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moumoon – DREAMER DREAMER/Doko e mo Ikanai yo December 15, 2012

Filed under: moumoon — solarblade @ 6:18 am

dreamerdreamer

Track Listing

  1. DREAMER DREAMER
  2. Doko e mo Ikanai yo
  3. Midori no Michi
  4. DREAMER DREAMER (instrumental)
  5. Doke e mo Ikanai yo (instrumental)
  6. Midori no Michi (instrumental)

1. DREAMER DREAMER

In recent times, moumoon hasn’t really brought their A game for a while but at least with DREAMER DREAMER, the song sounds really cool and YUKA just has a really cute tone and I’m just loving the whole atmospheric feel of the song, but with a little edge to it.  Even though I still think “Love is Everywhere” is the era’s best song that is pretty damn close…it’s catchy andis a very cool track from the duo!

2. Doko e mo Ikanai yo

The secondary A-side, Doke e mo Ikanai yo is a much lighter affair as it’s kind of a chilled out and light song overall.  Even though I enjoy YUKA in this song singing in a very quiet tone, the song kind of is basic and kind of a bit too empty.  I want to enjoy it, but the song is really boring to me…

3. Midori no Michi

Which isn’t helping the B-side of the single because it’s really more of the same but with a little more push behind it.  YUKA still sounds soft and pleasant, but when she’s given a mid-tempo like this, she kind of settles in the background for me for some reason.  At least I can say that she had a bit more conviction in her voice and she gets stronger in the chorus which is a godsend.  Overall it’s a pleasant song, not better than “DREAMER DREAMER” but in the middle of the single.

 

 

As the fourth and final single before their album, “PAIN KILLER” comes out, I’d have to say that DREAMER DREAMER/Doke e mo Ikanai yo is an all right single, not the best but not crappy at least. DREAMER DREAMER is a pretty awesome song and I’m happy it was promoted more than Doko e mo Ikanai yo because that song is REALLY boring to me…and Midori no Michi just lies in the middle of it all, not bad, but not amazing either.  I’m rather curious to how the album will turn out considering some of the songs that came out from the 4 singles…

 

lecca – ZOOLANDER

Filed under: lecca — solarblade @ 5:13 am

zoolander

Track Listing

  1. Landing on the Zoo
  2. Golden Lion
  3. Sunshine
  4. Kirakira
  5. TODAY
  6. Clown Love
  7. Guiding Star feat. CIMBA
  8. Scenario
  9. Gomen ne!
  10. get on
  11. Shishi Funjin
  12. parakeets
  13. Tabidachi no Toki

1. Landing on the Zoo

For a strange title, it’s a really cool way to open the album with a storm and then lecca coming with some ad-libbing.  Her unique vocals give the song some interesting levels to be honest and I like that grows into this tribal/dance arrangement and lecca actually starts to sing.  Then it transitions perfectly into the next track.

2. Golden Lion

It’s great that it kind of kept some of the tribal-ish sound from the opening track since it makes this song such a great track to listen to.  lecca sounds really good in this setting and the whole dancehall/electro mix is quite amazing and it just came together for a great track overall!  Definitely a great way to kick the album into gear!

3. Sunshine

It seems like we kind of get a similar track out of Sunshine, but it sounds a lot more summer-friendly and the synth beats are sounding a little like a Komuro track but it gives lecca more room to do some interesting vocal aerials.  It’s a fun and bright song even though lecca sounds a little muffled in her lyrics (which isn’t a new worry, but still one nonetheless).

4. Kirakira

At first, I kind of thought Kirakira would’ve been a ballad considering how it opens up, but it tricks me and turns into another “Sunshine” because it has that similar happy and bright nature about it, but it seems like this song takes its time to grow into something energetic and fun.  I still consider “Sunshine” the better song, but this isn’t a bad track.

5. TODAY

I think we finally calm down a little bit with TODAY as it’s a bit slower and more of a mid-tempo.  I kind of enjoy the slower track with the heavier beats so TODAY worked.  Though after the previous tracks, this is a bit safer of a song and a little simpler arrangement-wise.  Still it’s nice and it has lecca’s odd pronunciations, but I can’t go to say it was terrible..just ok…

6. Clown Love

So lecca follows up with another ballad with Clown Love (funny title aside), the song to me is a lot better of a ballad than “TODAY” was because it has some interesting clinks and clangs about that mde the song sound a bit more playful but also has a serious drive.  It’s a really interesting song and it’s probably one of the best ballads she’s done in recent times!

7. Guiding Star feat. CIMBA

As the only featuring track on the album, Guiding Star, was an interesting song bit as the third ballad in a row it is starting to slightly bother me.  I have to say that CIMBA was the song’s shining moments in the song because he’s got the clearer voice and he sounds perfect with the arrangement while lecca was just being herself so it really was kind of a divide.  I partially enjoy it, but like “TODAY””, it’s unimpressive really.

8. Scenario

At least it seems that Scenario is trying to get things back up to speed.  I feel like this song sounds like a mix of “Kirakira” and “Sunshine” because it’s danceable track, but it’s happy and poppy in nature.  I kind of like the track even if lecca is hardly understandable (especially in the chorus). 

9. Gomen ne!

Lord, the next song on the album is like lecca’s winter track, but it’s also sickingly cute which fuses into this weird song that would’ve benefitted from not having the winter bells…it’s just kind of is somewhat uncharacteristic and a bit of a sore thumb to an album.  There’s just something oddly charming and alluring about it though…>.>

10. get on

I feel like lecca brought it for the next track, get on (or as how she says it ~geeertoooo~.  Yeah, it’s a bit absurd, but the song sounds really cool and she’s doing a little bit rapping (I think) against this really cool urban beat.  It’s a pretty badass track though and I love lecca’s sound here.

11. Shishi Funjin

Moving onto our next track, Shishi Funjin is also quite something from lecca, including those drum rolls and cool clanking going on.  It just has this aggressive momentum about it that really caught my eyes.  It’s a fun track to listen to and the edge lecca has just makes me happy here!

12. parakeets

I wouldn’t think parakeets would be the song that sounds like traditional Japanese music 0.o.  For being a mid-tempo (almost a ballad) is really nice and lecca does have a nice tone to her voice.  It’s a mysterious song, but I kind of like that about this track…relaxing and cool!

13. Tabidachi no Toki

Ending the album, Tabidachi no Toki kind of reminds me of “Bokutachi no Sekai” from her last album (actually it felt like that track was split into “parakeets” and this track).  That being said, for being a ballad, the song is rather calming and just smooth of a song.  A pretty good way to end the album I’d say.

Tracks Recommended

  • Landing on the Zoo / Golden Lion
  • Shishi Funjin
  • Clown Love
  • get on
  • parakeets

Song of Avoidance

  • TODAY

There’s been a couple of artists that have released two albums in one year this year and luckily lecca managed to release two great albums this year.  ZOOLANDER is slightly better than “Step One” in the way that it’s a lot smoother and the tracklist doesn’t sound messy really.  Even the songs were mostly better, though still some of lecca’s pronunciations are kind of off…but we can’t help that…Still a pretty great release!