No way out (Type-A only)
Chika Suido (Type-B only)
MARIA -DiVA ver.- (Type-C only)
MARIA -Original Track Cover- (Theater Edition only)
No way out (Instrumental)
Chika Suido (Instrumental)
MARIA -DiVA ver.- (Instrumental)
DiVA kicks of their second A-side with a stronger presence of sound when compared to “Tsuki no Uragawa” and oddly enough the addition of electric guitars being a good force behind it was an interesting idea for sure. I like the emotional sound when the ladies say ~cry, cry, cry!!!!~ it just gives such a good vibe otherwise. However, I might not be the only one to think, but this reminds me a lot of “Tsuki no Uragawa” but with more force.
2. No way out
Hmmmm, I didn’t think the quartet would tackle something like disco for their first B-side. I love the song’s upbeat nature a little more than I did with “Cry”. Throw in the funky guitar melody and the lighter vocals together and you get a pretty sweet track. I can see why these four were chosen, they have good vocals!
3. Chika Suido
I somehow found myself liking Chika Suido the most of this single for some reason. It’s different from anything from the group before and it’s a nice change. I love the darker dance style for it and the dramatic singing from the members did a good job for making the tune pop out a little more than normal. Definitely impressed by this song!
4. MARIA -DiVA ver.-
The rest of the single is actually of a song off of one of AKB48’s multitudes of theater albums. Oddly enough MARIA was remixed and sung by the members of DiVA. I like the beats of the song and it carries the same mysterious vibes like some of their other songs which doesn’t come off as a surprise but I guess why change something that’s good already. It’s an interesting cover I guess, but I wanted something a little more exciting.
5. MARIA -Original Track Cover-
I will admit that it’s strange that DiVA would include the original arrangement of MARIA and still make it their song in the first place and change the vocals where it’s only the four of them. Of course MARIA’s original version is poppy and a lot more of what I expected out of a typical AKB tune since it has more guitars and a central idolly feel. The difference between the two versions is like night and day so at least they’re different enough from each other but still actually nice.
So the 4 members actually managed to stay together for one more single before the additions were made. Cry is slightly better than “Tsuki no Uragawa” but not by much because the two singles were similar as it was. Cry does feel like a little more of an action-oriented “Tsuki no Uragawa” but that’s a good thing, but I still slightly enjoy their debut A-side more. No way out and Chika Suido brought new things to the table and we’re nice tunes and surpassed the A-side as well. The newly arranged MARIA compared to the old MARIA are polar opposites but I liked the DiVA a little more than the original cut. Sad to see that this is the last single with the 4-nin but it’s a good single sitll overall!