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AMWE – GIRLS December 31, 2010

Filed under: AMWE — solarblade @ 4:03 am

Track Listing

  1. GIRLS AND BOYS
  2. GROOVE IS IN THE HEART
  3. I SAW AN ANGEL
  4. BE STUPID
  5. GIRLS NIGHT OUT
  6. ROCKSTAR
  7. CUT, COPY, AND PASTE
  8. MOONLIGHT
  9. STUPID GUYS, STUPID GIRLS
  10. GIRLS AND BOYS (CUBISMO GRAFICO DIZZINESS MIX)
  11. MOONLIGHT (ELECTROCUTICA REMIX)
  12. ONLY SHALLOW (LEE JAY POW REMIX)

1. GIRLS AND BOYS

~e, e, e, ah ah ah~.  I really don’t know why, but that always amuses me whenever I hear the song…it must be that lulzy.  Anyways, already from the start of the album, AMWE has taken a slightly lighter direction with this cover from Blur.  To me, AMWE’s vocals have kind of taken a backseat since she’s kind of messy singing and English as well.  I sitll find myself enjoying the song though since it’s electro-pop goodness and has a pretty awesome hook to it.

2. GROOVE IS IN THE HEART

Another song from the past being covered, this time Deee-lite’s one-hit wonder, GROOVE IS IN THE HEART, is vocally another failed attempt since the English here is even more harder to convey, but AMWE’s more electro take is what tries to keep the song afloat, but it lost a lot of what made the original so damn amazing and in that respect, this wasn’t such a hot cover.

3. I SAW AN ANGEL

I think that there’s others covers as well, but I can’t be so sure which ones, except for the previous two.  I SAW AN ANGEL is more along the lines of what I was expecting after her first album, and it’s groovy and has a good rhythm.  Despite AMWE’s meh vocals again, there’s not a lot of it like the last two tracks so that’s a little bit of a good thing. 

4. BE STUPID

I’m surprised that she has another one of these more darker electro songs in her repetoire because BE STUPID is quite more memorable and quite the club thumper of a song.  Once again not being totally vocally important (though I can understand her at least when she does in the song).  She just scored good on this song and I can see myself replaying this over and over.

5. GIRLS NIGHT OUT

After those two strong electronica songs, GIRLS NIGHT OUT pulls us back into a more electro-pop like area and I actually noticed that she pulled out the piano for this track.  I pretty much love the arrangement here and it’s great to hear AMWE singing in Japanese as well.  I actually don’t think it’s a cover so that’s good. 

6. ROCKSTAR

~I wanna be your rockstar~ oh boy another kind of musically pronounced track.  ROCKSTAR though has some weird synths playing around the song and it has this weird mid-tempo feel to it.  I also found the song was pretty repetitive all-around and it kind of pushed me out of the song. 

7. CUT, COPY, AND PASTE

LOL, saying you’re stupid AMWE is definitely not something you should be saying out loud.  I do notice that like the title implies, the song has a lot of cut vocals that repeat a lot in some weird ways.  Besides the two vocal parts, it feels like a long interlude than anything else, but CUT, COPY, AND PASTE isn’t all that bad, but nothing that’s jaw dropping.

8. MOONLIGHT

This 80’s synth-pop for MOONLIGHT sounds absolutely addictive for some reason.  I’m not sure why, but it’s like the first time I noticed AMWE actually singing in a song where she hit some higher set notes and not sounding like a drunk butt.  It’s actually a pretty good song on the album.  Maybe not as addictive as “GIRLS AND BOYS”, but it’s passable.

9. STUPID GUYS, STUPID GIRLS

Hey more of that cut’n’paste crap that I’m not a big fan of.  SG, SG kind of is along the lines with the other songs that has more focus on the music than the lyrics.  Actually there’s not many to begin with since the song feels already cluttered as it is.  I don’t know, but it didn’t feel like it had a concrete direction and just felt smushed together in 5 seconds.

10. GIRLS AND BOYS (CUBISMO GRAFICO DIZZINESS MIX)

So after the main album of songs ends, we get three remixes whoohoo!  The first is of the promotional track for the album and the remix feels a bit more smoother and ethereal than the original and I still love the whole ~ee, ee, ee, ah, ah, ah~ ordeal.  I will say that because it’s the longest song off the album, it’s good…but I miss the oomph of the original that the remix lacks.  I’m not fully sure what I think of it.

11. MOONLIGHT (ELECTROCUTICA REMIX)

The second remix is of MOONLIGHT and I loved the original for sure so the remix had a lot to work for.  I will admit that I didn’t enjoy this remix even though it was more beat-driven.  The thing that made me dislike it was the whole repetitiveness and the cut’n’paste style that was found here.  Though the parts where AMWE sang were still pretty good, the music felt absent for me…iono. 

12. ONLY SHALLOW (LEE JAY POW REMIX)

The final song on the album is a remix of ONLY SHALLOW…but I’m not certain where the original is from, but I’ll treat it as a an original one.  I’m not sure, but the way AMWE is singing is kind of strange yet hypnotic almost.  Add in the electric guitar parts and it gives it a mysterious vibe.  It sounds like the original could be good if the remix is like this, but who knows.

Tracks Recommended

  • GIRLS AND BOYS
  • MOONLIGHT
  • BE STUPID
  • ONLY SHALLOW (LEE JAY POW REMIX)
  • GIRLS NIGHT OUT

Song of Avoidance

  • GROOVE IS IN THE HEART

For being AMWE’s sophomore album, GIRLS maybe at the same place where “I AM AMWE” was when she debuted.  There’s of course a lot of hope for her since her arrangements are pretty strong themselves.  Problem is that she’s not a very good singer and that does propose a problem in the future if she chooses to go that direction.  Maybe vocal lessons?  I don’t know, but we’ll see.

 

AMWE – I AM AMWE December 23, 2009

Filed under: AMWE — solarblade @ 6:40 am

Track Listing

  1. Fancy Dancer
  2. Diving From High Place
  3. Bangin’ The Drum
  4. Red Fascination
  5. Friction Between The Lovers
  6. Birth
  7. Zero Two Nine
  8. Spellbound

1. Fancy Dancer

Opening the album, Fancy Dancer has a very edgy arrangement; filled with gritty synths and AMWE singing some lines that are cut n’ pasted across the songs.  Since it is acting as the album’s opening track, it’s understandable for the short length.

2. Diving From High Place

The first full song, Diving From High Place continues to use the hacking vocals through the beginning, but after that the song goes into full force.  It’s a mid-tempo tuned and has AMWE singing between fully, under filters, or under light vocoder.  It’s interesting but the song just feels like it’s dragging the entire time.

3. Bangin’ The Drum

Being the promotional song, Bangin’ The Drum is just epicly awesome.  It finally gets a great beat and has a synth dynamic all to its own.  I love the way AMWE sings like she’s head bitch through the verses and she even samples a little bit from “Fancy Dancer” which is another plus.  Besides the heavier side of the song, there’s a slower part and it kind of switches back and forth.  Also, the song has repetitive lyrics so it’s mainly for the music, but honestly it’s an amazing mix.

4. Red Fascination

Since it suits the album’s cover so much, Red Fascination really dives back into the 80’s synthpop sounds as well as mix a more underground trance style.  AMWE’s vocals reminds me of Ami Suzuki’s here since it’s airy, deep, and full of Engrishness.  After a little bit, there’s a nice synth solo that totally took me by surprise…see AMWE self-produces so I’m definitely liking what I’m hearing.

5. Friction Between The Lovers

Another one of those songs that have a huge electro influence going, I really like the swooping synths that fill the stereos in this song.  AMWE decided to actually make a good full song out of this one and I liked the slowness to the track.  Sadly, AMWE’s Engrish is definitely on high alert in the song especially when she’s saying friction like ~freakshow~.  Maybe she is saying that, but I highly doubt it.

6. Birth

Birth comes next and it sounds like something Perfume with a little more edge and not literally.  I like AMWE’s work in the song for sure, but it suffers from dragging and I wasn’t a huge fan of that and just seemingly let this pass over my head.

7. Zero Two Nine

OMG, Zero Two Nine has one of the most strange opening in electro.  It’s also the most futuristic song off the album, but I love the descending synth line that opens the song up and the stock vocals that were in it.  Unfortunately, AMWE is nowhere in sight in the song so that answers if the song is epic enough…Though I can really appreciate AMWE’s works since this is great if not amazing.  Actually…Daft Punk is what this song reminds me of.

8. Spellbound

The final song, Spellbound is definitely one of the strongest songs off the album.  The song is heavily beat driven and while AMWE is not at a good caliber singing with the song, I love the pulsating beat and cool arrangement.  I do wish there was a little more to the song here but what we got is good enough for me.

Tracks Recommended

  • Bangin’ The Drum
  • Zero Two Nine
  • Red Fascination

Song of Avoidance

  • Diving From High Place

AMWE’s debut is actually a pretty good one.  I like how her arrangements showed her off in different ways and I’m thinking Nakata might have some compitition someday, but right now AMWE’s debut is a winner to me.