Tommy heavenly6 – I KILL MY HEART

May 27, 2009 at 12:50 PM | Posted in Tommy heavenly6 | 10 Comments
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I KILL MY HEART is Tomoko Kawase’s 3rd album as Tommy heavenly6 and it was released on April 29, 2009. The album reached #9 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 14,377 copies.

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ICK. NAST.

Seriously, I will not stress enough on how monotone and boring this album is. Basically, take away everything that makes the Tommy heavenly6 persona interesting and you get I KILL MY HEART. Like I said in the previous post, this won’t be a track-by-track review but just a summary instead. This album doesn’t warrant a full length review since there would not be much to write on.

Described as a concept album, the theme is early 90s grunge rock. The album has an overall ~dark~ sound and it’s quite different from the “normal” heavenly6 stuff. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work out at all because EVERYTHING SOUNDS THE SAME. You pretty much hear in the same guitar riffs or drum line in every song, which means there is no variety whatsoever in any of the arrangements. Whether they’re upbeat songs like Shut Up, Playground, or Things I Can Do to something slower like Leaving You or You Should Live In The Sunny Light, there is no real distinction between these tracks. You also got your in-between mid-tempo songs (Wait For Me There, Sad End To A Fairy Tale, etc.) but they are equally as plain. As for the vocals, Tommy sounds dead and that’s it.

The album as a whole is totally forgettable as well. I honestly tried to like it and even after multiple listens, I just don’t remember anything. There is absolutely nothing to go by. I was really disappointed with this album because I was at least expecting songs that sounded like PAPERMOON or even Unlimited Sky. You know…GOOD songs that have some character to them and with interesting arrangementsNot this half-assed bullshit. I KILL MY HEART is just so damn bland and sleep inducing that it gets rewarded with my lowest star rating for an album thus far.

Overall Rating

1½ stars

Tracklisting

1. Wait For Me There
2. Leaving You
3. Do You Know My Heart?
4. Sad End To A Fairy Tale
5. Shut Up
6. Flower Crown
7. Surely
8. Gonna Change My Way Of Life
9. Playground
10. Things I Can Do
11. You Should Live In The Sunny Light

I didn’t like ANYTHING on this album so no blue highlighting here! XD

Tommy heavenly6 – PAPERMOON

December 20, 2008 at 8:06 PM | Posted in Tommy heavenly6 | 3 Comments
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Tracklisting
1. PAPERMOON
2. Ruby Shoes
3. PAPERMOON (Original Instrumental)

This is Tomoko Kawase’s 9th single as Tommy heavenly6 and it was released on December 10, 2008. The single reached #10 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 11,838 copies. The title track was used as the 2nd opening theme song for the anime Soul Eater.

Tommy heavenly6 is finally back with another kickass single so suck it you butthurt february6 fans! I absolutely love PAPERMOON and its wonderfully dark sound. The music is full of penetrating electric guitars and aggressive drums, which create a sinister mood next to heavenly6’s vocals. The instrumental sections are my favorite parts of the song because the guitar riffs are awesome but the catchy chorus is great as well.

The B-side is pretty good too. Like a majority of heavenly6’s songs, Ruby Shoes is upbeat and has a punk inspired sound. Being a little over 3 minutes long, short and sweet is the best way to describe it. I still prefer PAPERMOON by a long-shot though.

Overall Rating

4½ stars

Tommy heavenly6 – Heavy Starry Heavenly

June 26, 2007 at 10:25 PM | Posted in Tommy heavenly6 | Leave a comment
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The cover of the CD only edition

Heavy Starry Heavenly is Tomoko Kawase’s 2nd album as Tommy heavenly6 and it was released on March 7, 2007. The album reached #9 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 33,527 copies.

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It was a good idea to open the album with Heavy Starry Chain, her most recent single. It’s a furious song that sets the overall tone of this album.

The first of only FOUR new songs on the album is stay away from me, which happens to be my favorite of them. The English lyrics are a little silly, but this Tommy we are talking about. The lines Alright baby! Stay away from me! and I hate you just add to the song’s humor.

Even though it’s one of the oldest songs on the album, I’m Gonna SCREAM+ is still incredibly good. I love the screeching riffs and aggressive vocals from heavenly6.

The title of the next track initially startled me at first but it’s another well done rock number. my bloody knee-high-socks also features English lyrics during the chorus: The twisting moon shines on my bloody knee-high-socks. No way! It’s not funny!.

The next new track before a slew of older ones is a song about ‘not being stepped on’ and taking charge of your life. DOOR MAT sounds a little bit more punkish while also being laid back compared to the past songs.

It was great to see a new version of Lollipop Candy♥BAD♥girl. The album version removes ALL of the Halloween elements that appeared on previous versions of the song. All you get are the rock portions all together in a neat package and it fits into the album perfectly.

THE CASE is the first of count it, FIVE consecutive old songs that have appeared on previous releases. As much as I like this short and sweet song, it shouldn’t have been on the album. This song was the B-side on the IXMAS single.

The next track I was treated to was ABOUT U, an excellent song that is laid back and features a catchy chorus. This song was the B-side on the Pray single.

I♥XMAS is one of the more aggressive songs on the album. This is a loud song in general but it happens to be one of my favorite Tommy heavenly6 songs ever. Even though this is a song about Christmas, the music suggests otherwise.

I still think that Pray isn’t as good as Tommy’s other singles, but it’s still a good addition to the album. I would rate it as only above average.

GOING 2 MY WAY! is one of her best B-sides and I was really glad it was on the album. It’s edgy, features a unique bass arrangement, and an awesome thumping effect during the bridge. This song was the B-side on the I’m Gonna SCREAM+ single.

We FINALLY get a new song and it ends the album pretty well. Lucky me is very fast paced but what really stood out for me were the lyrics. She sings about farewells as well as remembering the past. I have a very strong feeling that this album will be her last release as a solo artist because of this song (she is also reuniting with the brilliant green so maybe it’s not far from the truth).

Heavy Starry Heavenly is a solid album but there were two faults that I found within it. The first fault was the lack of the new tracks and the second was that many of the songs sounded too similar to each other. Much like BoA’s album OUTGROW, there were too many B-sides and even though I pretty much liked every song on the album and it didn’t have the variety that her first Tommy heavenly6 album had. However, I enjoyed this album despite its shortcomings.

Overall Rating

4 stars

Tracklisting

1. Heavy Starry Chain
2. Stay away from me
3. I’m Gonna SCREAM+
4. my bloody knee-high-socks
5. DOOR MAT
6. Lollipop Candy♥BAD♥girl [album version]
7. THE CASE
8. ABOUT U
9. I♥XMAS
10. Pray
11. GOING 2 MY WAY!
12. Lucky me

Note: My favorite tracks are highlighted in blue!

Tommy heavenly6 – Heavy Starry Chain

June 13, 2007 at 10:21 PM | Posted in Tommy heavenly6 | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. Heavy Starry Chain
2. Always Somethin’ New
3. Heavy Starry Chain (Instrumental)

This is Tomoko Kawase’s 8th single as Tommy heavenly6 and it was released on February 7, 2007. The single reached #20 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 8,656 copies.

Out of the 5 singles that Tommy heavenly6 has released for her latest album Heavy Starry Heavenly, Heavy Starry Chain is probably her most aggressive. It has furious electric guitar that doesn’t let up and the song itself is the closest thing to full blown J-rock she has so far done. The bridge just shines because it contains awesome riffs and vocals.

The B-side is another aggressive song but it follows a punk rock style this time around. Always Somethin’ New features more stylish vocals as well. I’m glad that she didn’t include this song on the Heavy Starry Heavenly album because it contains too many B-sides already.

Overall Rating 

3½ stars

Tommy heavenly6 – I♥XMAS

April 25, 2007 at 10:18 PM | Posted in Tommy heavenly6 | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. I ♥XMAS
2. THE CASE
3. I♥XMAS (Original Instrumental)

This is Tomoko Kawase’s 7th single as Tommy heavenly6 and it was released on December 6, 2006. The single reached #29 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 9,116 copies. The title track was used as the theme song for the TV show Kayou Gold.

IXMAS is awesome, but it’s pretty much a mixture of 2 OLDER Tommy heavenly6 songs. It has the pace and tempo of Hey my friend and the chorus of LCDD, songs that I happen to really like. Based on the lyrics, the song has a Christmas atmosphere but the music is pure, aggressive pop rock.

The B-side is the punkish and extremely catchy THE CASE. Short and very sweet is the best way to describe this song. I also liked Tommy’s playful vocals.

Overall Rating

4½ stars

Tommy heavenly6 – Lollipop Candy♥BAD♥girl

March 20, 2007 at 10:12 PM | Posted in Tommy heavenly6 | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. Lollipop Candy♥BAD♥girl
2. Lollipop Candy♥BAD♥girl (short version)
3. Lollipop Candy♥BAD♥girl (Original Karaoke)

This is Tomoko Kawase’s 6th single as Tommy heavenly6 and it was released on October 11, 2006. The single reached #12 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 11,686 copies. The title track is a tribute to Halloween and the song itself is a whopping 10 minutes and 31 seconds long (to match the date of Halloween).

Not many people call pull off 10 and a half minute songs about Halloween but Tommy heavenly6 manages do it with Lollipop Candy♥BAD♥girl. Basically, the song is divided into 2 segments that switch at certain intervals. The Halloween music segments (which open the song) consist of mainly a carnival / circus calliope sound and a marching band percussion rhythm. I found these parts of the song to be very nice and true to the Halloween atmosphere that heavenly6 wanted to establish, even if they do sound a little silly. The song doesn’t really begin to shine until the hard grunge rock segments begin and things start to get serious. Along with the sudden change of the music, Tommy’s vocals change from cute to aggressive. About 8 and a half minutes into the song, the electric guitar riffs become even more powerful as this is the pinnacle of the song. In conclusion, I loved this song but the only criticism I have to say about it is that the transitions of the music between the Halloween and rock segments are kind of sloppy and they could have been done better.

The short verson of the song is about half the length of the original and consists of only the opening Halloween segment and the complete rock segment without any breaks. This version of the song does seem to flow better and if you don’t like the Halloween parts as much, then this is perfect.

Overall Rating

4½ stars

Tommy heavenly6 – Pray

February 18, 2007 at 10:08 PM | Posted in Tommy heavenly6 | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. Pray
2. ABOUT U
3. Lost my pieces (Melancholic guitar version)
4. Pray (original instrumental)

This is Tomoko Kawase’s 5th single as Tommy heavenly6 and it was released on July 5, 2006. The single reached #10 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 31,282 copies. The title track was used as the 1st opening theme song for the anime Gintama.

I didn’t think Pray was as good as her last single I’m Gonna SCREAM+ but it’s still a fun, fast paced progressive rock song with nice riffs and a catchy chorus.

I actually liked the B-sides on this single a lot more. ABOUT U is a little slower but it has amazing pace and Tommy’s vocals are at their best. The chorus is great because the melody flows very well with the electric guitar riffs and everything seems to fit together.

The next track is the melancholic guitar version of Lost my pieces, a song from her eponymous debut album as Tommy heavenly6. I didn’t really like the original version because it sounded odd but this new version is definitely a major improvement. The chorus is the high point of the song because of the depressing lyrics and the addition of the ‘melancholic guitar’ adds even more.

Overall Rating 

3½ stars

Tommy heavenly6 – I’m Gonna SCREAM+

January 20, 2007 at 9:52 PM | Posted in Tommy heavenly6 | Leave a comment
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Tracklisting
1. I’m Gonna SCREAM+
2. GOING 2 MY WAY!
3. +Gothic pink+ (Melancholic guitar version)
4. I’m Gonna SCREAM+ (original instrumental)

This is Tomoko Kawase’s 4th single as Tommy heavenly6 and it was released on June 7, 2006. The single reached #22 on the Oricon Weekly Charts and sold 9,907 copies.

I’m Gonna SCREAM+ is one of my favorite Tommy heavenly6 songs because it delivers all the goods. I love the furious electric guitar riffs and they never let up. Tommy definitely uses the punk rock style of her previous songs and totally amplifies it. This is really evident in the powerful, catchy chorus.

The B-side, GOING 2 MY WAY!, opens with low bass riffs and then the familiar electric guitar. This song is a little laid back compared to the previous track but it is more punk influenced. This is an excellent B-side.

The 3rd track is the Melancholic guitar version of +Gothic pink+, a song from her debut album as Tommy heavenly6. The original version was loud and brazen with powerful vocals and this new version is a lot more calmer and collected. It only features the acoustic guitar and Tommy’s vocals are a lot better in my opinion, especially during the chorus. It’s good to hear her voice WITHOUT any background vocals getting in the way.

Overall Rating

5 stars

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