4 May 2013

Sumire Uesaka - Nanatsu no Umi Yori Kimi no Umi

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san OP

Tracklist:

1. Nanatsu no Umi Yori Kimi no Umi
2. Waga Ki no Moto e Tsudoi Tamae
3. Nanatsu no Umi Yori Kimi no Umi (off vocal ver.)

1. Nanatsu no Umi Yori Kimi no Umi

This year has been nothing short on weirdness, and I find myself again confused and deeply disturbed by the chaos we get to hear here. Funny rubber-like, cartoonish drums open the song, and they just keep building up, as if this were a trance song, until it unravels into Sumire's chubby vocals. Even with the overall cute-ish atmosphere, this track suffers from genre identity crisis, as we get to hear happy pop, usual anison, and all the way to hard metal with full-blown screams (of course, not by Sumire herself). Following the genre changes, the arrangement can vary greatly as well, and the better question is what isn't thrown in - we have harps, metal guitars, toy drums, strings, etc. I'm a big fan of strange and unique songs, except this one pushes it a bit too far with the confusion, but is at the same time missing the surreal elements which make me fall in love in a song.
Rating: 6

2. Waga Ki no Moto e Tsudoi Tamae

After all the randomness, Sumire again threw me completely out of tact, because here she sounds almost... serious. The song is actually somewhat comprehensible, and instead of being completely ridiculous, it is actually quite normal by the standards of anime music. Her voice is deeper, and since it is probably not her natural tone, she sounds weak and sometimes gets lost in all the instrumentation with a piano, guitars and violins. Although the track is not really original and is easily forgettable, it would make a better A-side than Nanatsu no Umi was. I wonder why she didn't stick to this from the start.
Rating: 7

Considering that this the debut single for her, I was unpleasantly surprised. Along with the songs, it seems that Sumire and her label is confused as to whether to make a new Kyaru Pamyu Pamyu in the anison world, or to just stick to the familiar formula. As for my opinion, if she plans to borrow from someone else in her songs, it must be worthwhile to listen, not sound like her composers were hallucinating while torturing a saxophone. My overall rating for this single is: 6 ½

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4 May 2013

Sumire Uesaka - Nanatsu no Umi Yori Kimi no Umi

Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san OP

Tracklist:

1. Nanatsu no Umi Yori Kimi no Umi
2. Waga Ki no Moto e Tsudoi Tamae
3. Nanatsu no Umi Yori Kimi no Umi (off vocal ver.)

1. Nanatsu no Umi Yori Kimi no Umi

This year has been nothing short on weirdness, and I find myself again confused and deeply disturbed by the chaos we get to hear here. Funny rubber-like, cartoonish drums open the song, and they just keep building up, as if this were a trance song, until it unravels into Sumire's chubby vocals. Even with the overall cute-ish atmosphere, this track suffers from genre identity crisis, as we get to hear happy pop, usual anison, and all the way to hard metal with full-blown screams (of course, not by Sumire herself). Following the genre changes, the arrangement can vary greatly as well, and the better question is what isn't thrown in - we have harps, metal guitars, toy drums, strings, etc. I'm a big fan of strange and unique songs, except this one pushes it a bit too far with the confusion, but is at the same time missing the surreal elements which make me fall in love in a song.
Rating: 6

2. Waga Ki no Moto e Tsudoi Tamae

After all the randomness, Sumire again threw me completely out of tact, because here she sounds almost... serious. The song is actually somewhat comprehensible, and instead of being completely ridiculous, it is actually quite normal by the standards of anime music. Her voice is deeper, and since it is probably not her natural tone, she sounds weak and sometimes gets lost in all the instrumentation with a piano, guitars and violins. Although the track is not really original and is easily forgettable, it would make a better A-side than Nanatsu no Umi was. I wonder why she didn't stick to this from the start.
Rating: 7

Considering that this the debut single for her, I was unpleasantly surprised. Along with the songs, it seems that Sumire and her label is confused as to whether to make a new Kyaru Pamyu Pamyu in the anison world, or to just stick to the familiar formula. As for my opinion, if she plans to borrow from someone else in her songs, it must be worthwhile to listen, not sound like her composers were hallucinating while torturing a saxophone. My overall rating for this single is: 6 ½

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