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SID – V.I.P November 18, 2012

Filed under: SID — solarblade @ 8:51 pm

Track Listing

  1. V.I.P
  2. Soumatou
  3. Sympathy (Live from TOUR 2012 “M&W”)
  4. V.I.P -Anime Ver.- (Anime edition only)
  5. V.I.P -Instrumental-

1. V.I.P

After “S”, I was kind of wanting to see SID continue releasing hard stuff since it was a breath of fresh air and all that.  With V.I.P, they kind of took their sound to an interesting area and it sounds WAYYYY anison…like almost 5pb. worthy!  I’m not used to it and it really felt uncharacteristic for them to be pulling this off (something tells me they’re trying to be less of what they used to be).  I don’t know it’s a weird song for me to be honest.

2. Soumatou

I love hearing erhu so it made me happy to hear Soumatou begin with a pretty intro and keep it going.  The song does have more of a rockin’ feel and less anison than “V.I.P” and I really enjoyed hearing a pretty song like this.  The chorus does remind me of some of the songs from “M&W” but it stands out primarily because of the erhu presence.  Not bad and I was more comfortable listening to this.

3. Sympathy (Live from TOUR 2012 “M&W”)

I definitely remember Sympathy since it was one of my 5 top favorites from “dead stock” and I remember it being the edgy and cool closing track as well.  Seeing the single having a live version had got me excited for sure!  Mao sounds sooo good live (I think I’ve said that everytime I reviewed a live track).  The energy is great and the crowd is loving it as well.  Just a great song live!

 

 

As they start their 4th major era, V.I.P is a very odd way to start it off IMO.  V.I.P is such a strange conundrum of uncharacteristic vibes and strange dive into the anison world (granted SID has done many anime themes, but none that sounded so…typical anison…).  Soumatou might not be their most unique B-side, but the erhu was a nice touch to what could’ve been a plain rock song….and the live take of Sympathy was great…Overall it’s just a strange single…

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Momoiro Clover Z – Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimi-tachi yo

Filed under: Momoiro Clover Z — solarblade @ 8:20 pm

Track Listing

  1. Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimi-tachi yo
  2. Kuroi Shuumatsu
  3. Wee-Tee-Wee-Tee (Regular edition only)
  4. Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimi-tachi yo (Inst.)
  5. Kuroi Shuumatsu (Inst.)
  6. Wee-Tee-Wee-Tee (Inst.)

1. Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimi-tachi yo

I was quite curious to how Saraba was going to turn out because it has such dark covers when compared to their previous efforts!  I’m really liking it though because the song has a certain dark quality to it (plus it is a little late for Halloween…which this gives me feelings of).  Then again it also reminds me of their sister’s group with “Oh My Ghost?” but this takes more of a safer route,  It’s solid, but MomocloZ has done better…at least it’s better than “Otome Sensou”.

2. Kuroi Shuumatsu

It’s strange the song begins with coughing >.>  Just like the A-side, Kuroi Shuumatsu has a similar devilish feel which also carries itself under Halloween-ish feels, but not as much as “Saraba”.  I’m a little more shaking my head because they have speaking moments which does throw the song off quite a bit.  Then the chorus comes up and its sugary cute which throws me off even moreso!  After a while it does sound like they were going for something metal…it was absurd for me…leave it for BABYMETAL…

3. Wee-Tee-Wee-Tee

Strangely enough the regular only track had its PV out a month before the single’s release which is a bit odd and then learning that it was to promote Furbies (which are strangelt getting popular again >.>).  To say it doesn’t fit on this single is an understatement because it seriously is so sugary and upbeat and all kinds of idol juice.  It’s covered in synths and the girls are slightly auto-tuned in places as well.  For being as crazy as it is…it stands out the best on the single for the strangest reasons…it’s like cocaine to my ears…it’s ridiculously catchy and just happy…strange song indeed.

 

 

I feel like MomocloZ is slightly getting better with each release but they aren’t consistent with good songs like in the case for Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimi-tachi yo.  The leading track is good and non-offensive, but it doesn’t strike me as memorable…that was where Wee-Tee-Wee-Tee slides in and just bores this drill of cuteness into your mind and I think it’s my favorite cute song of theirs yet.  As for Kuroi Shuumatsu, they were trying hard for a metal sound but it felt all over the place and some of the transitions were a bit wacky at times.  Overall not a bad single, but it’s slightly worse than”Otome Sensou” was.

 

Shoujo Jidai – FLOWER POWER

Filed under: Shoujo Jidai — solarblade @ 6:16 am

Track Listing

  1. FLOWER POWER
  2. BEEP BEEP
  3. Girls’ Generation II Smash-Up

1. FLOWER POWER

SNSD have been kind of shady during this era releasing not-so-good songs (and “Oh!”) and it just seems to get weirder with FLOWER POWER which tries to put the group in a sexier and edgier glow, but it feels like with the lyrics, the song is just quite cheesy and doesn’t make much to me (plus their English is just yikes here).  I do like the arrangement the most, but otherwise, thist song just doesn’t work and I rather listen to “PAPARAZZI” again.

2. BEEP BEEP

Then the B-side comes in and I’m kind of intrigued by the song since it’s more of a cuter and synth-front track.  I do feel so torn about it though.  I mean, it’s no “Gee” but it has that same vein and kind of has the same tactics as well.  I guess some of my meh comes from the fact that the verses are mostly spoken and there’s phone sounds are all over the place.  Plus the repetition of ~beep beep beep~ kind of irks me.

3. Girls’ Generation II Smash-Up

  • T.O.P.
  • I’m a Diamond
  • Reflection
  • Animal
  • PAPARAZZI
  • Girls & Peace

So like with a couple of other J-pop groups have done before, we get a little taste of what’s going to be on their upcoming album and I’m more excited for this than the single preceding it.  You get a pretty good lengthy preview of the 5 new tracks plus PAPARAZZI.  For what I’ve heard, I think Animal and T.O.P. are going to be favorites of mine.  The other three tracks are definitely going to need the full versions for me to see if I truly enjoy them because right now…they aren’t lookin’ too well…still a pretty good review and doesn’t spoil ALL the new tracks luckily.

 

 

As SNSD closes their sophomore era out, we get one more single in FLOWER POWER and I’m kind of feelin’ the same way I have been for the other two singles in the era.  There’s something missing IMO and the songs don’t shine as bright as stuff on their first album did.  FP has a cool arrangement and all, but damn the lyrics are just ew (especially that chorus).  BEEP BEEP does better but only by a little bit as I feel their vocals took a push back.  The smash-up is just a little incentive to the fans who are excited for their album…let’s hope it won’t crash and burn!

 

yanaginagi – Laterality

Filed under: yanaginagi — solarblade @ 5:33 am

Track Listing

  1. Laterality
  2. Shinjitsu no Hane
  3. link
  4. Laterality (instrumental)
  5. Shinjitsu no Hane (instrumental)
  6. link (instrumental)

1. Laterality

Hey, something upbeat and unique from Nagi!  After the last two singles, I wasn’t expecting Nagi to jump at the chance for something heavy and abstract like Laterality.  It kind of slightly reminds me of school food punishment, but less synthy and more focus on guitars and the bandwork.  I was pleasantly surprised by this track and for good reason…it’s edgy and cool and Nagi sounds so good here!

2. Shinjitsu no Hane

If you were looking for more of what Nagi was doing since her debut, then Shinjitsu no Hane might be more of your thing because it’s very ethereal and spacey in its construction.  I kind of like this woozy feel since it just relaxes your mind (makes for great background music as well).  Add Nagi’s soft vocals and it’s just a smooth-sailing track. 

3. link

I guess you can apply what I said about “Shinjitsu no Hane” here as well but not so much ethereal.  It’s actually quite experimental for her since there’s some odd things like the bleeps and bloops of the song and then phones ringing and a lot of filtering as well.  It’s unique for Nagi…just like the A-side….sweet deal…this song to me is a bit odd…but it’s quirky in its own way.

 

 

Nagi’s 3rd single appears and I’m just loving the hell out of Laterality since it’s edgy and rockin and almost sounds like it was a supercell production.  Since it isn’t, I’m even more impressed.  Shinjitsu no Hane is more of what we’ve heard from her in the last two singles which is consistent and still sounds spooky but cool.  link is something else and I like that it stood out to me the most on the single alongside Laterality.  This is her best single yet!!! *RECOMMENDED*

 

sphere – Pride on Everyday

Filed under: sphere — solarblade @ 4:18 am

Track Listing

  1. Pride on Everyday
  2. Watashi♪NOTE to#Pencil
  3. Pride on Everyday (Off Vocal)
  4. Watashi♪NOTE to#Pencil (Off Vocal)

1. Pride on Everyday

With sphere I’ve kind of gotten used to the songs they were releasing, but with Pride on Everyday it’s like they took their usual formula and just bombarded it with sugary cuteness!  Add in that it feels like the girls are shouting the lyrics and it kind of just turned into this generic idol song which really made me frown.  I’m just not really into this song for some reason.

2. Watashi♪NOTE to#Pencil

The B-side (with the symbol hax) in my mind sounded like it was going to be 100x more cuter and I was almost correct.  The vocals for this song are a bit higher pitched and there’s some trouble harmonizing but this song is kind of charming and cute in its own way.  I’ve noticed that I haven’t heard the girls individually here (nor in the A-side really) and I’m kind of wanting solo lines.  I will say the song’s arrangement kind of gives me H!P feels and I’m not sure if I like it or not.

 

 

Starting their 4th era together, sphere kicks things off on a low note with Pride on Everyday.  I think for me, the single comes off as more idolly and less anison than their previous singles and the fact that solo lines were few and far apart here…it just felt off for the quartet.  I will say the B-side stands out much better than Pride of Everyday, but not by much.

 

EVANPONY – Just rock with me

Filed under: Stereopony — solarblade @ 3:59 am

Track Listing

  1. Just rock with me
  2. Namida Nante Mishite Yannai

1. Just rock with me

So let me explain, EVANPONY is really just Stereopony with Evan Taubenfeld (a name familiar to Avril Lavigne fans as he used to be the lead guitarist).  So here we are with Just rock with me and I’m finding myself enjoying the song because it sounds like the band went for more of a punk feel ala Avril which is a cool mix of sounds.  Evan also has a little part of vocals (backup mostly) but he’s doing guitarwork.  AIMI sounds slightly different but there’s a reason for that which I’ll get to at the bottom of the review.  Overall, the song isn’t terrible, but the trio has done better.

2. Namida Nante Mishite Yannai

The good thing about the B-side is that we’re back down to just the three ladies and for a B-side, Namida Nante Mishite Yannai sounds like normal Stereopony which is great to hear and AIMI sounds like her older ways.  I really love that she showed her vocals a lot better here since I was wondering how she would do given her situation and all that.  The song has good flow and it sounds like a serious song with the mood and all.

 

 

As the first single under the name EVANPONY, Just rock with me is a good start…HOWEVER…things had changed up so quickly for Stereopony.  AIMI who had taken a break to get polyps surgery has called it quits and is leaving the band to SHIHO and NOHANA who said they will continue with Evan.  To me, I feel like they’ll both call it quits after a couple of more singles because AIMI did hold the group together…so it’s a sad single to listen to because it will be the final single for AIMI.  The single is good, though I like the B-side a lot more than the leading track.