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misono – Uchi October 25, 2014

Filed under: misono — solarblade @ 12:48 am

 

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Track Listing

  1. Uchi! Uchi! ROCK ~Toriatsukai Setsumeisho~
  2. Ho・n・to・u・so
  3. Junction Punctuation Mark (CD only)
  4. with you -Me ver.- (CD only)
  5. “NO you! NO life! NO..××?” -Me ver.- (CD only)
  6. Shiroku “Jikochuu” Kimi-jikan Ore Tokei ~Metronome no Douki Genshou~
  7.  “…。” no Tsuzuki ~Eien Nante Nai… Itsuka Owari ga Aru Keredo~
  8. Second season Girl FRIEND ~Onna Tomodachi? Imouto Teki Sonzai? Tada no Osananajimi? Renai Taishou? Tomodachi Ijou? Koibito Miman? 2 Banme Demo Nai? Suki Demo Kirai Demo Nai? Tsugou no Ii Onna Domari?~
  9. 61-byoume no… Fura Letter Saigo no Hatsukoi ~Copernicus Tekitenkai~ (CD+DVD only)
  10. Kingyo Sukui ~Kimi wa Dono Princess?~ (CD+DVD only)
  11. Tanabata☆Jita ButterFly♪ feat. misono
  12. Koitsuri Girl Ai Girl ~Fishing Boy~
  13. 25-jikan ~Moshimo 1-nichi ga 24-jikan de wa Naku Ato 1-jikan Attara… Anata wa Dare ni Nani wo Shimasu ka?~
  14. Negative×Hitori∞Ashi
  15. Shoutaijou♪BIG-ri☆Yancha Hamechakucha★Omo-cha~ Bako
  16. Futarijime Watashijime “Hanbun Zukko”
  17. Su・ki・ra・i

1. Uchi! Uchi! ROCK ~Toriatsukai Setsumeisho~

misono opens up her 4th album with the song chosen to promote the album and I really was surprised because of the random pop nature of the tune.  It still retains a lot of her rockin’ style, but sounds REALLY youthful and girly which misono doesn’t seem to have a lot of.  The song also tends to throw me off with the tempo changes throughout which is different for her and I enjoyed that, but I mostly got annoyed from misono doing that ~uchi, uchi, uchi, uchi~ all over the place so it kind of just passes by me.  Interesting song, but it can grow annoying the longer you listen to it for.

2. Ho・n・to・u・so

After her 3rd album, misono returned as a new moniker as *Me and then released the first single for this album.  I still am not exactly sure what the point of this was but she was releasing a lot of good songs.  Ho・n・to・u・so was a pretty awesome song and I was loving the heavier direction I thought she was going from this song.  Definitely a strong song and great that it comes early on the album.

3. Junction Punctuation Mark

I wasn’t surprised that there’d be different songs depending on which version you got, though it is funny that the CD+DVD has three extra songs over the CD only which has two.  Anyways, the first up is a song from her Tales of… best album.  Junction Punctuation Mark was my favorite of the two because this song just sounded a lot like something from day after tomorrow which I appreciate.  I loved misono here and this song is still one of the best the album has to offer.

4. with you -Me ver.-

Our next song came from “Ho・n・to・u・so/Su・ki・ra・i” and is *Me*’s take of the BACK-ON track that she was featured in.  I will never get into misono’s voice under auto-tune from the intro, but the rest of the song is quite golden with great energy and powerful sounds.  Even the vocalist of BACK-ON makes an appearance.  Overall one of the stronger songs from the album, despite the horrid intro.

5. “NO you! NO life! NO..××?” -Me ver.-

The next track up is a song she collaborated with Cocoa Otoko. but it’s changed to where she was the only one singing.  I’ve never heard the original, but it’s pretty solid of a song since misono doesn’t seem to stress her vocals as she’s been doing in more recent songs.  The tune sounds unique too, having some synths to play in the background of the otherwise rockin’ arrangement.  Though the chorus introduces us to more auto-tune which isn’t as annoying as it was in the previous track.  Pretty kickass song here!

6. Shiroku “Jikochuu” Kimi-jikan Ore Tokei ~Metronome no Douki Genshou~

The first song that’s new and isn’t a promo song, this song sounds pretty energetic and would be great for live performances because of the chanting that’s possible within the energetic tune.  misono has a lot of great vocal parts and she gives the song more punch which is nice to see!  Definitely reminds me of songs that she released for “say” and “never+land” so this is a pretty kickass song too😄.

7.  “…。” no Tsuzuki ~Eien Nante Nai… Itsuka Owari ga Aru Keredo~

Period no Tsuzuki comes next and since it was credited as a Me song on the single, I like how that was dropped entirely for the album (though I suppose it’s funnier that the songs credited as misono are not on the album).  Being a near 6-minute rock ballad, I was still kind of unsure how I felt about because I do like the melody and some of the verses sound really pleasant, but when the chorus kicks in misono starts to wail and that’s always been a problem with her ballads ever since the “say” album.  It’s OK and it’s not as bad as some of her previous ballads so I gues it has that going for it.

8. Second season Girl FRIEND ~Onna Tomodachi? Imouto Teki Sonzai? Tada no Osananajimi? Renai Taishou? Tomodachi Ijou? Koibito Miman? 2 Banme Demo Nai? Suki Demo Kirai Demo Nai? Tsugou no Ii Onna Domari?~

Oh boy, the crazy long ass titled B-side comes next and funny enough it was my favorite of the singles that she released…AND IT’S A FRIGGIN B-SIDE!  Something about Second season Girl FRIEND just sounds really cool and very serious in comparison to a lot of songs she released that weren’t ballads.  misono’s vocals aren’t all over the map and the music just sounds good for her and I wish she would release more songs like this.  Definitely one of the album’s best songs.

9. 61-byoume no… Fura Letter Saigo no Hatsukoi ~Copernicus Tekitenkai~

So we get into the CD+DVD exclusives starting with the tune that original came from misono’s 2nd Tales of… best and I honestly wished she had left this behind.  Like “Period no Tsuzuki”, Copernicus Tekitenkai is a slower song on the album, actually even more of a ballad than the aforementioned track.  Listening to it now, misono’s vocals seem higher pitched and it kind of doesn’t fit the arrangement very well, but the song opens up and it starts to make a little more sense.  I guess it’s not so bad as I remembered it the first time, but there’s something about it that feels like it’s missing something.  Too bad.

10. Kingyo Sukui ~Kimi wa Dono Princess?~

The other exclusive is oddly enough a new song!  Kingyo Sukui is another ballad unfortunately and this one is a lot like the previous tune with a piano-heavy arrangement.  Though I have to say that misono’s whiny vocals are present so it bothers me the most about this track sadly.  To be fair, it feels like this song would’ve been MUCH better had it been a rock track because the chords sound powerful enough to handle it like that, but as it stands, this song is meh.

11. Tanabata☆Jita ButterFly♪ feat. misono

Next up is the actual B-side from “Ho・n・to・u・so/Su・ki・ra・i” and this one left a bad taste in my mouth when I first reviewed the song.  It’s still such a bizarre song because it’s rather shrill from misono and has a overly cutesy punk-rock sound which might sound like it was a nod to her “never+land” album, but this song just doesn’t work for me because she sounds so off.  Yeah, I’m not a fan of this one though the bleep in the near end of the song was funny.

12. Koitsuri Girl Ai Girl ~Fishing Boy~

Which carries into the next song which was an A-side from the third single she released for the album.  Koitsuri Girl Ai Girl isn’t as squeaky as the previous track, but it still has that cutesy punk sound which I still am not getting behind as much.  I do slightly enjoy it more than I did back then, but I don’t think this genki style suits her very much anymore (as if it did in the first place).

13. 25-jikan ~Moshimo 1-nichi ga 24-jikan de wa Naku Ato 1-jikan Attara… Anata wa Dare ni Nani wo Shimasu ka?~

Then we get a nice stretch of new songs starting with this slightly long title😄.  Leaving the genki stuff behind slightly, there’s something about this song that reminds me of stuff like songs from SCANDAL from it’s upbeat punk-rock nature to the riffs and chords heard throughout but I kind of dig it with misono singing along.  Simple song and it turned out nicely!

14. Negative×Hitori∞Ashi

Then comes Negative Hitori Ashi and sounds a little more louder and rockin’ than our previous track by having more percussion being present.  While I’m not sure where to put it on misono’s styles, it continues this cute, but down-to-earth style and it really does remind me of her first album and how fun those songs were to listen to.  It’s a cool track, but could’ve used a little more energy.

15. Shoutaijou♪BIG-ri☆Yancha Hamechakucha★Omo-cha~ Bako

Now this is what I’m talking about with energy, this song is instantly coming off as a REALLY fun song and has some pretty good misono vocals here and it just sounds like a fun anison/summer song that ust does it right!  It’s seriously a kooky song, but it’s very catchy and brought back misono as a fun singer even if her vocals aren’t all that great to listen to.

16. Futarijime Watashijime “Hanbun Zukko”

Man these songs have such an upbeat atmosphere (funny that most of the new songs have a happier vibe).  Though the thing that kind of killed the song was misono’s vocals as she’s trying to hit some pretty high notes and they aren’t very tasteful to listen to.  Though when she isn’t doing that, the rest of the song sounds pretty awesome and I love the guitarwork more than most of the songs here.

17. Su・ki・ra・i

Finally, ending the album is the secondary A-side of the first single released for the album and I’m also not exactly the biggest fan of the song.  Su・ki・ra・i has a cool wintry feeling, but misono’s voice is what hinders the song from being fully enjoyable.  I supose it made a nice ending, but still not one of my favorites.

Tracks Recommended

  • Second season Girl FRIEND ~Onna Tomodachi? Imouto Teki Sonzai? Tada no Osananajimi? Renai Taishou? Tomodachi Ijou? Koibito Miman? 2 Banme Demo Nai? Suki Demo Kirai Demo Nai? Tsugou no Ii Onna Domari?~
  • “NO you! NO life! NO..××?” -Me ver.-
  • Junction Punctuation Mark
  • Shiroku “Jikochuu” Kimi-jikan Ore Tokei ~Metronome no Douki Genshou~
  • Shoutaijou♪BIG-ri☆Yancha Hamechakucha★Omo-cha~ Bako

Song of Avoidance

  • Tanabata☆Jita ButterFly♪ feat. misono

Without all the junk, I would say that misono’s 4th studio album, Uchi is actually kind of good.  Granted it still has issues that every previous misono album has had and it’s her vocals…she can really be too waily in songs and her ballads are mostly shit, but the majority was actually quite nice.  Now for the bs, if you didn’t know what it says on the cover, it basically says if she doesn’t sell 10k of this album she won’t be able to release anymore music which is totally farfetched and stupid marketing just to get sales.  I mean it’s a good album, but it definitely didn’t need that tagline bullshit basically.

 

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