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Konomi Suzuki – DAYS of DASH November 25, 2012

Filed under: Konomi Suzuki — solarblade @ 9:44 pm

Track Listing

  1. DAYS of DASH
  2. Fly to the stars
  3. DAYS of DASH (Instrumental)
  4. Fly to the stars (Instrumental)

1. DAYS of DASH

Well after “CHOIR JAIL”, I wasn’t expecting Konomi to move onto something much more cuter and sugary (sounds similar to Sayaka huh?).  DAYS of DASH is a bright song that caters more of Konomi’s cuter vocals as well, but I think she tackled it nicely but the song is a bit *shrugs*.  I’m not too impressed with this song.

2. Fly to the stars

I will say that I’m a little more inclined with the B-side even though it’s more of the usual anison stuff.  I do like the energy of the song and the power from Konomi here as well.  It’s probably my favorite track from Konomi so far in her career, that I’ll give…but she needs something more.

 

 

Already on her second single, Konomi switched style from a darker setting to a more bright and happier setting with DAYS of DASH.  The single is a bit underwhelming because it’s more of like songs I’ve heard by others before.  Fly to the stars is a slightly better song, but still kind of bland.  Meeeeh…

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Fairies – White Angel

Filed under: Fairies — solarblade @ 9:27 pm

Track Listing

  1. White Angel
  2. One Love
  3. White Angel (Instrumental)
  4. One Love (Instrumental)

1. White Angel

It just seems that Fairies seem to get things right when things don’t work the first time.  White Angel is a lot like how I felt with “Beat Generation” because it’s just a really edgy song and a cool dance track.  It also has auto-tune but it’s not as atrocious as it was used in “Tweet Dream”.  I just love the pounding beat and the members are really giving it all.  Plus that chorus is just YAY!

2. One Love

HOLD UP!!!, this is their first legit B-side?  Yup, One Love marks as the groups first coupling track and it’s kind of just there when compared to other songs released in the era.  I’m not entirely sure how to feel because it’s kind of in between “No More Distance” and “Sweet Jewel”.  It’s not a terrible song, but it’s rather forgetful.

 

 

I would’ve expected that Fairies would’ve released their first album by now but here we are at their 5th single which is also their first single with ONE A-side.  White Angel is definitely an improvement from their last single by a big amount!  The leading track is really awesome and stands up there with “HERO” and “Beat Generation”.  One Love is OK, but nothing special…I can see why it was put as a B-side lol.

 

Fairies – Tweet Dream/Sparkle

Filed under: Fairies — solarblade @ 9:14 pm

Track Listing

  1. Tweet Dream
  2. Sparkle
  3. Tweet Dream (Instrumental)
  4. Sparkle (Instrumental)

1. Tweet Dream

I thought the group would continue with the epicness from “Beat Generation” but Tweet Dream is really annoying and cheap compared to their last single.  First off, the arrangement is kind of running through the idol/technopop phase most idol groups have tackled and I really don’t think it was necessary to drown the group in a giant goop of auto-tune ickyness.  It’s just amazingly horrid of a song and I don’t wanna witness it again.

2. Sparkle

*sigh* the auto-tune is also in Sparkle, but it’s not as annoying as “Tweet Dream” was which is good, but I would’ve loved to hear this single without the auto-tune because it probably would’ve been an epic song because the arrangement is strong (except the chorus which needed a heavier beat).  Yeah it’s not great but it’s better than the other A-side that’s for sure.

 

 

After being so impressed with their last single, Tweet Dream/Sparkle just wanted to destroy everything that Fairies had built on me.  The auto-tune was ridiculously bad here and Tweet Dream is just annoyance in a can which really made me want to go deaf for a while.  Sparkle was a smidge better, but it felt unfinished like there some key elements missing.  Just overall a bad single!

 

Fairies – Beat Generation/No More Distance

Filed under: Fairies — solarblade @ 8:51 pm

Track Listing

  1. Beat Generation
  2. No More Distance
  3. Beat Generation (Instrumental)
  4. No More Distance (Instrumental)

1. Beat Generation

Funny enough, I was so disappointed in “More Kiss / Song for You” that I passed up their last single and reappeared when they released Beat Generation because Fairies were on Kurobara alongside Morning Musume which I’ve heard this song and fell in love with it, so it was the song that brought me into Fairies’ music (yet I passed over their next single “Tweet Dream/Sparkle” for some odd reason.  They really stood out with this song because it was dance heavy and once again like “HERO”, the chorus is incredibly catchy (even if it’s ridden with Engrish).  Even though there aren’t any solo lines to hear, Beat Generation was VERY impressive and they’re really growing on me.

2. No More Distance

Finally it seems their R&B style has finally moved into their secondary A-side.  I have to admit, this song is pretty good too even if it’s roaming towards a style that I’m not too fond of.  There’s just something about No More Distance that’s so relaxing and yet so smooth for the group.  It was really impressive!

 

 

I think Fairies have hit their peak in their first era with Beat Generation/No More Distance.  Both tracks were superb to what they were going for and is one of the more impressive singles this year! *RECOMMENDED*

 

Fairies – HERO/Sweet Jewel

Filed under: Fairies — solarblade @ 8:19 pm

Track Listing

  1. HERO
  2. Sweet Jewel
  3. HERO (Instrumental)
  4. Sweet Jewel (Instrumental)

1. HERO

Already with the second single, I was more intrigued!  HERO continues with this slightly urban and slightly dance style which works for sure.  It seems there’s not a whole lot of solo lines, but the other girls have more time to get their style out there.  It’s a really interesting song and it’s incredibly catchy as well which is just crazy.  I just love that chorus for sure.  Great song!

2. Sweet Jewel

Then we get into Sweet Jewel and this is kind of that typical idol song with extra energy lol.  I do think the duo lines are a bit eh and some of the voices don’t seem to mesh well together, but since I’m not sure who’s who quite yet…I can’t tell you who I don’t like lol. 

 

 

Second single and HERO/Sweet Jewel was a much better single from the group.  There was no spotlight for just one of the girls this time around and HERO was just all-around catchy!  Sweet Jewel is kind of meh since it’s not really new in the idol world so I just passed it up.

 

Fairies – More Kiss/Song for You

Filed under: Fairies — solarblade @ 8:08 pm

Track Listing

  1. More Kiss
  2. Song for You
  3. More Kiss (Instrumental)
  4. Song for You (Instrumental)

1. More Kiss

When this was first released, More Kiss was really unimpressive because when I saw this only Momoka only had the solo lines (which is pretty bizarre in idol land!),  I do like the song’s urban feel but mixed with the idols of Fairies (or in this case Momoka).  The song is just pretty unimpressive of a debut and compared to their stuff today, this is probably their worst XD

2. Song for You

The other A-side is a bit more interesting since it’s more upbeat and has some guitars.  I will say that the Momoka hax is still pretty much prevelant, but it’s not as crazy in your face like “More Kiss”.  I think this song could be tons more better if it had a harder punch because while I love the melody of the song, it really needs something to make it hit harder. 

 

 

I really didn’t like Fairies’ debut single that much (which is why I avoided them for as long as I did).  More Kiss/Song for You suffered from member hax with Momoka being the lead vocalist and only one with solos.  It just made the rest of the members nonexistant which is a problem I have with certain groups like FLOWER, DiVA, and EXILE.  If you have members use their potential not let them just be background dancers…seriously.  Luckily for Fairies, this problem gets fixed.

 

Takuma Terashima – magic words

Filed under: Takuma Terashima — solarblade @ 7:52 pm

Track Listing

  1. magic words
  2. FAKE
  3. hazy
  4. magic words (Instrumental)
  5. FAKE (Instrumental)
  6. hazy (Instrumental)

1. magic words

As it’s Takuma’s debut, magic words is kind of different for me because he doesn’t seem to fit the voice of anison music because he has a certain voice that kind of mirrors vocalists like SID’s Mao.  Beyond that, the song isn’t very memorable but some of the string elements were cool…oh well moving on!

2. FAKE

Onto the B-sides, the first is actually a bit more SID-like for some reason.  Takuma’s vocals sound really good and mysterious at the same time which fits the rockin’ atmosphere I’m hearing.  It’s a lot more impressive than “magic words” and I would’ve loved if this had been the leading track!

3. hazy

I wasn’t expecting Takuma’s second B-side to include synths!  Mixed together with guitars, hazy is kind of its own thing which is pretty cool because I liked how funky it was and I think Takuma was channeling his inner KISHOW it seems lmao.  He sounds really good with this track and it’s definitely the best the single to offer.  Forget “FAKE”, this should’ve been the A-side!

 

 

Even though he’s known more as a voice actor, Takuma’s musical debut (well his first single), magic words is not a bad debut.  magic words is a little meh, but FAKE and hazy more than make up for that easily.  I am definitely looking forward to his next release!