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supercell – Kokuhaku/Bokura no Ashiato March 6, 2012

Filed under: supercell — solarblade @ 9:11 am

Track Listing

  1. Kokuhaku
  2. Bokura no Ashiato
  3. Kare
  4. Kokuhaku (TV Edit)
  5. Bokura no Ashiato (TV Edit)
  6. Kokuhaku -Instrumental-
  7. Bokura no Ashiato -Instrumental-
  8. Kare -Instrumental-
  9. Kokuhaku (TV Edit) -Instrumental-
  10. Bokura no Ashiato (TV Edit) -Instrumental-

1. Kokuhaku

Starting the single off, Kokuhaku begins with Koeda singing alongside piano for a little bit before the arrangement picks up and gets a bit more rockin’.  I don’t think I’ve heard this kind of mood since “supercell” so this is a nice back to basics kind of song.  However, I’m still trying to get used to Koeda’s nasally tones which still IMO lack something for me because I still cringe hearing different notes from her.  Essentially this makes me miss nagi a lot because she would’ve sounded GREAT here…

2. Bokura no Ashiato

Sadly, we get to the secondary A-side and it’s long being 7 minutes long and all.  It’s weird because whenever I hear Koeda in the song it feels like her voice is recorded in low quality or something…maybe it’s just me.  I wasn’t too thrilled with the prospect of dealing with a mid-tempo track either.  It’s just two things that worried me would fail and it did.  Just nothing specatcular.

3. Kare

The lone B-side this time around is Kare and at least this sounds relatively unique to supercell.  I actually like that descending guitar line in the verses and oddly enough Koeda reminded me of YUKI in this song because of the youthful glow it has.  Though the chorus was just icky and I couldn’t take poor Koeda’s vocals here either…sadly it is the best the single has to offer…

 

 

It doesn’t feel like ryo really did any better with this single compared to “My Dearest” which was Koeda’s debut as well.  Maybe ryo did better on the arrangement side of things because I do like the melodies of both Kokuhaku and Kare but loathed at Bokura no Ashiato because it was too stretched out for me to care.  The problem still lies in Koeda’s vocals which I’ll probably never get used to after spending all that time with nagi.  She’s just not that great of a singer and I question why she was chosen in the first place >.<

 

Kana Nishino – SAKURA, I love you?

Filed under: Kana Nishino — solarblade @ 1:26 am

Track Listing

  1. SAKURA, I love you?
  2. My Baby
  3. sweet sweet

1. SAKURA, I love you?

At first when I listened to SAKURA, I kind of thinking it was different from “Tatoe Donna ni…” enough to make me think it didn’t happen.  I also thought the song felt like it was a little reggae-ish (especially that chorus).  Every A-side she releases it feels like her voice is getting stronger and it’s pretty evident in this song that it’s pretty awesome.  I actually compare this to a slower “Distance” almost since it has tons of synths in it.  I still want an upbeat track though despite “Esperanza” wasn’t that long ago.

2. My Baby

I think I’ve gotten used to the fact that every single has a certain pattern to them.  The first B-sides are mostly relaxing tracks or ballads.  My Baby kind of strings between both because it’s slower than “SAKURA” but it’s not dramatically slow.  These for me are the weakest songs on the singles so it comes as no surprise to me when I don’t find it much appealing…but might be to others.

3. sweet sweet

Usually her B-sides are pretty much the redeeming factor to Kanayan’s singles after the mehness of the first B-side.  sweet sweet though is kind of ridiculously cheesy and light.  I mean it’s definitely a girly song and kind of all kinds of silly with the many hooks of it.  Still, it’s rather catchy and full of lulz throughout…quite enjoyable of a song even if it does break the aggressive songs line out.

 

 

Kanayan’s second single of the era actually seemed to be a small step above “Tatoe Donna ni…”.  I liked the leading track and it just sounds sweet overall and his a great sound to it like I said a much slower “Distance”.  sweet sweet was good too but it’s because it’s laced with so many hooks that it’s hard not to like it.  My Baby though is kind of bland and forgetful but that was to be expected.  Overall good release ^_^

 

9nine – Cross Over

Filed under: 9nine — solarblade @ 12:28 am

Track Listing

  1. Cross Over
  2. Material World
  3. 119

1. Cross Over

As this is 9nine’s first A-side under SONY, I was curious to how they were treated.  It’s funny how light the music is compared to their later releases. I mean to me since it was tied to an anime, it really has this theme quality to it and I don’t find it memorable for them.  There’s no solos either which surprised me as well.  For a debut it’s not terrible but it’s pretty meh compared to the group’s later singles.

2. Material World

The first B-side has a bit more of an electronic vibe to it but it’s not as pulsating like “Shoujo Traveler” in anyway.  I’m hearing a little more of the girls seperately which is nice but there’s a lot of times where it’s two girls together and all that.  It’s might not be my favorite of the three songs on the single but it still feels like they’re trying to get in the groove of their new label so it’s a little bland as well.

3. 119

I will say that I wasn’t expecting the group’s other B-side to be a little more focused with guitars.  There’s still a fair bit of synths here though so it shouldn’t surprise me.  The girls have more solos here and the arrangement has a bit more punch than either of the prevous songs which is great and makes me wonder why it wasn’t chosen as the A-side.  Pretty good song overall and worked out the kinks the other two had.

 

 

9nine’s first single under SONY and of course it’s not very strong overall.  I mean besides 119 (which was oddly good here), Cross Over and Material World were just missing the point and just didn’t come off as strong which carried over to their next single as well.  They’ve gotten better from this and I’m happy with that.