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SUPER☆GiRLS – 1,000,000☆Smile April 18, 2012

Filed under: SUPER☆GiRLS — solarblade @ 8:54 pm

Track Listing

  1. 1,000,000☆Smile
  2. Hoshikuzu Love Song
  3. MAX! Otomegokoro (Switch Vocal ver.) (CD only bonus track)
  4. Original CD Drama “SUPER☆GiRLS Chouzetsu Gakuen School Days Collection Seitokai no Shin Member wa Dare!?” (mu-mo edition only)
  5. 1,000,000☆Smile (Instrumental)
  6. Hoshikuzu Love Song (Instrumental)

1. 1,000,000☆Smile

It seems that this group never lets down on their genkiness and it makes sense with the group’s vibes in their music and how many the star in their name.  1,000,000 Smile actually kind of surprised me because of the brass that’s in the song.  Even though I can’t tell who’s who singing in the group, the solo lines were handled well and it was cute.  Even the chanting in the middle of the song was just too sweet.  I think it’s my favorite A-side from them yet!

2. Hoshikuzu Love Song

Ooooh, I liked that synth intro to the B-side of the single.  However, that’s really about it because the rest of the song kind of just goes on by for me.  Even the solo lines are kind of iffy in places because there’s some off-pitch girls.  Plus the chorus sounds boring and lifeless for some reason.  I’m surprised at my disappointment at this at the moment 0.o

3. MAX! Otomegokoro (Switch Vocal ver.)

I know I never mentioned it before but I always thought motsu (from m.o.v.e) would be ever placed in an intro for a song for idols but here he is in the introduction.  Anyways it’s the same arrangement and lyrics of MAX! Otomoegokoro but the difference is they rotated the girls singing like the deeper girls go first and the squeakier are somewhere else.  Otherwise I continue to feel the same way as I’ve heard it the two times before lol.

 

 

Starting their 3rd era, 1,000,000☆Smile is a song I can get into quite easily!  It’s fun and different from songs before and the ladies still are having fun.  I wish that kept going onto the B-side but alas it didn’t.  Hoshikuzu Love Song is pretty boring for me and doesn’t have a lot of colors (but I’m sure people will find it interesting nonetheless).  As for the alternate MAX! Otomegokoro…is it really worth it?  Not bad, but their 2nd single should be better ^^

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Kanako Ito – spark!

Filed under: Kanako Ito — solarblade @ 12:53 am

Track Listing

  1. Yume no Arika
  2. spark!
  3. Break Beats
  4. Kaze Machi Tsuki
  5. Imbalance
  6. Taiyou to Futari
  7. Murasaki no Koro
  8. Nigaoe Nyoubou
  9. Lullaby
  10. Niji ga Deru Made
  11. Sayonara Ginga Tetsudou 999 – SAYONARA

Bonus CD Tracklist

  1. Shiny Shower
  2. Sweet Sunset
  3. Soul for the Sword
  4. Dramatique?
  5. Dramatique? (bonus track)

1. Yume no Arika

I didn’t think I was listening to the same Kanako that was in the “VECTOR” era when I begun this album’s first song, Yume no Arika.  I mean unlike the abundance of synths, this tune is pretty basic and relaxing and has a certain forte of acoustic guitars.  It’s relaxing like I said and Kanako’s vocals are good for the most part but she does have places where her nasal vocals do create a rather odd sound but it’s still a good song to kick things off with.

2. spark!

Our next song is clearly the title track and it keeps its acoustic guitar love going but adds a little more oomph to the sound.  Being more pop/rock is a nice touch to Kanako’s vocals and it’s weird because her vocals seem like she singing with an acoustic-able background giving a little more of a broader sound to it.  There’s places where I thought it got weird like the numerous solos in the song were a bit random and not enough Kanako parts.  Weird song overall.

3. Break Beats

I wonder why Kanako is being all acoustic on this album, it just doesn’t seem right to me (then again a different company is handling this release and not 5pb.).  Break Beats goes backwards and leans more on the softer acoustic pop like “Yume no Arika”.  I’m just no really into the song nor did it leave much of an impression on me.

4. Kaze Machi Tsuki

Getting even slower and more in a ballad setting is Kaze Machi Tsuki, I would’ve thought she’d do somehing better here but the whole time I felt sleepy and bored listening to this track.  Plus the song felt like it was stuck on one note (mostly in the chorus).  It just didn’t do anything for me.

5. Imbalance

I definitely get folkish vibes when I listen to our next tune, Imbalance which is an interesting change but it doesn’t fully scream interesting because of the lack of different instrumentation.  It’s slightly cuter in places and hearing accordion in various places do make it pop out in a nice way from the rest of the album. 

6. Taiyou to Futari

I like that Taiyou to Futari brightens things up for the album for me since it sounds cute and a little more effort was put into this song.  Kanako’s vocals seem to fit very well with the arrangement and she sounds as pleasant as it can get.  Cute track here and the sax solo was tasteful lol.

7. Murasaki no Koro

Remember how I described Kanako’s vocals back in “spark!”?  Well, they’re back again for this song but they’re back in full-form in a ballad which is probably the SLOWEST song on the album.  It even feels that way because the arrangement is moving at a snail’s pace and when Kanako sings I feel like it needs to be faster.  I just can’t listen to this song because of it’s uberly slow movement.

8. Nigaoe Nyoubou

At least this one tries to be somewhat different on the album right?  I hear a lot of keyboard and more of a pop/rock sound once again but I like Kanako here.  I feel like it can be a really catchy song because the chorus is mostly just ~itsumademo, itsumademo~ on repeat.  I like it a lot even though it’s a repetitive song.

9. Lullaby

Meh, it just keeps getting slower and quieter with each ballad it seems.  Light acoustic guitar and Kanako’s voice are really only powering the song for the most part (and light keyboards and percussion).  It gets a lot better towards the end though since a lot more instrumentaion is added and it gets dramatic sounding.  I didn’t enjoy the beginning but it got better.

10. Niji ga Deru Made

I heard that this song was performed a lot because it was for the earthquake victims so it’s nice to see that it got a studio release.  Like majority of the ballads, it’s pretty much led by acoustic guitar.  It actually sounds nice though and heartfelt but would it have killed her to not have acoustic guitar?

11. Sayonara Ginga Tetsudou 999 – SAYONARA

Closing the first disc is a cover song and funny enough the longest track of the bunch.  At first I thought it was cute to hear the music being a little more space-like and ethereal.  However, it does turn out to be another ballad and supposedly it’s entirely in English which is surprising (minus Kanako saying ~sayonara~).  Her English hasn’t really gotten better since “Amaranthine”.  It’s still pretty sketchy but I can understand a good portion.  Still, why 6 minutes?  At least it fades out and closes the album quite nicely.

CD2

1. Shiny Shower

The second disc is actually full of songs that were used on PC stuff so it’s nice to see she included some.  Shiny Shower is a good way to start things off because it’s a little more funky and the saxophone parts are interesting since they play a bigger role than in “Taiyou to Futari”.  It’s poppy and interesting and kind of fun of song to listen to.  I like it!

2. Sweet Sunset

I would’ve guessed that Sweet Sunset would’ve been a ballad and it is but at least this one doesn’t seem to really bore me like the ones from the first disc funny enough.  It could be the fact the synths are pleasant and Kanako doesn’t sound too awkward.  It’s an interesting song but my least favorite from the second disc.

3. Soul for the Sword

I’m not even sure why the rest of the second disc is even a part of this release because they don’t sound like ANYTHING on this album.  Soul for the Sword has synths people!  This would’ve been perfect on “VECTOR” for some reason but it’s that anime-like tone for the song plus Kanako’s vocals has more punch as well.  Would it kill me to say this was my favorite song on the album? XD

4. Dramatique?

Funny enough the next song also ranks up there as my favorite XD.  Dramatique? is a bit more trance-themed but it feels like it mixed in the acoustic feel from the first disc.  I love Kanako’s vocals being filtered and auto-tuned together…it gives this almost cybernetic tone and I’m loving it hahaha. 

5. Dramatique?

Closing the second disc is a bonus track and yeah it shares the same name because it is the chorus of Dramatique? but with less of the synth arrangement and less filtering (but keeping the auto-tune effect).  It really is only a minute long though but he arrangement is a bit darker and I kind of wish the long version was this arrangement (despite me liking what we have anyways XD).

Tracks Recommended

  • Soul for the Sword
  • Dramatique?
  • Nigaoe Nyoubou
  • Lullaby

Song of Avoidance

  • Murasaki no Koro

Wow, this album is just epic fail!  I didn’t even know she was going to release spark! with no singles to promote it or anything it really left me wondering what it’d be like (better than “VECTOR” maybe?).  WELL, it wasn’t…that first disc was simply bland as all hell and using acoustic guitar for every song but the last track on the first disc was simply BAD and a jump-off from “VECTOR’s” variety.  The second disc was loads better since it did have the synthy stuff I love from her…but it shouldn’t have been a part of this release…the company could’ve saved that for a different release and let this BOMB.  I just can’t with this album right now…T.T