Tuesday, August 29, 2017
FLOWER FLOWER - Mannequin
Live at SHIBUYA CLUB QUATTRO 2013.10.07
2) Subarashii Sekai
3) Bye Bye
Mannequin is FLOWER FLOWER's 2nd single & it was released on 2nd Aug .
The group's last single release was last Sept's Takaramono . The A-side was written & composed by vocalist yui .
Drama serves as the B-side in the single while the 2 CDs version of Mannequin also include 3 live tracks that were recorded 4 years ago at Tokyo's SHIBUYA CLUB QUATTRO .
FLOWER FLOWER returned last year with Takaramono but did not carry out much promotion or activities . This Summer , the yui fronted band is back in force with 1 man lives & music festival appearances .
It's good to have FLOWER FLOWER back & Mannequin presents a more harder edgier sound which's quite different from Takaramono . Despite Mannequin being quite lengthy , I actually do not mind this time round .
Likewise , Drama plays a different contrast against the A-side as the B-side is more laidback & relaxed .
I still wish yui would go back to her old YUI solo days but she seems to be doing just fine in FLOWER FLOWER . Hopefully someday or another that will change in the near future .
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
CD Review :: Ken Hirai - Utabaka Dake ni.
3 CDs + Blu-ray
1) READY FOR YOUR LOVE
3) Dance with you
4) Yatterannai ze
5) Ichiban Hajimete no Koibito
6) Don't Kan ・ Don't Kan
9) Negative Boy
Utabaka Dake ni. is a special disc that's included in Ken Hirai Singles Best Collection Utabaka 2 .
Ken Hirai Singles Best Collection Utabaka 2 was released last month on 12th July . The 1st 2 CDs tracklist in the 3 CDs & 3 CDs + Blu-ray versions of the best album include single songs that Ken released from 2006 until present while the 1st 3 CDs in the 4 CDs version contain single songs Ken released from 1995 until present .
In Utabaka Dake ni. , it has 10 new songs which're all contributed by 10 different artistes that Ken personally admires . Ken takes the "baka (foolish)" part of the album’s title & entrust the artists with the creation of the collaborative songs , while he just sings them .
Here's the writing & composing credits for all songs in Utabaka Dake ni. :
1) READY FOR YOUR LOVE ; written , composed & arranged by tofubeats . Used in the ads of TOYO TIRES
2) Blanket ; written & composed by Kusano Masamune , arranged by Kameda Seiji
3) Dance with you ; written & composed by TOKO , arranged by Toomi You
4) Yatterannai ze ; written & composed by CRAZY KEN BAND's Yokoyama Ken , arranged by Yashiki Gota
5) Ichiban Hajimete no Koibito ; written , composed & arranged by Makihara Noriyuki . used in the ads of Choya's Choya Natsuume
6) Don't Kan ・ Don't Kan ; written , composed & arranged by Denki Groove's Ishino Takkyu
7) Emmm... ; written & composed by BONNIE PINK , arranged by Murata Yoichi
8) Gift ; written , composed & arranged by LOVE PSYCHEDELICO
9) Negative Boy ; written , composed & arranged by Nakata Yasutaka
10) Uta ; written , composed & arranged by KAN
Utabaka Dake ni. is quite similar to Acid Black Cherry's Acid BLOOD Cherry as both releases include various musicians contributing their own personal input as Ken + Acid Black Cherry tend to mainly write & compose most of their own material .
But in this case unlike Acid BLOOD Cherry where it's not so musically diverse , it's a different case for Utabaka Dake ni. as Ken tackled an extensive wide range of music styles & he surprisingly managed to relatively handle well with ease .
From upbeat songs to ballads to simplistic tracks , Utabaka Dake ni. is a very entertaining disc from start til finish & it frankly can passed off as a standalone Ken studio album but I guess Ken didn't want to make a typical best album so he decided to incorporate this in Ken Hirai Singles Best Collection Utabaka 2 .
I don't really have any bad thing to say about Utabaka Dake ni. as I really enjoy all the tracks as they sound very different from each other & let alone , some of the music genres Ken has never done before until now . The only song I don't quite like is Don't Kan ・ Don't Kan as it gets repetitive after a while but aside from that , it's a solid release as there's something for everyone to enjoy .
Utabaka Dake ni. itself is worth buying Ken Hirai Singles Best Collection Utabaka 2 & in this case , Ken definitely proves that he's no musical idiot that's for sure .
Saturday, August 19, 2017
GRANRODEO - move on ! Ibaramichi
CD Anime version
CD + DVD
1) move on ! Ibaramichi
2) Koi wa mirage
3) Endless Summer
4) move on! Ibaramichi (OFF VOCAL)
5) Koi wa mirage (OFF VOCAL)
6) Endless Summer (OFF VOCAL)
move on ! Ibaramichi is GRANRODEO's 27th single & it was released on 2nd Aug .
The duo's latest single was released 5 months + since their previous single Glorious days .
The A-side was chosen to be used as the opening theme for the anime Saiyuki RELOAD BLAST .
I was surprised when I 1st heard and saw the video to move on ! Ibaramichi as I didn't expect GRANRODEO to incorporate a rather strong Oriental influence in the song & there's even some Mandarin speaking words after the 2nd verse and being Chinese , I can understand what was being said & they made sense , unlike it being inaudible .
I'm not sure how the music influence in move on ! Ibaramichi is linked to Saiyuki RELOAD BLAST but it's interesting & very different from Glorious days in a good way .
Koi wa mirage & Endless Summer both serve as the 2 B-sides in the single . When I 1st heard Koi wa mirage , I immediately get vibes of Volcano (track #4 in GRANRODEO's 6th album Karma to Labyrinth) while Endless Summer is an outright very fun upbeat Summer song that has a great catchy Caribbean inspired melody .
GRANRODEO delivered yet another solid single release in the form of their latest offering move on ! Ibaramichi & I'm real glad I've decided to finally try their music a try .
My sister has been their fan for quite sometime so she knows that quality wise , GRANRODEO tends to deliver . What surprised me is even though this's their 2nd single I listened in full , the B-side/s are on par if not better than the A-side/s which's quite rare as normally B-side/s tend to be filler tracks .
It would be nice if GRANRODEO release 1 more single before 2017 ends but as I said , it's better late than never for me to get into their music .
Monday, August 14, 2017
CD Review :: Acid Black Cherry - Acid BLOOD Cherry
CD + DVD
1) THE RUINER
2) BAD BLOOD
5) BLACK OUT
6) Sweet dEvil
7) Forbidden Bells
8) RIDE into the FATE
10) Guilty Cry
Acid BLOOD Cherry is a special 10th anniversary concept album by Acid Black Cherry which was released on 21st June .
This release is a spin off from Acid Black Cherry's Recreation covers albums . The word BLOOD is emphasised in Acid BLOOD Cherry as all the while , yasu is the 1 that composed & writes all the songs but this time round in Acid BLOOD Cherry , he enlisted other musicians to work on the material .
Acid BLOOD Cherry includes 10 songs & the 2nd song BAD BLOOD is the only album track that has a video made .
Here's the writing & composing credits for all songs in Acid BLOOD Cherry :
- THE RUINER ; written , composed & arranged by defspiral's RYO
- BAD BLOOD ; written by JUN , composed & arranged by everset's Nagano Tenji
- BEAST ; written , composed & arranged by defspiral's RYO
- crimson ; cowritten by Kojima Minoru & 3＋3 mimie . Composed & arranged by Kojima Minoru
- BLACK OUT ; written by MASA☆ , composed & arranged by Libraian/La'cryma Christ's HIRO
- Sweet dEvil ; written by KOTO , composed & arranged by La'cryma Christi's SHUSE
- Forbidden Bells ; written , composed & arranged by Far East Dizain's Leda
- RIDE into the FATE ; written by everset's Himura Tsuyoshi , composed & arranged by everset's Nagano Tenji
- KEDAMONO ; written by BREAKERZ's AKIHIDE , composed & arranged by Libraian/La'cryma Christ's HIRO
- Guilty Cry ; written by JUN , composed & arranged by everset's tatsuo
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Acid Black Cherry , a new spin off project was created & Acid BLOOD Cherry injects new blood into the project by welcoming the creations of other musicians .
Musicians who normally celebrates their 10th anniversary tend to release a best album which's quite standard but what Acid Black Cherry did is a bit different from the norm .
Acid BLOOD Cherry is still a Rock driven album (it's quite heavily Visual Kei sounding to a certain extent) but due to various musicians that contributed their time & effort into the release , they're different from each other .
I'm not so surprised BAD BLOOD had a video made because out of the songs , it's 1 of the more memorable sounding ones but given a choice , I would love RIDE into the FATE to have a video made or maybe Forbidden Bells as I like the melody to the song .
Some Acid Black Cherry fans do not like Acid BLOOD Cherry because this's the 1st release that there's no personal input coming from yasu as this time round , his musicians friends are the ones that stepped in regarding the creative process & let alone , lyrically some of the songs are questionable because a few have English/Engrish lyrics which I didn't know until I read them in the CD sleeves .
But end of the day , Acid BLOOD Cherry is an interesting release but I suppose some would feel what yasu does for his solo career , is still tops but as I said earlier on , the fact that this's not a typical release in celebrating a musician's 10th anniversary , it's something unique .
That said , I hope yasu will make a full recovery as he was supposed to go on tour this month to promote Acid BLOOD Cherry but due to health problems , he's unable to which's not a great way to commemorate this milestone of this . The fans have his back & I'm sure he appreciates all the well wishes & may he be in the pink of health soon .
Friday, August 11, 2017
Hey ! Say ! JUMP - songs from Hey ! Say ! JUMP 2007-2017 I/O
2 CDs + DVD
Some new material are included in Hey ! Say ! JUMP's 1st best album Hey ! Say ! JUMP 2007-2017 I/O that was released last month on 26th July .
The release of Hey ! Say ! JUMP 2007-2017 I/O was to celebrate the group's 10th anniversary in the business . I/O stands for Input/Ouput .
In addition to including songs taken from singles , fan votes covering the past 10 years , 2 new songs were specially created that're included as bonus tracks in the 2 CDs version of Hey ! Say ! JUMP 2007-2017 I/O .
The result of the fan votes yielded several fan favourites that was released on CD for the 1st time that were selected from 112 songs that Hey ! Say ! JUMP recorded over the last decade .
The 2 new songs that were specially created & included as bonus tracks in the 2 CDs version of Hey ! Say ! JUMP 2007-2017 I/O are :
- I/O ; pronounces as Input/Output , track #12
- H.our Time ; pronounces as Our Time . Lyrics written by the whole group , track #13
While these new songs are found in the 3rd CD in the 3 CDs version of Hey ! Say ! JUMP 2007-2017 I/O :
- TO THE TOP , track #1
- Tobira no Mukou , track #2
- Shin・Gi・Tai , track #4
- Viva ! 9's SOUL (2017 Ver.) ; original version found in as a bonus track in the CD only version of 4th album JUMPing CAR , track #7
- Taiyou ni LOVE MOTION ! , track #9
I will not review/write that much on the new material in the 3rd CD from the 3 CDs version of Hey ! Say ! JUMP 2007-2017 I/O as I'm generally not a fan of them but I like the 2 new songs that were specially created / included as bonus tracks in the 2 CDs version of the best album .
I/O & H.our Time are polar opposites of each other as I/O is an upbeat rather aggressive song while H.our Time is a special ballad as it includes personal input from the entire group as they wrote the lyrics to the song .
That said , Hey ! Say ! JUMP 2007-2017 I/O is a release that shows how far Hey ! Say ! JUMP has come & I myself can't believe it as I started supporting them from 2008 (when their 3rd single Your Seed / Bouken Rider was released) and it's a surreal feeling over the years they have matured considerably from boys to adults .
Hey ! Say ! JUMP 2007-2017 I/O is a great release that looks back at the group's past , present & future and here's to another 10 more years of Hey ! Say ! JUMP !
Monday, August 07, 2017
SID - Rasen no Yume
CD + DVD
CD + DVD Anime version
1) Rasen no Yume
2) Rasen no Yume -Instrumental-
3) Rasen no Yume -TV Size-
Rasen no Yume is SID's 23rd single & it was released on 2nd Aug .
SID's latest single was released 3 months + since their previous single Butterfly Effect .
Promo wise , Rasen no Yume was chosen to be used as the opening theme song for the Shoukoku no Altair anime . The song
was written by vocalist Mao & composed by bassist Aki .
Same with Butterfly Effect , no B-side/s are available in Rasen no Yume .
Rasen no Yume is SID's 3rd single release of 2017 & even if I might not know whether is it used to promote an anime , it's quite evident their latest single song has a distinct anime sound .
Mood wise , Rasen no Yume is a lot more upbeat unlike Glass no Hitomi & Butterfly Effect .
SID's 5th album NOMAD will be released next month on 6th Sept & Rasen no Yume will be included in the new album as track #9 .
Friday, August 04, 2017
Koda Kumi - LIT
CD + DVD
2) LIT -Instrumental-
LIT was released as Koda Kumi's 60th single 2 days ago on 2nd Aug .
This will be the 1st of 3 limited release singles just like last April's single Shhh! . Koda's next 2 singles will be released in Oct & Dec .
LIT is described as 60s theme , a dance song inspired by 60's surf music with a guitar sound . The song was used to promote the 3D RPG smartphone game Serencia Saga : Dragon Nest .
I honestly didn't expect Koda to release new material after she released her joint albums W FACE ~inside~ & W FACE ~outside~ in March as she's currently on a long tour to promote both albums .
That said , LIT is a really fun upbeat song & definitely fits the Summer vibe . I always liked Koda's Summer songs & for me , it should be upbeat no.s & LIT is evident of that .
Seeing that Koda will release 2 more new singles in the subsequent months before 2017 ends , I really am looking forward to hearing them .