AAA to release 31st single

It was recently annouced that AAA will be releasing their 31st single. The single is entitled Sailing and will be released on Feburary 22nd. Which seems to be an extremely popular date for idol releases for some reason. 3 singles and 2 albums are being released on that day.

I’m always really cautious when AAA releases a new single. AAA is type of idol that you can never really tell if their single is going to be a hit or a miss. They are completely a group where I have to hear the song before I’m excited for the single. I thought Charge & Go was an amazing song. It was a little bit all over the place, but that’s what I loved about it. However, I thought Lights was completely boring and far too simple. So, it’s honestly hard to tell if this single will actually be worth while. I guess I’ll just remain intrigued about a new single rather than excited.

Worst Singles of 2011

Continuing on with my 2011 countdown extravaganza I bring you part 2: Worst singles of 2011.

Unlikes last year, this actually wasn’t the hardest list to make. I already had a general idea of which songs I didn’t like as much. Mostly because I’ve been making a mental note of it all year because I knew I’d be doing this countdown. I would also like to stress that I don’t hate any of these songs. They are just not as good as some of the other idols songs releases this year, and therefore make the bottom half of songs. Of course I still do occasionally listen to them when I am in the mood, it’s just a rare occassion.

10. Momoiro Sparkling

When this song first came out I did like it. But over the months I’ve been liking it less and less. It is definitely the weakest single C-ute released this year. Overall the song is pretty bland. There aren’t any extreme high notes, there’s not a catchy chorus, and the music is just a bit too generic. And I’m afraid that the lyrics aren’t really any better. I think the nonsensical words thrown in are what makes the lyrics the most annoying for me. The song is basically about going boldly into love during the summer. Which is pretty much a summer love song standard, but there’s nothing really special about the lyrics. No heartbreaking moments or absolutely adorable moments that make you think it’s a great song. For the most part is sounds like ever other summer themed idol song.

9. My Home

Since the first time I’ve heard this song I’ve never really been a fan of it. At first it was because of how soft the song is. As I’ve said before I’m not a big fan of ballads or slow songs. The song stays pretty soft the entire song, even during the chorus it hardly picks up. And I honestly find it boring, it doesn’t really hold my interest. And once I read the translation it pretty much sealed my indifference of the song. I think the lyrics are equally boring. They basically talk about what a year of average family life is about. I mean, I guess the song is telling me to appreciate the small things in life. And that something as simple as a family is important, so I should treasure it. That’s all well and good, but I don’t have a family. (Of my own, I mean. Obviously everyone has a family.) So, the lyrics aren’t all that meaningful to me. Ask me if I like the song in about 10 years, then I’ll probably be singing a different tune.

8. Ai no Dangan

This was also a song that I liked at first. I actually liked this song, a whole lot. The music is intense and it’s sung very well. On some level I do like this song. But what ruins the song completely for me are the lyrics. As soon as I found out what the  lyrics were actually about it knocked the song down a few pegs. I just think the lyrics are pretty terrible. The song is about wanting to make some one love you by shooting them with your love bullet. But being upset beause they always dodge it. The song seems a bit pathetic to me. To me it sounds like they are about trying to get someone who’s not into you to reciprocate your feelings. I mean the lyrics talk about wanting to thrown yourself at them and even though you’ve been together a lot they’re not getting the message. I don’t know, songs about being desperate aren’t really my thing.

7. Yume Tamago

I do think this song is incredibly cute and pretty much the type of songs that NYC always release. I also think the singing is pretty good. It’s nothing spectacular, but it’s still good. Well, at least Ryosuke and Yuma sound good. Chinen is in their ruinging the song with his terrible voice per usual. At the same time I think this song is also incredibly immature. There’s a fine line between childish songs and soungs for children, this song obviously crosses that line. The song is about reaching your dream which is childish, but still not really. However, the lyrics explain how to reach your dream in such a childish manner. Like it will grow in your heart, and to pick and choose your colorful dream. I can’t say it’s a song I would proudly proclaim my love for.

6. Min Min Min

I’ve always thought Min Min Min was a pretty werid song. I honestly don’t get it at all. The verses are sung in SDN48’s “sexy” voices like all their past A-sides have. But then the chorus comes on and it’s trying to be all cutesy. There’s a total disconnect there. It honestly sounds like 2 completely different songs were shoved together. And I also have no idea what the noise that cicadas make has to do with anything. Is it because cicadas are heat bugs? And SDN48 calling out Min is basically saying that SDN48 are hot or made hot when someone they like is near? It has to be something stupid like that. I also don’t like the song because the lyrics are as pathetic and desperate as Ai no Dangan. But this song is even worse. It is actually about clinging onto someone after they’ve left you. The whole song is basically not taking no for an answer after you’ve been dumped. Am I the only one who sees how clinging on is just embarrassing yourself?

5. Cry

I am just so disappointed with DiVA as a whole. They take some of the best singers in AKB48 and then they never give them a decent single. I guess management thinks that giving them simple songs will make people focus on their singing ability, but it honestly has the opposite effect. And I just think their talent is being wasted on mediocre songs. This song is obviously sung incredibly well. But there’s nothing really special about this song. The same exact beat is booming through the entire song, and as a whole it’s not really enough to keep my attention. The lyrics also come off a little whiny to me. As they are about literally crying over lost love. Which is an extremely sad moment. But I don’t really think the lyrics were touching enough.

4. Kaze wa Fuiteiru

This song, I don’t really know what more I can say about it. I pretty much ripped it to shreads in my blog already. And with good reason, this song is just so horribly bland and lackluster. It’s somber, and it’s sad, and I just don’t care for it. They put hardly any effort into it. Like I said before, it seems lately AKB48 has been riding their fame wave to sell singles instead of actually making great songs. They’ve gotten so big and popular that now any mediocre song they throw out will sell a million copies just becasue their fanbase is so large. Which is the type of fame Arashi is resting on. And it honestly makes both artist’s music suffer. Both groups release 1 or 2 really good singles a year, and then the rest are mediocre at best. I also don’t find the lyrics to be all that great. Since it was a song for the tsunami they really tried to make it meaningful, but I don’t think it’s quite there. It’s about picking yourself up after a disaster, but the lyrics feel empty to me.

3. Sakura no Ki ni Narou

I’m going to voice an unpopular opinion here and say I do not like this song at all, not one bit. For some strange reason, that I absolutely cannot fathom, everyone seems to really love this song. First, off I think the song is far too soft. I don’t like ballads. Not in English and certainly not in Japanese. They are just boring, and they lose my attention quite easily. The song is only a ballad to get out the deep emotion of the song, of course. But the way it’s sung has nothing to do with my dislike of the song, No, much like every other song on this list it’s all about the lyrics. It’s a sad song about graduating, taking a step further, but the eternal cherry blossom tree with always been there so you can recapture your school days. Which is perfectly fine, if the lyrics weren’t strikingly similar to the song they released last year Sakura no Shiori. Read the translation to these songs back to back and tell me they aren’t 80% the same exact song! That is just lazy writting on Aki-P’s part. All graduation songs do not have to sound the same or be completely sad. I mean look at 10nen Zakura, I love that song because of how upbeat it is and how it’s such a positive reflection of graduation. Just like Last Forever by Buono and Cherry Saku Yuuki by An Cafe are.

2. My Days For You

Oh, ManoEri why did you have to release this sad excuse for a single when I was finally starting to really get used to and like your songs? There isn’t one good aspect to this song. The music is very soft and bland and ManoEri’s voice sounds horrid. During the chorus her voice sounds so strained and squeeky because she’s hitting notes and singing in a tone that doesn’t work for her voice. She should stick to cute sounds, her voice is bearable in those. This song, however, is so forgettable that I honestly forgot it even existed until I watched H!P’s summer concerts. And of course the lyrics match the song. This is yet another song that is begging someone to love you. Granted this is done is a slightly cute way that you almost feel sorry for her. I still don’t like the overall meaning.

1. No Cry No More

And the worst song of the year goes to AAA. Just like it was obvious which songs I would pick for the best single of 2011, this was also a no brainer. But honestly, I’m not really sure why I dislike this song so much. But I just do. Maybe it’s due to the fact that Misako sings most of the song, per usual, and her voice is especially ear piercing in this song. Misako is fine in moderation, but for the most part I can’t stand her voice. And it really rubs me the wrong way in this song, and just ruins the song completely. The lyrics are a little meaningful, telling you not to cry and to face everything head on. But be that as it may, I just do not like this song.

AAA’s not so charged up new PV

A couple of weeks ago AAA released the full PV for their recent single Charge & Go.

Much like the way that this song feel like it’s 3 different songs rolled into one, the PV has the same feel. And because of that there aren’t any scenes in the entire PV that feel like they are connected. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be excited by that or just annoyed. I think I’ll just go with dissapointed. The PV might have 4 different sets, but each set is so simple that the PV ends up feeling and looking a little bland. The beginning of the PV starts of very simple with just close-ups of the members to go along with the slow start of the song. But the backdrop they are standing in front of is this lifeless dull grey color that honestly looks like the background they set up for when you get family portraits at the mall. And then as the music picks up they switch to the dance shot scenes. Which is on an equally dark grey set in front of 3 random triangles. Which actually serve no purpose other then to add some element to the set, so it won’t seem as boring with them just dancing on a black floor. However, those triangles do randomly light up and change to rainbow colors rather quickly in the PV which does give us some much needed color. But I guess the direct couldn’t stand that the PV was bright for so long that he had to make it even more drab and boring with the next set. Which is AAA dancing under about a couple dozen stage lights. Yet another dimly light boring set. I think my favorite parts of this PV are actually the close-up shots. Even thought they are filmed in front of a collage of black and white triangles, it’s the only scene that is constantly bright throughout the entire PV.
You know I gave a pretty harsh review of AAA’s last PV, Call, but I actually think Call was a lot better than Charge & Go. It might look exactly like all of their other PVs but at least it had a storyline. Which is more than you can say about Charge & Go.

The PV has just started and I’m bored all ready.

You know, Naoya almost looks cute in this PV. He looks a lot less hideous than he normaly does.

Nishi, still is so close to being fangirl worthy. If only he could fix how duckish his face looks.

I can’t stand Misako. I don’t even know anything about her, but she just seems annoying. XD

I’d love to meet someone who legit thinks Shuta is attractive. Because my god, hes not.

Chiaki is really cute and pretty. I don’t get why she’s not up front more.

What a difference hairstyle makes. Because Nishi looks 10 times better with this hair. XD

I hate how dark this set is.

Cool effect.

I have to hand it to Naoya, he is the most entertaining during the close-up shots.

What’s up with Chiaki’s hair?

It reminds me of Sayumi’s new photobook.

I absolutely love Misako’s outfit.

I do admit, the traingles changing color is a nice effect.

Chiaki looks really pretty here. The false eyelashes really make her eyes stand out.

Check out Misako’s huge fake smile!

Why does Mitsuhiro always creepily wink?

Don’t you just love a set that’s so dark yuo can barely see their faces?

Marching never turns out to be a good dance move.

Ok, this is the soft part of the song where everyone just stops dancing.

Where’d you come from where’d you go, where’d you come from cotton eye joe.

AAA-Charge & Go PV preview

A PV preview for AAA’s new single Charge & Go has just been released. It’s techically the short version of the PV. But since it’s the first peek we’re getting of the PV without it being the actual PV, it’s still a preview.

The first half of the preview is incredibly boring. It’s just a close-up of the AAA members faces singing. Which would be fine, if every didn’t looks incredible sad and emotionless at the same time. I don’t even know how that’s possible. Then it fashes the AAA dancing in front of gaint triangles. Which is equally boring. The only time the PV gets a little interesting is during the other close-up shots. It’s the first time we get a pop of color. After Call being a pretty decent PV, it seems AAA reverted back to their old ways and made a PV that looks exactly like every other PV by them.

AAA-Charge & Go radio rip

Avex idol group AAA is going to release their 30th single, Chare & Go, on November 16th. A full radio rip for the song was released a few days ago.

I am completely surrprised by this song. When the song first started I didn’t like it at all. It’s far too slow paced and the music reminds of Christmas music for some reason. It is sung beautifully however. Especially Nishi’s parts. But than, for absolutely no reason at all, the style of music pulls a 180. And the song is the heavy electronic music we are used to. And I actually prefer AAA to make. And once that happens I’m actually starting to really love the feel of the song. But just as quickly as it started the music pulls a 360, and we’re back to the same style from the beginning, but with a little bit of dance music thrown in. And that happens about 3 or 4 times throughout the song. But apparently that was weird and confusing enough, because AAA then incoporates 2 other different music styles. During Mitsuhiro’s rap they music slows down completely until it’s just a few beats. Which is actually kind of cool because they do things like that in America music all the time. The song then follows that beat and it changes to slow piano music for Misaki’s and Chiaki’s solo lines.
The whole song is weird from start to finish, and is a bit of a jumbled mess with 4 or 5 different sounds randomly strung through it. Saying this composer wasn’t sure what direction to go with for the song is an understatement. But you know, I love absolutely every minute of it. It’s really a song that has something for everyone. You don’t like the sound of the song so far? Don’t worry the music will change 100% in about 30 seconds. How often do you really get to say that about a song? I wasn’t sold on the song at all, until about a minute passed and the music changed. And suddenly I was a fan.


 

AAA needs a wake-up call

By now AAA’s PV for Call has been out for over a month, and has officially become old news. But since it’s new news to me, and I really want to cover AAA more on this blog, I felt like writing up a PV review of this anyway.

After watching this PV I’m left with the same reaction as all of AAA’s recent singles. Where I’m impressed with the setting and visuals, but less than impressed with the PV itself. Honeslty to me it seems like AAA is in a funk, or management just isn’t sure what to do with AAA anymore. Lately, and to a lesser extent in general, all of AAA’s PVs have been nearly the same. Recently their PVs have followed the format of AAA is in an expensive setting, for the first minute or two they walk around, then they randomly flash to a dance shot that is exactly in the center of where AAA was walking around. They’ve actually kind of been doing that for a while now. That’s exactly what they did in the PVs for No Cry No More, Get Chu, Paradise, Music, and Daiji na Koto. They either do that or they have these PVs that are all filmed in the same place like BLOOD on FIRE, Hallelujah, or Hide and Seek. Every once in a while AAA has some interesting, fun, and weird PVs thrown in. But AAA hasn’t really been making anything interesting lately. Both music and PV wise. When are we gonna get another PV like Q, Kuchibiru Kara Romatica, Dragon Fire, or Mirage,? Despite Dream After Dream ~Kara Sameta Yume~ being extremely cheap and nothing more than a green screen, it still managed to be an interseting watch. And the song is incredible, definitely one of my favorite AAA singles.
Call is definitely falling into the first catagory. I mean the PV isn’t terrible. On the contrary, the PV is semi enjoyable to watch. The PV has a good setting, and looks like it was expensive to make. AAA’s PVs always look high budget. The PV follows the members of AAA around as they go to some celebrity party in a mansion. So, there’s obviously a really beautiful mansion setting. But that mansion is the best part of the whole PV. The PV doesn’t really go above and beyond, it’s not even trying to. It’s just settling with mediocrity. I guess Avex thinks an average PV is better than a bad one. But the sad part is, AAA could probably make an intersting PV. They obviously seem to have the budget for it.

Naoya almost looks attractive here. But that’s because sunglasses are covering half his face. XD

This guy reminds me of the guy Perfume’s Laser Beam PV.

I don’t even know why. They don’t look remotely similar. It’s just the material of the mask I guess. XD

OMG Nishi’s jacket looks like a couch.

Nishi is almost good looking. He’s probably about a 5. If he didn’t have duck face he would be higher. Which is honestly the problem with Matsushita Yuya’s face too.

Random bouquet is random.

I absolutely love Mitsuhiro’s outfit.

I hate all the stupid faces he makes whenever he raps. I never see Tanaka Koki making faces like this.

That’s a hot outfit Shinjiro is wearing. And he does looks significantly better than he did a few years ago.

The way Shuta keeps swinging his head is really annoying me. XD

I think I’m the only one who’s not in love with Misako. I think Chiaki is way cuter. And I absolutely love her dress. It looks like something Betsey Johnson would make. And by the way, what’s with the paparazi in the house?

Look at that adorable smile.

AAA’s dances are always terrible.

But that’s what happens when you have to worry about the dance not being too masculine or too feminine.

You know, Chiaki is a lot cuter than I ever noticed.

For some reason this chest popping dance move make me break out laughing.

He always makes rapping look much more intense then it needs to be. XD

Nothings manlier than randomly fixing your hair.

I wish her eyelashes weren’t so thick.

I really like this set.

Creepy face!

I didn’t know Jpop singer Ai was in this PV. XD I can’t be the only one who thinks that kinda looks like her.

Look how fake and forced that is.

Nishi’s too.

He looks kinda cute here actually. XD

AAA-I4U radio rip

A while ago I said that I that I would be blogging about AAA more since, over the years AAA has grown on me. However, that hasn’t been going as smoothly as I hoped it would. Since I made that post AAA released a digital single, and announced they would be releasing a double A-side single called Call/14U on August 31. Which I just heard about now. And because of that the first A-side already has a full PV that was released last month. So, I am completely behind. But the good news is from now on I’ll be up to date with AAA. And despite Call being old news I am going to do a PV review of it shortly.

But on the subject of actual news, the radio rip for the second A-side, I4U, has just been released.

I4U sounds pretty much like a majority of AAA songs. And because of that the song gets pretty much lost in the crowd. There’s not really anything exciting in the song to make it standout against all their past songs. Which is honestly why I get bored of AAA easily. The song is simple with extremely soft music. The only interesting part of the song is when Mitsuhiro starts rapping. His rapping is usually the highlight, in my opinion, of most of their songs. It was Mitsuhiro’s rapping that made me fall in love with Music, which is probably my favorite AAA song.
I really wish I wasn’t so far behind in my AAA news, because Call completely blows I4U out of the water.