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Ceui – Rapsodia January 1, 2013

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Track Listing

  1. Binkan na Fuukei
  2. crystal pain
  3. Hitotsu Dake ~Kimi to Boku no Himitsu no Monogatari~
  4. Ulysses
  5. Amorossia
  6. Angelus
  7. Asphodelus
  8. Eternal Flow
  9. Jewelry Time
  10. Prism
  11. Kaze no Naka no Primrose
  12. After The Deluge
  13. brilliant world
  14. Kamigami no Uta

1. Binkan na Fuukei

Ceui opens this album up with Binkan na Fuukei and it’s a really soothing and pleasant way to kick things off.  Ceui’s vocals are very lullaby-like and keeps at this airy quality through most of the song,  It does move a bit like a snail does throughout the entire thing, but Ceui makes the song really soothing and relaxing…not the best way to open the album, but still a good song nonetheless.

2. crystal pain

It seems there’s a lot of older songs on the album that I have never heard (basically before “Truth Of My Destiny”).  Also, the entire “Prism” single is on this album starting with one of the B-sides from the single.  After that slow intro, it’s nice to get something a little more vibrant from Ceui.  The piano is more at the forefront but there’s some anison style found here as well.  It’s a nice track overall!

3. Hitotsu Dake ~Kimi to Boku no Himitsu no Monogatari~

I remember this B-side from “Stardust Melodia” and surprised it wasn’t on “Labyrinthus” since the A-side was.  Being after “crystal pain” is a little harsh as they both are quite similar to one another.  I will say that I did that Ceui sounds a bit more memorable here, but it feels like I’m listening to the same song but with more acoustic guitar and such.

4. Ulysses

So the B-side from “espacio” makes its appearance and I was kind of surprised when it opens with a synth beat.  This track is a bit more laidback and more experimentive of Ceui but still includes some strings.  It’s a pretty quirky little tune with knick-knacks here and there in the tune.  Interesting song from Ceui

5. Amorossia

Wow, I’m so happy they included this B-side fron “Kaze no Naka no Primrose” because it’s such a cool and intriguing song from Ceui.  The intro with the pounding strings line alongside this very antsy arrangement gives me a lot of smiles!  I really enjoyed the heck out of this song and still do today so it really is one of the album’s gems!

6. Angelus

As the only representative from the “First Eden” album, Angelus fits nicely after “Amorossia” because it shares that same anison, RPG-like atmosphere.  I actually like it just as much as I did with the previous track, it has energy and Ceui sounds really nice with the arrangement.  Good job with this one too!

7. Asphodelus

The next three tracks aren’t on Ceui’s actual discography but have been released as like OST songs and such.  Calming down from the last two tracks, Asphodelus sounds like a more serious song on the album and I kind of like that about this track.  It’s a little strange to hear Ceui in a deeper tone, but she sounds amazing in this song!  Wow, this was actually another great song on the album!

8. Eternal Flow

Slowing down things even further, Eternal Flow gives us a ballad this time and after the last three tracks, this kind of puts me into a boring state because it’s kind of like “Binkan na Fuukei”.  Though Ceui’s voice isn’t as entrancing as it was in the aforementioned track.  This is just a bit too boring for me.

9. Jewelry Time

We get Jewelry Time next and the song is also kind of plain when compared to most of the other songs on this album.  I do like the strings arrangement since it’s playful and bright but the rest of the song lacks something about it and Ceui’s vocals don’t seem to be as interesting as said strings.

10. Prism

Moving into the 8th A-side she’s released as a solo artist, Prism picked up the pace after the previous two tracks as it’s one of the more cuter and peppy songs in her collection.  It really is the cutest of the bunch and I kind of like the adventurous tone it has.  Very nice to have something to break the monotony somewhat.

11. Kaze no Naka no Primrose

As the most recent single to be put on here, Kaze no Naka no Primrose really doesn’t seem to stick to me like the other tracks have.  I mean it has most of the same things that various other Ceui songs have which is kind of disappointing this late in the album.  It’s like a mix of “Hitotsu Dake” and “Prism” but without the latter’s energy.  It’s just not very memorable for me and even it’s B-side trumped it so hard (“Amorossia”).

12. After The Deluge

As the other B-side from “Prism” it really doesn’t stand out and like “Kaze no Naka no Primrose” is once again one of those songs that doesn’t seem to have anything much original about it despite being an older song.  Maybe a sliver slower, but this is still not really all that great.

13. brilliant world

I like that there’s a fanfare that starts the song up.  To me, this kind of sounds like the most folkish song amongst the bunch and I liked that about this tune.  I have a hard time remembering this song, but it’s still a nice listen when I do pay attention to it hahaha.

14. Kamigami no Uta

As the oldest song on the album (seriously, it’s her third A-side in her discography)…Kamigami no Uta closes the album out in a full circle because it’s kind of like “Binkan na Fuukei” with it’s atmospheric glow, but also keeps a great arrangement throughout.  Nice way to end the album!

Tracks Recommended

  • Amorossia
  • Asphodelus
  • Prism
  • crystal pain
  • Angelus

Song of Avoidance

  • Eternal Flow

Ceui seemed to be on a roll releasing albums in the last year and a half.  Even though I feel like this and “Labyrinthus” were more of like best collections considering she’s been going and putting so many of her older works on them.  Rapsodia though is the preferred one because there were many songs that I liked here in comparison.  Not bad and a good way to end the year with ^_^

 

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