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StylipS – Choose me♡Darling August 21, 2012

Filed under: StylipS — solarblade @ 8:09 pm

Track Listing

  1. Choose me♡Darling
  2. Baby KISS☆
  3. Fragile Crazy
  4. Choose me♡Darling (inst)
  5. Baby KISS☆ (inst)
  6. Fragile Crazy (inst)

1. Choose me♡Darling

Aren’t we a little late with our summer song StylipS?  At least that’s what I feel like it sounds like with this A-side.  I had to say though it’s their best A-side yet since it’s fun to listen to and the girls sound mostly pretty good (then again there’s not a lot of Yui present).  It does have the typical summer style but it has a bit more oomph which is something I DEFINITELY enjoyed.  Great and fun song to listen to!

2. Baby KISS☆

Then we kind of go backwards with Baby KISS☆ which has a bit more brass instruments in the song and mixes that with the summery theme as well.  Sadly, this song kind of fits at this forgetful tune because it kind of sounds like something SUPER☆GiRLS have done and I’m just not too impressed by the song.

3. Fragile Crazy

Then we get Fragile Crazy which is totally not anything they’ve done before!  It’s a bit more dancy and there’s rapping as well which are two things StylipS haven’t tackled yet.  I have to say Arisa and Kaori (and Maho?) sound all amazing in this song and the parts Yui got was actually well done (especially with her lackluster tone).  Definitely the best track off the single!

 

 

I’m happy StylipS are getting more popular with every release and it shows with their works too because Choose me♡Darling is their best single yet.  Like I said, they are a little late to the summer party but the A-side is surprisingly catchy and they sound happy and just having a blast with it.  However, Fragile Crazy is the best of the single…so many new things going on and they all worked cohesively together and I hope it makes it on the future album.  The only fault is probably Baby KISS☆ since it’s just bland and typical of a beach-parading song…still overall this is their best single.

 

ONE OK ROCK – The Beginning

Filed under: ONE OK ROCK — solarblade @ 7:47 pm

Track Listing

  1. The Beginning
  2. Ketsuraku Automation
  3. Notes’n’Words

1. The Beginning

I was curious to as how OOR would handle after the awesomeness from “Zankyo Reference: and with The Beginning they seem to handle it well.  It’s a little bit under “Re:make” but this song is still true to themselves and it’s a very enjoyable song.  Add in that a good portion is in English and I’m very surprised it turned out as well as it did.  I really enjoy Taka’s vocals…it’s pretty unique and has a good rockin’ quality (makes you wonder what the hell was he doing in NEWS) XD.  Great A-side.

2. Ketsuraku Automation

The first of the B-sides, Ketsuraku Automation begins with a nice strings piece before Taka and the band enters in.  While it’s not as hard-hitting as “The Beginning”, it’s pretty solid as well.  It’s kind of like they’re taking a good rest out of this song.  Taka doesn’t sound as enthusiastic because he kind of just sounds bored in the chorus but everywhere else it’s fine.  Not as good, but it’s not a disappointment.

3. Notes’n’Words

The other track, actually has more of a down-to-earth kind of feel and sounds like a more personal execution.  Meaning that this tune is pretty much an acoustic track from the band.  I thought it complimented to powerhouse that play before it so it’s a nice calm after the storm.  Taka sounds really nice here and his English is really good here as well.  A surprise, but a really nice one at that!

 

 

I love the fact that the band scored the movie theme for the upcoming Rurouni Kenshin live-action because The Beginning is pretty awesome of a song (even though it’s not as badass as “Re:make”.  Notes’n’Words was also pretty strong too and shows a different side to the band (though they have before, but this felt more emotional and personal).  Ketsuraku Automation is feeling a bit like a leftover from their last album but that’s not bad…I was just enjoying the other two songs a bit more.  A good start to a new era for them!

 

POLYSICS – Lucky Star

Filed under: POLYSICS — solarblade @ 7:28 pm

Track Listing

  1. Lucky Star
  2. No Control

1. Lucky Star

POLYSICS return with Lucky Star and I’m liking this track for some reason…then again when FUMI takes lead vocals this time around, it’s a pretty good thing since the last couple releases have been mostly HAYASHI lead.  He’s still present doing his wacky bits and the vocoder stuff.  I do feel like it’s got an anime-intro feel to it though,but it still has the POLYSICS feel overall.  After a while, the song starts to push my buttons because it gets repetitive and a little annoying…

2. No Return

The B-side No Return is a bit like their past since HAYAHSI is in the leading role this time around.  It sort of reminds me of “Beat Flash” with it’s 8bit bleeps here and there.  It’s a cool and frantic piece since most of it is guitar-work besides the verses.  I’m surprised though that there’s this kind of screechy/stretched sound after the chorus that’s bothersome but the song is pretty unique (then again the band is known for that).

 

 

It’s been a long time since POLYSICS have actually released a single (and that was before KAYO had left the group), Lucky Star is a strong single but it does feel like they’re kind of reusing ideas from previous works to get by.  Lucky Star is cute but towards the end it does start getting annoying and No Return was good as well but it’s familiar to me but it is better than the A-side.  At least they’re releasing a single after the mini-album and two albums.