Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love 1000% - Idol Song Shinomiya Natsuki CD review
Artists: Shinomiya Natsuki (Taniyama Kisho)
Release date: 24 August 2011
Packaging: This does not break away from what the rest of the series of singles has for packaging. The main differences is the use of Natsuki's character color, yellow, and the artwork of the character. Instead of showing him as his usual cheerful self it is of the more serious side that is depicted but the care that is almost always there in his eyes can be seen so it does well to show off an aspect of the character.
1. オリオンでSHOUT OUT (Orion de SHOUT OUT)
A rock song that in the anime is technically performed by Natsuki's split personality, Satsuki. Which is why I am assuming this song breaks the mold of the other anime character songs and does not feature Natsuki's character instrument of the viola. While a rock song does not seem to fit Natsuki's personality it is a perfect fit for his other personality of Satsuki who is more aggressive. Plus this song does well to fit where it does in the anime series and has a stronger impression on me for that. But Taniyama's vocals fit well with this kind of song so I am glad that Natsuki ends up with this style of song for his character songs.
2. Top Star Revolution
The viola missing from the first track does feature in this high energy rock-ish tune. It was a driving beat that it kicks off with and carries through the song. It brings a sense of urgency to the song and it works surprisingly well with the viola parts. It has some nice change ups with instruments coming in and going throughout the song so it never comes close to sounding stale. It also gives some chances for Taniyama's vocals to shine with some higher notes that let you hear his vibrato and his control over it.
3. オリオンでSHOUT OUT (Orion de SHOUT OUT) (off vocal)
4. Top Star Revolution (off vocal)
Overall: I really enjoy Natsuki's character songs. From my love of rock pop, driving beats and the mix of string instruments with rock instruments everything seems to be covered. And Taniyama's voice goes well with this style as it is not one that will get drowned out easily by the music. The songs overall just come off as strong and fit well with the character in the sense that it is the bolder Satsuki that is the one that tends to come out to perform.
One of my favorite character singles from this series of Uta no Prince-sama singles, if just because the songs touch on so many of my music preferences. So if your taste seems to be similar to mine then you will probably enjoy this as well.