ELISA’s 2nd album – Rouge Adolescence

After a VERY fast year (pretty much exactly one year, since her 1st album was released on 1/21, 2009), here comes her 2nd album. As you can imagine, her new hit songs after the 1st album, namely Hayate2 OP “Wonder Wind” and Railgun ED “Dear My Friend -Mada Minu Mirai he-“, are included in this album. On an interesting note: Railgun ED2 “Real Force”, is also featured in this album, even though its single has yet to be released. Let’s take a look at the complete tracklist:

1. Prologue of Rouge Adolescence
2. Wonder Wind
3. Real Force
4. Dear My Friend -Mada Minu Mirai he-
5. Snowy Bell
6. Rinrin to
7. Absolute Perfection (Interlude)
8. Waterland
9. Seihitsu no Prophesia
10.Absolute Perfection
11.Itsukushimi no Bolero
12.Epilogue of Rouge Adolescence

Personal picks are track 6, 8, and 10.

solfa heart to heart -from iyunaline to solfa 2-

If you still remember, we released solfa’s album solfa further along -from iyunaline to solfa- a few months ago. In case you haven’t got it yet, you should, because it’s a pretty nice album (I even have 2 songs from it added to my mp3 pack). Introducing the 2nd album, solfa heart to heart -from iyunaline to solfa 2-, it features most of the singers from the 1st album. Here’s the tracklist with the complete list of artists:

1. heart to heart [Katakiri Rekka]*
2. Midoriiro no Yume [Annabel]
3. Kuro to Shiro no Shirabe [yuiko]
4. step up! [Rita]
5. shooting star [Yuuki]
6. No.51 [Duca]
7. Mizu no Naka no Kumo [yanaginagi]
8. voice [Chata]
9. brand new beat [Itou Kanako]
10.Yukou yo Jupiter he [Yuuki]
11.LOVELY TRACKS [Kotsuki Miya]
12.Fuyu no Okurimono [Yuiduki Sora]
13.Salary Gunman no Kouya [iyuna]
*This “heart to heart” is not ToHeart2’s OP; it’s a different song

I haven’t had the chance to listen to it carefully, so I’m not sure about my favorite songs of this album, but track 2 and 11 seemed to catch my attention when I skimmed through the album. As for “heart to heart”, of course it’s not comparable to that “Heart to Heart”, but it’s not bad either. I do find it interesting though for Katakiri to sing this song, there’s just something unusual about it comparing to the songs she usually sings.

KOKIA – Coquillage -The Best Collection II-

Almost 4 years after releasing “pearl -The Best Collection-“, here finally comes the second one. And it’s not disappointing at all.

1. Inori
2. Ave Maria
3. Atatakai Basho
4. song of pocchong~Shizuku no Uta
5. Douke
6. What a wonderful world
7. Kono Mune no Kurushimi ga Itooshii Hodo ni Ikite
8. Nukumori -aigakikoeru- (with strings)
9. infinity
10.say goodbye & good day
11.Chiisana Uta
12.Sekai no Owari ni
13.Kokoro no Rousoku

Special Limited Disc
1. Arigatou… (the Coquillage edtion)
2. Candle in the Heart

I pretty much like the whole album, but my favorites are track 1 “Inori” and track 10 “say goodbye & good day”. For “Inori”, it’s was actually first performed by someone else. If you still remember the Gundam 00 Voice Actor Single of Feldt Grace, the song was first featured there, sung by Takagahi Ayahi. However, for KOKIA to perform it herself (as a side note, the music and lyrics are written by her too), this is the first time. No offense to Takagahi, but KOKIA’s version is way, way more enjoyable. What do you think?

Rita – mighty

Rita’s new album — a collection of mainly games’ theme songs — “mighty“, might not be all that mighty, but it has its merits. To me, including Signal Heart’s OP&ED would be the biggest one, with the ED “refrain nostalgia” specifically. In fact, if you have read the post below, that song was one of the 10 new additions to my mp3 player, added just a week before this album is released (the version I added was ripped from the maxi single).

Here’s the tracklist:

1. mighty!
2. Signal Heart
3. refrain nostalgia
4. Kokoro no Tobira
5. Yumeiro Animato
6. Le baiser de l’ange -Tenshi no Kuchiduke-
7. Suzu no Naru Basho
8. Honto ni Hoshii Mahou no Jumon
9. Kimi no Na
10.Kondo ha Honki ni Honki?
11.Korekara memories
12.Yume wo Miru Yume
14.Ano Sora wo Mezashite

Personal picks are track 7 and, of course, 3. How about yours?

Shimotsuki Haruka – Griotte no Nemurihime

After much expectation, here comes her new album, Griotte no Nemurihime. A RPG-story-style fantasy album — yes, it will remind you of Sound Horizon, except without all those narrations and sounds a lot more… acceptable/beautiful/your-word-of-choice. 😛 Let’s take a look at the tracklist:

1. Horobiru no Ri
2. Kienai Kakera
3. Erabareta Tami
4. Ohimesama to Doukeshi
5. Buchi no Oukoku
6. Hitori Yume
7. Sora Watashi
8. Kizuna no Hana
9. Shuuen no Koku he
10.Hane ni Sugaru Mono
11.Kooru Sekai
12.Gyaku Mawari no Inochi

You think that would be the tracklist, but actually, it’s not. Let’s take a look at the real tracklist:

1. Horobiru no Kotowari
2. Kienai Uta
3. Erabareta Tami
4. Ohimesama to Doukeshi
5. Madara no Kuni
6. Hitori Yume
7. Sora Watashi
8. Tsunagari no Hana
9. Owari no Toki he
10.Hane ni Sugaru Mono
11.Kooru Sekai
12.Gyaku Mawari no Inochi

If you still can’t figure out why the track titles are romanized that way after listening to the whole album, hop onto our IRC channel and ask me.

Edit on 4/30/2010: apparently according to Shimotsukin in her concert on 11/23/2009, track 5’s title should be “Madara no Oukoku”. She did sing it as “Kuni” though in the lyrics. Same for track 2’s title, it should be “Kienai Kakera”, while in the lyrics she sang it as “Uta”. Oh well.

KOTOKO’s 4th Album – Epsilon no Fune

After almost 3 years, KOTOKO has put out this new album, Epsilon no Fune. Majority of the songs are upbeat ones as you can expect, however there is one comparatively slow song, namely “scene”. There is also an English song which she performed together with Kazuya Takase, who wrote “Real Onigokko”, “Hayate no Gotoku!”, and “BLAZE”, etc. Let’s take a look at the full tracklist:

1. ε -Epsilon-
2. Real Onigokko
3. -∞-DRIVE
4. scene
5. Ame to Guitar
6. Genkai Daha
7. Monera no Kizuna
8. Hayate no Gotoku!

Overall it’s a pretty satisfying album (that’s a very high compliment, by the way. I didn’t really expect much from KOTOKO lately, but this album impresses me), however I do have one big complaint: since there’s “BLAZE”, why there’s no “Sociometry”? It’s one of KOTOKO’s best songs as of late, and they just had to leave it out! I’m truly, truly disappointed at whoever made/didn’t make that decision. They did redeem it though by including the special CD of “Hitorigoto”, which features the 2009 version and 2001 original version.

Finally, the PV of the cover song, “ε -Epsilon-“:

Elements Garden II -TONE CLUSTER-

If you still remember, we have released thir first album about a year ago (that time this blog hadn’t existed yet). These albums are basically collections of songs written by members of Elements Garden. For this 2nd one, the tracklist is as below, with singer’s name in [ ]:

1. introduction
2. Deus Ex Machina [Kageyama Hironobu]
3. Tazunebito [Veil ∞ Lia]
4. Hoshi ni Negai wo [NANA]
6. Arcadia Parade [Katakiri Rekka]
7. Try on! [NANA]
8. Tears in snow [Satou Hiromi]
9. Choushinsei -Super Nova- [Takahashi Chiaki]
10.Flare Complex [NANA]
11.Garnet Cradle [Nagase Hiroki]
12.Border -Kyoukai- [Yada Mico]
13.Silent Snow [Rita]
14.Amber World [Satou Hiromi]
15.STAR LEGEND [Sakakibara Yui]
16.Shukufuku no Campanella [Satou Hiromi & NANA]

If you have been following our releases, you should have heard some of them before, such as “Tazunebito” and “Shukufuku no Campanella”. Personally I like those two and “Tears in snow” the most from this album.

Suara – Kizuna

Here comes Suara’s 4th album, “Kizuna“. It’s Suara, I don’t think I need to say much (even though there’re people don’t know who Okui Masami is *cough*).

1. adamant faith
2. Free and Dream
3. Kanajo no Senaka
4. Maiochiru Yuki no You ni
5. TOKYO-days
6. Mata Aeru Sono Hi Made
7. Friends
8. Crystal Tears
9. Shunka Shuutou
12.Tenshi ga Miru Yume

It’s really not needed but I will still tell you this: recommended.

Okui Masami – Self Satisfaction

While Okui Masami and May’n have put out an interesting single together, Okui herself also releases a self-cover album on the same day. If you’re not sure what self-cover album is, it means that she’s singing the songs that she originally wrote (lyrics or music, or both) for others. Here’s the tracklist with the original singer’s name in [ ]:

1. Divine love [Kitadani Hiroshi]
2. STRATEGY [Miyazaki Ui]
3. ADORATION [Miyazaki Ui]
4. Yuunagi [Ohmi Tomoe]
5. Kagaribi [KAORI]
6. KAKERA [Nogawa Sakura]
7. Time Limit [Miyazaki Ui]
8. HONESTY [Takahashi Hiroki]
9. Fuyu no Himawari [Ohmi Tomoe]
10.Float -Sora no Kanata de- [Ohmi Tomoe]
11.KURENAI [Miyazaki Ui]
12.Ienai kara -Piano quintetto- [Ishida Yoko]

It’s pretty interesting to listen to some of them performed by Okui, especially the slow songs which are the majority of this album. Listening to a powerful voice singing a sentimental song like Fuyu no Himawari (from Fuyu on Rondo) from time to time is certainly refreshing.

Utatsuki Kaori 1st Mini Album “SPYGLASS”

Recently there’re lots of “about time” moments, and this is yet again one of them. While the rest 4 of the Love Planet Five members have already had their full albums, Utatsuki Kaori finally releases a mini one. Anyway, let’s take a look at the tracklist:

1. Spyglass
2. Shining stars bless
3. Chasse
4. Kono Sora no Shita de
5. Lemonade
6. Hoshi no Umi
7. Last song

The album, overall, is pretty nice, but personal favorite is still “Chasse”, which is on my mp3 player playlist. Everyone spin with me together under the sun: La La Lun Lun Lu Lu~

PV of “Spyglass”: