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MAA – Feel It!/Blue (Chikyuu) January 10, 2013

Filed under: MAA — solarblade @ 2:35 am

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Track Listing

  1. Feel It!
  2. Blue (Chikyuu)

1. Feel It!

I was curious to what MAA would pull out for her major label debut and Feel It! is an odd track to say the least.  It begins with some chanting which kind of threw me off at first but once that passage ends, the actual song begins and I’m loving the synths along with MAA’s vocals.  The arrangement is a bit edgy, like as if she was going back to “Ghost Enemy”.  It’s not a bad song, but it’s definitely not nearly as great as her last couple of releases.

2. Blue (Chikyuu)

As for the other A-side, MAA took a much more simpler route for Blue.  I have to say that I really like her voice in this track and she seems to pull off ballads exceptionally (remember “Virgin Killer Santa”?).  It’s just a very broad, but simple track from her.

 

 

As MAA moves onto a major label (strange, I thought she was on a major label…>.<), Feel It!/Blue (Chikyuu) isn’t exactly her best work and it could be first single blues.  I will say that I liked Blue more than Feel It! because we get to hear a stronger voice in such a way through a ballad while Feel It! is a bit more pop/dance but still nice…but neither really surpass her past works…hopefully her second single under Warner will straighten things up and bring back that random, but awesome work MAA has done in her indies days.  Though one thing that NEEDS to change is the cover art…good lord is that ugly…

 

ONE OK ROCK – Deeper Deeper/Nothing Helps

Filed under: ONE OK ROCK — solarblade @ 2:02 am

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Track Listing

  1. Deeper Deeper
  2. Nothing Helps
  3. Kasabuta

1. Deeper Deeper

I was kind of surprised with the intro for Deeper Deeper because I thought it was going to be a bit sillier, but once the band kicks in, the songs gets edgy and quite epic.  I’m loving Taka in this song as he just brings this raw energy with his vocals and adding out the English he goes through, I’m just really loving it all over.  I even love the synths and filters that are found.  Great song!

2. Nothing Helps

As the theme for the upcoming Devil May Cry game, I was wondering what direction the band would take the song and I was definitely not surprised they kept it high-energy and loud and suits the series quite well.  For being a song entirely sung in English, this was really powerful and is also just as good as “Deeper Deeper” if not more!

3. Kasabuta

I’m not surprised that the actual B-side to the single is a total 180 from the other songs.  As the single’s slow jam, Kasabuta starts off with Taka and acoustic guitar before opening up for the chorus.  It’s a really awesome track as well…I just love Taka’s vulnerability in the track and he just has a great sense emotion for songs like this.  It’s really an amazing song!

 

 

Whoa there!  ONE OK ROCK made an amazing single from Deeper Deeper/Nothing Helps and to be honest, this is actually surpassing “Re:make/NO SCARED” for favorite single.  The band is really starting to come along really nicely.  With Deeper Deeper, they had fun and really made the song pop with some interesting new ideas.  Nothing Helps is badass and fits the DMC series quite snuggly and Kasabuta is a really well made rock ballad.  *RECOMMENDED* for sure!!!