sexy girl returns ~intro~
why don’t you
Ai ni Ikou ~I・NEED・TO・GO~ AL Ver.
Sayonara my days
Long Vacation ~interlude~
Magical Mystery Tour
Life is MiRACLE
I miss you ~Yume de Aetara~
believe in, pop’ll save the world ~postlude~
1. sexy girl returns ~intro~
I really like how aggressive Sweet Vacation opens up the album with sexy girl returns. The first thing that came into mind was that it was more of a remix than anything else. May does come in with a vocal line, little repetitive, but was saved by the sudden change of beat and it went smooth. Then all of a sudden May comes in with what I consider the chorus of the track and it’s damn catchy. Nice opening.
2. why don’t you
The opening flows real smoothly into our first new track and that’s always a good thing. I’m liking the fact that both May and Daichi have their own solo parts in the verses. The music is a bit less aggressive than the opener, but despite that, there’s some pretty good parts to it. I also have to admit though Daichi was pretty good here and I wonder if the rest of the album will include more of him.
3. Ai ni Ikou ~I・NEED・TO・GO~ AL Ver.
We get an album version of Ai ni Ikou next and compared to the single version, this is 10 seconds shorter. What it really means is that the track doesn’t fade away until the sound goes away. The album version has a finishing point, other than that this is the same track with nothing new. It still is a pretty catchy track, I’ll give you that and Daichi is sweet here again. Probably one of the best tracks they’ve released.
4. Kirameki Jet!
Having a deeper beat and having a stronger presence of piano, Kirameki Jet! does feel a little emptier arrangement wise. Once the bridge begins though, it feels like totally different feeling than “Ai ni Ikou” and I kind of like the free-sounding feel of the chorus as well. I love May’s mix of Japanese and English and her singing was pretty good here.
5. Sayonara my days
The first A-side of the era, Sayonara my days does feel like “Kirameki Jet!”. Unlike that, the song to me still feels a little bit boring and doesn’t have the spark that the previous tracks had. It doesn’t help that the PV had “ONE” written all over it. Still a weak track even after the transition to the album.
6. Long Vacation ~interlude~
The sound of waves crashing begin our interlude of the album. After that passes that repeating synth line pops in and some other underlying synths come in to play for awhile. Even though this is all Daichi with no vocals, I thought this was a great interlude, though when it peaks the music dies off and the waves return to finish it off.
7. Magical Mystery Tour
Yeah, this track is a cover of a pretty famous Beatles’ tune. Usually, artists that cover songs by huge bands always don’t get near the original at all. That being said, Sweet Vacation’s cover of the track isn’t too bad with it’s chiller synthpop sound. I guess it’s nice that it isn’t too much and kind of sets the mood pretty nicely. Alright cover I guess.
8. Life is MiRACLE
I’m starting to notice that since the interlude happened the overall mood of the songs have changed into more of a reserved synthpop sound. Like almost lounge music actually. May’s vocals in Life is MiRACLE is pretty soothing and with the piano playing in front, this is a pretty nice. There’s even some xylophone mixed in and that made me love the song even more.
9. Brandnew Wave
Then we finally return to the synthpop sound that we’ve come to know from the earlier part of the album. At first I thought it was going to be more forward on the arrangement, but it seems just like a filler track in place because it does sound somewhat like “Sayonara my days”. Other than that, it’s not too bad, just a bit meh.
10. Shooting Star
Shooting Star though was the track I was thinking of. Other than the fact it has a bit of 8-bit written in the arrangement, the song has a bit more sound going for it and I quite like it. Daichi though won with the arrangement as it’s somewhat ethereal and a bit of synthpop written into it as well. I’m notice the lyrics are a bit cutesy as she says ~jellybeans~ and ~ice cream~ in the chorus. Pretty good song.
11. 8bit Darling
Ahhh…Right from the start, 8bit Darling definitely has a heavier tone right from the start and May’s vocals are a bit under the vocoder which is interesting. The arrangement definitely feels like something that came straight from a video game and I liked it alot. Even the chorus where piano is added seemed to fit just right. It’s giddy pop music at its best here.
I didn’t think Sweet Vacation was going to get more cooler, but Escape!! has a pretty prominent guitar driven sound mixed in with the synths. May sounds pretty awesome and I love how at the end of the verse when he voice goes into auto-tune. I still think their harder stuff is still too reserved, but at least they’re trying and this track shows potential.
13. I miss you ~Yume de Aetara~
This is actually their earliest released track of the era (means get to review the EP). I miss you at first sounded like a “Sayonara my days” clone, but with Daichi singing in parts of the song and a more smoother sound, I preferred this over their first A-side. It still might be a little too much like other similar sounding tracks, but it’s catchy.
14. believe in, pop’ll save the world ~postlude~
Sweet Vacation’s debut album comes to a close with Daichi having a piano solo all to himself. I’m pretty sure he’s playing the melody to one of the songs off the album, but for me that’ll take me a while to figure out. Short and sweet is the way to finish the album. It turns out though that the tune Daichi was playing was “why don’t you” in the chorus area (thx Selly).
Song of Avoidance
Sweet Vacation’s album is actually pretty nice. I mean they don’t take risks like other technopop artists, but what they gave out is actually pretty nice otherwise. Some of the tracks do feel like not enough things happened and on the other hand some songs are just too darn catchy. I do expect some more Daichi in their upcoming releases, but this album is a good start for the duo.