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SUPER☆GiRLS – Chouzetsu Shoujo December 24, 2010

Filed under: SUPER☆GiRLS — solarblade @ 9:25 pm

Track Listing

  1. Welcome to ♥ S☆G Show!!
  2. NIJIIRO STAR☆ (Chouzetsu Version)
  3. Kira-Pure-POWER!
  4. Yume no Inryoku
  5. THE Rock YOU★ ~Kimi ga Kureta Akashi~
  6. Egao ga Porori
  7. Tokimeki Iro no Kaze to Kimi
  8. Nijiiro Dia ~Superga no Theme~
  9. Renai Rule
  10. NIJIIRO Namida…
  11. Be with you
  12. Miracle ga Tommanai!
  13. Kizuna Days (Chouzetsu Version)
  14. Be with you (Chouzetsu Version)

1. Welcome to ♥ S☆G Show!!

Opening the album up with a grand opening, I’m not sure what was with the weird circus-like atmosphere and that guy with the bad accent.  The music is kind of giddy and loud like old Momosu stuff and it’s kind of cool to hear it again.  At the end of the song you hear a little snippet of our next song under filters.

2. NIJIIRO Star☆ (Chouzetsu Version)

I’m not sure what’s with the new versions of some of the songs on the album since none of them actually has beem released physically or digitally for that matter.  Anyways the new song is the first to show the 12-nin group and I unfortunately have problems figuring out the members since there’s so many.  It still is pretty much a happy happy song, but the music is kind of cute and the girls sound surprisingly good together.

3. Kira-Pure-POWER!

Getting into our next song, I’m quickly finding that the album is going to be full of these happy sounding songs that relatively sound similar.  Kira-Pure-POWER! does have a bit more electric guitar involved, but otherwise the girls sound a bit less together and yet the solos sound a bit more convincing.  I’m not liking the fact that the chorus has some yelling factors thrown in, but ehhh can’t be helped.

4. Yume no Inryoku

To me, Yume no Inryoku reminds me of the opening of the album with the giddy arrangement and synth usage, but it’s actually not a bad song despite not really changing the formula around any.  The girls sound much more lively and with faster sung lyrics, the song actually is catchy and pretty darn cute.  So far I’m most impressed with the solo lines than the group togetherness.

5. THE Rock YOU★ ~Kimi ga Kureta Akashi~

I will admit that I was happy to escape the cuteness of the album with the song.  Going by the title, it’s more like garage rock by the whole messy arrangement and heavy sound.  It’s made worse that the girls sound one-dimensional and kind of way boring with the music overpowering them.  I’m sorry, but this is definitely their weakest song yet.

6. Egao ga Porori

After the rather mundance rock song, Egao ga Porori takes a more interesting route, but I’m not sure why but the sort-of ballad kind of brings back the livelier vocals from the group and while the vocals are much more higher, it’s a pleasant listen and the flute-like instrument was pretty interesting as well.  Ok, this song makes for a good listen for me.  Is it a little folkish too perhaps?

7. Tokimeki Iro no Kaze to Kimi

Knowing Tetsuya Komuro worked on this album is starting to have its effect on me, but I’m surprised with our next song because it sounds like the better vocalists of the group took the lead solos and vocals and it just sounded good with the crazy amounts of synths used throughout.  It’s just a wild dance track and it’s surprisingly one of the better songs from the album.

8. Nijiiro Dia ~Superga no Theme~

So I guess the group has to have a theme now?  So far Nijiiro Dia has a pretty interesting vibe going on with a large amount of brass and genkiness mixed with the annoying drums from “THE Rock YOU”.  It’s alright and a step up over said song, but there’s still a lot of weaknesses shown through the song’s execution.

9. Renai Rule

I guess cute’s rolling back in again and with Renai Rule it sounds like it should belong towards the front of the album with the other cutesy songs.  Once again the soloists of the songs sound pretty strong, but I’m getting tired of hearing strings in the groups music for some reason.  Nothing really stands out otherwise for this song.

10. NIJIIRO Namida…

Another one of those “NIJIIRO” tracks eh?  I will say that I loved that guitar solo opening the song, butit was definitely not needed since it turns into another ballad from the group.  As much as I like these songs, the girls didn’t sound as good together as in previous songs and at more than 6 minutes in length, it’s a bit of a hard listen for sure.

11. Be with you

Being as it’s their literal first song they sang together, Be with you has a pretty good ending theme going and the girls once again sound joyous and excited to be singing the song.  Out of all the songs though, I can clearly tell Tetsuya was all over this song clearly because of the piano-like synth beats that have been relevent to his music since his start at producing.  It’s a pretty good song and great for their first track ever done.

12. Miracle ga Tommanai!

If there was a song that could easily give me a headache, I’d think this song would definitely fit that role.  The opening was one of the messiest productions on the album but at least it disappears after a bit.  Still the overall genkiness and rather gritty vocals (chorus and vocals).  It’s loud though so it does leave its mark on the album. 

13. Kizuna Days (Chouzetsu Version)

Another song I guess that was rearranged for the album, Kizuna Days sounds interesting with new sounding synths and a rather wintry feel going on.  It’s also kind of stuck in trying to be either a ballad or a synth/pop/rock song but it’s not bad and I actually kind of like the arrangement and the togetherness of the group.  There’s not a lot of solos either which also says alot, but like “Be with you”, it’s definitely like a lot of Tetsuya’s stuff.

14. Be with you (Chouzetsu Version)

Talking about said song, the album finally ends with the new version of the song, but at least the original was placed here as well.  Unlike the original, the Chouzetsu Version is slightly arranged differently, but the most obvious was the fact that there’s no Tetsuya-ness found in the song so it makes it more original, but for me it sounds more annoying since the synths do take over and there’s a clapping rhythm that gets old quickly as well.  Not the best way to end it…but it was ok.

Tracks Recommended

  • Tokimeki Iro no Kaze to Kimi
  • Kizuna Days (Chouzetsu Version)
  • Yume no Inryoku
  • Be with you

Song of Avoidance

  • THE Rock YOU★ ~Kimi ga Kureta Akashi

I’m sorry but I’m definitely surprised at how much I didn’t fully enjoy SUPER☆GiRLS’ debut album.  It might be the fact that Tetsuya might not have had a lot of individuality set for the group since they’re also an idol group in which he hasn’t fully worked with before.  Chouzetsu Shoujo might have been better if the arrangements weren’t so high strung, but there were a few shiners.  Not a good start for avex’s 2nd idol group that debuted this year.