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SPYAIR – Sakura Mitsutsuki March 15, 2013

Filed under: SPYAIR — solarblade @ 10:01 am

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Track Listing

  1. Sakura Mitsutsuki
  2. Turning Point
  3. Sakura Mitsutsuki (Instrumental)
  4. Turning Point (Instrumental)

1. Sakura Mitsutsuki

I was thinking that since ENZEL left the band would just lose synths, but Sakura Mitsutsuki actually has a lot more synths than seen in the last couple of singles from the band WITH their DJ.  As it’s the band’s sakura song, this was quite nice to listen to.  The band is definitely rockin’ out and IKE’s vocals do seem a lot more steadier as well.  I enjoyed this quite a lot!

2. Turning Point

Then we get to the B-side and Turning Point is even heavier than “Sakura Mitsutsuki” which is really surprising and yet really cool to listen to!  It actually reminds me of a ROOKiEZ iZ PUNK’D song with the guitar riffs and powerful chorus.  This was just a epic song from SPYAIR and was surprised this wasn’t an A-side because this would’ve been great!!!

SPYAIR’s first single without ENZEL and they seem to really rock out on this single and it doesn’t even seem he even left the band with how much synth is in the leading track.  Plus, Turning Point is quite heavy and very awesome from SPYAIR.  Great single overall and it’s great to see the band moving forward ^_^.

 

SPYAIR – WENDY ~It’s You~ November 21, 2012

Filed under: SPYAIR — solarblade @ 7:35 pm

Track Listing

  1. WENDY ~It’s You~
  2. Blowing

1. WENDY ~It’s You~

From the art cover and title, I was kind of expecting a sappy ballad for some reason.  Luckily, WENDY is more mid-tempo but it’s also kind of rock done simple and the chorus is a bit more harder.  Call it pop/rock for what it is.  I like it for what it is, it’s not up there with their edgier songs in their collection but it’s a really good song from them ^_^

2. Blowing

The B-side though is REALLY unique for them since it has this kind of summery beach feel and has a lot of interesting instrument choices found throughout.  It’s a light-hearted song and it stands out in my mind more than “WENDY” did which is a little strange but this is a fun song to listen to.

 

 

With the announcement of ENZEL leaving the group, SPYAIR might have lost something that could’ve had potential for the group’s future, but I don’t think they were going in that direction either.  WENDY is a pretty good single though overall and I loved Blowing more than WENDY because the former had such an interesting sound and arrangement.  Overall, great single!

 

SPYAIR – Just Do It September 26, 2012

Filed under: SPYAIR — solarblade @ 7:42 am

Track Listing

  1. Just Do It
  2. Rock’n Roll
  3. 0 GAME
  4. My World
  5. Little Summer
  6. No where, Now here
  7. Stay Gold
  8. Break Myself
  9. Naked
  10. U&I
  11. I want a place
  12. Raise Your Hands

CD 2

  1. To
  2. I’ll be there
  3. Ai Yori Aishi
  4. Reset
  5. Come on
  6. MOVIN’ ON
  7. YOU 2
  8. Why [Acoustic ver.]

1. Just Do It

So SPYAIR begins the album with a short introductory piece which is also the title track (like their last one).  I found it funny because IKE was singing the track in English, but it’s funny to hear him say the title with such a twang lol.  Beyond that, there’s not much to really say beyond that it’s an opening track.

2. Rock’n Roll

As the only B-side to make the first disc, Rock’n Roll was a pretty solid choice to join and while I don’t think it surpasses the A-sides, it’s not a bad track.  I like the energy and power of the song for sure and IKE gave a really solid performance as well.  A fitting way to start the vocal tracks ^_^.

3. 0 GAME

Moving onto the 2nd A-side for the era, 0 GAME is probably the band’s most recognizable track as it was used in Spiderman.  It’s pretty awesome that they made “Rock’n Roll” go first since it’s perfect that it leads into this hard track from the band.  Just as edgy and powerful and stood out to me from all the songs released in the era…Great tune!

4. My World

Which is fine by me because “0 GAME” leads into My World just as awesomenly.  As the first A-side released for the album, My World might not be as heavy and powerful like the previous song, it is a song that fits SPYAIR quite snuggly.  Not bad of a song and I kind of think that this and “Naked” are a lot similar…

5. Little Summer

Finally we get to some new songs!  Little Summer tones things down after the powerhouse songs that came before it and I kind of like the direction even though I still despise “BEAUTIFUL DAYS” like crazy.  This song does a good job keeping me interested and IKE’s vocals are really nice to listen to (something I noticed since “My World” towards the end had IKE cracking like crazy).  Pretty good song for the most part!

6. No where, Now here

Interesting title aside, No where, Now here kind of has some interesting turntable effects from Enzel and I kind of got a headache from that first off.  If I decided to ignore that issue, the song actually sounds really good and has a good progressive sound to it.  I am a little surprised that it’s the album’s shortest track, but this is still pretty damn good for the most part. 

7. Stay Gold

No, not the Hikki tune people lol.  Though I am a little confused at first because it’s another acoustic leading track with electrics on the background and the song begun with some auto-tuned voice saying the title.  It’s a nice track, but the auto-tuned parts are a bit uncharacteristic and doesn’t fit the atmosphere of the song.

8. Break Myself

I guess the flow of the album kind of goes wayside when Break Myself enters the fray and it’s the hardest song off the album which is a pretty good thing IMO.  Break Myself has pounding riffs from the guitarists and Enzel’s keyboarding comes back and it just WORKS.  Definitely my highlight of the album is focused right here!

9. Naked

I still think the PV for our 3rd A-side was just downright ballsy to pull.  Listening to the song nowadays it really kind of does just sound like a clone of “My World” which is a little disappointing of the sorts but at least they’re seperated by a lot of tracks.  On the album, it’s not the most intriguing song, but it’s not bad either.

10. U&I

I kind of like the opening for U&I since it’s kind of dark but holding back in a cool way.  I was expecting something huge but it kind of builds up to it into the chorus.  The chorus is slower, but it hits heavy and has this dramatic sound plus it adds up with IKE’s strong voice.  Overall, it’s a pretty awesome song!

11. I want a place

It seems Enzel was experimenting with the group again because this song has a lot of synths and auto-tuning going on.  I kind of get this “No where, Now here” kind of feel from the song which is once again a bit underwhelming since they’re so similar.  I do like the fact that there is so much synths though, it kind of gives the song a bit of a nostalgic feel to me. 

12. Raise Your Hands

As we hit the end of the album, Raise Your Hands is a good way to close the album out in my opinion.  It kind of has this airy feel like the previous song which is good and IKE’s voice sounds good and then this hard section appears out of nowhere and I was kind of shocked and pleasantly so.  I definitely thought this was a cool track to close the album.

Tracks Recommended

  • Break Myself
  • 0 GAME
  • Raise Your Hands
  • U&I
  • Little Summer

Song of Avoidance

  • Stay Gold

As it’s the band’s sophomore major label album, Just Do It kind of builds on what “Rockin’ the World” did but cleans up some of the nuances it had but also kind of added some in place. First off, it seemed like the singles this time were the weaker tracks while the new ones took over which is surprising.  Another was the fact that some tracks did sound similar to one another but overall this album really was a step up (not a big one, but a nice step).  Oh and there’s a second disc but I won’t be reviewing it since it is mostly B-sides from the singles, the first two tracks are new versions of their old indie songs and the last track is brand new….hmmmm

 

SPYAIR – Naked September 6, 2012

Filed under: SPYAIR — solarblade @ 12:40 am

Track Listing

  1. Naked
  2. STAR

1. Naked

They just keep rollin’ out them good songs aren’t they?  Naked sounds pretty straightforward for the band with no tricks or power chords to pull out to make it epic (like “0 GAME”).  It’s just a rock song which is what SPYAIR excels at pretty well.  However, I didn’t expect the PV to actually be the band performing the song buck-ass naked…Fits the title but WHOA THERE guys XD.

2. STAR

Interesting that the B-side isn’t going to be anywhere on their upcoming album “Just Do It” because this song is quite funky and fun to listen to.  While I don’t think the song is quite as strong as “Naked”, it makes for a solid B-side and shows off more of their quirky side…plus IKE still sounds awesome!

 

 

Quite a small single for SPYAIR don’t you think?  Naked as the final single before their second major album is pretty solid but with only two tracks, it kind of comes as the worst of the three singles.  Naked is like I said straight SPYAIR and has all the qualities that make them passable.  STAR is interesting, but I don’t think it ranks up there as good as some other B-sides.

 

SPYAIR – 0 GAME July 2, 2012

Filed under: SPYAIR — solarblade @ 8:02 am

Track Listing

  1. 0 GAME
  2. Rock’n Roll
  3. MOVIN’ ON
  4. YOU 2

1. 0 GAME

The fact that 0 GAME is so different from “My World” is such a surprise and I’m happy that this was chosen for The Amazing Spiderman.  It’s energetic, funky, and IKE sounds strong and gives a great performance.  There’s something about teh song that really clicks for me and then the chorus is just powerful hitting!  It’s standing out as one of my favorites from the band!

2. Rock’n Roll

Like the title implies, Rock’n Roll is just what it is, nothing but rock.  It does hit a bit harder than “0 GAME” but it also seems weaker as well because IKE kind of sounds different for some reason.  It kind of rides on this guitar line but there’s something brash and hard about it that I kind of like but at the same time don’t.  I guess I’m more on the side that enjoyed it altogether.

3. MOVIN’ ON

It’s really cool that they included their first digital on this single (this was released at the beginning on the year).  When I first heard the song, it was more of the stuff that was on “Rockin’ The World” with the upbeat and bright J-rock mixed with the synths from Enzel.  I mean the song is nice but it’s just something I’m used to by the group so it doesn’t phase me like the previous two tracks.

4. YOU 2

The last song on the single is oddly the only song under 3 minutes but YOU 2 is kind interesting for SPYAIR.  I felt that it was like “MOVIN’ ON” but with a little more synth-happy…but still essentially the feel-good side of their music.  I enjoy it but like I said in the last track, I’ve gotten accustomed to hearing this from them.

 

 

I’m happy that they came back strong with 0 GAME.  I love this A-side a lot since it brought power and energy from the band…it was great and kicks “My World” to the curb.  Rock’n Roll was also different for them but I think I can grow into enjoying their hard music as well.  MOVIN’ ON and YOU 2 kind of felt like “Rockin’ The World” rejects but they aren’t bad persay…just not as original as the two previous songs.

 

SPYAIR – My World March 13, 2012

Filed under: SPYAIR — solarblade @ 7:23 pm

Track Listing

  1. My World
  2. Come on
  3. BEAUTIFUL DAYS (acoustic version)

1. My World

I’m happy that SPYAIR began their second major era with a GUNDAM song like My World since it’s pretty rockin’ and just them.  I mean it’s not as explosive as “Japanication” or “Samurai Heart” but this is pretty standard and memorable piece of work they got here.  IKE sounds strong singing as well which isn’t new to me hahah but this is awesome to listen to.  Definitely a great way to kick things off.

2. Come on

Calming things down a little bit, Come on kind of feels unplugged even though there’s electric guitar.  I just enjoyed the laidback atmosphere I felt from the song and IKE even tuned down his vocals (at least until the powerfully striking chorus).  I kind of liked this track a bit more than “My World” oddly enough but that’s because this felt more like SPYAIR I like so this was a winner for sure.

3. BEAUTIFUL DAYS (acoustic version)

Closing the single out is an acoustic version of their last A-side, BEAUTIFUL DAYS.  The original didn’t really impress me much because it sounded so very plain even for such a band like SPYAIR.  I kind of like hearing a more stripped down version of the song even though it still barely leaves a mark on my mind.  Overall though IKE is a great singer if he wants to do more acoustic tracks like this.

 

 

Kicking off a new era, My World is actually a pretty solid single.  Nothing too bad but nothing (besides Come on) noteworthy.  My World is pretty tame for them but it’s kind enough energy to keep it afloat.  The acoustic take for BEAUTIFUL DAYS wasn’t bad either but I still can’t remember the song otherwise.  Come on though is the star choice for me though.  It’s pretty awesome and has the great SPYAIR energy that got me into the band in the first place!  Let’s keep em coming!

 

SPYAIR – Rockin’ the World September 27, 2011

Filed under: SPYAIR — solarblade @ 7:33 am

Track Listing

  1. Rockin’ the World
  2. Japanication
  3. Samurai Heart (Some Like It Hot!!)
  4. BEAUTIFUL DAYS
  5. STRONG
  6. LIAR
  7. Stay together
  8. Beautiful
  9. I miss you
  10. Last Moment
  11. SINGING (album mix)
  12. My Friend

1. Rockin’ the World

As a short introduction to their album, Rockin’ the World does a good job showing what the album is all about.  I love Ike’s strong yells of the title in the beginning before UZ (their guitaris) enters the song with more force.  It’s a nice and explosive intro for sure and leads into the next song quite nicely.

2. Japanication

Since this is the oldest song on the album (yeah I know it’s the band’s 3rd single, but it was also their 2nd indies A-side so that’s why I say it’s the oldest on the album).  I’m not surprised that it still is one of their shortest songs (shortest on this album actually, only two seconds shorter than “STRONG” actually).  It’s still pretty damn powerful and quite electryfying of a song with its aggressive hooks and loud vocals from Ike.

3. Samurai Heart (Some Like It Hot!!)

As this was my first SPYAIR song, Samurai Heart still leaves me in a good mood whenever I listen to this because unlike their other A-sides, this is more fun and light-hearted.  It’s pretty funny that there’s kids chanting the title at the beginning and such.  It still stands as one of my favorite songs from the group so that’s pretty awesome right?!?

4. BEAUTIFUL DAYS

As the band’s fifth A-side released, BEAUTIFUL DAYS ties with “LIAR” as least favorite of the era.  I’m not sure why but when bands like this pull off more of the slower rock tunes the energy and/or interest dies off and it shows quite prominently in this tune.  Ike doesn’t seem into the song as he was in the previous two either.  Yeah, just not into this one much.

5. STRONG

After three previously released tunes, it’s nice to get into one new track with STRONG which I said earlier is two seconds longer than “Japanication” so it’s pretty damn short lol.  I’m happy they came back to a really hard song like this for some reason.  They really can tackle tracks that have a edgier arrangement since the band fits better as well.  Ike’s energy is also back so it’s a positive thing and hearing synths in and out of the song is also awesome!  Short but awesomes!

6. LIAR

Which leads to the band’s first A-side when they switched to SONY.  I do think that of the A-sides released, LIAR was pretty basic rock music and it surprised me that the other singles (including “BEAUTIFUL DAYS”) brought something quite exciting and fresh to the table.  I mean if it wasn’t for Ike’s unique vocals…I would’ve called this an easy UVER song, or FLOW, or any anime-rock band.

7. Stay together

Three new tracks come next starting with Stay together which is mostly light like “BEAUTIFUL DAYS” but not as bland here.  I like the acoustic tune quite nicely and while Ike takes a little while to get used to his vocals since they sound aggressive still lol.  It does feel short though which is kind of weird but ok.  It kind of just flies by for me.

8. Beautiful

Another song with *beautiful* in its title?  I think this song is definitely something the band hasn’t fully tackled yet and I kind of like this style of rock for some reason.  It shows Enzel a bit more than the previous songs that’s for sure.  It’s what if they did “BEAUTIFUL DAYS” a LOT better.  Yeah, I do like this song a bit lol.

9. I miss you

Now this I can say is a rock ballad from SPYAIR because there’s strings and piano all over its arrangement mixed in with the members of the band.  Now I can say that Ike actually calmed his vocals down which is a great thing.  It’s a lot stronger than their first try earlier in the album that’s for sure. 

10. Last Moment

Second A-side released and it still reigns as my favorite of the era!  It actually moved from the softness from “I miss you” into the aggressive and electro-based tune.  Ike’s vocals once again fits the style perfectly and hearing Enzel doing a bit more once again makes me smile lol.  Hey, this is what the bands need is more catchy arrangements and more ~na nas~ LOL.  Yeah, best song off the album I think.

11. SINGING (album mix)

I’m surprised they brought SINGING from the “LIAR” single to the album and I actually don’t really notice the changes here actually.  Besides that it sounds clearer and the guitars do provide a little more sound as well.  Even the guitar solo sounds amazing now.  I guess the change was needed because everything sounds a lot nicer from it.  It’s definitely a nice change and surprisingly still is one of my favorite B-sides from the group.

12. My Friend

Gotta love the fact that Ike started the song off in acappella before the band slowly comes in to join him at the beginning.  Even the sounds of nature was an interesting throw in before the *boom boom clap* rhythm of the song kicks up.  I can totally see this performed in concert with the crowd going along with the beats.  This is definitely my style of song and it closes the song in a fun and rockin’ way!

Tracks Recommended

  • Last Moment
  • STRONG
  • SINGING (album mix)
  • Japanication
  • Beautiful

Song of Avoidance

  • BEAUTIFUL DAYS

Since this isn’t SPYAIR first album, but is their first major album, Rockin’ the World was pretty damn impressive for a group that really shoved to the side because of their easy to figure out music.  SPYAIR is more like perfecting the genre along with ONE OK ROCK.  I think they can be quite popular if they continue to release songs because they have something good with Ike’s gritty vocals the overall rock feel and Enzel’s DJ-ing-synth stuff goin.  Maybe a little more experimentation in the field would do them good I think!  Still very solid album!