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Kavka Shishido – Wagamama/Miss. Miss Me February 4, 2014

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Track Listing

  1. Wagamama
  2. Miss. Miss Me
  3. Yakiniku Princess (Regular only)

1. Wagamama

I was happy Kavka didn’t take very long before coming back to start a new era with Wagamama.  At first I was curious as to why the song was so soft but it hid the chorus where it became a mid-tempo track with a lot of her drumming, piano, acoustic guitar, and strings.  Now I don’t feel it’s much of a strong A-side because honestly it sounds more like something from “kavkanize” but it’s a moderately good A-side.

2. Miss. Miss Me

The other A-side of the single to me sounds like more of a leading track has it has a bit more energy and it sounds like Kavka gave a bit more effort here.  When I do listen to it, I think of a lighter “Countdown” and I’m a fan of that for sure!  Plus, I love Kavka’s voice in songs like this…just has enough power and style to it.  Great song!

3. Yakiniku Princess

The B-side is oddly enough found on regular editions of the single and I couldn’t help but laugh over the title.  This is such a fun song from Kavka and you can tell that she had that centered for the song.  Kind of reminds me of how playful “Aisuru Kakugo” was when I first heard it.  I think it’s definitely the best the single had to offer.

 

 

Kavka begins her second era off with mostly a good single.  I just love how she’s just herself and just rocks out with songs like Miss. Miss Me and Yakiniku Princess, it just keeps getting better for her and I hope she keeps that up.  Wagamama on the other hand was OK, but I don’t think slower songs are her aces just quite yet, but she’s has time to really get that in.  Overall, good single from Kavka!

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Kavka Shishido – Kavkanize November 24, 2013

Filed under: Kavka Shishido — solarblade @ 4:45 am

kavkanize

Track Listing

  1. Day Dream Rider
  2. Love Corrida
  3. Kiken na Futari
  4. Engine
  5. Shinkaigyo
  6. Muteki no Rock Star
  7. Makenai Game
  8. Futatsu no Taiyou
  9. Gunjou
  10. Countdown
  11. Aisuru Kakugo
  12. 100nen Beer
  13. Tobenai Tori
  14. The outsiders (feat. Dohzi-T)
  15. Tsuki no Kagayaki Kata
  16. music

1. Day Dream Rider

It’s no surprise that Kavka would open the album up with the first song she put out (which later was a B-side to her first single, “Aisuru Kakugo”.  Unlike many of her other songs, she did depend on synthwork to fill out the song alongside her drumming prowess  The song itself isn’t bad persay and Kavka sounded good (though relient on auto-tune).  She definitely gave me a reason to follow her and while the song isn’t quite as awesome as later songs in her career, she definitely was humble enough to kick things off right.

2. Love Corrida

Which is led to our first new track and was used as the promo track for the album.  In comparison to “Day Dream Rider”, it shows her far she’s come so far in her career and the song kind of fixes a lot of the things that did kind of made me worry with her debut.  I also feel like Kavka’s voice just filled the song in a good way and the chorus was pretty exciting to listen to as well!  It’s definitely got fun written all over it so this was a pretty awesome choice to have been used for the promo.

3. Kiken na Futari

Then we’re led to the last A-side for the era and I still quite believe this was the best of the A-sides released!  Unlike the previous two tracks, this had a bit more focus on Kavka’s rock side and that’s quite why I love her a lot because her rock songs sound totally badass, plus Kavka sounds totally in her realm here so this REALLY impressed the hell out of me and I hope she continues to focus on this sound for the future!

4. Engine

Moving onto some new songs that I haven’t heard, Engine isn’t as hard-hitting like “Kiken na Futari” or “Countdown” but takes a little more of an acoustic rock track which is something new for me to listen to!  I actually enjoy how she changed it up for the song because many people have enjoyed her full-on hard songs, but this is more pop-friendly, but still Kavka!  It’s not that bad actually though I think it’ll be passed up by the bigger tracks on the album.

5. Shinkaigyo

Our next new track is even more chill than “Engine” was which is such a good change since I don’t think Kavka has done a ballad yet.  It does sound a bit Western in its sound which might surprise some people actually.  Like the previous mentioned song, it might not rank high for me as other songs, but I can say that Kavka sounds great in a slower setting ^^

6. Muteki no Rock Star

Moving onto the 2nd B-side for the album (from “music”) and I am SOOO happy it made the album cut because it was my favorite track from the single.  It also brought back the peppy and fun side to Kavka that was prevalent in the first couple tracks.  Kavka sounds quite expressive and relentless which helped the track to be a lot more wild and fun to listen to, plus the band sounded really solid!  Yeah, I still really love the hell outta this one!

7. Makenai Game

Back to some more new tracks, Makenai Game takes another dive into another “Day Dream Rider”-esque son with Makenai Game with incorporating synths alongside Kavka’s rock style.  I have to say she succeeded way better in this track because she didn’t get heavily auto-tuned.  Against the other songs, it is rather uneventful as a rock track, but this is pretty good regardless.

8. Futatsu no Taiyou

Another kind of Western rock song huh?  I kind of sadly didnt think much of this song in the long run because Kavka actually sounds rather bored in the song which translates onto the listener and I felt kind of bored here too.  At least the Southern Rock mixed with synths is an interesting take, but the energy felt very low sadly.

9. Gunjou

A surprise awaits getting into Gunjou as it’s quite devoid of any of Kavka’s style at the start.  It’s a rather interesting ballad from Kavka and honestly stuck out so much better than “Shinkaigyo” as the slow song of the ballad.  After the the first verse and chorus, the tune opens up more with a little more of what we’ve from Kavka.  It’s not a bad track and one of the better songs on the album IMO.

10. Countdown

Finally, we get to the BEST song Kavka has done since her debut!  If there was a song that just screams badass and perfectly shows off Kavka’s attitude, it’s definitely this song, (one of the B-sides from “Aisuru Kakugo”).  I just love the energy and heavy riffs this song produced.  I just could not shake this song the entire era and was more than happy to see its inclusion.  Ugh, this is just hands down the album’s best song IMO.

11. Aisuru Kakugo

Moving onto Kavka’s first A-side, and I can see why she picked this over “Day Dream Rider” but at the same time, it was a rather risky debut because the track doesn’t have a full-on rock atmosphere and kind of has this bouncy feel to it to pop more.  The beat does take the lead because it was a song to show off Kavka’s drumming skills.  It’s definitely her best song released, but she had to start somewhere, right?

12. 100nen Beer

The fun continues as we get into our last stretch of new tracks. 100nen Beer has a bit more free-form sound here and it has a cool and classy feel to it mixed in with splashes of electronic blips and wubs.  I once again fell in love with the energy and power of the song.  I think it might be my favorite new song on the album, but there could be more surprises.

13. Tobenai Tori

I was kind of confused by our next track, Tobenai Tori because the intro is heavy and loud, but swiftly becomes light and airy which was a bit of a stretch for me to enjoy.  I kind of liked the relaxed feel of the forces and then the chorus comes in with synths and I was taken aback, but then the chorus kind of becomes a slow but powerful hitter, but returns to the chill vibe for the second chorus.  I don’t know why but it just didn’t work for me and this is probably the first meh song on the album IMO

14. The outsiders (feat. Dohzi-T)

The last new song has a featured artist huh, I think Dohzi-T is well-known enough to not be introduced right?  It’s another strong rock track of course and Kavka is actually singing in English for this song which is pretty cool and she didn’t exactly show that in her singles hah!  It’s a good song up until Dohzi-T appears and the song changes into this gritty melody and kind of takes me out of the song since I wasn’t impressed with his section and rap.  Otherwise, this is actually nice and Kavka should do more songs in English!

15. Tsuki no Kagayaki Kata

Then we get into the final tracks and the first is one of the B-sides from “Kiken na Futari”.  I’m once again VERY happy that she chose the best songs from the singles.  I love how it begun with piano and a softer sound before and grows into a dramatic chorus.  Kavka’s vocals aren’t as concrete like in other songs, but she gave a nice performance once again.

16. music

The final track on the album is the 2nd A-side she released!  I was curious to why she chose this to end the album because I felt like “Tsuki no Kagayaki Kata” would’ve made a better ending to the album.  I will say that it was a pretty nifty track at release and it’s still one of the more catchier songs that she released prior to the album.  Odd end, but overall strong song!

Tracks Recommended

  • Countdown
  • 100nen Beer
  • Love Corrida
  • Kiken na Futari
  • Muteki no Rock Star

Song of Avoidance

  • Tobenai Tori

Ahhh we’ve come to Kavka’s debut album!  Kavkanize was a surprisingly strong album for Kavka (though I my expectations were high as it was).  I love that majority of the album were new tracks (with 7 being previously released and were good songs chosen too!).  Some of the new tracks might not have longevity like many other songs but overall, this album is an album to sit and listento if you’re into female rock singers!  I can’t wait for what’s next from her ^^

 

Kavka Shishido – Kiken na Futari June 4, 2013

Filed under: Kavka Shishido — solarblade @ 5:09 am

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Track Listing

  1. Kiken na Futari
  2. Tsuki no Kagayaki Kata
  3. Wonder Girl
  4. Hunger×Anger
  5. Kiken na Futari ~ROUDOKU~ (Regular only)

1. Kiken na Futari

Going into Kavka’s 3rd A-side, Kiken na Futari seems to be a tad more laidback, but still carries that flame that Kavka has securely been holding up since her debut and I still admire the energy she puts into her performances because she seems to be finding herself to be more comfortable with her vocals and her style of music and putting them together because I felt this is her best A-side yet!

2. Tsuki no Kagayaki Kata

I think for the first time, Kavka tried a ballad out to see how it’d turnout and for someone who is so focused on percussion, it was curious to see how’d she handle such a style.  I thought she did well, though her vocals aren’t totally the most strongest, the song was pretty good and the later addition of brass instruments and strings really kind of made the song pop out more too!

3. Wonder Girl

Fans of “Countdown” would pretty much enjoy Wonder Girl because it’s got the same sassy attitude and edgy atmosphere that really made both tracks really stand out amongst the other tracks in her discography.  I mean, it’s not as good as the previous two tracks because they’re real good, but this is a nice Kavka song.

4. Hunger×Anger

The last B-side is the Glico tie-in track and funny enough is pretty damn short only really 2 and a half minutes in length.  Though is it strange to say this song had the most potential of the four tracks and could’ve went a lot longer than it should have?  Hunger×Anger is just cool to listen to and Kavka sounds great singing!  Still…too damn short of a song!

5. Kiken na Futari ~ROUDOKU~

Finally the extra track on the regular edition of the single, I feel like it’s just Kavka speaking the lyrics of Kiken na Futari which is quite haunting when she’s speaking it.  After a short while, a latin guitar is thrown in, but it’s just there for aesthetic effect which I guess is a nice touch but was this track necessary?

As I finish Kavka’s 3rd single offering, I do think it’s a slight step down from “music”.  Kiken na Futari is a really solid A-side and is definitely her best one yet!  Tsuki no Kagayaki Kata is an interesting ballad track from her and would love to see her do more of this in the future!  Wonder Girl is more of what we’ve already heard from Kavka so it’s just there as that B-side that doesn’t win nor hurt the single.  Hunger×Anger is great if it wasn’t so short and the ROUDOKU version of Kiken na Futari is just a bonus incentive and it’s just didn’t work otherwise lol.

 

Kavka Shishido – music February 25, 2013

Filed under: Kavka Shishido — solarblade @ 1:08 am

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Track Listing

  1. music
  2. Recovery
  3. Muteki no Rock Star
  4. music (Demo version) (Regular only)

1. music

I have to say I’m getting more impressed with Kavka as an artist especially with music, her second A-side!  This definitely fits alongside every track she released on her debut single because this has fire and energy and she sounds quite nice.  Best part of the song though is the chorus…definitely loud and really shows Kavka’s strength in her vocals.  Definitely an impressive song to listen to!

2. Recovery

Moving into the B-sides, I have to say that this has a unique sound with that repetitive sax line but has Kavka sounding slick in and around the melody before the chorus opens the song up further.  It’s a strange song to get used to, but overall, this was a pretty solid track if not something that says Kavka wants to try new things here and there.

3. Muteki no Rock Star

Remember “Count Down”? from her last single, I was kind of think this is a parallel because this is more of like that awesome Kavka rock song.  I’m starting to really love her voice as well and just love the power and edge she has…it just makes the song sound so much more lively.  See this is just the kind of song I like and once again definitely say this is the best song on the single.

4. music (Demo version)

I’m just surprised they didn’t call this an acoustic version because that is just what it is, but shorter than the main version.  I do like the simpler arrangement here and it kind of works here in a good way.  I just like listening to the acoustic guitar alongside Kavka’s vocals which has a bit of an echo effect going.  Nice little bonus since it’s only on the Regular edition.

I’m seriously falling for Kavka now.  She just has something that current J-pop acts are kind of lacking at the moment and it’s that musical spark and strong showcase of talent.  music was a great upgrade from “Aisuru Kakugo” in the way that all the songs offered something different.  The leading track is much more memorable than her debut and Muteki no Rock Star was that epic rock song I needed!  Recovery is interesting and something really unique with the saxes being thrown in and last but not least, the bonus version of music was a different take of an already good song.  Yeah this single was pretty amazing! *RECOMMENDED*

 

Kavka Shishido – Aisuru Kakugo September 23, 2012

Filed under: Kavka Shishido — solarblade @ 5:35 am

Track Listing

  1. Aisuru Kakugo
  2. Survival
  3. Countdown (CD only)
  4. Day Dream Rider (CD only)
  5. a.notice (CD+DVD only)

1. Aisuru Kakugo

Even though this is Kavka’s second song, Aisuru Kakugo is a good way to introduce us to Kavka actually.  With most of the arrangement being based around her drumming skills, the song is quite charming and catchy.  As for her voice, it’s a bit tight in places but she adds this cuteness which is unusual but awesome at the same time.  A pretty solid way to debut here!

2. Survival

The next track, Survival doesn’t seem to depend on the percussion so much, but focuses more on Kavka’s vocals and I kind of like what I’m hearing here as well.  It’s a bit lighter and less playful than “Aisuru Kakugo” but it’s good for B-side material.  I like that she also kind of adds some sexiness and edge with her vocals…it’s nice to hear that LOL.

3. Countdown

On the CD only edition of the single, we get TWO extra tracks!  The first is Countdown and I’m just loving the drive with this one since it has a lot of good guitar riffs and Kavka’s vocals are even cooler to hear.  It’s edgy and just rockin’ in such a good way.  Definitely my favorite off the single for sure!

4. Day Dream Rider

I’m happy she added the digital single to the single because Day Dream Rider was pretty cool.  Though I can’t say that the auto-tune was making her sound good with the rock riffs.  Though the chorus is pretty rad and she has style IMO.  I still enjoy the song but I feel like Aisuru Kakugo and Countdown did a much better job showing off Kavka’s abilities.

5. a.notice

On the CD+DVD version, you only get one extra track and sadly it’s merely a drum solo from Kavka.  Now I don’t mind this because this shows that this girl has TALENT!  She’s powerful and has this spark that really shows a LOT of potential from her.  Though I am a little disappointed that this after “Survival”.

 

 

Wow, for a debut Kavka really set out to be unique!  Aisuru Kakugo is a pretty good debut and fortunately for her, totally showcased her abilities at the forefront of the title track and Countdown which was amazing.  Day Dream Rider is still good though the auto-tune here was a little unnerving at points.  Survival did a lot for her vocals and I can see her being more badass and a.notice did the same but with her drum skills.  Though I kind of wished she stuck all 5 songs together on one disc rather than how it was released.