CD Review :: GRANRODEO - Pierrot Dancin'
CD + DVD
1) Pierrot Dancin'
2) TRASH CANDY
3) Namida Bana
4) Kimi ni one way love
5) Nichijou Horizon
6) Owaranu Yume
7) Punky Funky Love [with FIRE HORNS]
8) Lovers High
9) Fake lover's true heart
10) FAT SHAPER
11) Shounen no Hate
13) UNDER THE SKY
Pierrot Dancin' is GRANRODEO's 7th album & it was released last month on 8th Feb .
The duo's last studio album release was 2014's Karma to Labyrinth . 4 singles & 2 B-sides are included in Pierrot Dancin' .
All songs in the album were written by vocalist KISHOW while all songs were composed by guitarist e-ZUKA .
Kicking things off in Pierrot Dancin' is the 1st album track that shares the same title as the album . Pierrot Dancin' (song) is also the only album track to get a video .
KISHOW sang Pierrot Dancin' (song) in the opening as acapella & then the track's melody changed to a full out aggressive no. which sets the tone on what to expect in the subsequent parts of Pierrot Dancin' (album) . You also can hear KISHOW's falsetto in the 2nd part of the song as well .
TRASH CANDY is GRANRODEO's 24th single & this was used as the opening theme song for the Bungo Stray Dogs anime .
Out of the 4 single songs in Pierrot Dancin' , TRASH CANDY is my favourite as GRANRODEO went all out in utilising lots of synthesisers . I normally don't like such songs but TRASH CANDY is an exception & it also has quite a dark gritty tone .
Namida Bana is the 2nd album track & it has a really cool Oriental feel introduction wise which carries on well throughout the entire song .
The next album track Kimi ni one way love is a lot more simplified in that it's a mid tempo fun upbeat song .
Nichijou Horizon was originally included as the 2nd B-side in GRANRODEO's 23rd single Memories .
Prior to hearing Pierrot Dancin' , I did not listen to any B-sides in GRANRODEO's past singles . I didn't quite like Memories but I enjoy Nichijou Horizon .
Owaranu Yume is 1 of 2 album songs that're ballads . This's also the longest song in the album . Frankly , GRANRODEO should do more ballads as Owaranu Yume is quite good despite the length , this I have no complaints over .
Punky Funky Love is GRANRODEO's 22nd single & this was used as the opening theme song for the Kuroko's Basketball anime .
In Pierrot Dancin' , this's tagged as Punky Funky Love [with FIRE HORNS] .
I like the original take of Punky Funky Love & the album version is interesting as it has a different melody which emphasised more on the funk aspect of the song .
Both versions are equally good & Punky Funky Love [with FIRE HORNS] has an edge or 2 over the single version .
Lovers High was originally included as the 1st B-side in GRANRODEO's 24th single TRASH CANDY .
Just like TRASH CANDY , Lovers High is also another synth driven song except it's less serious sounding & more groovy .
Fake lover's true heart & FAT SHAPER are the next 2 album tracks . Fake lover's true heart is 1 of my favourite album no.s as it's a really fun song .
Despite the questionable title , FAT SHAPER has great dynamics as the melody is very drums driven & strange as it's , this sounds like a very military influence no. .
Shounen no Hate is GRANRODEO's 25th single . This was used as the ending theme song for 2nd season of the Mobile Suit Gundam : Iron-Blooded Orphans anime .
Out of the 4 singles , Shounen no Hate is a mid tempo ballad & I like this a lot as it displays a more emotional mellow side of GRANRODEO .
Memories is GRANRODEO's 23rd single & this was used as the opening theme song for the Kuroko's Basketball anime .
Unlike the rest of the singles included in Pierrot Dancin' , Memories is actually my least favourite even though now I'm ok with it . Just that compared to the duo's past single songs , Memories had something missing in it (even though it's their best charting single to date) .
Concluding Pierrot Dancin' is UNDER THE SKY which's the 2nd ballad album track after Owaranu Yume .
UNDER THE SKY has a really dreamy feel & the only thing I don't like is when the song ended abruptly which's the same thing as what happened with Shounen no Hate . Other than that , it's a fitting song to wrap things up .
Overall , I have a lot of fun listening to GRANRODEO's latest album offering . This's the 1st review I wrote about them & I wanted to write about their past releases but I decided to start off with Pierrot Dancin' instead .
Compared to the duo's last album Karma to Labyrinth (which I did listened & I will write about it next) , Pierrot Dancin' on whole is a lot more fun , upbeat & uplifting . Some feel that this album has old school vibes which's not necessary a bad thing .
The 1 problem I had with Karma to Labyrinth was that its sound consistency was not there even though both the album & single songs were good . I don't have that problem with Pierrot Dancin' & I get nothing but good vibes in hearing the album .
The duo's 26th single Glorious days will be released on 22nd March & this was chosen to promote the Kuroko's Basketball LAST GAME movie that will open in Japan cinemas next Sat on 18th March .
On that note , Pierrot Dancin' is a record to check out if you're looking for some good 'ol Rock n Roll music to listen to .