CD Review :: Anna Tsuchiya - LUCIFER EP
CD + DVD
2) The Magic of Halloween
3) Somebody Help Me 【New Take】
4) Taste My Skin 【New Take】
5) FROZEN ROSE 【New Take】
LUCIFER EP is Anna Tsuchiya's 3rd mini album & it was released last month on 22nd Oct .
No singles are included in LUCIFER EP & Anna's previous mini album Sugar Palm EP was released this year on 11th March .
The concept of LUCIFER EP was created with the image of the fallen angel Lucifer , showing both the good & evil sides of Anna .
Sharing the same name as the mini album , LUCIFIER (the song) is a rock tune that was picked to be used as the TV CM song for the survival horror game The Evil Within (known as Psycho Break in Japan) which was released in stores last month on 23rd Oct .
Lyrically LUCIFER (the song) is very much an ode to Lucifer itself/himself in which I don't plan to talk about it that much for obvious reasons but all I can say's that from the song to the video to the image Anna portrayed , she nailed it in every aspect & it was done well .
The Magic of Halloween is the 2nd new song in LUCIFER EP & it's described as a dark Halloween song .
Halloween recently concluded & seeing that LUCIFER EP was released a few days before 31st Oct , it kind of make sense for Anna to include a Halloween inspired rock song in the mini album .
The Magic of Halloween is 1 of those fun songs that's fitting to listen to during a particular occasion , in this case Halloween as frankly other than that , I don't think it's something I will listen to all year round .
The last 3 songs in LUCIFER EP are newly recorded versions that were originally included in Anna's 1st mini album Taste My Beat EP that was released on 24th Aug 2005 , namely :
- Somebody Help Me ; track #6 in Taste My Beat EP
- Taste My Skin ; track #2 in Taste My Beat EP
- FROZEN ROSE ; track #4 in Taste My Beat EP
What I did was that I listened to both the original & re-recorded versions for Somebody Help Me , Taste My Skin & FROZEN ROSE side by side together . Melody wise , the re-recorded versions utilised the same melodies as what the original songs had .
But the biggest most significance difference between the original & re-recorded versions for Somebody Help Me , Taste My Skin & FROZEN ROSE was Anna's vocals . It's quite surreal that way back in 2005 , Anna's vocals were quite husky if not hoarse . 9 years later , Anna's vocals now have improved a great deal in that she sounded more crystal clear & in tune with her vocals which's great .
Songs wise , the tracks Anna chose to re-record were some of my faves from Taste My Beat EP so it's not something I would complain so much about .
Anna Tsuchiya wraps up 2014 with the release of her 3rd mini album LUCIFER EP which's an early celebration of her impending 10th anniversary in the business .
I enjoyed the whole LUCIFER EP a great deal & it's quite evident that Anna put a lot of emphasis/care into making it , from the concept to the songs that're included in the mini album .
And to me the big highlight in LUCIFER EP is the 3 newly recorded tracks that Anna chose to re-record as being a long time fan of hers , that's something special if not sentimental to me .
It's hard to believe that Anna 1st debuted in the scene with her 1st mini album Taste My Beat EP 9 years ago & since then , she has established herself as not only a singer but also an accomplished model + actress .
Singers are lucky to last a few years in the music industry & not 10 years like Anna . 2015 is Anna's 10th anniversary in the business + I'm hoping that she will be planning a series of great things in celebrating this momentum milestone which's worth celebrating for .