LOVE & HATE
Koi no Theory
Gamla stan (Rena Solo Ver.) (LOVE version only)
Gamla stan (Risa Solo Ver.) (HATE version only)
LOVE & HATE (Instrumental)
Gamla stan (Instrumental)
Koi no Theory (Instrumental)
1. LOVE & HATE
Vanila Beans really do know their opposites right? LOVE & HATE is rather one of those songs that’ll get stuck in your head. I love how they split the chorus in half with love & hate being on each side. The song does have a strong idol sound to it and Rena and Risa doesn’t have the most exciting vocals, but it’s rather fitting and once again to the point where you’ll be humming the song for quite a while. See the PV as well…it’s so random and yet hypnotizing…
2. Gamla stan
The first B-side sounds definitely like something that’s from the Beatles’s era of music. I think I really like the whole retro sound going on. Sadly, the song seems like it’s dragging along and the girls are sounding wacky, harmonization wise. At least it’s nice their singing about a city that used to be Stockholm…I thought that was quite cool.
3. Koi no Theory
Koi no Theory is probably the cutest song off the single. Released previously as a digital single, I think it didn’t fit with the single at all since it was giggly cute. I’ll say they did a way better job harmonizing than they did on “Gamla stan”. It’s just as catchy as “LOVE & HATE” if not more, so I’m happy they put this here.
4. Gamla stan (Rena Solo Ver.)
So going by the title, the first B-side is the big shiner off the single since Rena and Risa gets solos of it. Rena’s version sounds right since her vocals are quite right, but if I’m correct…Risa is still there but she’s muted alot, but to the point where she’s barely audible. Now that I think about it, Gamla stan is more psychedelic pop, but still retro in a good way.
5. Gamla stan (Risa Solo Ver.)
I thought Risa’s take on it was a little more varied and nice when compared to Rena’s. Though the ideas switched where Rena’s is barely audible while Risa takes over. I’m not sure who I’m more into in the solo versions since both still have vocal issues with the BKGD singers and stuff.
Vanilla Beans begin their sophomore era with a pretty nice single. They might not be vocally as good as other idol two-somes, but they are nice and having a different sound helps out. LOVE & HATE is probably going to be my guilty pleasure for a while. Gamla stan is good, if it wasn’t for the harmonization problems…luckily the solo versions fixed it. Koi no Theory was pretty good too…I hope that gets on the album.