Monday, March 30, 2015

PERSONAL REVIEW – LAYOUT (VISTLIP)

I guess it’s some kind of “Standard of Operation (SoP)” by vistlip to release an album every year hahaha. On March 18th, 2015, vistlip has release their fourth full album title LAYOUT. The album consists of 13 tracks, which words are all written by tomo, while the arrangements are by Tohya (nine tracks) and Yuh (four tracks). Here is the tracks list:

1.    To be awake is to be alive (arrangement: Tohya)
2.    Period (words: tomo, arrangement: Tohya)
3.    My second B-day. (words: tomo, arrangement: Yuh)
4.    REM SLEEP (words: tomo, arrangement: Tohya)
5.    Catastrophe (words: tomo, arrangement: Tohya)
6.    Idea (words: tomo, arrangement: Yuh)
7.    World is mine. (words: tomo, arrangement: Tohya)
8.    By the rain. (words: tomo, arrangement: Yuh)
9.    ROACH (words: tomo, arrangement: Tohya)
10. Good girl gone bed. (words: tomo, arrangement: Yuh)
11. Another one step. (words: tomo, arrangement: Tohya)
12. Jack (words: tomo, arrangement: Tohya)
13. LAYOUT (words: tomo, arrangement: Tohya)


The album is beautifully open by an instrumental track, “To be awake is to be alive”, then smoothly continue by the encouraging single track, “Period”. “My second B-day” makes me head bang with the rock music, this track will be awesome on live, especially with umi’s background voice and guitar part.

“REM SLEEP” is a beautiful track, catchy music and love umi as second vocal. “Catastrophe” continues the list with a building music speed, Yuh’s guitar, rui’s bass, and umi’s background vocal. “Idea” is a lightly yet an encouraging track, with Yuh’s beautiful guitar sound. I was surprised “World is mine.” Is actually a gentle sounded music, reading the title, I was guessing the track would be more rough. “By the rain” is another lightly tracks, while “ROACH” as expected is a rough sound music. I was surprised again with “Good girl gone bed.”, I thought it will be rough, yet it’s quite gentle. “Another one step” is another encouraging tracks, as well as “Jack”. “LAYOUT” starts with heavy tone, but later on brings the positive feeling and suit as the final and closing track on the album.


Overall, I feel the songs in the album portrayed many sounds: rough, gentle, and encouraging. But, somehow I feel it’s kind of sound the same… I can’t clearly differ between the music, except for the single tracks and the English words tomo had mentions in the songs. The music still has vistlip’s music in every song. I think it’s good they are still maintaining their taste of music. I was hoping umi would arrange a song, like in Chronus. But, maybe he would on the next songs. One big difference in the album is that there’s only one instrumental track instead of three, YEAH!!! (XD)


I think LAYOUT is really noisier than Chronus. I’m amazed vistlip always had different kind of sound on each of their album. It makes me have to always wonder what they would make next.
I really like the whole songs in the album, and my favorites are: Period, My second B-day, REM SLEEP, Idea, World is mine, Jack, and LAYOUT. That’s almost the entire songs though hahaha

If I can give a suggestion, and if the stock is still available, do buy the limited edition. The cover of the limited edition can be change with each of the member’s face. And umi has kindly show the way how on his blog. (X3)

Friday, March 06, 2015

Dead or Alive - KAT-TUN

After Koki's departure, I've been wondering how KAT-TUN will sound. I feel I have a bad feeling...

Well, "In Fact" was okay to me, but overall "Come Here" (album) wasn't get into my ears, except for the singles included in the album. I wonder do they re-recording the singles without Koki's voice?

But, "Dead or Alive" really hit my ears! Maybe because it's the theme song for Kame-chan's and Iseya Yusuke's movie, Joker Game? I love the music and the words! Really can't get rid it from my mind hahaha while Kame-chan's solo, "Hanasaide Ai" was so...sexy and seductive... (>//////<) Kame-chan really know how to be so seductive, huh? Hahaha

I heard KAT-TUN will release their new single this March. One of the song, "Kiss Kiss Kiss" is the theme song for Kame-chan's dorama, Second Love. (Haven't watched it, some said it's a mature story... >/////<). Somehow I feel anxious to listening to the song. I've heard the few minutes version, and I think it's promising.

Good job to overcome the troubles, KAT-TUN. Even though I'm not listening to you frequently, but I truly wishing your success. Ganbatte! You guys will surely get through it ALIVE ;)

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Nephew's 17th Birthday~

I'm amazed to see how time flies so fast.

It felt not a long ago, when my first nephew was born. He was my first nephew in the family and the first grandson. Of course the entire family showered him with attention, love, and gifts. His mother always prepared homemade and healthy food. While I gave him many books, gifts, letter's posters, toys, etc.

I remember the times when I babysit him. We play together, sang him lullabies; (I remember getting bored with the lullaby I sang for him, so I sang "Prayer" from HYDE instead, and it worked! Several times he gets to sleep with the song. I even listened HEART album to him. Maybe that time was his first experienced with J-Rock's music hahaha); I feed him banana, walked him to school, witnessing his admiration to dinosaurs and wanted to be a paleontologist, going to his school trip, attending his school meeting... I feel I was almost like his parents, except that I don't breastfeeding him and not paying his school fare hahaha

The baby I used to babysit has turned to 17 years old. He's all grown up. He's way taller than me now. I can't slap his head again hahaha, Because of my influence, he got to like Japanese music, history, and manga. I'm a bad influence, huh?

Nephew lost his father (my brother-in-law) when he was in elementary school. He didn't cried. He said all living things will face death, so we don't have to feel sad. I thought he was just pretending to be strong. When his father was going to get buried, he finally cried... I remember it well, because I recorded the whole thing and my hands were shaken. He was like me, losing father at early age. I've promised him and his little sister that they don't have to worried about anything. They won't be alone. They have many uncles and aunt who will look after them.

Making such promise isn't easy. Even with the promise, he still feel the lost of a father's figure. A figure that I can't ever replaced. I won't either.

I know Nephew sometimes pushed himself too hard. I know he's worried about his future, to be grown up who then have to look after his mother and sister. Sometimes he get stressed. I see myself at him, and how it could be harder if I don't have brothers and sister around. I was protected by my brothers and sister, so I thought this time it's my turn to protect my nephew and niece who's having the same lost.

But, I think I haven't done it in the right way hahaha

Nephew has grew far from my expectations. I thought he would grew as a quiet and nerdy boy. He grew like a ... freak? Hahaha I don't know the right word to resemble him, but he's kinda weird...I feel he kept an anger inside that it will be scary if it explodes. Sometimes he seemed to be living in his own world, having too high imaginations. Maybe it's the effect of liking dinosaurs too much? Sometimes he can be so antipathy with others, even to his school friends. He won't served drinks to his friends though they have been chatting for the whole day hahaha. He isn't good in reflex, sometimes he can easily dropped a glass. He also can get sick easily.

But, he isn't afraid with animals, except for spiders. And he also willing to help with his little sister's studies, even though he has too shout first.

I do feel missing the cute and chubby baby boy. Nephew has grown far away from his childhood look. He becomes tall and skinny, with shrill voice. He has friends that frequently visited the house. He has joined the Journalist club at his school. He has fall in love...twice...and get rejected hahaha...Once I asked him, "Where did the cute little boy disappeared?"

Nephew: "How the hell I know?!" *smacked*

As Nephew grew, I also feel worried with his future. Where he will go to college? Where he will be working? Can he live far and by himself?

But, he has to learn by himself. Sooner or later...Nephew has to make his own journey and experience many things. He won't learn if he being kept close and protected.

I know...I know..but still...
I'm having a feeling like a mother who's son has slowly grown up.

I can only pray the best for him.

May Nephew always live well. May he found what he really want for his own future. May he stop fantasizing things and live fully in the real world. May he always be kind and care for his family, especially to his mother and little sister. May he live a shining and bright future. Amin.

Happy birthday, Nephew~