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Prague – Dassou no Season February 13, 2014

Filed under: Prague — solarblade @ 6:42 pm

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Track Listing

  1. Dassou no Season
  2. Tamashii no Silhouette
  3. Dassou no Season (agraph remix)

1. Dassou no Season

The single begins with some ~ah ahs~ before it kind of becomes this easy rock track from the band.  Yuta sounds pretty good, even though he does slightly strain his vocals during the chorus.  Still the song is great straightforward (which is quite Prague’s thing), but it’s rather catchy after a couple of listens.  Not bad!

2. Tamashii no Silhouette

The B-side shows a little more of artistic freedom from the trio as it has some interesting melodies from both Yuta and their bassist, Konno.  It’s pretty artsy and I found myself focused with the arrangement than Yuta’s singing which wasn’t as strained as in “Dassou no Season” which is pretty good.  The chorus though was pretty good though…more interesting song from the single.

3. Dassou no Season (agraph remix)

Kind of weird for a rock band to have a remix, especially Prague.  The beginning started with just bass before the song kicks in with more of a minimalistic approach to its instrumentation.  Instead of the band, it has a lighter dance feel to it and the lyrics have more of an airy touch to it.  It’s a funky remix, but it’s not bad for what it is lol.

 

 

As the only single to represent their 3rd album, “Aru Kagiribi ni Tsuite”, Dassou no Season is actually not a bad single from the band.  The leading track is good but Yuta sounds a bit rough in places but that’s fixed with Tamashii no Silhouette plus that song showed a little more spark and is more unique to the trio.  The remix was good, a bit empty but still not bad!  With this being the lone single, I wonder what they pulled out for their album!

 

Prague – Akegata no Metaphor December 19, 2011

Filed under: Prague — solarblade @ 11:12 am

Track Listing

  1. Toki no Kane
  2. Balance Doll
  3. Gairoju
  4. Yoru ni Toketa Kanransha
  5. Aki Yure
  6. Gosenfu no Myakudou
  7. Snow Run
  8. Kasaki no Kao
  9. Kakkuu
  10. Circus Life (Album Version)
  11. Taiyou to Shounen

1. Toki no Kane

Opening the album up is Toki no Kane and it opens the album in a nice fashion being all consistent in it’s rhythm and sound.  I hearing a lot of bass in the song and I really liked that about this song!  Also Yuuta’s vocals are pretty solid but he does kind of strains it a bit in places but it’s nothing very noteworthy.  It’s a good start to the album at least and basically sets up for what the album is mostly going to sound like.

2. Balance Doll

The only A-side to represent the era, Balance Doll is still quite good and is a bit more quick-paced than the opening song which is good and I’m loving the raw feeling I get from this song still.  Yuuta also sounds much stronger vocally as well which is a surprise for me too.  Yeah, I’m still pretty much enjoying this song.

3. Gairoju

Since from here on towards the end is new tracks, I was wondering how it’d turn up, starting with Gairoju.  It’s pretty much a basic mid-tempo Prague song but there’s some interesting things like the way his voice comes through in the chorus.  It’s kind of catchy actually and I’m liking how the band sounds in this one.

4. Yoru ni Toketa Kanransha

I find myself moving my head with the swing of the rhythm in Yoru ni Toketa Kanransha but there’s not a lot of sound when compared to the previous three songs.  I mean if they added synths and replaced Yuuta with Yumi from SFP, I would swear this would be more for them funny enough.  It’s interesting, but needs more sound in it, I think.

5. Aki Yure

As the only track that passes 5 minutes in length, I was expecting Aki Yure to be more of a ballad considering that fact.  However, it’s pretty poppy and bright when compared to the previous ones.  I like the funky rhythm from the guitars and such and it has this really *life is good* kind of sound which is what I wanted to hear on the album…there’s even a bass solo…AWESOME!  Good song to be found in the middle of the album.

6. Gosenfu no Myakudou

The direct middle of the album and bringing the band back to some fuller arrangements is Gosenfu no Myakudou.  It isn’t fully like “Balance Doll” but has also a bright vibe like “Aki Yure” did.  I’m also noticing Yuuta singing a bit more louder as well which stood out the most next to the aggressive nature of the song.  I like it a lot actually.

7. Snow Run

I like that Prague continues to gain a bit momentum in their music with Snow Run.  I’m loving the quick-paced guitar riff in the verses.  I think it’s my favorite off the album since it kept me interested all the way through and Yuuta didn’t have many problems singing in the tune.

8. Kasaki no Kao

Probably the oddest song on the album, Kasaki no Kao features synths in the song and the funky rhythm really gives it an interesting Red Hot Chili Peppers’ kind of feel which is pretty cool but the synth line is pretty abstract and so unusual to hear in a Prague song.  It does get better after a while, but it’s a little experiment that didn’t really hurt that band that much.

9. Kakkuu

At about 2:30 in length, Kakkuu really gets the ball rolling right from the start and has this rather 50’s diner-rock kind of feel which is pretty cool and Yuuta’s vocals actually sound really good mixed with the song.  I’m a little disappointed at how short it really was but it’s kind of catchy for all intents and purposes.

10. Circus Life (Album Version)

Probably my least favorite choice to have picked to have included from their mini-album, “Hanataba” but Circus Life made its way onto the album.  At first it wasn’t really made evident that anything totally changed in the song because it’s the same wonky vocals and arrangement but the last minute was where the changes happened.  It went from just guitar leading the song to the end but the album version has keyboard and guitar.  Kind of a strange thing to add but whatever, it wasn’t really my favorite to begin with so it didn’t change my viewpoint of it.

11. Taiyou to Shounen

Putting the album to a close, we have our final new song and at first I kind of thought it would never get going with a lengthy intro.  There’s some interesting things that go on in the song like a very ethereal kind of bandwork at play here.  It felt maybe a little too unattatched since there’s places where there’s too much music and not enough singing…kind of boring of a song!

Tracks Recommended

  • Snow Run
  • Gairoju
  • Gosenfu no Myakudou
  • Balance Doll
  • Aki Yure

Song of Avoidance

  • Taiyou no Shounen

For the most part I actually quite enjoyed Prague’s sophomore effort but I can’t say if it’s better than “Perspective” since I haven’t head that quite yet.  Most of the songs are quite good and shows a lot different sides to the band.  There were a couple of blah songs but that’s to be expected with these kind of bands nowadays.  Good album but nothing very amazing.

 

Prague – Balance Doll August 20, 2011

Filed under: Prague — solarblade @ 2:31 am

Track Listing

  1. Balance Doll
  2. Sai
  3. Light Infection (Live@Prague-Stream Vol.4 2011.04.10)
  4. Balance Doll (Instrumental)

1. Balance Doll

After their mini-album, I was wondering how they’d begin their sophomore era and Balance Doll sounds actually nice for being one of their more lighter rock songs in their collection.  Yuuta sounds actually kind of good and his vibrato is pretty solid and fits with the melancholic feel of the track.  I’d say this is a pretty damn good A-side from the band.

2. Sai

Unlike the A-side, Sai is more upbeat and rock-based and Yuuta is singing more louder and standing out from the electric guitars and the rest of the band.  After a while the song does feel a little boring since it doesn’t really change much and the chorus isn’t too impressive.  To me it just comes of as purely B-side material and nothing more.

3. Light Infection (Live@Prague-Stream Vol.4 2011.04.10)

Rounding out the single is a live version of their 2nd A-side of the band’s career.  To me it didn’t sound live but more like a live studio version of the song and since I never heard the original to go by Light Infection sounds bare for a rock track at first but once the chorus opens up, I felt more happier to listen to the song.  In the back of my mind though I’m feeling that the original still rocks out better.

 

 

Balance Doll might be my first single reviewed by the band but it seems they’re slowly getting better after their debut album and mini.  I enjoyed the lead track since it’s slower and yet good to listen to vocally.  Sai at first I thought was good, but it eventually got boring and stale but I guess some could enjoy it.  Also the Light Infection live is a nice bonus as well since they sound great in it…but it makes me wanna listen to the original.

 

Prague – Hanataba July 15, 2011

Filed under: Prague — solarblade @ 5:47 pm

Track Listing

  1. Hanataba
  2. Circus Life
  3. Yumeto
  4. Te ni Furete
  5. Night Flight

1. Hanataba

The mini-album begins with a kind of funky melody to open up Hanataba.  I kind of enjoyed the longing kind of drive that this song have and Yuuta’s vocals really bring me in, especially in the bridge where filters warble his vocals a little bit.  I must say for the first Prague song I’ve listened to, it’s funky and cool to listen to!

2. Circus Life

Circus Life might be slower than “Hanataba” but it feels raw and kind of live for some reason.  Sadly, due to that, it doesn’t seem to have as enough spark to keep it afloat and it seemed like it just created in a few seconds.  Yuuta also kind of sounds bored and it shows since he’s dragging his notes and sounded a wee tipsy here. 

3. Yumeto

After the boring “Circus Life” (oh irony), Yumeto begins with a filtered opening before opening into tune that isn’t as funky as “Hanataba” but enough to catch my attention.  I do think this song has a good riff throughout and everyone in the trio sounds great on their instruments…I was impressed.

4. Te ni Furete

Calming things down again for Te ni Furete, this is much more of a presentation as a mid-tempo track than “Circus Life” for sure.  I also do think that Yuuta sounds the best in this track since he’s stable in his vocals and did a great job emoting.  I don’t know if it’s my favorite off the mini-album, but it’s a nice song otherwise.

5. Night Flight

Hahaha, it would be hilarious if this was a Perfume cover xD.  Sadly it isn’t, but it’s the mini’s mysterious song because it’s quiet and has the same note progression but grows into this powerful song when it reaches the chorus before jumping back into the verses.  I did like it overall, but not as good as others.

 

 

After Prague released their first album “Perspective”, they opted for a mini-album next and Hanataba was alright but to me they sound a little like a more amateurish NICO Touches the Walls but I don’t mind since this group has the potential to do great things.  Like I said, it’s alright but nothing I havent heard before in other groups lol.