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StylipS – Prism Sympathy February 18, 2014

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Track Listing

  1. Prism Sympathy
  2. Tsunagu Kizuna Tsusumu Kodoku
  3. Brand-new Style!! ~Mahou Mitai na Show time~ (Step Two)
  4. Prism Sympathy (inst.)
  5. Tsunagu Kizuna Tsutsumu Kodoku (inst.)
  6. Brand-new Style!! ~Mahou Mitai na Show time~ (Step Two) (inst.)

1. Prism Sympathy

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to StylipS but it doesn’t at the same time since the track is definitely the same sound we’ve been getting since their debut.  The difference is that Yui and Kaori have left the group and were replaced by Moe and Miku and I’m kind of slightly sad since Kaori was so good here but happy Yui is gone.  The new girls though pick up the slack and their voices aren’t all that bad to listen to.  It’s not bad, but it doesn’t stick out for me.

2. Tsunagu Kizuna Tsutsumu Kodoku

Moving to the B-side, Tsunagu Kizuna Tsutsumu Kodoku is actually a mid-temp ballad which is a little surprising but after it picks up more speed, the tune kind of becomes another generic anison tune…sounds like an ending theme actually.  It really does fly off the radar for me so I don’t remember much of the song, but I suppose it’s nice they have a slower track.

3. Brand-new Style!! ~Mahou Mitai na Show time~ (Step Two)

If you remember the original, it was from their debut single, “STUDY×STUDY”.  There’s no changes in the arrangement to be had, but the main focus is the fact that the new gals replaced YuiKaori in their lines.  It’s still a pretty awesome idol rock track and always peps me up in a good way!  Moe and Miku really do fit the group quite nicely, though it’s harder to tell who is who now lol.  Still good self-cover!

 

 

It’s been over a year since I’ve reviewed the group and a lot has happened.  After a remix album, a best and losing Yui Ogura and Kaori Ishimura (and subsequently gaining two members in Moe Toyota and Miku Ito), this is the first single since all of that happened and it’s OK…probably their worst single since their debut sadly, but those singles had such great B-sides in which Prism Sympathy kind of lacked.  The main song isn’t a total bust which is good but Tsunagu Kizuna Tsutsumu Kodoku was a tad generic and self-covering an old song doesn’t really count.  Maybe it’ just settling with a new set of members but hopefully their next single is better.

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StylipS – Choose me♡Darling August 21, 2012

Filed under: StylipS — solarblade @ 8:09 pm

Track Listing

  1. Choose me♡Darling
  2. Baby KISS☆
  3. Fragile Crazy
  4. Choose me♡Darling (inst)
  5. Baby KISS☆ (inst)
  6. Fragile Crazy (inst)

1. Choose me♡Darling

Aren’t we a little late with our summer song StylipS?  At least that’s what I feel like it sounds like with this A-side.  I had to say though it’s their best A-side yet since it’s fun to listen to and the girls sound mostly pretty good (then again there’s not a lot of Yui present).  It does have the typical summer style but it has a bit more oomph which is something I DEFINITELY enjoyed.  Great and fun song to listen to!

2. Baby KISS☆

Then we kind of go backwards with Baby KISS☆ which has a bit more brass instruments in the song and mixes that with the summery theme as well.  Sadly, this song kind of fits at this forgetful tune because it kind of sounds like something SUPER☆GiRLS have done and I’m just not too impressed by the song.

3. Fragile Crazy

Then we get Fragile Crazy which is totally not anything they’ve done before!  It’s a bit more dancy and there’s rapping as well which are two things StylipS haven’t tackled yet.  I have to say Arisa and Kaori (and Maho?) sound all amazing in this song and the parts Yui got was actually well done (especially with her lackluster tone).  Definitely the best track off the single!

 

 

I’m happy StylipS are getting more popular with every release and it shows with their works too because Choose me♡Darling is their best single yet.  Like I said, they are a little late to the summer party but the A-side is surprisingly catchy and they sound happy and just having a blast with it.  However, Fragile Crazy is the best of the single…so many new things going on and they all worked cohesively together and I hope it makes it on the future album.  The only fault is probably Baby KISS☆ since it’s just bland and typical of a beach-parading song…still overall this is their best single.

 

StylipS – MIRACLE RUSH May 15, 2012

Filed under: StylipS — solarblade @ 3:56 am

Track Listing

  1. MIRACLE RUSH
  2. Honey Groove
  3. Hatsukoi EVOLUTION
  4. MIRACLE RUSH (inst.)
  5. Honey Groove (inst.)
  6. Hatsukoi EVOLUTION (inst.)

1. MIRACLE RUSH

As this is StylipS’ second A-side I felt like I connected to this one a lot easier than their previous one for sure.  It’s cute and still quite anime-esque since it’s the group’s shtick and all that.  I enjoyed the vocals for the most part and really the solos are in the verses.  Everywhere else is sung with the four ladies.  Not bad a much more memorable than their last A-side.

2. Honey Groove

The first B-side is something nice as well but more focused with the synths and less jolly and peppy like “MIRACLE RUSH”.  It turned it out quite nice but I feel like Yui is such an odd singer because her voice is so squeaky tight and pitchy.  I really like that they showed off more of their vocals and energy in this song for some reason…it just is a lot more intriguing than anything they’ve released previous…GREAT SONG!

3. Hatsukoi EVOLUTION

The other B-side of the single, Hatsukoi EVOLUTION goes back to their anime-like sound but almost a mix of their Team DEKARIS days as well which is a nice nod to the past for some reason.  It isn’t as awesome as “Honey Groove” but the song is still genki and just great to listen to!

 

 

Their second single, StylipS is quite strong for them and a much better feat than their debut, “STUDY×STUDY”.  I have to say that Honey Groove is quite awesome and the best the single has to offer while MIRACLE RUSH follows closely behind.  Hatsukoi EVOLUTION isn’t that amazing but it’s passable.  Good release!

 

StylipS – STUDY×STUDY February 9, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. STUDY×STUDY
  2. Brand-new Style!! ~Mahou Mitai na Show time~
  3. Session Plan!
  4. STUDY×STUDY (inst)
  5. Brand-new Style!! ~Mahou Mitai no Show time~ (inst)
  6. Session Plan! (inst)

1. STUDY×STUDY

Starting the single off, STUDY×STUDY actually doesn’t sound too bad even though it’s the epitome of an idol song with a cutesy synth vibe laced with guitars and a very catchy chorus.  I will say that funny enough I can tell who Yui is in the song but the other three members kind mesh together vocally so it’s hard to seperate who’s vocals go to who.  Still the song is actually good, but it doesn’t have a long-lasting feel to it.  I guess it’s a solid debut (well…sort of). 

2. Brand-new Style!! ~Mahou Mitai na Show time~

Now this is something I would’ve expected from the quartet and that’s definitely a idol rock track.  Once again all four gals get their solo lines and I find myself just not liking Yui’s voice in the group hahaha.  I will say this is pretty nice to hear from them and a lot more stronger of a song than “STUDY×STUDY” which is kind of funny.  Though I think it’s funny they paired Maho and Arisa together and Yui and Kaori (YuiKaori) together XD. 

3. Session Plan!

Taking a more YuiKaori sound for the second B-side, Session Plan! gets the girls singing in a more genki tone and there’s things that are good but at the same time there’s some surprisingly bad things too like some of the girls just can’t seem to pull off cute vocals very well (Yui does…wow…).  Not my kind of song though…

 

 

So some of you are asking why I’m reviewing StylipS…well it’s actually because they are the members of Team DEKARIS who stopped going by that name (plus they were only doing one release).  Well, now it seems they could be a group thing hopefully.  Now since 3 of the four have been doing other stuff, I like their rather nice comeback with STUDY×STUDY.  The leading song is already but isn’t their best.  I actually think Brand-new Style!! is the big hitter actually.  As for Session Plan! it’s kind of forgettable but I’m sure it’ll appeal to idol fans out there ^_^…not bad actually.

 

Team DEKARIS – Koi no Dekaris December 28, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Jingle
  2. Koi no Muteki Command
  3. Unmei wa “I” Love You
  4. Yuujou Try Again!
  5. Koi Shoku Puzzle
  6. Sweets×Sweets
  7. Muzukashii Kedo Aishiteru ~Dekaris~
  8. Koi no Muteki Command (Off Vocal)
  9. Unmei wa “I” Love You (Off Vocal)
  10. Yuujou Try Again! (Off Vocal)
  11. Koi Shoku Puzzle (Off Vocal)
  12. Sweets×Sweets (Off Vocal)
  13. Korubuchika -Miracle Angel Dolls MIX-

1. Jingle

Wow, only 5 seconds and all it is is just the group saying their name?  WOW, I’m totes impressed…

2. Koi no Muteki Command

I can tell almost immediatly that SEGA had something to with this release because of the Sonic-like music that accompanies the song (and not the Jun Senoue kind).  Since it is the first vocal track, Koi no Muteki Command seems to be somewhat a harsh listen because well, the girls are pretty off vocals-wise and sounds like whining and genki mixed together.  Not the most interesting song.

3. Unmei wa “I” Love You

At least the next track at least tries to fix the problems of the last track.  There’s a little bit of an Indian sound that opens up the song, but the song becomes less of that and kind of becomes a more catchier track.  I love the bridge where there’s solo lines between 3 of the four members which is awesome…but let’s not forget there’s a 4th member there XD.  Pretty catchy.

4. Yuujou Try Again!

Next up, is the somewhat odd song.  It starts off muffled a bit and you hear a cell phone vibrating before one of the girls answers it and it goes into a more less exciting version of “Koi no Muteki Command”.  It seems that the verses were as if the girls were talking through the phone and the choruses were the full sounding gals.  It’s not too exciting, but at least it’s passable.  The synth solo in the middle was pretty cool though.

5. Koi Shoku Puzzle

Now this sounds like something H!P typical.  Yes, it’s full of cuteness and brass…might not be tasteful, but the vocals are kind of more relaxed (except for two of the members who just love to use uber cuteness to get through the song.  I’m sorry but I’m just turned off with this song with the bad vocals.

6. Sweets×Sweets

The closest thing to electronica on this album/VA, Sweets×Sweets are just using a whole lot of synths and 16-bit sounds here and I actually enjoyed this arrangement because it doesn’t have really terrible vocals and even then the girls are using vocoders for the song.  It might be a little like something Perfume would approve of, but damn this is a good song if you ask me.

7. Muzukashii Kedo Aishiteru ~Dekaris~

The longest song, and I’m guessing this acts as the credits at the end of the Tetris game its tied to, Muzukashii Kedo Aishiteru is unsurprisingly the lone ballad here.  It tries to show how good the girls sound togetherm but it falls quite short because they are just fighting to be the loudest singers.  The arrangement is also lacking a bit, but the trumpet solo are cool I guess, but this is a vocal wreck.

8. Korubuchika -Miracle Angel Dolls MIX-

I’m not sure what this has to do with the OST….I do love this remix because it’s so random.  They start off wit hthe girls and some guys talking before they say ~SEGA~ and then the classic song “Korobeiniki” starts to play with the girls basically saying random shit and being straight up genki for the 1:31 length of the rest of the song…it’s nice they did do something with the classic Tetris tune, but really? this?

Tracks Recommended

  • Sweets×Sweets
  • Unmei wa “I” Love You

Song of Avoidance

  • Koi Shoku Puzzle

While this might be a one-release type deal group, Team DEKARIS’s debut was oddly enough classified as an OST for a Tetris game.  Now the music is for the most part upbeat and would sound fitting to the game, but on its own only those two tracks are listenable…Not sure why, but the other songs are just sad to me, even the nice enough rearranged version of “Korobeiniki” wasn’t that good.