Ikimono Gakari- Nostalgia

2010年 3月 3日

Yeah so this entire single should have probably been released around Xmas time, and this cover only confirms that xD. I like it though.

After all that Jesus-y stuff I’m ready review something a little more sublime.

Nostalgia is one of my new favorite Ikimono Gakari ballads. The strings suspend a long note to lead into the song, which helped build the excitement of the song. Although this song presents the typical instrumentals of an Ikimono Gakari ballad (strings, piano, slight electric guitar), it’s the melody that really caught my attention. I loved the way Kiyoe leads into the chorus by making her phrasing shorter. Although I didn’t feel nostalgic listening to the song, it was still great work.

Next is a much more energetic song, Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (the girl who leaped through time). Heh no offense but the intro melody reminded me of an upbeat 80s or 90s song xD. Fortunately the verses bring us back to Ikimono Gakari’s more modern style. Nothing about this song was particularly stunning, but it was probably a good break for those of you who are tired with Ikimono Gakari’s constant release of ballads. Also, that harmonic is back.

Saving the best for last, this single includes a new version of the previous a-side, YELL. Labeled as the “chorus version,” most of the song is identical to the original version. Things change around that amazing bridge that gives the song that hopeful feeling. Yup, we get a full chorus this time and the effect is felt to the fullest. All of a sudden the song picks up a power it never had before. The chorus did a phenomenal job harmonizing with Kiyoe. Not only do they enhance the bridge, but they also carry through the final chorus. This song is just heavenly.

Overall: Amazing single from Ikimono Gakari. Although Nostalgia was good and all, the chorus version of YELL is what stole the show.

Rating: 9.5/10

Track list:

  1. “Nostalgia” (ノスタルジア)
  2. “Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo” (時をかける少女, Girl Who Leapt Through Time)
  3. “Yell -with chorus” (YELL-合唱付-)
  4. “Nostalgia: Instrumental”

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