COLORS

COLORS was FLOW’s 11th single. It was released on November 8, 2006 and reached number 2 on the charts. In all this single has sold over 61,108+ copies. The title track was used as the first opening theme song for the popular anime Code Geass. This was the third single in the ISLE Era.

COLORS - FLOW

Tracks:
1. Colors
2. Astro Slider
3. Love Dub
4. Colors (Vocalless Mix)
5. Colors (Code Geass Opening Mix)

Review:
Initially I never noticed COLORS until my cousin mentioned it to me, but after she did, I fell in love with it. I guess the best part of the song, besides the chorus, is the opening instrumental. It’s very upbeat with the drum roll followed by some brass I believe, and the trumpets later. Point is, it’s amazing! And it’s so catchy! And if that wasn’t good enough, it’s followed by the catchiest chorus, and some even better instrumentals. The vocals rock and are actually good, no boy band here, more like rock stars. It also featured an infectious melody, great for a pop song too. The song is a mix between a pop and rock, but mostly pop with a lot of rock influences. No wonder it was used as a theme song, and for Code Geass no less! It’ll open a lot of doors for them.

Getting back to the rock genre is Astro Slider. Besides being more rock oriented, it’s also more aggressive, yet still nice. I did have some doubts about this song, but after a listen I liked it. There are some rather nice vocals at a few points, and the guitars playing didn’t hurt. And after I listened to it again I lost faith in it, but after yet another listen I began to like it. There was some English in the song, made for some interesting lyrics. Although the chorus wasn’t all that catchy, it still made for a great song, very fun!

Keeping somewhat with the title is Love Dub. Now it’s somewhat of a laid-back ballad, but it still features those rock elements, but there they aren’t as loud or as aggressive. The strings in the beginning were beautiful, but once the rock elements came into play, it threw me off. That being said, it’s not all that memorable either. Well I think the vocals are memorable, they were actually very good in this song. The drums and guitars were nice instrumentals, but they didn’t fit all that well in this song. And for some reason it felt like an island song, somewhat reggae, very laid-back. I think this song could have been better.

And finally we have the (Code Geass Opening Mix). It’s just a more compact version of the original, and it’s been shortened to 1:33. That and it’s THE opening theme song, just as the credits appear. It’s actually very good too! You get all the good parts of the song without hearing all the boring parts, not that there were that many.

Overall Review: COLORS was pure entertaining madness! I love listening to this song! It’s up-beat, fast paced, catchy, and the instrumentals are amazing! The B-Sides could have been better overall, first was great the latter was a little dull for my tastes. I think the single did have a nice overall theme though, very rock affiliated. Not a bad single overall though. A great single for ISLE.

Final Grade: 94A-

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