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miyavi – miyavizm October 12, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Sukkyanen MYV ~MYV Man Koshiki Ouenka~ (Zenpen)
  2. Koi wa Push Phone♪
  3. Viva★Viva★Bebop ~Jinsei, Wakaranai~
  4. Pop ‘n Roll Koushien (Baseball)
  5. Aho Matsuri
  6. Sai Sai Sai Nara Byebyebye feat. PSY
  7. Ame ni Utaeba ~Pichi Pichi Chapu Chapu Ran Ran Blues~
  8. ROCK’N’ROLL IS “NOT” DEAD
  9. ♂Papa Mama♀ ~Nozomarenu Baby~
  10. Sukkyanen MYV ~MYV Man Koshiki Ouenka~ (Kouhen)
  11. Shakespeare ni Sasagu (CD Only) or Rock no Gyakushuu ~Super Star no Jouken~ (CD+DVD Only)
  12. Freedom Fighters -Icecream wo Motta Hadashi no Megami to, Kikanjuu wo Motta Hadaka no Ousama- (CD+DVD Only)

1. Sukkyanen MYV ~MYV Man Koshiki Ouenka~ (Zenpen)

Something about the song is a little messy to me for being his first major label song.  It’s a little less shocking to hear since miyavi is singing in a lower tone than normal.  He’s screams are totally weird as well.  It’s so grungy and like totally different from his last album already and then it fades when it finishes.  Definitly didn’t expect that.

2. Koi wa Push Phone

Now this is what I wanted.  A very loud and fast track.  Miyavi sounds a lot more grittier in his vocals which totally shocked me.  Also, his guitar playing has gotten more advanced for obvious reasons.  Luckily it’s what I wanted and this song is awesome.

3. Viva★Viva★Bebop ~Jinsei, Wakaranai~

A more interesting rock track.  Viva Viva Bebop really has some wild things happening.  miyavi I know is having so much fun doing this track and his vocals are like right on.  His constant whoohooing also showed it also.  The guitar riffs are so cool and really made it stand out from the album early on.

4. Pop ‘n Roll Koushien (Baseball)

OH!  So the beginning does sound like he was at a baseball game about to perform.  There’s also a clapping beat that easily could fit in it.  Then you hear the crowd cheering before the song really starts up.  I sense a good sense of swagger and smoothness within the song that I really enjoyed as well.  Another great track.

5. Aho Matsuri

~oooo~ like one of those japanese ones you know?  I thought having taiko drums start off was great, but they they are dropped for a medium-paced rock track.  You can hear the Japanese culture all over which is so awesome.  I think this could be his cleanest song in the album right now, but it’s so catchy!

6. Sai Sai Sai Nara Byebyebye feat. PSY

~Hallo~ Definitly returning to real hard rock, miyavi decides to feature someone in one of his songs?  I’m guessing he’s the BKGD singer which is alright I guess, but this song is the first track that really got me annoyed because the music isn’t really well put together and the chorus that only consists of the title will annoy you pretty bad.

7. Ame ni Utaeba ~Pichi Pichi Chapu Chapu Ran Ran Blues~

Odd, I’m hearing water running before the music comes in and miyavi repeating ~Pichi pichi chapu chapu ran ran blues~.  It’s another of those that it could annoy you after a while.  Musically it’s more quiet than the last track and a lot easier to hear miyavi.  I kind of found the song very bluesy which is a nice change of style as well, since he rarely did that back in the days.

8. ROCK’N’ROLL IS “NOT” DEAD

~I am Rock~  I think that’s pretty true since he really brought this song to life with his pretty fast playing.  The drummer is also losing his mind since it’s another feature that sticks out from the song.  The chorus though, oh god was that a mess…I mean it didn’t flow good. but everything else is….weird…

9. ♂Papa Mama♀ ~Nozomarenu Baby~

To be honest, this was the only track I knew off the album and it still is frickin awesome with it’s march style entrance and how epic it sounds altogether.  It’s got some pretty interesting stuff and when miyavi gets angry, he says fuck!!!  His English is OK but it’s no brownie pointage from me.  There’s something that I hear that might be bells or something, but it was really good.  My fav track.

10. Sukkyanen MYV ~MYV Man Koshiki Ouenka~ (Kouhen)

The interlude happens and it’s just on giant guitar solo.  Hey, nothing wrong with that at all.  Then there’s some weird and eerie and miyavi starts singing again which was like the other way around at the beginning.  Genius move!  I still love the haunting keyboard here and then it’s led into either our last track or a single

11a. Shakespeare ni Sasagu

Yep, the last track on the CD only is an acoustic ballad.  I missed his acoustic driven tracks and it’s great to see.  miyavi’s voice through the whole album to me has felt a little deeper to me, which I’m noticing pretty harshly with the song.  It does show his work on the guitar and he impresses me so much.  Then he talks for awhile which was like…..huh?  Still great way to end the CD only

11b. Rock no Gyakushuu ~Super Star no Jouken~

I love that evil laugh at the start.  miyavi sounds possessed as well which was so pretty sweet.  I think this one has to be his angriest on the album.  His growl/scream really was prominent and really kicked the song’s elusiveness really well.  I still think this was another one of the better tracks and I’m glad it was a single.

12. Freedom Fighters -Icecream wo Motta Hadashi no Megami to, Kikanjuu wo Motta Hadaka no Ousama-

Why do you have to name a song sooooo long.  I didn’t really like the song that in the first place, because it just didn’t seem interesting and it sounded like a few of the tracks on the album.  I guess it was only on the album just because it was a single.  I guess I can’t really hate on it for that.

Tracks Recommended

  • ♂Papa Mama♀ ~Nozomarenu Baby~
  • Aho Matsuri
  • Rock no Gyakushuu ~Super Star no Jouken~
  • Pop ‘n Roll Koushien (Baseball)
  • Viva★Viva★Bebop ~Jinsei, Wakaranai~

Song of Avoidance

  • Sai Sai Sai Nara Byebyebye feat. PSY

I seriously thought I wasn’t going to enjoy the album since he’s now on a major label.  That made me think twice because a lot of these tracks were just as good as some of his past works, let’s hope he can surprise with the next album

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miyavi – galyuu July 30, 2008

Filed under: MIYAVI — solarblade @ 4:03 am
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Track Listing

  1. Instrumental
  2. Ippiki Ookami Ron
  3. Eccentric Otona Byou~Kudo Gaki ver.~
  4. Instrumental
  5. Aa, Kanashiki Kana Yatoware no Mi no Blues
  6. Coo quack cluck -Ku Ku Ru-~Oresama ver.~
  7. Instrumental
  8. Joushou Gaidou
  9. Shikenkan Baby
  10. Ossan Ossan Ore Nanbo
  11. Ashita, Tenki ni Naare ~Doshaburi ver.~
  12. Instrumental
  13. Tom to Jerry
  14. Requiem (Acousic ver.) (Bonus Track)

1. Instrumental

Just an audience applauding….Is that it?  Yep!  There’s so many of them too.  Whatever, let’s just move right on with the next track.

2. Ippiki Ookami Ron

Damn, what a hard song we’ve been led into.  Miyavi is straining his voice on purpose and what a surprise for the 1st song.  There’s a melody in the song which was pleasant to hear above the furious guitar playing.  There’s somewhat of a tribal sound to it which sounds pretty darn cool too.  What a nice 1st track.

3. Eccentric Otona Byou~Kudo Gaki ver.~

Miyavi speaks a bit before the mish-mash of sound comes in.  It does sound a little like the previous song which I guess wasn’t too bad.  Though the chorus is pretty catchy and in your face for sure!  I love the furious sound overall, awesome song.

4. Instrumental

Yeah, you know what, the intrumentals suck and aren’t even long in the first place, I didn’t really hear what was going on but I guess it was put in for aeshetic value.

5. Aa, Kanashiki Kana Yatoware no Mi no Blues

miyavi, stop playing with your cell phone, lol.  Then some beatboxing starts up and we enter an acoustic track.  I’m surprised that this would’ve been on this album.  miyavi sounds pretty good not screeching across his songs.  He’s created a catchy beat with it and does his signature chuckle.  Then the chorus comes and here we are with screechy miyavi….oh well.  Still one of the golden moment of the album.

6. Coo quack cluck -Ku Ku Ru~Oresama ver.~

A very grungy and dirty song, Coo quack cluck is a slower rock track but sounds pretty weird too.  I’m pretty sure this was the easiest song to create.  The chorus is a bit dependent on the beat and I kinda was a little turned off by it.  Still, as one of the songs that did get a PV, it was just as dark.

7. Instrumental

10 seconds of wasted time of motorcycles starting up….though it does lead to…

8. Joushou Gaidou

His strongest song off the album is in this powerhouse of a rock song.  It’s like crazy but still has a great melody to it.  miyavi sounds great in his deep voice and then he hits this anger voice and it’s awesome.  Everything is blaring and just wowzers, it definitly made the instrumental before it useful too. 

9. Shikenkan Baby

Then it fades away to a more slower hard rock track.  It’s got a continuous beat and even has a good instrumentation.  What really caught me off guard is the repetition of some phrases.  It’s a little messy but after a few listens I got used to it.  The chorus is pretty hardcore too if you ask me.

10. Ossan Ossan Ore Nanbo

The next song is a shortie.  Still it doesn’t let up on the powerful sounds and has some synths in it???  I was pretty surprised but the song was just so busy and full of stuff and I really couldn’t pay attention to just one thing.  I think it’s messier than “Shikenkan Baby” so watch out for the song. What’s up with the ending though WTF….

11. Ashita, Tenki ni Naare ~Doshaburi ver.~

Oh wow, I like this song, it’s devoid of any hard rock feelings and we’re left with a happy, acoustic leveled track.  It’s pretty nice to listen to after all that loudness.  It’s a simple track really with piano too.  Hehehe, giddyness all over.

12. Instrumental

Dangit, not another one, I didn’t really catch on with this one either luckily it’s the last one of the album…I can’t believe Miyavi would just have this many to begin with.

13. Tom to Jerry

Obviously an homage to the cartoon classics, Tom to Jerry was another standout track with a march-like rock arrangement.  It’s a more regular rock track but it’s got some great things going for it.  miyavi actually ad-libs too which is more or less a surprise to me since I haven’t heard it since “Girls, be ambitious” of last album. 

14. Requiem (Acoustic Version)

Before going solo, Miyavi was part of Due le Quartz, a visual kei band.  Miyavi decided to go acoustic with one of their songs and really, I’ve never heard the original.  This one was just unusual at the beginning with Miyavi just sounding off.  The beat comes in for a bit and he gets real loud, then suddenly gets quiet, it’s just all over the place…ick.

Tracks Recommended

  • Joushou Gaidou
  • Ashita, Genki ni Naare
  • Aa, Kanashiki Kana Yatoware no Mi no Blues
  • Ippiki Ookami Ron

Song of Avoidance

  • Requiem (Acoustic Version)

What the hell, this album was definitly a step down from Gagaku, I mean for one all his best singles weren’t even on this album only two made it and were remade.  POP IS DEAD and Jibun Kakumei should had its place here.  Failure not adding them.  Still a lot of the new songs were pretty good.  Too many instrumentals though icky.

 

miyavi – Gagaku June 24, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Hatachi Kinenbi
  2. Coin Lockers Baby
  3. Kusare Gedou e.
  4. Night in girl
  5. Girls, be ambitious
  6. Oresama Shikou
  7. Gariben Rock
  8. Onpu no Tegami
  9. Shokubutsu Ningen M no Theme
  10. Dear from…XXX (bonus track)

1. Hatachi Kinenbi

Angry guys singing Happy Birthday…..yeah right, talk about strange.  Then hard Miyavi guitars play and OMG….his voice is so unique, like his screaming really is piercing and his low droning voice makes him sound like he’s so tired.  It’s a clash of sound in my ears I’m very shocked at this.  Then it ends with the angry guys finishing Happy Birthday….what a strange opening of a song.

2. Coin Lockers Baby

Kinda settling a march tone to the song, miyavi strikes hard chords to start off this pretty cool track.  Even more hard pounding fills this track.  He’s using his low speaking voice and then you hear him screech it’s so eerie yet fitting for who miyavi is.  Then we finally 1st hear his airy higher pitch and OMG creepy!, this track is definitly a good one right here.

3. Kusare Gedou e.

Y’know this song is pushing the metal/visual kei genre very far with this song.  You know there’s a melody within the loudness of the music, I was very impressed at the percussionist.  Though the chorus was annoying miyavi, still sounds alright with his surprising weirdness.  Then it ends abruptly right into the next song

4. Night in girl

Then we get actually a nice change in sound as Night in girl is a lot more quiet and here miyavi actually sing and use his acoustic.  Perfect setup into it from “Kusare Gedou e.”   As time goes on in the song her vocals get stronger and louder but it just ends quickly as it started, so I guess it was a perfect interlude.

5. Girls, be ambitious

This was the only single off the album, and the promotional of the album to since none of the others made it which surprised me since the single were really good.  Girls, be ambitious starts with twinkling sound before miyavi comes in with his deep voice.  Actually, this would be the first to have some catchy stuff going on.  I’m not sure where the chorus is but, I think it’s where miyavi starts hitting pretty high notes and ad-libs them.  So shocking to hear, I would suggest to try this song first before getting into his harder stuff.

6. Oresama Shikou

We’re led straight back into the hard sounds of miyavi, if I’m correct “Oresama” was a film that had miyavi in it, I personally haven’t seen it yet, but I bet it’s a wild ride.  The song goes into the interlude where the drums and guitar are played syncopadedly which was something new, and I heard a whistle in there too.  miyavi sounds annoying with his ad-libbing in his lower register but nonetheless it once again ends immediatly straight into the next tune.

7. Gariben Rock

I pretty much enjoyed this song actually, the verses calm down a bit before the crazy chorus!  He actually sings a bit in this song too which is a nice surprise.  It’s one of the craziest songs in his collection for all the different time fields he enters.  At one point there’s a beat and it’s so catchy to listen to him quietly sing then belt out ~Yourself~ it’s a great tune.

8. Onpu no Tegami

Wait, what??? A soft piano playing in a song?  This is definitly a shocker to the album.  As it is a ballad, Miyavi does sing in his medium range, which is a great thing, this is what I like about him.  He can go into soft mode so quickly, after that some percussion is added to give more of a beat.  It’s such a beautiful song to hear, this is probably my favorite track, and it ends with the piano

9. Shokubotsu Ningen M no Theme

Dark synths sounds and wind noises slowly brings this track to life.  The odd chords in the song actually creates a very tense mood in the song, then it gets strong percusion.  You can hear miyavi in megaphone mode, singing along with the odd guitar.  It’s so freaky, and then you hear some ad-libbed miyavi in his airy pitch.  Such an odd song i like the drum interlude that was pretty nice.  Shadow the Hedgehog anyone?

10. Dear from…XXX

Another surprise to be handed the bonus track is an acoustic song.  I like how he plays the guitar, I’m surprised he hasn’t gotten worldwide attention….well he might with his crazy lifestyle!  He sounds like he’s moaning the words, it’s quite funny to listen to, but very pleasing.  I like the acoustic miyavi a lot, he’s got so much talent.

 Tracks Recommended

  • Girls, be ambitious
  • Onpu no Tegami
  • Dear from…XXX
  • Gariben Rock

Song of Avoidance

  • Oresama Shikou

Miyavi’s debut album was rockin’ hard, It was almost a guilty pleasure to the Due le Quartz fans out there. I kinda wished he added the other single on here, but this will set me in, I really love this album.  The 2 non-rock tracks were so well made too.