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Dream – Only You September 30, 2013

Filed under: dream — solarblade @ 7:26 am

onlyyoudream

Track Listing

  1. Only You
  2. BOOM! BOOM!
  3. MY DAY, ONE WAY
  4. Catch A Wave
  5. Only You (Instrumental)
  6. BOOM! BOOM! (Instrumental)
  7. MY DAY, ONE WAY (Instrumental)
  8. Catch A Wave (Instrumental)

1. Only You

Ahhhh the return of Dream huh?  Well, we’re given Only You which continues with the group releasing sparkly dance-pop for us listeners and while it was a surprise when they returned to relevance, but after “Hands Up!” it seems like this is already slowly fading away from them.  With Shizuka and Aya as mains, I was alright with that (though sad Sayaka had left).  The song is alright, but it sounds like there’s not a lot of interest heard here.

2. BOOM! BOOM!

At least the first B-side is making much more of an impact on the song because the energy is amplified and the song is really great to hear that Dream feel that I’ve always admired.  Add in those quick string melodies and this song is unique and quirky to stand out!  I really found myself in love with it and is my favorite from the single!

3. MY WAY, ONE WAY

A pounding beat, piano, and strings that isn’t a slow song?  Yeah this song really is definitely in the realm for Dream.  There’s something playful and bright about the song that really works for me.  I think it’s a lot like “Only You” in the way that while it’s nice and pretty for their vocals, there’s been much better.

4. Catch A Wave

I will say they’re doing a good job at keeping me interested in them because Catch A Wave is a summery synth/dance track and it’s just hella catchy to listen to.  I will say the higher vocalists had a better time (while the deeper ones did great in “BOOM! BOOM!”).  Even though it is a bit short (at 3:30), the song was nice and pleasant to listen to.

 

 

How long has it been since I’ve heard Dream last…almost 3 years right?  Well during that time they lost two members, the final original member of dream days, Kana Tachibana and Sayaka Yamamoto which left with the remaining 4 members.  As their first outing as a 4-nin, Only You was pretty good.  Only You and MY WAY, OUR WAY were ok and nothing terrible, just didn’t leave much of an impression.  BOOM! BOOM! and Catch A Wave however did and I would love if they took a more forward approach to their dance style (like they once did when it was just Kana, Yu, and Ai).  Overall, good single from them!  I wanna hear more Ami and Erie!!!

 

dream – MUSIC IS MY THING May 15, 2011

Filed under: dream — solarblade @ 5:46 am

Track Listing

  1. MUSIC IS MY THING
  2. MUSIC IS MY THING (INSTRUMENTAL)

1. MUSIC IS MY THING

I wasn’t sure what we we’re getting for our next A-side from dream (which was upgraded to 8-nin), this song would represent a slight change of the girl’s sound to a more eurobeat style ala back to “Dear…” again.  The beat is oddly too slow, but it gives the song some punch and I liked it quite a bit.  I wasn’t entirely sure if there were any true solos in the song, but it sounds kind of good…but it sure would’ve sounded a whole lot better faster.  Oh yeah, it’s a cover hmmmm.

So it was sad seeing that 3-nin dream was no more and Mai’s departure was also quite a bomb but after adding Risa, Eri, Aya, Sayaka, Ami, and Shizuka it was curious to see what they would be like now as a bigger group almost Momosu levels.  To be honest, having them begin with a cover song (which lead to “dream world” which was a cover album and first for the 8 ladies) was a rather odd choice but there’s hope…but if they do what they did on “Dear…” I’m sorely gonna be disappointed.

 

Dream – Hands Up! November 28, 2010

Filed under: dream — solarblade @ 1:24 am

Track Listing

  1. Promise
  2. Hands Up!
  3. Ev’rybody Alright!
  4. GLORY
  5. CHANGE
  6. Breakout
  7. Perfect Girls
  8. Naked
  9. To The Top
  10. Dear my friend
  11. Get my way -Dance Ver. w/o Bridge- / AILI thanx to Dream
  12. Himawari
  13. I Believe
  14. My Way ~ULala~

1. Promise

Beginning the album off, Promise is something I would’ve expected since the era is chock-full of these dance tracks that have been keeping me interested since their return.  While I continue to have problems figuring who’s singing in the solos, they were pretty good, but maybe slightly a little too quiet (especially the second verse) that was music overload and hearing the girl who sang was hard to do.  It’s still a good opening song and the synths that play throughout the song are cool and interesting for sure!

2. Hands Up!

Being the title track, Hands Up! is definitely something familiar and yet something entirely different than “Promise” which could be good or bad depending on which side you’re on.  The first thing that caught me was how similar the arrangements between the two songs were since the album in itself is mostly dance track to begin with.  The next thing were the verses that were overflowing with auto-tune and the like and it sort of surprised me since most of Dream’s songs during the era had not even went that direction.  I do think though that despite the vocal manipulations, the song is actually a lot more catchy and makes a great track early on.

3. Ev’rybody Alright!

Being the 4th single released in the era, Ev’rybody Alright! actually fits nicely after “Hands Up!” since they both share the whole auto-tune style.  Unfortunately for the song, it actually comes off as a much weaker song coming after two strong ass songs which isn’t a good thing to hear now is it?  It just became just “alright”, but I loved it when it was on the single so iono.

4. GLORY

Funny how we get to GLORY which was the first B-side after “Ev’rybody Alright!”.  It does kind of lighten up the mood of the album and does take out the dance style for a little bit since it’s mainly R&B.  It shares this quality with later song “I Believe” which isn’t surprising since they’re a bit far apart.  The song is alright for me since it is a good change of pace for the album, but otherwise it does get covered up by the massive amount of dance songs. 

5. CHANGE

So getting back to our new songs, CHANGE actually is the ending to TRINITY Zill O’ll Zero since “Promise” is the opening and CHANGE marks a well-needed change from the album’s more dance-oriented sound by throwing us a ballad.  It’s alright since the main vocalists of the song sound pleasant enough and the music doesn’t drag, but it doesn’t truly fit here.

6. Breakout

Getting into the 2nd single released in the era, Breakout brings us right back into the more upbeat dance tracks starting with this tune.  I thought the vocals in the song were actually more strongly sung right, but it still reminds me of MAX for some reason and it kind of just passes over me on the album unfortunately.

7. Perfect Girls

Then we get into the single that reintroduced the 6-nin Dream and Perfect Girls still stands out the most from their A-sides of the era and that’s definitely good because it sounds like that they delved into some retro-ish stuff for the song and I was more impressed with their vocals since they sounded more together and well great!  It made me think of The Pussycat Dolls too for some reason though >.>

8. Naked

Ok the whole electricity thing that opens up our next new song was a little bit out of place, but Naked tries to be different amongst the dance tracks and it does slightly do that since it’s much more darker and whoever is singing the main vocals have the slickest deep vocals I’ve heard in a while.  It’s definitely one of the better songs off the album and I’m happy that this song was there.

9. To The Top

Being the secondary A-side on their returning single, To The Top does kind of pull off the same dark vibes that “Naked” nailed and with this one was more like a mixture of that song and the light poppy side of “Perfect Girls” and maybe just a little bit of “Promise’s” intricate synth usage and I’m still quite impressed with this song.  Wow, it has been too long since I’ve listened to this song last and I’ve fallen in love with it again.

10. Dear my friend

As the final new song, Dear my friend (SO ORIGINAL BTW) is more of a mid-tempo kind of song and one of those sentimental and positive kind of songs about yknow friendship and all that jazz.  I find the R&B style with piano added in, once again a nice change but it doesn’t exactly do much justice to the album.  It kind of seems a bit of a filler track from the group, but since there’s not much to really compare it to, it does stand out as well.  It just depends if you like cheesy stuff or not 😄

11. Get My Way -Dance Ver. w/o Bridge- / AILI thanx to Dream

Being one of the B-sides from “My Way ~ULala~”, Get My Way found its way onto the tracklist and while it’s a bit heavier than “Dear my friend” it still kind of is light when compared to the other songs and it’s alright for me.  I do wish that they had included the full version instead, but that’s going to be on AILI’s debut album “Future”.  It’s alright and the interlude is a bit strange sounding since there’s no vocals, but Get My Way isn’t bad just surpassed by many other songs.

12. Himawari

Another B-side from the same single “Get My Way” came from, Himawari represents the more happier side to the group and I enjoyed the song when I first heard the song since it was so upbeat and added a smile to my face.  I can picture AAA performing this song for some reason and that means I actually loved it.  Still one of the album’s shiners.

13. I Believe

I’m surprised they included the B-side from “Breakout” onto the album because I clearly couldn’t remember it even if I tried.  Still when I turn this song, I still can’t clearly remember the song as strongly as it’s sister A-side.  To me, it’s a bit too draggy and since it’s another one of those mid-tempo R&B tracks with a whole lot of synthage, it just comes off as a bit too formulaic for me and just flies over my head.  At least the girls singing together sound very pretty and in tune. 

14. My Way ~ULala~

Rounding the album out by ending with the group’s 3rd single released, My Way is probably to most poppish of the A-sides released in the era and I actually don’t have a problem with it since it’s pretty damn catchy and includes some of the best vocals the album showed off with the girls singing together.  Definitely closes out the album on a high note though!!!

Tracks Recommended

  • Perfect Girls
  • Naked
  • Himawari
  • To The Top
  • Hands Up!

Song of Avoidance

  • Dear my friend

Hands Up! marks a complete different sound than their last album, 2004’s “ID”.  It is their most mature sounding and quite sexiest album they’ve had since becoming such a big group.  It’s still sad that it also marks as Kana Tachibana’s final album before her graduation (if you’ve kept up she’s also the last member originally from the 3-nin dream).  Still, after such a long hiatus before returning, Hands Up! actually is an impressive album with all the dance tracks and R&B songs that are included.  There were prolly too many old tracks, but since “Perfect Girls/To The Top” and “Breakout” were mu-mo singles, that problem is overpassed.  Still I enjoyed this album and I’m curious what’s next for em since they’re now a 5-nin group.

 

Dream – Ev’rybody Alright! October 8, 2010

Filed under: dream — solarblade @ 10:09 am

Track Listing

  1. Ev’rybody Alright!
  2. GLORY
  3. Secret Party
  4. cinnamon
  5. Ev’rybody Alright! [Instrumental]
  6. GLORY [Instrumental]
  7. Secret Party [Instrumental]
  8. cinnamon [Instrumental]

1. Ev’rybody Alright!

I love that Dream decided to get all dance on us for Ev’rybody Alright! though it’s kind of a letdown that there’s a fair amount of auto-tune to go around here, but I like that this time around there’s a different lead here instead of the usual suspects.  It’s definitely their coolest of the dance songs since it up in the times and yet is interesting like their previous A-sides.

2. GLORY

For the first B-side of the single, GLORY is actually a lot lighter than what I expected the song to have ended up as, but it’s a nice change of styles from a dance-heavy song to a more R&B inspired mid-tempo tune.  Of course I don’t know who’s leading, but it sounds like the normal girl who’s lead the previous songs in the era.  It’s a good representation for the more calmer side of Dream and I like it so far.

3. Secret Party

A secret party now huh?  It does slightly move faster than “GLORY” and has a rather classy vibe to it and whoever is singing majority of the song rather reminds me of Meisa Kuroki’s vocals in the wrongest of ways, but it still is passable and has a good vibe.

4. cinnamon

I really do think the best thing about Dream is how they treat their more upbeat songs and even though this is no “Ev’rybody Alright!” it’s alright, but it’s kind of missing that oomph that said A-side did have so it’s kind of underwhelming for me, but it’s still a dance song and I’ll end up prolly putting this on repeat for right now.

Wow finally ending this kind of hyped up era for me, Ev’rybody Alright! is definitely my favorite A-side from the group since officially returning to releasing things.  There’s just something about this A-side that made me smile and choosing a different gal to lead up was a great idea.  cinnamon is slightly as danceable, but I’m having a hard time remembering the song as much.  GLORY and Secret Party are lighter songs and I’m for sure hoping there’s a few songs like em.  Good single and great way to finish the “Hands Up!” era.

 

Dream – My Way ~ULala~ August 16, 2010

Filed under: dream — solarblade @ 5:04 pm

Track Listing

  1. My Way ~ULala~
  2. Get my way -Dance ver. w/o Bridge-/AILI thanx to Dream
  3. FantAstrip
  4. Himawari
  5. My Way ~ULala~ -instrumental-
  6. Get my way -Dance ver. w/o Bridge-/AILI thanx to Dream -instrumental-
  7. FantAstrip -instrumental-
  8. Himawari -instrumental-

1. My Way ~ULala~

As the A-side of the single, I was wondering what I was expecting from the girls of Dream since it’s been a long time since they’ve released a physical single and I think with My Way, they did pretty good for themselves.  It does sound like some of the other girls have been able to get some solo lines (I still dont know who’s who).  As for the song, it’s pretty good but I think “Perfect Girls” and “Breakout” did a much better job bringing the girls full force.  At least they’re slowly moving away from eurobeat even more.

2. Get my way -Dance ver. w/o Bridge-/AILI thanx to Dream

Not sure what’s the story about the song, but Get my way slight slower charge than in “My Way”.  It doesn’t even sound remotely danceable, but I guess with the arrangement being similar just slowed down makes it a dance version.  I like that there’s acoustic and electric guitar present in the song though.  Not sure, but I like the A-side a bit more.

3. FantAstrip

Now this is what I’m talking about.  FantAstrip is pretty awesome as a club-banger because it’s heavy and with that opening, it was bound to become as such.  I mean this would’ve been perfect for their mu-mo singles released, but I’m still kind of enjoying this.  I’m surprised haha.

4. Himawari

Not sure why, but this song kind of seems a little like the oddball on the single.  I mean it carries the same dance energy as the other songs, but it’s quite upbeat and a positive sound filters throughout.  It’s almost like euro but a little techno.  It’s pretty good as the ending to the single, but I’m also kind of expecting this to appear on the album for some off reason.

 

 

Wow it has been 5 years since their last single, “Soyokaze no Shirabe/STORY” was released (I don’t count the mu-mo singles as official since they weren’t allowed to chart on Oricon).  My Way ~ULala~ is a great way for the group to show that they did leave their signature eurobeat sound.  I actually enjoyed this single since they’ve actually let other girls take lead vocals for a bit and the sound is refreshing (especially if you’re a Dream fan).  Can’t wait for the next single and eventual album.

 

Dream – Breakout March 23, 2010

Filed under: dream — solarblade @ 9:18 am

Track Listing

  1. Breakout
  2. I Believe
  3. Breakout (Instrumental)
  4. I Believe (Instrumental)

1. Breakout

I kind of enjoyed how the song just opens up and shows us that Dream can still pull of sexy nowadays even more.  I mean yes, back then the group were idols, now it’s like girl group who’s just gotten more hotter and with the A-side Breakout, it really shows they are more than capable of being sexy.  I do like that remaining original member Kana takes up the verses and her deeper vocals really do help the song.  The chorus reminds me of the eurobeat days they used to be under, but still a whole new sound for me.

2. I Believe

The B-side does take things down a notch and it’s a bit closer to an R&B mid-tempo kind of song, but I don’t mind the group getting slower for a song or two.  I Believe once again has Kana take up main vocals as the other girls play second fiddle with a slip from one or two of the girls.  The arrangement does become a bit boring after a while and since Dream doesn’t have many R&B tracks, it was nice to see some experiementation.

 

 

While it isn’t as good as their revival single “Perfect Girls/To The Top”, Dream is showing more color nowadays and I’m happy.  The A-side carries on what made their first single back so good while the B-side shows a new side to the group.  Sad to know that both singles were just glorified mu-mo singles, at least they announced the offcial comeback single since “Soyokaze no Shirabe/STORY” back in 2005.  So we’ll see how this goes.

 

dream – SINCERELY ~ever dream~ December 14, 2009

Filed under: dream — solarblade @ 3:40 am

Track Listing

  1. SINCERELY ~ever dream~
  2. Message
  3. SINCERELY ~ever dream~ (Instrumental)
  4. Message (Instrumental)

1. SINCERELY ~ever dream~

I really liked how SINCERELY ~ever dream~ is so far from being anything of their eurobeat stuff.  It’s a ballad of course, but a simplistic one as well.  I think this is the nicest I’ve heard from the girls so far in their careers and Mai, Kana, and Yu sound great together as well.  No more screaming!  Definitely a strong track on it’s own

2. Message

It’s odd to see another ballad making an appearance as the B-side to the single, but I actually prefer Message over “SINCERELY” since it’s more focused on the members vocals even more and the arrangement is a little more interesing.  It feels like a solo sometimes, but w/e this is really nice.

 

 

Sadly, SINCERELY ~ever dream~ marks as the final single before Mai Matsumoro graduates and dream gains 6 members.  I have to say SINCERELY and Message make great ballads to hear from the 3-nin dream and probably one of their best singles.  After this single there’s a best-of that chronicles the 3 ladies and their singles, but after that is a whole new ballgame.