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S/mileage – Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita March 24, 2013

Filed under: S/mileage — solarblade @ 6:08 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita
  2. Doushiyou
  3. 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.

2. Doushiyou

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.

 

FLOW – HERO ~Kibou no Uta~/CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA

Filed under: FLOW — solarblade @ 5:48 pm

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Track Listing

  1. HERO ~Kibou no Uta~
  2. CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA
  3. RISING DRAGON -DJ DRAGON Remix-
  4. CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA -Official English Ver.-
  5. HERO ~Kibou no Uta~ -Instrumental-
  6. 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!

 

Aimer – RE:I AM EP

Filed under: Aimer — solarblade @ 4:46 pm

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Track Listing

  1. RE:I AM
  2. Hoshi no Kieta Yoru ni
  3. Kyo Kara Omoide
  4. RE:I AM (instrumental)
  5. Hoshi no Kieta Yoru ni (instrumental)
  6. 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.