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10 November 2012 @ 01:08 pm
Popcorn Reaction Post + Wallpapers!  
Hey lj! I've been wanting for a while to get back in the swing of posting something and I think the mail truck is going to beat out other potential posts... my Popcorn CD arrived! :D This may be a little late but my Popcorn boom was delayed a bit by a) waiting for my copy of the CD to listen and b) Hurricane Sandy, which struck almost exactly when my CD shipped, causing it to be redirected to Alaska while I woefully waited without power for four days. XD BUT I think that experience made it enjoy my first listen all the more soooo I'm going to count this one as a waiting success! :D

I have unleashed my excitement in two ways: thoughts about the album that got way too long and wallpapers that have way too many versions! Please feel free to skip either if you are interested in one. :)

Welcome to the Party: Otherwise known as the song I am most likely to suddenly realize I'm singing. :DD I'm especially likely to suddenly break into the "to shine todoki sou na kono sky ni TOUCH" part or just start yelling "happy happy HAPPY HAPPY" at random intervals. XD This is my currently my favorite song on the album, it just makes me ridiculously happy whenever I listen to it. It is a DELIGHT. To me, this is totally Attack It! Part Two which makes me just well up in happy tears. NO REALLY. THIS SONG MADE ME SOB WHEN I READ THE TRANSLATED LYRICS. ♥ I never said my love of Arashi was in any way reasonable. :DDDD

Kakenukero: From the opening, it resembles the kind of songs on the early albums that I just don't listen to much because they sound so…. late seventies? Disco? :D The chorus is aces and pretty much once we've hit the first one, I'm way into the song. I loooooove Nino's solo line in the middle and every "kakenukero!" and overall it kind of reminds me of Wild at Heart. This album is so cohesive, I'm not used to that from Arashi albums! Understandably since they are always have a bunch of unrelated singles in them. ♥ Not one of my top album songs but a solid one.

Wild at Heart: I STILL ADORE WILD AT HEART. ♥♥♥ It is SO FUN. It makes me SO HAPPY. I love the song, the PV, the performances, the sparkly gloves, the mic kick, everything. Between all of those factors, I have listened to this song so many times. :DDD If not for my cult-like devotion to Face Down, it would definitely have kept my favorite-single-of-the-year position. ;P

Face Down: FACE DOWN FACE DOWN. I CAN'T. I CAN'T. I swear, when this single came down, it just completely broke me. That first performance is SEARED into my brain. I didn't listen to anything else for two weeks straight, just Face Down over and over all the time. XD It's so ear-wormingly catchy. This is one of the songs I class as a "karaoke song": I know all the lyrics and I sing along every time I hear it. SO MUCH FUN TO SING. AME ga furisosogeba~ :DDDD

We wanna funk, we need a funk: Yesssssssss. I would just like to state for the record that I am so glad that Matsujun got into making ridiculous dance music. :DDD This song makes me laugh and I like that. I've been really into his recent auto-tuned creations. I love the horns in this and the groove and while not Come Back to Me level of catchy, it's really catchy! I think my favorite parts are the AGE AGE SHAKE IT SHAKE IT and the breakdown before it comes back for one more chorus towards the end, with the jazzy piano.

Two: As always, Ohno's voice is STELLAR. So far, Two is one of those songs that I probably don't have a lot of say about but I really enjoy. Something about the tone of the vocals and drama of the arragement makes me think it sounds like it's from a musical which, naturally, sends me into dreamy imaginings of Ohno as the romantic lead having his ~big solo~ each time I listen. :)

Waiting for You: Probably the song with the strongest opening for me?? I don't know, even though I've listened to it as many times as the others, the beat and the opening line by Nino (sounding really good, my first reaction was "what!! another Nino solo??" even though I knew this was not his solo XD) draw me in every time. A solid, warm song. :)

Rakuen: SO Aiba!! Oh, Aiba. I'm so glad we have you. Where else we would get so many songs that are about the thrill of living life~ This song is a little breathless and frenzied, it really reflects him well. ♥

Tabi wa Tsuzuku yo: I feel like I might be in the minority and also this song might just get turned into a intro or something in the concert but I LOVE this song. It might be my second favorite album song, well, it definitely was at first and now might have slipped a place or two. :) From the first time they revealed the LE cover, I was hoping and praying that it was reflected musically somewhere, some bit of 1920s barbershop quartet somewhere… While not as literal as I was thinking, this song really IS the LE cover. ♥♥ Sometimes I'm not as into to the cutesy-est songs on the album but this one is COMPLETELY up my alley. After Welcome to the Party, it's the next song I've started making a concerted effort to learn the lyrics to. :) I totally imagine it having a stilted dance with big, pantomimed motions and lots of walking around the stage. Just imagining Arashi do it has made me happy, it's doesn't matter if it winds it completely different from my imaginings in real life. :) Plus I think "mata oh! kata o kunde / tomo ni aruku no sa" lyrics are the sweetest. ♥

Sore wa yappari kimi deshita: NINO, YOU BASTARD!! EVERY TIME!! I cried. Of course. While I wouldn't name it the number one Nino song to destroy me, it was a very good effort. It kind of makes me want to throw myself into a lake. ♥ Seriously though, I find it both impressive and interesting that Nino likes to write these melancholy, stirring songs that grab people's hearts and squeeze. There's something so delicate about how he writes. I love how these beautiful (often tragic XD) songs are invariably about the importance of little clumsy, ordinary moments. The "aikawarazu da na…" line is my favorite. And as always, his voice never fails to make me emotional, the high part of his range, the low part of his range, every part really. I particularly like the Japanese orchestration in this one. I look forward to having a meltdown on a whole new level when he performs this. ♥♥

Meikyuu love song: Still love this song too! I think over the course of the year, it got rather overshadowed by Wild at Heart for me so I'm actually really glad the album got me listening to it again. Nothing beats ALWAYS WITH YOU TATOEBA. :DD

Your Eyes: I'm really into the "mid-tempo ballad" idea. I think I tend to listen to faster paced music much more often than ballads so this is perfect way to ensure I reach for a ballad just as much. I love the drama of this song and I think it divides the parts and harmonies just perfect. It feels right, like there's the perfect spot for everyone to shine. Forever all about that Aiba solo-Jun harmony line. :DDD I also really like how it ends! LOL, I feel my lack of music terminology knowledge is becoming really obvious as this talking goes on. XD

Fly on Friday: Easy to listen to! Fun! I like this kind of airy, bouncy, rap and singing combo for Sho. :) My head is always bopping along when this comes on. My favorite part is the "turn it up turn it up ___ tsuzukeyou odoro" part!

Cosmos: I feel like on the first listen or two I was a little put off by all the drums and chorus and cheering in the arrangement but I have since adapted and now reach to play this song probably the… third or fourth most on the album? ♥♥ I'm so glad, that I have Arashi in my life to give me such unabashed positivity and brightness and joy in my music. ♥ OBVIOUSLY the whoa oh oh oh~ parts are SUPER fun to sing along with but also I think every single solo line and Sho's rap are so great. I can't wait for this in concerts!

Akashi: This song feels very ARASHI to me. :) There's something about it that sets me at ease. So far I haven't reached for this song first much but I'm always glad when I find myself listening to it. I still slightly expect it to be Hatenai Sora from the sweeping opening. XD

Up to You: It's funny, I feel like (similar to Kakenukero) this song could have come off as too disco for me but somehow it manages to… not? I ADORE this song, it's one of my very favorites on the album. ♥ I just grin ear to ear as I listen to it. I suddenly find myself shouting ALL FOR YOU!! SONG FOR YOU!! TORI MO DOU SO!! Plus it's another one of those songs where everyone gets to do something notable, like I have clear impressions of all their voices standing out in some way.

To sum it up the feelings rolling around my heart after listening to this album: I wish Arashi would have the time to do a musical that stars all five of them. Yeah, okay, maybe not the clearest summary but that's how I feel. XD


But enough love blabber, now on to the wallpapers!! These aren't very fancy but I did try out my new scanner (not a nice scanner but a scanner built in 2012 as opposed to the one from 2001 I was using) to create my own material. :) I LOVED the LE booklet, from the first moment I saw the cover I loved it. So these are basically just the LE booklet made into wallpaper shape. :)



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Note: LOL, 5 & 6 were mostly made and included because I realized I forgot to start the early ones in 1920 size but was too lazy to go back and remake them at that resolution. XD

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Note: Okay, I really couldn't decide whether to live with the seeing the scan texture OR make the image super tiny, so you have a choice of both for the next two wallpapers. XD
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Notes: Lyrics from yarukizero's translation of Tabi wa Tsuzuku yo! ♥

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As always: if anyone needs help with a resolution that isn't up here, give me a shout and I'll see what I can do!
Comments are always appreciated! :D
Enjoy! Please don't repost them to Tumblr, I always get a bit disheartened when I see things I made scroll by on my dash. ♥

And a quick life update, I'm going to visit my dear Val in Indiana tomorrow!! It's all very exciting, my visit to her kept getting pushed off and pushed off so I'm very gleeful the day is finally here. ♥ I expect my life to get a 1000% increase in Arashi and drama irl fangirling soon~
 
 
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Welcome to our party - Arashi
 
 
 
1992*4##111: arashi → nino → fendergimmick_game on November 10th, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
Ahhh! I love your reactions! I think we should all do this for every album release. It's so nice to see and read and hear other reactions to the album. For the most part, I've seen a lot of good reactions to it, so yay!!! Maybe I just don't have a lot of haters on my flist, though. That could be it. (And avoiding tumblr for the most part lol).

I'm glad it came though and you've got power back. I've never been without power for more than a day thanks to a storm, but I've been lucky in that respect. Florida, and my area especially, is used to power outtages and get things fixed up pretty quick. They're usually good about keeping the trees trimmed away from the lines, too, which definitely helps. During one of the storms in 04 or 05 my aunt, who lives less than a mile from me, was out of power for over two weeks because of a pole and wide-spread damage. I also live in the lightening capital of the world, so we're definitely used to temporary outtages and avoiding the big ones as much as possible. XD I doubt if Sandy had hit us though that it would have gone that way. :(

I saved a bunch of different variants of the wallies and I've got them in a folder to rotate through every five minutes or so!!! This is what it's on now. :3

Top: 嵐: Fuck you Ninotopazera on November 11th, 2012 04:31 am (UTC)
I agree! It's really fun to have this rush of fandom love and also, it's always cool to get some idea of how other listen to the same thing. :) Let's keep this going, fandom. :DD I've heard overall positive things, I've only had a couple things I've needed to click closed immediately. lol, it's not that I begrudge people negative options I just... don't want to read them. XD but I have been tumblring recently so, my fault! ;)

That is smart, to do maintenance to save time later. Our power system used to be much better! When I was kid, I don't remember the power going out for more than a day or so. To be fair, it's really only been in the last three years that we've been getting major, really strange storms that hammer the area and create widespread tree downings where we've lost power for days at a time. It was worse when NJ flooded last year, we lost power for six days. I feel bad for your aunt, that had to have royally sucked. After about three days, I've had it and it only gets exponentially worse. UM, fingers crossed for all of us, in these our days of global warming! I know you Floridians deal with much more on the hurricane front, we are just unused to it up here!

Awwww, it's always the dream to have people save a whole rotating folder! ♥ Thanks for the screencap, I'm all pleased. :) Glad you liked!!
tey (✿◠‿◠)ohmiyaplz on November 10th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
oh my goodness I love you sooo much. :D

THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUUUU♥
Top: 嵐: sober & poisedtopazera on November 11th, 2012 04:04 am (UTC)
eeeee, I love your love! Thanks for the enthusiasm, it really makes happy I finished these up! :DD ENJOY~
keshigomiu: Ohpankeshigomiu on November 10th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
love these ^^ So simple but cute. Thank you for so many resolutions, I have a hard time finding 1920 Arashi wallpapers.
I have a feeling nr.13 will be a long time favorite for me.
Thank you ^^
Top: 嵐: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?topazera on November 11th, 2012 04:01 am (UTC)
Wow, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice comment! I both love to know which people end up taking (and that's the one on my desktop right now! ♥) and what resolutions people use! I have 1680 myself but I figure screens are getting much more high-res than that these days. :) I should really probably add another larger soon but I don't even know what that would be!

You're welcome and thanks again. ♥
ansuhzol_117ansuhzol_117 on November 10th, 2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
thax 4 sharing this.been waiting for someone to make wp from this great album ^^
Top: 嵐: Ohno works his magictopazera on November 11th, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad these came in handy for you~ Thanks for commenting! :D
Natcoolnat466 on November 10th, 2012 09:13 pm (UTC)

Omg, your wallies are so prettyyyyyy *O*!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks a lot for sharing!

You're beautifying my laptop *o* *o* *o*!!!

<3
Top: 嵐: You've just been Neenedtopazera on November 11th, 2012 03:56 am (UTC)
AWWW, you're so sweet, what a nice way to put it! HAPPY TO HELP. ♥♥
Deeya-chandeeya_ohmiya on November 10th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
Taking a few, they are all so pretty <3
Thanks soo much for sharing (^_^)..
Top: 嵐: he shall be my squishytopazera on November 11th, 2012 03:55 am (UTC)
You're welcome! Thank you so much for commenting! ♥
utabutautabuta on November 10th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
I love your review! It makes me all happy when I see happy fangirls. My personal fav is (currently) Cosmos and as for the solo I loove two.

And thank you for the wallpapers! I took them all ^^ This photoshoot makes really perfect wallpapers.

Top: 嵐: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?topazera on November 11th, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks! I like seeing happy fangirls fangirling too. :) It makes me all warm and fuzzy, to imagine other people listening to and loving on these songs in different-but-parallel ways. ♥♥

I was sitting here thinking OOH, YOU HAVE GOOD TASTE but then I realized... well, I would think that pretty much no matter what you said your favorites were on this album. XD But it's still true. XD I think Cosmos has officially moved up to third favorite for me. :)

You're welcome! And wow, thank you for taking them all! :DD
nightofhopenightofhope on November 11th, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)
"NINO, YOU BASTARD!! EVERY TIME!!" is my favorite quote from this post XD Everything you said about the album is so true! I can't wait to hear these songs live =D

Thanks for sharing the wallpapers!
Top: 嵐: Fuck you Ninotopazera on November 11th, 2012 03:39 am (UTC)
hahaha, it's what we all think, right? As soon as the title of this one was announced I was like, OH LORD. BRACE YOURSELF, STOCK UP ON TISSUES, NINO IS COMING FOR YOOOOOU!! I really hope one of these times they announce the title of Nino's solo and it sounds super tragic and everyone is ready to cry... and then it's like, Gimmick Game Part Two. :D :D

Thanks for reading as well as looking! POPCORN. ♥
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resha22chad: hello wanna play Jresha22chad on November 11th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
thanks a lot ^^
Top: 嵐: matsufabtopazera on November 11th, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
You're welcome! :)
matsuyouseimatsuyousei on November 11th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
Love them all!!!! Specially de last one. Will use it right now! Thanks for making them and sharing!!!
Top: 嵐: Look at that magnificent plumage!topazera on November 11th, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
YAY, thank you so much for the lovely comment and for letting me know which one you liked! I really appreciate it. ♥♥ ENJOY!
dennizu21dennizu21 on November 11th, 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
omg! Thank you Very much :)
Top: 嵐: he shall be my squishytopazera on November 11th, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
You're welcome! Thanks for commenting! :)
Shiro ★shirosix on November 11th, 2012 04:35 am (UTC)
Pretties <3 Thanks!
Top: 嵐: Aiba Masaki's face is stuck in :D!topazera on November 11th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
Thank yooou~
pockychoco: Aiba Lovepockychoco on November 11th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
Aww they are soo cute! Thank you for the hard work.
P.S. Love all the different versions :)
Top: 嵐: Aiba Masaki's face is stuck in :D!topazera on November 11th, 2012 05:05 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks so much for saying so! ♥♥ I'm so glad you liked them! :DDD
pthuytrang1611pthuytrang1611 on November 11th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!! Taking some :D
Top: 嵐: Look at that magnificent plumage!topazera on November 11th, 2012 05:05 am (UTC)
You're very welcome! ♥
Moo-chan: Emo Boxeremodiva on November 11th, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
I LOVE THESE SO MUCH XDDD Thank you so much for making them!!!

Plus I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who likes Jun's new solo XD;; Pretty sure Come Back to Me is still my fav, but We wanna funk, we need a funk is damn catchy! XD
Top: 嵐: matsufabtopazera on November 11th, 2012 05:11 am (UTC)
YAY, I'm glad to hear it!! Thanks you so much for commenting!

Like, I am not going to say that it's not ridiculous but that's part of what makes it so good! I love how Jun has been making songs that are super fun to perform and bop around to. He thinks about the performance aspect a lot, it's so him~ I'm don't think Come Back to Me is going to be easily beaten. XD but I totally have been funkin' a lot today!!

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