1) progressive - 5:46 - 7/10 This is much more of a pop song than I was expecting. However, the violin work is superb and takes the focus a bit away from the more poppish elements, which is nice. The song features Hikaru for the most part, and Keiko takes a few lines here and there to even it out. Wakana is mostly harmony and Kajiurago. In this way, it reminded me at first of my second favourite Kalafina song, Mata Kaze ga Tsuyokunatta. However, at a deeper glance, the song is very different. I like the Kajiurago and any part sung by Wakana the best, such as the part at the end. The way her voice at the end mixed with the guitar and the violin sounded very dark to me. This is a huge contrast to the upbeat verse and chorus. The one thing that bothers me about this song is that it doesn’t seem to flow well from one part to the next. I love the verse, but it doesn’t fit with the chorus, and I love the chorus, but it doesn’t fit with the bridge, that sort of thing. I think it might be more of an issue with the arrangement than the overall composition, though. Anyway, the choral stuff in Kajiurago is amazing. Have I said that yet? 2) Utsukushisa - 4:53 - 10/10 Just... love. Seriously. I wasn’t expecting to love this song as much as I did. Even as I was listening, I wasn’t quite impressed at first. Wakana’s singing over the piano really didn’t make a huge impression on me, but then the song seemed to speed up a bit, more orchestral elements and percussion were added and I... began to feel what I always do when I listen to a track that really moves me. Songs like ARIA, gloria, Houseki, all of these cause me to feel an unexplainable melancholy that I thrive on. So even without having dissected the song fully, I knew it was going to be a song I would love. For the specifics... the melody is simple, yet haunting. The harmonies are brilliant. The song gets more and more complex as it continues, eventually adding a full Kajiurago chorus and electric guitar and it just lifts and is fantastic. I can’t really describe it in words. It’s amazing. 3) progressive ~instrumental~ - 5:41 Ummm, wtf, it’s a different length? Anyway, it’s an instrumental, I’m probably going to have to cover progressive just because I have this instrumental to sing on top of. Oh well. As far as the DVD goes: 1) Progressive PV Really cool. The visual effects used in this are awesome. The only thing about this video is that, while it looks cool at first, since nothing really happens, it gets boring after awhile. It's just essentially the girls moving in a room while arranged in a circle. That's all. 2) Love Come Down LIVE The best of the three live videos on the DVD. Keiko is so *adorable*. The harmonies are top-notch, even for Kalafina. 3) Mata Kaze ga Tsuyokunatta LIVE The arrangement of the instrumentals is MUCH nicer than on the album. I really like how they added some piano in the bass. The vocals suffer a bit from only having three girls to do about 5 girls worth of singing, but Keiko and Hikaru do join with Wakana on the Kajiurago parts for the second half of those sections. 4) Ongaku LIVE While the weakest of the three songs, it's still really good. The main problem is that there really isn't a lot of three person harmony, so Wakana is stuck with Keiko singing parts that are really too low for her to sing accurately. If she was by herself, it would sound just fine, but with two people, they have to both be right on pitch or else it will sound awkward. 5) TV special I don't understand it, but it's awesome nonetheless.
|Number of Discs||2|
|Label/Distributor||Sony Music Distribution|
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progressive [DVD付初回限定盤] / Kalafina
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