Minami Kuribayashi – ZERO!!

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Tracklist:

  1. ZERO!!
  2. Suki Ja Nakattara…
  3. ZERO!! (off vocal)
  4. Suki Ja Nakattara… (off vocal)

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1. ZERO!!

We are introduced to the song by some synths and light keyboards, before the drums and other instruments enter. I really like the backing vocals “get out of cage… true sky” and the other parts like that because the harmonies sound great (although horrid English). Minami’s vocals take a slightly higher tone, but not annoyingly cute or anything, which fit the mood of Hataraku Maou-sama. The chorus is very catchy and makes you want to get up and move! I think it’s interesting how the guitars and drums are heavier and more metal-influenced than similar songs is the genre. It definitely works in ZERO!!’s favour, a great OP track here!

2. Suki Ja Nakattara…

The B-side is of course a ballad. It’s rather relaxing and Minami’s singing sounds good for the most part, except for a few thin parts in the chorus. Piano, violin, guitar and synths are the main instruments here, as typical for an anison ballad. I liked the occasional tinkling things now and then, and the guitar solo was a nice touch. A good complementary B-side.

I haven’t heard much Minami Kuribayashi before, but I hope she does more singles like this in the future. ZERO!! was a catchy and bright rock track while Suki Ja Nakattara… was a respectable ballad. She obviously has good technical singing skills and coupled with good songwriters she should be able to release more stuff like ZERO!!

Rating: 8/10

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2 Responses to Minami Kuribayashi – ZERO!!

  1. She has been so long in the anison world, and i like mostly her rockin tunes, but i think Signs is my favorite song from her, and very different from what she normally sings. Also she released a new album TIGHT KNOT where ZERO is included.

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