Angelia (crash berlin version)
Kill me Kiss me (crash berlin version)
GIZA GIZA (crash berlin version)
The☆PEACE! (h&A Death Tracks)
1. Mr. Monkey
I find it that a gothic-looking duo would start the album off with a track called Mr. Monkey. I do like the electroness of the song and it continues to show the group’s darker sound. Unfortunately, it also still shows the awkward harmonizations with Yossie and Rika. I do love the chorus where the music gets louder and crazy, but I can’t help and cringe at Rika-chan’s performance.
2. Top Secret
As the main promotional track, it was a pretty cool choice. It suits more towards Rika’s vocals and id doesn’t hurt Yossie either (actually makes her more better). I’ll admit that I love the bridge a lot, but what killed the song is the high note, neither girl can pull it off correctly and ~top shhheeecret~ isn’t fooling anyone. Still it’s one of the more interesting songs and can be amazingly catchy given the right opportunity.
3. Sadistic Dance
The only “single” of the era, Sadistic Dance is still pounding in my head all the time. We do go back to hearing odd harmonizations, but given that the song is catchy and sounds like a more synthed up version of “Kill me Kiss me”. The lyrics don’t really sound clear, especially the English ones like ~this is my bible~ in the second chorus….it comes off more as ~this is my life~ I don’t know but whatever, the song is pretty cool.
4. Lady Madonna
Are they saying ~spiders~ at the beginning? Whatever, Yossie opens the song after that strange opening to this gloomy arrangement that evidently picks up right after she’s done. It’s weird that the chorus is really grungy and heavy and totally out of context with the song itself, it just seems so not what should be there, but what could I do? It’s like Jekyll and Hyde within itself (that’s the best comparison I could come up with).
Doubt starts off just like “Lady Madonna” with it’s dark and empty atmospheric air about it before the pounding drums and the girls come in quite messy with the first part. It seems Doubt is H&A’s “epic” track, but for me, it sounds like a Momosu track for some reason…I’m not enjoying this track much.
6. Angelia (crash berlin version)
Now a few tracks off their debut “Kill me Kiss me” got rearranged and remixed for the albums release starting off with “Angelia”. It seems not a whole lot was changed with the arrangement of Angelia, but it does seem there was a little more added more like an epic strings addition and a few cutbacks on the guitar and more sound for the vocals. It seems like an equal amount of change and I like that.
7. Shake Me
The final new track, Shake Me starts off like a calmer version of “Sadistic Dance”, but then moods instantly change and the song goes towards a more electronica style and while I question the motive for changing styles, it’s bold and the chorus does bring back a summerish mood. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite, but I guess it was nice to bring some change to the album.
8. Kill me Kiss me (crash berlin version)
Sadly, the rearranged version of Kill me Kiss me was very disappointing. They took out what made the original so amazing and replaced with dance beats and left the chorus feeling oddly empty. I mean the guitars and hard hitting chords was what made the song great…I’m sorry this was a bigger downer than what Anna T. did with “cocoon”.
9. GIZA GIZA (crash berlin version)
I actually don’t remember much of GIZA GIZA’s original take, so I had to take a quick listen before getting back to this. The new version is actually more of an acoustic version of the original, but still featuring electric guitar, and synths, just more pronounced acoustic guitar. I thought this was a cleaner version when compared to the “KmKm” cut so I’m happy with what we got here.
10. The☆PEACE! (h&A Death Tracks)
Yup, the girls were able to cover a Momosu track (since y’know, they were once a part of the group.) Anyway, they decided to take “The☆Pea~ce!” and give it the deadly spin and what we got was like death metal version…I was shocked to hear such a fierce cover of this song. On Momosu’s version, Rika-chan was the main vocalist for it, so it’s not surprisingly that you hear a lot of Rika over Yossie, but it’s rather tough since both are filtered a bit. I didn’t expect such huge transition from Momosu’s pop-filled original, but damn was this different for H&A too.
Song of Avoidance
For H&A’s first full-fledged album, I didn’t think the direction of a more synth-based sound was right for them. They should stick with hard rock and little synths. Sadistic Dance is a nice album, but it’s not one of the top, but that’s just cuz the members still have to learn how to harmonize.