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 My gosh I love Lookout, but what I do not love is how alksjdflajksldfj SLOW DramaFever is being at subbing it.  Like, is it just not popular or what?  If that's the case, then people have no taste damn.  The two new eps of Suspicious Partner were out right away yesterday, but the freaking newest Lookout ones that would have aired Tuesday, didn't come out until today.  Freaking annoying I tell you what.  I'm also completely amazed that ppl are just now picking up on who the leader of the little justice cabal is.  Like what? Jinjja?  I figured that out in the first three episodes.  Y'all even slower than the DF subbers lol.

Favorite characters are Kim Young Kwang, then Key, then the hacker girl and then the former detective.  The latter is actually rather annoying.  She's just too freaking emotional.  I kinda liked her at first, but it's gone down since then since she's displayed some dumbness, or a lot of dumbness.  I just can't like overly emotional characters that make a bunch of dumb decisions all the time.  She even lost her freaking gun at the very start of a fight.  Don't even carry one then damn.  Either way, I can't wait for that fat prosecutor and his kid-killing son to bite it.  Waiting for new eps of this show is actually so stressful.

Meanwhile, I'm four episodes from finishing I Hear Your Voice.  I was sugoi addicted to it until I got to episode 14 and then I started not wanting it to end ahahah.  All the twists have been great and actually, the love triangle was real.  MOst dramas make it extremely obvious who's gonna win out and this one wasn't.  Even though I was rooting for Suha, I had doubts more than once that she was ever going to see him.  They're dragging the last twist about Suha's dad and the evil truck driver out right to the final moments though, I can tell.

Suspicious Partner, Idk if that last ep was a false narrative or what, but now I'm so full of doubts on that guy they just released vs the creepy CSI guy.  I'm basically watching all law and order shows right now.  I guess it's easy to see where my preferences are lol.
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 I told you I wasn't sure what was happening here lol.  But I have the DEAD END tribute album to wax on about.  I love DEAD END, first of all.  I have massive listens on a previous profile and I further love Morrie, so any compliments I pay these covers are not just rhetoric.  I won't stand for awfulness.  I suppose I should say what I listen for in covers, I don't really like bands making the song completely their own.  I like when they essentially do the original very well, but with their own sound.  Idk if that makes sense.  I want to be able to hear both the original and the cover sound.

To start though, basically the first song is Hyde on vocals and you know what?  The rest of the album has a high standard to live up to.  Hyde fucking kills it and I'm not even joking.  I couldn't even tell the difference between him and Morrie in parts.  Like, wow, I didn't know you had that in you, Trouble lol.

Next up is Ryuichi, who is also one of my favorite vocalists ever, but I'm not sure he's suited to cover Morrie?  We shall see.  Two different vocal styles.  Yeah, it's a good song in its own right, but does it do Morrie justice?  Not really.

The Godsend by Kiyoharu is next and I really don't like him.  The music works, but his voice, nope nope nope.

Next is the Night Song with Siam Shade's vocalist on.  I should point out that most of the music is on point, but a large part of my love for DEAD END was Morrie, so I'm focusing on vocals lol.  Anyway, 栄喜, he's fine.  A little high, but he's got all the techniques down.

Serafine has the vocalist of Ali Project on, so a female vocalist and this is my favorite song so prepare for harshness lol.  The music is awesome.  Keeps the spirit of the song, with some added mysteriousness.  But yeah, I don't think I can hang with her singing.  Too much vibrato, too much of a generic voice with not a lot of vocal ability.  A member of Kalafina or Kalafina period would be more qualified.  She's got no passion or insistence, eww.   Sugizo was on guitar though and that was literally the only reason the song was decent.  Should have left the vocals out.

So Sweet So Lonely features Yasu from JDA.  I...rarely like his voice and I don't really expect him to touch Morrie.  However, to be honest, he's pretty good here.  This isn't a complicated song, doesn't have a lot of his extra touches and he's at least keeping up with the original, showing he has range, etc.  Yeah, that was good.

Spider in the Brain is Tetsu from Nil.  He's an example of a guy who really has no hope of touching Morrie so he puts his own spin on it.  And frankly, it works.  Morrie did occasionally affect these really harsh, punky vocals and Tetsu is really working that.

Dress Burning is the guy from Aucifer and I really have no opinion.  He doesn't sound a bit like Morrie and I don't think he's even trying.  Music kinda loses too.  Figures though, Hizaki on guitar.

I also don't know who BAKI is on Perfume of Violence.  Music is great though.  And similar to Tetsu of Nil, this guy works the harsh vocals to decent effect.

Cali-gari does Blind Boy Project.  They really don't reference the original song very well either.  Just a Cali-gari song.

Finally we get Aki of Laputa on Sacrifice of the Vision.  I like Aki, but I think his vocal ability is limited.  I like his take, I guess, but it's definitely not at all reminiscent of Morrie.  The overuse of keyboards in this song is also kinda not cool.k

The Boris shoegaze version of Song of Lunatics is also pretty much their song with no real resemblance to the original.

Winners:  Hyde hands down, honorable mentions to Yasu and Tetsu and Sugizo for at least partially saving Serafine
Losers:  the chick from Ali Project for ruining Serafine and Kiyoharu's yodeling or whatever he calls it.

To sum up?  I want to listen to some actual DEAD END now and I want Hyde to do a full tribute album with only him on vocals.   Thank you and good night.