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Tommy February6 – L•O•V•E•L•Y ~Yumemiru LOVELY BOY~ August 12, 2008

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yumemirulonelyboy

Track Listing

  1. L•O•V•E•L•Y ~Yumemiru LOVELY BOY~
  2. I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU
  3. L•O•V•E•L•Y ~Yumemiru LOVELY BOY~ (Pikachu to Issho ★ Version da yo!)
  4. L•O•V•E•L•Y ~Yumemiru LOVELY BOY~ (Original Instrumental)

1. L•O•V•E•L•Y ~Yumemiru LOVELY BOY~

Oh god, it’s overly cute Tommy.  It’s definitly catchy I’ll say that.  I don’t think Tommy is using a lot of English in this song and I praise her for it.  Though, I think it’s a bit slow in the tempo area and it can get boring after a while.  The middle where she starts spelling out ~LOVELY~ was pretty funny and random, but still it’s an alright song.

2. I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU

I actually like the B-side more than the A-side.  No wonder, it’s a Dusty Springfield so it’s entirely in English but given the cute Tommy spin.  Actually Tomoko sounds real good in English, I mean there’s some slipups but it definitly surpasses Koda Kumi’s “English”.  This was definitly one of her best B-sides in a while.  So we have a winner!

3. L•O•V•E•L•Y ~Yumemiru LOVELY BOY~ (Pikachu to Issho ★ Version da yo!)

If we couldn’t get stranger, this “remix” is totally annoying.  Taking Pikachu’s seiyu.  Seriously, the beginning is so damn annoying to me.  Since, I have no clue WTF they are saying.  It’s a long speech too so be prepared to be annoyed to no end.  Then again, it’s such a snoozefest.  Then she freaks out when Pikachu starts talking, it’s so golden.  Then she introduces Tomoko to tell us that the song is about to start at 3:25…..x.x   The main song starts but a combined effort of Pikachu, Plusle, and Minun starts to karaoke with Tomoko, and you know, it kills the entire song.  But it is cute…so try it but please stay away from the speech in the beginning.

 

 

So, Obviously by the cover it’s a Pokemon themed single.  Though the A-side was a little boring and a little tacky.  The B-side is what won me over.  For fun, they stuck in this crazy remix and gosh could it be anymore cheesy LOL.  Still Tomoko fascination with Pikachu is awesome!

 

Tommy February6 – Tommy airline* July 27, 2008

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tommy_airline

Track Listing

  1. AttenTion pLEasE
  2. je t’aime ★ je t’aime
  3. sEpia memory
  4. Futari no Seaside
  5. CAndY EyEs doLLs
  6. ChOOSe mE or Die
  7. daNCin’ bABY
  8. SwEEt dREAM
  9. ThE RoSe fraGranCe
  10. MaGic in youR Eyes
  11. I still love you boy
  12. Love is forever

1. AttenTion pLEasE

The introduction to the album, obviously making it seem like it’s on a plane saying, enjoy your time.  There’s also the T.O.M.Y. heard from her 1st album. Nothing too spectacular

2. je t’aime ★ je t’aime

Yep, our 1st track is also the 1st single and it was placed properly on the album.  Traces of French are on the track which I loved the best in this song.  Tomoko makes good use of all the synth and c’mon the bridge was the coolest I’ve heard in a while.  Oh yea, it was a pretty odd transition from the first track too.  *sigh*

3. sEpia memory

Taking on a more jungle-like feeling song, sEpia memory is a bit more minamalistic then the previous track, but it’s got some pretty nifty synths though.  I was surprised at how good this track was since it is the 1st new track.  What a great track.

4. Futari no Seaside

Another great track is Futari no Seaside the drive-by ocean track.  I love how Tomoko mixes up the English and Jap.  Though I’m still wondering why she said ~Candybar~.  Also, I’m still baffled by all the jingle bells present in here.  Still, impressive track.

5. CAndY EyEs doLLs

Uhm, so here we have a happy happy track.  When I saw the title I was thinkin *Oh no, not another CANDY POP IN LOVE*  I was kind of right and also kind of wrong at the same time.  It’s sugary pop but there’s also some seriousness to it.  The chorus was weird for me because it just didn’t sound like anything like the verses/bridges.  Whatever lol

6. ChOOSe mE or Die

The ever-needed dark song of the album is less going on than the previous song until the chorus where things pickup for a bit.  She chants the title and its minorlly disturbing.  It’s a pretty catchy song albeit an evil one. 

7. daNCin’ bABY

Kinda gettin repititious with the synth, daNCin’ bABY really failed to make an impression on me.  Though the random whistle was kinda nice.  A pop tune still Tomoko sounds a bit more alive than she has been in a few of the earlier tracks.  The after-chorus with the swervy synth was the best part.

8. SwEEt dREAM

I’m not sure what to call this but I think it’s a ballad or at least trying to be.  The drums throws it off for a little bit, but eventually it makes sense.  It does have a different sound compared to the rest of the album, which is a plus.  Tomoko also sounds a bit different to me personally like she’s more airy in her vocals and they sound controlled to.  A memorable track indeed.

9. ThE RoSe fraGranCe

Ahhh, I love the beat to this song, so straightforward and aggressive.  The verses are so catchy and the chorus is just as good.  The back and forth with the beats made a quick dance beat and I just can’t help but bobbing me head to the beat.  It’s probably the best new track here.

10. MaGic in youR Eyes

A magical tune fills our ears next.  It’s a different track because it has a brass instrumentation written into it.  It’s also got the same pulsing beat but its put at a faster pace than “ThE RoSe fraGranCe”.  As it is also the last single, I found its charming well-needed on the album.

11. I still love you boy

An oddly slow tune, I still love you boy is the 2nd ballad of the album and well, it really didn’t leave anything for me to enjoy since I liked “SwEEt dREAM” a lot more.  I think I was better off with one ballad on the album.  Tomoko does sound real strong, I’ll give her that.

12. Love is forever

The 2nd single is our final track?  Definitly surprising, but y’know it did make a good ending to a good album.  It’s your usual synth job here, so I wasn’t too impressed since majority was like this.  I think there so should’ve been a different song to finish up the album than with this pop tune.

Tracks Recommended

  • ThE RoSe fraGranCe
  • je t’aime ★ je t’aime
  • sEpia memory
  • ChOOSe mE or Die
  • MaGic in youR Eyes

Song of Avoidance

  • CAndY EyEs doLLs

Tommy February6’s sophomore album was definitly an odd album because of how different it compared to her last album.  A lot of people say this paled in comparison, however to me I liked this album just as much as her debut.  Now this is probably her final album though she released two singles after this album and things’ve changed:  Buriguri got back together and her reining assault as her alter-ego Tommy Heavenly6 which I might start reviewing soon.  As for TF6, recently there’s been news she’s doin a track for the Cyndi Lauper Memorial Album, which gives good news that she isn’t gone yet.

 

Tommy February6 – MaGic in youR Eyes July 18, 2008

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magicinyoureyes

Track Listing

  1. MaGic in youR Eyes
  2. I still love you boy
  3. MaGic in youR Eyes (Original Instrumental)
  4. I still love you boy (Original Instrumental)

1. MaGic in youR Eyes

The cute song of the era, its got a pounding beat to it.  If it wasn’t for that this song probably have been really boring.  Tommy sounds quite interested here and I like the after-chorus!  The entire song is pop/synth but it’s different from her past singles.  The best track from the era.

2. I still love you boy

The ballad of the era.  I still love you boy is actually slower than “I’LL BE YOUR ANGEL” from the last era.  This is also very significant because it has Tomoko at her lower range most of the song.  The chorus is so strange as she swoops some of her notes into a bad territory.  Sucks that this song also dragged a bit for my taste. 

 

 

Tommy February6’s final single of the “Tommy Airline” was a nice change from the last single.  Finally, a ballad….even though it was boring, it did widen the playing field for her.  The title track, was definitly a good catchy pop tune.  Both songs are on the album, which is great.

 

Tommy February6 – Love is forever June 16, 2008

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loveisforever

Track Listing

  1. Love is forever
  2. Futari no Seaside
  3. ♥Summer Lemonade Poem♥
  4. Love is forever (Instrumental)

1. Love is forever

Why do I think of her 1st single of this era?  It kinda sounds like it in the beginning.  Though it changes right when Tomoko sings and she’s using her cute voice, which is not my favorite sound from her.  Though it’s like hearing her first album in this one song…It’s a bit ironic but, this song is actually kinda catchy.  I wonder why they messed with her voice in the middle of the tune…I’ll never understand it but this is actually an alright song.

2. Futari no Seaside

This continuation with the pop stuff is making her better.  This song actually sounds like driving on a seaside.  This song has got some synthed BKGD sounds which are pretty nice to hear.  Then you hear jingle bells after the chorus and I was like this is not a Christmas song x.x  Tomoko has some English fluorished throughout the song as well, which I have to say has gotten better since the 1st album.

3. ♥Summer Lemonade Poem♥

Odd synths open this actually vocal-less track up.  It’s pretty much there, but to what reason, I have no clue.  It has a good time field to it, makes you think your in a Legend of Zelda game which is odd because I’m actually playing Ocarina of Time…It’s an alright, albeit vocal-less song.

 

 

So, here we are at TF6’s 2nd single from the era.  All of the songs had something to bring, well not really…Love is forever is once again something we haven’t already heard from her before.  Futari no Seaside was the better track because it instills what it said in its title.  Summer…you know what, it’s just an interlude nothing really noting.  All the “vocaled songs” make it on Tommy Airline, so I declare to pass it up since Summer Lemonade Poem is something you can pass up entirely

 

Tommy February6 – je t’aime ★ je t’aime June 8, 2008

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jetaimejetaime

Track Listing

  1. je t’aime ★ je t’aime
  2. I’m in the mood for dancing
  3. je t’aime ★ je t’aime (Extended Mix)
  4. je t’aime ★ je t’aime (Original Instrumental)
  5. Tommy’s Message (First Press Track)

1. je t’aime ★ je t’aime

Our French titled tune starts out very simple with the keyboard, with synths entering.  This song, like all the previous singles carries the same pop-like sound.  Though I actually find myself really enjoying this song.  Tommy actually does say a few things in French, most notably the title.  I love the bridge so much especially how she goes through the first line.  I love, I love this song!

2. I’m in the mood for dancing

Leaving out pop tune, we enter into another one.  I actually thought the music was overpowering Tommy a bit.  Not only that, I think this song was pretty annoying to me,Her voice was just off a lot.  Then again it did remind me of a few songs back on her debut album It’s really not worth your time listening to this.

3. je t’aime ★ je t’aime (Extended Mix)

Now this is a great extension of a great song.  I like how dark the beginning and then, Tommy’s repetition of ~je t’aime, je t’aime~ it was really funny, then it progresses right to the start of the tune.  They changed very little of the single, though the first stanza of the verse is quieter, then the instrementation we know and love returns.  All in all, this is a great song and actually, I love the extension a lot more.

4. Tommy’s Message

Wow, the music is just too cute.  Tomoko starts talking, but I have no idea what she’s exactly saying.  Though that damn music is just that catchy to listen to.  It’s got the usual Tommy Feb6 flare to it.  It’s probably a useless track.  Still, it’s a cute first press track.

 

 

Tommy’s 1st single in the “Tommy Airline” era is a really awesome one.  The title track and its extended mix are great to listen to.  The B-side though sucked, it really annoyed the crap outta me.  The final track, was useless, but you should listen to the music in it.  Is it worth it.  Well go for the Extended Mix, I know you’ll like it!

 

Tommy February6 – Tommy February6 June 1, 2008

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tommyfebruary6

Track Listing

  1. T.O.M.M.Y.
  2. EVERYDAY AT THE BUS STOP
  3. Tommy Feb Latte, Macaron.
  4. Bloomin’!
  5. HEY BAD BOY
  6. ♥KISS♥ ONE MORE TIME
  7. WHERE ARE YOU? “MY HERO”
  8. WALK AWAY FROM YOU MY BABE
  9. Koi wa Nemuranai
  10. Can’t take my eyes off of you
  11. I’LL BE YOUR ANGEL
  12. ★CANDY POP IN LOVE★

1. T.O.M.M.Y.

We start off with this introduction to the album.  It’s definitly in a cheerleading kind of mood, oddly enough, they use “EVERYDAY AT THE BUS STOP” but they spell her name T.O.M.Y., where’s the missing ~M~?  XD Anyway the synths before the cheerleasders come in sounds pretty catchy and cool.  oh well, it leads to the next track perfectly

2. EVERYDAY AT THE BUS STOP

Leading after the intro immediatly this song sets up the whole tone of the album, fun poppy love songs.  I actually enjoy this song a lot.  The song itself has a light-hearted feeling to it, add a consistent beat and you have this song.  I love how Tommy is longing for her lover in this song.  Either way, this song is a great beginning tune.

3. Tommy Feb Latte, Macaron.

Whoop!  What a party song this is.  I love how the bass is sounding through the song, making itself noteworthy.  It’s definitly more laidback then “EVERYDAY” but still, has a very pop like sound to it.  I just adore this entire song and it’s instrumentation, very cool song.

4. Bloomin’!

Going back to the faster pop sounds, Bloomin’! was her last single and on here, it’s much more enjoyble knowing that there isn’t a crappy remix after it.  Bloomin’! has a fantasy like sound going for it.  Though the bridge is awesome, and very meaningful for her.  The chorus repeats at the end can get annoying, but it’s nothing to dwell too much about. Good song overall.

5. HEY BAD BOY

Finally, the 1st new song.  Well, it’s very groovy, obviously when she says ~Hey, Bad Boy~.  It has a New Wave sound to it which is pretty cool, and seems she’s having some fun in it.  I do question why there is glass breaking in the song.  The chorus seems urgent in some ways which adds to the coolness of the song.  Guitar solo was pretty nice in the song too.  Catchy tune most definitly.

6. ♥KISS♥ ONE MORE TIME

Well, we are sucked back into the Synths galore of Kiss One More Time, it still is hellishly catchy…I still think she sounds a bit bored and monotone though, but I guess this formula works in this kind of song.  Still, the computerized vocals in this song was just not needed, though I guess it did lengthen the song up which is a good thing lol.

7. WHERE ARE YOU? “MY HERO”

Whoa, this song starts off dark sounding.  The synths are great in this song.  It’s definitly a new turn with this song.  ~I wanna run in sugar rain~  Wow…that’s a lyric to start off with.  Funny, how this song is a bout a girl waiting for her man!.  Then she goes all evil in the second lyrics and really off.  ~I’ll kill you my shadow~  I wonder what she’s exactly referring to.  Anyway, what an awesome song. 

8. WALK AWAY FROM YOU MY BABE

After the darkest song on the album, we get the groovy song, Walk Away From You My Babe.  I would call this the breakup song, which is kinda ironic in this funky tune.  Then again like I said in the single review for “EVERYDAY AT THE BUS STOP” she does cuss in the song, it’s located during her “rap” moment.  Still it’s my favorite song off the album.

9. Koi wa Nemuranai

Continuing this trend of pop songs is the only Japanese titled track.  It’s actually more laidback.  It’s got a fantasy feeling to it also, but I didn’t really think this track was really memorable.  I mean it’s an alright song don’t get me wrong, but I just knew this was a filler track.  It’s just there to make more time in the album

10. Can’t take my eyes off of you

1967….does anyone remember this song coming out from Ritchie Valens?  Didn’t think so, but this song has been done by SOOOO many artists.  On to Tommy’s remake, This is actually pretty cool.  She’s using her lower register for the verses and her higher register for the chorus which is pretty unusual for a song like this.  Still, this song actually makes me picture her singing this song on a plane for some reason.  It just has that quality that ur just flying.  The music intrumentation is to be thanked for.  Wished it was a bit longer, but music back then was always short, so I can’t argue on that.

11. I’LL BE YOUR ANGEL

Wow, it’s an actual ballad, Tommy really sounds quite nice singing in a soft tone.  It’s got an actual wintery feel to it, which I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  I’ll Be Your Angel, is actually fits with the album because it still uses synths dominantly.  It drags, but I guess it’ll go away the more times you listen to it.

12. ★CANDY POP IN LOVE★

Ok, like I said from the “KISS ONE MORE TIME” single, this song is very cute, and still is the cutest song on the entire album.  It’s placing on the album is way odd, because 1. It’s after a ballad and 2. final song.  So going from “I’LL BE YOUR ANGEL” is a tad unusual and I would’ve have like that to have been the last song.  Anyway, Tommy still sounds alright in the song, still not my favorite song on the album.  Sorry. 

 Tracks Recommended

  • WALK AWAY FROM YOU MY BABE
  • Tommy Feb Latte, Macaron.
  • Can’t take my eyes off of you
  • I’LL BE YOUR ANGEL
  • Bloomin’!

Song of Avoidance

  • Koi wa Nemuranai

Tommy February6’s debut is definitly a good one.  If you like fun pop tunes this is definitly the album to get.  The last 2 songs should have been switched around to have made the album make a little more sense than to end on “Candy Pop In Love”.  Either way Tomoko has created a crazy with this alter ego.

 

Tommy February6 – Bloomin’!

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bloomin

Track Listing

  1. Bloomin’!
  2. Bloomin’! (ONGAKU MIX)
  3. Bloomin’! (Original Instrumental)

1. Bloomin’!

Already from the beginning you can tell that this is going to be a fun-sounding song.  Though lyrically, Bloomin’! is a love song for sure, it sure has it’s qualities for sure, but after going through the first two singles, it’s nothing that we’ve already heard.  Though, she does say ~Jellybeans~ which pretty much made me think, huh????  Either way, it’s still a pretty OK track nonetheless. 

2. Bloomin’! (ONGAKU MIX)

Well, this remix starts off very repititious with the piano playing two notes, which get very annoying.  Then sound odd sounding synths/voice comes in and make it so much more annoying.  Oddest thing is that, there is little to no singing in this song it’s just those two piano notes and that strange noise.  She does, come in and say a verse in about 4 minutes.  I really don’t know why there’s such a remix like this, it was almost made out of boredom or to really piss people off.  Anyways worse, remix ever from here.  Oh yea, 7 minutes of this going on………….x.x

 

 

Bloomin’! is by far THE worst single I’ve heard so far from TF6.  The title track like I said is nice but nothing we haven’t heard before and the remix, don’t get me started on it.  Luckily, this is the final single for the Tommy February6 era!