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Chiaki Ishikawa – Kono Sekai wo Dare ni mo Katarasenai You ni April 25, 2012

Filed under: Chiaki Ishikawa — solarblade @ 4:12 am

Track Listing

  1. TW
  2. The Giving Tree
  3. My book
  4. Fukanzen Nenshou
  5. Uninstall ~Boku ga Saigo no Pilot Remix~
  6. Switch ga Haittara
  7. Gyakkou
  8. Insomnia
  9. Natsu no Niwa
  10. Sore wa Magire mo Naku ~Erebarashi Mono no Solitude~
  11. Ruisen
  12. Mou Nani mo Kowakunai, Kowaku wa Nai
  13. Sherbet Snow

1. TW

I find it pretty sweet that Chiaki would open her album with TW (from “Mou Nani mo Kowakunai, Kowaku wa Nai”) since it was one of my favorite songs during this era.  It’s funny that they would start with this because the first two words of the song are ~kono sekai~ LOL.  Reasons I enjoyed the song was because while it is pretty mid-tempo, it flowed smoothly and the light beats and piano-laced melody worked together and sounds like a GUNDAM theme (oh wait it was) XD. 

2. The Giving Tree

The first of the new songs on the album, The Giving Tree is an interesting name since I remember the name as a story (not sure if it’s connected one way or another but anyway…).  Chiaki’s vocals have seem to get a little more weaker than it was on the previous album but I enjoy The Giving Tree from it’s anime-esque feel and the flutes and strings in it.  It’s quite nice a lot stronger than “TW” oddly enough.

3. My book

I continue to like this folkish nature from Chiaki and My book sounds like something you’d find in a JRPG since it’s got this slow and dreary atmosphere that seems to sound good…plus there’s a lot of bass present haha.  It’s a real laidback kind of song and Chiaki’s vocals while not surprising that they don’t fit TOO well in the setting gave color to the song as well.  Interesting song.

4. Fukanzen Nenshou

The primary 3rd A-side, Fukanzen Nenshou comes rushing in with its latin vibes and still manages to be one of the more impressive songs that were released prior to the album.  After a while I did start to think there were different issues going on like some of the lyrics didn’t suit the arrangement (like the chorus) and Chiaki’s vocals were a bit more throaty than normal but I still somehow like it lol.

5. Uninstall ~Boku ga Saigo no Pilot Remix~

Of course it wasn’t going to be long before Chiaki would do a remix of Uninstall which is one of her more well-known songs.  It’s a bit of an odd one at that at first because of the way it begins but at least it moves a little better once more things jump in.  There’s a lot of echos in it and some weird stuff going on but it’s a remix what are you going to do…it’s not as good as the original.

6. Switch ga Haittara

It wasn’t long until we were going to hear the secondary A-side opposite to “Fukanzen Nenshou”.  I said on the single review that I like the more Western sound of the tune but it wore off after a while but I do like the acoustic arrangement when compared to the its sister A-side.  After a while it does kind of fall off the radar for me since it really doesn’t build anywhere but the guitar solo in the middle was a nice touch.

7. Gyakkou

Then we move into the first A-side released for the album and Gyakkou is still pretty damn pretty, especially opening with the shimasen of all instruments.  I think this was the most impressive because it was truly quite different and traditional to Japan.  Plus, Chiaki’s vocals are quite nice even though I noticed at this point that her voice sounded different than on “Dare mo Oshiete Kure Nakatta Koto”.  It does seem like the ending goes on too long sometimes, but it’s still the best from the A-sides.

8. Insomnia

Of the new songs, I was surprised that Insomnia is pretty basic and bland when compared to the other new tracks of the album sadly.  The arrangement doesn’t really do much for me since it kind of feels like regular ole guitar and piano lol.  Probably my least favorite song of the album.

9. Natsu no Niwa

Oh god the eerie ~eeeeeEEEEeeeEEEEeeee~ returns to completely weird me out at the beginning (not as harsh as “Prototype” but still goddamn awkward).  At least we got our ballad to deal with on the album and it’s also pretty book basics.  It’s not terrible though which is good and the odd ad-libbing adds a little creepy status to the song so it’s nice there…but ultimately forgettable…

10. Sore wa Magire mo Naku ~Erebarashi Mono no Solitude~

That jingling at the intro reminded me of PictoChat for some reason XD.  At least Chiaki opened the song by singing the title of the song first!  It does gain momentum from “Natsu no Niwa” which is nice and the folkish/Kajiura feel is present here for some reason but whatever the reason, I really enjoyed its relaxed style and Chiaki’s vocals aren’t as nasally as they are in some other songs.  Pretty soothing of a song here.

11. Ruisen

Oh yeah!  “Gyakkou’s” B-side finally comes up next and I must say I also really liked this song too because this was the kind of ballad I was hoping Chiaki would release.  I mean it is colorful, had nice movement and flow and just sounds like something you’d hear in Naruto (like background music not themes).  It still is a bit too long (6 minutes) but it’s a pretty ballad for sure and one of my favorites from her.

11. Mou Nani mo, Kowakunai, Kowaku wa Nai

Ahhh, the second A-side appears now and unfortunately is another ballad that moves a little slower than “Ruisen”.  I feel for this song as much as I do for “Insomnia”.  The song kind of drags the entire time and the arrangement isn’t very intriguing…kind of basic as well.  Reason why I took to “TW” a lot more.

13. Sherbet Snow

Closing the album out, Sherbet Snow sounds like it’d be a cute song (which is pretty uncharacteristic for her) and it turns out to be the quietest and slowest ballad on the album…actually it felt like there was no arrangement and Chiaki was singing acapella.  It DOES have one but it’s so subdued and quiet that you just don’t hear it unless Chiaki isn’t singing….ugh appropriate ending and all…just too empty!

Tracks Recommended

  • Ruisen
  • The Giving Tree
  • Sore wa Magire mo Naku ~Erabareshi Mono no Solitude~
  • TW

Song of Avoidance

  • Insomnia

Comparing to the other album I’ve heard from her, Kono Sekai wo… is pretty much a subdued and more softer release against “Dare mo Oshiete Kure Nakatta Koto”.  There wasn’t many songs that popped out at me unlike the last album but the ones that did were slower songs (oddly enough).  If you were expecting stuff like “49scale” and “Shylpeed”…you won’t find that here so be warned coming into her 4th.

 

One Response to “Chiaki Ishikawa – Kono Sekai wo Dare ni mo Katarasenai You ni”

  1. oscar Says:

    Great critical for all except for “Insomnia”, for me a better songs of album. It’s a good ballad, simple but effective.


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