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°C-ute – Crazy Kanzen na Otona April 15, 2013

Filed under: C-ute — solarblade @ 9:01 am

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Track Listing

  1. Crazy Kanzen na Otona
  2. The☆Treasure Box
  3. Chikyuu Kara no Sanjuusou (Limited D only)
  4. Watashi wa Tensai (Limited E only)
  5. Kanashiki Heaven (Suzuki Part Ver.) (Limited A only)
  6. Kanashiki Heaven (Okai Part Ver.) (Limited A only)
  7. Crazy Kanzen na Otona (Instrumental)
  8. Kanashiki Heaven (Instrumental)

1. Crazy Kanzen na Otona

After “Kono Machi”, I was curious as to why °C-ute was releasing a new single so quickly after that fiasco and truth be told Crazy Kanzen na Otona was just what I needed!  The song is a lot like “Kiss me Aishiteru” in the way the style is very synth-driven and pretty quick paced as well.  Add in a touch of sexy and smokiness and this song is just really cool to listen to all the way.  Add in that everyone sounds amazing in this song (even Nakky and Maimai sound good!).  Definitely another °C-ute song that I ended up loving to death!

2. The☆Treasure Box

The B-side found on most editions of the single, The☆Treasure Box would’ve been such a good if there wasn’t such an annoyance repetition of that whole ~OI OI OI OI OI~, god damn is that fucking annoying!  Taking that out, the song has more focus on the guitars and it kind of mixes the group’s rockin’ feel.  However, the feeling of the song is so muddled with that arcade fighter grunt that makes this song nearly impossible for me to enjoy!

3. Chikyuu Kara no Sanjuusou

Then two editions have a different B-sides but the group is split.  Maimi, Airi, and Chisato take the first song and I’m kind of stuck on what genre it’s supposed to represent because it’s poppy but the melody has touches of country and doowop almost.  Add in the interesting melody the girls are singing together and it sounds more country for some reason xD.  The song is a bit strange, nothing too spectacular, but it’s not bad of a tune…just plain xD.

4. Watashi wa Tensai

Of course Nakky and Maimai would get their own sugary cute song in the form of Watashi wa Tensai.  I mean Nakky sounds great in this setting which is pretty strange to listen, but Mai sounds a tad nasally for this cutesy synthpop song with a strangely slow chorus line xD.  I mean it fits the two quite nicely, but like the previous track…maybe a bit forgetful.

5. Kanashiki Heaven (Suzuki Part Ver.)

So remember this song from “Aitai Aitai Aitai na”?  Yeah the surprisingly awesome Chisato and Airi duet…well the song was split half into their solo parts and hearing them is quite strange.  Airi of course has the lower melody and hearing her sing solo is kind of interesting.  Of course, the song feels like it went down a couple levels on the scale to suit Airi’s vocals.  Not bad of a solo take.

6. Kanashiki Heaven (Okai Part Ver.)

So of course, Chisa get the higher ranged version like the original and her higher pitch is actually good but her unique stylings kind of hinder some parts but the fact she says ~seventh heaven~ clearly is shocking.  I like Airi’s version just a bit more, but this wasn’t so bad!

°C-ute seems to really be kind of lost on this single.  I mean sweet Crazy Kanzen na Otona is an amazing track from them and really gave off such a sexy vibe to it that I just really loved that about it.  Also it was really nice to see Kanashiki Heaven split in half so we can her the song sung by the main two.  The rest of the single was just ugh.  I mean both of the split up groupings weren’t really anything groundbreaking nor interesting and The☆Treasure Box was just annoying as hell…but could’ve been great had it not been for the annoying chants!  I still think “Aitai Aitai Aitai na” is the best single of the era tbh.

 

Juice=Juice – Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne

Filed under: Juice=Juice — solarblade @ 8:11 am

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Track Listing

  1. Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne
  2. Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne (Instrumental)

1. Watashi ga Iu Mae ni Dakishimenakya ne

I was so elated to see a new group coming out of H!P and was surprised even more with the gals that were chosen!  I really found it interesting that the song focused more on saxophones because honestly when was the last time that happened?  The vocals sound pretty good too but the line distribution was just like S/mileage of current days where Karin and Sayuki got the most lines, Tomoko and Aina kind of had the middle amount and Yuka and Akari kind of round out the back xD.  Still the song is a pretty cool track to listen to and for a debut it’s pretty damn catchy like “Massara Blue Jeans” catchy!

I mean it’s a surprise that it took so long for Tsunku to do something new with H!P and J=J’s debut single is an easy win for me!  The song’s energy is awesome, the girls sound pretty good (though the line distribution is looking a bit shady) and it’s a debut…things are looking good for this fruity group!!!

 

 

Best and Worst of 2012: Mini-Albums

Filed under: ~Best of 2012~ — solarblade @ 7:53 am

Yeah, this has been forever in the making so I feel like I should move my ass and finish up these posts eh?

BEST MINI-ALBUM SONG!

  • Shoko Nakagawa – Tokimeki☆Dreamer (nsum ~Nakagawa Shoko ga Utatte Mita!~)

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So here we have the mini-album songs that I liked but didn’t make the top 2, but overall there wasn’t a lot of choices this year.  Just Friends (Can you hear me?) from Kie was a surprisingly fun song to hear from her and is one of her best songs yet!  palm love (Sang) by Eri Takenaka was a definite chill and unique experience, especially with how light and pretty Eri sounded and finally Loveless (Awaki Yumemiru Yoiyami no Gaibana) from Asriel definitely was the best the duo released this year with perfect vocals and soft arrangement.

2. Buono! – Mirai Drive (SHERBET)

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Buono! released another surprisingly good song in Mirai Drive this year which is a bit lighter but also one of the more pleasant songs as well!  I guess it helped that it had acoustic guitar and all three of the ladies sound good here.  Yeah this was just a great song!

1. D – Like a Black Cat ~Mujitsu no Tsumi~ (Namonaki Mori no Yumegatari)

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Strangely enough, I felt like D’s song, Like a Black Cat was definitely the best of the mini songs here.  It was dark and gothic and brought back the things I love about D (especially ASAGI).  There’s a lot to this song that really worked out so I was happy with my decision!

WORST MINI-ALBUM SONGS

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You know, like I said there wasn’t a whole lot of songs this year to really deal with but there were some bad ones.  Melody (LOVE) isn’t totally bad persay, but the song didn’t really make me feel anything for it.  Guruguru* (Yun*chi) would’ve been OK if there wasn’t so much dubstep thrown in alongside Yun*chi’s YUKI-like vocals. AMOYAMO’s theme song from the A☆M☆O☆Y★A★M★O mini-album was pretty damn bad, especially the hook of it is mostly spelling the song out too..yeah that was not a smart move!

2. GO GO Summer! 2012 (KARA Collection)

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KARA really didn’t need to do what they did to GO GO Summer!, but they did with this being included on KARA Collection.  GO GO Summer! is already a great JPN KARA song, but seeing it retouched and given another slab of synths did not work this time around.  Just drove me nuts!

1. Asriel – Souyoku Fuuga (Awaki Yumemiru Yoiyami no Gaibana)

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Asriel knows how to do good songs, but that’s covered with so many bad songs that it’s really strange.  Souyoku Fuuga is definitely the worst they put out this year.  I mean KOKOMI shouldn’t be singing like the banshee she was in this song TBH…Yeah it was bad!

BEST ART COVERS!

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Covers this year have been pretty good for the most part.  Yukino’s You make me blue is such a pretty shot of her in front of some mountains (if they’re photoshopped, then it’s pretty damn good lol).  Namonaki Mori no Yumegatari cover is quite symbol heavy with the deer and the black/white of them showing light and darkness.  I loved that cover though.  Soprano Rain feels like artwork with SAWA standing in front of it and it kind of worked for her lol.  Very colorful yet simple lol.

2. Mix Speaker’s, Inc. – SEAPARADISE no Hihou

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This kind of fits in with “Shiny tale”, but SEAPARADISE no Hihou had a bit more going on with the showing the members in their ever-changing outfits on a pirate shit!  Still very colorful!

1. Asriel – Awaki Yumemiru Yoiyami no Gaibana

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Finally I give some positive to Asriel, they always have the most elaborate and beautifully drawn artworks for their mini-albums and Awaki Yumemiru’s is no exception.  Very pretty and innocent looking and just kind of suits with the many other covers they have!

WORST ART COVERS

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The thing about Sang and LOVE that found themselves here was the fact that they’re just close-up shots of them and neither really do much otherwise XD.  Yun*chi is just a bit plain though its kind of weird that she and her mirrored image kind of creates a lip xD…weird xD

2. Tommy february6 / Tommy heavenly6 – HALLOWEEN ADDICTION

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I think the duo covers for Tomoko’s HALLOWEEN ADDICTION were pretty bad, mostly because they look so plain and while the February version has a beige color, both are still kind of meh just from not having to much on it.

1. MIYAVI – SAMURAI SESSIONS vol. 1

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MIYAVI took the crown of worst cover of the year…both covers for SAMURAI SESSIONS were a bit too odd looking, but this with the hair in front of his face just made him look psycho XD.  Doesn’t help the text is bad for the album title LOL

BEST MINI-ALBUM OVERALL!

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2. MIYAVI – SAMURAI SESSIONS vol. 1

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Even though the covers are bad, the experimentation MIYAVI did was splendid!  SAMURAI SESSIONS vol. 1 was a great thing for MIYAVI to have especially with having the singles prior included as well.  I love that the songs were all fresh and totally different…I hope there’s a second one in the future because this was a great mini!

1. Yukino – You make me blue

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HOWEVER, if there was one artist that blew me away it was new artist Yukino and her debut mini-album, You make me blue.  She sounds AMAZING on the mini and her style was completely refreshing from the pop stantards Japan is slowly fading into.  It was a bit jazzy, but also bright pop too…it was just such a sweet surprise!

WORST MINI-ALBUMS OVERALL!!!

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Sooo there’s really not a lot of TERRIBLE albums but they were on the lower side of the spectrum.  HALLOWEEN ADDICTION by both Tommys has 3 great songs BUT the killer fact is the those three songs are split into sections (the older songs never had that treatment).  Yeah it just wasn’t very well done or very smart.  KARA’s KARA Collection isn’t bad either, but none of the songs really stood out (plus GG! Summer 2012 was horrendous).  Soprano Rain by SAWA was a bit meh and a bit shaky but it’s because SAWA switched labels.

2. NIKIIE – CHROMATOGRAPHY

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NIKIIE might have impressed me with “Everytime” but CHROMATOGRAPHY was quite unimpressive overall and seemed like dropouts from her first mini-album which was pretty depressing.  Yeah I mean one REALLY good song and I was just like over it XD

1. Yun*chi – Yun*chi

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When I think of my least favorite mini-album of the year it was between NIKIIE and Yun*chi, but NIKIIE was slightly better because her vocals are so much better than Yun*chi’s!  Her self-titled debut was very lackluster and the only good song was the promo track Reverb*.  Yeah the other songs were like zzzzzzzz…

NEXT TIME: ALBUM SONGS