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Nanase Aikawa – tAttoo November 11, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. tAttoo
  2. Back to the day
  3. DAHLIA (you’re my universe version)

1. tAttoo

I’m liking that Nanase is returning to more edgy stuff but at the same time tAttoo has a pop sound as well to it.  While “REBORN” was exactly like this, this feels better executed and Nanase is back to showing off her energy in a great way.  I love how she sounds in the song being all cool and kickass as she usually is.  Definitely a great song to make-up for the lackluster “REBORN”.

2. Back to the day

I love the opening to Back to the day for sure.  It reminds me of her classic songs, but then as she enters the verses the song changes directions into a more lighthearted pop/rock song.  It isn’t as wild as “tAttoo” or old tracks before her return to the music scene, but it’s actually catchy and probably is one of the better B-sides she’s had.

3. DAHLIA (you’re my universe version)

If you’ve noticed, DAHLIA was originally a B-side on “Ai no Uta -Magenta Rain-“.  Since then (5 years ago), it’s gotten rearranged and resung for this single.  It still has a lot of stuff retained from its original release, but the song has a stronger backbone and the guitar returns to fill it out a bit more.  There also seems to be some sitar here as well which surprised me.  I thought the new touches were great for this ballad and could be one of her bests.

 

 

To make up for “REBORN”, I thought tAttoo was a great single to come after it.  tAttoo and Back to the day gave Nanase another chance to release something catchy and fierce while the new version of DAHLIA was a nice ending to the single.  Let’s hope it doesn’t take forever for her to release her next single.

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Nanase Aikawa – BREAK OUT! July 31, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. BREAK OUT!
  2. Ima Demo…。
  3. BREAK OUT! (Original Karaoke)

1. BREAK OUT!

BREAK OUT! oddly enough reminds me of her debut A-side “Yumemiru Shoujo ja Irarenai” a lot.  Though this time the song kind of fails with no real catchy chorus and the only real hook is with Nanase saying the title, but other than the song is very vacant and pretty unorthodox for her.  It might have a chorus, but it’s too strangely placed within the song that it kind of is harder to point it out.  Messy A-side

2. Ima Demo…。

It’s pretty sad that I really enjoyed the B-side of the single a lot more than “BREAK OUT!”.  Instead of the guitar driven sound, she goes for a more synth heavy track, but it’s like something that’d come straight from the 80’s since the guitar plays a minor role compared to the synth beats.  After a while, it comes clear that the song is a ballad of sorts and I knd of liked it.  Definitely a whole lot better than “BREAK OUT!”.

 

 

Nanase finishes the “Red” era off with BREAK OUT! and even though the A-side is a big mess of a song with a catchy hook, Ima Demo…。 came in and quickly took over the missing catchiness of the single and it’s one of her better tracks of her career.

 

Nanase Aikawa – LIKE A HARD RAIN May 18, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. LIKE A HARD RAIN
  2. Saigo no Yoru
  3. LIKE A HARD RAIN (Original Karaoke)

1. LIKE A HARD RAIN

I was happy that LIKE A HARD RAIN was pretty hard as a track with hard guitar playing Nanase’s singing.  I can actually stand her vocals here because they aren’t as ear-piercing as it was in the last two singles.  I can even say Nanase is quite expressive because she’s showing off some sweet attitude.  Could this be my favorite A-side of the era?

2. Saigo no Yoru

Our ethereal B-side pops up next and well, it’s quite different from what I’ve heard so far from her.  It’s nice to see her adding new sounds to her songs because Hearing bells and having a more ballad-sound actually worked for her and it meant it didn’t stress her vocals.  Trust me, Nanase still has her vocal issues, but they aren’t as prevelant as in the other songs like “Yumemiru Shoujo ja Irarenai”.  I really loved the latin guitar ending the song til it fades out, that was very cool.

 

 

This could be my favorite single of the “Red” era.  Both songs did well for her especially the B-side which was a ballad practically.  I think we have hope for her yet and it started out with this cool single.  LIKE A HARD RAIN is probably the cleanest of her works IMO so far.

 

Nanase Aikawa – BYE BYE! April 4, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. BYE BYE!
  2. Jounetsu no Shisu
  3. BYE BYE! (Original Karaoke)

1. BYE BYE!

This song sounds so funny when BYE BYE! starts out with a cowbell which luckily fades away when the guitars come in.  Nanase is kind of singing pretty fast with this song and this song actually sounds western…it could be the how the chords are working.  Just like her debut, Nanase’s vocals are pretty questionable as it’s very nasal and kind of a pain. 

2. Jounetsu no Shisu

Jounetsu no Shisu begins with a police siren wailing out before the guitars and what seems to be a sitar pops in.  Things look better with this song as it does sound so different and pretty exotic as Nanase songs go.  Nanase doesn’t sound much better, but it’s passable for right now.

 

 

Nanase’s 2nd single to me was a bit of a disappointment.  BYE BYE! wasn’t exactly a catchy track to begin with and her voice was just not fitting to the song.  Same thing with Jounetsu no Shisu, but the songs was a better presentation to me.

 

Nanase Aikawa – Yumemiru Shoujo ja Irarenai March 10, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Yumemiru Shoujo ja Irarenai
  2. Miss You
  3. Yumemiru Shoujo ja Irarenai (Original Karaoke)

1. Yumemiru Shoujo ja Irarenai

Hey, we go far back into Nanase’s debut.  Nanase’s vocals aren’t as deep as is now and you can hear that she definitly has some power building in her vocals even at such an early time in her career.  The chorus brought out the worst though, but I love the guitar riffs for sure and how she just oozes the title out is awesome. 

2. Miss You

Weird that Miss You starts out like some 90’s pop…oh wait this was in the 90’s.  Miss You has a lot of piano at first, but the song turns out to be this explosive collection of brass and guitars and synth.  The guitars are cool for sure but Nanase doesn’t do a lot through the song which is disappointing. 

 

 

Nanase’s debut was something.  Yumemiru Shoujo ja Irarenai is one of her most recognizable tunes and it’s been covered a few times which shows this is one huge track.  Even though I prefer the one she did recently off of “REBORN” it’s stands the test of time of course.  Miss You though is definitly B-side material, but at least she had a B-side.

 

Nanase Aikawa – REBORN February 18, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Yumemiru…
  2. Keep Singin’
  3. I love my way
  4. PRISM
  5. Come Closer
  6. REBORN
  7. GOODBYE YESTERDAY
  8. Dark & bright
  9. Glorious Night
  10. “Sukidayo”
  11. Circle Of Life (Bonus Track)

1. Yumemiru…

You know it’s bad when you take about 4 years to put out a friggin album and the first track is a reworked version of your debut single…Oh no you didn’t GIRL!  I do like the fact that she redid her debut because that song is just effin amazing.  You can really tell her vocals have matured since then which is cool and the whole rock/dance combination is so cool.  You got to remember though that this isn’t a direct cover of “Yumemiru Shoujo ja Irarenai”.  For one thing, the chorus is totally different except the last stanza which is from the original, everything else is brand new.  Music-wise, it’s also from her debut so hmmm.  Worst thing is how she did the “resonance” thing with her PV as well….WTH…

2. Keep Singin’

Keep Singin’ has some dark chords and I love how that her vocals are tinkered with as it sounds a little robotic fitting with this song.  I do wonder how much better if this song was sped up, because that’d be epic right there.  I love how she belts out the chorus with the whole ~Sha-la la laaaaa~.  So cool!

3. I love my way

I really thought this opening was crazy and the guitar+synth riffs was just awesome.  I do question the songs arrangement because the verses seem really dark and creepy and the chorus is all happy and hopeful….It’s just a strange way to go about the song, but luckily this song a good listen and the bridge is awesome.  Nanase seems to have a good rocker chick voice IMO.

4. PRISM

The only song that actually got to be a digital single last year, People were fangasming at how long it’s been since she’s released something.  PRISM does sound a bit different to the earlier tracks as it’s mostly happier and showcases a more powerful Nanase.  The problem is that she is doing a bit of yelling here and there’s other good tracks, but thank god she gave us something before this album.

5. Come Closer

After the string of highly upbeat tracks we get our first ballad in Come Closer.  With just the piano + strings backing Nanase up, this was just a big mood twist because it is so soft spoken.  I really love Nanase’s vocals…she knows when to be soft and be loud.  The percussion just seemed random at first but when the guitars came in through the chorus, it just made the song so much more powerful.

6. REBORN

 Our title track appears next and from the starts it was hard to picture where it was going exactly.  Adding a bouncy synth beat and clapping beats didn’t exactly help, but then the beat sped up so fast for the chorus.  It’s not what you call a good thing to do and then it just stops and goes back to the mid-tempo clapping verses….Srry, but I just didn’t really thought this track had any good flow….

7. GOODBYE YESTERDAY

Organ starts up GOODBYE YESTERDAY and then it turns into a rock track.  The verses have a ethereal kind of sound to it also with Nanase’s subdued vocals also making it feel surreal, but the chorus was so loud and in your face.  Definitly a westernized track, I could imagine this being on the radio in the states, givin if it had an English version LOL.

8. Dark & bright

Whoa, Dark & bright has the freakiest opening on the album.  Then the song turns into a fusion of dance and western-themed guitar.  I was like this is just awesome right from the start.  Just like “Yumemiru…”, this has just the right amount of energy and including some cool BKGD synths, this is another one of my favs from this album.

9. Glorious Night

I love how she accented the beginning parts of Glorious Night, and then it turned into a happy track.  The arrangement is just blazing with synths and guitar-work.  Sadly, the music can be too much for Nanase and cover her which forces her to yell real loud.  There are some awesome parts, mostly in the after chrous after going through the 2nd one. 

10. “Sukidayo”

Of course, a way to finish an album off is with a ballad.  Just like “Come Closer”, she’s more emotional and soft.  It doesn’t even have a trace of drums or anything.  All it is, is a full orchestra, making a stronger impact to the song.  I’ll say it, this is a way an album should end and this was the right example for me.

11. Circle Of Life

Surprisingly, the album has a bonus track on it and it’s not a cover of that famous tune from Lion King.  I love the harder guitars and basic angry singing, but I felt that the chorus was just quite too happy and didn’t sound right with the verses.  Not my kind of track, but I guess it was good to hear it.

Tracks Recommended

  •  Yumemiru…
  • “Sukidayo”
  • Dark & bright
  • Keep Singin’
  • Come Closer

Song of Avoidance

  • REBORN

Wow, for being on this hiatus for so long, you sure did make a comeback with this album.  I had such a good listening experience with this because Nanase can really do high-octane music, but she can also do some great ballads as well.  I just hope she returns to music for now because she is somewhat underrated at least what I see….