Review Summary: Soothing voices in mundane theme songs.
I´ll be honest for a second: I’m not good with foreign languages. I live in the Netherlands, so Dutch is my first language, Brabants (a local dialect) would be my second, and English would be my third. I hate French and can’t stand German. So how am I supposed to review an album completely objectively when almost everything she sings is in Japanese? Well, the answer is: there’s no way in hell I can.
The times that I’ve listened to the Japanese language are restricted to me watching anime. That means that I have completely no idea what she is singing about, and every song is like a theme song for an anime to me. Even the parts that are sung in English are somewhat consistent with theme songs of anime series. That, however, doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this album.
SNoW has a really soothing and clear voice. And in no way is she a bad singer. Sometimes her voice is like the voice of angels. By that I mean soothing, fragile and sweet. She also sounds very friendly and thankful for some reason. It’s quite hypnotizing really. The song ‘I’m No’, which is sung completely in English, highlights her voice beautifully.
Musically this album is a pop album through and through. The beats are poppy and direct. The basslines are funky and playful. And the guitars are mostly acoustic and nothing to write home about. Which isn’t a bad thing, it’s just been done before many a times. There are a few songs however with guitar solos that aren’t half bad. This combined with some dark beats and more punching and angry vocals make for better songs like ‘Through My Eyes’.
All in all I liked this album, it has some nice tunes. And as I said before, she has a really good voice. Which makes up for the lack of originality and mundane song structures. My biggest gripe however, is that the whole album sounds like a collection of anime theme songs. But I had a great time reviewing this album.