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Minori Chihara – D-Formation March 4, 2012

Filed under: Minori Chihara — solarblade @ 4:42 am

Track Listing

  1. D-FORMATION
  2. Dream Wonder Formation
  3. Usotsuki ParADox
  4. Metamorphosing Door
  5. Planet patrol
  6. KEY FOR LIFE
  7. Kono Sekai no Mono de Kono Sekai no Mono de Nai
  8. X-DAY
  9. Defection
  10. Akatsuki Tsukiyo
  11. TERMINATED
  12. Ai no Uta
  13. Yume no mirage
  14. Freedom Dreamer

1. D-FORMATION

The title track of the album is just merely an introduction to the album but it does show what majority of the album will sound like.  I love the synths in the song and then hearing Minorin under filters also seems to work as well.  It gives the song this cold and robotic feel to it that sounds really cool.  Even though it does have actual verses and a chorus, it’s still pretty short being 2 and a half minutes.  Nice start though!

2. Dream Wonder Formation

It would make sense also if this counted as a title track since it does have D-Formation in it right?  Well the first full song and promotional song for the album, I have to say I enjoyed hearing this song since it’s not like any of her stuff that she released as A-sides all throughout the era.  It has a little more of an electro/anison arrangement going and even added some guitars for kicks.  I mean Minori’s vocals are still a bit higher than previous song but she doesn’t seem to be forcing like she has in other songs so it’s a step up.  I really did enjoy the song and it works with the PV it got.

3. Usotsuki ParADox

Being the same length as our previous song, Usotsuki ParADox continues to supply us with the synthy goodness that filled our ears in previous albums.  It’s funny though because as I’m listening to this song it really makes me feel like I’m listening to KOTOKO’s “SCREW” since they both sound similar for some strange reason.  I will say, the song kind of sounds great and the darker glow of the song worked for Minorin here.  It might not be as explosive like other songs on the album but it stood out to me for being rather different!

4. Metamorphosing Door

I actually thinking we were getting more of that darker sound going with our next track but in reality it went the other direction and is one of the new songs that utilize Minorin’s higher vocals (though not very high amongst others).  I do like the synth melody, but besides that there isn’t much to remember it by and I kind of just forget the song.  I’m sure it’ll grow since I do adore the melody but Minorin doesn’t impress me here.

5. Planet patrol

Getting into two A-sides of the era, we all know that I’ve just disliked most of them.  As the sixth A-side of the era, Planet patrol since I reviewed it has kind of dropped immensely of my liking.  Maybe it’s just listening to it again but nowadays it kind feels a bit plain and slow and Minorin’s vocals are pitchy here.  Just not my kind of song anymore.

6. KEY FOR LIFE

Which moves into another A-side that I pretty much dislike from first listen and continues to disappoint me.  I mean it shares a lot with “Freedom Dreamer” and “Planet patrol” like the rather weak arrangement along with Minori’s squeaky high voice.  There’s not a lot of anything remarkable about the song and it kind of ranks on the lower side of A-sides from her.

7. Kono Sekai no Mono de Kono Sekai no Mono de Nai

At least after those two songs we get back into some new songs that kind of return to the synthy drive that made the first four songs stand out.  This rather arduous title, is actually the first ballad to pop up on the album and I kind of enjoyed it even though I would’ve preferred her using her good tone and not her squeaky self.  At least this is a little more engaging than “Yasashii Boukyaku” and “Ittousei”. 

8. X-DAY

After three shrug-worthy songs, it’s nice that X-DAY follows up.  I was actually surprised the song begun with a spoken monologue from Minori before the song moves into a anison/dance track and even better is to hear Minori back to her normal tone.  It does kind of remind of stuff from her last album in a good way.  While it’s not the most epic track on the album, it’s kind of nice to listen to and there’s no problems here.

9. Defection

Moving to the 4th (or 5th seeing as it was released simultaneously with “KEY FOR LIFE”), Defection is one of the few A-sides that really caught me by surprise and turned out that I liked it.  I have to say that putting it after “X-DAY” was smart because to me, this track adds to it and making it a bit more faster paced and a tad bit more heavier.  Not bad here!

10. Akatsuki Tsukiyo

I enjoyed the fact that our next new song begun with a strings introduction and then opens to an even more aggressive synth track that almost reminds me of “Dream Wonder Formation” but she added a lot to this song to make it stand out and have a stronger arrangement makes it sound complete to me.  Of the synth heavy songs though, this probably has the most going on and the biggest punch but oddly enough, I still prefer “Usotsuki ParADox”.

11. TERMINATED

I will say that I’m elated to see that my favorite A-side made the cut!  As the sort-of final single of the era (of the album it is the last A-side she released for D-Formation…overall her last single was “Minorin Ondo”).  TERMINATED is epic and just all kinds of dramatic strings and great vocals.  I will say it’s not as beat-heavy like “Akatsuki Tsukiyo” but this is near it at least but I felt like Minorin was trying to channel a little ALIPRO with the music.  It’s still great though and it surpasses many of the songs on this album.

12. Ai no Uta

Another artist that has fell to the Ai no Uta curse it seems lol.  At least this one isn’t a ballad (like nurmerous others are).  I will say that I like that I hear a mix of synths and natural instruments like guitars.  It’s upbeat and to be honest it kind of reminds me of “Planet patrol” but a little less cheery.  It doesn’t speak to me much despite it sounds alright.  Her voice does rub me the wrong way in the song.  It’s ok but nothing spectacular.

13. Yume no mirage

The final two songs though are kind of just ugh to me.  The first is the last of the new songs.  I couldn’t believe Minorin would return to use squeaky vocals in this song and it just doesn’t get better for me.  I guess since it is a pop/rock kind of song it should be alright but her voice just makes me frown.  It just doesn’t work for me and should be avoided.

14. Freedom Dreamer

As the first A-side represented for this album (second if you’re counting missing ones), Freedom Dreamer is just as disappointing if not more than “Yume no mirage” for me.  It’s just a bit too sugary for me and her vocals displeases me even moreso!  I don’t know why she really chose to make this song the closing track but it fell flat for me!

Tracks Recommended

  • Usotsuki ParADox
  • Akatsuki Tsukiyo
  • TERMINATED
  • Dream Wonder Formation
  • Defection

Song of Avoidance

  • Freedom Dreamer

This era has been nothing but a fail fest for poor Minorin. Of all 8 A-sides she’s released in the era…I really only liked 3 of them (Ittousei, Defection, and TERMINATED) so it’s nice she included 2/3 on the album and surprisingly enough, the new tracks did turn out nice for the most part but had some stinkers as well.  I hope she doesn’t pull a stunt like this again and goes back to epic music because the singles nearly killed me from her!

 

3 Responses to “Minori Chihara – D-Formation”

  1. I was hearing the first part of the album, and the first thing I said was; “Is this Minorin?” XD
    Damn, she has several great tunes in the album that surprised.
    The only place where I heard her before this was in animelo’s song, and there is SO different than her normal pitch voice


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