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Do As Infinity – Do As Infinity X October 18, 2012

Filed under: Do As Infinity — solarblade @ 6:38 am

Track Listing

  1. Yoake wa Chikai
  2. Tokyo Anettai
  3. Work!
  4. Renge
  5. mannequin
  6. Copernicus
  7. Right now
  8. Soudensen
  9. Mata Ashita mo Sukoshi Dake Ganbarou to Omou
  10. ROCK DAYZ

1. Yoake wo Chikai

The album opens up quickly with the first track, Yoake wo Chikai which at first to me from the introduction would’ve fit somewhere else on the album because it’s so sudden.  However, the song quickly makes up for the odd intro with a rather strong and powerful sound from both Van and Ryo.  It’s definitely your normal, but great DAI song and kicks things off on a good note.

2. Tokyo Anettai

Then we get the edgier DAI rock track with Tokyo Anettai and I quickly fell in love with the riffs coming from Ryo and the bassist of the song.  Van really gives a pretty epic performance as well giving out a lot of attitude and power.  Not as furious as “Ariadne no Ito” but I can easily get behind this and rock out to it!  Great track!

3. Work!

I can hear a little bit of synths in our next track, but I’m good with it since it’s not on the major emphasis unlike the bass which is very prominent (which I’m a sucker for).  I’m slightly disappointed that the song doesn’t grow out of the mid-tempo vibe, but even with the slight mess, the song is funky and is one of the more unique offerings on the album.

4. Renge

It seems that we worked our way down to Renge which is our first ballad from the album.  It kind of harkens back to those anime ending themes which is a really nice thing for DAI to pull off.  Van’s vocals are sweet and light, but has a lot of strength behind it too which makes this song oh so better for me.  I ended up loving this song and the intricacies of it all, one of my favorite songs from the album.

5. mannequin

Even though they kept the strings for this track as well, mannequin is more like that mid-tempo feel-good track.  A little odd for DAI to pull off, but the song is sweet and has quite a bit of charm about it.  I even enjoyed Ryo’s solo in the song…different but not bad at all!

6. Copernicus

I kind of like Copernicus since it’s so raw and so fun to listen to.  It’s definitely the fun but energetic track DAI needed at this point in the album.  It does kind of have a certain “EIGHT” glow to it that I really seem to revel in the nostalgia.  I actually enjoyed this quite a bit!

7. Right now

I’m starting to see that DAI is just having fun with this album and it shows especially with Right now which is pretty much the epitome of that feeling.  It’s light and bouncy and Van is clearly just having a grand ole time with the song…I do wish the song was slightly faster, but I’m content with this track for sure.

8. Soudensen

Then we slow back down again with Soudensen which has some bongos and acoustic guitar thrown in to add some color to the track.  Sadly, the track doesn’t quite grasp my interests as good as “Renge” did.  Actually, I’m quite bored with this track for some reason.  There just isn’t a lot going for it and even Van is showing a little of the boredom here too…not the same kind of passion like the aforementioned track had.

9. Mata Ashita mo Sukoshi Dake Ganbarou to Omou

Wow the album has all these short titled tracks and then BAM, long title and the only one too hahaha.  I felt so strongly about this song because it has album ending qualities.  Being after “Soudensen” works because acoustic guitar is at the forefront so it works.  I’d say this is pretty average, but on the positive side of it…just isn’t as awesome as previous tracks.

10. ROCK DAYZ

So to tie all of this X schtick, ROCK DAYZ closes the album out with a fair ending so to speak.  It sounds like a couple of their older tracks but it suits them perfectly so hearing this is a good thing.  I still would’ve preferred to see the previous track as the ending, but this is all right.

Tracks Recommended

  • Renge
  • Tokyo Anettai
  • Copernicus
  • Right now

Song of Avoidance

  • Soudensen

Breaking off their Shiritori game for their 10th album, Do As Infinity X is a strange release for them because like I said above, breaks the game they’ve been utilizing ever since their debut…and it’s the first album with no lead-in singles.  DAIX is at least better than “TIME MACHINE” since most of the songs are likeable, but with a couple great songs, it doesn’t surpass “ETERNAL FLAME”.  At least they’re working it back up…but wow short album too…

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Do As Infinity – TIME MACHINE March 3, 2012

Filed under: Do As Infinity — solarblade @ 7:34 am

Track Listing

  1. TIME MACHINE
  2. Ariadne no Ito
  3. Why?
  4. PRIDE
  5. Tasogare
  6. Chikai
  7. Otogibanashi
  8. Koi Uta
  9. Sun Shower
  10. Mou Hitori no Boku e
  11. Kimi no Tame ni Ima Dekiru Koto
  12. Go Ahead!

1. TIME MACHINE

Of course, it’s no surprise that DAI decides to open pretty powerfully with TIME MACHINE since they’ve seen to do so the last couple of albums they’ve released.  I love the energetic flow of the song and hearing synths being involved did surprise me but they seem to make it work quite nicely.  Van’s vocals are always at a good pace for me and she still sounds very nice but I get an anime opening kind of feel for the song.  However, it doesn’t really feel very powerful after a while and kind of just slides to the wayside.

2. Ariadne no Ito

Which is good in this case because Ariadne no Ito is pretty damn good and makes up for the rather disappointing title track.  I loved the hell out of this song last year and it keeps impressing me everytime I listen because it’s like they got this ping to just rock out in all kinds of fury.  It’s just DAI at their best here and hearing Van’s edgy vocals and Ryo’s epic guitar playing and you get this song…My favorite song off this album.

3. Why?

More synths seem to build upon Why? which is a bit like “TIME MACHINE” but less focused on the rock-side and more towards a poppier side.  I didn’t get a good feel for the song because unlike the powerful “Ariadne no Ito”, it felt tired and lacked a lot of potential energy here. 

4. PRIDE

Haha, I got anime intro vibes from PRIDE as well which shouldn’t be surprising but whatever, I feel like this song is also lacking a lot of oomph where it should have a bigger boost of sound and arrangement because I love Van’s vocals but the light atmosphere doesn’t work here.  Like I said, Van sounds great in the song so it isn’t as a tragedy like “Why?”.

5. Tasogare

As the era’s ballad-typed A-side, Tasogare still kind of rubs me with the fact that it’s sort of a folk ballad than just the regular old ballad feel but it’s because of the way Van is singing as well as the usage of flutes for the song.  It’s no “Fukai Mori” but it’s a little tease if you get what I mean.  It’s nice and it is better than our next song but this is pretty nice overall.

6. Chikai

Kind of odd though because when I first heard it, I was pretty content with this song but hearing it on the album makes me think it’s just the throwaway of the A-sides because it sounds similar to a lot of the new songs on the album which is just a little bit of a turnoff.  At least the chorus tries to save the song from mediocrity for me and I respect that because I do enjoy the chorus. 

7. Otogibanashi

The second half of the album is luckily purely new songs starting with Otogibanashi.  To me it’s kind of ranked in sound alongside “TIME MACHINE” and “Chikai” since it’s just a pop/rock track but lacks the energy to be epic and all kinds of awesome.  After a while the song gets better and Van does put a lot of vocal energy out there but the arrangement is still kind of suffering here.  Though I will say that I’m considering this to be my favorite of the new songs.

8. Koi Uta

As a mid-tempo song, Koi Uta does stand out a little bit because it does have a lot of Ryo’s guitarwork in the song which is good and all but I’m a little disappointed that it’s to a song like this because it kind of moves at a snail’s pace (and it reminds me of their ending themes).  I guess it’ll be good for some people, but otherwise I’m just kind of like bleh.

9. Sun Shower

I have to say, I’m starting to get a little tired of this album already.  Sun Shower is kind of the lighthearted songs that I heard back on “EIGHT”, which I guess is nice and all but not on this album because this tune is feeling trite and just a little plain all over for me.  I like Van hitting the higher notes and all…it’s just a little forgetful.

10. Mou Hitori no Boku e

I’m happy to see that another song actually caught me by surprise with Mou Hitori no Boku e which sounds like a much better mid-tempo than all the others.  It has a nice sound overall and has a good amount of both members so I can’t bash it too hard.  I think the melody is a little more attention-grabbing than most songs on here though!

11. Kimi no Tame ni Ima Dekiru Koto

Another ballad finds its way onto the album but at least this one includes a bit of acoustic guitar here.  It’s a nice try in my opinion but I feel like “Tasogare” far outranks this song by a mile since this sounds like a lot of their ballads of the same tone and feel.  I guess it’s alright, but I don’t find anything very memorable about it.

12. Go Ahead!

Finally closing the album, Go Ahead! kind of reminisces “TIME MACHINE” as they’re bright and good songs hampered by a lack of interest or energy that a couple of other songs have.  I will say it barely passes the title track by a small amount because Van and Ryo do a good job in various parts of the song but otherwise…it’s alright.

Tracks Recommended

  • Ariadne no Ito
  • Otogibanashi
  • Tasogare
  • Go Ahead!
  • Mou Hitori no Boku e

Song of Avoidance

  • Why?

After listening through this album I felt so tired of it at the end.  It’s like they took leftovers from both “EIGHT” and “ETERNAL FLAME” and just threw it on this album along with the A-sides which were good for the most part.  However the rest felt lazy and just lacked the reasons why I like the two albums above better.  I was just very disappointed in this album and I hope they can step it up on their next one.

 

Do As Infinity – Tasogare November 16, 2011

Filed under: Do As Infinity — solarblade @ 6:06 pm

Track Listing

  1. Tasogare
  2. Tightrope Dancer
  3. Tasogare -Instrumental-

1. Tasogare

DAI really doesn’t fail when it comes to ballads and they continue to show that with Tasogare.  When I first listened to the song, it felt like I was listenting to something that was more slated as a folk song especially with the way Van’s notes and of course the arrangement which has a light flute in it.  I also found myself enjoying Ryo’s guitar-work in the song, especially his solo…I have to say DAI has finally got the era right!

2. Tightrope Dancer

Though I can’t say they are pulling the same weight for their B-sides in which their last one was a bit meh.  Tightrope Dancer is a bit more upbeat than “Tasogare” but it reminds me of “1/100” with the fun atmosphere.  Sadly, just like their last B-side it’s easy to see why it’s a B-side and it just doesn’t compare to the previous song. 

 

 

Era’s third single and DAI hasn’t lost steam.  I was worried about that because I’m still coming off the high from “Ariadne no Ito” since it was all kinds of epic.  Despite being a ballad, I actually really enjoyed the softness from Tasogare.  Tightrope Dancer could be OK, but it’s really just B-side material and it didn’t really impress me too much.

 

Do As Infinity – Ariadne no Ito September 6, 2011

Filed under: Do As Infinity — solarblade @ 6:40 pm

Track Listing

  1. Ariadne no Ito
  2. Bokutachi no Ketsudan
  3. Ariadne no Ito -ZZ8 Remix-
  4. Ariadne no Ito -Instrumental-

1. Ariadne no Ito

I love my edgy DAI for sure and their last awesome one in “Piledriver” was quite a while ago so seeing Ariadne no Ito appear as an A-side no less just made me so happy.  Van just sounds amazing in this song and hits notes quite powerfully.  Add in Ryo’s great guitarwork and you got a pretty damn good song.  It’s probably my favorite song they’ve released since they got back together and that’s saying a lot since they haven’t faltered on their singles yet.

2. Bokutachi no Ketsudan

Likewise, it’s great to see DAI back into a regular single format since they’ve only released two singles which were essentially quad A-sides, a special InuYasha single and two singles with one song on it (though one had three lives to spread it out longer).  The B-side on this single slows things down a bit and at first I did get “Chikai” vibes but it doesn’t have much of a powerful chorus.  It’s nice and soothing, but it’s like…ok I can see why this is a B-side compared to “Ariadne no Ito”.

3. Ariadne no Ito -ZZ8 Remix-

It hasn’t been too long since their rebirth but this is my first time coming across a remix from the duo (and no “Lets get together at a-nation” was definitely not a good song to say *but that has synths*.  I laughed at Van’s ~let’s go this way~ opening the remix but it does have an interesting vibe to it.  Less guitars and Van’s easier to hear and there’s some filters and echoes added on.  Then the chorus comes in and disappoints me because there is no burst of energy like the original, it just stays on the same arrangement and beats…yeah this isn’t really exciting.

 

 

I did say I enjoyed “Chikai” a lot but damn Ariadne no Ito is their best A-side since reforming honestly.  Their edgier songs have always impressed me and this is no exception.  Bokutachi no Ketsudan is alright but after all the goodness they’ve shown through the last two eras…I’m actually happy they have one song to bring them down a little bit…it’s not bad but kind of forgetful.  The remix you can pass up, it doesn’t do Ariadne no Ito any good here.  Altogether, the single was pretty good I can’t really compare it to the last two considering there was one main track but compared to “∞2”, this was a smidge underneath.

 

Do As Infinity – Chikai August 1, 2011

Filed under: Do As Infinity — solarblade @ 11:12 am

Track Listing

  1. Chikai
  2. Baby!Baby!Baby! (from LIVE TOUR2011 ~EIGHT~) (Do As Infinity edition only)
  3. Special (from LIVE TOUR2011 ~EIGHT~) (Do As Infinity edition only)
  4. Hand in Hand (from LIVE TOUR2011 ~EIGHT~) (Do As Infinity edition only)
  5. Chikai -Instrumental-

1. Chikai

Another single that’s really just one song?  I guess it’s not a bad choice to go since Chikai is quite the 180 twist after their last single “JIDAISHIN”.  This track could be considered more of a slower-paced kind of rock track, but I like it because it showcases both Van’s light and edgy vocals in the same time.  I kind of enjoyed listening to this song since it doesn’t really try to force something on the listener and trust me some of their past singles have kind of felt that way…especially that last one.

 

 

*Don’t know if the lives leaked but yeah…*  Chikai as the second in the row of one song singles (Ok, maybe the DAI version is an exception, but still…) I think Chikai made a good opposite to “JIDAISHIN” since that song was wild and crazy while this was more serious and kept together.  Luckily it’s just these two singles since their next one, “Ariadne no Ito” has a B-side to it!  OH! and it’s great way to begin an era too!

 

Do As Infinity – EIGHT January 25, 2011

Filed under: Do As Infinity — solarblade @ 5:42 am

Track Listing

  1. Baby! Baby! Baby!
  2. Special
  3. 1/100
  4. Hand in Hand
  5. Wonderful Life
  6. Boku ga Egaiteta Boku
  7. JIDAISHIN
  8. Everything will be all right
  9. Fly to the Freedom
  10. Dear memories
  11. 1176 Jikan
  12. Kimi ga Inai Mirai

1. Baby! Baby! Baby!

Starting off DAI’s album, I can already tell this is going to be a much more fun album to listen to.  Unlike their last album’s opening track, Then energy from Ryo’s guitar-playing, the brass fusion and Van’s powerful vocals with touches of English actually surprised me a whole lot since the last time I’ve heard this kind of fun was basically “1/100”.  I love the atmosphere and the excitement the duo pulled off was extravagant, what an awesome way to open the album.

2. Special

Keeping up with the upbeat atmosphere for their next song, Special focuses a little more on the melody of the song and Van isn’t so much doing her yelling that she did in the first song which is a solid change.  I still feel like getting up and dancing to the song since it’s just that much of a feelgood song.

3. 1/100

Being the main song from the “∞2” single, 1/100 was definitely a nice change after the “ETERNAL FLAME” and “Kimi ga Inai Mirai” single.  While it’s definitely slightly more serious than the previous two songs, the PV wasn’t definitely not like what I was expecting from a song like this.  Van’s vocals are so good in a rock setting and it really stood out, especially with the flute having a big part as it did.  Strong song for sure!

4. Hand in Hand

Being the album’s promotional track, I wasn’t expecting a ballad to have taken that place.  Of course it’s great that “1/100” made the bridge from the peppy and fun songs to the more serious Hand in Hand.  Also making such a strange setting is that Ryo has lines in the song and he sounds really good for some reason.  Talk about getting it going, I love the song…sounds very strong for DAI.

5. Wonderful Life

Moving along on the album, we get into Wonderful Life and it feels like it definitely has a Western feel to it since it’s a lot of acoustic guitar, electric, bass, and lighter percussion.  To me, Wonderful Life doesn’t exactly do much after the songs the precede it.  I mean it’s alright for a mid-tempo kind of track, but otherwise, I feel the impact out of this song was more dull for me.

6. Boku ga Egaiteta Boku

At least the next song tries to pull me back into liking things again haha.  I love the control Van has over this song and she has that spark that makes songs so lively and emotional.  I think this is what “Wonderful Life” should’ve gone for an exceptional song.  I thought this was a nice pick-me-up after the two songs so I’m happy with this.

7. JIDAISHIN

Being the last single released in the era, JIDAISHIN represents as the bands 11th Anniversary together and IMO, I would’ve had expected this song to be placed closer towards the beginning since it’s upbeat and has a solid rhythm throughout that is kind of catchy in a way.  I thought it was a solid song for sure and while I’m not sure where it stands on the best A-sides, it’s a fun and strong A-side for sure.

8. Everything will be all right

If we missed DAI with songs like “Baby! Baby! Baby!”, be prepared with one of the B-sides from the “∞2” single.  While it’s not as festive, loud, and party-like in its atmosphere, Everything will be all right is still actually the best choice to have included from the single since “HARUKA” might have tooken up the album fully with the epicness and “Pile Driver” might’ve broken the mood of the album.  So this song’s lightheartedness beat out those two.  I pretty much enjoyed hearing this song again and was nice to be placed after “JIDAISHIN”.

9. Fly to the Freedom

I love the strings and the cool guitar riff that opens up our next new song and I kind of like the whole mid-tempo situation going for it.  I was so surprised at Van’s vocal performance throughout especially how she tackled the chorus by well…kickin its ass to the curb.  I thought it was one of the album’s standout tracks and in a good way…good track!!!

10. Dear memories

Seems our next track seems to slow down quite a bit and starts off with only acoustic guitar and Van singing before the rest of the instruments come in afterwards.  Kind of like “Wonderful Life” it kind of just passes over my head after a while since it’s nothing exciting or anything we haven’t heard before because I feel this song would’ve fit better on “ETERNAL FLAME” or something.  I mean the middle of the album slightly gets better, but by then I’m kind of wantin to move on.

11. 1176 Jikan

Being the last new song on the album, I was wondering what we were going to get and 1176 Jikan seems a bit of an oddball on the album.  It feels like it wants to be danceable, but the kind of loungy, synthy weirdness kind of just doesn’t rub me the right way.  Then again, the producer is the same guy that did “Pile Driver” which makes me shake my head in confusion.

12. Kimi ga Inai Mirai

Ending off the album is their first single of the era which was also a special release since it was the InuYasha single.  To me it still feels like more of an “ETERNAL FLAME” song moreso than an EIGHT track.  I love the anime-esque sound it has and has one of the strongest arrangements to be honest.  I still enjoy this song everytime it comes on so it should say that they had another hitter with this track…though it’s a bit odd to have it close the album though…

Tracks Recommended

  • Kimi ga Inai Mirai
  • Baby! Baby! Baby!
  • Fly to the Freedom
  • Hand in Hand
  • JIDAISHIN

Song of Avoidance

  • 1176 Jikan

I will admit it, this album might have taken the lighter route after the rather serious-driven “ETERNAL FLAME”, but this was a much stronger album for it.  I loved how I can actually remember most of the album with the catchy melodies and powerful vocals from Van and some surprises from Ryo as well.  Even though there were three songs that I didn’t care for, the rest of the album was just amazing.  Gotta say, DAI is finally back!

 

Do As Infinity – JIDAISHIN September 28, 2010

Filed under: Do As Infinity — solarblade @ 6:29 am

Track Listing

  1. JIDAISHIN
  2. JIDAISHIN (Instrumental)

1. JIDAISHIN

I know it hasn’t been long since we’ve seen DAI pull a fun-rock track out since returning to the scene.  JIDAISHIN though is THE fun rock track though since it’s loud, Van’s vocals are just as and showing a lot of positive energy throughout and Ryo’s guitar playing is just as good.  I mean “1/100” was pretty lighthearted, but his is crazy fun DAI!

 

 

While JIDAISHIN is classified as a special single, I do hope it’s on their next album since it has a lot of color that DAI hasn’t really had since returning from their “so-called” breakup.  I mean I’m kind of disappointed here was no B-side, or something like what happened wih “Kimi ga Inai Mirai”, but it’s still a great song nonetheless.