Sorry for the delay. I’m really looking for Vocalostar but there’s two new albums I’m really interested in so you can expect those now. Right now we’ll look at a Exit Trance release covering anime movie themes! I’d be excited just for the Kara no Kyoukai tracks!
- Beautiful World
I’m not a Eva fan but I love Utada Hikaru’s Beautiful World. I didn’t have a chance to look at the track lists so this’ll be a big surprise to me as I review these (as I review immediately as I listen, I rarely listen first). Of course the vocals don’t match the original, not even close. But that isn’t saying they’re bad. No not at all! YURiE is really great and that’s why I look forward to her doing the Kara no Kyoukai themes. This actually reminds me of the older ET works only much more enjoyable. I like when tracks end up being better tracks on their own rather than apart of the whole album. But maybe the album will be awesome in general?
I figured I probably couldn’t name half the songs. This is one of them. More YURiE and a guest (?) artist. Who’s really good I might say. The song itself is really catchy. Another track I’d probably listen to over and over. I might want to look up the original. Which wouldn’t be a first.
The track I was so waiting for. And from the moment music touched my ears I was in love. CAMRY only appears once on this album (on another track I’m looking forward to) and YURiE is stealing my heart I think. The vocals, although I digress, are nowhere near Kalafina’s. I’ve noticed she doesn’t prounouncicate as much as I’m used to hearing? Is that a good way to say it? Like, back when they did Virgin’s High? I can’t remember if YURiE did the vocals for that but that song sounded very slurred or… how would you say that is spoken as if very quickly? I noticed that in this song but it might of just been because I listened to the original so much. The song itself is very original too. For which I must always salute ET. I still go back and listen to the first anime albums and see how poorly the songs were done.
- THANATOS-IF I CAN’T BE YOURS-
Took me awhile to get around to reviewing this. I kept going back to listen to Oblivious. I didn’t know where this was from. If I had to guess I’d guess Eva again. But I’m not going to do the research as I normally would on a ETAT review. I don’t recognize the vocals but I don’t like them very much. They’re very, very high (?). Which might work to the songs advantage but I don’t know the original.
Very pretty but I couldn’t for the life of me say where it’s from. Although it’s familiar. Guess I need to watch more movies. The song is pretty mediocre though. It sounds like a generic j-pop song, personally. The song itself is pretty nice between vocals but not enough to keep me entertained.
Another I didn’t know. But it (the original) sounds like the sort of thing I’d really like listening to. Fast enough but with the amount of build up drama. So I did do some research. Which usually makes an album review take so much longer. Couldn’t figure it out still. So I failed. Anyways, vocals are very, very, very nice. The song is pretty generic although the piano is a nice touch and it gets better nearly half way through.
The vocalist is supposed to be a take on the original NINE, right? Someone else, right? I don’t know. The song is pretty fun sounding too. But once again I didn’t do thorough research. Very short though.
I assume this is from Clannad? Ehh well I don’t ever recall it but it’s pretty cute. There’s been a Exit Trance remix of that Dango song before, right?
Another KnK song (there are a few I know). Not nearly as impressive as Oblivious but the original isn’t as amazing as that either. YURiE does much better work here too though.
Only one CAMRY track. ): But YURiE has been picking up the slack. This song has always been incredibly sad. Because it plays during the movie and makes it ten times more sad. While I don’t think Camry would have been my first choice for this song she does wonderful. Please don’t think I’m saying that because I’m a Camry fangirl. The song itslef isn’t the best because the original is a slow ballad and although this tries, it doesn’t match up.
- LAST IMPRESSION
I don’t recognize this song but I’m intrigued. For the same reasons as track six. The song itself is really cool and the vocals match that nicely. But I still would need a listen to the original to compare.
Another track from KnK I like. I wasn’t as immediately impressed like Oblivious but it’s still pretty damned good. The vocals are lower sounding than the original but make up for it when she sings faster. She doesn’t seem to slur (still looking for a better word) as much either.
Not familiar with the Pokemon movies (cept the ones I watched as a kid :P) but I’m pretty sure this is from one? The vocals aren’t too overly impressive but the song really, really is. It’s fast and upbeat and just exciting. Sounds just right based on the source?
- tune the rainbow
I think this was done before? If it was I can’t remember. But I heard the original a long time ago so I might just have had the name in my head. It’s pretty good though so I can’t seeing it being from an earlier release (and no other song has been a repeat). The vocals are a little overshadowed by the music because the song itself is pretty nice.
Ah, a more respectable male vocalist. That’s about all I can say. Unlike track 14 where the vocals were too low, the vocals are really in the front here and take away from the music. But it’s a good thing they’re pleasent.
I’m going to make a wild guess and say old school Macross? I’m probably off. I’d just say another miss for MAKI here. But that might just be my opinion. The song is upbeat and much more appealing though.
Don’t know the vocalist but impressed. Maybe because Maki wasn’t doing so good. The song is the usual unusual for this album. Nice piano, etc etc. Curse this album and it’s making me source check!
Oh Yurie, I think I really do love you now. She’s always been the sort of main vocalist for the series but I never looked at her specifically. Here we have the first theme for the first TTGL. Which makes me wonder if it’s possible that S.t.a.r.S song could ever get remixed. I really dislike the original (compared to Shoko’s songs in the series) but this is great.
- ETERNAL WIND
Maki tries to save herself from her other lackluster tracks. It does pretty good. The song is very nice and the vocals add onto that. Which is a good feature. I like the vocals more than the song itself I think.
Ryu* is, as expected,always great. The vocalist is another guest (so to speak). They’re very low sounding again. So I can’t really say what I think. The music sort of overpowered them. Which is usually never a good thing in my books.
Fang’s rating: 8½/10 (The Kara no Kyoukai tracks are highlights but nothing else will really be memorable to me)