Friday, November 4, 2011

Trust / A confession of TOKIO

Since only the TV version of Trust was available on the original soundtrack of He is My Master, I had to get the full version.  Not only was there just the one song, but another original and the karaoke.  Though I don't think the other song was based off of the TV series.  

02A confession of TOKIO4:34
03Trust (instrumental)4:18
04A confession of TOKIO (instrumental)4:32
Disc length 17:42

The new song is arranged by Hideyuki "Daichi" Suzuki and composed by Hiroshi Uesugi, though its probably not that important.  Daichi himself, has done a huge number of arrangement on many anime and game titles.  This song was done near the beginning of his massive career and it shows his skill.  A confession of TOKIO,  is probably the more attractive of the two, simply because of the opener.  Rocking base and electric guitars fill the airs, smoothly corresponding with Masami's voice.  Drums are strong and none of the other instruments clutter over each other. 
A tribute to the gals of He is My Master.  
I'm not stereotyping, but TOKIO follows typically in the J-pop genre.  Trust, however, is a bit more difficult to categorize.  Being an opener for anime, the chorus is too childish for popular music.  Pop music itself has been tending to children lately anyway.  Masami composes this piece, and Mr. Nagaoka completes it for her, making it an overall great piece.  Instrumentally, I do like it just as good as the other, and better.  Masami's lyrics works great and effectively with the backing guitars performed by Nagaoka.  

Seikou Nagaoka may not be the best song writer, but what gives him an edge over other J-Pop artists is his improvisations.  After the second verse in the song, when the electric guitar takes the lead, is what makes his arrangement worth listening to.  The drawback is, like I said before, the chorus that is slightly overdone.  Vocals were done just right for TOKIO.  I also think Masami's vocals were more mature in TOKIO, although in Trust, her solo was spectacular.  Thankfully, she doesn't bother hitting such a high note.  

Album:A+                     Package:6   
Both songs are a great asset to anyone's collection.  Masami Okui doesn't have the high-pitched voice that is standard of the anime industry.  That alone should be enough reason to own this.  I'm glad that the karaoke versions were included, as they were both great instrumentally.  Nagaoka especially gets kudos for his performances.  The only thing is that the background chorus' were left in there, though it shouldn't be much in the way of enjoying a vocal-less song.  In terms of package, I don't know why they would waste an entire CD, for it could have fit on a CDS.  

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