Artist: misono
Release Date: July 12, 2006
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. Speedrive
2. Ari to Kirigirisu ~10 years later~
3. Speedrive (Instrumental)
4. Ari to Kirigirisu ~10 years later~ (Instrumental)

Apparently, both of misono’s releases were give relatively average reviews but after listening to Speedrive, I begin to appreciate the older releases more. For the most part, the song is quite messy and laid back. But I find it quite funky when I hear bits of the arrangement attempting to imitate the screeching of a skidding wheels. While misono’s vocals have shown a little improvement since the last release, this doesn’t seem to be the song to use it to its potential.

Ari to Kirigirisu ~10 years later~ sounded a bit generic at first but then progresses into stronger vocals and more instruments. The pace of the song does seem faster and misono does continue to keep up with her stronger vocals. But there was some part in the middle when her vocals get cut off or something… Porbably one of her better B-sides.

Personal Rating: 3.5/5


Kojin Jugyou

Artist: misono
Release Date: May 10, 2006
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. Kojin Jugyou
2. pinkies
3. Kojin Jugyou (Instrumental)
4. pinkies (Instrumental)
I’m noticing some really princess and Disney style covers here…

I thought that the beginnging of Kojin Jugyou with the school bells sounded strange. There were many parts of the song that sounded quite repetitive and times when misono pretty much yells out the lyrics in attempt to overcome the loud guitars. Overall, the song was meh.

Pinkies is like a rock/ballad with louds vocals that serves as its powerhouse. Although the overall arrangement was a bit typical, misono’s vocals sounded a bit better here.

Personal Rating: 3.5/5


Artist: misono
Release Date: March 29, 2006
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 4.5/5

1. VS
2. Glass no Kutsu
3. VS (Instrumental)
4. Glass no Kutsu (Instrumental)
Note: After listening to her collaboration single with Kuu, I began wondering what misono’s music sounded like so I decided to go ahead and feature her on the blog. I also remember her from Day after Tomorrow because she sung in the Tales of Symphonia and Inuyasha.”

Doesn’t this cover say “Snow White?” Thought so.

VS was definitely something new for misono. Ireally liked how she grew out of the Day After Tomorrow style and started with a pop/rock oriented track. Both the verses and chorus owned the song and I would give the song an “A” for catchiness. Well done on your debut, misono!

I guess there was wonly two tracks on this single. In contrast from the A-side, Glass no Kutsu is softer and quieter. I really liked how the chorus stood out from the rest of the song.

Personal Rating: 4.5/5

It’s All Love!

Artist: Kumi Koda featuring Misono
Release Date: March 31, 2009
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. It’s all Love!
2. faraway
3. Tenbin ~Tsuyogari na Watashi × Yowagari na Kimi~
4. It’s all Love! (Instrumental)
5. faraway (Instrumental)
6. Tenbin ~Tsuyogari na Watashi × Yowagari na Kimi~ (Instrumental)
(Note: just in case you didn’t know, Kuu and Misono are sisters. Yeah, seriously.)

As we all know, Kuu does more pop/R&B songs while Misono does rock. So if you combing those two genrse together, you get It’s all Love! a rather mushily and sloppily composed song. I’ll admit that there were some parts where I couldn’t tell which sister is singing but there’s also the fact that they do sounde well together… now only of there was a better arrangement…

faraway is soley sung by Kuu but it’s a pretty nicely done ballad. I liked how Kuu put some emotion into her vocals and how the instrumentation did a good job at backing her up. Otherwise, this is a ballad that seems “okay.”

I thought misono didn’t do well singing Tenbin ~Tsuyogari na Watashi × Yowagari na Kimi~. Her vocals in “It’s all Love! was actually the best I heard from her so far and her vocals here just didn’t cut it. I’m always wondering why she’s yelling sometimes.

Personal Rating: 3.5/5