Nano – N

n (no edition)

Tracklist:

  1. Neophobia
  2. All Eyes On Me
  3. KALEIDOSCOPE
  4. Nevereverland
  5. Silence
  6. A Genesis
  7. Remember, My Friend
  8. Now Or Never
  9. BE FREE (WITH MUSIC)
  10. No Pain, No Game
  11. Black Board
  12. Horizon
  13. Palette

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1. Neophobia

Nano sounds pretty angry in this track and with the aggressive guitars and loud drums complementing her, this track conveys her emotions perfectly. Growing up in America, she speaks English and it’s great to be able to hear good pronunciation now and then when listing to J-Music😛. A hard rocking track and a very strong way to open the album!

2. All Eyes On Me

Next up is All Eyes On Me, which is an interesting blend of rock and funk. I’m loving the bass guitar lines parts running throughout, but the highlight for me is Nano belting out the chorus. Before hearing this song I was worried she couldn’t sing high but there’s no worries, she pulled it off with aplomb. Yep, another great vocal performance and great track.

3. KALEDIDOSCOPE

KALEDIDOSCOPE sounds like it could be an anime theme. Another rock track, it definitely cuts down on the aggressiveness of Neophobia and is actually fun and reasonably upbeat. The guitar solo is cool too! Not up to the standard of the first two tracks, but still good in its own right.

4. Nevereverland

This song starts as a ballad, with piano playing slowly and Nano singing along. But it quickly turns into fast rock song. Strings and piano play a big role in this track and accompany the fierce guitars and drums nicely. Nano’s singing really quickly in the chorus and it sounds wicked, and her tone is great as usual. I do think that those effects that happen twice (once at the beginning and once after the bridge) sound a bit out of place, but maybe that’s because I’ve heard them before in Fresh! by HOME MADE Kazoku which is a pretty silly song lol. During the outro there’s a dissonant piano glissando  which sounds awesome.  Another favourite of the album!

5. Silence

Silence was the theme for a Japanese horror channel, and it certainly suits it! I love how that empty feel at the beginning of the song created by the soft, dissonant synth turns into a heavy goth track with pounding drums, hard guitars and an awesome violin line. Parts of this song are pretty dark, but the chorus lightens the mood a bit. And man, does that strings/guitar bridge sound good! This is one hell of a good song!

6. A Genesis

To contrast the darker Silence, this song takes a happier anison feel with a strong strings presence through the song. While still retaining the core instruments of drums, bass, and guitar, other instruments also feature such piano and bells. Although it has another fantastic performance from Nano and is good by itself, on this album A Genesis is just average because of the run of good tracks before it.

7. Remember, My Friend

All right, here we get a change of instrumentation in the form of acoustic guitar and background synths in the first ballad of the album. Unfortunately I’m kind of losing interest in the verse, the melody isn’t particularly interesting and the space between verses is too long. The chorus has a bit more power but Nano still sounds bored. At least the guitar solo was cool.  Not the best song going around.

8. Now Or Never

Now Or Never is back to the brill Nano formula, a medium-pace ani-rock song. There’s plenty to like about this song, be it the sweet electric guitar riffs, awesome bass lines or Nano’s speedy singing  in the chorus. There’s even some angry rapping in the bridge! Yeah, another great song!

9. BE FREE (WITH MUSIC)

This song seems really familiar, but I’m not sure why. BE FREE (WITH MUSIC) is a happy and uplifting song which nicely combines pop-rock with electro influences and dubstep now and then. It’s funny cos I don’t like dubstep on its own, but when combined with rock/metal I’m perfectly happy with it. Well this track is a bit of a change from the other tracks and it’s pretty cool too!

10. No Pain, No Game

“This is where tomorrow brings a new game it’s time to learn that pain is gain ready FIGHT” Pretty cool huh! No Pain No Game was my first Nano song and I immediately fell in love with her deep voice after hearing it. It’s rocking, exciting and fast with a catchy hook and a has nice mix of Japanese and English. Nano’s voice sounds so good in this. She can convey a range of emotions really well! I love this song!

11. Black Board

This song is one of those utaite ones and I think Nano has translated it into English, but I’m not sure if it works because it sounds like she’s ahving trouble all the words in. It’s pretty fast and upbeat, with the piano in this song is probably the best thing about it. Not too bad but not great either.

12. Horizon

Horizon is a more restrained, mid-tempo pop-rock tune It starts pretty plain with just acoustic guitar, drums and bass, with electric guitar added in the chorus. It’s all right I suppose but nothing really stands out about it.

13. Palette

The intro to this song is pretty cool, with some quick piano, synth blips and some digital drum fills. They continue as guitar and pounding drums carry the energy along. I like how while this song is slow, there’s also really fast synth or guitar lines playing at the same time. The verse contrasts well as it is soft and relaxing, but the chorus is heavy and powerful. Kind of like abingdon boys school’s Nephilim (not as good as the gods of JRock’s song though). A good way to end the album.

Nano’s second album is pretty damn strong. There’s a heap of great tracks on here (all starting with N of course, she loves that letter!), but it was a bit of a let-down to have a few weak songs at the end. I think her tone and control are really good, and also emotional conveyance (mostly angry sounding haha). And she’s got a deep voice as well, I love female singers with deep voices. More releases please Nano!

Top Tracks:

  • Silence
  • No Pain, No Game
  • Nevereverland
  • Now Or Never
  • All Eyes On Me

Rating: 9.5/10

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2 Responses to Nano – N

  1. I was thinking of getting this! Have you listened to her first album? How does N compare with nanoir?

    • 123 says:

      Hmmm. N is better than nanoir I’d say. There’s just more really good tracks on N than nanoir, although nanoir does have some great ones like Dive In Your Eyes, Omoide Kakera and Melancholic. nanoir is still a good album though.

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