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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.

 

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!

 

ryo (supercell) feat. Miku Hatsune / Dixie Flatline feat. Miku Hatsune – Sekiranun Graffiti/Fallin’ Fallin’ Fallin’ September 2, 2011

Filed under: supercell — solarblade @ 5:46 am

Track Listing

  1. Sekiranun Graffiti
  2. Fallin’ Fallin’ Fallin’
  3. Sekiranun Graffiti (Remixed by baker)
  4. Sekiranun Graffiti (Instrumental)
  5. Fallin’ Fallin’ Fallin’ (Instrumental)

1. Sekiranun Graffiti

ryo finally comes back into music but unfortunately with the ever-so-popular VOCALOID, Miku Hatsune but unlike the last track ryo did with her in “Kocchi Muite Baby” the artificial vocals actually fit in this song and it’s not pro-guitars like that song back then either which is such an epic change.  I can’t say much on the computerized vocals, but I think it’s nice of a tone to go with the song itself?  I don’t know how to really go on reviewing that since it’s like dealing with perfect computer work…  Still not a bad song from ryo ^_^

2. Fallin’ Fallin’ Fallin’

I don’t know who this Dixie Flatline is so don’t yell at me xD.   Fallin’ Fallin’ Fallin’ is definitely way different from the previous song since it’s more synth-based and shows Miku’s computerized vocals and it really does sound more artificial which gives the tune a strange feel since there’s strings involved too xD.  It’s cute and I liked it a lot but it feels like it’s missing life…but it’s usually the problem in VOCOLOID songs anyway…

3. Sekiranun Graffiti (Remixed by baker)

Eh, a remix of Sekiranun Graffiti huh?  It starts off strong enough with a steady dance beat and such which is pretty cool but what is up with Miku’s vocals being filtered (and even weird they even went there for a remix).  It’s alright but it doesn’t go anywhere and her vocals are covered up by the arrangement as it is so it’s kind of a weak remix overall.

 

 

Another ryo / “different artist” kind of shticks get released and overall I liked this more than “Kocchi Muite Baby/yellow”.  Sekiranun Graffiti is quite nice and is one of the more enjoyable tracks ryo has produced since his beginning while Dixie Flatline’s addition to the single was cute and fluffy but missing a little oomph to it.  The remix though was just not memorable enough for me and remains the worst track off the single.  Overall not a bad release!

 

supercell – Today Is A Beautiful Day March 20, 2011

Filed under: supercell — solarblade @ 5:32 pm

Track Listing

  1. Owari e Mukau Hajimari no Uta
  2. Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari
  3. Hero
  4. Perfect Day
  5. Fukushuu
  6. Rock’n’Roll Nandesu no
  7. LOVE & ROLL
  8. Feel so good
  9. Hoshi ga Matataku Konna Yoru ni
  10. Utakata Hanabi
  11. Yoru ga Akeru yo
  12. Sayonara Memories
  13. Watashi e

1. Owari e Mukau Hajimari no Uta

Starting the album with a kind of intro track, Owari e Mukau Hajimari no Uta is an interesting piece of music for sure.  At a little past 2 minutes in length, I was expecting mostly just the piano, but I was surprised when nagi started to sing along with the piano after it plays by itself for a little bit.  It’s a pretty opening tune and I like nagi’s airy tone for it.

2. Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari

Fitting to be up next is nagi’s debut A-side.  I still quite enjoy the song a bit since it ryo carried over his overall style he used for his debut album with Miku Hatsune.  The whole pop/rock feel is great and I was more impressed then, when we learned that there was a nautral voice singing the lyrics instead of something computerized which was the main problem I had with ryo’s first outing.  It still stands out for me a whole lot!

3. Hero

Getting into a couple of new songs on the album, we start things off with Hero which carries ryo’s pop/rock style once again but nagi’s vocals seem more comfortable with the genre Hero is set in.  Her vocals sound quite awesome and I love the flow of the song itself.  I actually am starting to prefer this to “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari”. 

4. Perfect Day

I found it sweet that our next song begins with nagi and acoustic guitar.  Her voice really compliments the soft sound that the beginning of Perfect Day does…her voice almost goes into YUI-likeness, but once the song opens up more with even more instruments, it quickly loses it’s steam, but the power of the song is still enough to make up for it.  If it was somewhere else on the album, it would’ve struck better for me I think.

5. Fukushuu

Giving us a harder sounding arrangement for Fukushuu, I wasn’t expecting a song at this calibur from ryo for this album.  Then again nagi’s vocals are also oddly lighter than they were in the previous songs as well giving the song an interesting and mysterious feel to it.  The chorus though was just so boring though…I’m not sure why it doesn’t go anywhere…but the music was quite awesome to be honest so I’m at a standstill.

6. Rock’n’Roll Nandesu no

Representing the last of the rock tracks for a little bit of the album, Rock’n’Roll Nandesu no, is fun rock at its best right here.  There’s a lot of energy in the song from both ryo’s arrangement and surprisingly nagi this time around.  Gotta say of the new songs, I liked this one the most!

7. LOVE & ROLL

Then we come to LOVE & ROLL, which was originally a B-side, off of “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari”.  It also marks the change of the album’s mood quite nicely.  It’s a bit strange that it’s the only song that has a dance sound to it, but it’s nothing to worry about since they didn’t really have other songs besides “Worldwide Love”.  It’s different and I enjoyed this song just for that fact since no songs sound like it on the album.  One of the album’s gems IMO.

8. Feel so good

Starting off quietly, before getting into the song, I felt that Feel so good also seems to find itself standing out a whole lot after the immense amount of pop/rock songs found on the album.  The laidback, slightly jazzy feel to Feel so good sounds refreshing and nagi’s vocals sound perfect for an arrangement like this.  I have to say, this some impressed me a lot and is another favorite song from the album.

9. Hoshi ga Matataku Konna Yoru ni

We get into the third single released by the newly-formed duo starting with the secondary A-side.  After all the pop/rock songs from earlier on, Hoshi ga Matataku Konna Yoru ni doesn’t seem to really stand out for me on the album as much as it did on the single which is disappointing for sure, but at least the chorus is memorable and the addition of strings does slightly make it pop out more. 

10. Utakata Hanabi

Then we move onto the primary A-side and Utakata Hanabi still sounds much more better on when time passes by.  Being as the first ballad I’ve heard from nagi since being added to supercell, she pulled Utakata Hanabi off quite well and her voice sounds a lot stronger than a lot of the songs here.  I will say that it’s a long ballad at 6 minutes which could bore most people.

11. Yoru ga Akeru yo

I really didn’t want to see another ballad following up after the long “Utakata Hanabi”, but Yoru ga Akeru yo definitely is that song I guess.  Biggest difference to me is that it’s just nagi and acoustic guitar (later on, drums are added along), but it’s still very light and nagi’s softer vocals make another appearance as well giving it a dreamy kind of feel.  To me, it’s kind of boring after a while especially coming after another ballad, but it’s probably me biasing again.

12. Sayonara Memories

As we get closer to the finale, we enter the second A-side released in the era.  Sayonara Memories doesn’t really change the formula after the duo’s debut, but it was like it was good before why change it?  It’s also the longest track on the album (only a couple seconds longer than “Utakata Hanabi”).  To me it shares a lot of similarities to “Hoshi ga Matataku Konna Yoru ni” despite having been released before said song.  It’s my least favorite A-side, but I can’t say it’s all that bad, just too similar to other songs and kind of too long lol.

13. Watashi e

Finally reaching the final track, Watashi e is as short as “Owari e Mukau Hajimari no Uta” and kind of has the same things going on with nagi singing with piano backing her up.  I will say her vocals sound more radiant here than in the opening track.  I must say, she can be quite the singer given the right melodies.

Tracks Recommended

  • Feel so good
  • LOVE & ROLL
  • Rock’n’Roll Nandesu no
  • Hero
  • Watashi e

Song of Avoidance

  • Yoru ga Akeru yo

ryo’s sophomore, nagi’s debut album, Today Is A Beautiful Day is actually not so bad of an album.  I think they both came together for something pretty sweet and enjoyable for the most part.  For nagi her voice sounds so pure through some of the songs that it’s hard not to enjoy it!  ryo did a good job for arrangements, but sometimes I feel like his work on “supercell” was a lot more experimental…so I wanna see that more for the next era.

 

supercell – Utakata Hanabi/Hoshi ga Matataku Konna Yoru ni August 23, 2010

Filed under: supercell — solarblade @ 8:57 pm

Track Listing

  1. Utakata Hanabi
  2. Hoshi ga Matataku Konna Yoru ni
  3. Worldwide Love
  4. Utakata Hanabi -Instrumental-
  5. Hoshi ga Matataku Konna Yoru ni -Instrumental-
  6. Worldwide Love -Instrumental-

1. Utakata Hanabi

Another strange song to be used for Naruto: Shippuden?  I like that unlike Kana Nishino’s “if”, this is an actual ballad from the duo.  I’m a little disappointed that the song really only mainly nagi and typical ballad instruments.  Though I think this is the best I’ve heard from nagi yet, since her vocals are powerful in the song.  I think the later part of the song does make the song a much better listen, but it’s just got a slow start.

2. Hoshi ga Matataku Konna Yoru ni

I’m happy to see ryo returning to something more along the lines of stuff he produced on the debut album.  I was so happy to hear nagi’s vocals take over and it sounds so much better than something that is computer-ready like Miku.  The rockin’ arrangement is definitely made for a real singer and I enjoyed hearing this song since it isn’t as long as “Utakata Hanabi”. 

3. Worldwide Love

As the only B-side, I was surprised to hear nagi try to pull off a Tomoko-stylised sound vocally with this tune.  So the single has a ballad, a rock song, and a synth-based song.  Worldwide Love sounds so different to what I’ve been hearing since ryo went major.  I do like how nagi’s vocals sound in this song since they’re girly and lively.  The arrangement could use a little more boom during the chorus, but otherwise I like when ryo uses synths in the songs.

 

 

Isn’t it time to starting thinking about an album ryo?  I mean this is their third single (excluding “Kocchi Muite Baby/yellow”) and they have enough for an album I think.  Utakata Hanabi is a slow burner of a song, but it gets better the longer played.  I think though Hoshi ga Matataku Konna Yoru ni and Worldwide Love were both immensely better and brings us back the ryo we liked when he produced “supercell”.