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Perfume – If you wanna August 30, 2017

Filed under: Perfume — solarblade @ 3:24 pm

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Track Listing

  1. If you wanna
  2. Everyday
  3. If you wanna -Original Instrumental-
  4. Everyday -Original Instrumental-

1. If you wanna

As the leading track If you wanna feels a bit like something I would’ve come across in their last two era by having a cuter but poppy side to it.  Though the song does have some interesting parts like the chorus where it feels like it becomes something Western-like.  Sadly, that’s really it for it because it only does its parts twice in a matter of a little under 3 minutes.  I can’t quite see the reason it’s the leading track due to how short it is and how “Everyday” ended up with the PV, but this kind of felt thrown together and not so much in a good way.

2. Everyday

As for the B-side, Everyday surprises me with natural piano on top of natural voices in the opening.  As a song that’s a bit more bubbly and intricate with its arrangement, I do find the feel of the song refreshing for Perfume, but I feel like I could’ve survived without the toy piano (a staple for Nakata’s other project, Kyarypamyupamyu).  Though I have to say, this was a song for me persay, but I can respect the airiness and just playful style the track is going for, but it’s just not for me.

 

Man, if I thought “TOKYO GIRL” was a bit mediocre, then I have to say If you wanna is just bleh.  I’m not sure why this single needed to be especially with how they presented it with both songs.  If you wanna just feels lazy and kind of trite in comparison to previous A-sides which I haven’t felt since “Sweet Refrain” though that song grew on me through its album version.  There’s just not enough for me here.  Everyday is cute, I’ll give it that, but could we leave that for Kyary?  I don’t know, but this album era so far has not done anything for Perfume for me.

 

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Juice=Juice – Fiesta! Fiesta! August 24, 2017

Filed under: Juice=Juice — solarblade @ 4:04 am

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Track Listing

  1. Fiesta! Fiesta!
  2. Wonderful World (English Ver.)
  3. Fiesta! Fiesta! (Instrumental)

1. Fiesta! Fiesta!

Huh, I wasn’t expecting Juice=Juice to explode onto the single with a latin-esque party song!  If anything after “KEEP ON Joshou Shikou!!”, I was ready for the group to bring more energy to their songs and have good a time.  Though what’s bigger is that the group grew two members further in Ruru Danbara and Country Girls’ Nanami Yanagawa!  Right from the start it seems Ruru is gonna charge in headfirst with powerful vocals!  Yanamin does have her score as well and she sounds more or less the same as she does in CG…I’m also quite surprised that Aarii had so many lines too!  Honestly, this song is really catchy and stands out!

2. Wonderful World (English Ver.)

Though I was dreading seeing the coupling song was going to be an English take on one of my least favorite Juice=Juice songs.  It doesn’t help that their accents are a LOT more heavier than Momusu doing “One and Only”, but I feel like I can understand some of what they’re saying.  Actually I don’t think I hear Yanamin or Ruru here so it might just be the original 5 singing this again.  Still not a fan and the whole last half is a bit of a vocal trainwreck to my ears, but it is what it is.

 

 

With H!P going through some big changes, some of the releases have been relegated to digital releases as is the case for Juice=Juice’s Fiesta! Fiesta! (“Goal” and “Jouro” did release, but I skipped them up as they were just the track).  As the first single with new members Ruru and Nanami, they did pretty well and the group gave us a fun song to cherish while the Summer season starts to close shop.  I only think Wonderful World got its new version because they’re set to go on a World Tour soon, so it makes sense, but I still don’t like the song much.  Either way, not bad…makes me wonder how the 7-nin will do for future releases!

 

Kalafina – Hyakka Ryouran

Filed under: Kalafina — solarblade @ 3:43 am

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Track Listing

  1. Hyakka Ryouran
  2. Kantankatan
  3. Tombo
  4. Hyakka Ryouran ~instrumental~
  5. Kantankatan ~instrumental~
  6. Tombo ~instrumental~
  7. Hyakka Ryouran -TV Size-

1. Hyakka Ryouran

Opening the single up, Hyakka Ryouran to me finally feels like Kajiura is up for some kind of experimentation whereas the previous singles in this era felt more or less safe for her.  Actually, the song’s darker rock vibe reminds me of songs like “consolation” and “Magia”.  I love the arrangement and it just sounds like Kalafina back to their awesomeness and mysterious auras.  This is definitely a song that really sticks out for them in a great way!

2. Kantankatan

The first of the B-sides, Kantankatan takes the trio down a slower path with a strings/piano/acoustic guitar ballad.  To be fair, I feel like I haven’t heard the trio tackle a style like this.  I’m liking the harmonies in the song for sure, but I feel like because of the arrangement, it does kind of feel sluggish to me, maybe a bit boring?  I don’t know there’s just not much for me to remember it for.

3. Tombo

Though the other B-side is something Kalafina always seem to do and nowadays, the feeling is cutting short because there’s just not much to say when it comes to bare-boned ballads.  So for short, nice harmonies, melody is forgetful due to it is only really come in the form of piano and it’s a sleeper…

 

 

As Kalafina’s 3rd single of the era, Hyakka Ryouran might be my favorite A-side they’ve done for quite a WHILE so I appreciate the effort in this track especially!  However, I can’t say the same for the rest of the single.  Kantankatan does have an interesting arrangement but the way it flows just kind of feels slow to me and Tombo…is basic Kalafina…there’s SOOOO many other similar ballads in comparison too…

 

Ciao Bella Cinquetti – High Tension! Wagga Jinsei!/Wadachi August 23, 2017

Filed under: THE Possible — solarblade @ 4:38 am

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Track Listing

  1. High Tension! Wagga Jinsei!
  2. Wadachi
  3. High Tension! Wagga Jinsei! (Nanchatte Samba mix) (Limiteds only)
  4. High Tension! Wagga Jinsei! (Instrumental)
  5. Wadachi (Instrumental)

1. High Tension! Wagga Jinsei!

With a title as such, High Tension! Wagga Jinsei! was going to of course be the more idol-like track here with a fast beat and a lot of synths and funny enough finger snapping!  There’s something a bit different to past endeavors which felt more straightforward.  I’m liking all the different areas of the song and while I hear a lot of Hashimon, the remaining members seem to get some feature as well.  Decent A-side!

2. Wadachi

The other A-side included, Wadachi is a bit of a 180 for the quartet from going to an upbeat and fun vibe to something more pop/rock and serious.  This is what reminds me of stuff during their “1116” album where a lot of there songs were kind of more mellow and rockin’ at times.  I like the tune itself since it is CBC being all musician-like and what to me feels trying to pull away from the

3. High Tension! Wagga Jinsei! (Nanchatte Samba mix)

Though in Regular editions, it comes with a remix of the leading A-side!  Obviously comparing from the original cut, this remix has a LOT more synths involved.  Now, I did follow that the song would take a (fake Samba) vibe and the only times it gets close to Samba is the chorus where it has whistles and a faster beat.  I kind of like this remix, suits the tune nicely!

 

 

As the first single to kick off a new era for Ciao Bella Cinquetti, I feel like they started off quite strongly with this double A-side release!  I feel like both High Tension! Wagga Jinsei! & Wadachi both represented what works with the group and neither song disappointed me.  Hell, even the remix was decent!  I’m curious to see where they go (also with Berikyuu graduated, makes me wonder when CBC will since they’re about the same age (a little younger though)).