[EastNewSound] - Innocent Abyss
For those who aren't familiar with EastNewSound (ENS), they are an old electronic touhou music circle from 2008. It is a pretty staple circle that consists of its large core arrangers, vocalists, lyricists, and reoccurring guests.
Anyways, it's another Junko inspired album art! Despite that, there are only actually 4 arrangements from Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom (TH15) on EastNewSound's latest album. Does ENS disappoint once again? Read on to find out!
While the album isn't anything spectacular by my standards, I found it to be a pretty enjoyable listen overall. EastNewSound has returned to its roots with Innocent Abyss.
I've mentioned the old-school ENS sound and style many times throughout the review, and it's hard to describe it. I recommend listening to ENS's earlier albums to hear what I mean when I use those phrases.
It's actually kind of strange that the guest arrangers made the old-school ENS sounding arrangements while the actual members (Kirin and Kokuchou) worked on their newer styles. There are six arrangers (four of which are guests), eight vocalists, and five lyricists. When mixed and matched properly, there were some pretty good results (tracks 4, 8, 9).
Ultimately, Innocent Abyss is a good start towards the right direction. It's the first album that I've found to be decent since Blaze Out from C82. I hope that ENS continues to improve on its newer styles while keeping its roots in the future.
Overall - 3.5/5 Decent
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