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Tsubaki Factory – Tsubaki Factory SOUND & VISION Vol. 1 March 30, 2016

Filed under: Tsubaki Factory — solarblade @ 4:12 am

soundvision

Track Listing

  1. Seishun Manmannaka!
  2. Kedakaku Sakihokore!
  3. 17sai
  4. Cabbage Hakusho ~Haru-hen~

1. Seishun Manmannaka!

Opening the mini-album is their indies debut!  Although, I’m surprised they didn’t call it a second take, especially how they made it important enough to call their actual indies single a “First Take”.  I have to say, the song is still quite catchy and as upbeat as the original, the only changes are the fact it was resung and the final ~manmannaka~ has some vocal layers this time and not so much that being a Kiki solo.  Overall, I have to say this update is nice, but maybe not needed?  I don’t know, but I do enjoy this track a lot!

2. Kedakaku Sakihokore!

Then we move to their 2nd indies single and the song is a lot more edgy and cool to listen to.  Taking up the role as another EDM song for the group, not much has changed on my opinion of this track since the single release so I still love Yumeno and Risa’ rapping section to the catchy verses and chorus.  It’s a track that really shows off a lot of personality and force, very impressive song!

3. 17sai

Then we jump back to the group’s actual first song they performed, a classic by Chisato Moritaka (well it was done earlier by Saori Minami in the 70s, but it’s based off of Moritaka’s 80s version).  The track is just as upbeat and synth-driven and it’s a pretty bouncy song for the group (which I could say for the previous two tracks as well).  However, this brightness given by the arrangement makes things feel somewhat fresh and I enjoy that the members sound a LOT better than they did debuting with it despite being obviously pitched higher than its live performances.  It’s just great we’re finally getting a studio version of it though!

4. Cabbage Hakusho ~Haru-hen~

The mini-album closes out with with a surprising cover of a SATOYAMA track (makes sense because the mini was released at a SATOYAMA event before its general release).  Interesting they chose the updated version over the original, but honestly the track sounded better this way (even better without Riho or Ayaka involved).  I still do think that excerpt of “Furusato” is beyond song damaging, but otherwise the song sounds better with these 6 tackling it.  Oh yeah, a ballad for once!!

 

 

Tsubaki’s first mini-album is a bit short with only 4 songs (I’ve seen H!P singles being longer), but for what we’ve got it was decent (plus the fact that the 4 songs had PVs, was great too!).  Very happy with their turnout even if many fans aren’t still on the train for them.  Though, I could be happier with more songs…

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Perfume – FLASH March 28, 2016

Filed under: Perfume — solarblade @ 4:55 am

flash

Track Listing

  1. FLASH

1. FLASH

Interesting to see that Perfume would once again use an album song to basically promote the trio’s upcoming album, “COSMIC EXPLORER”, but I was really curious to see what this was like.  Though, I was definitely interested in the song because it was more upbeat and had a more stronger beat than a lot of the leading songs for the era.  The chorus is actually the best part as it’s definitely a harder punch and it’s quite catchy!  My only qualm is hearing them repeat ~chihayafuru~ (the song’s tie-in is a film called that).  I suppose that using it to promote the movie makes sense, but it’s just odd.  Overall it’s pretty good and a nice lead-in song to the album.

I suppose I could’ve waited for the album to drop to release the song, but I thought I’d get it out of the way.  It’s pretty strange that on “COSMIC EXPLORER” the original mix will be on a 2nd disc alongside its instrumental while the main disc will have an album mix…weird marketing strategy.  Either way, FLASH is pretty cool and one of the memorable songs for the era…just can’t wait for the album now!

 

Faint★Star – koboreteshimattamizunoyouni

Filed under: Faint★Star — solarblade @ 2:55 am

koborete

Track Listing

  1. koboreteshimattamizunoyouni
  2. Sleeping in your car
  3. Re-Mi-Ra
  4. Super Summer Wonder

1. koboreteshimattamizunoyouni

Being the group’s debut, I wasn’t sure what to expect from a duo unit, but it feels like Faint★Star would tackle more of an electronic sound akin to some other units out there (maybe a little like 4te and FEMM).  The pulsating beat is effective and while the voices from YURIA and HINA aren’t exactly outside the norm, they blend to the arrangement smoothly and robotically.  For a debut track, it’s pretty decent and catchy.

2. Sleeping in your car

Though I wasn’t expecting the duo to ditch the synths for most of the remainder of the single.  Sleeping in your car feels a little more organic and quite poppy in difference to the leading track.  It reminds me of Vanilla Beans’ music almost with it’s slight throwback to some Western acoustic pop songs.  While I’m not much for this song in comparison to “koboreteshimattamizunoyouni”, it’s pleasant and summery.

3. Re-Mi-Ra

Next B-side up is Re-Mi-Ra and it feels like it mixes the styles of the previous two tracks to something pretty edgy and somewhat cooler in the long run.  I like the guitar riffs and sticks out nicely alongside the synth melodies.  The members are really feeling this and I feel the emotion here than in previous tracks.  It’s definitely the best from the single at least!

4. Super Summer Wonder

The final track from the single is a lot like what “Sleeping in your car” was like with the organic instrumentation and overall summer vibe (which makes sense because duh! title!).  Though this song REALLY sounds like a Vanilla Beans track even moreso, especially when you include strings behind the acoustic pop arrangement.  It’s nothing too special, but I suppose it’s nice.

What caught my attention to this group was that HINA was a former member of Tomato n’ Pine (before they disbanded in 2012 to reemerge here two years later!).  For a debut single, koboreteshimattamizunoyouni is an average single, but it’s definitely worth to listen to the A-side and Re-Mi-Ra.  The other two tracks is more natural sounding, but there’s not much to remember them by.

 

Canary Club – SWEET & TOUGHNESS March 27, 2016

Filed under: Canary Club — solarblade @ 6:20 am

sweettough

Track Listing

  1. SWEET & TOUGHNESS
  2. Yume wo Shinjite
  3. SWEET & TOUGHNESS (Instrumental)
  4. Yume wo Shinjite (Instrumental)

1. SWEET & TOUGHNESS

Oh hey a debut single right?!?  Well it seems so for Canary Club to be introduced through a cover song, this one from Minami-Aoyama Shoujo Kagekidan (mouthful right?).  Despite this being a cover of a 1993 song, Canary Club’s version doesn’t really differ from the original beside vocals.  I do like the nostalgic 90s feel of the song and it’s just upbeat, synthy, and catchy.  As for vocals it feels like Mana Ogawa actually is the lead vocalist here, but almost all members have a solo line (except Riho Sugiura for some reason).  Either way, it’s a pretty good song and sticks out for Tsunku-related songs!

2. Yume wo Shinjite

Not surprising that the B-side is also a cover from the same group and it sounds even more old school than “SWEET & TOUGHNESS” did, though unfortunately, the song is sung in unison so there’s not a lot to grasp and even worse I feel like the vocals clash a lot together (as they sound super raw and just offkey a lot of the time.  Not all that great.

With this being a love letter to Minami-Aoyama Shoujo Kagekidan, Canary Club (or as they were known only in this single as Canaria Club did a pretty good job for their debut song.  It’s a bit sad that this is still my favorite A-side of the 6 singles they released, but what can you do?  SWEET & TOUGHNESS is just such a cool and fun track to listen and encompasses what the 90s were about.  Yume wo Shinjite on the other hand while still harboring that signature 90s feel, was rough on the group’s vocals.  It’ll be interesting to see how I’ll feel for other songs of theirs!  Also, to note this group was on my radar initially when I started to get into H!P (though they aren’t technically related except that they were on the same label as THE Possible who used to be under H!P)

 

Momoiro Clover Z – Hakkin no Yoake

Filed under: Momoiro Clover Z — solarblade @ 3:18 am

hakkinnoyoake

Track Listing

  1. Kono A, Hajimari no Z -prologue-
  2. Tougenkyou
  3. Hakkin no Yoake
  4. Mahalo Vacation
  5. Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina
  6. ROCK THE BOAT
  7. Kibou no Mukou e
  8. Country Rose -Toki no Tabibito-
  9. Imagination
  10. MOON PRIDE
  11. “Z” no Chikai
  12. Ai wo Tsugu Mono
  13. Mokkuro ni Naru Hate
  14. Momoiro Sora

1. Kono A, Hajimari no Z -prologue-

Like “AMARANTHUS”, we also begin Hakkin no Yoake with an introductory track with Kono A, Hajimari no Z which is surprisingly long for just an intro at above 2 minutes.  It begins with a nice music box-like melody before the group joins in and the song opens up with synths.  The kind of diluted sound from the girls and overall ethereal tone is pretty neat and ends real nicely.

2. Tougenkyou

Though I wasn’t expecting the sudden movement to Tougenkyou that brings us into this 80’s New Wave sound which is pretty awesome!  The heavy amount of keyboard and synths are cool and if there was anything it reminds me of is something from Charisma.com.  I was a little bummed there was some spoken lines throughout, but the song is refreshing and the synthy goodness made a quick mark on me!

3. Hakkin no Yoake

Surprises me that “AMARANTHUS” lacked a title track.  Though like the third track of that album, Hakkin no Yoake is also a 6 minute track and it’s also quite relaxing of a song at the beginning.  It’s actually startling that like “Monochro Dessen” it’s also a slow burner of a track and by the time the song hits its footing, it deviates from the aforementioned song to become a dance track!  It’s quite a nice switch of moods.  Long song, but totally worth it!

4. Mahalo Vacation

Chosen as the track to promote the album, Mahalo Vacation, I thought was going to be that typical cookie-cutter summer song, but knowing this is MomocloZ, I expected something random.  I love the intro of the song and then it turns into a pretty funky track.  Though there are some small clips of wanting to be a idol summer track, but I feel that slap bass and quickly-sung lyrics keep the song cool and exciting!  Ok, I’m loving this song quite a lot now!

5. Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina

Next up is the group’s 3rd A-side for the album and it was a collaboration with American classic rock band, KISS!  While back then I was always bewildered by mixing two different worlds together, I thought the pair did an epic job with this song and kept both sides quite straight!  While I do love “SAMURAI SON” more than this track, I have to say this is the next best thing…one of the standout tracks!

6. ROCK THE BOAT

Back to some more new tracks, ROCK THE BOAT caught my attention, but I’m not sure exactly why (maybe because it’s in all caps).  The tune is pretty nice by having a slight nod 60s music.  I also enjoy the ladies singing lower parts here and the chorus is pretty damn catchy too.  It’s fun and just has the right amount of spaz in it 😀

7. Kibou no Mukou e

Then we hit our first ballad with Kibou no Mukou e and well, it feels like ballads and Momoiro don’t really get along with each other.  I kind of like some of the melody that’s from the keyboards, but otherwise I feel like the track itself is just quite plain-jane.  It does have a nostalgic tone to it, but I’m not sure why.

8. Country Rose -Toki no Tabibito-

The song opens with what I would maybe say is a clock beat, but the song grows into a dance track with a more creepier side to it which is pretty neat and welcome!  I actually liked this track a lot because it just goes everywhere and the group sound great and kept up with is finnicky arrangement and twists and turns throughout!

9. Imagination

Welp, I suppose the album needed its kiddie-like song like what “Saboten to Ribbon” was to “AMARANTHUS”.  I think I do somewhat tolerate this song a little better because the arrangement while childish, is pretty exciting and takes up some different palettes throughout!  I will say things are a bit hyperactive and wild, but this song is actually OK.

10. MOON PRIDE

The next two tracks seem to be paired together due to them being both tied to animes, the first is MOON PRIDE which was a theme to the reboot of Sailor Moon!  It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve listened to this in full!  Of the A-sides, I actually enjoyed it the most I think…  The group is definitely fitting in the girly role and the song’s arrangement would suit alongside other rockish tracks they’ve done.  Interesting song for sure!

11. “Z” no Chikai

The other song, tied to the Dragonball Z series, “Z” no Chikai was the 5th and final A-side before the albums released and it hit hard!  I mean the guitar riffs are just hardcore and yet there’s this feeling of Japan throughout mixed in with some anison thrown in.  I have to say this was such a badass song for the group to tackle and they’ve managed to do it quite well!

12. Ai wo Tsugu Mono

Moving onto the last three tracks, we kick it with Ai wo Tsugu Mono and this would be the throwaway song because it’s just a bit normal of a song on this album.  I kind of sense a little bit of R&B, but it’s overwhelmed by the idol instruments and the chorus which is pretty standard.

13. Mokkuro ni Naru Hate

Though, this track is definitely the oddball song because like “5 THE POWER” from their 2nd album, it’s heavily inspired by 80s rap and it shows throughout the whole song.  While I feel like a MomocloZ song with rapping is nothing without Akari doing it, they tried it and it’s way better than the above mentioned track for sure!  The arrangement is what caught my attention with a cool beat and low bass sound.

14. Momoiro Sora

The album closes out with Momoiro Sora and it’s an interesting style of a mix of funk and jazz and a slight bit of a ballad.  The track is quite something and an interesting way to close the album.  This track is OK, not as extravagant as other songs from the album, but I would say it’s OK for the most part and concluded the album in a nice way.

Tracks Recommended

  • Mahalo Vacation
  • Tougenkyou
  • MOON PRIDE
  • Hakkin no Yoake
  • Mokkuro ni Naru Hate

Song of Avoidance

  • Kibou no Mukou e

So we have the 4th album and after “AMARANTHUS”, I had little hope that the other released album would be much better, but after listening to Hakkin no Yoake, I have to say this was a much stronger album at the end of the day and made me curious to why the effort was placed here more so than on their 3rd.  I have to say, this was what I was expecting from MomocloZ for sure…definitely their best album yet!

 

Momoiro Clover Z – AMARANTHUS

Filed under: Momoiro Clover Z — solarblade @ 12:29 am

amaranthus

Track Listing

  1. embryo -prologue-
  2. WE ARE BORN
  3. Monochro Dessan
  4. Gorilla Punch
  5. Buryoutengen Nakayoshi Monogatari
  6. Katte ni Kimi ni
  7. Seishunfu
  8. Saboten to Ribbon
  9. Demonstration
  10. Bussouge
  11. Naitemo Iin da yo
  12. Guns N’ Diamond
  13. Bye Bye de Sayonara
  14. HAPPY Re:BIRTHDAY

1. embryo -prologue-

Opening the album up is a rather ominous intro track, almost something like it’d fit on their last album, “5TH DIMENSION”.  A heartbeat is heard and the track grows louder and louder with some interesting melodies happening.  It reaches its focal point with some chanting to kind of fit the motif of the cover art, but that quickly ends to our first track!

2. WE ARE BORN

A descending piano opens our first track and WE ARE BORN is something interesting by having a pop/rock sound, but very progressive as things go and I pretty much enjoyed that the most about the tune.  I love the haunting background sound and there’s just a lot of interesting ideas going around.  Definitely a strong first track for the album that’s for sure and a solid choice to promote the album too!

3. Monochro Dessen

Oh boy, a 6 minute track comes next with Monochro Dessen.  Though with a title track like this, I wasn’t expecting this to be more of a ballad track.  I’m liking that each member opens the song with a line to themselves and the track opens up to a more mid-tempo affair though it does become a little more cute and happy-go-lucky astime goes on.  Best part is when the track hits almost 4 minutes in and it gets really upbeat and exciting to listen to…unique song for them and I can see myself enjoying this in the long run.

4. Gorilla Punch

The other promotional song, Gorilla Punch is pretty much in line of their more recent rock offerings and this places the group to sing in a deeper and rougher tone and I quite like MomocloZ this way!  Adding to the motif of the album, there’s some jungle-like moments and the tune moves into different sections of fun.  The chorus is a bit expected, but as a whole, I liked this song too!

5. Buryoutengen Nakayoshi Monogatari

I wasn’t sure what to expect with a title like this, but it does shift things onto a different path by giving us this somewhat odd track.  It’s like a mix of their idol pop sound and some ragtime music which is something the group hasn’t tackled.  It’s very exciting and the beat and melody is so catchy!  It’s ironically my favorite track so far on the album.

6. Katte ni Kimi ni

With an intro like this, I would’ve expected this to open the album.  Out of the songs so far, Katte ni Kimi ni feels like a throwback to some normal idol songs out there with an upbeat arrangement and a slight addition of synths/beats.  Actually it reminds me of “Yuku Haru Kuru Haru” with a stronger emphasis on the electronics, but on AMARANTHUS this feels slightly out of place (and that’s saying something considering who I’m reviewing) though still a solid track!

7. Seishunfu

Finally we run into our first old song on the album and it’s the group’s 4th A-side of the era (I’m saying this because of the whole release scheduling that’s going on).  I definitely remember this A-side due to it being a more lowkey release and the track itself was also a slow burner.  At the time, I wasn’t sure if I cared about the song too much, but on the album it has its place being the ballad here.  Personally, I’m not really the biggest fan of the track, but I like that MomocloZ switched things up.

8. Saboten to Ribbon

Ooh, a song that begins as a march and with fanfares?  Seems a little strange to be putting something like this intro in the middle of the album…however, the song switches heavily into this goofy, child-like atmosphere and I was instantly turned off by it.  There’s just nothing I find interesting about the song and it’s kind of the black sheep of the release.

9. Demonstration

It doesn’t help that our next track opens up like some fantasy-like Disney track lol!  Demonstration opens up with a lengthy dialogue between the members before it opens to a more of what I’d deem it as an anison track.  Without the dialogue, the track itself is pretty decent and has quite a lasting impression.  Makes up for the poor turnout from “Saboten to Ribbon”.

10. Bussouge

Then we slow down again with Bussouge to something a bit more like “Seishunfu” levels of slow.  I’m actually surprised that we’ve got three ballad-like songs on this album.  However, like the A-side, Bussouge also doesn’t really strike me as anything special either…it’s a little too vanilla and forgettable in the long run.

11. Naitemo Iin da yo

Then we hit the 1st single of the era released (strange that “GOUNN” was left off both albums).  This was kind of where the group started to wane as they hit a low point for a lot of fans it seems.  Listening to Naitemo Iin da yo nowadays, the song has a bit of an underlying interest where some of the other A-sides lacked.  Yeah, the song might not be a buckwild as their “5TH DIMENSION” releases, but the pop/rock vibes.  I kind of dig it more than I suppose I did back then.

12. Guns N’ Diamond

What an interesting name for a song huh?  What I wasn’t expecting the song to hit a weird mix of styles that ended up fused together.  I kind of thought from the beginning that the track was going to be in rockabilly style, but it doesn’t even come close as the remainder of the track has this lower pop sound with some elements of the rock genre implemented.  It’s pretty dramatic and I ended up enjoying it a lot!

13. Bye Bye de Sayonara

As we’re nearing the end of the album, we get Bye Bye de Sayonara and I’m not sure what to think of this track either XD.  I like the beat and it’s one of the ore simple songs arrangement-wise.  Sadly, I found the verses to be the more interesting part of the song versus the chorus which felt almost generic.  I really can’t decide where I stand with the track, but it’s not one of the better ones that’s for sure.

14. HAPPY Re:BIRTHDAY

Then we have the album closer with HAPPY Re:BIRTHDAY and it begins nicely enough with a pleasant piano/strings/bass melody that has this uplifting feel to it.  Though I do wonder why a happy birthday song was chosen to be the ending of the album, which begs the question was this necessary?  Not sure why, but birthday songs never caught my attention and this one was no exception.

Tracks Recommended

  • Buryoutengen Nakayoshi Monogatari
  • Guns N’ Diamond
  • Naitemo Iin da yo
  • Katte ni Kimi ni
  • WE ARE BORN

Song of Avoidance

  • Saboten to Ribbon

Interesting that Momoiro Clover Z would go ahead and release their 3rd & 4th album simultaneously (means more songs for fans, but sales-wise, could be odd).  As AMARANTHUS is toted as their 3rd album, I felt this one was slightly lacking and not quite as off the wall as “5TH DIMENSION” or even “Battle and Romance” was.  I will say though that I’m starting to slightly get used to the group’s vocals, still, I’m kind of hoping that “Hakkin no Yoake” is better…

 

FLOW – #10 March 4, 2016

Filed under: FLOW — solarblade @ 7:07 am

10

Track Listing

  1. Niji no Sora -Album Ver-
  2. Oblivion feat. HISASHI (GLAY)
  3. DARK SHADOW feat. TeddyLoid
  4. Steppin’ out
  5. Hikari Oikakete -Crystal Lake mix-
  6. Chimimouryou feat. Hayate
  7. DECATHLON feat. AFRA
  8. JOY TO THE WORLD feat. Kiba of Akiba
  9. World Symphony
  10. Good Days ~Kimi wo Wasurenai~

1. Niji no Sora -Album Ver-

So opening the album we get a new version of the first single they released this era and really there’s not a total reason for it because it’s just a new intro to the song (which could’ve easily been an introduction track).  Beyond that, it’s the same song which is pretty great as I liked it originally as well!  I do think it’s a safe song for them because it’s a lot like their other Naruto themes and some other anime-tie-in songs out there, but it’s pretty good!

2. Oblivion feat. HISASHI (GLAY)

Moving into new songs, Oblivion is a different change of pace getting the help of the legendary guitarist, HISASHI and he makes his appearance WELL KNOWN by his heavy sound.  Both vocalists give a strong performance, even though the song panders between a hard rock sound to a more poppier side in the pre-chorus.   I wasn’t sure about the bridge with KEIGO though being a totally odd section to the furious song though…It’s a cool song and a nice hard-hitting track to really push the album up!

3. DARK SHADOW feat. TeddyLoid

Now, I know TeddyLoid from his stuff and remixes so I wasn’t sure how his sound would fuse with FLOW’s sound and it’s an odd mixture to say the least.  I like that the band stills gives off a heavy vibe, but I’m not totally on board with hearing KEIGO/KOHSHI being under auto-tune…it just never fully appealed to me I guess.  I think without that, it would’ve been an amazing song, but the auto-tune kills my interest a bit.

4. Steppin’ out

Which is funny that Steppin’ out comes next as it fixes the problems I had with the previous track!  Being the 2nd A-side from the album (and the only old track that was left untouched), Steppin’ out was a pretty interesting song for the band as it has an interesting rhythm going for it and a mix of their rock style and a bit of a more dance vibe.  Then there’s the whole carousel-like section in the second verse with KEIGO.  A bit better of an A-side than “Niji no Sora” but there’s better ones out there.

5. Hikari Oikakete -Crystal Lake mix-

I actually was surprised to make the cut because Hikari Oikakete originally was so bland and forgetful (even if it was a B-side to begin with).  Though we get a new version of it on the album and it was a BIG change.  Instead of being the typical FLOW song, this new version makes it a ballad with flowing strings and KOHSHI/KEIGO resinging the tune to fit this new arrangement.  While I do appreciate trying to make it stand out more, it unfortunately became more boring as a ballad.  There was just nothing to really keep me interested and it’s a minute longer than the original >.<  Just wasn’t feeling it…

6. Chimimouryou feat. Hayate

As the rest of the album is new songs, we start with Chimimouryou which opens up with an interesting shimasen melody that keeps up with the song.  I’m kind of liking this riff that’s going on and the band are being harder-hitting, but not like they were in “Oblivion”.  I like the hard sound and FLOW sounds pretty good, but I wonder where Hayate is in the song unless he’s one of the guitarists (wouldn’t be surprised).  I quite like this one a lot!

7. DECATHLON feat. AFRA

I think the weirdest song on the album is definitely DECATHLON which features AFRA and already from his beatboxing and rapping, simply annoys me.  Even the band tries to keep up with some rapping and light vocals and then all of a sudden they’re spelling the title of the song and that ends up being the chorus.  It does come off a bit too messy and nothing really correlates to a normal track, so it’s a tough one to listen to to be quite honest…

8. JOY TO THE WORLD feat. Kiba of Akiba

I definitely recognize this featured band as they’ve released a single with BABYMETAL.  With FLOW this time, JOY TO THE WORLD initially made me chuckle because the title reminds me of that Christmas song xD.  However, it’s anything but that because it’s the hardest song of the album with power drumming and an overall metal (which included some growling from one of the vocalists of Kiba of Akiba) and KOHSHI and later on KEIGO join in the wild adventure.  While I do feel the title being sung in the song makes things awkward like crazy, arrangement-wise it’s pretty decent and FLOW suited the overall tone.

9. World Symphony

I actually did know of this song from last year due to it being involved with J-MELO and due to that, I was so happy to see it made the cut!  I know, it’s a bit lighter than most of the songs of the album, but I feel like it represents FLOW’s sound the best alongside “Niji no Sora” but this is definitely nice to include synths and a positive tone throughout!  Though I have to admit their English is pretty odd during the bridge and it’s the album’s shortest track at that…I still felt this song was a more memorable track here.

10. Good Days ~Kimi wo Wasurenai~

Funny how we move from the shortest to the longest on the album being over 7 minutes!!!  The final track on the album, Good Days is the band’s mid-tempo rock ballad and it’s a pretty hard listen to stay in for the full time.  I will say the major parts of it are nice and the band sounds sentimental almost which is nice but dedicating almost three minutes to na-na-na-ings and dissonant chords just doesn’t justify its need (at least to me it doesn’t).  If they took it out, I think it would be a nice song to close things out with…just too long!

Tracks Recommended

  • Chimimouryou feat. Hayate
  • Steppin’ out
  • World Symphony
  • Niji no Sora -Album Ver.-

Song of Avoidance

  • DECATHLON feat. AFRA

For being the band’s 10th album, I would thin they would’ve done more with it than what we ended up getting.  #10 isn’t a poor album to say the least as they’ve had worse ones out there, but this definitely isn’t going to rank in the top 5 unfortunately.  To me this album feels really short and a lot of the songs were kind of messy or bland except for the couple on the recommends.  I think the idea of featuring many artists was a compelling idea, but I don’t think it worked well for a lot…oh wells!