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Sowelu – 29 Tonight June 28, 2012

Filed under: Sowelu — solarblade @ 6:17 am

Track Listing

  1. Introduction ~19:32~
  2. Arikitari no Yoru
  3. The Final Pride
  4. Milk Interlude ~22:22~
  5. Misty
  6. Interlude ~23:56~
  7. 29 Tonight
  8. happy birthday
  9. Time Capsule no Oka
  10. Ex-Love.
  11. Oh my memories feat. toshinori YONEKURA
  12. Interlude ~2:00~
  13. Amatsubu no Birthday
  14. Interlude ~2:20~
  15. Present

1. Introduction ~19:32~

Oi, how do you get away with all these interludes right?  Anyway our album begins with Sowelu leaving a message on someone’s phone…yeah that’s about it which is kind of unusual and starts the album in a weird way.

2. Arikitari no Yoru

Onto our first song from the album and Arikitaru no Yoru is a bit like the ligher stuff from “Let me…”.  It’s bright and lively and kind of jazzy at this same time (a little light but you know what I mean).  I like Sowelu’s voice though, it’s soft and cute to listen to.  I’m kind finding the chorus a little boring but it’s not bad.  Overall it’s a good first track to listen to.

3. The Final Pride

I kind of hoped that The Final Pride was going to be something big and powerful but we got a clone of “Arikitaru no Yoru” since it’s bright as well and has this R&B style going (like stuff from her SONY days).  I’m just not really into this song and it kind of lacks things that would make me remember it.

4. Milk Interlude ~22:22~

It’s really weird that I think Sowelu is singing in the tub and all.  BTW, she’s singing Chara’s song of the same name which was interesting.  I liked that it was acappella and Sowelu sounds really pretty and airy singing the song.  Just a little creepy that it’s in a bathtub XD

5. Misty

Moving into Misty, which is a ballad, I think it was nice the interlude came before since both tracks are sung in Sowelu’s quieter tones.  Since it’s just really piano and pipe organ, it’s a really quiet and bare-boned song.  To me it’s pretty because of Sowelu but the arrangement is just boring and lacks a lot of movement.  It actually almost has a gospel tinge to it…take it as you will…but this was nice.

6. Interlude ~23:56~

Another interlude after “Misty”?  It’s just 18 seconds of a clock tick-tocking…like WTF is that all about…almost as bad as BoA’s interludes from “IDENTITY”.

7. 29 Tonight

A 6 and a half minute song to represent that album?  It’s like “Misty” but they added a beat a more instruments to play along with.  I like that it kind of is about the fact she turned 29 and all that.  I just like that it’s one of those songs to sing with and sounds sentimental.  I did feel like it started to drag towards the end though…and got repetitive…too long!

8. happy birthday

After sitting through that ditty, happy birthday isn’t as poppy and cutely as I tend to usually expect from artsits.  Actually, the song is kind of like “29 Tonight” but not as long and not as repetitive.  It’s kind of like your teenybopper music which isn’t bad persay but it’s kind of like…obvious cheesy lines are present.

9. Time Capsule no Oka

At least we get into a more serious side with Time Capsule no Oka which is also a piano-led ballad but with little tinges of jazz (I think?).  At this point in the album I kind of want something a little more upbeat and this song doesn’t seem to really interest me very well.  Oh well…

10. Ex-Love.

I just can’t with this album anymore lol.  Ex-Love. is just really bland and forgetful for some reason.  I mean the interesting thing of the song is the twisting sound that happens every so often…it’s different but the rest of the song is just light R&B with with pipe organ and I’m bored otherwise XD.

11. Oh my memories feat. toshinori YONEKURA

Kind of taking a little rip out of “Love & I.”, we get a collaborative song and I kind of find this pleasant for some reason.  I mean Oh my memories isn’t any different from “Ex-Love.” at all but adding toshinori is quite needed and both of them sound great together.  Plus the chorus is really catchy and pretty to the ears.  Not my style once again, but it’s prolly the best the album has to offer.

12. Interlude ~2:00~

9 seconds…of just water running….that’s just totally trolling the listeners out there.

13. Amatsubu no Birthday

Which flows straight into our next slow song in Amatsubu no Birthday.  The song sounds sentimental (like most of the other album tracks).  I just kind of zone out with this song because it doesn’t have much of anything to pull you in and Sowelu’s voice furthers the notion to zone out because it’s so quiet and such.  Just boring!

14. Interlude ~2:20~

The final interlude kind of mirrors the intro but it’s so short though.  The phone rings, Sowelu answers, a guy speaks and Sowelu speaks back.  I mean that’s about it…ugh…

15. Present

Yeesh, we finally come to the final track and it disappoints as well.  It’s fottong since it’s a ballad and all but I feel like at this point I would just quit the album.  I kind of forgot how it goes which is why it’s so unbelieveably forgettable.  Oh well…

Tracks Recommended

  • Oh my memories feat. toshinori YONEKURA
  • happy birthday
  • Milk Interlude ~22:22~

Song of Avoidance

  • Amatsubu no Birthday

Well Sowelu is on her hiatus now and decided to leave THIS album behind??  It’s so unbelievably boring and lifeless cept for the three songs above.  29 Tonight is such a fall back after how awesome the two tracks that promoted “Let me…” were.  It was like “Love & I.” but without all the collaborations.  It just didn’t feel like it was a goodbye and just musically bored me to death…This could be her WORST album since she debuted.

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One Response to “Sowelu – 29 Tonight”

  1. The JPop Fanatic Says:

    You said exactly what I was thinking about this album. Totally agree on Oh My Memories being a recommended track. I know for me it was the only song I liked. I was glad when I canceled my order. If I had actually received this album, I probably would’ve thrown it into the trash afterwards, lol. Let me… and Love & I were LOADS better.


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