Enter Clown [03:16] It starts off with a drum roll and a burst of suddness. An ominous, muffled sound erupts, followed by a synthed, steady rhythm. The sound of a drum, possibly a timpani follows with numerous additional bursts of sounds, electrical strings and a pizzicato sound...then bells...steadily, building, climbing rhythms steady a very slight quickening of pace as everything begings to meld. It's a very playful song with a burst again at about 01:52. I love the homophonic beats and the gothic feel that comes in at about 02:09. Continual buildup, anticipatory when a fuller, high tone of the underlying melody is added. Build. Build, but beneath it all you can still hear the bell like sound in the background that completed the song. Lovely instrumental opening. ^___^
Kourin [05:27] Continues with the ominous sounds. The heavy, low beats in the beginning sound threatening, as if someone, mainly Atsushi's about to come rip your throat out, hand coated in blood as he smiles. And then the voice...low and even and good with hints of breathlessness. 01:32 the music builds up and yet Atsushi's voice remains calm with only a tease of breaking out those pipes of his. Back to his alluring voice, the fullness of his voice...it settles at the center of your stomach and you still have that anticipation, that need, want for him to just scream something out...and yet it remains. There's a hold back as the bass kills you dead and the guitar murders you where you stand. A brief moment of stillness and then back to Atushi gradually...gradual...gradual and then back to the stillness...back to the gradual climb...up, up and then at about 04:00 it comes. That climax of layered vocals with Atsushi's calmness at the center, wretching out the stillness of you and you remain listening, the note at 05:00 drawn out, the feedback note of a guitar at the end and the final drum pound.
Doukeshi A [03:54] Change of pace with this one. Very sudden, the music, the voice. It sounds like he's playing with the listener, enticing in a blunt sort of manner. Unassuming. This song didn't strike me as much as some of the other tracks. It's alright. Listenable too, but not outstanding aside from Atsushi's ability to groan out notes and mainpulate his voice to demonstrate that FUCK YEAH I'M MOTHERFUCKING ATSUSHI SAKURAI MOTHERFUCKERS BOW DOWN! Yeah. His voice is amazing. I love it here along with the underlying guitar and bass, but the drums seem to overpower the song itself in parts and there's this mashed up layer of sound that I could do without.
Cabaret [04:22] The beginning, with its piano and longing melody and then the introduction of the guitar...Atsushi's slightly fuzzy voice...this electronical sound in the forefront and then BOOM! In your face. I'll beat you into sumbission you fucker sound that mellows back out into the piano/wa wa guitar. Gah. I don't even know how to explain the supreme awesome. I love the tension in the song that the flippin back and forth gives. I love soft vocalizations, but the range in this song I love. His growling voice, back to the quietness of it. *fangirls*
Iijin no yoru [04:12] The heavy bass in the beginning kills me death and then the cymbol. HGkdha;gdah;ghda Enter the guitar and strings. gdahklgd;aga AMAZING. *______* The fast riffing guitar and the background strings with their high-build of tension that drops away only to rebuild. ghdaklgh;da This song is fucking sex. Let me tell you. I need the fucking lyrics like yesterday. And then at about 02:01 you're caught right there. You're caught. There's no escape. Enter drums [amazing, amazing drumming, the use of the top-hat and secondary cymbols....hkdhg;da], bass, guitar playing beautifully off of each other...the drop out, the end? NO You motherfucker! It's not over! Fuck you man! This song's too good to be over, assholes! Atsushi's voice is back to make you bow down and lick his fucking boots clean all while he smirks at you evilly and dark lights flood over everything. It's the strings and the bass that make this song. MAKE IT UTTERLY. Dangerous. This is what the song is and then it ends abruptly and you cry everywhere.
Clown Loves Senorita [01:57] Back to the eerie, nearly haunted sound. Cellos. Broken home, creaking and rocking. A violin? It sounds very full, perhaps a viola? Then the playful keyboarding is back. Syncopated rhythmn. The strings, the strings pulling you in wanting to kill you. You'll be murdered if you step in here. By a child, BT's made a pact with the fucking Devil and you're dead. There's no escape and you'll be stuck inside the circular sound of this song until it's over. And then it is.
Goblin [04:07] The jazzy, 1920's swinging club vibe. the reverberating strings. Vocals, in perfect cohesion with the voice. Yes. Yes. Atsushi. Give it to me. Oh Yeah. CHACHACHACHACHAHCfhsakfh;a Amazing, amazing jazz feel to this. Horns? Electronical manipulations? Who the fuck cares? It's awesome and bouncy and the way he sings, the undulating voice in step with the shifting beat, the top hat emphasizing
Alive [04:08] Delivers exactly what it promises. I love the guitar and the introcution to the vocals is so confident, strong enough to make you feel that. A very open feel with this song. Punctuating percussion and guitar. And my god the bit of violin [?] barely audible in the background...Confidence. Heaps upon heaps of it is what comes out of this song. Amazing, amazing stuff. The breaking down of a rhythms into seperate pieces so that you can hear each section individually before they all come back together. My favorite instrument in a rock band is typically the bass and you can HEAR it in this song. I love that. I love the bursts of surprising rhythms, breaks and instruments you don't expect. A beautiful layering of instruments and pacing. 03:43, that bit of a scream? Perfect. And then it ends. Abruptly as it began.
Gesshoku [04:42]The goddamn bells. the two successive breaks. Atsushi's chant like voice, this song starts off exciting. The bells just kill me dead though. The addition of them add this very distinct styling to the song. Dark, romantic in a sensuous vein. Heady. That's what this album is. Seduction. Alluring voice. HEADY. But really, it's the bells that do me in. The "ahs", undulating in the background, christ they should be annoying. They really should. ~__~ But they aren't. Somehow everything works together and it has traces of a spell casting or something like that.
Lulluby II [01:49] Short instrumental track. Beat skipping rhythm with the sound of anklet bells, continuing with a very carnival theme, whimsical percussion, very light, high-pitched with sudden drops of drum, as if a giant was attempting to knock down a door.
Doll [04:13] This song was interesting. Seems to damned familiar, yet I cannot seem to pick out why that is. O__O; Baroque feel to it somehow...Not in the suypposedly "Baroque Goth"-Malice-Mizer way, perhaps it's simply the way in which the echoing wall of sound in certain parts sounds like a layer of crying ghosts, electronic manipulations again of course. Damn interesting. Haha. This song makes me think of Atsushi and the rest of the band doing a cover of Malice Mizer's Beast of Blood PV. XD
Passion [05:15]The sustained, low keyboard notes breaking into sustained guitar and drums/cymbals with the constant, ominious light keyboard...additional sharp precussion...I get images of someone being marched to their death before a firing squad. The guitar sounds metal, not in the thrashy way metal sometimes is, but rather in the hair-metal manner, except there is an actual distinctiveness to the chords. This song, sans a few instruments could easily be utilized for a horror film, a high-gloss one, but nonetheless...Not my favorite song on the album, but it's good. One of the running themes within all of the songs seems to be tension; there is a sustained ambiance of resistance for Atushi to just break out with overt intensity vocally right away. He holds back, guitar/drums/bass shredding away the barrier and then his voice kind of coats over it beauitifully.
13byou [00:13] XD 13 Second of silence. Oh. BT. <3
Romance -Incubo- [04:35] The opening guitar, [which is the reason I became entranced with the damn Romance single @___@] is altered just a tiny bit here, not a massive difference, but enough that it's noticeable. Atsushi's voice is a breath across your skin, a perfect accompaniment to the music and it blends, climbs through the notes, it's nearly perfect here. I don't think I'll ever get tired of listneing to this song. At about 02:09, back to the chorus and @___@ 02:42, keyboard, guitar. fhdakgha;h;dgha; Atsushi's little breaths, his ahs. Yeah. They get to me. 04:11 the song winds down and fades off....
Seraphim [03:14] Bass. This song at first, just the music and the first ten seconds or so of Atsushi's voice sounds nearly like something you'd sing your child to sleep with. [Just watch the lyrics be something obscene. Haha. Although I really don't get that vibe with this.] The "lala~lalala"s are vauguely misplaced, but not unbearable. Again with the fucking bells. They just kill me. AH! Actually scratch that. This song is like the JRock Christmas Carol. XD Fuck man, it seriously sounds like a rocking Christmas carol, the music is so lilting, it rocks you back and forth. Perfect for swaying along to it. I can imagine it would be awesome live. And I think there's a sax in the background? Aw. =( But then it ends.
The Nightmare [05:53] Longest track on the album. And I'm thinking my absolute favorite. I've listened to this song an insane amount of times already. @____@ I'm talking something like 25 times in a row and then I listened to it again and again and again, etc. etc. There's this darkwave vibe, what with the throbbing synth and the rhythmic what the fuck are they....hand timpanis or something? Then at about 02:02 it breaks out into this amazing instrumental thread of stings and winds amid the guitar and heavy, brooding drums. This song screams fire eaters, darkness enveloped streets, running, screaming and hiding behind masks as you clasp someone's hand in yours. SEX. If there's any one song that echoes the glint of a cimmerian lavaliere, it's this goddamn song. I LOVE ATSUSHI'S VOCALS in this. This song...this song to me is perfect. If you disagree with anything else, which of course I expect you to, just don't say anything about this song if you don't love it. Because I would acually cut you in half. =__=; Haha. I'm kidding, but seriously. Say whatever the fuck you want, I love this song. :D
Diabolo -Lucifer- [03:52] This song is where the jesters come out with their broken-limb dance, prance about with their jingling hands and everyone clamors onto a hellish merry go round and the band members play for Satan himself as he collects your goddamn soul. Yes. So different, y'know? The languid vocal, enhanced with background vocals of the high-pitch variety and the partially-spoken voice of DOOM! :O At about 03:04 is almost sounds like he's saying "Navidad". Oh. I <3. Last thirty seconds or so are awesome with their rushing crowd feel.
Who's Clown? [02:59] The childlike xylophone as a whispering echo builds up, that circus like feel, the DAMN BELLS. Then it's darkness, a complete, roundabout turn back to the original melody of the introductionary song. Violin, timpani, cellos. Death, marionette strings...halting, engaging. You're stuck in the house of mirrors, your golden embroidered mask in your hands...and there it is. The exit, but it's the end. Too bad.
OVERALL: This album has the feel of a stylized Venetian carnival. Beautifully covered, emblazoned with bursts of color, expressive. I can't make any sort of comparison to any of their past albums, seeing as how I'm a new BT fan and I've never heard the other albums all the way through with tracks in proper order, but I can honestly say I love/adore/etc. this album. Yes, BT isn't to everyone's taste, ;), but for me this album is solid.
RATING: On my own scale of goodness, I hereby dub 13kai wa Gekko 13th Floor With Moonshine a solid and enthusiastic 10/10. Well deserved. ^____^ <333333333333
FAV. TRACKS Ijin no yoru It's the goddamn bass. It's amazing.
Romance -Incubo- The song that began the BT obsession
The Nightmare I don't even know what in the hell it is about this song...I mean...I just love it.