Haru Love 2
Mou Hitotsu no, Aki Love
Motto Motto Kimi wo Oshiete yo (Studio-R Remix)
Natsu Love -Lovers Mix-
1. Natsu Love
Beginning the mini-album with previous released songs, I never heard this or the next song because well I never paid attention to Juliet during the “Love” era. Givin that this mini-album is about seasons basically we start off with the debut single that started it all. I thought with something like Natsu Love, it was going to be more summery, but it kind of falls a little, but the vocals are actually quite nice from Hami, Maiko, and Yumi. To me though it kind of reminds me a bit too much like “Aki Love”, but fitting since it’s their debut.
2. Fuyu Love
Of course this would be their 2nd single and would be based off of the Wintery season. I actually ended up liking Fuyu Love despite not fully changing up entirely from “Natsu Love”, but it’s slightly slower and with piano and strings present it still somehow manages to fit the Winter theme a bit more strongly as well. This was definitely a song I wished I would’ve heard earlier. Though the little rap section was so terrible x.x
3. Haru Love
So getting into the “Real” era seasonal songs. We get Haru Love and it’s sequel (which I’ve reviewed twice already…). I know I’ve already said I loved the fact that Haru Love featured some accordion and has a rather interesting verse arrangement (which to me seems better fitted for Summer than Spring). Still I did feel the song felt a little meh with one of the girls in the group sounding pretty nasally than they were in the previous two tracks. Still a pretty moving song, but it’s starting to show the lack of ingenuity.
4. Haru Love 2
Now, I still think the 2nd Haru Love did end up as the better A-side of course in the era and it’s funny that at this point, it’s kind of the song that has the most oomph of the released A-sides. It’s still kind of screaming generic for some reason. It must be the fact I’ve listened to “Real” that many times and looking at the arrangements over and over. It’s still the best A-side they released that’s seasonal-related.
5. Aki Love
And of course, we get to the A-side that’s in it’s own era (or perhaps just only here to represent this album) Aki Love never really stood out for me…but it seems it’s like a baby made from “Natsu Love” and “Haru Love”. While it does represent Autumn well enough, it’s just that there’s still nothing much to really make it stand out in the crowd.
6. Mou Hitotsu no, Aki Love
I find it funny that as the only new song found on the mini-album, they didn’t just simply call this Aki Love 2 or anything. However it is definitely worth having it on this mini-album since it’s the heaviest song and it actually works because while it’s still in R&B land, there’s a good beat and there’s also synths in it and that right there was enough to make it stand out. Easily the best original song of the seasonals right now.
7. 23:45 (Remix)
While I’ve said before that 23:45 was definitely the weakest A-side that Juliet has ever released IMHO, the remix (or so-called) kind of takes the beats out of the original and added more bass and some strings in some places to make it more majestically flowed. To put it bluntly, it’s not so much a remix as more of a downplay…it didn’t really boost my enjoyment of the song much.
8. Motto Motto Kimi wo Oshiete yo (Studio-R Remix)
I actually like that the other remix for the non-season single actually was a remix since it’s easily danceable and has a good vibe going throughout. I will admit that the vocals sound a bit through my earplugs like there’s some light filtering that would affect those kind of things. Otherwise it’s a better sounding “remix” than the one for “23:45”.
9. Natsu Love -Lovers Mix-
Now this was what I was hoping Natsu Love was initially going to sound like because it has a very island-y feel to it and the vocals seem more appropriate and more fitting to this arrangement than the original blah R&B fest. A big improvement IMO and should’ve been the original damnit!
Hmmmmm, while this is considered a conceptual best-of album, Shiki Love showcases the trio’s songs about SEASONS! The thing is though is that most of them have the same problem and that’s the rather generic-y arrangements which only gets saved by the girls nice vocals. Mou Hitotsu no, Aki Love though is the exception since it doesn’t fit in that category much. For remixes 2/3 ended up actually better than said original song. The other one well…not so good. Otherwise, if you haven’t gotten into Juliet until now, this isn’t totally the best place to begin…albums are cooler.