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Kanon Wakeshima – luminescence Q.E.D. December 21, 2016

Filed under: Kanon Wakeshima — solarblade @ 5:19 am

luminescence

Track Listing

  1. Unbalance by Me
  2. RIGHT LIGHT RISE
  3. the BEAST can’t BE STOpped
  4. odette
  5. Heibon na Boku
  6. Not For Sale Fossil
  7. Kimi wa Soleil
  8. Drink Drunk Music
  9. Love your enemies
  10. luminescence Q.E.D.

1. Unbalance by Me

Opening the album is the quote-on-quote 4th A-side (part of a double A-side, but the other A-side was not added).  Now what I mean was that the single wasn’t really released as its own release alongside the other singles, rather released in a book strangely enough.  Even from the single’s release, I wasn’t totally into the song as it felt almost a bit bland against to her past songs feeling like it was something off of “Tsukinami”.  I do like the addition of brass instruments and Kanon is upbeat and bright and that was a nice feel overall.

2. RIGHT LIGHT RISE

As the first A-side released for the album, RIGHT LIGHT RISE’s opening made me think of mariachi bands, but it was just a short excerpt before the actual song kicks in.  The track is a lot like “Unbalance by Me” with is upbeat nature.  Actually it has a lot of similarities and I wasn’t sure why she put the two songs side by side.  I think I might like this a smidge more because it’s a lot more anison overall.  Still it’s just ok.

3. the BEAST can’t BE STOpped

Finally we have some new songs to listen to. While I love the harder arrangement with an actual band setting, it was an oddball!  I do like Kanon’s loose vocals, but then she gets filtered and it’s a bit too messy for me.  Minus those parts, the song is pretty straightforward and the edgy tone to the song and to Kanon herself was a nice change of pace.

4. odette

Oh what’s this?  A song that kind of harkens back to her SONY days when her voice was more vulnerable and higher in range.  Though as the song moves forward, odette turns more into a cool bossa-nova-esque track and I just loved that quiet-end bar vibe from the song and its been a while since Kanon showed off more of her vocals doing some aerial flips.  It’s definitely an impressive track and really sticks out on the album.

5. Heibon na Boku

Continuing on, Heibon na Boku continues this rather unique style of music and from the intro, I wasn’t sure where she was heading towards since different instruments just kind of filter the headphones with no true direction.  After about a minute, the song finally finds its pace and the track is a cutesy track that comes off a bit like a Disney song that met Jazz in the middle.  For once as well it feels like Kanon’s vocals have gotten a LOT better.  As the album’s longest track, it’s quite nice!

6. Not For Sale Fossil

Just from looking at the title, I was like what is this one about lol.  After the more experimental tracks, Not For Sale Fossil definitely woke up with its strong arrangement.  Plus it sounds like the same producer who worked on “world’s end, girl’s rondo” ended up doing this track.  That being said, I loved that track and it’s quite the same for this song as it brings Kanon’s vocals to the front (even if her voice is layered oddly in the chorus).  It’s definitely a relentless song in its arrangement and a favorite off the album.

7. Kimi wa Soleil

As the 2nd single released for the album, Kimi wa Soleil was a single that I wasn’t fully interested in especially since the other A-sides were playing around with similarities and familiar styles and moods.  I will say that of the 4 A-sides, Kimi wa Soleil feels the lightest with a more acoustic tone and slower arrangement.  Though sadly, it’s not that memorable of a song for me otherwise.

8. Drink Drunk Music

I’m a bit surprised that this song wasn’t placed around “odette” and “Heibon na Boku” due to the arrangement style to be quite similar with a most snappy jazzy style.  Though I guess putting them together would end up being repetitive.  Anyway, I have to say this is the pinpoint jazz track off the album and just like the aforementioned songs showcases a LOT of Kanon’s more exciting vocals.  Still impressed nicely!

9. Love your enemies

As the 3rd single released, Love your enemies was definitely the favorite of the singles with a VERY dramatic arrangement but also fresh and just full of life in comparison.  I think this was when I started to see Kanon’s vocal training finally showing some direction and add an arrangement thats quick and heavy on the anison, I just thought it was an awesome track for her to release.  Impressive!  Plus, cello…where has that been?!?

10. luminescence Q.E.D.

Ending the album is the title track and while I don’t know what the Q.E.D. is standing for, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  The tune is a slower pop/rock track for Kanon and it just kind of moves on by for me as it’s a bit dragging and Kanon is in more of a comfort zone with her singing too.  I don’t know why, but this song is one of the weaker ones in comparison to MANY of the other tracks here.

Tracks Recommended

  • Not For Sale Fossil
  • Love your enemies
  • odette
  • Drink Drunk Music
  • Heibon na Boku

Song of Avoidance

  • Kimi wa Soleil

As Kanon’s 4th album, luminescence Q.E.D. is a much better album than I felt with “Tsukinami” relying less on her cutesy anison sound and trying to pave her own identity.  Granted, the album had the A-sides to cater to that side of her, but the new songs really tackled some great styles!  I was also happy that it didn’t take as long to get this album out too xD.  Still, overall, it’s a decent album could be better, but what we got is a step up!

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