Love Solfege’s le blanc et noir was pretty much my first doujin album. So I guess that’s why I have an affection for vocal and piano tracks. Thankfully, this album delievers on more fantastical goodness.
- プロローグ ～ 2つめのメルポメネ
For the watery theme the pre-release of this album gave across, this did well. It’s a fine introductory track being the shortest on the track.
- to the boundless ocean ～ 1つめのクロトリア
This was one of the main reasons I was looking forward to this album. Katakiri Rekka is great. I love Shimotsuki Haruka waaaay more but Katakiri is still a wonderful vocalist. If you don’t know who she is I’ll give you a refresher. She did the ending theme for the first season of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. This song is a little happier and sweeter sounding than the rest of the tracks on this album, really. It fits the oceanic/mermaid-y theme.
- 少女のための舞曲 ～ 3つめのアルバ
Ayu (according to the website, it’s actually lowercase ‘a’ so I guess I’ll have to do that as well) has a really nice voice. In contrast to Katakiri though… it’s kind of lower sounding. The piano at the beginning is great too. This is a very lolita-y sounding soung. But saying that is… type casting right? Still catchy.
- Chimeras ～ 4つめのアグリーヌ
This song is very mellow. I love how in each track, there is a shifting focus different instruments. There was violin and piano in the last song and guitar in this one (but there is some piano). The shifting vocals is a nice touch as well. But for a Love Solfege song? This is a little too pop-ish.
- 夕闇の合わせ鏡 ～ 5つめのブランシェ、6つめのノワール
I really liked this one. It’s all pretty much spoken-sung but when it picks up and they sing a little faster… now I thought that was cool! This song reminds of the token loli in a RPG game if they had a theme song. Saying that makes me think of March from Eternal Sonata with the back ups as vocals. Hahaha. I need to stop playing that game. This song is lolirific. Therefore awesome.
- Far wandering ～ 7つめのアレクトラ
The backround sounds like track five but it’s a little slower and creepier and waaaay less lolirific. The vocals are actually rather haunting. This sounds a little more like the Love Solfege I love and remember. But I can’t held but think of Sound Horizon again.
- quiet in the swell ～ 8つめのデメテオーレ
Another track with no vocals. Auguste Beau continues to do a job composing. This a very nice piano track that changes moods nicely. That really is something only piano’s can do well.
- Ricordi ～ 9つめのベアトリーチェ
This has to be my second favorite track, with track seven falling behind closely. The beginning is sort of creepy and enticing. The vocals are just the same. They add to the creepiness of the backround piano playing. Hmmm… out of the two leading vocalists on this album who would I prefer? Ayu has a regular sounding voice while Mizuki Anmi (who sings this and also in track four) does opera very, very well. Opera styled vocals with a lolita-inspired backround? Do want.
This starts off with dialogue that is bothering me. What language was it in? It should be obvious and I have an idea but I That’s what I thought. The majority of the song involving chanting vocals with the background sounding like the first track in an underwater sort of way.
This is my favorite track for sure. The lyrics are very sweet and fit the background perfectly. This song is actually in english this time (I think for the whole time but I couldn’t understand her at first). It’s rather slow at first but it picks up and has fast singing with double vocals near the half way mark. This song is the longest at almost eight minutes! But it’s so awesome with the fast singing (in UNDERSTANDABLE English at that!) with more SH vibes.
Fang’s Rating: 8/10