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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? XD

 

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!

 

Junko Akimoto – 24-ji no Kodoku

Filed under: Junko Akimoto — solarblade @ 7:36 pm

Track Listing

  1. 24-ji no Kodoku
  2. Omoide Serenade
  3. 24-ji no Kodoku (Original Karaoke)
  4. 24-ji no Kodoku (Ippanyou Karaoke Ham’on Age)
  5. Omoide Serenade (Original Karaoke)

1. 24-ji no Kodoku

 I was happy to hear that Junko’s next A-side kind of surprised me since it reminded me of her big single a couple years back.  It’s calming and has a pretty arrangement that contains a lot of strings, castanets, and accordion as well.  I actually enjoyed how this tune flowed and Junko’s vocals are complimeting it all so it works altogether.

2. Omoide Serenade

As for the B-side, Omoide Serenade has more of a calming effect going on which is pretty nice as the opposite to “24-ji no Kodoku”.  I think the song was more to show off Junko’s vocals a little bit more than the music being the standout song.  It’snice but I like the A-side’s sound a lot more.

 

 

As Junko starting her 5th round of singles before the 5th album, 24-ji no Kodoku is nice and is better than some of the other singles she’s released.  The A-side is probably the best A-side I’ve heard from her since “Ai no Mama de…”.  The B-side though is kind of forgetful even though it sounds nice, it just kind of acts as background music TBH lol.