[CROW'SCLAW] - Angel's Wings
As one of my most anticipated albums of C89, does Angel's Wings live up to my expectations? Read on to find out.
I'm a little bit conflicted about this album. While I think it's pretty good overall, it ended up being too similar to Sepia Recollections. Yes, it's supposed to be a sequel of sorts but the overall structure of the album is basically the same. There's the intro track which then transitions smoothly onto the second track. Then there's more metal until track 5 on both albums, in which there's a softer track with acoustic guitars. Then lastly, there's a bittersweet sounding track to end both albums.
In addition, there were many instances where I found similar guitar rifts being re-used from Taka's older albums. There may have been more, but I haven't listened to his latest albums enough to notice. That being said, I don't think that most people would have noticed it to begin with unless they listen to a lot of Taka's albums.
To be fair, Taka does release an album every comiket and reitaisai so I can understand it being hard to come up with new material within his tight release schedule. Personally I would have rather have a touhou vocal album than an original one. At least that way, there would have been less of an incentive to re-use his older work. I think Taka is at his best when he makes touhou arrangements, and I would love to hear more of his softer acoustic guitar work as well.
The songs that were more original though, were all pretty good. My favorite tracks ended up being Dividing Line and Missing Pieces even though they shared similarities to their respective tracks from Sepia. While I would have liked to have some more vocalist variety, Futomeido and Show Ikeda did some pretty good work here. They're both staples that I hope will show up again in the future.
I really wanted this album to be special. Four Resolutions and Acoustic Episode were Taka's first original and touhou vocal EPs. Sepia Recollections and Caramel Crunch were Taka's first full original and touhou vocal albums. So where does this leave Angel's Wings? Even though Angel's Wings is good on its own, it's unfortunately nothing more than a nostalgic sequel to Sepia Recollections.
Overall - 4/5 Good
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