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misono – Uchi October 25, 2014

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uchi

Track Listing

  1. Uchi! Uchi! ROCK ~Toriatsukai Setsumeisho~
  2. Ho・n・to・u・so
  3. Junction Punctuation Mark (CD only)
  4. with you -Me ver.- (CD only)
  5. “NO you! NO life! NO..××?” -Me ver.- (CD only)
  6. Shiroku “Jikochuu” Kimi-jikan Ore Tokei ~Metronome no Douki Genshou~
  7.  “…。” no Tsuzuki ~Eien Nante Nai… Itsuka Owari ga Aru Keredo~
  8. Second season Girl FRIEND ~Onna Tomodachi? Imouto Teki Sonzai? Tada no Osananajimi? Renai Taishou? Tomodachi Ijou? Koibito Miman? 2 Banme Demo Nai? Suki Demo Kirai Demo Nai? Tsugou no Ii Onna Domari?~
  9. 61-byoume no… Fura Letter Saigo no Hatsukoi ~Copernicus Tekitenkai~ (CD+DVD only)
  10. Kingyo Sukui ~Kimi wa Dono Princess?~ (CD+DVD only)
  11. Tanabata☆Jita ButterFly♪ feat. misono
  12. Koitsuri Girl Ai Girl ~Fishing Boy~
  13. 25-jikan ~Moshimo 1-nichi ga 24-jikan de wa Naku Ato 1-jikan Attara… Anata wa Dare ni Nani wo Shimasu ka?~
  14. Negative×Hitori∞Ashi
  15. Shoutaijou♪BIG-ri☆Yancha Hamechakucha★Omo-cha~ Bako
  16. Futarijime Watashijime “Hanbun Zukko”
  17. Su・ki・ra・i

1. Uchi! Uchi! ROCK ~Toriatsukai Setsumeisho~

misono opens up her 4th album with the song chosen to promote the album and I really was surprised because of the random pop nature of the tune.  It still retains a lot of her rockin’ style, but sounds REALLY youthful and girly which misono doesn’t seem to have a lot of.  The song also tends to throw me off with the tempo changes throughout which is different for her and I enjoyed that, but I mostly got annoyed from misono doing that ~uchi, uchi, uchi, uchi~ all over the place so it kind of just passes by me.  Interesting song, but it can grow annoying the longer you listen to it for.

2. Ho・n・to・u・so

After her 3rd album, misono returned as a new moniker as *Me and then released the first single for this album.  I still am not exactly sure what the point of this was but she was releasing a lot of good songs.  Ho・n・to・u・so was a pretty awesome song and I was loving the heavier direction I thought she was going from this song.  Definitely a strong song and great that it comes early on the album.

3. Junction Punctuation Mark

I wasn’t surprised that there’d be different songs depending on which version you got, though it is funny that the CD+DVD has three extra songs over the CD only which has two.  Anyways, the first up is a song from her Tales of… best album.  Junction Punctuation Mark was my favorite of the two because this song just sounded a lot like something from day after tomorrow which I appreciate.  I loved misono here and this song is still one of the best the album has to offer.

4. with you -Me ver.-

Our next song came from “Ho・n・to・u・so/Su・ki・ra・i” and is *Me*’s take of the BACK-ON track that she was featured in.  I will never get into misono’s voice under auto-tune from the intro, but the rest of the song is quite golden with great energy and powerful sounds.  Even the vocalist of BACK-ON makes an appearance.  Overall one of the stronger songs from the album, despite the horrid intro.

5. “NO you! NO life! NO..××?” -Me ver.-

The next track up is a song she collaborated with Cocoa Otoko. but it’s changed to where she was the only one singing.  I’ve never heard the original, but it’s pretty solid of a song since misono doesn’t seem to stress her vocals as she’s been doing in more recent songs.  The tune sounds unique too, having some synths to play in the background of the otherwise rockin’ arrangement.  Though the chorus introduces us to more auto-tune which isn’t as annoying as it was in the previous track.  Pretty kickass song here!

6. Shiroku “Jikochuu” Kimi-jikan Ore Tokei ~Metronome no Douki Genshou~

The first song that’s new and isn’t a promo song, this song sounds pretty energetic and would be great for live performances because of the chanting that’s possible within the energetic tune.  misono has a lot of great vocal parts and she gives the song more punch which is nice to see!  Definitely reminds me of songs that she released for “say” and “never+land” so this is a pretty kickass song too XD.

7.  “…。” no Tsuzuki ~Eien Nante Nai… Itsuka Owari ga Aru Keredo~

Period no Tsuzuki comes next and since it was credited as a Me song on the single, I like how that was dropped entirely for the album (though I suppose it’s funnier that the songs credited as misono are not on the album).  Being a near 6-minute rock ballad, I was still kind of unsure how I felt about because I do like the melody and some of the verses sound really pleasant, but when the chorus kicks in misono starts to wail and that’s always been a problem with her ballads ever since the “say” album.  It’s OK and it’s not as bad as some of her previous ballads so I gues it has that going for it.

8. Second season Girl FRIEND ~Onna Tomodachi? Imouto Teki Sonzai? Tada no Osananajimi? Renai Taishou? Tomodachi Ijou? Koibito Miman? 2 Banme Demo Nai? Suki Demo Kirai Demo Nai? Tsugou no Ii Onna Domari?~

Oh boy, the crazy long ass titled B-side comes next and funny enough it was my favorite of the singles that she released…AND IT’S A FRIGGIN B-SIDE!  Something about Second season Girl FRIEND just sounds really cool and very serious in comparison to a lot of songs she released that weren’t ballads.  misono’s vocals aren’t all over the map and the music just sounds good for her and I wish she would release more songs like this.  Definitely one of the album’s best songs.

9. 61-byoume no… Fura Letter Saigo no Hatsukoi ~Copernicus Tekitenkai~

So we get into the CD+DVD exclusives starting with the tune that original came from misono’s 2nd Tales of… best and I honestly wished she had left this behind.  Like “Period no Tsuzuki”, Copernicus Tekitenkai is a slower song on the album, actually even more of a ballad than the aforementioned track.  Listening to it now, misono’s vocals seem higher pitched and it kind of doesn’t fit the arrangement very well, but the song opens up and it starts to make a little more sense.  I guess it’s not so bad as I remembered it the first time, but there’s something about it that feels like it’s missing something.  Too bad.

10. Kingyo Sukui ~Kimi wa Dono Princess?~

The other exclusive is oddly enough a new song!  Kingyo Sukui is another ballad unfortunately and this one is a lot like the previous tune with a piano-heavy arrangement.  Though I have to say that misono’s whiny vocals are present so it bothers me the most about this track sadly.  To be fair, it feels like this song would’ve been MUCH better had it been a rock track because the chords sound powerful enough to handle it like that, but as it stands, this song is meh.

11. Tanabata☆Jita ButterFly♪ feat. misono

Next up is the actual B-side from “Ho・n・to・u・so/Su・ki・ra・i” and this one left a bad taste in my mouth when I first reviewed the song.  It’s still such a bizarre song because it’s rather shrill from misono and has a overly cutesy punk-rock sound which might sound like it was a nod to her “never+land” album, but this song just doesn’t work for me because she sounds so off.  Yeah, I’m not a fan of this one though the bleep in the near end of the song was funny.

12. Koitsuri Girl Ai Girl ~Fishing Boy~

Which carries into the next song which was an A-side from the third single she released for the album.  Koitsuri Girl Ai Girl isn’t as squeaky as the previous track, but it still has that cutesy punk sound which I still am not getting behind as much.  I do slightly enjoy it more than I did back then, but I don’t think this genki style suits her very much anymore (as if it did in the first place).

13. 25-jikan ~Moshimo 1-nichi ga 24-jikan de wa Naku Ato 1-jikan Attara… Anata wa Dare ni Nani wo Shimasu ka?~

Then we get a nice stretch of new songs starting with this slightly long title XD.  Leaving the genki stuff behind slightly, there’s something about this song that reminds me of stuff like songs from SCANDAL from it’s upbeat punk-rock nature to the riffs and chords heard throughout but I kind of dig it with misono singing along.  Simple song and it turned out nicely!

14. Negative×Hitori∞Ashi

Then comes Negative Hitori Ashi and sounds a little more louder and rockin’ than our previous track by having more percussion being present.  While I’m not sure where to put it on misono’s styles, it continues this cute, but down-to-earth style and it really does remind me of her first album and how fun those songs were to listen to.  It’s a cool track, but could’ve used a little more energy.

15. Shoutaijou♪BIG-ri☆Yancha Hamechakucha★Omo-cha~ Bako

Now this is what I’m talking about with energy, this song is instantly coming off as a REALLY fun song and has some pretty good misono vocals here and it just sounds like a fun anison/summer song that ust does it right!  It’s seriously a kooky song, but it’s very catchy and brought back misono as a fun singer even if her vocals aren’t all that great to listen to.

16. Futarijime Watashijime “Hanbun Zukko”

Man these songs have such an upbeat atmosphere (funny that most of the new songs have a happier vibe).  Though the thing that kind of killed the song was misono’s vocals as she’s trying to hit some pretty high notes and they aren’t very tasteful to listen to.  Though when she isn’t doing that, the rest of the song sounds pretty awesome and I love the guitarwork more than most of the songs here.

17. Su・ki・ra・i

Finally, ending the album is the secondary A-side of the first single released for the album and I’m also not exactly the biggest fan of the song.  Su・ki・ra・i has a cool wintry feeling, but misono’s voice is what hinders the song from being fully enjoyable.  I supose it made a nice ending, but still not one of my favorites.

Tracks Recommended

  • Second season Girl FRIEND ~Onna Tomodachi? Imouto Teki Sonzai? Tada no Osananajimi? Renai Taishou? Tomodachi Ijou? Koibito Miman? 2 Banme Demo Nai? Suki Demo Kirai Demo Nai? Tsugou no Ii Onna Domari?~
  • “NO you! NO life! NO..××?” -Me ver.-
  • Junction Punctuation Mark
  • Shiroku “Jikochuu” Kimi-jikan Ore Tokei ~Metronome no Douki Genshou~
  • Shoutaijou♪BIG-ri☆Yancha Hamechakucha★Omo-cha~ Bako

Song of Avoidance

  • Tanabata☆Jita ButterFly♪ feat. misono

Without all the junk, I would say that misono’s 4th studio album, Uchi is actually kind of good.  Granted it still has issues that every previous misono album has had and it’s her vocals…she can really be too waily in songs and her ballads are mostly shit, but the majority was actually quite nice.  Now for the bs, if you didn’t know what it says on the cover, it basically says if she doesn’t sell 10k of this album she won’t be able to release anymore music which is totally farfetched and stupid marketing just to get sales.  I mean it’s a good album, but it definitely didn’t need that tagline bullshit basically.

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misono – symphony with misono BEST October 18, 2013

Filed under: misono — solarblade @ 7:21 am

symphonywithmisono

Track Listing

  1. Starry Heavens ver. 2013
  2. Soshite Boku ni Dekiru Koto ver. 2013
  3. Ninin Sankyaku ver. 2013
  4. Junction Punctuation Mark
  5. 61 Byoume no…Fura Letter Saigo no Hatsukoi ~Copernicus Tekitenkai~

1. Starry Heavens ver. 2013

As this is another “best” from misono dealing with the Tales of… series, it isn’t surprising we’re getting retreads of old songs misono has done for the series!  Starry Heavens was one of the more popular songs when she was in day after tomorrow and honestly, hearing a new version of the song is nice because it sounds different with strings and a crisper sound and less of that GND sound, but it’s still there as well.  I did like it and oddly misono’s voice sounds…nice?  It’s not as whiny as it has been…one can wonder…did she resing it…and copy and pasted??? XD

2. Soshite Boku ni Dekiru Koto ver. 2013

Possibly one of the more underrated dat songs, Soshite Boku ni Dekiru Koto is such a great song to listen, but sadly it lost all the magic that made the original so good…it’s like they diluted the great guitar lines that make the original SO GOOD and replaced it with synths >.<.  Actually listening to the song even further, it sounds like she has not resung the songs…bummer.  “Starry Heavens” was a much better track that changed…I was disappointed here.

3. Ninin Sankyaku ver. 2013

The only Tales song to make the cut here for the change when misono went solo, Ninin Sankyaku had also had it’s guitarwork removed for the most part and gave it a more GND-ish feel.  Though if it had to happen, it would sound like this so my expectations were met.  I kind of like it, but at the same time the original was pretty damn good so this is kind of on the fence for the most part!

4. Junction Punctuation Mark

Though I guess it’s a nice enough move to include 2 new tracks on this “glorifed single” I suppose.  The first song, I was surprised that the sound is similar to the previous tracks but has a lot more guitars present to match with misono’s current feel.  I’m happy misono toned down the whining that’s been plaguing her in recent times and honestly it feels like such a throwback to her days in day after tomorrow that it makes me lulz.  I actually like the song though and fits well on this mini

5. 61 Byoume no…Fura Letter Saigo no Hatsukoi ~Copernicus Tekitenkai~

The other song (with a ridiculous title again >.>) 61 Byoume no… is the slow rock ballad on the mini and I know go in with a warning right?  At least its not an acoustic song because I would’ve been cringing.  The whining is slightly more apparent here and her vibrato is a bit less liked as well…kind of ranking it low on her ballads (which isn’t hard to do).  Yeah not a very good track.

 

 

Even though misono is spacing her releases now, I guess avex felt like she needed a 2nd Tales best-of to have her fans not forget her.  At least this time they SORT-OF did some changes.  As much as I enjoy the new takes of her old songs, only one of them is good…and also…they’re lazy for not having misono resing any of the three >.<  The new tracks…well Junction Punctuation Mark is good but 61 Byoume no…is just weak…odd release…

 

misono / Me – Itsumademo…Teddy Bear/Koitsuri Girl Ai Girl ~Fishing Boy~ November 29, 2012

Filed under: misono — solarblade @ 7:50 am

Track Listing

  1. Itsumademo…Teddy Bear
  2. Koitsuri Girl Ai Girl ~Fishing Boy~
  3. Second season Girl FRIEND ~Onna Tomodachi? Imouto Teki Sonzai? Tada no Osananajimi? Renai Taishou? Tomodachi Ijou? Koibito Miman? 2 Banme Demo Nai? Suki Demo Kirai Demo Nai? Tsugou no Ii Onna Domari?~
  4. Itsumademo…Teddy Bear (Instrumental)
  5. Koitsuri Girl Ai Girl ~Fishing Boy~ (Instrumental)
  6. Second season Girl FRIEND ~Onna Tomodachi? Imouto Teki Sonzai? Tada no Osananajimi? Renai Taishou? Tomodachi Ijou? Koibito Miman? 2 Banme Demo Nai? Suki Demo Kirai Demo Nai? Tsugou no Ii Onna Domari?~ (Instrumental)

1. Itsumademo…Teddy Bear

The single starts with the misono track and it’s kind of strange in comparison to a lot of her singles because this song is kind of like “Pochi” in the way that it’s a bit more cuter.  Actually compared to most of her singles after her second album, this dropback is rather sudden and out of nowhere for her since I assumed it was going to be edgy and rockin’.  What we got though isn’t too bad and I kind of like misono’s voice even though she’s shouting most of the time.  Not bad at all ^_^

2. Koitsuri Girl Ai Girl ~Fishing Boy~

Moving onto the first Me track, Koitsuri Girl Ai Girl is more along the lines of what I was expecting here which is punk rock for the most part.  Her voice is pretty shrill, but she’s always come off as that way in her energetic songs.  Surprise though, this song isn’t bad either but it feels like it belonged on “never+land” because it’s cute and genki just rolled into one.

3. Second season Girl FRIEND ~Onna Tomodachi? Imouto Teki Sonzai? Tada no Osananajimi? Renai Taishou? Tomodachi Ijou? Koibito Miman? 2 Banme Demo Nai? Suki Demo Kirai Demo Nai? Tsugou no Ii Onna Domari?~

Jesus fuckin christ misono, why is the title this LONG?  As the other Me song on the single, I was curious to what we would end up because the title is crazy ass long.  Oddly enough, it is the best song off the single because everything is toned down and misono gives her best vocal performance alongside such a nice arrangement.  It’s just really surprising that Second season Girl FRIEND ended up being the best off the single (and normal).

 

 

As the third single in this bipolar mess between misono and Me, this single was a bit strange all over.  Itsumademo…Teddy Bear is sugary cute from it’s tie-in and misono hasn’t really done anything like that since basically “Pochi”….”Lum no Love Song” doesn’t count.  Koitsuri Girl Ai Girl is a bit more of what we’ve been getting with the last couple of singles which is OK but this one isn’t as memorable like stuff from the previous two singles.  Though it really saved itself with Second season Girl FRIEND which was a bit more serious and a lot stronger of a setting for misono…but next time, don’t name you’re song the way it is….

 

misono / Me – Maialino!/”…。” no Tsuzuki ~Eien Nante Nai… Itsuka Owari ga Aru Keredo~ February 25, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Maialino!
  2. “…。” no Tsuzuki ~Eien Nante Nai… Itsuka Owari ga Aru Keredo~
  3. Maialino! (Instrumental)
  4. “…。” no Tsuzuki ~Eien Nante Nai… Itsuka Owari ga Aru Keredo~ (Instrumental)

1. Maialino!

Starting the single off is misono’s track and it kind of starts off like her quiet ballads with the pretty unimpressive vocals and whiny tone to throw it off.  After the lengthy intro, it opens up with a more rockin’ atmosphere!  I also took notice to the 7:15 time limit of the song and I thought that was pretty ridiculous.  The aggressive and speedy parts were the best but when it cuts to the slower areas, misono’s vocals really hit speed bumps and she gets all shrilly.  Take out those parts and take out the background vocals and we could’ve had a pretty good song…but otherwise some parts had bad vocals and it was too long for me.

2. “…。” no Tsuzuki ~Eien Nante Nai… Itsuka Owari ga Aru Keredo~

So the uber long and strange titled song is a Me song (as in it’s misono’s younger version of herself…though younger self = day after tomorrow misono? w/e).  Anyways the song (pronounced Period no Tsuzuki) is actually the ballad of the single!  While I’m not sure her singing is any better here than in “Maialino!” but she’s singing with gusto which is interesting to hear that in her voice.  Still the chorus is probably the weakest since the melody is slow-paced and misono is still kind screaming those parts out.  Even though it’s almost at 6 minutes, I liked this a little more than the other A-side.

 

 

As the final single for her Me era (I think…the album was cancelled but it could’ve just been pushed back), I found myself not enjoying Maialino!/Period no Tsuzuki as i did with the last single.  Even though this is the first song ~misono~ put out since her third album, Maialino! was just ick on a stick for me.  I mean besides the rock parts, the song was a big bust and her vocals nosedived into dangerously bad there.  Period no Tsuzuki was a step up but doesn’t come close to “Ho・n・to・u・so ” for the most part…curious about this Me album now…

 

Me – Ho・n・to・u・so/Su・ki・ra・i November 28, 2011

Filed under: misono — solarblade @ 5:05 am

Track Listing

  1. Ho・n・to・u・so
  2. Su・ki・ra・i
  3. Tanabata☆Jita ButterFly♪ feat. misono
  4. with you ~ME ver.~ (Limited only)
  5. “Kimi to Watashi no Uta” ~ME ver.~ (CD only)

1. Ho・n・to・u・so

So here we are with the leading A-side in Ho・n・to・u・so and I’m surprised misono would actually keep up her style but no worries because I’m happy she got another Tales of…tie-in through it.  To me, it’s still got a pretty great arrangement that sort of reminds me of some of the stuff from misono’s second album.  Beyond the kickass rock arrangement, misono’s vocals are quite feral and loud (which isn’t surprising since she sings like that in most of her rock songs).  Pretty awesome for the first A-side.

2. Su・ki・ra・i

The other A-side is oddly enough the rock ballad, Su・ki・ra・i.  She’s been trying to get better at them in the “Me” era, but she slumped for this one which harkens back her poor ones.  Her voice just doesn’t work for the song which is unfortunate.  The good thing is the wintry feel of the arrangement and the chorus but that’s about it really.  I just wish she didn’t sound so wail-y.

3. Tanabata☆Jita ButterFly♪ feat. misono

I’m confused on that title…how is it a featuring misono song…double personality issues?  Unlike the previous two tracks, Tanabata☆Jita ButterFly♪ is quite the oddball song (even for misono!).  It’s still rockin’ but it’s like cutesy rock which is unusual in the way that misono is basically sounding more cuter than normal.  To me, it’s really not her style anymore and this just came off as awkward LOL.

4. with you ~ME ver.~

At first I couldn’t remember where I’ve seen this track before, but it turns out it’s a new version of BACK-ON’s song when she was the featured artist.  This time around it’s just misono singing the song but with the same arrangement.  I loved the original of course with BACK-ON being one of the reasons why but without them it’s a little unusual.  Still misono still kicks ass in the song and that’s always good.

5. “Kimi to Watashi no Uta” ~ME ver.~

Closing the single off is the 3rd version of “Kimi to Watashi no Uta” (which was an album track off of “Sei -say-“).  While I’m on that, this new ME version doesn’t sound ANY different from the album version of the song.  Maybe she resung it and the acoustic guitar is a bit louder…but it’s the same and left me wondering why that exists!  Kind of useless.

 

 

I’m curious to why she’s going under this Me moniker because it doesn’t sound different to misono’s songs so it just kind of to me seems rather stupid of an idea and she should just go back to her name (though there’s another Me single in the works).  Ho・n・to・u・so/Su・ki・ra・i sounds like misono fodder which might be good or bad.  I loved the first A-side but disliked the other.  Tanabata☆Jita ButterFly♪ while unique was just too icky for misono to handle and needs to stray away from cute songs.  with you was pretty good but I prefer the original and “Kimi to Watashi no Uta” was just not needed here period…it doesn’t sound any different from the original.  Hope the next single comes off better!

 

misono – Me July 2, 2010

Filed under: misono — solarblade @ 1:41 pm

Track Listing

  1. Tales… ~Me Ver.~
  2. Kyuukon ~Yaruki, Genki, Sono Ki no Nekko~
  3. “…Suki×××”
  4. Usotsuki Tane
  5. 0-ji Mae no Tsunderella
  6. Joker
  7. Tenbin ~Tsuyogari na Watashi × Yowagari na Kimi~
  8. 11 eleven or end=START
  9. Shuuten ~Kimi no Ude no Naka~
  10. Watashi Iro
  11. ?cm ~misono to Ninin Sankyaku! Partner Ver.~
  12. music letter ~Me Ver.~
  13. Kazoku no Hi
  14. “Me” ~Me Ver.~
  15. Last Time ~Romejuli~
  16. Last Time ~Romejuli~ (Daishi Ver.) (Fanclub Edition only)

1. Tales… ~Me Ver.~

I’m surprised that misono’s album begins with the lone song that was found on her quote on quote “best-of” album.  Now the album version of the song made it so much better by not being a dat reject song.  There’s a lot harder hitting guitars while retaining that sound which is basically positive and amplified sound.  Actually turned out to enjoy it quite a bit.

2. Kyuukon ~Yaruki, Genki, Sono Ki no Nekko~

As part of the 2nd single released in the era, Kyuukon was the first of the fun rock songs she released and it’s still one of the better songs off the album.  Yes, misono’s vocals are quite whiny of course, but what rock song isn’t she?  If there’s anything to worry about, it’s the chorus because while it’s catchy as hell…it’s her worst part in her vocals.

3. “…Suki×××”

Which leads us to her final single released in this long era, I definitely thought she hit it right with this song.  While it might not be as powerful than let’s say “Zasetsu Chiten” or “Ninin Sankyaku”, “…Suki×××” isn’t vocally as demanding and the chorus is pretty powerful in itself.   I was happy to see that this made the album.

4. Usotsuki Tane

On an album that has only 3 brand new tracks, that really tells you something doesn’t it?  Anyway, Usotsuki Tane tries to mix her fun side with gritty rock sounds and sometimes it works, but her voice leaves a lot to be complimented about.  The verses were pretty good, but when that chorus opens up her vocals kind of just wanes a bit.  Not my kind of song.

5. 0-ji Mae no Tsunderella

Thank god for an album version of the other A-side on her last single.  While the single gave us a little taste of this song it’s its bare piano version, this one definitely proves to be one of her better ballads she’s released in a long time.  It starts off like the piano version, but the change happens quite abruptly once the chorus begins and I love the power behind that.  It’s definitely risen to become a favorite.

6. Joker

The second of the new tracks, Joker is the strangest song and yet coolest song she’s done in quite a while.  I never thought misono under that strange vocal filter would actually sound pretty cool.  To me, the song has a strange Halloween sound and it just sounds so different in an amazing way.  It’s probably the best song she’s done IMO, but I think fans of her will prolly shoot this down quite quickly. 

7. Tenbin ~Tsuyogari na Watashi × Yowagari na Kimi~

After such a good track, we hit rock bottom so damn fast.  Coming from her collaboration single, “It’s all Love!” with her sister Kuu, Tenbin was probably THE WORST idea to have added to the album.  The problem with this song is that it’s purely acoustic and with misono wailing like a dead cat for a lot of it.  I know she’s trying to be emotional, but why are we (the listeners) suffering because of it…it’s just not right.

8a. 11 eleven

I guess depending on random of the CD’s you either get 11 eleven or “end=START” but not both (and this goes for all editions of the album, yes even the Fanclub edition).  On one hand 11 eleven is the more weirder of the two because this was released in 2003 as the techno version with Cyber X.  Then came its rock rearrangement on “Pochi”  in 2007.  That also said 11 eleven is a song released in her sophomore era…like “Hot Time” before it, it’s a song that is an era too late XD.  I’ll be honest, I’m not too fond of the rock style for this song, but it’s worth a listen, but I rather it stay a trance tune more than anything else.

8b. end=START

Which bring us to our 4th single of the era.  end=START is probably her edgiest song released in the era and I loved every second of it because of the hard guitar riffs and stronger vocals from misono herself.  It kind of ranks up there with “…Suki×××” on how strong of an A-side it was and for the most part, it was great!  Also one of the few PVs I can actually remember this entire era too, so that’s another plus.

9. Shuuten ~Kimi no Ude no Naka~

Even though the flow breaks quite strongly (especially if it’s after “end=START”, Shuuten began misono’s trek through where her ballads start getting better and less wailish and less acoustic because I actually think it sounds pretty epic in a way.  Maybe a little bit like an anime ending, but still pretty to listen to.  Yes, I’ll admit “end=START/Shuuten” was the best the era had to offer.

10. Watashi Iro

I’m surprised misono chose to include Watashi Iro over Bokura Style since mostly everyone chose the latter as the better song even though they shared the same melodic arrangement.  Not too keen on the song still even though it’s a mid-tempo tune.  There’s just something missing from this song that “Bokura Style” had.

11. ?cm ~misono to Ninin Sankyaku! Partner Ver.~

Uh oh was the first thing I thought of when I saw the tag for the 2nd A-side of the second single released.  I’m so terrified with how misono treated ?cm on the album because it seems she picked a lot of random people to sing the song like some karaoke track.  At least it’s a whole lot more interesting than what she did with “Kimi no Watashi no Uta” and “music letter” on her last single…my god are these people tonedeaf?

12. music letter ~Me Ver.~

Speaking of music letter, (a B-side off her first single of the era) I’m happy that they cut off a minute of the song off because it was just too long off the single for me.  Take out the part where she starts talking and crying and you’re left with what was there minus the crying and vocally stressing parts.  Not that the part where she sniffles was kind of emotionally a plus for the song, but misono and emotions mixed with singing is a lethal injection to my ears.  So here she might’ve resang it to not crack.  Still a boring song though xD

13. Kazoku no Hi

WOW, it’s been a long time since I’ve really gave a listen to Kazoku no Hi.  I liked the acoustic opening for the song, but that’s shortlived because it gets into a pop/rockish tune.  I’ve actually grown to enjoy the song as it is since it fits really nicely on the album and is one of the stronger songs off the album.  I’m surprised how a song can do that to you over time especially since this entire era has been a rollercoaster.

14. “Me” ~Me Ver.~

So we can put “Me” on the album, but no “Lum no Love Song”?  Anyways, the new version of the A-side on her 5th single released didn’t fully sound any different from the single version because it has the same vocal issues and same acoustic arrangement.  Actually the difference is subtle, but there’s an addition of background vocals…not that much of an importance, but I guess it’s nice anyway.

15. Last Time ~Romejuli~

So, if you thought misono and acoustic guitars wasn’t abrasive enough…damn woman goes and makes the last track off the album an acappella track.  I really dislike the idea of just listening to misono singing with nothing backing her up because it sounds awkward and she pulls out some awkward vocal tricks on us.  I’m hoping there’s a reason there’s another version of it.

Tracks Recommended

  • Joker
  • end=START
  • Kazoku no Hi
  • 0-ji Mae no Tsunderella
  • Shuuten ~Kimi no Ude no Naka~

Song of Avoidance

  • Tenbin ~Tsuyogari na Watashi × Yowagari na Kimi~

God, this era was way too long and that paid a price when looking at this tracklist which has many bad songs that it could’ve in place with better A-sides (“Lum no Love Song” and “Bokura Style”, hell even “It’s all Love!” would’ve been a treat.)  I guess when you only have 3 new tracks things go downhill, add in the fact she did two cover albums to stretch this era out even longer was worse.  I’ll say it, “~Sei ~say~” was a much more easier album to get through than this one.

 

misono – “…Suki×××”/0-ji Mae no Tsunderella May 13, 2010

Filed under: misono — solarblade @ 3:24 am

Track Listing

  1. “…Suki×××”
  2. 0-ji Mae no Tsunderella ~Piano Ver.~
  3. “Kimi to Watashi no Uta” ~misono to Ninin Sankyaku! Partner Ver.~
  4. music letter ~misono to Ninin Sankyaku! Partner Ver.~
  5. “…Suki×××” (Instrumental)
  6. 0-ji Mae no Tsunderella ~Piano Ver.~ (Instrumental)

1. “…Suki×××”

Why has misono been getting so much better in this era?  Since “end=START”, almost all the songs she’s released since has been at great quality and I think this tune really brought misono’s game up right and it’s kind of epic in a way.  Though the thing I’m happy to see is the return of an actual hook to the song where as I had problems finsing them in previous A-sides.  I love this song quite a bit, great song!

2. 0-ji Mae no Tsunderella ~Piano Ver.~

As the secondary A-side of the single, I’ve said many a times before that misono is mostly a miss with her ballads because her vocals are not made for these types of songs.  While it’s great that it’s not an acoustic ballad and more of an actual piano ballad, this was surprisingly nice even though I still stay on the fact that she just can’t pull these songs off. 

3. “Kimi to Watashi no Uta” ~misono to Ninin Sankyaku! Partner ver.~

So the fanclub version of the single includes “new versions” of two old songs.  The first coming from her sophomore album and to be honest, I didn’t really see the need for this song to reappear.  All it is is just the same but with a male vocalist singing along side misono.  Basically, it’s the same song with the same problems…The new supporting vocals don’t exactly help the cause either.

4. music letter ~misono to Ninin Sankyaku! Partner Ver.~

The same can be applied here as well.  music letter, (originally B-side on “Kazoku no Hi/Aburazemi”) nothing really changed except the new backup vocals being added in.  I thought the was disappointing since this song was actually pretty good on the single but way too long. 

 

 

Basically since this is the final single in this very long era, this single was actually another good and steady single from misono.  “…Suki×××” is a great rock tune and continues to put misono in her comfort zone and while 0-ji Mae no Tsunderella might be a little eh since it’s a ballad, it’s still better than past ballads…maybe except “Me”.  As for the fanclub songs, you might as well just pass them up since they didn’t make the songs any better!