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RURUTIA – don’t look at the color November 21, 2015

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dontlookatthecolor

Track Listing

  1. don’t look at the color
  2. Not Afraid
  3. Little in My Little

1. don’t look at the color

It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve heard RURUTIA last, but she quietly brought out a new single for us.  don’t look at the color was definitely not what I expected from her as she takes up rock atmosphere with this song.  The verses sound mysterious and something a bit like “Seirios” was.  Though I also feel like the chorus is a lot more mainstream sounding than other songs she’s done.  Overall, it’s a nice song a nice comeback (hopefully).

2. Not Afraid

Our first B-side sounds a bit more stressful of a song due to its arrangement which is ironically still feels a lot like “don’t look at the color” minus the weird electronic trips.  RURUTIA’s vocals do feel a bit weak here as she’s hitting thin notes here and there (mostly in the chorus) but I still like the guitarwork behind this one.  Though I have to say when she says the title, it’s like she’s saying ~not a fly~…kind of humorous lol!

3. Little in My Little

I’m really curious about RURUTIA’s liking of this echo-like filter that she sings in through all three songs…it’s a bit haunting and yet fits her vocals.  As the ballad of the single, Little in My Little will be familiar to fans of her music and I do really like the acoustic/piano arrangement…A nice haunting song and closes the single nicely!

Wow, it feels like years since RURUTIA, well 3 years since her “NODE for R” album and literally 9 years since her last single, “Reirei Tenohira”…don’t look at the color is a rather obscure and strange timed release for a single.  Overall though it’s interesting seeing her kind of going the OLIVIA route here with both the leading song and Not Afraid taking a more rockin’ sound while keeping Little in My Little as her go-to ballad.  It’s nice, but I feel like I just want more from her on her next release!

 

RURUTIA – NODE from R September 11, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Apeture
  2. The Name Of Anger
  3. Mystic Pendulum
  4. Behind the blue
  5. Spectrum
  6. Invitation
  7. In The Majority
  8. Shin’ai
  9. Iris
  10. I Keep On Lovin’ you
  11. Rainbow
  12. Mystic Pendulum -The Rusty Veil Ver.-
  13. Hitotsubu no Tomoshibi
  14. RESONANCE
  15. Lullaby

1. Apeture

I like RURUTIA opening the album with an intro song like Apeture.  It starts with a rainstorm before moving into a nice strings/piano melody.  Though this could’ve been utilized as a full track and I would’ve been interested even more! 

2. The Name Of Anger

Our first vocal track, The Name Of Anger actually stands as the longest track of the album (only one over 6 minutes).  When I first listened to the song I couldn’t help but feel like it’s similar to “Seirios” because of the gritty synths and similar dramatics.  I will say that I liked RURUTIA’s vocals in the song and flows smoothly with the arrangement.  The only thing I would say is that it does kind of feel a bit too long and RURU’s vocals crackle sometimes…but it’s still pretty strong.

3. Mystic Pendulum

What a pretty song Mystic Pendulum is hahaha.  I think it places RURUTIA into a bit of a mainstream feel but I don’t mind that because this song has a beautiful arrangement and the drips of water and other sounds really make the song a lot more busy.  I feel like this song wants to go back to her older days and I like that push I get with this one.

4. Behind the blue

RURUTIA released two mini-albums prior to this album and all the original tracks are on the album.  Behind the blue was the first one released and its title track comes first as well.  Kind of like “The Name Of Anger” it has these synth buzzes that make it pop out to the listener but the song otherwise is mostly a piano ballad with RURUTIA lightly singing along.  I still think it is the best of the 5 tracks that she released before this album sadly.

5. Spectrum

Trying to make the album a little more uplifting and fun (somewhat), Spectrum comes along and makes me a LOT more happier.  Unlike the songs so far on the album, this ended up being her most upbeat track.  It’s definitely an electro song and RURUTIA’s vocals are under auto-tune as well giving it a unique experience.  Suffice to say that this song really stood out to me and is my favorite LOL.

6. Invitation

Which is weird that it leads into this track from the “RESONANCE” mini-album.  When I first heard it, it did stand as disappointing because it was so simplisic and just not eventful for me.  On the album, it does stand out a bit more because it is bright and soft at the same time.  It’s sort of grown on me, but it’s still isn’t at the level as most of the previous tracks are.

7. In The Majority

To pick the pace up slightly after “Invitation”, In The Majority has a similar setting and mood like the previous track, but things are moving at a brisker pace.  Once the horns enter, the song becomes quite epic and just reminds me of KOKIA a little bit.  Another great song from the album.

8. Shin’ai

Another “RESONANCE” track, Shin’ai makes for a good track coming after “In The Majority” because it has a bit more guitarwork and it also has a bit of a regular J-pop sound to it.  Beyond the arrangement, the song doesn’t stand out to me much.  I still do enjoy it once in a while but it’s nothing I’d probably favorite.

9. Iris

Weird that the next song begins with someone winding up a music box and letting it play a little bit before the full arrangement and RURUTIA enter the song.  The song overall kind of just bores me the entire time since it barely gets anywhere and RURUTIA is once again cracking her vocals for some reason and add in that she kind of pushes herself to much in the vocals, almost struggling in some parts to get certain notes out…I really didn’t enjoy this one.

10. I Keep On Lovin’ you

With all these interesting titles on the album, it seems weird to get this one for some reason.  She kind of gets even more simpler here with her vocals and acoustic guitar.  Being this vacant in arrangement does give up red flags, but I like it this way.  HOWEVER, I think another artist could’ve sung it MUCH better than RURUTIA did.  Her vocals are scratchy and some parts cause a speedbump in the song.  It’s not as disturbingly boring like “Iris” was…but those vocals…

11. Rainbow

Pipe Organ is always nice to hear in a song and Rainbow (from “Behind the blue”) comes in with this awesome intro that made me love it but opens to another lighthearted song.  It kind of does remind of “Invitation” a lot for some reason.  Add in said organ and a sweet guitar solo and you get this oddball song.  Not bad of a song, but it is a little strange to me.

12. Mystic Pendulum -The Rusty Veil Ver.-

An alternate version of Mystic Pendulum?  I’m not sure how to feel about this version of the song because it a lot lighter but also has drum rolls in which the original doesn’t have.  I guess this version has more oomph than the original which is nice…but it’s not a HUGE difference and I’m thinking this could’ve been saved for a later release (like a single or something).

13. Hitotsubu no Tomoshibi

Things seem to slow down again with Hitotsubu no Tomoshibi which acts as the anison piano ballad which is nice to hear from RURUTIA.  It kind of sounds like a night song since there’s some twinkles here and there and some light synths as well.  Not bad, but the song is slightly forgettable after a while.

14. RESONANCE

The leading track from the second mini-album is finding itself near the end and I’m just a bit meh with it.  It’s like taking “Shin’ai” and slowing it down and just throwing it out there as its own song.  I do think she sounds stronger here which is pretty good, but I still think the song is a bit of a snoozefest compared to other tracks.

15. Lullaby

Closing the album, Lullaby is well what the title describes, it’s a literal lullaby.  Like “Hitotsubu no Tomoshibi”, it has a the night sprinkles found throughout the tune which makes it more pleasant and soothing to the ears.  RURUTIA’s vocals are so pretty and light that it just fits together and makes for an appropriate ending to the album. 

Tracks Recommended

  • Spectrum
  • The Name Of Anger
  • Lullaby
  • Mystic Pendulum
  • In The Majority

Song of Avoidance

  • Iris

I can’t say much about this album when comparing to her album before “Seirios” but I can say that this album is much better than said album.  I think she was going for something more mainstream and it shows a lot on NODE from R.  I do like more of her upbeat and intricate songs more than her plain ballads for the most part which there’s of the latter sadly.  I’ve also noticed her vocals have become slightly inconsistent…which might be somewhat a bad thing, but I guess it’s a good album but a little meh in places.

 

RURUTIA – RESONANCE May 2, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. RESONANCE
  2. Invitation
  3. Shin’ai
  4. RESONANCE (acoustic ver)
  5. Invitation (acoustic ver)
  6. Shin’ai (Ballad ver)
  7. RESONANCE (instrumental)
  8. Invitation (instrumental)
  9. Shin’ai (instrumental)

1. RESONANCE

RURUTIA does great things in the time she’s been active as an artist and after “Behind the blue”, It seems she wanted to take a more aboveground sound and she takes a bigger risk with RESONANCE because it sounds like a normal J-pop ballad, but it’s good since she’s also not really using her whispery vocals (think “Seirios”).  It’s actully not that bad of song if not a little plain for her, but it fits her voice nicely.

2. Invitation

The next track also kind of sounds like new territory for RURUTIA, but barely because it’s more of a simpler ballad with mainly the typical instruments found in ballads.  I found this to be more forgettable than “RESONANCE” but whatever.

3. Shin’ai

I’m happy to know that Shin’ai sounds actually quite good despite not being a ballad really and more of a mid-tempo pop/rock track.  I kind of like the guitars used in the song as well as RURUTIA’s softer vocals as well.  There’s times in the song where I feel like the song makes for an amazing ending to a Drama or something.

4. RESONANCE (acoustic ver)

Take the drums out of the original and we essentially get the acoustic version of the song.  I’m not usually a fan of these bareboned versions of songs since it only takes the the beat that kept the song afloat.  RESONANCE does sound good however and has a more profound touch to it which makes me bite my tongue just a little bit.  Still sounds pretty basic, but pretty good.

5. Invitation (acoustic ver)

Really getting even more barebones with Invitation was probably a poor thing to do since it was already such a simple before.  It does sound a lot more like something RURUTIA would release in the past, but this song actually bores me quite a bit.

6. Shin’ai (Ballad ver)

I really did enjoy Shin’ai for being upbeat and having an interesting arrangement.  The ballad version of the song also has an nice arrangement going and RURUTIA’s whispery vocals make a return and they sound great and she builds up to the chorus which was jaw-dropping.  I don’t know what I prefer more between this or the original, but they’re both really good!

I don’t think RESONANCE does top “Behind the blue” really since half the songs were good and the other was kind of boring but she’s really starting to change her sound and I’m not sure if it’s a good step or not (Prolly isn’t for the RURUTIA fans/purists).  It’s an alright release…but I’m tired of these mini-albums already XD

 

RURUTIA – Behind the blue October 10, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Behind the blue
  2. Rainbow
  3. Hana Tsuzuri (Silky Jazz Ver.)
  4. Yume Hotaru (Candle Night Remix)
  5. Rainbow (Alegria Dance Remix)
  6. Behind the blue (Midnight Story Remix)
  7. LAST DAY (Autumn Moon Remix)
  8. Behind the blue (Instrumental)
  9. Rainbow (Instrumental)

1. Behind the blue

Yeah, RURUTIA can pull off some strange and yet very relaxing songs.  Behind the blue would definitely be one of those songs because of the ethereal mood mixed with synth buzzes and piano flow.  It’s nothing new for RURUTIA I know, but there’s something that’s different…I think it’s the chorus where it opens up with a broader sound with drums and such.  It’s of the usual great RURUTIA quality that I’ve come to enjoy so I’m content with this tune.

2. Rainbow

Hearing pipe organ opening up Rainbow really surprised me for a RURUTIA song, but I’m not sure why really.  After the opening though, it kind of goes into a quieter mode with RURUTIA utilizing her quiet vocals here.  It does feel a little bit like “Behind the blue” with the broad chorus, but for me her vocals are taking risks and she cracks a little throughout.  Not better than the previous song but w/e.

3. Hana Tsuzuri (Silky Jazz Ver.)

The other new song on the mini-album, Hana Tsuzuri (with no original version x.x) doesn’t exactly feel jazzy that much…I mean there’s strings in the song as well and I was like what the hell RURUTIA…MAKE IT JAZZY!  I’m basically pretty bored here already and just falling asleep to this song so meh.

4. Yume Hotaru (Candle Night Remix)

Kind of like her other mini-albums, Behind the blue features previously released songs to be remixed and rearranged.  Yes, Yume Hotaru and later on, “LAST DAY” are both from her last album, “Seirios” and it’s not surprising they got the treatment.  Now I haven’t reviewed said album yet, but Yume Hotaru was nice and this version is more simple and yet not because it’s mostly a piano rearrangement, but there’s points where there’s heavy percussion.  It’s different but I like it.

5. Rainbow (Alegria Dance Remix)

Let’s be honest RURUTIA doesn’t really do dance songs, but this remix made Rainbow a whole lot easier to listen to besides the dance beats and bouncy synths.  It does feel like either cargo or Q;indivi had something to do with this remix because it’s strings and synthwork together and those two are the suspects since they’ve done it before.  Iono, but it’s strange for RURUTIA, but I loved it.

6. Behind the blue (Midnight Story Remix)

Behind the blue sort of gets the same treatment since it’s slightly faster than the original composition and all.  Though this time it feels so light and it does have a nighttime kind of feel.  After a while, it does pick up speed and becomes more of a light kind of dance tune (it’s not as energetic as “Rainbow’s” remix_.  I do like the sounds of birds chirping and other nature-like sounds here for sure.  It’s pretty good.

7. LAST DAY (Autumn Moon Remix)

Ending off the songs that need to be reviewed, LAST DAY also becomes simpler being changed around.  I do feel that it’s more an orchestrated version of the song from “Seirios”, but I don’t mind it since it’s simplistic and shows off RURUTIA’s vocals nicely.  Still, it’s kind of sleep-inducing, but I can agree that this is how she should’ve done this song with an orchestra.

I know I only reviewed “Opus”, but Behind the blue is a much more exciting release for sure because of the fact that for the most part it wasn’t ballad central like “Opus” was.  I do think RURUTIA is doing a better job at singing for sure and the music is getting a bit more lighter and poppier than her usual ethereal oddness.  It’s different, but I like this a bit.

 

RURUTIA – Opus June 3, 2009

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CD

Track Listing

  1. Opus
  2. Ryuukou
  3. Mizugeshiki Hoshi Moyou (Ballade Ver.)
  4. Itoshigi yo (Ballade Ver.)
  5. Arabesque (Ballade Ver.)
  6. Hoshi to Hane
  7. Opus (Music Box Ver.) (Bonus Track)
  8. Ryuukou (Music Box Ver.) (Bonus Track)

1. Opus

I got to say, RURUTIA is definitly an artist I would’ve passed up if it wasn’t for “Seirios”.  The music is definitly ethereal borderlining other stuff, but I clearly think this is more of a ballad song.  RURUTIA sings in a very serene and calm way even when it gets into the chorus, she still sounds airy and sometimes she cracks her notes, but the music is very relaxing.  Almost like a nice lullaby. 

2. Ryuukou

Ryuukou is also fronted by a lot of strings which is cool.  I don’t wanna say that this song is more mainstream than her other stuff, but the beats and the bass playing around does make it seem that way.  I guess it’s alright, but it isn’t as soothing as “Opus” was, but this’ll do for right now.

3. Mizugeshiki Hoshi Moyou (Ballade Ver.)

The next three tracks are rearrangements on her past songs starting with the most recent since Mizugeshiki Hoshi Moyou was from her last album “Chorion”.  Now, I know RURUTIA is a very ethereal-sounding artist and hearing that there’s a ballad version just kind of made me scratch my head.  Honestly, this just was way too empty to be taking too seriously, but RURUTIA’s vocals are nice and so are the BKGD vocals. 

4. Itoshigi yo (Ballade Ver.)

Next up is a rearrangement of her debut single.  This actually seems better than the last song because it’s not feeling empty and RURUTIA’s vocals are actually a whole lot more emotional.  The addition of strings and piano makes this a whole lot better as well.  Is it better than the original?  NO IDEA…but this is pretty good. 

5. Arabesque (Ballade Ver.)

Arabesque, a track from “Promised Land”, Finishes up the trio of rerarrangments and it’s kind of just like “Mizugeshiki Hoshi Moyou” because all it is is piano and RURUTIA singing.  What’s even worse is that it’s dragging hardcore for being 5 minutes.  The vocals are a bit shoddy too because she’s cracking all over the place, but some of her higher notes are just really nice.  I guess it’s ok.

6. Hoshi to Hane

So you’re gonna sneak another B-side after all that?  Now this is the RURUTIA I’ve come to known as, because it’s very somber and full of synths and opera-like vocals.  RURUTIA sounds so damn good here and I’ve come to enjoy her more imaginative works thus far.  In the middle though things get odd, when a muffled piano plays for a bit before RURUTIA comes back in to do some more ethereal singing. 

7. Opus (Music Box Ver.)

Yeah, it’s basically an instrumental with some orgel playing the entire melody of the song…Not what you call worth the replay but it’s a nice enough addition to the single.  The water droplets are pretty nifty though giving a little bit of depth to it. 

8. Ryuukou (Music Box Ver.)

It’s funny how it went from water droplets to having a calm rain for Ryuukou’s orgel love.  As I listen along, it seems Ryuukou sounds a bit happier which obviously works for me, but it’s also putting me to sleep so I can’t listen too long before crashing.

 

 

RURUTIA, why was this single so damn long?!?  Opus is a good way to start off the “Seirios” era with a bit more of a mainstream feel to add-on.  Ryuukou was a bit more of mainstream love, but I liked that direction as well.  Hoshi to Hane was a not back to her past works and that works with me as well, showing that she’s not totally driving away from what she does best.  The rest of the tracks were alright but their overall use was for taking a nap…”Hyousa” is just as bad, so I’ll review that eventually.