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Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 – Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke! May 31, 2012

Filed under: Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 — solarblade @ 6:59 am

Track Listing

  1. Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke!
  2. Kimi wa Kangaeru
  3. Heso ga Magaru (Regular only)
  4. Shimai Donburi (Limited A only)
  5. Ren’ai Heavy Kyu Champion (Limited B only)
  6. Nante Suteki na Ahiru no Boat (Limited C only)
  7. Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke! (Instrumental)
  8. Kimi wa Kangaeru (Instrumental)
  9. Heso ga Magaru (Instrumental)
  10. Shimai Donburi (Instrumental)
  11. Ren’ai Heavy Kyu Champion (Instrumental)
  12. Nante Suteki na Ahiru no Boat (Instrumental)

1. Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke!

I found it interesting that they chose Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke! as the A-side because it was released as a digital single (though the song was a theater edition) back in April.  The song is pretty cute and upbeat but there’s a lot of Mayuyu present which I kind of just bleh at this point.  I think “Kibou Sanmyaku” is a lot better. 

2. Kimi wa Kangaeru

The B-side found on all editions (except the Regular), Kimi wa Kangaeru kinds of runs the curse of the ___48 groups with a song that just sounds bland and very cheesy.  I hear more girls singing which is pretty awesome but this song sounds like some summer-themed song (“Ponytail to Chouchou” runs this first).  Just very uneventful of a song tbh.

3. Heso ga Magaru

The regular edition of the single gets one B-side and it’s a solo from Aika Oota.  The intro of Heso ga Magaru kind of reminded me of RAINBOW’s “A” with the brass and kind of push.  Aika’s vocals aren’t very strong and probably auto-tuned (a little bit) but the song is kind of cool but lacking that oomph. 

4. Shimai Donburi

The rest of the singles (minus regular) contains a second B-side but the group is split up into smaller ones for them (but Mayuyu is in all three groupings >.>).  Shimai Donburi has Mayuyu and Kazumi Urano (the new member since Natsumi got kicked out after a scandal).  Their song is riding more along the lines of cute like the A-side but a little more friendly towards an anime sound.  Mayu’s vocals are cute but I’m not sure how to feel about Kazumi’s…the song though feels so anticlimatic with the chorus…it’s just like a boner kill XD.  Just like “Heso ga Magaru”, it’s missing oomph as well.

5. Ren’ai Heavy Kyu Champion

The next track (split between Mayuyu, Haruka, Misaki, and Ayaka) it’s also cute, but this one has a little something going for it and the song isn’t missing anything from being bad.  These four sound great together even though I hear a lot of Mayu once again.  I do love the splashes of ethnic color in the song, but still retains that AKB sound…not bad.

6. Nante Suteki na Ahiru no Boat

Finally, Mayuyu joins with Aika and Mika and at first, I was enjoying the intro because I thought it was going to be a synth-fest, but not in the way that it turned out.  It has a certain 80’s flair that I enjoyed about it and it seems line distribution is a bit more open.  I wish there was more bass behind it but this wasn’t bad either.

 

 

WH7 went through some changes in between this single and their last, “Kibou Sanmyaku”.  Well notice that Natsumi Hirajima had to leave the group because of a scandal (she left the whole AKB family too!).  Then it was announced that Kazumi Urano replaced her but she’s a temporary member it seems.  To the single at hand, Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke! isn’t that great.  Most of the single’s problems are they lack punch and there’s just too much Mayuyu…She’s got a solo career, so let the other members shine DAMNIT!!!!

 

Sakanaction – Boku to Hana

Filed under: Sakanaction — solarblade @ 5:17 am

Track Listing

  1. Boku to Hana
  2. Neptunes
  3. Rookie (Takkyu Ishino Remix)

1. Boku to Hana

Sakanaction seems to be cooling down a lot more with their A-sides and Boku to Hana might be lightest A-side I’ve heard.  It’s light and straightforward which songs like “Rookie” and “Identity” aren’t actually.  I must say as well, the arrangement reminds me of a school food punishment tune…where’s my randomness from Sakanaction?

2. Neptunes

Well, the B-side could be the closest thing to intriguing?  as we get.  However, the song kind of turns up like “Ryuusen” from their “DocumentaLy” album.  Meaning, it’s really low-key and slow and just snail-paced the entire time.  It does get more interesting towards the end but by the time you get to that point, you’re just wanting to move on and you kind of pass it over.  Just not what I was hoping for a B-side.

3. Rookie (Takkyu Ishino Remix)

Pretty cool that we get a remix of Rookie on the single but like the remix he did for school food punishment, it’s kind of repetitive and hard to keep interested because of all the repeating.  You really don’t get a lot of the song until the middle which is nice but it’s kind of like it took that long to get there.  7 minutes was just too long for this.

 

 

Sakanaction begins a new round of singles starting with Boku to Hana.  To be honest, I wasn’t impressed with this single.  The leading song was a little safe and kind of not the normal Sakanaction weirdness that I fell in love with.  Neptunes was just boring and only got better at the end…still BORING.  The remix for Rookie was also boring, but because it was repetitive and was a little too long.  I hope they fix themselves up!

 

Kanako Ito – Hisenkei Jeniakku

Filed under: Kanako Ito — solarblade @ 4:07 am

Track Listing

  1. Hisenkei Jeniakku
  2. Geometric space
  3. Another Heaven (2012 Remix Ver.)
  4. Hisenkei Jeniakku (off vocal)
  5. Geometric space (off vocal)

1. Hisenkei Jeniakku

I have to say, Hisenkei Jeniakku was something I wasn’t expecting from Kanako for some reason.  I mean I know it’s pretty anison and all that but the guitars were cool and the synths as well.  The song kind of reminds me of “Sky Clad no Kansokusha” but a little less powerful.  Not bad to be honest.

2. Geometric space

The B-side of the single, Geometic space is a little bit of a surprise because at first it starts slow and quiet, but the song grows and gets a bit more louder and the arrangement grows as well.  The song does feel like it’s missing throughout for me…but I feel like that if more was added the song would be worse…kind of on the fence for this tune.

3. Another Heaven (2012 Remix Ver.)

Talking about “Sky Clad no Kansokusha”, we get a new version of it’s B-side, Another Heaven!  I don’t get the whole remix tag because it probably should be classified as an acoustic version because that’s what it really is.  Unfortunately, listening to this kind of takes me back to her last album, “spark!” and I REALLY didn’t like that album so this was kind of like ewww.

 

 

After the failure of “spark!” (though granted it was released under a different label, her first single under 5pb. after “VECTOR” is alright for the most part but nothing exceedingly great.  Hisenkei Jeniakku is quite good and does good as an A-side for sure.  Geometric space is alright, but something is missing from making it great but I’m not sure what that is.  The new version of Another Heaven is just kind of not worth the time to listen to, stick to the original.

 

Mami Kawada – Borderland

Filed under: Mami Kawada — solarblade @ 3:41 am

Track Listing

  1. Borderland
  2. Angel // resident of the nightmare
  3. Borderland (instrumental)
  4. Angel // resident of the nightmare (instrumental)

1. Borderland

I kind of liked that she went back to synths for Borderland but added a nice layer of dark grittyneess (like “No buts!”).  It’s great to hear the song with a little more energy in it and Mami’s vocals being lighter yet cool.  I will say that her voice under filters is interesting but I like something a little different.  It’s good otherwise and ranks well with it’s fellow A-sides.

2. Angel // resident of the nightmare

Angel on the other hand kind of interested me (seems like her B-sides do that quite often, just by title).  I’m surprised because it sounds like MELL would be singing a song with the arrangement it has.  It has that signature I’ve Sound feel that I always seem to enjoy and relax too.  Mami’s vocals sound smooth and soothing as well giving this numb but good feel throughout.  Great B-side!

 

 

As it’s Mami’s 4th single before “SQUARE THE CIRCLE” finally comes out, Borderland is a good single to have before the album’s release!  Borderland might not be original in arrangement style and feel but I liked it despite that.  Angel though gives hope that I’ve hasn’t totally ditched their cool and soothing trance style and it turned out really well (even if the song sounds more fitting for MELL).  Good single overall!

 

Stereopony – stand by me

Filed under: Stereopony — solarblade @ 3:14 am

Track Listing

  1. stand by me
  2. Okami
  3. stand by me -Animation ver.-
  4. stand by me -Instrumental-
  5. Okami -Instrumental-

1. stand by me

I was hoping for a new edgy A-side to come from Stereopony and we get our wish with stand by me!  I love AIMI’s vocals in the song, it’s pretty on point and SHIHO and NOHANA of course doing their things and all three come together in a pretty strong sound.  It’s not a powerful like “Namida no Mukou” or “Smilife” but it’s still a pretty passable track. 

2. Okami

Well, if you guys wanted something edgier, then Okami might be your song.  I love the punch of the intro from the guitars and then it moves into something more progressive and energetic from the trio.  AIMI sounds cool as well…showing a lot of control in her voice and giving a powerful punch.  This would be a song that would be amazing to be heard live since there’s some crowd chanting.  What loose cannon of a song but so good!

 

 

Kicking off a new era of singles, stand by me is definitely an improvement over much of the “More! More!! More!!!” singles that were released.  stand by me brought the band back to what really impresses me about them and that’s their animu rock tunes.  Okami though was the trio rocking out, having fun, and just letting it all out!  This was a great way to start things off, *RECOMMENDED*

 

NICO Touches the Walls – Natsu no Daisankakkei

Filed under: NICO Touches the Walls — solarblade @ 12:09 am

Track Listing

  1. Natsu no Daisankakkei
  2. Yuudachi March
  3. Rappa to Musume
  4. Natsu no Daisankakkei (instrumental)
  5. Yuudachi March (instrumental)

1. Natsu no Daisankakkei

After that randomness of their last A-side, “Te wo Tatake”, it was nice to see NICO back to what they do best and that’s just rockin’ out and doing more serious sounding songs.  Natsu no Daisankakkei kind of does have “PASSENGER” waves in it but I love it for some reason.  It’s just a really solid song from the band and Tatsuya sounds great! ^_^

2. Yuudachi March

The same floaty J-rock experience can also be found on the band’s B-side, Yuudachi March.  Now it’s no march if you were assuming things but the drummer, Shotaro is doing a lot more here.  Sadly, I don’t remember this song as much as the leading track but it’s not bad at all lol.  Quite nice actually.

3. Rappa to Musume

Covering Shizuko Kasagi’s old tune, Rappa to Musume is a whole lot different from the previous two tracks and that’s no lie.  This song is gritty and kind of has this psychedelic groove akin to like Jimi Hendrix.  It’s really laidback and quite bluesy too.  I’m not too much of a fan of this song but I’m sure some people will enjoy it since it is a cover and all that.

 

 

With 2011 being such a busy year for the band, NICO finally starts 2012 with an alright single but nothing as good as stuff in the “PASSENGER” era.  Natsu no Daisankakkei is pretty good and fitting for an A-side but Yuudachi March and Rappa to Musume were kind of bleh and forgetful.  I’m sure they’ll get better later.

 

Annabel – Above your hand May 30, 2012

Filed under: Annabel — solarblade @ 11:17 pm

Track Listing

  1. Above your hand
  2. blind hunger
  3. Above your hand (Instrumental)
  4. blind hunger (Instrumental)

1. Above your hand

I know I ever really got into “anamnesis” and all that but Above your hand once again finds itself going the ballad route and all.  Personally, I find that having just an acoustic guitar as the base of the song is just a little more than underwhelming.  The nice thing is that backup vocals are present and gives this cold, wintry feel…but when they aren’t there, the song is quite lifeless and just screams for something more.  At least at the halfway point, the song gains drums and the action sounds a LOT better than before.  SLOW start but once you get half-way it becomes quite good…odd song.

2. blind hunger

The B-side is kind of funky and kind of goes back to her “noctiluca” mini since it’s pretty different but at the same time quite unique for her.  I feel like the song has a lot of interesting moves and the chorus is pretty friggin sweet to listen to.  There’s a lot of piano here which is cool, but it’s like erratic and doesn’t have a solid melody so it just kind of plays lazily along (I guess that’s the term I could use).  Still pretty cool track!

 

 

Annabel’s third/fifth? who knows what number single this might be, Above your hand actually is a bit better than “anamnesis” just simply because both songs so com off as pretty good.  blind hunger is definitely a great B-side to listen to since it’s unique and random to listen to.  The leading track though does start off on a boring foot…but gradually gets better in time.  Where’s Annabel’s first album? XD

 

What’s On Brett’s IPhone?: WEEK 21 & 22 May 28, 2012

Filed under: ~What's on Brett's iPhone~ — solarblade @ 4:37 am

Reason I didn’t do Week 21 last Sunday is mainly because I wanted to give space to the posts since there would’ve been three up.  So I just made this week 10 songs.  Next week it’ll go back to normal.

1. Animotion – Obsession

The Song: Yup, starting out the ten, Obsession is definitley a pull to my nostalgic 80’s new wave appreciation.  It’s definitely the group’s biggest hit and some consider them a one-hit wonder.

The Video: The video for Obsession is kind of weird but funny at the same time.  Most of the time the band is dressed up as different famous people like Cleopatra, Mark Antony, and even Amelia Earhart.  It’s goofy and kind of a flirtatious video as well because both lead singers seem to flirt a lot in the MV. 

So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: The song was definitely ahead of its time and really stuck out to me when it came out.  I love the rather futuristic tones of the song and wasn’t expecting to have such a bizarre video to go with it.  Great song!

2. Drake – Find Your Love

The Song: Drake’s Find Your Love is one of Drake’s biggest songs in his career…yeah lol  What more is there to really say huh?

The Video: Simply the story for Find Your Love is that Drake wants to see this girl again that he met at the club and had hot shmex clearly.  Though I guess the girl belongs to some gang leader and the video ends with Drake being caught and tied to a chair and that’s how it simply ends…on some cliffhanger that really isn’t explained otherwise in Drake’s later stuff.  Oh yeah and he’s performing in a studio as well…hmmm…all in Haiti?

So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: You don’t see many hip-hop/rap songs on here so this is a rare occasion for me.  I will admit that I was happy that Drake was actually singing in the song rather than just doing rapping.  I love the mysterious and dark glow and funny that I love the ~yeah yeah yeah~ parts…catchy tune here!

3. The Jonas Brothers – Hold On

The Song: Hold On is the trio’s 2nd song off their debut album.  One of their harder hitting songs shockingly enough…not really very poppy but somewhat angsty.

The Video: The video is just the three performing the song in a room at first.  After the first chorus, things start to change like wind starting the blow the objects in the room around and the final chorus the walls fall down and they’re performing in front of tall rocks/small mountain?  I don’t know but that’s about it lol.

So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Now, I’m no JoBro fan, but this song actually is kind of good despite it’s three guys still going through puberty.  I mean granted they aren’t great singers but still it’s a good and catchy song.

4. The Cranberries – Zombie

The Song: Zombie by The Cranberries is definitely a 90’s song but it’s also quite good from this Irish band heh. 

The Video: Well, the video is done in black and white (well except for when O’diordan and kids are in front of a cross.  I think the video is about the whole Northern Ireland deal (maybe just on kids and war, I don’t know).  It’s a really dark video for such a topic but it sent it well…though it did get confusing towards the end because I’m not sure if the boy dies or not…but hmmmm…interesting.

So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I love Zombie because it is quite dark and the lyrics are kind of true stuff.  Plus I love the lead singer’s vocals for some reason…it’s unique and powerful and I love it!

5. Perfume – Butterfly

The Song: Ahhh Butterfly, one of the more interesting Nakata songs he’s done.  Off from GAME, Butterfly stands out a lot because it’s not a song that focuses on lyrical content but more on the musical aspect of the tune. 

The Video: For the video, it’s not as conceptual as many of their others because this PV was only on a Live DVD so it’s kind of understandable.  They’re wearing their “Dream Fighter” outfits (maybe a little different) but it’s still kind of underwhelming.  The effects used though were pretty cool…all the colors and and the phasing in through spaces effect is awesome. 

So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Butterfly always paints a picture in my mind that it’s supposed to be like a jungle in your mind…almost tribal.  I really love Nakata’s work in the song and the girls worked it well too.  Is it sad that I prefer the shorter version from the video than the album’s long take?  Weird…

6. HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR – fly me to the other moon

The Song: This sog is from HaMC’s final album, swamp man.  Sticks out because it has a bit more synth than more than their discography. 

So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Like I said, the synths really made me love the song quite a lot.  Plus HALCA sounds really pleasant and Yuusuke is edgy like crazy.  It’s a great song from them…damn I miss them quite a bit!

7. Kylie Minogue – Red Blooded Woman

The Song: Red Blooded Woman is actually Kylie’s most-well known song in the states from Body Language.  Quite an interesting track.

The Video: There’s not a lot to this video either but it’s kind of made up because it’s quite sexy.  Kylie is kind of weaving her way through traffic doing many different things.  By the time the song gets into the ending area, it gets dark and choreography is seen.  Classy video and really fun.

So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: Well, this song was pretty much locked my love for the it because of how much exposure it got in the states.  Might not be my favorite from the album, but this song is sassy and cool to listen to. 

8. KOTOKO – Ketsudan no entrance

The Song: Ketsudan no entrance isn’t exactly a single for her but it was featured on the compilation does every once in a while, EXTRACT

So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: This song is powerful and makes me respect KOTOKO as a singer because she can hit and hold notes quite well.  Plus it’s I’ve Sound trance so it’s of course going to be really good.  Definitely a strong song to listen to.

9. Utada Hikaru – HEART STATION

The Song: HEART STATION (an A-side and was eventually raised to be a title track of said album.  Definitely different but still quite cool.

The Video: I’ve always wondered what was going on in the PV for this because it’s so elusive and mysterious and it definitely has hidden meanings strewn through it.  I mean we have Hikki sitting on a train with headphones on while everyone else is in shadow form.  It’s completely unusual but it does give a feel of loneliness (which kind of works with the song too).  It still doesn’t make too much sense to me otherwise and I would’ve thought she would’ve made this PV more bold or something.

So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I love HEART STATION despite having such a confusing PV.  I love the cold and lonely feel of the song for sure.  I know vocally, it’s kind of Hikki’s low point to the song but it’s really pretty otherwise.

10. Unwritten Law – Seein’ Red

The Song: Once again, Seein’ Red to me feels like it’s the band’s biggest hit and only one most people could remember lol. 

The Video: Kind of simple from them, a lot of the video is them performing inside a home with a crowd enjoying the music and such.  There’s other scenes like the main singer singing the lyrics around the house actually. 

So why’s it on your iPhone, Brett?: I remember sitting in the bedroom watching MTV2/MTV and this song was all over the airwaves there.  It’s pretty emo/angsty without having been named so yet (before Fall Out Boy basically).  It was just rockin and energetic and the lyrics fit me well too so…this song kind of stood out and I loved it enough to be in my iPhone.

 

Aya Hirano – FRAGMENTS May 27, 2012

Filed under: Aya Hirano — solarblade @ 4:01 am

Track Listing

  1. DIFFUSION (To the Other Side)
  2. Muboubi na Refrain
  3. FRAGMENTS
  4. PizzzzzzzA!!!!!!!
  5. LOOP
  6. BRIGHT SCORE
  7. Sunday
  8. Stargaze Love
  9. Kimi wo Mamoru Tame ni Boku wa Yume wo Miru (CD+DVD+Photobook edition only)

1. DIFFUSION (To the Other Side)

The first song off this album, DIFFUSION opens up really cool with Aya’s anime background for her music and I thought it was really cool and bouncy to listen to.  What’s more impressive is how deep Aya’s vocals have gotten and how much better she sounds.  During the second verses, she gets some filters going but it’s not terribly placed.  It’s an awesome way to kick things off for this album ^_^.

2. Muboubi na Refrain

Moving to Muboubi na Refrain, she gets a bit more happy pop but the song seriously has major Katamari vibes but I love it for some reason.  The piano melodies are bright and colorful and just gives off this happy tone.  Add in that Aya is singing in her higher pitch and it’s wrapped together in a nice bow.  Cute, but “DIFFUSION” was much better hahaha.

3. FRAGMENTS

Moving into the title track, FRAGMENTS is like the two tracks met together and was thrown a bit of extra synths to deal with and I kind of like that about this song.  It’s a mix of Aya’s previous two era’s but in one song.  Aya’s vocals are more powerful and has a lot of emotion throughout and she just sounds excellent.  Probably the best song off the album!

4. PizzzzzzzA!!!!!!!

Oh boy, the song that acts as the worm into the brain.  Unlike the previous tracks, PizzzzzzzA!!!!!!! is quite cute and definitely sounds like some character song more than legit Aya music.  I mean the chorus is just essentially Aya repeating ~pizza, pi-pi-pizza~ and some other lyrics.  It’s really weird and the second verse is UNUSUAL because it adds a 8-bit game melody when she sings.  Plus all the ways she sings is kind of grating at points.  Not my kind of track, but it’s a song that’s all in good fun.

5. LOOP

We continue with the more anime-esque stuff with LOOP but this kind of feels more corny than anything since it kind of has this mix of anime, hokey pokey, and seiyuu vocals going on.  All this culminates into this kind of absurd and just awkward song from her.  Definitely my least favorite off the album.

6. BRIGHT SCORE

At least things calm down once BRIGHT SCORE enters the headphones.  It’s pretty rockin’ and one of the style that I love hearing Aya in, especially with her deeper tone present.  It’s straightforward and I’m OK with it because there’s not a lot of negative things to say about the tune. 

7. Sunday

The next two songs were promo material for the album and is cool to see here.  Sunday kind of reminds me of “DIFFUSION” and “FRAGMENTS” since all three use guitars and synths which is always a good thing to hear from her.  I love the bridges but they transtion from the verses quite jaggedly IMO.  Still, the song is pretty exciting and has a lot of good energy.

8. Stargaze Love

Stargaze Love does close out the CD only release of the album.  This song being the other promo track does utilize her cute side which is appropriate since the album is split with cute and mature tones lol.  I like that this is pretty synthpop but kind of idol-like in a way as well.  It’s alright but I think there’s better songs on the album…but it is the best of the cute songs XD.

9. Kimi wo Mamoru Tame ni Boku wa Yume wo Miru

Closing the album out only on the 2Disc+Photobook edition is a cover of the Chiffons song (though is it that popular?).  Aya sounds nice covering the song since it’s just her voice and all anime-esque stuff lol.  Not bad and a nice closer to the album.

Tracks Recommended

  • FRAGMENTS
  • Sunday
  • DIFFUSION (To the Other Side)

Song of Avoidance

  • LOOP

Even though it’s a rather short album, FRAGMENTS showed Aya off quite nicely between her normal tone and her seiyuu tone as well  (half/half actually if you don’t count the Chiffons’ cover).  Granted it has been quite a while since she released official Aya promotion material (the last was 2010’s “Hysteric Barbie” single though there was last year’s “AYA MUSEUM”…).  Still it’s been quite a while.  I liked this release but I’m still not keen on her cutesy voice as much as I am with her deep voice…

 

TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE – Tsuioku -Single Version-/Taisetsu na Kotoba May 26, 2012

Filed under: TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE — solarblade @ 5:03 am

Track Listing

  1. Tsuioku -Single Version-
  2. Taisetsu na Kotoba
  3. Tsuioku -Royal Mirrorball Remix- (Type D only)
  4. Tsuioku -Single Version- (Instrumental)
  5. Taisetsu na Kotoba (Instrumental)
  6. TGS23 -Senkou Ongen- (Type D only)

1. Tsuioku -Single Version-

Remember Tsuioku from their sophomore release, “Limited addiction”?  Yeah if you remember that review, this song was the lone ballad and was pretty heartfelt and pretty all-around.  The new version of the song kind of erases that and changes the sound of the tune from a ballad to something more R&B-tinged.  I could’ve lived without it, but I guess they need to make the mood a little more alive.  After a while the song does grow onto me and the changes made to the track is quite something and it lets the girls work the song better…I really enjoyed that about this song.  I was initially worried about how it was going to turn out, but I love it now ^_^.

2. Taisetsu na Kotoba

Unlike their last recut single, this one actually has a new original song on it in the form of Taisetsu na Kotoba.  After dealing with the album I was kind of wanting something different sounding and Taisetsu na Kotoba tries to get out of that monotony that made me disappointed but this song is definitely something you would hear off of “Limited addiction”.  It still has the funky bass lines and disco vibes that were in all of the previous A-sides of the last era.  Kind of has this “Rock you!” familiarity for the most part and I’m kind of dreading here.  It’s not terrible, but I long for something that sounds different like “Tsuioku”.

3. Tsuioku -Royal Mirrorball Remix-

Jeeze, an 8 minute remix of Tsuioku comes next and I was definitely wondering what RM would pull for such a relaxed track.  It seems they had quite a bit more freedom to do what they want and I kind of like it because they added synths and flow sounds really cool and chill.  It might sound like “Limited addiction’s” style and all but it works here.  This is definitely their best remix since they’ve debuted ^_^

4. TGS23 -Senkou Ongen-

Here we are once again with our next little preview of an album song (currently with no name) and it’s only a 50 second preview at that.  I have to say, it sounds different like there’s different vocals because they’re so deep and mature…like Ayano is leading the track.  I’m guessing by what I’m hearing, the title is Lolita Strawberry…interesting and I’m looking forward to the full thing ^_^

 

 

As they go into hiatus mode for 2 months to train more, they leave us with an interesting recut single.  While I was worried on how they were going to treat Tsuioku, in the end, I found it more memorable and a lot better of a song to showcase their vocals (though I still love the original ballad version as well).  The remix also added more on top of that and it’s like they could do no wrong with whatever direction they took the song.  Taisetsu na Kotoba just seems like leftover “Limited addiction” fodder but it’s not terrible, just not original enough for me.  At least the track preview gives me hope that they are moving in a different direction before beginning on their third era of releases.