I’ve wanted this album for a long time. Someone on LJ hooked me up again. As always, LJ comes through. Here we have a doujin vocal album based on Higurashi no Naku Koro ni and Umineko no Naku Koro ni. I actually figured I should write this later seeing as we have a whole bunch of Umineko related posts in a row but nobody minds right? I’m too excited to wait anyways.
Album Name: When they cry vol.1
Release Date: 08/16/08 (Comiket 74)
- I – Allegro
A take on 弦楽四重奏曲第1番ト長調 ー I.Allegro, a track that plays usually near the begining of the episodes where things are still much more light hearted. It’s much, much more higher sounding and longer by about fifty seconds. I can’t think of much more to say although the part where the song slows down is something I had never noticed in the original. Which makes this version so much more cooler.
- II – Andante
Off the bat I couldn’t tell what song this was supposed to be. Is that the mark of a good arrangement or a very bad one? You decide. I still really couldn’t tell you what the original is supposed to be, even if the end gives it away sort of.
- III – Allegretto cantabile
This was probably easier to classify. Although the next volume, which is released at C76 if you’ll check the previous post before this, will have a more exciting line up when it comes to Umineko music.
- This is something from Higurashi, most likely the VN? I’m not familiar with Higurashi no Naku Koro ni music outside the themes. The guitar and bass were cool though. Actually, I couldn’t find much to say about this track at the start but as the song went on, I was amazed. From that mentioned repetitive beat to the piano breaking it down and going slow to the raging guitar. A sharp contrast in it’s movements. Although, depending on your tastes, I think the piano will stick out the most.
- Trick Trap!
Fun and hyper circus music? It doesn’t stay that way. It slows down even though the background sounds anticipating. Something more soothing enters around that time as well. It returns to loud and hyper Satoko-esque sound though.
- K the magician
The band returns with bass, drums and jazzes it up. It may be that I listen to the Umineko soundtrack too much but the first thing I thought was M.Zakky!
The longest track and by far my favourite. Starting off with music box sounding music we get soft vocals and a sound that sounds much more Umineko related than Higurashi. The song gets a little creepier as it goes on. The vocalist does a great job. As the song reaches it’s chorus and climax, she still remains creepy and soft until the end. I should hope if we ever get an image song from Bernkastel it sounds something like this.
- you ～Beloved criminal～
I am a sucker for You. Which was one reason I really wanted this album. One thing that should be noted is that this is a very quiet song at first. I’m not good when it comes to identifying instruments so I couldn’t tell you what I was hearing. It was certainly orchestra like which was a very nice treat. Although there are plenty of better done versions of You in this style. For this album, it does stand out though. It still gave me shivers as it picked up.
Fang’s Rating: 7/10 (The umineko tracks fall flat but the Higurashi tracks are very well done)
Reccomended Tracks: 片翼の鷲, you ～Beloved criminal～