We finally have a preview for the second A-side from Morning Musume’s upcoming double A-side 47th single, Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo/Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai. However, the preview for Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai is about half of the song or less.
The song sounds nothing like I was expecting at all! The beginning of the song has some random train noises thrown in. Which immediately reminded me of the opening from Harajuku 6:00 Shuugou, just without the speaking parts, or Inspiration. And then the actual music starts and it sounds like a toned down version of Guru Guru Jump. And then theres also these beach party music randomly throughout the song. Which is a tad reminiscent to Berryz Koubou’s Madayade. Which is awesome because I wanted an upbeat song with a big instrumental, something along the lines of Lemon Iro to Milk Tea. However, this song isn’t that big. It’s far too toned down. The song is almost there, they just needed to go all out and push it a little further. But I have to admit, I do like it more than Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo. I don’t know, the sound is just better. But overall, this is a really incredible single. It sounds like the songs Morning Musume used to release. Hopefully, this is a sneak peek of things to come. This song is lead by Sayumi, and surprisingly I don’t really care or mind. Sayumi hardly has one of my favorite voices in Morning Musume. But every once in a blue moon she’s handed a song that’s perfect for her voice and she actually enhances the song. She did it in Fantasy ga Hajimaru, It’s You, and to some degree in Appare Kaiten Zushi. And I think Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai is one of those times. That mixed with being sick of hearing nothing but Ai and Reina, anyone else is a nice change. This song does still feature the usual suspects a lot. Ai, Reina, Risa, and Riho get lines. But just adding Sayumi’s voice and having her take away some of the lines they woud get, throws off the normal balance and adds a different element to the song. And since this is only half the song we can hope that this means in the second half the other members will get lines. And even if they don’t at least have a different 9th gen member sing where Riho’s line would go in the second verse. I really want Aika to have a line. You can hear her voice in one of the group parts and she actually sounds good in the song.
The radio rip for C-ute’s upcoming single, Sekai ichi Happy na Onna no ko, has been released.
I gotta say, I do really like the overall sound of this song. It is incredibly happy and upbeat. And it’s also has a hint of a rock vibe, because there’s a constant guitar rift in the background. The song is pretty much sounds like a generic idol song. But I still think there’s a little something more than that in this song. Momoiro Sparkling was pretty generic too, but I like this song about 30 times more than Momoiro Sparkling. I really love the super fast lines that Airi and Maimi sing before the chorus. But for the most part, I don’t really like the way this song is sung. The girl’s are trying too hard to sound cute, and it’s making their voices sound a little awkward. Especailly Chisato, Mai, and Saki. There voices are pretty annoying in this song. And don’t even get ma started on Saki. Her voice isn’t the greatest to begin with, but it’s almost ear piercing at some parts.
The radio rip for the first song from Morning Musume’s upcoming double A-side single, Kono Chikyuu no Heiwa wo Honki de Negatterun da yo! / Kare to Issho ni Omise ga Shitai, has been released. I have been waiting for this rip for weeks now. Since the concert rip wasn’t the best quality I’ve been waiting for the radio rip to finally hear the song.
You know, I wasn’t instantly in love with this song when I first started to listen to it. But half way through the song, it just made sense. And I actually do really like the song. It’s not my absolutely favorite, and there is an obvious room for improvement. But I think the song sounds good. The beginning of the song has this funky sort of disco vibe, with some jazz undertones. Risa’s and Ai’s jazzy extended notes during the bridge were just absolutely incredible, and one of my favorite parts of the song. However, I can’t really say that about Reina’s line there. And then the chorus hits and it sounds like a completely different song. The song gets a lot more upbeat and happy. And for a minute I thought it was Ganbare Nippon Soccer Fight. The chorus is just Ai and Reina but they pretty much kill their lines, so I don’t mind. And Reina also hits this high note toward the end of the song and it’s nearly flawless.
I really want to complain that the song’s line distribution is completely unfair, and it’s basically the exact same line distribution from Only You. But this is Ai-chan’s last single, so let her sing as much as you want. But, hopefully this single and 12th album will really be an end of an era. And Morning Musume can start fresh and give everyone a decent amount of lines like they used to. I mean when Morning Musume had 12-15 members the line distribution was a lot more fair than it is now! Can someone explain how that even makes sense?
By the way, what are they doing about the PV? Was it already filmed? Becasue Aika and Riho are both on rest now. And Aika has been in a cast for a while, so even if the PV was already filmed what are they going to do about the dance? Is Aika, or Aika and Riho, just not in the dance scenes?
A short radio rip of Hey! Say! JUMP’s upcoming single, Magic Power, was released a few days ago. I honestly don’t know how I missed it until now. XD
As expected the song is pretty childish. But not as childish as I expected. It’s obviously not one of my favorite Hey! Say! JUMP A-sides, but it’s not so terrible that I can’t listen to it. The music also has more of a motown feel then I thought it would have. The song is pretty cute I’ll give it that, but after how mature Over was I was looking forward to HSJ moving away from their cute image. But as the youngest Johnny’s group (NYC technically is, but they are more of a sub-group.) I guess there’s no escaping it for now.
The line distribution is pretty awful. So far only Chinen and Ryosuke have solo lines. Just like I feared would happen. This is only half the song, so I suppose there could be more member’s solos in the second half. But I wouldn’t bet on it.
The radio rip for KAT-TUN’s upcoming single, Run For You, has just been released. Apparently we first heard this song back in May in a Suzuki commercial. But I do not remember that at all. XD
I was completely not expecting this type of song at all. The song has an extremely heavy electronic/techno beat. It’s like Going and The D-Motion times a thousand. I actually really love the overall sound of the song. I love elctronic/club music. And I love auto tuning. However, I don’t think KAT-TUN should ever use auto tune. There’s just something about the tones of their voices that they sound absolutely horrible when auto tuned. Kame and Koki sound the worst. Kame’s voice gets screechy and Koki ends up sounding like a frog. But no one sounds more like a frog than Inoo Kei. XD And actually Taguchi sounds pretty horrible too. His nasally voice becomes more prominent. But whoever did the auto tuning this time fixed Koki’s lines. And your really only hear his frog voice once at 2:42. Bur luckly less then half of the song is auto tuned. Anymore and I think the song might have been completely ruined for me. But there are some good elements to the song. First off, the bridge is amazing. I think it might might actually be catchier than the chorus, which doesn’t really happen to often with songs. The chorus is pretty catchy too. Even though it sounds more like Lan Lan Lan For You, then Run. Which is pretty hilarious. Also randomly throughout the song some random person with a deep voice says Run Run Run. Which is pretty weird, and throws the song off a bit. I laughed pretty loud the first time I heard that. Another thing I love about this song is how it’s not just completely Kame. It sounds like Kame only has 1 solo line. But it may actually be more, because it’s hard to tell 100% who is singing when their auto tuned. Ueda’s and Kame’s voice end up sounding very similar. But for most of the song it seems to be Maru and Koki. The only time you really hear Kame is during harmony lines, or group lines where he takes the higher melody. Which I’m not really complaining about. Any song that features Koki a lot is good in my book.
The radio rip for Berryz Koubou’s upcoming 27th single, Aa, Yoru ga Akeru, has just been released.
When I first listened to the radio rip, I wasn’t expecting what I heard at all. The song is very weird sounding. It’s like 2 different genres at once. It sounds like techno, diso, funk, and a ballad all rolled into one. And the music sounds like a bunch of different H!P songs jumbled together. It sounds like Furare Pattern, Suki Sugite Baka Mitai, Grand Demo Rouka Demo Medatsu Kimi, Happy! Stand Up, and Koi no Jubaku. Even though the song is almost a jumbled mess at times, I absolutely love every second of this song. The music is incredibly weird, infectious, and slightly addicting. And I love all the high notes at the end of the chorus. They sound really amazing. Especially Miyabi’s. And I love all the little harmonizing she does in the middle of the song. But Yurina is really bringing it too. The one line she hits at the end is really amazing. I never really noticed how high of a range Yurina really has until I heard Heroine ni Narou ka. Now, if only she was better at singing live. XD
Even though I am love with the song,I’m a little dissapointed by the line distribution. The song is back to what most Berryz songs are. The 4 main singers and then you never hear the other members at all. I literally can’t hear the other members. I’m sure they sing. But even at group parts you can barely hear their voices. I think the only other one you can kinda hear cleatly is Saki. And not only that, this song seems to mainly focus on Risako. Which is always boring, because they always focus on her. Just when it seems like Berryz is finally letting the other members sing, they make a song like this.
The radio rip for Kis-My-Ft2’s debut single, Everybody Go, has just been released.
Now, I didn’t really plan on making an entire blog post about the Everbody Go radio rip when it was released. Mostly because I already posted their Shounen Club performance of this song about a month ago. But I was listening to the radio rip and I noticed how the music sounds different. Which I wasn’t really expecting. The music sounds about 80% the same, but it seems like they added a lot for effects to the music to pump it up a bit. There’s also this weird sort of twinkling bells in the very beginning of the song. Which is so out of place it makes me laugh. XD And I am nowhere near familiar with Kisumai’s voices but it sounds like more people are singing in the radio rip compared to the Shounen Club performance. During the Shounen Cub performance only Taisuke and Hiromitsu had solos. But in the radio rip it sounds like there are 4 or 5 different people singing in this song.
Even though the music is slightly different I still absolutely love the song. It’s the type of song that could make some one like me, who never paid attention to them before, possibly become a fan.
The radio rip for Watarirouka Hashiritai 7’s 8th single, Hetappi Wink, has been released. Can I just say that I was under the impression that the 8th single was just going to be Watarirouka Hashiritai. Boy, do I feel stupid now. XD
After hearing the song I am actually a little underwhelmed by the song. As of right now, the song doesn’t really have that wow factor. Pretty much all of Watarirouka Hashiritai’s songs have been effortlessly cute. But with this song it’s missing the immediate cute factor you get with songs like Gyu or Valentine Kiss. The song is pretty heavy and upbeat, which would usually be a big plus for me. But for some reason the music just reminds me of Shugo Chara Eggs songs. Not even because the music is similar, because it’s not. There’s just something similar about it that I can’t quite put my finger on. I am also completely unimpressed with the singing. I know Watarirouka Hashiritai isn’t exactly known for having the best voices, but at some parts of the song the singing sounds a lot more strained than usual. And right after the chorus they repeat the word wink like 8 times, which comes off more as annoying than cute. Just the way they are saying wink sounds like they are trying to hard for it to sound cute instead of letting it naturally happen.
I’m a little sad by how lackluster the song is. Watarirouka Hashiritai is my favorite AKB48 sub-group. And I was expecting a lot more from this song. Hopefully, the song will eventually grow on me. But for now it’s not one of my favorites.
The radio rip for Itano Tomomi’s upcoming 2nd solo single, Fui Ni, has just been released.
Fui Ni sounds a lot like Tomomi’s first solo single Dear J, it also has very heavy trance/electronic music. And it’s also auto tuned. I love the direction they are going with Itano Tomomi. I love music that sounds like this. Mostly because American music is pretty much nothing but auto tuned dance tracks. But I absolutely love it. But I’m actually pretty convinced that they choose this type of music for her because it covers her less than perfect singing. This song is alos little bit different than Dear J. Dear J was pretty much a dance song from start to finish. But in Fui Ni it has a heavy dance track in the beginning, and then the music and singing gets toned down during the verse. But only the tinest bit because it sounds like her voice is still autotuned. And then the chorus hits. The music picks up which is a plus. But I have to admit the singing is pretty rough. When that chorus hit I was not expecting it to sound like that at all. I do like the song, but it’s only ok to me. It sounds like they took a soft sounding idol song, and then the dance music was an after thought. The singing and the dance music do not mix at all. And it makes the overall song sound pretty awkward. I was hoping for another infectious dance track like Dear J. And instead I think this song falls flat. Pretty much the only thing I like about this song is the music. I do love this kind of direction for her, I just wish it was executed better.
The full radio rip for NMB48’s debut single Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo was just released.
Talk about jumping to conclusions. After hearing the full song I take back absolutely everything I said about the single being bland and forgettable. And I definitely take back saying that the single wasn’t strong enough to be an A-side. I absolutely, completely, 100% love this song! This song is incredibly catchy. I was literally hooked on this song after the first listen. I think this song is a lot better than SDN48’s debut single, and even their second single. The song isn’t an instant idol classic like I feel about 1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku! or Oogoe Diamond. But it’s actually pretty up there. The song starts out in full force with this light, but still upbeat music, that can only be described as disco mixed with electronic. And the rest of the song is this amazing sort of techno/electronic club music. They start singing in these high voices, that almost sound like harmony lines, but they continue throughout the song. And for some reason I absolutely adore them. Then the chorus hits and it brings the energy level up to about 110%. And the notes hit at the later half of the chorus are sung just beautifully. And then the rest of the song adds a bunch of effects to make the song engaging and interesting from start to finish. There is this incredible echo effect that happens right before the first chorus. It also sounds like the effects they use in auto tuning, but done completely light that it’s not to over overbearing. And then they also have the members every so often say words in the background. Like onaji, yeah, come on, etc. That might sound pretty cheesy and cliche on the surface but it actually works 100% for the song. And towards the end of the song they have the members sing underneath the original singing and it sounds super amazing. That’s not really explained well, but listen to the song from about 3:00-3:12 to see what I mean. It’s really short, but it is still an awesome effect. The song also gets really awesome for me, when they take their singing break and just have instrumental, like pretty much every song in the world does. But the song has this really awesome electronic, club, or house music feel to it. And it’s absolutely incredible. The electronic music throughout the whole song is really awesome. And it sounds like the kind of music they release in the US. Which is an added bonus to me since I love all of America’s autotuned club sounding music.
I am just completely in love with the song! I cannot wait to see the PV.
With a little less than a month until the release date, Not Yet has released the radio rip for their upcoming 2nd single Naminori Kakigori. I don’t really understand why they are relasing te radio rip so early. I actually don’t really remember or pay that close attention to when radio rips are usually released. But in does seem to be obnoxiously early.
I actually like the song. It’s exactly what it promised it would be, upbeat and summery. This song is a tiny bit slower than Shuumatsu Not Yet, but hardly at all. The only real complaint I have about the song is that the singing doesn’t pick up during the chorus. I can’t stand when songs are sung in the same melody the entire song. But besides that the song sounds good. The line distribution seems fair, and the song is incredibly catchy. But my favorite part of the song is toward the end when they start singing really slow. It only lasts for a couple of seconds but I love when songs do that.
I absolutely love the the theme that Not Yet seems to be going for. Just really upbeat, happy, and danceable music. They have only released 2 singles, but they are really starting to become one of my favorite AKB48 sub-groups.
The audio for this video is extremely low. I had to turn my headphones up to 54 just to hear the song at a normal level.
With only about 2 weeks until the release until Berryz Koubou’s upcoming new single, Ai no Dangan, a radio rip and PV preview have been released.
Now, here’s a song I was in love with since the first listening. I’m not even sure why. The song is completely laid back. It only has a very slow slight rock instrumental. And it doesn’t even pick up or change it’s beat when the chorus hits. And it’s a huge step away from Heroine ni Narou ka’s intense music and big chorus. And yet, I still love the song, becasue despite it being a pretty clam song for some reason it still grabs my attention. Half because of how abolutely perfect every line is sung and half because the line distribution is awesome. Even though the song is mostly lead by Risako, Momoko, Miyabi, and Yurina, the rest of the members still get a good chunk of lines. The main singers only get about 3 more solo lines than the other members. Which could be better, but is actually pretty good. Especially comapared to what it could be like. Also I think Saki and Yurina completely killed in this song. It fir their voices perfectly. I also think Chinami sounds pretty good in this song. Usuall she sounds a little strained on her lines.
The PV preview is only about 22 seconds, but that’s long enough to see how horrible the PV is. The preview consists of Berryz dancing in tight red spandex suits, that look what Britney Spears wore in the Oops I did it again music video. Which is never a good look by the way. But not only are the outfits hideous the dance itself is terrible. It’s completely awkward with some of the worst dance moves I have ever seen. There’s this one butt shaking move that I guess was supposed to come off as sexy, but it’s so weird and awkward that it’s hilarious. If that wasn’t enough I think this might very well be the worst PV H!P has ever made. It just shows Berryz Koubou dancing on a plain black floor in front of panels that are flashing abstract designs. And that’s it! I seriously hope there’s more elements to this PV then just these dance scenes and close-ups. If not, this is going to be on horrible PV.
If you like what you hear, you can purchase this single from CDJapan.
Morning Musume announced their 46th single Only You, months ago. But it was pushed back because of the earthquake. And now with less than a month until the release date we finally have a radio rip of the song. Actually the rip came out a week ago, but I was obviously away then. XD
When I first heard this song I was automatically disappointed. The song sounds exactly like the songs Momusu was releasing over the past 2 years. The song seriously sounds like it could be the B-side to Nanchatte Renai or Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game. Or it sounds like this could have been one of the album songs from Fantasy Juuichi. And it sounds like only Ai, Reina, and Risa have solo lines. I think Aika might also have a solo but it’s very hard to tell with the electronic thing they’ve done to their voices. I just can’t begin to understand what they were thinking with this single. How could they release a single as upbeat, energetic, amazing, and evenly distributed as Maji Desu ka Ska, and then release a carbon copy of the songs they’ve been releasing practically the last 2 years? I won’t say 4 because 4 or 5 years ago Momusu was releasing these really sad/emo songs. Then after that they moved on to these electronic sounding songs or songs with heavy instrumentals. It seems like they are relapsing back to what they used to be like. Mediocre songs no one really cared about, with heavy instrumentals.
However, after listening to the song on a loop about 7-10 times I am actually starting to like the song. But that’s because I’ve always loved Momusu’s songs. No matter what style they moved on to. I even loved all their electronic sounding songs like Moonlight Night ~Tsukiyo no Ban da yo~, Fantasy ga Hajimaru, and Kimagure Princess. Those are actually some of my favorite Morning Musume songs in their recent years. I might like their songs like that but they are in no way, shape, or form, my favorite kind of songs Morning Musume has ever done. I love my Momusu happy, upbeat, energetic, and silly. I am starting to like Only You, but only as a B-side or some obscure album song. I don’t want it to be used as an A-side. Because frankly it’s not strong enough to be one. The lyrics are kind of nice too. But it’s pretty much standard H!P fare. Loving someone and always being there for the person. It’s not even strong enough lyric wise to be an A-side.
In short, the song is nice but it should NOT be an A-side. As for One Day now, I am still waiting for my energetic Momusu to return. But that will most likely happen when Ai-chan graduates this fall, and obviously not a moment before.
A short radio rip for KAT-TUN’s upcoming single White has been released.
When I heard the short commercial previews of White and Perfect I was afraid that White would never be able to compare to Perfect. And than when I saw KAT-TUN’s performance of Perfect on Music Station, and how amazing the song was, I was completely worried about White. And after finally hearing more than 30 seconds of the song I can officially say all of my fears and worrys were 100% justifiable. White is a completely lack luster, mediocre, excuse for an A-side that is in every way, shape, and form far inferior to Perfect. Perfect is simple and laid back and yet at the same time has completely upbeat and dancable music. Not to mention Koki’s incredible rap section. I’ve never heard Koki rap that fast before. It was incredibly sexy. XD
At the end of White’s intro there are these soft chimes that would be much better suited for a Hey! Say! JUMP song. And that pretty much sets the tone for the entire song. The song reminds me a lot of Ultimate Wheels where the song is sung pretty much on the same level the entire song, even the chorus. The chorus in White tries to act like it’s actually picking up, but it’s not really. If you listen the chorus is sung exactly the same as the verse except in the chorus they are singing signifigantly louder. They try to trick you into thinking the song is picking up however it never does. And I don’t really want to settle for something like that. Yes, Perfect does basically do the same thing with their verse and chorus. However, there is a bridge thrown in there to make the song a little more interesting. The only redeeming qualities about this song are the high notes at the end of the chorus and that it sounds like just after where the song cuts off it sounds like there’s a Koki rap solo. Which is always a nice addition to KAT-TUN songs.
A full radio rip of C-ute’s upcoming 16th single, Momoiro Sparkling, has been released.
This song is worlds different than C-ute’s last single Kiss Me Aishiteru. But after hearing their last album, Chou Wonderful6, fans should have been expecting a song like this. Because honestly this song sounds like it was ripped directly from that album. I’m a little bit upset that C-ute didn’t release another single like Kiss Me Aishiteru just because I love when C-ute makes mature songs, they end up being some of their best. However, I am not completely dissapointed by this song as I completely loved their last album. And I feel songs like this are very cute and refreshing. This song to me reminds me a lot Shouchuu Omimai Moushi Moushiagemasu. Obviously Shouchuu Omimai Moushi Moushiagemasu musically is a lot more summer sounding than this song, but both songs have a very summery feel to them. And all of the background sounds reminds me of the background sounds Shouchuu Omimai Moushi Moushiagemasu. Even though they are less frequent in this song. Overall I really like the sound of this song. It’s very airy and laid back. However, coming after a single as amazing as Kiss Me Aishiteru in just seems more lack luster in comparison. Like you know what C-ute is capable of so why aren’t they releasing songs like that again. That type of feeling.
A radio rip for AKB48’s upcoming 21st single, Everyday, Kachuusha, has been released. It was released through a teaser for the movie, Moshidora, which this single is being used as the theme song.
At first listen the song is very misleading. It starts out with a very biginstrumental that sounds like some 40’s broadway show or a big band song. It also made me think they were going to have another song along the lines of Sakura no Shiori. But that heavy music dissolves after 10 seconds. And the music turns into the music from the beginning mixed with more upbeat and friendly idol sounding music. I absolutely love the song so far. The music is over the top, very intesne, and almost sounds like parade music. I am just really impressed with the power and energy of the song. In a way the song sounds like an amped up version of Ponytail to Shushu. Which, is a little funny since right off the bat this song was being compare to that song. Singing wise it pretty much sounds like every other AKB48 single, since that’s their whole formula. But that’s fine. I’ve grown to love that from them. My absolute favorite part of the song is towards the end of the chorus when they start repeating everyday. However, I could do without the male voice saying kachuusha. That just the song off a bit. XD
The full radio rip and PV preview for S/mileage’s upcoming single, Koi ni Booing Buu, have been released.
When I first heard this song from the commercial for this single I fell in love with the chorus. And I’m still in love with the chorus. But after hearing the full version of the song, I am a little dissapointed. The chorus is the only part of the song that’s actucally good. The song starts out with really strong music. It’s the same cutesy music that S/mileage always releases. But with this single the music is a little heavier and a little rock sounding. I hear some real Buono elements in the song, while still having the distinct S/mileage sound. I am really in love with the music and overall sound of the song. But when the girls start singing that’s when I start to get a little dissapointed. The verse and bridge aren’t nearly as strong as the chorus. It’s actually a little bland. And if you didn’t know the voices of S/mileage you could easily mistake the song for C-ute or some other random idol group. The way it’s sung makes it sound a tiny bit similar to Shortcut. I really wish the energy and tempo of the chorus was heard throughout the song. All of S/mileage’s pervious singles have been strong both in chorus and verse parts. I’m a little sad that the verse to this song is missing that umph that their previous singles had.
The PV preview is only about 30 seconds longer than the commercial that aired a few days ago. The preview mostly shows the close-up shots, since it’s starts off right when the singing begins. The only thing in this preview that’s new is, it shows that they are wearing the pig ears and snots more than I expecting. Which is awesome, because I think they look beyond adorable in them. The PV is really interesting to watch. Despite it being relativly cheap. All the sign that match the lyrics make this PV really fun and cute. This is probably my favorite PV that H!P has released this year.
The radio rip for AKB48 sub-group French Kiss’s upcoming single, Kakkowarui I Love You, has just been released. As you know this single will be used as the opening for Kashiwagi Yuki’s anime Sket Dance.
I am really impressed with the song. It sounds really different then their last 2 singles. Well, actually it sounds a tiny bit like Zutto Mae Kara. But the overall music for Kakkowarui I Love You is amazing. It’s a lot stronger and heavier than anything French Kiss has done before. And a huge step away from their single If, which was extremely slow and soft. The song has obvious anime sounding music, and it should as it’s the opening for one. But I love the overall sound of the song. Everyone’s singing sounds absolutely amazing. And of course Yuki sings a majority of the song. But I don’t really mind because Asuka and Aki sound really great. Especially Aki, her cutesy voice fits this song perfectly. This song also reminds me of something H!P would release, which is probably why I like it so much. There’s a distinct type of idol music that I like. And this is it.
With their first album, DoriMusu1, being released shortly a radio rip of one of Dream Morning Musume’s songs has just been released. The song is entitled Atto Odoroku Mirai Gayattekuru, and is an original song from the new group. It is one of two orginal songs that will be released on their debut album.
Since the announcement of Dream Morning Musume I have been waiting for original songs. I wondered what they would sound like, who would sing when, and how they would measure up to actual Morning Musume’s current songs/singles. The song is not at all what I was expecting it to sound like. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting. Obviously a song that show cased the girl’s polished singing abilities. Music wise I think the song sounds a lot like a slightly toned down version of Aozora ga Itsumademo Tsuzuku You na Mirai de Are mixed with a slightly toned down version of Narihajimeta Koi no Bell. Which, is actually a really good mixture because I really love both songs. And Aozora ga Itsumademo Tsuzuku You na Mirai de Are is one of my all time favorite Morning Musume songs. I think the song sounds really nice. It’s extremely laid back and pleasant to listen to. It’s not really over the top. It’s sort of like the calmer songs Kaori and Yuko used to release. I was a little dissapointed by the vocals, for two reaons. The first reason is a majority of the song was sung all together. Since all the older members I really wanted to have a chance to hear them as much as possible. But I shouldn’t complain about that so early on. I’m sure each member will be featured a lot more throught the album. The second complaint I have about the vocals is the solo lines. Some of the best singers in Morning Musume are in trhis group but the solo lines were so soft, and not really all the impressive vocally. I think Yuko’s, Nacchi’s,Mari’s, Miki’s, and Yossie’s solos were the best out of all of them. I love Koharu to death but her solo didn’t sound all that great. The same goes for Rika. Rika kind of sounded like a frog in her solo, and Koha was doing that screechy thing she does. But that’s to be expected because they are part of the worst singers of Morning Musume. Other than that, the rest of the solos were good. They weren’t great, they were good. I just love how the song was divided perfectly so every member got their one little solo line.
Now I’m really looking forward to hearing their second original song. And of course the rest of the album.
AKB48 subgroup DiVA has released a short radio rip of their debut single Tsuki no Uragawa. The group that consists of AKB48 members Akimoto Sayaka, Miyazawa Sae, Umeda Ayaka and Masuda Yuka, will make their official debut on April 27th.
I gotta say I didn’t make a post about DiVA earlier because I thought they were the DIVA from AKB48’s singles and thought there was no reason to make a post about it. XDWell I’m still pretty much a novice fan, so it was an honest mistake. Since this group is being promoted as a vocal and dance unit I was expecting an incredible song. And I am honestly pretty under whelmed with what we hear of the song so far. The music of the song is pretty bland and throughtout the entire song the same beat is repeated. It doesn’t even pick up when the chorus hits. The music sounds like an insert song in an anime. There’s hardly anything special about it. I was also expecting a lot singing wise. Since it’s a vocal and dance unit I was expecting the song to have these huge high notes that show case each girl’s full range. However, that’s not the case. And the few high notes that are in the song are hit softly so you hardly notice the power in them. Sayaka has an incredible voice and it seems like in this song it was wasted. All these girls have incredible voices actually. It’s just sad that they are capable of more and were holding back a bit.
Despite Kikkawa Yuu’s debut single Kikkake wa YOU being pushed back due to the earthquake, Kikka is pushing forward with her single’s promotions. About a week ago the full radio rip for Kikkake wa YOU was released and a few days ago Kikka performed her song live for the first time and Uta no Rakuen.
I honestly thought I would have enough time to make a post about Kikkake wa YOU’s radio rip before anything else happened with this song. But apparently not, and now this post is going to be about both. XD
Since we’ve already heard half the song when the short version of her PV was released a few weeks back, there’s not really anything going on in the radio rip that we haven’t heard before. The only actually new part of the song is toward the end Kikka sings it just a tad softer then the rest of the song. But since the song is sung relatively slow and soft to begin with it’s hardly noticeable. However, I just keep liking the song more and more each time I hear it. Kikka is absolutely incredible and I can see her surpassing ManoEri really soon.
I thought her performance on Uta no Rakuen was amazing. Kikka was absolutely charming through the whole performance. With her simple yet completely adorable dance. I was also really impressed that she sang live and sounded almost exactly like she does on the recording. It just shows how her years of Egg training has paid off. And just the fact that she’s singing live she’s that H!P is sure of Kikka and are confident with her singing. I mean, despite Berryz Koubou being around for 7 years they still lip synched Heroine ni Narou ka when they performed it on Happy Music. I still can’t get over how much Kikka reminds me of a young Ayaya. Let’s hope that means her and ManoEri will make a duo similar to GAM one day.
Also, let me just say that I am completely confused by what to call Kikka. At first Kikka’s promo photos said Kikkawa You instead of Yuu, meaning she changed the spelling from now on. But during her performance her name is still written as Kikkawa Yuu. I’m completely confused! I guess I’ll just stick to calling her Yuu from now on. XD
Yet another song preview from C-ute’s upcoming album Chou WONDERFUL6 has been released. This time it’s Nakajima Saki’s center song, Iza! Susume! Steady Go.
I was a little hesitant to listen to this song because I think Saki is the worst singer in C-ute. But I was pleasenty surprised by how much I love this song. The song has fairly heavy rock beat mixed with an almost electronic beat. But what really makes this song fun to listen to is all the voices in the background. Like the “iza susume, iza susume tsuppare” and the chants on certain words instead of average haromonies. And the chorus parts that go “Wow, wow, wow happy” are also an awesome addition.
And I think this song is actually the perfect choice for Nakky because it actually compliments her voice beautifully. Her tone blends together seamlessly. And even though it’s a Saki center song you can still hear the other girls pretty evenly, while still being able to tell it’s Saki’s song. Besides Saki I think Airi, Chisato, and Maimi are completely rocking this song. Overall this is the absolute best song so far. Sorry Midnight Temptaion, you’ve been replaced. XD
A radio rip for a song off of Berryz Koubou’s 7th album, 7 Berryz Time, was released. The song is called Girls Times. And all I can say is finally. Even though Berryz Koubou’s album is being released 3 days before C-ute’s album, this is the first preview of the album we are getting. C-ute’s album has already had 3 song previews.
The song has this laid back back almost beachy feel to it. It reminds me of Madayade but 50% less upbeat. Even though the song is really mid tempo, I actually don’t find it to be boring. The way that it’s sung, and the soft bells in the background give it this adorable aspect. The bass and the shu ba do was, also give this song a 50’s feel. I don’t think the song isn all that impressive. But I do really love it. It feels pretty much like a B-side, but I think it’s a little bit better than a B-side becuase the music is a little impressive. And of course I also love it because of how fair the line distibution is.
The full radio rip for Morning Musume’s upcoming single, Maji Desu ka Ska, was just released.
Hearing the full song, just makes me love the song even more. The beat, the singing, the lyrics, theirs just absolutely nothing I don’t love about this song. I have absolutely no complaints about the song. I have been waiting an eternity for Momusu to be upbeat again, and now that they are I am completely thrilled about it. I am also really surprised by how fair the line distribution is. I was expecting the 9th gen to only get 1 solo line. But every single Morning Musume member has 2 solo lines. Expect for Ai-chan and Reina who have 4 lines. Which is a huge step from their last single where basically only Ai, Reina, Risa, and Eri got the solo lines. It really feels like Morning Musume is going back to my favorite Morning Musume era. The era right after the 5th gen joined and right before the 7th joined. Where the songs were super upbeat and the line distribution was extremely fair.
On yesterday’s episode of Bijou Gaku, they continued their focus on the 9th gen and aired a short PV preview.
Most of the segment focused on th 9th generation learning the song, but half way through they were joined by the other Morning Musume members. And in that time we get to see nearly the entire dance. And I gotta say the dance look really amazing. The moves are simple, but the dance itself is high energy and a lot of fun. Watching the 9th gen dance Riho, Mizuki, and Erina are at an extremely high level in their dancing. They are nearly perfect. Kanon not so much. Even though she has improved so much since the auditions, her dancing is noticeably worse then the other girls. She can only kick half as high as the other members. But of course over time she will improve. Koharu went from being one of the worst dancer to one of the best, in my opinion. I am just really impressed by the dance. After the dissapointing Onna to Otoko no Lullaby Game dance, I’m glad that this one is actually really cute. It was really nice to see how the other members interact with the 9th gen. Despite Ai-chan being the leader, Risa and Aika were looking over the girls the most. The best part of the whole dance was Aika and Kanon dancing together.
They are totally my top 2 in Morning Musume now. Mittsi has always been one of my favorites and Zuki is starting to be one of my favorites. She’s like my Koharu and LinLin replacement.
The PV preview is literally only 8 seconds long. And in that time we only see them dancing in nearly identical outfits as in the Naichau Kamo PV. And we see a close up of Erina wearing and outfit similar to the one Miyabi wore in the Maji Bomber PV. I can’t really judge the PV so quickly, but so far it does look cute.
Another full song radio rip for C-ute’s upcoming album Chou Wonderful! 6, was released recently. This time it was the song Midnight Temptation. I know this preview has been floating around for few days now, so sorry for just getting to it now.
I have to say out of all the songs we’ve heard from this album so far this is hands down my absolute favorite one! This should have been used as the opening song, forget Chou Wonderful. The music of this song is incredibly. It’s following the feel of Kiss Me Aishiteru. The music is very intense and danceable. I’ll be looking forward to seeing this song in concert. And since this is a group song the line distribution is completely fair. Also, what I can understand of the song sounds good. Of course that’s only like 1/3 of it. But so far it sounds good. XD
The radio show Young Town played the short version of Morning Musume’s Musume’s upcoming single Maji Desu ka Ska. And when I say short, I mean short. This radio rip is only about 40 seconds longer than the preview we heard the 9th gen singing on Bijou Gaku.
I gotta say I am extremely excited for this single. In the extra 40-50 seconds we get to hear more of the beginning of the song as well as the rest of Morning Musume’s solo lines. The random talking in the beginning makes be think of SNSD’s Tell Me Your Wish. XD And when the music kicks in it has an extremely similar feel to Guru Guru Jump. I know I said that already, but you can really hear it here. The members are singing pretty much exactly like I knew they would. Except Ai-chan doesn’t have her full on cutesy voice like I was expecting. And Aika’s voice sounds like I’ve never heard it before. I literally thought it was another Reina solo line. I legit though, “WTF is this? Everyone else gets a solo lines, but not Aika?” It wasn’t until the 2nd listen that I realized it was her. XD But I’m so excited by how youthful the 9th gen makes this single!
Another song from C-ute’s upcoming 6th album, Chou WONDERFUL!6, has just been released. The theme of C-ute’s new album is there will be no solo songs, instead each girl will be a center of a song. The song that was released is 3ban hoomu 3ryoume, and is Yajima Maimi’s center song.
The beginning of the song where the music skips reminds me of another H!P song, and I can’t for the life of me remember which one. And it’s like eating me up! But that’s neither here nor there. The song itself is pretty mid-tempo, but is still too soft for my taste. This is the second album song to be released and I’m really not won over by this album yet. And I didn’t think it was possible but the chorus is slower and softer than the chorus. It’s actually worse than the verse. Which is not a good thing. The chorus defines the song, and with this definition I’m just not feeling it. Don’t get me wrong, the song it’s absolutely terrible. It’s just painfully mediocre and forgettable. Also, this song is supposed to be centered around Maimi but instead the line distribution is almost fair. Maimi only has about 3 or 5 lines more then the other members. Which is hardly a center song in my opinion. SHOCK is a center song. Tokaikko Junjou is a center song. Most of C-ute’s song are Airi and Maimi center songs. This just doesn’t feel like one to me.
I have just realized that I didn’t write anything about C-ute’s upcoming 6th album. I really want to be into C-ute, but I can’t seem to care anymore. Since Arihara Kana left C-ute my interest in them has been really falling. To where I’m at the point now were I hardly even care about them anymore. But that makes me incredibly sad, because before Kana left I used to like C-ute more than Berryz. But now Berryz Koubou has completely surpassed them. But now I’m going to take about C-ute because I know my readers are interested in keeping up with them.
On March 23rd Hello! Project group C-ute will be releasing their 6th album entitled, Chou Wonderful! 6. The track list for the album is as follows:
1. Chou WONDERFUL! 2. Midnight Temptation 3. Kiss me Aishiteru 4. Iza Susume! Steady go 5. Ru ru ru ru ru 6. Wakaretakunai 7. Aitai Lonely Christmas 8. Circle 9. Dance de bakoon 10. San ban home, san ryome 11. Campus life ~ umare te kite yokatta ~
The radio rip for the album’s title track has just been released. The song has a rock beat, but it is soft enough that the music still comes off as being absolutely adorable. I really like the style the song is going for. It might not be as aggresive or danceable as Dance de Bakoon, but the music is still really great. And since this is an album song the line distribution is pretty fair. The song is still lead by Maimi and Airi like it always is. But you do get to hear the other girls too. It’s mostly Chisato and Mai that you hear. Poor Saki I think I only heard one solo from her. Even though I think the song is cute I think it’s actually pretty weak to be an opening for an album. C-ute hardly ever has strong album songs, so this is probably as heavy as this album will get. But I’m still looking forward to hearing the rest of the album. We’ll probably be getting more previews in the next week or so.
Also, you can buy their 6th album from CDJapan by clicking the links below.
With a little less than a month until the release of NYC’s 3rd single, Yumetamago, we finally have a radio rip of the song. However, the preview is only 2 minutes long which is probably only about half the song. And the radio host starts talking through the last 30 seconds so it’s almost inaudible at the end. I mean, you can obviously still hear the song it’s just a little annoying to strain to hear it.
The song sounds pretty much on par with what NYC has been releasing up until now. But I am a little surprised by how tame the music actually is. The song is being used as the ending for an anime movie, but the music isn’t really intense anime music like it could be. It’s actually pretty similar music wise to Yoku Asobi Yoku Manabe. Where the music stays the same volume nearly the whole time and hardly changes. When this single was first announced I said how I was looking forward to another song along the lines are Yoku Asobi Yoku Manabe, but now that the song is, I wish it was a little different. I guess there’s no pleasing me. XD I do really enjoy the song though. NYC blends really well together and most of the song is group parts, just like all of their past singles. I think it’s a really adorable song. And despite it being for kids it’s not too childish sounding. Which could be a real problem. Does Lilpri ring a bell, anyone?
With less than a month until the release date, we finally have a full radio rip of Arashi’s new single Lotus. Well, actually the full radio rip came out a few days ago but this is my first time hearing it.
Hearing the whole songs just makes me think this song sounds like Truth and Monster even more. The music has this almost eerie tone to it that is extremely reminiscent of Monster. And the lyrics remind me a lot of Truth. After listening to it all the way through a few times I’m am really starting to like this song. But it doesn’t really move beyond ok or good for me. It doesn’t have that instant like ability that songs like Troublemaker, Beautiful Days and Kitto Daijoubu had. And for a song being used as a theme to his drama you’d think you’d hear Aiba more. He only has one solo line and it’s just a tiny bit longer than Nino’s and Ohno’s solos. But at the very end of the song it does sound like Aiba has another solo line, but the annoying announcer is talking over that part. XD
If you do like what you hear, you can buy the single from CDJapan by clicking the links below.