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Fairies – Fairies April 1, 2014

Filed under: Fairies — solarblade @ 8:53 am

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Track Listing

  1. Hikari no Hate ni
  2. White Angel
  3. More Kiss
  4. Song for You
  5. Beat Generation
  6. No More Distance
  7. HERO
  8. Sparkle
  9. Tweet Dream
  10. Sweet Jewel
  11. Run With U
  12. Poker Face feat. MOMOKA

1. Hikari no Hate ni

I’m a little disappointed that the group kicked the album with what could probably my least favorite A-side the group released.  Before then, we already had the idea the group were going to be a cool idol group with their A-sides.  Then their 6th A-side release and honestly this sounded uncharacteristic of them by opting for more a cuter anison sound for Hikari no Hate ni.  There wasn’t even a sense of there being any solos either so I just kind of forgot this song, though it is known as the single that came after Kawane’s departure from the group.

2. White Angel

Which is a stark contrast to our next track which was the A-side released before “Hikari no Hate ni”.  Even more that this song is my favorite from the album…yeah what a stretch right?  It’s such a straight up dance track and the energy was pretty cool with all the girls contributing lines (once again, no solo lines).  Still, the song was just pretty epic and brought back into enjoying the group’s music.

3. More Kiss

Then we move ALL the way back to their debut single.  When Fairies formed, I thought it was cool that avex was getting back to idols, though their first song, More Kiss was not the idea I had when I was getting into them like I did with TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE.  I mean Momoka had the entire song to herself while the group were just dancing behind her.  Thank god they left that behind for the most part, but this song is kind of forgettable and plain compared to their later releases.

4. Song for You

Then came the other A-side from the single and I was kind of more interested in this one simply because the other members were stepping to the light unlike in “More Kiss”.  It does also suffer from a tired arrangement, but at least it tries to give a more punk sound but threw in some piano and synths as well.  It’s slightly grown on me since I first reviewed it at least!

5. Beat Generation

Skipping to the 3rd single they released, I actually started reviewing them when this single came out and I totally didn’t know they had released a second single before it.  I really liked this song as it has the girls throwing a little more effort to their music and the attitude of the song just screamed cool.  It was bombastic and showed a lot of potential from the group.

6. No More Distance

The other A-side from their 3rd single was a bit more chiller and took a more R&B tinged groove.  The ladies did try to harmonize a lot more within this song and mostly they were doing fine but sometimes it did go flat.  For being a ballad on the album (the only one really), No More Distance isn’t bad, but didn’t totally fit on the album IMO.

7. HERO

Going back to the leading A-side from their second single, I was surprised that I had missed out on it because it’s another song that showed some attitude (more than “Beat Generation” to be quite honest).  It’s got a fun beat and the group just had a lot of fun with this track.  Compared to the other cool songs, it’s one of those songs that is just fun to clap along with.  Surprising song and still enjoy it today!

8. Sparkle

I was surprised that we didn’t just seque into “Sweet Jewel” after the previous track but instead move into the second A-side from their 4th single.  With that single, I was really upset that the group went into the direction they did with both this and “Tweet Dream”.  What I mean is that, well this one is layered heavily with auto-tune alongside a dance beat and the layering sounds so amateur and the group isn’t one for strong vocals so it was pretty bad to listen to.  The arrangement is cool, but the vocals were just mediocre (was their two girls singing together during the song?).

9. Tweet Dream

It follows into the primary A-side with the same issues as “Sparkle” had.  Though this song was kind of that idol dance track while the previous track was more mature.  I don’t know but the auto-tune here was even more annoying here and the arrangement wasn’t helping the song any.  Yeah, I just loathe this song a lot!

10. Sweet Jewel

Returning to their 2nd single for their secondary A-side, Sweet Jewel is kind of like “Hikari no Hate ni” meaning that has that poppy idol sound.  The only difference is that the latter has a bit more in its arrangement while Sweet Jewel kind of just sounds cute and happy.  I couldn’t decide back then, but nowadays…it’s meh…not what I come to Fairies for to be honest.

11. Run With U

Finally, we get to their 7th single and final one released for the album and I loved it.  After the generic mess from “Hikari no Hate ni”, I was ready for cool Fairies to come back and while this isn’t as edgy as “HERO” or “White Angel” it’s quite progressive and very catchy of a song with cool verses and a fun chorus.  I was definitely pleased even though the limelight was once again mostly on Momoka >.>

12. Poker Face feat. MOMOKA

Wait…only ONE new song on this album?!?  How disappointing!  Even moreso that it’s a solo track from Momoka which just doesn’t do much for me appreciating the group.  For being the only new track, at least it has a cooler sound and nothing like the cuter stuff we heard from the group.  It’s a cool track, though the sudden triplets at the end of the chorus definitely were out of left field.  Overall, cool song, but I think we could’ve added the other 5 girls here.

Tracks Recommended

  • White Angel
  • Run With U
  • Beat Generation
  • HERO
  • Poker Face feat. MOMOKA

Song of Avoidance

  • Tweet Dream

For a group that has been working for their debut album for 3 damn years, Fairies really got the short end of the stick here!  For the amount of A-sides we got and only ONE new track for just ONE members, I feel like avex wasn’t caring too much for the group.  I mean where’s the focus on the other members, it feels like I don’t know who they are except Momoka (except Sora…she’s stands out because of her short hair).  Their self-titled debut album was pretty disappointing but at least those songs are there…though I probably would’ve had “Wild Baby” over “Poker Face” and just let Momoka debut solo to be honest.

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