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MEG – CONTINUE February 2, 2014

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Track Listing

  1. prologue
  2. Tabidachi no Uta
  3. SAVE
  4. Hanaretai no wa…
  5. WE LIVE, WE LOVE
  6. Kimi ga Tame
  7. Uchuu no MON DIEU
  8. KISS OR BITE (album ver.)
  9. Kurumiwari
  10. clair de lune
  11. A BATTLE OF PARADOX
  12. CONTINUE

1. prologue

Opening the album we get a bit of an introduction with the prologue.  It sounds so dreary and evil that I couldn’t help but perk my ears in interest.  After a little, strings enter the fray with some synths backing up and I was like…MEG being all Final Fantasy on us or something?  I’m actually surprised it wasn’t made into a full song because it sounds like it’s going to be a grand album…maybe…

2. Tabidachi no Uta

Typically, artists with songs titled as such means it’s going to be slightly boring (the song title meaning “Song of Departure”).  Not surprising that the song is a ballad with MEG and piano.  It does follow very well after the “prologue” in where it has this kind of RPG-ish tone to it.  MEG’s vocals are also not bothering me as much as some other songs she’s done which is surprising.  This was actually quite pleasant!

3. SAVE

Being part of the two singles she released simultaneously, SAVE comes with and after “Tabidachi no Uta” this was a bit of a stretch to make this song as it’s quicker-paced and the style is also different focusing more on a fusion of pop/rock and chiptune which makes it a bit different.  After the single release, I’ve started to enjoy it a lot more and has a nice groove and the strings in the song make sense since in a weird way continues this style MEG is trying to put out.  Not bad actually.

4. Hanaretai no wa…

Oh MEG, that intro was a bit odd.  In recent times, MEG has been tapping into some unique styles for music and Hanaretai no wa… seems to be another one that goes into that category.  I enjoy the laidback tone of the song and the synths are simply something to die for.  Groovy song we have and definitely is an early favorite on the album!

5. WE LIVE, WE LOVE

When I get into WE LIVE, WE LOVE, I get this strange 80’s new-wave sort of feel mixed in with some more of that RPG-ish tone and I felt myself being pulled into the music moreso than MEG’s singing.  I think this song kind of represents MEG’s more cute side to her music and if it was just relegated to this, I’d be just fine with this for sure!

6. Kimi ga Tame

Man, why is MEG just hitting the right notes?  Kimi ga Tame switches up from the synths and turned to some rock for Kimi ga Tame and I’m in total love with it!  Her voice does get covered up by the guitars (as they’re furious and definitely the focus).  I will also admit that MEG’s voice isn’t entirely all that strong on their own here but you can tell she’s trying and I’m loving the energy that the song is just throwing out there.  Definitely another awesome track!

7. Uchuu no MON DIEU

I thought there was some kind of theme (with the whole video game shtick).  Uchuu no MON DIEU though seems so oddball on this album.  Opening with pipe organ, harpischord, and a choir that moves into something Elton John would be impressed with and then slows down to MEG actually SINGING and not in her usual style as well….is this even legit?!?  Though once the song opens up more we’re back to MEG sounding like herself lol.  The song itself is bright and full of life, but sometimes I feel it was a bit messy and the back-up vocalists seem so hokey!

8. KISS OR BITE (album ver.)

Wait the other A-side get an album version and “SAVE” doesn’t? *shrugs*  The difference between the two are might quite quickly as it has a different intro.  This time a lightning crash opens alongside some synths and a man’s voice.  The song also got some arrangement touch-ups adding some more gritty guitar riffs and synths to make it more electro/rock and edgier.  It’s quite a buff over the original and I did enjoy that song so it was a good touch-up in the end.

9. Kurumiwari

Ooooh, plucked strings!  Kurumiwari sounds like a song that was made for Halloween with its spooky arrangement and it adds a sense of creepiness because of MEG’s cutesy vocals (though some of the layering on those high notes are bad).  Don’t think it’s over though because halfway through the song, it changes into this almost carnival-setting before settling back in its spooky tone…did Tomoko Kawase produce this? xD.  Strange song though, but I definitely can see myself enjoying this with more listens!

10. clair de lune

Wow, MEG is just making this album all over the place xD.  clair de lune opens with some dissonant chords from the pipe organ which follows through after “Kurumiwari’s” more odd style.  Adding some orchestral stuff, MEG comes in to sing alongside the pipe organ and it sounds really unique and yet something cool.  I actually would prefer this over “Kurumiwari” since it doesn’t have that random carnivale section in it😛

11. A BATTLE OF PARADOX

Of all the song titles this album had, I was most curious with this one because it just sounds like it’d be a different kind of song for MEG.  I mean strings, brass, and guitars just sounds so good together and MEG really has this nice raspy tone to her voice that just suited the darker sound A BATTLE OF PARADOX.  Though the bridge was trying to set up something big, I was kind of disappointed with the chorus lol.  Later on, we get some gritty dubstep synths thrown in and they kind of threw me off for a loop.  It’s a song you would have to get used to, but I think it’s definitely a grower in that respect.

12. CONTINUE

The album ends with the title track and I was kind of confused because it sounded like a 5 year old was just randomly playing notes on some Casio xD.  Though more synths joined and MEG’s melody actually made it come togther quite nicely.  Even though there’s no supreme big chorus, the song builds on itself and the addition of the strings and brass just made the song seem like the PERFECT ending to this album and I was just left in awe at the end of it all especially since it slowly dies off until all that’s left is piano…what a great way to end it.

Tracks Recommended

  • Kimi ga Tame
  • Hanaretai no wa…
  • CONTINUE
  • clair de lune
  • KISS OR BITE (album ver.)

Song of Avoidance

  • Uchuu no MON DIEU

Wow!  After “WEAR I AM”, I kind of was gaining my interest back as she moved on from Nakata to bigger and better things.  CONTINUE solidified my love for MEG again.  I almost found this to be her best album period as it had such a refreshing sound when compared to her last albums and she sounded good and not waily.  The only thing that bothered me was in fact Uchuu no MON DIEU…it felt so hokey and tacked on and didn’t really fit the album.  Otherwise, this album ranks up there with “STEP” as her best yet! *RECOMMENDED*

 

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