Here’s my lazy attempt to catch up on all those things I didn’t review. Now my chemistry pracs are over, I’ve got about 14 more hours free each week, but I’m not sure if that’s going to correspond to an increase in posts. Gotta study for exams after all! Now on with the show…
In this post I cover angela’s Sidonia, Eri Kitamura’s Tenohira -show-, Konomi Suzuki’s This Game, Natsumi Kon’s Niji no Kakera and marina’s Hug.
I wonder if Atsuko’s become a better singer, or can I just tolerate her voice now? Anyway, I’m happy enough with her on this single. A-side Sidonia is an eclectic song drawing from a range of influences, from the war-horns to the sci-fi electronic/dance elements. The different sections are really disconnected, but overall I dig this tune. Both the lyrics and music fit Knights of Sidonia perfectly. I can’t remember the B-side, except it was a ballad (?) and I deleted it after a minute.
Still wish Katsu would team up with a different vocalist, his compositional skills are wasted on Atsuko.
Rating: I dunno… 3 stars?
Eri Kitamura – Tenohira -show-
I’m fond of KitaEri’s anison music, as she goes all the way to metal-land with dark chord progressions, barrages of drums and strong guitar-work. Pity I’m less keen on her voice though, her head voice is pretty average and she has a tendency to go nasal. Anyway, Tenohira -show- is one of Eri’s better songs, brimming with complex riffs and skilful drumming. I enjoy the tempo drop at the chorus, and the vocals are acceptable, so overall I’m pretty keen on this song.
The second track Greedy;(cry) is heavy. Really heavy. The crazed drumming and down-tuned guitars would be more expected in a death metal album than on the B-side of an anison single (and there’s even occasional growls to add to the feeling). I want to like this track, but it’s too busy and disorganised. While I appreciate the separate ideas, they don’t come together well.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Konomi Suzuki – This Game
Konomi’s new single fixes up a lot of her vocal problems, and I can get through without wincing. Thank goodness. This Game is an energetic, playful anison piece, infused with delightful piano lines and aggressive bass licks. Second track Delighting is an electronic version of This Game. It’s got a simpler arrangement and it’s not as interesting, but then again I don’t like those kind of songs as much anyway. My favourite part is the metal-inspired chords in the bridge before the guitar solo, but apart from that not much stands out. The final B-side Cyber Thunder Cider is AWESOME. A short, synthy track that’s full of punch, it opens with fast chanting drenched in filters. The vocal lines race along, like those seiyuu or denpa songs (except Konomi’s actually a good singer). A ridiculously fun track to cap off this single.
Interesting, just found out Cyber Thunder Cider was originally a Vocaloid song.
Rating: 4 stars
Natsumi Kon – Niji no Kakera
As much as I’d love to gush praise over whatever Natsumi Kon touches, holy shit this is generic. Niji no Kakera is nice. Nice in that way I’ve heard in ten thousand anime songs before it. That’s all I can say, really. I guess the composers couldn’t come up with anything better, when they were being force-fed sugar by the Isshukan Friends producers. The B-side Gift is a little more exciting, but still rather bland. Natsumi Kon is one of anison’s better vocalists, but pleaaaaaase give her something to work with!
Hmm, the acoustic guitar arpeggios in Niji no Kakera could do with some work too, every now and then a string sounds dull.
Rating: 2.5 stars
marina – Hug
I wonder if the amount of anime girl boobs is inversely proportional to song quality…
Hug – marina’s falling asleep, and so am I.
To You and The Truth – The main problem with marina ballads is that she doesn’t have much expression. Her dynamics are too stable and there’s no variation, so the song’s boring. The Truth is more interesting than To You because of the unusual strings, hand drumming and 3/4 timing, but they’re both kinda meh.
Rating: 2 stars
Definitely not getting lazy towards the end.
Feel free to share your thoughts on these releases! Anything else you enjoyed last month?