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capsule – Sugarless GiRL June 29, 2009

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capsule

Track Listing

  1. Welcome to my World
  2. Starry Sky
  3. REALiTY
  4. Sugarless GiRL
  5. Catch my breath
  6. Spider
  7. MUZiC
  8. melting point
  9. Sound of Silence
  10. Secret Paradise
  11. Star Sniper (iTunes exclusive)

1. Welcome to my World

All that’s going on here is just a talking opener to the album.  That’s just because we love our stock vocals right?  It’s kind of freaky actually since it’s a female robotic voice….shocker right?

2. Starry Sky

That voice actually reappears into our first track off the album which was also the lone A-side released single for the album.  Starry Sky does drag itself at the start since it has a long instrumental before Toshiko comes in and sings off.  Now right from the start, you can tell this is a evolution of capsule because of the harder synth style and J-tek style that has taken over.  Now all of the vocoder also works here as well giving Toshiko something to make her off vocals work and this is a good way to begin the album.

3. REALiTY

I’ll be honest, the first B-side off the album, REALiTY is another surprise, especially to the more Shibuya-kei fans because not only does it not feature Toshiko it’s got a male vocalist going on here and I kind of like the songs where Nakata uses a male voice for a song (like “Phantom”).  After a while it does become a little too formulaic and maybe a bit repetitive, but y’know how J-tek works.

4. Sugarless GiRL

The next three tracks, are like the trinity to capsule on this album.  Starting off with Sugarless GiRL which was a B-side to “Starry Sky” (WTF, why is this a B-side?????).  Clearly Nakata didn’t have high hopes, but this song would be the epitome to what capsule new sound was like and was further driven for other acoustically driven J-tek songs like Perfume’s “Computer City”.  To be quite honest, it is their best song they’ve had so far.  I mean it isn’t as heavy like the last two tracks, but it’s enough to dance too and Toshiko returns as well.  Toshiko also added some emotion to the song which made it even better….ahhhh this song is a legend.

5. Catch my breath

I kind of consider this to be a long interlude rather than a full on track…I mean well it’s two parts repeated and Toshiko isn’t even it (at least I don’t think so).  Why I consider it part of the trinity?  Well it bridges “Sugarless GiRL” and “Spider”.  Now this has a heavier beat and it sounds dark but the thing that gets me, is that the lyrics are hard to decipher.  It’s those damn stock vocals, but in my mind, I think not knowing what they are saying is actually quite different.  ~It’s nice to know that you were there.  Thanks for acting like you care, I can hardly catch my breath~  Sweet ass line.

6. Spider

Then we get to Spider, Damn…this was one mindfuck of a song going around IMO.  Toshiko returns and she brought freaky in a new way.  The arrangement does have electric guitar which is pretty cool and the heavy dance beats continue.  Seriously though, Toshiko’s lack of emotion in the song worked especially when the topic is about how she’s stuck in love and this person is like a spider.  The chorus though kind of draggy, it pretty dark-like and eerie especially when Toshiko is all like ~spidaaaaaaaah~

7. MUZiC

Enough of that fangasm xD.  MUZiC kind of bores me actually.  I mean there’s a bit of a lulz factor to it, since the song sounds like something from some gay porno.  There’s some moans here and there and the beats is jumpy which is nice.  I just found this song to just fly by me, but it’s funny to hear it once in a while, just for those moans.  After a while stock vocals return too….hmmm lack of Toshiko FTL.

8. melting point

Strange to have a piano interlude on an electro capsule album….It just doesn’t seem to fit at all on here (then again, it wouldn’t really fit on any of their other albums).  So it’s longer than the opener and I guess it gives us a break from the album.

9. Sound of Silence

~I’ve never felt this sound of silence!~  Oh wow, this would be under something different on the album as it is more pop-laced than the other tracks, but once again no Toshiko in sight.  It’s more around the club/house sound and I quite like it actually since the music sounds easily like a Perfume tune, but with stock vocals.  It’s quite interesting and I like it, though throw in some Perfume though….xD

10. Secret Paradise

Ending off the main album, Secret Paradise is quite the odd track IMO.  I don’t know why but it seems ethereal as a J-tek track, then again it actually sounds like something off their last album so it’s nice to see something on here that’s like that.  Still the whole sound of it is quite nice actually. 

11. Star Sniper

So if you bought the album via iTunes, you get another track…hmmm Star Sniper is different from the other tracks in the way it sounds a little tribal almost or maybe that’s me.  I love the heavy synths playing around here.  There’s some whispering going around which bothers me, since iono what language it’s in….French?  Who knows, I guess after all that the song just doesn’t make me like it much…where’s my Toshiko?

Tracks Recommended

  • Sugarless GiRL
  • Spider
  • Catch my breath
  • Sound of Silence

Song of Avoidance

  • Star Sniper

capsule really made their fans turn their heads in two directions with this album.  Some like the new fresh sound Nakata was using on the album while others were basically shunning them because they lost their original sound altogether.  For me, I actually love this album and shows Nakata can do a lot more than pico-pop and thrust himself into the J-tek field.  Sugarless GiRL is one of their best if not their best album.

 

Aira Mitsuki – Aira no Kagaku CD June 25, 2009

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airanokagaku

Track Listing

  1. Science Music
  2. Senjou no Merry Christmas (Thereminvox mixes)
  3. Happiness land (I am Robot and Proud ver.)
  4. MIKE ALWAY’S DIARY
  5. Science Music (-1track ver.)
  6. Senjou no Merry Christmas (-1track ver.)

1. Science Music

There’s a whole lot that could be mustered from the song, but Science Music right is her most outlandish work to date.  First off it isn’t anything like the other tracks of the era and far from it which is amazing.  It does sound very wintry for an electropop track and even furthering it’s differences.  Then again the lyrics sound like she’s saying ~Roll in the snow~.  Even more interesting is that it includes an instrument called a theremin.  What that is, is like a machine that takes the motion of your hands and makes a humming sound from it hence the songs eerie, cello-like sounds.  The song doesn’t really have a direction and it kind of becomes numbing and fall into listening to it.

2. Senjou no Merry Christmas (Thereminvox mixes)

Now this track is a cover and a rearrangement.  Aira’s original was from a small V.A. called “teardrop”.  Now the wintry sound obviously continues in this song hence the title, but this time theremin is also heard here and it gave the song a more haunting opening, but it also gives the song a more ethereal outlook since Aira is whispering and using French in the song.  Now, I’m not sure what’s going on, but this song is nice and chilly and represented winter well….Even better was the theremin going round in the song.  NICE!

3. Happiness land (I am Robot and Proud ver.)

Wait….didn’t we just see this on the “BARBiE BARBiE” single?  I guess it doesn’t hurt to reuse it here since it kind of fits on this single moreso than on the last one.  So yeah, basically this remix is actually a little more upbeat than the original mix from “C.O.P.Y”.  I’m still unsure if I enjoy this or the original more just because they both are pretty good ballad tracks (well, this one isn’t really).  It does ends kind of randomly…but w/e

4. MIKE ALWAY’S DIARY

Ahhhh, I loved this song when it was first released back on “teardrop” and I’m so happy nothing was changed in this song.  Now this is considered my “CANDY LIGHT MODE” of the era because it’s acoustically driven, even better is that there’s a lot going for it.  Muffled areas, xylophone melodies, and Aira’s pseudo-whispering singing also.  It’s like one of her catchiest songs, even though it’s also a cover.

5. Science Music (-1track ver.)

Basically what this means is that they took out the theremin of the song which also took out the eerieness that made the song so good.  I can’t say that it’s any better, but luckily everything else in still intact.  It’s still bouncy and Aira still sounds nice, but the lack of the mood inducer pretty much took me out of the song.

6. Senjou no Merry Christmas (-1track ver.)

Oh, so I guess they did put the original Aira track on here, but just added the title.  Also losing the theremin in the process, it’ll be pretty hard to not think of the instrument and you’ll be expecting, but then it doesn’t come.  Strange, but nice to put in the original with the single too I guess.

 

 

Alright, I’m pretty sure this is still considered a “PLASTIC” era single because well that Happiness land remix was tacked on the single.  The whole single was just so refreshing to have that it is better than both “Robot Honey” and “BARBiE BARBiE” and even “Valentine STEP”.  The announcement of the single was a bit odd, since it was pretty known the day it was released…right, well this single was just so off the wall and yet it was what we needed, a new side to Aira we haven’t seen and most of us learned about a new instrument along the way, whether she continues to use it beats me, but I hope she does since Science Music and Senjou no Merry Christmas sounded awesome with it.  Throw in acoustic MIKE ALWAY’S DIARY and reuse a pretty good remix of an old track and you get a pretty good single here. AWESOMENESS

 

MEG – OK June 6, 2009

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ok

Track Listing

  1. OK
  2. I’m in LOVE
  3. OK <sugiurumn remix>

1. OK

Ahhh, OK.  I swear this was one cool track from the “BEAM” album.  Right from the start, I was pleased that it doesn’t drag like “Amai Zeitaku” did and how bouncy the rhythm really was.  It still is cute, but not like where I just wanna turn on Metallica just to feel manly again.  Anyways it’s kind of upbeat in nature, but I’m not sure the lyrics are happy.  I still think this is more of a Perfume track than a MEG, but whatever, this song is pretty good.

2. I’m in LOVE

I am so confused by the B-side as it doesn’t exactly sound like something Nakata would do initially.  Just like “OK” though, there’s a pretty constant beat and MEG is singing a bit better, maybe except in the chorus, but we get another does of happiness which is pretty good.  I was pretty intrigued by the guitar solo in the middle though, like I said not Nakata-like, but this also pretty good. 

3. OK <sugiurumn remix>

Why is it always that sugiurumn has to make these awfully long remixes?  I mean jeeze…almost 8 minutes, you got to be kidding me.  Well, if you know sugiurumn well enough, you should know that the song is more club-like and has a long entrance and let me tell you, it drags big time.  The beat and sound just sounds lazy to me.  MEG’s vocals are filtered a bit, I don’t know but this was just too long and boring.

 

 

MEG ends the “BEAM” era with a better single overall than “Amai Zeitaku”.  Both the A-side and B-side compliments each other very well in this case being the 2nd Nakata single.  The remix however was the singles drawback and I don’t like it much personally.  Otherwise, great way to end the era.

 

MEG – BEAUTIFUL May 26, 2009

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beautiful

Track Listing

  1. DAYS
  2. PRECIOUS
  3. TELEPHONE
  4. LIES
  5. STAR
  6. STAND
  7. WHY
  8. JOKER
  9. SKIN
  10. BEAUTIFUL
  11. FREAK <yasutaka nakata remix>*

* = only on DVD

1. DAYS

DAYS begins the album off….but oddly it’s an introduction and it’s quite bad.  The synths are like really bad because they are on these horrible chords and add on with MEG’s long and drawn out singing it really seems like it’s too slow for it’s own good.  The later half she’s talking against the synth issues and then kind of ends.  Yikes, this was not the way to begin an album off at all!

2. PRECIOUS

PRECIOUS is actually the only single to really represent the album which is kind of unfortunate in some cases.  Luckily, since it’s release last year in the summer it’s been oddly getting better and catchy.  Even though it’s considered old, PRECIOUS is still the very spacey electropop track that I’ve fallen in love with.  MEG’s vocals are a little deeper than normal which is cool.  Yes, I can’t mention this song without mentioning it’s PV with the cats YES PEOPLE CATS!!!

3. TELEPHONE

Our first new track comes up and it starts out hopeful since it’s acoustic guitar and synths which usually in Nakata talk = amazing song.  Well, don’t be surprised, but it’s quite awesome.  There’s some instances where I think Nakata is channeling Ami’s last album because I get that feel, but otherwise it’s still MEG-like and I kind of like it. 

4. LIES

Of the previews, I liked LIES a lot.  It reminds me of another MEG song at the beginning and I can’t remember at all.  Anyways, after that a very cool synth melody MEG comes in again and the song becomes something that tells me, that the should’ve been faster because I’m almost bored, but luckily the chords and melody are pretty good.  It sounds like “SUPERSONIC” got it’s tempo shot down basically.

5. STAR

A nice piano line begins STAR off, but quickly it gets really bothersome as it just kind of continues on (at least it changes notes).  STAR also brings out the fact that it’s the first ballad of the album which is so better than the songs off of “BEAM”.  Sometimes I think it’s a little too boring, but at least there’s something that keeps me interested in the song and I think it’s the whole natural vs. synthetic sound going on.  Good song.

6. STAND

STAND to me sounds a bit more like her “STEP” works which is nice to hear and then hearing more of the acoustic guitar again interested me good.  Though the rhythm seems a bit weird at the start, but things pick up after a while and it sounds like one of the stand (pun) out tracks from the album.  It’s quite nice to hear overall.

7. WHY

WHY though was the track that I wanted to hear as well because it’s hard and definitly freaking cool.  The synths from Nakata doesn’t sound much like anything he’s done on the album or any single…well….maybe “ONE”.  MEG is oddly sounding pretty interested especially in the chorus and to be honest…WHY is the “Mysterious” off this album since it was so out of left field here.  AWESOME.  Even better us the whole call and response thing she’s doing in the song….EPIC

8. JOKER

Is it bad that when I hear this I think of “One Room Disco”?  I seriously think Nakata is using the same synthesizer as both songs, so I otherwise declare this the album’s worst song.  I thought this was going to be a harder track, but I guess not.  Even MEG sounds more bored here than normal which is very unfortunate….especially being after such an epic track like “WHY”.

9. SKIN

The tracks here on out were all promotional songs for the album.  SKIN definitly wasn’t something I expected to have been promotion material, but there it was with a very WTF PV to back it up.  Seriously, though she chose an awesome song to have gotten it, because SKIN is like “MAKE LOVE” and “SUPERSONIC” rolled into one because like both they were more music fronted than lyrically important.  SKIN though really takes off because of the bouncy beat and the more grittier synth and I hear a bit of guitar in it which is awesome.  SKIN easily wins best song off the album.

10. BEAUTIFUL

MEG hasn’t had a title track since her debut album and it took Nakata that long to make one for her.  (BTW, where’s STEP and BEAM huh?)  Anyways it was the last PV to leak out and honestly, I wasn’t feeling much for it.  I mean it is slower than her previous PV’s which is a shocker she chose this to represent the album.  I have to say for being more of a ballad, this was a nice change after the frantic “SKIN”.  I kind of like the song more than when I hear it with the PV, but then again I don’t have to watch them dancing cats.  Another good choice and great way to end the album.

11. FREAK <yasutaka nakata remix>

I’m reviewing this track because it’s promotional for the album…I’m surprised it wasn’t even on the tracklist.  Anyway if memory serves you right, FREAK was a big WTF earlier this year because of MEG x Hadouken!  Luckily, for the fans she released a “Nakatafied” version of said song.   Other than the arrangement changes MEG has also been vocodered even further which is a risky touch on Nakata’s part.  Some points, I really like this version, but sometimes I think parts are a bit sloppy and in the end I really liked the original better because it was more in your face!

Tracks Recommended

  • SKIN
  • WHY
  • PRECIOUS
  • LIES
  • BEAUTIFUL

Song of Avoidance

  • DAYS

I got to be honest, I felt this album was a step-down to “STEP” (another pun).  I felt that Nakata was being too safe this time around and didn’t have the memorable songs that her previous album had.  MEG did surprise me with a few songs but otherwise, this album wasn’t as raw as it could’ve been because c’mon no really heavy beats this time around…I’m sorry, but this album will have to grow on me.

 

Q;indivi – ivy; May 24, 2009

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ivy

Track Listing

  1. Forget Me Now
  2. Hide and Seek
  3. Voices
  4. She Like Electric
  5. ComeBAby
  6. Starting Over
  7. Stay Awake
  8. Looking At the Stars
  9. Lost Freaquency
  10. Part Of Your World
  11. Tuft

CD 2

  1. ComeBAby (hn’s i-dep Remix)
  2. Just (RIDDIM PHYSICAL REMIX)
  3. Voices (HANDSOMEBOY TECHNIQUE REMIX)
  4. Tuft (Unrelease Ver. 2.0)
  5. Storia (Next Album Preview ver.)

1. Forget Me Now

Q;indivi’s debut album starts off with an introductory song, which is kind of cool, giving a chill synth sound to show things off.  Of course just like the EP, Rin isn’t present, but there’s male vocals that take over and it sounds pretty airy and simple.  It’s also in English which helps out right?  I think it did well starting off the album.

2. Hide and Seek

It’s actually lead quite nicely into our first track.  It starts off shaky because it starts and stops a lot.  The music is basically kind of like what capsule was doing which was electro with a bit of acoustic guitar.  Rin doesn’t play a huge role here because the music is more louder than her and even then, her voice is heavily layered and vocodered that it becomes quite hard to understand.  Already I’m sensing the change in production.

3. Voices

Voices harkens back to their previous release by utilizing strings in their songs.  So continuing on that idea, the song isn’t too good because it’s pretty boring and Rin sounds harsh in the song, but I do like the arrangement.  I’m pretty sure there could’ve been some work done before releasing this, but w/e this song isn’t that good.

4. She Like Electric

Oddly enough, we get an interlude with this track and oddly enough it doesn’t have any electro influences in it.  The closest thing really is a beat and the nature sounds with piano.  There’s added electrical sounds as the song goes by, but it’s kinda of useless.  Rin’s singing is still very strange, but it’s was easily listenable, albeit quite short.

5. ComeBAby

So our ComeBaby pops up next and still uses the strings basis once again for the track.  The lyrics are a bit clearer than “Voices” which is a good thing but Rin’s vocals just continues to sound like MEG’s which is pretty unfortunate.  The chorus is better than the verses because you can clearly hear Rin’s Engrish, but it’s alright.

6. Starting Over

Starting Over begins with another nice piano opening and with Rin’s off shot vocals, it’s actually a lot better than some of the other songs out there.  Instead of synths they took a more natural take making them sound a bit like Nichika.  Still, their whole cosmic lyrical selection is kind of getting meh at this point.

7. Stay Awake

Stay Awake reappears on the album and it still doesn’t connect with me especially after all of the same properties were used over and over again.  I mean the latin sound that later occupies the song, it just didn’t cut it and it’s even worse on the album than it was back on “ComeBAby.EP”

8. Looking At the Stars

See what I mean?  After the whole relaxation sound, it starts good with some synths and then Rin comes in with some acoustic guitar, but luckily it’s upbeat and strange it still combines nature somehow in between as you hear crickets chirping in and out of the song.  The little musical interlude was way too empty to be anything really good and sadly is the worst part of the song.  The chorus was great though.  The worst thing is that it sounds way too similar to “Stay Awake”

9. Lost Freaquency

Finally something that is a little different, Lost Freaquency starts with some water dripping and a bit of an ethereal synth opening.  It brought mystery in the song and the song start to change slowly into a piano fronted song that was sweet.  After a while though, I keep thinking it’s an instrumental basically since Rin is nowhere to be found and is replaced by the guy that was singing in “Forget Me Now”.  I do like the serious sound of the song though.

10. Part Of Your World

Yep, if the title looks familiar to you it’s a cover of one of the biggest songs from “The Little Mermaid”.  The original was flowing and had a sense of underwater life.  Q;indivi’s take sounds like a fantasy that’s gone right because the song is easy to follow along and Rin does a good job singing.

11. Tuft

The first disc ends off with Tuft, A 45 second track.  Though it’s probably a good thing because Rin sings out and sings right here and the song is a pretty happy song with just acoustics.  The problem here was her choice of pitches because some of them were pretty sucky. 

CD 2

1. ComeBAby (hn’s i-dep Remix)

Honestly?  Do we really need another ComeBAby remix?  This one is a bit more danceable, but the cut n’ paste of Rin’s lyrics just sucked hardcore at the beginning.  I was crying lol.  I kind of like everything after it, but it just kind of lacks any real boom.

2. Just (RIDDIM PHYSICAL REMIX)

This remix returns from their first release and I’m still disliking the song altogether.  I mean the remix does justice to the original, but there’s still things I just dislike about it like the very loud swooping synth.  That actually hurts my ears a lot. 

3. Voices (HANDSOMEBOY TECHNIQUE REMIX)

At first, when I started this up I was thinking this was a live version of Voices because of the audience clapping at the start.  I actually am liking this more because of the lack of strings in it which was what hindered the song a lot.  As a ballad, this works better so I easily like it a lot. 

4. Tuft (Unreleased Ver. 2.0)

Tuft’s unreleased?!?  Ok?  Anyway, it has a more flowing arrangement even though it still is hellishly short.  There’s more strings and acoustic guitar and less of the synth usage, but it’s basically the same song all over again.

5. Storia (Next Album Preview ver.)

Then we get to Storia which is a track off their next album “philharmonique;” and from the preview we got from it, it’s sounds a while lot better than a bunch of the songs off this album.  Even if it’s the shortest song off the entire album. 

Tracks Recommended

  • Lost Freaquency
  • Part Of Your World
  • Starting Over
  • Voices (HANDSOMEBOY TECHNIQUE REMIX)

Song of Avoidance

  • Just (RIDDIM PHYSICAL REMIX)

Q;indivi’s debut album honestly was a tough album to sit through fully.  It’s not that they’re bad or anything even though they shouldn’t be because they are on avex’s label, but their music can become super stale the more you listen to it.  Rin as a lyricist, is sometimes bad and her Engrish can be quite bothersome, but I guess you have to get used to it.  ivy; just wasn’t what I thought it would be and came off as just a stale album…..maybe “philharmonique;” will do better.

 

Aira Mitsuki – BARBiE BARBiE May 20, 2009

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 barbiebarbie

Track Listing

  1. BARBiE BARBiE
  2. CHANGE MY WILL
  3. FREEDOM STAR
  4. Happiness land (I Am Robot and Proud Ver.)
  5. FREEDOM STAR (TOKYO F*NKadeLiKKK rmx)
  6. CHANGE MY WILL (Modular Modular rmx)
  7. BARBiE BARBiE (digital mp-3 mastering ver.)
  8. CHANGE MY WILL (digital mp-3 mastering ver.)
  9. FREEDOM STAR (digital mp-3 mastering ver.)

1. BARBiE BARBiE

I have to say, BARBiE BARBiE was definitly pushing for unoriginality because it closely remeninsced her past songs especially in the past era.  It’s still a good song nonetheless because it’s one huge synth fast and Aira’s fun way of singing.  The problem is the chorus was like WTF cuz a lot of the times, I thought she was saying ~GARLIC GARLIC~…This was the 2nd part of the chorus BTW, still I was like what is this song about anyways? 

2. CHANGE MY WILL

CHANGE MY WILL is a special track because it’s the only song that makes it on the DVD live performance that’s coming out soon.  Anyways, the song is the single’s harder electro track and it’s kind of freaky and at the same time is as shocking as when MEG did “FREAK”.  Unlike the past two hard songs, this was nice and equal vocal and musical parts so it didn’t become top-heavy.  Aira is also in a higher pitch for the chorus and she sometimes sounds thin (what in J-tek?)  Good B-side

3. FREEDOM STAR

Yeah, we haven’t exactly had a girly-ish song since “Robot Honey” so hearing FREEDOM STAR sounded fresh at least to me.  It sounds like something Perfume would have done, but Aira’s vocals make the song a lot more memorable and being the chill kind of track, I liked it alot.  There’s not much else to be really said, but it’s nice to get a track like “HEART LINE ALIVE”.

4. Happiness land (I Am Robot and Proud Ver.)

Talking about the past era, This is a first to see a previously released track get remixed on a current single.  I can’t really say what it’s like now.  I mean Happiness land was the song that was more closer to being a ballad than the others.  It still carries the ballad feel at the start, but once things get going it’s a bit more upbeat, but not like “FREEDOM STAR”s tempo.  It kind of felt shorter to the original…hmmmm weird.

5. FREEDOM STAR (TOKYO F*NKadeLiKK rmx)

Oddly, we don’t get any “BARBiE BARBiE” remixes this time around…Back to FREEDOM STAR’s remix is a bit more aggressive, but there is like a lot of random things going on in the song like the fanfares and Aira’s more echo-y vocals.  Maybe if there was more of Aira, I would’ve liked it more but this remix kind of failed for me.

6. CHANGE MY WILL (Modular Modular rmx)

The last remix of the single, CHANGE MY WILL went from being all aggressive and crazy to having a pretty consistent beat which is what we need, but the synths definitly reminded me of “FREAK’s”.  The remix is kind of funny in a way because there’s the odd synth melody that just sounds so damn funny and off the wall.  It’s still got the same vocal passages, it’s just the arrangement that’s been reworked and sometimes it clicks, but other times it doesn’t.  Whatever xD

 

 

Aira’s last single of the era kind of is in between the great “Sayonara TECHNOPOLiS” and the not so good “Robot Honey”.  I’m pretty sure she’s seeing things start to drift off and is now utilizing different ideas.  BARBiE BARBiE is kind of a stab to her last album and so is FREEDOM STAR easily being compared to the songs from “C.O.P.Y”.  CHANGE MY WILL was something new and well easily tops over the other songs on the single.  The remixes were once again not too memorable, but was a treat for us.  Aira and remixes aren’t that good together if you ask me.  You know what we need?  Another “CANDY LIGHT MODE”. 

 

Ami Suzuki – FREE FREE/SUPER MUSIC MAKER April 30, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. FREE FREE
  2. SUPER MUSIC MAKER
  3. FREE FREE (extended mix)
  4. SUPER MUSIC MAKER (radio edit)

1. FREE FREE

Before this, I’ve never heard of Yasutaka Nakata or even anything J-tek actually the closest thing to J-tek was “AROUND THE WORLD” and Nami Tamaki’s music.  Now since I was in the air after the “CONNETTA” album to which I was losing faith with Ami, she totally got sexed and won me over the summer of 07 with “FREE FREE”.  It’s a meteroic barrage of synth and vocoder from Nakata.  Now at that time I also didn’t know what the hell a vocoder is and even how to describe the song at the time, so hearing this blew my mind for sure.  Even though it isn’t the first time she’s been under it, I felt her voice just suited this equipment perfectly.  The first part came as ~I believe you set me free~  Then Ami’s vocals were oozing, even though the verse was muffled lol, but when she blazed through the bridge I was like SHE”S FUCKIN BACK!!!  Amazing J-tek track and Nakata should be really happy with the results of the song.

2. SUPER MUSIC MAKER

The other A-side, SUPER MUSIC MAKER was a lot more complex of a song then “FREE FREE” which in cases like this, it’s pretty cool because the song is full of interesting sounds and rhythms.  This time Ami is singing at a normal register and and I hear what she’s saying, sadly the song is a little bit messy within the synths, it’s like overload the song with synths.  Is it bad that I consider the remix on “can’t stop the DISCO” than to the original? 

3. FREE FREE (extended mix)

So what’s better than FREE FREE?  An extended version of said song.  Now just like the last track, it starts out with a simple beat before leading in the amazing track that is it.  I thought the extension was really awesome and hearing the different spots again was cool.  I found it cool that they moved the male backup to the start and the guitar screech was more prominent.  It could be too long for some people, but to me, this is a great track long or not.

4. SUPER MUSIC MAKER (radio edit)

So the opposite happens with the final track off the single.  I’m not surprised since the ending was just so long and boring.  I was happy to see this getting shortened and such.  I still find it funny that it sounds like m.o.v.e’s “SYSTEMATIC FANTASY” which came out a little bit earlier than this song.  I thought it was a smart idea to have it been included in “DOLCE”

 

 

This single basically kickstarted Ami’s career again.  Both songs are great J-tek tracks and for this, it’s easily one of my favorite Ami singles of all time.  I honestly don’t see anything wrong, maybe the extensions were a bit too drawn out, but this was an amazing single.