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Old 2019.09.04, 02:46 PM   #181
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This is way late but I need to talk about that album cover. Not only is it butt ugly, there doesn't seem to be a hint of irony or camp despite her wearing the dumbest fucking boob plate armor with cleavage and giving her best sultry look. The hindu style lettering with the tacky image just ends giving the impression of a movie bootleg from a market stall. It looks like a late-2000s Gackt album cover.
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Originally Posted by a_grumble_cake View Post
It looks like a late-2000s Gackt album cover.
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I knew it reminded me of something familiar!
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Old 2019.09.05, 09:00 AM   #183
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I can see the resemblance.

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Old 2019.09.05, 09:02 AM   #184
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Old 2019.09.06, 02:12 PM   #185
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After listening to it a bunch of times, I'm very fond of the piano intro part of TOKYO. It made me realize maybe what I dislike in her recent songs is not so much the jazzy pop melodies but rather the overdone same-ness of a full orchestral jazz band sound.

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I can see the resemblance.

He also had multiple covers featuring saturated moonlight fantasy scenarios, usually with wings.
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Old 2019.09.07, 12:46 PM   #186
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Originally Posted by a_grumble_cake View Post
This is way late but I need to talk about that album cover. Not only is it butt ugly, there doesn't seem to be a hint of irony or camp despite her wearing the dumbest fucking boob plate armor with cleavage and giving her best sultry look. The hindu style lettering with the tacky image just ends giving the impression of a movie bootleg from a market stall. It looks like a late-2000s Gackt album cover.
Still beats the SUNNY copy-and-paste style album cover.

But yea to your second point, I agree her melodies are consistently strong. It seems like the main issues people have recently are the choice of arrangements or use of autotune (both of which she continues to seem fond of for better or worse...)
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Old 2019.09.09, 06:41 PM   #187
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Originally Posted by thespidereggs View Post
But yea to your second point, I agree her melodies are consistently strong. It seems like the main issues people have recently are the choice of arrangements or use of autotune (both of which she continues to seem fond of for better or worse...)

Yeah...no. Her melodies on Sandokushi are nowhere near the level of what she accomplished even a few years back. Kakeochisha is the only really interesting one and I've got a feeling that was mostly the work of the Buck-Tick guy.
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Old 2019.09.11, 08:26 PM   #188
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Yeah...no. Her melodies on Sandokushi are nowhere near the level of what she accomplished even a few years back. Kakeochisha is the only really interesting one and I've got a feeling that was mostly the work of the Buck-Tick guy.
Which accomplishments do you mean specifically? Interestingly, in terms of melody, Kakeochisha didn't come to mind as much as others like TOKYO, Ma Cherie, and Jiyuu-dom (the melody is the saving grace here). I'd even put TOKYO in the same class as Shun in this respect, if we're talking classic Ringo jazz numbers.

I agree that there are probably more weak melodies than previous in songs like Tori to Hebi to Buta or Isogaba Maware. But to say that overall the melodies are "nowhere near" her older works seems like hyperbole almost.

Then again, I'd be interested to hear what you think makes a strong/interesting melody, and I can't say I'm well versed enough in music theory to really articulate a strong case for the songs I've mentioned. I guess my overall point was that while certain elements of her music/decision-making may have changed overtime, at the core her melodies today still resemble her older works in terms of phrasing, complexity, etc.
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After listening to it a bunch of times, I'm very fond of the piano intro part of TOKYO. It made me realize maybe what I dislike in her recent songs is not so much the jazzy pop melodies but rather the overdone same-ness of a full orchestral jazz band sound.
exactly this. i still like her writing but it would be great to hear her explore a different sound.
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I'd just like to hear some soul in her newer work more than anything...
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