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day after tomorrow – primary colors February 23, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Starry Heavens
  2. Time Machine de Tsuredashite
  3. Fitness
  4. Show Time
  5. Itazura na KISS
  6. CURRENT
  7. Shoujo no Mama de Ita Ano Koro
  8. regret
  9. wind flower ~spring ephemeral~
  10. Dear Friends
  11. These Days
  12. It’s My Way
  13. Hotarubi

1. Starry Heavens

If we have to, begin the album with the most well-known track.  I still don’t see where the whole, awesomeness factor comes in.  I fount the song to be just a little on the boring side and doesn’t have a big surprise in it at all until the guitar solo.  Definitly could’ve began the album more louder.

2. Time Machine de Tsuredashite

Our first new track off the album is probably more along the lines of what I wanted this album to start with.  We actually hear the guys get some singing parts which is good because misono definitly needed some backup.  It’s funny they put in a censored beep.  I was like what the hell is that about, haha.  It’s quite catchy, but the arrangement could’ve been more exciting.  Good track though.

3. Fitness

My prayers were answered with Fitness which did sound pretty cool right from the start.  Even though there isn’t anything exactly groundbreaking at this point.  It’s the usual fare of the combination of synths and guitar.  misono sounds a little dead in the song right up to the chorus.  I guess this is just a filler track for the album.

4. Show Time

I still laugh hard during the song’s first lines.  It’s so hectic and just them having fun with the song.  On the single, it sounded pretty different and so random and it continues to be so damn random on here as well.  The chorus is nicely done by misono and the band using arpeggios…though the transitioning between the bridge/chorus/after chorus is very questionable, it still has a cute charm to it.

5. Itazura na KISS

You know what, IMO this is dat’s best in their entire discography.  The main thing I remember about this song is how much I’d love to karaoke with it once Inuyasha ended.  Just like the previous track, they are having tons of fun for this song and c’mon the riffs are just so cool here.  I think misono sounds really cool here too and doesn’t rely heavily on that crazy vibrato.

6. CURRENT

Returning from the same single “Itazura na KISS” was from, CURRENT was the more serious one.  Once again it seems that it’d be a bit better had it been left on the single.  It’s just like the other tracks, but once again it’s used to split the happy songs, so CURRENT did its job right. 

7. Shoujo no Mama de Ita Ano Koro

Is it coincedence that I’m starting to feel the same just like I did with GND’s debut album?  Like how the songs are starting to sound the same and not enough difference between the songs.  Shoujou no Mama de Ita Ano Koro proves that theory because NOTHING makes it stand out at all.  The chorus reminds me of “CURRENT” which is a bad thing because that track was right before it…the solo though was nice though.

8. regret

See, regret is something this album needed.  It’s what we’d call a rock ballad because the synth aren’t as important as the other instruments this time, such a great change of sound.  I think misono sounds jsut right with this song and if she wanted to, she could cover it in her solo career.  I have no idea why she hasn’t yet, it’s the best of the new tracks.

9. wind flower ~spring ephemeral~

However, the last new track on the album sounds like the return of a more fierce “CURRENT” which is what I really wanted and I got it through this pretty sweet track.  misono is pretty loud and the guitar wailing  just somehow attributed to this songs great power.  I thought it sounded a bit American, but in a good way. 

10. Dear Friends

I’m still surprised at how wintry it starts off and things pick up so quickly for the chorus and dies down again for the verses.  It has a very topsy-turvy arrangement and the guitar riffs are so cool and are very reminescent to a future track of theirs.  What saved the song from bein just another one of their typicals was a stronger presence of actual piano.  Cool!

11. These Days

Why, oh why, did you have to add this song on the album.  There’s a few good things to point out and it’s mostly for piano inclusion, but the song is suffering from the boring syndrome.  It does sound like something that should’ve been on their first full album, but on here it seems like it wasn’t produced fully enough.

12. It’s My Way

Even though the song is a secondary A-side, I thought this was a bit more meh.  I mean with the songs beforehand having a very similar arrangement, come closer to the end, this song is just made worse by inclusion on this album at a very late time.  There’s nothing special here anymore….Best left on the single for sure. 

13. Hotarubi

Hotarubi is a very appropriate song, to finally end the album up.  It just has ending properties that signals the closure.  The single was a good idea, but it kind of was weird paring up with “Show Time”.  At least it makes sense now, so I can appreciate it more than before

Tracks Recommended

  • Itazura na KISS
  • regret
  • wind flower ~spring ephemeral~
  • Dear Friends
  • Hotarubi

Song of Avoidance

  • It’s My Way

dat’s sophomore album, is a minor step-up from their 1st full-album.  I found that a lot of the tracks were very similar to one each other, but it’s nice to know that there was equality between the singles and new tracks (even though it was heavy with single tracks).  I did miss the fact there was no piano-only ballad though, but we’ll see with their final album.

 

day after tomorrow – Dear Friends/It’s My Way December 30, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Dear Friends
  2. It’s My Way
  3. Starry Heavens (Orchestra Version)
  4. Dear Friends (Instrumental)
  5. It’s My Time (Instrumental)
  6. Starry Heavens (Orchestra Version) (Instrumental)

1. Dear Friends

I’m hearing jingle bells again…I really don’t like where it was going until the tempo sped up instantly in the chorus and then slowed down again when the verses started.  The guitar riffs reminded me of their other track “Soshite Boku ni Dekiru Koto” and some of GND’s stuff.  I still like the other than that.  Definitly wasn’t a song I was expecting from the title.

2. It’s My Way

I would’ve thought that this’d be the ballad, but I was wrong once again.  It’s more of the same pop/rock found in the song.  misono sounds a little nasally, but it’s usual. There’s less going on and a bit more simplistic in arrangement, but still a good song from GND….I mean dat. xD   

3. Starry Heavens (Orchestra Version)

I wish misono resang this because it’s just awkward having no changes in vocals but add strings.  Even then it isn’t a full orchestra version because there’s still guitar.  No synths though, just those two things and drums.  That’s not really a full change.  Even then, I’m still not fully into “Starry Heavens”.  I do love the guitar solo with the strings, however.

 

 

dat….where’s our album?  This double A-side was definitly the upbeat one and the one that really is similar to GND’s stuff which I blame the keyboardist for making it all sound the same.  Anyway without the assumption, this is a good single overall

 

day after tomorrow – moon gate November 26, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. Starry Heavens
  2. Neverland
  3. These Days

1. Starry Heavens

I guess for gamers, this is dat’s most memorable track.  It was the theme for Tales of Symphonia and well you guessed it it’s full of energy.  Now, it isn’t as catchy as other tracks, but how the song sounded overall was great.  I mean I’m still wondering why this was the most memorable track from them, it isn’t exactly anything to brag about.  misono sounds quite nasally throughout and it definitly isn’t at the top of favorites.

2. Neverland

So that’s how misono came up with the title of her debut album.  It starts out with quite an impace and sounds pretty regal than the song turns into a track were the synths are more in front than the other sounds.  The sad thing is that the song is pretty monotonous with misono doing the vocals.  The chorus just seemed to drag on by.  The verses were definitly better and after a while the chorus does become catchy.

3. These Days

Ugh, this song definitly the worst on the single.  I mean it’s the slowest of the three but is the most boring of them as well.  misono tries hard to be exciting, but with everything coming at a slow pace, it just wasn’t enough.  The ~whoa’s~ were also too much for the song and it annoyed me to no end.

 

 

Wow, after hearing all that praise for Starry Heavens, I thought I would’ve liked it.  Instead, the song isn’t a song people should be raving about because it just wasn’t as memorable as last single’s “DAY STAR” was.  Neverland is the best of the three, but not too high on my favorites.  It also is another track that doesn’t make it on “Primary Colors” and only is seen on there “Complete best”.  These Days will also baffle me and in not a good way…I’d pass this single up

 

day after tomorrow – day after tomorrow II July 31, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. futurity
  2. rosy girl
  3. My faith
  4. Hello, everybody!
  5. melody
  6. after all…

1. futurity

Ahhh, the 2nd single of the era appears first and truthfully is a good starting song.  It’s got such a cool beat and definitly something fresh at least to everything that came out at the time.  A beautiful track indeed.

2. rosy girl

A more beat-driven song, rosy girl is an alright song with a consistent beat, but it doesn’t really stand out for me.  I thought I heard this same production somewhere.  The synth solo however was a nice surprise but it didn’t really help this filler track at all.

3. My faith

 Then we get into our winter track, My faith.  I still think it was awkward for misono.  Her vocals just seemed not in a good place here, and well c’mon it’s misono for gosh sakes.  It was boring too lol.  I’m pretty sure they could rework it better.

4. Hello, everybody!

Surprise!  This silly track appears and it’s like very catchy.  The music is wild, fun, and almost too outrageous.  misono is definitly having fun too making perfect sense.  The chorus is a bit catchy to me and I catch myself humming along.  The best track of the mini-album.

5. melody

Going back to slow down the mood is melody, our rock ballad.  It’s one of the standout tracks because of their use of synths.  It’s kind of lacking in something, but its an alright tune and the synth solo once again made the song XD…strange

6. after all…

The final song is a ballad of course.  It’s a bit better than “melody” of course, and I actually enjoyed misono’s vocals in here.  I would’ve been happy if this song was a tie-in for an anime.  A nice finisher for the album.

 

 

dat’s 2nd mini-album was a bit like the 1st one…Which i was kind of disappointed to hear.  Luckily the new tracks were alright, but not at their best caliber.  Luckily, it’s their last mini-album

 

day after tomorrow – futurity July 23, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. futurity
  2. futurity -Instrumental-
  3. High-Spirit (secret track)

1. futurity

The first track of the single actually gots some pretty good strings playing.  Though this song is one of the faster rock tracks in their discography it’s got a nice balance of instruments.  The piano interlude was a time stopper before going back into the verse and threw me off.  Still, a better track than “My faith”

2. High-Spirit

Using a more fierce approach with the same instrumentation.  High-Spirit lives up to its name.  It’s got a quick beat and some great sounds coming from each of its members.  Misono, sounds lively in this track, even moreso than “futurity”.  I’ll never understand why it’s a secret track but it made a fine B-side to “futurity”.

 

 

dat’s 3rd single, is probably their best single so far, then again it had a secret B-side.  Stranger is that High-Spirit doesn’t appear until their 1st full album “elements”.  As for futurity, it’s a great A-side and was a step up from the last single. 

 

day after tomorrow – day after tomorrow June 21, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. prize
  2. faraway
  3. gradually
  4. vivace
  5. for you
  6. gift

1. prize

Wow, organ starts out the song, after a bit synths drive up the sound.  The chorus sounds pretty catchy, then again a lot of their stuff is, so I can’t really make it a good thing huh.  Actually the chord progressions are actually quite nice to hear.  Misono sounds oh so strong in this song, which is a bit too loud actually.  I love the solo from the guitarist really sets this song in stone.

2. faraway

Actually more stronger than “prize”.  It’s definitly more relient on the synths which isn’t real bad.  Misono does sound a bit different than in the previous song too, which does set you off a bit thinkin, where’s our normal vibrato-heavy Misono?  Still, it’s a pretty awesome single from them.

3. gradually

A little more cosmic sounding in the beginning, it actually is a bit more slow on the tempo range.  I’m actually finally hearing acoustic guitar within the song.  She kind of sounds a bit messy in this song, so I’m not such a fan of this.  I also kinda don’t like how there’s so much percussion, I think it would’ve been better a ballad….x.x

4. vivace

Kickin the pace back is vivace, I actually quite enjoy this song.  This space synths really helped it out too.  Though once again, I also feel that this song is very forgettable, it’s not that I’m bored with it, it’s just that when comparing to the other track with the same properties, you’re left with fillers, I kind of felt this is the filler track of the mini-album.  I so ❤ the synth solo too much.

5. for you

This track, right here is their best from this album.  I just love how forceful the drum beats get and Misono’s enthusiastic vocals mixed with great sound from the keyboard.  The chorus actually is even more catchy, all fast and then slows to make sense.  ~Love Song for you~ ends the chorus, and Misono sounds good at English here. 

6. gift

The mini-album ends with I’m guessing the Christmas tune, obviously meant from the overall sound of the song and the title.  It’s a ballad folks too, so you might wanna watch out because this is Misono singing XD.  She sounds off a lot which is pretty bad.  It isn’t til she hits her medium range where she’s alright.  The low side needs workin done.  All in all, this track just dragged on for me *sigh* Dang, XMAS songs….

 

 

dat’s 1st mini-album was an alright one.  Though all the songs are pretty forgettable, well maybe not “for you”, still there were problems in here, like wrong stylings, too much percussion, and Misono’s control on her vocals.  Though it sorta does get better when she becomes a solo artist. 

 

day after tomorrow – faraway June 20, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. faraway
  2. faraway “Dirt Devils 7″ Mix”
  3. faraway “SPACEFROG 7″ Xtended Termination”
  4. faraway “Jonathan Peters’ Trance Mix, Radio”
  5. faraway “Hex Hector Main Radio Mix”
  6. faraway “Dirt Devils Dub MIX”
  7. faraway “SPACEFROG Dubmatic Termination”
  8. faraway “Jonathan Peters’ SF Trance Dub Mix”
  9. faraway “Dub’s Pop Dub Remix”
  10. faraway “Original Mix -Instrumental-“

1. faraway

Part of this song is rock, part of it is pop. Great mix of the keyboards and guitar in this song.   Misono sounds actually quite well in this song, I have to say.  She doesn’t go too low or go too high which is alright.  A very pretty cool pop/rock song.  It’s definitly a great single to start with.

dat’s debut single had soooo many remixes, though the main track is definitly a strong track to start off for their 1st mini-album.  Go get complete Best it has their full discography, so it’s definitly worth mentioning.