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marino with Teapot Orchestra – Bathtub de Choushoku wo May 30, 2017

Filed under: marino — solarblade @ 3:49 am

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Track Listing

  1. Teapot Orchestra no March
  2. Bathtub de Choushoku wo
  3. Ittekimasu
  4. Twinkle Star
  5. Oujisama to Watashi
  6. Christmas Wonder
  7. Curtain Call

1. Teapot Orchestra no March

I wasn’t expecting the mini-album to begin with a fanfare as such as the opening track.  I do feel like already from the start that Teapot Orchestra no March is rather just there for letting us get into the mini.  It has been a while since I’ve heard marino’s voice so getting back into it, I was shocked to hear how high-pitched it was.  After the march, it slows down into a ballad and marino’s voice starts to sound a smidge better, but it does a fake ending back into the upbeat march.  Interesting opening, curious to see what’s next.

2. Bathtub de Choushoku wo

Moving to the first full track (and title track), Bathtub de Choushoku wo takes things in a different direction by going more of a showgirl/burlesque kind of arrangement.  It’s quite cute and spazzy which is always something I like from marino’s music.  Her squeaky kiddy-like voice suits the jazzy arrangement and seemed to impress me more than the opening track…great track!

3. Ittekimasu

Oh, I’m a sucker for string bass intros and this one had that on top of some simple fingersnaps and marino’s adorable vocals to keep it simple and straightforward.  Actualy, that’s pretty much the first minute of the song before it turns into a sweet and light bossa nova track.  It’s wonderful and breezy and just overall nice!

4. Twinkle Star

I guess we needed a song to wake up a bit more and Twinkle Star kind of mixes that into its arrangement.  Keeping with the jazzy vibes, the track is a bit more latin-like and gives me a cool tropical setting with the saxes and rhythm and I just loved it a whole lot!  While I think a lower voice would’ve felt better to listen to, marino didn’t do too bad here…if there was an instrumental, I would easily love it!

5. Oujisama to Watashi

Next track in, Oujisama to Watashi from the start sounds a little like a Children’s track with it’s more loopy arrangement and jolly sound.  I was kind of surprised to hear a male voice in the song singing a different melody to marino’s.  Since the title does me Uncle and I, it’s no surprise and even features spoken dialogue between the two of them in the bridge.  It’s probably my least favorite on the mini-album, but there’s things to like about it.

6. Christmas Wonder

Seems random to be adding a Christmas song on a release in September…Either way, Christmas Wonder takes out some of the jazzy atmosphere and replaced it with jingle bells to make it more festive, at least for the intro.  After the introduction, the jazz ensemble join the fray to mix with marino’s cute vocals once again.  I liked it, maybe not as much as others, but still decent.

7. Curtain Call

Well, the mini is coming to an end as it shows with its outro.  I like the upbeat acoustic/jazzy feel of this even if the track itself is pretty short.  marino while doesn’t have a strong voice to really bring things to a close, she sure does try.  After her big end, the ensemble kind of just goes on its on til it fades out, closing this release.

 

 

Yeah, this may have released back in 2012, but I have to say that compared to her previous mini, “lollipop+”, this was WAY better and better handled.  I think it’s mostly due to her moving away from electropop to jazz and it’s a great move for marino.  I still think her voice is pretty tight in spots, but it’s a much better turnout than I expected, though way late on the review x.x

 

marino – lollipop+ April 18, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. clear beats
  2. Flavor
  3. tic tac
  4. strawberry
  5. Lalalilu
  6. lollipop
  7. Pot marjorem
  8. Pan・da marinopp
  9. Tentou Mushi to Tulip

1. clear beats

clear beats begins the mini-album with a pretty cool opening track.  Now I’m pretty sure the synths are pretty sweet.  It’s got a lounge style, but the added synths make the song seem pretty soothing and does well transitioning into out first vocal track.

2. Flavor

Sadly…when Flavor starts up we get the most horrendous vocals I’ve heard in a Nakata production.  She’s got a very flat sounding voice and add in the fact it pierces the ears doesn’t help either.  Nakata though made the song a bit memorable, but with marino singing along, I was like hell no…this song just doesn’t do her justice in any aspects.

3. tic tac

tic tac sounds a lot more cuter with the various cute bleeps going on.  Luckily marino sounds a lot better than her craptacular “Flavor” track and the song reminds me of when capsule was in their Shibuya-kei moment.  There’s just a lot of random in the song and with the catchy guitar melody…the song just melded together.  Cute and silly song.

4. strawberry

Interestingly, strawberry is more of a pop/rock track with it’s loud guitar riffs.  The verses take that away and replaces it with marino using a singing/whiper tone that MEG would easily be proud of.  It’s very loose all-around and pretty much wacky as a whole. 

5. Lalalilu

The other track Nakata works on appears next and well…once again puts the song into a Shibuya-kei kind of sound which is pretty interesting.  It reminds me a little bit of “idol fancy” but without Toshiko singing along.  Her voice is once again pretty saddening to hear as it’s all cute and flat at the same time…This is just another bad track…Nakata what happened?

6. lollipop

Our title track appears next and it’s just as hectic as the previous non-Nakata tracks.  It continues this phase of the Shibuya-kei sound and I once again found myself not liking it because it was just too hectic and marino’s vocals are pretty sad.  The instrumental parts were pretty sweet with the lower synth taking over, other than that, this song was another failed track.

7. Pot marjorem

The next final three tracks are actually brand spanking new.  Sadly two of the three are interludes.  Pot marjorem had potential to be a pretty good vocal track with a fantasy-like melody and it’s fits right with her outlook of her website.  Sadly it’s too short and sounds like VGM music…what a failure.

8. Pan・da marinopp

The only new vocal track happens to stand out from the mini-album because it’s the only one to feature A. 8-bit sounds and B. another singer.  Now I’m not sure who’s the male vocals are, but giving the fact that marino isn’t singing the verses was shocking nonetheless.  I do like the guys vocals and marino’s parts were pretty good because she doesn’t sound like crap and her fast lyrical section was awesome…Wish she had more tracks like this.  OH it doesn’t help though that it’s a cover of “Panda” from The Aprils….(yeah the group that did the “Stainless Girl” joke, and yet it was a good sounding joke).

9. Tentou Mushi no Tulip

I don’t get the ending…The sound is muffled, but marino is singing against a very cute arrangement, but cause of the muffledness about it…the song just kind of felt too short to really make it stand out.  Though the ending is like the cutest thing ever as she says ~Thank you~ to finish this mini-album up.  hmmm

 

 

So before this release she released, “lollipop” the original and well it was pretty bad as it did only have tracks 2 through 6 on it.  Now the re-release didn’t change anything around other than adding 3 interludes with one having lyrics and one actual new song.  Talk about disappointing on many factors.  Now the tracks themselves fits the mood of the album which is cute and sugary, but the Nakata songs and lollipop were terrible on so many levels.  The other tracks actually were pretty good…hopefully she won’t pull this stunt again…