Hey everyone! I’m back to reviewing! I know my special articles, random blurbs about Ai Otsuka’s marriage, and incessant tweets have probably been driving you bonkers, but I’ve been waiting for a special release to come out before I did my next review. Why? I’ve been waiting to do this review because it is my FIFTIETH REVIEW! *balloons and streamers fall from the ceiling* I am so happy that I have been able to stick with this project for this long. When I first thought “I’m going to write a music blog,” I honestly didn’t take that thought too seriously. But now, my blog is one of the most important things I have. Thanks to all my readers and friends. I’ll stop this teary-eyed yammering to actually do what I’m supposed to: review.
I chose to review this album because:
1.) I like ABC
2.) My fiance likes ABC even more
3.) There is a song on here that holds special meaning to me, we’ll talk about that in just a bit
Recreation 2 is the follow-up to ABC’s last cover album titled, you guessed it, Recreation. What, did you think there was going to be a trick question or something? I’m embarrassed to add that many of the tracks covered on this album are by artists I’ve never even heard of. I feel quite terrible to admit that. I’ll review the note-worthy tracks now.
Tenshi no WINK is a fun way to start the album. Its a fun song, not too rockish, but its sung very well. I have always been a fan of Yasu’s pure voice.
The only track from the album to get a PV (and making-of video!!!) is Aitai It starts out with a gentle melody that sounds like a music box being played in a dream. Its a touching and melancholy song, but unfortunately suffers from “epically long oh my gosh is it over yet?” syndrome like other ABC favorites such as Yasashii Uso and Nemuri Hime. I liked the song for about the first three minutes and I think the opening melody would make a cute ringtone. The PV isn’t worth watching. Its a collection of clips showing Yasu sitting back to back with a girl and then Yasu turns into a ghost (?), Yasu’s teeth, (ugh) and the girl crying awkwardly in a filthy bathtub.
Hershey is totally pop, and sounds like borderline Shibuya-Kei if you ask me. I don’t think Yasu’s voice was right for the song here.
Silhouette Romance is an ethereal style piece. Thankfully, it isn’t too long, and Yasu’s voice sounds so clear and calm. This song reminded me of the ocean at night. A great song to relax with.
The song I most anticipated was ABC’s cover of Mika Nakashima’s “Glamorous Sky.” (Hyde, who actually wrote the song, also recorded a version at one point, but I thought his voice was too deep for it..) This song has had a special meaning to me because I performed it in a talent show back in high school. Unfortunately, my cultural awareness was a bit too much for my peers, who booed at me relentlessly and teased me by asking why I didn’t sing in “American.” Seriously? Its tough to find people who appreciate foreign music, especially when you live out in the boondocks like me. This is probably the reason why I have given up singing.
Acid Black Cherry’s cover of this song exceeded my expectations. I don’t want to say it blew me out of the water, but it really did and I can’t lie to my readers. The arrangement was spectacular, not as hard as the original song, but it still contained the same energy, the same fire, the same intensity. This is the gem of the album and a track that no one should miss.
In Conclusion: If you’re just now hearing about ABC for the first time, then I do not recommend this album on the grounds that it is a cover album, after all. Go try some of their original material before you tackle this release. Seasoned ABC fans will probably find this album to be a hit-or-miss. The only songs that were memorable for me were Aitai and Glamorous Sky. Happy listening!