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Ceui – Rapsodia January 1, 2013

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rapsodia

Track Listing

  1. Binkan na Fuukei
  2. crystal pain
  3. Hitotsu Dake ~Kimi to Boku no Himitsu no Monogatari~
  4. Ulysses
  5. Amorossia
  6. Angelus
  7. Asphodelus
  8. Eternal Flow
  9. Jewelry Time
  10. Prism
  11. Kaze no Naka no Primrose
  12. After The Deluge
  13. brilliant world
  14. Kamigami no Uta

1. Binkan na Fuukei

Ceui opens this album up with Binkan na Fuukei and it’s a really soothing and pleasant way to kick things off.  Ceui’s vocals are very lullaby-like and keeps at this airy quality through most of the song,  It does move a bit like a snail does throughout the entire thing, but Ceui makes the song really soothing and relaxing…not the best way to open the album, but still a good song nonetheless.

2. crystal pain

It seems there’s a lot of older songs on the album that I have never heard (basically before “Truth Of My Destiny”).  Also, the entire “Prism” single is on this album starting with one of the B-sides from the single.  After that slow intro, it’s nice to get something a little more vibrant from Ceui.  The piano is more at the forefront but there’s some anison style found here as well.  It’s a nice track overall!

3. Hitotsu Dake ~Kimi to Boku no Himitsu no Monogatari~

I remember this B-side from “Stardust Melodia” and surprised it wasn’t on “Labyrinthus” since the A-side was.  Being after “crystal pain” is a little harsh as they both are quite similar to one another.  I will say that I did that Ceui sounds a bit more memorable here, but it feels like I’m listening to the same song but with more acoustic guitar and such.

4. Ulysses

So the B-side from “espacio” makes its appearance and I was kind of surprised when it opens with a synth beat.  This track is a bit more laidback and more experimentive of Ceui but still includes some strings.  It’s a pretty quirky little tune with knick-knacks here and there in the tune.  Interesting song from Ceui

5. Amorossia

Wow, I’m so happy they included this B-side fron “Kaze no Naka no Primrose” because it’s such a cool and intriguing song from Ceui.  The intro with the pounding strings line alongside this very antsy arrangement gives me a lot of smiles!  I really enjoyed the heck out of this song and still do today so it really is one of the album’s gems!

6. Angelus

As the only representative from the “First Eden” album, Angelus fits nicely after “Amorossia” because it shares that same anison, RPG-like atmosphere.  I actually like it just as much as I did with the previous track, it has energy and Ceui sounds really nice with the arrangement.  Good job with this one too!

7. Asphodelus

The next three tracks aren’t on Ceui’s actual discography but have been released as like OST songs and such.  Calming down from the last two tracks, Asphodelus sounds like a more serious song on the album and I kind of like that about this track.  It’s a little strange to hear Ceui in a deeper tone, but she sounds amazing in this song!  Wow, this was actually another great song on the album!

8. Eternal Flow

Slowing down things even further, Eternal Flow gives us a ballad this time and after the last three tracks, this kind of puts me into a boring state because it’s kind of like “Binkan na Fuukei”.  Though Ceui’s voice isn’t as entrancing as it was in the aforementioned track.  This is just a bit too boring for me.

9. Jewelry Time

We get Jewelry Time next and the song is also kind of plain when compared to most of the other songs on this album.  I do like the strings arrangement since it’s playful and bright but the rest of the song lacks something about it and Ceui’s vocals don’t seem to be as interesting as said strings.

10. Prism

Moving into the 8th A-side she’s released as a solo artist, Prism picked up the pace after the previous two tracks as it’s one of the more cuter and peppy songs in her collection.  It really is the cutest of the bunch and I kind of like the adventurous tone it has.  Very nice to have something to break the monotony somewhat.

11. Kaze no Naka no Primrose

As the most recent single to be put on here, Kaze no Naka no Primrose really doesn’t seem to stick to me like the other tracks have.  I mean it has most of the same things that various other Ceui songs have which is kind of disappointing this late in the album.  It’s like a mix of “Hitotsu Dake” and “Prism” but without the latter’s energy.  It’s just not very memorable for me and even it’s B-side trumped it so hard (“Amorossia”).

12. After The Deluge

As the other B-side from “Prism” it really doesn’t stand out and like “Kaze no Naka no Primrose” is once again one of those songs that doesn’t seem to have anything much original about it despite being an older song.  Maybe a sliver slower, but this is still not really all that great.

13. brilliant world

I like that there’s a fanfare that starts the song up.  To me, this kind of sounds like the most folkish song amongst the bunch and I liked that about this tune.  I have a hard time remembering this song, but it’s still a nice listen when I do pay attention to it hahaha.

14. Kamigami no Uta

As the oldest song on the album (seriously, it’s her third A-side in her discography)…Kamigami no Uta closes the album out in a full circle because it’s kind of like “Binkan na Fuukei” with it’s atmospheric glow, but also keeps a great arrangement throughout.  Nice way to end the album!

Tracks Recommended

  • Amorossia
  • Asphodelus
  • Prism
  • crystal pain
  • Angelus

Song of Avoidance

  • Eternal Flow

Ceui seemed to be on a roll releasing albums in the last year and a half.  Even though I feel like this and “Labyrinthus” were more of like best collections considering she’s been going and putting so many of her older works on them.  Rapsodia though is the preferred one because there were many songs that I liked here in comparison.  Not bad and a good way to end the year with ^_^

 

Ceui – Kaze no Naka no Primrose August 9, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Kaze no Naka no Primrose
  2. Amorossia
  3. Kaze no Naka no Primrose (inst.)
  4. Amorossia (inst.)

1. Kaze no Naka no Primrose

I really am surprised that Ceui would quickly come back with a new A-side in Kaze no Naka no Primrose.  It does sound similar to a bunch of tracks from “Labyrinthus” with it’s breezy ansion style which is a pleasant style but I kind of wanted something a little more here than what we got.  I do love the airy qualities of this song though, soooo it might grow on me quite a bit.

2. Amorossia

Oh man, I loved the intro to the B-side quite a bit with the quick-paced strings and its uncertain air about it.  It’s a really fascinating piece and the song is sung like it was a ballad as well which is pretty cool.  Add in Ceui’s super airy vocals and it’s like a Kingdom Hearts tune with Yoko Shimomura doing the arrangement.  Reminds me of the Hollow Bastion area theme from the first KH. 

 

 

I’m rather interested with this single from her!  I mean, Kaze no Naka no Primrose is alright but more of like leftovers from “Labyrinthus”.  However, Amorossia is pretty awesome and really stands out with it’s strong arrangement and Ceui’s spooky vocals that go with it…Now that was a great B-side!

 

Ceui – Labyrinthus July 17, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Labyrinthus
  2. Tenohira no Tsuioku †Interlude†
  3. Centifolia
  4. Little Garden
  5. Kiri no Naka no Utsukushii Shoujo †Interlude
  6. Tenshi to Akuma no Sinfonia
  7. Last Inferno
  8. Truth Of My Destiny
  9. Ichiru no Houseki †Interlude†
  10. Watashi ga Tenshi ja Nakunaru Hi
  11. Hikari to Yami to Toki no Hate
  12. SIROSUNA
  13. Inori Mau, Tenjou no Sougen †Interlude†
  14. God Bless -Anata ni Hikare Are-
  15. Stardust Melodia
  16. Energy

1. Labyrinthus

Opening the album right up, Labyrinthus really has qualities that seem familiar to KOKIA, Haruka Shimotsuki, and Akiko Shikata with the airy vocals mixed with folkish and anison qualities all the same and I kind of find it really intriguing.  Ceui’s vocals really are soothing but thin in certain places like most of the high notes she hits.  I still do find this song soothing and a pretty cool opening song!

2. Tenohira no Tsuioku †Interlude†

Seems that Ceui has a lot of interludes on this album which is surprising of her to include.  Our first is about a minute long and features spoken dialogue from her.  Not sure how it ties into the album (and same for the other interludes here).  Tenohira no Tsuioku is a mysterious sounding interlude and kind of moves into something a bit better.

3. Centifolia

This album otherwise is filled with a lot of old and already released songs starting with Centifolia which was the first A-side released for this era.  Unlike “Labyrinthus”, Centifolia is a bit more anison heavy but a slower tune overall which kind of works with Ceui’s vocals.  I liked it for what it was but it seems like there’s more I like from her.

4. Little Garden

Makes sense that “Centifolia’s” B-side would come after it.  Just like the track before it, it’s also a bit on the slower side of things but this caters more to the folkish side to Ceui’s music and I find myself being charmed from it all.  I love the simple arrangement and Ceui’s vocals as well.  Definitely pleasant and makes me wonder why this wasn’t an A-side.

5. Kiri no Naka no Utsukushii Shoujo †Interlude†

We move into our next interlude and we get a continuation of the creepy spoken dialogue from Ceui.  Though it seems her voice is distant and it kind of echos in front of some ad-libbing/chanting.  Nothing that I can really opinionate on.

6. Tenshi to Akuma no Sinfonia

I don’t know if this is new or not but I’m happy to hear Ceui’s sound including dance beats like here but aren’t the main attraction.  It seems the intro stems from the interlude and this has more of a gothic light to it but I kind of enjoyed this song quite a bit.  I do think she’s singing a bit too light for her good but the song is quite strong on this album and stands out in the first half.

7. Last Inferno

The third A-side comes up next (or 4th but “Prism” isn’t on here so it’s 3rd) and Last Inferno comes in quite surprisingly with an interesting sound.  It’s also kind of quick when compared to the rest of the first half which is cool and I like Ceui’s vocals because she’s not singing in her airy vocals like she has been.  She has a bit of power and it sounds solid!  Definitely one of my favorite Ceui songs since getting into her music.

8. Truth Of My Destiny

Moving back a single to her second A-side released for this album, Truth Of My Destiny isn’t as powerful as “Last Inferno” but it kind of lies in between that and “Centifolia”.  It’s definitely got that anime intro feel down and it flows nicely with a solid performance from Ceui.  Though I don’t find it memorable in any way and just kind of falls by the wayside for me.  I guess after a while it seems to try to stick to me, but it’ll definitely take a while.

9. Ichiru no Houseki †Interlude†

Another interlude to kind of kickstart the second half, the shortest of the interludes, Ceui kind of whispers the dialogue behind a little bit of music…46 seconds of just that so it’s nothing to really note about it unless you can understand what she says.

10. Watashi ga Tenshi ja Nakunaru Hi

Going into two more new tracks, Watashi ga Tenshi ja Nakanaru Hi has this flowing style akin to “Labyrinthus”.  Meaning it has this folk style going and the layering of vocals are just the same as well…kind of sounds actually like more of an Akiko Shikata song on how it works.  Solid track though and it suits her quite nicely.

11. Hikari to Yami to Toki no Hate

Hikari to Yami to Toki no Hate kind of breaks the mold but it seems that it had a tie-in to an anime hence it’s obvious feel and the fact it’s her 4th single.  It’s definitely the slowest song I’ve come across the album so far and it kind of just flies by me without much of anything to remember it by. 

12. SIROSUNA

Things start to really halt to a crawl when we get into SIROSUNA (which was the B-side from “Truth Of My Destiny”).  If I thought the previous song was forgetful than this song beats it in boredom because it really is only Ceui and piano here.  As much as I wanted to really enjoy the song (even after the included violin), it just didn’t fix things for me…very monochrome for me.  Though the build-up towards the end was nice…just didn’t save the song in the end.

13. Inori Mau, Tenjou no Sougen †Interlude†

The final interlude comes in and is the longest almost reaching 2 minutes.  Inori Mau isn’t too much different from the other ones…so there’s not much to really report on besides the same things I’ve said before.  I do think the piano melody is kind of nice though.

14. God Bless -Anata ni Hikari Are-

The final new track, God Bless does kind of have a slow start to it but once the beats of the tune are added in, it becomes rather nice to listen to and kind of gives me a pleasant windy feeling and I felt it worked together as a package to be honest.  Soft but has a lot of colors fluorishing through it so I think it brought the album back up after “SIROSUNA”.

15. Stardust Melodia

Moving into the 4th A-side, I can say I’ve reviewed its single at least!  Stardust Melodia is how I feel for the rest of the A-sides (except “Last Inferno”).  I mean it’s a nice track and all but it sounds like any other anison song to be honest.  I guess it sounds a bit more better since Ceui is singing with more power behind the voice but it doesn’t excite me still.

16. Energy

Closing the album out is the B-side from “Last Inferno” and sadly it’s a lot like “SIROSUNA” it seems because it’s a ballad and doesn’t really seem to go anywhere at first.  It does have more life in it so it kind of turns out that it’s a bit more like “Centifolia”.  It’s a nice track though and closed the album smoothly.

Tracks Recommended

  • Last Inferno
  • Tenshi to Akuma no Sinfonia
  • Labyrinthus
  • Watashi ga Tenshi ja Nakanaru Hi
  • Little Garden

Song of Avoidance

  • SIROSUNA

Ahhhh we’re at Ceui’s second album under Lantis huh?  Well it felt like it was two seperate ideas here with the new tracks being more folkish while her singles were mostly anime-styled.  Labyrinthus is quite laidback of an album though since only two tracks were considered upbeat tunes.  It was nice and she has a pleasant voice but she should sing with her stronger tone since it sounds amazing.  Not bad but could be better.

 

Ceui – Stardust Melodia November 13, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. Stardust Melodia
  2. Hitotsu Dake ~Kimi to Boku no Himitsu no Monogatari~
  3. Stardust Melodia (off vocal)
  4. Hitotsu Dake ~Kimi to Boku no Himitsu no Monogatari~ (off vocal)

1. Stardust Melodia

I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with Ceui’s new A-side since it’s also my first A-side reviewed.  At first listen, I kind of pushed it aside since it really had a typical anime sound to it that left me uninterested.  It did however grow on me in time since Ceui’s vocals aren’t that bad actually.  They kind of have their own sound and I found myself enjoying the mid-tempo tune in the end.  Though as an anison singer, I was kind of expecting more?

2. Hitotsu Dake ~Kimi to Boku no Himitsu no Monogatari~

The B-side of the single, Hitotsu Dake, sounds like it’s the ending theme or something because of its much more relaxed nature overall.  Even Ceui’s vocals are light and airy.  I kind of liked this song a whole lot more than the A-side since the breezy feel was just pretty to listen to and it felt more comfortable to listen to. 

 

 

My first single reviewed by Ceui and I’m sort of thinking that she sounds like this on other works (I’ll probably ride back and review “First Eden”).  Still, Stardust Melodia it kind of just average for me and I hope there’s much better from her.  Though I will say that Hitotsu Dake was the better song here ^_^