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More BeForU

So, I have the new BeForU album now, and it's got its high points and low points.  On their first album, there was only one track I completely hated, and then 2-3 that I thought were OK, and the rest were all between very good and awesome.  On their second album, there were 2-3 I disliked and 1 I thought was kinda OK, and then the rest were between very good and awesome.  This album, though, has a whole lot of middle ground compared to the other albums.  The high points are pretty good, and then everything else is pretty much generic.

Highs:  Kagerou, Izayoi, Yamato Nadeshiko Spirit, Love(2)Clutch, Get Set GO!!, near me.
Blahs:  Kyou to Ashita to Shikakui Sora, Sakura Mau Toki, (6)Rainbow,  Boku[...]Boku, Strike Party!!!

Best track is definitely Yamato Nadeshiko, the worst is...  Um, maybe (6) Rainbow?  Nothing as awful as Baby Love from the first album, though. 

I wouldn't call the album nearly as good as BeForU or BeForU II, but it's much better than Begin was.  The first two albums blew me away, this one doesn't, but it's not bad either. 

I haven't done any of the songs from the new album (got about halfway through Yamato Nadeshiko and gave up, because it sounded ridiculous.  >_<), so I'll post some of my old favorites.  I don't have the lyric booklet, so these are the lyrics as transcribed by people online. 


Freedom

夢みたって?
現在(いま)みてきた
全てに逃げてきた
これからの一歩
賭けてみたい
冒険は今始まる!

yume mitatte?
ima (kanji: genzai) mite kita
subete ni nigete kita
korekara no ippo
kakete mitai
bouken wa ima hajimaru!

    "Was it a dream?"
    I've come to see it now...
    I came to escape from everything...
    Seems like every step
    I take from now on is a gamble
    The adventure starts now!

きっと『翔べる』と
そう言い聞かせてその羽根広げて
信じてみたい
もう迷わない
青く広がる世界へ

kitto "toberu" to
sou iikikasete sono hane hirogete
shinjite mitai
mou mayowanai
aoku hirogaru sekai e

    I persuade myself, saying,
    Surely, "I can fly", spreading those wings
    I want to try to believe it
    I won't lose my way anymore
    I'll go to a newly expanding world!

Fly...たったひとつある願いを
今抱き締めて独り未知の旅へ
Cry...たった一粒の涙をただ受けとめて
僕を待つあのIn the sky...

Fly... tatta hitotsu aru negai o
Ima dakishimete hitori michi no tabi e
Cry... tatta hitotsubu no namida o tada uketomete
boku o matsu ano In the sky...

    Fly... Now I'm holding on to the only wish I have,
    alone on a yet unknown journey.
    Cry...  Just catching my only tear drop
    That sky is waiting for me...

いつになれば
君のように遠く高く飛べるの?
まだ見えない
太陽は昇らない
それでも僕は此処にいる

itsuni nareba
kimi no you ni tooku takaku toberu no?
mada mienai
taiyou wa noboranai
soredemo boku wa koko ni iru

    If I become
    just like you, will I be able to fly high and far away?
    I haven't seen
    the sun not rise yet,
    And yet, I'm here.

ずっと『翔びたい』
そう言い続けてここまできたから
もっと知りたい
もう迷わない
自由をつかまえたいから

zutto "tobitai"
sou ii tsuzukete kono mama dekita kara
motto shiritai
mou mayowanai
jiyuu o tsukamaetai kara

    "I want to fly" on and on
    I keep saying that like this, because I did it
    I want to know more
    I won't lose my way anymore
    Because I want to catch freedom

Fly...たったひとつだけの願いを
今抱き締めて独り未知の旅へ
暗い闇の向こうにあるヒカリを見つけたいから
飛び続けたいから

Fly... tatta hitotsu dake no negai o
ima dakishimete hitori michi no tabi e
kurai yami no mukou ni aru HIKARI o mitsuketai kara
tobi tsuzuketai kara

    Fly... Now I'm holding on to the only wish I have,
    alone on a yet unknown journey.
    I want to search for the light that's beyond the pitch darkness, so
    I want to keep on flying.

ただひとつの熱い想い 諦めない
信じ続けて 空高く舞い上がれ
新しい旅立ちへ 誰より輝いて

tada hitotsu no atsui omoi akiramenai
shinji tsuzukete soratakaku maiagare
atarashii tabidachi e dare yori kagayaite

     I won't give up the only warm feelings I have
    I'll keep believing, flying high as the sky!!
    Towards a new journey, shining brighter than anyone...

Fly...たったひとつだけのヒカリを
今追いかけて夢に満ちた旅へ
Cry...闇を照らすような未来を
生きていきたいから
僕は行くんだ In the sky!!

Fly... Tatta hitotsu dake no hikari o
ima oikakete yume ni michita tabi e
Cry... yami o terasu you na mirai o
ikite ikitai kara
boku wa yukunda In the sky!!

    Fly... Now I'm chasing the only light there is,
    On a journey of my rising dreams
    Cry... I want to go live in a future
    that will shine light on this darkness, so
    I'm going in the sky!!

Fly...
たったひとつある願いを
今追いかけて誰より輝いて!!

Fly...
tatta hitotsu aru negai o
ima oikakete dare yori kagayaite!!
   
    Fly...
    Now I'm chasing my only wish,
    Shining brighter than anyone!!

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I am...

La la la la・・・・

それなりという日常に 「私」を失くした
周りとの違いさえ 解らなくなっていた

sorenari to iu nichijou ni "watashi" o nakushita
mawari to no chigai sae wakaranaku natteita

    In this so-called everyday, I lost "myself"
    Even though I was different from my surroundings, I grew to not understand.

笑い合っては過ぎてゆく居場所にも
いつしか苛立つ感情が芽生えてた
だから本当の自分を探し出す為
重い扉の鍵を開けて 解き放った

waraiatte wa sugite yuku ibasho ni mo
itsu shika iradatsu kanjou ga mebaeteta
dakara hontou no jibun o sagashidasu tame
omoi tobira no kagi o akete tokihanatta

    I keep smiling too much, even when I'm here,
    and before I even knew it, feelings of irritation sprouted
    So in order for me to seek out my true self
    I opened and released the key to the heavy door

まるで導かれるように 光へと走り出して
この場所を見つけた瞬間 「私」が始まった

marude michibikareru you ni hikari e to hashiridashite
kono basho o mitsuketa toki (kanji:shunkan) "watashi" ga hajimatta

    Just like I'm being led, I run toward the light
    At the moment that I found this place, "I" began

そして あれからどれぐらい走ってきただろう?
今の私は 遙か長いこの道を往く

soshite are kara dore kurai hashitte kita darou?
ima no watashi wa haruka nagai kono michi o yuku

    And so, from there to what point have I come running, I wonder?
    Right now I'm continuing down this long, distant road.

景色は綺麗なモノばかりじゃなくて
時には不安に心奪われるよ
だけど流されて何を残せるの?
夢に負けない未来を この手で創りたい

keshiki wa kirei na MONO bakari janakute
toki ni wa fuan ni kokoro o ubawareru yo
dakedo nagasarete nani o nokoseru no?
yume ni makenai mirai o kono te de tsukuritai

    Scenery isn't just something pretty
    Sometimes, in insecurity, it can snatch away our hearts
    After we've been drained, what's left?
    I want to make an invincible future with my own hands in my dreams!

確かな想いの欠片が 少しずつ目覚めてゆく
あの光に届くまで 走り続けたい

tashika na omoi no kakera ga sukoshi zutsu mezamete yuku
ano hikari ni todoku made hashiri tsuzuketai

    Certainly, the shards of my feelings are awakening little by little
    Until I can reach that light, I want to keep on running


景色は綺麗なだけじゃないと知った
幾度不安な心 押し退けてきた
流されたままに決まるより
夢に負けない未来を この手で 創り出してみせる!

keshiki wa kirei na dake janai to shitta
ikutabi fuan na kokoro oshinoketekita
nagasareta mama ni kimaru yori
yume ni makenai mirai o kono te de tsukuridashite miseru!

    I knew that scenery isn't just pretty
    Often my insecure heart came to push it aside
    Drained of everything, more than deciding,
    I'll show you an invincible future made with my own hands in my dreams!

確かな想いの欠片が 少しずつ目覚めてゆく
この場所に今新たな 「私」が始まった

tashika na omoi no kakera ga sukoshi zutsu mezamete yuku
kono basho ni ima arata na "watashi" ga hajimatta

    Certainly, the shards of my feelings are awakening little by little
    I began my new self now in this place.

行く手にどんな深い迷路が 待ち構えていても
止まらず扉を選んでは 開いてゆくだろう
あの日には もう戻れない
いつかは本当の 「私」に出逢いたい

yukute ni donna fukai meiro ga machikamaeteite mo
tomarazu tobira o erande wa hiraiteyuku darou
ano hi ni wa mou modoranai
itsuka wa hontou no "watashi" ni deaitai

    Even with deep labyrinths I'm watching for in my path,
    I won't stop, I'll choose a door and open it up!
    I won't go back to those days again
    One day I want to encounter the real "me"

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Riyu's Freedom and Miharu's I Am...  both have a lot of the same themes in them in a way.  I think they came out well, though there are parts especially in I Am that are kinda clunky.  

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Tim and Jess

January 2008

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