- Bramble (ブランブル)
- It’s Only Brave
I thought it would follow the lines from its predecessors, but this starts with Nana by herself until the song tries to be dark and return to a common sound, but strangely it doesn’t seems that focused on synths, and shows itself more as a mixture of styles. If you listen to the chorus, it seems as a more standard Nana style but with a lot of strings as well. I don’t intend to say that the song is bad, because it’s not, the song works very good and the chorus is really cool, but I don’t consider it as a Symphogear tune. The song has it all, string, synths, weird moments, and amazing vocals from Nana. This is a great A-side from Nana and obviously beats up Angel Blossom by a huge mark.
I wasn’t sure what will the B-sides turn out to be. Bramble doesn’t seems like a Nana song at first. The rhythm gives more vibes of another artist, but this “safe” sound brings variety and stands out easily. The constants beats and subtle strings are noticeable as the main subject for this arrangement. When Nana sings the song becomes really amazing and different from the initial impression, and gives me reminders of 90’s anime songs (not even sure about this). But I think it serves as a breaker from standard nana songs. A good B-side. Continue reading
- Sing 2015
- Domino Effect (ドミノエフェクト)
- Harunohi (ハルノヒ-合唱-)
- Humming Bird
- Tokyo City (トーキョー・シティ)
- Sedan Girl (セダン・ガール)
- Mirai no Ashiato (未来の足跡)
As this is a new version from one of their most famous song, I was really excited to what changes they made. Thankfully, playing it live on those streaming videos helped them get the best version. I like how it started as in the FreeBit CM with acapella solos. And the constant finger snapping as in their videos, so if you have heard the latest live version of the song, it will be almost the same. I like the notable changes and lowering the speed in Shuuhei’s solo making it more enjoyable. That was the most unexpected part since the first time I heard the song, but damn it was clever and so cool. This song has everything, cool solos, cool harmonies, emotion. Goose House had this amazing song since way before, but doing a more recent and magnificent style, shows their commitment to make it awesome. What an awesome way to start the album.
Domino Effect (ドミノエフェクト)
Now it’s solely new songs since here(Harunohi was digital single, but doesn’t count). Domino Effect caught me off guard. I heard it first at the ustream live, but didn’t expect to be this cutesy~happy. But once I heard the song in the album, I was wrong, the song had to be this way, it’s full of joy, funny moments, cool arrangement, usual harmonies. Everything about it doesn’t shout Goose House which I think was an unexpected decision, but when you see the final result, you just nod and start to listen again the song..over and over again. Great song to show new sounds from the band. Continue reading
- Hikaru Nara (光るなら)
- Oto No Naru Hou He (オトノナルホウヘ)
- Koisuru Merry-Go-Round (恋する Merry-Go-Round)
- Cobalt no Machi (コバルトの街)
- Pop Up!
- Waratta Mama De (笑ったままで)
Hikaru Nara (光るなら)
Ah…those marvelous feelings are remembered everytime I hear this song. It was easily the best A-side of last year and I’m so happy they decided to start with this song. My opinion just got better from the song. The solos from each member, the melody, the power, the harmonies, the everything. This song was just a way how Goose House grew in these last years now without their leader. Maybe his departure was the reason they evolved in their sound. So yeah, I have a lot of praise for this song, because it was the thing I needed last year in terms of music. One of the best songs of the album.
Oto no Naru Hou He (オトノナルホウヘ)
One of the best singles last year returns in the album, to have us then listening new songs. As for the song I haven’t changed much in opinion, since the song is really upbeat, playful and funny since you notice the middle verses which are really cool and entertaining. I feel this song has a lot of different elements mixed and compressed in a short song, but really impressive. The song was the perfect opportunity for new audience to know them. If you want to know what is Goose House, you need to listen to this song. Continue reading