If you haven’t noticed, I’m so far behind releases now….my interest has started to dwindle a bit, so Im going to go on a break for a while…..I know releases are going to pile up but I do need time off since I’ve been doing this nearly 5 years straight so it’s not bad if I take a break right?
S/mileage – Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita March 24, 2013
Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita
Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita (Instrumental)
1. Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita
I don’t know why but this intro was pretty cool, but once the girls start to sing, the song kind of drags itself down to a spring H!P B-side (it really does remind me of many songs). The song still has DAWA and Kanyon taking leads but Meimi and Takechan taking secondary while Rinapuu and Kanana get the least amount of lines. To be honest, the song doesn’t really strike me as anything special, but it’s not bad persay.
The B-side brings S/mileage into electro zone like C-ute, Momusu, and Berryz have been recently dabbling in, but luckily they kind of escape the auto-tune (well slightly), but there’s a lot of echoing. It’s a very cool song for them and ranks high alongside “Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki. and “Yumemiru 15sai” which means it’s a pretty awesome song. I will say it oddly reminds me of C-ute’s upcoming A-side “Crazy Kanzen na Otona”. Still this a song I can get really behind.
S/mileage in recent times feels like they’re being left in the dust in H!P considering they went back to just only two songs on a single. Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita is OK, but there’s definitely better A-sides out there. However, Doushiyou is definitely a song to check out because while it’s definitely following the electro train Tsunku has been loving recently, it was awesome!!! I still can’t believe their sophomore album hasn’t been announced yet.
HERO ~Kibou no Uta~
RISING DRAGON -DJ DRAGON Remix-
CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA -Official English Ver.-
HERO ~Kibou no Uta~ -Instrumental-
CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA -Instrumental-
1. HERO ~Kibou no Uta~
I was quite surprised to see that FLOW would be doing a theme for a DBZ movie but here we are with HERO and this song is pretty energetic and wild like the series itself so its an amazing feat since I love FLOW’s more louder songs. KEIGO and KOHSHI once again share the roles and I just love the song for its wild energy and it’s so true to FLOW’s sound…I think it might surpass “Brave Blue” actually.
2. CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA
Wow, so the other A-side is a cover of a 1989 Hironobu Kageyama song and also one of the opening themes for DBZ and good lord they chose such a classic song here. FLOW’s version of the song is VERY close to the original, but given the modern touch. I love this take because it’s got the same awesomeness throughout the song. I really like this cover and happy they stayed faithful to the original.
3. RISING DRAGON -DJ DRAGON Remix-
The remix for the single is kind of strange being as it’s one for RISING DRAGON (which was a B-side to GO!!!, which that was a NARUTO single). This just seems a bit freaky. I couldn’t really understand the need for the remix since it’s really random and just kind of thrown together for the sake of having a remix. At least the rapping in the parts are really cool to listen to but otherwise, the remix is just a bit too much.
4. CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA -Official English Ver.-
Last but not least, we get an English version of the secondary A-side and maybe FLOW shouldn’t have tried this because both lead singers sounds very weird and the accents really make the lyrics essentially impossible to understand (and I swear I hear Japanese still being thrown around). Yeah this was kind of meh.
FLOW ends the “FLOW THE MAX!!” era with the second single released and I was pleasantly surprised by it! HERO is quite energetic and fun to listen to, plus FLOW sounds great. Their cover of CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA was awesome and definitely did the original justice, but only the original, the English version was kind of bad. The RISING DRAGON remix was random but I suppose someone could get a kick out of it XD. Overall, good single!
Hoshi no Kieta Yoru ni
Kyo Kara Omoide
RE:I AM (instrumental)
Hoshi no Kieta Yoru ni (instrumental)
Anata ni Deawa Nakereba ~Kasetsu Toka~ (TV Size) (Limited Pressing only)
1. RE:I AM
I was really surprised when Aimer was chosen to do a theme for GUNDAM and instantly thought she was going to release a sappy ballad (since everything before was a ballad). RE:I AM though is a very nice surprise and has such a broad and powerful sound with guitars and loud drums. Aimer’s vocals are slightly weak against the arrangement at various points, but for the most part, this was what she needed and I really like the song.
2. Hoshi no Kieta Yoru ni
Going into something a bit more softspoken and a bit more normal for Aimer to release, Hoshi no Kieta Yoru ni is a ballad, but it has this kind of magical and almost dreamscapish sound that makes it even more recognizable in Aimer’s discography. I have to say that this song worked a tad bit better than the A-side, but then again this is her safe zone lol.
3. Kyo Kara Omoide
We get even ballad-heavy with Kyo Kara Omoide which sounds like 90% of her music so it’s mostly piano-fronted Aimer here. I mean it is a lot like “Rokutosei no Yoru” but as a B-side so that should say something too. Not much to report here, but Aimer whispy vocals do stand out for some reason.
Aimer’s first single after her debut album (and cover album as well) and she’s already stepping out of her comfort zone. RE:I AM is an interesting pop/rock tune and Aimer sort of passes, but her vocals didn’t seem to mesh well to the music. If you wanted something familiar, go with Kyo Kara Omoide, but if you want something awesome with something fresh, Hoshi no Kieta Yoru ni might be your song. Overall, not bad and I’m looking forward to future releases.
Kyarypamyupamyu – Ninjari Ban Ban March 20, 2013
Ninjari Ban Ban
Minna no Uta -extended mix-
1. Ninjari Ban Ban
I have to say that I was wondering when Kyary will release something a bit bizarre for an A-side again especially after “Fashion Monster” and Ninjari Ban Ban is such a unique song for her. I mean the song just sounds Japanese and the ninja strikes and melodies of the song sound like entirely ninja-ish. I have to give props to Nakata for doing this because it’s so different and cool. Great A-side!
2. Unite Unite
I was surprised this wasn’t “Invader Invader” but this song as the actual B-side and it’s kind of like the cousion to “Kimi ni 100 Percent, but also has a certain Perfume tone to it which is a bit strange. Then again it also has some odd capsule moments (especially the synths solos). It’s interesting also the Nakata incorporated toy piano here as well. It’s an interesting song no doubt and I can find myself enjoying this a lot in the future.
3. Minna no Uta -extended mix-
44 extra seconds = an extended mix? Well it seems so for Minna no Uta (an album song from “Pamyupamyu Revolution”). I liked that beat intro since it sounds like some works of Nakata’s past works, but once the silly melody of harmonica and bass synth jump in, the song goes into its cute route and I find myself like the tune again and the “PONPONPON” reference is funny lol. Even though this was a useless extension, I still like Minna no Uta.
I was so surprised Kyary would release a single SO SHORTLY after “Kimi ni 100 Percent/Furisodation” but I’m good with that since it means more Nakata to fawn over. Ninjari Ban Ban definitely is one of my top favorite Kyary songs with its eccentric Japanese sound and catchiness. Unite Unite is cute, but it also kind of reminds me of Perfume is a strange way…but that’s good too. The Minna no Uta extension was a bit unneeded but it’s Kyary’s thing so I cant say too much. I hope an album is next!
Sekai de Ichiban Taisetsu na Hito (Limited A, C, and Regular only)
I like a picnic (Limited B and D only)
Asian Celebration (Instrumental)
1. Asian Celebration
You know ever since “Heroine ni Narou ka!”, Berryz has never really unimpressed me in their A-sides but for some reason, the league of A-sides end because I really am not a big fan of Asian Celebration. I mean the disco vibes are actually really nice, but it’s just a lot of everything else that ended up getting wrong. I mean the amount of Miyabi’s English is surprising but that was ok. What annoyed me the most were the purposely done DJ scratched vocal flip they were doing in the verses…that was supremely annoying (especially Yurina, who was shockingly BAD in this song). After “WANT!”, this just comes as a big disappointment.
2. Sekai de Ichiban Taisetsu na Hito
The B-side found on most editions, Sekai de Ichiban Taisetsu na Hito seems to be the afterthought from “WANT!” with its more electro sound but strangely enough this kind of sounds like an anime theme, but I’m OK with that because the song is actually kind of nice to listen to, especially seeing here the back members get a lot more presence. The chorus is a bit sugary for me, but I do like the arrangement. Not bad and it’s slightly better than “Asian Celebration”.
3. I like a picnic
So on the other two editions, we get ANOTHER Bird Thongchai cover! This time of I like a picnic because that isn’t a strange title for them >.>. After “cha cha SING” and “Loving you Too much”, it seems this whole Thai bang is getting to the girls lol. I like a picnic is kind of more upbeat like “cha cha SING” but there’s a lot more going on vocally and in the arrangement. I kind of like the song as its another quirky cover TBH lol.
Berryz has finally dropped a meh A-side after all the good single they’ve done for a while. Asian Celebration is weak and kind of vocally unpleasant to my ears. Didn’t help the PV was a “Dakishimete Dakishimete” clone…it was bad. At least Sekai de Ichiban Taisetsu na Hito and I like a picnic fared much better. The main B-side is quite poppy but I like the arrangement. The cover song was the best of the single though as it was just so fun! At least they can go up from here now lol.
SPYAIR – Sakura Mitsutsuki March 15, 2013
Sakura Mitsutsuki (Instrumental)
Turning Point (Instrumental)
1. Sakura Mitsutsuki
I was thinking that since ENZEL left the band would just lose synths, but Sakura Mitsutsuki actually has a lot more synths than seen in the last couple of singles from the band WITH their DJ. As it’s the band’s sakura song, this was quite nice to listen to. The band is definitely rockin’ out and IKE’s vocals do seem a lot more steadier as well. I enjoyed this quite a lot!
2. Turning Point
Then we get to the B-side and Turning Point is even heavier than “Sakura Mitsutsuki” which is really surprising and yet really cool to listen to! It actually reminds me of a ROOKiEZ iZ PUNK’D song with the guitar riffs and powerful chorus. This was just a epic song from SPYAIR and was surprised this wasn’t an A-side because this would’ve been great!!!
SPYAIR’s first single without ENZEL and they seem to really rock out on this single and it doesn’t even seem he even left the band with how much synth is in the leading track. Plus, Turning Point is quite heavy and very awesome from SPYAIR. Great single overall and it’s great to see the band moving forward ^_^.