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TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE – Rock you!/Onnaji Kimochi -YMCK REMIX- March 9, 2012

Filed under: TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE — solarblade @ 9:46 pm

Track Listing

  1. Rock you!
  2. Onnaji Kimochi -YMCK REMIX-
  3. Rock you! -Royal Mirrorball Remix- (Type C only)
  4. Rock you! (Instrumental)
  5. Onnaji Kimochi -YMCK REMIX- (Instrumental)
  6. TGS16 Senkou Ongen (Type C only)

1. Rock you!

The only original song, Rock you! does stand out to be differet from the previous A-sides by being a little more angsty and driven but after that awesome rock riff that opened the song, it seemed to groove into another “Limited addiction” and “Liar” which is slowly getting to me but not so much because it’s enjoyable.  I will say that the five girls sound great though so it surpasses “Liar” in that repect.  Otherwise this is a pretty good song though I hope they broaden out their sound after this.

2. Onnaji Kimochi -YMCK REMIX-

How many versions of Onnaji Kimochi do we really need?  I mean we have the original (their second single), the Mirrorball remix on the single, the Kids version on “Love like candy floss”, the Chinese version off their debut album and now a YMCK remix?  Last time we seen YMCK they remixed the group’s song, “Kodou no Himitsu” and that was pretty damn good.  However, I’m not too big of a fan of their take on Onnaji Kimochi.  The melody plus the 8-bit melody over it just don’t fit together and kind of comes off as a little more annoying than great.  I think there’ll be fans of this but I still think YMCK’s first remix for the ladies was MUCH MUCH BETTER!

3. Rock you! -Royal Mirrorball Remix-

Getting into the remix for Rock you!, just like the original, the remix does take the song in a more serious style and has a rather deeper synth melody compared to previous RM remixes.  I actually kind of enjoyed the remix a lot more than many other RM ones and while the original tops it, this sounds great and works with the melody. 

4. TGS16 Senkou Ongen

If you’re a follower of the group, you should know what this is.  To others this is actually a preview track of an album song.  TGS has done it before for their first album with a couple songs.  This Senkou Ongen is a preview for “Regret.” which is an album track for “Limited addiction”.  Not much to go by for this review as short it is…but it gives me hope for the album now LOL.

 

 

Closing the “Limited addiction” era, Rock you!/Onnaji Kimochi -YMCK REMIX- is alright but I think of the singles, this was the weakest as a presentation.  I do like Rock you! and its remix but is weaker than half of the A-sides (only better than “We Will Win!” and “Liar”).  The Onnaji Kimochi remix was kind of bad and just wasn’t necessary IMO and the Senkou Ongen was just a teaser, not enough to determine the review.  At least next week is the group’s sophomore release.

 

MONKEY MAJIK – Somewhere Out There

Filed under: MONKEY MAJIK — solarblade @ 8:34 pm

Track Listing

  1. Headlight
  2. Black Hole
  3. White Noise
  4. U.F.O
  5. Go with U
  6. RAIN
  7. Ashiato
  8. My Home Town
  9. Tobira
  10. HERO
  11. Ki wo Ueta Otoko

1. Headlight

I’m a little surprised that Headlight ended up getting a second PV which also led me to believe it was a new version of the song.  Luckily, this isn’t the case as the song has not been changed.  The first A-side of the era, Headlight kicks the album off on a rather sullen start even though the lyrics are one of a hopeful kind.  I still do love the song as much as I did last year and stands out in my mind by them.  Great song, great song.

2. Black Hole

I was curious to how the album tracks would be like.  Oddly enough, Black Hole kind of kicks the album into gear and I was surprised at this since it’s upbeat and has weird things going on like some high notes and some pitch-shifting (the latter is mostly in the beginning).  It’s a little odd for me to listen to it since I’m not used to such a happy upbeat song from the band but it’s different and I like that about it.

3. White Noise

Funny that white opposites to black XD.  Anyway, our next song starts with Maynard and acoustic-based feel to it.  I love the chilled out feel of the song and funny enough I don’t hear Japanese at all in this song which makes this is a pretty good song to get settled into.  To be honest, I’m liking Maynard leading the song more than Blaise this time around since his vocals is a little easier to emote lol.  Another good one here!

4. U.F.O

Oh at the title LOL.  It starts with a speaking monologue from someone (who I personally think is Blaise).  There’s something about it that sticks out to me.  It’s probablly the fact that if it was released in America, it’d be pretty popular for some reason even though it is nerdy lyrically.  It’s pretty catchy and different for the band!

5. Go with U

They move into peppy stuff with Go with U since it’s a little more faster and the atmosphere is much more happier which is a good thing here.  Go with U is also an English-only track which is a nice thing to be here as well since I can connect better.  While I do think “U.F.O” left a better mark on me, this is actually not a bad song either.  Kind of catchy here.

6. RAIN

It’s nice to take a chill pill on the album and RAIN is pretty sufficient in the way that it’s calming things down with a lighter acoustic arrangement and mixing a lighter vibe into it as well.  It’s pretty different from your normal kind of song actually and kind of bridges into the band’s more airy and softer songs so it does its job very well IMO.

7. Ashiato

Adding strings into the workings for Ashiato was a nice idea and it worked for this ballad on the album.  Both guys melodically sound amazing and they seamlessly sing through both languages and it feels so natural for them which is always a plus in my book.  My biased look on ballads do make this a hard listen but it sounds pleasant.

8. My Home Town

I guess we haven’t totally jumped into ballads I guess.  My Home Town is kind of a bit more like R&B mixed with their acoustic vibes and such.  Even though I hadn’t paid a lot of attention, half the time I felt like they said ~my hotel~ but it could be spaced out mood lol.  I will say that it’s sounding a bit sentimental from the lyrics but it’s a nice thing for em.  It’s pretty sweet of a song but I do think there’s better songs on the album.

9. Tobira

So the lone B-side of the era actually made the album’s cut, then again it would’ve felt a bit lonely if it didn’t XD.  Maynard once again leads the song and while still do think it has a “westview” feel to it, it kind of works being towards the end of the album.  It’s pleasant and relaxing for sure but it feels kind of like I’m listening to a couple of other songs on this album but it’s still worthy to be on the album.

10. HERO

As the second A-side, I felt that HERO still isn’t at the same level as “Headlight” was but I’m OK with that.  However on the album, this kind of is rather forgetful but it has a really nice message in it some it’s kind of making me sit on the fence with it.  Not saying it’s terrible of a song but it’s definitely not as memorable as a lot of the songs on here.

11. Ki wo Ueta Otoko

Ahhh, the final song on the album, Ki wo Ueta Otoko finishes things off on a simple note it seems since it’s mostly acoustic guitar in the song.  It’s weird once again because Maynard sounds really nice and light but then Blaise comes in and ruins the moment with his first line to be honest.  Besides that, it does get better and it’s pretty heartfelt and pleasant all-around.  I actually can remember this melody a lot more strongly than “HERO”.

Tracks Recommended

  • Headlight
  • U.F.O
  • White Noise
  • Ki wo Ueta Otoko
  • Go with U

Song of Avoidance

  • HERO

Wow, I was pretty much happy with this album.  Taking the boredom out of “westview”, Somewhere Out There was anything but boring (maybe a little at the end) but this album felt a lot more bright and alive which is a total 180 from the more laidback and relaxed form of their last album.  Not much bad could be really said here, but this was a good album *RECOMMENDED*