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Airi Takasaki – Blue Bird’s Nest May 4, 2011

Filed under: Airi Takasaki — solarblade @ 4:47 am

Track Listing

  1. Natsu wo Kakenukeyou
  2. Believe in yourself
  3. Dream yourself
  4. Mirai e no Michi ~Kimi Iro, Kimi Moyou~
  5. To be yourself
  6. Trust myself

1. Natsu wo Kakenukeyou

I swear we I first heard Natsu wo Kakenukeyou, I was thinking that Tetsuya Komuro lent his “magic” here since it has this 90’s pop sound that it his sound.  Airi’s vocals are alrightm but they seem rather pinched for her actually (moreso in the choruses) but I don’t think it’s so bad and to be honest it reminds me of Kie Kitano’s vocals a little bit but it could just be the whole atmosphere of the song.

2. Believe in yourself

The synths carry over into our next song and actually has much more of an identity here than on the previous track.  I will admit that I liked it a lot more here to be honest since it sound relatively different and yet familiar to me.  Airi’s vocals have also went deeper as well which is much better than what she was doing in “Natsu wo Kakenukeyou”.  I kind of like this song quite a bit.

3. Dream yourself

I guess we flip roles a bit here with our next song be giving priorities to the guitar riffs and letting up on the synth usage a bit.  It actually reminds me of a GIRL NEXT DOOR song this time around, but without the signature chords that troubles the group on a basis.  Right now I think this is my favorite song off the mini-album seeing as she’s singing best here.

4. Mirai e no Michi ~Kimi Iro, Kimi Moyou~

As the mini’s lone ballad, Mirai e no Michi starts off with such cheesy keyboarded notes hahaha.  At least it grows into something that has a bit power to it despite being a typical ballad with Airi having so-so vocals.  I mean it’s not terrible, but it’s not something I’d return to over and over again.

5. To be yourself

If I thought “Dream yourself” was pretty close to sounding like a rejected GND tune, then To be yourself is an even bigger miss for me because it sounds exactly like a couple of their songs.  Even Airi’s vocals have a certain CHISA-like vibe to them which is prolly even harder to grasp.  I must say I pretty much loathe this song since it doesn’t really do anything positive for Airi.

6. Trust myself

Closing the mini-album, Trust myself feels a bit more energetic to me since it has this 80’s synth feel going and I must say it was pretty much a great thing to hear.  It doesn’t sound bland nor reminescent of anything too particular.  I do think Airi’s vocals are still a little “CHISA-ish” with the kind of line between singing and yelling.  It’s a cute summery song on the mini and I love how the song ends on quiet note but the instrumentation kicks back in and fades away…good track!

I have heard Airi’s first album, “First Letter”, so going back to her debut mini-album, Blue Bird’s Nest is a bit of a shocker to be honest since it’s all synths and GND-ish stuffs.  It’s not bad and Airi does have good vocals, but it’s when she isn’t shouting in her songs.  Since it is the first release for the “First Letter” era (Natsu wo Kakenukeyou is on her first album) it’s not bad, but she quickly ditches this sound.

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