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SHANADOO – Launch Party!!! December 16, 2009

Filed under: SHANADOO — solarblade @ 3:17 am

Track Listing

  1. Love Space Ship
  2. Next Life
  3. Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
  4. World’s End Supernova
  5. Sound Space Scope
  6. MERRY TIME
  7. WALK’in ON!!
  8. Real Intention
  9. You Make Me
  10. Don’t Call Me Baby 2010
  11. Peaceful Morning
  12. Carry On
  13. Dora Theme Song (SHANADOO Version)
  14. Next Life (Caramel Pod Club Mix)

1. Love Space Ship

Opening up the album is the only primary A-side released this era.  I really enjoyed the space-like arrangement for this song and I guess hearing this in 320 clears up the muddle that I had problems with on the single.  It’s oddly really catchy as well, even is that beeps that go on in the song.  It’s hard to tell who’s singing what, but you can thank the vocoder for that one.

2. Next Life

Acting as the promotional song for the album, Next Life is definitely upbeat and has a strong electronica feel to it.  I’m liking the fact that the members are sounding a little more natural than the last song and they even get solo lines accordingly as well.  It’s a great dance track and made a great song to represent the album.

3. Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah

The first actual new track off the album, Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah feels somewhat of what SHANADOO has been somewhat famous for, but with more vocoder present.  It’s different from previous songs by the way it was arranged but it’s alright, just not my kind of song.

4. World’s End Supernova

The other A-side of the era and the least favorite between the two, World’s End Supernova is right now the smoothest and calmest song off the album so far and it has an 80’s New Wave sound to it that sounds kind of good here.  I wished the song was vocally more interesting because most of the time, I was paying attention to the music more than SHANADOO.

5. Sound Space Scope

There’s something that’s just rather related between this and the last song.  They both kind of draw the same kind of arrangement…maybe closer to “Love Space Ship”, but at least the girls are vocally more exciting here even though they’ve fallen back to using vocoder/auto-tune.  It’s not as good as the other tracks though and just passes by.

6. MERRY TIME

MERRY TIME brings back some energy to the album.  It’s like the other upbeat tunes that are on the album but it feels right for them and it sounds like something Perfume would have used or something.  It’s nice and the group sounds better together.

7. WALK’in ON!!!

Things started to get more interesting once we entered WALK’in ON.  So far, it has the heaviest beat and synth lines.  It’s also the first time where I noticed the arrangement was different from previous songs and I’m liking this.  It’s definitely a strong electropop song for sure.

8. Real Intention

Reading that RAM RIDER produced this song, it’s definitely spot on from him.  The opening line sounded exactly like the way SAWA opened up “Stars”.  It’s strange but it’s nice and not too edgy.  It’s cute and in a good way.

9. You Make Me

While I’ve noticed they’ve been stuck in a rut so far on the album, You Make Me really shows off the girls Engrish and it kind of fails in this song hard.  While I do like the disco-like atmosphere of the song, the members just don’t sound to good in the chorus, but make things better in the chorus.  Alright song I guess

10. Don’t Call Me Baby 2010

Why yes, this is a cover of Madison Avenue’s biggest dance hit, it’s also a JPN cover as well meaning the lyrics are in JPN instead of English…Now SHANADOO’s version didn’t stray too much away from the original containing the same arrangement and bass being the main part of the song, it’s pretty faithful, but I still love the original quite a bit more.

11. Peaceful Morning

For being a song called Peaceful Morning, I didn’t expect it to be really fast as much as it is here.  I’m liking this track alot because it does feature the members getting more solos in the songs and keep a electro beat going.  The vocoder doesn’t really bother me much and I love the extra synth line that acts as the counterbeat.  One of the best tracks.

12. Carry On

While it seems to be one of the Nakata-like songs off the album, Carry On really carries the feel to it and I love how it just builds itself at the beginning.  The girls seem to harmonize right, but them high notes are pretty sloppily sung.  It’s still heavy and has great energy.

13. Dora Theme Song (SHANADOO Version)

Really, Dora the Explorer’s theme song on SHANADOO’s album…Was there a gas leak in the studio or something?  It’s really unfortunate things had to really come down to this.  The beginning samples the last few notes of the children’s show and repeats it over and over.  Now what does this have to SHANADOO?  Well, they are the one’s repeating ~DORA, DORA, DORA~.  They do have a few lines, but they’re in Japanese then again, I think SHANADOO would fail saying most of the Spanish phrases and ~SWIPER, NO SWIPING~ a few times, though they do say it once with the obvious ~OH MAN!!~  Weird, weird, so much weird.

14. Next Life (Caramel Pod Club Mix)

Ending off the album, there’s a remix of Next Life and Caramel Pod isn’t a new name since I swear I saw that name on “3 SPLASH”.  There’s a lot of vocal skipping, but the majority of the song sounds good with this remix.  Might be a little long-winded because it is a club mix, but it’s not bad.

Tracks Recommended

  • Peaceful Morning
  • Carry On
  • WALK’in ON!!
  • Next Life
  • Love Space Ship

Song of Avoidance

  • Sound Space Scope

SHANADOO returns to Japan with a new sound.  Instead of the eurotrance of their German released music, Launch Party!!! is JPN electropop done somewhat right.  They hired fine, but the songs felt boring, especially in the first parts of the album, the later got more energetic and awesome (with the exception of Dora).  It’s a good album and SHANADOO might become bigger if their direction is electropop.

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SHANADOO – Love Space Ship/World’s End Supernova December 5, 2009

Filed under: SHANADOO — solarblade @ 5:38 am

Track Listing

  1. Love Space Ship
  2. World’s End Supernova

1. Love Space Ship

Love Space Ship is rather an interesting song because of the electro smoothness it has.  It feels nice when compared to other electro-pop songs since while it’s smooth the vocals are a bit quick-paced.  Even then you really don’t get to hear or able to tell who’s who since the girls are in both vocoder & auto-tune which is a bummer, but the song is really nice and can be considered cute.

2. World’s End Supernova

I kind of like the synths that open this next track which is a cover song, I think.  It’s got that same ethereal flow that “Love Space Ship” had and still carries this cute side that I enjoy.  Still, it might come off as a little monotonous as time goes by, but the music keeps it going.

 

 

The digital single leading into “Launch Party!!!”, Love Space Ship/World’s End Supernova” is great since it not only brings avex an electropop unit, it totally made them better because SHANADOO is an Eurodance group elsewhere, so it’s nice to not get that with this group.  The album is already out, but no one has leaked it, so I thought it’d be nice to review this beforehand.