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supercell – ZIGAEXPERIENTIA July 18, 2014

Filed under: supercell — solarblade @ 11:04 am

zigaexperientia

Track Listing

  1. Journey’s End
  2. No.525300887039
  3. Mr. Downer
  4. My Dearest (Album Mix)
  5. Juuzoku Ningen
  6. White Seiyaku
  7. Hakushu Kassai Uta Awase
  8. Yeah Oh Ahhh Oh!
  9. Hyakkaime no Kiss
  10. Giniro Hikousen
  11. The Bravery (Album Mix)
  12. Bokura no Ashiato (Album Mix)
  13. Kokuhaku (Album Mix)
  14. Jikan Ressha
  15. We’re Still Here

1. Journey’s End

Opening supercell’s 3rd album is a quick intro to the album titled Journey’s End.  It starts out very static-y and with Koeda singing acapella.  It sounds rather nice but if you wear headphones, she does play between the left and right side a bit.  Though quickly after a piano/strings melody kicks in and Koeda returns to sing again and well…her voice is a lil scratchy.  It’s a short introduction though.  Still, it’s rather going to show where this album is going to sound…sort of.

2. No.525300887039

I wonder what’s the importance of the number here but we have our first full track with No.525300887039.  With a dark and unsettling intro, this song definitely wasn’t something I was expecting to come after “Journey’s End”.  Koeda slyly joins in the song and she sounds really cool and then she wigs out and sounded surprisingly good.  Then the guitars come in with the bass and it just turns into this cool rock track.  Though sadly, as the song moves along, her voice gets all catty and nasal, but for some reason retains her vibrato which is impressive…but distracting.  It’s cool for a rock song but Koeda slightly overdoes it.  Oh yeah, it was also the promotional song…interesting choice.

3. Mr. Downer

Surprisingly out next track also is another hard-hitting rock track which is a nice to hear that ryo would continue.  Add on some dramatically played strings and some interesting choices throughout.  Koeda though sounds a bit better than she did in our previous track, but still has some nasally parts through the chorus.  I actually did prefer this song overall as it just sounds powerful and dark.  It’s just a pretty awesome song and that’s hard to say huh?

4. My Dearest (Album Mix)

So I was surprised with the A-sides for the album especially since 4 out of the 6 A-sides on the album were tagged with album mixes.  The first was actually the debut from Koeda.  At first I wasn’t sure what was changed between the two versions, but I think this version feels more muffled and echoed out which didn’t work on me.  I don’t even think Koeda resung this either which is pretty awkward.  I actually prefer the single cut because it sounds a LOT cleaner than what we’ve got it.

5. Juuzoku Ningen

Back to new songs, Juuzoku Ningen once again returns us to some rock and Koeda is utilizing some whispering for the song.  I actually am impressed by how swift she’s singing this song (especially these verses)…damn Koeda!  Her voice was up in the cutesy side of things.  This is another case where she ends up going nasal, but she also does this uncanny yell which made me wince a bit…qorl can you not?!?  If she didn’t do these things, this song would’ve been REALLY impressing me.

6. White Seiyaku

After the wild patch of our previous tune, we enter another fray of edgy arrangements with White Seiyaku.  It doesn’t have the shreiking that we had and Koeda does sound energetic which is good to have.  It’s fast-paced and just hits all the good spots.  I was wondering where ryo is coming up with these arrangements.  She does have another yell in this song, but it didn’t seem to make me wince as hard as she did in “Juuzoku Ningen”.

7. Hakushu Kassai Uta Awase

I am so happy that they didn’t mess with the 5th single’s leading track for the album.  It sounded so badass and Koeda gave a really good performance.  I do like that it is a light up after the last couple songs so we get to hear some better vocalization here.  Koeda didn’t even seem like she was trying to sound catty which is freaky because I didn’t hear anything of that sort (though I wonder if Chelly was the lead of the track).  I don’t know, but this clearly does not sound like Koeda of any of the tracks before this so it could throw listeners off at how clean this voice is.  If it is Koeda…sing like this more please because it is NOT working otherwise.

8. Yeah Oh Ahhh Oh!

More new tracks, Yeah Oh Ahhh Oh! seems to take a more punk status and we’re back to nasal Koeda who’s just wailing her way through this song.  The addition of the background vocalists is neat and add some spice, I just couldn’t really deal with Koeda.  I mean in a way, she does have some parts where her yips sound awesome but singing was kind of mediocre.

9. Hyakkaime no Kiss

At least things tone down a little for our next track Hyakkaime no Kiss and thank god because I was starting to get tired of Koeda’s whiny vocals.  This song does bring her back to a whispery tone ala “No.525300887039”.  She doesn’t sound bad which is good here and the song’s lowkey feel is a refreshing move.  It’s definitely one of the better songs from the album!  Quite Western sounding huh.

10. Giniro Hikousen

We move onto a string of A-sides starting with the other A-side that wasn’t touched on the album, Giniro Hikousen.  Sadly, it wasn’t a very impressive song when I reviewed the single.  I mean a 7 minute ballad with screechy vocals aren’t something I would enjoy nor return back to so it hasn’t changed one bit doesn’t do anything help.  So basically, I still don’t like it.

11. The Bravery (Album Mix)

So the other A-sides have album mixes as you can see, but I wonder how they turned out but after “My Dearest” I had my worries.  Like the previously mentioned tune, The Bravery had little changes with it’s sound quality for the most part so it sounds a little more fluffy.  This was around where I thought ryo had figured out how to work with Koeda’s unique vocals.  I enjoyed this song originally and the changes were minute enough to not sway a different opinion between versions.  Great song still!

12. Bokura no Ashiato (Album Mix)

So in the other 7 minute A-side, Bokura no Ashiato’s changes is mostly that the electric guitar has more prominance over the acoustic which in the long run didn’t matter to me since the rest of the song was just the same thing.  It also sounds like Koeda’s vocals are less shrilly but I think it’s only because of the fluffyness of the song now.  Meh, though with this song.

13. Kokuhaku (Album Mix)

This album mix actually took out the synths from the original and once again fluffed the sound out with more echoes and such.  I am very uninterested at how these album mixes turned out.  Of the A-sides brought back, this one sort of grew on me but it’s still on the lower end of the spectrum.  It’s just middle of the road kind of song which is neither good or bad, just there.

14. Jikan Ressha

As we near the end of the album we get our last two new tracks.  Jikan Ressha is luckily a song that’s not heavy on rock and seems to focus on the anison side of supercell.  Koeda’s vocals have that cutesy tone once again which is OK, nothing great though.  I do like its adventurous sound of course, but hmm…this is something that nagi would’ve loved to have sung…hmmm

15. We’re Still Here

Finally, the album’s finale!  Of course it’s not a surprise to me it’d be a ballad to close the album out.  It sounds like a pretty simple track with piano playing behind Koeda.  Though that is all that’s in this track and being 5 minutes it’s just a tad long a lot of boring moments.  I wish I could say something more about this BUUUUT…it’s just meh and forgetful, “Jikan Ressha” makes a better ending to this album.

Tracks Recommended

  • Hakushu Kassai Uta Awase
  • The Bravery (Album Mix)
  • Hyakkaime no Kiss
  • Mr. Downer

Song of Avoidance

  • Giniro Hikousen

I was so happy to see this era end.  supercell’s 3rd album really threw me for a loop.  Besides the cool name, ZIGAEXPERIENTIA marks an unfortunate closing to an era.  I was so saddened to see nagi leave, but on the other hand she’s become an amazing soloist after her departure.  After reading that Koeda and Chelly won the auditions, supercell ended up with the more risky vocalist in the former while Chelly became the front of ryo’s other unit, EGOIST.  Sadly, I do not care for Koeda…I will say being a vocalist at 15 is pretty damn cool, she doesn’t have the vocal chops down when compared to both nagi and Chelly.  Also…it’s a REALLY odd thing to have my favorite track there since it didn’t even sound like Koeda at all…I wonder if anyone knows if Koeda actually sung this because it was vocally awesome….I hope ryo has a new audition for a new singer for this 4th era.

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supercell – Hakushu Gassai Uta Awase November 22, 2013

Filed under: supercell — solarblade @ 5:49 am

hakushugassai

Track Listing

  1. Hakushu Gassai Uta Awase
  2. M.K.O
  3. Yuuyake Blues
  4. Hakushu Gassai Uta Awase (TV Edit)
  5. Hakushu Gassai Uta Awase -Instrumental-
  6. M.K.O -Instrumental-
  7. Yuuyake Blue -Instrumental-
  8. Hakushu Gassai Uta Awase (TV Edit) -Instrumental-

1. Hakushu Gassai Uta Awase

After the impression I was left with “The Bravery”, I was wondering where Koeda and ryo would end up and I was surprised that the song is pretty anison but actually it continued where Koeda’s more rougher vocals were given a more energetic song and honestly, it so fits Koeda which easily means ryo cleaned up his ways because she sounds like she’s finally comfortable singing edgier songs.  I like the more in-your-face arrangement and it sounds pretty Japanese (sounds like a samurai battle, mixed in with anison).  Yeah, I actually think this is Koeda’s strongest A-side since joining with ryo.

2. M.K.O

Then we get into M.K.O and we unfortunately we get back to Koeda’s cutesy vocals which mixed with ryo’s punk rock sound DOES NOT work here.  I think I’ve complained about that on most of the stuff from ryo’s album with Miku Hatsune, the only difference this is an actual voice.  I think if Koeda sung this like she sung the A-side this would’ve been an amazing song, but damn did she take me out of the song…I’m sorry but this was just not going to cut it.

3. Yuuyake Blues

Then the final B-side begins with harmonica and some light marching drums and guitar playing behind Koeda who’s singing very quietly and trying to have a “lighter” voice.  Then the chorus comes in and she’s wailing like YUKI through it and it’s just a big turnoff for me.  For being one of the more basic songs on the single, it’s also the worst.

 

 

Closing out the Koeda era before “ZIGAEXPERENTIA” releases (and a possible member change), the 5th single, Hakushu Gassai Uta Awase is the BEST A-side of the entire era, but the rest of the single just falls flat when Koeda tries going back for a cuter sound which doesn’t work with either setting.  ryo, please utilize Koeda better and stop making her sound cutesy when she clearly can’t sound good at that >.<

 

supercell – The Bravery March 12, 2013

Filed under: supercell — solarblade @ 7:35 am

thebravery

Track Listing

  1. The Bravery
  2. She is my senior
  3. Aozora
  4. The Bravery (TV Edit)
  5. The Bravery -Instrumental-
  6. Aozora -Instrumental-
  7. The Bravery (TV Edit) -Instrumental-

1. The Bravery

I was loathing coming into this single because of my dislike of Koeda (as everyone knows).  It seems like ryo wanted to try something different than something like “Giniro Hikousen” and FINALLY ryo found something that actually works for her because she doesn’t sound dreadful, but once again the song is TOO long (6 minute song) and it’s a rock song.  I actually quite surprised at how much I enjoyed The Bravery and is about as good as “My Dearest” if not better.

2. She is my senior

I found it strange that our next song doesn’t have an instrumental, but then again this song is a 3 minute track with Koeda and acoustic guitar only.  You can tell Koeda has gotten some vocal training in between this single and “Giniro Hikousen” because her voice actually has a stronger tone and sounds like nasally.  Plus the added emotions are quite nice to listen too as well, but she needs to stay away from high notes she can’t hit.  Basic, but nice nonetheless.

3. Aozora

Another rock track, but includes whistling?  Yup, that’s what Aozora is all about, but the arrangement from ryo does take some strange turns with the minor tones I keep hearing.  I wish it was just a bit faster since I honestly feel like the tune would sound WAY BETTER if it was quicker overall.  It’s not bad, but quite forgetful.

Wow, a Koeda/ryo single that didn’t make me wanna kick something.  The Bravery is actually the best single I’ve heard since ryo switched singers out!  The Bravery (while a bit long) was a solid track and Koeda sounds passable!  Aozora is rockin’ too, but it could use a bit of a tempo boost and She is my senior was simple but nice (minus some sour notes).  I’m happily surprised by this.

 

supercell – Giniro Hikousen December 14, 2012

Filed under: supercell — solarblade @ 8:25 am

ginirohikousen

Track Listing

  1. Giniro Hikousen
  2. Lillemor
  3. Gekijou-ban Anime Eiga [Narawareta Gakuen] Tokuhou yo BGM
  4. Giniro Hikousen -Instrumental-
  5. Lillemor -Instrumental-

1. Giniro Hikousen

A seven minute song to deal with and it’s a ballad track?  I had a lot of worries coming into this song because I still can not take Koeda’s vocals for the life of me.  In Giniro Hikousen, Koeda isn’t terrible here, but she still is a bit pitchy and thin in places and is definitely didn’t help that the song was as long as it was…it just dragged most of the time. 

2. Lillemor

I found the acoustic guitar in the intro of the B-side was pretty unique and kind of cute since it sort of fits with Koeda’s vocals.  Until she sings out in the chorus and it’s kind of weird and she sounds messy and out of pitch most of the time.  If only Nagi was still singing, she’d make this amazingly pretty, but with Koeda, it’s a trainwreck.

 

 

I really wish this era would come to a close so ryo can find a new singer because this is the third single with Koeda and it’s more of the same, she’s really not getting any better and I’m loathing for the future album since it’s going to sound gross with Koeda on it…Ugh…Giniro Hikousen isn’t totally bad with her vocals, but the song is a total borefest while Lillemor is just off pitch and just didn’t work…I wonder if there’s a style that works with her voice…

 

ryo (supercell) feat. Miku Hatsune / Jin feat. Miku Hatsune – ODDS & ENDS/Sky of Beginning September 2, 2012

Filed under: supercell — solarblade @ 8:00 am

Track Listing

  1. ODDS & ENDS
  2. Sky of Beginning
  3. ODDS & ENDS (Instrumental)
  4. Sky of Beginning (Instrumental)

1. ODDS & ENDS

Back again with a new ryo song that focuses on the famous VOCALOID, Miku.  Unlike most of her past ryo-produced songs, ODDS & ENDS takes much more of a lighter route which does reminds of the old Nagi singles.  It’s bright and kind of has this springtime kind of sound.  Of course my main frown is that Miku’s vocals do NOT fit this style and in this song, it stands out like a sore thumb which is a definite negative for the song.  Definitely not his best work with the VOCALOID.

2. Sky of Beginning

Now I have heard of Jin recently (his recent single was on the ORICON charts) and it sounds like he could handle Miku.  With Sky of Beginning he oddly took the same route like ryo did where the song is mostly based around natural instruments and Miku’s voice trying to fit somewhere in the arrangement.  While I still don’t enjoy her vocals with the arrangement, it did a lot better than “ODDS & ENDS” and it was fun, fast-paced and full of life…weird how that works.

 

 

At this point, I think ryo could make a second Miku album but by the this song, ODDS & ENDS is kind of just not done well.  I heard some like weird note clipping and Miku’s vocals didn’t fit the atmosphere.  Sky of Beginning suffered almost the same fate, but that kind of grew on me faster than normal which is good!!!  I don’t know exactly know what happens next…but I hope it’s good!

 

supercell – Kokuhaku/Bokura no Ashiato March 6, 2012

Filed under: supercell — solarblade @ 9:11 am

Track Listing

  1. Kokuhaku
  2. Bokura no Ashiato
  3. Kare
  4. Kokuhaku (TV Edit)
  5. Bokura no Ashiato (TV Edit)
  6. Kokuhaku -Instrumental-
  7. Bokura no Ashiato -Instrumental-
  8. Kare -Instrumental-
  9. Kokuhaku (TV Edit) -Instrumental-
  10. Bokura no Ashiato (TV Edit) -Instrumental-

1. Kokuhaku

Starting the single off, Kokuhaku begins with Koeda singing alongside piano for a little bit before the arrangement picks up and gets a bit more rockin’.  I don’t think I’ve heard this kind of mood since “supercell” so this is a nice back to basics kind of song.  However, I’m still trying to get used to Koeda’s nasally tones which still IMO lack something for me because I still cringe hearing different notes from her.  Essentially this makes me miss nagi a lot because she would’ve sounded GREAT here…

2. Bokura no Ashiato

Sadly, we get to the secondary A-side and it’s long being 7 minutes long and all.  It’s weird because whenever I hear Koeda in the song it feels like her voice is recorded in low quality or something…maybe it’s just me.  I wasn’t too thrilled with the prospect of dealing with a mid-tempo track either.  It’s just two things that worried me would fail and it did.  Just nothing specatcular.

3. Kare

The lone B-side this time around is Kare and at least this sounds relatively unique to supercell.  I actually like that descending guitar line in the verses and oddly enough Koeda reminded me of YUKI in this song because of the youthful glow it has.  Though the chorus was just icky and I couldn’t take poor Koeda’s vocals here either…sadly it is the best the single has to offer…

 

 

It doesn’t feel like ryo really did any better with this single compared to “My Dearest” which was Koeda’s debut as well.  Maybe ryo did better on the arrangement side of things because I do like the melodies of both Kokuhaku and Kare but loathed at Bokura no Ashiato because it was too stretched out for me to care.  The problem still lies in Koeda’s vocals which I’ll probably never get used to after spending all that time with nagi.  She’s just not that great of a singer and I question why she was chosen in the first place >.<

 

supercell – My Dearest November 21, 2011

Filed under: supercell — solarblade @ 1:24 am

Track Listing

  1. My Dearest
  2. Tsumibito
  3. Daihinmin
  4. My Dearest (TV Edit)
  5. My Dearest -Instrumental-
  6. Tsumibito -Instrumental-
  7. Daihinmin -Instrumental-
  8. My Dearest (TV Edit) -Instrumental-

1. My Dearest

The first thing that suprised me about My Dearest is the main fact that nagi (the singer of the “Today Is A Beautiful Today” era/album) is gone.  Instead she was replaced by Koeda, who’s a lot younger actually at 15 and she’ll be the new era-centered singer.  When I started to listen to My Dearest, I had slight dejavu to her voice sounding like Kylee’s but Koeda has control on it at least.  Compared to nagi, she isn’t quite as trained but that’s ok.  ryo’s compositioning skills have not let up and I love the strings in this song quite a bit.  It’s gonna take some time getting used to the new gal’s vocals but this isn’t too bad.

2. Tsumibito

The first B-side on the single takes the strings out and leaves the piano in.  It does sound like a very melancholic ballad and this song actually did more for Koeda’s vocals since she sounds really pretty when she showing emotion but putting her vocals into more of a quiet zone.  HOWEVER, those last 50 seconds destroyed her.  She just became very harsh and her tone was super nasally…Way to ruin the moment!

3. Daihinmin

The other B-side was a little bit of a surprise for me.  It’s more out there and upbeat like ryo’s stuff from his debut album with Miku…but this time there’s a natural voice here.  I will say that hearing Koeda’s cutesy rocker voice just doesn’t work for me and she’s a couple of steps from sounding like Nana Kitade.  I’m now thinking that ryo did a poor job replacing nagi TBH.

 

 

As it’s ryo’s first single in the third era in his supercell name, I have to say My Dearest was a giant leap down for me.  The fact that Koeda is definitely the opposite to nagi’s soft vocals is shocker and makes me wonder why he ditched such a good singer with a crappy singer.  I mean the only song that has hope was Tsumibito but was shattered by the last 50 seconds in the song.  The other two weren’t that impressive to be honest….plz ryo ditch her now!