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access – Secret Cluster December 30, 2012

Filed under: access — solarblade @ 8:36 am

secretcluster

Track Listing

  1. vibe cluster (Instrumental)
  2. Bet ~Tsuioku no Roulette~ (Album ver.)
  3. Beyond the Second-D.
  4. Star Tribal
  5. Let me go
  6. Stand By
  7. ChaOs GrAdatioN
  8. f☆R☆E☆e
  9. Wild Butterfly (Album ver.)
  10. Secret Dimension (Instrumental)
  11. 20th Sincerely

CD 2

  1. Doubt & Trust
  2. GONNA BE
  3. Dream Runner
  4. PARADISE
  5. Higher Than Dark Sky
  6. Aoi Nami
  7. SOUL DYNAMITE
  8. Share The Love
  9. Keep It
  10. Ride Up For The Shiny Way

1. vibe cluster (Instrumental)

The album opens up with an introduction piece from Daisuke who still is a great producer and vibe cluster is a simple but futuristic intro.  Not much else to really say about it besides that it moved nice and smoothly and led into our next track nicely.

2. Bet ~Tsuioku no Roulette~ (Album ver.)

As the one of two A-sides that made the main tracklist (so not including the second disc) we get Bet first which was the last single to be released in the era.  I’m not totally sure of what the changes were made from the single version but the song sound a bit more electro, but that could just be me.  I feel like the song could benefitted a harder beat, but it’s not a bad track, but I like the original more.

3. Beyond the Second-D.

I’m surprised to see more B-sides make the album cut over the leading tracks.  I said in the past that I really like this track from “Wild Butterfly” and I still do because Takami doesn’t try to be really screwy with his vocals but the song might just be a little to the textbooks for them.  Also I feel like the song could’ve been a smidge quicker, but I still really like the song.

4. Star Tribal

Only 4 new songs on the album?!?  That’s a bit disappointing.  Star Tribal though doesn’t sound like anything the duo has done in the era and I really like this more serious side to access’ music.  For being a slower track, I think they tackled the song in stride and just let it go the direction it wanted.  It almost sounds like it could fit in an anime/RPG.  One of the album’s intriguing songs.

5. Let me go

As the B-side from “Bet ~Tsuioku no Roulette~, I was actually pretty happy to see the album’s cut because while it was a bit more pop-oriented and kind of has a certain Johnny’s sound to it, I loved that it stood out from the album.  It’s like Takami wanted to be in a boyband and we got this song from it.  Quirky little tune isn’t it?

6. Stand By

Our next new track on the album, Stand By is a lighter affair and has that be happy feel with that intro but also keeps up with Daisuke’s synths,  Like I’ve said about a couple of others, I kind of wish there was more oomph going on because without it, it sounds like a snoozer,  and frankly that doesn’t work and neither is the rapping here…

7, ChaOs GraDatioN

The other B-side from “Wild Butterfly” makes its appearance and all I can say is why include this because this was a bit of a mess of a song.  Mixing what I knew from them but then the verses are all urbanized and all kinds of gross.  I guess you can say it’s a bit chaotic, but this was too much for me…there was a limit.  This was a pretty bad song on the single and it hasn’t changed any better on the album.

8. f☆R☆E☆e

Even though “Stand By” is the album’s longest track, I actually really thought that Daisuke FINALLY found something that isn’t missing much in the arrangement.  f☆R☆E☆e kind of reminds me of “EDGE” but I’m OK with that because this song is one of the more impressive songs here!  It’s a really cool dance track and there’s so much I could say because it brought me out of the mediocrity.

9. Wild Butterfly (Album ver.)

Seems like the other A-side on the album has gotten an arrangement switched out with this echo-y keyboard arrangement.  Wild Butterfly this time around took out the flighty feelings and I feel like Daisuke handled this better the second time around.  It sounds a lot more complete as well so that being said, it was a leap for me to enjoy it, but now I’m enjoying this version more.

10. Secret Dimension (Instrumental)

As an interlude before getting into the final track on the album, it sounds like more of what we heard in the beginning but with more punch.  Does sound like something I’d hear in a game, but I like it…though it doesn’t slide into the final track very well since it is so heavy with beats and synths.

11. 20th Sincerely

Yeah, the final song on the first disc is a ballad which is why I said “Secret Dimension” didn’t really fit before this track.  20th Sincerely does kind of sound slightly like they want to be nostalgic because I could hear this on the stuff before their hiatus.  It does suffer as being a little too boring and the end stretched a little too long…but the track is only 4 minutes long…strange…appropriate way to end the main disc.

CD 2

1. Doubt & Trust

Lord, I would have never guessed that I would be reviewing Doubt & Trust a third time and strange to see access including this single up to “Share The Love”  so all ten songs found from those four singles get singled out and put on the second disc.  Doubt & Trust was and still is such an amazing song from the duo,  Unlike most of the tracks that filled out the era, this was more anime-rock and it didn’t slightly sound like T.M.Revolution but with Takami’s voice.  It’s sad to say that it’s still the best of the entire album because it’s just so edgy and aggressive and I love the guitar riffs…Yeah, that good of a song!

1. GONNA BE

The B-side from above single has had time to slightly grow on me and while I don’t like the sampling in the beginning and Takami under so much auto-tune is quite distracting and add his already nasally tones, it’s just a bit too much for the song.  Suffice to say, I’m not too big of a fan.  At least the guitar solo was in fact good…but the song otherwise, is just yucky.

3. Dream Runner

I was expecting so much drom Dream Runner after how completely badass “Doubt & Trust”, “EDGE”, and “Hitomi no Tsubasa” turned out, but this song while more energetic than most of the stuff on the first disc, there was something that I didn’t really enjoy…but nowadays has disappeared.  I kind of dig it nowadays…maybe Takami’s vocals aren’t still connecting to me very well…but the arrangement is niiice!

4. PARADISE

However, I can’t say the same for the B-side because it’s bizarro and very uncharacteristic of them to throw out there,  Takami is just speeding through the song so following him alongside this beach=friendly with that UFO woop is just a tad strange.  It just reminds me of how WTF T.M.R’s “Salsa Bazaar” was and this fits VERY closely with it.  It’s not terrible, but it would never fit on an album and not even here.

5. Higher Than Dark Sky

As the 3rd single, Higher Than Dark Sky has made me wonder why I thought it was ever better than “Dream Runner” because this song is really plain to me nowadays…sounds like nostalgia done the wrong way.  Thing is is that this song has an absurd amount of Engrish about and Takami doesn’t sound all that good either.  It just sounds extremely cheesy and overly dated!

6. Aoi Nami

Strange, as I listen to Aoi Nami, the song starts to remind me of “20th Sincerely” in the strangest way…it’s like they had the same structure, but this song is less cheesy sounding, but Takami sounds worse in this song because that chorus makes him hit notes that HE CLEARLY CAN’T HANDLE!  I would enjoy the song if it didn’t have such an annoying chorus.

7. SOUL DYNAMITE

Now this sounds like classic access because Daisuke’s bringing some old sounding keyboards up to the front, but it’s rather intriguing when compared to many of the other songs on the album.  The chorus is still kind of a shady area for me, but this song is still quite good nonetheless.

8. Share The Love

Finally we have the 4th A-side on this disc, Share The Love.  I love the opening that kind of reminds me of the fast piano lines in “Doubt & Trust” but one Takami starts to sing, it reverts back to this nostalgic trip.  I would say behind a couple of A-sides this is one of the better ones they’ve released…still got that nasal tone that really can kill the song sometimes but I think I can move it aside and enjoy it.

9. Keep It

Kind of like “ChaOs GraDatioN”, it also has this urban sound that really doesn’t fit the song at all…add in an annoying siren and you get this song which sounds like a mess to be honest and is really not their forte.  Very annoying song to listen to and it’s repetitive as well…

10. Ride Up For The Shiny Way

The final song on the second disc, Ride Up For The Shiny Way brings the energy back and so does Daisuke’s arranging here since it’s kind of more up to date with the synths and style.  I don’t really enjoy listening to Takami’s higher register, but he tackled the song well minus those specific parts.  A good way to close things out!

Tracks Recommended

  • Doubt & Trust
  • f☆R☆E☆e
  • Wild Butterfly (Album ver.)
  • Let me go
  • Dream Runner

Song of Avoidance

  • Keep It

How long has it been since access released their last album, 5 years?  Yeah it’s been that long and Secret Cluster took forever to come together because of the 6 sings spaced so far apart from each other!  If it was just the one disc, the main disc isn’t totally bad.  A little forgettable but not terrible.  With the second disc, I think it dropped because all those songs were off the singles (which is strange to see “Doubt & Trust” as it was on their best album back in 2007) and most of those were disappointing songs.  It’s a big release, but not everything is peaches in access land.

 

access – Bet ~Tsuioku no Roulette~ October 7, 2012

Filed under: access — solarblade @ 8:02 am

Track Listing

  1. Bet ~Tsuioku no Roulette~
  2. Let me go
  3. Bet ~Tsuioku no Roulette~ (Instrumental)

1. Bet ~Tsuioku no Roulette~

The duo return for a second A-side in 2012? WOW!  Bet really is something cool from the them since they have more of an electro style going for the song.  Plus Takami’s vocals aren’t as tragic as I kind of thought they were in “Wild Butterfly”.  It’s a fun track and I enjoyed Daisuke’s arrangement this time around. 

2. Let me go

The B-side is a little different (then again their B-sides have all been strange experimentations.  Let me go is a lot more poppier and techno which is fitting along with the single.  What I’m surprised is how catchy this song is!  I’m really liking Takami and the jittery nature of the tune.  Though the chorus is a little screwy but this song is actually one of the better B-sides from them!

 

 

Closing out this REALLY long era for their album, “Secret Cluster”, Bet is probably my favorite of the 6 singles that are represented on the album.  The leading track is energetic and fun to listen to while the B-side is poppy and fun as well, though the chorus is a bit shady lol.  Can’t wait for the album to leak!

 

access – Wild Butterfly May 2, 2012

Filed under: access — solarblade @ 2:30 am

Track Listing

  1. Wild Butterfly
  2. Beyond the Second-D.
  3. ChaOs GrAdatioN

1. Wild Butterfly

access is back again with a new A-side and with Wild Butterfly, it actually kind of sounds light at first because of how it starts and Takami’s vocals at first.  Then it picks up momentum when more synths and guitars join in but the song still retains it’s rather ethereal feel for the most part.  It feels rather unfinished of a song and despite Daisuke’s rather intriguing arrangement, it’s a bit too oddball and freaky for me to enjoy.

2. Beyond the Second-D.

Opening with Takami singing by himself, Beyond the Second-D. is actually something I was expecting them to release right around when they first came back.  It has a lot of Daisuke synths and it actually sounds really good!  It’s very anime-esque and kind of joins quite nicely alongside “EDGE” and “Hitomi no Tsubasa”.  There’s just something that was pretty damn good here and so much more easier to handle than “Wild Butterfly”.

3. ChaOs GrAdatioN

With the stickytabs going, and the interesting title, I wasn’t unsure of what we were getting for the other B-side.  It begins with a dark beat and Takami under filters.  It feels like the song is growing into something huge but it flops hardcore when it gets into this kind of hip-hop/urban sound that just doesn’t fit access at all!  Then it goes into the chorus where it’s very synthy and straightforward…and then back to weirdness…wow…

 

 

access has never been one to stay straightforward but I thought Wild Butterfly is kind of a mess of a single.  Besides Beyond the Second-D. which was pretty much the best thing they’ve done since “Higher Than Dark Sky”.  However, Wild Butterfly and ChaOs GrAdatioN would have been nice if Daisuke didn’t opt for experimentation on weird levels with both tracks.  I’m still waiting for an album from these guys…it’s been sooo long!!!

 

access – Share The Love August 14, 2011

Filed under: access — solarblade @ 6:42 pm

Track Listing

  1. Share The Love
  2. Keep It (Type A only)
  3. Ride Up For The Shiny Way (Type A only)
  4. Keep It (2010 Version) (Type B only)
  5. Higher Than Dark Sky (Piano Version) (Type B only)

1. Share The Love

Synths and harpischord opening the A-side?  I found that pretty epic IMO for some reason.  It does seem when the song opens to the main track I feel like Daisuke is trying to hit back for some nostalgia in the arrangement, but it’s also a little like “Doubt & Trust” with how quickly Daisuke is playing some of the piano.  I also found myself enjoying Takami’s vocals a bit more than the last two singles so that’s a good direction. 

2. Keep It

So I’ve seen that access has performed this before the single’s release and that’s kind of cool but took a while before it was finally released.  Unlike the energetic “Share The Love”, this is more pop-laced and a tad slower in the tempo.  Though there’s something in the background that sounds like a siren that keeps going on and off that annoys me to death in the song and Takami under A LOT of filters bother me even further.  I hope the 2011 version is a lot better than this mess!

3. Ride Up For The Shiny Way

I’m not sure what the duo were thinking for their B-sides but whatever I do like Daisuke’s arrangement in this song as well since it’s full and has a lot of oomph to it.  I will say I’m not too big of a fan of Takami’s vocals in this song either, but there’s not a lot of filtering going on which is a start I guess.  Still his nasally higher register is a bit cringing.  I’d say it’s between the two tracks on likes.

 

 

*will review Type-B when it leaks*.  I must say that after “Higher Than Dark Sky” this single kind of feels like a bust.  It’s not the A-side that caused this however since that continued the hi-energy synth rock style that’s been getting them places.  Ride Up For The Shiny Way was alright, but nothing that hasn’t been done before on previous albums while Keep It was just terrible all-around.  I seriously think it’s album time for the duo!

 

access – Higher Than Dark Sky August 8, 2010

Filed under: access — solarblade @ 7:18 pm

Track Listing

  1. Higher Than Dark Sky
  2. Aoi Nami (Type A only)
  3. SOUL DYNAMITE (Type A only)
  4. SOUL DYNAMITE (original live) (Type B only)
  5. Aoi Nami (original live) (Type B only)

1. Higher Than Dark Sky

Wow, I forgot how long it’s been since I’ve heard an access song.  I think Daisuke is trying to go back into the past to sound like what he used to because this song sounds very light and synth heavy.  I mean it’s no “EDGE” or “Doubt & Trust” but it’s a bit more like “Hitomi no Tsubasa” which is good to hear since it’s catchy.  Takami’s vocals have also rubbed me the wrong way so it’s no surprise that it’s the same here, though it makes him stand out amongst other male vocalists.  Not too bad, but it’s better than “Dream Runner”!

2. Aoi Nami

At least I’m happy that Daisuke is keeping on with new arrangements and new styles.  Aoi Nami sounds so different that what I’m used to from the duo.   The arrangement is like ethereal and filled with spaced synths and piano which gives it a free-spirited sound.  For the most part, Takami wasn’t bothering, that it until he started hitting high notes in a bad way.  Luckily it’s just the chorus and nowhere else so it’s not amazingly bad, but it’s something to point out. 

3. SOUL DYNAMITE

If you missed the 90’s version of access.  Daisuke fed his fans up with this song which is definitely on this single for nostalgic factors.  I mean I hear all the typical Daisuke items in the song which is like 90’s eurobeat which is pretty cool since it has been quite a while since I’ve heard something like it.  In my opinion it’s the best song off the single since Takami is singing strong and puts personality into the song.  Good tune for sure.

4. SOUL DYNAMITE (original live)

So on the other edition of the single, we get live versions of the B-sides (strange…no live “Higher Than Dark Sky”).  I’ve always thought that access live is pretty exciting because of the energy and being able to sound good.  SOUL DYNAMITE’s live is still as energetic and fun as the studio cut so that’s good for sure and Daisuke’s parts are a bit more profound as well.

5. Aoi Nami (original live)

Comparing to the studio version, there’s actually no synths present for this live and it should’ve been like this right from the start since it’s a good ballad.  I don’t know why, but the piano arrangement sounds a bit KH-like which I guess fits in a way. 

 

 

It’s been nearly two years since their last single “Dream Runner” dropped.  I’m happy to say this single is miles better than that single for sure.  Higher Than Dark Sky and SOUL DYNAMITE are energetic and cool songs (no thx to Daisuke’s arrangements).  Aoi Nami is a different kind of ballad from em and that’s pretty awesome.  They are long needing an album now!  GET TO IT!

 

access – Dream Runner August 30, 2008

Filed under: access — solarblade @ 9:33 am

Track Listing

  1. Dream Runner
  2. PARADISE
  3. Dream Runner (TV version)
  4. Dream Runner (Instrumental)

1. Dream Runner

Definitly an odd and annoying start with Takami bein long and stupid.  Daisuke comes in with some interesting synths I have never heard in his collection.  There’s something obviously familiar with the song and Takami is in limbo with some of the worst notes to hold.  Just ruins the song, but the angry verses are quite nice for being access…Not a good A-side and disappoints after “Doubt & Trust”

2. PARADISE

Then we get this very upbeat, almost soothing dance track.  Then Takami shoots lyrics like rapid fir which was hard to swallow but he comes back to Earth with some smoother stuff.  It’s odd for me and was probably unusual for them using many new sounds and tricks and there’s a whistle…this was just as random as T.M.Revolution’s track “Salsa Bazaar”  Definitly a nice listen.

 

 

access’s newest single was much a more of a nod to their past songs though I can’t say it was as good as “Doubt & Trust” this was a bit of a step down and I enjoyed the B-side much more than the A-side.  Still, I love how Daisuke is reaching to new sounds with each release whether it’s with access or T.M.R.

 

access – Doubt & Trust August 21, 2008

Filed under: access — solarblade @ 4:30 am
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Track Listing

  1. Doubt & Trust
  2. GONNA BE
  3. Doubt & Trust (DAwnforce Mix) (CD+DVD only)
  4. Doubt & Trust (Instrumental)

1. Doubt & Trust

This has got to be one of the best piano openings to a song I’ve heard in a while.  This is one of epic song openings from the anime D. Gray-Man.  access put their pop sound in the backseat for this rock track and to me, it’s one of the best efforts in their career.  Daisuke always seems to impress me with his skill on the keyboard and Takami uses a more deep voice to sing the track and it isn’t bad at all.  Awesome track!

2. GONNA BE

The beginning sounds were so damn annoying and even kept going when Takami started singing.  About his singing…he’s under the vocoder, which sounded pretty awesome.  Though I didn’t like it when they hit the chorus.  It just sounded weak and bleh.  I don’t knowbut I hope this doesn’t end up on their next album.

3. Doubt & Trust (DAwnforce Mix)

Yup, this is definitly Daisuke’s mix.  It starts out like the original but then it get’s very robotic and full of synths.  Not that it’s anything bad but it just took the song into a totally different direction.  Takami’s voice is filtered and the music is louder which kind of turned me off.   Not my favorite here

 

 

access’s recent single was a great way to bring back access and it shows since they were at the top 10 on the oricon charts.  Doubt & Trust was an awesome rock track and made a pretty damn cool opening for D. Gray-Man.  GONNA BE though was a nice try and was good with the vocoder but came out so boring.  The remix however was a little bit on the bad side with overbearing music.  It’s still a nice single though.

 

 

access – Best Selection: CD1 Singles Selection July 20, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. VIRGIN EMOTION
  2. JEWELRY ANGEL
  3. NAKED DESIRE
  4. MOONSHINE DANCE
  5. TRY AGAIN
  6. Yume wo Mitai Kara
  7. MISTY HEARTBREAK
  8. SWEET SILENCE
  9. DRASTIC MERMAID
  10. SCANDALOUS BLUE
  11. TEAR’S LIBERATION
  12. Only the love survive
  13. EDGE
  14. REAL AT NIGHT ~Nemurenu Yoru no Mukou ni~
  15. Hitomi no Tsubasa
  16. Doubt & Trust

1. VIRGIN EMOTION

Ok, this is the first time, that I didn’t like the first track.  Takami is strangely sharp for this song, and sounds so messed up.  The chorus does prevent any more issues.  The guitar sounds cool too, but c’mon, seriously this song sucks still.

2. JEWELRY ANGEL

Didn’t I just listen to this song?  Well, it has the same kind of beginning, but this time Takami sounds right.  This time it’s the chorus that’s a bit strange to my ears.  ~Jury Angle?~ maybe he needs to take some English classes.  I do like the afterchorus, where Daisuke takes over for a bit.

3. NAKED DESIRE

That was a cool guitar opening.  Then we get to Takami’s funky lyrics.  The bridge sounds so cool though with the staccato synths.  This songs screams anthem-y as there is some chanting in it, which bothered me a bit.  Still, it’s definitly a step up from the two tracks before it. 

4. MOONSHINE DANCE

Now this is definitly way better.  Daisuke starts off with a hot synth beat reminescent of a Mortal Kombat movie.  Takami sounds so much better and everything is just real catchy here.  The enthusiasm in the title in the chorus is so good.  It’s so far the best track. Daisuke’s solo = WIN

5. TRY AGAIN

A ballad comes in as track 5, TRY AGAIN.  There’s some tribal instruments trinkling throughout but it’s mostly the normal band instruments.  The strings do give it a more pleasant feel for it.  It’s better than the other songs that are just like this song.

6. Yume wo Mitai Kara

A bit more lively than TRY AGAIN, Yume wo Mitai Kara is mainly a synth/piano pop tune.  The guitar gots some quirky inputs during the verses/bridge which is pretty cool.  Somehow, this song just bores me…It doesn’t have any bam in it. 

7. MISTY HEARTBREAK

I’m kinda of getting bored of the same sounding synths.  Though this song has some of the coolest things going on, especially in the verses.  There’s some very cool stuff from Daisuke and it’s got a steady hot beat.  Takami once again sounds great in this song, probably this is their best song from the past.

8. SWEET SILENCE

The verses in SWEET SILENCE bothered me so much!  Like it’s normal then he speeds through the second part throwing the listener off.  The music is definitly nothing new still.  If it wasn’t a single this would be a filler track, since it doesn’t really peak my interest at all.

9. DRASTIC MERMAID

This continuation of this sound is really making me bored and this song isn’t helping it any.  It’s still the medium-tempo track and doesn’t really bring anything new to the table.  The guitar is pretty cool to listen to though.  Boring track overall.

10. SCANDALOUS BLUE

Taking a sound that’s more familiar to T.M.Revolution’s stuff, SCANDALOUS BLUE sounds very tense and sort of messy right until the chorus where it gets boring again.  It’s a happy track, which is more or less a difference to me, because I’m still not impressed.

11. TEAR’S LIBERATION

Luckily, this is the final track before where things start to change.  It’s still the normal Daisuke treatment of a song, which I can’t really stand anymore.  Though the happy feling does me wanna tap my feet to it.  I think it’s probably one of the better songs off the CD.

12. Only the love survive

Finally, a difference in production.  The song is very space-like in the beginning, while Takami’s vocals sound a tad nasally, but I think there was help with it.  The difference in the synth for me was almost godly, but it wasn’t til the next song where I actually said it.

13. EDGE

I was shocked when I heard this and said to myself “Is this really access?” The effective synth storm found across this song is too damn catchy and Takami sounded perfect angry and he really made the song.  When Daisuke takes his solo, OMG I’m falling in love all over again.  The epitome of an aggressive track is right here.  The lyrics, though strange, do eventually make sense near the end.  If there’s one track that needs to be downloaded from them it’s this one!

14. REAL AT NIGHT ~Nemurenu Yoru no Mukou ni~

 The beginning with the guitar was pretty impressive with some different sounding synths again really made it a dark track.  Then Takami comes in with softer vocals, but it kind of sounds lifeless.  I guess they were trying to take on a slower pop side, but to me, it didn’t work this time.

15. Hitomi no Tsubasa

One of Code Geass’s opening’s, this fared so much better as the slower pop track, because it had so much power in it.  I like how Daisuke plays his solo and how strong Takami is in it.  The lead guitar played so well also.  This song just oozes cool everywhere.

16. Doubt & Trust

Another tie-in with an anime, this time D.Gray-Man’s 3rd opening.  This is actually mostly rock since there’s not much of synths and more of just Daisuke playing regular piano!!! ZOMG!!!  Anyway if you’ve seen D.Gray-Man, then you would know it’s a dark and scary atmosphere.  Takami takes on the verses in a lower register to which he sounds better.  Daisuke singing too?  What’s this world coming to?  Still it’s their most recent single, and IMO a great comeback to the music forefront!

Tracks Recommended

  • EDGE
  • Doubt & Trust
  • MOONSHINE DANCE
  • Hitomi no Tsubasa
  • MISTY HEARTBREAK

Song of Avoidance

  • VIRGIN EMOTION

Yeah, this is the worst CD, pretty much from VIRGIN EMOTION straight to Only the love survive was downright boring and unoriginal.  The last few songs definitly kicked them back up though.  I know they were all singles but damn…a lot of them just sounded to similar.

 

access – Best Selection: CD2 Daisuke Asukara’s Selection July 11, 2008

Filed under: access — solarblade @ 2:11 am
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Track Listing

  1. SEQUENCE MEDITATION ~Chouden Doushikou Kairo Dai’ichi Gakushou Kakumei~
  2. FIND NEW WAY
  3. BE NUDE
  4. LYIN’ EYES
  5. STONED MERGE
  6. DECADE & xxx
  7. BEAT PLANET
  8. SHAKE THE SUNRISE
  9. AGAINST THE RULES 2002
  10. Hung Me For The Distance ~Kizuna Sareta Ai no Hate ni~
  11. balearic GHOST
  12. Stay
  13. Life goes on
  14. STAY MY LOVE

1. SEQUENCE MEDITATION ~Chouden Doushikou Kairo Dai’ichi Gakushou Kakumei~

Why is this such a long title?  Even then it’s for a short introduction.  It’s a real quiet one at first but a minute in, Organ starts playing and some synths creating a terrifying atmosphere but then it stops and guitar comes in and then some funky sounds.  This is just the weirdest interlude/beginning ever.

2. FIND NEW WAY

I can see why Daisuke chose this.  It has some of the coolest synth playing in it.  But that’s all it’s good for.  Takami sounds a bit bored in this song, and this tune is a bit bland after a while.  It’s your normal tune, oddly it reminds me of T.M.Revolution’s song I just reviewed “Hesoshukujo -Venus-“

3. BE NUDE

A funky entrance, then Takami comes in, The title is a bit strange too, cmon BE NUDE? WTF.  This song is a bit more minimalistic in sound then the previous tune, Which is pretty much a better thing.  Though once again I’m bored but at least the chorus is lively!

4. LYIN’ EYES

A very space-like opening to LYIN’ EYES.  Once again Takami is rapping but somewhere in there I can hear him say ~Sexy~.  It’s definitly got a great dance beat to it.  It’s definitly a better song on this album just for the pulsating dance synths, which I am grateful for.  DAISUKE LOVE!!!! BTW I think Takami cusses a bit.  Another out of left field surprise from access.

5. STONED MERGE

A dark rush of sounds filters through the speakers at first then even more synths are added.  Altogether making a mysterious sound, it’s actually very weird but cool.  Takami whispers the lyrics, sad I couldnt tell what he was saying because the music was very loud.  Then it gets really fast for the chorus and Takami becomes more apparant.  Definitly the creepy track.

6. DECADE & xxx

Sweeping synths and piano play at the beginning of the tune. It’s once again a piano ladened dance track.  But, Takami finally rears his ugly vocals in this song which totally destroys it.  I think I’f be rather better off not listening to this, but Daisuke did make the song cool.

7. BEAT PLANET

Ooooo, this track, off the same original album as the previous song, this was way better.  Though the verses seem sort of monotone, Daisuke helped this out in the keyboarding department.  It’s got a forceful beat to it, and make you wanna listen and see what else can happen during the song, which is once again a dance track.  The chorus does take out the beats for a bit and leaves the piano which was great.  This song has an awesome beat to it, great song.

8. SHAKE THE SUNRISE

This is definitly a song that makes you think of the sun, but oddly there’s great feel of speed here too.  The beat is fast, Daisuke playing the synths is as catchy.  It reminds me of DJ Sammy, which is in no way a bad thing.  The guitarist in the song is so great here too.  The one problem I had was that this was a long song clocking over 7 minutes, it can get a bit boring.

9. AGAINST THE RULES 2002

Well, we’re back to this poor song.  Like I said in the last review this song didn’t really capture my attention, but when I heard this remixed, it changed my view a bit.  It’s got a more dance and ethereal view on it and it’s so much better.  Daisuke is the awesomest in playing in this song. Very memorable indeed.

10. Hung Me For The Distance ~Kizuna Sareta Ai no Hate ni~

Another great dance/trance track.  It begins with the strings, but then leads to the dance part.  It’s got more of a sad tone to it, but doesn’t back away from the beats.  The chorus sounds great also with Takami’s voice.  3rd verse, it gains some very cosmic beeps which really got me happy.  Definitly the best track off of this CD

11. balearic GHOST

Gosh, this is a very interesting track from them.  It’s very speedy but has so many oddities in it like the church bells in it, The guitar keeps poppin in and out of the track but at the same time created a nice burst.  Though the instrumentation get get boring quickly and Takami being practically nonexistant in the track, this could lead to problems.

12. Stay

The longest track covering 9 minutes of time.  This would not be on my list of songs I’d keep listening to.  It’s got a mysterious entrance and carries throughout.  The synths though are great but Takami won’t come in until 2 minutes in.  It’s kind of boring and Takami is monotone a lot in the song, which annoyed me.  PASS!

13. Life goes on

A more brighter tune, Life goes on actually is a a fast rock tune.  It sounds like Takami and Daisuke were thinking fun for this track and it worked on their behalf.  he synths can get catchy so watch out there.  It’s got a lot of bright features like the synth and Daisuke’s solo, which was awesome!  Takami also sounds like he loves the song.

14. STAY MY LOVE

And we end the album with a ballad.  In fact it sounds a lot better than the ballads found on the 3rd CD.  Takami has good vocals when he isn’t trying to sound brash.  It’s just Takami and piano this time but there’s a clarinet and flute secretly in there.  It’s definitely a great CD ending

Tracks Recommended

  • Hung Me For The Distance ~Kizuna Sareta Ai no Hate ni
  • Life goes on
  • LYIN’ EYES
  • AGAINST THE RULES 2002
  • STAY MY LOVE

Song of Avoidance

  • DECADE & xxx

So, the 2nd CD is Daisuke’s choices and actually he did a better job at picking then Takami, there was only a few songs I couldnt stand but the rest were pretty good especially the top 5 songs I liked.  Anyways, great CD, I can’t wait to do the 1st CD

 

 

access – Best Selection: CD3 Takami Hiroyuki’s Selection July 10, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. SUMMER NIGHT BREEZER
  2. closet
  3. Especially Kiss
  4. White Lights
  5. PALE BLUE RAIN
  6. JUNGLING PARTY
  7. NIGHT WAVE
  8. AGAINST THE RULES
  9. SILVER HEART (binary engine version 2007)
  10. CATCH THE RAINBOW
  11. VIEW
  12. OZONE, IN THE NATIVE
  13. Grand Muse
  14. LOOK-A-HEAD

1. SUMMER NIGHT BREEZER

Starting immediatly Takami’s almost nasally voice kinda kills it quickly.  Then his voice gets synthed up pretty good in the verses.  Daisuke’s signature synth usage is pretty catchy actually.  The chorus is where Takami just kinda ruins it with his unusual voice.  I can’t help but like the rest of the song, cause it’s futuristic in nature.  So I’ll let his off vocals pass by.

2. closet

As if, this song is freaky in many ways.  It’s got a dark creepy theme to it.  Takami this time whispering his vocals, which is probably a good thing considering how bad it was.  IMO, he sounds better like this, using a sexy/creepy tone.  Daisuke actually has a more prominent role in this song as well, his solo part has many swoop synths it’s pretty cool. 

3. Especially Kiss

A quieter beginning, but still retaining the futuristic sound, Especially Kiss brings back the odd Takami, to the vocals.  Though it isn’t horrible this time.  It’s a tad slow for my taste, but its got a pretty good feeling to it.  Daisuke, wow, I’m always impressed with your playing.  It’s got so much wonder in it.  I LOVE YOU DAISUKE!!!!

4. White Lights

Uhm, I immediatly thought of Earthbound from the SNES when I heard the beginning.  It was kinda scary but at the same time intriguing.  Takami, are you trying to rap or just sing fast?  It’s a more ethereal tune on the album which is a surprise.  Takami sounds great, but he’s really soft, and the music can somewhat take over too much.  It’s definitly a great song to listen to, makes me wanna slow dance. 

5. PALE BLUE RAIN

A ballad from access?  This is more or less a surprise.  It’s pretty much Takami and Daisuke playing piano or more like hitting the piano.  As it is being attacked which made me laugh.  There’s little bloops from the synths, but the person they are highlighting is Takami who sounds great here.  Though it can drag, cuz it’s at a very steady beat. It gets louder and guitar comes in which probably helped it a bit.

6. JUNGLING PARTY

Classic, access right here.  You can’t tell if it was T.M.Revolution or access without the help of Takami’s signature voice.  This is the party song of the album and i love the track.  It makes you wanna get up and dance along with it.  It’s got a lot a latino flavor in it, which isn’t normal for any J-pop group.  Anyway, Takami sounds so happy to be singing, it’s kinda cute.  Awesome Track and Guitar Solo.

7. NIGHT WAVE

The rock track, well as much as it can.  This is another one of the pretty bad moments with Takami’s vocals.  He was all over the place, and the other random crap that was all over the track really killed the song.  It sounds very 80’s pop.  Though I liked the chorus and his aggression saying ~Night Wave~.  The other guy saying the dumb things annoyed me to no end….w/e

8. AGAINST THE RULES

Continuing the annoying random sayings, AGAINST THE RULES is actually faring more better than the previous song.  It’s so strange just to listen.  There is a guy rapping for a bit which is disturbing.  This would be the song to hear if you were playing sports of any kind, it’s got a very different sound.  Not my kind of song though.

9. SILVER HEART (binary engine version 2007)

Getting back to normal, SILVER HEART has an eerie beginning with repetitions between the piano and what i think is guitar.  Then Takami speaks English but is messed with alot.  Takami comes in the verses quietly but his voice has been tweaked with a bit again.  Though with this tweak he sounds pretty cool.  The chorus is loud and Daisuke and pointing it out with the beats.  It retains the repititions majority of the song.  It’s definitly the dark and mysterious song off the CD.

10. CATCH THE RAINBOW

I reacted so good with this song, though it’s the “Gay” song off the album, I mean c;mon Catch the Rainbow? hahaha.  Anyway, Daisuke created this racing feeling with his synthing, I actually thought of Gran Turismo, or Ridge Racer for that matter.  The chorus, just screams so wrong.  Doesn’t mean the song was all that bad though.  It’s a fest feeling song, if you know what I mean.

11. VIEW

The longest track, passing 7 minutes.  It kind of reminds me of “CATCH THE RAINBOW” but with guitars….so, I can’t say it was the same feeling.  This song was so much better.  I like the hectic lyrics, it’s get an ethereal dance feeling to it and made this song so cool.  I love the bridge, there’s vocals but Takami is also saying something else at the same time.  The chorus is a pretty happy chorus.  Daisuke also is great in this song.  The usage of the synth to create a magical place is great.  STILL LOVIN’ YOU!!!!  Actually I think it’s the total opposite of “EDGE” on the 1st CD.  Which is great.

12. OZONE, IN THE NATIVE

Interesting opening, It’s also a fast song, but Takami, is using a different voice here, it’s like sexy, but with a twinge of anger, then he comes in with his full voice.  Then again, the chorus is also too happy.  We’re back to the hurtful sounds from Takami, I hate when he uses it, but he makes up for it, with his manly voice.  It still pales to “VIEW”

13. Grand Muse

Strings open the tune up, and it seems to be in a R&B style, this is just wrong.  It sounds like I’d hear on the radio.  Though it quickly opens up further with the guitar at the chorus.  I just thought this track was so boring in fact.  Nothing really made me feel that this track was special.

14. LOOK-A-HEAD

The last song has a pretty awesome opening and great sounds coming from Daisuke.  Then Takami is leading in the verses and then other voices add in at the end of a stanza which was great.  Takami also sounds enthusiastic in this song.  There is one problem, he should not go for the high notes, he sounds so bad trying to get there.  The piano solo, was definitly a great addition.  Oh yea, they say ~access~ in it XD.  A fitting ending to the CD

Tracks Recommended

  • VIEW
  • White Lights
  • Especially Kiss
  • JUNGLING PARTY
  • SILVER HEART

Song of Avoidance

  • NIGHT WAVE 

The 3rd of the BEST of is what Takami Hiroyuki chose, and you know, it’s kinda disappointing, since half the songs were great then the other half really was atrocious.  Still, they were good choices.  You’ll also notice I like the newer stuff rather than the older stuff.