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Aural Vampire – Soloween October 14, 2012

Filed under: Aural Vampire — solarblade @ 9:14 pm

Track Listing

  1. Soloween
  2. Halloween Jitterbug
  3. Back to Halloween
  4. Soloween (instrumental)
  5. Halloween Jitterbug (instrumental)
  6. Back to Halloween (instrumental)

1. Soloween

For being their first A-side, Soloween is kind of a step away from what the duo has released.  I mean it’s still pretty much a darkwave track surrounded by Halloween which is awesome in its own right.  Though something about the song doesn’t work here and I’m not sure what that is because they’ve had many epic songs in the past.  Maybe it’s EXO-CHIKA’s voice and how it’s filtered.  Does remind me a little of “Shounan Zoku -cannibal coast-” in places, but this song isn’t sitting well with me.

2. Halloween Jitterbug

I was kind of curious as to how they can make a Jitterbug from Halloween but it was quite a loud impact.  It’s a little more outside of the box for the duo since they cut down the electronics a little bit and added more guitars and piano.  It’s still a heavy song but it also sounds like they are having fun here.  EXO-CHIKA’s voice is pretty good and this song has such a unique approach.  I enjoyed it, even if it does come of as a hot mess lol!

3. Back to Halloween

The second B-side, Back to Halloween is a lot more poppier than I would’ve expected Aural Vampire to go down.  I’m not sure how to really explain the song because unlike the previous two tracks, this one is upbeat and bright which is like the antithesis of the group.  I’m not sure how to really take the song at the moment becuse it’s so out of character (unless the lyrics say otherwise).

 

 

For a group that’s been together for as long as they have, it’s really shocking they would finally release their first single now (though fitting since it is close to Halloween).  Soloween isn’t really what I was expecting after “Kerguelen Vortex” since this single is really mostly trying to pull away from the electro status they have.  Soloween has the most but the song sounds like a clone of an older song and I’m a little bleh.  Halloween Jitterbug is unique and my favorite off the song but it isn’t electronic as it’s more rock/jitterbug/electro.  Back to Halloween….I really don’t know what to think…it’s just so mainstream J-pop x.x…..strange release this was for them >.>

 

JUJU – Arigatou

Filed under: JUJU — solarblade @ 8:57 pm

Track Listing

  1. Arigatou
  2. Kuchizuke
  3. The Greatest Love Of All
  4. Arigatou -Instrumental-

1. Arigatou

Is there an off switch for JUJU to prevent her from doing ballads  because she really is starting to bore me to death with her singles she’s released since “YOU”.  Unlike previous ones though, the song has a little more light on it which kind of makes this better than her previous singles.  I really did though enjoy her voice in this song as it’s soothing and bright like the song itself.  Still wished for something different from her, but this’ll do.

2. Kuchizuke

At least the first B-side tries to bring my interest back.  Kuchizuke has more of a R&B-like feel to it but still ratains that lightness.  I think the beat actually helped the song to prevent it from being a borefest.  It’s a nice track and it’s slighter better than “Arigatou” so that’s good.

3. The Greatest Love Of All

It makes sense that JUJU would cover a Whitney Houston song since it’s a good tribute and all.  Now weall know that no one can really be as good as Whitney but they can try and I like JUJU here since she sounds great in this song (minus the accents) but she put in a great effort to this classic!

 

 

I actually kind of liked this single (it is the best single she’s released since her last studio album, that’s for sure) but I still kind of want something upbeat from JUJU since these ballads aren’t truly cutting it for me.  Kuchizuke is a tad better than Arigatou but I think it’s mostly because of the beat.  The Greatest Love Of All though is a solid cover for sure and JUJU was good.  So overall it’s a good single…but not the best she’s done.