SHOWTA. – Hikaru no Gen-chan

Release Date: April 23, 2008

Tracklist:

1. Hikaru no Gen-chan
2. Sausage
3. Hikaru no Gen-chan (Utanashi)

I wonder who Gen-chan is from Hikaru no Gen-chan. This song has a Eastern feel to it, complete with the plucking string instrument (don’t know what it’s called). The melody in Hikaru no Gen-chan is quite uplifting an easy to listen to. I like the background vocals in this song; it creates an echo-like atmosphere.

What’s with people and naming their songs Sausage?! Anyway, this song continues the A-side’s Eastern feeling, and the uniqueness of the melody line. Sausage has a strong back beat that retreats to the background as more instruments are added in. I absolutely love the melody for the chorus; it’s so childish, but pretty at the same time.

Overall Rating:
4/5

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SHOWTA. – EVE

Release Date: March 5, 2008

Tracklist

1. Negaiboshi
2. Gozen 2ji no Angel
3. Haru na no ni
4. Tameiki Botan
5. Watashi no Haru ga Hajimaru
6. Yubikiri
7. Ichi Kousen
8. Sausage
9. Trans-winter ~Fuyu no Mukougawa~
10. Kimi ni, Kaze ga Fukimasu You ni
11. Hitoshizuku
12. Kokuhaku
13. Negaiboshi (winter version) (Bonus Track)

Once again, I’d like to note just how girly SHOWTA.’s cover for his debut album is. If I were him, I wouldn’t use such a cover for my debut album…but I guess this is why we love SHOWTA.

Negaiboshi is SHOWTA.’s first single, and also the first track of this album. It brings a rather gentle start to the overall feel of the album.

The name of the next song is rather strange: Gozen 2ji no Angel. What’s with the 2? Anyway, this song starts off with some dream-like background music, giving off a fantasy-like feel. SHOWTA. starts off with really soft vocals and at a slow tempo. The chorus is the best; the melody is strange, but hypnotic. Gozen 2ji no Angel is a happy, but dreamy song with a light feeling to it.

The transition between Gozen 2ji no Angel and Haru na no ni is a smooth one. They go well with each other, since they’re both slower songs.

As Haru na no ni fades out in a gentle way, the next track, Tameiki Botan turn us into a new direction. Unlike the previous track, this song is more upbeat. The verses have a childish, yet calming effect on the listener. What really shines is the chorus though; the uplifting feel of the section is contributed by the rising of the notes.

We move back into more mellow and a slower tempo with Watashi no Haru ga Hajimaru. SHOWTA.’s voice is really really soft (as soft as one can go, I think). I think he overdid the mellow feeling of this track though, because I can’t feel the life behind it. The part where he launches into the stratosphere is awesome though; only he can hit it like that.

Yubikiri starts off with a nice guitar introduction (me like!). This song bores me though, either because I’m too busy reading Stereo Love, or that most of SHOWTA.’s songs sound like this. Anyway, Yubikiri is an overall calm song with light accompaniment. The melody is very breathy, with lots of phrasing.

Another guitar interlude begins the next track, Ichi Kousen. Finally, SHOWTA. sounds like a man when he uses his lower register. When my hopes where up, he launches back up there in the chorus again. Ichi Kousen has a strong back beat, when some playful synth mixed in the background music. The instrumentals in the verses are calm though, until they start building up to the chorus.

What’s with SHOWTA. and weird titles? He’s insane enough to name the next track Sausage. Great, now I’m hungry too! This song is calm, but upbeat at the same time. The verses give off a sense of urgency, and it’s also making me type faster than usual for some reason. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard the melody of the chorus before (hm).

Next up is my favourite SHOWTA. song so far: Trans-winter ~Fuyu no Mukougawa~. This is follow by another single, Kimi ni, Kaze ga Fukimasu You ni and the transition is quite nicely done between the two songs. The third single (in a row!) is Hitoshizuku makes the transition into a more dreamy and calm state.

Kokuhaku is the last track of SHOWTA.’s debut album (well, last real track). To me, this song sounds a lot like C-pop. The melody has a happy feeling to it, and really uplifting in many ways.

Overall Rating:
3/5

SHOWTA. – Haru na no ni

Release Date: January 23, 2008

Tracklist:

1. Haru na no ni
2. Samidare no Uta
3. Haru na no ni (Instrumental)

SHOWTA.’s single covers get girlier and girlier as time progresses. (Side note)

The A-side, Haru na no ni, uses an Asian instrument as the introduction (sound VERY Chinese to me). The melody makes use of SHOWTA.’s lower register. The tune itself is very mellow, and the chorus repeats the title “Haru na no ni” quite a bit. SHOWTA.’s vocals seem to strain in the higher notes though, and the song seems deprived of emotion. It is quite repetitive.

On the other hand, the B-side, Samidare no Uta, seems a bit more upbeat, but still a bit slow. The background instrument this time around is the keyboard. SHOWTA.’s vocals seem better and the melody seems more interesting, but still a tad plain.

Overall Rating:
2.5/5

A huge disappointment from SHOWTA. Neither the A nor B side captured my interest, but it isn’t bad enough to fail.

SHOWTA. – Kimi ni, Kaze ga Fukimasu You ni

Release Date: July 25, 2007

Tracklist:

1. Kimi ni, Kaze ga Fukimasu You ni
2. Kanransha wa Mawaru
3. Kimi ni, Kaze ga Fukimasu You ni (Instrumental)
4. Kanransha wa Mawaru (Instrumental)

A synth-ed up beginning starts Kimi ni, Kaze ga Fukimasu You ni, with SHOWTA.’s vocals coming in soon afterwards. This song seems like those..carousel songs. So happy..too happy for my tastes. SHOWTA. never fails to surprise me with how high he can hit. The keyboard is prominent in this song, and the percussion is solid too. The melody is catchy, to say the least. Not my favourite song; probably one of the most hated SHOWTA.’s songs I’ve heard of so far.

A calm beginning; a flute duet begins Kanransha wa Mawaru (my favourite part in this song). The soothing guitar backs SHOWTA.’s gentle voice. He jumps an octave in one part, which is pretty amazing (I can’t do that accurately myself). Nothing exciting happens in this song though, apart from the flute duet. The melody at the chorus seems vaguely familiar though…

Overall Rating:
2.5/5

This was a huge disappointment from SHOWTA. The A-side pissed me off, and the B-side is okay, but boring.

SHOWTA. – Hitoshizuku

Release Date: April 4, 2007

Tracklist:

1. Hitoshizuku
2. Reality
3. Hitoshizuku (Instrumental)
4. Reality (Instrumental)

For a second, I thought Hitoshizuku was a Chinese pop song because of the beginning. The beginning of the verse reminded me of Planetarium by Otsuka Ai too. This is another calm song by SHOWTA., but one of my favourites so far. The melody is pretty, and his vocals are awesome.

Reality goes into more synth, greatly contrasting from the previous track. This song is more upbeat, and has a strong percussion part. Sounds like a Gundam song for some reason. SHOTWA.’s vocals seem to be lacking in Reality, compared to some of his older songs though. Not the best I’ve heard from him.

Overall Rating:
3/5

The first track was pretty good, but the B-side ruined it for me. Still looking for improvement from SHOWTA.!

SHOWTA. – Trans-winter ~Fuyu no Mukou Kawa~

Release Date: November 22, 2006

Tracklist:

1. Trans-winter ~Fuyu no Mukougawa~
2.Yuki no Oto
3.
Trans-winter ~Fuyu no Mukougawa~
4. Yuki no Oto (Instrumental)

Trans-winter ~Fuyu no Mukougawa~ was the first song that I heard from SHOWTA. The beginning is really catchy, and livelier than his last single. SHOWTA. uses his upper register (wow, even he has something higher) in this song. The percussion fuels the energy and pulse of this song. The whole song is catchy! I love it a lot.

Soft instrumentals begin Yuki no Oto, and the percussion comes in later. This song captures SHOWTA’s softer and quieter vocals. This is a sweet-sounding song, with relaxing strings in the background. The songs moves a bit more in the chorus, and SHOWTA pumps up his voice.

Overall Rating:
4.5/5

This is an improvement from his first single, Negaiboshi. Trans-winter is my favourite song from SHOWTA. that I’ve heard of so far.

SHOWTA. – Negaiboshi

Release Date: July 26, 2006

Tracklist:

1. Negaiboshi
2. HOTARU
3. Nagaiboshi (Instrumental)
4. HOTARU (Instrumental)

Negaiboshi is a calm song, I must admit. The first time I heard SHOWTA.’s voice, I was like, “is this a woman?” Then I watched one of his interviews, and learned that his voice is young boyish (shounen?). The accompaniment is simple, and the melody is charming. *I’m sorry, he really does sound like a woman* A unique voice though, and quite powerful. He’s so young too (to be at that level in the music industry).

Next up is HOTARU. The beginning starts out with a sorrowful melody from SHOWTA. I hear the emotion in his voice (Hikki shows more though, no offense). The verses are quite plain, in contrast to the beginning. Oh…it turns out that the beginning is the chorus. Well, I love that part of the song. It’s not those dance song types, but it still gets stuck in my head. Actually, it’s a very calm song, like Negaiboshi before it.

Overall Rating:
3.5/5

I liked the songs, but they aren’t really memorable, except the chorus in HOTARU. I’m looking forward to reviewing his other singles and his debut album though. SHOWTA.’s talent will definitely shine, and his unique voice will carry him.