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faylan – God FATE January 23, 2013

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Track Listing

  1. God FATE
  2. Koi Muyou
  3. God FATE (Off Vocal)
  4. Koi Muyou (Off Vocal)

1. God FATE

After having such amazing songs in this era, God FATE comes in and joins the cast of those songs.  Like the previous A-sides, it’s a heavier rock track and has a lot of great riffs and faylan herself sounds amazing still!  I don’t think it surpasses “Realization” or “Soukyuu no Hikari”, but this is a pretty good track overall.

2. Koi Muyou

When I first listened to the B-side, I felt like the song wanted to be Halloween-ish, but it’s kind of a switch-around.  It’s very anime-ish by having a anime/rock/dance style which she hasn’t done in quite a while so it’s nice to see.  I’m enjoying the small flute moments and its fast pace kept me intrigued.  I will be honest though and say that faylan’s vocal performance isn’t the best, but she sung loud and thats good for me.  Energetic B-side for sure!

 

 

While I’m uncertain that she’s going to include God FATE on her upcoming album, “PRISM”, this single is one of the better ones she’s released.  The lead track kept up faylan’s recent dabblings in the rock side of anison songs and it’s one of the better ones out there.  Koi Muyou though took her out of ballad land and gave us a dance/rock track which is surprising but it was slightly good, but I wished faylan gave us a little more life in the track…still overall one of the better singles!

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faylan – Realization August 14, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Realization
  2. My Life
  3. Realization (Off Vocal)
  4. My Life (Off Vocal)

1. Realization

I seem to be rather on and off with faylan’s lead tracks but at least Realization is probably her strongest A-side in recent times with a great mix of synths and rock, all blending into this heavy track.  If “Dark Side of the Light” was fixed, I’m sure it’d come out sounding this powerful and so strong.  It’s almost at the same level as “Dead END” and “Soukyuu no Hikari”…it’s a really good song!

2. My Life

As for the B-side on the single, My Life is definitely a brighter song to listen to and it actually is kind of unique in faylan’s discography because it’s straight up pop/rock in the same vein as YUI or miwa.  I think it stood out because it is a happier song and faylan pulled itt off quite nicely.  However, it’s not jaw-dropping as some previous B-sides.

 

 

Making up after “WHITE justice”, Realization picked up the slack and faylan delivered a pretty strong single, still not the best (which is still “Dead END/Soukyuu no Hikari”).  Realization though is her best A-side which is definitely a good thing for her but My Life isn’t really memorable despite being something new (or haven’t seen in a long while).  I wonder what’s next from her…

 

faylan – WHITE justice May 24, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. WHITE justice
  2. Kimi to Ita Hibi
  3. WHITE justice (ballade version)
  4. WHITE justice [Off Vocal]
  5. Kimi to Ita Hibi [Off Vocal]
  6. WHITE justice (ballade version) [Off Vocal]

1. WHITE justice

A new ending theme from the GUNDAM series huh?  WHITE justice is definitely true to faylan’s form A-side-wise because there’s a lot of her guitarwork alongside the underlying strings that goes through the background quite a bit.  However, it’s not a memorable song of faylan’s either since it feels a little dated and kind of in the same realm as “AROUSING SOUL”.  Not very impressed here besides faylan’s vocals.

2. Kimi to Ita Hibi

The B-side, Kimi to Ita Hibi is not surprisingly a ballad but it sounds quite pleasant to the ears to listen to.  It’s got an unsettling feel in the background but I love that the song makes sure faylan stood out a LOT more than in “WHITE justice”.  Yeah, the arrangement could’ve had more going on, but I liked the song better this way for some odd reason.  Not bad!

3. WHITE justice (ballade version)

Adding an extra minute and turning WHITE justice into a ballad is not a good plan of action especially since it’s after “Kimi to Ita Hibi” and all that.  She tried to replicate the same feelings into this version but I found this to be lifeless and needed more movement.  Not even the acoustic guitar really helped with this mess XD.

 

 

A new faylan single and I’m kind of bummed about it.  I mean once again, the B-side easily triumphs over the leading song but to be honest WHITE justice is just plain for her and doesn’t stand out very well amongst her leading tracks.  Kimi to Ita Hibi was pleasant and nice but other ballads were better.  At least it was better than the ballade version of the track.  Hopefully the next single will be better!

 

faylan – Dead END/Soukyuu no Hikari January 23, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Dead END
  2. Soukyuu no Hikari
  3. Dead END (Off Vocal)
  4. Soukyuu no Hikari (Off Vocal)

1. Dead END

Dead END from faylan is quite explosive and rockin which fits the series well.  I’m really enjoying her deeper vocals in the song and when the chorus rushes in, it’s fast-paced and full of energy which is a much-needed aspect faylan needed after the last few singles.  Great leading A-side!

2. Soukyuu no Hikari

On the flipside, the other A-side is tied into Blazblue (another one?!?), Soukyuu no Hikari is a bit more synth-filled than “Dead END” but the same stuff is found like powerful vocals from faylan and the arrangement is actually top-notch.  I was seriously surprised by this and I LOVE IT!

 

 

As the era’s second single, Dead END and Soukyuu no Hikari seriously brought her back after an era of not so good A-sides (basically the entire “ALIVE” era).  Both songs are hardcore and rockin’ and brought out the powerful vocals from faylan to the front.  This was something I was waiting for for a long time! *RECOMMENDED*

 

faylan – Blood teller November 8, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. Blood teller
  2. PIANOTE
  3. Blood teller (Off Vocal)
  4. PIANOTE (Off Vocal)

1. Blood teller

I can’t seem to decide if I think faylan is going in a better direction or not with Blood teller.  What gets me to say that is that while it’s more of what she’s known for (as an anison singer and all) but for a song titled as such, I was expecting something harder and edgier than what we’ve got here.  It’s rockin’ but not like her past ones…it’s a bit safe and light for me.  Ehhhh…at least her vocals are solid!

2. PIANOTE

faylan’s B-sides have been pretty unique and always different going from single to single.  PIANOTE is her simplest song yet in her discography by being just like the title suggests, a piano-based ballad.  It does grow louder and hits it’s loudest near the end which is awesome and I love the fact that faylan really sung this one just right.  A bit basic, but damn she pulled it quite nicely.

 

 

So soon, so soon…it hasn’t even been that long since “ALIVE” and we’re alright kicking off faylan’s 3rd era.  I’m slightly disappointed in Blood teller because I was expecting a little more from it but it comes off as like some of the A-sides in the previous era.  PIANOTE though was pretty good ballad, not gonna lie and it showed off her vocals a lot more better than some of her other ballads.  I’m kind of thinking she’s better off releasing the B-sides as the A-sides IMO.

 

faylan – ALIVE September 29, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. ALIVE
  2. I don’t know
  3. Last vision for last
  4. Shoujiki ni Ikiro
  5. Honnou no DOUBT
  6. Bourei-tachi yo Yabou no Hate ni Nemuru
  7. TOMOSHIBI
  8. LOVED SEASON
  9. Kioku no Himitsu
  10. Shizuka na Mitsu Yori Akai Mitsu
  11. DEAR BEST FRIEND
  12. INFINIT CRISIS
  13. Rasen, Arui wa Seinaru Yokubou.
  14. MOTHER!
  15. Subarashii Kimi e

1. ALIVE

faylan’s album starts things off with the title track and I must say I was impressed with the opening here with faylan and piano and then growing into this animu-rock track.  I have to say even then, the song keeps up being awesome for sure!  The chorus is strong and loud and features her in a broader tone.  Great opening tune that’s for sure!

2. I don’t know

After the rather rockin’ first song, I don’t know comes in as a surprise for me with the beginning with synth blips and faylan under auto-tune.  I think it’s pretty interesting of a song if not a tad slow for me since it feels like the tempo should be faster.  I still love the aggressive mood if sends off for sure and faylan still sounds quite powerful as well.  Sexy too perhaps…I like this one.

3. Last vision for last

As it is marked as the A-side that began the era, Last vision for last does slightly carry over from “I don’t know” with the synth/rock mixture and while I did say then it was pretty terrible, I think it grew but only a little bit because it’s not as epic as some of the A-sides from “Polaris”.  The fluctuating synths in the song do bother me, but it gies the song a bit more color I guess!

4. Shoujiki ni Ikiro

I like that after two of the most synthier songs comes a new straight rock song from faylan.  I think after all of the mid-tempo A-sides of the era, I think Shoujiki ni Ikiro does a great job in pulling me back into her music once again because this is what I loved about her (minus the epic anime themes in the past era).  faylan just sounds powerful in this one that’s for sure.  A quick favorite actually!

5. Honnou no DOUBT

The second A-side released comes next and unlike “Shoujiki ni Ikiro’s” more aggressive and darker-tinged arrangement, Honnou no DOUBT reverses it to where the song sounds fun and upbeat.  faylan didn’t lose one bit of her energy and gave a lot of needed strength for the song.  It isn’t my favorite of the A-sides but it’s close so that’s a good thing right?

6. Bourei-tachi yo Yabou no Hate ni Nemuru

Our next song reminds me of another song, but I’m not sure which one right now.  Bourei-tachi yo Yabou no Hate ni Nemuru is so far the song that sounds like a normal anime-themed tune with guitars and strings.  I do feel like it’s a bit bland compared to the last few tracks but like with other faylan mid-tempo rock tunes, it’s saved by her voice.  Still, there’s just not a lot going for it to be honest here.

7. TOMOSHIBI

As the fourth A-side mentioned on this album (“Shuumatsu no Fractale” was oddly omitted from the album), TOMOSHIBI is my favorite of the era and it’s all thanks to an applicable melody and good riffs throughout.  It sounds rockin’ like some light SPYAIR song but with faylan’s vocals which is pretty awesome.  Still not as amazing as past singles but this is pretty cool!

8. LOVED SEASON

It seems the new songs take some new styles like the case of LOVED SEASON which is something I didn’t expect to come from faylan.  Also, most of the songs have been guitar-based so it’s unusual to hear this song which replaces the guitars with keyboards and synths for a sound that kind of is like early Ayu and ELT….maybe a little girl next door?  It’s different that’s for sure but she did it quite well.  Still might be a little odd for an album like this.

9. Kioku no Himitsu

Now this tune is definitely something that’s even more anime-esque than some of the other tune.  It does kind of remind me of the strange factors that made up “Dark Side of the Light”, but this is a bit more lighter.  I was surprised at the fast and smushed in verses and then the powerful chorus.  It’s a bit much for a song so I’m not too big of a fan here.

10. Shizuka na Mitsu Yoru Akai Mitsu

As one of two B-sides making the album’s cut, the first is the one from “Last vision for last” and I was happy with this choice because it’s in the same veins as “Errand” and the like and it’s just an amazing tune from her and keeps up with the strong presence of synths and guitars!  One of the album’s best songs to be honest!

11. DEAR BEST FRIEND

Like “LOVED SEASON”, DEAR BEST FRIEND sticks out like a sore thumb on this album by being one of the more slower yet R&B-ish tunes in her discography.  It’s a strange tune since it’s so uncharacteristic plus it doesn’t really have much going for it minus that synth solo in the song.  I guess there is something about that’s rather tame and faylan’s shows beautiful vocals to compensate for the songs that have her powered vocals.

12. INFINIT CRISIS

With a title like that I was definitely hoping it was going to be epic and INFINIT CRISIS does it quite well.  It’s dark, has faylan singing in a deeper tone than normal which gives it a mature and fierce strike and it just moves like some of the other dark tracks she has.  I was a little confused with the bridge right when it swerves oddly into the chorus but that’s my only issue because the rest of the song is just faylan at her best!!!

13. Rasen, Arui wa Seinaru Yokubou.

As the 3rd A-side released for the era, Rasen, Arui wa Seinaru Yokubou. might not have made a strong impression through its single (since the era was just full of rock tunes).  I’d say that it does a little better job on the album, but it still kind of feels underneath most of the tracks on the album since there’s a lot of these under her belt.  This is probably my least favorite of the era actually!

14. MOTHER!

MOTHER! to me sounds like it should parallel “Last vision for last” because it’s a mixture of guitars and synths.  However, this sounds upbeat and bright like “Honnou no DOUBT”…so it’s a mixture of two songs into one package lol.  It’s kind of just there and doesn’t really leave much of an impression like the other new tracks did.

15. Subarashii Sekai e

Fitting that the B-side from “TOMOSHIBI” would close the album since it is also the ONLY ballad on here as well.  It might not be as powerful like “Senjou ni Saita Ichirin no Hana”, but it’s a fitting tune and the strings being the main thing behind the song worked nicely.  Like I said she sounds beautiful, but the song doesn’t feel like something she would love to do…kind of lacks movement for me…

Tracks Recommended

  • Shizuka na Mitsu Yoru Akai Mitsu
  • INFINIT CRISIS
  • ALIVE
  • Shoujiki ni Ikiro
  • TOMOSHIBI

Song of Avoidance

  • Kioku no Himitsu

faylan’s sophomore effort, ALIVE really didn’t strive too much too much to be any different from her debut, “Polaris” but somehow I actually think she did better on this album actually.  I mean the songs here felt more produced which is good and there was less blandness going around.  I am a little surprised to see that she omitted “Shuumatsu no Fractale” since it was released in the middle of the era and such and three of the five B-sides weren’t found as well!  Solid album release for sure!

 

faylan – TOMOSHIBI June 10, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. TOMOSHIBI
  2. Subarashii Sekai e
  3. TOMOSHIBI (off vocal)
  4. Subarashii Sekai e (off vocal)

1. TOMOSHIBI

I’m a tad disappointed with the era so far except a few A-sides.  Luckily she comes back with TOMOSHIBI which is quite good despite being another rock song from her.  Unlike previous A-sides like “Honnou no DOUBT” and “Shuumatsu no Fractale”, this one has a pretty good riff to it and there’s some hooks to go along with it to make it pretty memorable.  I also feel her vocals were better as well doing better than many of her past songs.  Pretty awesome of a song.

2. Subarashii Sekai e

I don’t think there was any B-side that has really disappointed me in the era to be honest.  Subarashii Sekai e is quite the opposite to “TOMOSHIBI” in the way it was presented.  Unlike the rockin’ arrangement, this one is a ballad that has a beautiful arrangement and faylan’s vocals stood out much stronger as well especially when the song grows more and more.  It isn’t as dramatic as “Senjou ni Saita Ichirin no Hana” but it’s pretty close.

 

 

As the era’s 5th (or 6th) single in the era, I’m starting to want an album from faylan because she has too many singles for one era.  Luckily TOMOSHIBI is one of the better singles of the era since both songs are pretty strong and surpass many of the era’s other songs.  I am a little worried that the album will have too many rock songs that kind of suck and have one or two good songs (especially if she’s adding B-sides to it).  Who knows at this point, maybe this single won’t be mentioned on the album *shrugs*