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T.M.Revolution – DOUBLE-DEAL September 6, 2015

Filed under: T.M.Revolution — solarblade @ 7:16 am

doubledeal

Track Listing

  1. DOUBLE-DEAL

1. DOUBLE-DEAL

Well, this isn’t a surprise, DOUBLE-DEAL was one of my favorites from their “Ten” album so seeing it being recut AND not touched is a great surprise albeit strange.  Being another song tied to the Sengoku Basara series, the song is pretty high-energy and has a great mix of rock and Daisuke’s signature kicks.  Of course I also commend Takanori for bringing such dramatic and epic vocals to a song like this.  It’s definitely one of the better songs in their discography that’s for sure!

Now I am disappointed that there wasn’t anything else new to the release, but there is a 2nd disc featuring new versions of older songs, some we’ve come across already and some entirely new like “UTAGE” and “Naked arms”.  Honestly, I couldn’t say if it’s worth the purchase, but DOUBLE-DEAL is definitely a song to listen to (if you haven’t already from the “Ten” album that is).

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Kaela Kimura – TODAY IS A NEW DAY

Filed under: Kaela Kimura — solarblade @ 7:07 am

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Track Listing

  1. TODAY IS A NEW DAY
  2. c’mon
  3. Yellow (kensuke ushio REMIX)

1. TODAY IS A NEW DAY

I was surprised that Kaela would kind of go back to her pop/rock roots with TODAY IS A NEW DAY and I kind of like the natural sounding arrangement here!  It’s pretty quirky and upbeat and Kaela’s voice has a great sense of fun and energy which is something I always enjoy with her music.  The chorus kicks it up further with electric guitar at the forefront and lets loose more speed.  I quite enjoyed this song a lot more than “OLE!OH!” that’s for sure!

2. c’mon

It seems the energy continues on with the B-side, c’mon although unlike “TODAY IS A NEW DAY’s” more happier vibes, this almost takes a punk sound here and the chords from the electric guitar just makes this assumption moreso but I also felt myself enjoying this one that’s for sure!  I’m kind of in the middle deciding if I liked the A-side or B-side more because they’re both quite good songs!

3. Yellow (kensuke ushio REMIX)

The single ends with a remix of Yellow (which was her 10th single).  Not sure why this was chosen to be remixed, but hey it has our need of synths in comparison to the pop/rock songs above.  I was surprised how deeper Kaela’s vocals were though, but it suited the club-friendly beats and synth clicks.  Decent remix overall!

As Kaela ends the “MIETA” era off, TODAY IS A NEW DAY was a pretty rockin’ single and one of her better ones in recent times.  I really do enjoy the main A-side and c’mon quite a lot (with a little more going to the B-side)!  the remix of Yellow was also decent and didn’t do anything crazy.  Happy to see both main tracks on the album…I can’t wait to see what we get!

 

Super Junior – MAMACITA (AYAYA)

Filed under: Super Junior — solarblade @ 6:33 am

mamacita

Track Listing

  1. MAMACITA (AYAYA)
  2. Gesshoku ~Lunar Eclipse~
  3. MAMACITA (AYAYA) (Instrumental)
  4. Gesshoku ~Lunar Eclipse~ (Instrumental)

1. MAMACITA (AYAYA)

It really feels like K-pop is going through a new phase where they’re using jazzy instrumentals mixed with beats in it (I mean, I’ll miss the signature beat-driven songs, but EVERYONE is jumping on this bandwagon).  SuJu’s MAMACITA is of course a K-pop redub which surprises me that they’d go back to that shit after how good “Blue World” was.  For some reason, listening to this song made me question their Japanese as it felt almost cluttered throughout the song (add on that I was never a fan of that chorus).  Not the best Super Junior song out there, but it did mark their return (well a year break).

2. Gesshoku ~Lunar Eclipse~

Of course we’re back to normal SuJu stuff with Gesshoku being the ballad of the single.  With a lone piano acting as the melody, this song is pretty bare bones when compared to their other B-sides they’ve released.  After a while, strings to try to add color alongside acoustic guitar which was a bit sweet…though the rest of the song just is filler to me.

A whole year was placed between this and their last single, “Blue World” and their sound has wholly shifted it seems to fit the current in-sound of K-pop.  Honestly, I didn’t really care for it when it was first released in Korea and not much has changed with the Japanese take.  Gesshoku might be the nicest sounding ballad they’ve done in Japan, but that really doesn’t amount to much with me in the end.  Meh single.

 

VIXX – Error

Filed under: VIXX — solarblade @ 6:16 am

error

Track Listing

  1. Error -Japanese ver.-
  2. Seishun Datte
  3. Error -Japanese ver.- (Instrumental)
  4. Seishun Datte (Instrumental)

1. Error -Japanese ver.-

When it comes to songs like this, VIXX seem to be kind of behind on the times nowadays and seldom are simple J-pop redubs of Korean songs done well enough and this is kind of no different.  I thought the original was flawless (and trust me VIXX has been really hitting some good marks in their homeland with stuff like “VOODOO DOLL” and “ETERNITY” showcasing greatness.  Error is still a pretty damn amazing song for the group although it did lose a lot of the cold smoothness on the transition to Japan.  I’m still surprised that Hong Bin gets to use such a baritone sounding solo line (pretty lengthy too!).  Definitely a great song, but take a listen to the original because I personally think it’s better than this (and the Chinese version).

2. Seishun Datte

Also a self-redub of their song “Cheongchuni Apa” from their “Error” mini-album, Seishun Datte falls in the normal K-pop stereotype as the ballad B-side.  I do like the acoustics of the song and while the group has some accent quirks, they do a fine job with a slower song just as much as the dramatic A-side.  Even Ravi sounds nice kind of throwing raps here and there too.  Not bad.

As the group’s official debut here in Japan, Error was a solid choice due to how good the song was in Korea and while it might not flow as well as the originl, it’s the song itself that really sticks out!  Seishun Datte is pretty good as the slow song of the single, but I hope their next one comes off a little better with original material.