abingdon boys school – abingdon boys school

November 4, 2007 at 6:32 pm 1 comment

Tracklist
1. As One
2. HOWLING -INCH UP-
3. Via Dolorosa
4. INNOCENT SORROW
5. DOWN TO YOU
6. Atena
7. stay away
8. Nephilim
9. LOST REASON -feat.MICRO from HOME MADE Kazoku-
10. DESIRE
11. Dress
12. ReBirth + ReVerse

abingdon boys school is a.b.s.’s debut self-titled album and was released on October 17, 2007. It peaked at #2 on the Oricon charts and has sold over 62,000 copies. The cover, again, featured their logo, a school crest, though it was a photograph this time.

As One starts off the album with a furious instrumental. I like the chorus, which is good because it’s repeated many times throughout the song. The arrangement is really nice, especially the guitar melody. The vocals are excellent, though some of the English is hard to a bit hard to understand.

Even though the next track has a newer title, HOWLING -INCH UP- sounds exactly the same to me as the original version. I wonder why it’s titled differently, hm… HOWLING is one of their strongest songs; I just love it.

Via Dolorosa is a slower track with a simple, but pretty piano line. It’s kind of ballad-like, but with very strong rock influences. Even though the vocals are slow, the arrangement includes heavy (and loud) elements. I really enjoy this song, because it’s different than what you’d usually get from a band and the vocals are just great.

Next up is INNOCENT SORROW, a.b.s’s debut single. I’ve always really liked the chorus especially, but even at the first listen, the entire package really impressed me.

DOWN TO YOU is slower and more muted than a.b.s.’s usual stuff. I like the melodies and the vocals are nice, but it generally doesn’t stick out to me. It feels just like a standard rock track to me.

atena feels the least like a rock song to me, especially with the heavy beat and the electronic. I’d say it’s more of a light techno-pop-rock number most of the time. I do really enjoy the chorus and there is a great interlude in the middle.

stay away was my first a.b.s. song and I really liked it. I liked it so much that I wanted more and that was how I started listening to a.b.s. But when think about it, it’s not as good as their newer stuff. I still enjoy it, though, the arrangement is pretty simple, but it works. And the vocals are good, especially the English pronounciation.

Nephilim is a rock ballad of sorts. It feels so epic and the arrangement is very well done.

The new version of LOST REASON really sucks. It features MICRO rapping pretty much whenever there are not vocals. I liked the non-MICRO version a lot and his rapping just doesn’t mesh with the actual song.

DESIRE starts off with a lot of electronic. I really like the drum part and the rhythm is rather catchy at times. The actual melody is just okay and the arrangement feels a little strange at times because there are so many random elements. The vocals are good, though, and the little distorted at times is pretty interesting.

The track is a cover of BUCK-TICK’s song Dress. I love this song. The arrangement is just amazing and vocals sound just great. I have listened to the original, and I prefer a.b.s.’s version, mostly because of the arrangement. What I like about this version is that is feels much more epic and emotional.

The album ends with ReBirth + ReVerse, a super long instrumental. The first third is a dreamy, sort of ethereal song with a pretty piano melody. The second third comes in with a techno dance vibe to it. And then the last third combines these two melodies together. It’s pretty interesting, but feels a bit out of place, especially being the ending song.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. K-chan  |  November 10, 2007 at 12:46 am

    I actually like the new version of Lost Reason…and I usually don’t like rapping at all.

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