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cargo×seira – FLOWER SHOWER August 27, 2010

Filed under: Seira Kagami — solarblade @ 12:01 am

Track Listing

  1. Kekkon Koushinkyoku -Wedding March-
  2. Two Of Us
  3. Nagai Aida -All the years it took-
  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE -ENGLISH VERSION-
  5. You’re Beautiful
  6. HURRY HOME (Soba ni Iru ne)
  7. Amazing Grace
  8. Koi ni Ochitara
  9. Story
  10. If you love me (Ai no Sanka)
  11. Hanamizuki
  12. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You
  13. Butterfly

1. Kekkon Koushinkyoku -Wedding March-

Why does it seem that everyone wants to turn the wedding march into a dance song?  I really don’t understand it, but I’m all of sudden thinking bout what happen when Q;indivi did the same thing.  At least that is until Seira comes in and starts singing the song and her voice is tolerable and a whole lot stronger.  While Q;indivi sampled “Here Comes the Bride”, this one is like the celebratory wedding song and I liked what cargo did with the song.

2. Two Of Us

I know this is a cover album and all but I don’t remember where this song originated and I know it’s not a cover of Ayu’s song.  Now I know Seira was singing in English in the last song and she starts out here the same way and her English is nice, but there’s a slight accent to some words in the song.  At least she sings a good portion of the rest of the song in Japanese and she sounds strong here.  I do think the lack of musical change between the songs kind of worries me but w/e this is good.

3. Nagai Aida -All the years it took-

I only know of the song just because Hitomi Shimatani recently covered it.  I did love hearing that there was more piano and some bongo drums in the song to make it work so much more.  Now, my thoughts is that the song was lyrically changed to be in English and somehow that worked for me.  I’m guessing it uses the melody of “Nagai Aida” and I thought it worked since it sounds actually good.

4. LOVE LOVE LOVE -ENGLISH VERSION-

I’m surprised that they tagged this as an English version but not the previous track.  I’m surprised that Seira’s vocals are somewhat filtered and sounds like a little vocodered too.  The thing I liked a lot is the light island-y feel I get when I listen to this song.  There’s some parts where I don’t understand what she’s saying because of the vocal manipulation going on, but it’s still nice to dance to.  Even the guitar solo was really nice.  Passable song we have here.

5. You’re Beautiful

Strange to see this song start up with a fast paced beat before slowing and quieting down before the piano enters the song.  So far I think this song has the deepest synths yet and I think they probably should’ve kept it energetic.  That is until I paid closely to the song and so it was a more upbeat (and vocally stronger cover) of James Blunt’s big song.  I’m happy that she made this way better and easier for people to listen to.

6. HURRY HOME (Soba ni Iru ne)

How many times do we need to hear Aoyama Thelma’s Soba ni Iru ne…covered or not?  I’m starting to lose attention to the album right around here because I’m starting to get tired of hearing the same stuff in instrumentation through the songs and with this being one of the more slower songs…I was just hoping this would finish faster.  Now like “Nagai Aida” it’s replaced by English lyrics but kept the melody intact.  Nothing just stands out in this tune, sadly. 

7. Amazing Grace

OH I know everyone knows I despise the song.  Not even giving the song a glossy dance style save it because it’s still pretty damn cheesy and lame of a song.  I don’t know why it’s just that the song has always annoyed me for some reason.  The thing I can say is that Seira sings it nicely and her voice has strength to it.  Still not a fan here.

8. Koi ni Ochitara

Being a cover of a Crystal Kay tune, I was surprised Seira chose this one to cover.  I loved Kuri’s original and hearing the rather sameish instrumentation being implemented here kind of took out what good the original was.  Once again there’s an absurd amound of English instead and makes me wonder why she didn’t tag it so but still a good cover nonetheless.

9. Story

Another song that I’ve never heard the original, Story is definitely something cheesy in the lyrical department, but at least the music is different from the other songs on the album.  The arrangement sounds like island music again and it works for me all the way.

10. If you love me (Ai no Sanka)

Getting back into some dance music, If you love me doesn’t really stand out from the crowd much but the synth melody is actually cool to listen to, but otherwise there’s not a lot that hasn’t been mentioned that has been already.  However, it’s just kind of plain, but vocally nice haha.

11. Hanamizuki

So we now have a Hitoto Yo cover too?  I’m not totally sure but once again English changed and more dance music to be heard.  Of the covers, I thought this one sounded nice from Seira since her vocals were real relaxed throughout.  I’m still kind of bored from the arrangement but it’s nice though.

12. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You

So this song I definitely know the song since it’s one of my favorite songs from Tommy february6.  That being said I did a double take when the song turned out to be twice as long as hers and the original.  Seira’s relaxed tone throughout and more held out version is good to me and the Engrish is not as obvious as in other songs.  Adding another chorus to the song is pretty good and makes sense so I’ll say it’s one of my favorites on the album.

13. Butterfly

I’m happy we at least get another song with Japanese in it, even though I don’t exactly know where it comes from.  It’s one of the more cuter songs off the album, but since it’s the final song, I was hoping for more of a ballad than another danceish song.  I’m not too impressed by this and it just passes over my head.

Tracks Recommended

  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You
  • You’re Beautiful
  • Story
  • Kekkon Koushinkyoku -Wedding March-
  • Nagai Aida -All the years it took-

Song of Avoidance

  • HURRY HOME (Soba ni Iru ne)

I guess cargo wanted to make a mirror image from Q;indivi’s “Celebration” albums by collaborating with Seira Kagami and releasing this cover album.  FLOWER SHOWER though suffered pretty harshly by not changing up (or not changing enough) in styles.  It felt like it was one whole song just cut into different tracks.  For the most part Seira sounds really nice and continues to in this dance style she’s been under for a while.  Though an album with one producer is kind of pushing it…”Celebration” (Seira’s debut album) is much more better IMO

 

Seira Kagami – First Sight feat. Ryohei April 16, 2010

Filed under: Seira Kagami — solarblade @ 3:04 am

Track Listing

  1. First Sight feat. Ryohei
  2. Super Special
  3. First Sight -exclusive edit-

1. First Sight feat. Ryohei

I really don’t know where Seira is going with her career music-wise, but I think she found a rather steady one in dance music because First Sight is really catchy.  Seira vocals are really amazing in this song and reminds me of Yuna Ito’s vocals which is surprising.  Ryohei (R&B artist) is also in the song and his singing actually fits as well.  I don’t know why, but this song is exciting and heavy and full of life.

2. Super Special

Ugh ~You’re always super special, that’s why you’re always here with me~ will always be a cheesy line for me, especially how she goes and sings it…  Anyway, the B-side of the single is pretty awesome after the opening lines because it’s more electro sounding than “First Sight”.  I sense a little bit of guitar and a little bit of 8bit as well which makes it so super special to begin with hahahaa. 

3. First Sight -exclusive edit-

Ending the single is a remix of the A-side which still features both Seria and Ryohei still.  I wonder who actually did the edit because it’s pretty damn amazing and with more beats and buzzing synths that song got a whole lot better.  It might’ve lost some energy, but it’s not bad and the song has great transitions.

 

 

I guess roughly ending the “Celebration/IdeAnimation” era, First Sight was amazing of a single.  Beating out her last single, this one actually sounded danceable and had energy and Ryohei was great giving his input in the song.  Makes me wonder what’ll be on the mini-album and album ^_^

 

Seira Kagami – Summer Day & Night/Star Sand December 7, 2009

Filed under: Seira Kagami — solarblade @ 3:42 am

Track Listing

  1. Summer Day & Night
  2. Star Sand
  3. Summer Day & Night -Sound Around Remix-
  4. Star Sand -Jazztronik Remix-

1. Summer Day & Night

Hahaha, it’s definitely something when you switch from relatively boringish music to Summer Day & Night which is a mix of dance music and island-y undertones.  The song just feels really new and feels nice.  It just the mood that gets to me, but did they need the guitar parts?  It just feels so wrong and out of place.  Seira’s vocals feels better too and at least she wasn’t yelling much except for the bridge into the chorus, but she actually makes it sound right.  I like it alot.

2. Star Sand

The other A-side feels like a continuation from “Summer Day & Night”.  Though this one is just hilarious from the start.  ~HI! everybody!, wanna have some fun?~  Talk about lyrically cheeseworthy.  The music does have a little more focus on the synths, but it’s enjoyable and the flow is just really smooth.  I’m also noticing the song is also fully in English so that’s another plus.  Then again, both songs are…

3. Summer Day & Night -Sound Around Remix-

Another Sound Around remix is found on this single.  It kind of sounds like every other SA remix that’s out, but with Summer Day & Night.  It’s alright, but it just seems that it’s just there just because it had to.  I guess it’s alright because it doesn’t really detract the from the song fully.

4. Star Sand -Jazztronik Remix-

Same problem applies with Star Sand’s remix.  If you’ve heard any other Jazztronik remixes, you’ve heard then all.  I really like the piano lines of the song, it gives this peppy and salsa-like feel to Star Sand and it works.  It takes a while before Seira comes in with the song, but it’s the better remix IMO.

 

 

It’s definitely the biggest departure to music I’ve seen here.  The last single, Seira was more of the normal J-pop girl with with little to no standout songs.  Though she was dabbling a little outside, she was still in pop form.  Summer Day & Night/Star Sand marks as a new side and genre for Seira and will continue so it’s something to look forward to.

 

Seira Kagami – roundabout/Kokoro ni Colorful November 13, 2009

Filed under: Seira Kagami — solarblade @ 8:59 pm

roundabout

Track Listing

  1. roundabout
  2. Kokoro ni Colorful
  3. FLOW

1. roundabout

Seems we’ve got a winter tune in roundabout.  Also, it’s a rather typical sounding to me.  At least Seira’s vocals are pretty nice given the lackluster arrangement.  Though sometimes she can drag the song into boredom because her vocals don’t really go anywhere and most of the time she’s borderlining yelling here.  I’m not too big of a fan for this song.

2. Kokoro ni Colorful

The other A-side though made up for “roundabout” because it seems more way out of her league.  The mixture of acoustically driven guitars and bubbly inserts gave the song an unusual pop sound to it.  I might actually like this a lot given enough time for me to relisten to it again.  Why, does it sound so western at different points? LOL

3. FLOW

FLOW though was the real surprise of the single.  Instead of being exciting like all her previous songs, FLOW chills Seira down and gives us an acoustic ballad.  I’ll admit that Seira vocals really sound the best under these circumstances and with how smooth and nice it is, this is hands down the best song off the single.  Great song.

 

 

Seira 2nd single is a little bit better than her debut if it wasn’t for roundabout’s terrible way of singing.  Still there’s charm in this single with Kokoro ni Colorful and FLOW being the big hitters here.  Sadly, this also marks as a departure for Seira because from here on out her genre will change, but I think it’s for the better.

 

Seira Kagami – Kaleidoscope/Kodoku no Hikari June 18, 2009

Filed under: Seira Kagami — solarblade @ 11:08 am
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jacket

Track Listing

  1. Kaleidoscope
  2. Kodoku no Hikari
  3. Kaleidoscope (Instrumental)
  4. Kodoku no Hikari (Instrumental)

1. Kaleidoscope

Seira Kagami begins her career with a carefree pop song.  It’s quite a cute track to listen to and Seira’s vocals are quite nice, though a little weak at points.  The music is quite nice and full of easy pop sounds that would make a debut sound passable.  I do love the part she’s singing out ~I love you~, it’s kind of the best part of the song. 

2. Kodoku no Hikari

I liked the other A-side more.  Kodoku no Hikari is definitly in the jazz genre and it does sound like something Mika Nakashima would’ve taken for herself, but Seira has done this song pretty well.  She’s got the right voice to do some jazz and she’s vocally a lot better here than on “Kaleidoscope”.  Just the right track to debut with too.

 

 

Seira begins her career pretty nicely with a double A-sided single.  I do prefer “Kodoku no Hikari” clearly because jazz is just a really nice style to do anything with.  Kaleidoscope is alright, but just a little too weak for Seira…..maybe a rearrangement is in order?