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Dual Theory – Ace Deuce February 9, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Devia Initium (The Lonely Beginning)
  2. Diamonds
  3. Destiny In Disguise
  4. Castaway
  5. Nice Guys Finish Last
  6. Rockyhaven
  7. Senses Fail
  8. You Hold the Key
  9. High School is So Last Year
  10. Paranoia
  11. Golden Heart
  12. Last Night
  13. The Last Goodbye
  14. Overkill

1. Devia Initium (The Lonely Beginning)

LOL how many albums in a row did I review something that has a short opening?  Devia Initium has a sinister opening and I was definitly most impressed.  Youko and Hunter started to sing/speak whichever and they sounded almost dead goving, the track more appeal.  Then they split off to two different parts and then the song just comes to a close. 

2. Diamonds

Diamonds is Dual Theory’s most memorable track being used in one episode of Show Me Your News which is Youko’s podcast.  I have to say I love the piano melody played throughout, but Youko, high notes aren’t exactly your kit & kaboodle.  Song’s meaning was kind of romantic in a way and had a lot put into to it. 

3. Destiny In Disguise

Another song that I instantly loved at first listen, Destiny In Disguise is basically more upbeat and has a better piano melody IMO.  Youko even sounds better as well, even getting some of the harder notes right.  I swear Hunter singing the 2nd verse, I’m not sure why…but hmmm….I think the best part was when Youko was singing the chorus with just the guitar and piano melody.  I thought that was amazing.  The ending was a little random, but good nonetheless.

4. Castaway

Whenever I hear this song, it makes me feel free-spirited and then listening to the lyrics it’s quite romantic as well.  I’m already feeling that the album is going to be a huge difference than “Life on Display”.  I wouldn’t want to call this ethereal but the keyboard is making me think otherwise.  Hopeful little track.

5. Nice Guys Finish Last

Well, doesn’t the title seem truthful though?  He’s singing about how he’s putting his all and being a man and all he’s getting is just crap and being treated like it doesn’t mean anything.  Brutally honest and almost sad to hear.  I do like how Youko and Hunter play off after chorus with the ~It doesn’t really matter~ section. 

6. Rockyhaven

I was awe-ing at this track when I first listened to it.  I mean it’s not about love or any gushy shtuff.  It’s just a relaxing song about nature pretty much.  I mean there’s some hidden meanings because of the whole ~I feel so alive here, this place that’s within me~.  Maybe he’s talking about the mind, but give it a lively arrangement and well…it’s euphoric almost, that is until Youko hits that uber high note….that was whoa…

7. Senses Fail

We finally get a darker song with Senses Fail and it’s brutal.  I’m not sure what the topic is actually falling on, but with the ~failing senses~ and the otherwise dark lyrics it’s quite baffling.  I have to say I love that middle part when Hunter this part with multiple bass triplets and Youko’s evil speaking part, that was golden.  Amazing song to just pop up for me.

8. You Hold the Key

I’ll admit it right away, I didn’t connect to this song at all and still can’t manage to.  I mean it’s upbeat and it’s a positive song, don’t get me wrong….but there was something missing for me.  Lyrics are also hopeful in mind because the lover has the “key” to make him open up and such.  I think my initial not-liking was Youko’s high-pitching again…it’s a dangerous zone and most of the chorus was either in it or on the brim of it.

9. High School is So Last Year

After “Devia Initium” this track is the shortest track on the album not even making 3 minutes.  OMG, cussing FTW…..Anyways, it’s pretty much exactly what love is about in High School which is that relationships are shaky because you people can cheat and move on to other people and Youko in the later part remembers this person and proclaims that he’s had it better and doesn’t even wanna speak to em….so honest.

10. Paranoia

Yeah, this song was what was missing from the album.  Paranoia really is like a story in the song which is awesome.  The first verse is just so mean and the song continues to speak about via the verses.  The song is about, how he wonders what he did to make someone hate him and it bothers him like crazy.  I do kind of wish there was an ending to the story portion because it just left a huge cliffhanger IMO.

11. Golden Heart

We finally get a ballad and Golden Heart is a long one as well reaching past 6 minutes.  Usually, that’s a big no-no in ballad world because that’s just being mean and will make people get bored.  I really thought the melancholic arrangement with Youko’s deep vocals really put me in a mood.  It was an alright track, just too long-winded for me.

12. Last Night

When this started up, I immediatly thought this sounded like “High School is So Last Year”.  It’s quite to dark song given such a happy arrangement which shows some much needed sarcasm.  I’m pretty sure they’re talking about heartbreak, but I’m not entirely sure.  It’s alright, but the other tracks do manage to be better IMO.

13. The Last Goodbye

Awwww, the “last goodbye”?  I guess it has to happen when you breakup with someone.  Then again this could be incorporated in various situations and Youko is contemplating if it is the last one, but for right this is the last one.  I thought this would’ve been a good album finisher for obvious reasons but yes, pretty somber, but good track.

14. Overkill

We’re back to the “Devia Initium” instrumental to finish up the album.  It’s quite awesome hearing Youko speak out in a poetic way.  It’s so chilling and yet with such an interesting kind of way seems a little hopeful, but it’s just a interlude before going into our final track.  Overkill seems to be just like less memorable since it is a Youko-only track.  Youko…..high note warning!!!!  It’s alright, but “The Last Goodbye” would’ve been a more attainable to finish this album IMO. 

Tracks Recommended

  • Rockyhaven
  • Destiny In Disguise
  • Senses Fail
  • Diamonds
  • The Last Goodbye

You can see how much more work was put into this with all the new sounds that was included.  Another major difference was that this album wasn’t as dark and depressing as their previous album was which was surprising because of how many happy songs there were in contrast.  Some of the tracks did suffer of sounding a little alike and Youko’s new lover for high notes, but still a strong album, but I prefer their last one. BTW Happy B-day Youko!

 

Dual Theory – Life on Display January 15, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Losing Grip
  2. Weapon Intangible
  3. Life on Display
  4. Four Years
  5. Better than My Best
  6. The Passion
  7. Freedom
  8. On My Own Again
  9. Answer
  10. Black Rose
  11. Dancing In the Dark
  12. Wait
  13. Song of Last Regrets
  14. The Final Letter
  15. Miss Sunshine
  16. Breakdown (Flood)

1. Losing Grip

I really didn’t expect such an abstract beat to open the album.  It’s kind of hard to describe it fully, but it’s quite the unusual sound.  Going on, this song has a very crazy meaning to it.  With a track called Losing Grip, it’s definitly understandable.  Oh yea, loving the keyboarded drum sound.  Cool way to begin the album.

2. Weapon Intangible

Dang, this song can really get depressing to the listener, I have to point it out.  Like the chorus is metaphorically saying to break his heart, cause it’s inevitable and I have to give props to that for pushing such a topic with sense with it.  Jeeze, Youko your whispering part was fantastic here. 

3. Life on Display

Ahhh, the title track.  Oh, so it’s like people want to see what you do next right?  That’s the kind of vibe I’m getting from this song.  Not many would exactly get the point first listen like me (This is my 4th time listening).  I didn’t really connect much with the song, but its nice musically I got to say.

4. Four Years

Pretty much scoping about life in high school (hence four years).  I have to agree with a lot what their saying because it’s usually the best years and Youko is singing about how they aren’t ready for college even though Youko is in college….(ironic?).  Then there’s this ~I won’t be who you want me to be~ line that’s also a focus point to the song.  Good song though.

5. Better than My Best

I see a little bit of a oops here.  Like, you guys said in the previous that I’m not gonna be who you want me to be and then ebunk that statement with this song, I find it quite amusing actually.  The song has a fun kind of beat to it, but with some unhappy lyrics.  I do like the honesty written with this track, so it’s a good listen me.

6. The Passion

In other words, he wants respect.  Luckily, this doesn’t affect him because ~he’s in his own little world~.  The speaking part was pretty nifty and the rest of the song is like a fantasy to listen to.  It’s funny to find such a happy song in the album full of depressing/sad/emotional tracks.

7. Freedom

Case in point, this track is definitly emotional and pretty sad.  I mean when all he wants is freedom, but all the inner chaos is happening, it’s hard to get that.  Put it to a pretty good sound and you get an A+ track.  Where’s the happiness?

8. On My Own Again

I always wonder if this is a steel drum sound playing with this song…hmmm.  Anyway I think the joys of being single is written here.  Other words, Youko and Hunter is pretty much bombing the other person.  Even more better is this whole fun sound, I personally love the entire thing, it’s hook after hook.  If there’s one song to listen from them, it’s this one. 

9. Answer

I think the darkest song in both music and lyrics, is Answer.  I really enjoyed the chanting in the background with Youko’s deeper voice.  It sent chills down my spine here.  OMG for big words like ~condenscending~ in the chorus it really kind of took a life on its own.  The guitar solo was really freaky too mwahaha.  Using metaphors a lot again, I think he made his point, hmm was this directed to anyone? o.0  Oh yea, this would make a great music video IMO

10. Black Rose

I like the arpeggio opening with Black Rose and then turns into a pretty rad pop track.  Once again using a metaphor ~Life is like a black rose~ as the main theme which is nice, but it’s so difficult to follow because the music is covering Youko and the chorus was fast…I still loved what I understood from it and the whole ~wither and die~ thing added it up for me.

11. Dancing In the Dark

I considered this a slower version of “Black Rose” but with strings played on ze keyboard.  I totally laughed a little when Hunter did the whole ~and he wish~ part in the bridge.  It was like random, but random needed since Youko prolly would sound confusing without it.  There’s something simplistic about the song that I really like.  Lyrics are once again kind of sad and lonesome, but how can you not like a song like this.

12. Wait

I think Youko’s strongest guitar playing is definitly apparant here by the opening.  Someone doesn’t exactly have a lot of patience because OMG they can’t take the whole waiting (hence the title).  ~If I was a Wiseman, I’d give up all hope~ talk about going far in their moods.  I’d definitly would hear this on the radio, I mean if it was on it, this’d be the song to be mainstream.  Wait, I love the double singing as well I have to note that. 

13. Song of Last Regrets

For being a song of Last Regrets, this wouldn’t have been my initial style to put it too.  It’s pretty upbeat, but the lyrics are amazingly depressing once again.  Sounds like one of them have been hurt by someone and either they are hurting hard or embarassed much.  I might be overly exaggerating this, but is suicide mentioned here? Maybe metaphorically?

14. The Final Letter

This song has such a nice sound with the piano melody going on and Youko’s more calmer vocals.  Songs topic?: break-up.  I like the way the chorus was written out and it’s pretty much basic and easy to follow.  The bridge though was great IMO.  Y’know there is one thing I do have a problem and that’s the basicness of it…I mean we know she’s gettin dumped…do we need anymore hints at it LOL

15. Miss Sunshine

Oddly, this track is the sore thumb of the album.  It sounds like a song you would hear when you wake up in the morning, which is nice since it has that dreaminess and Youko shows off a calm vocal sound which I have to give props to.  Even better is that Youko and Hunter harmonize almost perfectly here.  It’s their strongest track IMO on the album.

16. Breakdown (Flood)

Wait, there’s actual synth and this beat sounds like “Losing Grip” at first then this awesome synth beat comes in.  Youko is once again letting his guitar speak, totally cool.  All of  the Breakdown side is a guitar solo which means it’s the interlude before the vocal track Flood.  Flood finishes this long album up, but it kind of comes short.  I was expecting a more crazier finish since Breakdown was off the wall.  I think it precedes “Rockyhaven” since the similarities.  Jeeze, way to make water seem murderous…~The water is toxic~…..

Tracks Recommended

  •  On My Own Again
  • Miss Sunshine
  • Answer
  • Freedom
  • Weapon Intangible

What a dark album.  Life on Display was what it was to them at the time I think.  Very honest and angsty.  Most of the songs were either a sad or evil topic which was surprising, especially after the EP.  Some of the meanings would pass over people’s head because of the upbeat sounds which included drums this time.  It’s a good album, but be prepared to get a little emotional.

 

Dual Theory – You’ve Got to Be Kidding EP December 18, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Test
  2. The Country Song
  3. Your Mom is Hot
  4. Sandwich of the Night
  5. World-Ending Nightmare
  6. All About the GDP
  7. Oblivious
  8. He’s a Monkey
  9. Bitches and Hos
  10. The Country Song (original from 2002)
  11. You Know What I Don’t Get?

1. Test

You know, I wonder how bored they were when they made this first track.  Like seriously, it’s so abstract and maybe it seems, but Youko is like going crazy on his guitar and making some funny quotes along the way.  I think I laughed the most at the end where Youko’s like practically saying a minute passed by and stops all noises and then repeats the guitar line and it goes into the next track.

2. The Country Song

Youko even said they were really really bored when they created what I can apprehend is the strangest song so far.  I mean country isn’t my kind of style in the first place, but I like how they made the song in a view of a farmer’s eyes.  They keep saying ~Milking the cow~ so many times, but it is so funny.  ~What do you call that? trough? trough.~  It’s hilarity.

3. Your Mom is Hot

Hmmm, a call out to milfs all across America?  I do believe so, now it starts out with this lady moaning ~Yeah~ so dirty-like.  It’s also the first time were hear new sounds like a beat which is cool.  I do think the song is kinky just for the song’s topic which is a little obvious right? 

4. Sandwich of the Night

As strange as it is, the song is a ballad, at least I think is.  I didn’t think Youko would actually sing about a need to have a sandwich.  I wanna say that the song is like a dream song, because well sometimes people dream about food.  Youko is also producing a more deeper tone which is interesting to hear.  The ending was just awesome ~Want a tissue?~

5. World-Ending Nightmare

Definitly another short track, but it seems to be the more serious track off this EP.  I like how chaotic the song’s structure is going from quiet moments to freaking out and busting out.  It is a little short though, but I guess it’s understandable.  Crazyness for sure.

6. All About the GDP

Oh jeeze, trying to rap there, Youko?  It’s quite unusual since it’s the first song to not feature any guitar, which surprises me.  Now the GDP is pretty advanced stuff and hearing a song more or less a rapping version is quite baffling.  Youko, your no 50 Cent, but I’ll give you props of being able to do it, and not sound awkward.  Though the disc scratching is another story.

7. Oblivious

Wow, another guitar-less track appears and the music seems to be familiar hmmmm, are we channeling Ricky Martin?  Even though the music is a cover, the lyrics are original and still carries some interest, maybe not as much as the other songs, but this is pretty memorable.  Very strange and yet tantalizing track.

8. He’s a Monkey

Talk about being mean.  I mean there’s so many odd choices of lyrics mentioning DBZ Budokai and using Vegeta’s Big Bang Attack and then leads to the chorus which OMG, I just got it.  The song is about Vegeta XD.  I guess you can’t say it’s unoriginal since not many songs mention video games. 

9. Bitches and Hos

Could you be surprised this song is the shortest song and the strangest.  I mean the voice clippings are so random and it so covers Youko a lot.  I’m pretty sure Hunter is behind, but this song is just so hilarious and could be the best track of the silly ones on here.  Totally won me over XD.

10. The Country Song (original from 2002)

Yep, the song is the original version, which is awesome.  As you will see as well, the song is of low quality so don’t bitch about it.  It also seems to have been in the beta stage as well.  There’s some differences like not many random farm sounds and more open spaces in the guitar playing.  They do seem to enjoy themselves as they laugh their asses off trying to get through the song. 

11. You Know What I Don’t Get?

Amazing, your gonna finish off the EP with an almost 15 minute conversation?  That’s just crazy guys.  At least we get to know them before the whole blowup in popularity.  Youko is totally the funny one of the two while Hunter is more of the calm type, which is great because they seem to feed off each other’s energies.  Then a little time passes and they do a little Soap Opera skit moment which is so golden XD.  Basically this track is like Peter Griffin’s version of “You know what grinds my gears” but before the popularity of it rised.  Loved the Transformers talk too, that just made me laugh so hard.

Tracks Recommended

  • The Country Song
  • World-Ending Nightmare
  • He’s a Monkey
  • Test
  • Bitches and Hos

I’d consider this to be a concept album because of all the radical topics covered.  I mean some were so crazy like milf loving, sandwich addictions, Vegeta being a monkey, and awesome Bitches and Hos.  There were a few tracks that seemed to be a little more serious like World-Ending Nightmare and Oblivious.  I wonder if they’ll do another track like the last one again.  Wait, SMYN was basically that in the later episodes XD.

 

Dual Theory – Prologue December 4, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. In the Dust
  2. This Recurring Wound
  3. Beyond Euphoria
  4. Façade
  5. Pathway to Solitude
  6. Lost in the Game
  7. Desperate Measures
  8. Leave Me Be
  9. Best Days of Our Lives
  10. Emotion
  11. Epilogue

1. In the Dust

We begin the album with a pretty depressing song.  It’s definitly a song about rejection by the other person and hearing ~I’d expected you to be there~ really does send chills down spines.  I was definitly surprised that it was only acoustic, but it didn’t hamper the experience at all and I quite enjoyed the final minute of the song where Youko and Hunter quietly sang the lyrics and gradually got louder.  Great first track.

2. This Recurring Wound

Wow, this song is definitly emo-ish especially the first verses.  Though, I was a little confused about what the song was really about and all the cutting, bleeding, and such.  The song pretty much flies by me, but once again the ending are where Youko repeats ~Your words are like poison~.  Definitly something surprising if you ask me XD

3. Beyond Euphoria

After two dark tunes we get a pretty interesting tune.  I’m pretty sure it’s a happy tune, but it’s like there’s some hidden meaning to it.  Granted, the song’s verses switch to a girl and boy and all the tribulations of love.  Though I was shocked that the song ended sudden almost.  I did like the song though, even though it’s pretty short ^_^

4. Façade

Interestingly, Façade has a pretty melody to it and Youko’s vocals fit so well on the verses.  Hunter does back him up every finishing line and they sound good combining each other’s vocals.  It’s basically about wanting someone to show their real side, but in the end it’s like they can’t do/won’t do, and lies some disappointment.  It’s one of the favorites from me.

5. Pathway to Solitude

Something sweet occurs here as it is the first acoustic ballad of the album, I actually had a little trouble listening to this.  Youko’s more emotional voice kind of goes a little flat and makes it seem pretty awkward.  The chorus sounds better and he’s more confident.  Actually the longer the song goes by the better it gets.  Hence after the solos when Youko and Hunter play off of each others lyrics, that was impressive.

6. Lost in the Game

I thought the notes at the beginning sounded like it was latin-influenced, but alright maybe the song sounds a little latin-influenced.  By the title, the song is about being so much of yourself, that something will destroy you eventually.  It’s quite a high school topic and it’s true.  I really didn’t know what to think when the verses came out since they sounded lifeless almost.  It’s alright, but not one of my favs.

7. Desperate Measures

Yup, as the song implies ~Desperate time calls for desperate measures~.  I kind of also got a little bored, it could possibly the speed of the song and how long and connected most of the song was.  It just seemed to drag most of the time, luckily it wasn’t to the point that I wanted to press next, was it a filler track perhaps?

8. Leave Me Be

I heard immediatly the raw emotion through this track and it was so surprising to hear that.  I mean yes, it’s a little emo, but it was a good kind of emo.  Like something teenagers can actually feel for.  I mean it’s pretty much simple in lyrics leave him alone damnit!  It’s one of the darkest songs on the album albeit put into an upbeat kind of sound. 

9. Best Days of Our Lives

We definitly get a lively and happy track and OMG Hunter is actually leading the track practically and it comes as a definite shock and he sounds good as well.  Then I find myself wondering why does the song sound pretty repetitive.  I do like the whole cherish the moments you have, quite nice and I guess in the end, the song seems depressing cause it sound like a breakup happened or something.  Please elaborate hahaha.

10. Emotion

Entering the shortest song off the album, it’s practically an interlude.  Are they pulling a Hikki? (Youko, you can ask me bout that one).  Anyway, it’s like Youko’s guitar playing is singing the song rather and even though there is some off notes, it’s definitly a nice listen.  Hunter’s beat is quite cool keeping it together and such.  Then we are led into.

11. Epilogue

Haha, I love how the album is called “Prologue” and the last song off the album is the Epilogue.  As well it should they convey feelings through a story and that’s where the terms come from.  Being the longest song as well, this ballad was more better than the first one for sure.  I hear some minor tapping sounds as well, I wonder if it was intentional and some both guys are singing it’s tough to differentiate the two unless they are singing simultaneously.  Still what a nice way to finish this album.

Tracks Recommended

  •  Façade
  • Epilogue
  • Leave Me Be
  • Beyond Euphoria
  • Pathway to Solitude

So their debut album is for sure different to their later albums because well, it’s all acoustic music.  What I liked about the song is definitly the lyrics as they are honest lyrics and even though some of them are a little surprising like This Recurring Wound most of them are something teens can relate to one way another.  Both Youko and Hunter have nice voices and even though it isn’t at full force (they explained it) I’m actually wanting to hear them belt it out.  Nice album guys!