I guess I will do some review about new songs out there. Japanese music only though (because Japanese music is the only music I listen to). Of course music is art, art is subjective, and subjective is not objective, so if you does not agree with my writings, it is NORMAL.
What I considered MUSIC is a tune which I could enjoy and feel the emotion of the singer WITHOUT viewing ANY VIDEO at the same time EVERY time. I think I made myself clear here.
Without further ado, here it is.
Sora wa Takaku, Kaze wa Utau (Haruna Luna) :
Failed to amaze me. Recording quality is bad, the vocals is placed too forward and it broke the well-placed instruments at the back. As for the other tracks.. Slow vocals but tries to sing a fast-paced song, you are not Tamura Yukari who excels at this girl.. Well, she is new so there is some room for improvement.
Fav track : Sora wa Takaku, Kaze wa Utau, nothing else..
KIDS ON THE SLOPE (Yoko Kanno) :
As expected from Yoko Kanno, never fail to amaze me. One of the best this season. If you are a Jazz lover, you MUST hear this one. For you who did not know what Jazz is, try it 😛
Fav track : With so many great material here, I must pick Moanin’ as my favourite. Easy to hear, catchy tunes, with only 4 instruments it converges beautifully. An IMPRESSIVE super fast-paced play at the middle, ORGASMIC. Second place is taken by My Favourite Things.
Material Brave OST Harmonic Elements (Various Artist) :
It got some interesting names like KOTOKO and Barbarian on the Groove so I decided to try this one. Surprisingly it is VERY GOOD. Nice choice of tracks, you can find techno, rock, and some pop here. Try BOTG ones! The recordings is great. No complaints.
Fav track : Slash the HERO. One of the most demanding song for bass speed. Do you think your audio set up could handle any double pedal speed? Test it with this song. Second is KOTOKO Unite+Reaction.
Chase The World (May’n) :
How should I say.. It’s your usual May’n style.. Fast paced song, full of synthesizer effect. Very normal, easy to hear song. As for the quality itself, you must watch the video of this song at Accel World opening at least once to fully grasp the “feeling”. Not much to say anymore though so I will stop here.
Fav track : Chase The World
Yasashisa no Riyuu (ChouCho) :
Whoa, Choucho! With three songs she had here, I think she just scored a hattrick to my goal-playlist. All of them are enjoyable, balanced enough, good recordings, and most important of all, boredom-free! Love it.
Fav Track : It is hard to choose between track 1, 2, or 3 (wut?), but I will choose Yasashisa no Riyuu and 木漏れ日色の記憶 (track 2) second.
Koboreru Suna no Aria (Haruka Shimotsuki) :
Shimotsukin!! This album here is one of the rare “storytelling” genre (dunno what the actual genre is). Shimotsuki voice is awesome like always, all the instrument at the back is well-played too. No complaints. Maybe most of you will dislike this genre but for me it is the perfect night-story before sleep.
Fav track : The entire album is one song, you know what it means.
VA Compilation CD Vol 3 : Panorama (Various Artist) :
Okay.. Curiosity sometimes kills, and I think I just killed. Full of cutesy voice, techno and nyan nyan nyan stuff. It may got some decent track but is not enough to revive me. It is a compilation album after all..
Fav track : Do I have to.. KOTOKO – Pray’s Color -Link- I guess..
Tiny Paradise (Yuzuki Yukari) :
Okay, the last two is the first album of Vocaloid 3 series’s Vocaloid that I think holds the most potential than any Vocaloid 3’s members (like SeeU). Yuzuki Yukari voice is what you call “less-bodied” Megurine Luka but her voice bank capabilities is so vast, much more than Luka’s that she often declared as the most powerful Vocaloid 3 out there. With such a great material, why this album contains remixes that kill Yuzuki nature? Yeah I know, remix in Vocaloid world is normal but I cannot bring myself to like it. Back to the album, half of them is good, half of them is bad. Yeah, half of them is remixes.
Fav track : Tiny Paradise first, Anniversary Place second.
IA/01 -BIRTH- (IA) :
Second Vocaloid is IA. Her full name is IA -ARIA ON THE PLANETES- but IA should be suffice. IA voice is based on real life singer Lia. Her (IA) voice is naturally flat, full of emotion but lacks body. Her high-pitch voice is sometimes muffled too. Most of you will think “MEH” but I will say “YES”. Her voice is blending nicely in any song this album provides and projecting an image of a little girl tries to sing whole-heartedly even when her voice is not suitable. Very good indeed. It is been a long time since a Vocaloid-based album could satisfy my two humble ears this much. Oh, I think I forget something. The recording quality this album had is one of the best I ever heard (hint : Sony, Maeda Jun)
Fav track : My Soul, Your Beats! placed first, Headphone Actor places second, tale of the tree third.
So.. that’s it. If you like this post, I’m glad. If you are not.. Like I care man 😛