Ça, c’est Paris! (DUSTZ Version)
Hoshikuzu Meiro ~Lost in Star Dustz~
Break & Peace (Ver. 1.3)
Brilliant Day DJ BASS Low-Life-Dogs Mix
Starting off this album, Toi=Moi:▽ interestingly starts with synths before entering with the band and I kind of liked that kind of opening. I kind of like Ray’s aggressive vocals which borderline’s rapping in three different languages. Though it seems this has more English and French than anything else and I’m just quite surprised by it all. It’s like “Criez” got a power boost!
As the era’s 4th A-side released, I wasn’t expecting to hear spiral this early on the album especially coming in between “Toi=Moi▽” and “Fantasista”. This is the first time we actually hear Ray sing in Japanese and I was pleasantly surprised by his vocals when he actually sings since they sound like other J-rockers but has his own grit (plus the whole French background is present in the second verse of the tune). I personally think of their anime-tied songs, spiral is my favorite.
I’m surprised their promotional song off the album is a DRAGON ASH cover of Fantasista. It’s different from what we’re used to from DUSTZ which is a straightforward rock song but a little more edgier and deeper for Ray. It’s a pretty cool song though I must say and DUSTZ gives it pretty good justice here! Question is, would I have chosen this to promote the album….prolly not.
I think of the songs so far, this is the lightest I’ve heard them but also hearing synth beats being used alongside the band is quite cool and gives it movement in places. Actually it kind of reminds me of “Swallow” off the “Criez” single with it’s rather upbeat and airy qualities. It also kind of combines their recent love of synths and filters…so it’s a nice change to the songs before.
I kind of get similar feelings about FLY and coming after “Re:member” it’s a little frowny but we fortunately things are a little different and we get rap moments with Ray. Plus, the chorus is a bit more open and positive sounding which is pretty cool. The lighter moments of this one stood out to me A LOT more here.
I wonder why it’s getting lighter and lighter with each song…it seems to be the peak of the slower songs with Orphee (plus it’s the only track passing 5 minutes in length). For being a ballad of sorts, Orphee isn’t totally that bad of a song. Of course the song passes through Japanese and French so it’s interesting how he slides into both languages effortlessly. It is a little too long but still nice they did that.
7. Ça, c’est Paris! (DUSTZ Version)
Usually artists (and bands) choose original B-sides to add the album is they choose to do so…however it seems they did the opposite and added the other cover song they did to the album. This one was from the “Brilliant Day” single. It does wake anyone up that felt sleepy after “Orphee” so it does a good job at that. To me, this song is kind of unusual for them since it is a cover of an ancient Moulin Rouge-esque track. Plus it’s fun to hear Ray shout the title XD…yeah it’s in full French BTW!
8. Hoshikuzu Meiro ~Lost in Star Dustz~
A spacey sounding piano starts up Hoshikuzu Meiro and it really does have this rather outer space kind of feel to it and I’m loving that a lot about this song. I will say that it’s weird that this is coming right after “Ça, c’est Paris!” but either way unlike the previous song, this is fully in Japanese which is kind of what I was wanting a little more from the band. It does sound like an ending theme to an anime, but this was pretty impressive and I think it’s one of my favorites of the new songs lol.
9. Border Line
As the last new song on the album, Border Line to me has the most amount of synthwork from the new songs which doesn’t bother me but it’s still mostly the band throughout. To me, it’s my least favorite of the new ones since it lacks the spark the other tracks have which is sad to hear. At least it’s only one song for the most part.
I still think their only non-anime song is their best A-side released in the era. Criez might just be Ray speaking/rapping in French and singing the chorus in English but the way he does it here is nothing short of badass in my opinion. The other members also are giving out an edgy arrangement which is great to hear and hearing the background French lines are kind of catchy (even though I don’t know what’s being said). Still badass song and just great to get pumped up with!
11. Break & Peace (Ver. 1.3)
It’s a bit weird to see that the two final tracks are redone versions of their first two A-sides. Then again it could possibly be because they wanted to get their drummer out of their music it seems. It can tell that the new version of Break & Peace is definitely different from it’s original because there’s more synths involved and the drums aren’t the same. It doesn’t sound as anime-fillerish either which is a plus for the song in my eyes. It definitely fits a bit more on this album actually.
12. Brilliant Day DJ BASS Low-Life-Dogs Mix
Since I’ve finally heard the original version of Brilliant Day, I can actually compare it to this remix that was found on the “spiral” single. To be honest, this version feels more completed than the original which is weird to me. I still kind of dislike the song itself so it still remains the weakest of the A-sides but eh…I’m just not feeling either versions.
Song of Avoidance
As this is DUSTZ’ debut album, I must say that I was impressed by this album in its entirety. Other than the problems at the final stretch of the album, the rest was quite strong and it shows a lot of versatility to the band between rock, soft, and synthy songs. Add the fact that lead singer, Ray is singing in 3 different languages he has a lot of mobility in songs to show off his lyrical stance. I can’t wait when they start their next era up ^_^