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Nana Mizuki – Angel Blossom May 13, 2015

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angelblossom

Track Listing

  1. Angel Blossom
  2. Lazy Syndrome
  3. Ashita graffiti

1. Angel Blossom

Wow, not even a few seconds and it feels like things were already moving on with Angel Blossom.  Listening onwards, the song does sound like something that we’ve heard from Nana multiple times before with such dramatic strings and bright vocals.  With the sheer amount of similar songs of this nature, it was hard to find myself remembering the melody out of this one.  At least it’s an easier listen than “Eden” was so I guess you can say it was an upgrade.

2. Lazy Syndrome

Let’s hope the B-sides are better!  Starting with Lazy Syndrome, the tune has a more rock-laced arrangement that almost made me think of Stereopony for some reason which is great because I also tend to enjoy Nana’s rock tunes.  It’s a very intricate tune and Nana.  This was definitely the preferred song off the single, how odd.

3. Ashita graffiti

I was thinking the 2nd B-side would’ve been a ballad considering the tune translated is “Tomorrow graffiti”, though I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually the opposite.  It’s a fusion of rock and synths together and would’ve fit back on “SUPERNAL LIBERTY”.   Though the chorus kind of became a strange mix of typical anison chords and bright happy sounds.  Overall, the song is OK, still not as exciting as “Lazy Syndrome” however.

As Nana’s 3rd single of the era, Angel Blossom is a slightly better single than “Eden” was, but not by too much.  Angel Blossom is more of the familiar same that we’ve known Nana to do for so long so it’s OK, very safe of a song.  At least both of the B-sides were a lot more memorable and not as generic as the last singles were.  Is it album time yet?

 

Nana Mizuki – Eden February 19, 2015

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eden

Track Listing

  1. Eden
  2. No Limit
  3. Shuumatsu no Love Song
  4. Necessary

1. Eden

After all the epic songs she’s released in the last couple of years, I was expecting one to pop up where I just didn’t get interested in and that would be in Eden.  I do get a clear feeling that it’s like “SCARLET KNIGHT” with a more dramatic arrangement.  With out the percussion, this song would’ve just been a ballad and is it bad that I would’ve had had that be the case because I come off annoyed with the drums here (and less the guitars).  I don’t know, maybe I’ll get used to it, but as of right now Eden seems a bit overdone for me.

2. No Limit

Then comes No Limit which I personally would’ve rather had be the A-side because it shows off her vocals better and the arrangement sounds amazing here for some reason.  It definitely fits her style that she had in “Vitalization” mixing in some strings and letting up slightly on the synths.  Yeah I’m definitely digging this track for sure!

3. Shuumatsu no Love Song

Our next B-side is well…more of the same to be honest.  I mean Shuumatsu no Love Song has a stronger guitar feel to it, but beyond that it might as well been something akin to “No Limit” lol.  I’m here nor there with it, it’s a B-side lol.

4. Necessary

Of course we can’t have a Nana single without a ballad closing it out.  Necessary is one of those songs that tries to make itself try to surpass “Ai no Hoshi” and doesn’t come very close to pulling that off.  I will say as usual Nana sounds good regardless and she’s hitting some high notes for sure!  Not bad overall, but she’s done better.

 

 

Maybe it’s just me and the fact that I’ve been loving her futuristic powerhouse songs so much, but I came off Eden feeling slightly disappointed.  Eden has the workings of an awesome ballad, but she needs to get rid of the drums and guitars and it’d have been perfect!  Which means the best song of the single was No Limit, but it’s not saying too much since it runs with her other good anison tunes.  Necessary is a nice listen and Shuumatsu no Love Song just came off as a generic clone of a song that’s already on the single.  Hoping she bounces back with her next one!

 

Nana Mizuki – Kindan no Resistance October 12, 2014

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kindannoresistance

Track Listing

  1. Kindan no Resistance
  2. BLUE
  3. Dream Rider

1. Kindan no Resistance

I really love the Celtic intro of Kindan no Resistance and then it blows up to this interesting mix of that and rock!  Something about the mix of that and pan flute just seems so epic!  Add on Nana’s already stellar vocals and this song just wrapped up in this pretty awesome song that breaks away from her synth-anison songs (like her last single “Vitalization”).  It’s been a long while since I’ve loved something that wasn’t so synth-dependent and I’m happy it’s this song!  Great A-side!

2. BLUE

Next up is the ballad, BLUE.  Now after being spoiled by “Ai no Hoshi”, BLUE just kind of comes in to bring a ballad onto the single so I was curious if she was going to sound good here.  For the most part, Nana sounds great and surprises me how she can so good with not much of an arrangement (which consists of light orchestration, but mostly piano for the first half).  After that, the song just builds with more instruments and a much stronger foundation.  It’s a pretty good ballad, still not as perfect as the aforementioned, but definitely another winner!

3. Dream Rider

If I had learned anything, usually the 2nd B-side turns out to be the -fun- song of the single and it definitely suits Dream Rider as it’s poppy and has a lot of 90s nostalgia throughout.  At some points it made me wonder if I was listening to Koda Kumi or GIRL NEXT DOOR given the atmosphere and arrangement.  It’s not as memorable like the previous two tracks, but I suppose it’s one of her better cute songs out there.

 

 

After “SUPERNAL LIBERTY”, I was kind of expecting her to take a break and come back next year, but nope she released this single and really this was some good stuff.  Breaking away from the synths for a bit, Kindan no Resistance is a pretty powerful song from her A-sides and I just loved every minute of it!  BLUE also did well as the single’s ballad and proves that she has the chops for it down-pat.  Dream Rider while my least favorite on the single, managed to sound nostalgic and fun, but doesn’t leave an impression on me as I wished it did.

 

Nana Mizuki – SUPERNAL LIBERTY April 16, 2014

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supernalliberty

Track Listing

  1. VIRGIN CODE
  2. GUILTY
  3. Apassionato
  4. Egao no Yukue
  5. Antique Nachtmusik
  6. Fun Fun★People
  7. FATE
  8. Vitalization -Aufwachen Form-
  9. Aishuu Twilight
  10. Setsuna Capacity
  11. Ladyspiker
  12. Rock you baby!
  13. Million Ways=One Destination
  14. Bokura no Mirai
  15. Ai no Hoshi -two hearts-

1. VIRGIN CODE

Nana always has such interesting opening songs and VIRGIN CODE is nothing different.  It isn’t as grand as “Avalon no Oukan” from her previous album, but it gives a strong showing.  I love her mix of anison and rock and she just kicks down the wall for this one.  Nana’s vocals are always on point and she just powerfully goes through the song easily.  Very good opening track and hopefully it gets way cooler from here on out!

2. GUILTY

I’m probably the only one who thought this but I thought of U-KISS when GUILTY started because of the beats initially.  The male voice was cool and then Nana came in along with some strings and I was surprised this was our Nana was trying to do something like this.  It’s pretty funky but I was quite shocked but ended up loving the turnout.  Different, but definitely growing on me immensely.

3. Apassionato

Chosen as the promotional song for the album, Apassionato begins with a rather Celtic tone and I thought that’s what it’d be but I was SOOO wrong when the song fully comes in as a very heavy rock track (like a less Japanese “Etsuraku Camellia”).  You know, I’m kind of split on this song because I REALLY like the the slow parts and the fast parts…but they don’t seem to click together for me…Maybe it’s just me, but they should’ve kept the two apart and create two seperate tracks.  Though I just love the power of this song and Nana kept up with it all…I’m so impressed but stretched on the overall presentation.

4. Egao no Yukue

I didn’t think she’d actually cover a song, but she covered a classic DREAMS COME TRUE song.  I was pretty surprised that she’d do a cover song, but a DCT track.  Seeing as the arrangement is almost like the original, Nana’s voice takes on a whole new light for the song in a great way.  I thought she did an amazing job vocally, but the arrangement is meh xD.  Good job overall!

5. Antique Nachtmusik

It sounds depressing starting the next track as it has that muffled feel.  Though once the music begins, it kind of reminds me of Legend of Zelda’s Temple stage from Smash Bros.  It’s an interesting sounding song with some slow parts and some faster parts.  It’s quite dramatic and then the uber low voice in the mid8 section is so unnerving lol.  Still this is a pretty fancy song and I would’ve said this made for a better intro than “VIRGIN CODE”.  Oh and Nana throwing that French around….so cool!

6. Fun Fun★People

Oh hey a switch of attitudes huh?  Fun Fun★People has a much lighter approach by including some funky chords and some staccato notes from the saxes.  It’s got a lot of energy behind it but it kind of reminds me of “Lovely Fruit” from her previous album.  It’s that cute song, but luckily it’s a WHOLE LOT more funky which I love about it.  Great song!

7. FATE

Well that was shortlived because we move into one of the ballads from the album, FATE.  I was wondering if she was going to throw something epic for this song because of the title, but FATE is a straight-up J-pop ballad.  It’s a shock because of how general it’s genre is.  Nana of course is pulling out her vocals here, but the arrangement and the rest of the song didn’t connect with me (minus the acoustic guitar solos).  I’m surprised but I don’t think much of this one 0.o

8. Vitalization -Aufwachen Form-

Like on her last album, Nana made Vitalization special.  As the only single released for the era, Vitalization gained a minute long intro for the album to kind of bridge from “FATE”.  To me, like I said with “Synchrogazer” getting the same treatment, that it really wasn’t needed but it’s whatever.  Vitalization is still a pretty kickass song and Nana blew it out of the park the same way she did with the aforementioned track so I was still in love with her wild vocals and powerful force she brought with the song.  It’s soooo goood!!!

9. Aishuu Twilight

After the excitement of “Vitalization” faded away, we move back to new tracks with Aishuu Twilight.  I was liking the kind of more jazzier (but not straight up) tone the song had and Nana of course gave a nice vocal performance.  It is a big dropoff given the previous track’s energy, so this might throw some people off.  It’s OK, but could’ve been placed somewhere else on the album.

10. Setsuna Capacity

I thought it was going to be another epic song, but Setsuna Capacity turned out to be the one of the more anison-heavy songs and I was happy that there was less genericness going on, but Setsuna Capacity brought us back to that sound.  There’s just something about the song that does work, but amongst the other songs on the album, it is pretty weak.

11. Ladyspiker

Moving on, Ladyspiker was a song I was looking forward to from the name and we get a pretty cool track.  It’s got some good guitar melodies and Nana is singing in a much deeper tone than other songs and it really worked!  It just sounds gritty and so badass for her…yeah this is a pretty bangin’ song!

12. Rock you baby!

~LOCK YOU!….BABY!!!~  Yeah Nana, figured you’d do that with this song.  As a song that’s a bit more upbeat but retains the cool guitar, Rock you baby! is a song that’s better for live performances more than its studio version, but it’s not to say this wasnt bad.  Nana gave a lot of energy here and the song was well done.  Good track overall.

13. Million Ways=One Destination

Opening with a lone piano, it made me curious to what this song is about and is another staple of Nana’s.  Though I was pretty happy when she started the verses by herself basically.  With the instrumentation going in and out makes me enjoy it, but the chorus kind of fell flat for me.  It didn’t have enough oomph behind it whereas the verses felt more interesting.  Meh.

14. Bokura no Mirai

As we near the end, I was surprised we’d get another synth driven track with Bokura no Mirai.  The song isn’t the most exciting track, but I’m loving the melody of the song and Nana of course is giving her all here and I love hearing that.  Though once again, the chorus could’ve had better transitions and more force behind it, but it’s alright.

15. Ai no Hoshi -two hearts-

Ending the album is a new version of the B-side from “Vitalization”.  I LOVE the original version so I was worried that the new take would be not-as-good.  Well, in the end, the original was still way better but the two hearts version makes it more of a ballad by taking some stuff out and putting in some harp.  At least Nana sounds amazing still, but stick with the original version.

Tracks Recommended

  • Vitalization -Aufwachen Form-
  • GUILTY
  • Ladyspiker
  • VIRGIN CODE
  • Antique Nachtmusik

Song of Avoidance

  • FATE

Wow I thought this era would’ve gone on longer than it did with just only one single preceding the release (and the two singles she did with T.M.Revolution).  SUPERNAL LIBERTY to me wasn’t as jaw-dropping as “ROCKBOUND NEIGHBORS” was which is disappointing a little bit, but there were some standouts.  Thing is, SUPERNAL LIBERTY was pretty good in the first half and then started waning in the 2nd half.  I guess it might need to grow on me, but I think on initial listen, it was OK overall.

 

Nana Mizuki – Vitalization July 29, 2013

Filed under: Nana Mizuki — solarblade @ 11:50 pm

vitalization

Track Listing

  1. Vitalization
  2. Ai no Hoshi
  3. Dramatic Love

1. Vitalization

It seems Nana wanted to replicate the epicness from “Synchrogazer” and so she released Vitalization.  There’s so many similarities going on between the two, but I feel like the arrangement here is a bit rambunctious because there’s some vocal dabbling in the computers (especially the pre-chorus).  Nana still sounds grandiose and powerful which is an amazing feat for a song like this.  I still do prefer the aforementioned track more, but this song is not far behind…pretty chaotic, but fantastic track!

2. Ai no Hoshi

Once “Vitalization” ends, we come to a halting stop for Ai no Hoshi.  Reason being is that this song is a straight up piano/strings ballad which might throw some people off if they’re listening to the single fully.  I actually really like Nana’s vocal performance because she brings a lot of power to fill in the gaps of the slow arrangement.  This is definitely one of her best ballads, if not the best she’s had in her career to be quite honest.

3. Dramatic Love

I wasn’t expecting the other B-side would’ve taken the lighter pop route.  I feel like this song oddly reminds me of a more synth-friendly take of “Lovely Fruit” but there’s something about this song that also says it should’ve been a Character song.  Even though her vocals aren’t as impressive like in either of the previous tracks, the cute form does kind of work well on me. 

 

 

Starting a new era off, Vitalization was a pretty awesome single to start things off.  Vitalization might be a more crazier, insane, and loud version of “Synchrogazer” but this style of music really brings Nana to the front of the anison world, because she just has this AMAZING and boisterous tone that makes songs like those two SO DAMN EPIC!  Ai no Hoshi also is added to this regard, but this was a ballad but she ran through that almost perfectly!  As for Dramatic Love, she was having a bit of fun and that’s always a plus too…I almost could say it was perfect but that’s tough to do…but *RECOMMENDED* for sure!!!

 

Nana Mizuki – ROCKBOUND NEIGHBORS December 9, 2012

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rockboundneighbors

Track Listing

  1. Avalon no Oukan
  2. Naked Soldier
  3. Get my drift?
  4. Lovely Fruit
  5. Darling Plastic
  6. BRIGHT STREAM
  7. Hoshikuzu Symphony
  8. LINKAGE
  9. STAR ROAD
  10. Synchrogazer -Aufwachen Form-
  11. Crescent Child
  12. Kiseki no Melodia
  13. METRO BAROQUE
  14. Happy☆Go-Round!
  15. Sacred Force -Extended Mix-
  16. Yakusoku

1. Avalon no Oukan

I guess Nana is playing up her strengths right from the start because the first song, Avalon no Oukan is a very grandiose opening for the album with all that fanfare-ness.  As the song goes on, it sounds like something that would’ve been epic to open Final Fantasy XII because it has that medieval, but also powerful setting.  The interesting thing though is that Nana sounds like she’s singing in a cathedral (you know, all the echoing that’s present).  It’s definitely a VERY impressive way to open the album for sure…such production and effort went into this one!

2. Naked Soldier

I was curious to what she’d put after such an epic song and Naked Soldier comes in next and has a much more heavier sound for Nana.  I kind of like the gritty rock feel out of this song and she tackles the vocals so effortlessly that it’s just impressive.  Some of the song might be a little too loud, but this was a good rock track (not one of her bests but still quite good).

3. Get my drift?

Third track in and we get the shortest track with Get my drift? which follows suit after “Naked Soldier” by being a bit more rock-oriented but with a little more from the electronic side of her as well.  It’s an energetic piece and I actually enjoyed this a bit more than the previous track as well…It’s a lot less in your face and louuuud.

4. Lovely Fruit

As the album’s promotional track, Lovely Fruit caters to more of the cute side of Nana’s sound and in a way it reminds me of “DISCOTHEQUE” with the amount of brass and lively energy coming from Nana’s performance of the song.  It might bother some people being more of a high-pitched fest, but I like its charm, plus Nana is cute in the song lol.

5. Darling Plastic

I feel like Darling Plastic is kind of the throwaway song on the album for me so far since it feels like a bunch of her previous tracks but done again here.  It feels like it’s supposed to be a mix of the previous two tracks, but it didn’t seem to work and I was slightly annoyed with the synths here.  Plus, I don’t think Nana sounded very interested in the song either >.>  She just sounded like she phoned this one in.

6. BRIGHT STREAM

Moving onto the first of the A-sides on the album, BRIGHT STREAM was the last to come out and while I still feel like it’s you’re normal Nana A-side with strings and an overall anison feel, it is a bit brighter of a song and Nana’s vocals are on spot with this song.  The guitar solo though was definitely something that impressed me however…it’s all right, but nothing too special.

7. Hoshikuzu Symphony

I honestly feel that because this album came out on December, Nana wanted to do a track for the holidays and Hoshikuzu Symphony really has that tone about it because there’s a lot of jingle bells and other sparkly wintry sounds present.  I’m not against it though because the song is a really pretty song, but I feel as if there was more instruments, it would’ve been just a plain anison Nana track. It’s a pleasant song though, I can’t deny that.

8. LINKAGE

Which is why LINKAGE probably came after because it has a lot of synths and guitars present (weird that it didn’t come after “BRIGHT STREAM” to be honest.  I will say that I really liked it because it’s got a lot of punch about it and Nana is really pushing herself in this song (almost similar to how wild she was singing in “Synchrogazer”).  It’s a very busy song in the arrangement and I still can’t really tell what’s going there, I’m just enjoying Nana’s epic performance!

9. STAR ROAD

It’s so strange that Nana would follow up something so high-energy with something like STAR ROAD which is the first ballad of the album.  I really liked Nana’s vocals as she gives a lot of emotional value to the song but the arrangement is once again a tad bland for me (minus the strings melodies).  I do like how later in the song, tries to be somewhat folkish…this actually might grow on me a lot since it’s a lot better in the later half ^_^

10. Synchrogazer -Aufwachen Form-

I was sooo worried that Synchrogazer was going to be changed entirely, but it didn’t!!!  All that happened was that Synchrogazer got a extra minute-long intro which was actually kind of awesome and it led into the main track which is mostly unchanged (if there was, it’s really small).  As the single that started the era (sorry “MUSEUM II” singles), Synchrogazer just blew me away with how edgy and epic and how so much synths were present and add Nana’s awesome performance…it’s just a song that really made me 2012 and it was one of the earliest releases as well!  SUCH A BADASS SONG!…though the intro could’ve been left off, but it was a nice inclusion, I suppose XD. 

11. Crescent Child

After all that awesomeness, we calm back down again with Crescent Child which is kind of like what-if “STAR ROAD” was upbeat.  It does slightly remind me of a school food punishment song (“futuristic imagination” is the closest for me”).  Though a lot of this song has a lot of piano, it’s still really cool.  I’d say it’s in the middle of where I love it and like it.  It’s not that bad of a song and Nana sounds great here as well.

12. Kiseki no Melodia

Ooooh, pipe organ in an upbeat track?  At first I wasn’t sure how to take the song because it’s so different and kind of clashes because the pipe organ is a dark instrument and it’s in a upbeat track…kind of a strange paradox.  One the chorus comes in, it’s like “BRIGHT STREAM” 2 which is a bit disappointing for me.  At least I know the song as the pipe organ track.

13. METRO BAROQUE

As the only song added to the album from her “TIME SPACE EP”, METRO BAROQUE impressed me initially because it had a more broader sound and combined the good things in Nana’s music.  On the album, it’s slightly grown more because it’s different from the other anison tracks here and I felt like Nana made the song work because otherwise this would’ve been a bore.  So props here!

14. Happy☆Go-Round!

With a title like that, I was wondering if we were getting another cute song but Happy☆Go-Round! actually sounds like a mix of “Lovely Fruit” and the rock tracks in the first half of the album.  The song can be catchy.  It’s a bit loud and busy as well, so if you don’t mind the banging of the drums then this song might be something to listen to!

15. Sacred Force -Extended Mix-

Adding about an extra minute and a half to the track, the B-side from “BRIGHT STREAM” gets added to the album as the only B-side as well (something Nana always does).  Though unlike “Synchrogazer” the song goes through a lot of changes like the arrangement is a bit more busy and louder and Nana (I think, resung the song?).  Add in that the solo section is stretched out a lot longer as well and you get our new Sacred Force.  I kind of like this version more since it’s more energetic and less of a clone anison track, made this song a lot more unique ^_^

16. Yakusoku

Closing the album out, Yakusoku (like “7-gatsu 7-oka” from her last album) is the ballad that wraps things up.  It has a bit more going on in the arrangement, but at the same time, if it wasn’t Nana singing the song, the arrangement would be a TOTAL bore because it’s rather uniform and typical for a piano/strings ballad.  With Nana added, it managed to pull it out of boredom, but it’s still not quite as good as other songs are.

Tracks Recommended

  • Synchrogazer -Aufwachen Form-
  • Avalon no Oukan
  • LINKAGE
  • Sacred Force -Extended Mix-
  • STAR ROAD

Song of Avoidance

  • Darling Plastic

It’s been quite a while since Nana released her last studio album with “IMPACT EXCITER” and that album was good but had problems in it.  6 singles and a best-album later, we finally get ROCKBOUND NEIGHBORS and I have to say, this might be her best album yet.  It felt a lot more cohesive and Nana worked her strengths in majority of the songs, yeah some were a bit meh, but it didn’t very like Nana was trying to be more experimentive…she was just doing what she did well in and in the end, it worked!  A lot of great tracks here, *RECOMMENDED*

 

Nana Mizuki – BRIGHT STREAM July 28, 2012

Filed under: Nana Mizuki — solarblade @ 11:47 pm

Track Listing

  1. BRIGHT STREAM
  2. FEARLESS HERO
  3. Sacred Force

1. BRIGHT STREAM

Maybe it’s just me but I’m kind of finding myself picking apart Nana’s A-sides unless they’re extremely unique.  BRIGHT STREAM ranks up there with her strings/anime songs which isn’t good because there’s a LOT of those.  The good thing is that I like the guitar riffs in it and Nana sounds really good in this song which isn’t surprising.  I don’t know but it doesn’t seem to really stand out like “Synchrogazer” and “Junketsu Paradox” did.

2. FEARLESS HERO

Which bothers me when we get into FEARLESS HERO which also suffers a little bit from the staleness factor.  I do like the beats of the song but it’s kind of just like “BRIGHT STREAM” and “Mugen” fused together which just doesn’t impress me one bit.  I like how soaring Nana’s vocals are here though (makes me think she took more risks in this song).

3. Sacred Force

Then we get into Sacred Force and I’m already enjoying the song because unlike the previous two, this has more of a synth-driven arrangement and I REALLY liked the addition of the guitars as well.  It kind of reminds me of a toned down and controlled “Synchrogazer” so that’s always a good sign for me.  Yeah, it’s actually the best off the single!

 

 

Since there’s an album coming next for Nana, I think BRIGHT STREAM is actually quite weak of a single to be honest.  BRIGHT STREAM and FEARLESS HERO kind of weren’t new or even unique in the way that some of the other singles have been and normally I wouldn’t be having a problem but I just couldn’t remember how these two go…it really does sound like a lot of “IMPACT EXCITER’s” singles have been.  Sacred Force even though it does remind me of a toned down “Synchrogazer” is actually the best of the single…a lot of great moments to be found in this song ^_^

 

Nana Mizuki – TIME SPACE EP June 8, 2012

Filed under: Nana Mizuki — solarblade @ 5:09 am

Track Listing

  1. METRO BAROQUE
  2. PARTY! PARTY!
  3. Jikuu Sapphire
  4. ONE

1. METRO BAROQUE

Now if you’ve missed Nana doing stuff like “Mugen”, “PHANTOM MINDS” and the like, METRO BAROQUE is definitely your answer back into her stuff.  There’s a lot of strings and piano and of course Nana’s VERY expressive vocals which stand out in a good way here because it keeps the song dramatic and fresh.  I don’t know if I would consider this better than “Synchrogazer” but this song is going back to what she does very well!  I think the only thing that would make me worried is that it’s like stuff from before so it might not impress many…but it’s an orchestral wonder!

2. PARTY! PARTY!

Our next song is a bit more synth-friendly but more towards the “DISCOTHEQUE” and “COSMIC LOVE” kind of way.  It’s a lot more poppier that’s for one thing and she keeps her voice from going over dramatic like in “METRO BAROQUE”.  I’m surprised the song is kind of safe sounding, but that’s not bad once in a while from her because despite taking a safer route, it comes off as classy and cool.  I actually kind of enjoyed this more than the leading track TBQH.

3. Jikuu Sapphire

On the flipside of her synth songs, Jikuu Sapphire is more focused on it’s anime movements (kind of like “METRO BAROQUE”) since the strings and piano return once again.  I kind of liked this more than it as well since it didn’t seem so busy plus the arrangement was a little more controlled here as well.  However, I feel like this could’ve been on any of the previous singles (minus “Synchrogazer”) and feel like it was a weak song because its stuff she’s utitlized MANY times before.

4. ONE

The last track on the single (a title that’s way too used), ONE is the weakest of the bunch to me but it’s not really much of a surprise but at the same time, I’m intrigued because it’s plain and soft and doesn’t seem to be a thing Nana would ever really do.  It’s considered a ballad but an upbeat one and positive.  It’s like they slowed the song down because there’s still a lot of piano and strings to be had (and a lil of trumpet) in the tune.  Also, Nana’s vocals aren’t doing as many aerials as she’s used to doing…just kind of plain here XD.

 

 

While none of the songs brought the power that “Synchrogazer” did, TIME SPACE EP did include some nice songs but typical Nana music this time around.  I mean both METRO BAROQUE and Jikuu Sapphire aren’t that differen’t from stuff like “Junketsu Paradox” and “SCARLET KNIGHT” which kind of slightly made me happy and slightly disappointed.  ONE was just oddly plain for me,  Strange enough, PARTY! PARTY! was the best from the single.  It was fun and catchy as crazy!  I wonder what her next album will be like xD

 

Nana Mizuki – Synchrogazer January 7, 2012

Filed under: Nana Mizuki — solarblade @ 10:21 pm

Track Listing

  1. Synchrogazer
  2. Love Brick
  3. Risouron

1. Synchrogazer

It’s been a long while since we’ve seen Nana pull something with this much synth usage (last I can actually think of is “Astrogation”).  However, this is probably her tranciest song yet because it’s fast and there’s just a lot of synths abound.  I’m loving Nana’s singing here because it frantic and the parts with English are really epic.  Finally a song that really left a heavy mark!  What a great way to kick 2012 off with this song!

2. Love Brick

So I guess we ended up with another “Trickster” it seems with the first B-side in Love Brick.  I’m liking that it’s straightforward and doesn’t move like “Synchrogazer” but I kind of wished she left her heavy vibrato out of this one.  The chorus kind of sounds weird when she does it so much.  It does kind of grow on you after a while since the chorus is a bit catchy minus the over-use.  Hmmmmm…

3. Risouron

Oh?, another synth track fills the single out?  Since it was produced by the same person (or group…don’t know what Elements Garden is), Risouron tones down the energy from “Synchrogazer” and gives us a little more of an easier listen with even more strings to show off.  I much preferred this over “Love Brick” to be honest!

 

 

Nana really kicked 2012 with a bang with Synchrogazer!  It’s just all kinds of amazingness with it’s powerful tones and just great sound that I missed (even though she’s had a couple of album songs in the same field).  Risouron counts as well and turned out pretty well even though they share the same producers.  Love Brick though was a bit much like “Trickster” but it’s growing on me which is good…Great single overall ^_^

 

Nana Mizuki – Junketsu Paradox August 2, 2011

Filed under: Nana Mizuki — solarblade @ 1:51 am

Track Listing

  1. Junketsu Paradox
  2. 7COLORS
  3. Stay Gold

1. Junketsu Paradox

I wasn’t expecting Nana to release another strong orchestral animu track for her next A-side, but I felt she took a safer route for this song than she did with songs like “SCARLET KNIGHT” but that’s ok because this track sounds clear and straightforward and doesn’t have Nana doing aerial vocal flips like she sometimes does in her songs.  So I’m essentially happy with this song and I feel like it’s one of her better A-sides she’s had in a while.

2. 7COLORS

It has been a while since we’ve had a quote on quote “cute” song from Nana and 7COLORS fills that role pretty smoothly but like I said about “Junketsu Paradox” it felt she took it safe as well and didn’t overflow it with her seiyuu style like she’s done in previous attempts.  It’s simple, cute and breezy of a B-side from Nana, not bad, but nothing that screams repeat it.

3. Stay Gold

Is it odd enough that I think the only song she didn’t play safe was the second B-side?  No it’s not a cover of either Nami’s or Hikki’s tune of the same name so don’t question that either lol.  It’s kind of like the stuff I would’ve expected to hear on “IMPACT EXCITER”…yeah it’s one of those anime strings/pop tracks but at the same time I love the movement of the song, fluid and smooth.  But yeah it fits with “Silent Bible” and PHANTOM MINDS” and the like.  Not bad though.

 

 

Nana might have taken the safe route for Junketsu Paradox as a whole, but it’s definitely nothing to frown about because all three songs sounded pretty nice overall and left a good impression on me (a little better than both “SCARLET KNIGHT” and “POP MASTER”).  I wonder what’s next for our epic seiyuu?