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ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D – eggmate of the year July 30, 2012

Filed under: ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D — solarblade @ 9:01 am

Track Listing

  1. eggmate of the year
  2. stop the time
  3. eggmate of the year (instrumental)

1. eggmate of the year

I like that the band decided to have a little more fun for the second A-side in eggmate of the year.  It carries the summer feel quite nicely and has the same amount of rock added in!  Of course the energy brought from SHiNNOSUKE’s rapping and singing is quite strong and makes you wanna hit the beach and rock out.  Definitely an improvement over “Complication”.

 

 

*Will review the B-side if the single ever leaks!*  I’m actually surprised that their debut album, “From Dusk Till Dawn” will not feature the A-side in its tracklist.  It makes me wonder why eggmate of the year is omitted from the album because it’s actually quite good of a summer tune!  Then again it is the only single that hasn’t leaked yet either which is a bit meh…

 

Sayaka Sasaki – Reason why XXX

Filed under: Sayaka Sasaki — solarblade @ 8:48 am

Track Listing

  1. Reason why XXX
  2. Ordinary Day…
  3. Reason why XXX (off vocal)
  4. Ordinary Day… (off vocal)

1. Reason why XXX

It’s been a while since I’ve heard Sayaka and she comes back in an unusual way.  Reason why XXX is quite an enigma of a song because it has electro, 8bit, and rock tendencies which gives this wild arrangement.  I’m also surprised at the power of Sayaka’s vocals as well because they got a lot more heavier and has power behind it.  It’s varied and showcases the many good things about her.  Great A-side.

2. Ordinary Day…

I was really surprised when we came into Ordinary Day… because the song is a lot slower than the lead track but it isn’t a ballad by any means, it’s just a mid-tempo kind of song.  I’m not sure why but the song was extremely dragging the entire time and I was bored of it immediately after the first chorus.

 

 

I have to say, Reason why XXX might be a pretty good A-side from her but the single was dragged down with that boring B-side, Ordinary Day…  I mean it’s only a small step above “Starting Again” but I just don’t like that boreness!

 

ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D – Complication

Filed under: ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D — solarblade @ 8:22 am

Track Listing

  1. Complication
  2. Fortune
  3. BUMP ON da STYLE
  4. Complication -TV Size Opening Ver.-
  5. Complication -TV Size Long Ver.-
  6. Complication (instrumental)
  7. Fortune (instrumental)

1. Complication

Getting into the trio’s debut single, I was wondering why Complication is considered their most well-known track but I honestly can’t see why it’s good.  I mean it has a mix of anison and the band’s sound all rolled into one package.  I don’t think it’s as good as their later singles are which is a bit surprising but I think it’s a suitable debut A-side and I kind of like SHiNNOSUKE’s vocals but not so much of the rapping…that kind of threw me off.  Still not bad…

2. Fortune

At least the band kicks it up a notch for the first B-side, Fortune.  It’s still quite anime-esque and reminds of a NARUTO theme for some reason >.>.  I like the energy and the band has a little more fire going on in this song which is pretty cool.  I’m a little surprised that there’s a lot more of this rapping going on which kind of makes it sound like a FLOW song (something I’ve said before about the group).  I liked the song a lot more than “Complicaton”.

3. BUMP UP da STYLE

The last track on the single, I thought they made a funny with that piano intro.  It seems the song is suited more for their hip-hop side but the song switches genres by getting a bit more rockin and it goes back and forth lol.  There’s still a lot of rapping to be found which is no surprise but it’s kind of a fun tune.

 

 

ROOKiEZ and their debut is different from what I know of the band today.  Complication is a pretty good single but I do think their later singles are much better!  I like SHiNNOSUKE’s vocals when he isn’t rapping but the times he rapped were actually solid. 

 

Natsuko Aso – Fighting Growing Diary

Filed under: Natsuko Aso — solarblade @ 7:07 am

Track Listing

  1. Fighting Growing Diary
  2. WONDER SUMMER VACATION
  3. Hello, my world

1. Fighting Growing Diary

Besides the rather odd title (she’s known for this anyways) Fighting Growing Diary actually seemed like it toned down the cutesy vocals but managed to keep that bubbly anime pop feel to her style.  I mean the lyrics are a bit wacky and non-sensical sometimes but this song is kind of a step up from previous A-sides for sure ^_^

2. WONDER SUMMER VACATION

The first B-side on the single, WONDER SUMMER VACATION sounds a bit more idol-pop which is a nice change of sound and Natsuko’s vocals are a bit more suited here which is pretty nice.  It’s a pretty bright song and definitely a lot more fitting for her.

3. Hello, my world

A first for Natsuko, we get another B-side in Hello, my world which also has an idol-like style for it but there’s a bit more of a beat to me whereas
WONDER SUMMER VACATION” is a bit lighter.  I think the song is also better because it’s catchy and the chorus is easily hummable to me.  Definitely my favorite track off the single.

 

 

I have to say that it has been quite a while since I liked a Natsuko single and Fighting Growing Diary is a pretty impressive single.  All three songs all trumped over her last single, “Lovely Girls Anthem” by a huge leap.  I have to say though that both WONDER SUMMER VACATION and Hello, my world were shockingly the better songs since Natsuko’s vocals got let up on the squeaky cute but kept that idol-style.  Fighting Growing Diary is good too but it’s a bit odd lyrically so it’s kind of taking time to get used to.

 

Nana Mizuki – BRIGHT STREAM July 28, 2012

Filed under: Nana Mizuki — solarblade @ 11:47 pm

Track Listing

  1. BRIGHT STREAM
  2. FEARLESS HERO
  3. Sacred Force

1. BRIGHT STREAM

Maybe it’s just me but I’m kind of finding myself picking apart Nana’s A-sides unless they’re extremely unique.  BRIGHT STREAM ranks up there with her strings/anime songs which isn’t good because there’s a LOT of those.  The good thing is that I like the guitar riffs in it and Nana sounds really good in this song which isn’t surprising.  I don’t know but it doesn’t seem to really stand out like “Synchrogazer” and “Junketsu Paradox” did.

2. FEARLESS HERO

Which bothers me when we get into FEARLESS HERO which also suffers a little bit from the staleness factor.  I do like the beats of the song but it’s kind of just like “BRIGHT STREAM” and “Mugen” fused together which just doesn’t impress me one bit.  I like how soaring Nana’s vocals are here though (makes me think she took more risks in this song).

3. Sacred Force

Then we get into Sacred Force and I’m already enjoying the song because unlike the previous two, this has more of a synth-driven arrangement and I REALLY liked the addition of the guitars as well.  It kind of reminds me of a toned down and controlled “Synchrogazer” so that’s always a good sign for me.  Yeah, it’s actually the best off the single!

 

 

Since there’s an album coming next for Nana, I think BRIGHT STREAM is actually quite weak of a single to be honest.  BRIGHT STREAM and FEARLESS HERO kind of weren’t new or even unique in the way that some of the other singles have been and normally I wouldn’t be having a problem but I just couldn’t remember how these two go…it really does sound like a lot of “IMPACT EXCITER’s” singles have been.  Sacred Force even though it does remind me of a toned down “Synchrogazer” is actually the best of the single…a lot of great moments to be found in this song ^_^

 

Haruka Tomatsu – Yume Sekai

Filed under: Haruka Tomatsu — solarblade @ 11:20 pm

Track Listing

  1. Yume Sekai
  2. Issai Gassai
  3. Yume Sekai (Instrumental)

1. Yume Sekai

I like how Haruka opens the song quite smoothly, I wouldn’t have expected a ballad to come from her but this is a nice change of setting actually.  Her voice is actually quite solid which I don’t think I’ve said yet through the singles I’ve reviewed from her.  It’s a song that actually fits the anime its for and is just pleasant to listen to song.

2. Issai Gassai

The B-side is actually was what I was expecting the A-side to sound like.  I don’t know why but when I listen to this but I keep thinking of sphere’s music because it’s right in their lane of stuff they would release.  It’s upbeat, silly, and Haruka is enjoying the song even though her pitch is a bit higher.  It’s fun and made me tap my foot with it lol.

 

 

It’s been a while but it’s nice to see Haruka release a new single (the third one in this set) but Yume Sekai is probably my favorite single I’ve reviewed yet from her.  The leading song is a pretty strong ballad and made me notice her vocals a lot more in a positive light while Issai Gassai took more of a fun and silly route and that actually worked here…so where’s that album? 😄

 

Berryz Koubou – cha cha SING

Filed under: Berryz Koubou — solarblade @ 8:34 pm

Track Listing

  1. cha cha SING
  2. Loving you Too much
  3. Momochi! Yurushite Nyan♡Taisou
  4. cha cha SING (Instrumental)
  5. Loving you Too much (Instrumental)
  6. Momochi! Yurushite Nyan♡Taisou (Instrumental)

1. cha cha SING

I found it interesting that Berryz would once again humor everyone by doing a cover song (this one is from Thailand’s own Bird Thongchai McIntyre’s “Row mah Sing”).  The last time Berryz covered a big song “Dschinghis Khan”, it went with a lot of positive comments.  The same thing can be said about cha cha SING which is incredibly catchy and random that it’s hard to see this done by anyon else but Berryz.  I’m loving the energetic arrangement and it keeps true to its Thai roots.  I’m also enjoying the different vocals styles coming from the girls (especially Miyabi, Risako, and Momoko) they were actually impressive and the other four ladies got solo lines throughout which is good too.  Definitely had me enjoying it a lot more faster than I did with “Be Genki”.

2. Loving you Too much

The first B-side is also a cover of another Thongchai song “Too Much So Much Very Much” and I was wondering if it was going to be as wild as “cha cha SING” was.  I guess my overall thought was no it isn’t but it stands out as well since I felt this could’ve been an A-side as well.  I also find myself enjoying Risako a lot more in this song funny enough.  I think the song has some hooks but none that are as memorable as the A-side.  I think what stood out the most in this song was the rapping section from the ladies…I don’t think the Berryz gals have ever rapped in a song (I know I could be wrong though).  It isn’t bad but I don’t find it as exciting as “cha cha SING”.

3. Momochi! Yurushite Nyan♡Taisou

Then comes the scariest part about this single.  Momoko got her own solo song and it’s based off her catchphrase on shows ~Yurushite Nyan!~ *and insert cat paws*.  I’m just surprised it was worth a song because this song gives me a HEADACHE.  I hate Momoko’s cute voice so putting this with a cute song is just torture.  The rest of the girls are here but they are backups and one-word quips.  It is short though being under 3 minutes…but this was just unneeded…

 

 

I have to say this single is quite weird for me.  2 Thai covers and that ugly Momoko solo and it just seems so out of the blue for me.  I have to say cha cha SING though is a pretty awesome song and definitely makes me wanna do a flashmob and dance it down yo!  Loving you Too much is alright but it lacked something to make it really good and like I said Momoko’s song is just bad…bad, bad, bad!