Sunday, December 18, 2011

CD Review :: ON/OFF - Legend Of Twins II -Zoku Futago Densetsu-

CD



CD + DVD



CD + DVD + Christmas present box



1) Myth
2) Hajimaru no Wa , Sayonara (Beginning Of Goodbye)
3) Chozetsu (Transcendent) Requiem
4) Kimi ga Suki (Love You)
5) I loving ...-Boku no Ai- (My Love)
6) Butterfly
7) Kimi ga Inakerya (If You're Not Here)
8) Chromatic Liner
9) CONNECTION
10) Boku Dake no (I Just) Orion
11) AKATSUKI (Dawn) ~Kimi no Kireina Kokoro ga Suki~ (I Like Your Beautiful Mind)
12) Legend
13) 24 Jikan no Shinwa (The Myth Of Time) (Bonus Track)
14) Christmas Carol no Koro Niha (By The Time) (Bonus Track)


Legend Of Twins II -Zoku Futago Densetsu- is ON/OFF's 2nd album & it was released 2 weeks ago on 7th Dec .

3 singles & 3 B-sides are included in Legend Of Twins II -Zoku Futago Densetsu- . The twin brothers's debut album Legend Of Twins I -Futago Densetsu- was released 2 1/2 years ago on 22nd April .

After a really cool opening introduction Myth , the 1st proper song to kick things off is Hajimaru no Wa , Sayonara (Beginning Of Goodbye) .

Hajimaru no Wa , Sayonara is the duo's 6th single & it served as the opening theme no. for the anime Beezlebub .

I still remember when I 1st heard Hajimaru no Wa , Sayonara , I was really surprised because in general , they're known for their more angsty edgy stuff when comes to their singles so it's definitely a breath of fresh air when comes to this cheery sounding no. .

And speaking of angsty no.s , the 1st album track Chozetsu (Transcendent) Requiem falls in this category which I really like for it being downright angsty & an in your face upbeat no. .

I thought the usage of a rather strong Jazz sound works really well in Chozetsu Requiem . As a result , this makes such a really good memory track for me to enjoy .

With a title like Kimi ga Suki (Love You) , I frankly was expecting a ballad but I was surprised when I found out it's actually a rather upbeat sounding no. & it's a nice cheery sounding song just like Hajimaru no Wa , Sayonara .

I loving ... -Boku no Ai- (My Love) serves as the 2nd B-side of the duo's 7th single Akatsuki (Dawn) .

I remembered when I blogged about Akatsuki , I talked about I loving ... -Boku no Ai- in that I feel it compliments & contrasts Akatsuki pretty well . The A-side is a mid tempo track while I loving ... -Boku no Ai- is downright a fuss free ballad .

Butterfly is ON/OFF's 5th single & this was used as the 2nd ending theme for the anime Durarara !! .

When this single was released , there was quite a long release gap between their debut album & Butterfly . But still , Butterfly can be considered as a great comeback song for the twins since Butterfly became the duo's best charting position for a release to date .

Kimi ga Inakerya (If You're Not Here) was originally found as the B-side of their 6th single Hajimaru no Wa , Sayonara .

I still adore Kimi ga Inakerya a great deal & I'm real glad that this song is included in Legend Of Twins II -Zoku Futago Densetsu- as this's a song that I still cannot get enough of even up to now .

Likewise , Chromatic Liner is another standout album track & this's 1 beautiful angsty song that's quite oriental influence which's something I haven't came across in ON/OFF's discography .

Needless to say , Chromatic Liner is 1 of the album's must listen songs & this's 1 track that's crafted well .

CONNECTION was originally found as the B-side in ON/OFF's 5th single Butterfly .

I remember when I 1st heard CONNECTION , I found it not as strong if not outstanding as what Butterfly has to offer . Even up to now , CONNECTION is not something that I would consider as 1 of my fave B-sides of the duo but I suppose this's a song I can tolerate now .

Likewise for Boku Dake no (I Just) Orion , I frankly thought it was going to be a ballad but when I heard it , it's a pretty standard pop song which's neither good or bad but there're better album tracks for me to enjoy so I just leave it as it's .

Akatsuki (Dawn) is ON/OFF's 7th single & in here , it has been renamed as AKATSUKI (Dawn) ~Kimi no Kireina Kokoro ga Suki~ (I Like Your Beautiful Mind) .

For AKATSUKI ~Kimi no Kireina Kokoro ga Suki~ , it's almost the same as the original except there's a fair bit of rapping done by the brothers & also by a mysterious female rapper who goes by the name of J .

But other than that , I like the little touches thrown in as Akatsuki is already something that I enjoy .

After a beautiful Legend interlude , the last 2 songs are bonus tracks included in Legend Of Twins II -Zoku Futago Densetsu- .

24 Jikan no Shinwa (The Myth Of Time) is quite a sad sounding sorrowful no. coupled with a piano underlining . I found this a bit on the boring side but I appericate the amount of emotions both brothers poured into this track .

In the case of Christmas Carol no Koro Niha (By The Time) , as the song title suggest , it's a Christmas inspired no. & I definitely prefer this over 24 Jikan no Shinwa even though I can't help but feel this's something KinKi Kids might do .

I'm not sure why but the vibes that Christmas Carol no Koro Niha said otherwise but the fact that this's not a straightforward sounding Christmas track , it kind of speak for itself .

The legend of the ON/OFF twin brothers - Sakamoto Naoya & Kazuya - finally continues with the release of their second full-length album Legend Of Twins II -Zoku Futago Densetsu- .

Fans have been waiting for 2 1/2 years for a new album from the twins & the boys now make the fans' dreams come true .

ON/OFF is an artiste that I feel is under-rated but the material both brothers make are great . It's a bit unfortunate to see that their material has been under promoted lately , especially with regards to the charting of their music after they've released Butterfly .

But with that said , waiting close to 2 1/2 years for a new album to materialise is no laughing matter but after listening to Legend Of Twins II -Zoku Futago Densetsu- , it's definitely worth waiting for , even though a drawback I found in their latest album is that , they should have axed the less than stellar B-sides & replaced them with album tracks .

Other than that , Legend Of Twins II -Zoku Futago Densetsu- is an album that should be purchased in time for Christmas , if not before 2012 swings by .


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