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Yukino – VOCALIZE June 18, 2014

Filed under: Yukino — solarblade @ 5:41 am

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Track Listing

  1. RanTiKi
  2. Leopard -PANTHER-
  3. Miserable Rain
  4. San-gatsu San-juuichi Nichi (Nichiyoubi)@Sakura Cafe♪
  5. Never Cry
  6. Maboroshi no Ai
  7. hand/s
  8. Gokusaishiki Twilight
  9. BABYDOLL
  10. Boy for me ~Uwagoto Mitai ni Suki to Itte~
  11. After the love has gone
  12. Magic hour

1. RanTiKi

I love how Yukino opens the album with the A-side that preceded VOCALIZE.  Like I said on the review, Yukino’s vocals are so impressive and adding the big band style and make it fast just impressed me all over.  This was just an amazing choice to open the album with because it really showcased what she’s all about and what more can you ask for?

2. Leopard -PANTHER-

It continues further onto our first new track on the album, but it’s got a nice rhythm going on that’s more towards funk.  I also can admire that she left off the energy from “RanTiKi” by giving a more soulful performance and it’s just as impressive if not more and Yukino’s English is getting better.  She just melts personality and it’s a REALLY classy song…impressed as all hell!

3. Miserable Rain

Interesting that we move away from that style to the B-side from “RanTiKi”, Miserable Rain which is the first ballad from the album.  Back when I first reviewed it, I thought of it as an average ballad with strings/piano and some band instruments.  What did stand out though was Yukino’s vocals as she breathed life on a what could’ve been bland song.

4. San-gatsu San-juuichi Nichi (Nichiyoubi)@Sakura Cafe♪

Weird title for a song right?  Also 4th song in and it’s actually a live song that’s only 2:30 in length?  For as short and simplistic, the song gives off a nice Mediterreanean feel with the accordion sliding about alongside acoustic guitar and bongos.  It’s a song that’s best reserved for background fodder…would’ve been nice as the final track, but its placement on VOCALIZE is a little more than odd to me.

5. Never Cry

After that side-stop, Never Cry brings us back into some bossa nova music and kind of stands in the middle between “RanTiKi” and “Leopard -PANTHER-” where it’s slower than the former but more slick like the latter.  Yukino’s vocals are once again on point throughout the song so I felt right at home with this song, a good pick-me-up after the last two tracks.

6. Maboroshi no Ai

Oh damn, I’m liking the sound of Maboroshi no Ai especially with the saxophone love throughout this one!  This one has a catchy sound to it and Yukino sounded more comfortable to shine brightly with her vocals.  She actually has amazing control and style just oozes out of her here…this was THE perfect song for her to showcase her abilities!

7. hand/s

Then we move into another ballad with hand/s which takes the form of very 90’s pop ballad (the best way I can describe it).  However, like “Miserable Rain”, if it wasn’t the simply beautiful vocal performance Yukino gave, this would’ve been a generic mess.  It actually isn’t all that bad, especially in the later half where she vocally just belts her heart and wow impressed!

8. Gokusaishiki Twilight

I don’t know what to expect with Gokusaishiki Twilight but it definitely brought the atmosphere up again with a jazzy punch.  The best thing is how playful Yukino is within the song since she sings a little more quietly and in a cuter tone while the instruments act as the more important element here.  The chorus does have a certain anison feel and that surprised me but didn’t turn me off.  Sly tune and I liked it!~

9. BABYDOLL

Hmmm, Yukino including synths to her music?  This could be quite interesting.  I enjoyed how catchy the tune is and it has an interesting tone (plus some filters thrown on her voice).  It’s a headbopper and one of the more unique offerings from this album.

10. Boy for me ~Uwagoto Mitai ni Suki to Itte~

When I heard the chords and claps, I figured the song would be kind of another R&B ditty which is something I am more than fine with.  After hearing Yukino in a higher register, it was great to hear she came down for Boy for me.  There’s a lot to the arrangement and the synths gave it more atmosphere and fullness and it worked!  Good song overall, a way to chill down in my opinion.

11. After the love has gone

With a title like that, I wasn’t shocked to hear that it was another ballad.  Though I wasn’t expecting Yukino to sing this entirely in English.  Her voice is surprisingly deep in comparison to any of the other songs on the album but she at least gets stronger and the song changes mood to something a bit more brighter (plus the harmonica added an element of happiness too even though the song is a little sullen).  Of the ballads, I was impressed the most with this one a LOT!

12. Magic hour

Yukino closes the album out with another chill track in Magic hour but the synths kind of gives this futuristic feel, plus the minor chords from the piano gives it an interesting sound…but the chorus cleans up and makes it sound kind of like how I felt with “Boy for me”.  Nice way to end things out…it’s just sad that it is the last track.

Tracks Recommended

  • Maboroshi no Ai
  • Leopard -PANTHER-
  • After the love has gone
  • Boy for me ~Uwagoto Mitai ni Suki to Itte~
  • Magic hour

Song of Avoidance

  • San-gatsu San-juuichi Nichi (Nichiyoubi)@Sakura Cafe♪

After hearing her debut, “You make me blue” and “RanTiKi” I knew Yukino had the potential to release something amazing!  What I didn’t expect that VOCALIZE would be near perfection, especially for an artist that hasn’t gotten the fire burning behind her in popularity…this is one of those gem albums that honestly fits next to Eri Nobuchika, this album had awesome songs and vocals which continue to impress me.  She did have 2-3 meh song (the worst was the oddly out of place 2:30 track) but overall this is *RECOMMENDED* to fans that read the blog!

 

Yukino – RanTiKi February 9, 2013

Filed under: Yukino — solarblade @ 10:58 am

rantiki

Track Listing

  1. RanTiKi
  2. Miserable Rain
  3. I Just Called to Say I Love You
  4. RanTiKi (instrumental)
  5. Miserable Rain (instrumental)

1. RanTiKi

For being Yukino’s first single, I was curious to how she was going to carry herself into her career and RanTiKi is a really awesome surprise!  I am in love with the jazzy tones in this song and add Yukino’s already impressive vocals and you get this bombastic and lively tune that really spiced things up this year for me so far.  If she keeps on going I’m going to stan her so hard!  This is just perfect for Yukino!!!

2. Miserable Rain

As for the first of the B-sides, Miserable Rain tones things down quite a lot and it’s great because this song reminds me of the songs from her debut mini-album!  This is a bit straightforward as a ballad, but you can’t go wrong with a simple piano/strings ballad with such beautiful vocals…so it kind of meets in the middle but quite impressive that Yukino can bring life into a song like this.

3. I Just Called to Say I Love You

The last track reviewed on the single is actually a cover of a classic Stevie Wonders’ tune!  You can really tell she is really trying to get into that soulful feel that Stevie did, but it comes off just a bit strange as it’s also a dive into singing English and that’s kind of just awkward to listen to.  Song is also on the simple side with only piano…I mean there could’ve been more going on and Yukino could’ve sung this in Japanese but right now, this is kind of bleh.

Yukino’s first single and only single prior to her first studio album, RanTiKI is pretty good for the most part.  The best thing about it is the title track which is just amazing and sassy to listen to.  Miserable Rain is a simple yet pretty ballad while the cover track is just kind of bleh.  Luckily since RanTiKi is epic, it’s still a good single!

 

Yukino – You make me blue December 4, 2012

Filed under: Yukino — solarblade @ 8:01 pm

youmakemeblue

Track Listing

  1. You make me blue
  2. BaDream ~Warui Yume~
  3. Tell me why?
  4. Cry and Cry
  5. Aitai

1. You make me blue

Starting the mini-album off, Yukino opens with the promo song for the mini and she starts off quite strongly to show her pipes which are really impressive to me at first listen.  I was surprised to hear synths involved but that actually adds a little spice to the song because it still remains as this ballad that has little tricks up its sleeves.  Suffice to say, I really enjoyed the song though and a good choice to debut with!

2. BaDream ~Warui Yume~

Since I did manage to only hear You make me blue back in the past, I was curious to how the rest of the mini fared.  Starting with BaDream, it’s got a great laidback feel about that fits with Yukino’s light vocals as well…it’s just really cute yet funky and yet so chill.  Another pretty tune here!

3. Tell me why?

I think I really dig Yukino’s sound on this mini-album so far.  Tell me why? has a pretty funky vibe to it but unlike the previous two tracks, this is actually upbeat and while it doesn;t showcase Yukino’s powerful vocals, the song is still quite enjoyable and the chorus was different for sure.  Her voice goes into a higher register and sounds more younger LOL.  Actually she pulls off the vocals quite nicely!  Yeah this is really good!

4. Cry and Cry

The horns are placed to the forefront for our next track and we get another unique song here which is pretty funky as well but in a good way!  This girl has a lot of power and she definitely had a lot of fun with this song!  It’s definitely an impressive track and is probably one of my favorites from the mini!

5. Aitai

The album closes out kind of like the same way “You make me blue” opened but the song is a bit more closer to “BaDream” with the chilled out arrangement that lulls me into a relaxed state.  It’s great to see what Yukino can do with her vocals because she’s pretty damn good…add in that nice guitar solo and I’m just like impressed!

 

 

WOW, this is a pretty damn amazing debut we have here.  Yukino has a WHOLE LOT of potential for future release because she has this soulful groove to her that fits all of the songs she sung on the mini-album and the arrangements were pretty good as well!  I can’t wait to see more of her next year *RECOMMENDED*