I love Ayabie's pre-major releases, and this one is no exception ^_^ the only letdown for me is Ms. Santa Claus, with very weird vocals and for me very hard to keep listening to... all the other songs are simply put: amazing
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エキュメニカル [10,000枚初回限定盤] / 彩冷える
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Yes, the topic that there is no heavy songs on this CD has been brought up many times, but that doesn't matter to me. In fact, it was nice to take a break from some heavy songs for a change. Senjou Cameraman to Saigo, simply put, is amazing. Honey Flavor, Masquerade, and Miss Santa Clause are great as well. But, the highlight of the album is the last track, Nanairo no Sora no Octave. It's such a beautiful song, a few times I felt like crying when listening to it (a little embarassing, i know). Last but not least, the opening track, Artifact, is a rather mysterious and subtle way to begin the album. All in all, it's a great album, maybe the best Ayabie has done so far. I've owned this CD since it was released in March of '07 and I still love it! I highly recommend buying it. And when you think about it, when you have songs like these, why would you want heavy songs? 1. Artifact 2. Senjou Cameraman to Saigo 3. Masquerade 4. Miss Santa Clause 5. Honey Flavor 6. Nanairo no Sora no Octave
This limited edition EP contains no heavy songs, but it does contain a few beautiful rock songs. I really enjoy how Ayabie uses keyboards in their songs, which usually has a beautiful sound in conjuction with the rest of their music. Maybe not essential, but I'd recommend this either way. Also, see if you can check out the Spring Tour '07 2DVD, which is the Ecumenical Image tour.
As much as I love Ecumenical, the songs are fantastic, however, I think it would have done better with at least one hard rock song. A token scream-fest for fans. The intro "Artifact" isn't one of my favourite instrumentals, it does not lead in the way you would expect it too. Overall, the songs are brilliant and good quality, but leave you wanting more..... like the album lacks something. Probably being short, not a single, but not full-length, and the aforementioned lack of a hard rock number. My favourite song is "Honey Flavor", which is a sweet and beautifully performed ballad.
I would never ever think that Ayabie could go this far without their main composer Ryohei: this release shows an unknown side of the band with songs like Senjou Cameraman to Saigo which is their most mellower song until now or fancy upbeat like Masquerade, a must-buy for every Ayabie fan post or pre Ryohei era.
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