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LIL – Synchronize July 8, 2014

Filed under: LIL — solarblade @ 7:24 am

synchronize

Track Listing

  1. SURF MIND
  2. Watching you feat. WISE
  3. Girl in the mirror
  4. METRO-L feat. Tamaki ROY
  5. Carnival
  6. Just a Way
  7. my favorite song
  8. S.Y.N.C.
  9. BLACK WALL feat. MIYAVI
  10. Beach!!!
  11. What time is it now?
  12. Teen’s wave
  13. Get Over
  14. DANCE on The FLOOR (KOZM(R) REMIX)
  15. Watching you feat. WISE (DEXPISTOLS Remix)

1. SURF MIND

LIL’s album opens with SURF MIND and it does a little had something sounding like waves at first but then moved away to this kind of funky, electronic feel which is pretty wild.  ucio adds a lot of attitude to the song which is nice, but there’s something off about this song, like it’s a remix that doesn’t work with its original sound.  I suppose it’s a good start to the album, but nothing I’m totally all over for.

2. Watching you feat. WISE

As the only single released for the album, Watching you was an odd choice to promote because I was not a fan of WISE in this tune.  Luckily TSUGE saved the song with such a pretty cool arrangement that almost brings more pop style to the track.  ucio did a good job with singing along though I wasn’t a big fan of the warbling auto-tune effects.  Meh, it’s alright, but nothing fully special.

3. Girl in the mirror

Moving onto all the new tracks, Girl in the mirror brings on the synthpop and this actually caught my attention more than the first two tracks did luckily.  I’m sucker for the chords from the synths and ucio actually sings with less auto-tune which is a GREAT thing.  I felt like this had a really cool dance feel and the arrangement is just winning me all over.  Now THIS is what should’ve begun the album and not “SURF MIND”.  Awesome song!

4. METRO-L feat. Tamaki ROY

Another collaborative effort with someone I’m not fond of?  METRO-L starts off mysteriously with ucio ad-libbing her lines out before the pulsing beats take over and it comes off almost trance-like which is a surprise.  Funny enough, ROY’s rapping sections don’t detract from the energetic arrangement it actually helped it!  Even when ucio does fully come in, the song just doesn’t let up!  It’s a definite party jam and one of the cooler ones!

5. Carnival

Luckily the title did not literally mean much.  I was expecting some freaky clown music but not some funky and dance/pop with this track.  We’re back to more auto-tuned ucio but it kind of works here with the groovy guitar riffs and TSUGE’s arrangement.  I liked it, safer than a lot of other songs on the album, but it’s an interesting tune that does some tricks.  Fun tune!

6. Just a Way

When ucio opens our next track, I thought it was gonna be a straight up pop song from the duo but that idea is quickly blown away when the arrangement switches to this futuristic tune…I’m not sure where it lands genre-wise but it’s definitely unique.  It does feel like ucio is shouting the song, but I suppose it’s alright.  Odd song, but definitely LIL.

7. my favorite song

As the album’s shortest tune, I was curious to what is this all about and having such a title.  I found myself lulzing with the squeaky synth arrangement.  It does seem like it’s an interlude on the album focusing on TSUGE’s style with ucio only saying the title at various points.  It’s an interesting interlude, but could be annoying sometimes (if I’m not having a good day).

8. S.Y.N.C.

Our next track brings us back into full tunes and I like the sound of the opening.  Actually this is the first track where I felt like LIL were making this an easy to swallow track.  It’s straightforward and ucio is handling it well and it’s nice because we get to hear her hit some higher notes too.  It’s not one of my favorites, but it’s not a terrible track at least.

9. BLACK WALL feat. MIYAVI

I never expected MIYAVI to collaborate with LIL at all.  BLACK WALL does have a mixture of synths with guitar riffs from our collaborator.  The grittier setting does make this tune stick out a lot which is pretty neat and gave ucio more ability to just ooze personality here.  I kind of thought we’d hear a little from MIYAVI too, but eh.  It is a little wild and messy in places, but I like how edgy this song is…pretty cool!

10. Beach!!!

After that song we lighten up the atmosphere with once again, something more poppy from the group.  Well, at least lighter than “BLACK WALL”.  It’s just as quick and slightly messy in the arrangement, but there’s something about it that works?  I don’t know but it’s something else lol.  ucio though is the winner here as she once again MAKES the track work.  Overall good!

11. What time is it now?

There’s something strange with our next time but I can’t put my thumb on it quite yet.  The synths are a bit more gritty to listen to, but the tune gets more energetic but I don’t know why but ucio’s performance felt lacking but then again the arrangement was kind of going in different places.  I just can’t get myself into this tune.

12. Teen’s wave

I love the ethereal sounds that open up Teen’s wave and honestly once the beat kicks in, it feels like an 80’s New Wave mixed in with electro.  Honestly it could’ve been set between disco and new wave and I would’ve just sold my soul for it.  It’s just a fun track to just bounce to and sounds wonderful to my ears😀

13. Get Over

Hearing minor chords opening with Get Over sent me some odd signals but once the song actually moves on, the song turns into another cool/upbeat track.  ucio once again shines alongside TSUGE’s arrangement of course.  Amongst the other songs it does die off for me but it’s non-offensive and the more flowing parts are just great!  Still hmmm…

14. DANCE on The FLOOR (KOZM(R) REMIX)

Even though “Get Over” ended the main tracklist, we get two remixes for the end.  First is of a song that was from their first album, “LIPS IN LUSH”.  Being a 7 minute club remix, DANCE on The FLOOR really uses repetition gets by which is a pretty lame thing to do.  It’s just really long and hard to pay attention to such a remix sadly.

15. Watching you feat. WISE (DEXPISTOLS Remix)

I recognize both remixers at the least so seeing DEXPISTOLS, I was a little worried since I wasn’t a big fan of the remixes.  Adding on with my rather low interest in the original I was wondering how it can be remixed. I do love the string bass and funny enough worked around WISE’s raps.  It’s an interesting remix and honestly worked better but ucio’s pronunciations stick out like a sore thumb…it bothers me xD

Tracks Recommended

  • Girl in the mirror
  • Carnival
  • Teen’s wave
  • METRO-L feat. Tamaki ROY
  • BLACK WALL feat. MIYAVI

Song of Avoidance

  • What time is it now?

Yeah I know I’m reviewing this after I did their debut and 3rd album, “L2”.  Coming back to their sophomore album, I was surprised that the duo went more mainstream for this album.  Something about Synchronize did feel off though and it could’ve been the more mainstream synthpop feel here.  TSUGE’s arrangements are solid but sometimes they don’t quite work especially with how unique ucio’s voice can be.  Though they did have some gems on here and working with other artists actually worked…hmmm…

 

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