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PINK CRES. – Soleil October 13, 2020

Filed under: PINK CRES. — solarblade @ 1:12 am

Track Listing

  1. My Name Is Identity
  2. Tokyo Confusion
  3. Roulette
  4. Uchuu no Onna wa Amakunai
  5. (Stray cat is) STARING AT ME
  6. OH・SHA・RE
  7. Egoistic
  8. Me, Myself, and I

1. My Name Is Identity

As the album’s opening song, I had this similar sense to when “Roulette” released with the song’s more jazzier and classier vibe going on.  Not quite sure how to feel about this one as it’s just kind of similar in ways,  Also, it’s pretty short coming at 3 minutes in length.  At least the trio sounds pretty decent?

2. Tokyo Confusion

As their technical only indies single released, I found Tokyo Confusion to be quite entertaining and ridiculously funny of a song to release and it really worked for them.  I really enjoyed the energy of the track and each of the members were bringing their best out of this one, so it definitely left a mark on me.

3. Roulette

Moving to their major label debut single, Roulette comes in with a stronger vocal performance and the arrangement is pretty loud and crazy alive (makes me wonder why it wasn’t after “My Name Is Identity” as they both had a similar tone to it).  I do like most of the song though, except for the vocal filters sprinkled throughout the track.  Otherwise, it’s a pretty decent A-side from them

4. Uchuu no Onna wa Amakunai

I guess we’re speeding through the A-sides to get them out of the way, doesn’t it seem like it?  As the other A-side alongside “Tokyo Confusion”, Uchuu no Onna wa Amakunai was a lighter affair with the synths even if they’re still present in the track.  All the members once again give a pretty decent performance and the song while didn’t stand out as much as its sister A-side, it’s definitely a stronger song.

5. (Stray cat is) STARING AT ME

Moving onto some new tracks on the album, this one definitely caught my attention because of how absurd the title is honestly.  I was expecting another bonkers track like “Tokyo Confusion” to be quite frank, but this is rather chill and poppy in nature, almost cutesy to say the least.  It’s just very chill and relaxing of a song, interesting and I quite liked it!

6. OH・SHA・RE

I’m not quite what was up with the opening monologue, but the song immediatley shifted into this kind of eurotrance melody that was pretty hilarious, yet surprising for the group to kick into, but I was definitely digging the song, since that sound was so sounding giving me that Initial D feel and I was happy.  It’s also kind of cutesy in the verses, but it gave the gave the ladies something to work with and stand out in this…well, exciting track!

7. Egoistic

I wasn’t expecting one of the B-sides to make the cut here, this one from all versions of “Roulette”.  Shifting away from the Eurotrance sound to something a bit more 80s summer jam, Egoistic wasn’t the best off that single, but there’s something about it that’s pretty neat for the trio.  It’s an OK track to include I’d say, maybe on the lower end, but still pleasant.

8. Me, Myself, and I

The mini-album concludes with Me, Myself, and I and it’s definitely the softest the album has to offer.  I really like the beats, clap, and piano arrangement as it gives the album a rather decent closure to it.  The chorus is pretty anthemic sounding to me though and I kind of liked that about this track that’s for sure.  Nice ending I’d say.

 

 

As this is PINK CRES. 3rd mini-album (first as a major label group), Soleil is actually probably their best effort yet in music.  Despite that half of the album was old songs and the other new, it’s got an even bet of really good tracks I’d say.  I think maybe My Name Is Identity and Egoistic may be the weakest tracks here, but the rest of it was pretty good!  Curious to see where they go next!

 

PINK CRES. – Roulette August 13, 2020

Filed under: PINK CRES. — solarblade @ 5:38 am

roulette

Track Listing

  1. Roulette
  2. Egoistic
  3. GIRLS PRIDE (Type A only)
  4. BLACK OUT (Type B only)
  5. Think over (Type C only)
  6. Roulette (Instrumental)
  7. Egoistic (Instrumental)
  8. GIRLS PRIDE (Instrumental)
  9. BLACK OUT (Instrumental)
  10. Think over (Instrumental)

1. Roulette

As the leading track off the single, Roulette is definitely giving me some kind of interesting casino vibes and I’m once again surprised that PINK CRES. is going into more interesting styles of music.  I do enjoy it a lot and the Las Vegas vibes are pretty cool.  What I will say is that some of the vocal effects are rather strange to me, but I do like Yuuka’s lines (even if she is covered up a LOT by the explosive arrangement.  Miyabi sounds good as normal and Hikaru is doing pretty good as their so-called rapper.  Overall a really nice song.

2. Egoistic

As the main B-side found on all editions, Egoistic takes the trio into a more 80’s summer-themed track with some fun beats and nice amounts of saxophones/trumpets for this tune.  It’s pretty sweet of a song and really gives that 80’s throwback sound a nice wave.  I especially loved Hikaru’s rap and the saxophone solo in the bridge too.  It feels like a song that could’ve been on “crescendo” but definitely feels nice as a B-side.

3. GIRLS PRIDE

Hikaru opens the first of the edition exclusive tracks with some intro-spelling and at first I thought it was going to be rock song with the electric guitar kind of showing off.  Surprised to hear a lot of Miyabi here and the song switches up and turns EDM-centric and kind of different from what I expected.  I will give them that it’s such a unique track.  It gets better as time goes on, but the first half I’d say is kind of spotty.

4. BLACK OUT

As another exclusive, BLACK OUT seems to be a bit more straightforward for the group being a straight-up dance track which is great especially hearing all 3 members get some pretty great lines in this one.  Especially Hikaru who is really standing out from the other two members due to her rather strong ability to rap a bit.  Though that chorus was great though, probably the best one of the single if I had to be honest.  Yeah, probably the best track too xD

5. Think over

As the Type-C track, Think over is pretty much the one that stands out the most because it’s a lighter affair versus the other 4 tracks.  This one definitely has “Etcetera” vibe with the dance/pop sound found her.  I will say I enjoyed Yuuka’s and Miyabi’s lines, Hikaru’s speak-rapping line isn’t really that well for me this time.  It’s just a very girly pop track for me.

 

 

As the group’s first major label single, Roulette definitely feels a bit more whole than their last single I’d say and for that it kind of automatically is better in that way.  The B-sides (minus Egoistic) curiously enough were going to be originally on their now-cancelled mini-album, but were thrown here instead to make up for it.  Overall, Roulette was a good leading track but some of those vocal filters were somewhere intrusive.  Egoistic and BLACK OUT were definitely the highlights though, really good tracks.  Think over was a little plain and forgetful and GIRLS PRIDE takes some time getting used to.  With their actual 3rd mini-album, “Soleil” coming up I’m wondering what that’ll be like considering the lead track, Egositic and the previous single are going to be on it…it’ll be something I’m sure.

 

PINK CRES. – Toyko Confusion/Uchuu no Onna wa Amakunai August 9, 2020

Filed under: PINK CRES. — solarblade @ 6:03 am

tokyoconfusion

Track Listing

  1. Tokyo Confusion
  2. Uchuu no Onna wa Amakunai
  3. Tokyo Confusion (Instrumental)
  4. Uchuu no Onna wa Amakunai (Instrumental)

1. Tokyo Confusion

Leading off the single, Tokyo Confusion was for sure something I was not expecting PINK CRES. to do.  It’s such a bizarre A-side for the trio have because it’s so frenetic, yet the sound of it is something they haven’t done.  It’s almost as if their efforts in their music was upgraded after most of the songs from “Etcetera”.  I mean the hooks are incredibly catch and it’s EDM sound is pretty cool to listen to.  Crazy song, but definitely a memorable one.

2. Uchuu no Onna wa Amakunai

As for the other A-side, Uchuu no Onna wa Amakunai also followed through with having a rather interesting arrangement versus anything previous.  Though in comparison to “Tokyo Confusion” it is a bit more straightforward and not defined by hooks.  I’m enjoying the synth-pop here and all 3 members sound surprisingly good and a bit more stronger than their last release.

 

 

After two albums, the trio finally release their 1st single and boy does it stand out away from those releases by being a bit more in current sounds.  Tokyo Confusion was pretty wild and yet surprisingly catchy.  It just has that H!P randomness that I’ve kind of missed out of Miyabi and she worked it as well as Yuuka and Hikaru too.  Uchuu no Onna wa Amakunai was also good and definitely kept up with a similar electronic sound too.  A new direction for the group perhaps?  We will see…

 

PINK CRES. – Etcetera

Filed under: PINK CRES. — solarblade @ 5:40 am

etcetera

Track Listing

  1. P・I・N・K
  2. Etcetera
  3. Love Tag
  4. Route Sixteen
  5. Sapuri
  6. Bukiyou na Jibun
  7. TOUGH GIRL
  8. Sing to the sky
  9. true love.
  10. Sweet Girl’s Night

1. P・I・N・K

As the opening song, the tune opens up with a cheering chant and jumps into the song with of course Miyabi leading vocals under a rather J-pop-like dance feel to it with the filtered vocals.  I’m hearing this song and I feel like it’s somewhat empty sound especially when they sing in the chorus.  That said, the chorus grew onto me as we got closer to the end.  I do like Yuuka getting 2nd most lines while Hikaru got a hefty rap in the bridge…Interesting move I’d say!

2. Etcetera

Onto the title track, Etcetera seems a bit more serious sounding than the previous track for sure and it has a nice beat going for it.  Though I can’t say I’m into the track much besides getting more Yuuka here.  Hikaru is still doing the rapping parts but there’s a vocal line not done by any of the 3 members and it’s just a gross sounding line especially trying to work in the title of the single in spelling and syllables at once…lord mercy.  Luckily its chorus is pretty strong and shows off Yuuka and Miyabi pretty well together (sounds like Hikaru is kind of left out?).  After a while the song does grow on me, but I still dislike the aforementioned part.  Oh this was also used to promote this album too…hmmm.

3. Love Tag

Not sure why but I got some Buono! feels from the intro of the Love Tag here.  Actually those feels carry throughout for me especially in its chorus.  I’m liking the chorus a lot and it really feels summery and fun like a lot of their songs from their first release.  Not there was a lot of Hikaru to be heard, but it was an OK song overall.

4. Route Sixteen

There’s really not much to say here for the next track to be honest because it’s kind one of those happy-go-lucky cute songs that kind is just enough to be overbearingly sugary sweet to me.  I do like all 3 members have a very nice amount of solos throughout, but the tune’s simplicity and just kind of vanilla-like arrangement just doesn’t quite pull me in.

5. Sapuri

At least my interest is brought back with the next track, a funky Disco-styled tune for the group.  Though once again after a while, the feelings towards the song gets more bored and forgetful as the disco-parts don’t seem to quite pop out at me and the tune just feels like “Route Sixteen” with a little flair.  Sapuri I don’t know, it tried, but it just came up short.

6. Bukiyou na Jibun

As the other promotional song from the album, Bukiyou na Jibun caters to that lowbrow R&B with some trap beats to lift things up.  I will give it that it didn’t quite bore me like the previous two tracks fortunately.  For once I also quite enjoyed hearing Hikaru and Miyabi together and Yuuka is shockingly good layered on top of Miyabi’s vocals for sure.  It’s not a song I expected from PINK CRES. but I definitely enjoyed this laidback kind of track.

7. TOUGH GIRL

For a song with such a title, I was kind of hoping for a edgier track here but TOUGH GIRL seems more like an upbeat and danceable “Route Sixteen” though with Yuuka doing some pseudo-rapping here instead of Hikaru.  That said, the song wasn’t all that great to me and feels like a Berryz Kobo B-side almost.  Yeah, this was meh.

8. Sing to the sky

Just like “Bukiyou na Jibun”, I’m actually digging the lighter songs on the album this time around and this track in particular is a great meet-in-the-middle song with a lighter and flowing arrangement to the rather fantastic harmonies out of the trio here.  Really nice track here and all 3 ladies just pull it off so well here.  It’s probably my favorite song off the album!

9. true love.

As we’re nearing the ending of the album, true love. comes in with this rather cutesy and upbeat song that doesn’t seem quite strange coming from H!P with it’s cute arrangement and some of the bells and whistles that fill it.  Though that chorus once again fails for me since like “TOUGH GIRL”, it’s just too white and boring to me.  Though by the time the chorus came around the 2nd time I was getting somewhat of a Christmas-y vibe which is ironic because…

10. Sweet Girl’s Night

The final track is a Christmas-based song.  It was released as a digital singe prior to the album as a gift song for fans and while it closed the album out in a rather sugary way, Sweet Girl’s Night is peppy and the trio sound happy and cute to be involved here.  I’m kind of enjoying the atmosphere here and they definitely owned it!

Tracks Recommended

  • Sing to the sky
  • Bukiyou na Jibun
  • Sweet Girl’s Night
  • P・I・N・K

Song of Avoidance

  • TOUGH GIRL

Getting to PINK CRES. 2nd album, Etcetera was definitely a little more focused on getting Yuuka and Hikaru a bit more to do than in “crescendo”.  In some ways it worked on this album and in other ways kind of felt they missed the mark.  The music this time just was kind of there, even some of the good songs weren’t quite up to snuff to their previous stuff for sure.  At least I finally tell who’s singing in the group now!

 

PINK CRES. – crescendo May 30, 2017

Filed under: PINK CRES. — solarblade @ 4:59 am

crescendo

Track Listing

  1. fun fun fun
  2. LOVE CANDY
  3. Uwa na Sora
  4. Kirei Kawai Mirai
  5. Last Love
  6. Katasumi
  7. Warning ~Mirei Keihou~
  8. Tell me why
  9. Summer wonderland

1. fun fun fun

The sound of clock ticking opens the album up and then we have the return of Miyabi’s heavenly voice!  I knew that the group did start off with some EDM-like substance, but I wasn’t expecting the first unheard track to be more pop with horns and a heavy beat.  I kind of like the summer atmosphere I get from the track.  While I wasn’t too sure to differentiate from the other two members; Yuuka and Hikaru, I feel like they still had some training to go through and it was apparent that Miyabi had the spotlight here.  Still, I kind of dug the track overall and it’s a great start to the album!

2. LOVE CANDY

Now this was what I was expecting when I came to listen to the album.  Unlike the bright, beachy vibe of “fun fun fun”, we get the electro-heavy LOVE CANDY.  What caught me off guard was the abuse of auto-tune in the trio’s vocals and it’s something I’m not too into unless the rest of the track was catching on.  The robotic performance is rather surprising, but there’s someone with a deep voice that actually surprised in how well it sounded in auto-tune, possibly Yuuka?  The rest of the song was pretty good too, it did feel a bit long, but at 4 minutes is it really???

3. Uwa na Sora

Changing things up again, Uwa na Sora seems to take the trio into a much cuter vibe, but mixed in some light dubstep and hip-hop?  I don’t know, but I feel a bit conflicted with this track as it feels like it would be a ballad, but it’s given this super glossy sound that works against it except in the chorus where it does slightly work.  Yeah, it was never a song that I could really get into…

4. Kirei Kawai Mirai

I don’t know why, but when I listen to this song, it feels like a Buono! song that was sorely missed by the trio and yet here I am imagining Airi & Momoko somewhere in this song or hoping.  Granted, the song does somewhat stick out from being a Buono! track by including synths and mixing the three girls vocals together, but I’m feeling as if the mixing is rather overdone here.  It’s still rather somewhat catchy and brings back the summer tones like “fun fun fun” did.

5. Last Love

Yeah, what is this intro though?  Like “Uwa na Sora”, I feel like this track has a little problem with identity and trying to find a melody in its arrangement versus the girls’ vocals.  The verses are sparse and just kind of all over the place, but it does come together better when it enters the chorus and feels a smidge like an anison theme.  I do like some of the surprising quips that come off as video-gamey sounds, but the song altogether is just somewhat chaotic.

6. Katasumi

Next song up, Katasumi was another song I had never heard prior to the album’s release and no surprise Miyabi is ALL over this song quite a bit.  Though I feel like the newer members are somewhat struggling here, especially since they’re singing in a higher register.  The song itself is pretty tame and kind of relaxed and the natural instrumentation mixed with the synths is pleasant to listen too.  Not bad, but could’ve been better.

7. Warning ~Mirai Keihou~

Oh!  I wasn’t expecting alarms sounding to kick the track off, but we’re back to the upbeat and powerful dance tracks and Warning has got a lot of punch and lot of dynamic sounds going throughout and I have to say even the new members sound a LOT more better and cooler in comparison to the previous track.  Take out the auto-tune from “LOVE CANDY” and you get this track and I really dug it!  Cool cool track overall!

8. Tell me why

Oh my, another edgy track?  I have to say I think PINK CRES. is making a lot more waves when they do upbeat tracks like this and I have to say, even if the chorus is somewhat mechanical, it really works with the members vocals and just has this oomph and sass that I wasn’t expecting from them.  I actually think Yuuka is the one with the deep vocals and I’m really loving it when it goes against Miyabi’s voice and Hikaru’s slightly higher tone.  I think it’s definitely the best track off the album hands down!

9. Summer wonderland

Rounding out the album is actually the group’s first song they performed back in 2016 (y’know after that long audition), Summer wonderland kind of fits in the middle between the edgy tracks and the experimental, poppy tracks.  It has a slight Katy Perry-ala “California Girls” sound to it, but it does lean more towards the heavier beat.  I do think the chorus is a bit strange to me because of some extra beats going on and my mind trying to process one thing when its another (yeah, odd).  It’s OK, but it kind of is in the middle for me

Tracks Recommended

  • Tell me why
  • Warning ~Mirai Keihou~
  • LOVE CANDY
  • fun fun fun

Song of Avoidance

  • Uwa na Sora

Yeah, it might be odd that I never was interested in Lovendor (though at their time of formation, I was kind of tired of hearing Reina), but when Miyabi announced auditions for a group, I was pretty excited and quite impatient since it took forever.  Though once the winners were announced (Yuuka Nihei & Hikaru Kobayashi), I was more curious to see what these girls brought and initially it was rather meh…though after listening to crescendo, I see the potential, they’re pretty different and give off this strong sense of power…I hope they follow songs like Tell me why and less Uwa na Sora…but keep going it’s pretty good so far!