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LM.C – PERFECT FANTASY April 4, 2014

Filed under: LM.C — solarblade @ 4:17 am

perfectfantasy

Track Listing

  1. Neo Fantasia
  2. DOUBLE DRAGON
  3. Chameleon Dance
  4. Kinjirareta Uchuu.
  5. My Favorite Monster
  6. mono-logue
  7. DREAMscape
  8. DIVE TO FANTASY

1. Neo Fantasia

Somehow, I’m not surprised the duo would open the mini with an introductory track.  LM.C has such interesting intros/interludes and Neo Fantasia isn’t straining away from that.  It starts with a twinkling melody before the cellos come in and adds a little beat to it.  Then more strings add another layer to the intro…it’s fitting to the title and just pretty all over!

2. DOUBLE DRAGON

Moving into the first single to represent the mini, DOUBLE DRAGON is a pretty relentless song from the duo even though it is coming off the coattails from “STRONG POP”.  It’s a pretty cool song and it still stands out in a great way.  Impressive track to get things rolling.

3. Chameleon Dance

Surprised we’d leave the rock for more of an electro-rock track with Chameleon Dance and I was instantly pulled into the song.  maya of course is singing with his characteristic voice with inputs from the synth between the spaces.  Though maya’s voice in some of the song is flooded on auto-tune which might throw some off, but honestly this song is one of the standouts and I enjoyed it a lot!

4. Kinjirareta Uchuu.

When I first listened to the next track, I was kind of brought back to earlier albums with the band having a playful side to them and I felt like the fact the song focused mostly on maya and Aiji (and not a lot of other sounds) was nice.  Though sometimes I do wonder how the song would’ve felt if there was more backbone present.  Though I do like the plucked strings and clapping beat the most…interesting tune.

5. My Favorite Monster

Interesting that it’s led into the 2nd and last A-side they released before the mini because it also has a certain Halloween-esque profile about it.  I do like that like “Chameleon Dance”, this song has a more synthetic drive to it, plus maya sounds a lot more lively in this song and the tricks within this tune is pretty cool.  Great song!

6. mono-logue

It’s a little odd that our next track would be the lightest of the songs and odd coming after “My Favorite Monster” but it’s a nice break from the group’s harder songs.  Aiji’s crying guitar lines add a nice depth to the song and maya is just laidback and just letting his vocals float through the song.  It’s a chill song from the duo and it’s a nice enough tune, but the more upbeat stuff is better lol.

7. DREAMscape

I would’ve thought “mono-logue’s” sound would’ve been in DREAMscape.  It sort of has a dream arrangement mostly because of the fluttery piano lines.  Though the chorus is such a try at a power ballad because it’s harder than the verses and maya is yelling it out.  It’s probably the weakest track off the mini, but it’s not a tragedy.

8. DIVE TO FANTASY

Closing things out, DIVE TO FANTASY decides to finish it off with a brighter arrangement and a little more of a poppier sound.  To be honest, the song is kind of flying over my head since it doesn’t bring anything totally interesting to the table.  It’s sounding like it would’ve been better as a B-side than a track on here (or a throwaway song on a full-album).

 

 

LM.C has had a pretty busy schedule and was surprised they would release a mini-album with two singles preceding it.  At first, PERFECT FANTASY was going great and had nothing going on…that is until the final 3 tracks in where I felt they kind of burned off the great sound they were pulling for the first 5 tracks.  It’s a nice mini-album, but not perfect lol.

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LM.C – My Favorite Monster January 3, 2014

Filed under: LM.C — solarblade @ 12:12 pm

myfavoritemonster

Track Listing

  1. My Favorite Monster
  2. Dolce Vitter

1. My Favorite Monster

Seems to be randomly off time to be releasing something that’s sort of Halloween-ish in December don’t you think?  My Favorite Monster is such a twist from the group’s normal as it’s kind of set in this electro/rock groove.  maya definitely sounds like he’s having fun with the song and some of the parts he has a little bit of auto-tune.  It’s a little basic and yet sounds totally unique to the duo.  I actually dig it!

2. Dolce Vitter

I wasn’t expecting the B-side to kind of be more of a lighter track in comparison to “My Faovrite Monster”, it’s actually kind of a pop/rock track and has this simple arrangement as well.  For fans, this might be a tad generic and kind of corny to listen to, but there’s something about it they did right.

 

 

After a short break, LM.C comes back with another single in My Favorite Monster and compared to their last couple of singles, the duo took a different approach to this single and went more of that electropop groove.  To me, the A-side was pretty awesome, though the B-side was kind of missing something and is slightly generic for them too. With a mini-album on its way, I can only wonder what they’ll fill that with (possibly the A-side here and “DOUBLE DRAGON”).  Overall, not bad, but could slightly alienate fans for a bit.

 

LM.C – DOUBLE DRAGON November 29, 2012

Filed under: LM.C — solarblade @ 5:56 am

Track Listing

  1. DOUBLE DRAGON
  2. ★Rock the LM.C★/RUN LM.C

1. DOUBLE DRAGON

DOUBLE DRAGON by LM.C is back to the normal shenanigans we’ve come to love by the duo, but this song isn’t as experimental or groundbreaking like previous efforts.  To me, the song is straightforward and I’m still enjoying maya’s vocals alongside Aiji’s guitarwork so it meshes well together.  DOUBLE DRAGON though does feel like it’s a leftover song from their last release, “STRONG POP” which makes sense.  Good track, nothing entirely different but that’s a good thing in this case.

2. ★Rock the LM.C★/RUN LM.C

Like on “Hoshi no Arika.”, LM.C has kind of morphed themselves as something slightly different as RUN LM.C (sounds a LOT like RUN DM.C >.>).  That connection is a bit more apparant because ★Rock the LM.C★ has a bit of a hip-hop style going with the synths.  If you haven’t noticed though, it’s a new version of the same song that was from their debut single “Trailers [Gold]”.  For what it is, it’s different and has a bold sound to it and I liked it quite a bit!

 

 

LM.C ends the year off by releasing DOUBLE DRAGON!  The single itself isn’t too bad, though not as good as their last single, “Ah Hah!”/  DOUBLE DRAGON the track, is kind of playing it safe, but it’s not too detrimental.  ★Rock the LM.C★’s new take is interesting and I kind of enjoyed it more slightly.  Good single overall.

 

LM.C – STRONG POP April 6, 2012

Filed under: LM.C — solarblade @ 9:49 pm

Track Listing

  1. Be STRONG, Be POP.
  2. Ah Hah!
  3. BABY TALK
  4. SUPER DUPER GALAXY
  5. MY BOY
  6. Goak-On-SOUL
  7. We are LM.C!! ~The Anthem of Strong Pop~
  8. GAME of LIFE
  9. COMBATmode
  10. peekaboo
  11. Hoshi no Arika.
  12. Nani mo Hajimaranakatta Ichinichi no Owari ni.
  13. LET’ ME CRAZY!!

1. Be STRONG, Be POP.

Like their last album, they begin with an introductory piece with Be STRONG, Be POP. and yeah it begins with different voices saying ~be strong, be poppu~…after that it turns into this kind of odd arranged intro that moves quickly into a dance style.  I thought it was kind of cool and the song does have a euro style before Aiji jumps in with a guitar solo and all the glitter.  Aggressive, but suitable to open the album with!

2. Ah Hah!

I still think the opening line for Ah Hah! surprises me every time I listen to because I didn’t think it’d be the hook of the song haha.  Of the five A-sides released in the era (“The LOVE SONG” being omitted), Ah Hah! was straight rock n’ roll and I love that about this song because it’s just energetic the whole way through…which could be a not-so-good thing because it feels like it ends too soon (even though it’s only 3 minutes long) but still.

3. BABY TALK

The first of the new vocal songs, BABY TALK is a bit more gritty than “Ah Hah!” but it has that same feel of just rockin’ out.  Hearing maya under filters is a little unusual at first but he doesn’t stick to it for majority of the song which is great.  It’s alright for the most part and the electronic additions is nice…but somehow the song lacks energy like the previous song…plus the whole auto-tune usage makes me frown.

4. SUPER DUPER GALAXY

As the album is leaning more towards a electronica sound, SUPER DUPER GALAXY is probably my least favorite of the A-sides released in the era but it’s alright because this song is nice to listen to once in a while.  Taking a more poppier approach, SDG reminds of space adventuring which is cool and the descending synth melody reminds me of a circus XD.  It’s not a bad song…but it’s definitely the odd A-side on the album.

5. MY BOY

Oh damn…I thought it was going to be a Buono! cover XD.  Either way, moving onto the legion of new tracks, MY BOY is interesting because of the synths and how Aiji plays around those and alongside.  It’s weird as I get deeper in the album, maya’s vocals start to remind me of SuG’s lead or SID’s lead singer.  That’s alright because I like it either way.  Safe track but not too bad of a song…just missing something (maybe a little more bass?)

6. Goak-On-SOUL

I have to say that Goak-On-SOUL was a total surprise to me even though I knew we were in their synth-heavy songs but this one sounds like Mega Man music for some reason.  It’s pretty badass and I’m loving the pico-pop through the verses mixed with the synth-line that swerves.  It’s catchy and I definitely remember this tune.  I do think the fact that that synth line is used in two areas of the song makes me sad, but I still love the song nonetheless.

7. We are LM.C!! ~The Anthem of Strong Pop~

Getting into the interlude of the album, We are LM.C!! is a minute long track of course.  It’s pretty hard though which is surprising but I’m guessing we’re leaving the electronica-heavy songs for the band’s rock-style which is understandable….

8. GAME of LIFE

…Well at least I thought that was what the interlude was for.  GAME of LIFE is a bit darker which I guess the interlude was nice for but it definitely has a lot of synths mixed with Aiji’s playing giving this rock/electro mix and that’s pretty cool.  I can also tell maya’s vocals is under auto-tune once again but it’s not a distraction.  It’s a pretty wicked song and I love the way it flowed and even Aiji’s guitar solo was badass.  Great song!!

9. COMBATmode

When I saw the tracklist, I was thinking COMBATmode would be the hardest hitting song off the album and yeah it’s true.  It sort of reminds me of “pOlyLifE” from their previous album because it’s got a lot of percussion from the normal and it seems to throw the song in a more V-kei/metal style and I’m not too big on it but if I manage to ignore it, COMBATmode isn’t too bad.  I’m definitely on the fence for this one because it’s a great song but too much drums cause it to be rather hard to listen to all the way.

10. peekaboo

OIC, light-hearted rock comes after the hardest hitter right?  peekaboo is kind of cute (yes, I’m calling it cute).  There’s electric and acoustic guitar and lighter instruments used here.  I will say that I like maya’s vocals in this setting since it’s rare to see em like this.  I would like to see this live for some reason…kind of one of those songs that would get the crowd clapping along and having fun.

11. Hoshi no Arika.

The third A-side pops up next and it does fill up the rock-gap quite nicely along with “Ah Hah!” since both were focused more on having more natural instruments over the synths.  While I do find the other song a bit more stronger, Hoshi no Arika. isn’t a bad song either and I love maya’s enthusiasm here.  Does sound the most anime-esque of the A-sides but that’s alright.  Though the one thing that threw me off is the rap section…strange stuff.

12. Nani mo Hajimaranakatta Ichinichi no Owari ni.

You know you have someone’s attention when you begin the song singing the title (especially a long one like this lol).  Funny enough, it might make up for the lack of “The LOVE SONG” for being more of a slower song.  I mean seeing LM.C pulling a softer song is quite rare as well but I do find whenever they tackle it…it comes out nicely in the end.  In the case of this song is a good example of that hahaha.  I enjoyed it and makes for a nice slow song for the fans to enjoy for a while.

13. LET ME’ CRAZY!!

I’m kind of surprised that the duo chose to have LET ME’ CRAZY!! close the album out (probably because it was the first A-side of the era) but who knows.  Since it’s one of the edgiest songs on the album, next to “COMBATmode”, LET ME’ CRAZY!! is quite a strong song despite being the oldest tune on the album hahaha.  It definitely has a place here and I love maya’s vocals here…so edgy and aggressive! 

Tracks Recommended

  • Goak-On-SOUL
  • GAME of LIFE
  • LET ME’ CRAZY!!
  • Ah Hah!
  • peekaboo

Song of Avoidance

  • COMBATmode

LM.C’s 3rd album, STRONG POP stepped up over “WONDERFUL WONDERHOLIC” but in a small step.  I do like that more A-sides found their way here (though I do question why “The LOVE SONG” was left off…), either way, the song was stronger than I expected which is good and once again, a couple songs left me a little bored but this was a pretty good album overall from the duo.  I just hope it doesn’t take as long getting their 4th out.

 

LM.C – Ah Hah! March 1, 2012

Filed under: LM.C — solarblade @ 7:17 pm

Track Listing

  1. Ah Hah!
  2. Shibuya Cantabile

1. Ah Hah!

Wow that beginning threw me off at first.  I love that LM.C kind of brought back their straightforward rock sound since I’ve been missing that for a while since they’ve been experimenting new directions (basically everything between this and “LET ME’ CRAZY!!”).  I love when maya is like ~Everything is gonna be psycho day!~…I thought that line stood out to me lol.  Fun and energetic, definitely didn’t lose any spark since their best-of came out haha!

2. Shibuya Cantabile

I wasn’t expecting the B-side though, not gonna lie.  It’s definitely a lot lighter when compared to “Ah Hah!” but it’s not a ballad like “The LOVE SONG” was.  It’s more like a poppy J-rock song but containing a lot of LM.C power riffs.  Maybe a little like SID perhaps?  I liked the strings in the song a lot since it gave the song a rather anime-ish tone to it and maya’s quieter vocals are nice too.  Odd B-side but I like it.

 

 

As the first single of the era, Ah Hah! is pretty impressive if not great for them.  We see them at what they do best and it’s their rock songs and I loved the energy found in the A-side.  The B-side though is new territory for them (or at least for how much I’ve listened to them it is).  Shibuya Cantabile is anime-ish but done quite nicely and not as formulaic in areas.  Yeah can’t wait for more singles this time around ^_^

 

LM.C – Nurarihyon no Mago ~Sennen Makyou~ November 15, 2011

Filed under: LM.C — solarblade @ 7:43 pm

Track Listing

  1. The LOVE SONG
  2. The LOVE SONG (TV Size)
  3. The LOVE SONG (TV Size Instrumental)

1. The LOVE SONG

I don’t know why but LM.C really took a chill pill for this song.  Considering that this is tied-in to the such a series (even though the only other single I reviewed from this anime is MOMAJIK’s tune, “Sunshine”),  The LOVE SONG is different and I liked it even though the chorus really screams My Chemical Romance’s “Helena”, but that’s OK since I love the powerful chorus this one has.  It might not be as spazzy like the other single before it but it’s a solid song.

 

 

I didn’t think LM.C was going to release a recut single after the best-of “☆★Best the LM.C★☆2006-2011 SINGLES”.  I do kind of wish there was more to the single beside the TV size and the instrumental of the TV size but what can you do?  The LOVE SONG is a pretty strong and straightforward song for the duo but after the last three singles, this does look a little disappointing.  Hmmm…

 

LM.C – Hoshi no Arika. August 3, 2011

Filed under: LM.C — solarblade @ 1:40 am

Track Listing

  1. Hoshi no Arika.
  2. MAD or DIE . (by THE MAD LM.C)

1. Hoshi no Arika.

I love LM.C’s A-sides, they always seem to bring out the best for the duo and it shows.  It’s brighter than the other two singles of the era and maya makes the song sound like it’d be perfect to hear live and I will agree with it.  It also has the least amount of synthage going when compared to the last two singles but that’s OK, means more Aiji!  It’s definitely a song meant for lives so I wanna see that for sure.  Solid A-side!

2. MAD or DIE (by THE MAD LM.C)

Even though I saw that this also got a PV, I don’t understand fully about the concept of THE MAD LM.C (besides the name of course).  Then again, once I start the song I do suddenly feel that the duo became more angsty and maya’s vocals are a little different sounding as well which gives the song a different feel.  MAD or DIE actually is catchy and it really does stand out amongst songs from the duo as of recent.  It’s almost big band but not too much.  I really liked this new side to them!

 

 

Even though LM.C is releasing a best-of album next, I can only wonder if also they’re gonna work on their next studio album because three singles in should say something right?  Hoshi no Arika. is a pretty straightforward yet good single.  I mean the lead track is playing it safe, but it’s still them rockin’!  MAD or DIE though was something out of left field and it was a good surprise since it was catchy and fun even for maya and Aiji prolly!  Good single!