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LIL – L2 August 3, 2012

Filed under: LIL — solarblade @ 7:06 am

Track Listing

  1. INTRO
  2. Make You Smile
  3. Koi wa PUSH! feat. HALCALI
  4. REMEMBER
  5. LUCKY STAR
  6. My little song
  7. Sunny Place
  8. Jelly fish
  9. Touch Me
  10. 99
  11. Runaway
  12. WALK
  13. My shine, Your shine feat. the telephones <Ryohei & Seiji>
  14. Girls☆Around <Album Version>
  15. THIS LOVE
  16. Make You Smile <tofubeats remix> (bonus track)
  17. 99 <TeddyLoid Remix> (bonus track)

1. INTRO

Opening the album up, INTRO is kind of cool and quite airy at the intro with some odd instrumentation actually.  Then TSUGE adds a beat to it and it kind of flows from there and I thought it was pretty cool for being 1:30 in length.

2. Make You Smile

Moving into our first vocal track, Make You Smile is definitely a good and upbeat electropop song with awesome synths and ucio’s cool vocals.  Actually the arrangement feels like something that eeriely sounds like Crystal Kay’s sound in “VIVID”.  It’s pretty similar lol.  There’s also the interlude with the vocal hack n’ slash (similar to Beyonce’s “Girls”), that was a bit weird but worked.  Good first song ^_^

3. Koi wa PUSH! feat. HALCALI

The leading A-side from their second single for the album, Koi wa PUSH! was pretty interesting and totally swerved the duo for something a bit more funky (like the “LIPS IN LUSH” album).  The HALCALI gals do lead while ucio has the bridge and chorus.  I don’t know why but I’m a little bit frowny towards the Engrish in the song…it just sounds odd to hear both HALCALI and ucio say ~poosh your hands~ and ~brooosh your haaair~…just a little negative.  It’s still a pretty cool track.

4. REMEMBER

Onto REMEMBER, the song does go back to more of a clubbier sound and I have to say that I kind of enjoyed what I was hearing in this song.  ucio sounds particularly pleasant here and the arrangement isn’t too hard and doesn’t take away from the lyrics.  It’s a really cool track and one of my early favorites.

5. LUCKY STAR

The highlight of this whole era was LUCKY STAR because it’s just all kinds of badass.  I love the heavy electro sound of the song and ucio’s vocals really stuck out in my mind.  I think TSUGE did an amazing job with the arrangement which isn’t heavy but has this cool and sweet riff going.  I don’t know but I loved this song!

6. My little song

Getting into a couple new songs, the first we get is My little song which is a total opposite to “LUCKY STAR” with it’s ethereal techno arrangement which gives ucio a little more room to stand out with her vocals.  I think it’s one of those times where I wished she wasn’t under auto-tune because while it works for the lower notes, it gets screwy with the higher notes.  Overall, it’s light and I like that about this song.

7. Sunny Place

At least it moves into one of the surprises of the album which is awesome.  Sunny Place begins like it’s a morning tune with piano and synths.  It’s quickly replaced with ucio and synths and oddly enough she has little auto-tune plugged on her and it’s beautiful.  ucio was able to show her powerful her vocals can get and I’m just kind of blown away from this track…it’s really cool! 

8. Jelly fish

After that glorious tune, Jelly fish kind of slides in and is also quite lowkey and ethereal which is pretty sweet on TSUGE.  They say ~like a jellyfish~ and then the song kind of rolls along like a wave.  That’s when I found out it was the album’s interlude clocking in at about a 1:20.  I’m sure they could’ve done more with it but what we got isn’t bad.

9. Touch Me

I feel like I’ve heard the synths somewhere before which is odd but cool in a way.  I like that the arrangement changes before ucio sings which turns the song into a gritty and awesome electro song.  It’s one of the more aggressive songs on the album which I’ll admit and I enjoyed every minute of it.

10. 99

The secondary A-side from the second single is probably my least favorite of the A-sides but it fits coming after “Touch Me” because they both have a lot of beats (though 99 is lighter).  I’m also hearing ucio once again without auto-tune for some parts of the song and it sounds nice.  It’s still growing on me which is a good sign.

11. Runaway

Back to new tracks, Runaway begins with synths and piano before getting into an interesting setup.  It sounds like an 80’s new wave song but without the bright synths to accompany it.  I would say that it’s the album’s first miss because while I enjoyed the verses, the chorus kind of felt like it was lacking…I don’t know, but this song isn’t hitting me well…Once again, I wished ucio was singing without the auto-tune.

12. WALK

When I heard WALK the first thing that went through my mind is that the song sounds like something Sleigh Bells would be all for.  ucio isn’t exactly singing in the song but she’s doing more of this chanting/rapping thing and that kind of pushed me away from the song.  I like the experimentation here but this is just odd on this album…maybe a little too awkward-placed?

13. My shine, Your shine feat the telephones <Ryohei & Seiji>

The second of the collaborative songs, My shine, Your shine mixes the duo’s electro style with the telephones’ guitarwork and I thought that was a pretty cool mix because this song has a more progressive but similar feel to “Sunny Place”.  I like this a lot and it stood out from the album a lot more smoothly than “WALK” did.

14. Girls☆Around <Album Version>

Since I didn’t review this digital single (there was no other tracks like the other two singles) I missed out on Girls☆Around.  At least getting into this, it really instills a party atmosphere and it’s a pretty fun song to listen to actually.  TSUGE did a lot of great things with this song and it’s just a cool dance track to well…dance to!  Though I do question that rock-infused dubstep breakdown…good lord no TSUGE…

15. THIS LOVE

I really wished they had left this song off the album because I just thought it was a poorly done cover of Maroon 5’s big hit.  Since it is the final track before the bonuses, THIS LOVE doesn’t seem to really fit as the ending song like “Girls☆Around”.  I mean the song suffers from some weird auto-tune blips and ucio’s English is at an all time low here.  I just can’t take the song seriously as a LIL thing…it was bad…

16. Make You Smile <tofubeats remix>

After the album finishes we get two bonuses (which are remixes and only one of them is new).  I was kind of scared listening to the song because that intro has Skrillex cut n’ paste all over it.  Tobubeats remixes are hit and miss for me and this kind of comes off as a bit of a miss, simply because the song has weird bits about it like the intro and other places where it happens.  I do like the piano but it’s kind of ruined.  I don’t like it…

17. 99 <TeddyLoid Remix>

Just why?  I mean I didn’t like it much on the single so I wished it wasn’t here.  Like I said on the single review, it is sort of good because it has a harder sound than the original and all but it was pretty much ruined with the dubstep insertions.  I just couldn’t get myself back into things even after it passes by.

Tracks Recommended

  • Sunny Place
  • LUCKY STAR
  • Touch Me
  • My shine, Your shine feat. the telephones <Ryohei & Seiji>
  • 99

Song of Avoidance

  • THIS LOVE

I guessing getting into the duo’s 3rd major album, L2 is pretty damn good…well maybe.  Everything before Jelly fish was really up to standards and brought a lot of things LIL fans loved to hear.  Though everything after the interlude went more for an experimentive look and it was hit or miss with those songs and the final three tracks were just EWWWW.  It’s still a pretty good electro album despite not many coming out this year.

 

Up Up Girls – Uppercut!/Yuudachi! Through the Rainbow

Filed under: Up Up Girls — solarblade @ 1:11 am

Track Listing

  1. Uppercut!
  2. Yuudachi! Through the Rainbow
  3. Uppercut! (instrumental)
  4. Yuudachi! Through the Rainbow (instrumental)

1. Uppercut!

Uppercut! is an interesting song to be honest since it kind of deserts their pop/rock sound for a bit more of a typical idol-pop tune this time around and it’s sort of cute.  Sadly, the song doesn’t have anything in the notion of solo lines for any of the seven girls which might make this a little disappointing (especially after “Barebare I LOVE YOU”).  It still has a lot of energy and joyous moments, but this is probably my least favorite of the A-sides.

2. Yuudachi! Through the Rainbow

It’s pretty cool that the group made the second track also an A-side and this is pretty much what I was wanting from the group.  It does remind me of “Rainbow” with the prominance of synths in the arrangement but keeping the upbeat tempo going.  There’s not a lot of solos in the song but Azusa and Minami get a quick line and Akari gets a long bit in the second verse.  It’s a pretty good track overall.

 

 

They just keep shoving releases out there (surprisingly fast for an indies group).  Their third single isn’t as good as the previous two singles but I do like their consistency with releasing fun and upbeat songs.  I was surprised to see that Uppercut! would be their first unison song (as in all the members sing the entire time) and it was alright…but maybe a little too early for that?  At least we got Yuudachi! Through the Rainbow with some solos and a likeness to “Rainbow” but this was an alright single, nothing overly amazing.