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girl next door – Life of Sound November 23, 2013

Filed under: GIRL NEXT DOOR — solarblade @ 5:11 am

lifeofsound

Track Listing

  1. Egao no Kiseki
  2. Koi no Yokan
  3. signal
  4. Namida no Yuugure
  5. my little wish
  6. all my life
  7. Hatsuyuki
  8. kotodama
  9. standing for you
  10. My pace
  11. mother

1. Egao no Kiseki

Opening gnd’s 5th album…it something that should be ultimately familiar to the fans of the group because it has their signature sound written all over it.  It’s got a lot of that 90’s synthwork and to me, for beginning their 5th with something that’s been overdone at this point, it kind of just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  It sounds like something that would belong on their debut album the most which is definitely not a good sign.  Oh well.

2. Koi no Yokan

Maybe they should’ve begun the album with Koi no Yokan because while this song suffers a lot of the same that “Egao no Kiseki” did, the energy has a bit more punch and there’s more of a punch from Yuji on his guitar which is pretty awesome!  Even though like I said it’s very much under the gnd-syndrome, Koi no Yokan is probably one of the better songs from this album which is sort of makes up for the unevolved arrangement.

3. signal

Beginning the Life of Sound era, I was surprised that they decided to let someone else tackle the production for their singles, though the producer they chose was rather a bit mundane as they chose Mitsuru Igurashi (old producer for every little thing) and he delves in more of the same style Daisuke does.  It does slightly sound different than anything prior to the single which is nice and CHISA sounds a lot more comfortable singing than in a lot of the more *yelling* songs.  On the album, signal stands out in a nice way and breaks the monotony that is easily found on the album!  Let’s just say it definitely made me appreciate this song.

4. Namida no Yuugure

I like this rhythm of old songs and new on this album, going into Namida no Yuugure, I actually think it wasn’t produced by Daisuke either because it sounds like Igurashi and there’s just something really catchy about the song!  Add that CHISA is also giving a pretty solid performance and I felt this was the album’s gem…it just sounds so 90s and yet so cool!

5. my little wish

After the energy of the first 4 songs, my little wish comes in as the album’s first ballad and unfortunately, my little wish is just a bit bland and boring overall.  I did enjoy listening to CHISA, but the song just lacks overall and while the chorus tries to alleviate the problems, it just comes off even more plain…if you want a ballad just go for “Orion”.  Oh yeah, the random synth inserts…how unfitting XD.

6. all my life

It doesn’t help that its led to another unfortunate song, the second A-side released, all my life.  Actually, you might have just called these two tracks (this and “my little wish”) clones because they tried to incorporate the same elements (except this track has a nice chorus) so I suppose that’s one way to say it works better.  It’s still rather bland and Igurashi has overstayed his welcome when this single was released.

7. Hatsuyuki

Getting back to 2 more new songs, Hatsuyuki seems to be the album’s winter song and luckily unlike the previous two tracks, this song doesn’t seem to go overboard with the synth appearance and left this one with more natural instrumentation.  I actually appreciated this because CHISA sounds so nice and pleasant and the chorus worked this time around with Yuji behind.  If there was a choice of ballad to listen to, please this is the best one the album has to offer.

8. kotodama

I actually hate to say it, but I kind of miss Daisuke, but it seems like he returns to produce our next track and fortunately it’s not another ballad, but one of the more mid-tempo jams like “Be your wings” or “Jounetsu no Daishou” which might appease to more of the fans that like that sound.  Also, screamy CHISA return as well, so be prepared for that!  I moderately enjoyed the song, but not as good as “Namida no Yuugure” was.

9. standing for you

As the final A-side released for the album (and final A-side period), standing for you came in and while it’s another Igurashi-produced single, standing for you is kind of in the middle of the three released.  I like how bright and poppy the tune is, but that being said, there’s just something missing here after I had some time to listen to it.  It’s OK, but not really as amazing as I initially took it.

10. My pace

The we come into our final stretch of new songs.  First up is My pace and I’m quite unsure how to take it at first because it started off slow but starts to gain pace (OHHH) the deeper the song you get to and it comes at a head right in the chorus.  That’s when I started to find myself really enjoying the song.  It’s still in its gnd-ways but at least it’s quite nice and surprised that it’s found towards the end of the album 0.o

11. mother

Of course the album would end off with another ballad (hey, 4 out of 11 is not bad).  Sadly, it just can’t be a natural ballad like “Hatsuyuki” but more like the other two ballads where the synths really have no place being there!  Fitting as the last track but by itself, it’s pretty much meh…

Tracks Recommended

  • Namida no Yuugure
  • kotodama
  • signal
  • Koi no Yokan
  • Hatsuyuki

Song of Avoidance

  • my little wish

As the trio’s 5th (and sadly final studio album before their disbandment), Life of Sound was kind of showed that they were pretty much half-assing it at this point.  I mean even Namida no Yuugure isn’t as good as stuff from their previous album which is saying a lot for this one.  Even though they did bring in a different producer, it really wasn’t a big enough change to really give gnd something new sadly.  It just wasn’t a good album overall…

 

girl next door – standing for you February 26, 2013

Filed under: GIRL NEXT DOOR — solarblade @ 9:55 pm

standingforyou

Track Listing

  1. standing for you
  2. Kokuhaku
  3. standing for you (English Ver.)
  4. standing for you (Instrumental)
  5. Kokuhaku (Instrumental)

1. standing for you

I was wondering what standing for you was like (especially for how many times they delayed the damn single), standing for you is more Igurashi love here and that strong 90’s tone.  At least this tune is more upbeat and honestly, it reminds me of old day after tomorrow which made me smile a bit.  CHISA’s bright vocals filtered throughout the song and I’m really enjoying it even if it’s VERY nostalgia-filled.

2. Kokuhaku

A 6-minute ballad?  Yep, that’s what we got with Kokuhaku and I was loathing getting into the track because gnd and ballads don’t really go well for them sans a rare few.  I do like that the song incorporates piano and acoustic guitar (with light electric) altogether.  CHISA does a good job and all, but the song is just way TOO long for its own good.

3. standing for you (English Ver.)

Oh…..this is just not kosher!  I mean the arrangement is the same which is great, but holy shit should CHISA just stick with just doing Japanese because I couldn’t understand anything she was saying minus a couple of buzzworthy words here and there.  This might have been the better version had CHISA sung this well…oh well…

I really don’t understand why the single was pushed back as much as it did (ironic that “Silent Stream” was too pushed back a lot too) but standing for you is a great gnd song and is the best of the “Life of Sound’s” singles.  Kokuhaku could’ve been better had it been a couple minutes shorter…and the English version of standing for you…well…ick…I just can’t wait for this era to finish lol.

 

girl next door – all my life September 18, 2012

Filed under: GIRL NEXT DOOR — solarblade @ 11:49 pm

Track Listing

  1. all my life
  2. so pleasure
  3. signal (From Live Tour 2012 ~Best Collection~)
  4. all my life (Instrumental)
  5. so pleasure (Instrumental)

1. all my life

So it seems like gnd has got Igurashi again for this A-side and unfortunately, I don’t really remember a thing about this song.  I mean it’s not as vast as “Orion” was and a lot more blander than “Silent Scream” that’s for sure.  I guess it’ slightly dramatic in execution, but I still don’t feel anything for the song.

2. so pleasure

At least the B-side is a little more exciting and upbeat, but it sounds like Igurashi mixed with Daisuki and we ended up with this kind of nostalgic tune (with an Engrish name).  I find it somewhat catchy, but it feels extremely dated (but is that really something new considering gnd’s track record?).

3. signal (From Live Tour 2012 ~Best Collection~)

Nice to know that signal gets a live version since it seems CHISA sounds a lot better live than in the studio.  Her performance on signal is pretty good and the song has slowly attatched itself on me.  It’s not really their best live, but this is still pretty strong.

 

 

I wonder if this era is going to be all produced by Igurashi because if it is, then I’m not looking forward to it.  all my life is too simple and just bland to listen to.  so pleasure does things a little better but is still dated as hell and the live version of signal was OK but not their best.  I hate to say it, but I miss Daisuke LOL

 

girl next door – signal June 1, 2012

Filed under: GIRL NEXT DOOR — solarblade @ 3:50 am

Track Listing

  1. signal
  2. Precious Friend
  3. Dada Para!! (JAPANATION Remix) (CD only)
  4. signal (Instrumental)
  5. Precious Friend (Instrumental)

1. signal

For the first time they actually got someone else to produce a song for them!  Though the choice isn’t very far from what we’re used to, we get Mitsuru Igarashi (ex-ELT member) behind the song.  I mean already it sounds pretty different, but it definitely feels like the song was used in the 90’s since it sounds like an opening to something like old GUNDAM or the like.  CHISA isn’t sounding bad to be quite honest, a lot less screamy which is good!  After a while, it does kind of become bland, but it’s the first step for them to get away from their sameish styles they’ve done for 4 albums straight.

2. Precious Friend

Originally was the A-side, but for some reason, the idea changed, Precious Friend is more of what we’ve come to expect from the trio.  I mean jeeze, you might as well have found it on “Agaruneku!” or “Destination”.  I just find it pretty much bland and kind of forgetful of a song.  If anything, it reminds me of “Shiawase no Jouken”.  People might like this song actually…but I think this has to grow on me.

3. Dada Para!! (JAPANATION Remix)

On the CD only we get a remix of Dada Para!! and what could you really do with it after how amazing the original is?  The remix does sound a bit more Westernized which is a pretty good start for them, but the remix overall doesn’t really build on it since CHISA’s lines are not fitting with the arrangement very well.

 

 

I mean with rumors once again that gnd would break up being defunct again, we begin anew with the first single of the era with signal.  I love the fact that it’s a new change for them because of a new producer and all.  It’s still kind of bland but at least there’s something fresh.  Precious Friend is alright but a little bland as well because there’s so many other songs like that and the remix of Dada Para!! is just a little uneventful for me.  I hope they get better!

 

girl next door – Agaruneku! December 29, 2011

Filed under: GIRL NEXT DOOR — solarblade @ 6:55 am

Track Listing

  1. Dada Para!!
  2. No.1
  3. Summer Time
  4. Boogie-Woogie Night
  5. Kimi no Moto e
  6. Kimi no Tomodachi
  7. ROCK YOUR BODY EXTENDED
  8. my own path
  9. Zutto
  10. Kiss Kiss Kiss
  11. Yume no Hana
  12. Your Story
  13. snowflakes

1. Dada Para!!

I love that the album starts off with gnd’s first single of the era and Dada Para!! is still one of the group’s best songs because like the title implies, it’s styled in a para-para kind of way and it really makes you want to do those crazy moves with the aggressive synth beat.  It helps that CHISA was pretty expressive in the song and clearly she was having fun with this one for sure.  I mean, it does kind of gets repetitive in the end, but for me I’m just enjoying the arrangement hardcore.  Best A-side of the era hands down!

2. No.1

The first new track, No.1 kind of follows in the footsteps of “Dada Para!!” but not as heavy or forceful.  I’m also noticing CHISA singing a little more stronger here which is good because I’m kind of enjoying this as a whole.  The upbeat flow and arrangement just worked though I can’t say that I enjoyed the fact that the way they ended the song worked…I mean using fade out was kind of odd.

3. Summer Time

Didn’t we just have “Summer Breeze” and now we’re on Summer Time?  This is pretty damn confusing haha.  To me, this song is a bit more cuter sounding than the previous two tracks and kind of reminds me of “Seeds of dream” which is an odd thing but this song continues to carry this overjoyous sound that is kind of sugary.  Actually the ~yeah yeah yeah~ parts are dejavu to “Infinity” as well…it’s just sounds like a collection of two songs from the “NEXT FUTURE” era.  Doesn’t help that CHISA is yelling this song out…yeah not liking this much.

4. Boogie-Woogie Night

Moving into the 3rd single released for the era, Boogie-Woogie Night finally has latched onto me since it’s kind of funky and full of a disco style.  I will say that CHISA isn’t using smooth vocals but her enthusiasm kind of worked in the song (especially in the chorus).  It gets better when I hear muted trumpet coming into the foreground as well.  I don’t think this song deserves as much flak as it has gotten but whatever it’s different and I like it!

5. Kimi no Moto e

Oh I heard Yuji’s guitars prominently opening our next new song!  Though it’s quickly replaced with a whole bunch of Daisuke’s synths and this is kind of brightly colored like “Summer Time”, but this sounds rather catchy and CHISA isn’t yelling the song off.  It does at points remind me of a certain Katamari song but this is still quite interesting and catchy. 

6. Kimi no Tomodachi

I’m on and off about gnd’s more mid-tempo tracks because they seem to drag most of the time like this song is a perfect example of that.  There’s just something that I just kind of despise about this track.  It’s no “Jounetsu no Daishou” so that can be ruled out.  I know gnd sounds dated, but this song is just caking it on and I’m not a fan of it period!

7. ROCK YOUR BODY EXTENDED

I’m all for ROCK YOUR BODY making the album cut, but why oh why did it have the be the 9 minute version?!?  I’m not so much a fan of the long version since it takes too long to get into the main bulk of the song.  As for that main bulk, it’s pretty 90’s europop and it’s edgy as well and I really like that about this song.  I will say the short version is much better to be honest.

8. my own path

The rest of the album here on out are purely new tracks and it starts off with a bang!  I didn’t expect to enjoy my own path as much as I do but it’s kind of cool and reminds me of their older stuff (mostly “Guuzen no Kakuritsu” which is totally a good thing).  CHISA’s vocals are a bit shouty but not enough to be a distraction like “Summer Time” did.  It’s not so bad actually!

9. Zutto

I’m not sure why there’s a lot of these happy-ish songs but Zutto is a little more breezy sounding than the others which is a good sign at least.  I must say of the new songs, this sounds A LOT like the stuff from their “GIRL NEXT DOOR” album.  To me it’s kind of interesting to hear a song like this on Agaruneku!…though thank god there’s two albums between the two.

10. Kiss Kiss Kiss

Can we get off using this title…it’s like the new “Ai no Uta” or something along those lines.  Now this song unlike the last one has a certain “Destination” kind of groove to it and I really enjoyed this one (and it’s a mid-tempo kind of song).  I’m also hearing a bit more of Yuji in this song as well and I love when he’s guitars a heard just as much as the synths.  Pretty cool track!

11. Yume no Hana

Yuji continues to show up in our next song with an acoustic guitar which is an interesting new twist for the group to use on this album.  I will say that this is surprisingly dated as well and kind of comes off like a less loud version of “Zutto”.  It’s alright, but I kind of zone out from this song towards the end.

12. Your Story

Now this is more of a song that I would enjoy from the trio and it works since it doesn’t sound off or dated.  I like the distant twinkling of the piano in the arrangement which gives it its pleasant sound.  The synths aren’t as prominent either which is great and lets CHISA sing a bit better (though she’s still kind of belting some parts).  Kind of unique in a way but I like it!

13. snowflakes

Ending the album with the album’s winter song (seems to be one on every album it seems), snowflakes really does have a wintry vibe with a little bit of jingle bells, acoustic guitars, and CHISA’s softer vocals (which is a surprise).  Does seem plain otherwise, but I don’t know it’s a good closing to the album.

Tracks Recommended

  • Dada Para!!
  • Your Story
  • my own path
  • Boogie-Woogie Night
  • Kimi no Moto e

Song of Avoidance

  • Summer Time

As this is girl next door’s 4th album (but 1st under their lower-cased name), Agaruneku! is definitely not very amazing as I hoped it would be from the singles.  Beyond the effortless title names, it really felt like the new songs were more nostalgic back to the first three albums from them.  There were a couple of good songs, but otherwise it felt rather *shrugs* lol.  More disappointing than “Destination” basically.

 

girl next door – Boogie-Woogie Night November 16, 2011

Filed under: GIRL NEXT DOOR — solarblade @ 7:05 pm

Track Listing

  1. Boogie-Woogie Night
  2. Happy Birthday!
  3. Boogie-Woogie Night (Instrumental)
  4. Hoshizora Keikaku (FROM LIVE Destination) (CD only)
  5. Happy Birthday! (Instrumental)

1. Boogie-Woogie Night

I was wondering what was next for gnd and it seems it went into a disco-themed song for Boogie-Woogie Night.  After the immense amount of energy from the previous two A-sides, it was nice to finally have a cooling point.  I will say that CHISA’s vocals are kind of pulling this song down though since she sounds weird in places (most of what I’m talking about is in the chorus).  Otherwise, the song’s arrangement won me over quickly…sounds really different and fresh actually.

2. Happy Birthday!

If I remember correctly, this single came out on CHISA’s B-day so it’s fitting that a song would celebrate that.  I’m happy that it isn’t a ballad like it has been for while (at least it felt like it to me).  Happy Birthday! is of course one of the trio’s more upbeat and cute songs out there but that’s alright.  Vocally, CHISA sounds pretty good for the most part and her joyous tone really shows off the vibe.  It’s good, but kind of doesn’t stand out like the A-sides have.

3. Hoshizora Keikaku (FROM LIVE Destination)

Just like the last single with a “Ready to be a lady” live, we get one of Hoshizora Keikaku which was funny enough the only A-side not on “Destination”.  I thought CHISA sung well in this live take of the song and while I still rather hear the Christmas version of the song done, this was a pretty solid performance!  Catchy song nowadays.

 

 

While I now know they are pulling the same release style they did for their first era, Boogie-Woogie Night has the cords to be really good and different for gnd but the vocals were kind of what killed the song for me.  Happy Birthday! was alright but amongst the other songs they have this kind of just feels bland to me.  The live version of Hoshizora Keikaku was oddly enough the best thing about the single…pretty good live perfomance!  So now we wait for their 4th album…

 

girl next door – ROCK YOUR BODY October 19, 2011

Filed under: GIRL NEXT DOOR — solarblade @ 7:00 pm

Track Listing

  1. ROCK YOUR BODY EXTENDED
  2. Nanatsu no Moji
  3. ROCK YOUR BODY
  4. Ready to be a lady (FROM LIVE Destination) (CD only)
  5. ROCK YOUR BODY (Instrumental)

1. ROCK YOUR BODY EXTENDED

Was it necessary to begin the single with a 9 minute song?!?  Then again gnd did say they were going to do new things with their music and it seems that they’re keeping their words.  The extended version of their A-sides comes first and of course it electro and fast-paced (but not as fast as “Dada Para!!”.  I was wondering when the hell CHISA was going to appear and she finally does at 4 minutes basically which is just so far away hahaha.  Beyond that I’ll review the main track song when I get to it, but essentially this was a bit too long!

2. Nanatsu no Moji

As the other new song, Nanatsu no Moji is in comparison a lot lighter than “ROCK YOUR BODY” and has a classic gnd sound which might make people happy or sad depending on your outlook on the group.  It’s alright but nothing that the group hasn’t tackled before in the previous eras.  At least I can say that CHISA sounds really nice since she isn’t yelling like normal.

3. ROCK YOUR BODY

Then the original form of ROCK YOUR BODY pops up next and brings the energy back up to an exciting level.  I must say I like the fact they went into this 90’s eurotrance sound for this song since it worked and has a great beat to it.  However, my main problem is that the verses, the chorus, and the breakdown in the middle sound like separates songs just forcefully attatched to each other and it kind of does have issues moving to one another.  Still I’m really enjoying this song overall (a little under “Dada Para!!” but still very enjoyable.

4. Ready to be a lady (FROM LIVE Destination)

I don’t think we’ve had a live version from the trio yet and it’s a strange choice but still cool that we get a chance to hear Ready to be a lady.  It’s really funny when CHISA says ~okaaaaaay~ just like Hard Gay but I doubt it was meant to be that.  The energy from the song and CHISA is still prevelant and it sound really nice overall. 

 

 

As the second single of the era, ROCK YOUR BODY is alright but I still consider “Dada Para!!” quite a bit more.  I didn’t really like that the single began with a 9 minute extension of the main track while the original was after the B-side (which by the way, Nanatsu no Moji isn’t anything special really).  ROCK YOUR BODY though was a great follow-up and continues to show a new side to gnd ^_^  Also, the live take of Ready to be a lady was kind of cool and a nice surprise.  I wonder why they’re having another quick era…but whatever!

 

girl next door – Dada Para!! September 7, 2011

Filed under: GIRL NEXT DOOR — solarblade @ 7:31 pm

Track Listing

  1. Dada Para!!
  2. Pure
  3. Summer Breeze (CD only)
  4. Dada Para!! (Instrumental)
  5. Pure (Instrumental)

1. Dada Para!!

The first thing I thought of when I heard Dada Para!! was with did it remind me of “Drive away” and “Infinity”.  I mean this song is pretty eurobeat and I actually found myself bopping my head with the music because it’s energetic and fun to listen to.  CHISA still sounds the same as she ever was but I don’t think it’s too much but this song is relentless with the synths this time and I kind of enjoyed a more energetic song…kind of like “Unmei no Shizuku” XD

2. Pure

It isn’t surprising that the first B-side was a ballad since that’s how it’s been through of the gnd’s career.  I will say that CHISA’s lighter vocals sound so much stronger and confident than in the group’s fast-paced songs…it gives her more room to be relaxed.  I do feel it’s one of the group’s stronger ballads because the melody is pretty damn good…One of their best ballads since….uhhhh…yeah…

3. Summer Breeze

Strange…we just had “Winter breeze” on their last album and now the CD only version of the single has the opposite.  Though this song shares the melody and lyrics of the original, it feels like the arrangement is slightly different and there might be a couple things changed in the lyrics but it feels like I’m listening to “Winter breeze” all over again.  Maybe there’s a good enough reason for such minor changes.

 

 

Well first off if you’ve noticed, GIRL NEXT DOOR goes by all lowercase from now on since it’s their third anniversary and all that.  To the single, it was a pretty awesome single (talking about the two main songs).  Dada Para!! is so energetic and fun that it’s hard not to love it while Pure is one of the best ballads they’ve done.  Summer Breeze is just a little odd seeing that it’s just a new version of “Winter breeze”.  Otherwise, great way to begin the era!

 

GIRL NEXT DOOR – Destination May 2, 2011

Filed under: GIRL NEXT DOOR — solarblade @ 8:32 am

Track Listing

  1. 3rd contact
  2. Freedom
  3. Yume no Katana
  4. Kaze no Capsule
  5. Aitai Yoru
  6. Winter breeze
  7. Wasuretai no Ni…
  8. Unmei no Shizuku ~Destiny’s star~
  9. Impish music
  10. Ready to be a lady
  11. Hajimari
  12. Silent Scream
  13. Arigatou

Remix CD Tracklist

  1. MEGAMIX
  2. Seeds of dream (Blooming Remix)
  3. Be your wings (HI-NRG Attack Remix)
  4. Orion (Gold Remix)
  5. Winter Crystal (Euro Remix)
  6. Muboubi na Jun’ai (Eurogrooves Remix)
  7. Tri△ngle (Eurogrooves Remix)
  8. Koi no Mahou (HI-NRG Attack Remix)
  9. FRIENDSHIP (BE MY FRIEND Remix)
  10. sa・ku・ra (Cherry Remix)
  11. Sora e (HI-NRG Attack Remix)
  12. Jump (MORRIS CAPALDI VERSUS GND Remix)
  13. Infinity (EURODIMA Remix)

1. 3rd contact

Acting as the intro into the album, 3rd contact actually feels a whole lot different getting into the album since it’s heavy synths and lots of guitars.  After a while, the melody does switch over and you hear the ~heyeeee heyeeeeahhh oooohhh~ from “Freedom” take over and I was like oh that’s a cool way to start the album.

2. Freedom

Now if it could’ve transition into Freedom.  That was pretty herky-jerky and could’ve been handled WAY better IMO.  Being as the first A-side of the era, Freedom was such a great track from GND from the push and pull of the heavy beats to CHISA’s more controlled singing in the verses and then exploding in the chorus…ugh this song was one of my favorites of 2010.  I mean really, even the PV was just that awesome with the military-like atmosphere.

3. Yume no Katana

First new song off the album, Yume no Katana is easily one of their edgiest songs yet.  I love that it opens with an explosion and some guitars from Yuji.  What surprised me more than the heavy arrangement was the fact that CHISA’s vocals were deep again and that sounded great compared to her normal pitchy psuedo-yelling.  The arrangement might be loud for some people, but I actually really enjoyed it…one of my early favorites.

4. Kaze no Capsule

The lone B-side of the album makes an appearance and I seriously think it probably was a poor choice for me since this song sounds like a quicker-paced “Drive away” for some reason.  I don’t know why but after coming off the high of “Yume no Katana”, this feels quite underwhelming and so bland!!!

5. Aitai Yoru

I guess I could say the same for Aitai Yoru which is our next track, but the interludes of music is a lot more memorable and more guitar-based than that of “Kaze no Capsule’s”.  I’d actually go and slightly compare it to “Ready to be a lady” with it’s happier composition and stronger sound.  It sounds good but formulaic to GND (which isn’t new AT ALL).

6. Winter breeze

So of course we get another “Winter ____” song which is the fifth one if I remember correctly.  It does suit the song actually since it has a significant change of sound from “Aitai Yoru’s” more upbeat and summery feel.  Still feels strongly formulaic and feels like it should’ve been on “GIRL NEXT DOOR” rather than on their third outing.

7. Wasuretai no Ni…

As the album’s first ballad, Wasuretai no Ni… sounds quite innocent oddly enough and brings out an interesting tone change for CHISA who doesn’t sound too bad which is great.  Sadly, the verses were the best parts of the song since the chorus sounds just like any other GND track…talk about a pretty disappointing tune. 

8. Unmei no Shizuku ~Destiny’s star~

Id’s say that the fact there was a ballad before this track was to give a smoother transition because Unmei no Shizuku does start off on a slow note and grandiose at that before turning into the speedy track it does become.  I have to say since the single’s release, I’ve seriously falling for this track harder than I did with “Freedom”.  I love the dramatic of the opening to the frantic and crazy ass arrangement of the rest of the song…it just feels so right and so good.  I must say I LOVE this song!!!!

9. Impish music

Acting as the album’s lone interlude, I was saddened to find that out when Impish music is prolly the heaviest song to utilize synths throughout because it carries the chaotic flurry of them from “Unmei no Shizuku ~Destiny’s star~”.  The best part is when it seems to stop and then rewind back

10. Ready to be a lady

Likewise, I didn’t understand the transitioning from “Impish music” to Ready to be a lady but who cares since the era’s 2nd A-side and I still enjoy the song despite being a mixture of “Drive away” and “Seeds of dream”.  I love the peppy atmosphere (even though that’s kind of me being hypocritical to songs like “Aitai Yoru” and “Kaze no Capsule” but seriously those songs lacked something).  I mean this song has filters, an uber cute feel to it and well an exciting chorus and interlude.  It doesn’t surpass “Freedom” or “Unmei no Shizuku” but it’s a great A-side.

11. Hajimari

I guess we needed another song that’s similar to some of the more darker tracks the trio has done throughout their careers.  Actually it kind of reminds me of “Jump” from their last album so this comes off a little bit blah, but the song isn’t bad and CHISA does a pretty good job singing here.

12. Silent Scream

Oh yeah, the A-side that was held for release way too long.  As the final A-side of the era, Silent Scream still doesn’t grasp my attention like the other A-sides that were released (including “Hoshizora Keikaku”).  I mean it’s slow and fast and grows into mid-tempo, but Silent Scream otherwise just doesn’t do anything for me nor it’s very memorable.

13. Arigatou

Fitting that Arigatou would go and close up the album.  I love the fact that it’s not like any GND ballad yet since it’s mostly acoustic guitars, strings, and piano for the most part.  It’s sounds kind of like an uplifting kind of tune and it’s cute as well.  Sadly, it lacks an interesting focus and CHISA’s vocals keep going between good and not-so-good. 

Tracks Recommended

  • Unmei no Shizuku ~Destiny’s star~
  • Freedom
  • Yume no Katana
  • Hajimari
  • Ready to be a lady

Song of Avoidance

  • Kaze no Capsule

Ahhhh, GND’s third album!  Destination isn’t bad as I thought it’d be, but I still much prefer “NEXT FUTURE” over this album by only slightly.  Some of the songs were lackluster (which isn’t new) with sameish arrangements and CHISA’s normality with her singing.  However, the singles for sure beat out the previous era’s set of A-sides and that was a surprise and mostly were the gems of the album.  Now I wonder if Daisuke will stay for a fourth album…since he left after his third album with day after tomorrow….so hmmmmmmmmmmm.

 

GIRL NEXT DOOR – Silent Scream April 14, 2011

Filed under: GIRL NEXT DOOR — solarblade @ 7:31 am

Track Listing

  1. Silent Scream
  2. fallin’ angel
  3. Orion (Gold Remix)
  4. Silent Scream (Instrumental)
  5. Destination Digest

1. Silent Scream

After all that time waiting for this to finally release, I was actually wondering what the final product of Silent Scream sounds like and well…it’s nothing new to write home about since it’s the same 90’s pop sound that GND has been using since the start.  It kind of remind me of “Jounetsu no Daishou” but less dramatic in a sense.  CHISA’s vocals are the same as well not really changed that much since their debut as well.  It’s my least favorite A-side of this current era.

2. fallin’ angel

It’s a good thing the single has an interesting B-side coupled.  Instead of being a rather bland ballad, fallin’ angel is hip and CHISA’s vocals aren’t at the typical staleness apting for a more deeper tone which is a surprise since she has a good deep voice.  Add in the synth-leads in the song and you get a good combination but the chords still definitely read GND….why can’t we get away from that GND-ish feel just for once?

3. Orion (Gold Remix)

As with all the other singles, we get a remix and interestingly this time around a remix of GND’s ballad, Orion.  I’m not really unsure to make with remixes, but this one didn’t start out on a rush…actually it builds into its remix starting with filtered strings and CHISA.  I actually really enjoyed this remix since it didn’t pound itself in your head and the synths weren’t crazy.  Sweet deal right?

4. Destination Digest

A first for GND, we get a rather mixture of previews of their next album (think what ravex did on their “Believe in LOVE” single).  It’s different songs (all album songs BTW) played even though I’m not sure they’re playing in order they come on the album.  Either way, it doesn’t flow since when a song finishes it fades out and a new preview comes in.  For the most part, I’m impressed with the songs so far mixing songs that sound totally typical GND, to ballads, to dance tracks, and to acoustic mid-tempos…”Destination” will definitely be an interesting review.

GND closes out their third era with an odd single…I mean considering it was POSTPONED 3 DIFFERENT TIMES and it’s title was changed from Twitter ~silent scream~, it was really difficult to watch this single keep gettin pushed back.  Sadly, Silent Scream just felt like normal GND blandness and did not much for em.  fallin’ angel was a great B-side for it’s quirky synth-work and finally getting CHISA to sing deeper for once.  Orion’s remix did well and it’s cool to see that it’ll be on the megamix disc on the upcoming album.  Add in the free sample of the album and I guess for the most part the single itself was good, but the title track just lacked a lot.