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Tommy february6 / Tommy heavenly6 – Tommy’s Halloween Fairy tale October 24, 2015

Filed under: Tommy february6,Tommy heavenly6 — solarblade @ 1:45 am

tommyhallowen

Track Listing

  1. Tommy’s Halloween Fairy tale (OPENING)
  2. LIVING DEAD DINER GIRLS
  3. The Sparkling Candy Man†
  4. Follow the White Rabbit! (INSTRUMENTAL)
  5. LITTLE RED FOREST
  6. Frozen Raspberry Snow

1. Tommy’s Halloween Fairy tale (OPENING)

Ahhh, of course being Tomoko’s next holiday themed release (once again tackling Halloween), the introduction to this mini-album is pretty dark and sinister and quite fitting to certain past songs that Tomoko has done.  With a loud orchestral blast alongside some darker settings and a storm at the ending.  It does lead into our next track quite smoothly so this worked as an introduction.

2. LIVING DEAD DINER GIRLS

What’s different on this release is that february & heavenly have one solo to themselves and two songs where they’re technically together (considering it’s the same singer, it’s a bit strange right?).  Tackling heavenly’s solo track, it sounds like what we’ve come to known from Tomoko’s more punk rock-oriented side.  It’s a strong track and it reminds me of her songs of recent (a bit like “I’M YOUR DEVIL” actually) but it’s a solid track and Tomoko still sounds good even hitting these really cool areas.

3. The Sparkling Candy Man†

The first of the “duet” songs, The Sparkling Candy Man† actually takes up the holiday feel quite literally and it reminds me of something Willy Wonka with the whole setting and it doesn’t help that there’s a guy speaking behind Tomoko’s singing here so it’s really suiting the situation.  About Tomoko, her voice does sound a little more upbeat and girly like something february, which begs the question of where’s heavenly in this song because it’s credited to both.  When the guy takes up the front, he sounds like he’s having fun and sounds crazy and evil too lol!  It’s a totally bizarre song, but I’m quite invested in this and plays up Tomoko’s fascination of Halloween WAY better than the last time!, sorry “NEVER ENDING PARTY NIGHT”…

4. Follow the White Rabbit! (INSTRUMENTAL)

Following up the last track, the Willy Wonka-ish guy takes up the interlude by offering some candy while walking to a tea party, but things take a trippy road as the voice starts getting warped and strange while a clock ticking continues until it abruptly stops and our next track plays.

5. LITTLE RED FOREST

We enter february’s solo song and it definitely takes me back to that 80s vibe but has a cooler scary vibe which is an awesome change of pace.  Actually listening to this song, REALLY reminds me of stuff from her first two albums and I’ve missed this so much so I immediately started to love this song.  Even with the new tricks with the arrangement, it doesn’t make the song forgetful to me.  Where has she been hiding this because this is sooooo good!

6. Frozen Raspberry Snow

Ending the mini, it sounds like we’ve wrapped to Christmas for some reason and while this is another song credited to both monikers, this ballad is really interesting, but really pleasant for some reason.  Tomoko’s voice is actually under some heavy echo filters and sounds really old-fashioned while the arrangement keeps this nice joyful tone that kind of relaxes me.  It’s an interesting song in Tomoko’s arsenal and I kind of dug it!  Really cool!

Wow!  I was wondering if Tomoko just gave up after the whole mess that was “HALLOWEEN ADDICTION”, but with the albums she released after that, it gave me hope that she could still release quality songs and she did with flying colors with this Halloween mini-album (though Frozen Raspberry Kiss, is moreso a Christmas song than anything else).  Disregarding the intro and interlude, this is 4 awesome songs that Tomoko pulled off and really made me fall in love again…definitely *RECOMMENDED*

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Tommy heavenly6 – TOMMY ♡ ICE CREAM HEAVEN ♡ FOREVER December 4, 2013

Filed under: Tommy heavenly6 — solarblade @ 11:50 am

tommyheaven

Track Listing

  1. -Intro- CUPCAKE CASTLE 【Dark Sugar Storm】
  2. I WANT YOUR BLOOD†
  3. LET ME SCREAM
  4. LOVIN’ YOU
  5. forever and anywhere
  6. Can you hear me?
  7. -Intro- CUPCAKE CASTLE 【Sugar Snow】
  8. Ruby eyes
  9. Ash Like Snow (English version)
  10. MILK TEA
  11. -Intro- Gelato Mountains Fight
  12. ICE CREAM HEAVEN FOREVER

1. -Intro- CUPCAKE CASTLE- 【Dark Sugar Storm】

Beginning the album, we get an introduction to the album!  Which starts out like an awesome Halloween-like atmosphere with them pipe organs and dark atmosphere.  Though it is 37 seconds long so you don’t really get somethin too interesting out of it but it’s led into our next song smoothly!

2. I WANT YOUR BLOOD†

Which throttles the gas with a heavy metal riff and the speed is damn fast and I’m loving the edgier side and I’m already liking this!  Tomoko sounds like herself and I love her quips when she says the title in the song and the chorus broadens things out even further and I just can’t help but love it all!  What a badass way to start the album!

3. LET ME SCREAM

Which calms down a touch with our next song LET ME SCREAM which sounds like Tomoko is going back to her first two album with that mix of heavy metal and punk rock and this song was that nice nostalgic punch that I missed from Tomoko.  Though Tomoko in the bridge has kind of a monotony about it that bores me slightly, but the chorus fixes that up in all the good ways it can.  Though this might be the Halloween song because she mentions things accompanied to the holiday and I love it!  Definitely a fitting tune in Tommy’s collection of creepy holiday.

4. LOVIN’ YOU

Moving onto LOVIN’ YOU, we’re already going at it with some ahhhs thrown in.  This song does slightly remind me of “PAPERMOON” which is lighter, but still edgy rock sound.  I actually thought it was pretty catchy and shows more of a light-hearted sound to heavenly’s darker sound.  One of the standout tracks from the album!

5. forever and anywhere

Now, Tomoko has never really did English well and it seems to be the focus for our next track forever and anywhere which is entirely sung in it.  I can’t really understand a lot of what she said in the verses but the chorus is a lot better and I like it.  It’s a tad dramatic too which is a nice touch, but I think I would love a Japanese take of this.

6. Can you hear me?

As one of the two promotional tracks for the album, I was curious because she has been redeeming herself with “HEAVENLY”.  I have to say, after all the loud and in your face tracks, I wasn’t expecting Can you hear me? to be more of an acoustic rock track (with some electric involved).  I do love when Tommy gets lighter and this kind of reminded me of “unlimited sky” (at least the beginning of it).  It’s chilled out and Tomoko sounds really nice here.  I have to say, risky choice to have it promote the album, but good song overall!

7. -Intro- CUPCAKE CASTLE 【Sugar Snow】

I thought it was funny that the PV for the track after this ACTUALLY used the intro to the album as the opening…but for the tracklist it’s preceded by Sugar Snow.  It’s a lot more dramatic and not as foreboding as “Dark Sugar Storm” and I love it.  Very cool interlude and it leads just as smoothly into “Ruby eyes”.

8. Ruby eyes

Which is the other song used to promote and IT’S BADASS!  Initially, I thought it had ties to “Ruby shoes” (the B-side from “PAPERMOON”) but it doesn’t seem like it.  It definitely has ties to previous punk rock tracks like the previous songs mentioned, “Heavy Starry Chain”, “monochrome sky” and the like.  I really love the energy from this one and the chorus is so awesome and I have to give props to who played drums in this one…definitely a difficult one!  I really love this one and was happy that it was chosen to promote the album.

9. Ash Like Snow (English version)

Y’know, I’ve always thought Ash Like Snow was more of a Tommy song than something from the brilliant green because like “Ruby eyes” it sounds like a lot of heavenly6’s stuff already.  I was surprised that she would do this now and not back then but it is what it is.  Seeing the English version you know I had to be worried with this one.  It also got an arrangement edit as well which I wasn’t too fond of.  To be honest, this version kind of just messed up everywhere and I just kind of loathed listening to this one.  Keep the original! BTW, Tomoko saying coruppted as ~cowuppted~ is cute xD.

10. MILK TEA

No, it’s not a Koda Kumi cover XD.  MILK TEA might be the most upbeat song on the album and kind of reminds me of her debut.  It’s peppy, energetic and Tomoko’s voice is a bit higher which gives it that girly punch.  Considering how much badassery is on this album, I did feel MILK TEA was a bit lighter and kind of didn’t fit on this album?  Actually I’m surprised she didn’t give this to AMOYAMO.  If it was on her first album it would’ve been a great song.  Here, it’s pretty good, but definitely overwhelmed by many other tunes.

11. -Intro- Gelato Mountains Fight

The final interlude is a 50 second…wintry interlude which is kind of cute yet creepy at the same time.  I love the descending/ascending xylophone melody…kind of gives this unique and creepy tone to lead in our final track.

12. ICE CREAM HEAVEN FOREVER

As the final track and title track, I was wondering what she pull out and it’s like a mix of her rock sound but there’s synths underlying the track but it works because it’s still heavy and edgy (just with different instrumentation).  It’s definitely a jam-worthy song but like “MILK TEA”, a lot of the other songs are a lot more cooler to me.  I’ll admit it’s catchy though and I love that she used synths here and not forcing a february-esque sound here

Tracks Recommended

  • Ruby eyes
  • I WANT YOUR BLOOD†
  • LOVIN’ YOU
  • LET ME SCREAM

Song of Avoidance

  • Ash Like Snow (English version)

It just seems to be Tomoko’s year isn’t it?  Two full albums this year under both her Tommy monikers!  I will say that she didn’t do quite as well with this one than she did with her february album mainly because we got only 9 instead of a full ten.  I will say her Engrish here is a bit more noticeable and a lil more annoying here for some reason this time around too (Ash Like Snow is pretty criminal on all accounts).  Still, she definitely put some effort here and released some pretty badass songs (like she has been).  Definitely a strong album and considering the last actual studio album she released (“I KILL MY HEART”) she definitely blew it out of the water.

 

Tommy february6 / Tommy heavenly6 – HALLOWEEN ADDICTION October 20, 2012

Filed under: Tommy february6,Tommy heavenly6 — solarblade @ 8:07 am

Track Listing

  1. Never Ending Party Night
  2. Lollipop Candy♥BAD♥girl
  3. I’M YOUR DEVIL -Halloween Remix-

1. Never Ending Party Night

So we start this random release with the only new track. Never Ending Party Night.  I like how it starts out at a carnival (makes sense right?).  It’s stramge because we hear random people talking about rides and stuff before the night has to end and Tomoko sings a short passage (in Heavenly form).  Then a guy says something about landing on february and her song starts up.  Unlike the latter half of the track, february’s excerpt is pretty short but I REALLY liked this for some reason.  It’s groovy and still true to february’s style.  Though only being over 2 minutes, the song quickly moves into another little story section explaining this twin story that Tommy enjoys before ending it with ~you are now a part of the heavenly Halloween addiction nightmare….welcome~ and leading into heavenly’s track.  Now to me, heavenly’s song sounds like some of her non-Halloween tracks which is slightly disappointing because there’s not much of a hook for me to grasp.  That said, this part actually is not as good as feb’s.  Then we hit the ending and strangle enough the song ends at 11:04, breaking the 10:31 time she’s done in the next two tracks.

2. Lollipop Candy♥BAD♥girl

Continuing on, the first awesome Halloween track Tomoko did was Lollipop Candy♥BAD♥girl as her heavenly persona.  It’s hard to think that it started off with this slammin’ track.  Plus I really do think that this song is very true to Halloween (moreso than the other two tracks).  There’s just so much that I really loved about this song from the silly waltz sections and then the heavy rock to go alongside everything.  It just really tickled my fancy and still does today.  The best track of the three!

3. I’M YOUR DEVIL -Halloween Remix-

The last track on this release, I’M YOUR DEVIL is kind of strange for me still even if it’s about a year old.  I mean the intro with Tomoko speaking in a kind of poetic way was kind of ironic and strange.  The tea party section that she sings did start things off on a dark note which is good, but that’s really it since I’M YOUR DEVIL was initially its own song before the addition of Halloween.  I think it would’ve been better to have released an original Halloween song last year than just cake it on…but oh well. 

 

 

She calls this a mini-album?  HALLOWEEN ADDICTION probably got the whole mini title because every song is over 10 minutes.  Now, I commend Tomoko for doing this because it fits the holiday and such but there’s some weird things.  The tracklist is the three songs but it’s segmented to each section of each track as it’s own track number which is probably the worst thing to do.  Overall, it’s ok….a little bit out of nowhere and kind of redundant when there’s just ONE new song….but whatever…

 

HALLOWEEN JUNKY ORCHESTRA – HALLOWEEN PARTY October 15, 2012

Track Listing

  1. HALLOWEEN PARTY
  2. Penalty Waltz

1. HALLOWEEN PARTY

Wow, what a cast of people chosen for this song!  I mean you have both members of VAMPS, Anna Tsuchiya, Kanon Wakeshima, Tomoko Kawase in both her solo monikers, yasu, DAIGO, KYO, Tatsurou, Aoki and various other musicians (which I’ll talk about in the next track).  This track is just dark and fitting for the occasion for sure.  A lot of different vocals and tones that it is messy but in the way that only Halloween would deem it perfectly fitting.  Now seeing as hyde has the most vocals, it was great hearing familiar voices as well like all of the above (especially the female singers).  The hook/chorus of the song eerily sounds like Tomoko’s own “Lollipop Candy♥BAD♥girl” but still this song is a great song and everyone that took part (even the secondary guys in the PV should get a pat on their back for this awesomeness). 

2. Penalty Waltz

So for K.A.Z, Hitsugi, RINA, Aki, and whoever else plays instruments in the group, they get their own instrumental track and it’s a pretty interesting waltz.  It’s funny to see how it moves and then get interrupted by sounds of monsters breaking things and making sounds.  I mean it doesn’t stick as strong as “HALLOWEEN PARTY” did, but I guess it was to make up for the people that didn’t sing on the main track so I can understand why this is here.

 

 

Wow, HALLOWEEN JUNKY ORCHESTRA is a unique and quite awesome of a group filled with known stars in the rock field.  This single was pretty awesome and definitely is colorful and bizarre and just all kinds of random.  I think another song would’ve been a lot better than Penelty Waltz, but I understand why it’s there….I hope they can do something in the future and not be a one-time thing.

 

Tommy february6 / Tommy heavenly6 – FEBRUARY & HEAVENLY March 3, 2012

Filed under: Tommy february6,Tommy heavenly6 — solarblade @ 1:56 pm

Track Listing

  1. HOT CHOCOLAT
  2. GIMME GIMME GIMME
  3. I’M YOUR ANGEL
  4. MY FUTURE BOY
  5. LAST SLOW DANCE
  6. GOOD NIGHT MY SWEET DAY
  7. I HOLD YOUR NIGHT

Track Listing

  1. CALL ME PRINCESS
  2. HATE YOUR LIES
  3. I’M YOUR DEVIL -SHORT-
  4. YOU HURT ME
  5. monochrome rainbow
  6. DARK DARK SKY
  7. I’M YOUR DEVIL HALLOWEEN REMIX

FEBRUARY side

1. HOT CHOCOLAT

Starting with FEBRUARY’s side, it’s been a long time since we’ve heard new material from her and HOT CHOCOLAT was actually a great song to come back to since it has this fun 80’s pop there and mixes in this gritty synth for the verses before letting it get all kinds of synthy in the chorus.  It’s really good and even though it’s the only song MALIBU CONVERTIBLE produces it stood out in this entire release…LOVE IT!

2. GIMME GIMME GIMME

At first it was thought that this was going to be an ABBA cover but it doesn’t seem so because the melody is different and Tomoko is singing purely in Japanese which doesn’t follow the melody.  When I heard this song, I kind of got this feeling that it’s trying to be nostalgic by sounding like stuff from her first album and a little of “je t’aime ★ je t’aime” almost.  Not bad and I can see she’s returned to her lazy style of singing to which was a shtick she’s stuck with as february.

3. I’M YOUR ANGEL

I’m so happy that this wasn’t just a feb. version of “I’M YOUR DEVIL” even though titles are opposites of one another.  I feel like I’ve heard this somewhere before almost like “Futari no Seaside” but less beach-y.  I do get vibes from her sophomore album here though.  Besides that I don’t remember this one much besides calling it the “Tommy airline*” song.

4. MY FUTURE BOY

Besides “HOT CHOCOLAT”, I think MY FUTURE BOY is my favorite off this disc.  I felt like her darker-tinged february songs were a lot more impressive and had a different feeling against the lyrics mixed with the arrangement.  I liked this song since it flowed nicely and Tomoko sounds rather good with the arrangement.  Good overall!

5. LAST SLOW DANCE

Then the next song kind of confused me just a little bit.  Since the song from her best-of, she’s been leaning towards using guitars in her music and while I thought this was moving february towards a more serious tone, I kind of have the notion that she doesn’t need this (because she has heavenly for that).  Though I do love that the song has this 80’s slow dance going since it reminds me of those proms in the movies and songs like this would play.  I thought that was cool.  As a song altogether, it’s a bit too slow but it does its job and Tomoko sounds nice.

6. GOOD NIGHT MY SWEET DAY

I love the bass riff out of this song for sure.  It’s an interesting song for me and I love various points of the song like the middle of the song where there’s a heavily filtered voice that takes over.  As I listened to the song it was an interesting song but it didn’t capture my attention as well as many of the other songs did.

7. I HOLD YOUR NIGHT

As we near the half point of the release, the final february song is another ballad from Tomoko and I’m surprised that it’s a little more natural than other ballads under this pseudonym.  I mean it’s still no “I’LL BE YOUR ANGEL” or anything but it manages to not be very offensive and she pulls off the ending feel quite nicely.  Kind of dramatic basically but it’s nice nonetheless.

HEAVENLY side

1. CALL ME PRINCESS

Moving to the heavenly side of things, we kick things off with CALL ME PRINCESS which actually feels like she’s going back to her earlier grungy side with pounding guitar chords and overall heavy sound.  I mean it does have a certain “I KILL MY HEART” vibe to it, but there’s something about it that sounds rather cleaner and darker but also a LOT better.  Not bad as the first song!

2. HATE YOUR LIES

Then we do get another dark-tinged song with HATE YOUR LIES but unlike having a “I KILL MY HEART” it sounds strong and metal and just in its own state of awesomeness.  I actually get shivers listening to this and there’s a couple of heavenly songs that do that like “PAPERMOON” and “Heavy Starry Chain”.  Those three share this attitude that I love and mixing with Tomoko’s great vocals…this was pretty epic.  My personal favorite off this side!

3. I’M YOUR DEVIL -SHORT-

I’m so happy they added the original take of I’M YOUR DEVIL on here because not many people were feeling the long version of the song and personally, I also wanted a short version too.  It’s still pretty much in your face and full of attitude and parts where Tomoko is speak-yelling.  I still love the song for the most part and it’s basically my second favorite after “HATE YOUR LIES”.  Still for a song that’s been out the longest, I’m happy she redeemed herself with this.

4. YOU HURT ME

I swear, YOU HURT ME sounds almost like a “PAPERMOON” clone because they have a similar pace and the chords kind of go hand in hand in some parts.  I will say that I found myself loving this song too for some reason.  I’m just loving the chords of this and it sounds a lot of effort went into the arrangement here.  It’s just damn good!

5. monochrome rainbow

I’m a bit surprised to see that monochrome rainbow make the list even though it was an A-side.  Meaning that the heavenly side does in fact have less new tracks than february’s.  Funny that on the album, I found this to be the weakest on heavenly’s side.  I’m not sure why but it doesn’t feel like enough effort was put here and I get memories of “Unlimited Sky” here as well.  I think it was better off as just an A-side.

6. DARK DARK SKY

As the last new song on the album, DARK DARK SKY also gave me a little bit of “Unlimited Sky” vibes but this is kind of creepy at the same time so it kind of harkens back to her first two albums moreso.  I kind of like the song’s atmosphere and her unenthusiastic way of singing the song stood out as well.  Pretty solid of a track but the other songs minus “monochrome rainbow” surpass it.

7. I’M YOUR DEVIL HALLOWEEN REMIX

I felt this was just unneeded to be on this release for sure.  I mean we already concluded that most people would prefer the short version than the extended (which if you haven’t noticed this version clocks in at 10:31…you know like the date of Halloween…like she’s done with “Lollipop Candy ♥BAD♥ girl”.  I even think it’s a bit too long winded.  If you like the humorous Engrish then you’ll be laughing through this but otherwise, I would stick to the short version.

Tracks Recommended

  • HOT CHOCOLAT
  • MY FUTURE BOY
  • I HOLD YOUR NIGHT
  • HATE YOUR EYES
  • YOU HURT ME
  • I’M YOUR DEVIL -SHORT-

Song of Avoidance

  • GOOD NIGHT MY SWEET DAY
  • monochrome rainbow

I’m going to talk bout the two sides then altogether.  FEBRUARY has been a long time coming and while we did get one new song between her last single and this release…I was expecting a lot.  I will say that it is a bit of a bummer but I think it’s because all the songs (minus HOT CHOCOLAT) was produced by one guy and that left me disappointed (then again HEAVENLY’s was done mostly by the same producer too).  I guess I was expecting a bit more from this but whatever…it was a release and it wasn’t THAT bad.

HOWEVER, HEAVENLY’s side surprised the hell out of me at how good it sounded and how back to form she really got.  I mean besides the lead-in single (which honestly shouldn’t been on here) all the songs were pretty good and kept that heavenly charm that I loved!

Altogether though, it’s actually a pretty likeable release but I’m sure many would’ve rather seen a full release from both sides rather than a joint release.  I can agree because I don’t think 7 songs for each was enough and HEAVENLY with literally only 4 new songs so I don’t know but this release was pretty impressive if only just the HEAVENLY side.

 

Tommy heavenly6 – monochrome rainbow October 25, 2011

Filed under: Tommy heavenly6 — solarblade @ 4:33 am

Track Listing

  1. monochrome rainbow
  2. I’M YOUR DEVIL -HALLOWEEN REMIX-
  3. monochrome rainbow (Instrumental)
  4. I’M YOUR DEVIL -HALLOWEEN REMIX- (Instrumental)

1. monochrome rainbow

Wow has it been that long since Tomoko released anything?  Then again I’m a little saddened to see that heavenly got brought back (especially the last thing she released under the persona was the crappy “I KILL MY HEART” album).  monochrome rainbow does kind of harken back to her debut era in which the songs had a lot of rock but at the same time sounds hopeful and not dark-laced.  I liked it since it’s a lot better than previous songs but to me in the long run, it doesn’t have the longevity like “PAPERMOON”, “Heavy Starry Chain”, or even “Wait till I can dream”.

2. I’M YOUR DEVIL -HALLOWEEN REMIX-

If this track doesn’t seem familiar it isn’t really much of a surprise then.  I’M YOUR DEVIL was Tomoko’s first digital single after switching from DefSTAR to Warner Japan.  Of course it’s changed since its movement to a physical single and it’s great that she made it of course 10:31 to accomodate to the fact that this single was released before Halloween.  Doesn’t this remind you of “Lollipop Candy♥BAD♥girl”?  Anyway there’s a long intro where there’s talking from Tomoko in Engrish of course.  I have to say that it’s just awesome to hear this from her of course it gets creepy and dark which is different from her last Halloween song being more fun and lively.  Once the actual tune starts it gets rockin’ and definitely cooler by the listen.  I must say the main track is just epic and while it’s not as gritty and haunting like “Lollipop Candy♥BAD♥girl”, this is a great follow-up!

 

 

YES!, Tomoko is back in her prime with monochrome rainbow.  I’d say the label changed is doing good for her so far (counting “BLACKOUT” from the brilliant green as well).  The lead-in track definitely put the spark back into her music which was horribly lacking in “I KILL MY HEART”.  I mean it’s nothing that would be considered special, but she is back and I love that.  The new version of I’M YOUR DEVIL though ranks up there amongst the best Th6 tunes for being another awesome contribution to the holiday of Halloween.  Now if only she reawakens Tf6, then we’ll be good ^_^

 

Tommy heavenly6 – I KILL MY HEART April 28, 2009

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ikillmyheart

Track Listing

  1. Wait For Me There
  2. Leaving You
  3. Do You Know My Heart?
  4. Sad End To A Fairy Tale
  5. Shut Up
  6. Flower Crown
  7. Surely
  8. Gonna Change My Way Of Life
  9. Playground
  10. Things I Can Do
  11. You Should Live In The Sunny Light

1. Wait For Me There

The first PV known and featured a version with Tommy february6 as well.  The song has potential because it’s rock and is a little dark and foreboding.  The problem is that the chorus was the most boring thing ever.  I know she could’ve sang in the higher register, but this song really didn’t express her much.  I like the middle, but everything else was just very boring.

2. Leaving You

Leaving You was the 2nd promotional track for this album.  Oddly it seems like it’s a mixture of “Wait For Me There” and “Unlimited Sky” which definitly meant that this song was just unoriginal and more boring than the first track. It’s a bit slower though, but c’mon this is even worse.

3. Do You Know My Heart?

Our first new track comes up next and it’s a bit upbeat and lighter in moods.  I thought the song was good, at least until the strange chorus where’s she’s sounding a lot like something off her last album.  Sometimes it feels like the song is two ideas colliding together for a song.  So far I think this album has hope and hearing this track is pretty cool.

4. Sad End To A Fairy Tale

I kind of like this track as well because it’s a calm and raw track that’s quite different from the likes of the others so far.  The chorus is a bit louder than the rest of the song, but it sounds quite dark and cool.  Tomoko just sounds pretty rad in the chorus for sure.  I think this is my favorite track so far.

5. Shut Up

Shut Up is for sure Tomoko’s most relentless track on this album.  There’s some guitar wailing and Tomoko’s interest in the song just sounds so cool against the heavy guitar riffs and loud drum playing.  The chorus is so rockin’, it’s crazy.  Sadly, it’s the only hard track on the album which is disappointing.  Even sadder is the song’s track time of 2:36

6. Flower Crown

Flower Crown to me has the most interesting song title.  Then again, it’s also the worst song off the album.  There’s just nothing too spectacular about it and it just reeks of boring chords and a bad guitar line.  Tomoko tries to sound good, but she sucks altogether not even showing any signs of caring.

7. Surely

I’m pretty sure Tomoko had Avril Lavigne in mind with this track because it sounds exactly like something she’d pull off.  In other words, the song sounds a bit emo and the use of different guitars make the sound more complete than the others, but there’s something missing when I’m listening to this track…I just can’t put my finger on it.

8. Gonna Change My Way Of Life

At least this song was pretty good.  I think the best thing about the song is the crazy chorus where she sings the title and they how she gets enthusiastic at saying it.  Even the band sounds good otherwise.  It definitly raised my spirits, especially after the last few songs.  That is until it ends early at 2:40.

9. Playground

Playground has the same problem, and it’s the shortest track off the album, being two seconds shorter than “Shut Up”.  As we are on that song…Playground reminds me of the song as well, but given a smidge of upbeat sounds which does make it sound cool.  The way Tomoko is singing the verses makes this playground seem creepy almost to the point where it’s like “PAPERMOON”.  Weird huh?

10. Things I Can Do

Things I Can Do is alright, but her being monotone does not help the song one bit.  It’s like she only knows like what? three notes?  The song sounds more upbeat then a good portion of the tracks on the album.  I guess it’s a song to warm up to, but right now it’s kind of bothersome because of the staleness of Tomoko’s singing.

11. You Should Live In The Sunny Light

If you like melancholic tracks, this song definitly fits the persona well.  It’s kind of depressing and with nothing in the song except a muffled guitar playing the melody.  Honestly, I was happy to finally hear a song that doesn’t have the band, but why did it have to be the last song.  Tomoko sounds pretty good as well.  She definitly needs more of these kind of songs.

Tracks Recommended

  • Things I Can Do
  • Sad End To A Fairy Tale
  • You Should Live In The Sunny Light
  • Shut Up
  • Playground

Song of Avoidance

  • Flower Crown

Honestly?  This was Tomoko’s worst album to date.  First off, it was a concept album which I think meant that she just used one band for the recording which is unfortunate especially with what she did on “Heavy Starry Heavenly”.  Second the majority of the songs lacked any interest and was either a cheap knockoff of other tracks (previous albums, and tracks here).  I’m not sure why she decided to this, especially two months after her best-of albums…I don’t know but this was a bad album