We didn’t have any of these last time! O: A vocal-less track. It’s about time Dr.ARM got a chance to really shine. The beginning sounds suspiciously close to the theme from Alice Parade though. Hmm… Compared to the poppy vibe of the last album it certainly is something else though.
- Planet Liberation
I’m not saying it’s bad or anything but the backround in this song sounds like a bad 80s pop song. Except it isn’t as catchy or anything.
The chanting parts with Quim really threw me off but this song isn’t that bad. miko doesn’t use her ‘cute’ voice as much so it’s pretty tolerable. Actually, this song reminds me of early IOSYS songs. Before they totally jumped the shark and started remixing their own remixes. Hmm… but it sounds like something Silver Forest might pop out. In any case, I really like this one. Planet Liberation really seems like it wanted to be taken just a little bit serious and this song did a good job of that. If only miko used a mix voice of this instead of the cutesy (apparently real voice) she normally has.
- Sunfish Runs Away (暴走マンボウのテーマ)
After seeing the awesome flash, this was my most anticipated song. I like the use of guitar that Albatrosicks seems to utilize in this album. It doesn’t apply well in some situations (see track #2, Planet Liberation) but here it works well. This song is pretty upbeat and is much like the other tracks on First Album but seeing as the tracks don’t blend together here, it’s safe to say that this track is a better than Strawberry Love Generator.
- 3 Quintillion Starry Heavens
When I first heard the demo for this song I didn’t like it. But considering miko uses the same tone as in track #3 I think it grew on me. It actually really reminds me of a song you might here in Beautiful Katamari (the easy going ones, not the IM@S one. Seriously, that was the worst IM@S song they could have picked). But this song is very light and dreamy. It’s like… the spiritual successor to Dreamin’ Trip only more… dreamin’.
Hmm… when I play this song, instead of whoever is sining in and Dr.ARM coming up as the ‘authors’ it comes up as Countess YOUNO and DR.Arm. Hmmm… did she have more to do with it than before? She just writes lyrics right? In the booklet it says that. But this song is very… weird (to say the least) so it wouldn’t be weird to rule out that she ddin’t have something other to do with this song than just lyrics. Can someone who can actually read the album booklet please confirm that Countess YOUNO was just working on lyrics? It’s going to drive me crazy (just like this song, apparently).
- Determination of Singing
This may be my favorite track. Again, it’s a swift reminder of the good ol’ IOSYS. But I don’t know why. It doesn’t sound like anything they’ve done in the past. Well, miko uses her humanly voice (I guess I’ll have to call it that because the cutesy voice is her real voice, isn’t it?). If Albatrosicks ever releases intrumentals of their tracks like IOSYS eventually did I hope this song is released. Because the background is kinda creepy near the end. A very nice touch I must say.
While track seven might have been outstanding, we’re thrown back into the usual. At first I thought this was a little bit too eroge-op quality. I was scared, actually. But then Quim shook that up a little. I really liked the speaking parts near the end too I hope to get a translation. But I doubt that’ll happen anytime soon.
lol fax machine. I haven’t heard one of those in years. Anyway… was this… Quim… rapping? I’m kind of confused and scared right now. Haha. This song was so messed up. But I think I loved it. I did ask for something different on the last album because almost everything sounded the same. Now we have scary monster vocals and fax machines. I guess be careful what you wish for. Yeah. I like this song though. It’s so confusing that I can’t help but like it. I’d like to hear some other opinions on tit hough. It’s certainly a hit or miss. Very risky of you, Albatrosicks.
From the begining I thought we were going to have another Pastel Color no Umiso Bokujou on our hands. But nope. No cute song for me. Oh well, this one was cute on it’s own. I really liked the parts where it slowed down for both of them to sing their separate parts. I’m really starting to appreciate Quim now except that when I listen to IOSYS songs with miko and Quim both in it, I get Albatrosicks home-sick vibes or something and I have to switch back to listen to First Album. Haha. I hope some can translate the lyrics to this song as well in the future some time. There were no speaking parts on the first album but there are quite a few on this one. Haha, I’d almost dare to say they took a half-way turn and decided to try something different with their music. But it’s the same it’s just wrapped up in a little something different. By the way, who were those conversations between anyways?
This one is a little closer to Pastel Color from the first album. There isn’t anything special about it. Except that the ‘yipee’ part makes me laugh every time. It’s such an upbeat sounding song. It’s almost sounds like the anti-Quim song. He really doesn’t appear to be too much of an upbeat person. I liked miko’s ‘la la la’s’ at the end. That was the best part of this song. This is another song I’d like released as an intrumental if they ever did that. There’s a very cutesy princess feel to the end that I find befitting for miko.
- Honeymoon Period.
Once again, track twelve is slower. This one isn’t so much a ballad like the last track twelve. But it’s still a very easy-going and nice sounding song. It reminds of some western songs from a few years back. Only miko does a nice job here. Quim too. I don’t think I like this song as much as Manbou no Chuusin de, Ai wo Utau but it’s pretty close.
It was at track twelve that I realized I hadn’t heard this song and that there were two extra tracks as compared to last time. Bravo Albatrosicks, you’ve managed to create an album that (in my opinion) far surpasses the original and you’ve added a little more than that album as well. I’m impressed. I shall now officially wait like a loyal puppy for the next installment and turn LS into the waiting base for the next Albatrosicks. But with praise and excitement like that, there’s a bigger chance I’ll be let down. That’s negative thinking though. About this song though… hmm… well it is extremely catchy. That ‘get over’ part really gets stuck in one’s head. But this song comes with a flash and if I may so, casual-ish clothes miko is absolutely fantastic (read: I want to take her home [/renamode]). Depending on your tastes, this can either be better than Strawberry Love Generator or not. If you’re into a more dance/pop song than SLG was for you. This one… this one is almost more pop/rock than dance, really.
- Star Cry
I really love the background in this song. It’s very spacey and kinda trippy at some parts. I know I keep saying this, but instrumental plz. I especially love the piano in it. I think I kinda have a thing for those now. miko ends the album off with very minimal cutesy/real voice. Which I’m thankful for. I think this is a really good song to end the album off in. It kind of has everything that was in this album, which I thought was a delight. So let’s just hope the next round is just as good.
Fang’s Rating: 9/10 (for such a high replay value and being so different from First Album)