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ClariS – Connect April 5, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Connect
  2. Dreamin’
  3. Kimi to Futari
  4. Connect -TV MIX- (Anime Edition only)
  5. Connect -Instrumental-

1. Connect

Of the A-sides released, I have to say that I really enjoyed the hell outta Connect the most.  It was pretty energetic and unlike “irony” it had a bit more of a natural instrumentation.  With piano, acoustic guitars, and strings taking the place from the synths…it was a nice change.  It’s breezy and both ladies sound great together as usual.  Definitely my favorite of the 4 A-sides.

2. Dreamin’

If you were missing ClariS’ more synth-based songs, don’t fret because Dreamin’ fills that gap up nicely and left off where the previous single did with their songs.  Of course there’s solo lines that are to suspect the difference in vocal tones.  I don’t think it’s very memorable like the other synth songs (but it’s hard to really tell the placing for these similar sounding tracks). 

3. Kimi to Futari

The other B-side for the single, Kimi to Futari kind of lets ClariS dabble in some R&B and I kind of like this experimenting from the duo.  It’s pretty basic but I like the vocals and the cute synths frolicking in the background.  Simple but nice as a B-side.

 

 

As the second of the “BIRTHDAY” era, Connect might be the best A-side…but I think the rest of the single is rather lukewarm (which is how I’ve been feeling for all the singles).  I should be happy about all four A-sides getting on the album with new songs but I don’t know.  Connect’s B-sides were OK but nothing I’d totally go back to over and over again.

 

ClariS – irony

Filed under: ClariS — solarblade @ 2:56 am

Track Listing

  1. irony
  2. Kokoro no Inryoku
  3. Neo Moon
  4. irony -TV Mix- (Anime Edition only)
  5. irony -Instrumental-

1. irony

As the duo’s major label debut A-side, I was curious to how irony sounded like (you know since I’ve only caught into the duo’s later half of the era).  Even though they are solo lines, hearing the two together is quite nice and the songs poppy-dance/electro style kind of sticks out in my mind in a good way.  I must say it was a fitting track to debut with and I’m liking both vocalists (whomever they might be).

2. Kokoro no Inryoku

The first of the B-sides, Kokoro no Inryoku does sound like a lot of their other songs released in the era and kind of doesn’t stick out from “irony” since this is also a light and airy dance tune.  I can say that it’s a little more sparkly in places and the vocals have less support but that’s kind of good.  I do seem to find myself enjoying the song as it goes further in which is good…could be a B-side I really like from them…just wish it wasn’t after the A-side.

3. Neo Moon

As anime-esque Neo Moon turned out to be, I wasn’t too bothered because the arrangement was different enough to place it outside of mediocrity.  However this anime-style is pretty meh for me since it really doesn’t put ClariS out there very well like the other two tracks.  It’s a solid song though, I can admit to that…but yeah…

 

 

As this is ClariS’ major debut, irony isn’t a very bad single to debut under.  Both irony and Kokoro no Inryoku were pretty good tracks and shows the two vocalists their strengths along with a nice and cute dance style.  Neo Moon might take a little more from me to fully enjoy but the whole anison-feel just didn’t speak to me.