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pLumsonic! – U・RA・HA・RA Rouge January 3, 2012

Filed under: pLumsonic! — solarblade @ 7:24 pm

Track Listing

  1. Ginga Patrol
  2. Bokura no Ongaku
  3. U・RA・HA・RA Rouge
  4. Soryuushi Macrophage
  5. Otona ni Nattemo
  6. Hoshizora Bathroom
  7. FRONTIER
  8. HappySpiral
  9. FUTURE BOY
  10. Luminous way

1. Ginga Patrol

Opening up pLumsonic’s 4th album, Ginga Patrol is more or less what we’ve got from them previous barring the whole idol meets uber futuristic tones.  That being said, the song is catchy and it seems that Yuu sounds vocally better than before which is a good sign for this album IMO.  It’s a relaxing and the wavy synths in the solo bridge from Yasushi.K is impressive…what a nice start!

2. Bokura no Ongaku

I actually think our next song goes back to their older stuff but at the same sounds rather up to date but rather simple of a song listening to the lyrics which is a little meh here.  It’s not very bad arrangement-wise but Yuu kind of just is white noise when put against the 8-bit sound here.

3. U・RA・HA・RA Rouge

The title track comes next and this one sounds rather filled out in a good way which is great!  It also has the sliding synths that were found in “Ginga Patrol”.  Once again, I’m totally feeling Yuu’s vocals in the song and it’s quite nice to listen to against the synth tones.  Softer than I expected but a nice change.

4. Soryuushi Macrophage

The beginning of Soryuushi Macrophage is out of this world and I’m loving it for sure.  Yasushi.K really knows his musicality in the futuristic pico-pop kind of way and it worked the most out of this one.  Yuu’s emotionless vocals in the vocals quite worked as well and when she starts adding emotion after is awesome too.  It just relaxes your mind and sends you aways on this soothing techno wave.  I love it!

5. Otona ni Nattemo

When I caught myself listening to Otona ni Nattemo, it seemed like they went for a more 80’s techno sound for it and I’m not arguing because it’s kind of cute and fun to listen to.  A little odd to hear Yuu singing in a more higher pitch than normal but it’s catchy still.  I kind of wished there was a little more to it than being a “Bokura no Ongaku” copy but it’s whatever.

6. Hoshizora Bathroom

I kind of lulzed reading the title of the song haha.  Unlike the previous songs on the album, this is actually the first where Yuu is under filters and auto-tune which is interesting but it gives the song a little more spice which is kind of cool since it’s one of the more quicker songs on here.  To me, the song does feel like it’s a bit long winded since the arrangement doesn’t change all that much.  I’m on the fence on this track.

7. FRONTIER

It’s another one of those songs where it’s memorable mostly because of Yasushi.K’s arrangement style.  I do like some of the parts Yuu sings but otherwise I kind of forget it for the music.  I will say that I heard English in this song which is cool and while Yuu does have a clear accent, it’s still good nonetheless. 

8. HappySpiral

Like the title implies, it’s one of the duo’s more happier songs and it shows with the beepy high synths and the melody with the deeper ones.  It’s quite the bouncy song and it’s catchy at the right moments, but otherwise it’s a little plain for them and reminds me of the other cute songs on here.

9. FUTURE BOY

I love the sound of FUTURE BOY seems it’s the closest to sounding like my favorite off the last album, “CodeName “yuu.”.  Actually it may be a little too close for comfort, but that’s good since it means that I like this quite a bit as well.  The chorus is where things are at its best for sure…Great!

10. Luminous way

Like their last album, this one features a new version of their old song.  This time it’s Luminous way from their first album, “Pavilion”.  The new version sounds fully and Yuu’s vocals are more louder and profound when put against the original.  Arrangement-wise, it doesn’t feel like much has changed which is good (or bad depending on your outlook). 

Tracks Recommended

  • Soryuushi Macrophage
  • Ginga Patrol
  • FUTURE BOY
  • U・RA・HA・RA Rouge

Song of Avoidance

  • Bokura no Ongaku

While this album might not be as good as “Atomic-girl” was, U・RA・HA・RA Rouge is actually not a bad album to be honest.  There weren’t as many memorable songs on here but the production value is still strong and Yuu actually sounds better than she did in the last album so that’s a good thing!  Solid release!

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pLumsonic! – Atomic-girl December 28, 2010

Filed under: pLumsonic! — solarblade @ 12:41 pm

Track Listing

  1. AtomicGirl
  2. Aishuu Happiness
  3. SentimentalDisco
  4. HAPPY x2 SONIC!
  5. MoonBase
  6. Romantic Luminescence
  7. little happy days☆
  8. mystic module
  9. “Tadaima” no Kaerimichi
  10. Supernova
  11. CodeName “yuu.”

1. AtomicGirl

I love the fact that the beginning starts off with this robotic voice spelling the title of the song before fully getting into Yuu’s start, but that’s after a minute of the opening passes by.  To me, AtomicGirl is a bit strange and goofy sounding until it starts filling out in the second verse.  Yuu’s vocals are a bit like an idol’s but mixed in with auto-tune and slight vocoder…it’s a nice sound and gives the song a much more cute sound.

2. Aishuu Happiness

Whenever the opening of Aishuu Happiness starts up, it always sends me back to Kirby games from the SNES days and such.  It’s a bit more cuter coming from Yuu, but there’s times where her vocals are kind of hard to sit through since her vocals keep getting shaky when they shouldn’t be (aka the more legato like areas of the song).  When the song goes into its chorus, it gets better so the rest of the song flies by smoothly til it ends.

3. SentimentalDisco

After two cute songs, it’s nice that we got SentimentalDisco next and it’s a whole lot more upbeat and electro than the previous songs.  Even Yuu sounds so much more into the song and being peppy and connected to Yasushi.K’s arrangement.  There’s a bit more importance to the music this time, but I don’t mind the more spaces between Yuu’s lines and the music.  Good song though ^_^

4. HAPPY x2 SONIC!

I’m surprised that our next song would be the longest of the bunch passing over 7 minutes.  HAPPY x2 SONIC! feels like a very, very, very long interlude and it doesn’t help that Yuu’s vocals feels drowned out amongst the wavy arrangement.  The times she does sing gives the song some direction, but there’s a lot of musically-heavy parts.  I will say the more ethereal Yuu’s voice sounds, really works out here though. 

5. MoonBase

As this is a touch-up on a song they released originally on the duo’s debut album, “Pavilion”, MoonBase at first sounded no different from the original, but there’s some noticeable changes like the fact there was some synths removed and left us with this kind of ethereal and cosmic kind of song that sounded really pretty to listen to.  Yuu’s vocals are cute and they give this wondrous feeling in the song (minus the parts where her vocals get messed around).  I will say that MoonBase has always been an impressive track though to me and it’s update on their 3rd album made things even better.

6. Romantic Luminescence

After two of the longest songs passes us by, Romantic Luminescence brings us back to the shorter and kind mysterious songs starting with Romantic Luminescence.  I love the synth melody from Yasushi.K in this song in particular since it’s futuristic and the right kind of upbeat.  Even the warped up solo in the middle of the song was different and kind of flashy in a good way.

7. little happy days☆

Maybe the weirdest song off the album, little happy days☆ feels like more of a techno-idol-pop track since it’s quite lighter than most of the other songs and actually has a happier tone despite the weird synths of the song.  I will admit that Yuu’s vocals in particular are quite stronger than they were in previous songs so that’s a plus I guess.  It’s bouncy and deserves to be in a video game, but hahah I like it.

8. mystic module

While I feel that going back to 80’s techno is pretty awesome, mystic module leads this group since it clearly reminds me of Bomberman music for some reason.  I will say the deeper synths found here were pretty nifty and made the song a much cooler listen.  Yuu’s robotic-like form of singing the song did become bothersome, but the chorus brought me back up and it did save the song for sure.

9. “Tadaima” no Kaerimichi

I guess it’s time to dive back into the 80’s new wave sound with our next song.  To be honest, of the songs off the album, I wasn’t feeling this one much but it was to be expected since it’s kind of slowish in the way it’s kind of draggy.  I didn’t think Yasushi.K’s magic worked well either in this case so it kind of just went nowhere.

10. Supernova

Moving past that slip-up, Supernova wasn’t what I was expecting since it has an exploding kind of name, I was hoping it was going to be crazy and just wild.  I will say it’s more along the lines of “Romantic Luminescence” where it’s more poppy, but here it’s more futuristic.  I don’t feel much for the song, but I do think it’s a whole lot better than the last song.

11. CodeName “yuu.”

Of the songs that had been previewed on the duo’s YouTube, CodeName “yuu.” really stood out for me since it really had a great futuristic sound.  However the preview was just only the chorus.  The rest of the song is surprisingly cutesy stuff and while I was a little disappointed at that, it works with the arrangement and the chorus is still pretty much epic sauce though so I still feel that it’s one of the albums best songs.

Tracks Recommended

  • MoonBase
  • CodeName “yuu.”
  • mystic module
  • HAPPY x2 SONIC!
  • Aishuu Happiness

Song of Avoidance

  • “Tadaima” no Kaerimichi

As it is the duo’s 3rd album, Atomic-girl is kind of better than “Geometrical/Love” but also kind of worse.  I do think that they’ve grown much better and I love Yasushi.K’s arrangements since they’re kind of totally not like other techno-pop acts.  It’s like Nakata+YMCK=pLumsonic!.  I hope there’s a fourth album someday since right now, they’re pretty much their own category at this point.