5 out of 5
Label: Avex Trax
Produced by: (?)
For those who came into the magistry of Seiko Oomori via the punked out insanity of her Black Clover single – the second track here – Re: Re Love is not only excellent confirmation of that not being just a one hit wonder anime opener, but also helps to segue a listener into Seiko’s similarly expressive, but less plugged in, acoustic works.
Teaming up with 銀杏BOYZ’s Kazunobu Mineta on the opening title track, Mineta provides an encouraging scream at key points over the energetic rock hooks, one-upped by Oomori’s flipping back and forth between her girlish coos and unleashed shrieks. Vocal dynamics aside, this is simply a solid pop-rock track, circling back around between chorus and verse with typically unique Oomori quirk as various bridges, allowing the song to be accessibly catchy and weird at the same time.
Justadice, our Black Clover track, has a pretty funny metal-ish breakdown in its middle, but that only adds to the fun of the track’s blazing fast past and punkish riffing and drumming. Seiko is, as ever, a non-stop force as a vocalist, delivering the words ‘Black Clover’ with ear-shaking intensity, but it’s how she’s able to combine this with equally engaging instrumentation that’s sustained her catalogue; here, that sounds favors heavy distortion and drumming, but it’s true even when she’s glitzy and poppy.
Closer めっかわ feels like a good throwback and compromise with Seiko’s more (at the point of this single) modern sound, with layers and layers of voice atop some acoustic strumming playing to both the more stripped down sounds of the artist’s early works and the frantic stuff that syncs with the other two tracks here.
So this isn’t just a 3-track CD from which you’ll only listen to the single – it’s three all-star tracks to add to your Oomori catalogue.