Kurayami Monogatari

Would love a comment every so often <<

ClariS – Luminous October 6, 2012

Filed under: ClariS — solarblade @ 1:03 pm

Track Listing

  1. Luminous
  2. Friends
  3. blossom
  4. Luminous -movie MIX- (Anime edition only)
  5. Connect -Orchestra ver.- (short EDIT) (Anime edition only)
  6. Luminous -instrumental-

1. Luminous

I was kind of expecting from that cute art cover that Luminous would be a bright song from ClariS, but I also find myself surprised of hearing the piano taking the prime sound next to the strings and synths.  I’m also starting to notice that I’m really liking the deeper voice much more than the other gal so it’s nice I could differentiate the vocals a little bit more here.  I kind of enjoyed this song a tad more than “Wake Up” actually…it’s got charm and both Alice and Clara sound good.

2. Friends

Keeping with the natural arrangement, Friends kind of takes up as the cheesier “Luminous” because they could really go hand in hand in arrangement and there really wouldn’t be much of a difference (at least to me),  This is a bit more slower though so that would be the biggest difference between the two, and the lyrics too lol.  I really don’t find it very memorable and easily could’ve been on “BIRTHDAY” really.

3. blossom

I guess it could explain why I was more excited with blossom because this was heavily synthesized and a bit more energetic than both the previous tracks.  Does remind me of “Wake Up” but this is cute and oddly catchy to listen to.  It’s probably my favorite B-sode from the duo yet (granted with all the B-sides they have it’s saying something).

4. Connect -Orchestra ver.- (short EDIT)

Assuming that in the future we’ll get a full one, the last track after the shortened up version of “Luminous” is a new version of “Connect” (their 2nd single).  At about a minute and a half, Connect did get the props for trying an orchestra version, but for such an upbeat track, Connect at first sounded strange to my ears but once the verse started…it worked and the second run through the chrous sounds pretty good too.  OK, I know a long version is needed now lol

 

 

I feel like ClariS is starting to enter slump mode with their singles.  “Wake Up” has the two B-sides that were too similar and now we have Luminous and Friends mirroring each other almost and it just doesn’t impress me.  At least the A-side isn’t boring.  Though what makes this single work better is the other songs because blossom was upbeat and catchy all over and the new version of Connect was just pretty to listen to.  I guess they’re doing something right…let’s just hope it keeps going on their next single.

Advertisements
 

ClariS – Wake Up August 14, 2012

Filed under: ClariS — solarblade @ 6:44 am

Track Listing

  1. Wake Up
  2. Nakanai yo
  3. a moment
  4. Wake Up -TV MIX-
  5. Wake Up -instrumental-

1. Wake Up

I have to say that the duo really works better when there songs aren’t pop/rock tracks like their last single.  Wake Up steps into more of a cuter zone which isn’t in bad taste because it works with the two gals.  It’s definitely their lightest A-side yet, but I kind of like its charm for sure.

2. Nakanai yo

The first of the B-sides, Nakanai yo tones things down for this ballad.  It’s a pretty song to listen to and I really like the vocal melodies in the song as they stood out from the arrangement quite nicely.  As for said arrangement, it’s pretty simple with piano/strings/some percussion.  I wouldn’t have minded this being an A-side either.

3. a moment

I was kind of hoping a moment was going to be another fast piece, but it turns out that it’s another ballad here.  I notice the main difference is that the arrangement is more keyboard fronted than in “Nakanai yo”.  I kind of feel like I’m listening to the same song again with just a different arrangement…a tad disappointing.

 

 

I’m happy ClariS is continuing on after their debut album and Wake Up is a good start since it’s better than a couple of their previous singles.  Wake Up has a really cute but not excrutiantingly painful song and it’s definitely a better song than “Naishou no Hanashi” was.  Of the B-sides it’s really one or the other because the second song you hear, you’ll be thinking…they sound alike!  To me, I prefer Nakanai yo over a reason…but some might be the other way around.  It’s an all right single overall.

 

ClariS – BIRTHDAY April 8, 2012

Filed under: ClariS — solarblade @ 7:09 am

CD 1Track Listing

  1. Sayonara wa Iwanai
  2. irony
  3. Koi Jishaku
  4. Memory
  5. nexus
  6. flowery
  7. Connect
  8. Promise
  9. graduation
  10. treasure
  11. Naishou no Hanashi
  12. zutto

CD2 Track Listing

  1. Anata ni FIT -short ver.-
  2. NEN・DO・ROIDO

1. Sayonara wa Iwanai

I  found that ClariS kicking things off with Sayonara wa Iwanai was nice because it does have a certain opening feel to it.  A lot more calm than the A-sides to represent the era, this song really came off on a good note since it shows off both vocalists quite smoothly.  My thing is that it does kind of lack power or an amazing melody to make it better…so it just comes off as just OK…

2. irony

Moving onto irony which was the duo’s major label debut, I find that it brings the energy up quite nicely with the dance beats that are present.  While I felt there wasn’t as many solo lines like the first song, this was nicely done.  I will say that it doesn’t have as much spark as “nexus” did but that’s probably because it was debut waves.  It’s still nice enough to have though.

3. Koi Jishaku

I thought it was going to be epic, but knowing this is ClariS this’ll probably the closest thing hahaha.  It’s a lot more intricate with it’s arrangement which is the first thing that stood out to me about this song.  Add in the solo lines from each member and I’m finding myself being charmed by this song.  It’s really sticking to me!

4. Memory

There’s something nostalgic about Memory that really pulled me right on the first measure.  It sounds so 90’s anime which is really awesome and I feel like the melody works with it as well.  It’s just this culmination of these two things really made it stand out to me and doesn’t feel so rehashed and bland (like a lot of their stuff have been from the singles).

5. nexus

As the 3rd A-side released, it was really hard to deem which A-side kicked more ass between this and “Connect” but I have to put my foot down for nexus because it was my first ClariS song and it still manages to put a smile on my face.  It’s cute and energetic rolled up in a ball and just makes me feel good everytime I listen to it.  Best of the era is found right here!

6. flowery

Slowing down for a ballad, flowery is a really pretty song that includes strings and a harp to make it flow quite smoothly and it really gives this pasture sensation to the mind like a flower field or something along those lines.  It’s a pretty song and all but since I’m not a ballad person, this kind of falls on deaf ears for me but I’m sure tons of other people will appreciate this song as it’s dreamy and pretty ^_^

7. Connect

Yeah luckily Connect comes after to wake me up!  It has most of the instruments found in the last song but adds a band into it so it kinds goes into a pop/rock state.  While I didn’t think much of “Naishou no Hanashi”, Connect really did connect with me (oh the bad punning).  I love both Clara and Alice’s in this song for some reason the most…it just is quite amazing. 

8. Promise

Hey some acoustic guitar joins the cause for Promise which is a nice change from the synth-heavy stuff even though this does have a little of a dance beat….but drums also play a nice role here as well.  I find myself liking the melody of the song once again and hearing different areas to the song gave it a stronger response out of me.  Good track!

9. graduation

It feels like the album is slowing down again with graduation (another ballad but with more emphasis on natural instruments).  While I can take “flowery” for what it is, graduation just bored me to death.  Your typical piano & strings ballad basically.  A little twinkly in spots, but it’s just so damn uneventful that I did almost fall asleep to it!

10. treasure

Which doesn’t help the fact that treasure had to come after even though it does starts quiet and moves a little more faster…but still manages to be unimpressive.  I do like the bouncy piano melody in the verses which is the main reason I remember the song but otherwise, it’s just kind of there but a little better than “graduation” at the least.

11. Naishou no Hanashi

I’m not sure why I can’t get into this song because it’s a lot like “Connect” being more rockin’ and energetic but I think maybe this was a little too weak and doesn’t seem to mesh well with both Clara and Alice’s vocals.  Comes off as a little like something I’d hear from K-ON or something.  It’s just not my kind of song and while I love the guitar solo…it just didn’t save the song IMO.

12. zutto

Finally, we enter the last song on the album and not surprisingly it’s another ballad but leaning more towards “flowery” by having that spacey and breezy feel to it.  A little sad sounding at times too but once again not my forte of interest so it just comes off as ok.

CD2

1. Anata ni FIT -short ver.-

Who knew there was actually a second disc to this album.  Unfortuately both songs are actually really short…like 2 minutes.  Anata ni FIT is actually the only B-side to have anything to deal with the album.  However, a short version?  I can understand if it was vice versa but it’s really strange to see a shortened after the long version is already out.  Being from “nexus”, Anata ni FIT sounds a little easier to handle being as quick as it is but I loved the synths of the song and the original did manage to catch on as well.  Still weird…

2. NEN・DO・ROIDO

The other song is the final new song (I guess) on the album and also has a synthy background like the previous track but this is good that it’s merely just two minutes in length because I would be so bored with that intro of lyrics.  I mean the chorus is merely repeating the title over and over and we only get a small amount of actual lyrics.  It’s just rather boring lol.

Tracks Recommended

  • nexus
  • Connect
  • Memory
  • Koi Jishaku
  • Promise

Song of Avoidance

  • graduation

Coming into ClariS’ debut album, I was actually worried because before I saw the tracklist I swore some of the B-sides would’ve made it and turns out NONE of them did BWAHAHA.  Anyways from the beginning to Promise was pretty great a lot of different things going on and it was catchy synth-pop…then the rest of the album just crashlanded and exploded in flames because it got boring or just not right with them until zutto, plus the second disc is really useless and isn’t worth the buy (unless you’re a completionist).  Meaning not that many songs are bad just that little bit in the later half + the 2nd disc.  Not bad for a debut and it did surprise me with the new songs (for the most part). 

 

ClariS – Connect April 5, 2012

Filed under: ClariS — solarblade @ 3:24 am

Track Listing

  1. Connect
  2. Dreamin’
  3. Kimi to Futari
  4. Connect -TV MIX- (Anime Edition only)
  5. Connect -Instrumental-

1. Connect

Of the A-sides released, I have to say that I really enjoyed the hell outta Connect the most.  It was pretty energetic and unlike “irony” it had a bit more of a natural instrumentation.  With piano, acoustic guitars, and strings taking the place from the synths…it was a nice change.  It’s breezy and both ladies sound great together as usual.  Definitely my favorite of the 4 A-sides.

2. Dreamin’

If you were missing ClariS’ more synth-based songs, don’t fret because Dreamin’ fills that gap up nicely and left off where the previous single did with their songs.  Of course there’s solo lines that are to suspect the difference in vocal tones.  I don’t think it’s very memorable like the other synth songs (but it’s hard to really tell the placing for these similar sounding tracks). 

3. Kimi to Futari

The other B-side for the single, Kimi to Futari kind of lets ClariS dabble in some R&B and I kind of like this experimenting from the duo.  It’s pretty basic but I like the vocals and the cute synths frolicking in the background.  Simple but nice as a B-side.

 

 

As the second of the “BIRTHDAY” era, Connect might be the best A-side…but I think the rest of the single is rather lukewarm (which is how I’ve been feeling for all the singles).  I should be happy about all four A-sides getting on the album with new songs but I don’t know.  Connect’s B-sides were OK but nothing I’d totally go back to over and over again.

 

ClariS – irony

Filed under: ClariS — solarblade @ 2:56 am

Track Listing

  1. irony
  2. Kokoro no Inryoku
  3. Neo Moon
  4. irony -TV Mix- (Anime Edition only)
  5. irony -Instrumental-

1. irony

As the duo’s major label debut A-side, I was curious to how irony sounded like (you know since I’ve only caught into the duo’s later half of the era).  Even though they are solo lines, hearing the two together is quite nice and the songs poppy-dance/electro style kind of sticks out in my mind in a good way.  I must say it was a fitting track to debut with and I’m liking both vocalists (whomever they might be).

2. Kokoro no Inryoku

The first of the B-sides, Kokoro no Inryoku does sound like a lot of their other songs released in the era and kind of doesn’t stick out from “irony” since this is also a light and airy dance tune.  I can say that it’s a little more sparkly in places and the vocals have less support but that’s kind of good.  I do seem to find myself enjoying the song as it goes further in which is good…could be a B-side I really like from them…just wish it wasn’t after the A-side.

3. Neo Moon

As anime-esque Neo Moon turned out to be, I wasn’t too bothered because the arrangement was different enough to place it outside of mediocrity.  However this anime-style is pretty meh for me since it really doesn’t put ClariS out there very well like the other two tracks.  It’s a solid song though, I can admit to that…but yeah…

 

 

As this is ClariS’ major debut, irony isn’t a very bad single to debut under.  Both irony and Kokoro no Inryoku were pretty good tracks and shows the two vocalists their strengths along with a nice and cute dance style.  Neo Moon might take a little more from me to fully enjoy but the whole anison-feel just didn’t speak to me.

 

ClariS – Naishou no Hanashi January 30, 2012

Filed under: ClariS — solarblade @ 9:56 pm

Track Listing

  1. Naishou no Hanashi
  2. I’m in love
  3. Hontou wa
  4. Naishou no Hanashi -Instrumental-

1. Naishou no Hanashi

I’m not exactly sure why but I’m not really into Naishou no Hanashi for some reason.  The main reason I did get into ClariS was the fact that their A-sides have been all kinds of awesome and synthy stuff.  This time they replaced all the synths with rock instruments and took the auto-tune out of the vocals.  It’s a bit of a odd switch of genres but there’s some good things like the verses and the vocals…but I rather have stuff like “Connect” and “nexus”…

2. I’m in love

At least the B-side brought back something similar to their synth stuff.  I’m in love does remind me of the reasons I didn’t enjoy any of the B-sides from “nexus”.  It’s a bit too laidback but once again, I’m liking the less-synthed vocals which surprises me.  Of course the chorus also brought me in as well.  It’s pretty good actually after getting used to it for a bit.

3. Hontou wa

The other B-side is actually a ballad…hmmm odd.  Hontou wa is kind of nice but at the same time kind of boring and not very memorable at the least.  I will say the vocals impressed me a bit though so it saves the song from being entirely a failed attempt.

 

 

I will say that this was a step up from “nexus” since all the songs had something nice about them.  Naishou no Hanashi might take some time to get used to since it’s not like their previous efforts.  I’m in love and Hontou wa were both still a little under expectations…but vocally it was actually quite nice.  I guess I can remember this single better actually.

 

ClariS – nexus September 15, 2011

Filed under: ClariS — solarblade @ 5:32 pm

Track Listing

  1. nexus
  2. Don’t cry
  3. Anata ni FIT
  4. nexus -instrumental-

1. nexus

Since this is my first A-side from this anime-based duo, I actually really enjoyed making nexus my first song from them that I’ve heard.  Since there’s no real names to the faces of Clara and Alice, it’s hard to decide who is who in the song.  All I know is that there’s a higher voice and a lower one and right now I’m more impressed with the lower vocals.  As for the music, it kind of reminds me of Genki Rocket’s light dance music, but a little more anime-ish which is pretty awesome.  As you can tell, I’m liking this song quite a bit…cute but not overbearing ^_^

2. Don’t cry

If “nexus” didn’t remind me of Genki Rockets then Don’t cry does more of that but at the same time reminds me of Juliet’s music as well with the slowish yet melodic feel of the song which is a little weird but I’m ok with that.  Sadly, it’s rather bland especially after the A-side.  It didn’t feel like there was much interest in this one to begin with for the duo.

3. Anata ni FIT

The second B-side on the single ups the tempo and smooths on the cuteness quite nicely.  Since it’s the song that’s most upbeat, I was actually wanting a little more oomph for the song since it’s the thing that I feel is missing from the song but I can’t deny that it’s catchy and the sparkly atmosphere pulled me in quite nicely.  After a while though, it feels one-dimensional because the duo’s vocals are kind of stuck on like three notes and it really gets annoying after a while lol.

 

 

I guess I can say that the lead track off the single is pretty damn good for my first song but it seems they kind of lost themselves in the B-sides for some reason.  nexus was a great A-side and it does make me want to check out “irony” and “Connect” to see how good those are.  However if it’s bland as Don’t cry or one-dimensional like Anata ni FIT…then we might have problems LOL