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girl next door – Life of Sound November 23, 2013

Filed under: GIRL NEXT DOOR — solarblade @ 5:11 am

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Track Listing

  1. Egao no Kiseki
  2. Koi no Yokan
  3. signal
  4. Namida no Yuugure
  5. my little wish
  6. all my life
  7. Hatsuyuki
  8. kotodama
  9. standing for you
  10. My pace
  11. mother

1. Egao no Kiseki

Opening gnd’s 5th album…it something that should be ultimately familiar to the fans of the group because it has their signature sound written all over it.  It’s got a lot of that 90’s synthwork and to me, for beginning their 5th with something that’s been overdone at this point, it kind of just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  It sounds like something that would belong on their debut album the most which is definitely not a good sign.  Oh well.

2. Koi no Yokan

Maybe they should’ve begun the album with Koi no Yokan because while this song suffers a lot of the same that “Egao no Kiseki” did, the energy has a bit more punch and there’s more of a punch from Yuji on his guitar which is pretty awesome!  Even though like I said it’s very much under the gnd-syndrome, Koi no Yokan is probably one of the better songs from this album which is sort of makes up for the unevolved arrangement.

3. signal

Beginning the Life of Sound era, I was surprised that they decided to let someone else tackle the production for their singles, though the producer they chose was rather a bit mundane as they chose Mitsuru Igurashi (old producer for every little thing) and he delves in more of the same style Daisuke does.  It does slightly sound different than anything prior to the single which is nice and CHISA sounds a lot more comfortable singing than in a lot of the more *yelling* songs.  On the album, signal stands out in a nice way and breaks the monotony that is easily found on the album!  Let’s just say it definitely made me appreciate this song.

4. Namida no Yuugure

I like this rhythm of old songs and new on this album, going into Namida no Yuugure, I actually think it wasn’t produced by Daisuke either because it sounds like Igurashi and there’s just something really catchy about the song!  Add that CHISA is also giving a pretty solid performance and I felt this was the album’s gem…it just sounds so 90s and yet so cool!

5. my little wish

After the energy of the first 4 songs, my little wish comes in as the album’s first ballad and unfortunately, my little wish is just a bit bland and boring overall.  I did enjoy listening to CHISA, but the song just lacks overall and while the chorus tries to alleviate the problems, it just comes off even more plain…if you want a ballad just go for “Orion”.  Oh yeah, the random synth inserts…how unfitting😄.

6. all my life

It doesn’t help that its led to another unfortunate song, the second A-side released, all my life.  Actually, you might have just called these two tracks (this and “my little wish”) clones because they tried to incorporate the same elements (except this track has a nice chorus) so I suppose that’s one way to say it works better.  It’s still rather bland and Igurashi has overstayed his welcome when this single was released.

7. Hatsuyuki

Getting back to 2 more new songs, Hatsuyuki seems to be the album’s winter song and luckily unlike the previous two tracks, this song doesn’t seem to go overboard with the synth appearance and left this one with more natural instrumentation.  I actually appreciated this because CHISA sounds so nice and pleasant and the chorus worked this time around with Yuji behind.  If there was a choice of ballad to listen to, please this is the best one the album has to offer.

8. kotodama

I actually hate to say it, but I kind of miss Daisuke, but it seems like he returns to produce our next track and fortunately it’s not another ballad, but one of the more mid-tempo jams like “Be your wings” or “Jounetsu no Daishou” which might appease to more of the fans that like that sound.  Also, screamy CHISA return as well, so be prepared for that!  I moderately enjoyed the song, but not as good as “Namida no Yuugure” was.

9. standing for you

As the final A-side released for the album (and final A-side period), standing for you came in and while it’s another Igurashi-produced single, standing for you is kind of in the middle of the three released.  I like how bright and poppy the tune is, but that being said, there’s just something missing here after I had some time to listen to it.  It’s OK, but not really as amazing as I initially took it.

10. My pace

The we come into our final stretch of new songs.  First up is My pace and I’m quite unsure how to take it at first because it started off slow but starts to gain pace (OHHH) the deeper the song you get to and it comes at a head right in the chorus.  That’s when I started to find myself really enjoying the song.  It’s still in its gnd-ways but at least it’s quite nice and surprised that it’s found towards the end of the album 0.o

11. mother

Of course the album would end off with another ballad (hey, 4 out of 11 is not bad).  Sadly, it just can’t be a natural ballad like “Hatsuyuki” but more like the other two ballads where the synths really have no place being there!  Fitting as the last track but by itself, it’s pretty much meh…

Tracks Recommended

  • Namida no Yuugure
  • kotodama
  • signal
  • Koi no Yokan
  • Hatsuyuki

Song of Avoidance

  • my little wish

As the trio’s 5th (and sadly final studio album before their disbandment), Life of Sound was kind of showed that they were pretty much half-assing it at this point.  I mean even Namida no Yuugure isn’t as good as stuff from their previous album which is saying a lot for this one.  Even though they did bring in a different producer, it really wasn’t a big enough change to really give gnd something new sadly.  It just wasn’t a good album overall…

 

2 Responses to “girl next door – Life of Sound”

  1. Spade Says:

    Well, you sure took the “three ballads in a row” thing on this album better than I thought you would.😉

    My overall feeling on this album ended up being similar to yours, which was too bad as I really wanted to like this album more than I did. Despite my enjoyment of individual songs, the album as a whole wasn’t strong enough to keep my interest.

    So I wasn’t too surprised to learn of their impending disbandment. Even with attempts to change things on the producing front, overall they just couldn’t seem to recapture the spark that made their early stuff so good, or satisfactorily evolve their sound in a new direction. With all of the cool developments happening these days in electro music, it seems a shame that gnd either couldn’t or wouldn’t incorporate more of those elements into their own sound. (Especially since their earlier singles like “Drive Away” had some eurobeat elements to help them feel more modern.)

    Still, at least URBAN DANCE, from the abbreviated official video I’ve seen, sounds like a great high note for them to go out on, reminding us of how good they could be at their best. They’ll be missed!

    • solarblade Says:

      Well I’m sure their Daisuke wanted to keep this 90’s euro sound since that’s his shtick since his day after tomorrow days but they definitely were falling behind all of the current Electronic stuff. URBAN DANCE is great though and I felt like that song alone was better than this entire album to be quite honest. Now it’s just listening to that best album (sooo many….)


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