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BUCK-TICK – Yumemiru Uchuu September 24, 2012

Filed under: BUCK-TICK — solarblade @ 4:24 am

Track Listing

  1. Elise no Tame ni -ROCK for Elise-
  2. CLIMAX TOGETHER
  3. LADY SKELETON
  4. Ningyo -mermaid-
  5. Yumeji
  6. ONLY YOU -WE ARE NOT ALONE-
  7. Kinjirareta Asobi -ADULT CHILDREN-
  8. Yasou
  9. INTER RAPTOR
  10. MISS TAKE -I’m not miss take-
  11. Yumemiru Uchuu -cosmix-

1. Elise no Tame ni -ROCK for Elise-

Well, first off…all of the pre-album songs have all gone through some changes (some more than others but all were edited in some fashion).  The opening track is their single that begun the era and it has some pretty obvious changes this time around.  The intro has a harder buzzing synth and as the song goes by, Atsushi’s vocals are drenched in filters.  It’s still the cool and edgy song I liked but with new bells and whistles.  I actually like this version for some reason lmao.

2. CLIMAX TOGETHER

As the first new track on the album, CLIMAX TOGETHER is pretty straightforward for the band since it doesn’t have too many synths and wacky things going on.  It does kind of sound like Classic Rock, but I kind of like the bright nature of the tune.  The only thing about the song that I wasn’t fond of was that Atsushi sounded like he was singing far away giving this hazy and echo-heavy sound. 

3. LADY SKELETON

Hmmmm, I keep wanting to think that this is celebrating Halloween just a little bit since it has this dark feel and Atsushi’s vocals have this creepy warbling effect when he’s singing which adds a nice amount of suspense.  It’s not a terrible song, but it is a smidge messy in places which I guess doesn’t surprise me.

4. Ningyo -mermaid-

Funny that the next song gives me this aquatic feeling, but also somewhat surfing music.  On the album so far, Atsushi hasn’t really sung clearly without some kind of filter put on him and this is probably the worst offense so far.  I can barely hear what he’s singing since the music is pretty gritty and in the forefront of everything.  It does a good job at being fun and bouncy which I can admit, but I wish I heard Atsushi more clearly.

5. Yumeji

At least things seem to calm down for our next track, Yumeji.  Sadly, the song itself kind of lacks a solid foundation and Atsushi is kind of lazily singing the song which makes the tune feel even more sluggish than it should.  I just can’t get into this song very much.

6. ONLY YOU -WE ARE NOT ALONE-

As the B-side from “MISS TAKE ~Boku wa Mistake~”, I remembered ONLY YOU for being upbeat and just a bright, fun tune to listen to.  The changes to the song are pretty small as in the arrangement is coming out a lot fuller and the guitars are louder than Atsushi.  Actually, there’s also some additions of horns as well.  Luckily, this song wasn’t touched otherwise and it still is a pretty awesome song!

7. Kinjirareta Asobi -ADULT CHILDREN-

Toning things down slightly, Kinjirareta Asobi might be a mid-tempo song but I still think it’s pretty weird of a song.  I mean beyond the guitars, there is some strange nuances going on as well.  I just kind of forget about it after a while since it becomes white noise to me.  Oh well…

8. Yasou

Yasou oddly reminds me of “LADY SKELETON” since it has this swing feel to it and similar filtering on Atsushi here.  I kind of like the rhythm of the song, but like the previous track, it just kind of fades out after a while.  It just doesn’t pop out like me like some of the other tunes have.

9. INTER RAPTOR

After some boring songs, INTER RAPTOR woke me up from my slight slumber with this 80’s New Wave track which works alongside the band’s sound.  I’m kind of getting tired of listening to Atsushi under some kind of filter, but this song is actually one of their stronger tracks.  It’s funky and quite bouncy…probably my favorite of the new tracks LOL.

10. MISS TAKE -I’m not miss take-

Since “INTER RAPTOR” is the final new track we have two more songs to get through.  The latest single from the band before the album dropped, MISS TAKE also went through some minor changes like the arrangement being a bit more full of different sounds which don’t hinder the song really.  I think this is the clearest we hear Atsushi (which says a lot for the previous tracks lol).  I do like the song though and got used to it after I reviewed its single.  Not bad here.

11. Yumemiru Uchuu -cosmix-

I found it fitting that they chose the title track, a B-side from “Elise no Tame ni” to close things out.  Now unlike the other new changes in the old songs, I really couldn’t tell the difference with Yumemiru Uchuu.  So with that being said, the arrangement still covers up Atsushi tenfold.  So, while an appropriate song to close things up, it really didn’t stand out otherwise.

Tracks Recommended

  • ONLY YOU -WE ARE NOT ALONE-
  • Elise no Tame ni -ROCK for Elise-
  • INTER RAPTOR
  • CLIMAX TOGETHER

Song of Avoidance

  • Yumeji

Comparing this to their other album I reviewed, “RAZZLE DAZZLE”, I have to say they’re equal.  I mean only a couple of strong tracks but the rest are kind of dull and forgettable.  At this point, I’m starting to question why Atsushi HAS to use filters in majority of the songs (and adding them to the single tracks as well).  It just gets tiring and old after a while.  I would love to hear an album where this isn’t happening to be honest.  This album just wasn’t that great overall.

 

BUCK-TICK – MISS TAKE ~Boku wa Mistake~ July 9, 2012

Filed under: BUCK-TICK — solarblade @ 2:35 am

Track Listing

  1. MISS TAKE ~Boku wa Mistake~
  2. ONLY YOU
  3. My baby Japanese -type II-

1. MISS TAKE ~Boku wa Mistake~

Going into MISS TAKE, I was curious to what sound they’ll take to and it seems they’re continuing they mix of their band and synthetic elements but more focus on the band.  I do like Atsushi’s deep vocals in the song for some reason…kind of reminds me of GACKT’s vocals.  I will say they did keep it easy and simple since it doesn’t seem like a challenging song for them but it’s good song…but I do like “Elise no Tame ni” a lot more.

2. ONLY YOU

Why is everyone all of a sudden using this title?!?  ONLY YOU is quite different from songs so far released in 2012.  First off, it’s a lot more birghter and upbeat for them and kind of has this summer vibe from them but it’s enjoyable because Atsushi sounds a lot more lively and less brooding.  Catchy song!

3. My baby Japanese -type II-

Just like their last single, they decuded do update on an old song…this time My baba Japanese (the B-side from their 1998 single, “Gessekai”).  Granted, I’ve never backtracked through their discography to catch it, My baby Japanese sounds eerie and kind of cool at the same time.  Atsushi doesn’t seem like he’s singing the verses but rather speaks them…it’s creepy almost haha.  When he actually sings, it’s the chorus and that’s a bit chaotic and messy for me.  Almost comes off as something like a Marilyn Manson song haha

 

 

Quickly released after “Elise no Tame ni”, MISS TAKE is actually slightly better of a release.  While I do think the leading song is a bit safe for the band, it’s not bad and Atsushi’s vocals were good.  Though the best was clearly ONLY YOU with it’s interesting arrangement/style and overall stronger performance.  As for the new version of My baby Japanese, I don’t like it very much but there might be older fans that do so ehhhh for me lol. 

 

BUCK-TICK – Elise no Tame ni May 24, 2012

Filed under: BUCK-TICK — solarblade @ 8:38 am

Track Listing

  1. Elise no Tame ni
  2. Yumemiru Uchuu
  3. SANE -type II-

1. Elise no Tame ni

I really like the riffs for the A-side for some reason, it’s qutie catchy and carries for a good part of the song.  It’s kind of a fun song for BUCK-TICK and it shows with the use of synths and the way Atsushi is singing.  It isn’t totally serious but not cheerleader either hahaha.  Definitely a pretty good track from the band ^_^

2. Yumemiru Uchuu

The B-side is a bit more serious than “Elise no Tame ni” but it has a rather solemn and melancholic tone to it even though it’s got a lot of the band present in the arrangement.  Sometimes the music covers Atsushi for some reason and I have to pay a lot of attention to his vocals.  It’s not bad, but I rather listen to the A-side.

3. SANE -type II-

Last but not least, we get a new recording of SANE which was originally from the band’s album, “COSMOS” which was released back in 1996.  I’ve not heard the original but I’m sure the updated version is a lot more pleasant.  Unlike the clear vocals in the other tracks, Atsushi is quite covered in filters in the track but it has a rather eerie and calming effect on me lol.  It’s actually not a bad song and sounds pretty…especially when you can hear Atsushi. 

 

 

Starting a new series of singles before their next album, I really liked Elise no Tame ni.  It follows their more upbeat and fun tracks and it suits them and definitely reigns better than the A-sides from “RAZZLE DAZZLE”.  Yumemiru Uchuu could’ve been better but it’s WAY better than “Yougetsu” from their last single…I think Yumemiru Uchuu is alright, but the music does cover Atsushi up a lot.  SANE though was pretty good too and I’m wondering if the fans think it’s better than the original…I really like it though.  With “MISS TAKE ~Boku wa Mistake~ coming out in July…I wonder if another album is right after!

 

BUCK-TICK – RAZZLE DAZZLE October 20, 2010

Filed under: BUCK-TICK — solarblade @ 1:53 am

Track Listing

  1. RAZZLE DAZZLE FRAGILE
  2. RAZZLE DAZZLE
  3. Kyouki no Dead Heat
  4. Dokudanjou Beauty -R.I.P.-
  5. Hamushi no You ni
  6. Yougetsu -Yougetsu no Utage-
  7. BOLERO
  8. Django!!! -Genwaku no Django-
  9. Sakuran Baby
  10. PIXY
  11. Kuchizuke -SERIAL THRILL KISSER-
  12. Gekka Reijin
  13. Mugen
  14. TANGO Swanka
  15. Solaris

1. RAZZLE DAZZLE FRAGILE

Opening the album with a short introductory song, RAZZLE DAZZLE FRAGILE sounds very Halloween-like with it’s rather chaotic arrangement and dark sounding flow.  I thought it was an interesting opening nonetheless and while I don’t think it’s meant to be for the entire album, it made me wonder what we’ll get.

2. RAZZLE DAZZLE

Fitting that we’d get into the title track this early, but whatever hahah.  It does carry the synth usage throughout the song and I liked that the band went for a lighter and interesting sound.  I keep thinking of Atsushi’s vocals in the song to be easily comparable to GACKT’s for some reason.  Well, the chorus could’ve been better without so much of the ~tonight, tonight~ part, but it still sounds good but not what I’ve heard from the band in the era.

3. Kyouki no Dead Heat

It’s strange that I thought Kyouki no Dead Heat sounded more fitting to be after “RAZZLE DAZZLE FRAGILE” since it has an uneasy arrangement and kind of a Halloween-ish outlook to it.  However, I kind of dislike the fact that Atsushi’s vocals are once again filtered and I really would’ve enjoyed hearing him in full.  It still is a pretty funky and cool song from the group so that’s good enough to make over for the problem.

4. Dokudanjou Beauty -R.I.P.-

Being the era’s first A-side, Dokudanjou Beauty was a good place for me to start reviewing them since the song was pretty darn catchy for them.  However, the album version has a different sound when compared to the single version which might turn some people off and bring some people in because it’s more synthy than it’s former take.  For me I don’t mind this change and it’s just as catchy if not moreso and I’m happy they took off the filter from Atsushi.  I think it might be a step up ^_^

5. Hamushi no You ni

Getting back into the new songs, Hamushi no You ni kind of has the same mix of synths and rock that the previous songs of course carried.  I thought I was going to like it alot, but the chorus was just rather boring, but at least the arrangement kept things afloat for me.  It sounds like 80’s synth-rock for some reason.  Even the interlude in the middle of the song surprised and impressed me.  Ok, I’m definitely gonna be falling for this song.

6. Yougetsu -Yougetsu no Utage-

Ick, why did they have to bring the B-side from “Kuchizuke” onto the album?  Being a another song that was slightly changed on the album, I really didn’t hear the biggest difference except for the fact that it sounds less fluffy, but the same problems still exist in the song for me.  I kind of wished he wasn’t filtered out here.  Sorry but it’s just a boring song for me.

7. BOLERO

Wow another song titled BOLERO…While I’m not sure if its style is as such, but the song is definitely a whole lot lighter than many of the other songs from the album.  It reminds me of lighter Lariku songs out there and while that might not be such a good move, I approve since Atsushi sounds good here.  Might not fully fit in the album, but it’s still nice nonetheless.

8. Django!!! -Genwaku no Django-

I guess we’re moving away from the darker rock songs and getting into lighter ones?  Out of the songs on the album Django!!! to me is the poppiest of the new songs on the album and it surprised me how danceable this one turned out to be.  The whole feelgood acoustic/electric guitar riff really put this song out there on the album and for me doesn’t fit the album exactly, but it’s still pretty good and shows a bit of variety on the album.

9. Sakuran Baby

Finally we get out of the upbeat stuff for the more gritty stuff from BUCK-TICK starting with Sakuran Baby.  Now this was something along the lines of what I was expecting from the band for sure.  It’s rockin’, dark, and pretty catchy both arrangement-wise and vocally from Atsushi.  I’ve said it before on “Dokudanjou Beauty”, but Atsushi’s vocals are kind of heavy on the vibrato.  Nothing too bothersome, but it’s still pretty noticeable.

10. PIXY

I guess this is the closest thing we get for a rock-ballad.  I liked how kind of ethereal PIXY starts up since it isn’t like the other songs.  PIXY though has a very unorthodox kind of sound going that really reminds me of like some 80’s stuff.  It’s pretty interesting overall and I liked the flow altogether.  It’s definitely out there for a song, but not like “Django!!!”.

11. Kuchizuke -SERIAL THRILL KISSER-

Just like “Dokudanjou Beauty”, Kuchizuke gets a new version on the album.  I do feel the song sounds a lot more cleaner and a bit more edgier than its single cut and I found myself liking this version a whole lot more than the original.  They definitely got what they wanted the song to sound like the second time round.

12. Gekka Reijin

Since the rest of the songs on the album are album tracks, I hoped that the final stretch had some good surprises.  Starting with Gekka Reijin, I once again found myself lulled into the rather lightish rock sound here.  I love Atsushi’s lower vocals since they sound very creepy and almost like depressing.  I definitely enjoyed this song.

13. Mugen

Ok, I love how Mugen opens up with synths playing around before Atsushi comes in.  Unfortunately his vocals are a bit warped and the song sounds really off for me since the time signature is a bit different than to others on the album.  It tries to be a more guitar-based “Gekka Reijin” and for me that’s kind of a copout IMO.

14. TANGO Swanka

It’s a little funny that TANGO Swanka might just be the oddest song of the bunch because someone else besides Atsushi sings in the song, but unfortunately, whoever singing in place for the time being sounds really terrible and just odd all-around.  I actually think it might be the edgiest song off the album, but it was just too weird for me to listen to.

15. Solaris

I guess fitting to close the album, Solaris sounds like an acoustic tune which is great to hear after that hot mess that was “TANGO Swanka”.  It’s nice though and since it has a great closing feel to it, I was happy to let this pass by even though it might not be as memorable as the other songs off the album. 

Tracks Recommended

  • PIXY
  • Dokudangou Beauty -R.I.P.-
  • Hamushi no You ni
  • Gekka Reijin
  • Kuchizuke -SERIAL THRILL KISSER-

Song of Avoidance

  • TANGO Swanka

For my first BUCK-TICK album, I thought RAZZLE DAZZLE wasn’t too bad of an album, actually kind of surprising because I was thinking we were going to get something VAMPS-like and the such.  Turns out it was much lighter and surprising of a listen.  For the most part, I like the mix of synths and guitars here and for the most part they did, problems like not very memorable songs did hurt it, but it was nice nonetheless.

 

BUCK-TICK – Kuchizuke September 2, 2010

Filed under: BUCK-TICK — solarblade @ 12:20 am

Track Listing

  1. Kuchizuke
  2. Yougetsu
  3. Kuchizuke -Shiki TV Size- (Shiki Edition Bonus Track)

1. Kuchizuke

I know I haven’t been following BUCK-TICK for long, but I actually enjoyed this is a bit more than “Dokudanjou Beauty”.  It felt really different hearing a more darker song from this J-rock band.  There’s something about Atsushi’s vocals that sound angry and pretty epic singing this.  I was surprised they didn’t explode in the chorus, but it’s a small setback because I enjoyed most of the song anyways.  Good song!

2. Yougetsu

Taking things a little bit slower, Yougetsu sounds really depressing and very emo.  Then again you’re talking about BUCK-TICK so it’s not a surprise at all.  Now, Atsushi’s vocals are pretty much filtered through the entire song.  Now I’m not fully deep within the V-kei community, but even I know that this song is just a little too boring of a song for me.  There’s just a lot of bad connections in the song and just seemed made in 5 minutes…like it’s nothing to shake at.

 

 

Being the 2nd and final single for the “RAZZLE DAZZLE” era, BUCK-TICK did it good with Kuchizuke and I ended up liking it quite a bit.  There’s just something about it that was really good and being a tie-in to an anime, that could be the reason why I liked it alot.  Yougetsu however, kind of just bombed all around and I hope it doesn’t make the album’s cut.

 

BUCK-TICK – Dokudanjou Beauty March 29, 2010

Filed under: BUCK-TICK — solarblade @ 2:54 am

Track Listing

  1. Dokudanjou Beauty
  2. Voo Doo
  3. Tenshi wa Dare da (LIVE ver.)

1. Dokudanjou Beauty

Hey, I remember this melody, I hear all the time!  While it just plays around a few times in the song before coming with the main melody and edgy and fun guitars.  Atsushi’s vocals to me are pretty cool and can hit some higher notes kind of well.  There’s something about his vocals are a bit like Ayu’s though…I mean the way he uses vibrato just kind of reminds me of that.  Good song though and is pretty catchy after a while.

2. Voo Doo

A bit more serious, Voo Doo is pretty weird for me because of Atsushi’s enjoyment of warping his voice hardcore with his vibrato, but I love the feeling of angst in the song.  I’m not sure what this really reminds me of, but it does.  Unfortunately, I didn’t feel much for the song as much as I did with the A-side.

3. Tenshi wa Dare da (LIVE ver.)

As a track off their last album “memento mori”, Tenshi wa Dare da gets a live version on this single and while I’ve never heard anything previous to this single, Tenshi wa Dare da sounds like something I’d hear back in the 80’s.  For a band who has been around since the 80’s to begin with, this is still pretty good.  Atsushi’s vocals are pretty good though sometimes hitting sour notes, but still a good live performance though.

 

 

For a group who has been around this long, Dokudanjou Beauty is a pretty good single.  Both the A-side and live song were great while Voo Doo was the singles axe.  I can’t wait to see more from the longtime performing group.