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SUMMER OF LOVE feat. Masami Okui – My resolution ~Ano Tokei no Shita de~ June 15, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. My resolution ~Ano Tokei no Shita de~
  2. popcorn☆magic
  3. My resolution ~Ano Tokei no Shita de~ (Instrumental)
  4. popcorn☆magic (Instrumental)

1. My resolution ~Ano Tokei no Shita de~

There’s just something interesting about Masami doing rock-like songs because she seems to excel at these kind of tracks and she does with this track.  I’m not entirely sure who this SUMMER OF LOVE is, but I consider this a Masami Okui track.  There’s a lot of catchy hooks in the bridge and chorus.  I’d say it’s a bit better than “Starting Over”

2. popcorn☆magic

popcorn☆magic is something more simpler than the rock track, taking a more pop sound which is a good balance for the single and it’s oddly quite cute compared to Masami’s other works.  It’s a bit too tame though in my opinion and the energy is a little lackluster, especially knowing she’s definitly did some amazing track back in the day.  B-side material for sure.

 

 

I’m not sure who’s this SUMMER OF LOVE is, but I really consider this as a Masami Okui release which is surprising since this single is from Momoi’s label which is pretty cool if you ask me.  Masami in the single was overall alright, a bit better than “Starting Over”, but this single was different than normal.  I like My resolution a lot more than popcorn ☆magic since Masami fits better with rock than pop. 

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Masami Okui – Starting Over May 24, 2009

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starting over

Track Listing

  1. Starting Over
  2. Regret
  3. Starting Over (Instrumental)
  4. Regret (Instrumental)

1. Starting Over

After “Akasha” I was wondering what she’d pull and Starting Over is definitly an opening sounding track.  There’s synths everywhere and and some guitars added as well.  There’s this guy that’s backing up Masami and he’s kind of annoying in this song moreso than any other time.  I’m gonna guess that it’s probably not the best song that’s like this style but I kind of like it despite its flaws.

2. Regret

The B-side for this single, Regret is actually pretty nice and even though it’s kind of like “Melted Snow”, this was actually a lot more memorable because it’s a soft track and Masami is singing pretty nicely.  She actually has strong vocals as well which is pretty awesome as well.

 

 

Masami is still releasing pretty strong songs despite her peak has already passed.  Starting Over is a pretty cool synth/dance track all around, but the real star is Regret with it’s chill pop sound that usually gets to me.  I have to say that ballads/pop tunes do her fine and this single was nice.

 

Masami Okui – Akasha March 2, 2009

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akasha

Track Listing

  1. Theme of Akasha
  2. LOVE SHIELD
  3. INSANITY
  4. LOVERS
  5. Shuushoku
  6. Orenji
  7. Shape of myself
  8. Melted Snow
  9. TOTAL ECLIPSE
  10. BLUE ~Noble Flame~
  11. Akasha
  12. Venus

1. Theme of Akasha

Jeeze, why are so many albums starting with an introduction track.  It’s quite bothersome.  Masami opens up with a string opening.  Very grandiose and could be used in an RPG if she wanted to.  It’s not that amazing but it’s a good lengthy opening.

2. LOVE SHIELD

LOVE SHIELD immediatly starts out loud and it definitly reminds me of Nami Tamaki’s music for sure.  It’s heavy on the dance beats and synths that accompany it.  Her voice for the most part sounds alright, but perhaps is a little weak when she takes on the chorus.  It’s an ok track to start off with though.

3. INSANITY

What began the era is wild INSANITY.  We hear a more powerful performance from Masami and especially given the fact the music is more spastic and crazy.  Some people can consider the arrangement as a hot mess and I can understand because there’s so much going on within the song that it’s crazy. 

4. LOVERS

LOVERS seems to be a more mellow and hearing Masami being filtered through the song makes the song stand out early on the album.  Yeah, I’m hearing those male backups here and they aren’t as bothersome as her other tracks.  There’s one terrible note she hits during the chorus though, I know it’s being picky, but it’s just terrible.  Other than that, awesome track.

5. Shuushoku

To calm things down a bit, Shuushoku is more of a ballad-type track but taken very gracefully.  It would’ve made a great song to be an ending for an anime or something.  I don’t know why but there’s something really nice about it. it could be possibly Masami’s nice vocals here.  Good new track.

6. Orenji

Orenji is definitly something like one of those carefree pop tracks.  It’s retro but in a good way especially how the guitar and piano work together.  It reminds me of some of BONNIE PINK’s stuff…Y’know the light pop stuff.  It’s surprising to see something like it here.

7. Shape of myself

I’m surprised to see the B-side of “Melted Snow” appear here.  Just like the last track it’s one of those happier light pop moments.  The major difference is that the electric guitar and synths seem to reappear.  I happen to like it still and is one of her better B-sides she’s had.

8. Melted Snow

Just like “Shuushoku”, Melted Snow is for sure a ballad.  She gave an awesome performance in this track especially going through her last tracks, she’s had some odd vocal issues, but she’s gotten it right with this track.  It might not be an extravagant ballad, but it’s made a point on this album.

9. TOTAL ECLIPSE

Whew, I’m so happy to have seen TOTAL ECLIPSE on the album.  It was so much more easier to connect rather than “INSANITY”.  It shows a more rocker side to Makkun and she’s really good with her male backups.  It’s another great song and Masami can do rock easily.

10. BLUE ~Noble Flame~

I was mostly interested to hear what this track sound like and I was completely surprised.  It doesn’t tread new ground, but the liveliness of the arrangement and Makkun’s vocals made it seem like an epic anime opening.  It’s very consistent and doesn’t break away from the original sound which is sweet. 

11. Akasha

I’m surprised she didn’t connect the theme with the title track at all.  Makkun first starts off by singing in a deeper tone.  I like this deep tone of hers and her singing to a very ethereal and cold sound just makes it stand out more.  After a bit, piano and acoustic guitar gets added in to make it more smooth.  The chorus comes in with even more sounds, but maybe it was a little too much.  It’s alright, but maybe if they took out some stuff, it would’ve been more epic.

12. Venus

Luckily this isn’t a cover track.  Venus seems to be a very good choice to end the album because like a few others, this is a happy track.  I really like the chorus though.  It’s catchy and even though Makkun’s vocals here aren’t spectacular they seem to fit the mood well.

Tracks Recommended

  •  BLUE ~Noble Flame~
  • Orenji
  • LOVERS
  • Shape of myself
  • TOTAL ECLIPSE

Song of Avoidance

  • Akasha

Masami Okui’s debut under the Lantis label is alright, but she’s had way better albums in the past.  This one seemed to be on the safe sides for her, but seriously.  The A-sides this era just kind of paled to the B-sides and new tracks.  It’s an OK album

 

Masami Okui – Melted Snow February 11, 2009

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meltedsnow

Track Listing

  1. Melted Snow
  2. Shape of myself
  3. Melted Snow (Instrumental)
  4. Shape of myself (Instrumental)

1. Melted Snow

I didn’t expect Masami to tackle a ballad after that crazy experience called “INSANITY”.  Masami has the right vocals to do a ballad as well because she sounds heavenly even going for the higher notes in the song.  I’m not sure she has done tracks like this previous to this, but I was surprised she carried herself nicely with the strings and piano. 

2. Shape of myself

Likewise, Shape of myself seems to return to the trance style of music she mainly exceeds in.  It isn’t as hard-pressed as the last single, but more like pop/dance with traces of rock in it.  It’s a little slow for me, but Masami has scored again in the vocal department as she sounds really good here.

 

 

I’m not entirely sure if it’s the last single for the “Akasha” era, but this single was a far cry from “INSANITY”.  With improved vocals and an interesting release for Melted Snow being a ballad.  This single is the best of the two.  Shape of myself seem to take Masami in a safer route of the trance style.  Good single overall though.

 

Masami Okui – INSANITY December 27, 2008

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insanity

Track Listing

  1. INSANITY
  2. TOTAL ECLIPSE
  3. INSANITY (Off Vocal)
  4. TOTAL ECLIPSE (Off Vocal)

1. INSANITY

Like the track describes, it’s quite insane.  A crazy rock arrangement fluorishes and Masami’s vocals are amazing for a song like this.  It oddly reminds me of Nami Tamaki’s music a little bit, but more focused on the rock side of things rather than the synths.  I really liked the catchy chorus the most.  Definitly impressive.

2. TOTAL ECLIPSE

TOTAL ECLIPSE is a bit slower than the A-side, but in reality it’s way better than “INSANITY”.  The verses have a eerie quality add in a male vocalist singing along with Masami and it just adds on more of this darker sound.  Middle in the song we get to hear how powerful Masami can get and wow, that’s something awesome. 

 

 

Masami Okui’s debut single under the Lantis label was hard rock and powerful.  Both songs were at different tempos, but they both are kickass tracks.  Though I love TOTAL ECLIPSE  a lot more.