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ON/OFF – Legend of Twins II -Zoku Futago Densetsu- January 14, 2012

Filed under: ON/OFF — solarblade @ 6:51 pm

Track Listing

  1. Myth
  2. Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara
  3. Chouzetsu Requiem
  4. Kimi ga Suki
  5. I loving… -Boku no Ai-
  6. Butterfly
  7. Kimi ga Inakerya
  8. Chromatic Liner
  9. CONNECTION
  10. Boku Dake no Orion
  11. AKATSUKI ~Kimi no Kirei na Kokoro ga Suki~
  12. Legend
  13. 24 Jikan no Shinwa (bonus track)
  14. Christmas Carol no Koro ni wa (bonus track)

1. Myth

ON/OFF’s second album begins in a different yet kind of magical way with some orchestral bust with some strings, brass, and a little synth to wrap it all in a small bow.  I actually thought it was an epic intro (well up to where the synths come busting through) but this is still pretty cool of an intro! 

2. Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara

Which leads into our first song quite smoothly.  As the second A-side released in the era, I actually remember this song the most out of the three A-sides but that’s because it has that 90’s euro-pop sound to it and I enjoyed both of the guys vocals (even though it’s hard telling them apart in their solo lines).  It’s pretty fun and lively and kind of has that nostalgic kick to it…not bad!

3. Chouzetsu Requiem

Our first new song on the album, Chouzetsu Requiem is quite a dive after the last song because unlike the euro-ness of it, this one has more of a jazzier output and I was kind of impressed with this one the longer it went on because both Kazuya and Naoya’s vocals really fit the style almost perfectly.  I’m really digging this song!

4. Kimi ga Suki

I’m starting to think the flow is gonna be unusual on this album but that’s OK.  Kimi ga Suki is a little of synth but not as much as “Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara”.  I’m kind of bored of this one because there doesn’t seem to be as a bigger punch on the sound unlike the last two songs.  Very light and fluffy…but kind of bland at the same time.

5. I loving… -Boku no Ai-

The next couple of songs are all previous released material.  Starting with the B-side from “Akatsuki”, I was expecting ALL of the B-sides making it on the album but “Tsukisasare! Darts” was the only omitted one…I wonder why.  In the case, I loving… was rather a breath of fresh air because it was the only ballad.  I will say that my feelings towards it haven’t changed much since it still kind of leaves me bored in the end. 

6. Butterfly

As it was the first A-side released in the era, I wasn’t expecting to have Butterfly being lighter than their singles before it which took some time to get used to.  At least I’ve gotten used to their lighter side and I ended up liking Butterfly a little more from when I first heard it.  It actually sounds rather different from everything so far and I like that a lot.  Even the piano solo…was refreshing!

7. Kimi ga Inakerya

As the B-sides from “Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara”, I was kind of hoping if there was one B-side missing, it’d be this one!  I mean I guess it has it’s unique reason that it’s on here but like “I loving…”, I’m kind of just bored.  Actually, it kind of pulls the same reaction I felt for “Kimi ga Suki”.  Kind of too light and underarranged IMO.  Kind of sounds latin and maybe a little indian in places…but otherwise…meh.

8. Chromatic Liner

I guess “Kimi ga Inakerya” and Chromatic Liner are the more ethnic songs since they sound unique to the album.  I really like the use of Japanese strings and oriental flair for it.  At first I thought I heard bagpipes…but it isn’t just something else (I can’t tell what else it could be though…).  It has this rather adventurous flow and I thought this would’ve been perfect if it had been after “Myth” to be honest.

9. CONNECTION

Ahhh, the B-side from “Butterfly” made the cut as well.  Unfortunately, it’s one the more weaker songs on the album since it sounds rather too dated for me to enjoy.  Despite both Naoya and Kazuya sounding quite nice, the rest of the song just kind of is a big blur for me.  Another choice were I rather would’ve had “Tsukisasare! Darts” over this!

10. Boku Dake no Orion

Which carries over into Boku Dake no Orion which is more or less the same feelings I felt for.  It’s a little softer in the verses, that’s for sure.  It has a solid beat though and that’s kind of catchy to listen to, but this song is kind of plain as well and doesn’t leave much of a mark on me.

11. AKATSUKI ~Kimi no Kirei na Kokoro ga Suki~

It seems we get a new version of Akatsuki (which was their 3rd and final A-side released in the era.  Even though it’s become my second favorite A-side of the era (yeah, since the single review, “Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara” grew on me immensely), AKATSUKI sounds rather good still and kind of has this bright and happy mood.  At first, I wasn’t unsure of the changes because the arrangement is the same for the most part…but there’s actually a female singing in the song along with the guys.  It was rather ODD…but she sounds really nice (whoever she is…J doesn’t count).  Still a solid release from the duo.

12. Legend

What should close the album officially is Legend which makes sense since the opening tune was called “Myth”.  Just like the intro, the outro has an orchestral feel and plays a melody (sounds familiar…but not sure what it is).  Likewise, there’s no vocals from either member and it’s a little over 3 minutes.  It’s a fitting song to close the album…well that is until…

13. 24 Jikan no Shinwa

I’m surprised they’d have TWO bonus tracks on the album, though for what reason they are bonuses baffles me.  24 Jikan no Shinwa is a relaxing tune and it features a light arrangement and smooth vocals from the boys.  I actually remember this quite well compared to “I loving…” which is a good sign.  Very pleasant tune actually!

14. Christmas Carol no Koro ni wa

Closing the album out, we get the Christmas tune from the boys.  Yeah, it’s a bit unusual (especially since I’m reviewing it now) but the song is uber cheesy that’s for sure.  It’s like JE puked all over this one for some reason and I’m kind of like WHY ON/OFF WHY???? 

Tracks Recommended

  • Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara
  • Chouzetsu Requiem
  • 24 Jikan no Shinwa
  • Chromatic Liner
  • AKATSUKI ~Kimi no Kirei na Kokoro ga Suki~

Song of Avoidance

  • Christmas Carol no Koro ni wa

For ON/OFF’s sophomore effort (and it’s been a long time coming), Legend of Twins II is a bit different from the first one since there’s no dark-tinged songs (given that they didn’t work on Vampire Knight anymore).  Still it was kind of nice but at the same time it had some rather unnecessary songs like that icky Christmas Carol song and a couple B-sides.  Still a rather alright album.

 

ON/OFF – Akatsuki November 10, 2011

Filed under: ON/OFF — solarblade @ 1:15 am

Track Listing

  1. Akatsuki
  2. Tsukisasare! Darts
  3. I loving… -Boku no Ai-
  4. Akatsuki (Instrumental)

1. Akatsuki

When Akatsuki began, it was just the members and acoustic guitar and that was nice.  Then it opens into this sparkly pop tune with plucked strings.  I guess that kind of sounds like “Butterfly” but this was actually a little better since both Naoya and Kazuya sound rather relaxed and in their zone for this one.  I would say it’s they most relaxed of the A-sides and I like this the most.

2. Tsukisasare! Darts

I’m surprised to see that on the upcoming album’s tracklist this song is the only one that won’t be on it.  I’m curious to as why because it rather interesting to listen to because it kind of has this dark tinge in it that I loved from listening to the duo.  Also, they guys sound really good in this song and shows a lot interesting melodies.  The thing that kind of hurt the song was the fake brass…it just didn’t work here and made the song’s mood confusing.  Still overall this was a pretty good song.

3. I loving… -Boku no Ai-

The other B-side though was a surprise to me since it’s the one to be added to the album.  I loving… is unsurprisingly the single’s ballad track with simple natural instruments being used here.  Of course the guys sound alright but the arrangement is a little boring to be honest.  I guess in an era of most upbeat songs this was nice change.

 

 

ON/OFF finishes their sophomore era with quite possibly their best single of the era.  I have to say that Akatsuki and Tsukisasare! Darts were pretty good songs.  The former is a little more like what they’ve been sounding like since the start of the era but the latter song was interesting to catch my attention.  I loving… though was just boring to me but it might stick better to other people since it is a ballad and they haven’t done any since the last era.  I’m curious about the album now!

 

ON/OFF – Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara May 3, 2011

Filed under: ON/OFF — solarblade @ 12:00 am

Track Listing

  1. Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara
  2. Kimi ga Inakerya
  3. Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara (TV Size Ver.) (CD only)
  4. Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara (Instrumental)
  5. Kimi ga Inakerya (Instrumental)

1. Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara

Starting the single off, I actually kind of enjoyed Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara for seem reason.  It could be from the kind of synthy dance style we have here that sounds like something Nami Tamaki would’ve used for some reason.  I still have somewhat a difficult time differentiating Kazuya and Naoya’s vocals since they’re really similar, but they both pulled the song off well.  Still more used to their Vampire Knight songs though.

2. Kimi ga Inakerya

As for the B-side, Kimi ga Inakerya does follow in the footsteps of the A-side with a kind of upbeat dance style, but at the same time is more relaxed and not heavy on the synths, paying attention to the guys vocals.  The good thing about the song was the latin guitar interjection half way in the song…but that’s really the only thing that stood out as the rest of the song was pretty much forgettable.

As the second single of the era, Hajimaru no wa, Sayonara is a slight step down from “Butterfly” honestly.  I liked the A-side since it’s upbeat and quite catchy for sure but I felt Kimi ga Inakerya lacked a lot of interest and really doesn’t stand out for me.  Let’s not take so long with the next single! XD

 

ON/OFF – Butterfly June 8, 2010

Filed under: ON/OFF — solarblade @ 5:39 pm

Track Listing

  1. Butterfly
  2. CONNECTION
  3. Butterfly (TV Size Ver.)
  4. Butterfly (Instrumental)

1. Butterfly

Y’know I only really know ON/OFF from their Vampire Knight songs and with that series came with dark songs.  Buttefly however isn’t like that because it’s not tied-in.  Butterfly is an anime-esque song with guitars and sparkling synths and such.  Naoya and Kazuya sounds pretty good more or less than they did in their debut era.  It’s a very busy song and the piano interlude in the middle was pretty cool.  Ok it’s a good song.

2. CONNECTION

However the bigger wtf is CONNECTION which is a bit more happier than “Butterfly” was, but the song actually is pretty catchy even though it doesn’t suit the guys one bit.  The synths in the song keep things interesting and the melodic sounds of both guys fit better in this tune too.  I guess it’s a little better than the A-side but not by much.

 

 

ON/OFF finally returns after that year long hiatus with Butterfly which might turn a few fans heads because it’s not a Vampire Knight tie-in and all that.  I’ll admit, happier songs dont fit them well and I do rather want em back the way they were, but oh well.  Butterfly is pretty good…a little one-dimensional but alright, but CONNECTION was pretty good though…

 

ON/OFF – Eien no Setsuna April 16, 2010

Filed under: ON/OFF — solarblade @ 6:24 am

Track Listing

  1. Eien no Setsuna
  2. Wasureranu Hitomi
  3. Eien no Setsuna (Instrumental)
  4. Wasureranu Hitomi (Instrumental)

1. Eien no Setsuna

God does the beginning of Eien no Setsuna is pretty.  It does kind of sound like a typical anime track with prominent acoustic guitar.  I guess it’s alright because Naoya and Kazuya sound great here and their deeper vocals are a nice change to these anime themes.  That breakdown in the middle was a little strange but nice hahaha.  Ok it’s good, but I wouldn’t say amazing.

2. Wasureranu Hitomi

Why was I so entranced by the B-side has got me all up in arms haha.  I thought the guys did better with this song vocally here.  I’m not sure there’s a big difference between the two songs to make the single really pop out but this definitely should’ve been the A-side.  It might be a little more somber, but this was better IMO

 

 

ON/OFF’s debut major label single was alright…nothing special.  I mean yeah it’s more of the guitar-laced songs that made “yokogao” nice, but SONY didn’t really do anything to boost things up.  Just an alright single.

 

ON/OFF – yokogao September 7, 2009

Filed under: ON/OFF — solarblade @ 5:43 pm

yokogao

Track Listing

  1. Kimi no Yokogao
  2. Crazy About You
  3. Oredake no Muse

1. Kimi no Yokogao

Is it me or is ON/OFF’s indie single start off pretty quietly or is it just me?  Maybe it’s the production that’s making me not like the song much, but the music is alright.  There’s a lot of bass present in the song.  I’m not sure which of the brothers I like more, but I guess the songs passable.

2. Crazy About You

Our next track definitlely adds more energy and interest for me than the previous track.  I loved how the song opens up into this upbeat tune.  I even notice that Naoya is singing a lot more stronger here as well.  The brothers together are actually nice and they do it right.  Pretty strong track.

3. Oredake no Muse

Then again, the final track is quite underwhelming when compared to “Crazy About You”.  Both do have an upbeat nature, but Oredake no Muse is just missing something that would’ve made it so epic.  Naoya seems to be the more important singer in this single, so it’s not too surprising to see him once again have the more important parts…(then again it’s hard to split who’s who). 

 

 

ON/OFF’s lone indies single shows the low production value that indie artists usually have.  Some points it makes me think, they were doing some enka, more or less.  I could be wrong, but these songs are a bit different from their major releases lol.  yokogao is alright though ^_^