED*

 

What’s On Brett’s iPhone?: WEEK 4

Filed under: ~What's on Brett's iPhone~ — solarblade @ 2:33 am

WEEK 4!!!! WHOO LET’S GET STARTED!

1. Collective Soul – Listen

The Song: There’s just something about Listen that kind of says if you take a serious song but give a happy sound your bound to have a rather fun song (even if people won’t really get the lyrics the first time).  Listen was one of the singles that represented their 3rd album “Disciplined Breakdown” and kind of a good choice since it’s one of two songs I happily remember from it lol

The Video: To be honest, I never knew it had a video since it wasn’t very popular at least at that time.  The video has a lot of super sped shots of Chicago…at least I think that’s Chicago…?  Besides that, you get the band performing the song as well…but the weird thing is while they’re jamming out, other people are building a cement wall around them…it’s kind of odd but makes sense due to the lyrics.  Cool 90s MV ^_^

So why’s in on your iPhone, Brett?: Even though it’s not my favorite Collective Soul song presently, it still has it’s moments and it’s kind of catchy in both verses and chorus.  I think Ed Roland’s vocals are pretty much unique and made the song so much better than I thought it’d be.

2. My Chemical Romance – Helena

The Song: Quite argubly their most well-known song and mostly their most popular, Helena was a rock bombshell that I was hoping to hear since at that time, rock was building up popularity once again due to band’s like MCR and Fall Out Boy…and plenty of others.  It’s off their second album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge

The Video: I remember Helena quite fondly because of the video which was set during a funeral!  I mean yeah, that’s sad and all but the band is electrifying and Gerard Way just looks edgy and energetic…it was EPIC!  Add in dancers and you got a pretty off the wall but cool performance.  Plus during the interlude of the song, Helena (who’s dead) dances down the walkway of the church building and finds herself in the casket and the guys carry her down to the car where it’s droven away in the rain.  Such a surprising video but cool at the same time.

So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: It’s just that powerful of a song and while I never got into the emo/screamo/punk rock style as much as other people (this was roughly about the time I got into J-pop) this song is definitely one of those songs that represent an era of music and I still love it today…still has this angsty but hopeful light to it that makes it a gem!

Ami Suzuki – Alright!

The Song: Alright! is actually Ami’s third A-side in the “CONNETTA” era and I think it was the last before the direction changed into that odd “joins” project.  It’s one of Ami’s breezy summer tunes (just thought you should know that).

The Video: It’s been a WHILE since I’ve seen the PV for it but it starts off with Ami waking up in a hotel room with two of her friends in Saipan.  Then they have a summer adventure which included hitting the beach, biking, eating, meeting guys and leaving the island.  It’s a rather shock to her fans because it wasn’t like her previous avex PVs…Though she looked like she was having loads of fun and Saipan looks pretty as hell!

So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: There’s a couple of summer songs that I love that are on my iPhone so that’s the first reason.  Also, this was the single that was currently being promoted when I started listening to Ami’s music so this was pretty memorable to me for sentimental reasons.  It’s still one of her happiest tunes that I actually enjoy ^^

4. Noriko Matsueda / Takahito Eguchi – Calm Lands

The Song: As it’s from FFX-2 (you know, Square’s answer to Charlie’s Angels and all that) this was the new theme for the Calm Lands (which was the largest area in said game (at least IMO it is).

So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I’m a fan of the music from X-2 down to VI so there’s a lot to be found on my iPhone about this.  I really liked Calm Lands from X-2 because it’s poppy, light, and at the same time kind of futuristic.  Despite Uematsu not working on this, it was still pretty good!

5. Ayaka Hirahara – Keropak <HIRARA Remix @ Keronboshi>

The Song: Even though it’s a remix from the Keropak single, this is actually the first time (in my time) to see a Hirahara song being remixed into something other than a remix so this was a surprise! 

So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I really loved the producer of this remix.  They took the song that was rather childish originally and turned it into a club banger but a bright one as well and mixed in with Ayaka’s amazing vocals, you got this perfect mix of sound and vocals.  It just blew me away and makes me wish it had been the main version TBQH.

 

SO WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS WEEK’S LIST?