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faylan – Rasen, Arui wa Seinaru Yokubou. April 28, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. Rasen, Arui wa Seinaru Yokubou.
  2. DREAM PARADISE
  3. Rasen, Arui wa Seinaru Yokubou. (off vocal)
  4. DREAM PARADISE (off vocal)

1. Rasen, Arui wa Seinaru Yokubou.

After a while I was wondering what we’d get with Rasen and it’s somewhat a step-up after “Shuumatsu no Fractale” since the rock arrangement has a bit more push this time around but I feel like faylan’s vocals are taking lightly almost since she doesn’t seem to give her all.  It’s a slight upgrade, but it’s still nowhere near the levels of “Senjou ni Saita Ichirin no Hana”.

2. DREAM PARADISE

Of course I get excited over faylan’s B-sides since they’re so random and always a different sound where the A-side is more anime-ish all the time.  DREAM PARADISE is kind of like country music, but also quite sweet and cute which does surprise me since it’s like so out of character for faylan.  I actually like the amount of surprise English in the song and the fun atmosphere was a plus as well. 

With another single coming out soon (“TOMOSHIBI”), I can hope that single does boost her up since once again the A-side isn’t much to write home about even though it is a little better than her last A-side.  DREAM PARADISE however continues to show faylan’s great way of broadening her sound with a cute country song this time.  I’d say it’s equal to what I thought about “Honnou no DOUBT” to be honest.

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faylan – Shuumatsu no Fractale January 27, 2011

Filed under: faylan — solarblade @ 2:11 am

Track Listing

  1. Shuumatsu no Fractale
  2. HAPPY SOUL DANCE
  3. Shuumatsu no Fractale (off vocal)
  4. HAPPY SOUL DANCE (off vocal)

1. Shuumatsu no Fractale

Even though faylan is an anison singer of meaning, it doesn’t mean her songs have to be somewhat bland.  Take Shuumatsu no Fractale, I ws pretty disappointed with it, but not as much as I was with “Last vision for last” though.  To me, I think it’s her poppiest song yet and even though I love faylan’s strong vocals in the song, there’s something a bit off and not fitting for her.  Still, very good song to showcase her vocals.  Maybe it’s one of those songs that’ll grow on me in time, like “Honnou no DOUBT”.

2. HAPPY SOUL DANCE

Then again HAPPY SOUL DANCE probably is faylan’s happiest song so far released.  To me, it keeps up with the pop/rock style moreso than the A-side did, but it feels sort of just purely B-side material.  Nothing really stands out to me and it kind of sits in the bland place with songs like “AROUSING SOUL”.

For faylan’s 3rd (or 4th) single, Shuumatsu no Fractale is a more kind of “it’s there” kind of single since neither track fully did anything.  However, I will say Shuumatsu no Fractale does have amazing vocals from faylan and it has potential to grow onto me while HAPPY SOUL DANCE was a bland as it can get!  Album time?

 

faylan – Honnou no DOUBT November 28, 2010

Filed under: faylan — solarblade @ 4:24 am

Track Listing

  1. Honnou no DOUBT
  2. Hontou no Ai wo Motomete
  3. Honnou no DOUBT (off vocal)
  4. Hontou no Ai wo Motomete (off vocal)

1. Honnou no DOUBT

I guess it was time to bring out the more fun side to faylan’s music and Honnou no DOUBT was something I wasn’t expecting with such a title.  I was actually thinking it was going to be a lot more edgier, but what we got made me happy in the long run.  I love faylan’s guitar playing in the song and it made the song playful and interesting.  It does make up for how disappointing “Last vision for last” was, but it’s not at the same level as “Errand” and “mind as Judgment” were.

2. Hontou no Ai wo Motomete

Since faylan’s B-sides have mostly impressed me throughout the “Polaris” era, I was excited to what we’d get from Hontou no Ai wo Motomete and was happy once again with what we got.  While it’s not like her previous slow songs, this one has a relaxing nighttime feel and faylan’s vocals sound really good in a setting like this.  It’s just got this right kind of jazzy feel and it’s a new style for her to dabble in and I thought she exceeded my expectations here!

If faylan keeps this up she’s going to be an enigmatic kind of artist.  Honnou no DOUBT really showed off her colors by making both songs something she’s never really attempted before.  The A-side being a quirky, yet fun song while Hontou no Ai wo Motomete was the relaxing jazz tune.  I’m looking through the 2 or 3 singles she released so far in the era and I’m beyond impressed by what I see.  Let’s keep it up faylan!!!

 

faylan – Last vision for last October 29, 2010

Filed under: faylan — solarblade @ 8:32 pm

Track Listing

  1. Last vision for last
  2. Shizuka na Mitsu Yori Akai Mitsu
  3. Last vision for last (off vocal)
  4. Shizuka na Mitsu Yori Akai Mitsu (off vocal)

1. Last vision for last

If i had knew Last vision for last was going to be this disappointing, I would’ve just skipped it.  Unlike her last A-side which was epic, Last vision for last seems more synth/anime based than her rock-sided songs and such and for the most part it didn’t do anything for me.  I mean faylan’s guitar style is present, but it’s covered by the various synths and thrown off by changes that didn’t make sense like the piano-only part during the choruses.  It’s just kind of a messy song for me.

2. Shizuka na Mitsu Yori Akai Mitsu

Why couldn’t this have been the A-side really?  In my opinion it’s like a more stable and darker song for faylan and I approve of the use of the synths here moreso than in “Last vision for last” since it isn’t beyond messy and faylan’s vocals are pretty strong.  I find it funny that it’s not trying to be explosive and tries to keep it controlled and such.  Still it’s a kickass song.

Ok, I have to say Last vision for last is my least favorite since she debuted.  I wish the song wasn’t so messy its execution and left Shizuka na Mitsu Yori Akai Mitsu take up the A-side since it was immensely stronger than its A-side.  Since it might be the second of the era “Senjou ni Saita Ichirin no Hana” being the first, this was a downgrade.

 

faylan – Polaris September 11, 2010

Filed under: faylan — solarblade @ 1:32 am

Track Listing

  1. Polaris
  2. mind as Judgment
  3. SERIOUS-AGE
  4. AROUSING SOUL
  5. Distance point
  6. Houmatsu no Kotoritachi
  7. scat blue
  8. Arigatou ~to dear you~
  9. Dark Side of the Light
  10. Day of the fate
  11. Hishou no Koku
  12. fortitude
  13. I sing by my soul
  14. Errand
  15. spring ~Kimi to no Melody~
  16. Kibou no Tobira ~All I can do is singing for you~

1. Polaris

Is it really that sad to see that Polaris is one of two new songs on the album?  At least it kicks things into high gear quite quickly with this tune.  To me it reminds me of “SERIOUS-AGE” and “AROUSING SOUL” which is a little bit unfortunate because they are so close after the title track.  There’s some points where I think faylan’s vocals get nasally in the song, but it’s a nice straight-up rock song.

2. mind as Judgment

Wow quick on the trigger to put on faylan’s major label debut A-side.  I still think it’s one of the best songs from the album because it showed faylan off quite nicely and the energy is phenomenal!  There’s just something about faylan’s powerful vocals mixed in with the arrangement that just screamed perfection here.  Definitely one of the bests!  Even the counting down part is so cool!!!!

3. SERIOUS-AGE

It’s been quite a while since I’ve reviewed faylan’s 4th major label single, SERIOUS-AGE.  I think this song is the closest one that resembles a much slower “mind as Judgment”.  I love the guitar riffs and strong anime-esque sound that is kind of the reason it stands out.  Her vocals aren’t as powerful as in other songs, but it’s at a nice safe tone where it fits the song a bit more.  It’s a good A-side to finish up the era!

4. AROUSING SOUL

Being the only indies song to make it on the album, AROUSING SOUL is pretty much underwhelming when compared to the future singles that came out after.  It sounds more formulaic and the fact there’s more bass than there should be is off, but it’s a different kind of change.  At least it fits on the album so that’s a positive thing for sure.

5. Distance point

To me this is a new track for me, but it seems this song and a few others coming up were released on compilations and anime albums.  Distance point has a very interesting sound to be honest.  It’s got some cool synths and faylan’s rockin’ sound is present as well.  It’s one of the darker tunes from the album and she sounds great singing in a softer tune.  Just like “AROUSING SOUL”, it’s a bit lighter than I would’ve liked to make it be, but the folkish parts of the song were an interesting twist.  It’s a bit better than the last song though.

6. Houmatsu no Kotoritachi

As the next two songs are B-sides, Houmatsu no Kotoritachi kind of continues this lighter folkish side, but I was even more bored of the song when it was added onto the album.  There’s just something a bit too plain about it (especially since it’s after some of the harder songs on the album).  It’s just plain.

7. scat blue

It just seems to get lighter with each track.  “Errand’s” B-side comes next and yes, it’s still my favorite of the B-sides she released in the era.  I liked how the song started off with just faylan and acoustic and gradually added more instruments to the chorus where it sounds really smooth and pretty.  It’s more of faylan’s version of cute and she pulled it off nicely.

8. Arigatou ~to dear you~

While I’m still unsure, Arigatou right now for me is considered the other new track on the album.  It’s also the lightest so far because it is an actual ballad from faylan.  At first we only hear her voice and piano mixed with light percussion and acoustic guitar.  The pleasant and soft side of faylan really lights up the room and she’s great for ballads too ^_^

9. Dark Side of the Light

Just like “Distance point” these next four songs might not have been released in faylan’s main discography, but they’re found on various compilation albums.  I was wondering when we were going to get back into some hardcore faylan and Dark Side of the Light is definitely a song that’ll wake you up after “Arigatou ~to dear you~ and I think it’s a bit strange.  I mean the filters and the way faylan is singing is a first for me.  I also notice that the song is getting more into a dance-ish side and I liked it, but I wish faylan sing with more gusto and not such a pitchy style here.  Also it’s very short being under 3 minutes as well.

10. Day of the fate

faylan was keeping her good stuff from us huh?  Unlike “Dark Side of the Light’s” more electro-ish sound, Day of the fate has a lighter feel to it, but she kind of still uses a mix of airy and full here and that worked for me.  She needs to work on that chorus, but this isn’t a bad song at all and she has great parts where her vocals stand out quite nicely.

11. Hishou no Koku

I love the guitar riff that opens up Hishou no Koku!  It’s so gritty and in your face (which her songs haven’t done yet).  I actually get vibes of “mind as Judgment” as I listen to the song and that’s not bad because that was a kickass song and I’m feeling the same for this one.  faylan’s vocals are just powerful again and makes the last two tracks feel amateurish.  Definitely picked up from this tune

12. fortitude

Damn, what’s with faylan having these awesome songs like fortitude.  It’s probably the edgiest song the album has to offer but damn the quick-paced guitars and strings melody is just almost perfect and faylan’s vocals are just awesome.  The chorus has an uber fast drum part, but at least it didn’t take over like some V-kei groups that make it louder than it needs to be.  I still think “mind as Judgment” is still a better song, but I love this song’s energy!

13. I sing by my soul

After such a hardcore track like “fortitude” to lead into this is quite the flow breaker, but at least it succeeds in trying to get the album to slow down for a bit.  On the album, I do think it’s ranks low and that’s because it reminds me of both “SERIOUS-AGE” and “AROUSING SOUL”…I mean include “Polaris” and we have for similar sounding tracks…it’s a bit disappointing, but at the time this was an alright song since it came out before half of em.

14. Errand

At least Errand comes near the end and this has the most synth involvement on the album, but it’s not bad because I thought it was a nice change of face and gave a twist to faylan’s rock sound.  It was even cooler to see that faylan was singing in a more deeper tone which gave the song a much darker feel which I loved!  It’s another one of faylan’s songs that are just awesome!

15. spring ~Kimi to no Melody~

Like I said before about faylan’s B-sides, they’re all lighter sounding than their counterpart A-sides and spring might be the closest thing to have an A-sides status because even though it sounds like every other anime-tune, spring is like dramatic and cute at the same time.  I thought the lighter side for the single turned out better than I remembered when I first reviewed it.

16. Kibou no Tobria ~All I can do is singing for you~

Ending the album, All I can do is singing for you from “I sing by my soul” is the only track on the album that got reedited for the album.  What’s the change besides the title?  Well, All I can do is singing for you is originally faylan’s lone English track, but on the album she went back and sang it all in Japanese (I’m guessing other people besides me just didn’t like it?).  The arrangement is still the same though so it does have a good ending quality to it and faylan’s new vocals & lyrics sound so much cleaner and sweeter to listen to.  One of my least favorite B-sides is now near the top now ^_^.

Tracks Recommended

  • mind as Judgment
  • Errand
  • Hishou no Koku
  • spring ~Kimi to no Melody~
  • fortitude

Song of Avoidance

  • Houmatsu no Kotoritachi

While I was disappointed that Polaris only had two new songs and a edited version of a B-side, it’s definitely a strong album for a such a debut artist.  I think she really excels at hard and fast songs and sometimes ballads which is great, but she should not stray too much in the more mid-tempo stuff since that comes off as a little boring and somewhat repetitive amongst the other mid-tempos.  Still, I really enjoyed this album ^_^

 

faylan – Errand September 10, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Errand
  2. scat blue
  3. Errand (off vocal)
  4. scat blue (off vocal)

1. Errand

I know I’ve said in my first single review for faylan, Errand was my first song from her and I’m sort of biased because I’ve loved this song.  Likewise, “mind as Judgment” still reigns as the energetic explosion it is, but Errand has the most synth of all the A-sides and I like the mix of dark and light through the song since it fits the style right.  I thought it was a very good synth-rock track and still one of my favorite tunes from faylan.

2. scat blue

I’m finding myself that faylan really likes making her B-sides quite the opposite to the A-side in the way that they’re lighter and softer.  scat blue fits that description quite well, but I thought in some places it fits more as a cutesy song but in faylan’s light rock style.  It’s not bad and this one sounds like an ending to an anime as well, I kind of liked this more than the previous B-sides to be honest.

 

 

There’s just something about Errand that stands out for me and I definitely enjoy that fact.  Since it’s clearly a step up after “I sing by my soul”, Errand goes back to a more synth-based rock track and I find that that’s where she stands out the most.  Even though scat blue is lighter in execution it still is done well, even more than her previous ones yay!

 

faylan – I sing by my soul

Filed under: faylan — solarblade @ 7:03 am

Track Listing

  1. I sing by my soul
  2. All I can do is singing for you
  3. I sing by my soul (off vocal)
  4. All I can do is singing for you (off vocal)

1. I sing by my soul

Taking a bit of a slower side for her next A-side, I sing by my soul is definitely not as eccentric like her last A-side, “mind as Judgment” and is a bit more formulaic in execution like most anime-like songs.  There’s a fair amount of guitars and strings in a rock format that it kind of just slightly pales against the former.  I have to say once again, faylan’s vocals are just vibrant and loud and full of power.  It’s alright, but I still prefer “mind as Judgment”.

2. All I can do is singing for you

When compared to the A-side, All I can do is singing for you is much lighter and a bit like a ballad and a rock ballad.  Also interesting is that this is faylan’s first song sang in English and let’s be honest…faylan kind of has a heavy accent and that makes it rather muddy to listen to.  I don’t know why, but I’m not so much of a fan of her vocals in this song and lyrically is kind of meh…but once again perfect B-side material.

 

 

As the 2nd major label single, I sing by my soul is a solid step down from “mind as Judgment” because both songs didn’t exactly have the right amount of memorability as the single before.  I sing by my soul is alright, but a little fomulaic from Lantis.  All I can do is singing for you (besides the badly worded title) comes off as a ballsy try at English, but kind of slipped with the whole accent.