- Break a Spell
- Remaining Snow
- Break a Spell <instrumental>
- Remaining Snow <instrumental>
The intro of Break a Spell uses growling dubstep and heavy beats, which threw me off at first and made me expect an electro song. However, it settles into an electro/rock fusion, which is a genre I’m more comfortable with. Although the song isn’t driven by guitars, it feels more like a rock track than other Mami songs I’ve heard. I particularly like the repeated guitar theme, an edgy chromatic line from one guitar contrasted with brighter chords from the other.
The instrumentation and arrangement are good overall. I enjoy the distorted guitars combined with electro influences, and the percussion has low, forceful sound. As usual, I would have preferred real drums, but the programmed beats are fine in this case. The pre-chorus should have had a louder guitar mix because it’s lacking energy, but the rest of the song’s mixing is satisfactory. I love the key change at the chorus. The chorus melody doesn’t snatch my attention a lot, but it’s acceptable and I’m happy enough with it.
Mami’s vocals are all right. She does well, but I’m not captivated. Her head voice is great though, and she does a couple of cool slow slides, like on “shikokku ni yo kaze ga”. However, I think her vocals are weird in a couple of places, like on “break a spell”, where she has some odd, wobbling effect on her voice. Either that or her vibrato is bleagh.
Break a Spell is a solid electro-rock piece, with respectable arrangement and vocals. The few issues don’t hurt the song too much, and it’s quite a pleasant surprise.
Contrasting with the title track, Remaining Snow is a slower electronic piece. It’s also really boring. I can’t find much to say because it’s so bland. The vocals are okay, though I don’t like Mami’s slightly cute tone. There’s no changes in dynamics or creative melodies to make things better. The song just plods along. On a random note, the verse is like a sleepy version of Ami Tokito’s Sentimental Generation (just mentioning it, and it doesn’t affect my rating of the song. Also lol dat PV).
Break a Spell is a good A-side, but Remaining Snow is a lazy B-side. Overall, this is a decent single, and if you like electro/rock in your anison, it’s worth a listen for the title track.
Rating: 3 stars