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MiChi – TOKYO NIGHT February 1, 2012

Filed under: MiChi — solarblade @ 8:24 pm

Track Listing

  1. TOKYO NIGHT
  2. December
  3. Revolution
  4. TOKYO NIGHT (Instrumental)

1. TOKYO NIGHT

Considering the song was produced by none other than LEO Imai, I knew it was going to be different from previous MiChi songs and it sure does sound different but really good.  There’s a lot of synths involved which is cool!  I actually could see LEO performing this too but I have to say that MiChi sounds really good in the song!  Some of the arrangement does remind me of “JUMP ON IT” but this was actually damn good! 

2. December

The B-side of the single puts more focus on MiChi’s rocker side but is more towards a ballad to a mid-tempo than “TOKYO NIGHT’s” more danceable style.  I’ve noticed also that this is actually kind of reserved of a song unlike most B-sides which is random and different.  Though I can say that the interesting thing here is that the song is in English.  It’s a bit too long-winded, but this is a B-side I can dig!

3. Revolution

The cover song on the single is actually from The Veronicas this time and it actually suits her very well!  I kind of like MiChi’s take because it’s so her and she sang the song quite well which is pretty different since her covers in recent times have been alright but nothing spectacular.  I’d say it’s her best one yet!

 

 

This is her 6th single and I’m wondering when that album will appear!  TOKYO NIGHT is definitely her best single since “All about the Girls ~Iijanka Party People~ since all three songs are actually quite good.  TOKYO NIGHT was different and executed strongly and she had a good producer in her hands.  Revolution is probably her best cover yet…such a perfect song that represents her.  December is a bit more relatable but the only fault was that it was a little long-winded.  Still GREAT single!

 

chatmonchy – Mangetsu ni Hoero

Filed under: chatmonchy — solarblade @ 7:47 pm

Track Listing

  1. Mangetsu ni Hoero
  2. Mangetsu ni Hoero (Piano Inst)

1. Mangetsu ni Hoero

Mangetsu ni Hoero by chatmonchy is kind of a bit slower than previous A-sides (though let’s not forget their last single was back in 2009).  I will say that it sounds like good ole chatmonchy with a solid rock melody but I’m not sure if I can really take Eriko’s screaming in the chorus very much since it’s kind of piercing in headphones.  Though I can see this being a popular song sung live actually. 

 

 

Since it’s the first for the era, I was surprised at Manatsu ni Hoero since it’s not really bad of a song but Eriko can still manage a sour note here and there.  I will say since it’s the first single since their drummer Kumiko left the band, it feels like nothing has totally changed but it’s an alright song…I wonder how “Thermae Roman” will turn out.

 

KOKIA – Hikari wo Kasanete

Filed under: KOKIA — solarblade @ 7:33 pm

Track Listing

  1. Hikari wo Kasanete
  2. Faraway
  3. Hikari wo Kasanete (instrumental)
  4. Faraway (instrumental)

1. Hikari wo Kasanete

So we had an A-side tied to GUNDAM and one for the Tales of… series, however we now get a .hack tie-in for Hikari wo Kasanete and I wasn’t surprised that the song was a ballad.  Once again the melody of the song isn’t amazing or anything but it’s simple and just has the lullaby-type.  It’s a small step up from “Memorial days” but still kind of boring for me.

2. Faraway

But oh no, we have to get even MORE softer for the B-side in Faraway.  It’s kind of what I thought of “0 Kara no Hajimari” in that it’s maybe a little too soft for me.  I will say this did somewhat entrance me because of how breathy KOKIA is in the song plus how echoey it gets in some parts.  This might be the better song but I don’t know…

 

 

KOKIA’s third single released on the same day kind of isn’t very surprising or memorable for that matter like “New Day, New Life”.  Essentially if you’ve heard the “Memorial days” single then you’re getting the same treatment for Hikari wo Kasanete.  Both songs are ballads and the B-side does rank a bit higher…but still kind of forgetful (once again…) >.>

 

Mami Kawada – Serment

Filed under: Mami Kawada — solarblade @ 7:12 pm

Track Listing

  1. Serment
  2. u/n
  3. Serment -instrumental-
  4. u/n -instrumental-

1. Serment

As this is Mami’s 3rd A-side it’s actually the most rockin’ between the three but then again also has a lot of synths as well.  It’s pretty interesting to hear Mami under suto-tune for some parts of the song but it’s not too obnoxious.  To be honest, the song is quite good but it definitely screams anime theme (which it is).  Sadly I think I like the other two A-sides more.

2. u/n

The B-side though is a bit more focused on the guitars and there’s little synth to be found.  It kind of streams as a B-side but there’s something about it that I just kind of bore myself with.  It doesn’t seem like it pulls the listener in very well (cept that rather cool muffled part before the second chorus).  Pretty straightforward rock track from her.

 

 

As Mami’s 3rd single, I wasn’t all that impressed with Serment.  At least as a package it’s better than “No buts!” but I feel that “See visionS” still leads IMO.  The A-side is cool and rockin and has the right stuff going for it but it just didn’t capture my interest as much as I thought it would.  u/n was just B-side property…didn’t leave much of a mark as well.  Album soon?