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Up Up Girls – Mecha Kyun♡Summer (‘▽`)ノ August 30, 2012

Filed under: Up Up Girls — solarblade @ 6:28 am

Track Listing

  1. Mecha Kyun♡Summer (‘▽`)ノ
  2. Cyalume
  3. Mecha Kyun♡Summer (‘▽`)ノ (instrumental)
  4. Cyalume (instrumental)

1. Mecha Kyun♡Summer (‘▽`)ノ

As it’s the group’s summer theme, Mecha Kyun♡Summer (‘▽`)ノ is kind of typical for me and doesn’t seem to really catch my attention very well.  I like that all the girls get their time to shine in the song and the bright atmosphere of the tune is really sweet, but there’s something that doesn’t feel remotely strong about the song.  Then again after all the summer songs I’ve heard…it’s starting to drag me down lol.  I found it funny they kept saying ~up up~ as a little shoulder bump of this is who we are in the song.  Not bad, but they’ve done better.

2. Cyalume

For the B-side, Cyalume is actually a lot better than the A-side IMO.  I mean it’s strange they made it about the stuff that makes the lightsticks at concerts/events glow.  I like the synths that are basically carrying the song and once again solos for the girls make me happy!  It’s funny that I find this even better than their last single altogether.  Definitely a much stronger song. 

 

 

UUG…they just won’t slow down (and as of this review they have another single on the horizon PLUS they performed 5-6 new songs, hoping an album is soon).  Mecha Kyun♡Summer (‘▽`)ノ is probably my least favorite A-side yet because it doesn’t really stand out to me and kind of runs on the typical summer theme.  Cyalume however won me over so quickly that it’s easily becoming the group’s best B-side yet!  Here’s hoping the next single will bring it back!!!

 

Yuya Matsushita – SEE YOU

Filed under: Yuya Matsushita — solarblade @ 5:12 am

Track Listing

  1. SEE YOU
  2. BEAUTIFUL GIRL
  3. SEE YOU 89sec. (Animation Size Ver.)
  4. SEE YOU (Instrumental)

1. SEE YOU

Hmmm, Yuya once again starting his third era with a ballad for an A-side?  Either way, SEE YOU is kind of a pleasant song if not slightly cute in a way with the twinkling going on.  As simple as it sounds, I kind of like Yuya’s vocal performance in the song…it’s strong and he takes control in a nice way.  It’s quite nice and kind of better than a couple of ballads from “2U”.

2. BEAUTIFUL GIRL

For the B-side, BEAUTIFUL GIRL kind of represents the more bright and upbeat track on the single even though it’s not hi-energy.  It’s kind of that poppy and happy pop song that accuntuates such a title as BEAUTIFUL GIRL.  For me, it was OK, nothing that says memorable much but it’s a pleasant summery tune I guess.

 

 

Yuya returns with a single that kind of mirrors “Bird / 4 Seasons” in a way that the single is lead by a ballad while the B-side is more pop-based.  My surprise comes in the fact that the single doesn’t have version exclusive songs which is new but a good move for this single.  I liked SEE YOU quite a bit but BEAUTIFUL GIRL is kind of there…I don’t know but it’s a moderate start I guess.

 

AKB48 – 1830m

Filed under: AKB48 — solarblade @ 4:40 am

Track Listing

  1. First Rabbit
  2. Ougon Center
  3. Miniskirt no Yousei
  4. Uekara Mariko
  5. Anti
  6. Lemon no Toshigoro
  7. Ren’ai Sousenkyo
  8. Yasai Uranai
  9. Everyday, Katyusha
  10. Hashire! Penguin
  11. Romance Kakuranbo
  12. Tsubomi-tachi
  13. Jung ya Freud no Baai
  14. Flying Get
  15. Kaze wa Fuiteiru
  16. Sakura no Ki ni Narou
  17. GIVE ME FIVE!

CD 2

  1. Hate
  2. Plastic no Kuchibiru
  3. Omoide no Hotondo
  4. Iede no Yoru
  5. Scandalous ni Ikou
  6. No-Can
  7. Avocado Jane~shi…
  8. Chokkaku Sunshine
  9. Bokutachi wa Ima Hanashiau Beki Nan da
  10. Sakuranbo to Kodoku
  11. Daiji na Jikan
  12. Itsuka Mita Umi no Soko
  13. Guu Guu Onaka
  14. Yasashisa no Chizu
  15. Itterasshai
  16. Aozora yo Sabishikunai ka?
  17. Sakura no Hanabira ~Maeda Atsuko solo ver.~

1. First Rabbit

Opening this rather large album, First Rabbit starts off innocently enough with orgel before opening into the main arrangement which is your typical Aki-P fare.  Looking at the girls involved, I was surprised it was most of the huge and popular girls singing along.  However, the song doesn’t really ping in my head and it kind of passes by.  Though I think it has room to grow on me.

2. Ougon Center

I’m surprised that the group has 5 B-sides on the album, but interestingly enough, the ones that were chose were exclusives on their Theater editions of the singles released.  From the first single of the era, “Sakura no Ki ni Narou”, Ougon Center is sung by the Kenkyuusei (their trainees) and back then I felt it was a weak track.  Now here we are on the album, I feel like the vocals are still pretty underwhelming but the disco vibes stand out in a good way and it does sound better than “First Rabbit”.  This has definitely grown on me!

3. Miniskirt no Yousei

So three members, who I’m not too familiar with any of them get a song with Miniskirt no Yousei and I’m kind of frowning with it’s anime-esque sound and to be honest, they don’t sound all that great either.  I just don’t find this song at all appealing and the choice to give these three such a dastardly song is baffling.

4. Uekara Mariko

Oh yeah the song just made for Mariko and centers around her winning the Janken Tournament, Uekara Mariko has suddenly become my least favorite of the A-side they’ve released for the album.  It sounds like one of their typical released B-sides which isn’t a good start, but what’s even worse is that the song just doesn’t even feel remotely memorable at that besides the chorus.  It’s still just a bland song though.

5. Anti

The Kenkyuusei team comes back again with Anti (which was the B-side from “Everyday, Katyusha”).  The song kind of feels like a mix of the previous two tracks which is a tad bland for me and the ladies are a bit unemotional in the singing unlike in “Ougon Center” so this is pretty much a dud for the most part.

6. Lemon no Toshigoro

4 more girls that I have no idea who they are get a song on the album and this is that song lol.  I like that things calm down a bit with this song which kind of feels like an enka tune but slathered in idol pop.  I think these four ladies sound a lot better together as a quartet than the three who did “Miniskirt no Yousei”.  The melody seems a little familiar for me but it might just be me.  It’s quite pretty and I feel like it’s one of the better songs on the album.

7. Ren’ai Sousenkyo

YM7 is a new group for me and their song Ren’ai Sousenkyo picks up the energy after the previous ballad.  Some of the members of the group I recognize like Aki, Sasshi, and Sumire so this is kind of bringing some good vibes.  However, the song doesn’t stand out to me at all and kind of reminds me of “Uekara Mariko” but without a memorable chorus. 

8. Yasai Uranai

I am happy they pulled this song from “Flying Get” to be included because it was one of the two B-sides that I actively enjoy.  With a lot of familiar faces involved I was curious to how this song was going to be handled.  I loved the latin flair of the track and it sounds like it was more of a party track because it’s upbeat and bright and captures my attention well.  One of the better songs off the first disc.

9. Everyday, Katyusha

I felt “Yasai Uranai” worked as well since the next track is the group’s summer A-side.  I was surprised when they used Russian stylings because it felt so unlike AKB to pull off a song like that when the theme is summer.  It’s not one of my favorite leading songs from this album because while it is themed, I just can’t seem to process its memorability.

10. Hashire! Penguin

If anything is considered my least favorite B-side, it’s probably this one from “Uekara Mariko”.  I’m pretty sure it’s because that it sounds like SO many of their other songs that it just became white noise to me.  I think perhaps the only reason it stands out is because it’s a wintry song and a joyous one at that.  Beyond that, the song just doesn’t work and I honestly would’ve preferred the other B-sides from the single.

11. Romance Kakuranbo

The final new song on the first disc, Romance Kakuranbo is actually the only solo song on the first disc…but the thing is, a Kenkyuusei member gets the solo so many red flags are popping up at the moment XD.  Miyuu doesn’t sound bad actually and kind of fits the ballad quite nicely.  I’m just surprised a trainee ended up with a ballad (actually I’m surprised that the first disc had a lot from them to be honest. 

12. Tsubomi-tachi

Sung by Team 4 (who are now disbanded), Tsubomi-tachi from “Kaze wa Fuiteiru” isn’t a bad song persay but it’s a little random where it is on the album.  I feel like it should’ve been much earlier on the album because of its bright and happy nature.  Not much to say otherwise, sadly since the song isn’t bad, just forgettable.

13. Jung ya Freud no Baai

Of the songs from the Theater Editions, I was most impressed with this B-side from the last single represented on the album, “GIVE ME FIVE!”.  Jung ya Freud no Baai is a little strange for a title, but the song is just so pretty to listen to and is one of the couple ballads I actually really enjoy from the group.  It’s light and full of heart as well.  It’s just a very pretty ballad and one of my favorites on the disc.

14. Flying Get

The rest of the disc is us purely A-sides which is all right for me because these four were quite good after getting used to them.  Flying Get is probably one of the songs I dismissed too soon, but Flying Get is just catchy and ridiculous for all the good reasons.  I know I bagged the vocals and they still are a little messy in places but this song is so catchy and the whole ~flyin ghetto~ is still kind of lulzy 😄

15. Kaze wa Fuiteiru

I remember being a little disappointed with Kaze wa Fuiteiru because it wasn’t like “RIVER” and “Beginner” because they were released around the same time of different years.  After that initial disappointment, Kaze wa Fuiteiru became one of my favorite AKB songs of all time because it’s so depressing and cold but still true to their sound.  I feel like this was awesome and just fitting for when it came out,

16. Sakura ni Ki ni Narou

As the oldest single on the album, Sakura no Ki ni Narou was their Sakura-themed single and sadly I didn’t remember it since it’s been so long since I’ve too a listen to the track.  It doesn’t hold a candle to “Sakura no Shiori” still but they tried to make a good ballad out of it and I like how it starts with one girl and just continues to add more up to the chorus which all of them single in a relaxed tone.  It’s pretty, almost like “Jung ya Freud no Baai” but otherwise not their strongest ballad.

17. GIVE ME FIVE!

I guess it was appropriate enough to close the first disc with the most recent A-side right after the oldest.  I’m still kind of just unsure how to feel about GIVE ME FIVE!  In one way, the song is catchy and the brass is fun to listen to, but at the same time, it still feels kind of underwhelming as an A-side since it sounds like a SKE48 track.  It just was a meh track and not so good as the closing song either.

CD2

1. Hate

Luckily the second disc if entirely full of new songs but they’re all with different members and settings which is pretty good (maybe not for some).  Team A kicks things off with Hate which is something I was looking forward to because they always  have good songs.  It’s a mid-tempo track and the synths appear and the songs sounds cool and unique.  For such happy sounding song the lyrics are a bit opposite to it lol.  Catchy song overall!

2. Plastic no Kuchibiru

Next up, we get a solo track from Mariko with Plastic no Kuchibiru.  I’m surprised they gave her a solo track more or less one that’s like this because I’m kind of loving the synth-pop feel out of this.  It felt like there was more than just her singing the song but it’s really cool.  It kind of reminds me of Morning Musume’s “Suki da na Kimi ga” since both are heavily electronic tunes. 

3. Omoide no Hotondo

We also have a couple of duet songs on the 2nd disc, starting with Acchan’s and Takamina’s tune Omoide no Hotondo.  I wasn’t surprised that they were given a ballad however since this is Acchan’s last album she’s contributing to.  I love both ladies in the song as they compliment each others vocals smoothly.  However, the song itself is a bit bareboned and lacks interest…unlike “Jung ya Freud no Baai”. Oh yeah, it’s also almost 7 minutes long…x.x

4. Iede no Yoru

I always seem to mildly enjou Team K’s songs and Iede no Yoru is next.  Their song does have synths and guitars going and sounds like a good track to dance to, but it sounds a little cheesy and kind of uneventful unlike some of their previous tunes together.  Vocally, they are probably the strongest of the Teams IMO.  Not their best song, but it’s not crappy.

5. Scandalous ni Ikou

So Kojiharu and Yuuko get a duet with Scandalous ni Ikou which is kind of cool because they get something that’s a bit more rockin’ but at the same time reminds me too much of “GIVE ME FIVE!”.  I like both vocalists as well…they sound so good together! and the SCANDAL-like atmosphere is cool.  Though the synth horns and disc scratching is just bad choices to be honest…

6. No-Can

On the flipside, Team B has always been a little iffy on me because their songs cater to the cuter side to AKB and I’m not too fond of their songs at all.  No-Can does seem to shine a light for the Team because the synth lines are kind of infectious and there’s a little bit of randomness with the girls doing the genki outbursts and all that.  It kind of reminds me of some 80’s cartoon (like upbeat TMNT drowning in cute goo).

7. Avocado Jane~shi…

So here we are with Mayuyu and Sasshi doubling together for this odd titled song.  Of course since we’re dealing with Mayuyu, I wasn’t surprised that the song was going to be sugar-filled.  With the recent drama with Sasshi, I’m happy she did manage to get this song still on the album.  Now it’s not a bad song but it’s not my kind of song but Mayuyu and Sasshi sound good together as well…Hmmm these pairings so far have been good!

8. Chokkaku Sunshine

This could be considered Team 4’s final song before their dissolution.  Chokkaku Sunshine is bright and synthy which is nice and the acoustic guitar as the melodic force is a nice touch.  Vocally, it’s kind of all over the place and there’s some girls who struggle in the song, but meh not my favorite.

9. Bokutachi wa Ima Hanashiau Beki Nan da

Tomochin and Yukirin gets a song too?  Lord…Now I actually don’t like Tomomi’s vocals because they’re extremely pitchy and thin while Yukirin’s vocals are one of my favorites.  So hearing the two is like polar opposites coming together.  Minus the lackluster arrangement, the girls kind of come together in a nice way but Tomomi’s vocals still rub me the wrong way >.<  Actually this song is just unimpressive the longer I listen to it…

10. Sakuranbo to Kodoku

Another Kenkyuusei song?  Good lord are they getting lucky on this album!  I kind of liked the marching drums intro for the song since it kind of reminds me a little of “RIVER” but once they disappear, so does my interest.  A little too cheap and plain for my interest.  I feel like if they had continued with the setting like the intro, it would’ve been a MUCH BETTER song.

11. Daiji na Jikan

The rest of the album (sans the final two) are kind of just random shufflings with various members.  Daiji na Jikan features 8  members that I recognize and that’s all of them.  Another one of those sappy ballads (which I could assume deals with Acchan’s upcoming graduation and all that).  The song is just too blah for me and goes nowhere…I usually don’t like these 8 singing together…someone doesn’t sound right…Tomochin and Mayuyu prolly are probably the ones that ruin the melodic properties tbh.

12. Itsuka Mita Umi no Soko

Up and Coming Girls?  Looking at the girls singing this song, I’m dreading seeing Mayuyu involved because she’s already made a name for herself damnit!  Though I see a bunch of girls I don’t know and Jurina which is interesting since she’s been getting a lot of attention.  I’ve been kind of wanting an upbeat song that I could remember and this is working.  I will say the song does sound like something typical of SKE48 but this sounds a bit more intriguing…not sure what to say in conclusion for the song.

13. Guu Guu Onaka

I’m not sure how to feel about Guu Guu Onaka x.x  I mean this song sounds like it’s sung by 12 year olds which is a twist to the album since everything else is seriously or just having fun…not cute children randomness.  Then again I didn’t think Wasamin, Acchan, and Sumire were capable of this >.>

14. Yasashisa no Chizu

I kind of was surprised about Yasashisa no Chizu since I kind of heard so duo lines amongst the many members involved here.  I love the guitar solos that are found all over the song which is probably the first time guitar solos are actually strong and the line distribution was interesting! 

15. Itterasshai

So now the big 12 get a song and sadly it’s another blah ballad!  It’s about as lifeless as “Daiji na Jikan” if not worse since they’re so similar to one another.  I just kind of zoned this song out because of those reason and don’t feel anything striking about it.

16. Aozora yo Sabashikunai ka?

So I’ve said that I don’t like the other __48 groups being involved but this is kind of the penultimate song with AKB, SKE, HKT, and NMB all singing together for this song…which is a BIG ASS collection of girls.  As another ballad *sigh*, Aozora yo Sabashikunai ka? is kind of like “Koko ni Ita Koto” as in like it’s supposed to be grand and have a feeling of togetherness.  It’s alright, but nothing spectacular here.

17. Sakura no Hanabira ~Maeda Atsuko solo ver.~

Fitting that Acchan gets to close the album with a solo version of Sakura no Hanabira-tachi (which was AKB’s debut single).  I’m not too big of a fan of Acchan’s vocals but she gave the song a nice take and she actually sounds good in the beginning.  It’s not a terrible rendition, but I liked the original quite a bit more.

Tracks Recommended

  • Kaze wa Fuiteiru
  • Flying Get
  • Jung ya Freud no Baai
  • Lemon no Toshigoro
  • Yasai Uranai
     
  • Plastic no Kuchiburu
  • No-Can
  • Yasashisa no Chizu
  • Hate
  • Avocado Jane~shi…

Song of Avoidance

  • Miniskirt no Yousei
     
  • Daiji na Jikan

Yeesh was this a long review to do…AKB’s second studio album does seem to slightly improve the blandness from “Koko ni Ita Koto”, but at the same time…was it REALLY necessary two have 34 songs?  I mean the first disc was the A-sides, B-sides and a couple new tracks that were slightly known to the public for a some time, while the 2nd disc was new stuff!  1830m is a bit much for me and might be for the AKB wotas to sit through it all….but this was slightly better than their first.

 

Zwei – Kakuchou Place August 29, 2012

Filed under: Zwei — solarblade @ 8:45 am

Track Listing

  1. Kakuchou Place
  2. MONSTER
  3. Kakuchou Place (off Vocal)
  4. MONSTER (off Vocal)

1. Kakuchou Place

Is it just a little weird to say that I’ve never got accustomed to Zwei under 5pb.?  I’m just used to their older stuff that their new direction has been really weird.  Kakuchou Place is probably a good example of how uncharacteristic this sounds for them which has a butt ton of synths involved.  I think both Ayumu and Megu are singing in the song which is new for me and they sound good together.  A little too calculated, but it’s not too bad.

2. MONSTER

I think the synths do play a much bigger role in the B-side however, but it also sounds like a heavier and darker track which still kind of strange for Zwei but this song is kind of cool.  Ayumu sounds kind of badass in the song since she has this steely and cold voice that just sounds epic.  Then the chorus comes in and it sounds a bit strange to me but I feel like this is kind of a grittier and more evil “Dragon”.  I think I kind of enjoyed it.

 

 

Zwei’s 4th single and I’m still struggling with this new Zwei that has appeared.  I’m not sure why, but I feel like the duo aren’t meant for animu songs though some of their stuff has worked like “Kaze no Senritsu”.  Kakuchou Place might be a little bland but it’s better than “Koyubi no Paradox” at the least and MONSTER is definitely growing on me as one of their best B-sides.  Not bad!

 

UVERworld – THE OVER

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 8:31 am

Track Listing

  1. THE OVER
  2. THE SONG
  3. Massive

1. THE OVER

It’s been a while since UVER has done a ballad track and it returns in form with THE OVER.  I like how it builds into the chorus which is pure rock and TAKUYA singing in his normal style.  Personally, this song is probably my favorite ballad/rock song I’ve heard since I started to review them so it’s pretty good on that level.

2. THE SONG

We have a song titled”THE OVER” and now we have THE SONG which is kind of in the same area of arrangement is kind of a little blah for me but the chorus is less powerful and IMO, it’s kind of worse because TAKUYA’s singing is rather bland and kind of lacks note movement so it’s a bit tedious.  It’s alright, but I just don’t find it to be amongst their good B-sides.

3. Massive

A bongo drum intro for a song called Massive?  Yeah, I don’t get it either, but this song is kind of unique.  Unfortunately, the more deeper I go the more obvious it becomes fact that Massive is just merely a instrumental track for the band.  I guess it’s nice that they have something like this but I kind of wanted more than what we ended up with.

 

 

I’ve kind of been losing interest with UVERworld in recent times but they brought back with “7th Trigger”.  With THE OVER they kind of continued since I did end up liking the lead song the most.  THE SONG has quite a few problems going on and it’s just too meh.  Also, I would’ve preferred if Massive was a full vocal track because the instrumental sounds really nice and it could’ve worked with TAKUYA to be honest.  Definitely a downgrade from their last single.

 

Tomato n’ Pine – PS4U August 28, 2012

Filed under: Tomato n' Pine — solarblade @ 8:27 am

Track Listing

  1. Train Scatting
  2. Wanna Dance!
  3. Nanairo☆Namida
  4. Nagisa ni Matsuwaru Etcetera
  5. 10gatsu no Indian
  6. Captain wa Kimi da!
  7. PS2U
  8. Odore Carnival
  9. Tabidachi Transfer
  10. Jingle Girl Joui Jidai
  11. Tameiki Pink
  12. Soshite Neru Mamonaku Solitude (SNS)
  13. Daiji na Love Letter
  14. Yume no Kakera…
  15. Wanna Dance! -strike the pose remix-

1. Train Scatting

Opening Tomapai’s first major album, Train Scatting is a rather odd choice, but a unique one at that.  It sounds like it starts at a train station and the song moves into this quirky technopop song.  Like the title implies, it also features some scatting (ad-libbing basically).  The verses were interesting because it’s a little quieter but keeps this cute side going.  This is a pretty awesome first song to be honest!

2. Wanna Dance!

Unfortunately, after the first track we get a load of old songs starting with the B-side from “Jingle Girl Joui Jidai”.  I like that they moved from the cute side from “Train Scatting” into this funky disco-like feel out of Wanna Dance! and it kind of works for some strange reason.  I do feel like the ladies don’t give much of a peppy performance which has always been a small problem for them, but they just don’t seem interested in the song. 

3. Nanairo☆Namida

Moving into the third A-side released, Nanairo☆Namida is definitely my favorite of the four with its breezy synth arrangement and more interest from the trio as well.  At first it kind of reminded me of a DAISHI DANCE remix or something Q;indivi would do put nope it isn’t.  I did notice that solo lines aren’t present (most of their songs don’t) here.  It’s light and not very risk-taking, but it’s catchy and I like the trio’s harmonies together.

4. Nagisa ni Matsuwaru Etcetera

I have to be honest, I would’ve loved the other B-sides that didn’t make the cut to have been here instead of the ones that were chosen.  However, I don’t really understand this because it was a cover of a PUFFY song as a B-side so I thought it would’ve stayed there.  On the album, I think it fits coming after the A-side it was coupled with.  It has more of a prominent beat and less of the filtering…I still think it suffers a bit from blandness but I think it’s somewhat growing on me.

5. 10gatsu no Indian

Next up is the B-side from “Tabidachi Transfer” and I also feel like this was a pretty bad choice to include the song because I still dislike the song quite a bit.  It lacks oomph and the song itself is kind of bland (though I kind of like the tropical theme it was trying to go for). 

6. Captain wa Kimi da!

Moving on, we move into the group’s first single (which was an indies release and the first release two of the three members).  Listening to the song again, it oddly reminds me of “Wanna Dance!” with it’s funky rhythms and the like.  Like I said on the single review, I do think it lacks emotion as well (except in some areas).  Not bad, but not really all that great.

7. PS2U

Might be wondering why it’s bolded, but it’s just POP SONG 2 U just under a new title (I guess to fit the sort of title track theme).  That being said it also didn’t go through any changes as well so it’s the same song from their “Captain wa Kimi da!” single.  I kind of finding myself enjoying the song more since it kind of has this Tommy february6 sound which is pretty cool.  Yeah I like this song now lol.

8. Odore Carnival

FINALLY, we get a new song with Odore Carnival which was used as the promotional song for the album.  Unlike the songs before it, it has a bit more push in its arrangement which is so good and the fact that the trio sounds more lively made me extremely happy.  I’m not sure how to describe its style but it’s upbeat and heavy on the idol part.  Still, it stands out a lot from the album against the amount of old songs that are on here.

9. Tabidachi Transfer

Back to a couple of their older songs, Tabidachi Transder is kind of like Nanairo☆Namida in the way it also has this breezy synthpop style which is cool but they sound too similar in places and this song is tad a bit too long for its own good.  I should like this more because this song came first and all, but I just can’t seem to get into it without thinking it’s a ripoff.

10. Jingle Girl Joui Jidai

Luckily the last song that’s from their singles come next and I came to the conclusion that JGJJ kind of reminds me a lot of stuff that Vanilla Beans would do since it kind of has this 60’s pop sound (but the added effect of being a Christmas song).  It’s kind of also to me showing their move towards something different from Tomapai.

11. Tameiki Pink

Now to get into the majority of the new songs, Tameiki Pink comes first and it’s a pretty song to listen to considering it’s the ballad of the album lol.  The harmonization in the song is quite pleasant to listen to, but the song is quite the sleepy tune because the arrangement is really laidback and soft.  Still it is one of a kind on the album so it might intrigue some listeners.

12. Soshite Neru Mamonaku Solitude (SNS)

Pico beats used for SNS?  I think the album went back to more of a cute direction with this song but the ladies sound rather genki for the song which is a nice change.  I’m loving the chorus where the guitars make an appearance.  It kind of does remind me of Buono! but the hard guitar melody does throw the song off a little bit…it’s kind of like BABYMETAL gone wrong IMO.  Suffice to say, this song is just a little too much and a bit too messy,

13. Daiji na Love Letter

Like “Jingle Girl Joui Jidai”, I get Vanilla Beans from this song too but also a little of “Odore Carnival” because of it’s brassy nature.  I’m noticing at this point that the new songs have a little more life to them compared to the pre-album songs.  I don’t get it, but I’m enjoying this song but for what reason is unknown to me since it has elements of their songs previous…hmmm

14. Yume no Kakera…

I also had bolded this track because while it never was on any of Tomapai’s releases, it was featured on a tribute album for ZONE (which makes sense because it is a cover).  I would also seem to place this song alongside “Nanairo☆Namida” and “Tabidachi Transfer” because it also has a breezy synth-pop style.  That being said, it’s the best of the three funny enough and this made for a worthy cover (even if it’s very un-ZONE).

15. Wanna Dance! -strike the pose remix-

I’m kind of surprised that Tomapai decided to close the album with a remix of a B-side no less.  Unlike the disco vibes from the original, the remix presents us Wanna Dance! with more of club style which sounds cool at first because the song sounds like Madonna’s “Vogue” for some reason and then it all made sense in the title that it was supposed to sounds like the classic tune XD.  Kind of chilled out but also relaxing.  I have to say though that I kind of enjoyed this a lot…even more than the original lol!

Tracks Recommended

  • Train Scatting
  • Wanna Dance! -strike the pose remix-
  • PS2U
  • Odore Carnival
  • Nanairo☆Namida

Song of Avoidance

  • Soshite Neru Mamonaku Solitude (SNS)

I hate to say it, but I’m not really feeling for Tomapai’s first major label album.  I kind of didn’t like the fact they chose most of the crappy B-sides to be added, but a lot of the songs lacked emotion from the girls (basically all the pre-album songs).  I also noticed that there were no solo lines in these songs (and if there were, they were too small of parts).  There were moments where the group is heading in the right direction which is the new songs so it’s alright, but I just can’t get into this album.

 

Anna Tsuchiya – Voyagers

Filed under: Anna Tsuchiya — solarblade @ 4:02 am

Track Listing

  1. Voyagers
  2. Anna Tsuchiya MEGA-MIX
  3. IS THIS LOVE? at 2012/6/9 Sound of Coral Live ver. (Anna ver. only)
  4. Switch On! Orchestra ver. (Instrumental) (Kamen Rider Fourze ver. only)
  5. Voyagers (Instrumental)

1. Voyagers

I’m kind of surprised Anna was chosen again to sing a theme for Kamen Rider.  In comparison, this is a bit more relaxing than her previous KR song, “Switch On!”.  I don’t particularly find the song very memorable for some reason but it’s been a while where I haven’t been too fond of her A-sides so this is kind of her worst in quite a while. 

2. Anna Tsuchiya MEGA-MIX

  • Switch On!
  • rose
  • Kuroi Namida
  • Believe In Love
  • Brave vibration

Wow, so Anna actually pulled off to release a megamix on the single.  Even more is the fact that these songs are predominantly sad ballad-like rock tracks from Anna.  It’s an interesting set of tracks chosen for this and they transition nicely into one another.  I do feel like Kuroi Namida and Believe In Love are the oddball tracks and Brave vibration being the last one as well is odd too.  It’s different but I find it as a nice incentive I guess.

4. Switch On! Orchestra ver. (Instrumental)

I find it weird that they made a third version of Switch On! instead of giving Voyagers it’s alternate instrumental.  I think the orchestra is nice and the melody is a bit stronger but I don’t particularly find the melody to be as memorable as previous other KR-tied songs.

 

 

I’ll be honest and say that this single was kind of blah for me.  Voyagers isn’t that great of an Anna song compared to others and it’s not as good as “Swtich On!” either.  I liked the mega-mix for what it was and its choices were pretty good too.  Switch On!’s new version, blah w/e….yeah I’m not too excited from this single.