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“GOLD” – UVERworld

I get Egyptian vibes from the cover

Before the review, just a bit of news! My Aquamarry album has shipped today, and that is NOT an April Fool’s joke. I am so pumped!

Okay, so this is UVERworld’s last single before their upcoming album. Honestly, I hate it when artists release singles in extremely close proximity to their albums because it feels rushed.

GOLD is a traditional UVERworld songs with a couple of unique spins put on it. There is some chanting, much like that from 99/100 blah blah blah but its in really awkward Engrish. Its something like “help yourself to fly, fly, make the boom, boom” or something really similar that just sounds wrong and stupid. As a big fan of Takuya’s voice and signature singing style, I was surprised to, for once, not find him to be the centerpiece of the song. The real treat to GOLD is the instrumentals, specifically the epic strings that come into play at some points. The arrangement is just a little sloppy but nothing unforgivable. This isn’t GO-ON for sure, and can’t even make a scratch in stuff like Colors of the Heart, but overall its a good listen for faithful fans of UVERworld.

Normally, UVERworld whips out b-sides that are at least halfway enjoyable, and no exception is made here. Change is like a mix of D-tecnolife and Shamrock; not as good as either but has some lovely harmony and classic UVERsounds. Closing out the single is the ballad Minori, a nice touch but nothing powerful or though-evoking. Takuya sounds nice framed by the piano, but I was bored before the song was halfway finished. You have to have patience and the right kind of mood to appreciate a song like that. But its very good if you’re trying to relax.

In Conclusion: Even though I prefer UVERworld’s older stuff, I recognize that all artists grow and change over the course of their careers. I was significantly impressed with GOLD and its b-sides. I loved the balance of the single and the quality of each track. I’m excited for the album, and crossing my fingers that its better than AwakEVE.

~Alisa~

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Aquamarry Update

Its been almost a month since I ordered this album, and its still on backorder. The company has done its best to keep me posted while I wait, and I very much respect and appreciate that, but I want my album!!!!!

Next review will be Dahlia’s Nude Lumiere album. Its a couple of years old but I’ve recently discovered it so its new to me. Anyone else heard it? Then, hopefully I’ll have heard D’s 7th Rose and be able to review it.

~Alisa~

(I’m going to start ending my posts with what I’m listening to! Feel free to comment or tell me what you’ve got playing!)
Now playing – Revelation (L’arc~en~Ciel)

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Blogging Is Hard Work!

So… I have kind of been shirking my duties as a student in favor of blogging… That being said, I’m going to take the next couple of days to get all caught up with my assignments. I promise I’m not leaving! I just want to apologize for slowing down my activity.

In other news, I have ordered the Aquamarry album! I’m thrilled. Its on backorder so it should be about a month or a month and a half before I actually get it. I’ll keep everybody posted on how that goes. I hope there are no problems. I seriously want this album, you guys. You have no clue how much.

Well, time to do some math. Yippie, skippie.

~Alisa~

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“Fairyshift” – Aquamarry

I really like this cover!

That’s right, kids! I am ditching my Sociology homework for the time being to bring you this review. Plus, I’ve got a Hot Pocket that I’m chowing down on. Hooray! Before I start, I’d like to say that I have found copies of “Infinity” for sale online! As soon as my financial aid return check comes in, I will be purchasing it. I am dying to hear the other five tracks.

“Fairyshift” is the second release by superindie band Aquamarry, and their first mini-album. This is another difficult to find release in physical format, but unlike the album “Infinity,” “Fairyshift” is available for digital download in the Japanese iTunes store. I’m terribly bummed about this because compared to “Infinity,” “Fairyshift” is just mediocre.

Track 1: Shari-la-lira – This is probably the best track on the mini-album. It’s a feel-good-its-a-new-day-everything-is-gonna-be-just-fine kind of song. It’s uplifting and makes you feel good about being alive. Plus, you get to hear that trademark “underwater guitar!”

Track 2: S.M.W- Yeah, so I have no idea what S.M.W stands for…  It’s a really short song at only three minutes. I could best describe this song as “punk.” It’s okay, but not memorable.

Track 3: 妄想テレパシー – This song reminds me of a sped-up version of “Mirror Ball” with some guitar similar to that in Nightmare’s “The Last Show.” I like the melody and harmony but again, its not very memorable.

Track 4: ホシカゲソウ – This song starts out with some heavy blues elements.  Its the longest track on the mini-album, and the entire time I listened to it, I kept waiting for it to go somewhere. It never did. Skip this one.

Track 5: LiFE – This is basically a continuation of Shari-la-lira. The guitar is the best part. Not much else to be said.

In Conclusion: To be blunt, “Fairyshift” doesn’t hold a candle to “Infinity.” I commend Aquamarry for exploring different genres on their second release, but it truly did not work too well for them. Also, it seemed as though the quality of Cinnamon’s vocals declined from one track to the next. If this was someone’s first experience with the band, I can see why they would not want to listen any further. This is why I recommend listening to “Infinity” before you even touch “Fairyshift.”

~Alisa~

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“Infinity” – Aquamarry

First of all, let me begin this review with some disappointing news. I will not be reviewing this entire album. Why? Because I haven’t heard half of it! This album is so rare that I can’t even find anywhere to purchase it from. Through doing some obsessive trolling on sites like Myspace and Audioleaf, I have been lucky enough to hear half of this album. Its really a shame that this band is that indie. On to the review!

The album's cover. Click on it to visit Aquamarry's Myspace!

Track 1: Flapjack- What a start to an album! Some hard guitar and strange, hollow-sounding beats on the drums start off the song and then back off when the jumpy vocals begin. This is what I would consider a “party song.” It’s pretty good, and accomplishes the task to giving a taste of Aquamarry’s sound.

Track 2: プラスチックロボットボーイ- So, I know that I am supposed to be praising this band but this song is just awful. However, I can forgive them for it.

Track 3: Mirror Ball- This is the leading track from the album, and even has its own PV! You can watch it here! It’s pretty terrible, to be honest, but you can’t forget that this is an indie band so you shouldn’t expect any bells or whistles as far as the PVs go.

One time, I made a list in my head of the best songs I had ever heard. This song was number 6 on that list. Before it came “Mizerable” by Gackt at #5, “D-tecnolife” by UVERworld at #4, “Planetarium” by Ai Otsuka at #3, “Colors of the Heart” by UVERworld at #2, and the beautiful “Kingyo Hanabi” by Ai Otsuka at #1. But you can’t count out Mirrorball! It’s just perfect. I love the guitar in it, and the melody is very unique.

Track 6: Tender- Another perfect song! Unfortunately I have only heard it in a pathetic bitrate of 96 kbps. This is sad, no? I still really like it because the acoustic guitar seems to flow along with Cinnamon’s gentle voice. Yeah, you read that right. The vocalist calls herself Cinnamon. INDIE!!!! If you like a more relaxing kind of rock, check out “Tender.”

Track 8: Water Sprite- I have come to realize that Aquamarry’s trademark is the sound of a guitar that has a significant echo, so much so that it gives the feel of being submerged underwater. Perhaps this is why they are called AQUAmarry? The “underwater guitar” is prominent in the vocals while an echo effect is added to Cinnamon’s voice. In the hook, the echo disappears and the voice gets stronger. Then in the chorus, the “underwater guitar” takes a backseat to the drums. The cycle repeats seamlessly into the second verse/hook/chorus. It’s a great piece of music with equally great transitions that don’t feel rushed, awkward, or out of place.

In Conclusion: “Infinity” by Aquamarry is a ten track album, and as you see here only five songs were reviewed. I am going to own this album someday. I am determined to have it because it is THAT GOOD! If my fiance is reading this then “HEY CHRISPY, GO BUY ME THIS ALBUM PWEEEASE!!!!”

Next time, I will do Aquamarry’s second release, “Fairyshift.” Luckily I have been able to listen to all of it.

Hopefully this review has done something to spread the word of a band that nobody has heard of, but should know about. Be sure to leave me comments about what you thought of this review and/or if you know anything about or have an interest in Aquamarry!

~Alisa~

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Look everybody, its Alisa! (applause)

Well, here I am, falling into the blogging craze that everyone seems to want to be a part of. I’m just your typical Japan addict trying to survive a community college setting.  Not much more to be said there.

I’m looking forward to reviewing all sorts of fascinating Japanese music. I’ll try to do all kinds of genres… even… R&B!?!?! AAAHHH!

The banner at the top of the screen shows the greatest band nobody has ever heard of, Aquamarry. I encourage everybody to check them out because they are amazing. Their bass lines can’t be beat and even give the feel of being underwater. Its a completely unique sound that I just adore.  http://www.myspace.com/aquamarry

Stay tuned for my first review of XodiacK’s “Owari no Hajimari” single. My fiance and I are all about this band at the moment.

~Alisa~

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