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Buono! – Solatido ~Nee Nee~ August 26, 2016

Filed under: Buono! — solarblade @ 3:24 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Solatido ~Nee Nee~
  2. Rock no Seichi
  3. Solatido ~Nee Nee~ (Instrumental)
  4. Rock no Seichi (Instrumental)

1. Solatido ~Nee Nee~

I love the ascending introduction to Solatido that leads into an upbeat track for the group.  It’s a bit more brighter than previous efforts, but I do like that the most about it.  I’m really loving hearing all three members together as it seems like Momoko and Miyabi sound better than the last time we heard them together.  Altogether, it’s a decent track, but there’s been much much better though.

2. Rock no Seichi

As the B-side of the single (initially this was a double A-side, but was changed after about a week after the release announcement).  Another interesting thing is that it’s the answer song to one of their older songs, “Rock no Kamisama”.  Interesting that it starts with a crowd cheering like it’s live before running into the studio cut.  I do think it reminds me more of their Shugo Chara! releases and the energy is definitely there!  They even threw in that ~p-a-t-i~ line from “Bravo ☆Bravo”.  It’s a great song and I actually prefer this to the leading track.

 

 

Wow, it’s been at least 3 years since the trio released music (since their mini, “SHERBET”).  I know this was a thing because the group was being reunited for a performance (which this was announced back at the beginning of the year).  While it’s not known if this is their final single, I though Solatido was OK and happy to see them back once more.  Solatido is bright and upbeat while Rock no Seichi is definitely something the crowds can get into.  I just want another album lol!

 

Buono! – SHERBET September 3, 2012

Filed under: Buono! — solarblade @ 3:12 am

Track Listing

  1. FEVER
  2. GO! GO! Gouda
  3. Hatsukoi Cider (Album version)
  4. Mirai Drive
  5. BELIEVE★★★
  6. Natsu no Hoshizora
  7. Never gonna stop!

1. FEVER

I love that Buono! started the mini with something that sounds familiar to their older sound.  FEVER is pretty cool giving their pop/rock flavor a much better aggressive sound.  Plus I love all three ladies singing here and I can tell that all worked nicely together…and Momoko isn’t squeaky like she normally is.  A great way to kick things off!

2. GO! GO! Gouda

I was surprised that thr trio would have such a short song with GO! GO! Gouda which sounds a bit more lively and fun which stands out for me for some reason.  I love the hooks of the tune and I hear a lot of Miyabi than the other two.  I’m a little surprised that it’s so short though at under 2 minutes.  It feels like it could’ve gone a LOT longer so I feel sort of disappointed but I liked what it could’ve been.

3. Hatsukoi Cider (Album version)

I’m surprised they added Hatsukoi Cider to the album but not “DEEP MIND” since btoh were A-sides and all.  According to the album we actually have a new version of the Suugoku Joshi Gakuen ending theme ^_^.  However, at first listen I didn’t really hear the difference but closer observation shows that the background has kind of got the echo effect treatment giving it more of a live version.  It sounds a bit better but also somewhat more abrasive to me.  I think I rather listen to the original where these things aren’t present. Hatsukoi Cider is still the great song I remembered earlier this year.

4. Mirai Drive

I like that they calmed down a bit for Mirai Drive which replaces the hardened guitar riffs for something a little more synth-based and light in style.  It’s a bit out of character for Buono! (like majority of “partenza”) but I feel like it works somewhat!  Different and ended up actually being the best song from the mini IMO.

5. BELIEVE★★★

After the slower “Mirai Drive” things need to get back to the goodness of Buono!’s overall sound and BELIEVE★★★ does a good job since it kind of reminds me of the songs from their first album.  It’s upbeat and has a cute undertone to it which stands out for me.  It’s a peppy little tune and fits Momoko, Airi, and Miyabi just fine. 

6. Natsu no Hoshizora

As the lone ballad of the mini, Natsu no Hoshizora is kind of another oddball song here because it is quieter and lacks the guitars and stuff.  It’s kind of like “My alright sky” but with Miyabi and Momoko added haha.  I think they did good for the song but there’s some thin notes in there that kind of screwed their melodic togetherness in the chorus, but it’s not a bad…just lacking in some areas.

7. Never gonna stop!

The final song is oddly enough the track that was used a promotion material for the album, Never gonna stop! kind of ends the same way it opens.  It’s a pretty fun song to listen to and the three sound solid in the tune which is a good thnig for sure!  I have to say, this song is quite impressive and is almost on par with “Mirai Drive” in best song.

 

 

After that little oddity that was “partenza”, Buono! sought to makes things right with their 2nd mini-album, SHERBET and it does sound like what the trio has been doing ever since their debut.  I enjoyed the upbeat rock songs and the two odd tracks quite a bit and the trio are continually sounding better with each release…The only frown would be the new version of Hatsukoi Cider…it felt unnecessary IMO.  Not bad…but where’s “DEEP MIND”???

 

Buono! – Hatsukoi Cider/DEEP MIND January 15, 2012

Filed under: Buono! — solarblade @ 1:27 am

Track Listing

  1. Hatsukoi Cider
  2. DEEP MIND
  3. Hatsukoi Cider (Instrumental)
  4. DEEP MIND (Instrumental)

1. Hatsukoi Cider

I thought it started off nicely with Airi having the solo intro but it grows into a rather mid-tempo kind of song.  I’m liking the acoustic guitar arrangement (which is a step-up from “Natsu Dakara!”) and the chorus is pretty memorable and it works for the drama its tied into.  I’m actually really liking the song and Airi, Momoko, and Miyabi sound great as well.  YAY!

2. DEEP MIND

Finally we get DEEP MIND which we pretty much knew about since shortly after “partenza’s” release.  Unlike “Hatsukoi Cider”, DEEP MIND is a bit more rockin’ and sounds a little more serious as well which worked for me.  Kind of edgy, you might say which is somethnig they needed.  I even hear a little bit of auto-tune used as well which threw me for a loop as well.  Still pretty cool!

 

 

Buono! is back and with a rather strong single to begin 2012.  Hatsukoi Cider is what I would have liked “Natsu Dakara!” been but alas that wasn’t gonna happen and we got this ^_^.  It’s just a catchy and light song and it worked to their favor.  DEEP MIND while it took forever for us to finally get a clear version, is also good and fills the harder edged gap to Buono!.  Overall, pretty good and solid single from the trio!!!

 

Buono! – partenza August 7, 2011

Filed under: Buono! — solarblade @ 6:32 pm

Track Listing

  1. partenza ~Let’s Go!!!~
  2. Zassou no Uta
  3. FrankencenseΨ
  4. My alright sky
  5. Natsu Dakara!
  6. Kia Ora Gracis Arigatou
  7. JUICY HE@RT
  8. 1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou

1. partenza ~Let’s Go!!!~

~B, U, O, N, O! LET’S GO!~ I’m really surprised that Buono! would open up their mini-album with a song that’s totally different from the normal.  There’s a lot of yelling and mix that with the songs dub-step-ish sound with the members also being under auto-tune.  I thought the fact that the trio isn’t really singing, but more rapping was an interesting twist to the song, but I’ll be honest this sounds more like it should’ve been an introduction, not a full song.  It really started to drag in the second half of the song!  Still for them to hit something of a style like this is ballsy and I thought it was good for some of it.

2. Zassou no Uta

As the trio’s first A-side of the era, Zassou no Uta does pull us back into what we’re used to from the trio and that’s a fun rock song that has pep and pretty solid vocals from the three.  I do hear a lot of Miyabi and Airi and not enough of poor Momoko for some reason.  Still, I found myself enjoying the song a lot like much of their last era’s A-sides which is a good thing.  Simple but effective!

3. FrankencenseΨ

What I’ve learned is that this is somewhat of a cover song of a fellow H!P act that was once active.  However, SI☆NA never officially released the song (they never got a single for the time they were a group, so it does surprise me that Buono! took charge on that one).  Just like “partenza ~Let’s Go!!!~, this is kind of an odd tune for them, but at least this has guitars playing the beat.  I must say that being just a Miyabi solo, this was a good cover and I found myself tapping my foot with the rhythm.

4. My alright sky

The longest track on the mini-album, My alright sky is the trio’s ballad as well which isn’t surprising given the longer time.  I really like Airi’s English intro and she sounds good in it as well.  Her vocals just really sounded angelic!  I enjoyed the lighter side to them and this kind of fits them even though they rarely head in this direction.  Then I figured out that the three girls have solo songs!  So since this is Airi’s, I must say she pulled this quite awesomely…at least a lot better than “Aa Koi”.

5. Natsu Dakara!

So the second A-side released in the era is kind of underwhelming on the mini-album for some reason.  I mean it is the H!P summer song and Buono! has a couple of those songs under their belt as it is.  I did say that I loved this more than those songs, but somehow amongst the new tracks on here, this feels a bit watered down and kind of forgetful.

6. Kia Ora Gracias Arigatou

Then we get into Momoko’s solo track and of course like her personality it’s very genki and poppy.  I also find myself thinking I’ve heard this somewhere before but I can’t place my finger on it.  I will say that between the other solo songs, Kia Ora Gracias Arigatou is the closest to regular Buono! music so this does sound normal which is good.  Still with Momoko singing by herself, it’s a bit shady but she pulled the song off without too many vocal slips. 

7. JUICY HE@RT

Of the three B-sides they could’ve chosen, I wish they didn’t pull this one (sadly they did because it had a PV).  I think it’s mainly because it’s the only song on the mini-album that has NO solo lines whatsoever.  I will say the edgier rock arrangement is a nice change, but damn I would’ve like some solo between the members.  It’s still not a bad track and it grows quite strongly til it hits the chorus where it explodes.  Maybe not so much a bad B-side, but I still would’ve chosen “Ice Mermaid” over this.

8. 1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou

We just got a cover of this Rurouni Kenshin ending earlier in the year from FLOW and now we’re getting one from Buono!?  I will admit that I love that they kept to the original stance and the girls sound actually good covering such a legendary song.  It might not have the energy like “Zassou no Uta” or “JUICY HE@RT” but the song still sounds amazing and each member sound pretty good even though it’s a lot of Miyabi.  Great cover!

 

 

Buono! must be slowly walking away from their old rock/genki style because partenza shows that they can cover different styles and sound really good doing it.  I see flashes of dance, pop ballads, and just rock songs and for the most part they got it right.  I’m still a little turned off by the first track since it was way too long for it’s own good but the other tracks were good!  I guess the label change did them very well!

 

Buono! – Natsu Dakara! July 16, 2011

Filed under: Buono! — solarblade @ 7:26 pm

Track Listing

  1. Natsu Dakara!
  2. Ice Mermaid
  3. Natsu Dakara! (Instrumental)

1. Natsu Dakara!

I’ve never really been a fan of Buono!’s summer A-sides and Natsu Dakara! doesn’t do much to change my mind because once again it’s a departure from the trio’s normal rockin’ atmosphere to a more poppy feel.  The thing I can say though is that despite the cuter and less eventful arrangement, the girls sound really nice and I’m especially love hearing Miyabi and Airi more than Momoko once again.  Ok, I take that back, there’s a certain aura about the song that I enjoyed a lot more than with “Take It Easy!” and “co・no・mi・chi”.

2. Ice Mermaid

As the single’s only B-side this time around, I love the mysterious vibes I get from Ice Mermaid.  It’s almost like it wants to be like a Super Sentai theme with guitars and blasting brass filling the arrangement.  The chorus though does sound like typical Buono! fare, but I still love the song for it’s spazzy arrangement and great brass.  Definitely one of the group’s best B-sides!

 

 

I must say the second and last of the “partenza” era, Natsu Dakara! surprised me since both songs were actually quite good and definitely was an upgrade after “Zassou no Uta”.  Their A-side was a bit of a departure from their rock side with another light summer song, but it’s actually memorable this time and doesn’t sound too awfully strange while Ice Mermaid is something fresh and exciting.  I must say I’m surprised this was a B-side!

 

Buono! – Zassou no Uta February 3, 2011

Filed under: Buono! — solarblade @ 2:41 pm

Track Listing

  1. Zassou no Uta
  2. Runaway Train
  3. JUICY HE@RT
  4. Zassou no Uta (Instrumental)
  5. Runaway Train (Instrumental)
  6. JUICY HE@RT (Instrumental)

1. Zassou no Uta

It has been so long since we’ve seen Buono! and thank god they didn’t break up since the best-of.  Zassou no Uta feels so different from their last few singles since the entire song was filled with hard rock and not enough quiet parts in it.  Actually it feels so different that it doesn’t feel like crazy ass Buono! but more refined since Momoko’s vocals have found it’s place and Airi and Miyabi’s have stayed consistent.  Of course the music hasn’t changed one bit and is quite cool with the added synth elements, but Song of Weeds?  Oh boy…

2. Runaway Train

I feel like I’ve heard the opening somewhere else in the trio’s discography…but I have no clue where.  Sadly I feel like the harmonization in this song is a bit weaker than “Zassou no Uta” but then again it seems there’s no solo’s throughout this song which is different from the norm since I’m used to hearing them seperate.  It’s an alright B-side but I’ve heard better from them.

3. JUICY HE@RT

Wow a second B-side?!?  That’s a first for Buono!.  Of the songs on the single, I think this one is the hardest and yet coolest of the three since it’s just like “Zassou no Uta” but with a bigger hitting sound and ability to hear synths without the rock as well.  However, it’s another song that doesn’t really have solo lines which might turn fans off since this isn’t normal for them…either way…catchy song for sure and I wouldn’t have minded this being an A-side.

While I found it strange that Buono!’s first single of the era is also the first under zetima, Zassou no Uta wasn’t that bad of a single and I liked both Zassou no Uta and JUICY HE@RT.  Though with the latter and Runaway Train, we get two tracks with no solos between the three, which could be good or bad depending on your outlook of them, but I’m happy they didn’t break-up after “The Best Buono!”.

 

Buono! – We are Buono! February 7, 2010

Filed under: Buono! — solarblade @ 7:31 pm

Track Listing

  1. One Way = My Way
  2. Our Songs
  3. Independent Girl ~ Dokuritsu Joshi de Aru Tame ni
  4. MY BOY
  5. Urahara
  6. Take it Easy!
  7. Bravo☆Bravo
  8. Kataomoi.
  9. Blue-Sky-Blue
  10. Koucha no Oishii Mise
  11. Tabidachi no Uta
  12. We are Buono! ~ Buono! no Theme

1. One Way = My Way

I’m kind of happy that we begin the album with a Buono! full track with One Way = My Way.  Sadly, the song really does remind me of their debut single “Honto no Jibun” since both are quite energetic but retains that same idol feel through it.  To be honest, I’m getting more used to Momoko’s vocals since she’s clearly getting better with time and when she does the bridge, it makes me smile.  Great opening track.

2. Our Songs

Released a week earlier before the album, Our Songs might not’ve been the best A-side released in the era, but I do like how this song is more serious than the previous track and it gives a bit more flavor to the album.  Still pretty good song though.

3. Independent Girl ~ Dokuritsu Joshi de Aru Tame ni

I love the opening to Independent Girl because of the cooler guitar riffs here.  It also doesn’t sound like anything they released beforehand, but at the same time I feel there’s something missing in the song.  It could be the more guitar-driven arrangement, but it doesn’t sound right to me…Though I do love the singing here.

4. MY BOY

What began this era off, MY BOY is still an electryfying from Buono!  After “Buono!2”, I wasn’t sure where they would go next, but they went back to releasing some that kicks so much ass that it blew my pants off.  I love Airi, Miyabi, and Momoko in the song because they were having fun with the song and the upbeat nature of the song helped out greatly. 

5. Urahara

Our next new song, Urahara is the first non-rock influenced song off the album.  I mean it’s still there, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not the most focal point of the song.  It starts out innocently enough with just some synths and acoustic guitar before the chorus where the rock sounds starts to appear.  So far from the new songs, this one has impressed me the most.  I guess it’s because of Momoko again!  Why is she doing better?

6. Take It Easy!

I continue to dislike Take It Easy! for some odd reason and it’s probably because of the Westerness of the song altogether.  Then again, this was one of the songs that made me cry because of Momoko’s nasally vocals.  Even then this Buono! meets country shtick really sucks as well.  I don’t want them getting near a banjo ever EVER AGAIN!

7. Bravo☆Bravo

I found that sticking the 3rd A-side after the 2nd was quite abrasive to the album, I still can’t help but enjoy this song still.  It really is the “Rottara Rottara” of the era because there’s just so much of Buono!’s amazing energy and sound that I’ve grown to like for sure.  Even then, it’s just amazingly catchy with whatever they say at the beginning.  One pretty awesome tune!

8. Kataomoi.

Luckily, the last five tracks are brand spanking new so that gives me hope.  We begin we Kataomoi. and to be honest, I don’t feel anything for this song.  There’s just no enough energy to go around and the arrangement seems somewhat plain…especially since this song is after “Bravo☆Bravo”.  I guess it’s alright, but definitely disappointing on its placement on the album.

9. Blue-Sky-Blue

At least this song picks up the slack where “Kataomoi.” couldn’t.  Once again, I’m loving the fact they are straying further from their pure rock songs to try some experimental stuff and with Blue-Sky-Blue, they achieved that pretty nicely.  Though the verses once again outshine the chorus, this isn’t a bad song at all…actually another great song.

10. Koucha no Oishii Mise

You remember how random Buono! are with some of their songs like “Internet Cupid” back on their debut album?  Well we sort of get it with this song because it’s the slowest song off the album.  To be honest, there’s nothing about the song that sounds Buono!-like except for the fact that the girls are singing along.  At least it’s nice to see a ballad from the group and they sound really nice together in slower songs as well.

11. Tabidachi no Uta

Hmmm, two ballads on a Buono! album?  I guess I could’ve guessed it from the title because well who would makes an upbeat song with a title like that?  It’s a little more like a pop/rock balald which is nice since we get to hear more acoustic guitars.  For having a melancholic feel, it wasn’t too bad of a song. 

12. We are Buono! ~ Buono! no Theme

Hold the phone!, it took 3 full albums just to get to Buono!’s theme?  Wow, shows how much laziness is passed around H!P.  I still find it funny that after we calm down, we get a blast of excitement with the final track.  I do love the lines ~we love music, we are Buono!~ that fills the chorus up!  I’m surprised that the final song ended up so well done and makes a pretty epic closing to their 3rd effort.

Tracks Recommended

  • MY BOY
  • We are Buono! ~ Buono! no Theme
  • Bravo☆Bravo
  • Urahara
  • One Way = My Way

Song of Avoidance

  • Take It Easy!

Buono!’s 3rd album to me is their best one yet.  Most of the songs were actually pretty great with the exception of one or two, but at least the experimental songs were pulled off a little better.  Now even then I’m noticing the 3 members getting so much better and with Momoko finally getting the lower notes down pat, she might become my favorite…I just don’t want her to pull off something nasty in the future!  Still, great album!