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Sayaka Kitahara – Haru no Gradation June 17, 2014

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Track Listing

  1. HAJIKE-YO!!
  2. Gamushara
  3. Haru no Gradation
  4. Kanari Junjou
  5. Yume no Katamari
  6. Natsu ga Owacchau
  7. Madogawa Kara Ai wo Komete
  8. Kinou no Koi wa Doko Fuku Kaze
  9. Yappa Seishun
  10. Aijou・Jounetsu・Neppuu
  11. Natsu ga Yattekuru

1. HAJIKE-YO!!

So Saaya opens up her album with the 3rd A-side she released, HAJIKE-YO!! and honestly I’m not amused because I felt this was her weakest A-side of the 4.  I felt like majority of the song felt weak and the hook of the song being to spell the title out was a bit cheesy.  The chorus was also forgettable and didn’t make too much sense to me either.  I don’t know but I was just like forget it!

2. Gamushara

Then we move into the B-side from her debut single, “Yappa Seishun” and at first I thought it’d be a cover of MilkyWay’s “Gamusharara” but it wasn’t meant to be.  I wasn’t too impressed with this song either, but it’s more because of Saaya’s generally weak vocals…especially in the chorus…it was REALLY flat and just made me cringe.  Jeeze two poor songs opening the album…great…

3. Haru no Gradation

Only two new tracks on the album?  That’s really poor marketing right there.  As the promotional song and title track, Haru no Gradation in comparison to the previous two tracks was a jump because Sayaka’s vocals are a bit more stable and together.  I found the style of the track to be almost identical to “Gamushara” but at least this song is just better all-around~.

4. Kanari Junjou

Of the four A-sides, I still love Kanari Junjou the most because it’s poppy and the anison bass pop track just suited for me and Sayaka didn’t sound half-bad here.  Weird because this came out before “HAJIKE-YO!!”.  It’s just a straightforward song, but it was really catchy as one…Funny it’s still one of the better songs off the album too…says a lot >.>

5. Yume no Katamari

Moving to one of the two B-sides from “HAJIKE-YO!!”, Yume no Katamari was a song that was just an extra song found on edition of the single.  Though it was a great choice because her voice actually sounds decent and she’s giving some vibrato to kick alongside a relaxing arrangement (though one could argue that it’s more of the same style).  The keyboard solo was cool so overall this tune worked for me.

6. Natsu ga Owacchau

Moving onto the B-side from “Natsu ga Yattekuru”, I loved this B-side because it was something different and the tune really gave off this tropical setting (not like FLOWER’s “Dolphin Beach”, but similar).  Saaya’s softer vocals suited the setting as well and I was just swaying and happily tapping along to the song.  Definitely my favorite B-side released from her.

7. Madogawa Kara Ai wo Komete

Next is the ballad B-side, Madogawa Kara Ai wo Komete from “Kanari Junjou” and this song was a tumbling mess before and still is now.  It’s awkwardly slow and it’s to where you can FEEL that it needed to be sped up because the beat is sluggish and Sayaka can’t really hold notes very well as shown here.  Even the arrangement is a little beach-y but it doesn’t save itself from sheer boredom.

8. Kinou no Koi wa Doko Fuku Kaze

Moving to the other new song, I felt like Sayaka could’ve just released another single and avoided the album (though I suppose new tracks is good despite the lack of them here).  In comparison to “Haru no Gradation”, this has a little more oomph, but sacrifices good tone quality because she sounded flat once again here.  Still I do commend the tune for being upbeat and keeps at a steady pace without faltering.  It’s the better new track even with its discrepencies.

9. Yappa Seishun

It’s funny how we move to an album exclusive to Saaya’s debut song and unsurprisingly returning to this track hasn’t done too well.  Her voice is deeper and fuller, but she’s squeaky and flat.  Like the previous track though, the song is upbeat and has a lot of energy packed into it and sounds like a legit anison tune.  It’s alright, but there’s better songs.

10. Aijou・Jounetsu・Neppuu

Moving to the other B-side from “HAJIKE-YO!!”, we have another upbeat and solid track here.  A lot like “Yume no Katamari” which doesn’t bother me becuase that means it’d be just as good.  However as I listen to this I keep getting ironic thoughts oft he last two tracks especially within the chorus.  Plus the latin guitar solo still sounds amazing in the mid8 as random as it is lol.  I enjoyed it a lot!

11. Natsu ga Yattekuru

Ending the album is Saaya’s 4th A-side and the last before this album was released.  Unlike it’s B-side, Natsu ga Yattekuru had a different summer feel and it’s mostly because of the inclusion of steel drums.  I kind of enjoyed the arrangement, but I couldnt remember any of Sayaka’s melodies within it.  I feel like this was an odd decision to make it close the album with, but what can you do…”Madogawa Kara Ai wo Komete”?  No thank you XD.

Tracks Recommended

  • Kanari Junjou
  • Natsu ga Owacchau
  • Aijou・Jounetsu・Neppuu
  • Yume no Katamari

Song of Avoidance

  • Gamushara

Coming into Sayaka’s debut, I was rather unimpressed that it was merely a collection of all her songs she’s done under the Aoi Sorano moniker.  Haru no Gradation is a collection of somewhat good anison tunes but surrounded by weak arrangements and sometimes vocals.  I feel like maybe Sayaka after her stint in Hello! Project kind of messed her voice up (especially from Yappa Seishun).  At least the stuff she did closer to the album’s release fared MUCH better.  Overall, could’ve had more incense to pay attention besides two new songs (which could’ve been a single all its own) but meh it’s average I suppose.

 

Sayaka Kitahara – Natsu ga Yattekuru June 26, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Natsu ga Yattekuru
  2. Natsu ga Owacchau
  3. Natsu ga Yattekuru (Original Karaoke)
  4. Natsu ga Owacchau (Original Karaoke)

1. Natsu ga Yattekuru

Now so far her A-sides have been good for the most part good (minus “HAJIKE-YO!”) and coming into Sayaka’s 4th outing as her anime voice Aoi Sorano and Natsu ga Yattekuru is definitely a summer song.  I love the tropical sounds supported by brass and steel drums.  It’s pleasant and relaxing and doesn’t have Sayaka stressing her voice hard.  I still think “Kanari Junjou” is better but this is a close second!

2. Natsu ga Owacchau

I was curious of this song because they had similar titles.  It’s not as upbeat as the A-side but it’s just as tropical sounding if not a little moreso.  I don’t know why but I like how soft Sayaka’s vocals are in the song and just sailed by the song quite nicely.  Pretty good B-side to go along with “Natsu ga Yattekuru”.

 

 

Funny, I think Natsu ga Yattekuru is Sayaka’s best single since her debut since both songs are really pleasant tracks and fits the summer months oh so nicely.  At first, I thought it was going to be same melodies but different arrangements but it doesn’t seem like that at all and both tracks flowed nicely.  I’m gonna assume there’ll be an album after this hopefully ^_^

 

Sayaka Kitahara – HAJIKE-YO!! February 19, 2012

Filed under: Sayaka Kitahara — solarblade @ 5:15 am

Track Listing

  1. HAJIKE-YO!!
  2. Aijou・Jounetsu・Neppuu
  3. Yume no Katamari (Limited edition only)
  4. HAJIKE-YO!! (Original Karaoke)
  5. Aijou・Jounetsu・Neppuu (Original Karaoke)

1. HAJIKE-YO!!

Of the three A-sides Sayaka released I think HAJIKE-YO!! might be her weakest one yet.  I found her previous ones to have something adorably catchy about them but at the same time, I felt like HAJIKE-YO!! was also weak in the arrangement kind of giving it a bland feeling as well.  I did like the spelling of the title as the intro to the song but the rest of it felt uninspired IMO.  Meh…

2. Aijou・Jounetsu・Neppuu

The B-side did take things at a faster speed which is nice and all but when I heard the song I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.  It’s like she squeezed “Yappa Seishun” and “Kanari Junjou” together and got this fun and spazzy song.  I mean it’s great and the latin guitar solo really fit here!  It’s definitely one of my favorite songs from her currently!

3. Yume no Katamari

Hold on, getting my squeeing over the use of katamari here!  The limited only song is kind of refreshing and relaxing after the previous tracks on the single.  It’s a surprise that I found it so sweet and simple to listen to but at the same commend that Sayaka sounds quite nice and fits into the arrangement as well as she does.  I would’ve thought that this could’ve been a You Kikkawa song but I think I like this better haha.  Nice!

 

 

It’s a bit sad to say that HAJIKE-YO!! might be her worst A-side yet but the B-sides actually make up for that matter in my opinion.  To me, HAJIKE-YO!! lacked something major for me and doesn’t seem as catchy as her previous lead songs.  At least Aijou・Jounetsu・Neppuu and Yume no Katamari brought something simple for her but it worked SO much better.  The former the best she’s done since going solo and the latter being breezy and well pretty overall.  I hope an album is next!

 

Sayaka Kitahara – Kanari Junjou November 11, 2011

Filed under: Sayaka Kitahara — solarblade @ 10:26 pm

Track Listing

  1. Kanari Junjou
  2. Madogawa Kara Ai wo Komete
  3. Kanari Junjou (Original Karaoke)
  4. Madogawa Kara Ai wo Komete (Original Karaoke)

1. Kanari Junjou

The second A-side from our ex H!P Egg continues Sayaka whole side of her Aoi Sorano character which is a little bummer but whatever.  I kind of liked this song a bit since it’s a combination of cute and pop but not overloading on either side.  I must say that Sayaka sounds a bit better in this song than in “Yappa Seishun”.  I will say though that the song is a bit monotone for me and kind of just goes by the book and doesn’t make the poor girl stand out like her debut.  It’s hard to decide if this song is truly better or not.

2. Madogiwa Kara Ai wo Komete

I was surprised that she took the B-side into ballad zone.  I wasn’t impressed with her last B-side, “Gamushara” so this was an immediate upgrade for me.  I thought the song’s slow tempo and light arrangement let Sayaka sing quite a bit more broader and it worked since for the most part she got it right…but there’s some shaky parts.  Kind of simple but a nice tune overall.

 

 

Sayaka might have better potential after this single since her first one was a little underwhelming.  I will say that Madogiwa Kara Ai wo Komete is a nice softer song for her and once she gets stronger vocals I think it’ll be so much better!!  Kanari Junjou could become catchy but it it’s definitely a LOT safer sounding than “Yappa Seishun” basically.  It’s a small step up though XD.

 

Sayaka Kitahara – Yappa Seishun June 23, 2011

Filed under: Sayaka Kitahara — solarblade @ 5:43 am

Track Listing

  1. Yappa Seishun
  2. Gamushara
  3. Yappa Seishun (Instrumental)
  4. Gamushara (Instrumental)

1. Yappa Seishun

I’m surprised that Sayaka’s vocals are quite deeper than I remembered them last time when she was a part of MilkyWay.  Anyways, I kind of liked this song since it’s not too genki and has a funky disco vibe to it that makes it easily catchy to the ears.  Some places are a bit cutesy, but otherwise Sayaka did a great job here and she gets brownie points for having Yossie in the song’s PV!

2. Gamushara

One more ~ra~ and it would’ve made me think it was a solo version of the B-side from “Tan Tan Taan!”.  Nah, it’s an original track and to be honest it’s better kept as a B-side since there’s some vocal issues in this track that makes it hard to enjoy.  Especially her weak vocals in the chorus…what happened here?!? 

 

 

Finally the third member of MilkyWay gets a solo start and Sayaka’s debut single is alright, but nothing to really gasm about.  I did enjoy Yappa Seishun quite a bit and might be one of the more stronger A-sides that H!P has done.  Gamushara though is a mess in the vocal department but could’ve done better if she has more training.  Alright single together.