S/mileage – Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita preview

Smileage

A few days ago a short radio rip for S/mileage’s upcoming new single Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita was released.

So, I like to listen to radio rips at least 6 times before I ever start writing my posts on them, mostly because you don’t notice things like line distribution the first time around, or it takes a time or two to really get a feel for the song. But the time time I was listening to this song I kept thinking how it sounded really familiar especially the dun dun dun dun  in the music while they sing tabidachi no, but I couldn’t for the life of me remember what song also did that, and then it hit me. 

This entire song sounds like a way toned down version of Morning Musume’s The Matenrou Show. Which explains why I’ve loved this song from the first listen. Obviously The Matenrou Show has more, what I’m guessing are horns, and has a more funk sound to it. But you can’t even deny that Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita as a whole sounds like something Morning Musume would sing. There are even parts where I hear a little bit of Seishun Collection in it. Both songs have those 2 or so violin notes right before they start singing the verse.

I do really like the sound of the song so far. Even if it reminds me of a few other songs. It’s a very sweet and light song. I enjoy it 100% more than I did Samui Ne. And it really does fit the feeling of spring.

Arashi – Calling preview

The preview Arashi’s Calling, from their upcoming double A-side single Calling / Breathless, has been released. Calling is currently being used as the theme to Aiba’s drama Last Hope.

When I first listened to this song I instantly knew that I just did not like it. But the more I listen to it the more my dislike turns to being more on the fence about it. Mostly because of the complete disconnect the first and second part of the song has. The verse and bridge sound more like they’re suited to be a theme for an anime rather than a drama. And I just don’t really care for when Arashi does rock songs. Their more theatrical ones like Truth or Lotus are fine, but I’m just not a big fan of ones like Pikanchi or Pikanchi Double. Though, I do admit the song isn’t completely awful when it slows down during Aiba’s solos and the parts immediately after that.

The only part of the song that I actually do like is the chorus. Mostly because it doesn’t sound anything like the rest of the song, and actually doesn’t really sound like it belongs in the song for that reason. But it’s probably also because it’s really catchy and sounds everything else Arashi releases. Now, more of the same is probably boring to most people but not really me. I have a very distinct sound of songs that I like.

I would love to say let’s just look forward to Breathless being better. But since Calling is so upbeat, it’s like 90% certian that Breathless will be slow paced to kind of counter Calling.

KAT-TUN – Expose preview

About a week ago the radio rip for KAT-TUN’s upcoming single, Expose, was released.

I actually meant to make this blog post sooner, but it actually slipped my mind. So, I’m sorry about that. But there’s no reason to dwell on that now.

I am really impressed with not only this song, but KAT-TUN lately. They’ve really been stepping it up lately. These last 3 singles have been incredible and each new single is better than the last one. And this single is honestly KAT-TUN’s best single to date. I know I just said that about To The Limit, but I wasn’t expecting this single at all.

The song is just really powerful and has a a nice hard rock instrumental. It also has a nice toughness to the way that it’s song. Especially the chorus. I think they’re literally saying wake up beating. I also love really love the way that they had the very last note, it’s the best part of the entire song.

Kis-My-Ft2 – My Resistance Tashikana Mono preview

The full radio rip for Kisumai’s My Resistance Tashikana Mono off their upcoming double A-side new single, My Resistance Tashikana Mono / Unmei Girl, was just released. My Resistance will be used as the theme for Tamamori Yuta’s new drama Nobunaga no Chef.

When the song first started I knew I wasn’t going to like it very much. And, honestly, I’m still on the fence about the song. The song starts off with very soft piano music and accompanied with equally sad background music. The entire song sounds very emotional and sad. It’s times like this I wish I understood Japanese. 

What I do find odd about this song is that Taisuke seems to be rapping through most of it. Not only does it not really fit with the sad music, you’d figure there would be a much bigger Yuta part in the song since it’s for his drama. I mean a good chunk of the song is Yuta. I mean, come on this is unfair Kisumai of course he’s prominent in the song. I was just expecting Yuta to sing 3/4 of the song.

Midway through the song the whole tempo and feel changes. Which is why I can’t really decide exactly how I feel about the song yet. The music becomes very upbeat and it sounds like the message changes from sad to positive, and maybe even inspiring. I don’t know, I feel like I really have to wait for a translation because this seems like one of those songs that will have great lyrics.

Anyway here’s the preview. My Resistance Tashikana Mono / Unmei Girl will be released on February 13th.

S/mileage-Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki preview

A couple of days ago the full radio rip for S/mileage’s upcoming new single Suki yo, Junjou Hankouki was released. Just because I haven’t mentioned it before, this new single is being released on August 22nd.

Since their major debut S/mileage has been releasing a lot of singles with heavy electronic music, hnd this single isn’t any different. However, I don’t think it’s as strong as their past singles such as Yumemiru 15 sai or Uchouten Love. The overall sound is just ok. It’s honestly a little bit of a letdown for me since S/mileage is usually really consistent with their singles, nearly all of them have been great. This single just falls flat. And it’s another one of those songs where it doesn’t really sound like there’s a chorus. The music barely changes during the chorus and the singing only gets a fraction higher. And even then it’s only for the first 3 lines, then the rest of the chorus sounds exactly like the verse.

The only aspect of this song that I really like is of course the line distribution. It’s actually fair. Which is amazing I was being to forget S/mileage actually has more than 4 members. It sounds like everyone gets a nice amount of lines. But it sounds like poor Meimi and Kana get the least. The most exciting part is that Rinapu actually gets to sing, and a lot. It seems like H!P finally realized they had her join because she can sing. Rinapu gets a lot of her because of her looks, but I was rooting for her to join because of her amazing voice. And she does sound great in this song. Akari and Rina honestly sound the best in this song. It’s just more suited for a deeper voice. And at one part of the song someone’s singing sounds really similar to Chisato’s. It’s either Akari or Kana, I can’t really tell. But, I hope I’m not the only one who hears it.

Kikkawa Yuu-Koko Kara Hajimarunda preview

Last month the full radio rip for Kikka’s 4th single, Koko Kara Hajimarunda was released.

I do apologize dear readers for how old this is and for how long it took me to make this post. But luckily since the single isn’t coming out until July there hasn’t been a PV preview yet and I still have time to write about the radio rip.

The more music I hear by Kikka the more upset I get that H!P let her just float around in the Eggs for so long. Absolutely everything about Kikka is just perfect and flawless. With each release I fall more and more in love with her and her music. And this song does not disappoint at all.

Since debuting Kikka has been releasing a lot of upbeat dance music. And this song seems to be following that pattern. This song has this computerized and electronic sound which I absolutely love. They also managed to do this without adding too much effects to her voice. I think the little bit they added was just the right amount and worked perfectly. Overall the whole sound of the song is just amazing. It’s fun, it’s catchy, and it’s upbeat. And it’s sung with the same seamlessness as all of Kikka’s songs.

Morning Musume-The Matenrou Show preview

Recently the radio rip for the second A-side from Morning Musume’s upcoming 50th single, One-Two-Three/The Matenrou Show, was released.

Now, I just made a post about the One-Two-Three radio rip and said how much I absolutely loved the song. So, I was expecting a lot from this song. I was really hoping for their 50th single to be just perfect. However, this song has to come along and ruin that. Coming after the epicness that is One-Two-Three this song is awful in comparison. Just what happened? Tsunku said that this song was going to be funky so I expected it to be a lot of fun. Especially after how sexy and mature One-Two-Three is.

Instead we get a song that is also mature and sounds like a mix between Morning Musume’s Inspiration and Berryz Koubou’s Shining Power. Which sounds like a winning combination. But somehow it’s just not. And I do like disco-esque songs but for some reason I just have no attachment to this song. It just sounds kind of flat and lifeless. I kept waiting for it to get better and it never did. I don’t know why this single is a double A-side because honestly this song is much more suited as a B-side.

And what in the world is going on with the line distribution? I seriously feel like flipping tables over it. Did the entire world teleport back to 2008 when I wasn’t looking or something? The entire song is sung by Riho and Reina. The entire song! Now, when One-Two-Three came out I didn’t care that it was sung by basically no one but Riho and Reina ,because most girls at least got a little solo. And I was also holding out for this single for the other girls to shine. However, that is so far from the case and the other girls get nothing. And my god, my poor baby Zukki doesn’t have a line in either songs! I get it, Reina and Riho are popular. But that’s only because the other memebers aren’t even given a chance to build a fanbase. They added new members but are still making the same mistakes they did in 2008. What in the world is management thinking? I swear if I didn’t love this group and the girls so much stuff like this would make me give up on Momusu. I’m honestly sick of it. It’s absolutely insane that when Morning Musume was at it’s largest the line distribution was more fair than it is now!

Fairies-Tweet Dream preview

A few days ago the radio preview for Fairies song Tweet Dream, off their upcoming doublr A-side 4th single, has been released.

I can honestly say that I wasn’t expecting the song to sound the way it does at all. I’ve grown accustomed to Fairies mature sound. It’s actually what drew me to them in the first place. That they were so different than other idol groups. Tweet Dream is actually too cute of  a song and the complete opposite of what I expect from them. I do realize that this isn’t their first time releasing this type of song. But Sweet Jewel was a better song and had a charm to it. Granted that charm came from the fact that is sounds a lot like Diamonds by Princess Princess.

I’m just really disappointed by this song. It’s lacking the power and emotion of their other songs. It doesn’t pack a punch at all. Most of their other songs draw me in with a catchy chorus or interesting music. They are going for this cutesy electronic sound that just does not work for them. Ironically, if practically any other group made this song I might enjoy it more. Though I’m not 100% sure about that. As I’ve said before I hate songs that don’t pick up in the chorus and stay the same level the entire song. Which is exactly what this song is doing. The music also isn’t bold enough. I love all the cute background effects because they remind me of Internet Cupid by Buono. I just wish they were used more.

Morning Musume-One-Two-Three preview

After Morning Musume performed one of their A-sides off their upcoming double A-side single, One-Two-Three/The Matenrou Show, we finally have the official audio via a radio rip and the dance shot version.

By now this song is so old to the fans, it’s even pretty old to me since I’ve been listening to it since it first came out. But I realized that I haven’t said anything about the song yet on this blog yet. Which is pretty awful, and I absolutely have to write about it here. But that’s all I’ll be doing in this post, writing about the song. Even though at the bottom of this post I will be posting the dance shot version I will not be commenting on it. Mostly because it will spoil my review of this PV.

Now, if you follow me on twitter or tumblr you won’t be surprised when I say right now I am 100% in love with this song. It is absoulte perfection, it’s flawless, it’s incredible, I just love it. If this song was a person we’d be married by now. Yeah, I love it that much.

But of course much like with every idol song that gets released the responce is spilt in half. And I’ve read a few people that just aren’t impressed with this song and do not like it. Which I don’t get. Mostly because  nearly every Momusu fan was head over heels with Renai Hunter and  One-Two-Three is basically the same style. But it’s also the same style as Renai Hunter and about 600 times better. So, I really don’t understand the indifference. When Renai Hunter was out I absoultely loved it, it was my jam. But after hearing this Renai Hunter is a little lame in comparison.

What everyone seems to dislike about this song is everything I love about it. As, I’ve said before I live in the US and the past 3 years or so the popular music has been dance music with heavy auto-tuning. And as I’ve said before, I’ve loved every single second of it. I absolutely love auto-tuning. It just makes songs catchier and more danceable. People hate auto-tuning because it makes mediocre singers sound better, which is true. But that doesn’t really stop me from hating this song or auto-tuning in general. I mean, I know some of the girls of Momusu can sing, so I’m not bothered by it.

And if the song is good people should be able to get over auto-tuning. Personally, I cannot stand dubstep. So, when I first heard Renai Hunter I was a little put off. But once I got past that, the rest of the song was awesome. Just like with this song. I love everything about it. I always thought that Ok Yeah should have been a single, so I’m thrilled to hear a song along the same lines become one. I have been listening to this song nonstop since they first performed it. It’s mature, it’s sexy, it’s fun, it’s energetic, and it’s danceable. You can’t really ask for a better song. I’m not sure how Momusu’s 51st single is going to be able to top this.

Yes, the line distribution is not ideal. But the song is so incredible that I can overlook it. The song is Riho and Reina lead, which we were all expecting so I don’t know why anyone is surprised. What is surprising to me though, is the minor leads of this song are Ayumi and Haruna. Ayumi is obviously the pushed girl of the 10th gen, but why Haruna? I guess they figure fans will respond more to her fashionable/sexy image. Which kind of sucks since she’s the weakest singer of the 10th gen. The rest of the girls seem to just get literally a syllable. Except I don’t think my beloved Zukki or Mizuki get solo lines at all. Which is a little ridiculous. But I’m not really that bothered because Zukki doesn’t really fit this type of song anyway. Hopefully she’ll be able to shine more in The Matenrou Show. And if not at least she’ll stil have the 9th gen B-side.

KAT-TUN-To The Limit preview

A preview for KAT-TUN’s upcoming new single, To The Limit, was recently aired on Kame’s radio show.

Anyone and everyone who happens to be reading this post absoultely MUST listen to this radio rip, whether you’re a KAT-TUN or male idol fan or not. This is by far the greatest KAT-TUN singles I’ve ever heard. And it’s easily one of their best, if not the best, songs period. I have listened to this song about 15 times now. I litererally cannot express in words just how completely phenomenal this song is. I mean, the song is so intense that at one point in the song Koki actually says fucking my mind. Now, normally that would be hilarious, but for some reason it actually works in this song.

If I was to describe this song it’s like old school rockish KAT-TUN, but a hundred times better. It’s like if you somehow mixed Real Face, Gold, Taboo, Lips, and Don’t You Ever Stop and played them simultaneously. The song is just absoultely incredible. It just has this amazing blarring rock music but still sort of heavy dance music mixed in at the same time. I have never been this impressed with a KAT-TUN song ever.

I also really love the way it’s sung. Most of the verse is rapping. But it’s not the usual just Koki rapping. Of course Koki does lead the rapping, but everyone else is also rapping. Which actually sounds better than you would expect. Especially since Koki always tries to get the members to rap in concert and only Taguchi could ever really keep up. But of course like most songs the best part is the chorus, but not really by much because the verse and bridge are seriosuly just as good. It’s just that the chorus is sung extremely powerfully. It’s just just amazing. And it sounds like Koki has some solos in the chorus which is amazing. Featuring Koki so much in the song really adds a nice roughness and gruffness to the song. And Koki bias aside, he’s absoultely perfect for this type of song. Of course Kame does have a lot of solos too, he has this big solo part towards the end of the song. But even during group parts you can hear Koki’s voice the most.

Sexy Zone-Lady Diamond PV preview

A PV preview for Sexy Zone’s second single, Lady Diamond, was just released.

I’m actually really impressed with the PV. There seems to be a lot more effort put into this PV then for their first single. The set for this PV is amazing. There is so much going on with it, that it almost seems cluttered, but it’s extremely vibrant and adorable. The PV is very cute, childish, and fun. And I can’t help but pay more attention to the Juniors in the background as they are wearing various costumes they don’t really match each other.  I mean what does a Musketeer, a clown, and Uncle Sam really have to do with one another? But they still add an extra fun element to the PV. I’m certainly into Sexy Zone much more when they are doing the age appropriate cute songs instead of trying to be super serious. But I do admit that Fuma and Kento seem a little out of place in this group. But it sure beats staying a Junior.

Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 – Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke preview

Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 prefromed their new song Shounen yo Uso wo Tsuke at the SSA concerts giving us a a nice preview of the song. This song will be used as the ending theme for Crayon Shin-Chan as well as the theme for Eiga Crayon Shin-chan Arashi wo Yobu! Ora to Uchuu no Princess movie. This is also the first single to feature their temporary new member Cindy.

Now maybe it’s because this is the live version and you can’t really fully hear the music for the song, but os far I’m not impressed with the song. The song is missing that spark from their past releases. The song is definitely cute, but it’s not really catchy. It’s a little bland and honestly forgettable.

S/mileage-Dot Bikini preview

Recently the full radio rip for S/mileage’s upcoming new single, Dot Bikini, was released.

I have been addicted to an absolutely in love with this song since the first listen. Not even the first listen I was hooked after the first few seconds after the music kicked in. The main reason I love this song is because it has a very distictive H!P sound. The drumming in the beginning of the song sound almost identical to the drumming in the very beginning of S/mileage’s Asu wa Date na no ni, Imasugu Koe ga Kikitai. And the music itself sounds like a mix between Berryz Koubou’s Halation Summer and Ongaku Gatas Yattarouze. And I absolutely love that about this song. The music is fun and very tropical sounding. I love all the background yays it just adds to very energetic feel of the song. And I also love how they repeat the same words over and over it reminds me of how they sung OO Ganbaranakutemo Eenende.

I’m a little disappointed by the line distribution. Before the 2nd gen joined S/mileage had the most fair line distribution in all of H!P, partly because they were the smallest group. With the 2nd gen here and Yuuka gone we can finally see how the line distribution is going to be, because Dot Bikini is following the exact same format as Chotto Matte Kudasai. Were Ayaka, Kanon, Akari, and Meimi get the most lines and Kana Rina only got one line. I’m pretty sure they only get 1 line. But to be honest it’s still a little hard to distinguish the new member’s voices. Since Meimi has the same tone in her voice as Ayaka. And Akari and Rina have very similar tones in their voices. But I’d like to assume Kana and Rina got at least 1 line a piece.

Kis-My-Ft2-She Her Her preview

Recently the full radio rip for Kisumai’s 3rd single, She Her Her, was released.

You know, before Kisumai debuted I had this misconception that they only released rock songs like FIRE BEAT. But after they debuted and I started to go back and listen to their old songs I found out that they have pretty much always released the same type of upbeat songs that all Johnny’s groups release. And She Her Her isn’t really any different. But I can’t really say that I mind, because I love this type of idol song. What really draws me to this song is that is sounds like something NEWS would release. The song is really nice. The music is pretty slow paced, but does have a bit of low dance music in the background. Overall it’s really soothing to listen to. And sounds like a sweet sappy love song we’ve come to expect from JE. I also really love Taisuke’s rap parts in the song. I like that the music changes up a bit and adds a guitar riff.

But I absolutely do not like the She Her Her chants throughout the song. The breathy way they are sung come off as awkward instead of sexy and throw off the whole song. They only appear in the beginning and after the instrumental break, but there’s such a disconnect from the rest of the song.

While I do love the happy and sweet sound of this song I don’t really think it’s strong enough to be an A-side. I could see this song much better suited as an album song in their debut album. Especially following their first 2 singles which had strong dance beats.

Yamapi-Ai, Texas preview

Recently the full radio rip for Yamapi’s upcoming singles Ai, Texas was released.

I’m really surprised with the way that this song sounds. It’s so not like something Yamapi would make. And not even because lately he’s been releasing electronic dance music. The song is just so unYamapi, if that even makes sense. It just doesn’t really fit his voice. But I actually do really love the overall sound of the song. The music is this very soft sort of ballad like rock music. But the whole reason I love the music is because it sounds like something Buono would do. It sounds fairly similar in style to Take It Easy by Buono or even 1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou. (and yes, I am well aware that Buono’s version is a cover.) Also the last line’s of each verse where he changes the pitch and extends the lines sounds exactly like what Momoko does at the end of her lines in the verses of Buono’s Independent Girl.

But, I think the chorus of this song throws off the flow of the song entirely. It’s one of the only times in a song where the chorus isn’t the best part. It just sounds really awkward. There’s this weird echo effect on his voice that makes it sound really odd and creepy. And the same time it makes the chorus sound super serious and corny.

But favorite part of this song by far is Yamapi’s speaking parts. I’m just a sucker for when he speaks in songs. His speaking parts have always been my favorite parts of NEWS’s Bambina and Akaku Moyuru Taiyou. What can I say, Yamapi has a hot voice.

Arashi-Wild at Heart preview

The full radio rip for Arashi’s upcoming new single, Wild at Heart, was recently released.

When I first listened to this song I did not like it at all, but literally by the time I was halfway through with the song I was into it. And I admit the song is a little strange. But at the same time it’s so Arashi like. The music has this retro feel to it. I can’t exactly pin point when, but maybe the early 70’s sometime around there. I really love that this single is happy and upbeat. Lately Arashi has been releasing a lot of mature songs, which is fine but this is my favorite kind of Arashi. I just love how this song is so unserious this is honestly one of the best Arashi songs in a while. It has a really fresh sound. It’s super fun and addictive. Songs like this remind me why I love idol music so much.

I am really looking forward to the PV now. I’m hoping for something along the lines of Happiness or Kitto Daijoubu. I also hope that Arashi will release more than 2 singles this year. That 9 month gap in 2011 was awful.

Hey! Say! JUMP-Super Delicate preview

Recently a short radio rip of Hey! Say! JUMP’s Super Delicate was released.

I gotta tell you, I love this song more and more every time that I hear it. The music is just absolutely perfect. It blends heavy dance music with some salsa influences thrown in. It honestly sounds like a mix between Over, Beat Line, and Shinku. I love that the beginning of the song starts with a really sweet and soft note from Ryosuke, accompanied by equally soft music. And I also love that that soft music lingers for a few second as the heavier music of the verse builds. For the most part the song is sung very softly which is a great contrast to the heavy dance instrumental. And it does lighten the song a bit. And of course the chorus of the song is amazing. The music and singing really pick up, and there are a lot of great extended notes. The song has a very mature sound and it also sounds very passoniate. Like the members are singing this with a lot of emotion.
The only thing that could make this song absolutely perfect is if the line distribution was even remotely fair. Yet again the only person that gets a solo is Ryosuke. Hey! Say! JUMP has 10 members, I’m really getting sick with just hearing one of them. Pretty much every other Johnny’s group lets the other members get lines. Except for Kisumai, but even then it’s 3 members that get lines. Yes, Ryosuke is an amazing singer, but he’s not the only amazing singer in Hey! Say! JUMP. Takaki’s voices is absolutely perfect for this type of song. And if you listened to Beat Line you know that Hikaru’s and Yuto’s are also perfect for this type of song. It seems like whenever Ryosuke is in a drama they use it as an excuse for him to get all the solo lines. I think the infamous Hitomi no Screen proves that. But the real ridiculous part of this is that both Ryosuke and Yuto are in the drama. I get that Ryosuke is the lead, but Yuto gets nothing for being in the drama too? It’s really getting stale only hearing one member. What’s wrong with having another song as fair as Arigatou ~Sekai no Doko ni Itemo~? Well, even in Arigatou Inoo, Keito, and Ryutaro were shafted. But 8/9 would be a massive improvement.

Kitahara Sayaka-Hajike-Yo preview

Recently the Inazuma Eleven Go anime started airing, giving us our first preview of Kithara Sayaka’s upcoming 3rd single, Hajike-Yo.

I love to poke fun at Sayaka a lot on this blog, because I’m not a huge fan of hers. And because her singles have never really left a deep inpression with me. But color me surprised, but I actually really like this song. I’m not even sure why. The music sounds just like 100 other anime ending themes. But there’s just something about this song I find so appealing. The song just has this really fun and cute feel to it. And Sayaka’s voice works really perfectly for this type of song. The odd tone in her voice blends beautifully with the music. And there are some parts of the song where her voice sound great and even adorable. The song might be mediocre at best, but it’s the first song by Sayaka I’ve actually really liked.

C-ute-Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Denwa de Kitaku preview

Recently a radio rip for C-ute’s upcoming new single, Kimi wa Jitensha Watashi wa Denwa de Kitaku, was released.

When I first heard this song and saw that it was a ballad I was a little disappointed. I’m sure everyone is well aware by now, that I don’t really like ballads. I’d honestly prefer to idols to make hyperactive, energetic, upbeat songs 24/7. Which is obviously not possible. And because of that I was initially disappointed by the song. But only initially. Once I started to really listen to the song and listened to it a few times I really started to like it. I actually do appreciate who it is a break from their recent upbeat singles. The sound is very soft and soothing. It really is a refreshing song. I also appreciate that this song is any old ballad with bland music. No, instead the music is the best part of this song for me. I love that it’s a soft rock song. You know, something you’d hear on the Monster Ballads compilation album. The song really does have that 80’s rock ballad sound. And I absolutely love that about this song.

AKB48-Give Me Five preview

AKB48 was recently featured in a commerical for Apaman Shop, giving us fans the first preview of their upcoming 25th single Give Me Five.

I do like what I hear of the song so far. It seems really upbeat and fun. But I don’t really think it has anything else going for it beyond that. The music isn’t really anything we haven’t heard before. The song is fun, but obviously AKB48 has released songs that are a lot better than this. Anymore AKB48’s singles have been extremely uncreative and lazy to me. This is yet another example of why I can’t wait until their reign on top is over. Maybe they’ll release exciting singles again. The song sounds almost like a toned down version of Heavy Rotation, and would honestly be better suited as a B-side. I guess I’ll just continue to care more about the consistently amazing SKE48.

Here’s the commercial.

And here’s the making which plays more of the song.

NYC-Wonderful Cupid/Garasu no Mahou previews

Recently on Hey! Say! 7’s radio show they released a mall preview for NYC’s upcoming song Wonderful Cupid. Since Nakayama Yuma’s solo song, Garasu no Mahou, has already been released digitally I thought I’d also post about that song too. I do apologize for this post being so late, it just completely slipped my mind. 

Let’s start off with my reactions to Wonderful Cupid. I am just completely underwhelmed by this song. It songs nothing like previous NYC singles, and nothing like what I was expecting at all. The song is a very soft sounding ballad. People have said that it sounds like a lullaby and I agree 100% with that. The song sounds very sleepy, and child like. I’m not really into the song at all.

Next is Yuma’s solo song from Playzone Garasu no Mahou. Now, this song I like. This song is also sung very light and soft for the most part, so it does match with Wonderful Cupid in that sense. But the music is completely different. It has this great dance beat to it. It also has this very sad and heartbreaking feel to it. Which matches the sad lyrics of the song. All around this song is very sad and beautiful. It’s also sung pretty well. I never thought Yuma was really that amazing of a singer. He’s good, but there are certainly more talented singers in Johnny’s. But he really sounds good in this song. It fits his voice perfectly. I just really hope they don’t change anything about this song now that it’s being released as a single.

Fairies-Hero/Sweet Jewel song previews

A few weeks ago Avex’s official youtube channel released song previews for Fairies upcoming double A-side second single, Hero/Sweet Jewel.

So, let’s start off with Hero. When the song first started I completely wasn’t in it to, mostly because it sounded like they were going to start rapping. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. This song has a pretty clear R&B influence. The beat is very similar to the R&B/pop songs that were popular in the US a few years ago. I have to say it is a completely unique sound, which seems to be what Fairies is trying to do. Sound completely different than any other idol group ou there. However, the song isn’t exactly my favorite. I do like the way the song is being sung but overall I don’t like the sound. It just doesn’t really fit with their voices. Their voices aren’t mature sounding enough to pull of the song, which sounds like it needs a lot more soul in it.

Next is obviously Sweet Jewel. Right off the bat I like this song. It has the obvious idol song that I love. But the main reason I like this song so much is it sounds 80% like High King’s cover of Princess Princess’s song Diamonds. Both songs have those upbeat chimes in the beginning, and then the rest of both songs are pretty slow paced. You should seriously listen to both songs back to back, you’ll be amazed how similar they are. I mean, they even say emerald where the word diamonds should be, it’s hilarious. Even though the song sounds kinda of like a rip off I do love this song. But that’s mostly because I love High King’s version of Diamonds.

Kis-My-Ft2-We Never Give Up preview

A few days ago the full radio rip for Kis-My-Ft2’s upcoming seconds single, We Never Give Up, was released.

I have said many, many times before on this blog that I’m not really a Kisumai fan. But when I first heard Everybody Go on Shounen Club I thought it was amazing, I even hoped it would be their first single. Which obviosuly it was, but that was announced about 2 months after the Shounen Club performance. It was the type of song that could make me become a Kisumai fan. So, I took this second single as pretty much the defining moment for me, to see it it would push me over the edge to the fan side. Sadly, I don’t really think this song is strong enough to do that. On the first listen this song sounds like Everybody Go part 2. Both songs have the exact same vibe and have nearly identical music. It’s sort of this soft rock type of music that is so soft in the beginning and middle of the song it’s almost unnoticeable. And it only really picks up in the chorus, but even then it’s only 1 degree higher. (Ok, degree is NOT the correct word, but what do I look like a composer? I’m sure you get what I mean.) Which is the exact same format of Everybody Go. Seriously listen to both songs back to back, they sound nearly the same. Except Everybody Go uses more synthesizer, which gives it a slightly heavier almost dance beat. But We Never Give Up still uses plenty of synthesizer througout the song.
Since both songs are so similar I don’t actually hate We Never Give Up. The song is catchy, it’s maybe a 5/10. But I’m disappointed by how lazy and unoriginal the arrangement of the song feels. Kisumai can, and has, done better. It seems after their debut was announced they completely threw their original sound out the window for what would appeal to the masses. Which is really a shame, because their songs as Juniors were a lot better.

Kikkawa Yuu-Konna Watashi de Yokattara preview

Kikka’s official website has posted a short preview of her upcoming 3rd single, Konna Watashi de Yokattara. You can listen to the song on her site by clicking here. Once her site loads the song automatically starts.

Even though the preview is extremely short, I am absolutely in love with this song! Just everything about this song is amazing. I was a bit worried that this song was going to be a ballad. But luckily this song is about as far away from a ballad as you can get. Instead it’s a techno-esque dance song. It is extremely upbeat, lively, and fun. It’s super energetic and catchy. It is seriously Kikka at her best, her voice sounds amazing per usual. This is luterally the best song Kikka has released so far. One hundred times better than Kikkake wa You or Candy Pop. Kikka seriously keeps getting better and better.

Watarirouka Hashiritai7-Kibou Sanmyaku preview

A few days ago the new opening for the Crayon Shin-chan anime aired. And sinceWatarirouka Hashiritai7’s upcoming single, Kibou Sanmyaku, is being used as the new theme, we get to hear a preview of the song. There’s also a full radio rip of this song floating around, however I can’t find it.

I was completely not expecting this song to sound the way it does. The music is a lot heavier then what they usually release. The song and music almost has dark undertones to it. Well, about as dark as a song can sound with the sugary sweet voices of Watarirouka Hashiritai7. The song also, in an odd way, reminds me of Muten Musume’s Appare Kaiten Zushi. Just the parts where they repeat the words sa and mae.
I do have to admit, I am not in love with this song. This is hardly their best song. Quite honestly, a majority of their past A-sides have been 100 times stronger than this song. I prefer my Watarirouka Hashiritai7 to be super upbeat and cutesy. This song is just to different of a sound for my taste.  AndI don’t really think it fits them at all. How do you go from Hetappi Wink to this?

ChocoLe-Milk to Chocolate preview

Avex’s new idol group ChocoLe released a preview of their upcoming debut single, Milk to Chocolate. Their debut single will be released on December 28th, and will be used as the ending theme to the anime SKET DANCE.

I really love the sound of the song so far. It’s typical idol fare, but it is catchy and cute.  The girls aren’t exactly the best singers though. Their first solos in the beginning of the song are really rough. However, one of the girls sing that sings at the end of the preview, her voice is absolutely adorable.
I also really love ChocoLe’s look and theme. They could do a lot with sweets and desserts. Which is completely adorable. Their outfits emind me of the outfits S/mileage wore in the Asu wa Date na no ni Imasugu Koe ga Kikitai PV. And the girls themselves are really cute. Especially Kurumi. She has these adorable chubby cheeks. And looking at their website Ramu has this really cool vibe.
I gotta say I’m really liking what I see and hear. Avex has been really good lately. I don’t get why people don’t pay more attention to idol groups signed to Avex. They are really great. AAA, SUPER GiRLS, Fairies, and now ChocoLe, all have completely different sounds and looks. They have potential, the new groups of course, to really be a force in the idol world. Technically Tackey & Tsubasa and Kisumai should count too since they are signed to Avex, but obviously they belong to Johnny’s. Avex actually only made AAA and SUPER GiRLS. But that’s not really important.

KAT-TUN-Birth radio rip

The full radio rip for KAT-TUN’s upcoming new single, Birth, was released a few days ago.

The full radio rip isn’t really all that different than the preview of the song we heard about a week ago. Besides that we now know that Kame has solos at both the beginning and end of the song, the song sounds pretty much exactly the same. The second half of the song sounds exactly the same, which is a little sad. I was waiting fro some grand high notes. I mean, it’s a Kame centered song let’s hear some of his amazing high note. I was also expecting at least 1 other member to get a solo line. But obviously that doesn’t happen. I actually think at about 2:21 it sounds like Ueda is sining about 3 words solo. But at the same time it also sounds like it could be Kame.
I gotta say the song is really growing on me. Even more than the last time I hear it. After hearing the radip rip about 6 times now, I’m starting to really be a fan of it. Especially the chorus, it’s so catchy. I actually think it’s a much better song than Run For You and White.

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.


 

KAT-TUN-Birth preview

The first episode of Kame’s drama, Youkai Ningen Bemu, has started airing. So, that means we get to hear a short preview of KAT-TUN’s new single Birth.

When I heard the preview and only Kame got a solo, I thought this was going to be one of those songs where they use a drama as an excuse for the most popular member to sing the entire song. Kind of like they did with Hey! Say! JUMP’s Hitomi no Screen. But I am actually really happy that you do get to hear the other members a lot. Even if it is through group lines. I can’t really complain because the group lines sound absolutely amazing. They are blending together and harmonizing perfectly. And if you listen extremely closely you can hear Koki a lot in the group lines. But I think that’s because right after Kame’s solo line it’s Maru and Koki singing together, then Maru, Koki, and Ueda, then when the chorus hits it’s all the members. Which is great, more Koki screen time in the PV.
When I first heard the song I didn’t like it at all. I was completely disappointed that it’s a giant group song, and that it’s not rock like I was expecting. But after the 5th or 6th listen it really grew on me. While I still wish they song had a rock vibe, I do think it is extremely catchy the way it is. The song is slow paced, but the extra punch from the upbeat music, and the way they put kind of an inflection on the words during the chorus, makes the song interesting. All around I really do like the song. It’s like White with better music.

Here’s the song preview. Enjoy the shamelessly shirtless Kame during the preview for the second episode.

Buono-Deep Mind radio rip

The full radio rip for Buono’s upcoming 13th single, Deep Mind, has just been released.

I’m gald that aftering releasing the extremely soft Natsu Dakara Buono is releasing another rock song. However, I am just not into this song. Despite it having a rock beat the music isn’t intense or powerful enough. It is still rather slow paced, and doesn’t really pick up the entire song. The singing also adds to the bland washed up feel of the song. The singing itself feels very lazy, and there are several parts where it doesn’t feel as polished as it could be. Like Miyabi’s solo right before the bridge. Which is really disappointing as Miyabi has one of my favorite voices in all of H!P, and she’s better than that. This song as doesn’t really know what style it wants to be, as towards the end of the song they switch to autotuned electronic voices briefly. Which I guess is supposed to be a nod to their mini album Partenza. Which honestly had better songs than this single. Partenza ~Let’s Go~ was a pretty weird song, but I absolutely loved it because Buono just went for it. I hate to say it but Buono’s past 2 singles (This single and Natsu Dakara.) have hardly been their best. And at this point I kinda wish they split Zassou no Uta and Juicy He@rt into 2 singles, just because both songs were great.