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Berryz Koubou – Ai no Dangan June 7, 2011

Filed under: Berryz Koubou — solarblade @ 9:47 pm

Track Listing

  1. Ai no Dangan
  2. Omoide
  3. Ai no Dangan (Instrumental)

1. Ai no Dangan

I’m not the least surprised that Ai no Dangan sets the group back a couple of singles that had the synth+rock combination.  I actually kind of enjoyed this song quite a bit since there’s energy from the group and all the members had solos which was also a plus here.  It’s actually great to have Saki, Maasa, and Chinami have actual strong solo lines more or less heard through the chorus!  Pretty kickass song if you ask me….Prolly their best since “Otakebi Boy WAO!” IMO.

2. Omoide

As for the B-side, Omoide is actually as good as the A-side if not slightly better than it.  I love the sort-of electro sound it has that kind of reminds me of their last A-side “Heroine ni Narou ka!”.  I have to admit though that the instrumentation and arranging style makes it sounds like a video game theme.  It’s just that good and it seems the distribution to the members is a little more equal here which is pretty good as well.

Berryz starts the 8th era with a pretty strong start!  Ai no Dangan and Omoide has a lot of catchy hooks and the arrangements on each are just as memorable.  I don’t think there was any problems listening to either single.  Great single to start an era!

 

Haruka Shimotsuki – smile link

Filed under: Haruka Shimotsuki — solarblade @ 5:37 am

Track Listing

  1. smile link
  2. Thanks a lot.
  3. smile link -Inst ver.-
  4. Thanks a lot. -Inst ver.-
  5. Frost Moon Cafe+ -CD Shiten-

1. smile link

Oh boy, cutesy Haruka Shimotsuki returns with smile link which by the looks of the single is the next song used in her FROST MOON CAFE series.  To me, her cuter tinged songs are to me less memorable than her serious ones and that’s not surprising since I’m not usually for seiyuu/genki mixtures.  On the other hand, the folkish glow and acoustic based arrangement is lively and full of life and Haruka doesn’t really get too pitchy. 

2. Thanks a lot.

As the single’s B-side and ending theme to the same thing, Thanks a lot. is a bit more of an interesting listen especially since it opens up with flute and accordion.  It doesn’t sound like an ending theme, but it’s smooth and has an odd bounce to it to make it all waltzy and stuff.  Also Haruka doesn’t sound poor but more light and sweet.  A lot easier of a listen than “smile link”.

 

 

Since it’s been about 2 years since her last FROST MOON CAFE single, “break time”, smile link is a bit better than the last since the songs instrumentals stand out for me for some reason.  I do think Thanks a lot. is better than the A-side, but they both aren’t bad so it’s a good thing.  Oh yeah, not listening to that last track since it’s a long play.

 

TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE – Kodou no Himitsu/Sayonara, Arigatou.

Filed under: TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE — solarblade @ 5:14 am

Track Listing

  1. Kodou no Himitsu
  2. Sayonara, Arigatou.
  3. Kodou no Himitsu -YMCK REMIX-
  4. Kodou no Himitsu -Royal Mirrorball Mix- (CD only)
  5. Kodou no Himitsu -Instrumental-
  6. Sayonara, Arigatou. -Instrumental-

1. Kodou no Himitsu

I’m happy they actually rereleased the song without the damn annoying intro for sure.  Now besides the cut, the song is still the same and I actually love the song now for some reason.  It’s kind of cute and yet presents the group in a sort of classy way.  Then again, I’m in love with the song’s PV so it could also be the reason I found this one of their best A-sides.  I must say, this was an impressive song and a good choice to have promote the album.

2. Sayonara, Arigatou.

The only song that isn’t changed, the second A-side is definitely a 180 turn from the more danceable “Kodou no Himitsu”.  As the group’s ballad of the era, I find it nice to listen to because it gives the ladies more chances to show off their vocals in solo lines but also in group lines.  Like I said on the album review, it is a bit long to listen to, but for their first jump at something slow, this was nice.

3. Kodou no Himitsu -YMCK REMIX-

Of course the main reason for the single is clearly for the remix as you can tell by the art cover.  YMCK is always a good thing to hear in remixes and since they did Ayu’s “Days” well, I was definitely hoping the most for this one and I was actually impressed with this one more.  They took 8bit and meshed it with the gals in both filtered vocals and non-filters as well.  It’s fun and just filled with NES goodness.  AWESHOMES!

4. Kodou no Himitsu -Royal Mirrorball Mix-

Of course it really isn’t a TG’S single without one of these right?  It does sort of carry the same music components from the original, but has a more funkier arrangement to it.  It does feel a little stripped down from the original which is a bit underwhelming, but whatever, Royal Mirrorball remixes for the group tends to be that way as it is so this doesn’t surprise me one bit.

As it is the era’s recut single, Kodou no Himitsu/Sayonara, Arigatou. was alright for a recut actually.  The only song that remained unchanged from the album was the secondary A-side and it was a solid start for them doing ballads.  I love that the cut the intro off and rereleased Kodou no Himitsu without it since it’s so much better and less annoying.  I also loved the YMCK remix a lot more than I did the Royal Mirrorball mix as well.  Pretty cool single….can’t wait until they start their 2nd era.