mind as Judgment
Houmatsu no Kotoritachi
Arigatou ~to dear you~
Dark Side of the Light
Day of the fate
Hishou no Koku
I sing by my soul
spring ~Kimi to no Melody~
Kibou no Tobira ~All I can do is singing for you~
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!!!!
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
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.
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 ^_^.
Song of Avoidance
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 ^_^