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Q;indivi starring Rin Oikawa – Happy Celebration December 8, 2010

Filed under: Q;indivi — solarblade @ 10:34 pm
  

Track Listing

  1. Happy Birthday To You
  2. Someday My Prince Will Come
  3. Happy Birthday
  4. You Can’t Hurry Love
  5. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You
  6. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
  7. Over The Rainbow
  8. Hymne à l’amour
  9. Liebestraume
  10. Ave Maria
  11. Ode To Joy
  12. Happy Birthday To You (My Sweet Family Ver. -Mom & Dad, Sister & Brother-)
  13. Happy Birthday To You (My Sweet Parents Ver. -Mom & Dad-)
  14. Happy Birthday To You (My Sweet Sister & Brother Ver.)
  15. Happy Birthday To You (My Sweet Child Ver.)
  16. Happy Birthday To You (My Sweet Darling & Honey Ver.)

1. Happy Birthday To You

As cheesy as it is, we begin the next chapter of the “Celebration” series of albums with the song that EVERYONE should know whether or not.  Happy Birthday To You, is probably the most sung song with no doubt and with Rin Oikawa back at the reigns of lead singer, it really didn’t help much for her.  The music is of course just like everything they’ve released in the previous albums, minus “ACASIA;”.  I do like the fact that Q;indivi went the extra mile to put in new lyrics.  Still, just by the sound of the song, I know I’m gonna be pretty disappointed.

2. Someday My Prince Will Come

As if happiness couldn’t have been more obvious, our next song comes from that ever famous Disney movie, Snow White.  While given that I’ve not seen the movie since I was very little and KH:BBS didn’t really have the song, Someday My Prince Will Come kind of just goes over my head since I clearly don’t remember how it went.  Anyways, the new version is kind of cute, but when Rin speaks the words, it sounds very mechanical and very stupid to listen to.  At least when she sings, it’s passable, but still…

3. Happy Birthday

It’s not the one I just reviewed, but I’m guessing since this is a cover album, Happy Birthday sounds a bit more like something that would describes what it is.  I will admit that chorus is so very annoying since it just contains the same words said over and over again.  I did like the arrangement of this one however since there’s more synths and new things to add to the usual suspects.

4. You Can’t Hurry Love

At least You Can’t Hurry Love actually sounds familiar now, but I can’t remember who originally sung the song.  While Rin’s vocals still seem way to airy to cover such a song, she does try and it kind of sounds like a wintry tune and she keeps the song sounding upbeat and easy to dance to.  It’s one of the seemingly better songs from the album.

5. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You

Another cover of this classic?  My goodness, how famous is this song in Japan really?  While once again, it does lengthen the song since the original is actually quite short.  Q;indivi’s actually begins with the chorus before the verses which was an interesting twist.  While I know the song is danceable, this one seems too light to be danceable, but it’s cute and Rin’s English is better off in this song.  It’s an alright cover, but I still prefer Seira’s and Tomoko’s takes.

6. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

LOL, Rin opening the song with the ~jitterbug~ bit is just pure gold XD  Anyways, since this is clearly a cover of WHAM!’s big song, Wake Me Up… is just gay and I mean that in the way that it’s just way happy and way positive.  What surprised me though was that Rin actually took the risk to sing a purely high note that I didn’t think she could hit.  It’s actually not too bad of a cover and it does keep me feeling happy I guess >.>

7. Over The Rainbow

Yep, it’s the one…that song from The Wizard of Oz.  I actually don’t know what to think of Q;indivi’s take since it’s still very typical sounding of them, but what else could you really do with them around.  I do like that they play around with the vocal melody so it won’t sound so bland and repetitive, but Rin’s vocals don’t sound good here even though there’s places she’s not sounding so airy as she usually is.

8. Hymne à l’amour

Wait, didn’t Hikki JUST cover this song recently?  Oh well, at least it’s anything but not like Hikki’s since this is an English cover of said song.  I like the kind of nature-y sound it gives off, but c’mon…it sounds actually kind of boring even though it stands out since it’s a ballad and not a dance cover. 

9. Liebesträume

So we go from a French song to a German one huh?  I’m not sure why, but this actually sounds relatively nice and something I would’ve expected on their albums (before the “Celebration” series).  It’s kind of catchy and the kind-of celestial feel to the song is very refreshing at the least.  I’d say it’s probably the best from the album to be honest and works with the melody of said song.

10. Ave Maria

NOOOOO, not another one of Ave Maria!!!!  Add the fact that Rin’s vocals are just too airy for this song and it shows quite immensely and I become very bored with the song as well.  Not much else to say really about this cover since it did nothing for me.

11. Ode To Joy

I kind of like the fact there’s a music box included in the final main song for the album and the melody is very easy to remember.  Though giving the melody lyrics is a bit risky to do and while the lyrics are adorable and such, it’s another one of those (why did u add lyrics to this?).  Still it’s a very sweet and actually cute songs from the album so hmmm.

  • 12. Happy Birthday To You (My Sweet Family Ver. -Mom & Dad, Sister & Brother-)
  • 13. Happy Birthday To You (My Sweet Parents Ver. -Mom & Dad-)
  • 14. Happy Birthday To You (My Sweet Sister & Brother Ver.)
  • 15. Happy Birthday To You (My Sweet Child Ver.)
  • 16. Happy Birthday To You (My Sweet Darling & Honey Ver.)

Was it really needed that we had to get 5 more versions of the damn “Happy Birthday To You”?  The only major difference is the topics which are given by the extra title next to it and the slight change of lyrics in the chorus, otherwise it’s the same damn tune over and over and over again.  I’m sorry but this was just a low blow to the album and was a very poor idea and executed.

Tracks Recommended

  • Liebesträume
  • Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
  • You Can’t Hurry Love

Song of Avoidance

  • Ave Maria

OMG, will you please stop releasing these cover albums, Q;indivi!  I’m tired of these Celebration albums simply because you don’t change your sound at all between them and it’s getting very old very fast…please release an actual album with Rin and not these blah ones!!!

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Q;indivi+ – ACASIA; May 25, 2010

Filed under: Q;indivi — solarblade @ 6:03 am

Track Listing

  1. isolation
  2. ACASIA;
  3. a world of difference
  4. forever
  5. LOVELESS
  6. ±0
  7. Honesty
  8. sleep tight
  9. hanabi
  10. stillness in movement

1. isolation

Beginning the album off is a little intro piece.  The typical Yusuke Tanaka sound is there and it feels rather dreamy.  There’s some ahh-ing going on and what to me sounds like rain in the background.  Not a strong opening but still one either way.

2. ACASIA;

Jeeze, I do like the fact that this is their first title track, but their collaboration with Yuusuke Chiba is very questionable because his vocals are so raspy and so scratchy that it’s hard to listen to it.  I’ll admit the arrangement is great though, but hindered by these bad vocals.  Sorry but this was pretty bad.

3. a world of difference

I do recognize SU when he collaborated with Ai Otsuka a while back and hearing that it’s just only him with Q;indivi is kind of cool because the chill atmosphere is cool and has nice flow.  The problem is that SU is repeating lines over and over which bothers me a little bit.  At least he changes up quite a bit after the long intro.  Kind of a magical sounding song here.

4. forever

blanc. is another name I’ve heard of before since this is Maynard from MONKEY MAJIK and his solo music sounds a bit like this and mix this with the ravex song he did with a Q;indivi twist and we get this song.  To be honest, this song is the best I’ve heard from the album so far and I love the dance beats used here and Maynard sounds amazing especially when he gets into his falsetto.  Impressive eh?

5. LOVELESS

Now I’ve never heard if Yuuji Nakata before, but by the overall sound it seems like a rock track more than a Q;indivi led song which makes for an interesting combination.  The song is oddly darker than I thought it’d be but the guitar hook and and d Yuuji’s vocals are a whole lot better than Yuusuke Chiba’s.  It might be a little iffy here and there but this was a new experiment for Q;indivi.

6. ±0

Now I don’t know who TAKA-BEE is either but his vocals compared to the other male vocalists (minus Maynard) he sounds a whole lot cleaner and less raspy.  The song we’re talking about sounds at first like a nice mid-tempo pop song, but it seems that the chorus is rockish with the synth elements combined just like “LOVELESS”.  I kind of like this song quite a bit too hahaha weird huh?

7. Honesty

While I think the kanji is wrong with Tooru Hidaka?  Never heard of him.  I’m also noticing now that this album is full of male singers when compared to just Rin Oikawa.  As this is another English song, Honesty seems like weird English gone awry.  I don’t know the accent but it’s driving me crazy hahah.  I guess it’s an alright song and since it’s a ballad, it sort of worked, but Hidaka’s voice is so weird to me.

8. sleep tight

Since “Honesty” fades away into crickets chirping and that leads into our interlude of the album, sleep tight continues this rather dreamscape sound that well “isolation” had minus the ad-libs.  The song is kind of acoustic and the other synthy sounds.  Near the end though, what I can only imagine is or just stock vocals, comes in and makes the transition off to…

9. hanabi

Our last vocal song with Kiyosaku.  hanabi is just kind of like how “Honesty” was.  Good ballad but with questionable vocals.  I guess it sounds better than the that song but still given the fact that Kiyosaku’s vocals are a little shaky is somewhat meh here.  It’s a nice ballad though I’ll give it that.

10. stillness in movement

As the outro of the album, it’s not surprising that it’s just as dreamy and out of the world.  Though I do love the synth involvement and the crystal woooos going on.  Strings get added bout halfway and adds a little more but as the song goes into its climax it just dies out and the bird’s fly out and so ends the album.

Tracks Recommended

  • forever
  • ±0
  • LOVELESS
  • a world of difference

Song of Avoidance

  • ACASIA;

Wow, it seems that Q;indivi did end up dropping Rin Oikawa (the normal lead of Q;indivi) for an album and thank god they did.  ACASIA; is probably the group’s best album to date and while there are no female singers on here at all, the choices of male vocals were mostly good choices (with some bad ones of course).  Just weird to have a Rin-less album and an end to those icky Celebration albums for now.

 

Q;indivi starring Rin Oikawa – Wedding Celebration April 6, 2010

Filed under: Q;indivi — solarblade @ 10:15 pm

Track Listing

  1. Wedding March Part 2
  2. Lovin’ You
  3. Every Breath You Take
  4. Nocturne No. 2
  5. It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over
  6. Eternal Flame
  7. The Rose
  8. You Gotta Be
  9. Only Time
  10. You Raise Me Up
  11. Still Dreaming

1. Wedding March Part 2

I can’t believe we’re starting the album with a track that’s been previously seen on their firsr of this series of “Celebration” albums.  Though this one takes off from “Here Comes the Bride” than the first parts cut.  While we know that Yusuke’s arrangements are like a mix of pretty piano under a dance arrangement.  Once again though Rin’s vocals are hard to swallow because they’re extremely airy for a vocalist.  It’s not amazingly bad, but the song feels really odd to listen to.

2. Lovin’ You

Oh no, a cover of Minnie Riperton’s biggest song (then again she is a one-hit wonder).  I was really wondering how this was going to end up because this song is known for that uber high note, and I mean like Mariah Carey high.  Rin’s cover is nice and she doesn’t try for that high note since she goes an octive lower so that was pretty safe.  The rest of the song is back into the dance hybrid song, but this was a little better than the opening track.

3. Every Breath You Take

A cover of a song from The Police, Q;indivi and their liking to use the strings/dance is kind of not surprising, but at least Rin’s vocals are somewhat deeper in the beginning before getting airy on us.  I’ve been noticing there’s little problems in how Rin is executing her English which is a plus.  Though the problem here is that the song calls for loud vocals and Rin just doesn’t cut it for me…those parts were just awkward.

4. Nocturne No. 2

Since I don’t remember ever hearing this beforehand, and it’s not like a cover of a mainstream song as well.  I love the piano opening for this song, but once Rin comes in, it just becomes rather hard to listen.  It does sound like something Disney-ish, that being said it’s actually nice to listen to, even though the vocals so-so.

5. It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

A cover of Lenny Kravitz’s song, I didn’t recognize the song title until I heard the melody of the strings playing, then I was like OHHHH that song.  Vocally it’s the most stable from Rin (that might be questionable).  I thought this song was pretty faithful to the original since it didn’t bridge into dance music.  Have to say I like this song quite a bit.

6. Eternal Flame

Also knowing this song from The Bangles, As a ballad, Yusuke tried hard not to throw the song off balance again so that being said it’s a pretty good cover from Rin and her vocals seem to fit quite nicely, I think the album is finally starting to turn around for me.  Good song.  Pretty little tune.

7. The Rose

Taking an even stronger ballad route, Q;indivi decided to cover a Bette Midler song.  Unfortunately, I’ve never heard the original to really compare it to.  I think Rin did things right and her vocals aren’t too bizarre and it sounds heartwarming to listen to.

8. You Gotta Be

I know MiChi also covered this song from Des’ree as well and seeing Rin sing this cover kind of baffles me a little bit.  Unlike the originals R&B’s original form, this one is definitely lifeless and just boring to listen.  It’s like Rin was just forced to sing it in the most boring fashion throwing out the originals fun and soulful sound.  Sorry, I was not impressed by this at all.

9. Only Time

Same thing applies here in this Enya cover.  I love Enya, and to know Q;indivi covered this song is flattering and the added nature feel is nice, but Rin could not really duplicate the same feelings that Enya did.  She doesn’t even chant like she does which is another red flag for the cover.  All she does here is just ~ahhhhs~.  I’m sorry this was a weak cover.

10. You Raise Me Up

I know this song because of Josh Groban so comparing the two songs is like radically opposite.  Josh’s was strong, powerful and well a guy singing while Rin’s is more soft, fluffy and well a gal singing.  I’m not sure which version is better, but I think I prefer the powerful punch.  This wasn’t bad, but I don’t know, feels like the climaxes are very weak.

11. Still Standing

As the only song that isn’t a cover and is an original composition from the group, Still Standing actually feels nice even though it’s just like the earlier parts of the album where it was just piano and dance beats.  To be honest, this was actually nice to listen to because of the upbeat sound and Rin’s less airy vocals.  Odd to see this end an album, but it’s pretty strong.

Track Recommended

  • Still Standing
  • Eternal Flame
  • It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over
  • The Rose
  • Lovin’ You

Song of Avoidance

  • You Gotta Be

I swear, I am tired of these “Celebration” albums.  These silly concept album aren’t really making these cover songs sound any better than the originals and add the fact that Rin is a poor singer really comes off as a terrible idea.  Wedding Celebration isn’t the best of the 3, I’ll say that.

 

Q;indivi Starring Rin Oikawa – Winter Celebration December 3, 2009

Filed under: Q;indivi — solarblade @ 3:47 am

Track Listing

  1. Prologue – Winter Prelude
  2. Last Christmas
  3. Joy To The World
  4. Jingle Bells
  5. Interlude – Snow Drop
  6. Silent Night
  7. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
  8. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
  9. Interlude – Snow Crystal
  10. White Christmas
  11. Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer
  12. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  13. Epilogue – Winter Celebration
  14. Kiyoshi Kono Yoru

1. Prologue – Winter Prelude

As it is the opening to the album, Winter Prelude begins with a cute piano opening, but things just get strange when Rin of all people shows up and announces what’s going to be on the album…I’ve never heard of an album utilizing this method of opening stuff up, but it made me laugh.  Felt more like a CM to me.

2. Last Christmas

Last Christmas is the only Christmas tune I’m not too familiar with.  I think it’s a cover of a pop hit since it doesn’t feel like one of the old classics that fill the rest of the album.  It’s just like most of Yusuke Tanaka’s most recent remixes, but with more jingle bells and such.  Rin isn’t too bad here and it actually fits the mood, than let’s say anything on their main albums.

3. Joy To The World

Now we get into some familiar songs.  I think we know what Joy To The World sounds like.  I thought the twist between some of the lyrical lines was interesting and such and Rin once again fills the song nicely with her airy vocals.  The dance beat feels added on cheaply since the song isn’t meant to roll that way, but I guess it’s alright.

3. Jingle Bells

I have to say within this album, I’ve been kind of lenient on the dance beats added to the songs just to make them Q;indivi-related.  I’m still not liking the cheap addition, but Rin is continuing to sounds quite perfect singing.  Her accent is starting to show off.  There’s even some new lyrics which kind of strange, but it’s kind of cool to see something that actually made my pay attention.

5. Interlude – Snow Drop

The first interlude of the album, Snow Drop features Rin talking like she’s taking you somewhere.  It’s a little cheesy because it’s one of those positive talks.  The music is nice and you hear little bits of synth playing around in the background. 

6. Silent Night

I think that Silent Night was perfect with Rin’s airy vocals and it shows because she gets really airy for this cover.  It’s really nice and calm and the addition of more vocals was needed to make it good.  After going through the song, the dance beats start to appear and the song becomes a little more original to Q;indivi.  The new parts are interesting and kind of made a lullaby more interesting.  It’s funny, the main song became the chorus of the song while the verses were new.

7. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

One of my most memorable Christmas songs that’d prolly never leave my head, We Wish You A Merry Christmas really feels weird to me.  I’m not sure, but the song has a waltz-ish feel to it and it’s oddly cute.  It’s one of the more simpler arranged tracks since there’s not a lot of synths present and more towards piano & strings.  It’s nice for sure.

8. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

One of the shortest songs, Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town, remains faithful to the original and not adding anything new or throwing the mood of the song off its hinges.  Ok, so there’s a dance beat, but the song fits nicely with it because its always been known as an upbeat song.

9. Interlude – Snow Crystal

Another short interlude pops up and seriously…another one?  Rin once again returns again to talk about looking at people and being happy and all that giddy stuff…It seems like monologue from Kingdom Hearts IMO…it’s just strange, but w/e works I guess.

10. White Christmas

Oh yeah, White Christmas…Rin is singing nicely to this ballad.  At least it’s not dance-based so it’s just nice to listen to a simple Christmas song getting covered.  It’s slow-paced and sticks to the original which is another plus.  It’s nice and true to the album, so I naturally like it.

11. Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer

Ok, as a child I used to love this song to death because it was catchy (and use can echo parts with anything you want).  Even I had trouble remembering the damn reindeer’s names…Since it is a track that is upbeat, it gains dance beats to go along with it.  Since it is one of the tracks I’ve grown up to, I once again naturally like it.

12. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

As if cheating on your husband was bad enough, we get a song that is based on cheating on your hubby with Mr. Claus…(who’s also married BTW).  Not that it’s creepy, it’s just wrong!  I only remembered the beginning lines of the song so I can’t tell if there were new lyrics or not, but I hear bongos being used here so that’s cool.  Still, it’s not the best Christmas song, because of its nature, but it’s fun?  Even the spoken dialogue made me laugh hardcore. ~I’m telling daddy!~

13. Epilogue – Winter Celebration

I’m guessing the was the last track, the ending song plays the melody of “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” while Rin talks again (as usual).  Once again the dialogue feels ripped from Kingdom Hearts but splashed with Christmas joy and all the goodness.  Then it ends with piano.

14. Kiyoshi Kono Yoru

Basically, this track is the Japanese version of “Silent Night”.  Is it just me or Japanese versions of English tracks seem really awkward?  This is also way shorter than the other one earlier on because it doesn’t have the new parts added.  It’s alright, but I’ll stick with the English side.

Tracks Recommended

  • Silent Night
  • Jingle Bells
  • White Christmas
  • Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer

Song of Avoidance

  • Kiyoshi Kono Yoru

I’m guessing Q;indivi is releasing consecutive “Celebration” albums I guess…I’m still not sure what’s going on between Yusuke and Rin, but it must be that she either is just lessening her role or something.  Winter Celebration is a good collection of Christmas classics and they did mostly a good job on most of the songs, but the dance beats felt mostly tacked on.  Still better album than “Celebration”

 

Q;indivi Starring Rin Oikawa – Celebration July 13, 2009

Filed under: Q;indivi — solarblade @ 2:50 am

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Track Listing

  1. Air On The G String
  2. Pomp and Circumstance
  3. Wedding March
  4. Salute D’amour
  5. Turandot
  6. Serenade for Strings
  7. Pathetic
  8. Gymnopedie
  9. Clair de Lune
  10. Etude
  11. Jesus, Joy Of Man’s Desiring

CD 2

  1. Pomp and Circumstance (Long Extended Mix)
  2. Pomp and Circumstance (Long Extended Mix-inst)

1. Air On The G String

So the album starts with a pretty piano melody and some birds chirping that leads into a dance track that mixes it with the previous stuff.  Right from the start, Rin clearly has gotten better as singer, but is still airy though.  I really like the light dance mood and the sampling of the piano melody going on. 

2. Pomp and Circumstance

I’m going to guess this was the track that advertised the album, Pomp and Circumstance continues the trend of piano + dance, but it sounds so much more cleaner.  The melody sounds so damn familiar though…like someone took it from a Disney track.  By all means though, this is a very good track. 

3. Wedding March

Hey, I do know the melody of this song immediately, it’s the damn Wedding Song that every marriage plays, but with lyrics.  I’m also starting to notice that so far in the album Rin has been singing in English, which is a bit surprising because Rin is singing clear and fluently.  I don’t know why but adding a dance beat with such a memorable tune, is basically a stab to the original…It’s alright, but don’t make it danceable.

4. Salute D’amour

Our next track, it’s just comes off as a little cheesy because of the arrangement and overall lyrical sound.  The piano melody is once again familiar to me, but it still comes off as a bit meh since its utilizing the same thought process again.  Time for a new change Q;indivi.

5. Turnadot

~This train is taking you away~.  I’ll have to say, Turnadot is so innocent at the beginning…it really made the song work for me really.  The dance beats are a bit more fast-paced here which is awesome.  I do like the other parts of the song that made the piano sound very important.  I don’t know but this might be my favorite song off the album.

6. Serenade for Strings

It’s kind of odd that the song sounds a bit like “Turnadot” actually it sounds like a continuation if anything.  It’s even funnier that there’s a lack of strings period which is so funny.  I do feel bad that it’s a carbon copy of the previous track because of the overly sameish arrangement here that I got bored of the track pretty quickly. 

7. Pathetic

Pathetic is a bit odd title to choose, especially if the song is once again basically summed around the last few songs, how unfortunate.  I do think the song’s regretful nature, but there’s something that doesn’t sit right with me and maybe it’s the lighthearted sound that’s going on through the track.  I don’t know but I guess it’s alright.

8. Gymnopedie

*sigh*…I do like how the song works as more of a fantasy-like track, but I’m starting to feel a little bored with the album since it doesn’t really sound different which is a bit disappointing at this point of the album.  Rin here though is using a higher register this time around and even though it’s airy as hell, it’s kind of in tune and so much better than past endeavors from her.

9. Clair de Lune

So our next track comes in next and it starts off quite nicelt, and to some extent it’s kind of a magicanl and soothing tune, at the same time, it is a bit bland.  It does take a bit before Rin comes in but she’s not singing, she’s speaking the song a bit before the song takes over again, so it’s an extensive interlude of sorts. 

10. Etude

Etude could be the most boring title ever, but the song is actually a ballad unlike the dance hybrids that plague the rest of the album.  It’s simple piano arrangement and distant snaps and lone strings made the song such a good listen.  Rin sounds quite nice though the airyness of her vocals will get to you, but this another good track and I love the climaxes of the song, now this is a ballad done right. 

11. Jesus, Joy Of Man’s Desiring

Kind of like a lullaby, Jesus, Joy Of Man’s Desiring reminds me of like orgel music, but with Rin included.  It’s amazingly more simpler than “Etude” and makes quite the difference.  The lyrics are just as magical and it’s quite nice.  It’s such a fitting way to end the album IMO.

CD 2

1. Pomp and Circumstance (Long Extended Mix)

Pomp and Circumstance is originally a little over 6 minutes, but here they added two minutes here and well, it’s basically the same song with an extended startup and longer times in the instrumentals of the song.  Still it’s catchy and such so I can’t bag on it too much 

Tracks Recommended

  • Etude
  • Turnadot
  • Pomp and Circumstance
  • Jesus, Joy Of Man’s Desiring

Song of Avoidance

  • Wedding March

So Q;indivi is kind of following with what GEO from Sweetbox has been doing recently with the classical mixing and such, and this album really isn’t that much to talk about, even though it’s doing very well on iTunes right now.  Now I’m also like unsure, if this is their 3rd album or just a concept album because; 1. feat. Rin is on the title (is she leaving?) and 2. “It’s Time To Say Hello” isn’t on this album, which was a preview back on “philharmonique;”.  Iono, but since Q;indivi has been doing this longer than GEO, I was expecting something more expressive and memorable, but all in all, it was a bit stale at places, but I really like the melodies that were recognizable.

 

MEG x Q;indivi – When You Wish Upon a Star July 10, 2009

Filed under: MEG,Q;indivi — solarblade @ 10:24 pm

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Track Listing

  1. When You Wish Upon a Star
  2. When You Wish Upon a Star (Extended Mix)
  3. When You Wish Upon a Star (Instrumental)
  4. When You Wish Upon a Star (Acappella)

1. When You Wish Upon a Star

Ok, you know when you got something weird going on when you ask MEG to cover a Disney song….especially when it comes to Pinocchio of all things right.  Anyways,  MEG collaborated with Q;indivi (who also did a cover of “Part of Your World”) beforehand.  Now I gotta say, this song took the original orchestral wonder of a song and morphed into a J-tek/Club track in one fall swoop and it worked.  Now Rin is in the song but as the backup singer which is funny as hell.  I actually like Rin since she isn’t exactly pulling the stunts she is in her music.  MEG also did pretty well here with the song, even though she sucks at English.  I hope this would be on this collaboration project MEG is supposedly doing.

2. When You Wish Upon a Star (Extended Mix)

So you’re gonna just add 10 seconds and that’s it?  BULLSHIT, this is no extension….this is just lame and useless.  Otherwise, it’s the same track over again and I already put my feelings about it above, so hahaha.

3. When You Wish Upon a Star (Acappella)

Then they just stripped the music out and leave MEG and Rin to just basically sing.  Now there are still those awkward silent moments that plague acappella versions so it’s not their fault for it.  Now, MEG…acappella….this just is wrong on so many levels.  I mean I like her, with music plz, not just by herself.

 

 

Now it’s mostly credited as a MEG release than a Q;indivi release which is understandable since she’s the main singer here and the single was to promote “HOUSE DISNEY” so that works, but to know that MEG announced a collab project that will mostly likely feature “FREAK”, I hope this track makes on there too, because it’s a good rendition of the song.

 

Q;indivi – ivy; May 24, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Forget Me Now
  2. Hide and Seek
  3. Voices
  4. She Like Electric
  5. ComeBAby
  6. Starting Over
  7. Stay Awake
  8. Looking At the Stars
  9. Lost Freaquency
  10. Part Of Your World
  11. Tuft

CD 2

  1. ComeBAby (hn’s i-dep Remix)
  2. Just (RIDDIM PHYSICAL REMIX)
  3. Voices (HANDSOMEBOY TECHNIQUE REMIX)
  4. Tuft (Unrelease Ver. 2.0)
  5. Storia (Next Album Preview ver.)

1. Forget Me Now

Q;indivi’s debut album starts off with an introductory song, which is kind of cool, giving a chill synth sound to show things off.  Of course just like the EP, Rin isn’t present, but there’s male vocals that take over and it sounds pretty airy and simple.  It’s also in English which helps out right?  I think it did well starting off the album.

2. Hide and Seek

It’s actually lead quite nicely into our first track.  It starts off shaky because it starts and stops a lot.  The music is basically kind of like what capsule was doing which was electro with a bit of acoustic guitar.  Rin doesn’t play a huge role here because the music is more louder than her and even then, her voice is heavily layered and vocodered that it becomes quite hard to understand.  Already I’m sensing the change in production.

3. Voices

Voices harkens back to their previous release by utilizing strings in their songs.  So continuing on that idea, the song isn’t too good because it’s pretty boring and Rin sounds harsh in the song, but I do like the arrangement.  I’m pretty sure there could’ve been some work done before releasing this, but w/e this song isn’t that good.

4. She Like Electric

Oddly enough, we get an interlude with this track and oddly enough it doesn’t have any electro influences in it.  The closest thing really is a beat and the nature sounds with piano.  There’s added electrical sounds as the song goes by, but it’s kinda of useless.  Rin’s singing is still very strange, but it’s was easily listenable, albeit quite short.

5. ComeBAby

So our ComeBaby pops up next and still uses the strings basis once again for the track.  The lyrics are a bit clearer than “Voices” which is a good thing but Rin’s vocals just continues to sound like MEG’s which is pretty unfortunate.  The chorus is better than the verses because you can clearly hear Rin’s Engrish, but it’s alright.

6. Starting Over

Starting Over begins with another nice piano opening and with Rin’s off shot vocals, it’s actually a lot better than some of the other songs out there.  Instead of synths they took a more natural take making them sound a bit like Nichika.  Still, their whole cosmic lyrical selection is kind of getting meh at this point.

7. Stay Awake

Stay Awake reappears on the album and it still doesn’t connect with me especially after all of the same properties were used over and over again.  I mean the latin sound that later occupies the song, it just didn’t cut it and it’s even worse on the album than it was back on “ComeBAby.EP”

8. Looking At the Stars

See what I mean?  After the whole relaxation sound, it starts good with some synths and then Rin comes in with some acoustic guitar, but luckily it’s upbeat and strange it still combines nature somehow in between as you hear crickets chirping in and out of the song.  The little musical interlude was way too empty to be anything really good and sadly is the worst part of the song.  The chorus was great though.  The worst thing is that it sounds way too similar to “Stay Awake”

9. Lost Freaquency

Finally something that is a little different, Lost Freaquency starts with some water dripping and a bit of an ethereal synth opening.  It brought mystery in the song and the song start to change slowly into a piano fronted song that was sweet.  After a while though, I keep thinking it’s an instrumental basically since Rin is nowhere to be found and is replaced by the guy that was singing in “Forget Me Now”.  I do like the serious sound of the song though.

10. Part Of Your World

Yep, if the title looks familiar to you it’s a cover of one of the biggest songs from “The Little Mermaid”.  The original was flowing and had a sense of underwater life.  Q;indivi’s take sounds like a fantasy that’s gone right because the song is easy to follow along and Rin does a good job singing.

11. Tuft

The first disc ends off with Tuft, A 45 second track.  Though it’s probably a good thing because Rin sings out and sings right here and the song is a pretty happy song with just acoustics.  The problem here was her choice of pitches because some of them were pretty sucky. 

CD 2

1. ComeBAby (hn’s i-dep Remix)

Honestly?  Do we really need another ComeBAby remix?  This one is a bit more danceable, but the cut n’ paste of Rin’s lyrics just sucked hardcore at the beginning.  I was crying lol.  I kind of like everything after it, but it just kind of lacks any real boom.

2. Just (RIDDIM PHYSICAL REMIX)

This remix returns from their first release and I’m still disliking the song altogether.  I mean the remix does justice to the original, but there’s still things I just dislike about it like the very loud swooping synth.  That actually hurts my ears a lot. 

3. Voices (HANDSOMEBOY TECHNIQUE REMIX)

At first, when I started this up I was thinking this was a live version of Voices because of the audience clapping at the start.  I actually am liking this more because of the lack of strings in it which was what hindered the song a lot.  As a ballad, this works better so I easily like it a lot. 

4. Tuft (Unreleased Ver. 2.0)

Tuft’s unreleased?!?  Ok?  Anyway, it has a more flowing arrangement even though it still is hellishly short.  There’s more strings and acoustic guitar and less of the synth usage, but it’s basically the same song all over again.

5. Storia (Next Album Preview ver.)

Then we get to Storia which is a track off their next album “philharmonique;” and from the preview we got from it, it’s sounds a while lot better than a bunch of the songs off this album.  Even if it’s the shortest song off the entire album. 

Tracks Recommended

  • Lost Freaquency
  • Part Of Your World
  • Starting Over
  • Voices (HANDSOMEBOY TECHNIQUE REMIX)

Song of Avoidance

  • Just (RIDDIM PHYSICAL REMIX)

Q;indivi’s debut album honestly was a tough album to sit through fully.  It’s not that they’re bad or anything even though they shouldn’t be because they are on avex’s label, but their music can become super stale the more you listen to it.  Rin as a lyricist, is sometimes bad and her Engrish can be quite bothersome, but I guess you have to get used to it.  ivy; just wasn’t what I thought it would be and came off as just a stale album…..maybe “philharmonique;” will do better.