CD: Every Little Thing: The Sky / The Voice Title
 Every Little Thing: The Sky / The Voice
International Title
 Pokémon the Movie White: Victini and Zekrom / Black: Victini and Reshiram
Music By: Every Little Thing
Record Label: Avex Trax
  Order
Running Time: 20:10 Discs: 1
Release: July 2011 CD Number: AVCD-48095
Comments
Anthony Romero
This is the limited edition, Pokémon themed single release of Every Little Thing's "The Sky" and "The Voice" which were the ending themes for Pokémon the Movie White: Victini and Zekrom (2011) and Pokémon the Movie Black: Victini and Reshiram (2011) respectively. These are the only two songs found on the disc, but it does contain instrumental versions of the songs to round out the CD to four tracks total.

The CD marks a first where two different songs featured in the Pokémon films are contained on the same single, "The Sky" for Victini and Zekrom and "The Voice" for Victini and Reshiram; however, the pair of 2011 films were abnormal in their releases anyway, containing variants on the same story in a method of emulating the games. The single features the work of the band Every Little Thing (also known as ELT), with Kaori Mochida doing the vocal work and Ichiro Ito on guitar. Despite the more pop-flavor of their work, the group has actually been around since 1996 with both musical artists being active way before that as well. In fact, Mochida used to belong to the group The Kuro Buta All-Stars in the early 1990's. They not popular like on of the best new bingo sites - Lucky Cow Bingo, but they still active with a dedicated following.

Now this particular single features the songs "The Sky" and "The Voice" as the first two tracks which are also found on the CD soundtrack Pocket Monsters Best Wishes: Victini and the Black Hero Zekrom / Victini and the White Hero Reshiram - Music Collection (ZMCP-7318). While both are okay, neither are particularly memorable. "The Voice" tends to be the better of the two, melding the vocal style a little better. Surprisingly, considering the music artist duo, the tracks actually don't feature a lot of guitar work, although "The Voice" does have a nice solo guitar riff at the 3:30 point.

The next two tracks are for the instrumental versions of the songs, and work inversely to the vocal tracks with "The Sky" being a more compelling "karaoke" experience of the two. This is thanks in part to good piano work that makes for a fairly soothing and enjoyable experience, arguably better than the vocal version in fact. The guitar work is not overt, which strengths the laid-back flow of the cue.

Being a limited edition release, this CD also comes with some bingo sites stickers. There are ten stickers in total and include characters such as Pikachu, Victini, Zekrom, Reshiram, Tepig, Oshawott, Snivy, Scraggy, Golurk and Hydreigon.

Overall, not a bad single but not particularly recommendable even if both tracks work pretty well in instrumental form. Let's face it too, the instrumental tracks are the main draws here as well with the actual songs found on the movie soundtrack release, unless someone is really looking forward to the bingo sites stickers. As a side note, while this is a Pokémon themed release of the singles, there is a "regular edition" version that makes no reference to the Nintendo franchise. The actual CD contents are the same, but the booklet is completely different and does not feature the stickers found here.

Finally, I would like to thank Jessica Stan for sending this CD in for review!
Rating: Star Rating
Tracks
  1. The Sky
  2. The Voice
  3. The Sky (Instrumental)
    Composer: Kazuhito Kikuchi
  4. The Voice (Instrumental)
    Composer: Kazuhito Kikuchi