fhána – COMET LUCIFER

comet lucifer

  1. COMET LUCIFER ~The Seed and the Sower~ (コメットルシファー~The Seed and the Sower~)
  2. c.A.T.
  3. COMET LUCIFER ~The Seed and the Sower~ (コメットルシファー~The Seed and the Sower~)
  4. c.A.T. – Instrumental-

COMET LUCIFER ~The Seed and the Sower~ (コメットルシファー~The Seed and the Sower~)

I’m so sad that I lost hope on fhána for no reason at all. I mean the album was great and all but then lost their track. But it was this track that brought my attention back to them. The rhtyhm really works and blends fabulous with the OP, and I was fascinated with towana’s voice because she made me love the song more. I mean the arrangement doesn’t stay quiet and just brings more and more variety. Everything about the song is perfect, towana’s voice; also mixed with keyboard’s vocals. I need to pay more attention to the arrangement because I think there’s more to it that I haven’t heard really well. But still this song rocks, and is one of my favorites of the year. Continue reading

Minori Chihara – Arigatou, Daisuki

arigatou daisuki

  1. Arigatou, Daisuki (ありがとう、だいすき)
  2. Abunai Kurai ni Atsukunare (危ないくらいに熱くなれ)
  3. Arigatou, Daisuki -Off Vocal- (ありがとう、だいすき)
  4. Abunai Kurai ni Atsukunare -Off Vocal- (危ないくらいに熱くなれ)

Arigatou, Daisuki (ありがとう、だいすき)

The song is a ballad, which is good as we didn’t had any ballad in a single recently. The song is calm, works well with her voice and I like how it flows. The chorus is really lovely even if the arrangement doesn’t go beyond, and I thank for that. I appreciate the efforts in the arrangement because I need to pay attention to notice those changes like the little sections of instruments in the verses or how the piano varies at the chorus. The song even includes a choir and was unexpected because it could’ve go through a solo with pure instrument and that would be good for me. This is a pleasant song, and combines well as a followup of previous single. Continue reading

Kalafina – One Light

One Light

  1. One Light
  2. Mahiru (真昼)
  3. Samidare ga Sugita Koro ni (五月雨が過ぎた頃に)
  4. One Light -TV Size-

One Light

This is the type of song I was waiting from Kalafina. I was excited since the CM, because it sounded like that rockish Kalafina we haven’t hear often recently. The song sounded like badass, and here the intro works to enter the verses which sounded different (more rocking anison style) and having Hikaru and Keiko at the back. I think it is quite a while since we heard something this epic from the band, but I think a little more of KEIKO could have been even better. The mix in the chorus alternating between Hikaru and Wakana was surpising and refreshing, although the only downside would be the Kajiurago, as I don’t think it was needed. But this easily is the best A-side from the era.

Mahiru (真昼)

Another ballad? Wow, so unusual…Nevertheless, what I can rescue is KEIKO which sounded lovely and the harmonies were lovely, but the arrangement is so simple and forgettable, so I don’t remember much of the song, but at least the vocals were good.

Samidare ga Sugita Koro ni (五月雨が過ぎた頃に)

This is another song I can’t seem to remember, the song is really different for the band, as the pace is constant and relaxing, but seems so unusual from them that I can’t enjoy it much. The arrangement is ok, but nothing exciting as well the harmonies. It seems as a song that could work for another anison artists but here it sounds so weird. I don’t like it that much.


Is it worth listening? Only the A-side

I was expecting a lot from the single thanks to the preview, but at the end the single is nothing exciting except the A-side, as the B-sides are bland and unmemorable. I think in a good day Samidare is a nice listen, but for now I’m not fan of it neither of Mahiru, thankfully their new album is coming up, so that’s good news at least…

Nana Mizuki – Angel Blossom

Angel Blossom

  1. Angel Blossom
  2. Lazy Syndrome(レイジーシンドローム)
  3. Ashita Graffiti (あしたgraffiti)

Angel Blossom

The new A-side was really dissapointing for me coming from a great era where I just saw awesomeness. Then Angel Blossom is here with cute anison sound but then again, this is like the definition of generic anison. And sounds like a combination of Lovely Fruit to have the cute in the song and your typical anison genre to make it stand out. But the song is just normal, it doesn’t offers me something new from Nana or amazing from Nana. This was a letdown.

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Nana Mizuki – Eden

Eden

  1. Eden (エデン)
  2. No limit
  3. Shuumatsu no Love Song(終末のラブソング)
  4. Necessary

Eden (エデン)

Eden really surprised me because it’s the first song I hear from Nana with a wintry theme, and was fascinated since the intro of the song, I love how fierceful was the guitar and how Nana with a melancholic feeling denoted in her voice makes it dramatic, but not exaggerated, just the correct amount. Constantly we’re reminded of the drums, and piano which try to lead the song, but they work really good once you notice the chorus and the verses. The song really amazes me in any way possible, because I’m sometimes undecisive with new genres for Nana, but this one was really a great decision, she really nailed it, and I’m really happy for this song, the best song of the single easily.

No limit

As the third song for Dog Days I was expecting something cool once again that could’ve surpass at least FEARLESS HERO. And this one does it so easily thanks to the arrangement changes to a less anison style with more synths and a has catchy feeling all over the song even though some parts remind me of Scarlet Knight. I love everything about the song, the strings hidden behind the synths and pieces of piano to show more variety in the song, the verses are really cool and serve in a good way to introduce the chorus which is really cool and Nana always does a good job to impress with her voice and this song is no exception. This one of the best songs of the single and didn’t take the price because Eden is far ahead. Continue reading

Kalafina – believe

believe

  1. believe
  2. in every nothing
  3. lapis
  4. believe – TV Size-

believe

My initial reaction was that it contained a great intro and usual verses from the girls, keeping “to the beginning” vibes and heavenly blue, which may bore some, because it means that it keeps the same sound, and surely is. It was a letdown knowing the full song will be in this way, but good things that I can say is that Keiko was noticeable in some lines, and the intro was cool as well. But in general this was a typical Kalafina song which is similar arrangement, similar structure, nothing outstanding for me. I hope that their A-sides really start to change because two in a row is not good. Still this is better than many songs released in the year, so I assume it’s a good thing (?)

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Goose House – Hikaru Nara

hikaru nara

  1. Hikaru Nara (光るなら)
  2. Fuyu no Epilogue (冬のエピローグ)
  3. Hikaru Nara (光るなら)- Tv Size-
  4. Hikaru Nara (光るなら) [Instrumental]

Hikaru Nara (光るなら)

This new single from Goose House ditches the whole fun strategy of previous single and goes for a more serious look and sound with Hikaru Nara, this song which serves as OP for Shigatsu ha Kimi no Uso is a really good example of a great example that tries to emphasize the vocals of each member. This one has solo verses for each member and I’m glad it did, because I can appreciate each of them more. The arrangement is good using the usual set of the band adding some variations here and there, but what makes it better is the chorus which I think is the best part of the song. This song was really the reason I got into the band, easily this one showcases a sound they haven’t done that much and works really good for them. I’m quite fascinated with this A-side they made and I hope they have more like this in the near future.

Fuyu no Epilogue (冬のエピローグ)

Well, a more acoustic/stringy style is something I appreciate as well. In the verses you have only the voice and some guitar chords which expresses a more pure sound and simple. But the sound start to increase as the song continues with some piano and some other instruments which gives the song a more winter feel. Mostly the verses are from Manami(yay ^_^), but having more solo verses from the members shows that they can sing. I really like the chorus because the combination of strings with a depressive tone while they are playing guitar was a nice touch. Even the ending of the song shows that winter touch, This wasn’t as good as the A-side but I will give it more listens, because the acoustic live version was really good.


Is it worth listening? Yes! The A-side is really something

As this was their first single I heard from them I was overwhelmed by how good Hikaru Nara is. The song showcases great vocals and gets help with a great and kinda simple arrangement. I really like how they set apart from their previous single and how still they enjoy playing (their acoustic live song confirms this). Their B-side was a little more acoustic and simple yet depressive which works for me, but I need more listens (maybe listening the acoustic live will work) to fully appreciate it.