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AAA – Egao no Loop January 25, 2019

Filed under: AAA — solarblade @ 7:26 am

egaonoloop

Track Listing

  1. Egao no Loop
  2. Egao no Loop (Instrumental)
  3. Gasshou Egao no Loop [Suzukake Jidou Gasshoudan]
  4. Gasshou Egao no Loop [Suzukake Jidou Gasshoudan] (Instrumental)

1. Egao no Loop

As the group’s first single of the year, Egao no Loop seems to really pull back and gives us a ballad this time around.  I’m not sure where AAA has been going in these last couple of A-sides with being softies and less being powerhouses, but Egao no Loop is just kind of a background song for me.  Hidaka still sounds a bit brazen in his lines, but everyone else sounds soft and fluffy with this kind of wintry piano/strings ballad.  Still, the song just doesn’t do much for me.

2. Gasshou Egao no Loop [Suzukake Jidou Gasshoudan]

Adding a chorale does not help the situation here and the song is still rather unfortunately boring to me so this is a case of just making a mediocre song even worse in my honest opinion.  It is something new that AAA hasn’t tried, but not for a song like this.

 

 

I wonder if AAA is on its last heels here, especially since everyone is doing their own solo works during the last half of 2018, it feels like Egao no Loop was just kind of a throwaway song to string fans for a bit while they continue on their solo endeavors.  Not sure what the group will drop next, so I’ll be watching out.

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MOMOLAND – BAAM January 23, 2019

Filed under: MOMOLAND — solarblade @ 4:40 am

baam

Track Listing

  1. BAAM -Japanese ver.-
  2. Only one you -Japanese ver.-
  3. BAAM -Japanese ver.- (Instrumental)
  4. Only one you -Japanese ver.- (Instrumental)

1. BAAM -Japanese ver.-

Not even a couple seconds in and I already knew the group was going to cash in on the explosive popularity that “BBoom BBoom” had for them earlier in 2018.  The song is VERY VERY similar to previously mentioned track from the beats to the prechorus from Yeonwoo to the rap verse from JooE & Daisy.  It’s just scary that it’s essentially a retread of their big hit.  That said, the song is still pretty damn good and is just as much an earworm!  So I suppose the idea was that if it’s not broken don’t fix for this A-side.  I will say also that I think I prefer the Japanese cut of the Korean original, must be taste I guess.

2. Only one you -Japanese ver.-

So the B-side actually comes from the same mini-album that “BAAM” did in Korea so I suppose it was another track that stood out from it perhaps?  Though this one chills things out after the party banger, “BAAM” for this rather cute pop track.  Like the B-side from their last single, this is kind of the song I would’ve expected MOMOLAND to release over and over.  I do enjoy the vocals here and everyone sounds airy and pretty.  Just gives me a 90’s pop love song so that’s quite nice.

 

 

I knew I was right when “BAAM” was chosen as their second single in Japan and just as much I feel exactly the same with this single as I did with “BBoom BBoom”.  The main track is pretty good even if its by the books a clone of the aforementioned track while Only one you was a cute pop song.  I hope MOMOLAND for their 3rd single changes the game up because having both A-side side-by-side is really make them feel like a one trick pony when I know there’s so much more to them!

 

 

MAXIMUM THE HORMONE – Korekara no Menkata Cottelee no Hanashi wo Shiyou January 21, 2019

Filed under: MAXIMUM THE HORMONE — solarblade @ 3:52 am

korekara no menkata cottelee no hanashi wo shiyou

Track Listing

  1. maximum the hormone II ~ Korekara no Menkata Cottelee no Hanashi wo Shiyou
  2. G’old~en~Guy
  3. Haiyani Spain (we’re the Ore)
  4. Haikei VAP Domo
  5. G’old~en~Guy (Geijou-ban Anime Yokoku-hen Ver.)

1. maximum the hormone II ~ Korekara no Menkata Cottelee no Hanashi wo Shiyou

I wasn’t expecting the band to come back to make a sequel to “maximum the hormone” with the second.  Although, it does seem like the song is a response to the fans that miss Ryo-kun being the big guy (apparently it got to the point where if he didn’t lose weight, there’d be complications).  It’s pretty cool that it’s just rockin’ and in your face as usual, but what I wasn’t expecting a dance-pop section with Nao (who sounds so nice fits the disco/funk sound in that break from the metal).  It’s a wild song that goes back and forth, but considering this is their first single in like 8 years, they sure definitely have not lost their spark and I’m loving this track!

2. G’old~en~Guy

This could’ve been the bigger song because of its Anime tie-in, but G’old~en~Guy is interesting to me.  It opens as a banger with a lot of Daisuke-han and Ryo-kun.  Though it goes deeper and the tune lightens out with synths and Nao actually singing in a higher register than I normally hear.  There’s even a weird section of rockabilly too!  Not quite sure if I like Nao’s poppy part here, but the rest of the song is pretty decent.

3. Haiyani Spain (we’re the Ore)

I’m going to assume it’s just an updated cut of the original Haiyani Spain from their “Rokkinpo Goroshi” album.  Granted it’s been a hot minute since I’ve taken a listen to that track in particular.  Not quite sure whats totally changed but the song is pretty quick and Daisuke-han has some wild parts and a lot of the song is him shouting hard.  It’s a good track though and it seems I like it better than before.

4. Haikei VAP Domo

Because this is the band’s first single under their new label, Warner, Haikei VAP Domo is pretty much them talking about their time in VAP and switching over to their new label, Warner.  Since this like “maximum the hormone II” also got a PV (was the first released actually), I was curious to hear this.  I was happy to see how upbeat and pop/punkish this song is as it definitely gives me some “Minoreba Rock” or some of the poppier tracks in their collection.  Nao seems to have the chorus though and she adds so much energy, but I also notice there’s a lack of Daisuke-han interestingly (but if the PV is one to go by, he had a neck injury and may be the reason he didn’t have lines).  It’s just a fun track and really won me over!

 

 

 

Well disregarding the updated cut of “Mimi Kajiru Shin’uchi” this is the first release from the band since 2013’s “Yoshuu Fukushuu” and with that a whole lot of happenings good and bad before the band and switched labels to finally release this single in 2018.  I have to say the time off has really given the band some rest (minus some injuries) but this was a nice comeback!  All the songs have something really decent about them and the band just keeps rollin’ awesome metal songs…I just hope they don’t take too long for their next release!

 

MAXIMUM THE HORMONE – Yoshuu Fukushuu January 20, 2019

Filed under: MAXIMUM THE HORMONE — solarblade @ 10:41 pm

yoshuufukushuu

Track Listing

  1. Yoshuu Fukushuu
  2. Utsukushiki OP ~Tsuki no Bakugekiki~
  3. Utsukushiki Hitobito no Uta
  4. Benjo Sandal Dance
  5. Chuu 2 The Beam
  6. “F”
  7. Tsume Tsume Tsume
  8. Rock Oremairi ~3 Chord de Omae Full Bokko~
  9. Unbelievable! ~Suwomintsu Hokereiro Mifueho~
  10. A.L.I.E.N
  11. my girl
  12. Mesubuta no Ketsu ni Binta (Kick mo)
  13. Beauty Colisseum
  14. maximum the hormone
  15. Koi no Sperm
  16. untitled (hidden track)

1. Yoshuu Fukushuu

As the album’s opening, Yoshuu Fukushuu doesn’t quite kick off like their last album did, instead of kicks off with light guitar and bass and what I feel like Nao singing at the first verses before the rest of the band takes charge and hits pretty hard.  I’m enjoying the group taking their heavy metal sound in a less chaotic way but still making it feel like MTH.  There’s a LOT of Daisuke-han doing his screamo-raps and then the tune lightens up and we hear Ryo-kun too.  The tune is pretty cool and opens the album quite nicely!

2. Utsukushiki OP ~Tsuki no Bakugekiki~

Next track up is a short 30-second interlude that includes just Ryo-kun playing guitar and singing a short excerpt in a studio room (the low quality sound, explained).  Nothing else to really much say but it does lead into our next track.

3. Utsukushiki Hitobito no Uta

Lead perfectly into the first of the older songs, this one from “Greatest the Hits 2001-2011”, Utsukushiki Hitobito no Uta and boy this one definitely harkens back to their more upbeat punk rock style before instantly diving into their rap/heavy metal mix and I’m loving the energy from the song as everyone sounds great especially the back and forth from Ryo-kun & Daisuke-han!  Very fun and powerful and awesome it was a lead A-side.

4. Benjo Sandal Dance

Back to new songs, Benjo Sandal Dance starts off with a kickin beat and great melody.  Ryo-kun starts things off before Nao joins in and we’re getting a LOT of sass and cool rhythms throughout which once again seems to impress me.  It sounds so unique and watching the band just blaze through it keeps impressing me.  While I think the last two tracks were much stronger, this one was still pretty up there!

5. Chuu 2 The Beam

Oh the school bell melody opens up the next track and immediately goes from 0 to 100 just like that!  Chuu 2 The Beam is very quick-paced and or the first time I’m hearing a LOT of Ue-chan (the band’s bassist) here from his slap bass technique and impressive speed to him actually singing?  This song is another one of the playful songs and I quite dig the passages.  Impressive!

6. “F”

Wow, are we reaching this far back?  It feels like forever since this single came out (back in 2008) so hearing it make the album cut in 2013 is just rather a big space.  I definitely remembered this song and loved it because it was a song about the DragonBall Z antagonist, Frieza!  So being the anime weeb I am, I knew I was going to dig this track a lot!  There’s just a bunch of Ryo-kun & Daisuke-han on here, mostly the latter who is just unleashed in the track!  Still a standout regardless!

7. Tsume Tsume Tsume

Oh?  We’re gonna get its other A-side right after huh?  In comparison, Tsume Tsume Tsume feels a bit more even especially with Nao having a singing part in the track.  At this point it does feel similar to a couple other songs, but that really doesn’t mean much because it’s still the band at high quality here.  It’s just I remember others better I suppose!

8. Rock Oremairi ~3 Chord de Omae Full Bokko~

A short 2 minute track, Rock Oremairi is pretty much a fast-paced track that kind of slams everything into the listener, especially with how quick Daisuke-han is shooting those lyrics.  Is Ue-chan also doing some quick lyrics too?  It feels like a full song despite its length, but I think it’s the sheer speed that’s really doing it for me, short and sweet!

9. Unbelievable! ~Suwomintsu Hokereiro Mifueho~

Next track and it’s an interesting as it feels a bit laidback versus other songs and once again I’m hearing Nao singing first and she doesn’t do half bad before the rest of the band comes in to sing the chorus (which is pretty much the title of the track).  Though the 2nd verse comes in and Daisuke-han switches the mood to the metal sound.  Interesting song overall I’d say and kind of bop-worthy.

10. A.L.I.E.N

The band opens up with a roll and then kicks off the song and it’s just as rampage-worthy as “Rock Oremairi” was but unlike that track it does somewhat slow down a couple times to give some breathing room, but a lot of it is just unhinged and frantic and super fast-paced.  It’s a little much for me since it feels long too…

11. my girl

Another song from their 2nd single for the album, my girl tones things down a bit and it feels rockin’ and like something I would enjoy!  Even we get to hear Nao & Ryo-kun sing together and they do it pretty well!  It does give me a little bit of their “Rokkinpo Goroshi” sound that’s for sure and the mix of the group’s metal sound.  I pretty much enjoyed this all the way through!

12. Mesubuta no Ketsu ni Binta (Kick mo)

Why am I not surprised that the shorter songs are just fierce and in your face?  Mesubuta no Ketsu ni Binta doesn’t change that fact and Nao is definitely leading the the arrangement with loud percussion and a pretty cool guitar solo!  It’s just hard hitting, but it’s also catchy as hell!  One of the cooler songs on the album.

13. Beauty Colisseum

Ohhh, Beauty Colisseum comes in and I feel like this one could’ve been used as a promo song and given a PV because it just sounds really good and it’s so very them!  It just has this arrangement and feel that just works for them and it sounds like something they could’ve put on their last album!  It just hits that hard and the transitioning is pretty cool!! One of the best songs on the album, not counting the songs from the singles.

14. maximum the hormone

I was wondering with a band name like MTH, when they’ll just simply name a song after themselves and here we are!  Since this got the PV, I was happy to see it officially get one (although, surprised that “Chiisana Kimi no Te” isn’t on this album).  This song really got me going with the light psychedelic feel in the verses (with Ue-chan owning the bass and the vocals building on one another).  Then it goes into this punk vibe and it’s pretty neat as well!  Though Daisuke-han just goes nuts too xD.  It’s such a badass song and a favorite of mine!

15. Koi no Sperm

As the ending to the album, I wasn’t expecting synths and Nao’s voice under filters/autotuned for this song and it’s just a hilarious way to end the album with a title as such!  I am curious since this isn’t the hardest hitting nor does it really go too far on their metal side (cept when Daisuke-han has his parts).  I do laugh that they say ~sperm~ a whole bunch regardless.  It’s a good way to close the album…but…

16. untitled

There’s a hidden track!  As the ending of “Koi no Sperm” ends with some conversation with the band members it does go silent a bit before coming back with a lone guitar/bass melody from “Yoshuu Fukushuu” and more conversation (though its like only 20 seconds long so…huh…

Tracks Recommended

  • “F”
  • maximum the hormone
  • Beauty Colisseum
  • Rock Oremairi ~3 Chord de Omae Full Bokko~
  • Chuu 2 The Beam

Song of Avoidance

  • A.L.I.E.N

I thought I had reviewed this album when it came out but I suppose I actually didn’t?!?  Well here we are I guess reviewing this 2013 album now lol!  I will have to say this album was pretty damn good, maybe in some way better than their last album, “Buiikikaesu!!”.  It feels like the band has gelled so well that their musicality has pushed them forward in the music sphere and all the members sound good if not at their best.  Hell, only one song really didn’t click with me versus the couple on their last album so overall, it’s by far their best album yet!


 

 

U-KISS – Glory

Filed under: U-KISS — solarblade @ 8:43 am

glory

Track Listing

  1. Glory
  2. SCANDAL
  3. Ready for U
  4. Dear My Friend 2018
  5. Chair
  6. Stop Sign
  7. Train
  8. Face Off
  9. Milk Tea
  10. Sunset
  11. Only You -Korean Version- (bonus track)

1. Glory

As the opening to the album, Glory was of course chosen to promote the album and it easily sounds like a happy-go-lucky Xmas track because of the album coming out close to the holiday.  Granted, knowing this is sung with the 4 members, I was rather not surprised they chose a happier pop track to open the album, but a holiday song?  This doesn’t feel quite right and maybe could’ve been put elsewhere.  It’s nice to hear Jun sing more (actually he and Kiseop have a lot of solos here).  Still, it’s just a generic Merry Christmas song and bizarre to open this album with.

2. SCANDAL

Which is made more bizarre with the only A-side released before the album coming in with its poppy and funky sound.  As this is the first single with the 4 members, I was curious to see how the group could work without Kevin and Soohyun and they’ve somehow survived it with some pretty awesome vocals from Hoon, Kiseop, and Jun who has taken more of a vocal rap and less than a 2nd rapper to Eli who still sounds great still.  It’s a pretty fun track overall and gave me some hope for the rest of the album (sans “Glory”).

3. Ready For U

Then we slow things down for Ready For U which I thought was the least ballad-like title on the album!  Not sure where I want to stand because U-KISS doesn’t have the strongest ballads in their catalogue and this is one of the more forgettable ones for them.  I will admit their vocals are flighty and very pretty to listen to.  Though not sure if I wanted a rap from Eli & Jun though.  Though Kiseop is impressing me a LOT in this song!  Though come to find out, this is a Japanese version of a 2017 Korean digital single they released (of course resung it due to Soohyun’s hiatus and language shift).

4. Dear My Friend 2018

Seems weird that they’ve brought this song back (the group’s 3rd A-side in Japan) and updated it.  It just feels odd that they decided to bring this one back considering most of the members involved in it are gone or on hiatus (Dongho, AJ, Kevin, and Soohyun).  Even worse is that they turned this rather upbeat, sentimental pop tune into a straight-up ballad is just not good.  While the remaining members sound nice, the new line distribution feels lacking somehow.  Also once again rap line is awkward.

5. Chair

Then we move into the B-side from the “SCANDAL” single, Chair and unlike its upbeat A-side, Chair takes it down a notch and gives us a rather sensual love-making kind of jam that really sticks out to me as its something U-KISS hasn’t done in Japan, well not that I remember at least.  Definitely one of the better songs for the album.

6. Stop Sign

So this is where the album goes into its smaller groupings starting with Stop Sign which is first of 2 between Eli & Jun.  I was pretty surprised to hear such an aggressive rock sound covering this song since it really throws the flow of the album around.  Of course I hear Jun a lot more because he’s singing and rapping whereas Eli is fully doing the raps.  I guess the push from Jun being in UNB is helping this push.  I kind of enjoyed this track mostly because it’s something a bit different than what the rest of the album has to offer.

7. Train

On the other hand we have Hoon & Kiseop for two tracks, but their songs are bolded because the two tracks were released as a physical single earlier in the year.  I was happy to see that this song wasn’t a ballad, at least not in the sappy way.  There’s a low bass throughout and an unsettling feel to both vocalists and it grows into an interesting chorus that seems to have a light dubstep flow to it.  It’s pretty interesting of a song and I thought was going to be another bland ballad.

8. Face Off

Another Eli and Jun duet, it’s a little surprising that the two tracks they have are so aggressive (the only two).  Actually they’re kind of rather similar to one another with raps and then Jun starts singing but I feel this song does better to showcase the two in a bit more light (and doing their thing in English).  It’s also a bit more powerful and dramatic too.  Though it does feel slightly forced (and the English lines are slightly cringy).  I suppose it’s decent, just was hoping for something different.

9. Milk Tea

Yup, I knew one of the songs that Kiseop and Hoon did would be a softer song.  Milk Tea though sounds very soundscape-y mostly due to the echo filter that was placed on the duo and it seems like something I could’ve lived without, luckily the chorus mostly fixes it on occasion but the mid-tempo feel is calming, but rather zones me out too.

10. Sunset

The album closes out with another ballad in Sunset and this is just your typical piano/strings ballad.  Fair enough, it’s appropriate as the album’s finisher but it’s just so bland to me and there’s so many of these in their discography.  Great vocals as per usual and hearing Jun & Kiseop taking part is great, but yeah no this song is just white noise.

11. Only You -Korean Version-

What in the world is the reasoning for this inclusion?  This is a song from all the way back in 2014 (part of a weird release, something about barcodes and scanning it from clothes to hear it?).  It did come with a PV though so it’s really weird to see this here because this is when AJ & Kevin were still in the group and before Jun joined.  It just bothers me that it’s NOW that they’re releasing it (and more strange on a Japanese album).  The tune also does not sound like anything else on the album being more dance-pop (K-pop of course).  Just really absurdly random to see it here.

Tracks Recommended

  • Face Off
  • Chair
  • SCANDAL
  • Train

Song of Avoidance

  • Sunset

I will start off saying that Glory is at least much better than “LINK” was with a little more new material, but I still feel that they’re not lacking cohesiveness on this album and just the idea of this album felt farfetched (what with a leading Christmas song as the opening, bringing (and updating) random old songs (Ready For U, Dear My Friend, Only You) and two random rock songs just to fit the rappers…it was a mess of an album, but not terrible.

 

 

Hitomi Shimatani – misty

Filed under: Hitomi Shimatani — solarblade @ 5:42 am

misty

Track Listing

  1. misty
  2. Vivace!
  3. Golden Lady
  4. gentle rain
  5. LOVE
  6. Cinderella
  7. fragile
  8. The Bright Side
  9. sabão

1. misty

As the introduction to the album, misty is just that, a short opening for the rest of the album.  I really do like the sound of this intro mixing piano with some interesting vibes (considering she’s calling the sound of the album, City Pop) I can totally see this intro as like a cityscape-like feeling in the night hours downtown.  It’s cool and a bit jazzy, making me curious to how it would’ve sounded as a full track…

2. Vivace!

So the ideals continue with the first vocal track and it begins on a rather upbeat note with a bouncing piano melody and jazzy tones all over from the brass and the rest of the instrumentation.  Hitomi’s vocals of course are very impressive and her control is just always a breath of fresh air!  There’s just a lot of energy here and it left a mark on me and really kicks the album off.

3. Golden Lady

As the only A-side released for the album, it was a long time waiting for a new single and she decided to come back with a funky song that was totally a change of pace from the singles that she released prior to her last album, “Honjitsu, Tonai, Bousho”.  I do like the funky bass arrangement and the brass throughout, but after hearing “Vivace!”, this actually sounds a bit weaker of a song to me.  Regardless, this was a worth comeback for Hitomi and fits on the album snuggly.

4. gentle rain

The sound of a thunderstorm opens up our next track and boy do I get strong 90’s vibes out of this ballad.  It just does remind of Mariah Carey’s music in that period, light R&B with some happier undertones thrown throughout the track.  I always seem to appreciate Hitomi’s vocals because it’s where she shines the strongest vocally.  I like it sort of, the song feels slightly outdated, but it’s nostalgic.

5. LOVE

It slows down further with this acoustic ballad, LOVE.  At least at first, I felt like LOVE was a bit too empty initially, but then the chorus comes in and we’re back to a similar 90’s vibe that “gentle rain” was putting out.  I do like Hitomi’s vocals once again and she just has a sweet and gentle tone to her voice that lulls me into what I could say is similar to Rie fu’s music in the past.  It’s calm and nice.

6. Cinderella

First think I thought of from our next track is Winter because of the synths, but the tune kind of shifts over back to the funky, slap beats that were heard in “Vivace!” and “Golden Lady”.  Though I would argue to say the steady beat is giving this track more of a dance-pop kind of groove and I found myself enjoying it.  Best way I can describe it is that it’s like Mika Nakashima’s “FOCUS” and I LOVE that song so it’s easy to tell that I also ended up loving this track too!  A surprising track indeed!

7. fragile

I think the track that left me a little bit zoned out, fragile seems to be even more poppier than the rest of the album and for some reason there’s just not a lot for me here.  I mean, Hitomi sounds cute and nothing wrong on her end, it’s just the song itself just doesn’t lend itself much in the way of an impression.

8. The Bright Side

Interesting piano opening for The Bright Side, but this song is very odd to me since it’s poppy, but unlike “fragile”, there sounds like a lot more effort put here and the vocal layering in the verses is pretty cool and the synth pops are also just off the wall, but sounded pretty cool overall!  Another song that reminds me of another artist (this time BONNIE PINK), The Bright Side is another cool track on the album that luckily suits this album!

9. sabão

Ending the album, we have the B-side from “Golden Lady” and had me curious to why it was chosen as the ending, but then again if it was at the front it would sound way too similar to both its sister A-side and “Vivace!” as this song also has a jazzy/funk vibe to it.  Since the single, this song on misty is still an odd ending choice, but at least it ends on an upbeat note I suppose.

Tracks Recommended

  • Cinderella
  • Vivace!
  • The Bright Side
  • sabão

Song of Avoidance

  • fragile

Wow, wasn’t expecting a new Shimatani album to drop!  With the idea of City Pop as the theme for the album, I would say she accomplished it well, maybe not too perfectly, but I did feel like there wasn’t many bummer songs here versus her last album, but at the same time, this was a SHORT album.  8 songs (not counting the intro) is just a bit slim to me.  misty is OK, still miss her days as a dance-pop artist, but this’ll do!

 

Utada Hikaru – Face My Fears January 18, 2019

Filed under: Utada Hikaru — solarblade @ 6:00 am

facemyfears

Track Listing

  1. Face My Fears (Japanese Version)
  2. Chikai
  3. Face My Fears (English Version)
  4. Don’t Think Twice

1. Face My Fears (Japanese Version)

Opening the single up is of course the song used as the intro for Kingdom Hearts III and boy does seem like it steps outside of what “Hikari” and “Passion” did previously.  I really do love how the song starts off slowly and kind of in a somber light before it builds itself into this dubsteppy breakdown that kind of makes the mood feel uncomfortable and off the wall and I kind of enjoy that switch of moods.  Then again it’s no surprise that the song was produced by Skrillex of American fame here.  It feels like such an odd pairing, but I kind of dug the track even if it doesn’t quite live up to the dynasty that the previous Kingdom Hearts themes had.

2. Chikai

Which seems to kind of how I feel about Chikai despite this being an actual separate song used as the ending theme of the game (kind of weird we won’t be getting an orchestral version of “Face My Fears” right)?  With the time I’ve had with this song since her album, “Hatsukoi” last year, Chikai is still kind of an odd song, mostly because of the rhythm here, but the moodiness and sentimentality of the track kind of stuck out to me and I thought Hikki sounded very nice here.  Fitting song for the franchise!

3. Face My Fears (English Version)

No surprise that the single would also include English takes on both themes and great to have prior to the game’s release.  Really not much to say here but I mean it’s still sung pretty well from Hikki and at least I can understand this lyrically.  There’s just something mysterious about this song and I just love it!

4. Don’t Think Twice

Yeah, this is the US title for “Chikai” and its just until now that we finally get its English variant and I’m pretty happy to see this as I feel like the emotions carry better here.  I think Hikki also had a bit more time to really get the lyrics right for the game.  It’s just a pretty song and it’s another ballad that ended up sticking to me.

 

 

Wow has it been over 10 years since Hikki released an actual physical single (not counting that odd U3 single).  Of course, this is a pretty big deal because this is the single to promote the theme songs for Kingdom Hearts III and that was more than enough to warrant a single!  I have to say that both Face My Fears and Don’t Think Twice are pretty appropriate and decent songs to serve the game and the Japanese cuts are on equal ground as well versus the US/JP differences between the KH1 & KH2 themes.  I just hope this puts a fire into Hikki and she can return to releasing singles!