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Juliet – Saku Love April 2, 2011

Filed under: Juliet — solarblade @ 4:27 am

Track Listing

  1. Saku Love -Sakura, Chiru-
  2. Saku Love -Sakura, Saku-
  3. Saku Love -Sakura, Chiru- (Instrumental)

1. Saku Love -Sakura, Chiru-

I’ll be honest, I’m slowly starting to get tired of Juliet releasing ballads ever since “Aki Love”.  While it’s great to hear whoever sang first sound pretty damn amazing, I can’t say the rest of the song does much for me otherwise.  I mean if it wasn’t for the addition of acoustic guitar to throw in the mix this time around, I would’ve just called it “Yuki Love” part deux since it reminds me a whole lot of it and the music is just right (though the tempo is a tad slower).

2. Saku Love -Sakura, Saku-

Somehow, I feel like this is somehow connected to the previous track somehow by melodic properties.  I will say however that the fact this track has a catchy beat makes it a bit more better than the main song…but couldn’t they have just made this the lead track?  Vocals are just great and while it’s still nothing to gawk about like “Mou Hitotsu ni, Aki Love.”.

I’m sorry, but please Juliet! No more ballads!!!  Saku Love might be the 2nd (or 3rd, counting “Aki Love”) single, but they really starting to lose my faith in them because once again I’m so bored of their style for their main tracks, leaving the B-side to carry the single through.  Sakura, Saku is def better than Sakura, Chiru…but only by so much.  What’s next in this ____ Love series???

 

Juliet – Yuki Love December 18, 2010

Filed under: Juliet — solarblade @ 12:50 am

Track Listing

  1. Yuki Love
  2. “Koe ga Kikitakute”

1. Yuki Love

I kind of wish Juliet started going back to original song titles and not abuse the whole ____ Love shtick that’s been going on since they debuted.  Anyways, the trio opted for another wintry ballad and I think it’s a bit more simpler than “Fuyu Love”, but this one has better vocals and is a bit more emotionally driven than said song.  Fitting for the season and makes up for the meh last single.

2. “Koe ga Kikitakute”

As for the B-side, it definitely does surprise since it’s a bit more danceable and has a lot of cute sounding synths that make it sound slightly futuristic.  To me it’s actually new for them and they sound just as melodic as they did in “Yuki Love”.  I will say this was more of the better song since it’s upbeat and catchy as all hell.

Of course coming after that oddness that was both “Aki Love” and the unneeded “Shiki Love”, Yuki Love is so far the best single released so far.  Yuki Love is a heart-warming ballad with a nice splash of R&B thrown in, but not enough to make it bland and lame like a few of their other A-sides they released.  “Koe ga Kikitakute” is a little more of a shock since it’s so upbeat and synthy…sweeeeet single.

 

Juliet – Shiki Love -4 SEASONS LOVE BEST- November 13, 2010

Filed under: Juliet — solarblade @ 8:15 am

Track Listing

  1. Natsu Love
  2. Fuyu Love
  3. Haru Love
  4. Haru Love 2
  5. Aki Love
  6. Mou Hitotsu no, Aki Love
  7. 23:45 (Remix)
  8. Motto Motto Kimi wo Oshiete yo (Studio-R Remix)
  9. 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.

 

Juliet – Aki Love October 23, 2010

Filed under: Juliet — solarblade @ 12:19 am

Track Listing

  1. Aki Love
  2. “Gomen ne.”

1. Aki Love

Really?  We’re going to have songs based on each season for A-sides from Juliet?  Since Aki Love is the last of the seasons to get a song, I thought it sounded soft and yet kind of calming and inspiring of a song from the trio.  However, it still doesn’t really present anything really new since they debuted so it kind of continues this rather meh-ish style for them. 

2. “Gomen ne.”

Even more slower than “Aki Love” is its B-side.  I did enjoy the fact that the song is actually acoustically driven until the other gals come in and it easily becomes just as forgettable as the A-side.  I mean this is as bad as “23:45” if not moreso because it started out good, but quickly became stale.  I might be harsh here, but I mean I rather have something different that what we’ve got here.

Since this begins their 3rd era and represents the final A-side being represented on “Shiki Love -4 SEASONS LOVE BEST-“, Aki Love for me is their worst single I reviewed yet.  Neither songs stood out for me in anyway despite the good overall vocals from the trio.  While I am gonna review “Shiki Love” I hope that this third era picks up quickly!

 

Juliet – Real August 27, 2010

Filed under: Juliet — solarblade @ 7:13 am

Track Listing

  1. Haru Love
  2. Haru Love 2
  3. Complex
  4. Shampoo
  5. with
  6. Motto Motto Kimi wo Oshiete yo
  7. 23:45
  8. Aitai Kimochi
  9. Kesenai Uso
  10. Sayonara
  11. Paripipo☆

1. Haru Love

I thought it was fitting to begin the album with the two Haru Love songs.  Since the first is also the first of the era, I loved the fact that Haru Love has nicely placed accordion.  I though it was a pretty good R&B ballad and was/is still my favorite A-side of the era. 

2. Haru Love 2

I’m sure there’s some kind of relation besides the titles between the two songs.  In the most easy way to say, Haru Love 2 is a bit more upbeat in both mood and arrangement which is a good follow-up to the first one.  I even like the ending with the orgel playing the melody for a bit (could it be where to relation to each other lies?).  Ok, I might’ve lied but I like this one a whole lot too!

3. Complex

One of just only three new songs off the album, Complex is actually not the complex of a song.  To be exact, it’s probably one of the more simplistic songs off the album since it’s a ballad.  I’m guessing I’m liking the solo lines from Hami and Yumi? (last one I’m not sure), of course Maiko gets her line too and they all sound nice and even nicer together.  I’ve never really mentioned that in the previous songs but they do sound great together.

4. Shampoo

Then we really start getting into a bunch of previously released material starting with Shampoo from “Haru Love “.  Now since I reviewed the single recently I haven’t had enough time to really change my mind for this song.  It still kind of comes as your usual run-of-the-mill danceable R&B song, but I guess I’ve slowly warmed up to it since it sounds nice from the trio.

5. with

It’s a pretty bad decision where they placed the B-side from “Haru Love 2”.  I mean yeah it’s danceable as well and being a simpler sounding “Shampoo”.  Now I’ve had just as much time with this song and to be honest, I’ve started to like this tune less since the previous B-side sounds a bit stronger but I like that it’s got good snapping?  Maybe add a little bit of jingle bells and we could’ve had a good winter song XD

6. Motto Motto Kimi wo Oshiete yo

Getting into the 4th A-side released, Motto Motto Kimi wo Oshiete yo has fallen underneath the “Haru Love” twins.  I like this song though but it had to warm up for me since it’s a bit like “Shampoo” in its execution.  At least the synths and the chorus were the golden parts of the song.  I’m just unsure what to think if it’s good or not.

7. 23:45

I still think it was a bad decision to start listening to Juliet with this single because it’s the worst of the A-sides IMO.  I mean this song has Jeff Miyahara written all over it and just sounds so damn colorless and plain when compared to the others.  It’s not really anything worth really listening to. 

8. Aitai Kimochi

So we finally get into a new track and unsurprisingly it’s another danceish tune from them.  I thought the beginning sounding like it’d be a ballad was nice and all but once it changed styles on us, Aitai Kimochi just kind of became plain again.  By now for me the album is starting to become a little sameish, but I’m still plowing on.

9. Kesenai Uso

Then popping two more B-sides before the finale, the B-side from “23:45” comes first and this needed to appear since it oddly enough stands out on the album as the summer song.  I mean it might not be because of the title, but it’s still nice enough of a song.  I love how the girls sound in this song since it’s more happier and deeper of a song too.  One of the eras best songs.

10. Sayonara

I’m not enjoying where the direction of the album has really led them towards the end.  Sayonara would be a part of that negativity since it has never been a good song to me ever since I reviewed it on “Motto Motto Kimi wo Oshiete yo”.  Once again the words I keep getting at is boring and even more plain the the others.  I just they rearranged this song for the album.

11. Paripipo☆

At least the final song off the album is something different.  I mean there’s actual electric guitars in the song.  It’s also one of the more exciting songs on the album since it doesn’t sound rather poor and the whole pop sound works for them since the vocals here are nice to listen to.  I don’t think it makes for a good ending, but it definitely broke the boring songs.

Tracks Recommended

  • Paripipo☆
  • Haru Love 2
  • Kesenai Uso
  • Haru Love

Song of Avoidance

  • 23:45

Being Juliet’s sophomore album, I was otherwise not impressed by it.  I mean it’s mostly because I usually can’t stand Miyahara’s arrangements or near it and most of the songs ended up being a worst case scenario.  What sucks more was that the amound of previously released material was outrageous and most of the songs were meh to begin with.  It’ll take me a while to get used to the album, but for right now it’s kind of bad for me.

 

Juliet – Haru Love 2 August 25, 2010

Filed under: Juliet — solarblade @ 2:23 am

Track Listing

  1. Haru Love 2
  2. with

1. Haru Love 2

Why is there a sequel to “Haru Love?”  I think it’s just a bit odd to have one just right after the first one, but what can I say…the more the better?  I like the fact this one is a bit more upbeat in style and while it doesn’t exactly have accordion like the original did, there’s a stronger arrangement with strings and piano.  I’m still unsure which Haru Love I like more but let’s just say I enjoy both of them a lot.

2. with

Sadly, once again the B-side is kind of plain in a way.  It’s a whole lot better than “Shampoo” which is of course a good thing, but it seems they toned down “Haru Love 2” and just kind of lightens things all up.  Now the solos are of course here which is good, but it feels somewhat empty when it isn’t the chorus.  Not bad, and it’s a step up but still rather underwhelming compared to the A-side.

 

 

Of course I’m going to expect sequels to “Fuyu Love”, “Natsu Love”, and even the recently announced “Aki Love”.  Haru Love 2 I think was a bit better than the first one just because the B-side actually had something interesting going on for me as a listener.  Things just look up for them…that is until the next single dropped that is…

 

Juliet – Haru Love

Filed under: Juliet — solarblade @ 1:48 am

Track Listing

  1. Haru Love
  2. Shampoo

1. Haru Love

I think adding something that’ll stand out in a song is a great idea, take for example Haru Love which includes accordion to an R&B ballad and it works for the most part.  I think all of the members have at least a solo line and they all sound particularly nice except for one that’s pretty nasally, but when the other girls are harmonizing it remedies out the situation.  It’s not bad and I kind of wish I started listening to Juliet with this single.

2. Shampoo

As the B-side of the single, Shampoo started off sounding nice, but then it became like something I would’ve heard Kana Nishino would’ve done easily as well since it’s just you’re typical upbeat R&B tune.  I wish I knew who was who, but there’s obviously one that’s singing more than the other two, but it’s nice because she has the best voice…Hami perhaps?  It’s plain, but I guess it’s alright as a B-side.

 

 

Since Juliet began the “Real” era with Haru Love I though I missed out on a rather good A-side.  I love how 2/3 can really sound good during their solos, but the nasally girl kind of needs to clear things up.  Shampoo though is a bit meh, but I think people who enjoy these kind of songs will like it just fine.