Album Name: Exit Trance presents Speed Anime Trance Best 12
Artist/Circle: EXIT TRANCE (Quake Records)
Release Date: 04/06/11
- Theme For Panty and Stocking
This put it into perspective for me that what Exit Trance really does is arrangements of songs rather than remixes. Because I’ve heard a ton of PSG remixes and when I think of PSG remixes, I won’t be categorizing the stuff on this album in that group. I was surprised when I saw there were quite a few PSG songs on this album but I can hardly complain because the whole tracklist is an improvement from the previous album which was terrible if only for the bad song choices. I was also surprised this was a four minute long song. That is because the original is actually only thirty seconds (even the slow version included in the bonus OST was only a minute or so). So this means Hommarju is going to do a lot of experimenting and messing around in this track. But you know what? Let him get it out of his system. He’s been the one behind the trancecore songs so far and have any of those NOT been hillaribad? But you know what? I didn’t even think this was that bad. Like I was expecting the worse but this was actually pretty decent. It didn’t have the PSG feel that Teddyloid and the others have worked so hard on and stamped onto every sound from the actual OST but what can you expect from ET?
The OP for Ika Musume, I assume? The vocals are a bit irritating here. They’re provided by Mi-mi who has shown up for awhile now. But they’re almost nasally sounding. They aren’t very strong sounding either. They fade a bit to the back and one of my main complaints is always when vocals don’t have enough force in them to stand out. The song itself sounded a bit generic at first but is pretty well done though it only gets a chance to do that when Mi-mi stops her singing even though her singing has the same impact as a hum.
This was a nice surprise. The combination of Latte, R. Cena and 405 was wonderful. Each girl compliments the other and they form a delicious harmony. The song is pretty basic and the vocal combination is what really stands out for me. Original song is from Milky Holmes.
I believe this is from Yosuga no Sora. Our vocalists are a combination of R. Cena, 405 and Mi-mi this time. R. Cena and 405 still go nice together and Mi-mi gets it together but the combo from the last song was much nicer. I haven’t heard the original but the song in this one was pretty interesting too. I’m also just a fan of talk as vocals so that was a bonus.
- Over Sky
Oh I knew we hadn’t escape the wreck that is the music from Strike Witches 2. Well this isn’t so bad… I guess. Latte is our vocalist and I hate to say this every time but she’s really improved since her days of butchering songs from To Aru Majutsu no Index. Song itself is pretty nicely done because I remember the original song being pretty bluh in the first place. Nice and speedy.
- More-more LOVERS!!
From MM and our vocalist is Mi-mi. She’s actually decent? Really, wow. She’s got some creaty clarity and strength to her voice that she didn’t have at the start of the album. This song is pretty catchy but it’s Mi-mi’s range that is most striking here.
- Moon Signal
It’s always interesting when a song I DO like comes up. And who better to get this one than Icon? He’s got a pretty good track record here, eh? Well the song is really well done and it would have been better if the intro went on a little longer but I’ll take what I can get. Our vocalists are Yumemi and 405. Now I’m going to say it’s Yumemi here seeing as she hasn’t shown up yet but it may be 405 so I’m sorry if I get this wrong but one of them just sounds atrocious. I’m a nice person so don’t like saying that (then why am I a half-assed reviewer?) but she really ruins what can be salvaged of this song. Her voice might suit something else but not when you’re trying to imitate Sphere. It’s just… wrong.
We had a nice enough start but things are spiraling out of control fast. Now me and Faylan have a love/hate relationship but GOSH. I take back what I said in the previous song. This is… bad. They’re very stuffy and parody-MAD-grade at best. Well, the original song was a parody in itself… in a way, right? So maybe that is the angle they were going for? Oh maybe this Mamiko vocalist just isn’t that great.
MM again? Well nice to see we’re getting whole series out of the way. Is it just me or have they been focusing on comedy series a lot more than anything else lately? Is that just me? I mean I guess there is another Shiki song later on… Anyways, our vocalists are Yumemi and Si-Nai. I don’t think I’ve heard Si-Nai here before and this track isn’t horrible. So maybe it was 405 who butchered that track earlier? Hmmmm…
- Last Vision for Last
More Faylan? Well I never watched Samurai Girls though I gave this song a quick listen. It was eh. This version… well I must say I am enchanted with it. Shocking as it may be. Yumemi is the vocals and she… uh well she isn’t great but there is some charm in her unpolished, rough vocals this time around. The song itself is really well done too. A little bit of piano at the start and at the end, fading away for maximum tension and generally being more delicious than the original.
- Fly Away
This was what I was expecting when I heard Exit Trance was doing PSG songs. Our vocalist is someone I’ve never heard of in this series named MFMFW (which I keep reading as ‘my face when’) and it sounds like she says Fly’d Away (or possibly By The Way?) every time but besides that she isn’t as Engrishy as you might expect. No, that is a lie. Mostly I think some of the lyrics got mixed up. I will probably need to double check that. The song itself was… ughhhh well… it wasn’t… it was one organ blast away from sounding like something from the 90s. Okay, maybe not. But this seriously wasn’t good for anyone involved.
- COSMOS vs. ALIENS
Arakawa Under the Birdge. When Exit Trance did the first OP for this series, I thought it was amazing. I still think it is great. It was gives me hope that the SATB series can go back to pre-vol-five awesomeness. So it was understandable that my hopes for this one were pretty high too. And you know what? It’s still damned good. I’m a little disappointed CAMRY isn’t doing the vocals for this one like she did the other (maybe I need to accept that CAMRY isn’t coming back and move on like she has or whatever happened to her). 405 does the vocals this time and she sounds a lot like Etsuko Yakushimaru. The producer here is someone generally unknown to our terrible trance clique who is called Plasma. Dear Exit Trance, please get this guy on every album. Doing every song. This will make you guys goodish again. I beg of you. There was just so much about what he did to did to this song that made me love it. The problem was that his craftwork here doesn’t match up with the song he is trying to arrange. Something here just doesn’t co-align.
- DOWN TOWN
I never watched Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru because it was too SHAFT BEING SHAFT for my tastes. But I love the original Down Town. It was another song I saw that was on this tracklist and… and I just knew this would happen. Yurie is our vocalist and it is nice to see a SATB veteran around even if it is only for one song. Her vocals are pretty nice (obviously they could never reach Maaya Sakamoto’s level of perfection) but the song itself just ignores the beat of the original song or what Yurie is trying to sing. Once again, it is like listening to the vocals and background music of two different songs and that is just sloppy.
A song from Fortune Arterial by Lia, originally. But since I’m only interested in melancholic Lia I never paid it any attention. By this point in the album after track thirteen being a big waste of time, it’s kind of like, my expectations have hit the ground again. Dizzi Mystica does an okay job but it’s not enough to impress me enough to enjoy this album as much again.
Another Shiki song? That surprised me. Maybe we will see the Fractale OP on the next album? Probably doubtful. I was excited until I saw it was produced by MK who, if you’ll recall from a track ago, simply did not give the singlest of fucks about DOWN TOWN so I didn’t expect much for this even though R. Cena is a pretty competent vocalist when she wants to be. There was nothing wrong with her vocals and they are a refreshing change because Kanon Wakeshima’s vocals can get sort of annoying. The music actually matches the beat this time so I guess this isn’t completely a waste. Though there was a lot that could of been done with her vocals that a more experienced producer would have taken advantage of.
The shift from an inexperienced producer to Dizzi Mystica is unsettling. R. Cena is doing the vocals again. She really has become a main staple now hasn’t she? Not familliar with the original it is from Yosuga no Sora, once again getting another series out of the way. There isn’t anything special about this, I’m not going to lie. It is just a filler song between the songs that are more important. Which songs? You’d have to listen to be able to tell.
- GOD ONLY KNOWS
Have you heard the original of this? It is lulzy engrish that is all kinds of strange. So this was expected to be horrible. But we have ICON on our side. ICON. HE IS GOOD. But still you can only give him so much to work with. Yurie is our vocalist and she does okay even though she’s proved in the past English is not her strongest suit. The song arrangement is wonderful though. One of my problems with Yurie (I believe it was her and someone else) was that they mumbled and/or sang like their mouth had just been swollen. This is the case here. Wonderful song arrangement but vocals that are reminiscent of having a mouth full of bees.
Sora no Otoshimono or whatever? Ugh, not my cup of tea but sure whatever. Si-Nai and Latte are our vocalists and if Si-Nai sticks around for a few more albums she can be the old Latte (aka my punching bag). Man, I remember the days when I used to hate Latte. Now she is all I have to cling to. She’s no CAMRY though.
Ika Musume again? Correct me if I’m wrong there. SERIOUSLY can Icon and Plasma just do the whole album. (ok maybe Plasma needs to prove himself some more). The Quality of Icon sons are just so noticeable. Like the quality of vocals, as well. What I said in track 15 about untapped potential in vocals? Icon would have known what to do there. Vocals are done by R. Cena and they’re pleasant as they have consistently (more or less) been throughout this album.
The tracklist is an improvement from the dismal one presented in SATB 11 that really hindered the enjoyment of that album. Though the influence of romcom’s are here too when there was a wide selection for them to choose from in noitaminA songs alone. I’m still a little disappointed by the lack of CAMRY but that is a personal gripe and forget I was complaining about that. Perhaps it was a good thing that we didn’t see Fallen Angel here because while one PSG song was not horribly done, the other was, without a doubt, terrible. I wouldn’t want that fate inflicted upon one of my favourites though gosh darn it’s happened before and it’ll happen again. Aside from some constant mismatching of vocals to the beat of the song (I’m looking at you, MK) I think this was a pretty solid release. Certainly not one of the best and I will probably forget nearly everything on it (with a few obvious exceptions) but definitely not one of the cringe-and-pray-for-sweet-release-of-death-it’s-that-bad albums. For which I am thankful.
Recommended tracks: 3, 10, 12, 17 (?)