After listening to the preview I am extremely surprised, and not in a good way. Compared to the singles AKB48 usually releases the music and song sounds completely bland. There’s not really anything about it that draws you in. To me it sounds like a song that Kitade Nana would release. And it is the tiniest bit reminiscent of Arashi’s Monster. It seems like AKB48 was trying to do a rock type song. But it turned out to be too dark and too serious. They should have mixed rock and cute, like Buono and Moon Kana do. Personally I would have liked the song better if they did. And I was completely thrown off by the random screams in the middle. AKB48 seems so out of place trying to do something more serious and aggressive. But I’m sure this single will still sell like 600,000 copies just because they are AKB48. But in all honesty if Morning Musume was doing a single like this I could see Morning Musume fans, and AKB48 fans that hate Morning Musume, complaining about it.
AKB48’s 18th single, Beginner, will be released on October 27th. With a little over a month until the release date we of course now have a preview of the song. But the quality is less than prefect. I’m not exactly sure where the rip came from, but it’s obviously not a radio rip.