the brilliant green – Blue Daisy

July 9, 2010 at 9:58 PM | Posted in the brilliant green | 3 Comments
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The cover of the limited edition

Blue Daisy is the brilliant green’s 19th single and it was released on June 30, 2010. The single reached #20 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 3,881 copies.

Tomoko looks cute. I don’t like other cover because it’s full of stranger bitches.

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Like Do As Infinity and Every Little Thing before them, the brilliant green is officially now a duo. Guitarist Ryo Matsui left the band in May so Tomoko Kawase and Shunsaku Okuda are continuing on but I’m sure they’ll be fine as a duo since they’re MARRIED. XD

Focusing on the A-side, Blue Daisy is an uplifting song with big electric guitars and strings. The music has a more modern feel than their last single LIKE YESTERDAY and I thought it left a better impression. At almost six minutes long, I felt that the song dragged a little at certain parts but that’s not a big deal.

The first B-side is a cover of the 60s classic All Day And All Of The Night by The Kinks. Musically, this version is a little more hard-hitting than the original. However, Kawase’s vocals aren’t really suited for this song and she could have been more aggressive with her singing. Then there’s BLUE SUNRISE, a laid back acoustic rock track. It’s kind of plain but at least it sounds nice.

Pros: Blue Daisy is growing on me and I like it more than LIKE YESTERDAY.
Cons: The B-sides weren’t exactly to my liking.

BASICALLY…a slight downgrade from the last single. The A-side is great though!

Overall Rating 

3½ stars

Tracklisting

1. Blue Daisy
2. All Day And All Of The Night
3. BLUE SUNRISE

the brilliant green – LIKE YESTERDAY

March 3, 2010 at 11:16 AM | Posted in the brilliant green | 4 Comments
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LIKE YESTERDAY is the brilliant green’s 18th single and it was released on February 24, 2010. The single reached #17 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 6,049 copies. It’s also the band’s 1st single with Warner Music Japan.

I swear Tomoko keeps looking younger. O_O

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the brilliant green is back…again! lol

The band is on a new label but they’re still sticking to what they do best. You could argue that LIKE YESTERDAY sounds kind of dated but I think that’s part of the brilliant green’s charm. They have always stayed true to that 90s alternative rock vibe and you definitely hear it in this song. In recent memory, the only song that was pretty “out there” was Ash Like Snow.

Spring Gate is more upbeat and has a little more energy than the A-side. It’s uneventful but still a good song. In my opinion, it gets trumped by the next track at light speed. This song is an English version of the band’s 1999 hit Sono Speed de. The music is also more on the acoustic side, focusing more on strings instead of electric guitars. I really liked it.

Pros: Overall, this was a good single. Surprisingly, at light speed was my favorite track.
Cons: Like I said before, the music sounds old and I was expecting more out of the A-side.

BASICALLY…this was better than the band’s last “comeback single” Stand by me.

Overall Rating

4 stars

Tracklisting

1. LIKE YESTERDAY
2. Spring Gate
3. at light speed

the brilliant green – Ash Like Snow

February 19, 2008 at 3:04 PM | Posted in the brilliant green | 2 Comments
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Tracklisting
1. Ash Like Snow
2. goodbye and good luck
    ★Piano arrange version★
3. Ash Like Snow ★Original instrumental★

This is the brilliant green’s 17th single and it was released on February 6, 2008. The single reached #8 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 50,868 copies. The title track was used as the 2nd opening theme song for the anime Mobile Suit Gundam 00.

Ash Like Snow is a dark, powerful rock song with edgy riffs and a good pace. As a band, it’s one of the brilliant green’s most rock oriented songs, separate from the alternative mid-paced stuff that they normally do. However, it sounds so eerily similar to Heavy Starry Chain, Tomoko Kawase’s latest single as Tommy heavenly6. The composition and the overall melody really reminded me of Heavy Starry Chain, but this song seemed to have more aggressive lyrics. Because of this, I felt that it wasn’t very original.

Included on the single is a piano version of goodbye and good luck, the band’s 2nd single released back in 1997. This song, along with their debut single Bye Bye Mr. Mug, are in English and weren’t included on their debut album (but they will be on a complete single collection to be released later in the month). Back to this song, I REALLY liked it and the sad lyrics that Tomoko Kawase sings next to a lone piano. Kawase’s English is pretty good when she isn’t singing mindless lyrics like in her solo works. I haven’t heard the original single version, but now I really want to.

Overall Rating 

3½ stars

the brilliant green – Enemy

December 21, 2007 at 3:02 PM | Posted in the brilliant green | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. Enemy
2. angel song -Eve no Kane- ★acoustic version★
    (angel song -イブの鐘-)
3. Enemy ★original instrumental★

This is the brilliant green’s 16th single and it was released on December 12, 2007. The single reached #21 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 5,804 copies.

the brilliant green has hit the bullseye with Enemy, a medium tempo “winter” themed track. Thanks to a dark, grungy, and melancholy sound, the song is certainly a major step up from their comeback single Stand by me. The music has a strong sense of character and expression as well. The chorus just grabbed me with its opening line The enemy lives inside myself, yeah I know and I loved the soothing, yet forceful vocals of lead singer Tomoko Kawase.

The B-side is an acoustic version of angel song -Eve no Kane-, the band’s 11th single released back in 2000. Like most acoustic versions, everything is toned down and the chorus does not feature a vocal track. Kawase’s vocals seemed to get drowned out by the furious guitars in the original so it was very nice to hear the song performed with a clear voice.

Overall Rating

4 stars

the brilliant green – Stand by me

September 3, 2007 at 3:00 PM | Posted in the brilliant green | 1 Comment
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Tracklisting
1. Stand by me
2. Gloomy Sunday ~Hitoribocchi no Nichiyoubi~
    (Gloomy Sunday ~ひとりぼっちの日曜日~)
3. Stand by me (original instrumental)

This is the brilliant green’s 15th single and it was released on August 22, 2007. The single reached #10 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 28,985 copies. The title track was used as the ending theme song for the drama Tantei Gakuen Q. On a side note, this is the band’s 1st single in almost 5 years.

Stand by me is a good comeback single, but I kind of expected more from the brilliant green now that they’re back from their hiatus. The song is your standard BuriGuri track with its various band instruments and electric guitar solos, but it’s very high quality nonetheless. The vocals of Tomoko Kawase, the lead vocalist, are at their best too. In the end, I’m just glad they’re finally back and making music again.

Like the title implies, Gloomy Sunday ~Hitoribocchi no Nichiyoubi~, is a downer of a song. It’s laid back but features more prominant guitar riffs and more lower pitched vocals from Kawase. I didn’t enjoy this song more than the title track, and it definitely sounded like B-side material to me.

Overall Rating 

3½ stars

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