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RYTHEM – Rhythm December 13, 2010

Filed under: RYTHEM — solarblade @ 3:41 am

Track Listing

  1. prologue
  2. Life Tree
  3. Homey
  4. After hours,Before sleep
  5. Tsunaide Te
  6. 1piece
  7. all-ways
  8. Paradox
  9. Mousou Gamblers Restaurant
  10. fast food
  11. Mudai
  12. Toorenka
  13. A Flower
  14. Alley
  15. epilogue

1. prologue

Yep, a short introduction!  prologue is a little strange of an opening because the setting of it sounds like some restaurant in Italy with them tinkering with their stuff while an accordion plays a melody and later Yui and Yuka ad-libbing.  It’s a bit strange for a intro, but I guess it’s alright.

2. Life Tree

As the album’s first song, Life Tree starts things off on a positive note and I actually enjoyed the upbeat nature of the arrangement.  I mean let’s not forget that the brass was a pretty awesome choice as well since it adds the small amount of spice.  I thought this was cute and yet fun to listen to at the same time so good song to kick things off with.

2. Homey

Continuing the upbeat brass sound from “Life Tree”, Homey might be quite lighter than said song, but the use of mostly the same instruments is a bit blah, but it still gave the song some life and both girls of RYTHEM are actually singing a bit more broader and hitting higher notes.  I say it’s alright, but I sort of prefer the last track instead still.

4. After hours,Before sleep

I’m pretty happy that RYTHEM included both singles and their B-sides onto the album (seeing that there wasn’t much anyways).  As the B-side from “A Flower”, After hours,Before sleep is pretty classy sounding and quite refreshing after two brass-heavy songs.  Instead there’s the instruments that are used from Yui and Yuka and some synths and together they made a fine combination.  Not the best B-side of the era, but it was alright.

5. Tsunaide Te

As the first A-side of the era, Tsunaide Te sounds great, but unfortuately it sounds relatively no different from the other promotional songs in the era: “Mudai” and “A Flower” and it kind of made me think that they were really unoriginal in A-sides of the era.  Though I can’t say much since this was the first of them so it does get brownie points for that.  I will say both gals sound really good and the solo section was just as pretty.  Ok, I do like the song a bit LOL

6. 1piece

I thought it was good to get out of the old songs for a bit into something that sounds like ragtime and it was catchy and adorably cute to listen to, if not a little random.  The bouncy New Orleans’ sound is quite the refreshing sound I needed to hear and with Yui and Yuka sounding so upbeat and having a good time with this song and I actually wanted to join in.  I will say that when the chorus ends with them singing together, they were pretty much not sounding good together, but they do for the main of the track.  Gotta say, what an impressive tune heh.

7. all-ways

I guess we move back to ballad land with all-ways.  I like that Yui begins the song by herself and the piano before Yuka joins in with the vocals.  Out of the ballads that were put out this era, all-ways feels good since it doesn’t try to be plain and simple and I love the strings that play in the background, giving it a dramatic flow.  I mean the later half does kind of touch bland-land, but for the most part it was a very well done ballad.

8. Paradox

I think so far on this album, Paradox stands out with the most amount of synth used on the album and I don’t mind it at all since it’s once again another catchy song.  It’s still in the reins of light pop, but the bouncy synth melody works pretty well.  While it doesn’t try to break new ground for the ladies, it still worked and the girls sound better than I thought they have been for the last few songs so that’s also good to hear.  An early favorite for me.

9. Mousou Gamblers Restaurant

Given that the song has the most absurd title, Mousou Gamblers Restaurant is also a very strange song at that.  I love the fact that it’s the most energetic song found and it’s so catchy and cute and solid of a song.  I wished this was released as a single since it’s just that amazing of a song from them hahaha

10. fast food

So after those new songs, we get back into some previously released tunes with the B-side from “Tsunaide Te”.  I like that fast food did slow down the mood quite nicely after “Mousou Gamblers Restaurant”.  Since it hasn’t been very long since I reviewed it, the feelings are still the same for the most part.  I mean I still think that breakdown in the later part of the song is a bit bad, but the rest of the song was pretty good and made a good bridge to our next song.

11. Mudai

If you’re wondering why I bolded Mudai, it is because it was the groups digital single released for the album.  Of course it’s another ballad from them and while I will agree that it brings the best from the duo, it’s also their kind of weak point since it’s the same piano/acoustic/strings ballad with different lyrics deal.  It’s not as bad as I was expecting it to be, but some of the other ballads kind of kind of defeats this one.

12. Toorenka

Back into mid-tempo land for our next new song, Toorenka sounds like it’s utilizing some reggae and the whole feel is actually quite soothing.  I could also blame the soft vocals coming from the ladies that really gave the song that relaxing factor.  It’s a good smooth tune from them and it’s part of the better parts of the album.

13. A Flower

We finally get to their final A-side as a duo and A Flower might’ve been a poor way to sound goodbye since it’s basically “Tsunaide Te” pt. 2 since it feels and comes off the same way as each other.  So that being said, I have kind of gotten tired of this song…but it’s no way bad vocally or arrangement-like, but it’s not my kind of song it seems.

14. Alley

And finally ending the main songs, Alley is the final track and of course it’s like wintry and stuff so it’s like an obvious song to have brought on.  I liked this quite a bit because it’s sweet and slow and cute all in the same package.  It does get a little tiring towards the end, but it’s a pretty soft ballad from the ladies.

15. epilogue

Of course closing the album with an outro, epilogue isn’t really like “prologue” in anyway and it’s strange since the final track is kind of this weird ethereal sound playing by itself since it’s lead from “Alley” in its last few seconds so it changes unnoticebly.  It kind of sounds useless since there’s nothing else to it really so…it does its job.

Tracks Recommended

  • Mousou Gamblers Restaurant
  • Paradox
  • 1piece
  • Tsunaide Te
  • Life Tree

Song of Avoidance

  • A Flower

So what did I think of RYTHEM’s final album?  If I may, it is their 4th album and I think they did pretty well since the songs were of high calibur.  All of the songs were pretty interesting and had something interesting to give out…maybe cept the song I dislike, but still a pretty strong album and goodbye from RYTHEM.

 

RYTHEM – Tsunaide Te December 8, 2010

Filed under: RYTHEM — solarblade @ 11:07 pm

Track Listing

  1. Tsunaide Te
  2. fast food
  3. Tsunaide Te (Instrumental)
  4. fast food (Instrumental)

1. Tsunaide Te

I guess RYTHEM does ballads best huh?  Tsunaide Te is a slow burner because well, it just is since it starts out with piano and grows into something bigger and better.  I like that both girls of course get solos and I can sort of tell who’s who, but I still think they’re voices are too similar to fully tell apart sometimes.  Maybe it was bad that I listened to “A Flower” before, but I think I might end up liking this more.

2. fast food

I will say that fast food did a better job at capturing my attention even though it’s still light.  It’s actually kind of absurdly catchy and yet simple and cute at the same time.  It’s piano-led by Yui, but there’s a fair bit of synths involved and both ladies sound really pretty here.  The little interlude in the middle threw me off, but otherwise much more likeable than “Tsunaide Te”.

As the first single of the “Rhythm” era, Tsunaide Te does kind of come of as equal to their next single, “A Flower” since the A-side is taking longer to like than the B-side.  It’s actually not so bad and I might like it better overall than their next single, but I just hope the album isn’t all like this LOL.

 

RYTHEM – A Flower December 1, 2010

Filed under: RYTHEM — solarblade @ 1:03 am

Track Listing

  1. A Flower
  2. After hours,Before sleep
  3. A Flower (Instrumental)
  4. After hours,Before sleep (Instrumental)

1. A Flower

I’ve actually never heard this duo before so I apologize in advance if I get some things wrong with them.  Anyways, since this is RYTHEM’s final A-side, this might’ve been the right way to do it since it is Yui and Yuka playing their instruments to this very smooth and pretty arrangement.  It does kind of suck that I can’t tell who’s who in the song since they have similar vocals, but whatever it’s such a sweet and fluffy tune to listen to.

2. After hours,Before sleep

The B-side is definitely a song for them to kind of add a little spice to the single to even out from the soft glow of “A Flower”.  I will admit though that’s it’s still very relaxing of a song and kind of gives this lazy yet relaxing mood off.  I also enjoyed the vocals from both ladies since they’re as soft as the music.  I think the thing that stood out the most of the song is that there’s synth usage unlike in the A-side.

Since this is RYTHEM’s final single before the final album “Rythem” releases and the group breaks up, A Flower is a very quiet single to say goodbye with, but I won’t bitch since I haven’t heard their music previous.  What I got though was two ladies that can do soft ballads and they pulled it off right with A Flower.  After hours,Before sleep is a little more jumpy but not by much and I actually liked that as much as the A-side.  So much for more releases though x.x