This is another sorta official release but I wanted to test out this new thing right away. It’s only a little thing but it might make these entries more informative and useful. Even if only a little.
Album Name: Hyper Moe Trance II (HYPER 萌 TRANCE II ～彩音～)
Release Date: 07/23/09
Website: http://5pb.jp/ayane/ (artist)
- Sono Saki ni Aru, Dareka no Egao no Tame ni
I haven’t heard the original but if my memory of my experience with the last album serves me correctly, we might as well be dealing with the early Exit Trance stuff here. Nothing too original. That being said, this is a very weak start. The better known tracks, although my knowledge of Ayane goes barely beyond Complex Image, are a little onwards. Heck, maybe this is popular. But it might as well just be the common eroge trash being shoved down our throats nowadays. Someone will hate on that.
- ARCHIVE LOVERS
I myself have probably heard the original before. I just don’t recall. Anywho, moving on from that soft opening we get something much cooler. It doesn’t sound like eroge trash at least. A serious and dramatic overtone among soft vocals. I can’t even say that the vocals get out shined by the song because there is something so low about them, it sort of trips the ears out. Although to be fair, it might have been an error on my version.
- WiSH ON TRUTH
Another improvement! The song starts off great! This is the sort of thing that deserves a vocalless version. That isn’t to say that Ayane doesn’t rock this track! Lots of things going on here make this track stand out. From the echo singing, matching the tempo flawlessly (because singing fast is always enjoyed), static vocals. Finally some trance, in the lightest sense, you can write home about! Although I wouldn’t really advise that.
- Private Place
I would imagine this is a better known track. I think. It sounds familiar. We’re still going strong! The starting vocals are reminiscent of lots of popular doujin vocaloid songs. The whole song is. The soft singing from track two returns but luckily the background music is stronger and makes up with. There is duel singing though so even if the vocals are a little low for your tastes, they still sound cool.
- Drive on Dragoon
No intro this time (sorta). Ayane jumps right in to vocals. When we do get to the song it is nowhere as exciting as track 3 or 4. For a title like ‘Drive on Dragoon‘ you’d expect something… driving.
- DOLPHIN JET
The opening for some anime which name escapes me. Umisho or something, I think. Since I’ve never heard it before, like most of these tracks, I can’t say much. Truthfully, I skipped through half of the song because of those inaudible vocals.
- Endless Tears…
We pick up from the last two lacklustre tracks. Nice tempo and the background singing is really what stands out. The chorus is the best part because her voice picks up a little more. Now if only she could do that for more tracks. But until that day comes, enjoy the background. The end is awesome too where the song stops and then speeds up.
- Kimi ga Ita Shouko ni
More Vocaloid-ish vocals. Less so but still the same as what was mentioned earlier. Even though this is that generic dribble I normally dislike, it’s more enjoyable than the first track. That’s all I’ll say.
- cloudier sky
This is the track I was looking forward to when I remembered it would be here. I used to listen to this song religiously even if the anime it came from was god awful. Initially, it doesn’t compare to the original. It’s pretty, imo, unlistenable until the background picks up. More low singing. That low singing is fine if it’s to let the music shine but there isn’t any need for that here. There’s some nice background chorus near the chorus and the song picks up from there but it’s still a let down.
- Lunatic Tears…
I’d like to imagine this would be the most well-known track off this album. It’s certainly one of the best done I’d say. The background chorus mingling with Ayane is chilling almost. And thank god, she’s audible for once. The background music isn’t too impressive, excluding badass backup vocals, anyways. As usual, the chorus picks up as Ayane does the GOOD kind of quiet singing (I really couldn’t explain it there). I was a little afraid the rest of the song would be sung low again but Ayane does not disappoint here.
- Eien no Memories
Ayane stands out nice and loud again. The song is a little more cheery than track 10 but it’s still a great listen. I mean that’s not a bad thing. The music is trippy and more fun than track 10 in the very least.
- Heart no SEASON~cover
The song itself is really a good listen. Another deserving a vocalless. And that’s really all I can muster to say about it.
Fang’s Rating: 8/10 (Some tracks were great when compared to other tracks on this album, some were great just in general)
Reccomended Tracks: (03) WiSH ON TRUTH, (10) Lunatic Tears…