Japanese Rockin’ Girls
Beginning Aya’s mini, the title track is definitely true to its name when it’s supposed to sound evil and well…cool. I actually really like this song for some reason. It could be from the cool guitar riffs and/or Aya’s powerful singing. This was definitely something I’ve wanted since she switched to avex since the stuff since has been kind of riding the safety wire. Good start!
To me, crossover reminds me of songs that were off of “INDIVIDUAL EMOTION” since it’s more low-key and quieter than some of the other songs. It’s alright, but there’s not much to really look at with this song, but Aya’s deeper vocals sound great for a style like this…I just wish there was more to remember this song by….Why does it remind me of DAI?
3. one week
If there’s anyone that missed her more Avril-like style she had during her GIZA days, one week will definitely remind you of what that was like. It’s the shortest song on the album, but the positive light it has did its job by pulling out of the more serious songs earlier on.
I guess we go back down to more serious songs with AGAIN and to be honest, I don’t feel for the song much either since it’s slower and calls for Aya to be powerful through her vocals which isn’t bad, but we had that with “crossover”. It might be nice to the Kamiki purists, but since I’m not, I can’t say it left a mark on me.
However, coming into Aria, I was really surprised that the song opened up like a synthy dance track, but quickly shifts over into one of the more exciting songs on the album next to “EVILÄLIVE”. They even share some of the darker tones as well which makes this even cooler of a song to listen to. I love this song right now!!!
6. Japanese Rockin’ Girls
Absurd title aside, if you wanted attitude from Ms. Kamiki, JR’G will definitely filled that role quite nicely. While it doesn’t have the same drive a few other songs have, the attitude and power with the arrangements makes up for more than enough. Good song and while it might not be the best, it’s damn good.
And closing the mini-album with a ballad, YELL reminded me of ikimono-gakari’s song, though this isn’t a cover….way too soon for that to be happening. Anyways, YELL is probably Aya’s best ballad on the mini-album since there’s not really any focus on the electric guitars and such…but more with piano. I thought she sung very well and closed this mini in a nice way.
I did like “Gloriosa” quite a bit here, but I still felt like she took it safe for that release. EVILÄLIVE did a better job giving Aya hooks and some great arrangements this time around…but there’s a few slow songs that just lack the energy she used to have in them…either way, I’m not sure if she took it up a notch or just stayed, but I do like a few songs more here than on her last mini.