I am going to feel fifteen all over again in writing this review. Please bear with my overwhelming nostalgia.
I don’t blame you if you’ve never heard of Sana (full name Sanae Shintani). She is an artist who has worked on Konami’s line of Bemani music/rhythm games a la Dance Dance Revolution, pop’n music, and the like. We can’t all be like me, a person with a playlist of three hundred or so Bemani songs on their iPod. Sana is one of the more popular artists from Konami’s Bemani games and aside from BeForU, my favorite.
I won’t be mentioning every song, so I’ll include a track list for you:
(recommended tracks in bold)
01 Infinity of Our Love Jp version
03 Liebe ～望郷～
10 Indigo Bird ! ! ! !
12 White Eve
13 Loveholic -Love Syndrome MIX-
14 Miracle Halloween(disconation J-EURO mix)
I found myself impressed to an extent with Liebe ~望郷~. It reminds me of something Kalafina would put out, only less operatic. Sana’s voice falls a little flat at times, but the song has an interesting and medieval melody. I haven’t heard her perform any songs like this one, so it was a nice change of pace.
神秘の森 is so incredibly soft that sometimes I couldn’t even hear Sana! Its quite relaxing but a little too quiet.
紅蓮の焔 ~原題:紅蓮心中~ (good grief, I hope that’s the entire title) was the worst track on the album. The music is about six thousand times (rough estimate ) louder than the vocals. The tune is dissonant, to say the least, and Sana seems out of breath and desperate to keep up with the music’s tempo. What a mess!
Oh my goodness, I love Indigo Bird! Relaxing, oceanic, tribal, its like what would happen if the Beach Course from Pokemon Snap was given lyrics. This song is wonderful and so full of life an happiness. Best track of the album, for sure.
I didn’t understand the placement of White Eve on this album, as it already appeared on Sana Mode II. Still, being one of my favorite Sana tunes, I wasn’t too unhappy to see it again. This song is, as the name would probably tell you, a nice piece of winterpop. Its got a chilling melody and a beat that just sounds like a blizzard.
Make sure to give the remix of Loveholic a try. Its well-done, not as good as the original, but does a good job of highlighting the tune without being techno overkill.
In Conclusion: Sana has redeemed herself, somewhat, after that awful mess of an album Honeymoon. I wouldn’t recommend this unless you’ve already listened to the jaw dropping Sanative, Sana-mode, and Sana-mode II. Overall, an average album with a couple amazing tracks. At least listen to Indigo Bird if nothing else.