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TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE – Kodou no Himitsu May 6, 2011

Filed under: TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE — solarblade @ 8:16 am

Track Listing

  1. Intro ~ Kodou no Himitsu
  2. Love like candy floss -TGS ver.-
  3. Himawari to Hoshikuzu
  4. Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru
  5. Sayonara, Arigatou.
  6. Attack Hyper Beat POP
  7. Onnaji Kimochi
  8. Yuuyake Hanabi
  9. Kitto Wasurenai,,,
  10. Kodoku no Hate ~Tsuki ga Naiteiru~
  11. Kirari☆ -Album Mix- ~Outro~
  12. Onnaji Kimochi -Chinese ver.- (CD Only)

1. Intro ~ Kodou no Himitsu

The album begins with this heartbeat that pumps slowly and then gains a little speed before this heavy beat joins it and slightly turns it electro and mixes guitar and more synths to make this amalgation of sounds.  After all the that passes by, the actual song starts and being as it was a promotional song, it sounds quite good and a lot like previous tunes they’ve done.  The vocals from the girls sounds nice enough and mixes with this kind simple pop tune from em.  I can’t wait to get the song without the opening since it’s part of the re-cut single coming out next week.

2. Love like candy floss -TGS ver.-

I’m not sure exactly what’s the deal for the tagging because nothing totally changed here except perhaps some of the instrumentation has been changed in volume, but even that’s minor to be honest.  Love like candy floss is TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE’s first cover track if I hadn’t mentioned that before.  Being the 5th A-side released for the album, Love like candy floss was a bit of a downgrade since it did go back to how they began their careers with this kind of 90s-ish pop sound.  It’s an alright cover but SweetS’ version is still better.

3. Himawari to Hoshikuzu

Fitting that they’re going backwards on A-sides since this track was the primary 4th A-side.  Like I said in the single review, this was probably their best track released yet and it still carries that torch for me.  I mean from the guitar groove from the beginning to the disco-themed arrangement it has, I just loved every bit of it.  I also loved the amound of brass and bass present since it gave the song an awesome feel and the girls gave it their all especially in most of their solo lines.  It does sound familiar to H!P’s own “Egao YES Nude” for some off reason, but more exciting and the vocals in a younger tone.

4. Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru

Onto the 3rd A-side released, Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru still struggles to really stand out as a song from them because most of their other songs have some special about it that makes it pop while this track just flows by kind of uneventfully.  The vocals are good when it’s the 5 doing solos, but together they were kind of off pitch to each other…not sure what the mistake was really, but it didn’t help the already struggling song…still not a favorite of mine.

5. Sayonara, Arigatou.

Joining “Kodou no Himitsu” as the re-cut single Sayonara, Arigatou. marks a surprise from the group since it’s the only ballad present for the album.  Being quite a lengthy song at almost 7 minutes in length, I was kind of worried about how they were going to pull this tune off.  After the vocal hiccups in “Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru”, it’s nice to hear the girls get it together when they sing together and the solos sound quite cute and not pitchy for the most part.  It’s a bit long, but the arrangement is sweet and innocent…good job on this one ^_^

6. Attack Hyper Beat POP

Kind of breaking the flow, Attack Hyper Beat POP is pretty quickly paced moreso than the other songs, but I was expecting something spazzy to be honest.  I like the atmosphere, but the vocals are quite harsh in the song especially since the chorus places them into shouting territory and that was poorly handled since they sounded like pitches were ignored here.  It’s pretty loud and messy IMO.

7. Onnaji Kimochi

Moving onto the 2nd A-side released, Onnaji Kimochi did get surpassed as the fun song when “Himawari to Hoshikuzu” was released but despite that, I still enjoy this song for it’s upbeat and cute nature.  Even the vocals were fixed as well and was a first for them when they gave all the girls solo lines.  I find myself repeating the ~let’s get together now~ when the chorus rolls around….it’s just a cheery song ^_^

8. Yuuyake Hanabi

While three of the first press singles contained a preview of an album song, only one of them leaked online and that was the preview for this track.  It does feel like a slower version of “Himawari to Hoshikuzu” with the amount of brass and bass and this disco feel to it.  The bongo drums were an interesting addition to the arrangement but after a while I end up drowning this song out since it’s pretty slow and the vocals weren’t as good as I thought they were…hm…..

9. Kitto Wasurenai,,,

Which brings up the problem with the secondary A-side on their 4th single.  It reminds me of a combination of “Himawari to Hoshikuzu” and “Kirari☆”.  I still enjoy it time and time again, but I still can’t shake off the fact that it’s just a combination of two already great tracks…At least the vocals are great, I guess.

10. Kodoku no Hate ~Tsuki ga Naiteiru~

Hmmm, Kodoku no Hate is an oddball on the album because it sounds like it starts out like some kind of live song but it turns into this fusion of jazz and big band with some additional male vocals to back up the girls.  I thought this song pushed some new boundaries for the group and to be honest, this was one of the album’s best songs since it feels good to listen to and waggle a finger along with.  Definitely impressed and want more of these kind of tracks.

11. Kirari☆ -Album Mix- ~Outro~

The other song on the album to get their arrangement fixed a tad, Kirari☆ is probably one of the few songs that I love that the fact that it sounds dated.  The sound of the song feels stronger and while I don’t know if they resang the song, it sounds a lot better than I remembered it initially.  It has the oomph to it that makes the group sound serious and yet still pull off that idol sound well enough.  Sad though that only two of the girls (the main vocalists Hitomi and Ayano got the only solo lines).  As Kirari☆ finishes, the outro begins with the funky bass line and this goes into some ad-libbing with this 70’s kind of feel…and then it fades away into silence.  I guess it was nice seeing an update to the main track but the outro was a little weird to close things off like that…

12. Onnaji Kimochi -Chinese ver.-

Funny how that the bonus track we get is a Chinese version of Onnaji Kimochi.  It still has the upbeat feel done right and while I think the girls did alright in singing the tune in a different tongue, it feels off for some reason but it’s nothing too bad…but it still retains the ~Let’s get together now~ lines so that’s a plus XD

Tracks Recommended

  • Himawari to Hoshikuzu
  • Onnaji Kimochi
  • Kirari☆ -Album Mix- ~Outro~
  • Kodoku no Hate ~Tsuki ga Naiteiru~
  • Intro ~ Kodou no Himitsu

Song of Avoidance

  • Attack Hyper Beat POP

I will honestly say that I loved this album a whole lot more than avex’s other new idol group, SUPER☆GiRLS’ debut album.  I think it’s because the arrangements weren’t pushing too far (and probably the fact this group has only 5 members added to this).  They had pretty good songs on the most part and they show quite a lot of potential to be big.  The thing that might be bad is the closeness of arrangements amongst a few songs, but this is still a great album to listen to if you’re into idol groups (not sure about the people just getting into idol fandom).