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Porno Graffitti – Matataku Hoshi no Shita de March 12, 2013

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Track Listing

  1. Matataku Hoshi no Shita de
  2. Gokujou Landing
  3. Mukaiawase
  4. Matataku Hoshi no Shita de <Anime Ver.>

1. Matataku Hoshi no Shita de

I wasn’t expecting the duo to put out something so anime-friendly with Matataku Hoshi no Shita de, but they did and it really has the same backbone instrumentation with strings and the melody just sounding so opening friendly.  It’s a bit of stretch because the band doesn’t usually sound this plain, but it also sounds quite refreshing when put next to their past singles.  That just doesn’t seem right, but I think I dig the song.

2. Gokujou Landing

Then again I feel the same about Gokujou Landing which is more or less similar to the A-side but with more emphasis on the guitars.  Sadly, this one didn’t leave the same impression on me since it sounds just a little bit too vanilla and Akihito doesn’t sound that great in the song either but it could just be me.

3. Mukaiawase

At least the other B-side of the single is a bit more different than the last two tracks.  Yeah, it’s an acoustic ballad and I think this song suited the art cover I used just perfectly.  It’s like one of those songs you would hear your friend playing around the campfire.  Akihito sounds pleasant and gives a much better vocal performance over “Gokujou Landing”.  Not bad, not bad.

PG’s 2nd single of the era, Matataku Hoshi no Shita de was a good single overall and is one of the better ones I’ve reviewed since I started reviewing them likewise.  The leading track is a bit formulaic but it stood out amongst their last couple of singles.  Mukaiawase was also nice if you’re looking for a good ballad from them.  As for Gokujou Landing…not bad, but it’s a clone of the A-side with meh vocals.  Not bad though, a smidge better than “Kageboshi”.

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Porno Graffitti – Kageboshi September 23, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Kageboshi
  2. Yagate Kanashiki Rock’n Roll
  3. Loose

1. Kageboshi

Well I kind of thought the duo would stay away from ballads for a while, but with Kageboshi, they return to it and it actually really quite compared to “Yuki no Iro”.  For its simplicity, I actually kind of liked the song quite a bit.  I mean it’s rare to see PG actually impress me, but it’s catchy and Akihito’s vocals are really stable and actually good.  Not bad, not bad.

2. Yagate Kanashiki Rock’n Roll

I was kind of surprised that the song has the words Rock’n Roll in it, but is far from it because it has a lot of synth horns and synths that overpower Haruichi’s guitarwork.  Despite that, the song fills in my need for a fun and strong track from the duo since it’s fun and feels like A-side material as well. 

3. Loose

As for the other B-side on the single, Loose would be the ballad that I would kind of avoid in this case because it’s oddly strange to say that this is even QUIETER than “Kageboshi”.  I mean the first verse is merely piano and water droplets.  Once Akihito gets further, the songs gets added strings and then Haruichi joins in the chorus and sings alongside.  It’s not as bad as I initially thought it would be, but the previous two tracks outweigh this one.

 

 

Kicking off a new set of releases, Kageboshi is quite the quiet single.  I mean Kageboshi and Loose are the ballads here and oddly enough worked nice as well.  I wasn’t disappointed at all.  At least Yagate Kanashiki Rock’n Roll was there to lift spirits up and it just really sounds good altogether.

 

Porno Graffitti – PANORAMA PORNO April 3, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. 2012Spark <PANORAMA ver.>
  2. Measure
  3. FLAG
  4. EXIT
  5. Denkousekka
  6. Hoshikyuu
  7. Suteki Sugite Shimatta
  8. One More Time
  9. Cassiopeia no Koukai
  10. Kimi wa 100%
  11. Truly
  12. Yuki no Iro
  13. Hanamuke
  14. Merry Go Round
  15. Hikari no Story

1. 2012Spark <PANORAMA ver.>

Interesting that they would begin the album with a new version of their 5th & final A-side released in the era.  Also it’s new version as seen in the title lol.  The new version has an extended opening which actually sounds nice but I still do dislike Akihito repeating ~spark~ because it sounds like spack or smack…weird.  Otherwise there’s small changes in the arrangement, nothing noteworthy but it’s still a pretty good song and I enjoyed the fact that it was the first tune on the album.

2. Measure

Tons of new tracks sprayed along the album and I’m liking that for once (as a lot of album I’ve reviewed haven’t really had a lot).  Unlike, the first song, Measure is a lot lighter in presentation but it does have a lot of things that “2012Spark” had minus the synths and electric guitar.  It’s funny that I remember the ad-libbing more than the song itself but I like how it flows along for some reason.  Like good background music almost. 

3. FLAG

I wonder why they had to place “Measure” early in the album since it kind of does break the flow (even though it’s the second track) but it feels like it was an odd place since it’s so mid-tempo.  FLAG is mid-tempo too but it has a certain edge with the added electric guitar…almost has a lot more power behind it than the previous song.  I like this track a little bit more oddly enough.

4. EXIT

Getting into the 2nd A-side released, EXIT continues this wave of heavy to light flow.  EXIT wasn’t remarkable as an A-side because the rest of the era turned out to be way better (except “Yuki no Iro”) for me.  EXIT doesn’t really pop out to me as a slower song, but I don’t think they’ve had amazing ballads for a long time.  This just kind of bored me the entire time.

5. Denkousekka

I will say that their upbeat and edgier songs are a lot more compelling and attention-grabbing.  Denkousekka is an interesting song because it has a unleashed kind of feeling with its arrangement and style.  There’s just a lot of different ideas going on and I like the combination and Akihito enthusiastic singing (even when put on light auto-tune) is quite awesome.  It’s probably my favorite song of the album haha.

6. Hoshikyuu

The weirdness carries to Hoshikyuu which begins with only synthetic sounds and beats which totally caught me off guard.  It’s kind of unusual and yet stands out because of the sheer amount of experimentation going on.  You still hear Haruichi in the song but his stuff is like in the background against all the synths floating around.  Very new to me but something new xD

7. Suteki Sugite Shimatta

After those two synth-forward songs, we calm down a bit again with Suteki Sugite Shimatta which in presentation reminds me of “EXIT” which is not good because I really felt bored by that tune.  Sadly, it follows through into this song because I remember this song LESS than the A-side.  I mean the backup vocals is cute but I just can’t remember this tune for the life of me.

8. One More Time

Why must you break the flow with this meh slow songs PG?  I mean One More Time is definitely my favorite A-side released in the era because it had a lot of energy and mixed their current rock sound with the newer synths.  It’s like the album’s “Koyoi, Tsuki ga Miezu Tomo”, it’s just that awesome and put the flame back in me to enjoy the duo again!

9. Cassiopeia no Koukai

That’s a pretty intro, but Cassiopeia no Koukai takes a lot of interesting twists like “Hoshikyuu” did.  Though it is more in the realm of their usual style, they throw in some disc-scratching and deep synths to give it some extra variety for the album and for the song itself.  I will say I was impressed with this one though because Akihito sounds into this song all the way.  Loved this song too!

10. Kimi wa 100%

It’s been a long time since I’ve heard this one last (seeing as it was the first A-side released for the era).  I like the brighter side to the song since this one sounds happy and not like pure upbeat music like the others.  However it does seem to get lost in the album because after the songs prior, Kimi wa 100% just feels like album fodder (especially after the last few songs).  I’ll say, it’s in the middle of the A-sides releases for good reason.  Better than the ballads basically.  Though I will say that high note that Akihito tries to go for at the ending area…WAS TERRIBLE…why would you go for that….>.<

11. Truly

I found it pretty funny that they had a guitar solo interlude put into the album.  Haruichi’s solo track, Truly is quite a nice break from the action if only for a short bit.  There’s also some synths laying in the background as well so it mixes quite nicely. 

12. Yuki no Iro

Then we move into the duo’s winter song and 4th A-side, Yuki no Iro.  I’m surprised they let a guitar solo come before this but it’s not my worry I guess hahaha.  I will say that it’s a nice ballad for what it is…but I still didn’t find it remotely interesting in the long run (even as an A-side).  It just kind of floats on the album as the dramatic winter ballad.

13. Hanamuke

Getting out of that ZZZ zone, Hanamuke comes in and it’s just as peppy and upbeat as “Kimi wa 100%” which isn’t too bad since it’s really those two that represent the happy-go-lucky side of the duo.  It’s not too bad but the synth horns really take me out of the song unfortunately lol…it’s just cheesy and a bit too cheery (even for them).

14. Merry Go Round

I was wondering when we would get another straightforward rock track from PG and it seems Merry Go Round is that last hurrah on the album.  I do like how normal and regular it sounds for them.  I mean I can’t say too much otherwise, but it’s a solid piece and nothing bad comes up in the song for me.

15. Hikari no Story

And finally, we get to the final track (which is also the longest the album has to offer at 6 and a half minutes) with Hikari no Story.  Even though it was appropriate as the album’s closing number, it just bored me the entire time once again.  Ballads I don’t think have been their strong point for a while and it comes to a head with this one…TOO LONG….

Tracks Recommended

  • Denkousekka
  • One More Time
  • Cassiopeia no Koukai
  • Merry Go Round
  • 2012Spark <PANORAMA ver.>

Song of Avoidance

  • Hikari no Story

As this is the second Porno Graffitti album I reviewed, I have to say that this album was a little more easier to me than “∠TRIGGER” did and that’s because of they worked a little more on variety this time around and for the most part got it right.  I will say currently their ballads to me are their weakest links and none of them seem to really stand out…even Yuki no Iro was hard to get into.  Still beyond that, this was a solid album from them.

 

Porno Graffitti – 2012Spark February 10, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. 2012Spark
  2. 9.9㎡
  3. Haneuma Rider ~Makuhari Ver.~ (Studio Session)

1. 2012Spark

I was curious to what the duo will pull next but there’s something so annoying hearing Akihito butchered saying ~spark~ in the intro with the amount of auto-tune as well.  At least things get a lot better by the time the verses begin and he sounds a lot stronger than I thought.  Then again, noticing that it’s tied to the Ace Attorney, it’s nice they went with something a little more rockin’ than last single’s “Yuki no Iro”.  It isn’t as amazing as “One More Time” but it’s good nonetheless!

2. 9.9㎡

The B-side actually is quite energetic as well and has little more oomph with the guitars but lets the synths do a little work in the verses and random parts of the song.  I have to say, they outdid themselves on this one as well since it’s got good flow and Akihito sounds good as well.  A lot more approachable than “2012Spark”

3. Haneuma Rider ~Makuhari Ver.~ (Studio Session)

I recognize Haneuma Rider as one of the duo’s more popular songs and it’s turned into this pseudo-jazz, acoustic, bossa nova styled song and while I’m not sure how the older fans will think of this but to me, it kind of has this Animal Crossing feel to it.  You know, relaxing background music but with vocals lol.  It’s really sweet and while this might be a bit of a departure, it’s a solid new take on the song ^_^

 

 

So this is their 5th single and I found this single to be actually their best!  I think it’s from that all three songs were done well and stood out to me in good ways!  2012Spark isn’t as amazing as “One More Time” but it’s a great A-side.  9.9㎡ was my favorite off the single since it has all the things I really enjoy about the duo…which are sytnhs and a good guitar riff to go along.  Even the studio version of Haneuma Rider was impressive…yeah great single!

 

Porno Graffitti – Yuki no Iro November 28, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. Yuki no Iro
  2. Umareta Machi
  3. Gensou L ~Tsuma Koi Ver.~ Studio Session

1. Yuki no Iro

I don’t think I’ve heard an actual PG ballad as an A-side ever since I started listening to the duo.  Since it is a winter song, Yuki no Iro is kind of peaceful of a song to me and Akihito’s singing accentuates that quite well.  It’s an alright balald and it works for the duo but as winter ballads go, this is kind of meh to me.  It doesn’t have jingle bells at least so that’s a plus I think.  It’s alright I guess in the long run.

2. Umareta Machi

The actual B-side is kind of different from the norm for PG just like “Yuki no Iro”.  It’s got a much chiller vibe in it and while that might be cool and all, I just zoned out during listening to the track.  It might be a little too laidback and Akihito doesn’t sound as great as he did in the A-side.  I don’t know but I’m just kind of too bored with this B-side from them.

3. Gensou L ~Tsuma Koi Ver.~ Studio Session

The third track on the single is a new version of Gensou L (which was an album track from their 4th album, “WORLDILLIA”.  I have never heard the original which means I can’t tell you what’s new.  Guessing by the title, I’m sure this is more laidback and relaxing than the original.  I love the fact the song is really only Akihito, acoustic guitar, harmonica, and light percussion.  I do like it more than “Umareta Machi” but it’s still kind of slow-moving and such.

 

 

After the great single in “One More Time” I didn’t expect them to go back to mehness with Yuki no Iro.  For a ballad to lead the single, Yuki no Iro wasn’t that bad but there’s better winter ballads out there but it’s a good song from Porno Graffitti

 

Porno Graffitti – One More Time September 24, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. One More Time
  2. My Model
  3. Goodbye Summer

1. One More Time

I’ve always enjoyed when PG uses synths along with their rockin’ style like in songs like “Koyoi, Tsuki ga Miezu Tomo” and “Rainbow” so it comes as no surprise that I loved One More Time through first listen.  Even though there’s some filtering going on in Akihito’s vocals, it’s still a pretty awesome song since it fuses dance beats and awesome guitars.  After all the singles with just the two, it was definitely time for a change and they scored highly with this song!

2. My Model

The B-sides do revert back, but adds different amounts of spice.  With My Model, they threw in a little bit of synths and a lot of brass to make it stand out.  To me, it felt empty for a good portion song and Akihito was really left to make things interesting up until the chorus where things open up and synths take over.  It’s interesting but those verses are odd XD.

3. Goodbye Summer

I don’t know how to really describe Goodbye Summer’s style but it’s also kind of refreshing.  I mean claps, a funky melody, and some brass.  For a song aptly titled as such I was figuring it was going to be a ballad of sorts but the mood is anything but.  It’s different likewise with the other songs on the single and I found it easily likeable as well!

 

 

I think PG is definitely on their way to something big because One More Time is the best single released so far in this era.  All three tracks bring something positive to the table and the fact they aren’t like their previous efforts is quite shocking!  Even better is that I didn’t have any problems with Akihito’s vocals…hmmm a sign perhaps?!?

 

Porno Graffitti – EXIT March 1, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. EXIT
  2. Regret
  3. LIVE ON LIVE [Recorded at YOKOHAMA ARENA from 11th LIVE CIRCUIT“∠TARGET”ENCORE (2010/12/31)]

1. EXIT

I guess EXIT from the duo is more of a lighter song when compared to their last A-side, “Kimi wa 100%”, but I don’t mind since the song is kind of their cute song this time around.  Mix the strings and light synths together along with Haruichi’s guitar playing and you get EXIT.  Akihito sounds pretty good for the most part (except when he wants to start yelling, then he becomes a problem) but otherwise it’s a good song.

2. Regret

I have been seeing myself liking PG’s B-sides mroe as of late and Regret doesn’t change that around.  First off I get a sense of strange nostalgia with this song since it holds a more jazzy arrangement and somewhat reminescent of 80’s songs that are like it.  It’s relaxing and Akihito’s vocals aren’t edgy which is good as well.  Fitting B-side.

3. LIVE ON LIVE [Recorded at YOKOHAMA ARENA from 11th LIVE CIRCUIT“∠TARGET”ENCORE (2010/12/31)]

I actually do not remember where this song comes from at all!  LIVE ON LIVE sounds vaguely like “Koyoi, Tsuki ga Miezu Tomo” in the verses with how the melody works.  Of course it’s the first time hearing the band live and Akihito sounds good for the song here, but I felt the energy isn’t all there for some reason.  It does get better towards the end though.  I guess it was a good live song.

For the 2nd single of the era, EXIT was a bit stronger of a single and thank god for no Engrish cover songs this time around.  I like the mid-tempo sound of the A-side, but Akihito needs to just tone it down sometimes since the yelling is kind meh for him.  Regret was a nice little jazzy tune and the live version of LIVE ON LIVE was nice.  Good single here.