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supercell – ZIGAEXPERIENTIA July 18, 2014

Filed under: supercell — solarblade @ 11:04 am

zigaexperientia

Track Listing

  1. Journey’s End
  2. No.525300887039
  3. Mr. Downer
  4. My Dearest (Album Mix)
  5. Juuzoku Ningen
  6. White Seiyaku
  7. Hakushu Kassai Uta Awase
  8. Yeah Oh Ahhh Oh!
  9. Hyakkaime no Kiss
  10. Giniro Hikousen
  11. The Bravery (Album Mix)
  12. Bokura no Ashiato (Album Mix)
  13. Kokuhaku (Album Mix)
  14. Jikan Ressha
  15. We’re Still Here

1. Journey’s End

Opening supercell’s 3rd album is a quick intro to the album titled Journey’s End.  It starts out very static-y and with Koeda singing acapella.  It sounds rather nice but if you wear headphones, she does play between the left and right side a bit.  Though quickly after a piano/strings melody kicks in and Koeda returns to sing again and well…her voice is a lil scratchy.  It’s a short introduction though.  Still, it’s rather going to show where this album is going to sound…sort of.

2. No.525300887039

I wonder what’s the importance of the number here but we have our first full track with No.525300887039.  With a dark and unsettling intro, this song definitely wasn’t something I was expecting to come after “Journey’s End”.  Koeda slyly joins in the song and she sounds really cool and then she wigs out and sounded surprisingly good.  Then the guitars come in with the bass and it just turns into this cool rock track.  Though sadly, as the song moves along, her voice gets all catty and nasal, but for some reason retains her vibrato which is impressive…but distracting.  It’s cool for a rock song but Koeda slightly overdoes it.  Oh yeah, it was also the promotional song…interesting choice.

3. Mr. Downer

Surprisingly out next track also is another hard-hitting rock track which is a nice to hear that ryo would continue.  Add on some dramatically played strings and some interesting choices throughout.  Koeda though sounds a bit better than she did in our previous track, but still has some nasally parts through the chorus.  I actually did prefer this song overall as it just sounds powerful and dark.  It’s just a pretty awesome song and that’s hard to say huh?

4. My Dearest (Album Mix)

So I was surprised with the A-sides for the album especially since 4 out of the 6 A-sides on the album were tagged with album mixes.  The first was actually the debut from Koeda.  At first I wasn’t sure what was changed between the two versions, but I think this version feels more muffled and echoed out which didn’t work on me.  I don’t even think Koeda resung this either which is pretty awkward.  I actually prefer the single cut because it sounds a LOT cleaner than what we’ve got it.

5. Juuzoku Ningen

Back to new songs, Juuzoku Ningen once again returns us to some rock and Koeda is utilizing some whispering for the song.  I actually am impressed by how swift she’s singing this song (especially these verses)…damn Koeda!  Her voice was up in the cutesy side of things.  This is another case where she ends up going nasal, but she also does this uncanny yell which made me wince a bit…qorl can you not?!?  If she didn’t do these things, this song would’ve been REALLY impressing me.

6. White Seiyaku

After the wild patch of our previous tune, we enter another fray of edgy arrangements with White Seiyaku.  It doesn’t have the shreiking that we had and Koeda does sound energetic which is good to have.  It’s fast-paced and just hits all the good spots.  I was wondering where ryo is coming up with these arrangements.  She does have another yell in this song, but it didn’t seem to make me wince as hard as she did in “Juuzoku Ningen”.

7. Hakushu Kassai Uta Awase

I am so happy that they didn’t mess with the 5th single’s leading track for the album.  It sounded so badass and Koeda gave a really good performance.  I do like that it is a light up after the last couple songs so we get to hear some better vocalization here.  Koeda didn’t even seem like she was trying to sound catty which is freaky because I didn’t hear anything of that sort (though I wonder if Chelly was the lead of the track).  I don’t know, but this clearly does not sound like Koeda of any of the tracks before this so it could throw listeners off at how clean this voice is.  If it is Koeda…sing like this more please because it is NOT working otherwise.

8. Yeah Oh Ahhh Oh!

More new tracks, Yeah Oh Ahhh Oh! seems to take a more punk status and we’re back to nasal Koeda who’s just wailing her way through this song.  The addition of the background vocalists is neat and add some spice, I just couldn’t really deal with Koeda.  I mean in a way, she does have some parts where her yips sound awesome but singing was kind of mediocre.

9. Hyakkaime no Kiss

At least things tone down a little for our next track Hyakkaime no Kiss and thank god because I was starting to get tired of Koeda’s whiny vocals.  This song does bring her back to a whispery tone ala “No.525300887039”.  She doesn’t sound bad which is good here and the song’s lowkey feel is a refreshing move.  It’s definitely one of the better songs from the album!  Quite Western sounding huh.

10. Giniro Hikousen

We move onto a string of A-sides starting with the other A-side that wasn’t touched on the album, Giniro Hikousen.  Sadly, it wasn’t a very impressive song when I reviewed the single.  I mean a 7 minute ballad with screechy vocals aren’t something I would enjoy nor return back to so it hasn’t changed one bit doesn’t do anything help.  So basically, I still don’t like it.

11. The Bravery (Album Mix)

So the other A-sides have album mixes as you can see, but I wonder how they turned out but after “My Dearest” I had my worries.  Like the previously mentioned tune, The Bravery had little changes with it’s sound quality for the most part so it sounds a little more fluffy.  This was around where I thought ryo had figured out how to work with Koeda’s unique vocals.  I enjoyed this song originally and the changes were minute enough to not sway a different opinion between versions.  Great song still!

12. Bokura no Ashiato (Album Mix)

So in the other 7 minute A-side, Bokura no Ashiato’s changes is mostly that the electric guitar has more prominance over the acoustic which in the long run didn’t matter to me since the rest of the song was just the same thing.  It also sounds like Koeda’s vocals are less shrilly but I think it’s only because of the fluffyness of the song now.  Meh, though with this song.

13. Kokuhaku (Album Mix)

This album mix actually took out the synths from the original and once again fluffed the sound out with more echoes and such.  I am very uninterested at how these album mixes turned out.  Of the A-sides brought back, this one sort of grew on me but it’s still on the lower end of the spectrum.  It’s just middle of the road kind of song which is neither good or bad, just there.

14. Jikan Ressha

As we near the end of the album we get our last two new tracks.  Jikan Ressha is luckily a song that’s not heavy on rock and seems to focus on the anison side of supercell.  Koeda’s vocals have that cutesy tone once again which is OK, nothing great though.  I do like its adventurous sound of course, but hmm…this is something that nagi would’ve loved to have sung…hmmm

15. We’re Still Here

Finally, the album’s finale!  Of course it’s not a surprise to me it’d be a ballad to close the album out.  It sounds like a pretty simple track with piano playing behind Koeda.  Though that is all that’s in this track and being 5 minutes it’s just a tad long a lot of boring moments.  I wish I could say something more about this BUUUUT…it’s just meh and forgetful, “Jikan Ressha” makes a better ending to this album.

Tracks Recommended

  • Hakushu Kassai Uta Awase
  • The Bravery (Album Mix)
  • Hyakkaime no Kiss
  • Mr. Downer

Song of Avoidance

  • Giniro Hikousen

I was so happy to see this era end.  supercell’s 3rd album really threw me for a loop.  Besides the cool name, ZIGAEXPERIENTIA marks an unfortunate closing to an era.  I was so saddened to see nagi leave, but on the other hand she’s become an amazing soloist after her departure.  After reading that Koeda and Chelly won the auditions, supercell ended up with the more risky vocalist in the former while Chelly became the front of ryo’s other unit, EGOIST.  Sadly, I do not care for Koeda…I will say being a vocalist at 15 is pretty damn cool, she doesn’t have the vocal chops down when compared to both nagi and Chelly.  Also…it’s a REALLY odd thing to have my favorite track there since it didn’t even sound like Koeda at all…I wonder if anyone knows if Koeda actually sung this because it was vocally awesome….I hope ryo has a new audition for a new singer for this 4th era.

 

mihimaru GT – mihimaland

Filed under: mihimaru GT — solarblade @ 8:01 am

mihimaland

Track Listing

  1. Theme of mihimaLIVE 5
  2. Hey! Hey! Hey! ~Mirai Goudatsu Sakusen~ feat. ROLLY
  3. Promise
  4. Harukaze
  5. Mattaku Kioku ni Gozaimasen. ~Shan Ran Ran♪~
  6. Gift
  7. Banzai Sanshou!!! ~DJ NON Remix~ (bonus track)

1. Theme of mihimaLIVE 5

mihimaru GT opens up their “album” with their opening (which is somewhat of a staple to their albums).  It was pretty weird getting into this intro because with the opening lyrics it was very Lion King-esque lol!  It’s definitely unique for mihimaru and the boom-clap sound is very cool and different.  Of course the second half brings miyake and Hiroko rapping and the latter ad-libbing as well.  Pretty cool overall!

2. Hey! Hey! Hey! ~Mirai Goudatsu Sakusen~ feat. ROLLY

Our first full track begins with Hiroko and miyake spelling the name out the group’s name xD.  It’s supposed to be a more fun song with a lot of twists and turns and I kind of grooving along with it.  It’s pretty fun and random and some of the rapping is wacky fun.  If you were wondering, ROLLY is actually the guitarist of the song so take notice.  Overall it’s a cool song and I hope the rest of the album at least tries to follow suit.

3. Promise

So this was released as a digital single a week before this was released so this acts also as the promotional song for mihimaland.  Unfortunately, it’s a mid-tempo track but closer to a ballad which isn’t mihimaru’s strong suit.  It’s not a bad track and the song doesn’t bore me to death like other mihimaru songs…That said, miyake once again makes things awkward with his rapping (kind of wish he would just not appear or do little things).  Overall not bad, but it has its issues.

4. Harukaze

Well, we have an actual ballad coming after “Promise” and well it’s more of a R&B ballad.  So as a softer song, Hiroko sounds good here and she fits the atmosphere quite nicely.  The dramatics are pleasant and the piano/strings sound beautiful.  Also my complaint with the last track is actually missing here.  There’s no miyake to be found which is a blessing XD.  Pretty song overall and I prefer it over the last track.

5. Mattaku Kioku ni Gozaimasen. ~Shan Ran Ran♪~

Getting back into some upbeat tracks, we get Mattaku Kioku ni Gozaimasen. and I’m loving the kind of dance/8bit/R&B/oriental mix…it’s just so original sounding plus miyake sounds fitting.  It’s a fun song to listen to and both members have a lot of energy.  It’s kind of like “Switch” with it’s dance/pop style and honestly, it’s a good thing to hear.  I consider it to be the best track of the mini.

6. Gift

Though the previous track hid that Gift was ANOTHER ballad here.  Honestly, I am surprised we got three slow songs on here.  Gift is even slower than “Harukaze” and feature your typical balald stylings.  It’s so very simplistic of a song and like the previously mentioned track, there’s no miyake present.  This pretty much bored me from the intro to the end…and it’s a lengthy song while we’re at it.  Pass…

7. Banzai Sanshou!!! ~DJ NON Remix~

Funny enough we got one older song to be remixed.  I was surprised none of the previous three singles made the album’s cut (although with the huge amount of best-ofs they’ve released…>.>).  We get a remix of the 2nd of the singles released and honestly I totally forgot how the original went!  The remix is quite nice and has a lot of interesting moments, but there’s a lot of repetition to deal with as well.  Though the actual lyrics and the beat round them is cool as hell!  Interesting remix and strange that it was a bonus track…hm.

 

 

Yeah, this is definitely a mini-album for what it’s worth.  I mean 5 main tracks, an intro, and a bonus track doesn’t in my eyes constitutes this as an album.  mihimaland was OK, nothing that’ll fully stand time cept maybe Mattaku Kioku ni Gozaimasen.  I will say coming on the fact that the duo are going on an indefinite hiatus at the end of 2013 to focus back on solo works…this was kind of meh and just fell down as a release.

 

panache! – Reincarnation

Filed under: panache! — solarblade @ 5:44 am

reincarnation

Track Listing

  1. infinity spiral
  2. Kirameki Miraizu
  3. Prism
  4. Reincarnation
  5. Unison
  6. Spring Love
  7. Happy Synthesizer (Clean Tears Remix)
  8. Sky Believe
  9. your
  10. Colorful Tart
  11. Precious Memories
  12. Sky Believe (CT psychedelia Remix) (Regular only)
  13. Kirameki Miraizu (CT Glitch Lounge Remix) (Regular only)

1. infinity spiral

So panache! opens their album with a short introduction with infinity spiral and OMG this would’ve made a great full song because the song is pretty electro and has a great sense of momentum.  It’s a bit sudden of an ending, but this track is pretty exciting though would’ve loved this with lyrical content.

2. Kirameki Miraizu

Of course it moves into the trio’s debut single.  I still am not the biggest fan of this song because it sounds amateurish with the amount of auto-tune that’s present.  There’s just this disconnect I have with this song and it’s just one that I always seem to pass over because it’s just icky to listen to.

3. Prism

Going into some new tracks, I was surprised to hear Prism have a more idol-pop groove to it compared to “Kirameki Miraizu” though I have to question the singers because they are way pitchy…especially the chorus where those notes are super high!  I do enjoy the arrangement as it’s less synthetic and awkward.  So this was a pretty neat song and much better than their debut.

4. Reincarnation

Moving onto our title track, Reincarnation actually sounds like what the album cover was showing off which is pretty cool.  I am happy that the trio toned down their voices a bit, but they do seem like their voices are still slighlty auto-tuned.  It’s pretty different and the light oriental feel adds a nice layer of originality too.  It is a bit slower than the previous songs, but it sounds pretty good otherwise!

5. Unison

The next song up is actually the B-side from “Sky Believe”.  Like I said on the single review, Unison was a strange song to hear, but it actually works coming after “Reincarnation”.  The whole idol/R&B mixed with their synth style just felt good and add even more that the ladies together sound REALLY good in this track left a good mark on me.  It’s definitely one of the better songs from the album.

6. Spring Love

Spring Love sounds oddly refreshing from the start with the sparkly synths and happy atmosphere.  The group of course returns to their heavy amount of auto-tune on their voices and like “Kirameki Miraizu” it sounds a bit harsh to my ears and the chorus is just a bit messy.  Actually the way I feel is VERY similar to how I feel about the aforementioned track…

7. Happy Synthesizer (Clean Tears Remix)

Then we get into the cover song which was a VOCALOID cover from their “Kirameki Miraizu” single.  Now there’s not much to say here because it’s a repeated offense with the overload on auto-tune.  The only thing that made it stand out was the nice addition of piano…BUT…now it doesn’t even matter.  It’s just a meh song overall!

8. Sky Believe

Then we move into their 2nd A-side but it’s just a really interesting segue into it since this song was such an upgrade over their debut single.  The arrangement reminds me of “infinity spiral” with being more beat progressive and easier to enjoy.  The vocals are OK, but nothing too special, but it worked for this track at least.  Not bad!

9. your

Now the rest of the album is new songs which is fortunate!  Actually I would go and say this is the album’s best song!  The arrangement is engaging and has a pretty cool 80’s sound.  Add on that the trio is singing in a deeper tone for most of the song is also welcomed at this point!  Plus this was showing the group can really put out amazing songs.  Best of the album!

10. Colorful Tart

For such a title, I was expecting a super sugary song and Colorful Tart started off that way with squeaky vocals.  Though they don’t seem as bloody annoying like they are in other songs on the album.  It’s pretty sugary though so it’s a hard song to get through, but honestly I didn’t have as many problems here so it’s kind of the middle of the ground.

11. Precious Memories

Most editions of the album ends off with Precious Memories.  Unsurprisingly, the track is a ballad so they chose to end off on a good note.  I also enjoy that there’s nothing synthetic about the song and the vocals seem like robotic compared to the rest of the album.  I do like the arrangement a lot since it sounds so J-pop.  Though I will say the girls should keep away from hitting high notes like they do.  It’s ridiculously high and makes me wince.  Odd song…but it’s OK.

12. Sky Believe (CT psychedelia Remix)

So on regular editions, we get two bonus tracks in remixes of the A-sides.  The first of Sky Believe drives the song even more as an electro track which is always good.  It’s pretty good overall and not too much has changed, but its still good nonetheless.

13. Kirameki Miraizu (CT Glitch Lounge Remix)

I wasn’t sure how to feel with Kirameki Miraizu getting a remix but boy do I love the intro with the strings and piano!  Though once they start singing, I’m disappointed with the STILL overly auto-tuned vocals.  Then it just kinds of dozes me out…just not so good after the intro sadly.

Tracks Recommended

  • your
  • Reincarnation
  • Unison
  • Sky Believe (CT psychedelia Remix)

Song of Avoidance

  • Kirameki Miraizu

So having to do panache’s debut album, I wasn’t sure what I was expecting with Reincarnation, but it’s kind of a mediocre album.  There wasn’t a whole lot memorable with this, though some of the new tracks were pretty interesting.  Sadly, this would be the trio’s final release as shortly after the album’s release,  panache! disbanded (Kuroneko found a different job supposedly).  I mean it’s depressing since they could’ve held auditions (if SONY cared enough, but clearly not).  Well…they could’ve gone farther so hey whatever lol.

 

Larval Stage Planning – LSP

Filed under: Larval Stage Planning — solarblade @ 2:48 am

lsp

Track Listing

  1. ♠ -the GAME-
  2. Trip -innocent of D-
  3. Dramatic Make It
  4. Meadow sweet
  5. Dreamroid
  6. Sympathy
  7. Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de JUMP!!
  8. syzygy
  9. Re:Last syndrome
  10. Rolling Star☆彡
  11. Chapter.5
  12. Ainigma
  13. Baby☆Seven Flight colors
  14. fire just do it
  15. Send-off ~Namidairo no Start Line~

1. ♠ -the GAME-

Opening the trio’s album up, ♠ -the GAME- kicks things off on a pretty edgy note by having a gritter dark sound that the group hasn’t been known for much quite yet.  Though after the intro, the song turns into a pretty solid I’ve Sound electronic feel which is always a nice thing to see.  It’s surprising to see the three work off each other and it really has this group feel.  It’s an awesome way to open the album up for sure!

2. Trip -innocent of D-

Moving to a bunch of older stuff, we have the group’s 3rd A-side, Trip.  Like the opening track, it has a more darker side which is surprising but a nice touch regardless.  Though it also moves away from that and kind of becomes a typical guitar-fronted anison song.  It’s a little weird for me and I barely remember this song even as an A-side.

3. Dramatic Make It

Then we get into the B-side from “Sympathy” and we’re introduced to a more dance-pop side of the group.  I will say it did throw me off after the first two tracks and it’s even shocking to hear Airi, Rin, and Nami performing in a more cuter way as evident from their voices.  It’s a nice track though at least.

4. Meadow sweet

Oh hey, a random new track thrown in.  I actually enjoyed this one which is surprising to me.  It has a rather cool technopop sound and has some pretty solid vocals from the three.  Actually they are somewhat under some auto-tune in some parts of the song, but mostly they are singing deeper than they did in “Dramatic Make It”.  Definitely a solid track for the album!

5. Dreamroid

Moving onto the B-side that came off their first single, Dreamroid was a song that I loved a lot when it came out and on this album it still stands out as one of the better songs.  It’s a bit like “Meadow sweet” where the synths are prominent, but the tune felt a little more less smooth since the gals are singing in different vocal styles.  It’s still a pretty cool song but the previous song still outranks it.

6. Sympathy

It’s weird we keep hopping around styles on the album but hey Sympathy had to come somewhere.  As the trio’s 4th A-side, Sympathy never really stuck out in my mind either (to be honest, none of the A-sides have).  There’s something about this that’s missing and doesn’t catch my interest.  I mean the vocals are pretty good, but the arrangement feels like it was phoned in (more than “Trip”).  Meh…

7. Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de JUMP!!

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to their first major label A-side.  When I heard this, I wasn’t sure what to think where the group was going.  Like it was a lot like an anison song catered to Shoujo animes.  The vocals weren’t that impressive and the shouting of cute things was just not my interest.

8. syzygy

At least we move into some new tracks with syzygy.  It is the group’s mid-tempo track and I do enjoy the atmosphere of the song and after the previous track, I can say that the vocals just sound 100% better.  It might not be the most engaging song the album has to offer, but it’s a pretty good song to show off the group’s vocal chops.

9. Re:Last syndrome

Whoa that intro caught my attention!  Anyways, our next track, Re:Last syndrome is more of that anison/synth sound that I’ve’s been doing with recently and I kind of liked it.  Though like “Sympathy”, it’s missing something to really make it stand out and for that it comes off a little generic sounding.  At least the vocals are on par!

10. Rolling Star☆彡

Now you may be wondering why this is bolded and it’s actually because this song was their debut track.  Plus it was found on the I’ve Sound compilation “LEVEL OCTAVE” and was their indies single (which I didn’t even know happened).  So technically, this is their first A-side!  Being as this was a song that came out 2010, Rolling Star☆彡 is pretty upbeat and strikes more against the cuter side of their music.  Though for some reason it sounds actually like a nice song to listen to…much more than “Dramatic Make It”.  Definitely one of the better songs of the album.

11. Chapter.5

Our next track was the B-side from “Trip -innocent of D-” and I personally think it’s the best of the B-sides.  It’s a darker song of course and includes some familiar I’ve rhythms.  It could’ve used more impact in its chorus, but it’s a pretty memorable chorus regardless and the group sounds really good together.  Great tune overall!

12. Ainigma

Aggressive guitars open up the next song, Ainigma and it’s a doozy of a song.  The trio is singing mostly in a hushed whispery tone until the chorus where one of the members clearly has the leads.  It’s a tad messy in places and the whispery sections can get shadowed by the arrangement too.  It’s not a bad track, just kind of muddled in areas.

13. Baby☆Seven Flight colors

I instantly thought cutesy song when I saw the title of our next track and funny enough I was kind of right.  Though the intro of the song made it sound more majestic that I had expected.  Like “Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de JUMP!!”, this track has some overly sugar speaking lines, but most of the song is not as bad as I was expecting it.  It’s a simple anison track but it wasn’t terrible surprisingly enough.

14. fire just do it

Damn, this song begins pretty heavily with some powerful guitar chords there.  Though like “♠ -the GAME-” the song kind of goes the same route with some beats and synths and has a grittier side that reminds me of MELL/KOTOKO songs.  It’s pretty neat and the gals sound so good together (it seems like they’ve really focused on melodies with the album songs).  Overall a great song though strange it’s in the back of the album.

15. Send-off ~Namidairo no Start Line~

The album closes out with the B-side from “Rolling Star☆彡” which was also found on the compilation “SHORT CIRCUIT II”.  I wasn’t surprising because it’s a ballad so it made an appropriate appearance to close it out.  Unfortunately, the song never really stood out to me and the vocals are kind of meh.  Then again eroge ending themes really aren’t all that great (especially ballad ones).  It’s OK as an ending but otherwise meh.

Tracks Recommended

  • Meadow sweet
  • ♠ -the GAME-
  • Chapter.5
  • fire just do it
  • Rolling Star☆彡

Song of Avoidance

  • Kimi+Nazo+Watashi de JUMP!!

I was kind of wondering how Larval Stage Planning’s album would turn out because the group had changed since their debut by focusing as a group rather than fully being three girls.  LSP is an OK album but most of the songs are kind of meh and anison-heavy.  Sadly, after the release Nami and Rin left the group leaving Airi by herself.  Whether or not the group will continue is up in the air…but really who knows since LSP isn’t a big group for I’ve.