Vivid Colors -KEY tribute album-

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Vivid Colors -KEY tribute album-
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Composed by eufonius / Дзюн Маэда / Дзюн Маэда / Магомэ Тогоси / Синдзи Орито
Arranged by MintJam
Published by MintJam
Catalog number MJCD-0010
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 11 tracks
Release date May 05, 2009
Duration 00:43:21
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Overview

Japanese rock band MintJam dedicated many of their arrangements — both doujin and official — to visual novel developer Key, producing the outstanding Little Busters! Arrange Album -Rockstar Busters!- in 2007. Continuing their fascination with the company's soundtracks, the band self-released an official endorsed album dedicated to their music in 2009, Key Tribute Album -Vivid Colors-. This time, they placed the focus on covers of the company's vocal themes, performed by their own star TERRA. Did they pull off?

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The album is divided into four sections by game, in order of chronological release. Each section is opened with a short instrumental solo dedicated to a major theme from the game: orgel for Kanon, guitar for Air, piano for Clannad, and synthesizers for Little Busters! Each instrument evokes the distinct sound for each game, while the featured themes are easily recognisable. However, the highlights on the release are the subsequent vocal performances featured in each section.

While Kanon and Air receive limited playtime on this album, MintJam offer covers of their unforgettable opening themes. The band convincingly tailor their sound to "Last Regrets", opening with a melancholy vocal performance and acoustic guitar accompaniment. But with the wailing electric guitar solo at the 3:21 mark, the cover liberates listeners and takes a much more motivating direction. Overall, this cover is spectacular and exceeds the badly implemented original in every way. The cover of "Bird's Poem" is also convincing. MintJam divert from the ethereal semi-operatic quality of Lia's original in favour of a youthful rock sound reminiscent of Gackt. TERRA softens his voice to capture the free-spirited nature of the original, but still brings plenty of energy to the song.

MintJam have no trouble with the covers of Clannad and Tomoyo After featured at the centre of the album. TERRA's alluring performance on "Mag Mell" captures that sense of going on an exciting adventure, while the beat-heavy backing is less trashy than the original. "Light Colors" further reflects MintJam's versatility, shifting from intimate to energetic sections in a natural manner. TERRA doesn't suit Little Busters!'s "Alicemagic" and "Faraway" quite as well as Rita, but he still brings plenty of emotion and lyricism to their performances. As always, the band provide a solid support and the guitar solos in the latter are especially evocative.

Summary

Keep in mind that MintJam only covered established originals with male vocals and enhanced instrumentation here, rather than offering fresh new remixes. Nevertheless, the fact the band covered each track so convincingly is a testament to their talent and versatility. What's more, with a generous price of 1300 JPY, it is certainly worthwhile for interpretations of some of the best game vocal themes out there. While now out-of-print, those that enjoy Key's vocal themes will find this release worth purchasing second-hand.



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01
programming: setzer / mix: a2c

02 lyric: key / compose: key / originaly arranged by: Kazuya Takase (I've)
vocal: TERRA / programming: setzer / guitar, mix: a2c / chorus: 悠莉, TERRA

03
guitar, programming, mix: a2c

04 lyric: Jun Maeda / compose: Shinji Orito / originaly arranged by: Kazuya Takase (I've)
vocal: TERRA / guitar, programming, mix: a2c / chorus: Meramipop, 悠莉

05
programming: setzer / mix: a2c

06 lyric: riya / compose: eufonius / originaly arranged by: kiku
vocal: TERRA / programming: setzer / guitar, additional programming, mix: a2c / chorus: Meramipop, TERRA

07 lyric: Kai / compose: Magome Togoshi / originaly arranged by: Magome Togoshi
vocal: TERRA / guitar, programming, mix: a2c / chorus: 悠莉, TERRA

08 lyric: Jun Maeda / compose: Shinji Orito / originaly arranged by: Kazuya Takase (I've)
vocal, programming, acoustic guitar, mix: TERRA / electric guitar: a2c / chorus: 悠莉, TERRA

09
programming: setzer / mix: a2c

10 lyric: Yuto Tonokawa / compose: Shinji Orito / originaly arranged by: MintJam
vocal, programming, mix: TERRA / guitar: a2c / chorus: Meramipop, TERRA

11 lyric: Jun Maeda / compose: Jun Maeda / originaly arranged by: Manack
vocal: TERRA / programming: setzer
guitar, guitar synthesizer, additional programming, mix: a2c / chorus: 悠莉, TERRA


Produced by MintJam
Mastering Engineer: a2c
Jacket Illustration by: Itaru Hinoue (樋上 いたる) (SOLDIER FROG)
Jacket designing by 田山みにも, swingwings (morisato music label)

Special thanks to...
Ice & Choco (あいすとちょこ), Digicraft corporation (株式会社デジクラフト), ai, Yocchi, Kimori, シナモン, あさぱん
and more....
Album was composed by eufonius / Дзюн Маэда / Дзюн Маэда / Магомэ Тогоси / Синдзи Орито and was released on May 05, 2009. Soundtrack consists of 11 tracks tracks with duration over about 45 minutes. Album was released by MintJam.

CD 1

1
instrumental -Kanon-
00:59
2
Last Regrets
04:52
3
instrumental -AIR-
01:42
4
Bird's Poem
06:06
5
instrumental -CLANNAD-
01:21
6
Mag Mell
04:35
7
Two Shadows
05:19
8
Light Colors
06:25
9
instrumental -Little Busters!-
00:54
10
Alicemagic
05:04
11
Faraway
06:04
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