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Kyarypamyupamyu – Kimi ni 100 Percent/Furisodation January 30, 2013

Filed under: Kyarypamyupamyu — solarblade @ 10:34 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Kimi ni 100 Percent
  2. Furisodation
  3. CANDY CANDY ~extended mix~

1. Kimi ni 100 Percent

I wasn’t sure what I was coming to since I didn’t get to listen to this track all the way at first.  Kimi ni 100 Percent is of course tied to that wacky Crayon Shin-chan series so I was expecting it to go all out and be super random, but we got this rather cutesy song in place and there’s times where I like it, but I feel like it doesn’t have the same interest as the other A-side.  I would have to say this is probably her weakest A-side released yet!

2. Furisodation

The song that actually got the PV, Furisodation is a track that’s essentially about Kyary’s 20th birthday and her ability to now get drunk and just have a bit more freedom (kind of like how 21 is a big year for us Americans lol.  Unlike the previous track where I felt kind of bored, Furisodation actually grew on me very quickly because of it’s quirkiness and overall fun and bright tone.  It isn’t as jaw-droppingly good as “Fashion Monster”, but this song is a great follow-up IMO.

3. CANDY CANDY ~extended mix~

In tradition, we get an extended mix and this time around it’s CANDY CANDY and I love the song as it is, so an extension is just extra icing on the cake.  However, we really only get an extended intro and outro and nothing else beyond that.  I still do love the song though and the new parts did include my favorite areas so I shouldn’t be complaining…sweet deal!

So Kyary’s first double A-side comes in and I kind of enjoyed it?  Of course I was here for Furisodation because it’s catchy and just a lovely little tune and I was happy that it got the PV.  Kimi ni 100 Percent (which the title reminded me way too much of “100% no Jibun ni”) is OK, but I didn’t feel like it was A-side material.  Of course it picked up at the end with CANDY CANDY being stretched out…not bad of a single overall!

 

AAA – Miss You/Hohoemi no Saku Basho January 25, 2013

Filed under: AAA — solarblade @ 7:05 am

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Track Listing

  1. Miss You
  2. Hohoemi no Saku Basho
  3. AAA 2012 SINGLE MEGA MIX (CD only bonus track)
  4. Miss You (Instrumental)
  5. Hohoemi no Saku Basho (Instrumental)

1. Miss You

I wish I could be a little more happy with Miss You, but good lord this was surprisingly boring to my ears.  Even though this is their winter song (strange in January…), it’s definitely under R&B which is something they haven’t done before but this was incredibly plain to listen to!  I mean there’s qutie a bit of Nissy and Urata in the song but none of the girls (unless they are doing melodies).  I just wasn’t a fan of it and Urata’s high notes are quite icky as well. 

2. Hohoemi no Saku Basho

I thought it was Shuta that opened the song up but I think it’s Nissy.  I’m a little bummed to know that the song is slower than “Miss You” because I really couldn’t get myself in this one (a constant problem with AAA’s ballads) except “Aitai Riyuu”.  Add in a nasal rap from Hidaka and it’s just your plain ole AAA ballad which is not good!

3. AAA 2012 SINGLE MEGA MIX

  • 777 ~We can sing a song!~
  • SAILING
  • Still Love You
  • Niji

Another megamix AAA? Too many of these things roaming around!  At least it’s on one version of the single.  As a 10 minute mix, this actually had a little more effort (when compared to the other megamixes they’ve released in two years.  I mean it’s still mostly their significant arrangement but since there’s only four tracks, they each had a lengthier time for a verse and chorus.  777 ~We can sing a song!~ is still trying to stick to me and it’s slowly working haha.  I love the transitioning into SAILING for sure which is a great thing to hear for a megamix.  SAILING sounds a bit more upbeat though and I kind of liked it more.  Then comes Still Love You which still is an amazing song, plus it’s awesome they actually worked in the verse since it’s like the quietest part of the damn song XD.  Finally we’re led into Niji and I’m still kind of on the fence because it still does sound kind of cheap to me.  It does sound slightly better here, but I have no idea why.  Overall it’s a cool megamix with some good tracks.  Honestly though, can we stop with the megamixes though?

 

 

Ugh, can we just call it a day here…this is probably AAA’s worst single in a LOOOOONG time.  Miss You is such a borefest and kind of bland and almost painful to listen to Urata in here.  Hohoemi no Saku Basho follows the trail after such failures like “STEP” and “FIELD”…it’s boring as a ballad!  Which leaves us with the only quote-on-quote good song and that was merely a megamix…lord this is yikes!

 

Sakanaction – Music

Filed under: Sakanaction — solarblade @ 6:12 am

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Track Listing

  1. Music
  2. Eiga (Conte 2012/11/16 17:24)

1. Music

Sakanaction to me have went a brighter and for a little more of fun direction with their music and with Music, that kind of solidified that for me because it’s bright and spacey.  Like a brighter “Bach no Senritsu”.  It’s catchy though and Ichiro sounds actually a bit interesting to me because he’s hitting high notes but still retaining his 1-dimensional tone so there’s a lot of improvement to be had.  I think it’s my favorite of this era between this, “Boku to Hana” and “Yoru no Odoriko”.

2. Eiga (Conte 2012/11/16 17:24)

I really don’t know what’s going on here, at first I though Eiga was an older song of theirs, but it’s not and I also thought it was a live performance, but it’s not even that! >.>.  Getting into the track, it’s a bit odd at the beginning because it sounds like we’re on the road and then returning home?  About a minute and a half in, the melody starts to play (but it’s really light?).  About 2 and a half minutes in, the outside sounds disappear and Ichiro finally starts to come in but he sounds so QUIIIET.  I like random, but this a bit over the top on the weird scale.

 

 

As the group’s 3rd and last single before their next album releases, Music…is a strange one indeed.  I enjoyed the A-side quite a bit and it’s my favorite within the album era which is good…Eiga on the hand is just a little out there for me and doesn’t really make much sense (though I think I’ve heard that melody somewhere before >.<).  It’ll be interesting what their sound will be like for the album.

 

Morning Musume – Help me!!

Filed under: Morning Musume — solarblade @ 5:49 am

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Track Listing

  1. Help me!!
  2. Daisuki Dakara Zettai ni Yurusanai (Regular A only)
  3. Happy Daisakusen (Limited A, B, C, and Regular B only)
  4. Aishuu Romantic (Limited D only)
  5. Watashi no Dekkai Hana (Limited E only)
  6. Nani wa Tomo Are! (Limited F only)
  7. Help me!! (Instrumental)

1. Help me!!

So we kick things off with the A-side and just like the last three singles, we return to robo-musume land with Help me!! (which isn’t a call out to “Resonant Blue” mind you!).  I have to say, Tsunku seemed to have found his niche for the time being because with each electro track he pulls out, they get better and better.  This song is also significant because it’s the first time we hear Sakura Oda and she actually kind of got the Aika treatment for her debut (has two lengthy parts to herself and she sounds great!).  Though it seems like this song sounds like three/four seperate ideas clashing because the verses, Sakura’s solos and Reina/Riho slow parts, the bridge, and the chorus don’t really seem to connect very much, but the song is still pretty damn sweet otherwise.  Great way to kick the year off for Momusu!

2. Daisuki Dakara Zettai ni Yurusanai

I had to review this because it’s Reg A only and that comes first for me.  This song is a duet between Riho and Sakura and they were given a pretty cool track (even though it’s less busy than “Help me!!”.  As I listen to the song, it’s quite obviously that this pairing wasn’t as thought out as good as like Peaberry or W or even Sayu/Mizupon.  Their vocals do give a really interesting melodic tone, but Riho is kind of overpowering Sakura but that’s to be expected (maybe?).  Though they both sound great in the song and even though the song could have a little more going on…it’s not bad…but eh 😄

3. Happy Daisakusen

The actual B-side that features all the members, Happy Daisakusen is a major improvement over their last full B-side, “Love Innovation” by a long shot!  It’s a bit cute and they have a similar tone as their older B-sides which is a nice return to the past.  I also find myself liking the line distribution because once again they go by longevity so it’s Rokkies>Kyuukies>Jyuukies>Sakura (then vice-versa for the second verse).  It’s such an uplifting tune and a breeze to listen to!

4. Aishuu Romantic

Moving onto the rest of the split groups of the single, Aishuu Romantic brings the return of Mizuki and Sayu together again and just like their last track, “Suki da na Kimi ga”, it’s more of Sayumi because I hear her more than Mizuki once again, but they do make a great pair because their cute sound is a little more techno-pop and nothing’s wrong with Sayu being robotic again.  Even though it doesn’t hold a candle to their first song together, but this is pretty solid!

5. Watashi no Dekkai Hana

Our next pairing is oddly chosen Reina, Haruna, and Ayumi for Watashi no Dekkai Hana!  I was pleasantly surprised with this selection because we get a little more going on with two of the more quieter members.  Haruna still can’t really sing well and it clashes with poor Reina who sounds pretty damn good!  What surprised me the most is Ayumi is actually doing the rapping in the song and I’m so happy they found a new rapper because I was curious after Gaki and Aika graduated that they needed to find something like them.  (Plus it gives a chance for Captain and Ayumin to do something together?).  Like the Riho/Sakura track, it needed a bit more life but this is good overall.

6. Nani wa Tomo Are!

The remaining members: Kanon, Erina, Masaki, and Haruka get the last track.  I feel like this group of four is kind of strange grouping because Erina/Masaki are high pitched girls while Kanon and Haruka has the deeper vocals of the spectrum.  Suffice to say, the song is kind of OK…but they could’ve been handed something a little less cheap sounding.  I still think Kanon and Haruka did the best but the other two actually kept up xD.  Mehhh, it’ll have to grow on me lol.

 

 

So was Sakura’s debut single good?  I have to say that this was a step up after “Wakuteka Take a chance” because the B-sides are all-around stronger and plus I didn’t get grossed out by any of the member (looking at you Riho).  Help me!! is badass enough as it is so it’s obvious it was going to be the best track off the single.  Of the B-sides, I liked Happy Daisakusen and Aishuu Romantic the most followed by Daisuki Dakara and Watashi no Dekkai Hana with Nani wa Tomo Are! at the back of the pack.  As it’s the second single of the current era and the next single is Reina’s last…I’m curious to what Tsunku has in store for the girls!

 

Satsuki – LUMINOUS January 23, 2013

Filed under: Satsuki — solarblade @ 3:45 am

LUMINOUS jacket

Track Listing

  1. TWILIGHT
  2. DETERMINATION
  3. ROMANCE
  4. FATE
  5. AVEC LE TEMPS…
  6. INSIDE
  7. NVN
  8. MALACHITE
  9. AFTER GLOW
  10. IN A LUCID DREAM
  11. SYMPATHY

1. TWILIGHT

I thought opening the album up with TWILIGHT was a pretty interesting decision because it’s not what I was expecting.  At first glance it does kind of sound a bit weird with Satsuki under filters and the arrangement being mid-tempo and a bit empty.  After he sings the first couple of lines in the verses, the song gains a stronger backbone, but not enough to reach awesome status.  Odd way to open the album up.

2. DETERMINATION

I think the album really starts off with DETERMINATION since it’s a bit more true to Satsuki’s sound since he went solo and it’s pretty consistent of a track.  Add that it has a pretty awesome guitar riff and style.  I also felt like Satsuki himself a lot more stronger and into the song than he was in “TWILIGHT”.  Great song overall and one of the early favorites.

3. ROMANCE

So we enter our first of the previously reviewed songs with ROMANCE (which I think now was a digital release?) .  Whatever it was, I still am not too big of a fan of this track because while it has the same energy behind it like “DETERMINATION”, the song is a little more poppy and happy which is kind of strange when it comes to someone like Satsuki.  Add some questionable disc scratching in the middle 8…and it’s just a confusing and a little to the books for me.

4. FATE

So it seems that only two of the three physical singles made the album…(kind of sad that “INNOCENT” didn’t make the cut), FATE was the primary A-side of the second single of the era and boy did FATE impress me!  I’ve said that I loved RENTRER EN SOI’s stuff when they were still together and FATE kind of brought me back to their sound and it sounds incredible.  Mind you, Satsuki is under heavy filters at first, but when he breaks through it, it’s amazing and powerful!  It’s just a heavy-hitting song and really makes up for “ROMANCE”.

5. AVEC LE TEMPS…

Is that Latin?  *shrugs*, it seems like after the powerful “FATE”, AVEC LE TEMPS… starts off surprisingly quiet and grows when Satsuki comes in and wow, I’m just like impressed with his vocals here a lot since he has room to hit a wide array of notes.  Sadly when the chorus comes in, it becomes a lot like “TWILIGHT” when I feel it’s a bit lifeless and needed a boost of speed.  Suffice to say this is a bit disappointing and it kind of doesn’t fit after “FATE” either >.>

6. INSIDE

So the sister A-side to “FATE”, INSIDE was just as amazing because it was so dramatic and powerful and I’m a little saddened to have “AVEC LE TEMPS…” kind of break that connection because I personally feel this and “FATE” belong next to each other.  I’m just love the piano and guitars and Satsuki altogether like this.  Take out the slight disc scratching part and we got a perfect track!

7. NVN

Back into some new tracks, NVN kind of takes an interesting turn because this song sounds like a bit more punk/metal with little traces of V-kei.  It’s different which is something I kind of liked about the track, but it feel like it wants to reach to peak of pure rage and awesomeness but doesn’t quite make it?  I don’t know, it’s a solid track and all…but it could’ve been better.

8. MALACHITE

The shortest track and loudest track on the album, MALACHITE really comes out of nowhere for me with a furious arrangement and speedy tempo.  Unlike “NVN”, this is kind of what I expected said track would’ve been like.  Like “FATE” the song brings the filters back and the arrangement this time included strings.  For a song that’s only 2 and a half minites long, it sure made its mark on the album.  I’m still unsure where I sit with the song, but it wasn’t bad…just unexpected.

9. AFTER GLOW

Then we enter this song and I wasn’t expecting something so unique.  I mean it still has guitarwork and such, but there’s now synths.  It’s like “ROMANCE” done right because I kind of like this happier side of his music (even if it really doesn’t fit majority of the album’s sound).  I might be the only person that will like this song, but if it was an A-side this would’ve been great too lol.

10. IN A LUCID DREAM

I almost didn’t notice that I had reviewed this a long time ago! (it was a B-side from Satsuki’s debut single, “AWAKE”).  Obviously since there’s been nearly a 5 year gap, IN A LUCID DREAM has gotten updated.  The length of the track has nearly doubled and the arrangement has a bit more going for it.  The song itself doesn’t feel as if I’m listening to Satsuki ad-libbing for most of it (although he still sings at a higher pitch which might be strange to newcomers, but I’m used to this back in the days.  I love the haunting melody though and for all the changes it went through, there was nothing bad…a much needed upgrade (though one I wouldn’t have seen coming a mile away).

11. SYMPATHY

I will never understand why Satsuki would end the album with SYMPATHY because this song is probably the most basic track of his.  I mean there are the lyrics that might be the point, but the arrangement sounds a lot like “AWAKE”, “CRYSTAL”, and “ROMANCE” which really meant that this song did not do anything for me!  I would’ve rather had “INNOCENT” close the album than this one meeeh.

Tracks Recommended

  • INSIDE
  • FATE
  • IN A LUCID DREAM
  • DETERMINATION
  • AFTER GLOW

Song of Avoidance

  • SYMPATHY

Took him long enough, but Satsuki finally releases his first album!  LUMINOUS is OK overall, there were some amazing tracks and some really boring ones so they kind of evened out to this average level.  I feel like he does have moments of brilliance like the top 3 tracks I loved from this album, but when he doesn’t have it…it’s quite obvious.  Not bad, hope it doesn’t take 5 years for a full album…

 

faylan – God FATE

Filed under: faylan — solarblade @ 1:46 am

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Track Listing

  1. God FATE
  2. Koi Muyou
  3. God FATE (Off Vocal)
  4. Koi Muyou (Off Vocal)

1. God FATE

After having such amazing songs in this era, God FATE comes in and joins the cast of those songs.  Like the previous A-sides, it’s a heavier rock track and has a lot of great riffs and faylan herself sounds amazing still!  I don’t think it surpasses “Realization” or “Soukyuu no Hikari”, but this is a pretty good track overall.

2. Koi Muyou

When I first listened to the B-side, I felt like the song wanted to be Halloween-ish, but it’s kind of a switch-around.  It’s very anime-ish by having a anime/rock/dance style which she hasn’t done in quite a while so it’s nice to see.  I’m enjoying the small flute moments and its fast pace kept me intrigued.  I will be honest though and say that faylan’s vocal performance isn’t the best, but she sung loud and thats good for me.  Energetic B-side for sure!

 

 

While I’m uncertain that she’s going to include God FATE on her upcoming album, “PRISM”, this single is one of the better ones she’s released.  The lead track kept up faylan’s recent dabblings in the rock side of anison songs and it’s one of the better ones out there.  Koi Muyou though took her out of ballad land and gave us a dance/rock track which is surprising but it was slightly good, but I wished faylan gave us a little more life in the track…still overall one of the better singles!

 

Sayaka Sasaki – Break your world

Filed under: Sayaka Sasaki — solarblade @ 1:13 am

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Track Listing

  1. Break your world
  2. Super Shiny Sensation!!!
  3. Break your world (Instrumental)
  4. Super Shiny Sensation!!! (Instrumental)

1. Break your world

Kicking off the year, Break your world rushes in and really impresses me with some powerful vocals from Sayaka that we haven’t heard in a while.  It is a pretty typical anime intro which doesn’t surprise me one bit, but it’s one of the stronger ones I’ve heard from Sayaka since she debuted.  Yeah, I was actually impressed with this track!

2. Super Shiny Sensation!!!

Then the B-side comes in with it’s shockingly cute title and then listening to the song, I wasn’t expecting such an energetic arrangement and Sayaka is being cute without overdoing it.  It’s pretty loud and has a certain idol-like tone to it, but this is actually catchy and one of the fun songs in her discography!  I really liked this as well!

 

 

I really wasn’t expecting a lot from Sayaka after the last couple of singles, but she’s redeemed herself with Break your world which is bringing her back to her deeper vocals and heavier arrangements while Super Shiny Sensation!!! gives her a bit more openness with her energy and that ended up great!  This is her best single yet!