Knockin’ On Dream’s Door
Luminous face, It’s mine!
Renai Koujou committee
1. Eureka Baby
I was kind of hoping that she didn’t choose Eureka Baby as the opening song to Natsuko’s sophomore album but damn it all that she does! Then again when most of the era has been chock-full of sugary idol-pop tunes, it’s hard to escape it. So I had to swallow that pill and see what she’s done without thinking of the awesomeness of “Programming for non-fiction”. After listening to it, it does remind of a YuiKaori song but with Natsuko’s vocals which aren’t as terrible as I once thought they were. Still, odd choice for first song!
2. More-more LOVERS!!
The second track is the era’s first A-side which is oddly enough more cuter than the final A-side of the era (“Eureka Baby”). While it’s pretty much cutesy pop once again, More-more LOVERS!! is alright but I do find that the genki extras and the pseudo rapping is a little out of place. It’s just a little strange for me which could be bad but sometimes it’s good on a good day XD.
3. Kuusou Resume
Yay! A string of brand new songs come up next starting with Kuusou Resume. I will say that despite the same atmosphere in the song that’s been prevelent so far on the album, this has actual good vocals from Natsuko. They’re deeper than I remembered them last and fits the arrangement quite well. I wish she had released this as a single instead of some of the others.
Our next track really came out of nowhere and surprised me the most on this album. Unlike the previous three tracks that were genki synthy songs bundled in an idol-bow, Tokimeki☆Traveler is all synths no doubt, but it sounds like it would’ve fit more on her debut album, “Movement of magic”. I’m surprised she played it low on this song but it worked since it has this mysterious vibe mixed with an outer-space feel to it. I liked it a lot! It’s probably my favorite from the album.
After such a song like “Tokimeki☆Traveler” it wasn’t surprising she’d follow it up with a bright pop song like Daylight. They are like night and day to each other but it’s such a nice contrast to be honest. I still to prefer the previous song though, but this is also a nice track to be honest and she sounds rather good, especially the chorus.
6. Knockin’ On Dream’s Door
I liked the intro of our next song which includes strings and a nice beat. After a little bit with that it lets up and we’re left with Natsuko and a guitar riff. It feels like what her A-sides would’ve sound like if they were stripped of their sugar coating. I’m not sure if I would’ve liked them any better though and with this song I do feel like it’s missing something to make it feel complete. The piano is really cute though…It’s alright of a song but iono…
7. Luminous face, It’s mine!
Then she tries to go for the epic anime-song with Luminous face and she actually pulls this off even though it really doesn’t fit on the album really since it’s hard and rockin’. There’s traces of synths found throughout the song and the chorus does seem to cutesy up things but overall it just stands out on the album in a weird way but I like the song just by itself. It’s the right kind of edge she needed after so many cute songs before this album’s release.
bitter to me is to me sounding like a winter song because of how it’s arrangement is presented. It’s a mid-tempo tune, but it’s hard to decide if it’s more of a pop tune or an R&B track since it comes off both ways to me. It stays pretty much at the same feel the entire song and at the end I’m kind of disappointed because it wasn’t exactly anything special (especially that stands out on its own since this album has been quite varied throughout).
9. starry-eyed future
Unlike her last album which included two B-sides, Precious tone only let one B-side make the album’s cut and it’s the one from “Diamond Star☆”. When the single was released this song was very forgetful and kind of bland, but on the album, I found it to be a much better place for it even though her vocals aren’t as good. I say that after the boring “bitter”, starry-eyed future came in and showed up the previous song by being a better tune overall (and this is coming from a ballad).
10. Renai Koujou committee
I was starting to wonder what happened to all of that genki-idol stuff Natsuko did and we get rushed back in with her 3rd A-side. I will say that after time getting used to her changing sounds, Renai Koujou committee has slightly grown on me even though this song is a bit much and the odd usage of auto-tune was bothersome. It just sounds like something MilkyWay would have loved to have made their own!
11. Diamond Star☆
It’s so tough to decide which A-side was the best of the four but I’m leaning more towards her second A-side, Diamond Star☆. It isn’t all in your face like the other three A-sides but at the same time it still has the genki anime pop sound going which brought it down. Also, add in the parts where guys are yelling with her and it just leaves me with my eyebrows raised.
12. Precious tone
The album then closes with its promotional tune (which is also the title track no surprise there since “Movement of magic” was also a promotional song for that album). I wasn’t expecting the song to be somewhat reminescent of stuff on her first album but that’s pretty cool since I like the strings and the synth-play here. Natsuko sounds really pleasant though and I have to say I was impressed with this song and made a pretty ending.
Song of Avoidance
Just to show you, she released 4 A-sides but none of them made the list of recommendations. Precious tone really shows that A-sides do not make an album epic it’s the actual album tracks themselves this time around. I wish her label stopped pushing her to be an idol-like singer because it doesn’t work AT ALL. I liked it when she’s more in a natural sound like the album tracks and some of the stuff of her debut. I will say she’s progessed for this album which is awesome! NO MORE CUTE A-SIDES PLZZZZZ.