Kalafina
Seventh Heaven


5.0
classic

Review

by Aberf USER (8 Reviews)
December 5th, 2017 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Tale of a Modern Classic J-pop Album

It might be almost impossible to reach the level of Yuki Kajiura’s influence towards a musical project named “Kalafina”. From obtaining the band members with immense talents, composing the music, and writing the tracks; it’s done all by herself. She is the mastermind of the sublime, noble-sounding album named “Seventh Heaven ”, a melting pot of genres that is heavily reliant on classical themes. Thusly, this record is J-pop music at its highest artistic peak.

Seventh Heaven is an anthology of stories where Kalafina band members act as the heroines with their own special characterizations, coming from their vocal prowess. The cast of Seventh Heaven has their own special traits. Hikaru is a mezzo-soprano with a tender, light-hearted, yet firm voice. Keiko is a sultry and delicate alto. and Wakana is a soulful, energetic and soothing mezzo-soprano. Despite all the differences, their vocals are a constructive interference, intertwining to further enhance each other while constructing a near-perfect euphony. And of course, the level of perfection within this record can only be achieved with the otherworldly music production by Yuki Kajiura.

The tracks in this record are like chapters that branch into personalized tales from each member. The vocal specialty of Kalafina can be easily distinguished as the album goes by. Seventh Heaven is structured to nurture the eclectic musical elements, to the point that it might take ages to describe. Even with an intimidating 67 minutes runtime, this record flows seamlessly. The tracks exist to stimulate various moods that are ever-changing throughout the album.

An ethereal sounding prelude, titled “Overture,” seeps in. It features the harpsichord and disembodied female voices, a mesmerizing soundscape that serves as a calm before the storm of the gothic and electro-industrial “Oblivious” and the energizing, danceable techno of “Love Come Down”. Seventh Heaven draws its influence from all over the world; there is Japanese folk-infused “Natsu no Ringo” and “A***a no Keshiki”, and also an Arabianesque “Serenato”. “Ongaku” and “Mata Kaze ga...” are the heavier songs with an upbeat tempo and guitar riffs that could fit on a metal album. The most prominent theme in Seventh Heaven is its balladry; it consists of 5 ballads that are beautifully scattered across, without overwhelming the album with a melancholic mood. If I could choose the climax of the story of Seventh Heaven , it would be “Sprinter”. It’s a symphonic rock song with where Kalafina sing in a lower intensity. Its intensity is increasing gradually along with the tempo of the music, then it crashes into a harmonious medley of sounds.

The lyrical themes within Seventh Heaven is one of the best features and these ideas can be easily overlooked, especially for a western audience. The lyrics are filled with metaphors and romantic lines, while also being story-driven. Knowing the context of Seventh Heaven is the cherry on top, but it almost seems unnecessary since Kalafina is able to transcend the language barrier with their powerful and highly emotional voices.


The finale of Seventh Heaven is none other than its title track. It’s the song that erases all the misery and sorrow within the theme of the previous tracks. It’s a gentle and elegant epilogue of a happy ending, a satisfying conclusion of the story. Seventh Heaven is a pop music at its finest, taking the best of talents and elevating them with most polished musical substances. And with Seventh Heaven as a debut, another story unfolds.

~THE END~



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Aberf
December 5th 2017


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Special Mention to Conmaniac, Aaron, & Bloon. Thank you for you guys' much needed helps.



Here I am again, with another review of Japanese Music with female vox lol.

Live version of Oblivious: https://youtu.be/X-OnvAR_AhY

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Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2017


25214 Comments


looks great Abe, proud of ya man! easy pos (:

BallsToTheWall
December 6th 2017


49883 Comments


Band rules.

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EvoHavok
December 6th 2017


7711 Comments


Neat read, Aberf.

Aberf
December 7th 2017


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks Evo. You need to check this one out.

Asdfp277
December 7th 2017


21935 Comments


kalafina

fucking

RULES

Aberf
December 7th 2017


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

indeed

Asdfp277
December 7th 2017


21935 Comments


y'all check the Hikari Furu ep? it has only songs from madoka but it rules imo

Aberf
December 17th 2017


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Magia is dope yeah.

Asdfp277
December 17th 2017


21935 Comments


magia Quattro

Aberf
December 17th 2017


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Red Moon is not as good as this, but it has some Kalafina's best.

MotokoKusanagi
June 12th 2018


2449 Comments


this is top notch stuff

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Aberf
June 13th 2018


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ppl need to check this out more smh

sixdegrees
June 13th 2018


8302 Comments


I love anime xD

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Aberf
June 13th 2018


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

That's supposed to be a secret

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2019


20330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oblivious shit yeah

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JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2019


20330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Can anyone tell me whether their other stuff has stuff in the same vein/standard as Sprinter or Oblivious?

artiswar
October 24th 2019


9930 Comments


not as good, no

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
October 24th 2019


20330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Alas :[ gonna settle for jamming Sprinter and mentally reliving that mother of all #plungeattacks at the end of KnK 5 then

Aberf
October 25th 2019


2714 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Their next album is at the same tier as this one. After that, not so much.



Check Red Moon, Kyrie, Lacrimosa, or Hikari no Senritsu.



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