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Weekly Babble, Volume Two

(published a day early because I have to work tomorrow!)

Songs I’ve Had on Repeat This Week
“赤毛のケリー” by Thee Michelle Gun Elephant
“Gothic Circus” by SADS
“Kiss Me” by YUI
“Please Stay With Me” by YUI
“Throw Him Away!” by SAWA

Musical Rants

1.) Still no sign of the Luzmelt single that released this week. I’m developing a tic from wanting it so much.

2.) It is gacktpause’s fault that my iPod is inching closer and closer towards maximum capacity every single day. XD

3.) A Visual Kei Talk Show has proven to be the greatest idea known to man. Also, vuvuzelas. That is all.

4.) Less than a month now until we get that new T.M. Revolution release!

5.) When I saw that Kuu’s “Gossip Candy” didn’t top the OriCon, I was secretly pleased. It isn’t a secret now, so please don’t harm me with those pitchforks that have somehow materialized in your hands.

6.) It feels like the amount of excitement as far as releases go has cooled down this week. It’s about to heat up again soon!

Take it easy, all. Don’t forget to vote in the poll; it ends Saturday!

~Alisa~

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“Welcome to Sa-World” – SAWA

This is Sa-World... and I am just visiting!

Track List:
1. Opening Ceremony ~Sa-Worldへようこそ~
2. Merry Go Round
3. Stars
4. NightBus
5. Chocolate Zone ~野生のSAWA~
6. Throw him away!
7. ManyColors
8. I’m a President
9. Danger Zone ~逃げろ!危うしSa-World!~
10. Swimming Dancing
11. Friday Night
12. Planet-T
13. Eat It All ~Live in Sa-World~
14. I Can Fly
15. あいにいくよ
16. Dream about…
17. Thank you for visiting ~My name is…~

After what seemed like a darn long wait and sixty billion (yet another one of my famous rough estimates) hit-or-miss mini-albums, we finally get this album. Its full length, holy cow! I’ll go ahead and say that the carnival image on the cover is absolutely fitting for the album. When I listened to Welcome to Sa-World, I could totally see a carnival, summer, golden warmth.

Merry Go Round is a cute song to kick off the album because it has that summer carnival feel I’ve been raving about. I am one of those people who likes to create music videos in their head while listening, and I can see the cover image being acted out when I hear this song.

Stars…. oh… Are there words to even describe that song? We’ve all heard it before, so I’ll not say much.

Something about the sequencing of NightBus coming after Stars just worked. The song is a little dull though.

Throw Him Away! is my favorite song on the album, despite being a wee bit short. Its done in a Shibuya-kei style, which I adore and the whole song makes me think of strawberry ice cream. I am sure that with today being our 26 month anniversary, my fiance would be a little hurt at me liking a song with such a title, but its nothing personal, darling. I’d never “throw you away!” Ever. And I’m being serious.

If you’ve heard ManyColors you’ll probably agree that SAWA’s pronunciation of the word “color” is interesting, to say the least. Fun song.

You already know how I feel about Swimming Dancing. Its my favorite song by SAWA because its so far-out and spacey. You feel glued to the song from the start. Its like an outer space roller coaster!

Friday Night is an R&B track. I was doubtful at first but SAWA pulled it off very well. I totally see the carnival imagery again too. ^_^

Planet T is a fun party song. You have to give it a few listens to warm up to it because otherwise it makes little sense.

A lot of people are saying that I Can Fly works a lot better on the album. I agree with said people, but it doesn’t make me like the song any more than I used to.

I have to say that I feel a lot better about Ai ni Ikuyo. When I first listened to it on the mini-album, I thought it was cuteness overload and that I was about to bleed sugar from my eye sockets. The song falls into place better here and I can appreciate it ten times more.

Dream About… has a sweet melody but the vocals don’t work. SAWA downright wails at points, and its not the good kind of wailing you hear from alan either. Great song if you turn it down pretty low..

In Conclusion: As of today, I am changing my citizenship to Sa-Worldian. I have my bags packed and I’m waiting to catch the train to take me to my new home. Okay, not literally. SAWA is not by any means the greatest singer in the world. GACKT is. (ouch, kidding kidding kidding! Put down the pitchforks!) BUT! SAWA can make some fun music which is fitting. When you think summer, you think of fun music! SAWA is surely delivered with this album because she’s experimented with several styles without becoming a mess. Not a lot of artists can do that. So, who wants to come with me to Sa-World?

~Alisa~

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“Spiral” – immi

Immi is just as talented as she is HAWT.

I’m going to be honest and say that as far as j-tek goes, it was going to take a whole lot to make me stray away from SAWA’s “Swimming Dancing” and Saori’s “Grotesque.” But!!!! Immi has released me from the clutches of those songs by creating a memorable album full of summer fun and spirit.

We’ve already heard and played the life out of Wonder, Alice, and Sign of Love, so I won’t touch on those. Just know that they are amazing.

I’ve seen on forums and whatnot that people are dubbing Summer 2010 as the Summer of J-tek. This album lives up to that title. For example, Jeezy Peezy, albeit having a weirdo title, is a energetic track, full of light. And bells. It sounds like the kind of song they’d be blaring at American Eagle while you shop. And I don’t know about you but something about American Eagle makes me think of summer.

My favorite song, shockingly, was Rainbow. Its an Utada-esque piece which isn’t long by any means, and that’s why I like it. In the summer, a rainbow can come and go extremely quickly, sometimes before you even notice it. I think the brevity of this beautiful song captured the fleeting amount of time that rainbows hang in the sky.

I am crazy about Black or White. Its stupidly thrilling with outstanding synth. I did not want that song to end. Love it.

There honestly aren’t any songs on this album that I dislike. Some of them (like No. 1 Girl) didn’t stand out to me as much, but I still could find something I liked about every song.

In Conclusion: Okay, so this album kicks Switch in the teeth and slams its face in the dirt. I don’t even want to convey how hard this album PWNS MEG’s Maverick. I’ll leave that up to the imagination. I highly recommend this album to anyone with ears, and I hereby crown immi QUEEN OFJ-TEK! I’m interested to see if SAWA can top this next month! Predictions, anyone?

~Alisa~

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“Lonely Lonely Lonely” – Saori@Destiny

Hey, guys, don’t lynch me or anything but I never listened to very much Saori@Destiny. I mean, I have a couple tracks from “Japanese Chaos” that I listen to once in a blue moon but that’s really it. Also, for the longest time, I kept getting Saori and SAWA confused. (ducks and covers) PLEASE DON’T HURT ME!!! Anyway, with the release of “Ethnic Planet Survival” and now “Lonely Lonely Lonely” my interest in Saori has been piqued. 🙂

Track 1: Lonely Lonely Lonely- This song is wild. I don’t even know what to call it. When it starts, it sounds like its going to be some kind of crazy rap song. Its slow but has a nice beat and some addicting synth. Saori’s vocals are sound like she’s floating on water, she sounds positively elegant against the heavy techno background noises. There’s also a lovely touch of piano in places. Overall, this song is polished but it takes a certain kind of unique taste to fully appreciate it.

Track 2: Sympa-This song is a lot of fun. Its bouncy and has a catchy beat and is a little but faster than “Lonely Lonely Lonely.” Its a good contrast to the A-side. I wouldn’t listen to this one regularly because it does have that “generic b-side” feel. Its cute though.

Track 3: Breathe Breathe Breathing- Okay, why does this song remind me of Super Mario 64…? Does anybody want to venture I guess because I have clue.  I like this a lot better than “Sympa.” Its put together nicely and has some synth in it unlike any I’ve ever heard before.

Track 4: Stainless Starlight- Um… Does anybody not like this song? I’m not big on the vocals here but the instrumentals are great.

In Conclusion: I thought this single was moderately good. I’m still not a big Saori fan, more like a casual listener, but I’m warming up. And that’s a start.

~Alisa~

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