earthmind – Power of Mind

power of mind

Tracklist:

  1. Eyes
  2. ARCADIA
  3. Saihate no Tsuki
  4. Hikari
  5. Another Heaven
  6. Link
  7. Seven Days
  8. ENERGY
  9. Brightline
  10. Horizon
  11. Kaze wo Sagashite
  12. Our Life, All Right
  13. B-Bird

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1. Eyes

earthmind kick off their debut album with Eyes, a fun pop-rock tune. The song starts off with old-school guitar riffs, before the band and Erina join in. It’s very much based around her singing, as there are very few instrumental parts. Erina sounds all genki, and delivers some pretty fast lines in the chorus. It’s a cool song to begin with.

2. ARCADIA

The A-side from their second single, ARCADIA begins with dramatic clean guitar played against a deep, underlying synth, followed by the distorted guitar and drums. The verse is a little quieter than the chorus, which is louder and powered by Erina’s energetic vocals. I think it must be a rule that Fate/anything works has great music, and this song is no exception. ARCADIA is a pretty addictive track!

3. Saihate no Tsuki

In the next song, earthmind take a darker route with gothic violins playing along with the electric guitars. The vocals are deeper this track, and piano is used in the verse, while the guitar riffs are also edgier than previous. The chorus combines these elements to create one of the more memorable tracks of the album. This song was outside of the usual earthmind comfort zone, but it worked really well!

4. Hikari

I swear, Hikari must be one of the most overused Japanese song titles. earthmind’s Hikari is an upbeat rock song in their usual style. There are some interesting guitar parts, and Erina’s singing is good, but the arrangement sounds quite similar to other songs of theirs, and I can hear hooks and melodies all the time that have been borrowed from their other songs. It’s still a fun listen, but they could have changed it up a bit.

5. Another Heaven

Now we get to Another Heaven, one of ARCADIA’s B-sides. I like how this song is darker than their usual fare, beginning with a sober verse featuring soft piano and atmospheric synths. Because of the slower tempo, the song seems all more impressive, especially when instrumentation is added in the chorus. My highlight for this track is the awesome gothic castle harpsichord part in the bridge, which brings out the group’s darker side. I wonder if it would have been better if they kept the later choruses slower, but either way it is a great song.

6. Link

The mood changes to happy with Link, which reminds me quite a bit of LiSA’s songs in singing and arrangement. Erina uses a higher tone, and the guitar parts are bright and cheerful, but the song doesn’t really interest me too much. It just feels a bit generic and uninspired.

7. Seven Days

For a change in pace, Seven Days is a light pop ballad. It is mostly acoustic driven through the verse, but if you listen carefully there is also a little clean electric guitars and keyboard or organ. Lightly fuzzed guitar is introduced during the chorus to add more impact, and later we see the addition of strings. Erina’s sounding a bit more emotive than usual, and suits the feeling of the track. Seven Days is relaxing, calming track to enjoy.

8. ENERGY

As the A-side for their third single and an anime-tie in, this song has an optimistic, poppy anison vibe. I like the the piano throughout, as it complements the light guitars and vocals very well. However on the whole,  I don’t find it particularly interesting, and it was my least favourite out of the three singles. This is mostly because the arrangement and melody feels formulaic and recycled, and Erina’s using her higher tone. Oh well, it’s good for a  listen now and then I suppose.

9. Brightline

earthmind have got it right with this song. Brightline is an enjoyable pop-rock track, with an upbeat feel from the off-beat hi-hat drums and falling synth blips. I’m enjoying the fact that there are more synths in this song, although some of the filters on the extended notes by Erina are a bit grating. While the verse is good, the chorus shines with energy and is really bouncy. One of the better new songs on the album.

10. Horizon

Another of ARCADIA’s B-sides, Horizon is basically a remix of ARCADIA, where the drums are electronic, the lyrics are changed and synths replace guitars for the most part. It’s good, and I was happy with it on the single, but I don’t think they should have put it on the album, given it’s pretty much the same as ARCADIA.

11. Kaze wo Sagashite

A beautiful strings section accompanied by harp introduces the second ballad of the album. At first, Erina sings alone with a piano, but percussion, strings and guitars are added as the song builds up to an anison-style ballad. It’s much more powerful than Seven Days, as there is more depth to the instrumentation, and also a greater emotional level. I love the strings in here, and it also (oddly) has the best guitar solo of the album, although it doesn’t feel out of place or anything. I like this quite a lot!

12. Our Life, All Right

To contrast with Kaze wo Sagashite, earthmind pull out Our Life, All Right, which is a fast and ridiculously infectious rock song. The flashy guitar riffs have a lovely spark to them, and Erina is having so much fun, injecting English now and then which is cute although her pronunciation isn’t the best. It’s lots of to listen to, so unsurprisingly I love it!

13. B-Bird

And finally is B-Bird, the A-side from earthmind’s debut single. After a stringsy introduction, soft palm muted guitar and vocals come in, and then some heavier guitar enters, which sounds awesome! The song has anison stylings with the strings and piano, but it’s more on the rockier side because of the guitar. The vocals are good for the most part, but the head voice switches in the chorus are on the weak side. Hopefully she’ll improve that aspect of her singing the future. Apart from that qualm, its a pretty good song and a strong ending to the album.

Power of Mind was a good debut album. There were a few stand-outs such as Another Heaven, and number of solid tracks to back them up. Erina’s notes were on the mark throughout the album, which is always a good thing. On the downside, some of the vocal melodies were rather similar to others and seemed to borrow short passages. However, I’m very impressed with it for a first album.

Top Tracks:

  • Another Heaven
  • ARCADIA
  • Saihate no Tsuki
  • Our Life, All Right
  • Kaze wo Sagashite

Rating: 7.5/10

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8 Responses to earthmind – Power of Mind

  1. Oooh, I was so counting on posting a review on this first, hahaha, oh well. :p

    I remember you saying that you discovered earthmind through my review of ARCADIA. Good to see that you approve of their music, hehe.

    Okay, since I will be reviewing this later, I won’t say too much, but I will say that I totally agree with you in saying that some melodies were similar to others. Glad that I wasn’t the only one who thought that.

    Anyway, great review!🙂

    Also, I prefer the regular edition cover — which is the one you used — for some reason, as opposed to the limited edition cover.😉

    • 123 says:

      Ah, thank you. And sorry for stealing it haha. I felt very inspired to write it, probably cos I was so bored with exam study😦
      I’m glad you introduced me to them, I think I skipped over them because I saw ENERGY’s moe anime album art. Will be interested to see what you write.
      I also agree with you with respect to the cover art. The LE version seem very boring. Like, designer probably made it in about 5 minutes ;-P

  2. phhpro says:

    Just arrived here by blind luck after some research on gagaaling and following-up on some of the links along the way. Wondering, whether track 1 is actually eyes or rather aizu ???

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