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Tsubaki Factory – Hitorijime/Watashi ga Obasan ni Nattemo August 12, 2016

Filed under: Tsubaki Factory — solarblade @ 6:13 am

hitorijimetsu

Track Listing

  1. Hitorijime
  2. Watashi ga Obasan ni Nattemo
  3. Hitorijime (Instrumental)
  4. Watashi ga Obasan ni Nattemo (Instrumental)

1. Hitorijime

I was surprised that Tsubaki’s 3rd single begins with a song that definitely calls up the Platinum era of Momusu almost too smoothly!  There’s something about that intro that was pretty cool and then the piano comes into the track and the girls start to sing.  I did notice that Yumeno and Kisora do get a bit of focus over the remaining ladies, but that’s OK…I’m believing that Yumeno is probably the group’s best asset currently.  I do think it’s up there with “Kedakaku Sakihokore!” as a favorite.

2. Watashi ga Obasan ni Nattemo

Another Moritaka cover?  Strange that it’s the other big song that H!P loves to cover.  Unlike the futuristic vibes I got from “17sai”, this is pretty much standard EDM stuff from the company which is nice as it gives the song an updated feel.  Tsubaki themselves sound fine if not a little bit shouty, but the verses are pretty sweet (especially with piano being in the forefront above the synths).  It’s a decent cover at least and a nice opposite to “Hitorijime”.

As the group’s 3rd single, I feel like Hitorijime is a pretty strong song from them as it shows a bit more liveliness from the members (especially Kishimon, who just keeps getting better).  I feel like Watashi ga Obasan ni Nattemo was a bit of a rushed song (ironic because it is the older of the two).  Good single overall, but when are they debuting?

 

Yohske Yamamoto feat. Nami Tamaki – ALL-WAYS

Filed under: Nami Tamaki — solarblade @ 5:52 am

allways

Track Listing

  1. ALL-WAYS
  2. THE LAST SONG
  3. ALL-WAYS (INSTRUMENTAL)
  4. THE LAST SONG (INSTRUMENTAL)

1. ALL-WAYS

Wow I wasn’t expecting Nami to do a collaboration with another artist that wasn’t her song to begin with.  What I’m saying this is Yamamoto’s songs, but since he’s the guitarist it feels like it’s Nami’s thing. For fans that loved her more rockin’ songs in her discography, then you’ll find something to enjoy here.  Her voice still sounds fitting to the style and the rhythm and arrangement is cool and catchy too!

2. THE LAST SONG

On the other hand, THE LAST SONG has a bit more grand feeling like an epic rock track should.  Surprising that this song is longer at 6 minutes, but I feel like Nami really kept it together and the verses were light while the chorus is just loud and in your face!  I actually connected the most with this song a lot more than the leading track.

While I did miss reviewing it a release, I decided to tackle this as I was told Nami had full lead singing.  I really do like Nami when she decides to do rock songs to kind of takea break from her anison/dance music.  ALL-WAYS is a pretty good single, though I’m pretty sad it isn’t hers technically.

 

Kalafina – blaze

Filed under: Kalafina — solarblade @ 5:17 am

blaze

Track Listing

  1. blaze
  2. Natsu no Asa
  3. blaze ~instrumental~
  4. Natsu no Asa ~instrumental~
  5. blaze ~TV size~

1. blaze

It’s been a while, but it seems we’ve finally got our next Kalafina A-side and boy does this song sound anison as hell!  Like, almost Naruto-esque with the kind of pop/rock arrangement going on.  Despite the kind of unique direction the trio took for this song, I do feel like because of its sound it almost sounds generic if not for the heavenly vocals here.  There’s even some cool parts like the bridge for sure.  It’ll probably grow on me after more listens at least!

2. Natsu no Asa

Did “Natsu no Ringo” & the other folksy songs get another to drop into its folder?  It sure seems like and it honestly sounds like the aforementioned song especially with the flute melody that plays around the song.  I really do enjoy hearing their folk tracks as they give plenty of shine to the trio’s vocals.  Definitely a sweet song and a good B-side!

 

 

After a nice lengthy break after their 5th album, Kalafina releases a new single to begin the road to the 6th album and blaze for the most part is OK.  It’s still nothing too groundbreaking, but I feel like blaze can be memorable, though I feel like the star of the single is Natsu no Asa with their folksy arrangement and beautiful presentation from Yuki Kajiura.  I like to see where things go in this era!

 

Namie Amuro – Hero

Filed under: Namie Amuro — solarblade @ 4:52 am

hero

Track Listing

  1. Hero
  2. Show Me What You’ve Got
  3. Hero -Instrumental-
  4. Show Me What You’ve Got -Instrumental-

1. Hero

Chosen to be the NHK theme for the Rio Olympics, Hero is a pretty goddamn interesting song for Namie.  It opens up feeling like a ballad and after the first run-in with the chorus opens further into a dance track!  I really love how radiant this song is and Namie just won me over with her vocals here!  Am a little surprised that it’s almost 6 minutes long, but it’s definitely worth the time spent here!

2. Show Me What You’ve Got

Initially was going to be the B-side for “Mint” but for some reason was swapped out with “Chit Chat” in the end (plus it actually got a PV too!).  I’m a bit surprised with this song as unlike the grandiose “Hero”, this song is written with fun in mind and there’s just a lot of interesting sections (even the chorus has a bit of a fanfare-like sound).  It’s an exciting song in itself and really feels like an A-side to me.

 

 

As the 3rd single for the era, Hero is actually my favorite single between them all right now!  Hero just feels like a feelgood Olympic song and has a nice, powerful message while Show Me What You’ve Got is fun and a party in a track!  This is going to become such a strong album whenever she announces one!