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Berryz Koubou – WANT! December 19, 2012

Filed under: Berryz Koubou — solarblade @ 8:48 am

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Track Listing

  1. WANT!
  2. Yuuki wo Kudasai!
  3. WANT! (Instrumental)

1. WANT!

I have no idea why but I’ve been loving Tsunku’s love of the electropop and WANT! is another one for me to enjoy.  At first, I wasn’t sure because it’s a bit mechanical of a song for Berryz but after the last single, I think Berryz needed a little bit of the fun everyone else has been doing.  The auto-tune isn’t atrocious which is a great thing and the song worked all-around (plus Maasa sounds good with auto-tune for some reason!).  Definitely another strong song from the group (strange they really had a good year for the most part).  WANT! great way to end 2012.

2. Yuuki wo Kudasai!

I wasn’t sure coming into the B-side of what was going to happen, but the song is kind of like the cuter songs we’ve gotten from H!P this year like most of the stuff from S/mileage.  I like hearing all the members singing in this track too, but I feel this song would’ve been more suited for a younger Berryz (or S/mileage).  It’s OK…but kind of forgettable in the long run.

 

 

As the final single before they release their next album, “Berryz Mansion 9kai”, WANT! overall might be my least favorite overall of the singles release before but WANT! is a pretty damn good song!  It’s got punch and the synths are really gasmic to my ears.  Yuuki wo Kudasai! I think was more for the cuter side of the group, but it was sounding a bit too youthful for Berryz IMHO.  It’s not a bad single though lol.

 

DIR EN GREY – Rinkaku

Filed under: DIR EN GREY — solarblade @ 5:25 am

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Track Listing

  1. Rinkaku
  2. Kiri to Mayu
  3. Rinkaku Eternal Slumber Mix

1. Rinkaku

I was curious to what DIR EN GREY would release after taking that small hiatus for Kyo to kind of relax his vocal chords.  They return with Rinkaku and it kind of shows that his vocals are a little raspier than in the last couple of singles but he’s pushing his vocals as he’s singing in a much higher tone than before.  I am a bit surprised to not hear Kyo do his yells and death growls but this makes the song seem a bit smoother like “LOTUS”.  Not a bad song and the whole dark riffs from the band sound really pretty oddly enough.  It was really different for the group, but I can understand why.

2. Kiri to Mayu

Moving to the B-side, the song was definitely more of what I know of DIRU with it’s heavier sound and I guess Kyo wasn’t told to lay off from the vocals because he’s doing ALL of his vocal tricks here which is pretty damn surprising coming after the softer-tinged “Rinkaku”.  I wish I knew what the hell Kyo was saying but it’s like coming off as gibberish hahah.  At first I didn’t think we’d hear clear vocals, but there’s a short part, past the halfway mark.  I’m so not used to this and I don’t think Kyo has done this much growling/screaming in quite a while in JUST one song.

3. Rinkaku Eternal Slumber Mix

A remix on a DIRU single?  Ok…well Rinkaku gets one and it’s a bit more quieter of a remix as there’s some chanting and some arrangement changes.  I kind of like the dragging feel of this version and since it’s a bit more quiet, I felt like this was pretty damn good mixing it with Kyo’s vocals. 

 

 

I was kind of worried with Kyo having throat issues that he’d have to cut back on some of the stuff he was pulling, and at first I thought that was the case with Rinkaku because most of the song he was just singing in his lighter (but higher pitched vocals) but then Kiri to Mayu comes on and all he’s doing is growling/shrieking through 95% of the song lol.  At least he’s still capable of it even if the song was kind of a headache.  The remix of Rinkaku to me was better than the original, but I’m sure bigger fans will LOVE the main version more.  Good single overall, but Kiri to Mayu >.>

 

Koda Kumi – Koishikute

Filed under: Koda Kumi — solarblade @ 12:43 am

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Track Listing

  1. Koishikute
  2. Alone

1. Koishikute

Fitting that since Kuu is releasing this single two days after Christmas, she would put out Koishikute (her Winter ballad of the season).  That being said when compared to her other songs released in similar fashion, this is little less wintry but definitely fitting into her collection of ballads.  I really liked this song though because Kuu sounds amazing and she pulled it off…it still isn’t her best, but it’s definitely up there.

2. Alone

Interestingly enough, Kuu did a cover for the B-side which is Mayo Okamoto’s Alone and unfortunately being another ballad, the song is kind of a frown point for me.  Though there is a beat to kind of keep things going without making it a total bore, but her vocals aren’t as impressive as they were “Koishikute”.  It isn’t terrible but being placed next to the A-side is kind of making this sound more bland than it should.

 

 

After “Go to the top”, I was pretty sure she’d follow-up with a ballad because of the release date and Koishikute was a pretty good attempt and it fits with the other good ballads she’s done.  Alone could’ve been too, but I felt bored after a while.  Short single and a pretty slow one too, but I think Kuu fans will enjoy it.

 

MISIA – Back In Love Again feat. Tomoyasu Hotei

Filed under: MISIA — solarblade @ 12:20 am

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Track Listing

  1. Back In Love Again feat. Tomoyasu Hotei
  2. Stay Gold
  3. The Rose (Misia Candle Night Live)

1. Back In Love Again feat. Tomoyasu Hotei

So MISIA decided to make the 3rd A-side a collaboration with Tomoyasu who is a pretty respected guitar player and it shows because that’s what he’s doing in this song while MISIA takes the vocals.  The song itself doesn’t really stand out for me once again except for when Tomoyasu plays his guitar.  Without him though, the song is just really plain and kind of as forgetful as “Koi wa Owaranai Zutto”.

2. Stay Gold

I’m surprised the B-side is so short at 2:20.  Though like most of the other songs of the era, it’s a quiet ballad, but MISIA is singing in English which is a nice touch.  It’s also a lot like “Hyakunen Ai” with it’s pure simplicity with just piano.  Though it’s a bit too short which is a little depressing. 

3. The Rose (Misia Candle Night Live)

So instead of a remix, we get a live version of The Rose which is also a cover of that familiar Bette Midler song.  Like “Stay Gold” is really is only piano as the melody but this time MISIA has backup singers as well…it’s kind of nice to hear…but it’s maybe a bit too plain, but MISIA sounds good with the backups.  I don’t know…

 

 

Only released a month after “DEEPNESS”, Back In Love Again was a pretty white single as in there wasn’t a lot going for it.  Back In Love Again had the most thanks to Tomoyasu, but without him, the song would’ve ended up like both Stay Gold and The Rose where it was just too plain and boring to me…yeah it was a forgettable single for me…