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Kou Shibasaki – Lyrical*Wonder December 18, 2012

Filed under: Kou Shibasaki — solarblade @ 7:29 am

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Track Listing

  1. Koimoriuta
  2. Mata, Umareru Koro ni wa
  3. Strength
  4. My Perfect Blue
  5. Mou, Inai yo
  6. Waraou Kana -5 p.m.-
  7. traffic jam
  8. Chi no Iro
  9. you & me
  10. ANOTHER:WORLD
  11. cosmic rainbow
  12. Yukuyuku wa
  13. Waraou Kana -7 a.m.-

1. Koimoriuta

Kou’s album opens up quietly with Koimoriuta and I’m happy she started the album off with a ballad since it seems that’s what she was going for for most of the era was more of that lighter and poppy vibe.  I’m a little surprised with the simplicity of the song because it’s two piano notes going back forth which leaves Kou to take the reins with her voice.  It does kind of come off as a bit repetitive, but I really liked her voice here…it was soft and fluffy and just cute…though the song could’ve had more layers going on…

2. Mata, Umareru Koro ni wa

As the song to promote the album, I was pleasantly taken aback by Mata, Umareru Koro ni wa.  I was a bit surprised that something so effervescent and cute came into this song and it really makes “Koimoriuta” look really crappy next to it hahah.  I feel like this song sounds like it would be a perfect song in some fairyland.  Yeah this is pretty damn amazing and an equally amazing choice to promote the album!

3. Strength

Onto some of the songs we’ve already heard before, Strength comes first and I loved the funky riffs out of this tune for sure and Kou sounded really pretty and was the total opposite of “Mou, Inai yo” as this kind of has this getting up in the morning kind of feel to it.  Very breezy as well (especially during the slower part of the song).  It’s just a playful track and really stuck out during the era.  Awesome!

4. My Perfect Blue

I’ve noticed the album is kind of on this very light pop train-track and after “Strength” we slow down back to a ballad with the primary A-side of the third single represnting the album.  I’ve said not too long ago that it was a really well-done ballad and once again sounds a LOT more intriguing than “Koimoriuta”.  It just had the right amount of dramatics and Kou sounded WONDERFUL in the song…it would be my favorite ballad if it hadn’t been because of…

5. Mou, Inai yo

This song which was the B-side of “Strength”.  It’s a REALLY beautiful song as well as it’s softly sung and like I said about it’s A-side, it’s kind of the opposite where this sounds like a tune played on a boat at night where the moon is shining bright.  It really painted a picture for me and I LOVE songs that can do that to me.  Like I said, VERY pretty and one of my favorites from the album!!!

6. Waraou Kana -5 p.m.-

After those great songs, I thought we had an interlude coming up, but Waraou Kana is actually a full song.  I was curious with this song because it kind of has this cute appearance that surprised even me.  It was a bit strange because it kind of had horns all over the place and overall it felt like an idol song almost haha, but that could be from Kou’s higher pitch as well.  Cute and different though it doesn’t work as the bridge into “traffic jam”.

7. traffic jam

I didn’t think synths would start traffic jam into this kind of electropop/ethereal track…it’s kind of a strange mix, but I approve of this because it’s so floaty and the arrangement is quite catchy.  Add in Kou’s distant-sounding vocals and It’s really an interesting feel.  I’m not sure how else to really describe it but it stands out in a really good way!

8. Chi no Iro

I was kind of wondering how this song would sound since the title translates to Color of Blood and you can’t really assume it’s going to be a bad ass track.  This song though is a bit chaotic and kind of messy compared to the other tracks no thanks to that annoying drum section.  Then it kind of moves into this section where Kou cites random English words.  Yeah, this is kind of bad and REALLY out of place on the album.

9. you & me

After that really absurd track beforehand, you & me tones things WAYYYYY down again for this mid-tempo ditty that really has a nice groove to it.  I’m surprised this wasn’t placed near “Strength” because the whole Starbucks sound is really charming and Kou’s voice is smooth and very pleasant to listen to.

10. ANOTHER:WORLD

As the second A-side for the era, ANOTHER:WORLD is upbeat and energetic in a good way (unlike “Chi no Iro”).  This song kind of popped up so suddenly after the last track so the burst of energy was a surprise so to speak.  I do like how it brings something to the album and it stands out nicely because I liked it on the single and it worked smoothly here as well! 

11. cosmic rainbow

Lord, the album’s longest track, cosmic rainbow is definitely a surprise for me and one of the cooler songs!  It’s like technopop, but has that same ethereal tone like “traffic jam”.  It continues to grow and it really found myself just loving this entirely.  I just love the glossy feel of it for some reason and for being 7 minutes, it really flew by me without problems….SO❤

12. Yukuyuku wa

After all that electro fest, it was a little strange getting into Yukuyuku wa which is all natural.  I wasn’t too thrilled about the song when I first reviewed it on the single alongside “My Perfect Blue” but here it really is kind of a weird song on the album.  I still think Kou sounds boring and the arrangement is a bit like The Beatles.  It just was one of the more boring tracks IMO.

13. Waraou Kana -7 a.m.-

Ehhh? Another Waraou Kana?  Unlike the other one in the middle of the album, this is kind of a bit more upbeat and some instrumental changes.  Actually there’s a lot more of synths present in this version but ultimately it’s really the same song so I really am unsure why there’s two versions…minus the times it’s supposed to reflect.

Tracks Recommended

  • Mata, Umareru Koro ni wa
  • Mou, Inai yo
  • cosmic rainbow
  • My Perfect Blue
  • traffic jam

Song of Avoidance

  • Chi no Iro

If you were expecting another “Love Paranoia” or “CIRCLE CYCLE” then prepare to be surprised by this one.  I think with Lyrical*Wonder, she went for a MUCH lighter route which profited her because she sounds really pretty through most of this…the only rock track, Chi no Iro, was a hot mess and is the only reason this album wasn’t perfect lol…yeah this is a great album *RECOMMENDED*

 

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