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Yui Sakakibara – Fractal September 6, 2012

Filed under: Yui Sakakibara — solarblade @ 9:37 am

Track Listing

  1. Fractal
  2. Scarlet
  3. Ren’ai 0 Kilometer
  4. Let’s Go! Modulation
  5. pi pi pi☆STRIKE!
  6. Oedo Komachi
  7. Manatsu no Cielo
  8. Himitsu Jikake no apple
  9. Sun shower
  10. Kuroi Hana
  11. Jubilus
  12. Kirameki Issen
  13. LOVE☆FIRE!
  14. Love Comp!
  15. evolution

1. Fractal

What? Is Yui wanting to start the album off with something that screams Japanese?  The title track has a pretty cool sound as it has a lot of electric guitars and some traditional Japanese strings which give it some power and finesse.  Yui’s vocals are actually pretty good since she’s trying to pull off some enka-ish notes.  It’s a solid track and all and is pretty good as the first song as well.

2. Scarlet

Moving on, Scarlet is the first of many of the cutesy songs on the album and I have to keep myself grounded without passing out from the sugar rush.  While it does retain the electric guitars from “Fractal”, the song adds synth horns and Yui’s vocals go into seiyuu mode which is a bit too much for me.  It’s a terrible song at least and it is catchy sometimes, but it just isn’t my kind of track.

3. Ren’ai 0 Kilometer

Sadly, it just goes downhill from there because Ren’ai 0 Kilometer packs on the cute even more by adding bells and synths to the electric guitars which are a bit all over the place for me.  This is just definitely a bad song for the album since it’s a little TOO busy and kind of gets increasingly annoying at the chorus.  I just can’t listen to this one.

4. Let’s Go! Modulation

Is there a limit to how high Yui’s vocals can go?  Let’s Go! Modulation hits an increasingly cute point in the opening of this anison song.  I do like the arrangement a lot more than the previous song but it still is buried in cute goo as to where it makes me curious to why she’s stuck to this voice for her music.  However the verses are the only places where her voice sounds rather normal, but that chorus is a no no…DAMNIT YUI!

5. pi pi pi☆STRIKE!

Lord, every song has gradually gotten more sickengly cute and absurd for me to listen to.  HER VOICE IS GETTING EVEN HIGHER AND SQUEAKIER!  What is she trying to pull…a Yui Ogura?  pi pi pi☆STRIKE! is the epitome of super cute and it’s just so distracting and the music is even at a poor state with just synths and twinkly bleeps and all.  I despise this song!

6. Oedo Komachi

Wait! Is this a break from the sugaryness?  Well, not quite but this song relieves us from the UBER CUTE songs by being somewhat going back to the front of the album.  Like the title implies, it’s styled like an Ondo song so it’s very Japanese-festival friendly.  Yui is of course doing the vocal vibratos which is pretty cool and she does well.  This isn’t a bad song and definitely breaks the mold from the album.

7. Manatsu no Cielo

Funny that this is the song that I ended up reviewing before the album (and yet she has a butt ton of singles that aren’t on albums).  On the single I said it was alright, but the vocals are a bit iffy.  On here, Manatsu no Cielo is one of the better songs on the album despite me still feeling the vocals aren’t good.  The arrangement is a bit lighter and more poppy and less cutesy/anison so that’s good…but I’m not sure where this song lies.

8. Himitsu Jikake no apple

*sigh* I wonder where did good Yui go…we dive back down into sugar land with Himitsu Jikake no apple and while it’s not the most offensive song the album has to offered, it’s far from being the best as well.  I will say that the arrangement is kind of nice and refreshing to my ears with its breezy atmosphere.  Her vocals still remain as the negative point about the song but it’s not cringeworthy.

9. Sun shower

Natrual instruments?  I know we get a little bit of that back in “Manatsu no Cielo” but it’s nice that one of the song is a ballad.  Actually this is probably the deepest her vocals have been so far all album.  Sadly, the song isn’t very intriguing and it just kind of lacks a life for the most part…very simple and kind of bland.

10. Kuroi Hana

Wow, the arrangement actually has some potential here since it’s synth-heavy and piano is playing the melody.  Then I hear Yui sing and I’M LOVING THIS because she’s singing in her deeper tones and she sound PERFECT with the arrangement, almost badass for some reason.  It makes me wish there were more songs like this on the album because this is hands down the best of the album. 

11. Jubilus

Which follows into the next track, Jubilus.  It’s a bit more heavier and darker with the drums and pipe organ that’s present.  Something about Yui’s vocals are a little strange to me.  They sound very awkward and it’s like she’s trying to be a dude but can’t really pull it off very well.  Yrah, I could’ve liked it, but that voice issue is odd to say the least.

12. Kirameki Issen

That Japanese setting finds itself once again on the album in Kirameki Issen which kind of sounds like “Fractal” funny enough.  That’s OK because I really liked this song a lot more because it has a bit more push and Yui gave a strong performance.  I’m surprised she’s put most of the good songs towards the end.

13. LOVE☆FIRE!

I kind of was surprised this didn’t turn out to be like a super cute song.  Actually, it kind of sounds like it could’ve easily been a PHANTASM single because of the aggressive arrangement and goth sound with the strings.  I do sense a little bit of brightness in Yui’s vocals which might not sound like it adds up well together but it does!  Another impressive song overall.

14. Love Comp!

Another title with ~Love~ in it?  Unlike the previous track, Love Comp! is back to the grossly cute vocals from Yui but the arrangement isn’t very cutesy but has a little bit of bright playfulness with the piano.  Yeah, otherwise I just am not into this track either but is that any surprise?

15. evolution

Finally, we get to the final track of the album and why she chose this as the final beats me but this deserves to up at the front with the sugary cute pop songs of the album.  I don’t think it’s a terrible song but it’s kind of the top of the poor songs on the album which isn’t totally saying much.  The arrangement is what got me and I liked that but…that’s roughly about it.

Tracks Recommended

  • Kuroi Hana
  • Kirameki Issen
  • LOVE☆FIRE!
  • Fractal

Song of Avoidance

  • pi pi pi☆STRIKE!

Jeeze, after “BLOODY TUNE”, it seems like Yui has been consistently getting worse with each album.  Fractal really started out with a little hope with the title track but quickly turns into CRAAAAAP once it gets in Scarlet and really never lets up fully until Kuroi Hana and it gets good until the final two tracks which are back to crap.  I wish she wouldn’t clutter all of these tie-ins on one album and just release one straightforward album where she doesn’t need her seiyuu voice…it’s soooo bothersome.  Like I said, Kuroi Hana is probably the biggest winner here…ugh this album why Yui…WHYYYY??????

 

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