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YuiKaori – Shiny Blue March 15, 2013

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shinyblue

Track Listing

  1. Shiny Blue
  2. Hatsukoi Maze
  3. Shiny Blue (off vocal ver.)
  4. Hatsukoi Maze (off vocal ver.)

1. Shiny Blue

I was kind of wondering where the duo would go next after “Wake Up!!” and it seems they seem to go back to some of their older songs but with more of technopop/electro arrangement but still quite anison since they are pretty much an anison group.  I mean the synths are aplenty and there’s even guitar thrown in the loop.  Yui and Kaori both sound good, nothing to really gasm over, but that’s been a thing they haven’t really had.  It’s OK, but nothing that I’ll remember after the review

2. Hatsukoi Maze

The B-side kind of goes into a more cuter route and would’ve strangely fit as the B-side of “Wake Up!!” because there’s something similar between the two (and it’s not the energy btw).  It also reminds me of stuff from their first album as well…maybe “Our Steady Boy”?  Still, this is kind of nice and not really all that annoying.

As the 3rd single in, Shiny Blue is probably my least favorite A-side of the current era just because Shiny Blue really doesn’t bring anything totally new to the table for my ears.  It’s not bad though so at least that’s great to see.  Hatsukoi Maze also reminds me of one of their older tracks but it’s not crappy either.  What’s going on here?  I wonder if an album is up in the works for them!

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YuiKaori – Wake Up!! November 7, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Wake Up!!
  2. Yubikiri Calender
  3. Wake Up!! (off vocal ver.)
  4. Yukikiri Calender (off vocal ver.)

1. Wake Up!!

When I listened to Wake Up!!, I IMMEDIATELY thought of “Puppy” from the last album because they sound so similar and has this same early 90’s cartoon intro feel which is so ridiculous but I have a soft spot for that.  Unlike the aforementioned track, there isn’t quick speaking found so it’s entirely all song and I really found myself getting all giddy for this.  Now this is their best A-side yet!!!

2. Yubikiri Calender

The B-side is actually more of a mid-tempo for the duo and it’s a bit of a surprise me because of that reason alone.  It’s a safe song and it’s pleasant enough but it’s so clear that Kaori is the better singer still by a long shot but I’m OK with this for the most part.  Not a stand-out, but this is nice for what it is.

 

 

YuiKaori seem to get better with each single since their debut album.  Wake Up!! is definitely their best effort yet.  The title track is a bit like “Puppy” you can’t deny that, but the reasons I loved that song was amplified here and I LOVE IT!  Yubikiri Calender is nice, not totally at their best, but it’s on the positive side of things ^^

 

YuiKaori – Kimi no YELL March 15, 2012

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Track Listing

  1. Kimi no YELL
  2. Attouteki na GO!!
  3. Kimi no YELL (off vocal ver.)
  4. Attouteki na GO!! (off vocal ver.)

1. Kimi no YELL

Kimi no YELL doesn’t seem to push the duo into new directions but I do like hearing electric guitars in the song giving the song a pretty good anison feel.  It’s still pretty cute overall so it’s not a giant departure for the girls.  Once again, I’m finding myself loving the crap out of Kaori’s vocals in the song since she’s so strong singing the track.  I actually consider Kimi no YELL their best A-side yet!

2. Attouteki na GO!!

The B-side though is kind of the side of the group I’m not so fond of.  It’s a bit faster than “Kimi no YELL” but strikes a bigger cutesy chord than normal.  I will say that the energy is through the roof so I’m good with that but meh otherwise I don’t find it that memorable!

 

 

Starting their sophomore era, Kimi no YELL by YuiKaori is surprisingly nice and a much stronger release than any of their previous singles.  Kimi no YELL is a pretty good A-side and I’m happy they’re doing a little more with their music instead of just going with the flow.  Attouteki na GO!! is alright but nothing too memorable but it’s not bad…good single overall.

 

YuiKaori – Puppy October 3, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. Koi no Overtake
  2. PUPPY LOVE!!
  3. Miraigata Idol
  4. VIVIVID PARTY!
  5. Kyu! Kyu! CURIOSITY!!
  6. Magic starter
  7. Futari
  8. Kakenukete Blue
  9. HEARTBEAT ga Tomaranai!
  10. Shooting☆Smile
  11. Crystal no Chikai
  12. Our Steady Boy

1. Koi no Overtake

It’s not a surprise the duo would begin the album in a cute way with Koi no Overtake but I’m happily surprised to hear guitars in the song for sure.  Since between their last single and the album, I have figured out the vocals between the two and it seems Yui Ogura is the uber sugary pitchy voice while Kaori Ishihara is the more vocally capable one hahaha.  The difference is quite obvious and they don’t really mesh well as seen in this tune. The song is definitely sparkly I will say that.

2. PUPPY LOVE!!

0.o what’s up with the weird noises hahaha.  I love this song’s sound since it’s synthy and sounds like 90’s cartoon openings which is kind of funny in a way.  To me, the song takes the girls’ cute vocals and places them quite nicely in a song like this.  It might come off as a little too cheery and rather random (especially the really fast conversation after the first chorus).  Still, it’s pretty exciting and I kind of enjoyed this a lot and it was the album’s promotional tune.

3. Miraigata Idol

Wow, the peppyness is not letting up yet and Miraigata Idol is quite interesting.  I like the quick nature and the mix of guitars as well since it brings a lot of interesting things to the table.  I’m also not really bothered by the gals vocals (either of them).  Then again most of the song is the duo singing together so it wouldn’t really matter.  It’s alright I guess.

4. VIVIVID PARTY!

Well, we’re at the first old track on the album and it’s VIVIVID PARTY! which was the duo’s secondary A-side off their second single and to me has more of an electro vibe than other songs they’ve released in the era and so it stands out to me.  Even better is that it does have the best vocals IMO even though they still don’t sound together in various parts.  It’s a fun tune huh?

5. Kyu! Kyu! CURIOSITY!!

The next two tracks on the album are the solo tracks between the duo so that’s kind of cool to have.  Starting with Yui Ogura’s solo, I kind of knew she was going to have a super sugary song with Kyu! Kyu! CURIOSITY!!  I will say that the pseudo-rapping from Yui with her cute, yet quiet vocals was funny to listen to.  It isn’t my kind of song sadly, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

6. Magic starter

Unlike Yui’s solo, Kaori’s is more like an anime opening because there’s a lot of guitars and synths mixed together.  I will say that I really like Kaori’s vocals so much more than Yui’s since they’re stronger and has more force and control and less seiyuu-ness going on.  It’s probably the most mature tune but what can you do?

7. Futari

As the primary A-side from their second single, Futari comes next and it felt like it made sense coming after “Magic starter” because this feels like an ending that’s for sure.  After listening to the song through the single it felt like one of the nicer songs…sadly in the album’s context it feels like one of the weakest links because the other new tracks have more longevity and has more things going on in them haha.

8. Kakenukete Blue

Likewise, Kakenukete Blue doesn’t really try to stand out (and this is coming a new song right?).  It does solidify my opinion that Kaori is definitely a strong singer and needs to be shown off more.  In my opinion, it’s considered mid-tempo (well, when compared to the other tunes on the album).  It’s kind of cool and I like the mix of synths, strings, and guitars.  I’m not sure what to think of this song quite yet, but it’s better than a few other new songs.

9. HEARTBEAT ga Tomaranai!

The group’s third A-side comes next and it kind of reminds me of “Koi no Overtake” for some reason…but it could be because they utilize nearly the same things.  Just different melodies I guess.  Once again I did feel like Yui didn’t really sound all that great in this song and left Kaori to really pick up the mess.  I’m just not a big fan of this song.

10. Shooting☆Smile

Then the fourth A-side comes next and is the groups cutest A-side amongst them and I couldn’t really take this song even though once again I can pay attention to Kaori but not poor Yui since she’s still way cute.  At least I can say that the song benefits by having a catchy chorus at the least.  It’s alright I guess in the long run, but it’s a slow burner.

11. Crystal no Chikai

As the final new song, I was surprised that it was pretty much synthy and has a lot of quiet pop/rock standards strewn through it.  Unfortunately it reminds me of “Futari” for some reason.  I wish there was more going for this song but I kind of forget it after a while.

12. Our Steady Boy

Interesting choice to have their debut song be the album’s final tune.  Like I said before on some other songs the ones that have guitars and synths mixed together sound too similar to one another so at this point I’m just kind of overly annoyed even though primarily I shouldn’t be at this song since I liked it when they debuted.  Sadly, on the album at this point it’s just a “press next” song if you know what I mean.

Tracks Recommended

  • Magic starter
  • PUPPY LOVE!!
  • VIVIVID PARTY!
  • Kakenukete Blue

Song of Avoidance

  • HEARTBEAT ga Tomaranai!

I didn’t have the highest hopes for this album and after listening, I kind of just felt like I didn’t want anymore Yui Ogura mostly (and those anime-ish tunes started to run dry really quickly).  There’s a couple of songs that are worth a listen, but I still wouldn’t call them amazing really.  Just icky…who though putting these two together was a good idea vocally?

 

YuiKaori – Shooting☆Smile April 9, 2011

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Track Listing

  1. Shooting☆Smile
  2. CUE the Future ~”Q” no Theme~
  3. Shooting☆Smile (off vocal ver.)
  4. CUE the Future ~”Q” no Theme~ (off vocal ver.)

1. Shooting☆Smile

I really don’t know what to think of this duo anymore.  It seems with Shooting☆Smile tries to make things a little more interesting since their last A-sides haven’t really been totally exciting or anything.  It does seem they wanted to recapture “Our Steady Boy” but came up short since the vocals is almost impossible to enjoy since they’re high pitched and overly genki.  I do think Kaori is slightly singing better, but I could be wrong.  Some of the instrumentals for this song is good, but hampered by the two gals.

2. CUE the Future ~”Q” no Theme~

As for the B-side, I’m not sure what to really think.  It’s less synthetic than the A-side, but it calls for even more cuter vocals (well Yui’s quiet singing is quite the annoyance).  If there was anything like their first A-side, than this would be more closer since it’s all anime-like and cutesy like hell.  Meh….

I can only guess an album is on the way as this is their 4th single and such.  Shooting☆Smile is just not much of a step in any direction to be honest.  I’m just losing interest in them with every single so far since they haven’t really made an effort to their music except for being a cute duo…I mean yeah, they do songs for animes…but yeesh…can we change it up?  If an album is next, I can only fathom my lack of interest in it lol.

 

YuiKaori – HEARTBEAT ga Tomaranai! November 23, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. HEARTBEAT ga Tomaranai!
  2. Our Song
  3. HEARTBEAT ga Tomaranai! (off vocal ver.)
  4. Our Song (off vocal ver.)

1. HEARTBEAT ga Tomaranai!

While YuiKaori hasn’t really stood out to me since they debuted, it continues to be this way with the release of the A-side.  Just like the previous A-sides, it’s very anime-like and with such ideas it also reminds me of “Our Steady Boy” which could be good or bad, since I did like that song a little, but repeating said sound is kind of blah.  I guess it’s ok and Yui and Kaori do sound great, but some parts with Yui are kind of tight sounding and not gooood.

2. Our Song

I actually surprised that Our Song made the duo turn into this uberly genki team which consists of a cute arrangement mixed with the electric guitars (ala “HEARTBEAT ga Tomaranai!”).  It’s definitely not a song for me to be honest, but I’m sure people that love the cute songs will definitely fall for it.

Hmmmm.  To me HEARTBEAT ga Tomaranai! didn’t exactly push the girls further up in my interests and it seems they’re going to keep that anime-ish sound to them.  I just don’t see them really staying much longer and the music isn’t exactly treading new ground.

 

YuiKaori – Futari/VIVIVID PARTY! July 25, 2010

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Track Listing

  1. Futari
  2. VIVIVID PARTY!
  3. Futari (off vocal ver.)
  4. VIVIVID PARTY! (off vocal ver.)

1. Futari

I’m not sure why, but it seems they decided to combine both the songs from their last single “Our Steady Boy” to create Futari which is an anime ending of course.  It’s cute but there’s a good choice of instruments used.  To me they picked up on a good note and the song has catchy parts and the vocals aren’t as icky as their debut.

2. VIVIVID PARTY!

I’m kind of happy that the B-side sounds a lot like something from when the girls were in Team DEKARIS.  The other A-side of this single has a rather techno-ish vibe, but still retaining that idol-like appearance.  I thought the girls sung quite good, but their harmonizations are still kind of meh.  I do think it’s their best A-side yet to be honest.

 

 

Yes, I do think Futari/VIVIVID PARTY! trumps their debut single by a long shot.  I want to see them working on getting better harmonization and a little bit of Yui getting away from her squeaky ass voice.  I’m interested in seeing where this duo goes next!