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Otaku Albums: Kalafina - Consolation
Their fourth studio album that also collects many well-known singles, Consolation is a classic example of Kalafina's varied, genre mixing style.

As I mentioned on a previous post about Kalafina's first album (read it here: https://plus.google.com/112119619242057103551/posts/XU2jmZf9Mo7) Kalafina were initially formed to create music for the Kara no Kyoukai anime series, however they soon expanded to other anime as well as their own original music.

As usual, the all female singers of Kalafina deliver their motif sound - solemn and soulful vocals that amaze in their depth and ability. Their style once again ranges - including electronica, rock, folk and baroque pop.

The album contains tracks from the Madoka Magica movie series Mirai and Hikari Furu, as well as two songs from Fate/Zero, Manten (The Whole Sky) and To the Beginning. Notably though, the songs not used in anime such as the single Moonfesta , - a masterpiece with a world music/folk feel - ,the ballad Land of Dreams _and _Obbligato are among the best tracks on the album!

As always Kalafina blend their own somber yet sublime voices to tuneful, rock and electronic tracks and slower, emotional ballads making for a profound listening experience that could only come from the muses of j-pop.

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Otaku albums: Kill la Kill Rearrange &Remix Soundtrack
As the title says, this album collects remakes of songs used in the Kill la Kill anime series.

Five different vocalists sing the songs in English and German; each has a different lyricist and all the music is done by anime OST master Hiroyuki Sawano.

The tracks are: Before My Body is Dry, an unforgettable tune for Kill la Kill fans that appears at all high points in the anime - sung by Mika Kobayashi, who also sings the insert song BRE@TH/LESS for the anime Aldnoah.Zero and two insert songs for Attack on Titan.

The second track is Blumenkranz sung by Cyua in German; another song that blended well into scenes from the anime with its energetic rock feel. She's also done insert songs for Attack on Titan, Guilty Crown and the theme songs for Selector Infected WIXOSS season one and two.

The next is Suck Your Blood, essentially Senketsu's song as the lyrics imply. With vocals by Benjamin Anderson and mpi, this hard rock track goes back and forth between singing and speaking.

Number four is the upbeat and positive Light Your Heart Up featuring Aimee Blackshschleger_, who's also worked with Sawano on Aldnoah.Zero and Attack on Titan. This song is definitely a personal favorite on the album.

Lastly is Till I Die, a slow-paced ballad sung by CASG. Perhaps the least familiar of the tracks on this collection, it's nonetheless a good one with a bittersweet sound. The vocalist also sang on the Attack on Titan OST.

The remaining five tracks are instrumentals and don't need mentioning unless you're thinking of doing karaoke! Kill la Kill has so many aspects that made it a classic, the OST and these songs is no exception - each one added to the experience and overall feel of the show that I'm sure lingers in the minds of many.

PS: Do you have any j-pop/ rock albums you'd like to recommend? I'd love to get your suggestions!

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Otaku albums: Seira Kagami - IdeAnimation
This album collects singer and fashion model Seira Kagami's better known tracks used in anime on one album.

Seira, who is fluent in English, often uses it in her songs - an added bonus for foreign listeners. Her wistful, strong voice stands out on this album and although she hasn't been quite as well received as some of her peers, the tracks collected here are highly memorable.

On the album are the songs used as the OP and ED for the anime Kaiba, Never and Carry Me Away. Others are Super Special, from the anime CHAOS;HEAD and a new track Folllow Me which was used as the ED for Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari's OVA.

Seira hasn't been very active on the anime scene of late, but the songs on this album all display her gifted singing - hope she makes a comeback soon!
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Otaku Albums: LiSA - Launcher
Launcher is the third studio album by j-pop singer LiSA (an acronym for Love is Same All).

LiSA had her first major debut when she played the singing part for the character Yui in the anime Angel Beats!, (my article on that here: https://plus.google.com/112119619242057103551/posts/XvNmFZGiVny) after which she went on to make several singles and studio albums. As mentioned in my previous write-up, LiSA's singing style is edgy and emo, yet can also be upbeat and smooth. She writes many of her own songs and lyrics too; many of them have featured in popular anime such as Sword Art Online, Fate Zero, Daybreak Illusion, Mekakucity Actors and Nisekoi - making her a prolific anisong singer.

At first I thought Launcher didn't sound much different from LiSA's previous albums, but after a few listens I noticed some experimentation in her sound, especially on the tracks Electro Lyrical with its chip tunes sound effects and Kimi ni Pierrot with its acoustic guitar. Obvious winners are her well-known songs used in SAO II, No More Time Machine and Shirushi as well as Rising Hope from The Irregular at Magic High School.

Bright Flight is a bit more of a lighthearted feel-good track, whereas most of the others are straightforward rock with a somewhat fast tempo accompanied by LiSA's moody vocals.

LiSA clearly demonstrates that she's no one-trick pony on this album, showing diversity in her sound whilst still delivering the emotional, feels-y style she's renowned for.
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