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day after tomorrow – elements September 22, 2008

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elements

Track Listing

  1. High-Spirit
  2. Time Of Destiny
  3. Arifureta Nichijou wo Sutete
  4. Sentence
  5. Stay in my heart
  6. Oval
  7. Losing myself
  8. FUNNY DAYs
  9. Morning glow
  10. grow
  11. naturally
  12. flower of youth

1. High-Spirit

We start this album with the oldest track which was a bonus track found in the “DatII” era.  It still is great song and made a great opening.  misono still sounds great singing with this and the band as well.  Cool

2. Time Of Destiny

A weird start to our 1st new track.  It sounds like very classic like 70’s pop or something like that.  I blame it with the keyboard just because it has so many different sounds to it.  misono this time sounds a little off here but then again her voice is in a higher register.  I got to say though this is a pretty catchy pop track.

3. Arifureta Nichijou wo Sutete

OMG, now this is what I’m talking about.  The music is so much fun and full of life, add some cool synths and a pretty good guitar riff and we get this awesome track.  misono sounds pretty serious in the song and it corresponds with everything else thats going on.  Though it’s shorter than I wanted it to be it’s probably my favorite song on the album so far.

4. Sentence

Sentence is like what the later songs will sound like mostly.  Slow opening before opening to the main melody and then starting with the lyrics.  I enjoyed the guitar mostly in this song with its guitar riffs.  misono sounds a little more calmer than “Arifureta Nichijou wo Sutete” but it doesn’t bother the song at all.  The synth line is pretty catchy too.  Another great track.

5. Stay in my heart

As one of the singles, this song was a good choice for a single, but I would’ve put “Sentence” as a single instead.  It’s a tad slower but in production it’s actually a pretty good song.  Though it’s weird to hear piano as the verses and everything else is the chorus.  Still it’s a lot of people’s favorite song from this era.

6. Oval

I wished it was a full song.  All it is is just a piano interlude into our next song.  Though I do like how nice the interlude is and its simple.  Nice and it ends like immediatly into

7. Losing myself

Right into this very in your face track.  I mean it’s got some pretty aggressive strikes from the keyboard.  Though I found myself annoyed with those strikes after awhile.  At least it isn’t covering misono much.  She’s kind of filling in the gaps when it doesn’t strike which is so good.  Not the best track but I like misono here.

8. FUNNY DAYs

Weird idea for a song to have such an odd beat and melody.  Eventually the song gathers its momentum and we’re left with a guitar riff and drums playing with misono in her normal range.  It’s actually not that bad of a song.  The chorus is pretty sweet and how she ended the chorus on a minor note was funny.  Hence the name right? 

9. Morning glow

A more haunting piano interlude.  Morning glow I enjoyed more as an interlude than “Oval”.  Though I don’t know why they would have two in the first place only after two song in between.  Funny how it’s like a long opening to our next track.

10. grow

I didn’t notice the song changed into “grow” until I heard misono started singing in this rock ballad.  There’s some beautiful strings in here and it made the song so pretty to listen to.  A very great ballad comparing to alot of the past tracks.  Everything seemed to flow well in the song even the bridge was was lyrically faster.  Awesomeness.

11. naturally

I found it to have naturally near the end a pretty good idea beacause I couldn’t have thought of a better place to put it.  As it is another single I thought this was a pretty good song comparing it to “Stay in my heart”.  The only thing I griped was how they ended the chorus.  It just didn’t seem right there.  Other than that it was a pretty good song.

12. flower of youth

To end the album we have this odd pop ballad.  It’s slower than “naturally” but there’s like some strong sounds filling the song.  Though I kinda found this song to be on the boring side of things.  misono also did too, she doesn’t didn’t really sound like she wanted to do this tune.  Oh well…..

Tracks Recommended

  • Arifureta Nichijou wo Sutete
  • grow
  • Sentence
  • FUNNY DAYs
  • naturally

Song of Avoidance

  • flower of youth

dat’s first full album was OK at best.  There were some great songs and there were songs that needed some work on.  I do like how at that time no one really sounded like them at all.  They still today sound so different from any other acts out today.  Wished they reunited. 

 

day after tomorrow – Stay in my heart August 18, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Stay in my heart
  2. naturally
  3. Stay in my heart -Insturmental-
  4. naturally -instrumental-

1. Stay in my heart

Rock ballad!  Yea, this song sounds pretty awesome in the beginning then the guitars leave and we’re left with a beat, piano and misono.  Hmph, I still think she isn’t so good at ballads.  Then again the chorus shutted me up pretty quick where she sounds great.  Though I didn’t like the verses that much I loved the chorus.

2. naturally

Yea, naturally is what the song should be called because it’s naturally a dat-usual song.  So it’s pretty memorable for me.  Since, I like the upbeat tracks they release, this song was pretty cool.  Best part was the end of the chorus where it has some cool synths and misono finishing the chorus.  Way better than “Stay in my heart”.  The only part I gripe is the ending, it was just ended on a horrible note, this same problem is found on a previous track “for you” also.

 

 

Wow, this single was actually pretty awesome.  Though it’s the usual fare of sound from them.  Rock ballad and a pop/rock track.  So either way they both appear on the album, so it’s rather useless to get the single now. 

 

day after tomorrow – day after tomorrow II July 31, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. futurity
  2. rosy girl
  3. My faith
  4. Hello, everybody!
  5. melody
  6. after all…

1. futurity

Ahhh, the 2nd single of the era appears first and truthfully is a good starting song.  It’s got such a cool beat and definitly something fresh at least to everything that came out at the time.  A beautiful track indeed.

2. rosy girl

A more beat-driven song, rosy girl is an alright song with a consistent beat, but it doesn’t really stand out for me.  I thought I heard this same production somewhere.  The synth solo however was a nice surprise but it didn’t really help this filler track at all.

3. My faith

 Then we get into our winter track, My faith.  I still think it was awkward for misono.  Her vocals just seemed not in a good place here, and well c’mon it’s misono for gosh sakes.  It was boring too lol.  I’m pretty sure they could rework it better.

4. Hello, everybody!

Surprise!  This silly track appears and it’s like very catchy.  The music is wild, fun, and almost too outrageous.  misono is definitly having fun too making perfect sense.  The chorus is a bit catchy to me and I catch myself humming along.  The best track of the mini-album.

5. melody

Going back to slow down the mood is melody, our rock ballad.  It’s one of the standout tracks because of their use of synths.  It’s kind of lacking in something, but its an alright tune and the synth solo once again made the song XD…strange

6. after all…

The final song is a ballad of course.  It’s a bit better than “melody” of course, and I actually enjoyed misono’s vocals in here.  I would’ve been happy if this song was a tie-in for an anime.  A nice finisher for the album.

 

 

dat’s 2nd mini-album was a bit like the 1st one…Which i was kind of disappointed to hear.  Luckily the new tracks were alright, but not at their best caliber.  Luckily, it’s their last mini-album

 

day after tomorrow – futurity July 23, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. futurity
  2. futurity -Instrumental-
  3. High-Spirit (secret track)

1. futurity

The first track of the single actually gots some pretty good strings playing.  Though this song is one of the faster rock tracks in their discography it’s got a nice balance of instruments.  The piano interlude was a time stopper before going back into the verse and threw me off.  Still, a better track than “My faith”

2. High-Spirit

Using a more fierce approach with the same instrumentation.  High-Spirit lives up to its name.  It’s got a quick beat and some great sounds coming from each of its members.  Misono, sounds lively in this track, even moreso than “futurity”.  I’ll never understand why it’s a secret track but it made a fine B-side to “futurity”.

 

 

dat’s 3rd single, is probably their best single so far, then again it had a secret B-side.  Stranger is that High-Spirit doesn’t appear until their 1st full album “elements”.  As for futurity, it’s a great A-side and was a step up from the last single. 

 

day after tomorrow – My faith July 12, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. My faith
  2. My faith -instrumental-

1. My faith

When I hear this, I think of “gift” the previous christmas song.  Once again, I feel really bored and not in any mood to listen to the song all the way through.  The chorus sounds a bit unusual at the start but gets somewhat better.  The use of the synth was pretty nice, but it really didn’t make the song any better than it was.

 

 

So, My faith, IMO was a huge disappointment.  The song was a holiday tune and failed to make an impression on me.  Even worse, there was no B-side, just the instrumental, so it fails on all levels. 

 

day after tomorrow – day after tomorrow June 21, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. prize
  2. faraway
  3. gradually
  4. vivace
  5. for you
  6. gift

1. prize

Wow, organ starts out the song, after a bit synths drive up the sound.  The chorus sounds pretty catchy, then again a lot of their stuff is, so I can’t really make it a good thing huh.  Actually the chord progressions are actually quite nice to hear.  Misono sounds oh so strong in this song, which is a bit too loud actually.  I love the solo from the guitarist really sets this song in stone.

2. faraway

Actually more stronger than “prize”.  It’s definitly more relient on the synths which isn’t real bad.  Misono does sound a bit different than in the previous song too, which does set you off a bit thinkin, where’s our normal vibrato-heavy Misono?  Still, it’s a pretty awesome single from them.

3. gradually

A little more cosmic sounding in the beginning, it actually is a bit more slow on the tempo range.  I’m actually finally hearing acoustic guitar within the song.  She kind of sounds a bit messy in this song, so I’m not such a fan of this.  I also kinda don’t like how there’s so much percussion, I think it would’ve been better a ballad….x.x

4. vivace

Kickin the pace back is vivace, I actually quite enjoy this song.  This space synths really helped it out too.  Though once again, I also feel that this song is very forgettable, it’s not that I’m bored with it, it’s just that when comparing to the other track with the same properties, you’re left with fillers, I kind of felt this is the filler track of the mini-album.  I so ❤ the synth solo too much.

5. for you

This track, right here is their best from this album.  I just love how forceful the drum beats get and Misono’s enthusiastic vocals mixed with great sound from the keyboard.  The chorus actually is even more catchy, all fast and then slows to make sense.  ~Love Song for you~ ends the chorus, and Misono sounds good at English here. 

6. gift

The mini-album ends with I’m guessing the Christmas tune, obviously meant from the overall sound of the song and the title.  It’s a ballad folks too, so you might wanna watch out because this is Misono singing XD.  She sounds off a lot which is pretty bad.  It isn’t til she hits her medium range where she’s alright.  The low side needs workin done.  All in all, this track just dragged on for me *sigh* Dang, XMAS songs….

 

 

dat’s 1st mini-album was an alright one.  Though all the songs are pretty forgettable, well maybe not “for you”, still there were problems in here, like wrong stylings, too much percussion, and Misono’s control on her vocals.  Though it sorta does get better when she becomes a solo artist. 

 

day after tomorrow – faraway June 20, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. faraway
  2. faraway “Dirt Devils 7″ Mix”
  3. faraway “SPACEFROG 7″ Xtended Termination”
  4. faraway “Jonathan Peters’ Trance Mix, Radio”
  5. faraway “Hex Hector Main Radio Mix”
  6. faraway “Dirt Devils Dub MIX”
  7. faraway “SPACEFROG Dubmatic Termination”
  8. faraway “Jonathan Peters’ SF Trance Dub Mix”
  9. faraway “Dub’s Pop Dub Remix”
  10. faraway “Original Mix -Instrumental-“

1. faraway

Part of this song is rock, part of it is pop. Great mix of the keyboards and guitar in this song.   Misono sounds actually quite well in this song, I have to say.  She doesn’t go too low or go too high which is alright.  A very pretty cool pop/rock song.  It’s definitly a great single to start with.

dat’s debut single had soooo many remixes, though the main track is definitly a strong track to start off for their 1st mini-album.  Go get complete Best it has their full discography, so it’s definitly worth mentioning.