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Kylee – Daisuki na no ni February 13, 2013

Filed under: Kylee — solarblade @ 6:49 am

Daisuki_na_no_ni

Track Listing

  1. Daisuki na no ni
  2. Anywhere
  3. Daisuki na no ni [Anime Edit] (Limited only)
  4. Daisuki na no ni [Less Vocal]

1. Daisuki na no ni

I have to say that it’s nice that Kylee has learned to stop yelling her songs and use a more powerful tone for the songs since “17”.  Daisuki na no ni is her most anime-ish sounding song yet since it features piano and some of the anison/guitar melodies.  I have to say this song was quite impressive to listen to, if not a smidge repetitive towards the end.  I still was enjoying every minute of this!

2. Anywhere

Moving onto the other track on the single, Anywhere, brings back our Kylee in her native tongue of English and this kind of has the old sound she used to have before she became a major label artist.  It’s also kind of synthy as well which gives a new twist to her sound.  Good song overall and she definitely has such good pipes going!

Kylee is definitely showing progress in her singing and with Daisuki na no ni, she’s kind of now trying some new ideas and for the most part it works quite nicely.  The leading track might be anison-heavy, but she at least backed it up with her tone.  Anywhere is a great English tune and kind of tongue-in-cheek in the lyrical sense which is something I like about her English songs (at least in my opinion).

 

9nine – colorful

Filed under: 9nine — solarblade @ 6:26 am

colorful

Track Listing

  1. colorful
  2. Yasashii Ame
  3. Shoujo Traveler (tofubeats remix)
  4. colorful (Instrumental)
  5. Yasashii Ame (Instrumental)

1. colorful

For me not being impressed with anything fully the group has released since their album, colorful might be the closest to something I can get behind because it has a kind of idol pop/rock sound to it does stand out amongst the other A-sides they’ve released.  However, I’m not exactly fond of how harsh they sound singing together…they weren’t exactly combining strengths here.  It’s good, but slightly ranks lower than “Brave” for best A-side of the era.

2. Yasashii Ame

The B-side of the single, was actually kind of nice to listen to!  I mean it is a ballad which is kind of low, but this actually slightly fixed the issues from “colorful” but they still kind of struggle harmonizing in certain parts.  I actually really liked the shimasen in the final chorus though, that was a surprising twist to the ballad.  I can get behind this a lot if I continue to listen to this!

3. Shoujo Traveler (tofubeats remix)

I was worried to see that Shoujo Traveler got a remix and feared the worst and sadly it came to light.  We all know the original is that electro sound that seriously whooped a lot of ass last year!  The remix from tofubeats turned that song into this chilled out, mid-tempo track and it just didn’t work with how beat-savvy those lyrics are.  I don’t know, it just didn’t work for me this time around.

As 9nine close out their 2nd major era, colorful might be the best single of the 4 that were released (which isn’t saying a lot considering that this era has been shockingly weak).  The leading track has a good arrangement but the vocals were all over the damn place!  Same can be said about Yasashii Ame but at least that had a stronger arrangement and the girls at least tried to vocally come together.  Shoujo Traveler’s remix was as disappointing as I had expected to me.  I think I’m a bit worried about this upcoming album of theirs…>.>