- One Light
- Mahiru (真昼)
- Samidare ga Sugita Koro ni (五月雨が過ぎた頃に)
- One Light -TV Size-
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.
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…
- ring your bell
- Koibito no Mukashigatari no yugure no (こいびとの昔語りの夕暮れの)
- ring your bell (in the silence)
- ring your bell -TV Size-
ring your bell
I really thought that this was going to be a copy of believe but thankfully this turned out to be a more cheerful song similar to the After Eden era songs, and we can hear Hikaru with her happy tone, and then switching to Wakana. It tries to be similar to previous song, but once the chorus starts everything becomes even better because it brings certain elements that we’ve seen like in misterioso and other songs but done better and I really loved how they sang “ring your bell” line because it sounded so beautiful. So in conclusion, the song is making a mixture of their sounds but in a good way that blends and gives a sense of completeness or end to a series and just amazes me because of those last lines. Really good song. Continue reading
- in every nothing
- believe -TV Size-
If I expected something strong from Kalafina was because of the tie-in. I always loved their tie-ins for Type Moon works. But this was the first one I consider normal, even for Kajiura standards this sounded like a copy of her previous song, and what brought variety was the verses which I think were the best part of the song. Just imagine heavenly blue with a little tweaks and you get believe. Still I am able to listen it several times, so something makes it work. Continue reading
This is the final part of the post related to singles which focuses on the categories:
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Posted in Best of 2014
- Tagged aldnoah.zero, best of 2014, best singles, cross ange, fate stay night, fhána, goose house, kalafina, konomi suzuki, nagi no asu kara, nagi yanagi, Nana mizuki, no game no life, sawanohiroyuki[nZk], shigatsu wa kimi no uso, silver spoon, sora no method, yanaginagi
I think that I had less singles to review than last year. Maybe or maybe not. What we have here is the first post for the best of last year (because we all know posting until next year the best of last year is the new trend).
So first will be the singles which consists in:
Posted in Best of 2014
- Tagged artists jpop, best of 2014, best singles in 2014 jpop, BLUE, end of refrain, fhána, goose house, in every nothing, Intention Propellant, kalafina, Koi wa hira hirari, konomi suzuki, la la larks, Nana mizuki, Ryuu Hoshi Chinkonka, Sorairo Picture, yanaginagi
- in every nothing
- believe – TV Size-
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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- heavenly blue
- heavenly blue ~Instrumental~
- heavenly blue ~TV size~
I was getting cool vibes with the chanting and getting with some badass verses from Hikaru (and Keiko) similar to what we got from Consolation, but quickly transforms into something more like fictionjunction. The chorus has the more meh~ parts maybe because it sounds a lot like to the beginning and that was already a bland song. I think the song saved itself mostly because of the verses, I mean Hikaru is just kicking ass with her part and sounds amazing (and Keiko doing her job as always makes it better). The song uses the typical Kajiura sound and instruments so you won’t find much innovation here, but then again it’s Kalafina, even a song like this is really good. At the end I couldn’t help but smile because I was needing a new Kalafina song.
Is is worth listening? Yes, it’s Kalafina
I was glad I choose getting the song by the The Best “Blue” instead of the single (I got also an amazing booklet and the BD content which is awesome). And there works better because of the collection of songs the album has. But talking about the song, it’s a typical Kajiura song with good vocals, but fails to innovate or impress by being different, because there a lot of songs better from the band. But at the end you will like the song because it’s a good song (There isn’t a bad Kalafina song, maybe snow falling but whatever).