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BUCK-TICK – Yumemiru Uchuu September 24, 2012

Filed under: BUCK-TICK — solarblade @ 4:24 am

Track Listing

  1. Elise no Tame ni -ROCK for Elise-
  2. CLIMAX TOGETHER
  3. LADY SKELETON
  4. Ningyo -mermaid-
  5. Yumeji
  6. ONLY YOU -WE ARE NOT ALONE-
  7. Kinjirareta Asobi -ADULT CHILDREN-
  8. Yasou
  9. INTER RAPTOR
  10. MISS TAKE -I’m not miss take-
  11. Yumemiru Uchuu -cosmix-

1. Elise no Tame ni -ROCK for Elise-

Well, first off…all of the pre-album songs have all gone through some changes (some more than others but all were edited in some fashion).  The opening track is their single that begun the era and it has some pretty obvious changes this time around.  The intro has a harder buzzing synth and as the song goes by, Atsushi’s vocals are drenched in filters.  It’s still the cool and edgy song I liked but with new bells and whistles.  I actually like this version for some reason lmao.

2. CLIMAX TOGETHER

As the first new track on the album, CLIMAX TOGETHER is pretty straightforward for the band since it doesn’t have too many synths and wacky things going on.  It does kind of sound like Classic Rock, but I kind of like the bright nature of the tune.  The only thing about the song that I wasn’t fond of was that Atsushi sounded like he was singing far away giving this hazy and echo-heavy sound. 

3. LADY SKELETON

Hmmmm, I keep wanting to think that this is celebrating Halloween just a little bit since it has this dark feel and Atsushi’s vocals have this creepy warbling effect when he’s singing which adds a nice amount of suspense.  It’s not a terrible song, but it is a smidge messy in places which I guess doesn’t surprise me.

4. Ningyo -mermaid-

Funny that the next song gives me this aquatic feeling, but also somewhat surfing music.  On the album so far, Atsushi hasn’t really sung clearly without some kind of filter put on him and this is probably the worst offense so far.  I can barely hear what he’s singing since the music is pretty gritty and in the forefront of everything.  It does a good job at being fun and bouncy which I can admit, but I wish I heard Atsushi more clearly.

5. Yumeji

At least things seem to calm down for our next track, Yumeji.  Sadly, the song itself kind of lacks a solid foundation and Atsushi is kind of lazily singing the song which makes the tune feel even more sluggish than it should.  I just can’t get into this song very much.

6. ONLY YOU -WE ARE NOT ALONE-

As the B-side from “MISS TAKE ~Boku wa Mistake~”, I remembered ONLY YOU for being upbeat and just a bright, fun tune to listen to.  The changes to the song are pretty small as in the arrangement is coming out a lot fuller and the guitars are louder than Atsushi.  Actually, there’s also some additions of horns as well.  Luckily, this song wasn’t touched otherwise and it still is a pretty awesome song!

7. Kinjirareta Asobi -ADULT CHILDREN-

Toning things down slightly, Kinjirareta Asobi might be a mid-tempo song but I still think it’s pretty weird of a song.  I mean beyond the guitars, there is some strange nuances going on as well.  I just kind of forget about it after a while since it becomes white noise to me.  Oh well…

8. Yasou

Yasou oddly reminds me of “LADY SKELETON” since it has this swing feel to it and similar filtering on Atsushi here.  I kind of like the rhythm of the song, but like the previous track, it just kind of fades out after a while.  It just doesn’t pop out like me like some of the other tunes have.

9. INTER RAPTOR

After some boring songs, INTER RAPTOR woke me up from my slight slumber with this 80’s New Wave track which works alongside the band’s sound.  I’m kind of getting tired of listening to Atsushi under some kind of filter, but this song is actually one of their stronger tracks.  It’s funky and quite bouncy…probably my favorite of the new tracks LOL.

10. MISS TAKE -I’m not miss take-

Since “INTER RAPTOR” is the final new track we have two more songs to get through.  The latest single from the band before the album dropped, MISS TAKE also went through some minor changes like the arrangement being a bit more full of different sounds which don’t hinder the song really.  I think this is the clearest we hear Atsushi (which says a lot for the previous tracks lol).  I do like the song though and got used to it after I reviewed its single.  Not bad here.

11. Yumemiru Uchuu -cosmix-

I found it fitting that they chose the title track, a B-side from “Elise no Tame ni” to close things out.  Now unlike the other new changes in the old songs, I really couldn’t tell the difference with Yumemiru Uchuu.  So with that being said, the arrangement still covers up Atsushi tenfold.  So, while an appropriate song to close things up, it really didn’t stand out otherwise.

Tracks Recommended

  • ONLY YOU -WE ARE NOT ALONE-
  • Elise no Tame ni -ROCK for Elise-
  • INTER RAPTOR
  • CLIMAX TOGETHER

Song of Avoidance

  • Yumeji

Comparing this to their other album I reviewed, “RAZZLE DAZZLE”, I have to say they’re equal.  I mean only a couple of strong tracks but the rest are kind of dull and forgettable.  At this point, I’m starting to question why Atsushi HAS to use filters in majority of the songs (and adding them to the single tracks as well).  It just gets tiring and old after a while.  I would love to hear an album where this isn’t happening to be honest.  This album just wasn’t that great overall.

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3 Responses to “BUCK-TICK – Yumemiru Uchuu”

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  2. Angeltears Says:

    Nice review but it seems B-T is just not your cup of tea. One of the reasons B-T stands out from the tons of generic Jrock band is their darker sound and Sakurai’s amazingly mixed vocals (including the voice filters). Some songs are forgettable on this album, but I still think they do a better job then most of the newer rock groups that only produce generic straight rock music.


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