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Momoi Haruko – Angya -Momoi Sekai no Tabi- December 1, 2012

Filed under: Momoi Haruko — solarblade @ 6:16 am

angya

Track Listing

  1. Koi no Time Limit
  2. S・N・S・N・S!
  3. Osekkai FB
  4. Kyapi Natsu☆HIGH Tension!
  5. Colorful Aquarium
  6. Tobidase! 3D
  7. Rudy Goody
  8. Tsuki to Hoshi no Uta
  9. Live Alive
  10. Count down! Party night!
  11. sweet suite room

1. Koi no Time Limit

Opening the album, Koi no Time Limit is kind of an interesting way to open the album because the song is quite cute and Momoi’s vocals aren’t in anyway good lol.  I will say the whole anison feel mixed with guitars and synths are kind of nice, but Momoi has done it before (and much better).  At least the arrangement is quirky enough to make me remember it.

2. S・N・S・N・S!

I’m also not sure how to deal with this either XD. S・N・S・N・S! sounds like it’s a surfer rock track with Momoi’s cute vocals singing along.  It’s a unique mixture, but Momoi’s vocals are a headache to deal with because she’s so pitchy and incredibly getting into her seiyuu mode which infuriates me.  I’m just not a fan of this track at all.

3. Osekkai FB

A surfer song, and then getting into a weird video game-ish sound for Osekkai FB?  That’s just a tad strange, but the arrangement isn’t too cheesy which is a win.  Her vocals did slightly tone down which is a small sigh of relief but the song is still not really that interesting and the only thing I can think of is Winter with some of the music.  Ehhhh…

4. Kyapi Natsu☆HIGH Tension!

With a title like this, I was expecting a hyperactive fest…but from the sound of the song, it was actually light and kind of the relaxing sound that comes with summer songs.  Also I’m enjoying hearing Momoi slightly singing, but the chorus is just terrible sadly.  It’s annoying and incredibly pitchy…it’s like why Momoi WHYYYY.  The verses were good, but everything else was just icky.

5. Colorful Aquarium

If you look up the meaning of child’s song, then this song might fit that bill lol.  I’m surprised the song is a minimalistic as it is, but it’s kind of relaxing because Momoi isn’t totally stretching her vocals out.  She actually kind of sounds good and it doesn’t help that the song is somewhat cute…but good lord does the arrangement hace a certain “Morning Children Shows” feel to it…

6. Tobidase! 3D

I’m starting to wish Momoi’s deeper vocals would have been present with out next track because despite sounding like a normal anime theme with guitars included, I honestly would say her deep vocals wouldv’e been amazing here.  Just no otherwise, because it’s just forgetful.

7. Rudy Goody

Ok, 8-bit + Reggae + a dash of anison + some slide guitars = Rudy Goody.  Yeah, this song is a trainwreck because none of the arrangement works with one another and Momoi’s vocals being as crappy as they are are making this even tougher to stand.  Yeah, this song is definitely the worst on the album for sure…ridiculous.

8. Tsuki to Hoshi no Uta

At least Momoi took out the Reggae shit out, but with Tsuki to Hoshi no Uta, she kept the worst parts from the previous tracks as well.  It’s a bit too sugary and anison and it’s just frustrating to listen to.  It’s like this song was made for something like Chuggingtons or something…yeah it’s incredibly childish.

9. Live Alive

After all the childish nonsense, we get Live Alive which sounds more up to date and kind of has a GUNDAM-like atmosphere (or Tenchi Universe).  That being said after the last couple of tracks, this is the album’s amazing song because Momoi gives a bit more effort in her vocals as they try to go deeper here and she shows a lot more control (and impressive vibrato).  Sad to say, it’s the album’s best track.

10. Count down! Party night!

It feels like we’re going back to the beginning with Count down! Party night! with the fast-paced, but genki song that Momoi is known for doing which is somewhat cool but at the same time, it’s a bit forgetful because the transitions into the chorus is very small.  Though from the lyrics I can understand, it’s song about New Year’s so makes sense now I guess…but the song is still rather weak.

11. sweet suite room

As the final track, sweet suite room is the lightest song on the album with really light instruments like harp, acoustic guitar, and shakers.  Momoi’s vocals are still kind of stuck in the shitty area because she’s pulling off that cutesy high pitch (and once again demand her to sing this in a lower tone since it would’ve sounded great!).  It’s just not that great of a track…though the arrangement is pretty.

Tracks Recommended

  • Live Alive
  • Colorful Aquarium

Song of Avoidance

  • Rudy Goody

THIS ALBUM SUCKED!  I thought “IVY” sucked a lot, but this album just defeated it in one swoop.  Angya was just all cutesy and seiyuu version of Momoi and it was just terrible (though some people will enjoy it…somehow).  Really only one of the songs had Momoi in her deeper tone and it just baffles me.  I enjoyed “Showa” but this album is just a giant drop of enjoyment.  I wish she would go back to the awesomeness that was “Sunday early Morning” or even the FAMICOM series….

 

UVERworld – THE ONE

Filed under: UVERworld — solarblade @ 5:34 am

Track Listing

  1. THE ONE (SE)
  2. 7th Trigger
  3. Don’t Think. Feel
  4. LIMITLESS
  5. 23 Word
  6. KINJITO (LIVE intro ver.)
  7. THE OVER
  8. Koko Kara
  9. REVERSI
  10. Barbell ~Koutei no Atarashii Fuku album ver.~
  11. BABY BORN & GO
  12. AWAYOKUBA-Kiru (LIVE intro ver.)
  13. NOWHERE boy

1. THE ONE (SE)

The album opens up with a short intro and boy was it a bit random.  It starts with this woman ad-libbing before howling out ~UVERWWOOOOOOORLD~ and then a short synth passage with beats jump in and it just ends.  Like I said, random intro for sure!

2. 7th Trigger

At least the intro slides into 7th Trigger quite smoothly ^_^.  As the band’s 2nd A-side for the album, I still pretty much love the hell out of 7th Trigger!  It was back to form, none of the weird experimentation that UVERworld was doing with the saxophones.  Just TAKUYA and the rest of the band!  It was cool and just rockin’ on all accounts.  Though I still think the whistling is a bit out of place, but still this song was great!

3. Don’t Think. Feel

Going into our first new track, Don’t Think. Feel kind of feels like it’s wanting to be another “7th Trigger” because it has the same kind of idea going on in the arrangement but this is a bit random with the synthesizers.  It’s like this song is trying to be the “GOLD” of the album and I respect that choice since they seem to impress me with those kind of songs.  It’s not bad, but the electronic stuff could’ve been toned down a little bit.

4. LIMITLESS

Well, it seems the saxophones made a return with LIMITLESS which while I like hearing them, they seemed a bit out of place with how much electronics and acoustic guitar lines…it was a free-for-all for the band here which is meaning…it was a little bit messy.  I tried to enjoy this like I did with the previous track, but this was more annoying overall of a song.

5. 23 Word

It just seems to continue to be weird when 23 Word starts up.  At first with the intro, I was expecting another “LIMITLESS” but the arrangement shifts to a more mid-tempo affair.  I have to say that I like hearing TAKUYA doing some rapping against shakuhachis XD.  Also the saxes appear but they aren’t as bold as they were in the previous track either.  This is actually a pretty cool track to chill out to…it’s very laidback and turned out very nicely for the band!

6. KINJITO (LIVE intro ver.)

Moving onto the secondary A-side from the first single released, KINJITO got edited for the album, but it’s a minor switch (well it’s a lot different, but the song is really only a couple seconds longer than the original).  The thing that impressed me the most is that the intro is a lot cooler and less quiet with the extra synths added in.  The added synths give the track a bit more life and it seems I really liked the changes (despite loving the track anyways from before the album) this jumped above and beyond for me.  Great song!!!

7. THE OVER

I’m just surprised that something as bombastic like “KINJITO” is before something like THE OVER because they are polar opposites in styles.  As the final A-side before the album’s release, THE OVER might be serious, but it’s a nice track from them because it’s handled a lot better than older ballads of theirs.  Not much else I can say, but this is nice.

8. Koko Kara

LOL TAKUYA’s intro monologue is kind of hilarious XD.  This track at first sounds so experimentive because of the blowing and the kind of beat-boxing that was going on.  Beyond that, the song doesn’t really do much for me and the melody doesn’t stick onto to me very well.  Though when the strings solo section happens, it turns the song into a quirky little thing.  It’s different, I can admit to that, but it still doesn’t save the song entirely.

9. REVERSI

As the song that’s going to be re-released (the album’s re-cut single), REVERSI had a lot to impress me on since it’s tied to Ao no Exorcist (and I LOVE the music from series).  Hearing TAKUYA under filters was quite cool and then hearing a more synth-heavy background mixing it up with UVERworld’s sound is really epic.  This song just has a lot of elements in it and stood out on the album!  Even though I’m roughly reviewing it again in a couple of weeks, this song was a great choice to be re-cut!!!

10. Barbell ~Koutei no Atarashii Fuku album ver.~

I knew that when I reviewed “7th Trigger” this B-side would make the cut because of the title of the song from the single kind of preceded that it would somehow get a new version on THE ONE.  I loved the single version a whole lot and was curious to what would be brought on the album.  For the most part, Barbell doesn’t seem to have gone through any changes at all!  There probably is but they’re quite miniscule.  Still a pretty badass song and I’m ecstatic to see it on the album!

11. BABY BORN & GO

I don’t know why but BABY BORN & GO never really impressed me much (probably because I initially thought this and “KINJITO” belonged on “LIFE 6 SENSE” more than on the current album).  As time went by, I enjoyed the latter track a lot more and BABY BORN & GO kind of fell behind and stopped being impressive.  This song though does have the most saxophone lines which probably bothered me the most.  It’s good that UVERworld wants to go back to the Sangaku Road days…but this is not cutting it.

12. AWAYOKUBA-Kiru (LIVE intro ver.)

As the other B-side from “7th Trigger” appears, I was elated to see the entire single because it was such an amazing single from them!  Then I look at the changes made and the original which clocked in at 4:35 is now 7:39 on the album.  Given that the song is going by the live version, the biggest change is the intro which has a LONG strings passage before the song comes into fruition.  To be honest the 3:04 seconds of strings was totally unecessary and UVERworld could’ve easily made this a seperate track (like an interlude) because AWAYOKUBA-Kiru itself didn’t really change much on the album IF ANY AT ALL.  The song itself is pretty damn good with a piano-heavy instrumentation tagged with the band giving this elegant, but powerful feel.  If it wasn’t for that god long intro, this would’ve ranked a lot higher on the album for me, stick to the original B-side.

13. NOWHERE Boy

Finally, the album closes out with NOWHERE Boy, the final new track from the album.  After dealing with the long track beforehand, I was curious to what they were going to finish up with and NOWHERE Boy sounds just as laidback and chill like “23 Word” which is nice and all, but not what I was expecting UVERworld to close the album with.  Still it’s nice and not really blaaah.

Tracks Recommended

  • 7th Trigger
  • KINJITO (LIVE intro ver.)
  • Barbell ~Koutei no Atarashii Fuku album ver.~
  • REVERSI
  • 23 Word

Song of Avoidance

  • BABY BORN & GO

I’m not sure what to think, but this is definitely not THE ONE for UVERworld.  In a way, it felt like it was the total opposite to “LIFE 6 SENSE” where most of the album was experimenting with different things and styles.  THE ONE had a lot of winners which does make this better than said album but I think if they had handled some of the songs better (and got rid of the horrid long intro for AWAYOKUBA-Kiru), this album would’ve been a great one…but as it stands it’s good overall.

 

Natsuko Aso – Parade!

Filed under: Natsuko Aso — solarblade @ 4:10 am

parade

Track Listing

  1. Parade!
  2. CROSS×OVER SENSATION
  3. You’re my brightness

1. Parade!

Natsuko starts the single off with Parade! which is a high-energy track which is actually a nice surprise after the last couple of singles.  She also doesn’t sound as shrill which is also another positive.  I enjoyed the guitars of the song, but some of the vocal parts from Natsuko are a bit questionable (especially the spitfire parts where she crams so many lyrics in 5 seconds).  Not the best she’s done, but its a nice track once you get over the problems.

2. CROSS×OVER SENSATION

The first B-side CROSS×OVER SENSATION shares a certain cute style like some of the singles from the last era which isn’t a bad direction, but it’s also refreshing for some reason because it’s kind of danceable and happy in a good way.  I have to say, I kind of enjoyed this more than “Parade!”.

3. You’re my brightness

Seldom do we hear Natsuko sing a ballad and it seems we get a new one with You’re my brightness which has a lot of what you expect from piano and acoustic guitar to light percussion and small background sounds.  It’s nothing to over the top and it sounds like a pretty anime ending…but not something that’ll stand out anytime soon for me.

 

 

Natsuko’s 3rd single for this unnamed era is a bit underwhelming when compared to her last single, “Fighting Growing Diary” because sans CROSS×OVER SENSATION, the other two tracks didn’t really leave much of an impression.  Yeah, Parade! has guitar riffs and an energetic arrangement, but some of the lyrics were sloppily done.  As for You’re my brightness, it’s a ballad…nice…but nothing new and Natsuko has done better ballads (I think…).  Overall it could’ve been better.