Ayumu Tachibana “aquamarine×citrine” (Review)

Ayumu Tachibana‘s aquamarine×citrine is a release that has its mature and youthful moments, all played tastefully and, to top it off, with consistent performances to go along.

Title: VAZZROCK bi-color series 2nd season Tachibana Ayumu-aquamarine×citrine-
Label: Tsukipro/Movic 
Release date: 31/01/2020 
Genre: Pop/Rock

Tracklist:

1 - ドラマ「牡羊座のあなたは!」 
2 - ドラマ「ラッキーデーに買い物を」 
3 - 月下美人 
4 - バイバイBoring Days!! (duet)
5 - 月下美人-off vocal- 
6 - バイバイBoring Days!! -off vocal-

Track by track analysis:

3 – 月下美人

Dramatic strings and melancholic piano melodies take over this song. The pacing is slow, making Getsuka Bijin‘s solemn vibe take the listener over. Guitar riffs are emotional, drums and bass add depth to a track that, otherwise, would be too dramatic. Massive props for the poignant guitar solo in the bridge that further draws the listener in.

Vocally, this is Taito Ban’s best performance. His vocals are gentle and, are the same time, carrying a sadness and melancholy that stay with the listener. Top marks. 5/5

4 – バイバイBoring Days!!

This release wraps up with the duet song, Bye Bye Boring Days!!. For this one Ayumu goes the playful route with funky riffs, bassy drums and brass bringing out the fun. The verses have a comfortable tempo but it is the chorus that packs up a lot of energy and speed, making this track stand out.

On the vocal end, Taito Ban and Tsubasa Sasa make a good duo, with their vocals being at almost the same range and with a similar tone, something that works in their favor for their  group parts. Individually, both delivered strong performances overflowing with energy. Entertaining track. 4/5

Final rating:

The VAZZROCK franchise has been improving the quality of the 2nd season of the bi-color series.

This entry counts with one of the best solo tracks in the series, as Ayumu Tachibana impresses with its dramatic vibe but more than that, with Taito Ban going all out and delivering quite an impressive performance, showcasing a consistency and quality in Getsuka Bijin that we were not prepared for.

The tie-up track, Bye Bye Boring Days!! is fun and has a youthful vibe, however, it slightly fails the mark to be this release’s highlight. Still, the team work between Taito Ban and Tsubasa Sasa is commendable. Their vocals blended well and both brought their best to the table for this song.

All in all, Tachibana Ayumu-aquamarine×citrine- is a solid entry in the series, a serious improvement over Ayumu’s first entry in the bi-color series. A must listen.

Tachibana Ayumu-aquamarine×citrine- is available for purchase at CDJAPAN.

VAZZROCK bi-color Series 2nd Season / Ayumu Tachibana (Taito Ban) & Naosuke Oyama (Tsubasa Sasa)
Ayumu Tachibana (Taito Ban) & Naosuke Oyama (Tsubasa Sasa)

Author: Vanessa Silva (midorin)

The Hand That Feeds HQ founder and music reviewer writing about Japanese music since 2010. Metalhead. Gamer. Based in Cascais, Portugal. Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" was the catalyst to start writing about male seiyuu music.

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