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Yui Sakakibara – Mujuuryoku Aria March 2, 2012

Filed under: Yui Sakakibara — solarblade @ 11:30 pm

Track Listing

  1. Mujuuryoku Aria
  2. Hane Saita Aozora
  3. Mujuuryoku Aria (off vocal)
  4. Hane Saita Aozora (off vocal)

1. Mujuuryoku Aria

I was surprised hearing the A-side because it’s not like anything I’ve heard from Yui before which is a good thing.  I really like the arrangement since it sounds a lot like something from a video game with a mix of Elements Garden as well which might be who produced this actually.  Yui’s vocals are still a bit pitchy but she has a lot control in the song which helps this rather DDR-like song works its wonders.  I’m pretty impressed with this and loving it more for the music!

2. Hane Saita Aozora

As the B-side of the single, Hane Saita Aozora is totally the opposite to “Mujuuroyku Aria” since it has more of strings/pop/rock kind of style to counter the A-side’s love of synths.  I’m not too much of a fan for her vocals here since they’re more apparant to be cuter than it should be and it’s not a good thing.  Luckily this isn’t as tragic as “Manatsu no Cielo”. 

 

 

As usual it just seems that I only like half of Yui’s singles as in the case for Mujuuryoku Aria.  The leading song was quite different and the way it flowed felt refreshing and worked with Yui’s vocals very well.  Hane Saita Aozora though sounds like it could be from an album since it’s a song that has an ok arrangement but is kind of messed up by Yui’s pitchy vocals.  I wonder when she’ll have another single were both songs are great!

 

Crystal Kay – Delicious na Kinyoubi/Haru Arashi

Filed under: Crystal Kay — solarblade @ 2:16 am

Track Listing

  1. Delicious na Kinyoubi
  2. Haru Arashi
  3. Delicious na Kinyoubi (Instrumental)
  4. Haru Arashi (Instrumental)

1. Delicious na Kinyoubi

In recent times, I’ve been finding myself really enjoying Kuri’s synth songs like “FLASH” and “Victoria” so it’s great she’s releasing a single that contains this style because I really like Delicious na Kinyoubi.  I am just really liking her voice in this song and the synth breakdown in the middle of the song was unexpected but pretty cool nonetheless. 

2. Haru Arashi

Both A-sides actually impressive?  I must say so because I think I like this song just a bit more than “Delicious na Kinyoubi”.  I think it’s the fact that it’s breezy and yet still has this synthpop/dance style going on it.  Yeah this was something I waited for from her and I approve if she keeps going this way.

 

 

Kuri definitely scored a good single this time around and is stronger of a release than “Superman” was to be fair.  Both songs bring this kind of great atmosphere that Kuri has been trying to have since the “FLASH” mini-album but kind of took her turn back to her R&B roots until she changed labels.  I have to say this release is *RECOMMENDED*.  This era is getting a LOT better now!

 

SDN48 – Makeoshimi Congratulation

Filed under: SDN48 — solarblade @ 1:56 am

Track Listing

  1. Makeoshimi Congratulation
  2. Kurikuri (Undergirls)
  3. Uekara Natsuko (Limited A only)
  4. Owaranai Encore (Limited B only)
  5. Makeoshimi Congratulation (off vocal)
  6. Kurikuri (off vocal)
  7. Uekara Natsuko (off vocal)
  8. Owaranai Encore (off vocal)

1. Makeoshimi Congratulation

I really can’t with this song.  It’s not them in my opinion.  I mean, don’t get me wrong I know the voices are there and such but the sound of Makeoshimi Congratulation doesn’t sound like SDN48 at all.  It’s more like an AKB or SKE song by arrangement and that disappointed me a whole lot since I like their K-pop-like songs and their more serious songs.  What a disappointing final A-side from the group IMHO.

2. Kurikuri

It’s funny that the Undergirls get the K-pop-like song on the single and it sounds rather nice for them.  Since there’s like 0 solo lines in the song I found it hard to judge the singing but I kind of like this song way more than “Makeoshimi Congratulation”.  I mean it’s no “GAGAGA” but this is pretty good for a B-side.

3. Uekara Natsuko

If this title looks familar to you then it should because it’s SDN’s version of “Uekara Mariko”.  I mean nothing has really changed musically and the lyrics are mostly the same with a few exceptions and the chorus changed from Mariko to Natsuko (and yes the Natsuko in question is singing in the song so it makes sense…well sort of.  I’m not sure of her importance to the group but she gets a song.  Otherwise there’s not much difference and I’m still not a big fan of this song or the original so *shrugs*.

4. Owaranai Encore

The group’s final song as a group (and yes all of the members sing here), Owaranai Encore is kind of the group’s “Sakura no Shiori” in the fact that they sing as one and it sounds pretty and all but the arrangement feels rather bland and yeah reminds me of “Koko ni Ita Koto” as well.  I know why this song is here, but I’m a little disappointed in this as well.

 

 

It’s funny that as this is the group’s final single, it’s nowhere to be seen on their best-of album, “BEST ENCORE” it kind of makes me curious why it’s not on it.  Makeoshimi Congratulation for the most part is a very disappointing single since 3/4 of the single is just not their style and kind of made me go ew.  Makeoshimi was clearly not SDN’s style and was a lame excuse of an A-side.  Uekara Natsuko being based off of one of AKB’s songs was stupid (even though SDN did their own cover of “Everyday, Katyusha” so meh.  Owaranai isn’t as bad as those two but it’s still meh.  The only good song on the single was Kurikuri because it was them and it sounds good along with the other B-sides prior to the single.  This just wasn’t the single that made me feel that closure for the group…might be worse than “Ai, Chuseyo”!

 

FLOWER – SAKURA Regret

Filed under: FLOWER — solarblade @ 12:29 am

Track Listing

  1. SAKURA Regret
  2. be with you
  3. Just A Little Bit
  4. SAKURA Regret (instrumental)

1. SAKURA Regret

Already I felt that SAKURA Regret stepped up the group’s game up quite nicely.  At first it starts quiet with both vocalists singing quietly while the arrangement gains a bit of momentum.  While it doesn’t fully power itself, the song is still pretty and doesn’t offend me in anyway.  Still maybe it’s just me but at the end of the day, I kind of liked “Still” better…>.<

2. be with you

At least the B-sides are a little more worth it to be honest.  be with you is definitely a lot poppier than anything they’ve touched before.  It’s definitely a girly sounding song (no offense) but the way the synths play and how the ladies sound are kind of giving me this mall-shopping feel with this song and I kind of dig that about it.  It’s usually not the kind of songs I go for…yet I do somehow (like alan’s “My Stage”…).

3. Just A Little Bit

I get nostalgic vibes from the second B-side actually.  It’s like hearing 90’s R&B and seeing artist just strut down the street like it’s nothing.  I will say that it does sound a little safe for them but it’s quite chill and I could totally see Kana Nishino performing this song bwahaha.

 

 

FLOWER’s second single is a tad underwhelming when put next to “Still” but it’s a nice second single for them.  SAKURA Regret was nice but it lacked something to make it pop and stuff.  Though I think I liked the song better when it’s accompanied by its PV.  Minus the PV linkage, I felt the same way for Just A Little Bit…it lacked something for me but it’s got a bit of charm I guess.  However, the best was easily be with you since it had a lot going on and the two (or three…) girls sounded great in the song!  I hope their third single is really good!