Piko Piko☆Legend of the Night
Rollin’ Merry Go Round
Kodoku no Kanmuri
Sakurane -Ballad- (BONUS TRACK)
Damn, kicking things off right from the start, Rebirth feels like some kind of Nami Tamaki song with the synths and heavy guitar bursts throughout. I actually enjoyed this track quite a bit because Piko’s vocals really that harsh sounding and he gives the song that great drive and feel. Powerful and just all-around rockin’, this is a great start to the album.
As the 3rd and final A-side released in the era, Sakurane to me felt quite unique for some reason. It could be from the shimasen that gives it that traditional feel to the song. However, after Piko’s pitchy entrance, it kind of left me wondering why it felt so uninteresting. It’s pretty much anime-ish all-around, but I think I preferred this to both “Story” and “Wasurenagusa”…not much to say A-side-wise eh?
3. main dish
Sweet guitar riffs open up main dish which is our next new song. Sadly, for a first, Piko is singing like a girl the entire track and while it’s very strange yet unique, I can’t help but think there is a girl involved in the song instead of a guy so it’s some kind of gender-bender vocals. Otherwise, I loved the arrangement of the song and Piko doesn’t sound too bad which is always a plus for me.
Wow, I didn’t think it’d get hardcore after hearing “Rebirth” but this song takes the cake and runs with it by focusing things more on the guitars and the piano-fronted verses. It does remind me of something I’ve heard before but it sounds enigmatic and yet powerful. Piko can really push his limits on his vocals as seen in the chorus and I loved the power he showed off. Surprising yet awesome tune!
Getting into the 2nd A-side of the era, Wasurenagusa felt quite underwhelming for me because Piko’s vocals are kind of mediocre when compared to many of the other tracks on the album. It’s light in its arrangement and also feels as animeish as the other A-sides, but the thing that was cool was the acoustic guitar solo more than anything else.
As the album’s first ballad, Koishikute sounds lovely with it’s fluttery piano arrangement with backups of piano aiding along the song. However this song really made me cringe in various places because while it’s one of the better emotional songs on the album, Piko’s vocals are all over the radar and it’s just really painful to fully listen to (especially near the ending). WAY TO MESS UP.
7. Piko Piko☆Legend of the Night
After a ballad we get something that is surprisingly eurotrance which is a big wrench to the album but it’s actually one of my favorite songs simply because the energy is there and Piko’s vocals aren’t at an outrageous level like it was in “Koishikute”. It’s a pretty catchy ass song and definitely perked my interest back into the guy ^_^
8. Nisshoku Hokou
After that track of awesomeness, Nisshoku Hokou started off like it was going to be one of the more cuter songs since Piko’s vocals were being filtered a bit at the start. After the guitars and such enters the song, it turns into something I would’ve expected YUI to cover for something. It’s not a bad song and there’s one part of the second verse that he switches to a girly tone and it wasn’t too bad…but rather random…like he’s singing under two entities…Pretty interesting of a song and even cooler how it was planned out.
9. Rollin’ Merry Go Round
Taking a bit more of a sillier route with our next song, its bouncy nature is quite enticing and makes me tap my feet along with the quick-paced tempo that was set up. It’s almost making me want to call it a big band sound, but there’s not a whole lot of brass present (at least not by big band standards). It’s a pretty fun song to be honest and can be considered quite the song to love hehe.
Then we enter his debut major label single and Story was a BUST. I mean once again I have to admit that the A-sides were just masking the good songs found on the album. The problem here with Story is his vocals are just unbearable through the choruses and beginning of the song. The verses and some other parts are more tolerable, but this song makes “Sakurane” look like gold.
11. Kodoku no Kanmuri
Whenever I listen to the opening for Kodoku no Kanmuri, I get a sense of Cirque du Soleil with the odd woodwind opening. I felt like it was something sweet to listen to and Piko sounds alright. Even the chorus isn’t as awkward as “Story” was, but there’s still some moments that make me cringe a little. Not that epic of a song, but it’s alright.
12. Shooting Star
Ohhhh, I like the opening of Shooting Star and it does turn out to be something like what “Sakurane” was without the shimasen. It also sounds a whole lot better and more cooler of a song to be honest. There’s still some vocal hiccups here and there, but definitely stands out better than the A-side mentioned.
13. Sakurane -Ballad-
Since “Shooting Star” does end the album, it comes with a bonus track and that’s a revisioned version of Sakurane which is of course his last A-side in the era. Adding about two extra minutes to the song making it about 6 minutes but not quite…it’s alright but the fact that the shimasen was erased and replaced totally by piano is a bit saddening. He sounds quite well and better in tune in this song, but piano only is a bit meh…double-edged sword 😄
Song of Avoidance
So Piko’s major label debut album is quite surprising for sure. The A-sides really masked the fact that this album does have great songs and it baffles me why he released them in the first place since they aren’t great songs. 1PIKO is quite good and can possibly please fans of him…just no more off-pitch vocals plz!