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Lil’ B- One

2009年 12月 9日

Pretty cover IMO. It’s nice to see both of them on the cover again!

Zoku Kimi ni Utatta Love Song is definitely a love song. I thought it was an interesting way to open up the album. It’s a slower song, and by the way the chords and instrumentals are layered it seems like it would do better at the end of an album. It’s still a sweet song, and the strings make it very peaceful.

Now we transition into Jikan wo Komete, which is of similar pace to the previous track. It’s an upbeat song, with some brass in it. This song almost has kind of an island feel to it. I wasn’t too excited by this track… but w/e. The rapping section of this song was the highlight because of its high energy.

Tell me why? changes pace by switching into a minor key. Different kinds of drum synth dominate this track with some slight piano in the background. Again, the rapping section is the high point of the song, mostly because the instrumentals change a bit here, thereby giving the song more variety.

Tsunaida Te follows, see here.

Naite Nankanai yo is one of the sadder tracks on the album, but it works very well for Lil’B. Naite Nankanai yo is a great track with the exception of repeating “I’m solly”… I’m not very elitist when it comes to English pronunciation, but I think that by mispronouncing “I’m sorry” disrupts the flow of the song. Melancholy and Lil’B go great together.

Next we have Omoide ni Naru Mae ni. It has a very… interesting… opening. Kind of reminds me of a church actually o_O. At first it seems like we’re about to listen to a ballad… but that’s very, very wrong. With fast beats and brass it seems like we’re just listening to a different version of Jikan wo Komete. A high energy track, but I couldn’t help but feel like I had heard it before. Next.

Days ~Sandome no Kisetsu~ is yet another upbeat track. Surprise… lots of rhythm and brass. I thought that the drum synth was too strong in this song. Also, vocals from both girls weren’t especially strong here. More or less a boring track.

S.O.S. is one of the more experimental tracks on the album, as it opts for a dance feeling. We get lots of vocal distortion of the girls saying “S.O.S.” for about 30 seconds. It’s a strong track because it adds variety to the album. One thing I did not like however, was the transition from verse to chorus. The chorus completely changes beat (it’s a lot slower), and I thought it screwed up the flow of the song. Also, American singer, Rihanna, has a song of the same name, and I thought there were a number of similarities between the two songs during the chorus. Suspicious and sad… Rihanna’s vocals aren’t worth shit… so I’m hoping that this is just a coincidence.

By now all the songs are starting to sound the same. Soba ni Iru Dakede follows the same pattern with brass and rhythm. Aish.

Love Letter is next, see Tsunaida Te review.

Arigatou is next, and it is a surprisingly good song. Not exactly break through or anything, but it’s pretty all the same.

Now we have Ashita Iro no Hana.. which follows the same pattern as a lot of the other songs (like the first track). It doesn’t mean it’s a bad song at all… but it’s hard to appreciate it because you can’t help but draw parallels to Lil’B’s other songs.

Kimi ni Utatta Love Song rehashes from the first song on the album (looks like I got my wish). This one is more upbeat though. Using variations of the same song was an ironic choice for this album because so many songs sound like others.

Overall: I was pretty disappointed in Lil’B. I was hoping for more variation on this album, but instead so many songs sound the same.

Rating: 6/10

Track List:

01 続・キミに歌ったラブソング (Zoku Kimi ni Utatta Love Song)
02 時間を止めて・・・ (Jikan wo Komete)
03 Tell me why?
04 つないだ手 (Tsunaida Te)
05 泣いてなんかないよ (Naite Nankanai yo)
06 思い出になる前に (Omoide ni Naru Mae ni)
07 Days ~3度目の季節~ (Sandome no Kisetsu)
08 S.O.S
09 そばにいるだけで (Soba ni Iru Dakede)
10 ラストレター (Love Letter)
11 ありがとう (Arigatou)
12 明日色の花 (Ashita Iro no Hana)
13 キミに歌ったラブソング (Kimi ni Utatta Love Song)

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