1. Oishii Kisetsu
I really don’t know why, but Chiaki opening the song with harpischord sounds so pleasant for some reason. While it’s the slowest A-side she’s done since “Ryuusei no Namida”, I kind of like the feeling of this song since it sounds so relaxed and not forced like the cuteness of “Kanousei Girl” and whatever it was for “Cold Finger Girl”. I think it’s pretty good of a song actually and makes me curious for the album even more.
2. Ketteiteki Sanpunkan
Though on the flip side of the coin I’m not real thrilled with Ketteiteki Sanpunkan being on “CIRCUS” nor liking the fact it was an A-side. I thought it was good with the plucked strings opening, but there’s something that just isn’t kosher within this song. I mean Chiaki’s vocals have filters on it and she’s trying to be sexy…she could’ve pulled it off without it TBH. Let’s not forget though that the song was produced by Shiina Ringo and it shows with this track…*shakes head* not good…”Oishii Kisetsu” was way better!
3. CAT’S EYE
The last time I reviewed a cover of ANRI’s epic track, MAX covered it and it was very dancey and quite awesome for sure. Chiaki’s is definitely more rock-oriented but once again she’s under filters and the music overpowers her most of the time which is so disappointing, but she sounded quite nice…well the second verse is a mess…but it’s still an alright cover but MAX did it better.
Closing out the “CIRCUS” era, Oishii Kisetsu/Ketteiteki Sanpunkan was alright just like the previous two singles. I loved Oishii Kisetsu for it’s stable sound and catchy chorus and arrangement. However Shiina really took Ketteiteki Sanpunkan and CAT’S EYE and kind of slipped on it by giving Chiaki filters…Also, WTF at no “Ryuusei no Namida” on the album….that’s her best song ever!!!