Do As Infinity – ∞1July 9, 2009 at 8:47 PM | Posted in Do As Infinity | 2 Comments
1. Umareyuku Monotachi e
2. Meramera (メラメラ)
4. Let’s get together at a-nation
This is Do As Infinity’s 21st single and it was released on June 17, 2009. The single reached #10 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 14,546 copies.
I was ecstatic when Do As Infinity announced that they were going to reunite back in September 2008. To this day, they are still one of my favorite J-pop acts ever. After doing several live performances, the band fully established their reformation with this single. A new album titled ETERNAL FLAME will be released on September 30th as well.
The single begins with Umareyuku Monotachi e, which served as the main promotional track. A rock inspired ballad at heart, Do As Infinity says “we’re back!” in a big way. Opening with piano, the song quickly adds electric guitars and drums once Tomiko Van starts singing. Her vocals are in top shape, thanks in part to her solo career, but she sounds even stronger and fuller than before. The chorus is a good example of this. I liked the epic factor of this song as well and it’s like a combination of Rakuen and TAO. It’s also my favorite track on the single.
The other 3 tracks are upbeat and have that classic DAI sound to them. Meramera definitely has the most flair and attitude out of the 3 though. Behind the aggressive electric guitar riffs, there are some strings and I thought they were a nice touch. This is a high quality track and with it, I noticed an overall improvement in the band’s compositions and use of instruments. Is it because Dai Nagao is no longer the composer? =O
Here is another high octane track. Timeless isn’t as progressive as Meramera but there is still a lot of energy in the music. I personally thought this song was a little better too. The pace never lets up and I really liked the vigor of Van’s vocals. She sounds great, especially during the extremely upbeat chorus.
Let’s get together at a-nation offers something different but there is a huge flaw in this otherwise good song. The music IS nice and has a funky, disco flair to it. However, it’s the electronically distorted vocals that ruin it for me. Do As Infinity and synthesizer do not mix AT ALL. It’s so bad and overused that it’s hard to hear Van’s voice at times. It just sinks into the background and becomes noise.