- Tommy’s Halloween Fairy tale (OPENING)
- LIVING DEAD DINER GIRLS
- The Sparkling Candy Man†
- Follow the White Rabbit! (INSTRUMENTAL)
- LITTLE RED FOREST
- Frozen Raspberry Snow
1. Tommy’s Halloween Fairy tale (OPENING)
Ahhh, of course being Tomoko’s next holiday themed release (once again tackling Halloween), the introduction to this mini-album is pretty dark and sinister and quite fitting to certain past songs that Tomoko has done. With a loud orchestral blast alongside some darker settings and a storm at the ending. It does lead into our next track quite smoothly so this worked as an introduction.
2. LIVING DEAD DINER GIRLS
What’s different on this release is that february & heavenly have one solo to themselves and two songs where they’re technically together (considering it’s the same singer, it’s a bit strange right?). Tackling heavenly’s solo track, it sounds like what we’ve come to known from Tomoko’s more punk rock-oriented side. It’s a strong track and it reminds me of her songs of recent (a bit like “I’M YOUR DEVIL” actually) but it’s a solid track and Tomoko still sounds good even hitting these really cool areas.
3. The Sparkling Candy Man†
The first of the “duet” songs, The Sparkling Candy Man† actually takes up the holiday feel quite literally and it reminds me of something Willy Wonka with the whole setting and it doesn’t help that there’s a guy speaking behind Tomoko’s singing here so it’s really suiting the situation. About Tomoko, her voice does sound a little more upbeat and girly like something february, which begs the question of where’s heavenly in this song because it’s credited to both. When the guy takes up the front, he sounds like he’s having fun and sounds crazy and evil too lol! It’s a totally bizarre song, but I’m quite invested in this and plays up Tomoko’s fascination of Halloween WAY better than the last time!, sorry “NEVER ENDING PARTY NIGHT”…
4. Follow the White Rabbit! (INSTRUMENTAL)
Following up the last track, the Willy Wonka-ish guy takes up the interlude by offering some candy while walking to a tea party, but things take a trippy road as the voice starts getting warped and strange while a clock ticking continues until it abruptly stops and our next track plays.
5. LITTLE RED FOREST
We enter february’s solo song and it definitely takes me back to that 80s vibe but has a cooler scary vibe which is an awesome change of pace. Actually listening to this song, REALLY reminds me of stuff from her first two albums and I’ve missed this so much so I immediately started to love this song. Even with the new tricks with the arrangement, it doesn’t make the song forgetful to me. Where has she been hiding this because this is sooooo good!
6. Frozen Raspberry Snow
Ending the mini, it sounds like we’ve wrapped to Christmas for some reason and while this is another song credited to both monikers, this ballad is really interesting, but really pleasant for some reason. Tomoko’s voice is actually under some heavy echo filters and sounds really old-fashioned while the arrangement keeps this nice joyful tone that kind of relaxes me. It’s an interesting song in Tomoko’s arsenal and I kind of dug it! Really cool!
Wow! I was wondering if Tomoko just gave up after the whole mess that was “HALLOWEEN ADDICTION”, but with the albums she released after that, it gave me hope that she could still release quality songs and she did with flying colors with this Halloween mini-album (though Frozen Raspberry Kiss, is moreso a Christmas song than anything else). Disregarding the intro and interlude, this is 4 awesome songs that Tomoko pulled off and really made me fall in love again…definitely *RECOMMENDED*