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Tomato n’ Pine – PS4U August 28, 2012

Filed under: Tomato n' Pine — solarblade @ 8:27 am

Track Listing

  1. Train Scatting
  2. Wanna Dance!
  3. Nanairo☆Namida
  4. Nagisa ni Matsuwaru Etcetera
  5. 10gatsu no Indian
  6. Captain wa Kimi da!
  7. PS2U
  8. Odore Carnival
  9. Tabidachi Transfer
  10. Jingle Girl Joui Jidai
  11. Tameiki Pink
  12. Soshite Neru Mamonaku Solitude (SNS)
  13. Daiji na Love Letter
  14. Yume no Kakera…
  15. Wanna Dance! -strike the pose remix-

1. Train Scatting

Opening Tomapai’s first major album, Train Scatting is a rather odd choice, but a unique one at that.  It sounds like it starts at a train station and the song moves into this quirky technopop song.  Like the title implies, it also features some scatting (ad-libbing basically).  The verses were interesting because it’s a little quieter but keeps this cute side going.  This is a pretty awesome first song to be honest!

2. Wanna Dance!

Unfortunately, after the first track we get a load of old songs starting with the B-side from “Jingle Girl Joui Jidai”.  I like that they moved from the cute side from “Train Scatting” into this funky disco-like feel out of Wanna Dance! and it kind of works for some strange reason.  I do feel like the ladies don’t give much of a peppy performance which has always been a small problem for them, but they just don’t seem interested in the song. 

3. Nanairo☆Namida

Moving into the third A-side released, Nanairo☆Namida is definitely my favorite of the four with its breezy synth arrangement and more interest from the trio as well.  At first it kind of reminded me of a DAISHI DANCE remix or something Q;indivi would do put nope it isn’t.  I did notice that solo lines aren’t present (most of their songs don’t) here.  It’s light and not very risk-taking, but it’s catchy and I like the trio’s harmonies together.

4. Nagisa ni Matsuwaru Etcetera

I have to be honest, I would’ve loved the other B-sides that didn’t make the cut to have been here instead of the ones that were chosen.  However, I don’t really understand this because it was a cover of a PUFFY song as a B-side so I thought it would’ve stayed there.  On the album, I think it fits coming after the A-side it was coupled with.  It has more of a prominent beat and less of the filtering…I still think it suffers a bit from blandness but I think it’s somewhat growing on me.

5. 10gatsu no Indian

Next up is the B-side from “Tabidachi Transfer” and I also feel like this was a pretty bad choice to include the song because I still dislike the song quite a bit.  It lacks oomph and the song itself is kind of bland (though I kind of like the tropical theme it was trying to go for). 

6. Captain wa Kimi da!

Moving on, we move into the group’s first single (which was an indies release and the first release two of the three members).  Listening to the song again, it oddly reminds me of “Wanna Dance!” with it’s funky rhythms and the like.  Like I said on the single review, I do think it lacks emotion as well (except in some areas).  Not bad, but not really all that great.

7. PS2U

Might be wondering why it’s bolded, but it’s just POP SONG 2 U just under a new title (I guess to fit the sort of title track theme).  That being said it also didn’t go through any changes as well so it’s the same song from their “Captain wa Kimi da!” single.  I kind of finding myself enjoying the song more since it kind of has this Tommy february6 sound which is pretty cool.  Yeah I like this song now lol.

8. Odore Carnival

FINALLY, we get a new song with Odore Carnival which was used as the promotional song for the album.  Unlike the songs before it, it has a bit more push in its arrangement which is so good and the fact that the trio sounds more lively made me extremely happy.  I’m not sure how to describe its style but it’s upbeat and heavy on the idol part.  Still, it stands out a lot from the album against the amount of old songs that are on here.

9. Tabidachi Transfer

Back to a couple of their older songs, Tabidachi Transder is kind of like Nanairo☆Namida in the way it also has this breezy synthpop style which is cool but they sound too similar in places and this song is tad a bit too long for its own good.  I should like this more because this song came first and all, but I just can’t seem to get into it without thinking it’s a ripoff.

10. Jingle Girl Joui Jidai

Luckily the last song that’s from their singles come next and I came to the conclusion that JGJJ kind of reminds me a lot of stuff that Vanilla Beans would do since it kind of has this 60’s pop sound (but the added effect of being a Christmas song).  It’s kind of also to me showing their move towards something different from Tomapai.

11. Tameiki Pink

Now to get into the majority of the new songs, Tameiki Pink comes first and it’s a pretty song to listen to considering it’s the ballad of the album lol.  The harmonization in the song is quite pleasant to listen to, but the song is quite the sleepy tune because the arrangement is really laidback and soft.  Still it is one of a kind on the album so it might intrigue some listeners.

12. Soshite Neru Mamonaku Solitude (SNS)

Pico beats used for SNS?  I think the album went back to more of a cute direction with this song but the ladies sound rather genki for the song which is a nice change.  I’m loving the chorus where the guitars make an appearance.  It kind of does remind me of Buono! but the hard guitar melody does throw the song off a little bit…it’s kind of like BABYMETAL gone wrong IMO.  Suffice to say, this song is just a little too much and a bit too messy,

13. Daiji na Love Letter

Like “Jingle Girl Joui Jidai”, I get Vanilla Beans from this song too but also a little of “Odore Carnival” because of it’s brassy nature.  I’m noticing at this point that the new songs have a little more life to them compared to the pre-album songs.  I don’t get it, but I’m enjoying this song but for what reason is unknown to me since it has elements of their songs previous…hmmm

14. Yume no Kakera…

I also had bolded this track because while it never was on any of Tomapai’s releases, it was featured on a tribute album for ZONE (which makes sense because it is a cover).  I would also seem to place this song alongside “Nanairo☆Namida” and “Tabidachi Transfer” because it also has a breezy synth-pop style.  That being said, it’s the best of the three funny enough and this made for a worthy cover (even if it’s very un-ZONE).

15. Wanna Dance! -strike the pose remix-

I’m kind of surprised that Tomapai decided to close the album with a remix of a B-side no less.  Unlike the disco vibes from the original, the remix presents us Wanna Dance! with more of club style which sounds cool at first because the song sounds like Madonna’s “Vogue” for some reason and then it all made sense in the title that it was supposed to sounds like the classic tune XD.  Kind of chilled out but also relaxing.  I have to say though that I kind of enjoyed this a lot…even more than the original lol!

Tracks Recommended

  • Train Scatting
  • Wanna Dance! -strike the pose remix-
  • PS2U
  • Odore Carnival
  • Nanairo☆Namida

Song of Avoidance

  • Soshite Neru Mamonaku Solitude (SNS)

I hate to say it, but I’m not really feeling for Tomapai’s first major label album.  I kind of didn’t like the fact they chose most of the crappy B-sides to be added, but a lot of the songs lacked emotion from the girls (basically all the pre-album songs).  I also noticed that there were no solo lines in these songs (and if there were, they were too small of parts).  There were moments where the group is heading in the right direction which is the new songs so it’s alright, but I just can’t get into this album.

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Tomato n’ Pine – Captain wa Kimi da! August 25, 2012

Filed under: Tomato n' Pine — solarblade @ 5:29 am

Track Listing

  1. Captain wa Kimi da!
  2. POP SONG 2 U
  3. Tameiki, Ocarina, Hora Neko ga Warau.
  4. POP SONG 2 U / KUMANBACHI remix
  5. Captain wa Kimi da! Instrumental
  6. POP SONG 2 U Instrumental
  7. Tameiki, Ocarina, Hora Neko ga Warau. Instrumental

1. Captain wa Kimi da!

As it is the trio’s first single together, Captain wa Kimi da! is kind of funky and has a cool disco vibe going on!  It doesn’t seem like the tune includes anything in the way of solos, but it’s a happy song to listen to.  On the flip side of the coin, it does lack energy and the girls don’t really seem to be adding emotion to the track.  It’s an alright song for the most part but there’s some things that are lacking.

2. POP SONG 2 U

Then it gets a little weird into our first B-side.  POP SONG 2 U starts off with a weird rap intro and then the song dives into it’s 80’s new wave arrangement which added to its unique approach.  They sound a little more into this one but they still are lacking emotion in the song and it kind of pains me lol.  I still will say that it’s a lot better of a song than “Captain wa Kimi da!” though.

3. Tameiki, Ocarina, Hora Neko ga Warau.

Onto the last B-side, I get a lot of 50’s vibes out of this song.  They seem to be taking it a little simpler when compared to the previous tracks which is a nice move because I think they give the most emotion out of here and they sound really cute and pleasant to listen to.  Definitely my favorite of the three songs.

 

 

As the trio’s first single together, Captain wa Kimi da! is pretty good, but two of the tracks were kind of lacking in areas which is a bit unfortunate because both the A-side and POP SONG 2 U made the album cut while Tameiki, Ocarina, Hora Neko ga Warau. was surprisingly good.  I’m guessing the remix does a little better but I’m just assuming….lol

 

Tomato n’ Pine – Tabidachi Transfer May 2, 2012

Filed under: Tomato n' Pine — solarblade @ 1:54 am

Track Listing

  1. Tabidachi Transfer
  2. 10gatsu no Indian
  3. Life is so beautiful
  4. Captain wa Kimi da! (dancefloor will never die remix)
  5. Tabidachi Transfer -Instrumental-
  6. 10gatsu no Indian -Instrumental-
  7. Life is so beautiful -Instrumental-

1. Tabidachi Transfer

Tomapai’s first major single, Tabidachi Transfer is kind of cool and at the same time a little unoriginal but not to the point of badness.  It does feel like it needs to be done at a faster speed but I like the sort-of synth-based sound here.  It doesn’t feel like there’s much in solo lines in the song either but it’s cute and a good place to start.

2. 10gatsu no Indian

The next track is quite something but also like “Tabidachi Transfer” still a song that’s too to the books.  I like the island-y intro for sure but after that and the trio starts to sing, it gets rather typical sounding and the chorus doesn’t cure the rather boring feel the track has. 

3. Life is so beautiful

The next song is interesting because I wonder if it’s an update on “Life is beautiful” which was when Tomapai was merely just Jun and YUI.  So I’m guessing this is an update since YUI, HINA, and WADA are singing this song.  To be frank, it sounds a bit like “Tabidachi Transfer” but a bit more cuter.  It’s still feels like it shouldn’t be as slow as it is but I like the vocals for the song (despite that I hear one girl more prominently than the others).  It’s not bad and I do think it’s the best of the main three songs.

4. Captain wa Kimi da! (dancefloor will never die remix)

Last but not least, Captain wa Kimi da! got a remix.  Since it was their first A-side (though merely an indies release) the remix is kind of giving this chill pop sound (given I haven’t listened to the original so unsure how different it is).  The vocals though are so quiet against the music for some reason and it was hard to hear what the ladies were saying.  The chorus is better…but damn work on leveling the verses so that the voices are heard better!

 

 

Tomapai’s first major label single, is a good start for the group (who hasn’t been together as a trio for too long) so they’re getting their stepping down.  Tabidachi Transfer and Life is so beautiful sound very similar to one another but it’s pleasant enough to not be terrible.  10gatsu no Indian isn’t great and the remix for Captain wa Kimi da! weren’t all that great…Like I said, stepping stone of a single.

 

Tomato n’ Pine – Jingle Girl Joui Jidai January 4, 2012

Filed under: Tomato n' Pine — solarblade @ 12:24 pm

Track Listing

  1. Jingle Girl Joui Jidai
  2. Yuki ga Furu Kara…
  3. Wanna Dance!
  4. Nanairo☆Namida -snow bossa remix-
  5. Jingle Girl Joui Jidai -Instrumental-
  6. Yuki ga Furu Kara… -Instrumental-
  7. Wanna Dance! -Instrumental-

1. Jingle Girl Joui Jidai

As this is the traditional christmas A-side, Jingle Girl Joui Jidai kind of sounds like an oldies tune with the way it was handled.  It doesn’t seem there’s solos to be found here which is a little disappointing but I do like the catchy sound of the song which was quite calming and fun.  Though as a christmas song, it’s a little meh. 

2. Yuki ga Furu Kara…

Another winter song?  Yuki ga Furu Kara… is almost similar to “Jingle Girl Joui Jidai” since it’s more along the lines of those oldies songs.  At least this one sounds like there was more effort put into this.  There’s a lot of beats in it which keeps things interesting that’s for sure but still rather underneath the last single.

3. Wanna Dance!

At least we get something different in the 2nd B-side of the single.  Wanna Dance! is a bit more danceable and kind of has a groovy feel to it that I love.  Plus it seems the members of Tomapai sound more into it here which is funny I think.  It’s lively and the brass give it a great sound throughout.  It’s my favorite off the single!

4. Nanairo☆Namida -snow bossa remix-

Like the last singles, we close the single off with a remix of the previous A-side.  The new version of Nanairo☆Namida fits the theme of the single and turns our upbeat dance tune into a much lighter affair.  I love the original and the new version kind of strips what was good.  It’s alright and the wintry feel is nice…but the other two winter tunes are better.

 

 

Oh Tomapai…this single really kind of sucked XD.  I mean from the awesomeness that I heard from “Nanairo☆Namida”, this was a big drop and it’s a Christmas-themed single which is right there kind of meh as it is.  I’d say that Wanna Dance! is the best since it was pretty catchy and done well on all accounts.  Next OK song is Yuki ga Furu Kara… since it’s wintry done kind of nicely and it does have a catchy beat.  Jingle Girl Joui Jidai and the remix of Nanairo☆Namida were just kind of boring and not very memorable to be honest.

 

Tomato n’ Pine – Nanairo☆Namida December 4, 2011

Filed under: Tomato n' Pine — solarblade @ 12:24 am

Track Listing

  1. Nanairo☆Namida
  2. Nagisa ni Matsuwaru Etcetera
  3. FAB (Free As a Bird)
  4. Tabidachi Transfer -Supersonic Hydro Guitar Remix-
  5. Nanairo☆Namida -Instrumental-
  6. Nagisa ni Matsuwaru Etcetera -Instrumental-
  7. FAB (Free As a Bird) -Instrumental-

1. Nanairo☆Namida

I was curious to how Nanairo☆Namida would sound since it is a trio ido group (like Buono!).  However, unlike said group Tomapai takes it more towards Perfume by having light dance and slight synthed vocals.  I kind of like this breezy sound coming from the group and it’s a little unfortunate that the song features no solos between them.  It’s got a nice spring to the beat and the girls together sound quite good (even if the vocoder is evident).

2. Nagisa ni Matsuwaru Etcetera

The second song on the single is actually a cover of PUFFY’s 4th A-side ever released.  That was so long ago but hearing Tomapai giving it an update was a nice choice for them to do.  I actually get some weird dejavu from this because the vocals kind of remind me of how cosmeticROBOT’s vocals sounded in their songs.  A lot of autotune present but it works with this sparkly pop tune.  I don’t think it’s as memorable as “Nanairo☆Namida” but it’s still quite good.

3. FAB (Free As a Bird)

FAB is prolly the nearest song to the style of electropop which is quite awesome for an idol group to dabble in.  I actually love the arrangement of the song since it sounds like some 80’s New Wave pop song which I love.  It might just be me but I hear more of the gals natural vocals through this one which might be good or bad depending.  The chorus though was a little disappointing but nothing failish!  It’s still my favorite from the single.

4. Tabidachi Transfer -Supersonic Hydro Guitar Remix-

The last major song on the single is a remix of Tabidachi Transfer (which was their major label debut A-side).  I’ve not heard the original but I’m sure it was as poppy as the tracks above.  The remix like it’s titled features a lot of guitar and more synths…kind of like electro-rock.  It’s kind of catchy and the rhythm really gets you pumped up.  However, in the context of the song’s melody and the girl’s singing…it’s an awkward mix.  I guess it does get better by the time when we hit the chorus which is a godsend.  Good remix overall

 

 

Since this is Tomapai’s second single of their first major era, I thought Nanairo☆Namida was a pretty nice single.  I can see why they’re getting popular and that’s because they aren’t as electro-like Perfume but they aren’t as super cute poppy like….well anything that’s idol-like.  Both the leading track and FAB were great songs while their cover song was ok but nothing special.  As for the remix, I was quite surprised at how well it turned out…Definitely going to pay attention to them in the future…but I was there was a download for their first single “Tabidachi Transfer”.