Kotoba Nanka Iranai Hodo ni
Changin’ feat. Roma Tanaka
Kindan no Knockout
Pride ~A Part of Me~ feat. SRM
a song for you
Daisuki ni Minna e. feat. fans
1. Kotoba Nanka Iranai Hodo ni
We begin Stephanies sophomore album with a soft pop track, Kotoba Nanka Iranai Hodo ni. I guess I can easily say that she didn’t open up with those whistle notes like how “Kimi ga Iru Kagiri” opened up “Stephanie”. She might come off as a little bit too stressed at the start but this is actually quite nice. I really like the chorus though, that was pretty nice from her. Nice opening track
2. Changin’ feat. Roma Tanaka
Lulz at the recent problems Roma has been xD. Anyway this was the track the kickstarted off this era and it’s interesting that she chose the duet over the solo version. It’s a nice track to listen to because its of it’s more orchestral sound, but I just can’t get my head around to exactly like Roma’s voice…it just doesn’t sound appropriate especially with Stephanie’s nicer vocals. She should’ve just stuck the solo version on.
She ended the era off with this A-side, FUTURE. Interesting that it was the only upbeat A-side of the era and I quite liked it alot since the single’s release. Stephanie sings pretty brightly and she sounds really good hear with the strings playing around mostly. The song does sound a bit similar to “Winter Gold”, but otherwise it’s still pretty good as the leading, danceable A-side.
4. Kindan no Knockout
I was expecting something quite explosive from this track, was I wrong. The song is actually something more like that acoustic pop song some artists like to do….y’know like Shion Tsuji or YUI. It’s a bit darker which is what she needed and it sounds quite mysterious (for an acoustic track). She should do more of these kind of tracks, LOVIN’ IT
Together was originally off the “Changin'” single as a B-side and sadly it carries that “Stephanie” sound that was sadly prevalent on the album. Very laidback and somewhat cheesy. It’s alright, but I think she should’ve left this on the single because right now, it doesn’t exactly fit the mold of this album.
I really love how she opened up Forever in her higher register and then it turns into this dance track which surprised me because she hasn’t done something like this before. Another thing I noticed was that the song is mostly sung in English. It might be lyrically cheesy, but the song does harken back to when this eurobeat was pretty popular and I quite like this track as well. Surprising, but handled great.
7. Pride ~A Part of Me~ feat. SRM
Her second A-side comes by and it’s so much better than “Changin'” even though they basically are close enough in style to one another. I really think this should be one of Stephanie’s epic ballads because it really is. Stephanie’s really sounded great and this other girl SRM was just as good because they were together and sounding in synch. A way better song that Hector Fierce’s.
KISSES also was a B-side, coming from “Pride’s” single and it actually fits on here better than “Together”. It’s kind of like “Kindan no Knockout” in the way that it sounds darker than normal and it’s prolly from that bass synth. It sounds pretty nice on the album IMO, it might come off as a bit disappointing, but this was nice.
Artists love using the orgel huh? Well, Stephanie begins this track off with it and then coming in singing the opening line and she almost goes into whistle note mode, but luckily she keeps it tame here. It’s a bit of a light acoustic pop track and oddly sounds nice after “KISSES”. There’s also a guy singing a little bit with her in the bridge…that made me raise my eyebrows a little bit. It’s not too bad, but I think it’s my least favorite of the new tracks.
10. a song for you
Jeeze….another orchestral ballad. At least she’s doing this alone finally, I’ll have to say she knows how to do these ballads really well because Stephanie just sounds like an angel here. She does yell out a few notes here and there, but I think it’s for dramatic effect and I quite like it. While we’re here, the lyrics are wow. Even though she switches languages a few times, the English parts are nicely written and it doesn’t come out as horrible cheesy. Another epic ballad? I think so. She finally does some whistle notes at the end and brings the song to its ending. Super nice.
11. Daisuki ni Minna e. feat. fans
I mean at first, I was like WTF….feat. fans? What’s that supposed to mean? Anyway, this song does sound a bit like “FUTURE” which is good for me because it’s upbeat and easily danceable. The chorus was kind of cool with the falling notes, that was cool. I love the echo addition in the middle, I thought that was an interesting addition. Still what’s this fans thing about? I mean I can see this song being used on a tour and have her “fans” sing with her.
Song of Avoidance
I’ll be honest, I came to this album with a very negative outlook of what it was going to be like….and that cover….why Pineapples? Anyways, this album basically blew me away especially since “Stephanie” was otherwise a really meh album. She stepped up her game really well and I like all of the tracks except Changin’ well I like the solo version so, in this case I like the entire album. Surprise, Surprise it’s another album I enjoyed fully! *RECOMMENDED