KOTOKO – UZU-MAKI

My first post in the Music section. I will be doing reviews on each song in an album, and I will also be giving it an overall rating. Enjoy~

Sung by: KOTOKO

Music by: I’ve Sound

Published by: Geneon Entertainment

1.[inst] – A unique mix of dripping water and electronic sounds, which then morph into an awesome techno beat with a bit of KOTOKO’s voice in the background and an awesome tune coming from an electric guitar. This sets the album off with a dark attitude, meaning this isn’t going to be one of KOTOKO’s happy albums, like Garasu no Kaze. This blends in nicely with the next song if you are listening to it straight from the CD.

MM! Rating: 8/10

2.UZU-MAKI – By far my favorite song on the album. My months of waiting were worth it. With a brilliant tune from the electric guitar and drums, and a brilliant techno beat, this song is amazing. KOTOKO’s voice is what makes this song exceptional from the rest. With a mixture of tones, she bounces from a low voice to a high one with ease. The chorus is 1st class stuff…brilliant lyrics and music. This continues the dark and mysterious feeling of the album.

MM! Rating: 9.5/10

3. Saidaa – Contrasting with the first 2 songs, this nice song starts to speed you up with a happier song. Not necessarily jolly, but this song has a beautiful tune and KOTOKO’s voice is outstanding during the chorus, especially at the start where she says ‘Zutto’. Brilliant stuff, but removes the dark feeling that the previous songs gave.

MM! Rating: 9/10

4. Haru – Slowly taking us back to the dark attitude, Haru is a little more depressing than Saidaa, but is slower than the rest. KOTOKO’s voice is beautiful in this, where she starts off on a low note, but slowly sings more and more throughout the song. The chorus is faster than the rest of the song, but it works well.

MM! Rating: 8/10

5. Shasou ni Shirabe – Shasou no Shirabe takes you away from the dark aura, and draws you back into the mellow sound, but isn’t a happy song. A little less jolly than Saidaa.

MM! Rating: 7/10

6. Tsukiyo no Butokai – The official ‘farewell’ to the dark attitude. Tsukiyo no Butokai is the first jolly song in UZU-MAKI so far, and is a very good song. The chorus is brilliant, and the tune mixes well with KOTOKO’s voice.

MM! Rating: 8/10

7. Iruka – Eeks, so much for the happiness. We are taken straight back to the dark attitude, but Iruka is more depressing than UZU-MAKI. But, typical KOTOKO, the song is amazing. Brilliant song, and the tune is amazing.

MM! Rating: 9/10

8. Fuchidori no Sekai – Almost like a recovery from Iruka, Fuchidori no Sekai is a slow and sad song, but has a slightly upbeat chorus. Beautiful singing, and a nice tune.

MM! Rating: 7/10

9. Kaede no Michi, Gitaa no Kanaderu oka de – Back to the cheerful side, Kaede no Michi, Gitaa no Kanaderu oka de has that typical ‘end of episode’ feeling, with an upbeatish background but the voice is slow and mellow. Nice song, but not one of her best.

MM! Rating: 6/10

10. being – Now this song is amazing, hands down. Not as good as UZU-MAKI, but this song has been in almost all of her new albums. The 2nd/3rd OP theme of Shakugan no Shana, this song is a beautiful mix of upbeat music and a beautiful way to use KOTOKO’s voice. A fantastic song, and one of the happiest songs on the album.

MM! Rating: 9.5/10

11. Goodbye Dear – The ‘you’ll be leaving soon’ type of song. Slow and sad, it gives off the feeling that it’s almost the end of the album, and it wants you to be sad about it. Cute tune, and KOTOKO’s voice is pretty good in it. Pretty chorus.

MM! Rating: 8/10

12. Sekka no Shinwa in X’mas Mix – Nice christmasy background. The song is beautiful, and the chorus is fantastic. Sounds like the type of thing I’ve Sound would use for an official Onegai Teacher AMV. Brilliants song, and is a great ending to UZU-MAKI.

9/10

Conclusion:

A beautiful album. Hane and Garasu no Kaze had better songs, but this one was definitely amazing. KOTOKO is my favorite singer, and it’s good to see her keep up to her usual standard. It was also interesting to listen to a KOTOKO album which is focused solely on dark and mysterious songs. Most KOTOKO albums would only have one dark song, like Suppuration-core-. A brilliant bunch of tunes, and a must get.

MM! Rating: 9/10

Where can I buy UZU-MAKI?
CDJapan(Regular Edition)
CDJapan(Limited Edition DVD)