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UVERworld – just Melody June 10, 2009

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justmelody

Track Listing

  1. just Melody
  2. Revolve
  3. D-tecnoLife (RYUKYUDISKO MIX)

1. just Melody

I was definitly enjoying UVERworld’s style of their music, but I was prepared to hear something like just Melody.  It starts off pretty smoothly with some guitars and synths put together to make a pretty sweet sound.  Then the band jumped in and we find ourselves mixing it up with TAKUYA’s vocals it’s quite a nice experience.  It’s definitly a good track for being not a tie-in to anything major. 

2. Revolve

Revolve, like a few of the other B-sides this era has to offer, is a more harder edged track.  It starts off in your face and full of guitars sounding off.  Then things get odd when the verses cut the guitars and just leaves a little bit sound while TAKUYA sings.  It does sound jsut as good as the A-side though.  I really like how hard they can get in these kind of songs.  Great.

3. D-tecnoLife (RYUKYUDISCO MIX)

It’s strange that rock songs get the oddest remixes.  The song kind of misses its point in a big way because it’s stripped of its rock sound and replaced with a kind of strange beat and light synths added.  The chorus does maintain only the guitar and it doesn’t help that the vocals are echoed and filtered which makes it a bit worse.  Nah, not my kind of remix.

 

 

UVERworld finishes up the era pretty nicely with “just Melody”  Both the A-side and Revolve are more of the great things we’ve come to known from the band so far and that’s good.  They just gotten better with it.  The remix was a bit meh, but whatever rock songs shouldn’t be remixed.

 

sphere – Future Stream June 3, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. Future Stream
  2. Treasures!!
  3. Future Stream (instrumental)
  4. Treasures!! (instrumental)

1. Future Stream

Honestly, Future Stream reminds me of Nami Tamaki’s “Realize” at the starts with the flurry of synth usage.  Now a tidbit is the the entire group is filled with seiyuus which by now you should know I hate the use of those kind of vocals in the song.  The girls sound alright when they are harmonizing, but someone just sounds terrible when doing their solo parts.  She’s got such a squeaky voice that I cringe during her part.  Musically it’s not that special, but I guess it has its quirks about it.  Give me awhile with them lol.

2. Treasures!!

The B-side is a bit like “Future Stream” containing the same problems as well.  The music is a but more rock-oriented which is a plus, but at the same time the vocalists sound like some other H!P group (Buono!).  I guess the whole idol thing works in this case because it is so energetic and the after chorus was pretty sweet.  Good B-side!

 

 

I know it’s a bit early to really make a full-on opinion, but sphere might actually turn out better than I initially planned them out to be.  I mean yes, they are 4 seiyuus mashed in one group, and Haruka Tomatsu had to be one of em’….Future Stream is actually above average, but I want them to do something more risky with there music.  Here’s hoping that happens with the 2nd single.

 

FLOW – WORD OF THE VOICE

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Track Listing

  1. WORD OF THE VOICE
  2. ESCA
  3. Always
  4. WORD OF THE VOICE -Instrumental-
  5. WORD OF THE VOICE -PERSONA Opening Mix-

1. WORD OF THE VOICE

Ok, it’s been so damn long since I’ve heard something from FLOW last.  Actually the last time I heard something was “Go!!!” back in 2004.  Now hearing them today, I’ve seen more or less any drastic changes in their sound with WORD OF THE VOICE.  Maybe they are a bit more melodious with their music which is good and the song has a lot of them as well.  I haven’t seen any rapping either as well, but I guess it’s good.  I really like WORD OF THE VOICE right now.

2. ESCA

Every time I see this name, I think of Escaflowne…Doubt it has to do with anything of the anime.  Anyways, ESCA is a bit more laidback in terms of the groups music.  I actually like this track as well because it’s got a good riff and feel to it.  Sometimes Kohshi  and Keigo are a bit monotone throughout the chorus, but they fix it up in the verses. 

3. Always

Always is a pretty strange B-side because Kohshi is using a more deeper voice than he usually does while Keigo becomes the secondary singer of the song.  It does have similarities to “WORD OF THE VOICE”, but this is a pretty good song as well.  I think it needs a bigger bang in places, but this was good.

 

 

FLOW begins the “#5” era strongly with WORD OF THE VOICE.  Even though it’s been a long while since I paid them any attention, they easily sparked my interest in them with the single.  The A-side pretty much was what I expected from them minus the rapping.  Same can be said for Always since they are a bit similar.  ESCA’s more slower view was great too…I actually have hope for this era.

 

YUI – again May 30, 2009

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again

Track Listing

  1. again
  2. Sea
  3. SUMMER SONG ~YUI Acoustic Version~
  4. again ~Instrumental~

1. again

Well beginning the single off, again feels a tad strange at first because the the chords are minor tones which throws me off because I’m not totally used to it.  This is also the first time I’ve seen her sing this amazingly fast especially during the bridge where she’s like going at a real fast rate.  I already think this pwns “SUMMER SONG” by a long shot, it’s just that much better. 

2. Sea

Wow, Sea is an actual B-side unlike “Oh My God” since it’s over 3 minutes in length.  I haven’t been listening to much of her music, but I do know that this is has strings which is new for me and I kind of like its inclusion to the track.  I’ll say YUI sounds pretty good, but I think she hits some sour notes, but they arent terrible.  It’s still pretty good otherwise.

3. SUMMER SONG ~YUI Acoustic Version~

I really don’t see the major change to it’s original counterpart.  I mean just strip away the percussion and bass, and you basically get that which is rather unpleasing.  I have no idea why this was so uninspired to just strip away and use the song again.  I’m pretty sure she did resing it, but it’s hard to tell because of how close this sounds to the original…

 

 

After YUI’s year long break, she comes back with again, which I adore because it’s just so much more better than “SUMMER SONG”.  Sea was also good as well giving YUI a nice touch with added strings…made it more personal.  The only failed track was SUMMER SONG because it was just too close to the original and I rather have it with the drums.

 

Stereopony – I do it May 29, 2009

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Track Listing

  1. I do it
  2. Signal ga Ao ni Kawaru Toki
  3. Namida no Mukou ~AIMI Acoustic Version~
  4. I do it ~Instrumental~

1. I do it

I was intrigued when I saw that fellow artist YUI wrote up this song for the group and I actually kind of hear it.  I find it funny that is actually pushes AIMI to be vocally stronger when it’s clearly known she isn’t that strong at it especially when goes for the high notes.  Though, I’m not as happy with this song as much as I was with “Namida no Mukou”.  I can say it’s good, but that’s all it is to me.

2. Signal ga Ao ni Kawaru Toki

Their B-side isn’t actually a happy-go-lucky track for the first time.  It’s kind of your laidback pop/rock song which is nice to hear from them and it has some pretty soothing parts in it, especially that synth interlude which is new to me and I quite like it.  AIMI sounds pretty innocent and is pretty good to me.

3. Namida no Mukou ~AIMI Acoustic Version~

They never seem to disappoint with their acoustic versions of the previous A-sides and Namida no Mukou is still sounding great even better than the original version (Like “Hitohira no Hanabira”)  It’s just like the last one actually, but this was more uptempo so I was pleasantly elated to hear this.  Why does AIMI sound better in these though?  Weird.

 

 

The final single for the “Hydrangea ga Saiteiru”, I do it was a step down from “Namida no Mukou”, but not a far drop because the only meh was the A-side.  I’m not blaming YUI for it because y’know she was dealing with AIMI who is vocally not that strong, but Signal ga Ao ni Kawaru Toki and Namida no Mukou’s acoustic version were what I was expecting from Stereopony.  I’m kind of worried that the other members get much time for like solos and stuff.

 

Stereopony – Namida no Mukou

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Track Listing

  1. Namida no Mukou
  2. Stereopony no Tabi wa Tsuzuku
  3. Hitohira no Hanabira ~AIMI Acoustic Version~
  4. Namida no Mukou ~Opening Version~
  5. Namida no Mukou ~Instrumental~

1. Namida no Mukou

Another big tie-in?  This time for GUNDAM 00, Namida no Mukou is actually a step up from their last A-side because AIMI is singing better and not staying on one note for forever.  Other than the band playing, I hear synths also being used lightly in the song which does fit with the song pretty nicely.  I haven’t been this happy for a GUNDAM track since the brilliant green’s “Ash Like Snow”, so this was a sweet surprise.

2. Stereopony no Tabi wa Tsuzuku

Right off from the start, I knew this would’ve been as upbeat as “Yuukan na Funny Friends”.  It’s just as peppy and interesting to listen to so I like it easily and possibly moreso.  AIMI’s singing does sound better than the last single, but her higher register still isn’t right and her energy is somewhat lacking as well.  I even get a solo from AIMI which is super nice since it’s what I asked for.

3. Hitohira no Hanabira ~AIMI Acoustic Version~

It’s pretty interesting when artists stick on Acoustic Versions to their song.  In a group though?  This is pretty interesting since I only think SHIHO and AIMI are in the track because i hear tambourine being played in the background by SHIHO while AIMI is playing the guitar and singing.  NOHANA is probably present giving the BKGD vocals.  This is where I start to really enjoy Stereopony because they can really play their music.  I actually like this more than the original actually.

 

 

Stereopony definitely exceeded my expectations with Namida no Mukou.  The A-side was a great track and adding a little synth here and there didn’t hurt the song one bit.  The B-side was surprisingly just like “Yuukan na Funny Friends” and yet it was better than it, which is always good.  The acoustic version of their debut though blew me away and shows that they are a great group despite being new.

 

Stereopony – Hitohira no Hanabira

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hitohiranohanabira

Track Listing

  1. Hitohira no Hanabira
  2. Nyamii
  3. Yuukan na Funny Friends
  4. Hitohira no Hanabira (Instrumental)

1. Hitohira no Hanabira

Man, this song is pretty damn cool for being a tie-in track for Bleach.  Well, it isn’t the most outbreaking opening for the anime (“Ichirin no Hana” still has that spot. )  I like the almsot cool alternative sound the girls are playing around with and AIMI’s voice sounds good, especially in the chorus….though I wished she would’ve sung a bit more notes because it was a bit monotone in places.  Still good song overall.

2. Nyamii

Nyamii comes next and well, it’s pretty short.  Clocking at almost 2:30, this first B-side was alright.  It’s kind of catchy, but I have to remember of the time put on the song.  AIMI does sing a bit more vividly and not monotone.  I actually kind of like the groovy verses to the chorus.  I like how the song just ends with the title of the song.  Ok, but too short.

3. Yuukan na Funny Friends

The last B-side is actually the most upbeat track off the single and it kind of shows.  I just like the whole lively feeling of the song and AIMI sounds the best on this track.  Though I’m kind of weary because her voice sounds like something I’d hear one of the H!P girls would do, so it’s kinda odd.  Still pretty good.

 

 

I’ve mentioned this in the last review of SCANDAL I said they have a pretty good rivalry going on with both chatmonchy and Stereopony.  Well, I can see why with Stereopony because of the 3 female rock groups, they actually have the nicest vocals.  Hitohira no Hanabira was a pretty good single overall, but I kind of felt that it was short of a single even though Yuukan na Funny Friends and Hitohira no Hanabira are both longer tracks while Nyamii is real short.  Also I’m surprised I didn’t get a real good guitar solo throughout with AIMI….hmmm maybe next single.  NOHANA or SHIHO didn’t exactly stand out either…maybe it’s just debut issues.