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FictionJunction – Parallel Hearts September 25, 2012

Filed under: FictionJunction — solarblade @ 9:05 pm

Track Listing

  1. Parallel Hearts
  2. Hitomi no Chikara
  3. Parallel Hearts ~Instrumental~
  4. Hitomi no Chikara ~Instrumental~

1. Parallel Hearts

Now, I know my Kalafina and I know KEIKO and WAKANA so this is kind of my elements here.  Going into Parallel Hearts, I was surprised that the group had started out with an anison rock track which shows Kajiura’s versatility.  I hear a lot of KEIKO though in this song which is awesome because she’s showing a lot of force in her voice.  The other three ladies, WAKANA, KAORI, and KAIDA do also have their moments, but it’s hard to tell them apart at the moment.  Still this song reminds me of “sprinter” and I like that about this song!

2. Hitomi no Chikara

The B-side isn’t a surprise for me, but the voice is….it’s a lot higher than I would’ve expect ANY of the four would have.  Then I researched a little and found out that it’s sung by Yuuka Nanri (who during their releases is FictionJunction YUUKA).  Unlike the leading track which is powerful, Hitomi no Chikara is quiet and only really features piano and YUUKA.  The four ladies I assume are the background vocals which are nice, but I’m just not a fan of YUUKA’s high vocals at the moment.  Just seems to remind me Hanako Oku for some odd reason.

 

 

Even though it’s not their debut, it is the first single as a collective group so it does stand out.  I really liked Parallel Hearts and gives me the same feelings I’ve had for Kalafina’s music which is already a good thing!  Hitomi no Chikara is just a little too simple and YUUKA is just a little too high-pitched but it’s whatever.  I’d get it for the awesome A-side!

 

SHOW – DANTE

Filed under: SHOW — solarblade @ 8:47 pm

Track Listing

  1. DANTE
  2. Hero
  3. DANTE (Instrumental)
  4. Hero (Instrumental)

1. DANTE

For someone who is quite popular in Taiwan/China, I didn’t expect SHOW to debut in Japan with a strong A-side in DANTE.  At first, the verses were a little weak, but the chorus jumps in and it’s so cool and smooth which also comes through SHOW’s vocals.  There are some notes that he sounds weak, but I’m ok with that for now.  This is just a cool sounding track and very cool for a debut.

2. Hero

Which is strange because the single’s B-side, Hero is kind of more of the same from SHOW which in this case is a good thing.  It doesn’t have as much of a cool feel like “DANTE” does, but Hero at least follows behind it quite closely.  I’d say that they’re quite equal as time goes by because I find myself moving to the song…yay!

 

 

Wow, this is actually a pretty good Japanese debut from SHOW.  Both DANTE and Hero sound good and just smooth as dance tracks and that oddly stands out to me.  This is definitely *RECOMMENDED* for people who enjoy them male vocalists.

 

Shoujo Jidai – Oh!

Filed under: Shoujo Jidai — solarblade @ 8:36 pm

Track Listing

  1. Oh!
  2. ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU

1. Oh!

Strange that the group would dive even further back to redo Oh! (especially since they’ve been doing original A-sides since “MR. TAXI”.  Not that I’m complaining too much since Oh! was such a great track originally when it was released in Korean.  The new Japanese take isn’t quite bad either for the most part and retains that coolness about it so I like it…but still strange that SNSD is going backwards in their catalog to do Japanese self-covers.

2. ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU

Though I guess on the flipside of the coin, the B-side is an original track and it’s my first time running into SNSD doing more of a slwoer ballad-like track (well reviewing) because the song reminds me of “Time Machine” for some reason.  Beyond that, the song is kind of refreshing to hear on a single and I’m liking the English lines here as well.  I kind of enjoyed the song oddly enough too hmmmm.

 

 

After that really bare single, “PAPARAZZI”, SNSD I guess thought it was time to play it safe for their next single by releasing Oh! since it’s already an established Korean song and bring it over to Japan.  I like it, but I think they’re at the point where they don’t need to do that.  At least with ALL MY LOVE IS FOR YOU, they kind of brought a new element, which is slower songs and I like it…solid single, but is it well-deserving is the better question at hand.

 

SuG – sweeToxic

Filed under: SuG — solarblade @ 8:19 pm

Track Listing

  1. sweeToxic
  2. fat inside horror
  3. LOVE SCREAM PARTY (Rebirth version) (Regular edition only)

1. sweeToxic

That intro was giving off the wrong vibes at first because I thought it was going to be hardcore.  With sweeToxic, it isn’t rough, but at the same time the song doesn’t seem to really impress me much otherwise.  I mean the typical stuff of brass and it just seems to lack the SuG spark that I’m so used to (well “Fukanzen Beautyfool Days” still sucks).  It just sounds like a mess!  Something about Takeru though bothered me and I’m not sure why since he usually sounds like this…maybe it’s just that he didn’t fit with the song perhaps?  I don’t know…

2. fat inside horror

Then the B-side comes in and I’m kind of pushed away because this is the hardest I’ve heard SuG and Takeru is kind of doing those growling and other weird things going on and I’m just not into it.  At least the chorus sounds pretty awesome but the verses were a total mess and the growlin’ just doesn’t work for SuG IMO.  At least it’s short…

3. LOVE SCREAM PARTY (Rebirth version) 

Like on their last single, SuG decided to update one of their already existing songs.  From their debut mini-album, “I SCREAM PARTY”, LOVE SCREAM PARTY is a track I’m not familiar with, but with the fact that it’s a really old tune, I like that they updated it.  I am enjoying Takeru and find him rolling syllables to be rather unique.  Strange that this is pretty much my favorite track off the single.

 

 

SuG begins a new era with a pretty bad single (even worse than “Fukanzen Beautyfool Days” which was their last single.  sweeToxic doesn’t resonate with me and somehow Takeru even doesn’t fit the song for some reason, it just is a wall of sound for the most part.  Same can be said about fat inside horror as well since it tries to make SuG hardcore but it doesn’t work for them either…At least LOVE SCREAM PARTY is something good…however it’s a redone tune so that might not count here….maybe they’ll pick it up on the next single…