Album Name: Exit Trance presents Speed Anime Trance Best 13
Artist/Circle: EXIT TRANCE (Quake Records)
Release Date: 08/03/11
It often seems to me that Exit Trance doesn’t plan their tracklists out very well. Why not spread some songs from the same series out? That way when you have a slow season, you don’t have to worry because you still have that hit from the last season! I don’t think that is a concern for them though. Otherwise they wouldn’t have included both Madoka songs here. Perhaps one of the more anticipated tracks (at least for me it was) on this album and a pretty nice way to start things off. Our vocalist is Nahoko and this is her second time appearance in this series. Interesting that they gave a newcomer such a prestigious song but not really when you look at the artist listing for the rest of the song. DJ is plazma and is listed with the z on the site so I can’t tell what their connection to plasma is/might be. Song isn’t entirely terrible though I wish they would have utilized the piano a bit more than just at the start. Nahoko is fine for the most part but doesn’t really cut it during the chorus which in the original was great because it packed such a punch and shifted the tone of the song. I didn’t comment on her last appearance so I can’t tell if I thought she sounded as flat but hopefully she’ll sound better and more… lively if she does become a regular vocalist.
- CORE PRIDE
There are few male vocalists here so seeing an older regular is nice. Especially if it’s TAKANORI. The rapping bit at the start was annoying because it didn’t fit with the beat of the song but there is only a little bit and then we are treated to Taka’s crooning. Hommarju doesn’t really take any risks here so the song is pretty boring and TAKANORI carries the whole thing.
- 魔・カ・セ・テ Tonight
Oh MAKI am I glad to hear you. Some consistency. That is all I ask. And MAKI delivers. But that’s all she is good for here. I think I’m going to start referring to the vocalists in two sets. First generation (YURiE, CAMRY, MAKI, KANA, Ma15, NINE and possibly TAKANORI and Latte even though those two didn’t show up until around the 6th album) and second generation (including, but not limited to, mi-mi, R.Cena, Nahoko, Yumemi, 405, etc) but since some vocalists work under pseudonyms sometimes that could be confusing (and those vocalists are bad and should feel bad).
Mi-mi actually does a pretty spot on job for this one. I don’t mean just for her but in general. I heard the original and was a bit surprised how much they sounded alike. I guess that is a good thing.
- Destin Histoire
Something here is not right. The vocalist (who has apparently never shown up on another album) isn’t exactly fitted for it but you can ignore that until the chorus where her voice comes off as extremely unpolished. The music does pretty much whatever it wants and doesn’t even have a passing resemblance to the original but that isn’t very surprising here is it. Generally I like Icon though so it doesn’t sound bad, at least.
Hommarju gets to do his trancecore thing. That must have made him happy! Unlike the Umineko tracks however it works wonderfully. There is a strong focus on vocals so the song even drops out for a moment or two as R.Cena does her thing. And she is good. She’s at least competent. Probably the best track so far and my only complaint would be that now that Hommarju has a track to mess around with, he really doesn’t. It has the trappings of too many other songs in the same style but doesn’t do anything unique like you would expect with him. However, since the direction they did with the vocals is so flawless you could argue that the song isn’t what’s important. I would accept that because damn this was well done.
I want to like this one but I don’t think I can. The vocalist, puchi, sings at the same tempo that seems even slower than the original. She fails to keep up with the rest of the song and it sounds bad. I thought for sure she had been on another album but I guess not. She sounds familiar. Plus someone else used to do the same thing and it bothered the hell out of me.
I was listening to this song trying to figure out what to say and then I just stared at my keyboard for 30 secs and then my phone and then I went on twitter and then I remembered it was playing and it was an enjoyable background hum.
- Choose my love!
Still a dick move, Exit Trance. I can’t tell if they really like shitty anime and/or shitty anime music or they just don’t give a 1/10th of a fuck. I sort of think it is the second because if it isn’t Miku thorwing up money they don’t really care about much anymore do they. But, uh, hey KANA is here and she still sounds wonderful. It is making me realize how much some of the other new vocalists suck (I’m looking at you, Nahoko).
- Morning Arch
Another veteran here, this time YURiE. My theory is that they gave all the older(/good) singers the shitty songs and all the new ones the prominent songs to help us warm up to them. It did not work. Though YURiE is really hit or miss. Sometimes she is pretty bad too. Ok, they should have just let KANA do Connect. Come on it would have been PERFECT.
- A Whole New World God Only Knows
It takes a lot to mess a song up when the original is terribad. I like the music arrange in this one because I never liked it in the original. This would have been a nice one for Hommarju to experiment on but alas, he really doesn’t. R.Cena is our vocalist and she is only slightly better than the original (wasn’t Mosiac.wav the ones responsible for the 2nd OP?).
- Scarlet Ballet
Mi-mi is pretty good I guess. She’s working her way up there into my favourites. She can be nice and clear and sing with emotion and that seems to be what a lot of newcomers/drop ins are missing. She is particularly nice for May’n songs. Song itself is nothing great but it’s pleasant at least.
- STRAIGHT JET
Latte. And MK who, again, I normally like. Song wise, pretty good. Latte does well. She’s improved greatly since when she started off. Hurts both of them that the original song doesn’t give them much to work with.
- Taste of Paradise
We can do this shit but not that earlier mentioned OreImo OP? Yes I am still pissed. Yumemi is the vocalist and her voice is a little annoying but hey it works. Hate to admit it but it is surprisingly catchy.
why mi-mi why
- SHINY SHINY
Oh my I hadn’t really realized MK was doing this one. And I love this song because I love Nirgilis so I was all kinds of excited. That’s probably why I’m biased here. I didn’t really like 405’s vocals here just because they weren’t the original. I still think she does the song pretty well. MK doesn’t really pull out the razzle dazzle though. Normally I’m surprised by his songs but this time I was just surprised there wasn’t any surprising twists.
- SCARLET KNIGHT
Latte just takes care of all the ones with scarlet in the title I guess. Once again, she does well and it’s pretty sad (for me) when Latte is one of the strongest vocalists on an album. Well you know she just does it better for me than the original because at this point in my life I just can’t stand Nana Mizuki’s music anymore. Which is a shame because this song sounds pretty cool.
Yusuke is not really fitted for this song. He comes off as sounding amateur and novice and it seems like his voice can’t handle the strain of certain parts. Icon’s work is pretty nice when the vocals aren’t butchering it up though.
Once again, I ask. Couldn’t they have put someone a little more experience on such a track? Well it’s okay I guess. Our vocalists are R.Cena and Natsuhi. Natsuh being, obviously, new but not being entirely terrible. I mean I assume she was the front vocalist here. It didn’t really sound like R.Cena.
Pretty disappointing despite the promising track list.
Recommended track: 6