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MEG – OK June 6, 2009

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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.

 

MEG – Amai Zeitaku March 20, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Amai Zeitaku
  2. Koi no Bakudan
  3. Amai Zeitaku (Extended Mix)

1. Amai Zeitaku

MEG’s 2nd song with Nakata begins with a rush of sound before we actually hear her come in and at first her voice without the music sounds terrible to my ears.  At least when the synths come in they seem to cover her up pretty well.  I’ve never really connected with this song for some reason, but whatever.  At least it made it on the V.A., “BEAUTIFUL TECHNO” right?

2. Koi no Bakudan

~Rhythm, level 1, listen and try…~  Oh that line amuses me so much whenever this song pops up.  Right from when the instrumentation, I thought of capsule Shibuya-kei style and MEG is not even under vocoder which is rare, especially for Nakata.  Though I don’t like the fact that she’s trying to be girly and cute which turned me off as well.  Still the music is pretty catchy though, so I’ll give Nakata his props.

2. Amai Zeitaku (Extended Version)

Over 8 mintues of Amai Zeitaku?  No way…Like usual techno extended songs, it starts off immediatly with a beat that repeats for like a minute before the actual song starts off.  It’s kind of weird, but it just seemed they stuck on more beats and just called that an extension.  If you like Amai Zeitaku a lot though, this might tickle your fancy.

 

 

MEG’s first single for the “BEAM” era took MEG in a new direction and it’s pretty meh nowadays because she has better Nakata tracks, but at the time this probably would’ve been a good single she started with.  Koi no Bakudan was surprising for the lack of vocoder in the song, but it came off as a little boring, but the music is great. 

 

MEG – FREAK February 14, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. FREAK
  2. TOXIC
  3. TOXIC (THE LOWBROWS Gimme Five remix)

1. FREAK

HELLO, HELLO, HELLO, HELLO…This song is definitly a hot mess if there is one, but oddly enough it works.  First off, it isn’t Nakata’s doing at all which is nice and she turned to UK group, Hadouken! for this track.  FREAK does sound really similar to “That Boy That Girl” in the percussion department but that’s where the similarities end.  The keyboards and basic strangeness are so catchy and MEG’s vocals fit pretty tight for this track.  I love the ~freak freak freak on yoooou~ part.  Definitly something new for MEG.

2. TOXIC

TOXIC seems to have a more synth based sound to it which is nice.  Lyrically and vocally it reminds me of “FREAK” during the verses while the chorus is loud and in your face.  TOXIC though doesn’t have much of a hook as the A-side did which is unfortunate, but I guess it’s an alright B-side.

3. TOXIC (THE LOWBROWS Gimme Five remix)

TOXIC’s remix actually takes the song’s beats and slows them down immensely while keeping up the vocals (which sound so much more cleaner and easier to understand).  It did feel a little too strung along at first, but when the main stuff begins it’s really good.  MEG’s vocals are in echo format and the synth are heavy and gritty.  Then it sort-of ends and it comes blaring back with the chorus which is amazing.  What a good remix.

 

 

MEG’s 1st single for her concept mini-album is pretty interesting.  Not only we see MEG in a different light, we get some pretty interesting songs.  FREAK is definitly amazing to listen to and even though TOXIC sounds a bit too much like it, it seems to be an OK B-side, but the remix is many different ideas into one and definitly was worth the listen.

 

meg – room girl October 9, 2008

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roomgirl

Track Listing

  1. G no ballad
  2. GROOVE TUBE
  3. Kasa to Shizuku (DJ TATSUTA remix)
  4. Ikenai Kotokai (R.D.R. mix)
  5. Kouro
  6. key
  7. scanty blues
  8. room girl
  9. Kanawanai Koto

1. G no ballad

Like the title says the album opens up to a ballad.  In honestu, her voice isn’t all that bad here.  She sounds very smooth and soothing for a song like this.  The 2nd verse pops up and her voice sounds live as well which sounds pretty cool.  Probably her best ballad.

2. GROOVE TUBE

Odd start with some moaning.  The song is very different adding a more latin sound to the music.  MEG once again tries very hard to get them high notes and they end up being to thin, even for her own sake.  Though I really hate the warping of her sound and it isn’t her fault hahaha.  It was alright.

3. Kasa to Shizuku (DJ TATSUTA remix)

I have no idea what to think on this song.  I guess it has a club feeling, but it isn’t as apparant as her Nakata albums.  This would be a song that I dislike because of her voice, even though this is her debut track.  The production to this remix sounds a little empty with like some synths and woodblock and some R&B influence.  Other than that it just seemed to be missing some oomph

4. Ikenai Kotokai (R.D.R. mix)

Damnit…Why MEG?  Reggae is not the way to go for a song.  Even then, I actually think the song actualy sort of fit her pretty well.  Her smooth vocals return and it sounded pretty good.  Though she tries again for those high notes and sort of squeaks her way through them.  The sax solo does sound pretty good as well.  Definitly a better track than the last one for sure.

5. Kouro

I’m gonna take a gander and say that the song is a sort of jazzy track.  The higher notes still make me cringe, but MEG against this piano-ladened track sounds pretty good and very wondrous.  One of my favorite tracks just because it flows so well and even with the other sounds the song just keeps the balance of wonder intact.  Might be her best track before Nakata takes over.

6. key

key sounds so sad and depressing even though MEG sounding pretty anxious.  The lyrics are very odd against the music because it seems she’s breathing a lot.  Sadly, I don’t really enjoy her much in this song even with all the quiet sounds…It just didn’t catch my attention…To think that the last new track of two didn’t leave an impression.

7. scanty blues

Haunting sounds start up this track which surprised when it gained the beat.  I think it’s definitly club music for sure.  MEG comes in singing and using her interesting vocals which aren’t bad in this song either.  The thing that bothered me in this track was how she said Blues ~Brusze~ Like what?   Yeah, it’s not the prettiest thing to hear, but this song’s eerie music really captured the essence of the song.  Another great song.

8. room girl

The title track has some awesome string bass present here.  I’m starting to realize that minimal instrumentation works better for MEG here since there’s like only bass and some piano and percussion.  Another jazzy track for sure.  If this was on FFX-2, I wouldn’t be surprised because it sounds like a lot of the stuff heard from the OST.

9. Kanawanai Koto

Finishing the album is another ballad.  Though the song start with a piano, which practically bored me until it started gaining some added notes.  MEG, I’m not sure if you would have sounded good on a ballad.  I still don’t know fully, but this ballad sounds pretty nice.  Even though it’s so minimalistic, I wished for added strings.  Other than that this was alright.

Tracks Recommended

  • Kouro
  • scanty blues
  • G no ballad
  • Ikenai Kotokai (R.D.R. mix)

Song of Avoidance

  • key

This was MEG’s debut album?  Wow, even though the album truthfully has only 2 new tracks both fit in pretty well with the rest of the songs.  I thought the album would’ve been bad, but this one is really good for MEG.  Songs like kouro and scanty blues are really good since they both are so different from all the stuff she’s done up to “STEP”  Give it a listen, you might like it.

 

 

MEG – PRECIOUS September 18, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. PRECIOUS
  2. CANDY
  3. PRECIOUS end of summer mix

1. PRECIOUS

So this new era starts with this kind of girly track.  I actually enjoyed it with the PV so much R.I.P. Nagi (director of PV).  It’s got such a magical and yet dance feeling to it.  It’s quite the happy track and being a Nakata track it’s another great A-side released this year.  Though y’know I can’t help but think dancing cats for some reason….x.x

2. CANDY

So, when I first saw this track, I thought it’d be uber cute and girly even moreso than “PRECIOUS”.  Then to find out that it’s like a more softer and slower version of “Macaroni”.  This reminds me of her past works just as much.  She’s borderline whispering/singing the chorus.  Sadly, this isn’t as memorable as her other B-sides have been.

3. PRECIOUS end of summer mix

Hmmm, this remix is so jumpy, though it still retains majority of the main arrangement.  There was not really much of a drastic change to the song.  I guess the addition of acoustic guitar does make it more summery.  I just wished there was more differences to it.

 

 

MEG’s first single of the era was pretty much a letdown.  I was expecting more especially with all that Nakata has been doing for his other artists.  PRECIOUS though is the only awesome track from here.  Very disappointing b-side and remix…

 

MEG – STEP August 31, 2008

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Track Listing

  1. MAGIC
  2. KITTENISH
  3. MAKE LOVE
  4. PRISM BOY
  5. HEART
  6. SUPERSONIC
  7. SEARCHLIGHT
  8. NATALIE
  9. KITTENISH <ynnk mix>
  10. PRISM BOY <extended mix>

1. MAGIC

So, we start off with the first single of the era and to be honest…it didn’t do anything for me.  The la’s were so annoying in the song…blech.  The music is your usual Nakata shtuff.  Though I can see why, it’s so girly that it’s makes sense on the album…Funny, go watch the new PRECIOUS PV and check it out she’s doing MAGIC, ironic huh?

2. KITTENISH

What “MAGIC” was missing was some power and this song made up for it in a big way.  The song carries the girly sound but adds more beats and some out of this world synths usage.  MEG sounds kinda sexed up for this song which also made a positive reaction for me.  The chorus was pretty sweet as well, carrying the smoothness of the entire song…Already this album is good.

3. MAKE LOVE

Ending cute and fluffy, MAKE LOVE is very different.  It’s beat-forward and the synths are cool in the song.  Then we enter a new MEG where she talks instead of sing.  To be honest her English is a bit messy but it’s enough to make some sense out of it.  Then it goes very gritty and totally weird in the beats.  It drags however being over 7 minutes so it’s going to bore you for a while….think of Perfume’s “Take me Take me” and you’ll get the picture very quickly.

4. PRISM BOY

I almost thought “KITTENISH” pt. 2 right from the start.  It has the same girly synth quality to it, but it’s more dreamy and has a soothing magical quality to it.  The chorus brings in some low synths which was pretty nice.  Y’know, this is KITTENISH pt. 2 at best.  Though it’s very good for being it.  Nice track.

5. HEART

HEART is what introduced me into MEG and I still thank the song.  It’s a solid girly-like track.  MEG in the verses really sound like a child and isn’t bothersome, though not a lot of people will agree.  It’s really a cute track with it’s playful sounds and her pronunciation of ~Heart~ is cool for being Engrishly. 

6. SUPERSONIC

0.o  What do we have here?  While “MAKE LOVE” was very boring and long, SUPERSONIC is the opposite.  Her darkest Nakata track to date, we start with some ominous sounds and MEG using her talking to convey the downright creepy vibe song has.  The various synths also do the same complimenting each.  Then all of a sudden a very aggressive track enters the fray even moreso than “edge” or even “GAME” for that matter.  Her singing does take a hit but the chorus saves it just in time.  It’s definitly a standout and my favorite from the album.

7. SEARCHLIGHT

After that surprising track, we get a calm dance track.  Piano is actually the prominent sound of the song and really is a nice addition.  MEG though messes the song up, or perhaps Nakata does, because the song would have sounded better without the Vocoder.  Some of the synths remind me of Namie Amuro’s “Come” so I was pleasantly pleased.  Then this 80’s like synth pops up and realy took the song to a new level.  Alright track.

8. NATALIE

NATALIE is even less synthed up and uses actual percussion, sadly her vocals are not for this kind of song.  I agree with a lot of people saying that they would rather have had the remix found on “HEART” on here than this song.  It’s just slow and kind of weird.  Though, is it me or does the percussion sound like the one’s used in “Macaroni” maybe it’s just me.

9. KITTENISH <ynnk mix>

At first I thought it would have been a new song, but no…it’s a remix of KITTENISH…they took the girly song and made it more different.  It’s definitly interesting to hear this song in a different tone, changing everything practically.  Though I felt the song was missing that oomph the original had.  Maybe it’s just me *sigh*

10. PRISM BOY <extended mix>

Yep, you guessed it, it’s a longer version of PRISM BOY….I’m not too fond of extended versions because I’m just used to the orignal mixes.  Though it does stay true to the main focus of the song with the beginning synthline.  Maybe, but I found it a little more better executed….So I naturally like the song.

Tracks Recommended

  • SUPERSONIC
  • KITTENISH
  • HEART
  • PRISM BOY
  • KITTENISH <ynnk mix>

Song of Avoidance

  • MAGIC

As much as I think Nakata is overworking for each artist/group this was actually a pretty strong album (much better than BEAM thank god) with what he created is a very girly-like sound that works to his advantage with MEG’s one of a kind voice.  She still has work to do on her vocals, but they were so much better this time around