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day after tomorrow – day alone July 8, 2014

Filed under: day after tomorrow — solarblade @ 5:51 am

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Track Listing

  1. Kimi to Aeta Kiseki
  2. God bless me!
  3. Setsunasa wo Kono Mune no Naka ni
  4. Nanatsu Hoshi wo Kazoetara
  5. lost angel
  6. Where so ever
  7. Honestly
  8. Tsuishin
  9. Yuri no Hana
  10. Meisou
  11. Soshite Boku ni Dekiru Koto
  12. more than a million miles

1. Kimi to Aeta Kiseki

What a great way to begin this album off.  As the 2nd A-side released, Kimi to Aeta Kiseki was and still is a classic from day after tomorrow for me.  This song basically took what made them great and just made it a really cool track.  I really enjoyed misono’s performance in this song and this is kind of before she decided that wailing was the best thing to do.  Kimi to Aeta Kiseki, great song and one of my all-time favorite dat songs!

2. God bless me!

As the first new track, God bless me! starts off really strong with a guitar-based arrangement that sounds like it would’ve been amazing to hear live.  It’s nice to see Daisuke to lay off a bit and let misono and Masato take a more profound role.  That being said, it does feel like it could’ve used bass to fill in the spaces the song has.  Overall, it’s a nice track, but the previous track stumps it heavily!

3. Setsunasa wo Kono Mune no Naka ni

As one of the B-sides from “Kimi to Aeta Kiseki” I’ve always thought Setsunasa wo Kono Mune no Naka ni was a rather boring song from the group despite being a mid-tempo ballad.  misono tried her best to make the song a bit more exciting, but the arrangement was just dragging most of the time…just wasn’t that great.

4. Nanatsu Hoshi wo Kazoetara

Moving on, we have our next brand new song and it’s different after the last two tracks by taking a more frantic sound.  There’s something about it that makes it so unique and the percussion seems to be more in the front than the rest of the arrangement.  It’s an odd song that’s for sure and I don’t know how long I’ll take it because there’s not a lot of levels to it…but it’s different.

5. lost angel

Then we get into the first A-side released with lost angel and I remember thinking it was beautiful before Misato strikes the guitar chords and then the tune instantly started to feel boggled and dragged almost everywhere else.  I wish I could like it more, but when the later A-sides basically bomb this…it’s not quite good.  As a ballad, I enjoyed it more than “Setsunasa wo Kono Mune no Naka ni”.  Actually, it’s rather not all that bad, but still day after tomorrow’s strong suits aren’t ballads.

6. Where so ever

I was surprised the guys in the trio actually sung in this track for a little bit…I wasn’t expecting such a thing.  I honestly loved hearing misono singing in a deeper tone.  She sounded really strong and the song was also a pretty awesome affair.  Almost sounding similar to the other songs I love on this album ironically.  Might not be an exploding track, but the more serious tone really worked here.  Probably my favorite of the new songs!

7. Honestly

I don’t know why, but dat just can’t pull off ballad for some reason.  Honestly is a simple one with acoustic guitar and piano for a good portion of it.  It’s also strange to hear misono actually try to sing pleasantly in a ballad (because she kills nearly every ballad she’s done as a solo artist).  I was surprised Daisuke was really nowhere to be found and I actually thought it made the song better😄.  Though making the song fade out?  Ballads should NEVER use fade out >.>.  Still, not bad!

8. Tsuishin

Moving to the other B-side from “Kimi to Aeta Kiseki”, Tsuishin did remind me of previous song they’ve done in the last album so I was less than impressed with this song.  Coming to it now on this album, Tsuishin tries to be like the top-hitters, but honestly doesn’t come close.  I can never remember its chorus and there’s not a lot of things that stick out besides Masato’s guitar licks.

9. Yuri no Hana

As the 3rd and final single the trio released together, Yuri no Hana is a bit like “Tsuishin” of course but I actually felt it was more on the level of “Kimi to Aeta Kiseki” because of the similarities and strong vocals from misono.  It moved smoothly and those lines before going into the musical breaks was clever!  Add on a pretty nice guitar solo from Misato and you have this song.  I really enjoyed it!

10. Meisou

Then we get to the final new track and Meisou starts off like “lost angel” with the pretty intro and verses.  misono is also singing again in a deeper tone which is also a welcome always.  Unfortunately, it never really picks up for me and the chorus drags like crazy.  I do like the oriental strings though, that was cute to include but otherwise I just didn’t find this memorable.

11. Soshite Boku ni Dekiru Koto

I wasn’t surprised that the last two tracks of the album would’ve made it because both had pretty big tie-ins.  The first should be memorable for most games as it was the theme for Tales of Symphonia!  This song is a classic for them too, it’s such a unique song but so very day after tomorrow!  I really enjoyed the anison feel, with Daisuke’s synths and Misato’s riffs.  Might not be the most energetic, but it was just epic!

12. more than a million miles

Ending the album was the tie-in to The Day After Tomorrow (y’know the Jake Gyllenhaal movie).  Funny how that worked for the group huh?  Being the album’s longest track at 6 minutes, more than a million miles seems to really not fit the album because it took a more serious tone and the arrangement doesn’t seem as dat-centric as you’d expect.  Though it quite worked as the final song of the album (especially considering what happens after this album).  It’s a pretty dramatic ballad and misono handled it very well…great closing!

Tracks Recommended

  • Kimi to Aeta Kiseki
  • Soshite Boku ni Dekiru Koto
  • Yuri no Hana
  • Where so ever
  • more than a million miles

Song of Avoidance

  • Setsunasa wo Kono Mune no Naka ni

I honestly believed that day alone is the best album the group was released, so how disappointed I was to learn that the trio would split up in 2005 and go their seperate ways.  Well, a year later we’d see misono reappear as a solo artist and Daisuke Suzuki would return in 2008 with a new trio, GIRL NEXT DOOR.  I feel like day after tomorrow was such a unique group with a lot to offer, but missed it by disbanding.  day alone showed a LOT of potential for what they could’ve done had they pushed on but eh.  Still, a worthy album!  Oh yeah, dat did release 3 best-ofs afterwards (2/3 are so obsolete to get though >.>).

 

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