Thanks to Pingas for pointing this release out. Cause I totally didn’t missed it. EDIT: Thanks also to Lightchild for the correction.
Well who would be surprised this is on here? Certainly nobody, I would hope. The vocals are remarkably similar to the original but have something missing from them that makes them sound almost exactly like Yui (and it was surprising to go back and learn it was my beloved CAMRY singing, I can normally recognize her…). You can imagine the awesome guitar solo is gone but there’s a lot going on, song wise, so it’s not like it’s entirely boring.
- Kimi Shinitamou Koto Nakare
This was driving me crazy from the moment I heard it. But what was it? I did some research and found out it was SHANGRI-LA by May’n, which I would only heard because it’s a May’n song. This version sounds much better than the original, imo. The vocals aren’t very strong but they do well enough. They seem to fit with this song better than May’n did. But I may be the only one who thinks so. The song is pretty bland which is a shame because the start of the album often tends to be their strong point.
- Wonder Wind
Once again, a song I know from a show I don’t watch. Which drove me crazy. From what I gather this is the opening to Hayate no Gotoku? Which seemed weird to me but whatever. Like track two, the vocals are what stand out. The song isn’t very impressive. Still.
I guess it would be an understatement to say that I recognize less than half of the songs on this album. But this is the op to the latest season of Minami-ke. The original is very cute if you haven’t heard it. This one matches up to that cuteness flawlessly. And the song isn’t as unimpressive as the earlier tracks. I guess that’s a bonus. But it’s still not as impressive as some other albums.
Not even a clue where this is from but sounds like another thing worth looking up the original of. I could probably guess the original artist… YURiE gets to try something different this time around with a dark sounding, moodier track. Usually her songs are pretty upbeat but with this we can see that she can do almost anything, really.
- SHUT UP AND EXPLODE
I was happy to see this track on here. I was a little surprised too. This track actually probably shines too. The song itself is very fun to listen to and the vocals match up to the high bar the original raised for it. That’s not really surprising though, YUKI usually does a really good job.
I heard the original back around the time that the single came out and wasn’t impressed. Latte sounds better, imo. The vocals are still pushed back by the song. But that’s okay because the song is really awesome. Rockish-trance? Gotta want more of that when they keep handing us this genericy stuff.
- Silky Heart
Oh, I predicted it, didn’t I? I’m very pleased this is here. I would have preferred if YURiE had done it (or CAMRY but only out of favoritism) but MAKI does a good enough job. She sounds like a dull (although not in the boring sense) version of the original. She picks up with a little more enthusiasm on the chorus. The song isn’t very plain but a rather painfully exact version of the original.
Another song I was happy to hear here. They did a good job on Uninstall (although weren’t there, like, three different versions?) so I’m glad to see another Chiaki Ishikawa song. Although Prototype is nowhere near Uninstall’s level. That being said, the vocals do not match Chiaki’s. They’re too different. But they sound nice. They fit this version but they would not fit the original. That too being said, the song itself is, imo, much more enjoyable than the original.
- What ’bout my star?
Good god, more Macross Frontier.
Both the vocals and the song is plain. Didn’t help I couldn’t find the original. Well this one is done by another new/guest vocalist, YAH. I’ll need to hear more from her to come to a good conclusion.
The song was more interesting than the vocals. Which are done by this R.Cena who did quite a few tracks on this album. I think she might of done one in the past but I’m not sure off the top of my head. I might be thinking of Latte too. She might become a regular. I’m not overly impressed with her yet though.
Another unknown artist here, PECO. But that really could have waited. This PECO is pretty good. But the song itself is really awesome. I can’t decide which I like more (it’s probably the song). It helps I know this song fairly well. The first season of Shana. There was a lot of new anime series covered here but they seem to be reaching back. Not that I’m complaining. We get this awesome remix after all.
This was another one to expect. How could you not? Hopefully they’ll do some of Iku’s wonderful songs now (I nominate YURiE!). If you recall, I was extremely disappointed with PSI-Missing. This is the second opening to To Aru Majutsu no Index. And this is a much better remix than PSI-Missing, hands down. Latte does the vocals again and doesn’t have the same enthusiasm or power in her voice as Kawada-sama but does a much better job than her first try. The song too… man! Where do I start on that? It just sounds cool! You could say creepy but given the nature of the song it might just sound weird. Latte is quiet and is pushed back by the music sometimes so it’s hard to hear her but the song is so awesome, I won’t deduct any points!
CAMRY is getting less and less tracks. Which sucks. But YURiE is their star and I do like her. But i’m just happy she gets some tracks. Atleast she gets some, like this, that are fitting for her. So when she does get a song she can preform it flawlessly. HOWEVER, I thought this was just an error on whoever tagged the albums part. But it appears that CAMRY put this whole song together? It just lists CAMRY on the site rather than whoever composed it. That makes it all the more impressive if she did do it herself.
Another I wished for but didn’t really count on. This is pretty unusual for Exit Trance. Could have almost fooled me into thinking this was serious trancecore. The vocals match the original pretty well. Didn’t expect that from MAKI. I really can’t say anything about this, I’m still too surprised by it.
Blah, I’m not really a fan of this sort of music (as in the original) so I’m not even going to try. But it’s notable that up until this point I hadn’t noticed Ma15 had about as many tracks as CAMRY. Actually, less because CAMRY did the first track. What a shame.
YUKI usually only has one track, if any. He did a really good job earlier so I sort of hope they would cover Crawl sometime in the future but it probably won’t happen. There isn’t anything really special to say about this one. The song stands out as being more tolerable than some of the earlier generic stuff.
- Don’t Say ‘Lazy’
Damn it, Latte. As much as I hate K-ON, I love this song. I think Yoko Hikasa does a great job and Latte just doesn’t compare. She’s good, sure. But compared to all these other great artists? YURiE can adapt to any song. Latte just… is too quiet, she has no enthusiasm. I know I keep saying that but that’s what it sounds like to me. Although, how can you sing this and not have enthusiasm? I’m surprised they put both K-ON tracks on one album and didn’t save some material for 8 but there were other tracks from K-ON I guess they could go on. Still seems like bad… marketing? Whatever. There will be tons of Don’t Say ‘Lazy’ remixes in the future. I’ve already seen at least two on different albums. But none really compare to the original. At Least the song in this version is pretty standable.
- ずっとみつめていて (Ryu☆ Remix)
After the tracks like Hanaji and Don’t Say ‘Lazy’ this one is sorta refreshing. Another vocalist I don’t recognize. but the song itself is pretty good sounding. This is a collaboration (?) between DJ UTO and Starving Trancer so it’s not unexpected to sound special. But still not something that stands out out among some of the better tracks.
Fang’s Rating: 8/10 (Bumped up with a higher rating for the cover)